Washington D.C. - The Library of Congress

Travel Diary & OOTD: Washington D.C.

Last week as I had the privilege of being part of a delegation of local Chamber of Commerce members to meet with our Congressmen in Washington D.C.  We met with our Arkansas U.S. Representatives and Senators, members of the U.S. Chamber Lobby Team, the FAA, the National Park Service, and the Endowment of the Arts, and Google.  We were only in the city for three days, but I was able to visit United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, see my first every Da Vinci, and shop at the cutest boutiques.  See my Washington D.C. adventure below, as well as one of my outfits from a breakfast meeting!

Washington D.C. Travel Diary

Waiting in the Little Rock airport for our flight to D.C.

Target top (similar) | YMI jean | Adidas sneakers | H&M cardigan | Henri Bendel bag

 Streets of Washington D.C.

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Hotel

The Capitol Hill Hotel is a darling boutique hotel located, you guessed it, right on Capitol Hill.  From the hotel’s posh lobby, we were just a few steps from the metro, the Library of Congress, the Capitol, and a multitude of shops and restaurants.  The hotel’s decor is comfortably modern, but everywhere your eye rests is an homage to the great historic city you’re in.  Complimentary wine is served in the evenings in the lounge located off the lobby.  Heaven, am I right?

Washington D.C. - The Capitol Hill Hotel
The Capitol Hill Hotel lobby
Washington D.C. - The Capitol Hill Hotel
The Capitol Hill Hotel lobby
Washington D.C. - The Capitol Hill Hotel
Wine in the lounge

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Buy this amazing pillow here.

Shopping

Due to the limited amount of time we had to explore the city, we stuck close to our hotel on Capitol Hill.  When researching the hotel, I found Boutique on the Hill, an adorable women’s clothing boutique.  I bought the polka dot skirt in the window but I wanted everything in the store.  Styling and tailoring services are also available on site.  The boutique’s owner, Dorian, has to be one of the nicest people I met in D.C.!

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Restaurants

We arrived just in time for dinner on Monday evening at Bullfeathers with one of my oldest friends from my hometown, who now works on Captiol Hill.  Bullfeathers is known around D.C. as one of the restaurants the young people love going to for after work drinks.  What to get: crab cakes.

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Le Bon Cafe was my pick for Tuesday morning breakfast.  Located on the same block as the Capitol Hill Hotel, this adorable French cafe offers delicious food, pastries, and coffee accompanied by quaint surroundings.  We snatched up the window table with a view of the U.S. Department of Copyright and Royalties and the Library of Congress across the street.  What to get: cafe mocha and quiche lorraine.

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Just look at this coffee bowl mug!  I need it.

We stumbled upon We, the Pizza for a quick lunch after spending the morning touring the museums.  We, the Pizza and it’s next door neighbors, Good Stuff Eatery and Bearnaise, are all owned by Spike Mendelsohn, a contestant on the show Top Chef on Bravo.  Good Stuff Eatery is President Obama’s favorite burger joint in D.C., btw.  We, the Pizza features every sort of pizza pie you can imagine!  This by the slice pizza place is sure not to disappoint.  What to get: anything.

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Our last food stop was the Hawk ‘N Dove tavern.  This incredible establishment is just around the corner from Capitol Hill and is the place to have a drink with your friends.  The vibe is modern meets revolutionary classic mixed with political meets college bar.  What to get: cheeseburger with everything on it.

Washington D.C. - Hawk 'N Dove
Source: Hawk ‘N Dove.com

Washington D.C. - Hawk 'N Dove

Museums

One of the museums on my bucket list has always been the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.  My boyfriend asked me why I would want to spend hours of my time on vacation walking through a museum dedicated to such a heartbreaking tragedy, an

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Torahs damaged during Kristallnacht, The Night of Broken Glass.

Washington D.C. - Holocaust Museum

Washington D.C. - Holocaust Museum
The hall of portraits
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Names of towns affected by the Holocaust. My mom lived in Schweinfurt, Germany in the 1960’s, only 20 years after the Holocaust.
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The shoes. Never has my heart felt so sick. I had been able to hold my composure through the museum until this room.
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The Hall of Remembrance holds the eternal flame of the Holocaust. The flame sits on top of a basin filled with earth from every death camp, concentration camp, and ghetto in Nazi Europe, as well as earth from cemeteries of American soldiers who were killed during the war.

The National Gallery of Art was by far one of the highlights of my trip.  We took the “running tour” of the museum since we were limited on time, but I was able to see my first in-person look at some of the great masters of painting and sculpture.

Washington D.C. - National Gallery of Art

Washington D.C. - National Gallery of Art
Ginevra de’ Binci by Da Vinci
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A whole wall of Van Gogh.
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Works by Rembrandt.
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The Alba Madonna by Raphael.

Washington D.C. - National Gallery of Art

Washington D.C. - National Gallery of Art
Works by my all-time favorite artist, Edgar Degas.

Washington D.C. - National Gallery of Art

The Library of Congress is such an impressive sight.  The architecture, alone, is worth the trip and the crowds!

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The Capitol

We had the honor of a private, after-hours tour of the Capitol building given by Congress Bruce Westerman of Arkansas.  We toured the House and Senate Chambers (no cameras allowed), the Vice President’s Capitol office (also no cameras allowed), the Rotunda, and the Majority Whip’s office.

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Washington D.C. - The Capitol
Both the outside and inside of the Capitol’s dome were shrouded in scaffolding and tarp for cleaning during our visit. We were only able to view the statues, portraits, and murals through pipe!

Washington D.C. - The Capitol

Washington D.C. - The Capitol
We met the Majority Whip, Steve Scalise, during our tour.
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This is the view from the balcony of the Capitol facing the National Mall. Don’t mind the snipers.

Breakfast Meeting OOTD

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Forever 21 dress (similar) | Payless shoes (similar) | Henri Bendel bag | H&M blazer (similar) | Forever 21 necklace


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