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!
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.
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?
Buy this amazing pillow here.
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.!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
The Library of Congress is such an impressive sight. The architecture, alone, is worth the trip and the crowds!
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.
Breakfast Meeting OOTD
Forever 21 dress (similar) | Payless shoes (similar) | Henri Bendel bag | H&M blazer (similar) | Forever 21 necklace
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9 thoughts on “Travel Diary & OOTD: Washington D.C.”
You look beautiful!
I love that floral dress!!
I haven’t been to D.C. in forever, but I would love to go back! I was just telling my boyfriend this yesterday!
I’m already wanting to go back! Last week was my third visit and I still feel like I haven’t seen and done everything. I hope you get to go again soon!
Loving your outfits and the gorgeous dress! I haven’t been to DC in years and I’m itching to get back as soon as possible!
Rachel | http://www.seashellsandsparkles.com
Thank you so much! I love DC and can’t wait to go back again.