Wednesday, October 1, 2014

What I've Been Up To Real Time... A List For Life As Of Lately


I could continue to recapping our Euro-Trip but I think it's more fun to go back and forth between the past and present. It keeps things dynamic and for a girl who has a love/hate relationship with routine, this approach works perfectly haha. With that said, I present to you a list for life as of lately according to my iPhone pictures... Beware, this is a doozy.


1) Grad school is pretty much taking over my life. I'm in class Mondays and Wednesday nights and every other free moment is spent doing assigned readings and papers and group projects... My second semester of school is twice as hard as last semester in regards to how much work I have to do. It's the main reason why I haven't been posting as much here on Quaintrelle. But I think I'm starting to get a handle on everything. Sundays are now fully dedicated to lounging around in my pjs and getting my work done with lots of tea on standby. ** The desk in the first photo above is not mine. I was trying to be social and hang out with Charles at our friend, Tarek's place. I ended up doing my homework at Tarek's desk in the corner while the boys watched football alll Sunday afternoon. 


2) Tuesday and Thursday evenings, I'm in the dance studio working on re-staging a piece I choreographed on the dance students at George Mason University (my alma mater) for their Fall Concert in November. I can't even begin to describe to you how mocha frappin good it feels to be back in a dance studio, letting my creative juices take over! The dancers I cast are awesome and I've got about 2 minutes and 30 seconds of the song choreographed so far; 4 more minutes to go. If any of you reading live in the Washington Metropolitan Area are interested in coming to see the concert, shoot me an email and I'll send you the deats :)

^^ Aunt Sandra. Can you tell which football team she is ride or die for?
^^ Me & My Mama In Law

4) Charles's parent's and aunts were in town a couple of weekends ago. We took a family photo and showed his mom and aunts, who had never been to the capital, around D.C. This was my first time taking family photos and let me tell you... It was quite the experience in that it was everything I imagined it would be haha. I feel like for all the money we spent on the getting the photos professionally taken, I could've gotten a tripod and taken them myself and we would've had better quality photos with more personality. Merp, You live and you learn. Next time.


5) Somehow, between work, school and rehearsals, I've also been able to squeeze in time to hang out and catch up with my friends! I love that no matter how much time has passed, we always pick up right where we left off when we see each other. 



6) I've come to the realization that if I don't get my butt up early in the morning to workout before I start my day, it will not happen... Unfortunately, with my dance rehearsals and academic classes going as late as 10pm each night, waking up at 5:45 in the morning has been super hard to do. As such, I've only been to the gym 3 times since school has started. I must find the motivation to get myself out of bed in the morning. Luckily, I've been eating pretty healthy so I haven't actually gained any weight but I need to do better and make time for fitness. 

 ^^ Going in for the kill ;)

7) Speaking of eating healthy, my best friend, Durell, and his girlfriend, Hannah, met up with Charles and I for brunch last weekend at one of my favorite restaurants in D.C. named Bayou On Penn. For brunch, the Bayou offers $2 mimosas that we were allll over. While Charles with the "Big, Easy Breakfast" and Durell went with the "Apple Cobbler French Toast", Hannah and I both went with the "Crab, Gruyere Cheese & Spinach Quiche" with a side of field greens. Everything was sooo good, especially the fried green tomatoes that we had as an appetizer! (no photo of that because, as usual, we dug right in without one thought for snapping a pic)


8) I had the opportunity to do another maternity shoot a few weeks ago! This time with Charles's cousin, April, who just recently gave birth to a beautiful baby girl! More photos to come on that :)


9) Charles and I went over to my Dad's place to hang with my Grams and sister, Genie, this past weekend (while my dad is in Law Vegas living it up. Yea, I'm jealous). What resulted was an evening full of laughter, eating my Grams's yummy zucchini and a guitar jam session. Best night ever. If you're reading this Grams, I love you to the moon and back and am soooo proud of you for finally figuring out how to take a selfie! <3


10) A GIF from that one night Charles and I went bar hopping on U St (in D.C.) with friends. I saw the this mural and couldn't resist a photo opp. Doesn't Charles's shadow in the corner look super creepy? Anyways, we ended up staying out until almost 3 in the morning which is a big deal for us since we're usually in bed by midnight at the latest... This was one of those moments that made us feel like we still had it haha. It being that "cool, party all night mojo."

And that's that. Life lately squeezed into 10 bullet points... Oh wait, one more thing! I also bit the bullet and put in an order for the new iPhone 6 (I currently have a 4S) which means that I'll be stepping up the quality of my iPhone pictures soon! Let's hope the new size of the phone doesn't turn me off when it finally arrives in the mail...


Cheers & Happy 1st Day of October!



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Monday, September 29, 2014

$120 Giveaway To Victoria's Secret? Don't Mind If You Do (Enter)!

Oh Hey There! This past month, I've had the pleasure of sponsoring Helene In Between (one of my favorite blogs to sponsor btw) and a perk from this partnership that directly benefits you is that we are hosting an awesome giveaway of $120 to Victoria's Secret! The giveaway is open until this Friday (10/3) so make sure to enter the rafflecopter below for a chance to win! Happy, Happy Monday! :)

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Petit Déjeuner Français | Our First Breakfast in France


Today I'm taking it back to our first full day in France which, for the sake of chronology, was good 2 days before we actually made our way to Paris. On our first day in France, we found ourselves in the countryside in a quaint town known as Brinon Sur Sauldre. Some of you may or may not remember the reason we went to France in the first place but in case you've forgotten, allow me to refresh your memory... The reason for our trip across the pond was to attend our friends, Jason & Clem's wedding. A traditional French countryside wedding that was by far the most unique & entertaining experience ever! But before I even start talking about the wedding (a.k.a. not today), I wanted to share with you the charming set up of our first breakfast in France courtesy of the bed & breakfast we stayed at...

Quaintrelle French Breakfast
Quaintrelle French Breakfast
Quaintrelle French Breakfast
Quaintrelle French Breakfast
Quaintrelle French Breakfast
Quaintrelle French Breakfast

The freshest orange juice there ever was with the cutest little apricots & fruit assortment we ever did see... Add in le yaourt (yogurt) with a side of fruity jam, some croissants, hot tea and the most adorable chinaware... For Charles and I, it was love at first sight. We also had some chocolate croissants on deck but we ate them before I remembered I was supposed to snap a pic haha. 

While eating, we discussed the differences between French and American breakfasts. Charles and I generally eat eggs for breakfast everyday but while in France, we ate none. Every morning began with a croissant and some yogurt. Our meal portions were smaller and the food was fresher. It really put into perspective just how juiced up American food is and I applaud France for having such strict food regulations and maintaining the high level of food quality. But as fresh as the food was, Charles and I are still Amurrrican and after a few days, we were craving more hearty food a.k.a. eggs for breakfast haha. Which is probably why we loved Amsterdam so much... Because they served eggs for breakfast everywhere... Fried, Scrambled, Omelets galore! 

Can you tell that food is one of my favorite topics of discussion. I could seriously talk about food alllll day haha. Unfortunately, I don't publish as many food posts as I'd like because I'm too busy eating instead of snapping photos. Must...do...better.



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Sunday, September 21, 2014

Postcards From Amsterdam :)

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I think it's safe to say that out of the 3 countries we visited on our honeycation, Amsterdam was by far our favorite in the sense that Charles and I could seriously imagine ourselves living there. From the canals, to the food and the people, The Dam was where we felt the most comfortable in our skin. English is majorly spoken so it was super easy to communicate with everyone and riding bikes in a city where bikers have the right of way over pedestrians and cars meant that we were able to cover more distance without exerting as much energy as we did walking (score). I'm so glad that we were able to spend a decent bulk of our trip (4 1/2 days to be exact) exploring Amsterdam and learning about it's awesomely unique and open culture. 

As you can see from the photos above, we squeezed alot of action into 4 days... Every single day, Charles and I were out of the door by 10am and home each night (err morning) around 2am (or later). What with us lucking out and arriving just in time to take part in their Gay Pride Week celebrations, Amsterdam's party scene energy was sky high and we had no intention of missing out on the fun and debauchery. We figured we would catch up on the sleep we didn't get when we got back to U.S. haha! And don't worry, there are plenty more photos where these came from. I can't wait to go into detail and share with you everything we did while we were there! Wellll maybe not everything... Some kinds of debauchery are best left un-blogged about ;) 

Have you ever visited a place that left you feeling like you could live there? Where was it? Let me know in the comments below!

P.S. I am super excited to be featured on Monday Morning Gossip today! I've been linking up with #MMG for quite some time now and think it's a great way to 1) get your blog out there and 2) meet other bloggers! If you have a chance, make sure to stop by and link up your blog post for the day!


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