The Better Martha Takes Washington D.C.

August 26, 2014

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{The view from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial}

This past week it took a lot of willpower to abstain from posting a million photos to Instagram. I was visiting friends in D.C and it was marvelous. It's the only city I've been in where every building is seriously significant. I was walking down the street with Bridget and she pointed out the Supreme Court, the National Archives, and the Library of Congress all within a few minutes of each other--and this was just a few minutes before she took me to the capitol building. 
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{The Washington Monument}

I had an incredible time hitting all the necessary tourist spots like the White House, the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument, the Declaration of Independence, and so many more places that allowed me to totally geek out. 
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{Mr. Lincoln at his Memorial}

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{The right side of the U.S. Capitol Building}

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{Capitol Hill townhouses}

I'm absolutely in love with the brick townhouses and their small flower-filled front yards. It was so refreshing to be out of the city and in a place that was spacious and clean! I could not get over the fact that the subway stations were so tidy, and everyone was so normal compared to the eccentricities that I normally see commuting on the NQR.
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{The White House}

I visited the buildings of dollar bills, Frank Underwood, and Olivia Pope, but in all honesty I came to D.C. to spend as many hours as possible with Bridget. Between trips to the World War II Memorial and the National Treasury, she took me to her favorite bakeries, cafes, and book stores.
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{Monster sandwich from the WTF Cafe located right by the White House}

The best moments from my trip were the late night games of Boggle, the delicious morning omelettes, and the endless cups of English breakfast tea. Bridget is  a full fledged tea addict, and while my new obsession is not quite on her level, it is getting pretty close. cookingeggs
{The best omelette ever in the making} 
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{My schedule for the week}


Styled with Bridget: A Better Fashion Post

August 18, 2014

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This week I've been in Washington D.C visiting my college friend, Bridget. When we first met, I was instantly struck by her kind spirit and old soul. She's the only person I know who reads the classics; handwrites letters; and looks up movie times in the newspaper. I was so excited to photograph her because her personality is so perfectly captured by her style (and also she's just so cute and charming).
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Her outfit was perfect for a day of sightseeing and afternoon tea. D.C. summers tend to be hot and humid, but Bridget serves as a perfect reminder that dressing well in the heat isn't as difficult as most people (including myself) make it out to be.
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Keep an eye out for more posts about Bridget and my trip to Washington D.C.



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The Better Storage Company: Boxbee

August 09, 2014

Choosing to stay in New York for 2 of the 3 months of my summer vacation presented me with a problem that I didn't expect: what was I going to do with all my stuff? Being from California, shipping was out of the budgetary question; campus storage had already come 2 months ago; and typical storage units are wildly expensive and super inconvenient.
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{The 10 storage boxes I ordered--I'm so excited}

When one of my sorority sisters said, "$7.50 to store one box for a month," I instantly made up my mind that this would be the resolution to all my problems. And I was right.
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{Standard Boxbee box}

What goes in the Boxbee box
In one box I was able to fit: 6 knee length dresses, 4 knee length skirts, 2 maxi skirts, 1 jean jacket, 6 long sleeve tops, 1 short sleeve blouse, 1 pair of jeans, 3 sweaters, 2 handbags, 2 pairs of flats, 11 novels. All this and I still had a fair amount of space left which could have fit a few more books or folded items of clothing.
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{Box all packed}

Box Bee Barcodes and Number
{Each box has a number and barcode to help you keep track of your stuff!}

Boxbee website

Here is the run down of how Boxbee works: You go to their website, select how many boxes you want delivered to you (which they do free of charge). Then you pack your boxes  and schedule a pick up time. When they retrieve your boxes, they will also whisk away any boxes that you didn't end up using, and you will only be charged for the boxes you did fill.

Some cool other features:
1. Boxbee let's you know which boxes you have at home or which ones are on their way.

2. This section reminds you of what you have in storage.

3. You can get your boxes delivered to a friend-- a really cool idea if you have a bestie that you want to share your wardrobe with.

4. Boxbee's site has a great feature that allows you to upload a picture of what is in your box. You can also document what items you stored in which box. This way if you only need box, you know which one to have them deliver back to your home.

*This post was not sponsored by Boxbee, nor was I compensated for my review
 

The Better 5 From My Week

August 04, 2014

I've been in denial about how quickly the summer is coming to an end, but today when I heard an advertisement on Spotify say, "Now that summer is winding down..." I knew I had to face the facts. Today marks my last week that I'll be spending in New York before I move back for school in early September. As sad as I am about leaving, I know it will make returning all the sweeter. Here are a few of my favorite things from this week. 
Jcrew Loafers
{JCrew smoking loafers: sold out Similar here}
Quick Pasta
{Quick pasta dish I threw together; I'm trying to use up my groceries before I leave NY}
Joe Biden Phone Lock Screen
{My iPhone lock screen with a picture of young (and very attractive) Joe Biden}
642 Things To Write About
{This amazing book with 642 fantastic writing prompts}

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{The best playlist ever made. It features songs strictly from the 90s/ early 2000s}
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