Allergies, Ugh

Even though it’s almost July (where did this year go?!), my allergies are still acting up. Last weekend I was stuffy and sniffly, which hasn’t happened in a few months and was very unwelcome. Me and the tissue box are best friends (or are we really frenemies?) once again.

However, I got a chance to use my tried-and-true remedy for soothing a sore nose that’s seen too many tissues: Vaseline Petroleum Jelly + Clinique Moisture Surge lotion. First I apply the lotion to my nose, wait a few seconds for it to be absorbed, and then apply the Vaseline over it. The Moisture Surge is incredibly restorative for the skin (I love the stuff), and the Vaseline locks it in and forms a protective barrier. It’s brilliant and works like a charm. I also use this method on my cuticles, or a pimple, or anywhere else where my skin is dry and irritated. Plus, it holds up even if you have to blow your nose again right away.

I hope none of you are experiencing early-summer allergies as I am, but if you are, I hope this handy trick helps you out.

Clinique Moisture Surge

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Last year, I bought Puma’s Karlie Ballet Flats to use during my trip to Paris. They were the perfect, perfect shoe for that trip – I cannot emphasize this enough. They were comfortable, felt like a slipper, had a great rubberized sole that grips, provided moderate arch support, and they were sleek and stylish. Essential in Paris!

Amazon | Puma Karlie Ballet Flats

I wore them so much last year that they got a little gross. They are holding up just fine in terms of wear and tear, and I still wear them, but logging 5+ miles a day (or should I use kilometers?) in Paris day for 8 days straight didn’t make them very happy… erm, smell-wise.

But I digress.

All you really need to know was that I have been looking to replace these shoes with another identical pair for months now, but Puma doesn’t sell the black ones that I have any more (aside: there is no “new black” – black is still the new black). I’ve been disappointed in the available color choices, and simultaneously scared that Puma would stop making the shoe altogether. I was experiencing a shoe dilemma. The worst kind of dilemma, I know.

Yesterday, I bit the bullet and decided that even if I couldn’t have them in black, I still wanted them. This shoe is too well-made and comfortable to let pass by. So I did a little early morning online shopping and scored myself a pair of pink and gray babies (see image above). They’re cute, right? And they fit in with this season’s neon-tipped trend. The best part was that I used American Express points to pay for them, so they were free. Love it!

Using AMEX points + anticipating a pair of perfect shoes coming my way = happy K 🙂

Review: Wicked Waffle

Although I work in VA, I often go into DC for meetings with clients or to visit the beautiful DC offices of my company. These beautiful offices are located just down the street from one of the strangest-sounding yet most intriguing food establishments: Wicked Waffle.

Wicked Waffle is one of those places that sounds indulgent (hello, they have the word “wicked” in the name!) but try to come off as healthy. Their website touts, “Say hello to your flaky, crispy, delicious new obsession. The good news is that they’re good for you.” I am in doubt as to whether or not a waffle is actually good or bad for me, but so far I haven’t eaten enough of them to damage my waistline too badly, so I guess I have to agree.

After a very successful meeting a few weeks ago, I realized I was (gasp!) in the city around lunchtime and (gasp!) right across the street from the Wicked Waffle location I’d been eyeing for months. So, I sauntered in and tried it out.

Wicked Waffle 1

Oh yea.

I ordered the grilled cheese with tomato. They had a few vegetarian options but I was feeling indulgent. Plus, I thought, these waffles are supposed to be healthy, right?

As I waited patiently for my waffle creation to be created (there is a wait as the waffles are made fresh to order), a kind employee offered to let me try their soups. Soups and waffles don’t seem to go together, but wow! I was blown away by the soup I tried, the pureed wild mushroom and fresh herb soup. It’s vegetarian and out of this world. Props, by the way, to Wicked Waffle for having lots of vegetarian soups, too (and one vegan soup!). I didn’t take a picture of it because, well, it looks how you’d expect: like they pureed a bunch of brown mushrooms. Not the most appealing look but WOW to the taste. I scarfed it down and immediately changed my order so I could get a side cup of soup as well.

Wicked Waffle 2

Compared to the soup, the grilled cheese just couldn’t compete for my attention. It was oddly sweet, which threw me off (savory food all the way for this gal). It was still cheesy awesome goodness, but I don’t know that it’s worth the high calorie punch that it probably packs (stop lying to me, Wicked Waffle! waffles cannot be healthy or low-calorie, they just can’t).

However, if you find yourself in downtown DC, stop by for a big cup of the soup. And let me know if you try a different kind! I will definitely be back to try more.

Expect crowds…

If you’re planning to head to Jazz in the Garden this week, as I am, be prepared for a bigger crowd than usual. The lovely Bitches Who Brunch have called out this DC summertime event staple in their “This Week” post, so I am expecting many loyal BWB followers to take them on their word and try it out.

Jazz is, as you know by now, my all-time favorite DC event (see my previous gushing about it here and here). I think that this Friday, in honor of the BWB and the anticipated 90+ degree heat, I will wear my pink straw hat.

Arlington Darling | pink hat

Isn’t it great?

See you there! And now that I’ll be super visible in my huge hot pink hat, maybe you actually will see me 🙂

TC List: 25 things to do before 25

I love Thought Catalog. Its content is so spot-on, and so well-written, that I look forward to the articles with eager anticipation. And I forgot to mention how funny it is! My coworker LT frequently sends me articles that I would swear someone wrote about the two of us and our circle of DC friends. Hysterical. And they make you think deep, deep thoughts about life!

I’ll stop blog crushing now.

The reason I’m telling you about Thought Catalog is because today they posted an article titled “25 Things to Do Before You Turn 25.” Once more, I thought to myself, “They’ve written this article about me! For me! I’m about to turn 25!”

However, given this impending birthday, my senses were heightened. I decided to read this TC post with more than my usual scrutiny and intellectual examination. As a soon-to-be quarter-century member, I wanted to assess this list. Is it realistic? Is it applicable? And most importantly, how much on the list have I accomplished – since I have only a few short weeks to fix that…

What follows is my analysis of a few particular items [the numbered items are from TC’s list, the bold comments are my own].

#4. Work a service job to gain some understanding of how tipping works, how to keep your cool around assholes, how a few kind words can change someone’s day. I agree completely, TC. However, if you graduated college and/or have a steady job already, this may be impossible to do. This item really belongs on a list of things to do before you turn 21. 

#6. Try not to beat yourself up over having obtained a ‘useless’ Bachelor’s Degree. Debt is hell, and things didn’t pan out quite like you expected, but you did get to go to college, and having a degree isn’t the worst thing in the world to have. We will figure this mess out, I think, probably; the point is you’re not worth less just because there hasn’t been an immediate pay off for going to school. Be patient, work with what you have, and remember that a lot of us are in this together. PREACH.

#9. Go on a 4-day, brunch-fueled bender. Done, and plan to do again.

#11. Learn to say ‘no’ — to yourself. Don’t keep wearing high heels if you hate them; don’t keep smoking if you’re disgusted by the way you smell the morning after; stop wasting entire days on your couch if you’re going to complain about missing the sun. I can’t agree more. I don’t wear high heels unless every part of me (including my poor little aching Achilles tendon) wants to. Flats all the way.

#14. Think you know yourself until you meet someone better than you. Uh, no one is better than me, TC. What are you saying?!

#23. Leave the country under the premise of “finding yourself.” This will be unsuccessful. Places do not change people. Instead, do a lot of solo drinking, read a lot of books, have sex in dirty hostels, and come home when you start to miss it. Dang it! This is the one I haven’t done yet. Can this be on the “30 things to do before you’re 30” list?

#24. Suck it up and buy a Macbook Pro. No. No Macbook. No overpriced Apple laptops that will only be used for blogging and Facebook stalking. Please see #11.

Happy early birthday to me. Thanks, TC! I look forward to more of your fabulous lists.