Carpe Librum Book Sale

This summer is changing my life. For the first time since moving to the DC area, I actually work downtown. Like, downtown! Blocks from the White House! Steps from nearly every major form of public transportation. Oh, and there are three Pret A Manger locations within a 10-minute walk from my office.


But the coolest thing about working downtown (okay, maybe not the coolest – the coolest is definitely being 5 minutes away from happy hour as soon as I step outside my office at the end of the day) is exploring the area more than I ever did as a passer-through. For example, the other day I found a little pop-up bookstore called “Carpe Librum” tucked into an empty storefront on 17th between K and L. How cute is that?!

They’re open July 8th – August 2nd, every weekday 11:30am-7pm. Check them out on your lunch break or after work on your way home! When I stopped by the other day, they were selling used books for a few bucks and had some used DVDs and CDs as well. Super cute, in support of a good cause, and who doesn’t love to stick their nose into an old book?

Happy reading!

P.S. For those of you keeping track at home, my reading wish list current includes:

  • The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History – John M. Barry
  • The Language of Flowers – Vanessa Diffenbaugh
  • The Light in the Ruins – Chris Bohjalian

Loving: New bathing suit!

So… I may have done a little shopping this weekend that I didn’t need to do! Oopsie šŸ™‚

I already bought one new bathing suit earlier in the season, but when I find a bathing suit that 1) is flattering, 2) is strapless, and 3) actually fits, I have to buy it. Have to.

Here is my new Victoria’s Secret bandeau bathing suit. Don’t you love the pattern? Neon-colored and gold polka dots!

Arlington Darling | new bathing suit!

Arlington Darling | new bathing suit!I also bought complementing bottoms that are ruffled. They are a little over-the-top but hey, why not? Most of my bikinis are boring black so it’s kind of fun to be on-trend.

Arlington Darling | new bathing suit! Arlington Darling | new bathing suit!I also ordered the bandeau top that matches the bottoms, but it’s on back-order. Boo :(.

It has not been sunny enough for me in DC this summer, so I can’t wait until I go to OBX with my family in a few weeks and I can be in this suit all day long to my heart’s content :).