Monday, April 14, 2014

the cherry blossoms were in peak bloom in washington, d.c. and it was all sorts of wonderful.

it's really been all sorts of wonderful around here as the cherry blossoms reached peak bloom over the weekend. so we packed up our little hatchback and drove into d.c. to view some at the tidal basin. last year i ran into them during their peak bloom on capitol hill and they were so pretty to see, but i think they are the prettiest next to the jefferson and fdr memorials. it was so chaotic {so many people! no parking!}, but thankfully the weather was nice and the scenery sure made up for all the backed up streets and sidewalks. 

we took piri out with us {of course} and i think, next to the cherry blossoms, his shoes were the next thing to be buzzing among all the locals and tourists. in social media terminology, i think he was trending! {ha}
we had to park our car pretty far away {all the way near the tip of east potomac park} and we were afraid it would be a little tough on piri to walk that distance since he is older now. but he was a champ and smelled all those incredible smells on every patch of grass, tree and bush. i don't know how he does it {ha!}. 

our walk back had even more cherry blossoms, beautiful magnolia trees and golden forsythia. i never really had a thing for spring but all these bursts of colors is making me fall hard for it. 
afterwards for some major recharging we headed over to our favorite area, eastern market, to grab some sandwiches at the silver spork and also some cool tangerine sorbet at pitango gelato {yes!}. 

and before finally heading home, we made a quick stop at the national arboretum to do some sight scoping. i actually have an informal family shoot there this weekend {our friends are visiting from new york and asked if i could take some pictures of them and their kids}. i am slightly terrified because i feel like i somehow always manage to screw up when taking pictures for other people. oh and harsh sunlight is also really tricky for me. eeps! but even though i am a little nervous, i am also excited and honored they asked me to snap a few photos for them. {i'll be spending a few moments this week to study up on some photo tips and poses!}. 
i really wished there was a stop button this weekend because when 3 pm rolled around on sunday i was already missing the weekend. hopefully this week will pack just as much goodness. i'll be making some korean mandoo, bake some much needed cookies and also homemade pretzel. it's my first time - hopefully they'll turn out somewhat in the ballpark of what a pretzel is supposed to taste like!

hope you had a great weekend. have a wonderful week! 

74 comments:

  1. Piri steals my heart with every post <3

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  2. So beautiful!! Our pink cherry blossom trees are now green and without flowers, I'm a bit sad for that :(

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    1. the trees here are turning too. so sad. i always wish they can last a bit longer.

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  3. So amazing, I would love to see all the blossom trees like that...they are just gorgeous. Both of you look so happy and lovely!! Happy Monday doll xx

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    1. thank you. springtime is so lovely around here!

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  4. Such gorgeous pictures! I am dying over the prettiness of cherry blossoms right now!

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  5. oh my, so beautiful!! I love how you guys always take the time to have some sort of adventure. oh and cute overalls!

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    1. oh it was such a crazy day - most of our outings are - but i'm glad we do them anyway :)

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  6. I am completely in love with your pictures, what an amazing place, I miss so much not having a cherry blossom park here in Barcelona, maybe I should double check :) I have now added a visit to Washington during spring on my wishlist! Jane, you look so lovely in the overalls and the red saltwaters! Ohh! and wish you a good time in the family shoot of your friends :) (eek! exciting) we feel very nervous on those, but then its is very rewarding to be able to try so many different things than when it is only us taking photos to each other! I also like the rush when you reveal the result :)

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    1. oh so true! the rush! :) thanks so much damaris. i hope the shoot will go well. crossing everything over here.

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  7. You'll do great taking those photos, Jane:) And OMG! Piri's shoes....I die!

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  8. Absolutely gorgeous! and I love the overalls!!

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  9. I went to DC several years ago to see those magnificent cherry blossoms and it poured the entire time I was there!! Guess I'll just live vicariously through your beautiful photos instead, haha :-)

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    1. oh no! i was afraid it was going to rain but it was so beautiful out. it's totally raining hard today. grr!

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  10. those cherry blossoms are stunning, what a beautiful day xxx

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    1. we were thankful that the day was so beautiful!

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  11. Jane these pictures are absolutely breathtaking! They're gorgeous. The cherry blossoms look so pretty and I can see why Piri was the talk of the day. Such a cutie patootie. You and your husband are so awesome. Love your overalls and sandals!

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    1. thanks so much kim! we were lucky it was such a gorgeous day!

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  12. Those cherry blossoms look glorious! And that Piri is such the fashionable pup :) I think you'll do just fine with those photos Jane!

    Rowena @ rolala loves

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    1. aw thanks so much for the encouraging words! it means a lot!

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  13. Gorgouse amazing lovely photos with a real magical light quality to each one. Oh my my my I love your dungarees. They are so perfect, I like the way that they are loose and drop just right on you. I want such a pair.

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    1. thank you! i love them baggy like that. i contemplated on whether i should get fitted ones this time around but i've always worn them baggy so baggy it was! :)

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  14. This weekend I went to Old Westbury Gardens, it was bring your dog day so I went with a friend of mine and her two dogs Odie and Merlin. And it was beautiful though not a lot blooming yet. But it was the height of the day with bright sunshine so yes it was tough for pictures. In fact the first pix my friend took of me I forget to reset all the settings as I was shooting in manual mode and the settings were from when I was shooting indoors and the first picture was just a white rectangle...it was a wee bit overexposed ; O

    Allie of ALLIE NYC
    allienyc.com

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    1. oh i heard old westbury gardens was beautiful. that must've been so cute to see so many dogs there :) odie and merlin are the best names! i hate it when i don't get the exposure right but everything else about the picture is good. ack.

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  15. wonderful.. i love cherry blossom season. We are still waiting on the trees in our front yard to bloom.

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    1. so wonderful that you have one right in your front yard!

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  16. Such pretty sight and scene and your little family are great additions to a beautiful day like this. I am so desperate for sunny day. The weather has been awful every single weekend down here with clouds and rains. I have yet to see a beautiful Spring weekend, tonight it is going to be in the 40'F. Spring is going to be terribly short for me this year.

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    1. sending you warm spring winds your way! hope this week and the weekend will be on the warmer side!

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  17. You look so beautiful. Going through these photos was absolutely breathtaking. I hope to go to DC one day and experience these cherry blossoms in person. Where did you get those amazing overalls from? They're so perf!

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    1. wow thank you! i actually got them at macy's! it's the american rag line. i wanted one from asos or madewell but saw one at macy's for a bit cheaper and i also had one of those savings cards. the overalls were just the style i wanted and i thought i'd save a few bucks while i was at it! :)

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  18. those tress are just so beautiful!!! great pics!

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  19. Wow, they're so beautiful! My friend from Ohio drove up to DC this weekend to look at these cherry blossoms too :) She also said there were waayyy more people than the past years, but the nice weather and the beautiful sights made up for it!

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    1. oh wow! that's amazing. yeah it was so so so crowded.

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  20. how cool you were there! my friend's parents were there too! I wish I could go! hehe
    xo,
    nancy

    https://www.adoretoadorn.com

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    1. neat! i wish i send bring some of these cherry blossoms your way!

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  21. Amazinggggg park c: I love cherry blossom trees ^_^
    glad the weather was ok as well! Haha of course Piri
    is loved among tourists c: and you Jane looking
    adoooorable in your dungarees as well! Xx

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  22. what a beautiful beautiful scene! you are so lucky to be living in such a city :) and i know you will do an amazing job with the family shoot - they asked you for a reason, be confident and you'll nail it! x

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    1. thank miho for the encouraging words!

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  23. Wow these cherry blossoms look incredible! I've always wanted to visit DC around this time just so I can see these blossoms. Must have been a lovely day!

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    1. they are really something! it's one of my favorite times of the year around here!

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  24. I've always wanted to visit D.C. when the cherry blossoms were in full bloom! Somehow, I always always miss it! :( It looks lovely from your photos, though, so thanks for sharing this wonderful + fun experience! I'm sure Piri enjoyed being out in the warm sun :) Good luck on the pretzel making, I'm sure it'll turn out really great - I saw the photo of the mandoo on IG, yuummm! One of my fave things too :)

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    1. i bet the ones at brooklyn botanical are beautiful as well! oh and i really hope those pretzels turn out ok! :)

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  25. My goodness, those cherry blossoms look beautiful. And Piri is such a champ for walking all that way

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    1. haha he is! we made a few stops for water and snacks but he was so determined to smell everything. :)

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  26. These photos look fantastic! I was there on Sunday and the cherry blossoms were so pretty, but I couldn't take any photos myself since I was helping out with a photo shoot. I love your laid-back outfit! Must've been perfect for the beautiful weather :)

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  27. Looks like you guys had a perfect weekend! The cherry blossoms are gorgeous and I love the shots of them against the clear blue sky! xx Kat


    Love and Ace

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    1. i love those kind of snaps - with the clear blue sky as the backdrop!

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  28. Your photos are always so magical and I want to wish you such good luck for your shoot but I honestly don't think you'll need it :) Piri IS such a trend setter, if I saw you guys out and I was feeling brave I'd definitely ask if I could take a photo :P he he he

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    1. thank fiona! i gotta boost my confidence :) haha - piri certainly turns heads everywhere he goes

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  29. Wow, they look great! It seems like you had a great day :] I hope your weeks is just as nice as the weekend was!

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    1. thank you! the same for you as well!

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  30. What a magnificent sight! I so wish I was there right now. You look really pretty Jane, I especially love that photo of you with the yellow blossoms in the background. And good luck with the family shoot! I'm sure you'll take some really awesome photos

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    1. thank you! hopefully the shoot will go well! :)

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  31. Guess what? I've never seen a cherry blossom tree in real life. They're beautiful! It's in my bucket list. :)

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    1. oh i hope you'll get to see them! :)

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  32. This picures are all so beautiful and it looks like you guys had fun. Your dog does look very sweet and comfortable with her shoes on. What kind are they?

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    1. thank you! they are called pawz and we got them on amazon!

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  33. Amazing, amazing amazing! Where are the last few trees? Along Tidal Basin or elsewhere? I love them! And love your overalls :). I'm sure you'll do great with the family photos. Just remember that kids are squirmy and don't always like to pose, so be quick and let them be natural :). From my own experience, you know :). Again, gorgeous photos of the cherry blossoms. The hubs and I were very scared by the crowds and got to DC but didn't want to fight the crowds around the Tidal Basin. Good thing -- there's always next year.

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    1. oh my gosh. it was so so crowded! but still beautiful! and there is always next year! the last trees are actually inside the national arboretum! i didn't know they had pretty blooms in there as well. we were pleasantly surprised!

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  34. Absolutely phenomenal pictures. You make me want to move to DC right away! Also I'm pretty sure you're the only person on planet earth to look that perfect in overalls :] Go you!

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  35. There are GORGEOUS photos! We're heading to DC in July and this post has made me 10,000 x more excited!! xoxo

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    1. yay! hope you enjoy your time here in the summer!

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  36. I must admit, Spring is my fav but I've never experience it in a place with such light, colour and wicked trees. England is very different as we know but you guys do nature and colour so well, it's just in your world so much more than ours. It's very grey where we live, so I can pretend good times via your lovely images. Hope the photos went good.

    Buckets & Spades

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    1. aww sending lots of color your way this spring matt!

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  37. Thanks for sharing the beautiful blossom pics!!!! And your jumper is adorable!

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  38. Gorgeous photos! Cherry blossoms against a blue sky is one of my favorite things. Hope you are enjoying the weekend!

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