2 Nights at The George

My full Washington DC trip recap will be posted soon, but in the meantime, I’m excited to tell you all about our stay at The George, part of Kimpton Hotels, located on the border of Downtown DC and Capitol Hill. Can you guess who this hotel is named after?

The George completed a renovation last spring, which we could definitely tell when walking into the lobby. Modern and sleek, it was a great first impression before heading up to our room.

The first thing we noticed when walking into the room was an adorable countertop setup with a single-cup Keurig machine + K-Cups, along with a notecard, a bottle of wine, and some snacks waiting on the counter. What a welcome!

Upon opening up the cabinets at the bottom of the counter, we found a fully stocked mini bar (we were handed a key at check-in) with just about every popular drink you can think of. While these are an additional cost, if you sign up for Kimpton’s Karma Rewards program, you’ll receive a $10 credit to go toward mini bar expenses.

Across from the counter/mini bar area, was the bathroom. I loved how spacious it was and that it included a shower AND tub! Also, rather than including tiny bottles of shampoo, conditioner, and shower gel, full bottles of Essentiel Elements products were mounted on the shower wall!

Outside of the bathroom was the living/bedroom area, complete with a desk and chairs, a TV on the wall, and a pretty comfy lounge chair and ottoman.

I still can’t get over how cute the bedding was with the George Washington uniform look! In fact, there were GW vibes via artwork throughout the hotel in a very cool style. We loved each piece of art that we saw hanging!

Heading out the door, we caught a glimpse of the “hall closet,” complete with animal print bathrobes, an umbrella, iron board, and a yoga mat! You can even call down and have them set up your mat at a certain time, so it’s ready for you when you get back. This hotel really thinks of everything!

Last but not least, the “do not disturb” signs. Normally, they’re pretty standard and boring. But I really got a kick out of both sides of the sign! Way to take advantage of the brand!

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The George also has a restaurant, Bistro Bis, that looked delicious! We didn’t have time to stop in since we were out exploring DC most of the time, but it never was empty when we passed by! Another bonus, is the daily “Evening Wine Hour” from 5-6 p.m. If you’re back to freshen up before dinner, this is definitely something to take advantage of.

I can’t say enough great things about this hotel, we loved it! It was centrally located to The Capitol, White House, National Mall, and Union Station/the Metro for easy travels to other areas in the city (or outside of if you need to get to Reagan Airport or an Amtrak).

If you find yourself in DC, this is the place to stay!

Rachel

 

Disclosure: I received a discounted rate for this stay. All opinions are my own.

Golden Tote: June 2015 Review

I was going to be good and sit out on June’s Golden Tote, but since it was my birthday month, I decided to go for it, because I’m a firm believer in spoiling yourself – particularly around your birthday!

If you’re new around here, Golden Tote is a clothing subscription that offers new items each month. You can purchase items individually or (for a better deal) in “totes.” A small tote is $49 (plus shipping) and includes 2-3 items and a large tote is $149 (shipping included) for 5-7 items. You can see my previous reviews here.

For June, I opted for a small tote. Unfortunately it arrived a few hours after I had already departed for my trip to DC, so I couldn’t bring the clothes along with me. But on the bright side, when I returned home, there was a GT package waiting for me!

Pretty Pleated Blouse

The Pretty Pleated Blouse was my pick for my small tote. I meant to select the turquoise color option, but accidentally clicked green, so I was a little thrown off when I opened it, but glad since I don’t have any Kelly Green-colored tops. I’m thinking ahead to St. Patrick’s Day here! The pleated part seems a little off/one-sided, but aside from that (which I’m hoping I can resolve easily), I like it!

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Chris & Carol Floral Tank

The Chris & Carol Floral Tank was my surprise item. At first glance, I hated it. While the material is super soft and felt like something I could easily nap it, it kind of reminded me of wallpaper from decades ago. I tried it on anyway, and was surprised to find I didn’t mind the front. The back, however, I feel weird about. I couldn’t quite capture the look (since it was behind me and all), but at the bottom of the back, there’s an open split (not skin showing, but still, odd). I haven’t decided what I’m going to do with this one yet, but I’m leaning toward trading or selling it.

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July’s Golden Tote sale starts today! I’m sitting this one out (for real this time), but there are some fun summer pieces available if you’re looking for some clothes before vacation!

Rachel

Fun Findings Friday #131

Happy Friday, and greetings from Charleston! Yep, I’m on another adventure! I drove up after work yesterday and am looking forward to spending Fourth of July weekend here – my first time in this beautiful city! Do you have any big plans for the holiday weekend?

Harry Potter Funkos

I’m SO excited about the Harry Potter Funkos, coming out at the end of this month! While they were announced earlier this year, they somehow didn’t hit my radar until my cousin (also HP-obsessed) posted about their upcoming release. I love collecting Funko figures and now that I’ve seen this collection, I can’t wait to add it to my shelf of HP things!

Photo credit: Pop Vinyls

Eyefi Mobi Memory Card

I mentioned last week that I splurged on a DSLR for my birthday. So far, I’m loving it! The only downside has been accessing my photos to post them on social media or send them to friends/family, since I needed to pop my memory card into my computer and upload. #firstworldproblems, I know. So in searching for a resolution, I stumbled across Eyefi. It seems like a brilliant solution for accessing your photos quickly across devices.

Peanuts Movie Trailer

Have you seen the trailer for the new Peanuts movie?! It hits theaters in November, and it looks adorable! Charlie Brown is SO relatable, and it’s awesome that 60+ years after being created, Peanuts is still going strong and is just as loved! I can’t wait to take my sisters!

Rachel

Thursday Thoughts

Today is a particularly good Thursday, because it’s basically Friday! Most offices (including mine) are actually closed on Friday to observe the Fourth of July holiday. No complaints here! Despite just taking a vacation last week, I’m looking forward to a long weekend ahead!

Photo credit: Someecards

  • I’ve slowly been sifting through my clothes and have a rather large donate pile which I’m very proud of myself about. But I still have quite a few t-shirts sitting in limbo. What do you do with old sorority/college shirts? Obviously those can’t be donated!
  • If you haven’t seen yet, I updated my blog header and I’m pretty excited about it! I also placed an order for my updated blogger business cards for BlogHer and I can’t wait for them to arrive! T-minus 2 weeks until the conference, yay!
  • Feeling stuck in your career path? Check out this post from the LaLa about 10 dream jobs. It’s pretty crazy imagining some of the jobs. Professional nail polish namer? Whaaaa?
  • I’m thinking about giving audio books another shot on my upcoming road trip. Any recommendations on books/readers?
  • Have you seen the video for Ulah, Oh? HOLY FEELS. This band actually wrote the song based on a true story of ex-lovers parting ways at the Great Wall of China in the 70s and not seeing each other (or I’m assuming speaking) since. Then, the guy shows up to surprise her and they’re reunited for the first time since parting ways 30+ years ago at a show in NYC.
  • Last but not least, here’s some Nicolas Cage humor to get you through the rest of the day. If you watch Game of Thrones, you’ll especially appreciate Nic photoshopped as several characters in the show. #Dying

Photo credit: Imgur

What’s on your mind today?

 

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