La Soliluna

posted on: 09 September 2014

Friends! It's been a while. I still need to post about my honeymoon and summer vacation, as well as the multitude of things to come for this gal. Until then, I am so pleased to announce something we have been working on that I can't wait to introduce to you.



La Soliluna is a brand new meal series coming to the DC area. Through La Soliluna, our objective of bringing locals together to have intimate, one on one conversations with a local chef as they share their story and the tools of their craft will come to life. For our inaugural event and the first half of this series, we are bringing you a 'Brunch & Brew' style event instructed by Chef Evan Colondres of the award winning Peregrine Espresso. Chef Evan will teach you how to brew the perfect cup of coffee before he prepares for you a delicious handcrafted brunch, with fresh ingredients grown locally by farms in the greater metropolitan area. 

La Soliluna takes place on Sunday, September 21st at 11 AM. Tickets are $65 dollars and space is limited. Location will be provided to guests of the event. Purchase your tickets here

La Soliluna is presented by:

Kim Bryden

Joy Jaynes

Rebecca Gallop

Lauren Anderson & Rachel Bridgwood

and featuring the culinary expertise of

of Peregrine.


Partners to be announced.

A DC #Staycation with A Daily Something

posted on: 21 July 2014

Rebecca and I took a mini staycation in the city last weekend and enjoyed every moment of it. We were excited to stay at the Westin in Georgetown after the recent launch of their wellness program. When we arrived in the city, we were floored by our views from our (multiple!) balconies, the cleanliness of the room and how cozy the beds were. Exactly what you want when you check into a hotel, right? We were pretty satisfied. We explored the room and then set out for dinner.




We started the weekend with a beautiful walk into Georgetown and stopped for dinner at Il Canale. The service was amazing and the owner, Joe, came and spoke to us a few times about the authenticity of his business, his love for food, and the purpose behind eating well. I don't think I've ever seen someone display such romance toward their food but he did it just right. We enjoyed select meats and cheeses before our meal and that alone was enough to leave us satisfied. For our main course, we had pizza and not just any pizza, but authentic Italian pizza made in a wood-fired oven. Rebecca had the Margherita and I had the Diavola. It is safe to say we are both quite happy with our decisions. The walk back to the hotel was perfect for a summer evening in DC. When we got back to the hotel, we played pool, talked, and jumped right into those beds.



The next morning, we stayed in bed a bit before waking up and going to The Caucus Room for breakfast. We filled up on yummy omelets, pastries, and Counter Culture Coffee. The Caucus Room offers french press, too... I found that so charming. As I am, after all, a pilgrim for amazing mornings,  we made sure to take our time enjoying our food and each other's company before beginning the hustle of a day in DC.






After breakfast, we went on a long walk through Georgetown. We walked up Wisconsin Avenue to Book Hill Park and also visited the grounds of The Old Stone House, the oldest preserved building in DC. Before long, it was time for lunch so we headed to one of my favorite DC spots, Kafe Leopold. You will notice that this whole weekend was heavy on the food and we are 100% happy about that.





Pro tip: If you're at Kafe Leopold on a hot day looking for a silly time, drink the Elderflower Martini or their special Cucumber Refresh. Out of this world drinks for a sticky summer day. We started with Hibiscus-Gorgonzola Crostinis which were, hands down, the most amazing appetizer I have ever had. It was our first time eating hibiscus and guess what? Into it. After our salads, we happily dove right into desserts. Macarons, a Napoleon, Sachertorte, and apricot gelato. We died right then and there and went straight to food heaven. The service was amazing by our server, Hannah, and the manager Chantelle was such a delight. We were so fortunate to meet so many great people on this trip!

We went back to the hotel after lunch and got some work (see: napping) done. We were so full and were only two hours away from our dinner reservation. We laid in the heavenly beds and before we knew it, it was time for Founding Farmers





What can I say about the farm-to-table, locally sourced, and all around perfect brand that is Founding Farmers? Everything from the fried green tomatoes, ranch popcorn and pickled vegetables to the perfectly cooked filet, mint watermelon salad, cedar planked salmon and vegetables were just absolute perfect. They're truly onto something here. For example, the french style beignets were so ridiculous, we couldn't stop from eating them immediately once arriving to our table. They didn't stand a chance.

The next day, we woke slowly. We had breakfast delivered to the room and we took our time eating it. I'm not kidding when I say the beds are heavenly... so heavenly that we set the breakfast trolley between our beds and ate breakfast in bed. It was perfect. A pot of coffee between the two of us, seasonal fruit, eggs. Once we eventually started the day, we went to Eastern Market and Union Market. We explored the flea market at Eastern Market and the one item I wanted wasn't for sale. My luck! Rebecca did find some adorable stacking rings which I may have to go back and purchase myself. ;) They're just too cute. At Union Market, we enjoyed a stop into Salt & Sundry, lunch at Red Apron, and a pickle + kimchi haul from No. 1 Sons. Union Market is probably the best one stop shop in all of DC. The best food, coffee, and shopping in one amazing factory space. Of course, while at Union Market, we went to Dolcezza Gelato for push pops because it would be criminal if we didn't.






The weekend, as a whole, was one for the books. Being with one of my best gal pals in a beautiful space in a beautiful city leaves little room for any complaints. From the wonderful hotel to the delicious restaurants and the scenes of DC, we were blessed to have such a great weekend. I think I'm ready for my next one... who's with me?









El Camino Travel brings you a POP-UP VACAY!

posted on: 16 July 2014

DC LOCALS. HEAR THIS. 

The talented babes behind the all-new El Camino Travel are bringing you an amazing local pop-up vacay! Not only that... we are offering followers of MLT $10 off admission until July 20th! Why? Because we love you and want you to play some SERIOUS HOOKY at work to enjoy this amazing one day excursion.

What is a Pop Up Vacay? It is an excuse to take a vacation, relax, and #yolo the hell out of life in the middle of the week. It keeps with the spontaneous and adventurous vibe of El Camino and is a preview of the atmosphere that El Camino is committed to providing on all of its trips, in whatever part of the world we may be. 
Where: A quarry turned swimming hole on the outskirts of Baltimore aka Beaver Dam Swim Club. This includes a rope swing, diving board, and several floating docks. This place is magical.
When: Wednesday, August 6th from 10AM to 5PM
Price: $85 if you sign up before 7/28 and $95 thereafter. 
Includes: Oversized inflatable swans and inflatable half eaten donuts, thesweet sweet sounds of DJ Ayescold (our official El Camino Music Curator), creative photographer extraordinare Emma McAlary (you will get access to these photos soon after the event), delicious food, table settings that you might freak out about, transportation there and back, a copy of the beautifully designed and wanderlust filled Boat Mag, and a special appearance by #yolo and #vacay. 
Sign up here
El Camino Travel is a company for those who desire something more profound during their experiences abroad. We provide highly curated and authentic group trips to unique places around the world. Each group is accompanied by a creative photographer with an eye for the extraordinary. 10% of profits go to a local social entrepreneur who is radically changing the destination of choice. BE A TRAVELER, NOT A TOURIST. 

Interested in attending? Sign up and enter promotional code 'elcaminoMLT' at checkout for your discount! Valid only until midnight the evening of July 20th. 

#MLTFAVORITETHINGS

posted on: 15 July 2014

It's actually not unbearably hot today which is nice for a change. I must say I'm not used to being treated to the kind of weather I want in the summer so while I'm on a roll with getting what I want, let me show you things I'm also wanting right now.


1 / Odette NY Strata Cuff 











Now gimme!



Recap / MLT is ONE YEAR OLD + Blog Brunch DC

posted on: 04 July 2014

It's true. Mornings Like These is exactly one year old. Can you believe it? Oh, how I've grown. Oh, how WE'VE grown. I've made so many unbelievable friendships over the last year with so many profoundly wonderful people that I'm filled to the brim with gratitude. I'm blessed to continue moving forward this year with more events on the roster and with many more exciting things to come. I'm fortunate that the last year has introduced me to some of the women I was able to team up with for Blog Brunch DC. I don't know where I'd be without Rebecca, Lauren and Rachel. Want to know what I mean? Read on.

As some of you may know, Rebecca of A Daily Something and I teamed up with a fantastic crew of sponsors to host Blog Brunch DC last Sunday. After hosting the first one and getting to know many of the fantastic women involved in the local blogging scene, it's safe to say we are both so anxious to begin planning the next brunch in the series. This event would not have been as wonderful as it was had it involved anyone other than Rebecca. Not to mention that Rebecca helped style my wedding this past March, her eye for styling just gets me every time! It was such a blessing to host an event with her.







The event took place at The Studios at 112 S Patrick in the beautiful studio space of Sweet Root Village. Sweet Root Village was one of our amazing sponsors for the event by donating their space, photographing the event (all of the photos in this post are taken by them!), and providing locally sourced flowers from Wollam Gardens and Capital Flower Growers. Some of you may remember that Sweet Root Village provided flowers and flower crowns for my wedding and for that, they'll always have a very special place in my heart. Lauren and Rachel, I love, love, love you.

We opened the event to about 20 people and I must say the people who came were amazingly strong, driven, and inspiring women. We started the event by inviting our guests to eat and mingle, seeing as that is at the heart of what Blog Brunch DC is all about... The food and the connections. I got to put faces to so many followers and friends that I had made over social media in the last year. We feasted on the yummiest food; Dips and spreads by Cava Mezze, quiches and pies by Dangerously Delicious Pies in DC, blueberry lemonade and green juice by Purée Juice, Muesli by Seven Sundays, gluten free cinnamon raisin bread with cardamom by Goldilocks Goodies, and paleo-friendly gluten free blueberry peach tart by Out of the Box Bakery. Everything was SO delicious. We truly hit the jackpot with the people we chose to partner with. Take a peek at some of the food:











After we ate, we took turns going around the room and introducing our blogs and brands, telling our story and sharing our thoughts. Looking back, it's probably one of my favorite parts of the whole event. Everyone felt this strange and familiar connection with one another once we began sharing about ourselves and what we hope to do with our blogs and businesses. To all who attended, thank you so much for opening up and sharing with us. The local community here is so strong and we growing TOGETHER.

We offered our guests take home gifts from some truly amazing sponsors. The beautiful Amanda of Trouvé Mag donated copies of Issue One. If you missed the brunch, you can purchase the amazingly designed magazine here (Psst, one of my essays is in it!). We also offered our guests beautiful paper goods from Rifle Paper Co., yummy smelling soaps by Lollia, and a DIY planter kit from Uncommon Goods. Krystal of Esther & Harper was one of our guests and she donated a sweet gift to all of the take home bags, as well. All attendees also went home with a set of antique trolley coins courtesy of Krystal's vintage shop. Once AGAIN, truly hit the jackpot with sponsors. I adore all of these brands and we were so excited to offer these things to our guests. 












I am so grateful for the new friendships with local creative women as well as with our sponsors. I can truly say I love each brand that was represented on Sunday. We are looking forward to hosting another Blog Brunch DC and this time, we will announce it farther in advance. ;) Rebecca and I were over the moon hosting this event and we hope you enjoyed it, too.

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Happy fourth of July to all! May your hearts be opened to love and gratitude today as you remember the sacrifices made in the name of our freedom. I love you, America; Land of the free, home of the brave.