Cherry Blossoms in Washington, DC

Jefferson Memorial, Tidal Basin and Cherry Blossoms in Washington, DC

This year I crossed not one, but two experiences from my wish list. The first one was visiting California. The second one was visiting Washington, DC when the cherry blossoms are in peak bloom! Which for me is the second best thing to experiencing the cherry blossoms in Japan.

I spent roughly 24 hrs in DC with the sole purpose to see and of course shoot the cherry blossoms! I know I come across as crazy (I call it dedication), but I was super lucky as the weather was more than fine the day that I visited and I got some sweet photos to share with you!

Cherry Blossoms in Washington, DC

If you want to visit DC too to see the cherry blossoms, I’ve got some tips for you (for next year I guess)!

– Check the bloom watch. The National Cherry Blossom Festival website provides an indication about the peak bloom dates (that’s when 70% of the blossoms are open). Weather conditions can alter these dates. In the website you’ll see how the peak bloom dates differ from year to year.

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Shades of Blue

Ann Taylor shirt and pants

Finally an outfit post,showcasing spring clothes and colors as I promised in my previous one!

My husband and I took advantage of the lovely weather last Sunday (which was also Easter Sunday for us, as we’re Orthodox Christians) and ventured out to Beacon Hill for some photos. Now, the hill’s cobblestone streets are not the best for wearing heels, but I absolutely needed to take my Prada pumps out of storage! It’s been more than 6 months since I last wore them!

In true Anna fashion I decided to color co-ordinate my outfit (except for the shoes). The shirt has become a favorite of mine lately as I wear it all the time (you also spotted it here). The pants are from Ann Taylor (similar) and were also bought during  winter sales and waited patiently for warmer weather to arrive! My scarf is from Zara (alternative) and my bag from Guess (same in different colors)! My bangle and earrings are from Folli Follie (I love their rose gold collection)

So tell me, what spring outfit did you wear lately?

P.S. Grey Coat, Bright Yellow Cardigan, Hera Kimono by Nidodileda

Linking up to Passion for Fashion, Fab Favorites

Road Trip along the Pacific Coast Highway

Pacific Coast Highway, Road Trip

This is the last post about my Californian vacations back in March and the most exciting one: road tripping along the Pacific Coast Highway from Cayucos (where we spent the night after our visit in the Sequoia National Park) up to Carmel. I must admit that it’s probably the best coast route I’ve ever seen. Surely enough I’ve driven next to the sea before and my home country has some scenic routes, but none like Pacific Coast Highway!

We started off our day by walking along the beach in Cayucos, which turned out to be a really nice place! Our next brief stop was at Hearst Castle where we decided not to take a tour up to the castle because we honestly didn’t have the time. I would  have liked to see the house from the outside and the gardens, but you can only get there with a tour and not on your own! The good thing though is that we got a leaflet from the castle’s reception about the Coast and its points of interest along the Highway which proved very useful!

Next stop: San Simeon  and more specifically Piedras Blancas beach where sea lions spend half of the year; from November/December until May. So that means, that our road trip couldn’t be better timed! We saw so many sea lions sunbathing and lounging and making noises! It was incredible as we hadn’t seen any in the wild before! We also came across a lady who was a volunteer guide and gave us many information about the sea lions’ habits! Here you can find more information about the sea lions as well as a web cam!

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Grey Coat

grey coat by Armani Xchange

Spring is finally here in Boston! Yesterday was a glorious day! Today as well! Big news, I know! I even spotted many crocus flowers the other day, while running errands. These photos though were shot last weekend though, after we visited the Museum of Fine Arts.

I’m happy that I am finally able to wear this grey coat that I got from Armani Exchange during the winter sales! To be honest everything that I bought during those sales waited patiently in my closet to be worn, as during the winter months I had one particular uniform that kept me warm!

I paired the coat with a pair of black leggings from Bershka and my trusty riding boots from Tsakiris Mallas. In the past I gravitated towards pointy boots with a bit of heel, but during the last two years I couldn’t find any that I liked! So riding boots it is!

On another note…I looked kind of washed out in these photos, but trust me, I did wear make up…I just have to up my blush game I guess!!

Do you have any cherished piece of clothing that waited patiently in your wardrobe to be worn? Let me know in the comments!

grey coat by Armani Xchange

 

Photo of the Week: Infinity

Josiah McElheny, Endlessly repeating twentieth century modernism

I took this photo last weekend while visiting the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. It’s an artwork by Josiah McElheny called Endlessly Repeating Twentieth Century Modernism. Those bottles were hand blown by the artist, based on 20th century vase designs. With the help of mirrors, their reflections recede in an infinitely receding pattern.

P.S. Interested in art? Then check out these posts as well:   Bright Matter: an exhibition by Shinique Smith, Andy Warhol: The Illustrator, Van Gogh to Kadinsky

Visiting the Sequoia National Park (plus tips)

General Sherman Tree, Sequoia National Park

So, part number 3 on our, quite epic, California road trip! I’ve talked about the beginning and the end of our trip, so now it’s time to fill in the blanks about what we did in between. If you’re following me on Instagram, you’ve probably seen a few photos. For the rest of you, here’s the lowdown!

Leaving Los Angeles, rather than take the Pacific Coast Higway towards Santa Barbara, we took Highway 5 and headed towards Sequoia National Park. You see we wanted to incorporate one National Park in our itinerary and since Yosemite would be a hit or miss at this time of the year, we decided on Sequoia instead, and more specifically on seeing the General Sherman tree, which is the biggest tree on earth (based on trunk volume).

Sequoia National Park

So, we got up there after a pit stop at a small town called Lindsay for a coffee (I got a cake pop…it was yummy) and walked around for about an hour. There is a trail that goes around General Sherman Tree, which is full of information points about Sequoia trees and General Sherman in particular. For example, did you know that Sequoias as almost immortal? I didn’t! They are resilient to fire (unless it’s a lot) and the way that they usually die is by falling due to their weight and the fact that they have rather shallow roots. You can see a fallen Sequoia in one of my photos!

A few things to consider before venturing out to see those giant trees and meet the General are the following:

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Golden Gate Park, San Francisco

Ann Taylor shirt and Moschino sunglasses

I try to sneak in outfit photo sessions while traveling, I really do, but I tend to gravitate towards certain pieces of clothing (looking at you grey jeans) and always strive for comfort and convenience versus “I have to wear XYZ for the blog”.

Yet, I couldn’t pass up that metal wall of de Young museum in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, which actually begged to be a background for an outfit shoot!

The Golden Gate Park is a place you should definitely visit in San Francisco. It has so many things to do that you can easily spend a whole day there! We actually roamed around the park, passing by the Conservatory of Flowers, California Academy of Sciences and deYoung museum, before entering the Japanese Tea Garden.

Conservatory of Flowers, San Francisco

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Instagram {aspects} #13 – California Dreamin’

Needless to say that my California trip, was the highlight of the past month! It was a place that I always wanted to visit and it was a nice break from the cold New England Winter! If you’re following along on Instagram, you’ve probably seen a lot of snippets from our trip!

We spent 3 days in Los Angeles doing everything from walking in Venice beach, to hiking up to the Hollywood Sign, walked on stars in Hollywood Boulevard, roamed around Downtown LA (and took many photos of Walt Disney Music Hall), you name it, we did it!

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15 things you shouldn’t miss in San Francisco

15 Things you shouldn't miss in San Francisco

Where to start about San Francisco…I have no idea?! The Bridge? The Hills? The Architecture? It’s a different city than Los Angeles for sure. To start off with, it’s more compact (7×7 miles as I was told and kept on repeating) and can be explored with buses/trolleys and on foot (your calves are going to have one hell of a workout)!

Here three days were enough for us to visit the main attractions of the city and take things a little more slowly than our whirlwind LA trip! Here are 15 things I think (by experience) that no visitor of San Francisco should miss!

1) Golden Gate Bridge

The city’s trademark in my opinion! One shot is never enough, so I got many from different angles! And of course you should walk on the bridge too! Provides nice views to San Francisco (if it’s not hazy), Treasure Island, San Francisco- Oakland Bay Bridge and Alcatraz!  There are many viewpoints for a good shot of the Golden Gate Bridge. The first photo in this post was taken from Lincoln Highway in Lands End, while the first photo in this collage was taken from the vista point after crossing the bridge towards Sausalito.

2) Cliff House & Sutro Baths

Now, the word bath for me is associated with Roman Baths, which obviously isn’t the case here! From the ruins I couldn’t really tell what kind of baths they were until I saw a photo at the gift shop in Cliff House: Sutro Baths were late 19th century baths/water park! You can read more of their story and ill fate right here!

The Cliff House started out as a resort for the wealthy and after a couple of destructions and renovations now functions as a restaurant providing a nice view over the ocean.

On the south side of Cliff House lies Ocean Beach, ideal for photo opportunities (especially if it’s a bit hazy)!

3) Enjoy the View from the Twin Peaks.

The view from Twin Peaks, San Francisco

Twin Peaks is the second highest elevation point in the city and located right at its center, so it’s ideal for 360 degrees views! P.S. wearing a Pusheen The Cat t-shirt and H&M scarf.

4) Explore Chinatown

I’ve seen the Chinatown in NYC, London, Washington DC and Boston, but this one’s unique, as it’s the largest Chinatown outside Asia! Notable features are the Dragon’s Gate on Bush Street & Grant, the unique lamp posts and the red lanterns. Not so sure that the latter are there year round or were in place for Chinese New Year.

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Walt Disney Music Hall, Los Angeles

Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles

As a Frank Gehry fan, I couldn’t miss seeing the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles! We parked nearby and started our walk around Downtown LA from this place.

But first, we walked around the building, which spans almost 4 acres, took some “outfit” photos and enjoyed the Blue Ribbon garden and this exquisite rose shaped fountain. The fountain is made up from broken up Delft porcelain and is dedicated to Lillian Disney, Walt’s wife, who pledged a $50 million gift towards the construction of a new concert hall.

The concert hall was inaugurated in 2004 and is the home of LA Philarmonic Orchestra. You can read more details about the concert hall here.

Wearing Zara T-shirt and jeans (also seen here), Guess tote, Marc by Marc Jacobs ballerinas.

P.S. 12 Fun Things I did in Los Angeles, Stata Center, MIT by Frank Gehry

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