Well happy Friday, my friends! We’re soaking up every last bit of winter break before I’m off to Ecuador, but I wanted to pop in and share this round of Friday Favorites! My friend, Megan, is sharing a few of her favorite things with a special Baltimore twist. Megan and I met shortly after I moved to Charm City, and full disclosure – she intimidated me a little bit a first. She’s like, really pretty, and gives off this self-assured cool-girl vibe. But once I got to know her more, I realized that not only is she even more beautiful on the inside BUT she’s also kind of a weirdo. Needless to say, I love her endlessly. She works in ultrasound and commutes to DC daily, and is married to someone with equally beautiful hair. She’s exactly the kind of person you want to explore fun places with or just hang out with over a cup of coffee.
Hi there! A few favorites of mine…
“The Crown” on Netflix – I’m a history lover. I’m also an avid UK fan. Those two likes combined makes for a show that I can’t. stop. watching. I shamelessly binge-watched the second season this last Saturday, and now I’m so sad I have to wait for the next one to come out! For added excitement, I drink tea from my London mug. Cheers!
My Current Neighborhood – So I could write an entire blog post on this subject alone. Being born and raised around the eastern city-county line, I’ve seen a lot of Baltimore over the years. It was always a dream of mine to live in the city itself, and I can proudly say that I’m currently living one of my dreams! Because of the DC commute and my husband being a med student at Hopkins, we live near Penn station in UB midtown. It’s sandwiched between some unique neighborhoods like historic Bolton Hill, up and coming Remington, the art district Station North, and European-esqe Mount Vernon. There’s a huge collection of restaurants, museums, theaters, and shops that are fun to explore on any given weekend.
Some of my top things to do are bike to R House and Druid Hill Park; walk through the Bolton Hill neighborhood and visit our favorite burger joint, On the Hill; watch movies at the Charles; sip on a mezcal margarita at Clavel; walk through the leafy Rawlings Conservatory (more on plants later); and peruse The Walters or BMA art museums.
“Baltimore: The Rise of Charm City” Podcast – In addition to actually living in the city, I have been learning a lot about its history recently in a new way (history lover, remember?). One of our friends recommended this podcast a while back, and I’ve enjoyed listening to it on my commute to DC. It is developed by the radio station WEAA 88.9 FM, which describes the podcast as “ a 30-minute audio documentary series featuring the oral histories of businesses, landmarks, and neighborhoods in Baltimore City.” In listening to these episodes, I’ve learned a lot about neighborhoods I regularly frequent, as well as some new. I’ve especially enjoyed learning more about our surrounding neighborhoods and how they have developed to what they are today.
Skinny Pop Popcorn – If I was given only one snack option for the rest of my life, this would be it. It’s just salty enough (which is saying something, because I’m can be a bit of a salt-o-holic sometimes), and I don’t feel shame for eating half a bag in one sitting. Now if only I could be better at not dropping kernels all over myself.
My Plants – I would like to think of myself as a plant lady in the works. We don’t have enough time for an actual pet, so I settle for adopting green leafy items instead. Living near Rawlings Conservatory and B. Willow in Remington have been my downfall. My favorite items in my current stock are my two cacti. We have named them Blake and Denise (correctly pronounced Ba-la-kay and Dee-Nice; Key and Peele reference, anyone?)
Madewell Stembend Earrings – These were gifted to me by Kait for my birthday after I had coveted them for weeks (thanks, girl)! They’re a minimalist’s dream, and the perfect balance between dressy and casual. They’re my go to, hands down.
Moleskine Journal –
It’s handy to have a blank paged journal to write notes, but in my case, I like to sketch. A past time I’ve been getting back into after a few years has been art, and a handy way to keep the creative juices flowing is having something easy to travel with so you can practice on the go (which my life is a lot of right now). It’s also helpful to live right next to MICA so I can get art supplies!
My Twin – It’s true… there’s another blonde lady walking this earth that shares my DNA, and she resides in Austin, TX.
Lauren (Ren) is a big sweetheart that loves to go deep with people and help heal the hurts of this world. But don’t be fooled- she can also be a real hardass when it comes to injustice or pride. She’s also a life-long artist, drawing and painting since we were very young. I can go to her for any book, music, or fashion advice and she delivers.
Even with the distance that has separated us in different states for about 7.5 years now, we are the best of friends. We hope to reunite again after my husband has matched for residency, and we can hopefully live in a town together again at last. Until then, we bridge the gap with message feeds full of hilarious animal videos and sassy GIFs.