2018: New Year Same Klo

I know, I know, I’ve been completely MIA from Klo on the Go. It’s no excuse, but it’s been a busy past few months. I have my mom still asking me about when a blog highlighting our vacation in September is coming, (which, don’t fret, will be posted soon). It’s one of my 2018 goals to write more blog posts. It’s still January after all, so a New Year post is allowed. I’m going to use this opportunity to highlight what I’ve done the past couple months, and what’s to come in the year ahead!

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(when DC weather hits 70 degrees during winter, had to bring out the denim skirt!)

Champagne, France

In September, I went on my dream trip to Champagne, France with my trustiest travel companions, real deal wine-os and fantastic parents. If you don’t know me already, our family means serious business when it comes to wine. I am obsessed with any bubbly drink, so let’s just say I was on cloud wine the whole time.

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(Voirin Jumel Winery/Vineyards – family owned and run business + one of my favorites)

To sum it up, we drank champagne at every meal, indulged on croissants, and found my obsession with escargot. We spent our days at champagne houses, eating until we had to unbutton our pants, and exploring vineyards. A more detailed overview of Champagne is coming soon!

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(frolicking the vineyards)

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(the mouth watering cheese spread at Maison Lameloise)

Orlando

For Thanksgiving and Christmas, I made trips back to the motherland: Orlando. I spent most of my time at my go-to spots: inhaling everything at Yellow Dog Eats, massages + facials at Acqua Day Spa, taking advantage of being able to eat cold dessert in the winter(!!!)at Jeremiah’s Italian Ice, eating as much flaming banana foster Eddie V’s as I could in a week time frame, soaking up the killer sunsets, and hanging out at  Tim’s Wine Market Windermere.

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(sunset over Lake Butler)

I was so thankful to attend some of my favorite holiday events: Windermere Food Trucks, Candle light Christmas Eve Service at St. Luke’s, Windermere Boat Parade, girls nights at Rocco’s Tacos, and exploring all Christmas lights and Christmas trees possible.

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(My brother and I at Windermere Food Trucks)

26 years fabulous

At the end of November, my best chica and fellow blogger, you CHLO girl, came to DC to ring in the big 2-6 with me.

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We started the night at my fave Mexican restaurant, Oyamel, inhaling guac and margs, and seeing Broadway’s newest show – Mean Girls! Mean Girls was in DC before the show made their way to NYC. I went with a few girlfriends and it was amazing + hilarious.

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Maid of honor reporting to duty

Throughout all of this, I’m maid of honor for my best friend from middle school, Olivia, who is getting married in Orlando in March. Let’s just say I take this job VERY seriously (as the bridesmaids are probably at their wits end with me). I’m talking Google spreadsheets, massive amounts of group texts, planned itineraries, the works. On that note – I think I’ve found my calling for planning bachelorette parties. I’m on the quest to make this the CHICEST bachelorette and bridal shower. Gone are the days of tacky bachelorette parties and obnoxious matching shirts (girls, you know what i’m talking about). Stayed tuned for more on that, I’ll be posting a blog on the ins and outs of planning bachelorette party, maid of honor tips and what I’ve learned from planning a bridal shower.

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(Olivia circa 2013, but an accurate depiction of her present day throwing money @ her wedding)

Philly

Philly has been on my weekend trip list for quite some time now, and  finally checked it off my  list visiting my best gal pal, Kourtnaye. Needless to say, it was freezing and snowy, but that didn’t stop us from finding the city’s best Philly cheese steak. I’m happy to report back we found it, but definitely had eyes bigger than our stomach.
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We stayed at the The Westin Philadelphia which was absolutely fantastic. The Westin well being juice was one of our faves. We were desperate for any sort of cleanse after eating everything in site at Reading Market. On Saturday night, we had happy hour drinks at El Vez, followed by dinner at SamPan and ended the night at Franklin which was an underground speakeasy with incredible drinks.

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(El Vez)

On Sunday, we hit Honey Sit and Eat for brunch (worth the wait). Can you tell I have a bad habit of making my trips all about eating?! I even made all of my history teachers (and mom) proud, by visiting the Liberty Bell and exploring the Independence hall area.

D.C.

I celebrated my one year cityversary with  D.C. Check out my blog (part 1 + part 2) on favorite things to do and eat throughout the District. Since I’ve written that list, I’ve added a few places on.

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New Faves:

Museum of the Bible

The Line Hotel

The Sheppard

Duke’s Grocery

Shop Made in DC

Bluestone Lane Coffee

Places I want to check out in 2018:

Ana at District Winery

Lucky Buns

The Anthem

Atlantic Plumbing

The Dabney

I’ve made some great friends, started a book club, survived multiple snow days, lived a year without a car, navigated the ins and outs of the metro, Amtrak and bus system, and have fallen in love living in the nation’s capital.

Places I want to visit in 2018 

Some on the books, some in my dreams. Just waiting for that unlimited PTO plan 🙂

San Diego

South Africa

Sri Lanka

Cartegena de Indis, Columbia

New Providence, Bahamas

Where are you headed in 2018? I’d love to know!

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