Saturday, April 19, 2014

DC Cherry Blossoms

Tourists from all over descend upon DC every spring to see the famous cherry blossoms. I imagine it's difficult for out-of-towners to plan ahead and time their visit during peak bloom, which unfortunately only lasts about a week (love this handy guide for reference). As a local, I don't have an excuse for skipping besides pure laziness. But not this year!

When my cousin was in town last weekend, we took advantage of the gorgeous weather and schlepped around the city. We walked from Georgetown, followed the path along the river, to the Tidal Basin. As we began to see cherry blossom trees, I wondered out loud, What happened to all the trees? There seems to be less this year, only a scattering here and there. DID THEY DIE?! And where are the mob of tourists? When we reached the Tidal Basin [photos below], everything made sense. This is where the majority of the trees and crowd are, and is the scene used on many postcards.
DC cherry blossoms @ tidal basin (2014)
DC cherry blossoms @ tidal basin (2014)

Looking back, my musings sound ridiculous, and I place the blame squarely on my crappy memory -- remembering cherry blossom trees next to a body of water but confusing the basin with the Potomac River?! LOL @ me. I need to visit more than once every six years. Apparently memory loss runs in the family because my cousin echoed my thoughts instead of doubling over in laughter.
DC cherry blossoms @ tidal basin (2014)
DC cherry blossoms @ tidal basin (2014)
I didn't end up with clear outfit photos from our outing, so here are a couple reshots. I believe the flowers behind me are magnolias though and not cherry blossoms.
denim jacket, gray tee, navy lace skirt, striped crossbody bag
denim jacket, gray tee, navy lace skirt, striped crossbody bag
sunglasses: Walmart aviator (similar)
lips: Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in softsilver rose (sold here)
necklace: stone pendant via eBay (seller's shop for stone, chain)
jacket: Abercrombie & Fitch denim (similar - 40% off w/code DAYS)
top: LOFT sunwashed tee (sold here - 40% off w/code SPRING)
nail polish on toes: OPI South Beach Paint My Moji-toes Red
shoes: LOFT Vaughn t-strap sandals (sold here - 40% off w/code SPRING)

8 comments:

  1. That's so beautiful; I need to visit DC during the cherry blossom season once in my life. Love your casual outfit too; perfect for the occasion.

    Hugs and Kisses,
    Pam
    www.classypam.com

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    1. I hope you get the chance to visit one year, Pam!

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  2. Seeing Cherry Blossom at its peak is on my wish list. I got myself familiar with the fact that the timing is hard, therefore difficult for travelers to predict. Kids' vacation - this coming week for Massachusetts is always too late for the peak season.
    I'll be visiting next week though for a high school reunion so I'm taking the family to visit the capital. Hope there are still lingering trees with flower. :)

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    1. I hate to be a party pooper, but I think the trees are all green now =/ Nevertheless, the area is still a beautiful place to visit, so I'm sure you'll enjoy it! I think touring the Capitol and the White House requires reservations ahead of time, but don't quote me on that. I do hope you and your fam enjoy your stay here! Perhaps once the kids are off to college, you and your husband will have an easier time planning and getting away one year to see the cherry blossoms at their peak ;)

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    2. Good that you mentioned. I will check online to see if that's true. Thanks, Cee.

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  3. Gorgeous pics! Glad you had a fun outing with your cousin. :)

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  4. Wow the cherry blossoms are so beautiful. I remember visiting Washington and all the monuments (not during the pretty flowers time) but it takes me back with these pictures :)

    katattack2000.wordpress.com

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    1. I think living in DC's backyard makes me take everything for granted. Until I visit other cities and realize that EVERYTHING COSTS MONEY, lol. We're so lucky that the majority of the Smithsonian and other tourist attractions are free to the public.

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