Cross hiking off your Fall bucket list

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Photography: Oksana Berman

What I’m wearing: Tank- Fabletics (couldn’t find the one I’m wearing, but I love this one with mesh detailing), Leggings- Kenneth Cole, Sports bra- Pink (similar)

 I’ve had such a fabulous time with my mom, and one of my favorite things that we did this past weekend, was go hiking. It wasn’t aggressive or anything like that, I would definitely need more prep time to do like an actual hike, but it was really nice to walk the trail, enjoy nature (especially in the fall- how freaking gorgeous are the trees?!), and take some pictures. Of course, we also wore cute activewear. 

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Where to go apple picking near D.C.

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On Sunday, Greg and I ventured out to Homestead Farms in Poolesville, Maryland to go apple picking. I had never been apple picking before but it just sounded like the most fall of all the fall things to do, so I decided this year was the year. And we went on October 1st and it was 65 degrees. All the pieces fell into place.

If you’re into apple picking (or pumpkin picking, or squash or really any other kind of vegetable or fruit that you can pick) and you like farm animals, sprawling land, and homemade apple/pumpkin butter, go to Homestead Farms.

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Dinner at Sonoma Restaurant & Wine Bar

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The other week Greg and I went to a romantic dinner at Sonoma Restaurant & Wine Bar. I’m a sucker for a good wine bar, and this one did not disappoint. The décor is very cozy with an exposed brick wall, with a few large tables, and many small tables close to each other, with a bench lining the other wall.

I like intimate restaurants like this, with nice mood lighting. The bar was very spacious, which is always a plus. We ended up sitting in this tucked away little table, where I got to sit on the bench. It was just private enough, without us feeling isolated.

On the recommendation of the server, we ordered a bottle of red wine, a French cabernet sauvignon, which was full-bodied with a smooth finish. I don’t like wines that are too sweet or too tangy, and this one was great. It also paired really well with the food.

We started off with a meat and cheese plate, prosciutto with three different kinds of cheeses. I especially loved the truffle cheddar and bleu cheese. Then, on to the main course. I ordered the carbonara, with bacon and an egg yolk. You receive the plate with the egg on top and mix it in yourself, something I loved and thought was a nice touch to the meal. The carbonara was spicy, a definite plus in my book. Greg ordered the carne pizza. It was topped with meats, had a nice red sauce, and a thicker crust. Both portions were generous and we ended up taking some home.

I would recommend this for any date night. It’s romantic, but not too quiet. The wine selection is good, with a chic ambience that isn’t too stuffy. It’s located in Capitol Hill, one of my favorite D.C. neighborhoods. I’m always on the lookout for cute new spots, and I’m really glad we tried this place.

I’m looking forward to this really warm week we have coming up. It’s so exciting to start thinking about all those Spring outfits and enjoying patios!

-Masha