LIFE-DEFINING MOMENT // MOVING TO WASHINGTON DC

Striped St. John dress in the Sculpture Garden of the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC.

When you look back at your life so far, what are some moments that define your life? Weddings, babies, important events, deaths, landing your dream job, your favorite trip — those types of things come to mind. You may have read my post about five career-defining moments in my life, but St. John also challenged me to think of some life-defining moments as well. So over the next two weeks I’ll be doing a mini-series of posts about moments that have defined my life so far.

Striped St. John dress in the Sculpture Garden of the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC.

Striped St. John dress in the Sculpture Garden of the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC.

The first moment that came to mind was moving to Washington, D.C. Maybe it’s because we just moved to a new apartment so I have moving on my mind, but moving to DC was a very pivotal moment in my life. It was a dramatic time in me & my husband’s life that led to us moving here (he was in a bad car accident with a serious neck injury, was in the hospital for 6 weeks, had surgery on his spine, and ended up leaving the Air Force — is the short version).

Striped St. John dress in the Sculpture Garden of the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC.

Striped St. John dress in the Sculpture Garden of the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC.

Moving across the country is a bit dramatic in itself, but moving from a 3-bedroom home you own to a 1-bedroom apartment is a massive change. Not to mention that he went from being an entrepreneur, then into the Air Force, then we moved to DC and he got his master’s degree while working a full-time job. And I went from working full-time and Hallmark as a designer & directing photo shoots and blogging at night, to working for myself doing my blog and social media consulting. Salary to no salary … MAJOR change.

Striped St. John dress in the Sculpture Garden of the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC.

Striped St. John dress in the Sculpture Garden of the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC.

I knew when I left my job that I probably wouldn’t be getting another one. I had always wanted to be my own boss, and moving to a new city where I knew practically no one seemed like a good time to try the entrepreneur thing out. After a very stressful year and a half, it started to be work out. I knew it’d be hard, but it was totally worth it.

Striped St. John dress in the Sculpture Garden of the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC.

Striped St. John dress in the Sculpture Garden of the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC.

Because of my husband’s line of work, we will probably live in DC for a long time. The great thing about living here, is that there is so much to do when family and friends come to visit. And they actually want to come visit because they want to experience everything DC has to offer! There are so many things to do here, I still haven’t done them all, so when visitors come, I get to keep checking places off my own personal list.

Striped St. John dress in the Sculpture Garden of the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC.

Striped St. John dress in the Sculpture Garden of the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC.

I love walking around and showing my friends and family all the little gems in DC. One thing that gets overshadowed by the monuments on the mall is the sculpture garden at the National Gallery of Art. It’s actually right on the mall so it’s not even out of the way. Be sure to stop by and see the sculptures when you visit.

Striped St. John dress in the Sculpture Garden of the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC.

Striped St. John dress in the Sculpture Garden of the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC.

You have to put a lot of thought into what you wear if you are planning to do a lot of walking around DC. If it’s cold, you’ll want to bundle up! If it’s warm, you will probably want to wear something on the loose side that breathes and is comfortable. All of the walking will definitely get your heart going and warm you up.

At the same time, DC is on the conservative side as far as dressing goes, and most people here are always dressed up. A lot of men wear suits and women wear pencil skirts and dresses. Having moved here from the very casual Midwest, I had to rethink my casual wardrobe. Adding dresses that are on the more formal side of casual. Nice casual. This boucle striped knit dress I’m wearing is perfect for a spring walk, a long brunch, and even for travel! The fabric is thick (i.e. high-quality) and the design is breathable.

Items pictured in outfit:

St. John Boucle Striped Knit Dress
This fabric is so thick and luxe. 

Black Aviator Sunglasses

Black Leather Tote Bag
Black sold out, other colors here.

Black Leather Sandals

Matte Watch

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Photography: Laura Metzler

Location: Sculpture Garden at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.

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