My DC // Lindsay of The Pursuit of Style

I had the pleasure of spending the afternoon with event planner by day
and blogger by night, Lindsay of The Pursuit of Style.
See where she took me in the Eastern Market area by Capital Hill.

On the weekends Eastern Market fills up with vendors, so we strolled around looking at jewelry of course.
I saw mudcloth and was like a moth to a flame. The prices were ridic (in a good way)
so now all I need is a bench to recover with my mudcloth.
One of Lindsay’s favorite vendors is a man who imports suzanis.
Obviously I was digging them as well.
The ceiling of the building at Eastern Market immediately demands your attention.

 Lindsay frequently picks up food and flowers at the market.

Apparently this counter in Eastern Market is a DC institution as far as food goes.
We had plans to eat elseware, but it’s on my list to try.
How cute is this bike rack?

 We grabbed an arugula and pear salad at, and I couldn’t resist a blood orange mimosa.

We commiserated about our recent bad days, read mine here, hers involved dropping her laptop and iPad — within one hour of each other, among other things.

 An avid reader, Lindsay gets some of her books at Capitol Hill Books.

 This used book store is not for the claustrophobic, but is full of charm.

 The Eastern Market / Capital Hill area is chalk full of adorable homes.

I’ve got more pictures of doors than I can sanely instagram.
Baggu bag / Tan Bag (similar) / Tory Burch sandals (similar)

 Lindsay also took me over to Surroundings, a Floral Shop she frequents.

Lindsay’s Outfit: Trina Turk for Banana Republic (similar); Bags: Isabella Adams, Baggu for J.Crew; Shoes: Tory Burch; Bracelet: Hermes (similar); Watch, Michele (similar); Sunglasses: Tory Burch (similar); Nail Polish: Essie Splash of Grenadine

Let’s hear from Lindsay:

Why did you take me to Eastern Market, Capitol Hill Books, Acqua Al 2, and Surroundings?
When we first moved to DC I immediately fell in love with the character and charm of Capitol Hill. Every neighborhood in DC really has its own distinct personality and I wanted to share a few spots that are quintessentially Capitol Hill to me. Eastern Market is filled with local artists, craftsmen, and vendors. It’s a great place to roam around on a weekend and there always seems to be something that catches my eye. I’ve bought everything from vintage Givenchy earrings to Turkish foutas and original art. You really never know what you’re going to find! Capitol Hill Books is another neighborhood institution. The books are literally stacked floor to ceiling and the owner is such a character! I’m a big book nerd so I visit fairly frequently to browse the stacks. For lunch, I wanted to take you to one of my favorite restaurants in the area. Acqua Al 2 serves some amazing Italian food and has great ambiance to match. It’s become our go-to when we don’t feel like cooking. Surroundings is the cutest flower shop ever! Unfortunately it was closed when we visited so it wasn’t as picturesque as normal, but it’s just one of those places that looks like it should be in a movie.
What are some of your other favorite places to eat and visit in DC and why or what do you HAVE to get when you go to them?
Oh man, there are so many! Going out to eat is probably one of my favorite things to do. Luckily (or maybe unluckily for my wallet), the restaurant scene on the Hill has really exploded in the past few years and there are a ton of delicious options. On H Street I can’t get enough of the short rib ravioli at The Atlas Room. It’s an appetizer, but I usually convince my boyfriend to order his own so I don’t have to share! Granville Moores is my go-to for moules and frites—perfect for killing a hangover. There’s been a lot of buzz about Toki Underground and it’s completely deserved. Seriously, the best dumplings and ramen I’ve ever had! Moving on to Barrack’s Row, I really love the fried ginger calamari at Zest Bistro. It’s quickly becoming one of my favorite spots for brunch. Ted’s Bulletin has incredibly addicting homemade Pop Tarts and milk shakes. Outside of my neighborhood, I really love BlackSalt. I’m originally from Cape Cod so I can be pretty picky about my seafood, but BlackSalt nails it everytime!

How did The Pursuit of Style come to be?
In all honesty, The Pursuit of Style was initially a product of boredom and a need for a creative outlet. I had just moved into my first ‘real’ apartment and was working in politics and not exactly loving it. I found myself reading all of these amazing design and lifestyle blogs for inspiration and one day just decided to start my own. It started as a hobby, a way to catalogue all of the things I loved, and grew from there. I never even considered myself a ‘blogger’, mainly because I never imagined anyone would read it!

What have you learned from the blog?
I’ve learned a ton! I’m not sure I ever would have gotten into social media if not for the blog. I’ve learned Photoshop, basic HTML, and the importance of time management. Most importantly though, the blog has helped me to hone in on what I’m passionate about.

Have any opportunities come from The Pursuit of Style that otherwise may not have?
Absolutely, I’ve had wonderful opportunities come my way because of The Pursuit of Style. I’ve partnered with brands I love, been featured in some of my favorite publications like Matchbook Magazine, Ivy&Piper, Washingtonian, and Refinery 29. I’ve also met (in real life and virtually) some amazingly creative people that inspire me every day. I really never imagined that this little hobby could be so personally rewarding!

We know you love fashion and interiors from your blog, what else are you involved in?
I’m usually working crazy hours, but when I’m not I love to read and spend time playing with my golden retriever.

As an event planner during the day, and a blogger by night, what are your career goals?
Like most 20-somethings, I’m still figuring it all out. My ultimate daydream is to open my own boutique. I actually keep a notebook of inspiration for this dream boutique: potential names, brands I’d like to carry, design ideas etc. Hopefully someday I can make it a reality!

What are some of your favorite places to shop in DC and on the Internet for fashion and interior decor?
I’m a big believer in supporting local businesses when possible. Some of my DC area favorites for fashion include: Urban Chic, Sassanova, Wink, Luna, and South Moon Under. For interiors and accessories I turn to some of my favorite bloggers’ online stores: Furbish, Design Darling, and Zhush. I’m also endlessly inspired by Anna Spiro’s store Black&Spiro. If only she had a store in the US…