National Harbor x My Birthday


Last weekend was my birthday! I’ve never been a big birthday person, but somehow my celebrations last the course of a couple of weekends between friend and family celebrations; I am so blessed to have so many wonderful loved ones in my life. This year, all I wanted was oysters and champagne, so my Sweet Baboo planned a quick weekend getaway to Maryland’s National Harbor. He said we could do all my favourite things, including take several photoshoots for the blog.

The day came and we packed everything up, drove the drive, and found it was cold, wet, and I was really feeling down from what would be a sinus infection. Not the best for a photo shoot, or a birthday weekend! Instead of doing everything we planned, we ditched the photoshoot and stayed curled up together in our hotel room and spent time in each other’s company (not trying to be mushy, but with both of us in school and working these moments are so rare).

We stayed at the AC Hotel (by Marriott actually!). It has a clean modern design and amazingggg view of the Harbor. The Hotel has a gorgeous rooftop bar (which we unfortunately did not get to utilize between the rain and me being sick), and is situated next to The Walrus, a wonderful oyster and ale restaurant. If you ever have a chance to visit the area, I could not recommend this hotel enough! The staff was friendly and helpful, and the complimentary breakfast was outstanding.

It wasn’t the day we had planned, but it was completely perfect. He took me for oysters and champagne, and even packed on of my favourite local champagnes with cupcakes for a late night treat. I could not have asked for a better birthday- the gift of created memories is the best gift of all.


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  1. Shell
    March 30, 2016 / 9:35 am

    So sorry you have been sick love! I can’t wait to give you your gift! I miss you soon much!!
    (sorry for all my errors, I’m doing this on my phone instead of the computer..)
    xo, Shell

    • Shell
      March 30, 2016 / 9:36 am

      My phone keeps putting ‘soon’ instead of ‘so’ πŸ˜‰

      • Kait Elizabeth
        March 30, 2016 / 9:13 pm

        You’re adorable!

    • Kait Elizabeth
      March 30, 2016 / 9:13 pm

      I love my gift soooo much!!! I’m so glad I got to see you for a few today. Thank you babe! Hugs, Kait

  2. The Reader's Tales - A Swiss lifestyle blog
    March 29, 2016 / 12:53 pm

    Lovely hotel and photos! Happy belated birthday, KaitΒ πŸ˜‰

    • Kait Elizabeth
      March 29, 2016 / 8:03 pm

      Thank you so much love! Hugs, Kait

  3. Len Parent
    March 28, 2016 / 9:02 am

    Such beautiful photos!!!!! Thanks for sharing darling. Have a fabulous Monday!
    Much love, Len

    • Kait Elizabeth
      March 28, 2016 / 11:18 am

      Thank you beautiful Len!!! I hope you had a wonderful Easter weekend and that your week ahead is bright and sunny. Hugs, Kait

  4. Mayra
    March 26, 2016 / 4:00 pm

    Happy belated birthday Kait! You look amazing in the pics would’ve never known you weren’t feeling well.

    • Kait Elizabeth
      March 27, 2016 / 8:36 pm

      You’re too sweet! These are sick and makeup free- we’re all our own worst critic though. Happy Easter! Hugs, Kait

  5. Edye
    March 26, 2016 / 3:33 pm

    Lovely photos! Happy belated birthday πŸ™‚

    Edye // Gracefulcoffee

    • Kait Elizabeth
      March 27, 2016 / 8:36 pm

      Thanks gorgeous!!! Hugs, Kait

  6. Emallie
    March 25, 2016 / 9:20 am

    The National Harbor is amazing! I’m about 40 mins away so next time, when it’s better weather, let’s all go! Ride the Ferris wheel (using groupon of course, bc it’s absurdly expensive without it haha), go to the dueling piano bar and take pictures!


    You’re birthday was probably exactly what you both needed.


    • Kait Elizabeth
      March 25, 2016 / 6:05 pm

      Yessssss! Except for the Ferris Wheel, those scare the living daylights out of me!!! I hope you have a great Easter love. Hugs, Kait

    • Kait Elizabeth
      March 25, 2016 / 6:06 pm

      Thank you love! It ended up being great. Hugs, Kait

  7. March 24, 2016 / 11:44 pm

    Looks like you had a wonderful time. I love going to the National Harbor as well. Is so beautiful especially in the night.
    Love this post, thanks for sharing babe!
    Happy Friday!
    Xox, Raysa

    • Kait Elizabeth
      March 25, 2016 / 6:07 pm

      It’s always a great time! We have so many blogger babes in the area, it would be the perfect place for a blogger meetup! Happy Weekend love gorgeous! Hugs, Kait

  8. Kasey
    March 24, 2016 / 10:24 pm


    I hope you had a fabulous birthday πŸ™‚

    xx Kasey

    • Kait Elizabeth
      March 24, 2016 / 10:34 pm

      I did! Thank you love. Hugs, Kait

  9. March 24, 2016 / 10:10 pm

    Aww Kait, I had no idea it was your birthday. Happy Belated birthday! So sorry you weren’t feeling well but it’s great that you and the hubs got to spend quality time together. I am currently on antibiotics for a sinus infection – I guess it’s that time of year! I hope you’re feeling much better. Xoxo -gail

    • Kait Elizabeth
      March 24, 2016 / 10:37 pm

      Awww thank you gorgeous. Ugh we’re in the same boat- I hope you feel better as well! Hugs, Kait

  10. March 24, 2016 / 9:42 pm

    Happy belated birthday Kait Elizabeth! I’m so glad you got to spend time with loved ones and enjoyed yourself!
    xx Belle

    • Kait Elizabeth
      March 24, 2016 / 9:47 pm

      Thank you Belle! You are so sweet. Hugs, Kait

  11. Jenna at Boston Chic Party
    March 24, 2016 / 9:19 pm

    The view at the hotel is gorgeous! It would certainly make laying in bed recovering worth while with a view like that πŸ™‚
    Hope you are feeling better and that you had a very happy birthday!
    xoxo, Jenna
    Boston Chic Party

    • Kait Elizabeth
      March 24, 2016 / 10:38 pm

      It really did make it a lot better! I am, and thank you so much love! Hugs, Kait

  12. Ruthie
    March 24, 2016 / 8:34 pm

    Way to make lemonade out of lemons! Sometimes you have to make the most out of unexpected happenings! You are amazing. A similar thing happened to us with our san fran getaway…. I was like omg! LOL Your hotel looked LOVELY. I hope you are feeling better my dear!

    • Kait Elizabeth
      March 24, 2016 / 9:17 pm

      You are absolutely right! All that really matters is you are with the one you love. The antibiotics are finally kicking in, and I’m getting my act together. You are the sweetest love! Hugs, Kait

  13. Annie
    March 24, 2016 / 7:35 pm

    Sounds like you had an amazing birthday weekend! Looks like my perfect trip too – oysters and champagne!

    xo Annie

    • Kait Elizabeth
      March 24, 2016 / 9:15 pm

      You can never go wrong with the two! Hugs, Kait

  14. Jen Frick
    March 24, 2016 / 4:11 pm

    You are the CUTEST! So glad you had a wonderful birthday! Oysters and champagne are all I need too and will be treating myself as soon as this baby is out! πŸ™‚ xoxo

    Jen |

    • Kait Elizabeth
      March 24, 2016 / 8:38 pm

      There is just something magical about the combo! Speaking of the cutest, that would be you with your little bump!!! I can’t wait to see more styling in the future. Btw be on the lookout for a DM from me. Hugs, Kait

    • Kait Elizabeth
      March 24, 2016 / 8:34 pm

      Thank love! You can never go wrong with birthday champagne. Hugs, Kait

    • Kait Elizabeth
      March 24, 2016 / 8:35 pm

      Thanks gorgeous! I had a wonderful day. Hugs, Kait

  15. Lili
    March 24, 2016 / 5:08 pm

    Oh it sounds wonderful, even though you weren’t feeling well and the weather was not perfect. At least you were able to spend quality time with your sweet man. And it is so nice of him to bring your favourite champagne! It’s these memories that really count. Happy belated Birthday!

    • Kait Elizabeth
      March 24, 2016 / 8:37 pm

      Memories and time together are definitely the most important par of any life occasion! Thank you so much love. I hope you are ready for the weekend! Hugs, Kait

    • Kait Elizabeth
      March 24, 2016 / 8:37 pm

      It was gorgeous! Hugs, Kait

  16. Erica
    March 24, 2016 / 2:14 pm

    So fun! I have always wanted to travel up there to check that out since its not ridiculously far from where I live. Looks like a great way to spend your birthday πŸ™‚


    • Kait Elizabeth
      March 24, 2016 / 8:41 pm

      It’s a great little place to get away! They have amazing resturants, good shopping, and the best events in the summer. Hugs, Kait

    • Kait Elizabeth
      March 24, 2016 / 8:41 pm

      Thank you gorgeous! Me too! Hugs, Kait

  17. Stella Asteria
    March 24, 2016 / 12:56 pm

    Belated yet most sincere happy birthday dear! I wish you all the best πŸ™‚
    I am so glad you had such beautiful moments!

    • Kait Elizabeth
      March 24, 2016 / 8:44 pm

      Awww thank you so much gorgeous babe!!! Hugs, Kait

  18. March 24, 2016 / 12:22 pm

    happy belated birthday!! looks like a wonderful time! Hope your birthday was amazing!

    • Kait Elizabeth
      March 24, 2016 / 8:45 pm

      Thank you love! It was definitely memorable. Hugs, Kait

  19. Ashley
    March 24, 2016 / 12:13 pm

    Yay for swanky birthdays with champagne and hotel stays! Love this, lady- happy belated birthday!

    Le Stylo Rouge

    • Kait Elizabeth
      March 24, 2016 / 8:46 pm

      Thank you! Aren’t those the best birthdays?? Hugs, Kait

  20. Emily Maric
    March 24, 2016 / 12:06 pm

    I am glad you didn’t let the sinus infection ruin your b-day getaway!! The pictures of the hotel are amazing, very clean and modern lines. But I could not help but notice those tennis shoes you have on; leopard print, so fab. Do you mind sharing where you got them from? xo, Emily

    • Kait Elizabeth
      March 24, 2016 / 8:56 pm

      I’m so glad too!!! It turned out amazing with how the weekend went. They are Adidas and I purchased them on Asos, at the end of the post there is a direct link to them. Thank you love! Hugs, Kait

  21. Leonor B
    March 24, 2016 / 9:20 am

    Happy Birthday Beautiful!!!

    • Kait Elizabeth
      March 24, 2016 / 8:58 pm

      Thank you love!! Hugs, Kait

    • Kait Elizabeth
      March 24, 2016 / 8:58 pm

      Thank you love!! It was a splendid weekend. Hugs, Kait

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