Spring is in the air! We are finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel after a brutally cold winter here in DC. One thing is for certain, we are all ready for some fresh air after being trapped indoors for a solid two months straight. Warm weather means happy hours, dining el fresco, farmers markets and finally shedding the layers that we have become a-custom to bundling up in. And luckily enough, we have found one glorious spot in DC to indulge in all of our favorite warm weather activities.
Union Market is a unique emporium that houses over 40 artisan retailers under one roof. Richard Brandenburg, veteran of José Andrés’s ThinkFoodGroup, has carefully curated the ultimate foodie experience and locals and tourists have definitely taken notice. Vendors range from fine food artisans, up-and-coming entrepreneurs, to well known restaurateurs all creating an overall memorable experience. You can choose to eat at a specific restaurant or if you are with a group, everyone can grab different bites from various vendors and share them at the picnic tables outside. (more…)
If you’re a regular reader here, then you probably know by now how much Michelle and I like our wine. We not only enjoy it at parties, over dinner and hanging with friends but most importantly this blog was originally created over a glass of wine. And let’s be honest, some of the best times in our lives usually involve a glass or two. Luckily, I married a man that has fallen for wine almost as hard as I have and we have ended up planning many of our vacations around it. We have both done some extensive wine touring on both the east and west coasts but were interested in exploring the international wine scene as well. So when we found another cheap airline deal on Airfare Watchdog, to Chile we booked without thinking and planned a last minute trip to South America.
Although we only had a short time in Chile, we were able to see much that this gorgeous country had to offer. Below are my honest tips on what to do, where to stay, what to eat and drink, what to pack and how to get around Chilean Wine Country. (more…)
So how many ladies have run in to the same dilemma as we have… You run out of a make up product, head to your favorite beauty store and end up spending hours looking for the next best thing. The testers and used makeup palettes are not so appealing or by any means hygienic. Then the sales associate attempts to apply the product on your hand to get the idea if it will match your face? And at some point you just give up, check out, go home and discover you don’t even love the product at all and will end up going right back where you started. Sound familiar?
Attending fashion week leaves me inspired on so many levels. It excites me for a new season to come, fresh trends to play with and it gives me so many ideas for my business. I’m pretty stoked about all of the trends to come for fall but let’s get real, it’s finally looking like it’s warm enough to talk Spring, so let’s get into what we can start wearing now. If I had to guess which trend I will be favoring this Spring, I would have to go with the 70’s movement. I have always had a thing for flare leg jeans and everything hippy chic, which most likely stems from years of my sister and I playing dress up in my mom’s closet. I hope whomever scored her digs from Goodwill a few years back, is enjoying them because I would absolutely kill to have those kaftans and flares right about now… (more…)
Attending New York Fashion Week has always been a dream to Michelle and I. We both studied fashion in school and have worked in the industry for years, so when we were invited to attend a Fashion Week in both Miami and New York in the last year, we felt like we had practiced our whole lives and finally made it to the Super Bowl. Unfortunately, Michelle was unable to attend this season, since she was in the middle of her move to LA but my sister stood in for her and we had a killer time taking on the city, the fashion and the food – minus the sub zero temps. (more…)
Every few weeks I seem to fall deep into what I like to call a “hair rut”. I get bored or frustrated with my current look and want something fresh and new. I usually start texting my stylist, Ashley, around this time with different photos I have found on Pinterest of ideas I want to try. And since she is located in Warrenton, I usually can only make it out to see her once every 7 weeks. After studying Ashley’s techniques and filming multiple tutorials with her, I have started to catch on a bit more about how to style my hair but I never seem to achieve the greatness that I leave the salon with at home. (more…)
Have you ever been to a restaurant where you ordered a dish that was so incredible that it left you thinking about it all the time? I have, more times than I can count. Recently, I had a bowl of french onion soup at Bistro Francais that totally blew my mind. After returning home in a state of total cheese and onion overload, and I mean that in the best way possible, I knew I had to make a choice. I could continue to frequent this restaurant as much as humanly possible or I could try to recreate this delicious concoction at home. Since driving into DC every time I crave this little bowl of heaven would be a little ridiculous, I decided to try my hand at recreating Bistro Francais’ french onion soup at home. And after many attempts I finally came up with something that almost compares and something you most definitely should try. (recipe below) (more…)
Packing for New York Fashion Week is no joke, especially in mid February. It’s a battle of what will be super chic, fit in your suitcase and will also keep you warm in 1 degree weather. I tried my best to look put together most of the time I was there but I’m not going to lie, by the end of the week I was bundled in a comfy sweater and my poofy down parka. But beyond the cold weather, it is still a struggle to decide what to bring to one of the most fashionable events in all of the world. It’s a lot of pressure! Luckily I discovered a secret weapon to keep my outfits looking fresh, on trend and all at an affordable price. (more…)