D.C. Happenings: Nusta Spa Reflexology 101

Saturday morning I woke up at 8am and prepped myself for….the spa! hehe 
I found an old Groupon for Nusta Spa in D.C. that had unfortunately expired ($70) but was still redeemable for $30, the amount I had paid for it.  [Since I recently found a bunch of expired Groupons I’ve created a much more efficient system of tracking them all!]
Nusta Spa is D.C.’s “First Green Day Spa”, so naturally I was excited to go, I was a loyal Natural Body client in D.C. [and in Cumming, GA when my Dad lived there] but alas, the D.C. location closed a few years ago, my Dad doesn’t live in GA anymore, and my loyalty to Natural Body as being the only/ best green spa I’ll ever go to, has unfortunately wained.  
So, good thing I found this Groupon because I’ve found the experience of a green spa really is unique and more enjoyable than your typical day spa.  Or, maybe I just feel that way because I’m green conscious? Who knows, and who cares. 
Anyway, I was browsing the services online and I came across reflexology, which is a treatment I’ve been wanting to try for awhile, but didn’t want to necessarily pay for at the moment.  Reflexology focuses on pressure points in the feet and hands and is more of a healing practice, opposed to a traditional full body massage, yet delivers the results of one, and then some.
Some of the benefits of reflexology include…
-Pain management 
-Stress reduction
-Increased circulation
-Increased energy flow 
-Stimulation of the digestive system 
Since reflexology is a healing practice it focuses on balancing the chi [energy] of the different systems of the body.  I’m constantly on the move going to work, class, having 12+ hr long days, etc- and I’ve had a lot on my plate lately so I really did feel a little out of whack and needing to get my chi back in place!
Well, my therapist, Chardette, was so awesome, I can’t wait to go back to her!  I explained it was my first time, and explained to me in order for the practice to work we needed to jive and share our energy. She also didn’t promise that it would work the first time because well, it was my first time.  
I was a tiny bit skeptical, but I can say I felt totally relaxed and rejuvenated by the end of the 50mins, and at points I actually felt like I was in a dream world.  Since it’s prime time allergy season, and I have the worst allergies on this planet, Chardette focused on points that would affect my sinuses, and I can say that that seriously helped, a lot
Nusta Spa itself was also great, super friendly receptionist, comfy robes and good flip flops, and a very clean women’s locker area with nice showers and amenities.  I love the feeling of a green spa, it’s just different, and the whole spa had a great vibe.  The waiting area is small, but cozy with good magazines, both cucumber and lemon water, and trail mix.  My appointment was at 9am and that’s exactly when I went in for my treatment, I was so happy I wasn’t waiting at all, that’s one of my biggest pet peeves.
Bottom line: I’ll be going back when I have some extra spa money.  Next treatment on my list to try is cupping, which I’ve read a lot about from Gwyneth Paltrow, and the lymphatic drainage pressure point therapy [sounds kinda scary, but isn’t].
If you’re in the D.C. area, check out Nusta Spa’s Services here!  If not, look to see if you have any green spas in your area and try a healing treatment sometime, I promise it’s worth it! xo

D.C. Happenings: Gilt City Warehouse Sale

This past Friday night I had the pleasure of going to the Gilt DC Warehouse Sale 
at Longview Gallery. It was awesome, of course, I expected nothing less.
First, the ticket was $20 [if I remember correctly] which was more than worth it in the end.  There was a private sale first, and ticketed admissions began at 9:30pm.  I got there at 8:30pm all ready to be in line, and there was nobody in line yet, I was shocked!
So, I went down the street to the Renaissance Marriott and sat at their beautiful bar…drank some wine, ate some Caesar salad, small talked with the bartender, watched Georgetown lose [hehehe], and headed back at 9:15pm…and there was a line down the block.  Ugh. 

When I finally got in I didn’t know where I wanted to go to first, but my natural instinct took over and I made a b-line for the bags.  There were many to choose from, but I only gave myself a $300 budget, so while the Brian Atwood clutch was screaming my name, I had to pass it up.  So sad.  It was priced $300, originally $1,250.  
Have no fear, I found two fabulous bags I quickly grabbed.  They fit perfectly with what I love in a bag, and I just couldn’t pass up the price.  
Pour La Victoire ‘Vivien’ Tote in Taupe $378
I paid: $129 

Nicholas K [Can’t find the name of the bag] $500
I paid $110  
After I found my two new bags I kept walking to…shoes, my second natural instinct, duh.  The shoe section was insanity.  I mean I was getting claustrophobic as I walked through with my glass of champagne.  Scary
It was difficult sifting through everything, but I eventually was able to find two pairs of shoes I fell in love with.  I actually found another pair as well, but one shoe was missing!! THE HORROR.  So, I had to leave the other one behind.  So sad. 
Pour La Victoire Alvery Double Platform Stacked Pump $285 
I paid $40

 
Elizabeth and James ‘Mazi’ Pump $325
I paid $29 
So, as you can see, I made out pretty well at the Gilt DC Warehouse Sale.  I didn’t even attempt to go through the clothes, it was way too crazy and I def did not want to deal with that. 
Anyway, I can’t wait for next year!! xo

XO.
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D.C. Happenings: Inauguration Ball Fun

On Monday night I went to The George Washington University’s Inaugural Ball at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in D.C.  It was so much fun, a night filled with lots wine and champagne…enough said. 
I thought a side pony would go perfectly with my dress, so I used a picture of Eva Longoria as inspiration.  Shout out to Casal’s in Clarendon, it’s my new favorite salon, and they def have a new customer after my fabulous experience there.  Before you start your appointment they give you a scalp, shoulder, and hand massage.  Ummmm, perfection.
Then I headed over to Blue Mercury for makeup, I love going to Blue Mercury for event makeup…in my opinion it’s way better than going to MAC [more options, less drag queen] and way way better than going to Sephora [more experienced staff]. 
My dress is from Bloomingdales, it’s Tadashi Shoji Spring 2013 RTW.
I absolutely loved this dress and I can’t wait to wear it again.  It was super comfortable, you can’t see but there’s a slit, and the lace bodice was beautiful.  I also loved the cinching, I thought it was super unique and added another element to the dress without being too much, or taking away from the top.
I can’t find it for purchase anywhere online, so sorry I don’t have a link for it! 
In Men’s Wearhouse waiting for somebodyyyyy to be given the correct sized tuxedo.  Borderline catastrophe, but in the end crisis averted.  The lace detailing was amazing, and the one shoulder cut of the dress so flattering. 
I really didn’t want to wear much jewelry, I just wanted more of a statement piece, and this Kenneth Jay Lane ‘Polished Gold Links Cuff’ was perfect.  You can find it on Rent the Runway, here
I didn’t take a good picture of my shoes, but I wore Giuseppe Zanotti’s Black Patent Leather Peep-toe Mary Jane Pumps.  I got them a couple of years ago so I don’t think you can find them online anywhere.
My beautiful friend Paulina wore BCBG’s Maxine Evening Gown [shop it here].  She looked fabulous, obviously…& her shoes were super fab, by Guess!
Here are some other pics from a great evening! =]

PS: I fully plan on being at the Official Inaugural Ball next time around.

D.C. Happenings: Alexandria Sample Sale

Two Saturday’s ago I went to the Old Town District Boutique’s Warehouse Sale.  I had no idea what to expect since I had never been, but I haveeee been to the D.C. Sample Sale and love it.  It started at 9am, I got there maybe 9:15ish — I waited over an hour to get in.  I couldn’t believe how busy it was.  I also noticed a lot of people weren’t walking out with shopping bags, but I thought I’d wait and give it a look see anyway.

The only thing I was really interested in was shoes, so I made a bee line (ha ha) towards Shoe Hive’s (a boutique in Alexandria) area.  I literally thought I was in heaven for the 10mins I spent at the entire sale.  I saw what I wanted, fell in love, paid, saved a lot of moolah, and went on my merry way.  

Diane von Furstenburg Zia in fawn 

MICHAEL Michael Kors Adena Bootie in black

Vera Wang Lavender Fletcher Boot in taupe

Sorry the picture quality isn’t perfect, it was evening when I took the pics so my room was a little bit darker! Click on the links above to see where to purchase any of these shoes!

D.C. Happenings: Sugar and Champagne 2012

The Washington Humane Society honors animal law enforcement and animal cruelty educators every year at the Sugar and Champagne event here in Washington D.C.  Last year was my first Sugar and Champagne experience at the Ritz Carlton D.C., and I was blown away by how fabulous and beautiful it was.  This year the event moved to the Ronald Reagan Building, it was a larger space, allowed for more fabulous D.C. restaurants to showcase their desserts, and allowed more room, most importantly, for all the four legged attendees.  The theme of Sugar and Champagne (exquisite desserts and a ton of unlimited booze) is, in my opinion classy and elegant– and beyondddddddddd fun.  The best part, again in my opinion, is that everyone can bring their dog(s), and many of the restaurants make special desserts they can eat too– I can’t say that about the drinks though!

Sugar and Champagne is a huge event that gets a lot of media attention here in D.C. and I am so lucky to be a part of it, helping out an amazing organization and reaping the benefits of the event at the same time!!  I was placed in the VIP reception area, checking wristbands, not too glam but I still got to mingle with everyone (but couldn’t really find time to snap some pics…wahhh).

Check out my pictures below!!!  PS: Unfortunately my phone died during the event…lame, but I got a few good ones!
Setting up the VIP reception area where guests sampled savory dishes from D.C.’s best restaurants.
Kind of blurry, but this was “Adult Chocolate Milk” — it was amazing, super strong, but still tasted like chocolate milk!

The general reception area, it looked gorgeous!
Buzz Bakery’s fabulous looking table, the cake was auctioned off for $400.  Everything on their table was gone before the event even ended!
It was a cake, I didn’t try any because I’m not really a cake person but it looked delicious!
This is Chilly and he’s awesome.  At first I was thinking “omg, why would you ever do that to your dog” but it turns out he’s the mascot for his parent’s business which is helping to pay for an animal’s surgery so they aren’t euthanized.  The attention he brings helps to spread the word about animal euthanasia in shelters which a huge problem.  He even has his own business card!
I was trying to follow this guy around all night, he’s only 13 months old. So cute, and loved little dogs the most, he would lie down to get on their level, literally. Adorbz.
Set up for the whiskey tasting in the VIP area.  I learned the difference between bourbon, whiskey, and scotch — and got to sample the leftovers after!

D.C. Happenings: Fashion for Paws 2011

This passed Saturday night I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to go to the 5th annual Fashion for Paws, which benefits the Washington Humane Society.  I intern for the WHS’s special event department, so I was more than happy to help work at the event.  The event was held in DC’s National Building Museum, I was expecting the venue to be gorgeous but what I saw when I walked in FAR exceeded my expectations! 
The colors of pink and turquoise were absolutely stunning.  The VIP tables were so elegantly set, and the white runway was bright and stood out beautifully with the purply-pink trees lining it.  Opposite the runway, in the general admission area, vitaminwater (a mayyjahhh sponsor of the night) set up quite an interesting runway.  The background of the runway (as seen below) was covered in vitaminwater bottles.  (I still haven’t figured out how they got those bottles to stay on like that, I need to ask someone)
Once the event started at 7pm models representing 4 different types of vitaminwater just stood on the runway for a couple hours. #ouch. BUT they looked beauitful, so I guess that’s all that matters!
Check out the video below, which highlights some of the two and four legged models strutttinnn their stuff on the runway! All clothes were provided by Tyson’s Galleria (my fave mall in the area). 
I’m SO happy I was at this event, and I CANNOT wait for next year!  
PS: I was interviewed by the CW news..on camera…which is terrifying. I need to find the video so I can post it. #prayingimnotsuperembarrassed
XO.
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