D.C. Happenings: Renwick Gallery ‘No Spectators’

The Renwick Gallery is an awesome, *free*, Smithsonian museum right across from the White House.  The Gallery features a variety of artists and installations that are as thought provoking as they are visually appealing.  The current exhibit, No Spectatorsfeatures installations, art work, costumes, and more from the yearly Burning Man festival in Nevada.  & let me tell you, it’s awesome.

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Londontown Nail Care + Summer ’18 Polish

If you know me, then you know I’m obsessed with nail polish.  I have a great polish wall filled with all sorts of amazing brands + colors.  One new brand that I’ve added to my collection is Londontown, a great vegan and cruelty free brand featuring botanical and mineral oils as ingredients.  They sent over a great package for me, and I’ve really been able to explore the brand and the awesome products they make!

First, let’s start out with nail care.  The health of your nails will help any mani last just a bit longer.  I have acrylic nails, which I get refilled every two weeks, but when I decided to take a break from them last year, I hunted for a great nail strengthener.  The ingredients in Londontown’s Nail Hardener & Base Coat will help you build a great base for your manicure.  The Kur on top of all their nail care products signifies the brand blend of natural ingredients & botanical blends.  Doesn’t botanical blends just sound amazing?!  Since I haven’t needed to use a nail hardener/ base coat since getting my acrylics back, I’m going to pass it along to a friend that can use it, and I’ll report back on what she thinks!

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Thursday’s Fab Five

Happy Thursday!

It’s been a decent summer so far, I’m still little by little organizing and cleaning the house since getting back from vacation, but, it’s been a veryrelaxing week!  I’m super excited to be doing a Fab Five today, since I haven’t in so long!  Don’t forget, share any of your current favorited with me, in the comments below!

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Travel Tuesday: 24 Hours in Savannah, GA [Part 1]

I just got back from an awesome week long girls trip with my bestie, Heather.  We bounced around in NOLA, Savannah, and ended in Hilton Head, South Carolina.  I’m going to have quick little travel guides for each, but since I wanted to get one posted today, I decided to start with Savannah!

We flew into Savannah from New Orleans, with a quick layover in Atlanta.  On the way back I was able to get a direct flight from the SAV airport into DC, which was so quick and cheap.  I highly suggest my DMV area readers to book a trip down to Savannah for a girls, or a solo, weekend!!  If you have a bride to be in your tribe, Savannah is a great (& super popular) bachelorette weekend destination too.

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Budget Beauty: Bioré Baking Soda Cleansing Foam

The summer heat can lead to easy breakouts.  Whether it’s from sweat, sunscreen, or just the daily oil slick that somehow forms on our faces, hot & muggy days can produce pore clogging events.  Nobody has time for that ‘ish, so in comes one of my latest favorite Budget Beauty products, the Bioré Baking Soda Cleansing Foam!

This is a deep cleansing foam that I’ve been using at night, after removing  my makeup.  It’s good for all skin types, and really gets into those pores to clean and degunk them from the long day.  I haven’t noticed any drying whatsoever, which may be because I generally have more oily skin, but since it’s geared toward all skin types, I don’t think drying should be a concern.

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D.C. Happenings: Pisco Month at Service Bar DC

Did you know, Peruvian Independence Day is July 28, and National Pisco Day is July 22?!  No, you didn’t?!  Well, now you know!

I had the opportunity to attend the press party for Service Bar D.C.’s Pisco Month kickoff the other week, and let me tell you, Pisco drinks are the best. Every Monday during the month of July, Service Bar will be serving up Peruvian cocktail realness starting at 5pm.  Service Bar really prides itself, as it should, on the craft cocktail experience in a relaxed and chill as F setting.  The Peruvian cocktails below were made especially for this Monday month long celebration, and the mix of flavors is on point…it really is an experience versus just your typical drink.

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Recipe Wednesday: Quick + Easy Chicken Salad

Summertime should be all about light cooking and grilling.  Since I’m a teacher I have a bit more time to focus on the little things during the summer…like…making lunch!  My boyfriend & I ordered our favorite Peruvian chicken one day last week, lo and behold, they actually gave us two, yes, two, whole chickens instead of one.  Needless to say, we had a lot left over.

I decided to get creative and whip up a quick chicken salad for lunch one day, using all Trader Joe’s ingredients…minus the chicken, of course.  Although, it would be super easy to use the precooked Grilled Chicken Strips (hint: in the green packaging).

My secret weapon in this chicken salad is the Trader Joe’s Aioli Garlic Mustard Sauce, which is, let me tell you, the best sauce ever.  You can put it on anything, and it serves up the best mustard realness.  I put this on grilled salmon, use it as a dipping sauce, you really can’t go wrong.

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Ulta Haul: Bath Bombs + Face Masks

A while go I gave myself a little Ulta Haul…I didn’t go crazy, but I did pick up a few fun items.  I was in desperate need of some bath bombs, and def not in desperate need of some sheet masks, but bought some anyway!

First up, the Fizz & Bubble Artisan Bath Fizzy bath bombs.  I bought five, each one would perfectly fit any of my moods on a given night.  First, I chose Hawaiian Lei, which smells like amazing spring & summer flowers.  It’s so light and refreshing, perfect for a summertime bath.  The second one I chose is the Oatmeal, Milk, & Honey which I think is perfect to have on the back burner just in case I get a leeeeetle bit of a sunburn this summer.  These three ingredients will def tone down any burn I have, all in a nice & relaxing bubble bath of course.  Third bath bomb up is the Lavender Fields which will be perfect after a long day, or the next morning after a long night.  Lavender is one of my favorite scents, and this bath bomb smells so good!

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D.C. Happenings: Delicious Food, The Caps, & More!

I had a couple big foodie events this week, and def need to detox through next week to rebalance myself!!

This past Wednesday was Jose Andres’ annual Dine-n-Dash event to benefit World Central Kitchen.   This was my fourth time attending this amazing event, and honestly, it’s my favorite night out in D.C. each year.  A little over 30 restaurants in the Penn Quarter and 14th St areas close for regular service and turn into incredible cocktail parties with passed drinks and hors d’oeuvres.  You start by checking in at your designated restaurant, and then just walk from place to place sipping on cocktails and nomming on the restaurants best.

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Nordstrom Rack Finds: Tory Burch & Ted Baker Sandals

My Mom came and visited during Mother’s Day weekend, and of course, we shopped, shopped, and shopped.  One of my favorite places to stop is Nordstrom Rack, and we have quite a few in the D.C. area.  The best one, in my opinion, is in the downtown area in Penn Quarter.  It’s a huge store, and they are always stocked with great pieces from clothing to shoes & accessories.  I didn’t find any new clothing pieces to add to my wardrobe while I was there, but I did find two new pairs of sandals at great prices.

The first pair I found are the simple and easy Tory Burch Terra Thong Sandals in nude.  They are sold out on the Tory Burch website, but they had a lot in stock (both nude and black) at Nordstrom Rack- so you might want to call your local one to see if they have any!  It looks like PoshMark also has a few up, so if you like this style, check there too!

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