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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D.C. Happenings: District To Dos

The weather in D.C. is finally getting itself together.  Both yesterday, and today, have been 90 degrees.  SUMMER IS FINALLY HERE!!  With warm weather brings plenty of fun, and mostly, outdoor, District activities that should be on everybody’s to do list.

Toned Up Tuesdays FREE Yoga in CityCenter !! 

It’s a leeeetle last minute, but every Tuesday, for the rest of May, CorePower Yoga hosts a free,YES FREE, hour long yoga class.  Toned Up Tuesdays is a great way to get in a class, all while enjoying the awesome environment of CityCenter D.C.  I haven’t been able to attend this year as of yet, but last year it was super fun!  The class is from 6-7pm & you’ll need to bring your own mat…I suggest getting there 5:45 at the latest because it does really full up  The workout is totally worth it, and plan ahead & decide what restaurant you’ll be hitting up for drinks after!!

Mount Vernon Spring Wine Festival & Sunset Tour

This is one of my favorite events in the area.  I go to both the fall and spring Wine Festival at George Washington’s house, and it’s always a great time.  Tons of wine from all around the region, and great prices for any bottles and glasses you might want to enjoy while picnicking on the property.  You can also take tours of the house, and wander around the grounds.  There’s plenty of food options too, all perfect for pairing with any vino.  There are still tickets available, but they’re selling out quickly!!

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D.C. Happenings: MetroCooking D.C. 2017

Happy Friyay!
D.C. is bustling this time of year with holiday events and pop-ups everywhere you look.  One event I make sure to attend every year, since college actually, is MetroCooking D.C., aka the Metropolitan Cooking & Entertaining Show.  This year the convention will take place on both Saturday, December 9 and Sunday, December 10- each day has its own unique offerings along with hundreds of food, drink, and exhibitors.  With a tagline like Shop. Sip. Sample. you know it has to be good.  Shopping, sipping, and sampling are three of my favorite hobbies!

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D.C. Happenings: Summer Girls’ Night Out at the nailsaloon

Last night I had the pleasure of attending an event hosted by one of my favorite blogs of all time, Bitches Who Brunch.  Summer Girls’ Night Out, an evening of posh pedicures and manicures, featuring wine and pizza from &pizza, took place at the nailsaloon on 14th street.
As I picked up my bestie Sabah the storm clouds were beyond mean looking, but the soaking wet run into the salon was worth it, nailsaloon is by far the most adorable looking nail salon I’ve ever been in.  When we arrived we were greeted so warmly by Cori Sue of Bitches Who Brunch, and treated to some vino & pizza while we waited for our pedis.
 
The big draw to the nailsaloon, aside from its chic interior, is the fact that it’s a non-toxic salon.  The only polish brands available are Zoya, RGB, and Priti NYC, because they’re 5-free polishes, which means no toxic ingredients.  I chose a RGB polish, in Pansy…such a gorgeous pink!
  
While I do have nails that require more toxic attention so to speak, I could see myself going to the nailsaloon for pedicures often.  nailsaloon uses new tools per customer, which I love.  The pedicure also includes a scrub, which is super important to me, followed by both lotion and oil.  The massage was so relaxing, overall the experience was great.
The gift bag was super cute too!  Guests received a water bottle with the nailsaloon logo, Kendra Scott earrings, stickers from &pizza, and a Washington D.C. “Passport” good for 2-for-1 drinks at various bars in the city.
Summer Girls’ Night Out was a fabulous kick off to the summer season, and the nailsaloon was the absolute best location for it!
XO.
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D.C. Happenings: Bubbles Salon Pentagon Row Grand Opening

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This Friday stop by the new Bubbles Salon at Pentagon Row and celebrate their grand opening!

From 5-9pm Bubbles will be partying with a DJ, food & drinks, prizes & giveaways, and free, yes FREE, blowouts!

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My girls and I will be there celebrating, and getting glam before a birthday dinner. I cannot wait to see what Bubbles has in store for us! 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!

Fashion’s Night Out

TODAY IS FASHION’S NIGHT OUT!
Yesterday officially kicked off Fashion Week…I was planning on going to NYC for the Independent Fashion Blogger conference, but with my internship/classes I couldn’t go.  But I’ll def be there next year.  This also means I won’t be at the NYC Fashion’s Night Out tonight which makes me super sad.
If you’re not familiar with Fashion’s Night Out it was started by Vogue as a way to connect different groups of people, who love fashion, together…breaking the boundary between the “Vogue world” and everyone else in society (literally, like all the normal people in the world).  NYC basically turns into a gigantic party, everybody lets loose before the fabulous yet grueling Mercedes Benz Fashion Week begins.  FNO now takes place all over the country, and all over the world.  Bananasssss.  I just have to throw this in because I think its hilarious…there’s even an iPhone app that can create an itenary for you of where to go, what celebs will be where, and where the free shiz is at (for NYC only).
Last year I experienced my first FNO and it was beyond amazing.  I went to Saks Fifth Avenue and played bingo with Jessica Szohr (Vanessa from Gossip Girl) and Victoria Secret Angel, Karolina Kurkova.  Awesomesauce.  Then I went to Dolce and Gabbana and was able to meet Naomi Campbell (and added bonus…see her throw a temper tantrum) and mingle around Tyson Beckford, Chris Bosh, Laurie Ann Gibson, Kelly Rutherford, and Denise Richards.  Naomi Campbell gave a performance outside the store with Dolce and Gabbana models.  It wasn’t really great and in my opinion pointless, but whatever Naomi is a fierce biatch who, well-deservedly, reigns the model world.  
PS. My beautiful friend Ashanthi caught her hat. #Winning.
My friends and I ended up staying most of the night at Giuseppe Zanotti’s Madison Avenue store. It was a private party but we were invited in while walking down the street. Double awesomesauce.  Mr. Zanotti was there himself…so was Kelly Rowland, the cast of The City, Michelle Trachtenberg, Wendy Williams, Angela and Vanessa Simmons, and abuncha other random people you’ve seen on TV abuncha times.  We got the most beautiful goodie bags ever I still have mine all packaged up.  (I’m actually in the background of this picture with Whitney Port…and Mr. Zanotti… hahahaha)
lol creepin’ in the background — it’s way more clear that it’s me when you go to the actual pic on the link
This year I’ll be celebrating FNO in Georgetown helping DC Scout hand out packets to attendees down M St.  I know it won’t be as over the top as NYC, but it’ll be nice to experience something different.  A lot of stores and restaurants are hosting parties complete with discounts….and champagne.  I’m really excited to be in Georgetown this year because it’s my last year to experience DC’s FNO.  There might not be abuncha celebrities prancing around M St., but I think that’s better because the night is supposed to be about fashion and charity…both of which I’m obsessed with.
HAPPY FASHION WEEK EVERYBODY!!!

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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