Date Ideas, Events/Performances, Fun, Other Things I Like

Celebrating Love, Friends, and New Adventures!

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On top of the Watergate Hotel in Washington, D.C.

I had a couple of messages this morning, asking me if I stopped meditating, since I’ve not posted in close to five days.  I’ve definitely had my morning practice however, I did not finish the 21-day Meditation Challenge.  So much of what I shared, over the last 2 1/2 weeks, was already shared.  I felt as though a bit of it was too repetitive and thus, I’m not comfortable writing a blog post if I can’t give unique, applicable content. So instead, I’m going to show you proof of what “hope” looks like…

This past weekend (includes Thursday) was filled with celebrations of love, new milestones, and great friendships.  It’s one of those rare weekends that I was constantly on the go, but so happy to share in the joy in so many other people’s lives.  Below is a peek into my weekend, and what I am most grateful for because of it:

Thursday: A New Year, and New Connections

My “weekend” kicked off with the birthday of my BFF, and a date auction.  (Yes, I’m taken but I also happened to throw a male friend up there, and wanted to be there for moral support.)

I am so grateful for my girlfriend (pictured below).  While I have so many amazing women in my life, she’s seen the good, the bad, and the ugly.  We often joke we’ll be living together at age 80, watching Star Wars movie marathons, while knitting.  Thus, a year hasn’t gone by where I’ve not celebrated a birthday with her.  In fact, it’s also the anniversary of when we met!

For her celebration, a bunch of us girls took her to Cafe Milano for dinner (complete with a firework slice of cake).  (If you have never been there, I HIGHLY suggest it!  It’s home of the power dinner, where the “who’s who” goes to dine.  It’s also home to some of the best gluten-free pasta and rosé in D.C.)

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While her own personal celebration had concluded, we weren’t done with the evening.  We all headed over to Capitale for our friend Sher Mathew’s date auction.  She is in the running to be LLS Woman of the Year, and she’s knocking it out of the park with about three events A WEEK!  It was there it felt like one, big friend reunion, complete with stage takeover to sing my friend Happy Birthday!

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Photos, courtesy of Vithaya Phongsavan

Friday: Celebrating My Most Favorite Person in the World

My other half is seriously THE BEST.  Between the move into our new home, my compulsive behaviors to get everything unpacked, put away, and decorated; AND putting up with my work schedule, he’s a complete rockstar.  Thus, I wanted to surprise him with a dinner outside (check out Cactus Cantina if you want some great Mexican food and drinks, on an outdoor patio with a view of the National Cathedral) and a quick stop at a private Tiffany’s event in Chevy Chase, to buy him something he’s always wanted” a Dog Tag.

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Saturday: Celebrating New Beginnings

Last year, my mom, sister, and myself held an annual Bags, Baubles, and Bubbles fundraiser at Westwood Country Club, to raise money for the Stroke Comeback Center.  I wrote about the Center last year when we were getting ready to hold the first annual event.  It’s a wonderful place for Stroke and Trauma victims to rehabilitate, and certainly, there have been some amazing comeback stories because of it!

This year was bigger and better, with a private fashion show, hosted by Bloomingdales; hundreds of auction items, a beautiful luncheon, and even more attendees!  I was so grateful to be a part of it again!

When it was over, I was down for a quick nap and then onto the last event of the evening: Saying goodbye to one of my close friends and her husband (plus pending baby), as they are moving to San Antonio!

It couldn’t have been a more perfect evening, atop the Watergate Hotel (I HIGHLY RECOMMEND you check this out), with the sun setting (everyone was grateful for being able to witness the most perfect sunset from the best view in DC), being surrounded by good, close friends.

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Sunday: Celebrating Love

To cap off the weekend, we were grateful to be able to celebrate two amazing people who are the absolute epitome of true love.  It was so special to be amongst our close friends, and both the bride and groom-to-be’s respective families, in one of the most beautiful historic homes in D.C.

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It’s weekends like these that make me thankful for the friends, family, support, and love I have in my life!  Stay tuned for Mother’s Day weekend, when I take you all down to Williamsburg, VA with me!

 

Fun, Travel, United States

The Best Birthday I’ve Ever Had…

Yes, I’m a huge fan of birthdays – HUGE. FAN.  However, nothing beats the one I’ve just had.

Anyone who follows this blog, or knows me in real life, knows my life is never dull.  However, what I long for in life the most are great experiences, fabulous stories to tell and being surrounded by those that do not judge others, live everyday like it’s their last and want to “experience”.

This year, I turned 35 and decided to do it in a place that can make anyone of any age, party like they just turned 21 – Miami.  There are so many people to thank that made my experience utterly amazing. Instead, check out the slideshow of the highlights.

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… and that’s not all.  What would my birthday be without a DC celebration as well?  Many thanks to the team at MXDC and Capitale for making my birthday in DC, special!

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Fun, Travel, United States

No Summertime Sadness in D.C.

Part of my break from blogging was to spend more time living in the present – spending time with new and old friends, and enjoying all that D.C. has to offer.  Considering that the summer is halfway over (insert curse words and booing here), I thought I’d provide a little pictoral montage of all the fun that has been had so far.

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Two Different Types of Fashion, Two Different Causes

Two great events on two wonderful evenings!  Below are my recaps…

Becky’s Fund Walk this Way 2012

Underneath a starry sky at Kastle’s Stadium, a few hundred guests gathered together to help support the fight on Domestic Violence, through supporting Becky’s Fund’s Walk this Way 2012 fashion show.  Co-Hosts Julie Donaldson from Comcast SportsNet and Dan Hellie from NBC4 kicked off the show, with brief remarks from Mark Ein, owner of the Kastles.  Capitals’ John Carlson, Karl Alzner, Mathieu Perreault, Redskins’ DeAngelo Hall, Lorenzo Alexander, Chris Baker, Chris Wilson, Brandon Banks, Kedric Golston, Reed Doughty, Gary Clark, John Booty and Lavar Arrington walked the runway in Eric Finn Custom Clothier’s ensembles, while professional ladies walked the runway in custom designs, including those by Anchyi Wei.

DeAngelo Hall – photo courtesy of Vithaya Phongsavan
Photo courtesy of Vithaya Phongsavan

1 in 3 people have experienced domestic violence in their lives and to show this, every third person in attendance found a pair of sunglasses in their gift bag and was asked to put them on and stand up.  The sunglasses represented the most often-used method to cover up abuse – both mentally and physically.

Photo courtesy of Vithaya Phongsavan

When the show concluded, guests were treated to a performance by Sam James from NBC’s “The Voice”.

The after-party was held at DC’s newest nightclub Capitale.


Theatres des Vampires, Benefitting Children of Haiti

On Friday, October 5th, gracious host, philanthropist and artist, Don Patron, threw an early Halloween party at his home, to support Children in Haiti.

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Completely decked out from top floor to front yard, Don’s house was transformed into a haunted, yet festive venue for costumed party-goers.

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Those that attended were treated to fried chicken and biscuits, candy, plenty of beverages and music until the wee hours of the morning.

The event raised $5,000.

With Deejay Neekola and James Cornwell