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!

 

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Style: My Style Revealed

Last night, I was out with a group of girlfriends, and one of them suggested I post my style in my blog.  Up until now, I had been using Pinterest however, it was noted that not everyone is on there.

Having been a former fashion columnist for Washington Life Magazine, I used to love writing about fashion and certainly, I enjoy wearing it 🙂

Below are my looks, broken into 2010 – 2016, and then a separate one for 2017 (so far). I tend to opt for classic pieces, adding a bit of flare here and there to stand out.  You will see a couple of repeats because recycling isn’t a bad thing!  I’ll do my best to share more of these from now on!

NOTE: You can pause this slideshow and flip at your own pace!

2010 – 2016

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2017

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Top Shop Made the Perfect Valentine’s Dress

I love a good red dress but oftentimes, it’s hard to find something unique, stylish, and sexy (usually, it seems like someone cut plain red cloth and turned it into something functional).  For Valentine’s Day this year, Top Shop happened to make not just the PERFECT red dress, but the PERFECT dress for this special occasion!  While it looks like it’s almost sold out on Nordstrom, I’m sure with enough research you can find your size on other sites!

Notes on this dress:

  • It contains vertical stripes of red sequins on the entirety of the dress (so definitely handle with care)
  • The top is not meant for bigger chests, yet the bottom part is meant to be loose
  • It’s flattering for almost any shape

What I paired it with:

  • Christian Louboutin nude patent leather Pigalle heels
  • Tory Burch nude clutch
  • David Yurman jewelry

 

 

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Following the Red Sole Suit

If you have been reading my weekly postings on Washinton Life Magazine‘s Trend Report: Global Fashion Roundup, you will have undoubtedly seen updates on the now infamous Christian Louboutin lawsuit, slapped by Yves Saint Laurent.  In case you have missed it, it can be summarized in three words: Iconic Red Sole.

According to Yves Saint Laurent, Christian Louboutin should not be able to hold a patent on selling a red sole exclusively because as they have pointed out, they have been selling them periodically a lot longer than Louboutin has been around (and went so far as to bring up Louis XVI who periodically had red-soled shoes made).  Although humorous comments have been made about grown men arguing over the color of the sole of a shoe, it’s a serious issue.  According to sources, spies for Louboutin were going to stores and pulling YSL’s shoes off the shelf.  In addition, these soles have been easy to knock off with women PAINTING the bottom of their heels to look like the real thing (or buying faux Louboutins where someone else has done that work for you).  So what comes of this for Louboutin fans and aspirational customers?

Photographer, illustrator and writer – Garance Dore – has taken a new stance on this saying, “I love Louboutin’s designs, and admire their craftsmanship, the identifiable soles actually lessen my interest in owning a pair. At least one of my editors paints their soles black.”  Why?  Because those customers that are true buyers aren’t looking to show off a label – they are going for style.  The question is, how many people will follow suit?  So many aspirational buyers love the iconic red heel but if this suit changes what Louboutin can and cannot do, would you still buy the brand?

My take on this is three things… 1) Louboutin should have looked into a patent for a particular shade of red – that they can do.  Other companies out there have patented their colors, such as the Tiffany Blue.  It’s such a unique shade that it is very hard to get exactly right.  2) Those that don’t like to show off labels already don’t.  In my Washington Life printed fashion issue article for 2011, I stated that although DC’ers may look “boring” in their dark-colored suits, most passersby have no idea what labels these suit-wearers are truly wearing – most are more expensive than you think.  It goes without saying that true customers aren’t paying for the label – they are paying for the style, comfortability (in some cases) and practicality. 3) People love Jimmy Choo and Manolo Blahnik – both touted by Sex and the City for years.  They have nothing iconic about them, other than that they are art.  Really, it comes down to loving the designs for what they are, not what’s “underneath”.