January 31, 2010
Want your PC colored in "I'm not really a waitress" red, or "You don't know Jacques!" gunmetal grey? Now you can have your mani and type on it too. Dell has partnered with O.P.I. polishes to launch a special-edition line of custom-colored computers in pretty polish shades.
It's an $85 upgrade, but what's that, one or (max two) mani/pedis? Totally worth it. Plus, computers start at just $464, so they're utterly affordable. You'll be typing in style in no time flat.
Get 'em, here.
January 30, 2010
Whether you’re a teetotaler or simply an avid drinker of the brewed beverage, you’ll want to reserve your spot well in advance for Park Hyatt DC’s Tea Extravaganza 2010, held in partnership with the American Tea Masters Association.
On Friday March 12 and Saturday March 13, you’ll enjoy the chance to sample more than 14 of the world’s finest loose-leaf teas prepared by Chas Kroll, a certified Tea Master and Executive Director of the American Tea Masters Association. Enjoy varieties from China, Japan, Nepal and more, plus an intimate lunch provided by the hotel’s executive chef.
As a longtime devotee of Hyatt’s HyTea concept, this is an event we’d highly recommend for any fan or interested party.
Tickets are $189 and can be purchased at www.teamasters.org.
January 29, 2010
Snag up to 85% off fall and winter styles this weekend at Sangaree Boutique, one of Deacon's faves.
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January 28, 2010
January 27, 2010
We all know that Deacon readers are connected. Now's your chance to nominate some of your social media faves for the first-ever Fashion 2.0 Social Media awards (sponsored by Deacon partner and sample sale haven ideeli), which will be announced during a special cocktail event at the upcoming New York Fashion Week. Deacon will be onhand to capture the winners, but we want to make sure that your favorites make the cut.
It's a great cause, and you don't even have to go out of your way - what better way to donate to charity than by doing the things you'd already do?
The following merchants are participating:
Rockville Town Square: Bobby’s Crabcakes,
The Cottage Monet, Five Guys, Fractured Prune, Jouvence Aveda, La Canela, La Tasca, Lebanese Taverna, Noodles & Co., Robeks, Spice Xing, Sushi Damo, Thai Pavilion and The Waygoose, and AME Beauty Boutique.
Bethesda Row: Sassanova, Ginger, Aveda, City Sports, Georgetown Cupcakes, Jaleo, Redwood, The Waygoose and Lebanese Taverna.
I don't know about you, but scooping up some donuts, sushi, spa treatments, and chic spring clothes doesn't exactly sound like work to me!
If you have other fundraisers or charity events that you'd like posted to Deacon Does DC, please drop us an e-mail and we'd be happy to accommodate your cause.
Searching for a fun way to pamper yourself or a loved one this Vday? The Shops at Wisconsin Place (in Chevy Chase) are making it easier than ever. Simply become a fan on Facebook between now and February 7th to be automatically entered to win the following:
- Free VIP parking space
- $150 gift card to Capital Grille
- Sephora $100 gift card and cosmetic consult
- Bloomies $100 off coupon
- Eileen Fisher $100 gift card
- 50% off a purchase at ILLORI (amazing sunglasses!)
- Giggle mystery gift
- White House | Black Market mystery gift
- MAC Gift bag worth $160
- Tasting Room, Wine Bar & Shop $50 gift card
- Overnight accommodations at the Chevy Chase Embassy Suites
Benefit Becky's Fund and take care of your V-day lingiere woes in one fell swoop!
Thursday, February 4th, hit the W for a Hanky Panky personalization party, gratis cocktails and treats, plus mini treatments from the hotel's Bliss spa.
Trust us, this is one panty party you don't want to miss.
Tix are $50 for girls (includes a thong) and $40 for gents. Click the image above to purchase.
January 26, 2010
Arrive Early! Parking is limited and the line is long. The sale starts at 9, so get there by 8 for the best deals.
Dress in layers - they don't have dressing rooms, so be prepared to change on site.
Shop Smarter - hit your favorite brands first. Make a quick round, accumulating your "pile." Try on, purchase, and move to the next. Spend no more than 10 minutes at each store to get the best deals.
Perfect for a girlfriend getaway, the ultra luxe Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in southwestern PA is offering a swank overnight package sure to tickle the fancy of any serious spa devotee.
For $415 per person receive overnight accommodations plus unlimited (yes, we said NO LIMIT) spa treatments at their Woodlands Spa.
In addition to the accommodations and unlimited treatments, travelers enjoy a $20 Spa Boutique credit.
Don't worry about overbooking, either. The spa offers 40 treatment rooms and three couple's rooms, plus hydrotherapy tubs.
If this were our vacay (and it just might be, soon), we'd book this for our day:
50 minute personal training session, bikini and brow wax, 50 minute detoxifying mud wrap, 80 minute Woodlands Personalized Facial, 25 minute LumiLight therapy, 80 minute "Mystical" (aka custom) massage, hydrating mani/pedi treatments, wash and blow-out and lash application.
Then, we'd probably sleep, because that was quite the day!
January 25, 2010
Erin Hartigan, former editor of DailyCandy and WashingtonPost.com, has been named the DC editor, so we know that this e-zine will keep us in the loop.
Click here to sign up!
DailyCandy already brings DCers the latest in city news (now in a twice weekly format, sadly) ... but aside from a yearly wedding guide, brides to be were outta luck.
We're excited to report that their new Weddings edition, launching February 1, will now offer up info on everything related to the Big Day.
We think we hear bells!
Sign up here.
Psst, wanna see Deacon's DailyCandy posts? Search here.
January 23, 2010
January 21, 2010
Whether you love or hate the "Big V," Deacon knows that he can't rest until he's provided you with info on all the fun happenings that will surround the holiday. One of our absolute favorites looks like it will be "Choc-A-Lot," held February 6th in Old Takoma.
This chic event is part of the city's re-invigoration. In case you haven't noticed, this once sleepy town is now a hotspot of organic, eco-friendly chic boutiques, restaurants, and spas, plus sweet shops for all ages.
Join Deacon from 3-5 p.m. on February 6 for a Chocolate and Wine Tasting featuring local merchants pairing your favorite sweet nibbles with specially-selected sips.
Plus, mention DEACON DOES DC and save $5 off of the $15 admission price!
Can't wait to see you there. Visit www.mainstreettakoma.org for more details.
January 20, 2010
Attention, would-be astronauts. Wanna take a space trip? Far more exotic than your average jet travel, Virgin Galactic (yes, the same company that owns the swank airline) is starting to book ... that's right, commercial flights to outer space.
Tomorrow night, chat with Pam Hurley Moser, owner of Hurley Travel Experts, and Stephen Attenborough, Commercial Director of Virgin Galactic, the first commercial spaceline. Pam is one of the few Accredited Space Agents who are escorting pioneering clients into a new era in tourism. She and Stephen coming to DC to meet like-minded people.
The reception and presentation are complimentary and open to the public, RSVP is required.
Who do we think is going to go to this? We're looking at you, Michael Saylor.
Thursday, January 21, 2010
5:00 pm to 8:00 pm (presentation at 6:30 pm)
Thos. Moser Showroom
By phone: 202-338-4292
Or e-mail: email@example.com
3300 M Street NW (corner of M & 33rd Streets)
January 19, 2010
Despite the fact that our updates most often focus on all that is fashion, food and fun in the District and beyond, Deacon hopes that you'll take some time over the next few weeks to remember not only all of those that lost their lives and their homes in this horrible tragedy, but also the men and women of our armed forces and relief efforts who are taking time away from their own families and loved ones to help those in need. The deployment may not be to a combat zone such as Iraq or Afghanistan, but the pain of leaving family members behind and having little contact or the creature comforts from home is still very real.
We'll continue to use this space for occasional updates. If you feel compelled to donate to the Haitian relief efforts or aid groups for soldiers stationed abroad, here are a few of our favorite charities, listed below:
- American Red Cross - the best way to get your donations directly to Haitian victims of the recent earthquake
- Combat Ready Balm - buy one of these locally-produced and eco-friendly balms for yourself. The salve helps cure most all dry skin problems as well as soothes bug bites and minor irritations. For each balm purchased, another is donated to a soldier in need - or you can donate directly to a loved one.
- Luke's Wings - funds raised help pay for hotel stays and airfare for family members of wounded soldiers when visiting loved ones recovering at area hospitals
Major looks last night:
- Ruffles- From Jennifer Morrison to Heidi Klum to Chloe Sevingy, ruffles dominated the red carpet, either in major or minor form.
- Purple - The color of royalty is back in a big way. Everyone from Sandra Bullock to Ginnifer Goodwin to Fergie wore this hue.
- Jewel Detail - Forget bling on your ears or wrists, many stars opted to adorn their waistlines with diamond or jeweled pins.
Channel your inner starlet in this simple yet elegant one-shoulder gown with jewel detail by David Meister. Plus, the Navy color is a great break from basic black. $560, Neiman Marcus.
January 18, 2010
Get your Jersey Shore on tomorrow at McFadden's DC. Deacon normally doesn't advocate this particular establishment (known more for its uber cheap happy hours and abundance of GW undergrads) but this time ... there's a special draw.
We're not ashamed to admit our unhealthy obsession with these self-described guidos and guidettes filling our DVR. So pick a name, practice your slick dance moves, and get down with Deacon.
JWoww and DJ Paulie D are making a guest appearance, complete with (as the Web site states) "Bikini Contest, Raffle, Fist Pumping andMuch More!"
Start poufing and/or gelling your hair now (we're very sad that "The Situation" and Snooki aren't coming) ... and get ready for a fist pumping-ly good time.
Social Lubrication: $1 Miller High Life, $2 Blue Moon, $5 Jagerbombs.
January 17, 2010
Don't miss this exclusive chance to chat relationships with the area's top "love doctors," plus peruse chic V-day merch from lingerie purveyor Sylene.
Enjoy champers and mimosas, a light breakfast, and 20% off the merch - what more do you need?
January 14, 2010
The weather outside may be chilly, but these fashion and beauty picks are sure to warm your spirits. Via JuliB.
January 13, 2010
To kick off the 50th Anniversary of this historic Virginia resort, The Homestead is offering a special Ski Free package guaranteed to tickle the tootsies of even the most dedicated out-West skiier.
Enjoy unlimited access to the resort's nine trails, plus the comfort of a guest room for just $199 per night. Even if you can't make the weekend celebrations, the package is available through early March.
Homestead’s annual Winterfest, taking place this weekend, January 15-18, will offer days filled with complimentary activities ideal for adults and kids alike. Enjoy three days with skiing, ice skating, snowboarding and snow tubing, cookouts, family bingo, and a Kid’s Night Out program.Those whose ambitions extend beyond the ski slopes can upgrade (for just $50 more per night) to a Winter Unlimited Activities Package for endless adventures in the great outdoors. Guests of all ages can fill every moment of their day with skiing, ice skating, snowboarding, sporting clays and skeet, hayrides and horseback riding. Indoors, there’s bowling and the resort’s exclusive new Vibz Family Game Center. Scenic drive tours, a Homestead history tour, and a Wilderness Wonders Presentation introduce guests to the resort’s rich historic and natural legacy. Rates start at $249 per night for two adults, through March 14, 2010.
January 12, 2010
Say 'so long' to Glover Park wine bar Enology, which has now re-opened under as Alliance Tavern. Promising the same neighborhood atmosphere but a more expanded menu of brews and food, Alliance Tavern looks to be a welcome addition to the 'hood.
The appetizing menu includes dishes like tavern fries with truffled mayo, a naan pesto 'pizza' and hearty dishes like a Potomac cioppino featuring local fresh fish, shrimp and clams in a rich tomato broth with garlic butter toast.
The rumor mill says Veritas, owned by the same team, will be expanded to accommodate fans of the old Enology.
January 10, 2010
Vowing to shape up in 2010? Aren't we all. If you're going to do it, Deacon says to kick-start your program in pure luxury.
Jump start your diet and detox with a one-on-one consult from the Ritz-Carlton and Sports Club/LA. Part of the hotel's 2010 celebration of their tenth anniversary, you can enjoy a special package combining spa luxury and shaping up.
The "Perfect 10" package starts with a 5 p.m. check-in, followed by a one hour session with a Sports Club/LA certified nutritionist to assess your current eating habits, and develop your 10 month plan to look better, feel better and function better. Friday evening kick back and enjoy an in-room movie and dine in your PJ's with choices from a balanced, wholesome in-room dining menu created by the hotel's Executive Chef David Serus.
Start Saturday with a Spa Fresh breakfast in the hotel’s Lobby Café, where you'll meet with Sports Club/LA's top personal trainers who will evaluate your health history, lifestyle, and goals to design a personalized program to meet your needs. During two-hour daily workout sessions, you will combine weight training, cardio, and flexibility to optimize your investment in wellbeing.
Your personal trainer will help you define, sculpt, and push yourself to a healthier you in an expansive light-filled space complete with state-of-the-art equipment. Your trainer will also develop a 10 month personalized plan including all of your favorite exercises to help you reach a new level of fitness and wellness in 2010.
Finish your work out with a 50 minute sports massage at The Splash Spa specifically designed to reduce stress and tension, improve flexibility, increase endorphins and help speed recovery from sports activities, daily body abuse, and injuries, along with strengthening the immune system and improving circulation problems.
Reward yourself with a specially planned dinner on the frontlines of Washington’s primo kitchen - Westend Bistro by Eric Ripert - with a heart-healthy “Dinner at the Pass”. The Pass is the marble bar separating Westend’s kitchen from the dining room. You'll be able to plan your Mediterranean-style menu, including ingredients and healthy preferences one-on-one with Chef de Cuisine, Joe Palma.
Relax after dinner with a “Healing Waters” drawn bath by the hotel’s Bath Butler, and enjoy complimentary use of the honor bar, refreshed daily with 10 healthy snacks and beverages. Invest in your mind, body and spirit in 2010 with the Perfect 10 Package.
Package is $1,300 for single occupancy, $1,700 for double occupancy.
From our favorite blush, the O-Worthy Orgasm to the perfect shade of fake bake, (Laguna) NARS packs a pretty pop with cosmetics that go on smooth and last from work to dinner to dancing without caking or losing their luster.
We got a sneak peek at the Spring 2010 collection, not avail in stores until January 15th. Inspired by Catherine Denueve's role as Lucille in La Charmade, these versatile colors work for day, night and the times in between.
January 8, 2010
Because Deacon can't ever get his fill of snow, we packed up the car and headed to Wintergreen Resort this holiday to spend New Years Eve in the mountain with friends. When telling people where we were headed, the most common answer was "where is that?"
To answer your question, Wintergreen is a family-friendly ski resort in the Blue Ridge Mountains, about 20 minutes past Charlottesville, VA. While it isn't our usual luxe lodge hotspot (stay tuned for deets on our trip to Telluride later this month for that), it's a great getaway worthy of a Deacon post.
Whether you ski, snowboard, or simply like the outdoors, this all-season resort and spa is a quick and affordable getaway for friends, families and couples alike.
Head out on Route 66, you'll find your home-away-from-home about three hours later. Just be careful to check the weather - we followed our GPS, only to realize that the Blue Ridge Parkway was completely shut down due to bad weather. Once you arrive in the town of Nellysford, follow the signs up to the resort - Check In is clearly marked. If you don't have a car with four-wheel drive, we'd recommend renting one for the trip. Although the roads are completely clear even in bad weather, these hills are STEEP!
The lodge, which also hosts the Mountain Inn, is a bustling spot, but checking in was a remarkably quick process. Just arrive during daylight, as navigating our way to the condo was a bit tricky with only a map in the darkness.
Condos and rental homes are well-equipped with the usual array of kitchen supplies and a small selection of shampoo, conditioner, moisturizer and soap. If you're staying for more than a day or so, we'd suggest bringing your own, as the bottles were REALLY small.
If you reserve rooms through the resort, skip the cold and dial for the complimentary Resort Shuttle, which runs daily until midnight. It saved us many a trek up the mountain back to our condo, and the drivers were both friendly and efficient.
Friends from Wake Forest had rented one of the larger homes (Chestnut Springs, which was quite nice) while we opted for a one-bedroom cabin, which offered the advantage of a King bed and in-room fireplace, plus a full kitchen and Jacuzzi tub. The upgrade cost from a studio to a one-bedroom space was minimal, and the extra $15 per night for the "Panoramic" view was well worth the cost. Our ground-floor condo overlooked two of the resort's ski slope and provided dramatic cliff views into the valley. It more than made up for the less than luxe decor of the condo itself, which, while perfectly adequate, felt more like a cheap beach condo than a swank mountain chalet.
We're not much for skiing or snowboarding, but those who wish to partake in snow activities can note that there are a number of runs for all levels, including several black and double black diamond runs plus a number of greens and blues. For those who simply wish to enjoy playing in the snow, opt instead for tubing or ziplining - just make early reservations as they book up quickly.
The resort itself is incredibly sprawling, offering dramatic views and a number of quiet areas perfect for hiking and sightseeing in the summer months.
The resort boasts the usual array of burger joints and DIY markets, but we steered clear, instead opting to pack our own goodies from the local Harris Teeter. The full-size fridge and adequate cooking supplies made making dinners and breakfasts a breeze, and we appreciated not having to trek to the main resort lodge for every meal. If you plan on this option, stock up before leaving or in Charlottesville - there's no local grocery store and onsite food is expensive.
The town of Wintergreen and Nellysford is remarkably quiet, boasting only a few small markets and antique shops. On a rainy day, enjoy the drive down the mountain, but otherwise you'll be perfectly content to remain on the resort.
The Wintergarden Spa is a hidden gem. This incredibly affordable getaway boasts a full fitness center, indoor pool and outdoor hot tubs, plus a private spa area with steam, sauna and relaxation room. We had opted to soothe our tired muscles with an 80 minute "Signature" massage, ($138 with tip). At first, we were a bit skeptical - why was this treatment $15 more than a standard deep tissue? But we quickly appreciated the nominal extra cost. Our therapist queried how we'd like each part of our body touched - from deep tissue to aromatherapy to hot stone and reflexology, we had each of our muscled rubbed just the way we wanted in 80 minutes of pure bliss. Afterwards, we kicked back with a cup of tea and gingersnap cookies while gazing out over the snow-covered peaks in the relaxation lounge. Pure bliss!
We'd definitely return. This mountain retreat gains points on all levels - it was a affordable, easy to access, and felt private enough to feel as if we'd had a true getaway. Plus, it's a place that all ages can enjoy - hit up Wintergreen for a ski trip with mom and dad or with old friends for a much needed DC getaway. We promise you'll enjoy :-)
January 7, 2010
*Stay tuned for more "Spa Detox" pieces coming this week!
January 6, 2010
O Salon in Gtown will be doing bang cuts and consults, while Qui Spa will provide nail services plus brow waxes and threading.
Megan's Massage will be doing the rubbies.
Can't bear to be without your man all night? He's welcome after 9.
RSVP to Leah@L2Lounge.com.
January 5, 2010
A social marketing whiz, that is. You're invited to Busboys and Poets on January 14th, where you'll enjoy the first ever "Twitch! Public Relations in the Age of Social Media" panel discussion. Numerous journalists, including yours truly, will be on hand to answer questions about the effective use of social media to promote your business.
Deets about the event are below, or feel free to tweet us @deacondoesdc with questions!
More about the event:
If you manage the public's perception of your company or are concerned with increasing your organization's media exposure in 2010, you will want to attend Twitch! Public Relations in the Age of Social Media. If you are like 80% of PR professionals who participated in the VOCUS fall survey on PR planning for 2010, you will be focusing more on social media this year. And if you are working in the nonprofit world, you probably can relate to the 85% of nonprofit executives polled by Weber Shandwick who say social media will be demanding a larger share of nonprofit spending dollars in 2010.
REGISTER ONLINE HERE!!
Thursday, Jan 14, 2010
Busboys and Poets Langston Room,
2021 14th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009
Note: Space is limited. We can't accept payment on-site. You must register online through Eventbrite.
*Jim Long-Content Creator and Veteran Cameraman for NBC Universal, and Founder of Verge New Media, LLC (@newmediajim)
*Jennifer Nycz-Conner-Features Reporter,Washington Business Journal (@jenconner)
*Lindsey Mastis-News Now Digital Correspondent, WUSA9 (@lindseymastis)
* Ryan Grim-Senior Congressional Correspondent for the Huffington Post,Former Staff Reporter with Politico.com and Washington City Paper. Author of "This Is Your Country on Drugs." (@ryangrim)
*Jamila Bey- Radio Contributor to WAMU and National Public Radio (@jbey)
*McLean Robbins, Health Beauty and Lifestyles Features Writer for Washingtonian and DC Modern Luxury Magazines (@deacondoesdc)
Hosted by Amanda Miller Littlejohn, former journalist turned blogger, author, mommy and PR flack (@amandamogul)
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January 4, 2010
January 1, 2010
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March 1, 2010