July 30, 2010
First, it's important to note WHY each is considered "green."
The Still Point prides itself on holistic treatments that use eco-friendly, locally-sourced and organic materials. Facials may include fresh fruit from the spa's onsite garden, local honey, or lines like The Body Deli, known for using only natural materials. The building itself is not LEED certified, but the spa does use sustainable practices wherever possible, including state-of-the-art pedicure bowls, bamboo sheets, and a commitment to recycling.
Nusta is the nation's first LEED Gold certified green spa building. Energy is sourced from renewable sources, construction materials are recycled or natural, and fabrics used in the waiting room are made from natural sources. While the treatments use organic ingredients or natural ingredients where possible, including their own Nusta-branded line, the lines are not chosen solely on the basis of being organic, local, or eco-friendly.
Still, each spa makes a determined commitment to "green" living. Deacon applauds them, as we'd always rather visit an environmentally conscious spa - after all, if one makes an effort to live, eat and practice green behavior, shouldn't they spa the same way?
But ultimately, it comes down to the treatments, because no matter how good for the environment we're being, it's still costing us green to go green. So, in the interest of comparison, we booked each spa's signature treatment with an owner.
The Still Point
Anti-Aging facial with sonic microdermabrasion, scalp massage and local honey mask
Sara Damelio, managing partner
$200 ($135 for facial, $20 for scalp massage and $35 for honey mask)
With the exception of the microderm machine, all materials are all-natural or organic.
|4.5 / 5 pawprints|
Interpretive Touch Massage
Brad Drummer, co-owner
$200 ($120 when booked with anyone other than owner)
Natural oils used in massage
|4/ 5 pawprints|
The Still Point:
We began with a brief tour of the new space, just down the street from the old location. The spa is now located in a chic antique home, boasting a spacious wraparound porch, onsite garden, and generally homey feel. Score one for ambiance. The onsite boutique boasts a selection of "can't find them anywhere else" organic products, plus locally-made jewelery and non-toxic nail polishes. The waiting area is small - just a bench - but reception offers tea and water, plus a selection of current magazines. There's no "zen den" feeling here - natural light streamed in and played upon the white curtains ruffled by the late afternoon breeze As I was visiting for a single treatment, I wasn't offered a robe, but they area available for those securing multiple appointments. The treatment room was small and located near the front door of the spa - while I originally worried about noise, I don't recall hearing so much as a peep during the entire treatment. The music is relaxing, yet not New Agey - a soothing blend of reggae-pop. Other rooms, upstairs, offer a larger space. But the bed - oh, the bed. The sheets, a bamboo blend, where so soft and comfortable that I nearly wished I had a twin mattress to place them on back home, the padding was plush and the blankets were soft and warm, even though the bed itself wasn't heated. The treatment itself was a blend of the expected - extractions are never pleasurable - and the unique. The sonic microdermabrasion was barely noticeable, minus the noise, not at all like the rough diamond-tip treatments I'd experienced in the past. Thorough neck, arm and shoulder massages relaxed me to a state of near sleep, while a scalp massage was among the better I've had. The local honey mask, while pleasant smelling, hasn't appeared to do much for my face several days later, but my skin when I left the spa was smooth and glowing, not in need of any additional makeup.
Overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars for the spa's eco-focused bent and top-notch treatments. While we would love to see amenities like a steam room, plush relaxation lounge or robes, the effort put in to source impossible-to-find-elsewhere organic lines and find truly talented therapists outweigh those negatives. Given our add-ons, the facial was pricey (next time, we'll forego the honey) but the results are already apparent in our smoother, glowing skin. Plus, we're a sucker for a good scalp massage, even if we did leave in need of a good shower. We'll return to Sara in a heartbeat. Downside - we would have loved shower facilities if we were headed to an evening engagement, it's a drive from our Arlington home. If only they opened a location in Virginia ...
After a brief tour of the spa from Brad, I were escorted to a spacious locker room where we were invited to change into a robe and spa shoes. I loved the changing area, which boasted separate shower facilities, coded lockers (no pesky keys) and plenty of products to help us refresh our makeup post-treatment. We waited in a plush area surrounded by current magazines and were escorted into a spacious spa room with mood lighting that changed from red to green to yellow to blue and back again. The spa bed was one of the less plush I've experienced - the sheets felt old and nearly scratchy, the mattress hard, rather than plush, and not heated. Brad queried what areas needed focus and we began the treatment. His skill was obvious from the get-go, and we loved his deep, flowing strokes that felt penetrating but not painful. However, perhaps due to the nature of his branded "Interpretive Touch" modality, I wasn't thrilled by the fact that he kept shaking my limbs and body throughout the massage. It may have been meant to get me to relax, but it was just plain jarring. I'd also specifically addressed soreness in our arms and didn't notice any concentrated effort on that area. Still, we emerged 50 minutes later relaxed and significantly less tight. Still, I slept like a baby that evening, and next day, I was sore (more from second day workout soreness than the massage) but significantly less tight.
Overall Rating: Four out of Five paws. While the massage itself was quite good, many of the paw rating points come from the amenities offered at the spa, which are rare in a city environment. At $200 for 50 minutes, the treatment itself was seriously overpriced - for that cost, we expect a full resort spa environment, boasting a sauna, steam, pool or other amount of "goodies," or a significantly longer treatment at another area spa.
*These treatments were given gratis, but this pup's opinion is his own.
July 29, 2010
July 28, 2010
We're particularly excited to see friend and all-around beautiful person Sarah Spear (whose sister is a fellow Demon Deacon!) on the list.
Oh, and if single list-makers Hudson Hollister or Blake Adami wants to give us a call ... we're available.
Kidding. Kind of.
July 27, 2010
Available now through September 21, guests who book a three-night weekend stay (Thursday-Sunday or Friday-Monday) can savor lazy summer weekends even longer while indulging in any complimentary 50-minute service* (mani/pedis and sunless tanning are excluded) from Lorien Spa’s dream-inspired menu of body treatments, massages and facials. Guests will also receive a complimentary late-checkout to allow extra time to relax.
Spa treatments range from a Classic Swedish Massage or a relaxing Gentlemen’s Facial to the Hydrating Wrap, which revives dry summer skin. The spa service must be booked on either the Friday or Monday of the stay.
Deacon is in love with this hotel and predicts that availability will go fast - book now via phone or use rate code PSPA3 online to reserve your room and preferred treatment!
*Thanks to HotelChatter.com for the image.
Of his art, Ruot says, "I take a contemporary approach in dealing with color, depth and composition. Fascinated with how colors interact and intrigued by how their relationships change with different surface scales and textures, I am drawn to create balance between order and chaos. I create undertheinfluence of the experiences, perceptions and responses of my daily life; my work is a mirror of the worlds in which I travel."
Ross Ruot is a self-taught emerging artist residing in Georgetown, Washington, DC. He currently balances his artistic endeavors with full-time employment supporting the Department of Defense's TRICARE Management Activity within Acquisition Management and Support.
Ruot is displaying 13 new works, several with interactive components.
July 23, 2010
In support of the Clinton Portis Foundation and the Gulf oil spill, Washington’s Clinton Portis will host a charitable Cocktail Reception, Love From the DMV, on Friday July 23. All proceeds from the reception will go towards aid for students along the gul-coast who have been displaced from academics and extracurricular activities. This prestigious event will bring together DC’s top crowd of athletes, celebrities, fashionistas, artists, and other social figures to the city’s chicest lounge and restaurant. In addition to the reception, there will be a celebrity meet and greet and live music by well known local DJ’s.
So grab your friends and head out to this fashionable event for a cause!
July 20, 2010
Once home to Bellini's muse, the former Villa Roccabuna has been re-imagined into a lakeside paradise made up of a main hotel and private surrounding villas. Opened this spring to much fanfare, this resort has already garnered guests like Tyra Banks. US Weekly reports that Krasinski and Blunt spent their wedding night in a $3,000-a-night private villa. We're speculating it was Villa Amina, but will update the post when we get confirmation. We've got extensive deets from our recent trip there in previous blog posts.
Looks like roses are in bloom at Tahiti's Le Taha'a Island Resort & Spa, where celebs Underwood and Fisher are spending their honeymoon. The Bachelorette's Ali spent several weeks there as well, filming her last two episodes of the series.
We know that Ali and crew stayed in the over-water bungalows, and assume that the new Mr. & Mrs. Fisher opted for similarly-private locations. This stunning resort is a member of Relais & Chateaux and offers 60 luxury suites on both Taha'a and Bora Bora plus a world-class spa, and arranged tours to both private pearl and vanilla farms. Given what we saw in both pictures and last night's episode, we cannot wait to schedule a visit.
*Thanks to US Weekly for reporting on these destinations. If you have a resort or destination that you'd like us to write about, send Deacon a note to email@example.com.
July 19, 2010
Located several floors above the casino, the spa and fitness center took up an entire section of the result. Score one point - so often, spas are considered an afterthought.
G SPA is owned by Boston-based entrepreneur Gretta Monahan and specializes in offering results-based treatments using only the highest quality botanicals and products. Like the original, the vibe is hip and boutique-y, but still relaxation-focused.
The spa receptionists were exceptionally friendly and helpful, escorting us to an oversized locker room and providing us with fluffy white robes and sandals. We took full advantage, relaxing in the heated whirlpool and indoor pool and enjoying the sauna, steam and Jacuzzi in the women's relaxation lounge. While the spa doesn't provide food, locker rooms were stocked with tea, water, coffee and juices, plus fresh fruit. The best part?Private terraces in the women's and pool area that afforded relaxing views of the reservation.
Despite being booked in for a couple's massage (a "romantic" angle had become a "girlfriend getaway" at the last moment), the spa was quickly able to assess that we were not traveling on a romantic weekend and offered us two rooms for the treatment. K confessed to loving her therapist and enjoying one of the best massages of her life. Mine was slightly less awe-inspiring, but quite good nevertheless. Afterwards, I enjoyed the spa's signature Green Tea facial, a treatment that include paraffin for the hands or feet, a soothing shoulder massage, and a thorough facial with enzyme peel and extractions. It was one of the better facials I've ever had - and despite having a cold, my once puffy skin looked glowing and smooth for two days post treatment. K opted to utilize the gym and raved about the state-of-the-art equipment and integrated television / iPod systems.
As we left, we noticed that the spa was filling up rapidly, as it was now Friday afternoon. Those hoping for privacy should book early appointments or opt for a weekday.
End verdict? G Spa is a must visit, either for much-needed "alone time" or a girlfriend getaway afternoon. We'll surely return, either to this outpost or one of the Boston locations.
The next morning, we headed to Foxwoods' other spa, a second location of the famed Norwich Inn that had opened only several months prior. We were booked for an 80-minute luxury pedicure, a blend of hot stones and massage that we would have to see to believe. The spa itself is located on an upper floor, again, high above the buzz and noise of the casino proper. Once simply a Foxwoods-branded spa, the Norwich name had taken over the property in late April and made several changes to incorporate a more resort-like environment. They had added in a specialized boutique (offering chic yoga apparel, candles, and the spa's products), a couple's treatment room, and were in the process of upgrading the locker room facilities. Like G SPA, the spa boasted a pool and outdoor terrace, sauna and whirlpool as well as a fitness center. The overall ambiance was slightly less 'zen' like than the G SPA, but may be partly due to the fact that the spa was not originally designed for the space, and rather was forced to work with what was left by the previous tenant.
Still, the front desk staff was personable and warm, and the therapists all seemed knowledgeable and eager to assist in any way possible. Debbie, my nail technician, assured us we were in for a treat - the pedicure, a blend of exfoliation, clay mask and a hot stone massage, was called the "Down to Earth" treatment but may as well have been called the "Toes up to Heaven." Not only was it near a full hour of massage, but Debbie, a 20+ year industry veteran, couldn't have been nicer. We had a blast chatting about our mutual lovs (romance novels!) and discussing area spas. After months of cheap pedis at my corner location in Arlington, it was pure bliss to experience a truly first-class pedicure. If we could import this therapist to DC ASAP, we'd never leave her side. If the Norwich location offers a treatment half as good, it's well worth the trip.
Bottom line: though the spa has some kinks to work out in terms of decor, the treatments are truly first-rate... we'll be back for the pedicure!
*Deacon's trip was sponsored by MGM Grand at Foxwoods, but the writer's opinions are her own. Images courtesy of G SPA.
July 18, 2010
We loved the class, which offered poses easy enough for newbies and experienced yoga-goers alike. Hunter showed off moves that can take simple poses to the "next level," but encouraged plenty of relaxation (read: child's pose) for those who found moves too difficult or needed a break from the streaming sunlight.
The follow-up breakfast included signature dishes like Art's famed chicken and waffles, plus egg white fritatta and fresh fruit with house-made granola.
We'd highly recommend this affordable package, available Sundays through the end of summer. Tone, Taste, Tan includes admission to the hotel's 7:30 AM class (free daily for hotel guests), breakfast at Art & Soul and an all-day pass to the luxurious rooftop pool. Non-guests are charged just $50 per person. Reservations are required.
Urbana is turning 4, and they want you to help them celebrate! Join the Dupont Circle hotspot between July 19 and 25 to enjoy a $4 happy hour, birthday cake and Prosecco for all in the dining room, plus a four-course, $40 dinner menu with included glass of wine.
Happy hour has been extended from 4:00 to 8:00 PM throughout the rest of the summer, so don't miss the chance to try Chef Alex Bollinger's new small plates bar menu, with dishes like crab beignets with yellow corn, scallions and remoulade, duck meatballs with Anson Mills polenta, and falafel with pickled red onions and tahini.
Between July 19th and 25th, Urbana will also gift one prize a day to patrons who dine or drink in the bar and the dining room. Prizes will include complimentary appetizers, entrées, desserts, dinner for two, and an overnight stay in the adjacent Hotel Palomar. Winners will be announced daily on the restaurant’s Facebook page.
Never one to pass up an opportunity to turn a little cash into a big payout, we hopped the train at Union Station and headed North, snagging our traveling companion, the ever up-for-anything K, on the way. Despite being longtime Vegas devotees, we'd never hit up an East Coast casino and were totally not sure what to expect, particularly as the train pulled up to a very, very tiny station in New London and we drove through miles of small town nothingness, learning only that we were passing through the "submarine capital of the world," Groton, on our way. Hmm. This was not boding well for our "we will not date military men for the near future," resolution. But, I digress.
We finally arrived to the massive casino complex to determine that Foxwoods looked, for the most part, exactly like Vegas, only slightly less ornate. Our room, on the 30th floor of the MGM Grand, overlooked the Native American reservation land and offered an interesting juxtaposition - the serene views of trees and skyline were completely at odds with what lay just an elevator ride below - gambling, drinking, and oh yes, Ashley Dupre as the guest of "honor" at the club downstairs, hosting a Playboy Magazine sponsored party the next evening.
The room itself was minimalist, but adequate, offering amenities akin to a Hyatt or Westin and comfortable pillow-top mattresses. Housekeeping service was spotty, meaning they didn't clean our room until a 7 PM call downstairs on the second day, but turn down service included chocolate and bottled water. The views, however, more than made up for the room's plain decor. After all, you don't come to a casino to relax and watch TV ....
What the casino complex (made up of several hotels strung together to form North America's largest casino) lacked in shopping, it made up in entertainment. From the onsite golf courses to two spas to numerous dining outlets, a museum and massive theater, we knew we'd have plenty to do during our three day stay.
We'll recap our highlights - dining, nightlife, high-roller experiences and spas - in three additional posts, coming later this week.
July 15, 2010
Deacon was invited to dine at Mie N Yu a few weeks ago to try their new tasting menu, a three-course, $25 culinary journey.
Upon arrival, we were seated in one of the restaurants coolest tables, an elevated booth on the ground floor, draped with muslin paneling and boasting a unique circular shape. It's the ideal space for mid sized parties of six or fewer, and perfectly shaped for sharing the restaurant's small plate selections.
We began with a spiced hummus with braised Egyptian fava beans. Offering a vaguely Indian flavor, the dish was accompanied by warm bread, a nice change from traditional pita. My dining companions opted for a blue crab salad on a bed of soba noodles. Our preference was for the hummus, as it was easier to share and slightly more flavorful.
For the next course, we split both the lamb kabobs and the lacquered duck. They were both excellent - the lamb was perfectly flavored and balanced well with the tangy yogurt dipping sauce, and the duck, accompanied by thin pancakes and a sweet dipping sauce, was tasty without being greasy, as so easily can happen with a dark meat like duck.
After two hearty courses, we were nearly full, but our third option had yet to arrive - we had opted for a seared filet mingon and the chicken rica rica. The steak was well cooked and tender, but the side of spiced noodles was a bland afterthought. The chicken was rich and flavorful, but came with both a drunstick and thigh - a breast would have been more appreciated.
At just $25 per person, this tasting menu, while not perfect, is an exceptional value and one that we'd definitely return to try, particularly in a group setting. We left full but not stuffed, and certainly felt as if the menu was well worth the cost.
*The review was sponsored, but Deacon's opinions are his own.
July 12, 2010
The concept is simple - buy "bid packs" for 99 cents per bid to gain entry to timed auctions. Each bid costs you 99 cents and raises the price by 2 cents. When the clock ticks down, you'll note that the bid also adds 10 seconds to the clock, allowing others a chance to top your offer.
One of our favorite aspects of this new site is the "bid assistant" tool, which allows you to set a maximum price and number of bids ... that way, if you're really determined to win, you can keep bidding while you're out and about ... shopping, perhaps?
Want to check this out for yourself? Deacon has an exclusive invite code. Click here to become a member!
July 11, 2010
July 21 from 5:30 - 8:30 PM, SKIN Cosmetic Dermatology's Dr. Brooks and Neiman Marcus' Liberty Jones will use models to show men and women alike how to rock Fall 2010's hottest trends. Makeup artists from Le Metier de Beaute (Deacon's fave) will show attendees the latest makeup looks and provide comp makeovers, and Neimans will offer a Jo Malone "scent bar," showing guests how to customize fragrances to form a signature scent.
The first 100 attendees will also enjoy a complimentary one-month supply of Latisse, courtesy of SKIN. Pre-paid discounts are also availble on Latisse, Radiesse, Botox and Juvederm, with package discounts valued at over $600.
RSVP required, space limited. Please call 202-298-7546 to RSVP.
Seven judges will score each drink according to a list of criteria including creativity, taste and appearance. With egos on the line, incentive to win is sure to run high, supported by a “cocktail” of prizes to include an overnight guest room at The Jefferson, dinner for two in Plume, plus $500 cash. In addition, the winning drink will be featured on the Quill menu for the next two weeks, along with a bio of the bartender behind it.
The event will be open to a small gathering of guests, invited at a cost of $50 per person. From 2-3 p.m., guests will enjoy a sampling of Quill’s own signature cocktails, served in test-tube-sized glasses and accompanied by canapés. Xavier Herit of Daniel New York City will step out of his bartender role to serve as DJ, spinning down-tempo lounge music, and will fill in for a two-hour guest turn behind the bar at Quill.
The competition stage will get underway at 3 p.m., with each bartender given 20 minutes to mix his cocktail and present it to the judges, introduce his establishment, and answer questions from the press. Pre-mixed samples of each drink entry will also be passed among the guests. At 6 p.m., Quill will reopen to the public.
July 10, 2010
Are your tresses boring, dull, and lifeless? Wella is to the rescue and willing to give your hair a little pizazz with a new pop of color!
This summer Wella Professionals is hitting the road to offer free consultations to help women discover their best haircolor. Wella will provide women across the country with inside access to professional colorists who will help educate and inspire women to discover their best hair color. At each tour stop, the on-site experts will offer free, personal recommendations to attendees as well as discounts to participating local Wella salons and complimentary products. And this weekend, Wella is in DC!
Can’t make it? Wella is offering women nationwide the chance to win a trip to have a celebrity haircolor transformation with a top stylist in
Don’t forget to RSVP on Facebook! This is a chance for a hair makeover you cannot miss.
July 8, 2010
"Coby is a 14 month old shepherd mix. He was rescued on May 21st, 2010 when neighbors reported to animal control that there was a dog with a rod in his neck. His owners went on vacation. So they decided to tie a cable around Coby’s neck and tie him to a tree. The cable was so short that he got it caught under his leg and wasn’t able to lie down for 3 days. The cable then embedded in his skin and started to rust. When animal control picked him up they weren’t able to leash him due to the damage. Coby was so happy to see people he jumped right in the truck. The vets got to work on him right away. They were able to remove the cable without surgery. They put Coby on an antibiotic and pain meds and he healed up pretty quick. Coby is lucky there wasn’t any long term damage.
Where Coby isn’t lucky is if he isn’t adopted by Monday July 12th he will be put down. There just isn’t space at the shelter. I met and played with this guy. He is a jumper. He was in a run that didn’t have a top for 6 weeks and hasn’t jumped out. He just jumps when he’s excited. That can be trained out of him. He is about 55 - 60 pounds right now. Coby was skin and bones when he was rescued. He would probable top off at 75-80 pounds. He is very sweet and house trained. He shows no sensitivity to his neck. I gave him a great big neck hug and he loved it. (His hair is already growing back). He gets along with other dogs. He really likes to run with them and play tug-war with a rope. He hasn’t been tested with cats yet. German Shepherd Rescue came and looked at him this past Monday. They couldn’t take him because he’s a mix and they are at capacity with full blooded GSDs.
The cost to adopt Coby is $200.00. He isn’t neutered so they will neuter him before they release him and bring him up to date on his shots before he leaves. All is included in the 200.00 cost."
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN ADOPTING COBY, PLEASE CONTACT THE PG COUNTY ANIMAL SHELTER DIRECTLY.
*Thanks to @aesbr and 1M Creative for the info.
Enjoy these great videos & photos from last night!
Enter by midnight - we'll pick a winner at random tomorrow and contact you with details about getting your cake.
Of course, you can always up your chances of winning by joining Bake Me A Wish's Social Media giveaway between 3 and 4 PM today. They've giving away five cakes!
*Literally, I am three ... the blog turns two in September. And yes, the picture is of me ... when I was just a little Deacon.
July 7, 2010
July 6, 2010
Hit up Mia Gemma's annual sale, beginning today, to score 20 to 25% off the area's hottest artisan fashions like the striking quartz Ana Cavalheiro stunner at left, marked down to $1,800 from $2,250.
But hurry - the sale runs through the 17th only!
Luxe Life: Deacon's Lucky Day - Neiman Marcus Concept Studio, Matchbox and Bark! Doggie Food Head to Congressional Plaza
Last Call Studio by Neiman Marcus is a discount retail concept for aspirational shoppers, presenting brand-name fashion and accessories, including Lafayette 148, J Brand, Seven for all Mankind and Vince, in an environment that is a retail hybrid of a boutique and an outlet. With emphasis on contemporary apparel, handbags, shoes, and men’s sportswear, the store will also feature unique design elements such as track lighting, polished concrete floors with color-blocked area rugs and cohesive merchandise groupings.
Opening its fourth location at Congressional Plaza this fall is DC favorite matchbox. On the menu, look for matchbox’s signature pizzas and sliders and enough elbow room to house the whole family with two levels of seating and over 100 patio seats. Additionally their new location will feature two large pizza ovens.
Also joining the property this fall is Bark! a pet food concept dedicated to providing premium natural and organic products, nutritious pet foods and treats. Bark's mission is to enrich the lives of animal companions by providing products that are healthy, eco-friendly and socially responsible. This will be the fourth location for Bark!, with existing locations in Clarksville, Olney and Gaithersburg, Maryland.
We can't wait!
July 4, 2010
Now, on to more pressing matters - the Wubba and pool time await.
July 2, 2010
• Stay hydrated: Just like you, your hair needs H2O to fight dryness. Especially for curls, avoid products that are alcohol based, which can dry out hair leading to breakage and frizz. Try Moroccan Oil Curl Cream to quench your coils and Redken Curl Spring Mousse to style.
• Sun-sational hair: It’s important to protect your hair from heat damage, whether from the sun or styling tools. Always apply a UV protection product such as Phyto Protective Beach Spray or Redken Color Extend Sun Shield. When blow drying your hair straight, use a natural bristle brush to help smooth frizz.
• Flotation device: Before jumping in the pool, make sure your hair is prepared. Wet hair and apply a leave-in conditioner so hair won't absorb chlorinated water. Afterwards, Redken Color Extend Sun Shampoo is a lifesaver and will remove chlorine and salt deposits.
• Summer styles: To avoid breakage, be sure to let hair dry before pulling up into a ponytail. For a quick fix, use bobby pins to pull sections of curls to the back of the head to create a cute updo. Tease hair in the crown before pulling back to create a more fashionable ponytail.
• What’s hot: Working with your hair’s natural texture during hot summer months has never been easier because beachy waves are in – at shoulder length or longer. Hair this length is great because it’s long enough to pull into a ponytail while still being manageable. Straightening options are also very popular in the summer, especially the Brazilian Keratin treatment and the Liscio smooth variation.
Intern Andrea hit the city for the opening of DC's new salon, 1201, and talked with the salon owner, Nadia. Here's the scoop on this luxurious home-like salon. This is a pampering experience you just can't miss!
What does 1201 offer to stand out from other DC salons?
July 1, 2010
school's out for the summer and that means there's more fun to be had. find the thunder down under, say hola to estadio and show ‘em your p-p-p-pana face with this list of new restos:
thunder down under.
there are times when you crave fine dining, and others when you just want a thick, juicy burger. when the mood strikes you, pop into M street's newest hotspot, thunder burger & bar. boasting a rock n' roll theme (think leather chairs and lots of chains), the former news café has been reinvented into a dude-friendly desto with an extensive beer list and 10-oz. burgers in varieties including kobe, bison and salmon. 3056 M street, NW. near 31st. 202.333.2888. www.thunderburger.com
whether you're just a little bit hungry or a little bit short on cash, dupont circle's new panas gourmet empanadas has something for you. the teeny-tiny space (just 1,100 square feet and 13 seats) offers gourmet twists on the traditional latin american snack for just $2 apiece. fuel up on a single or whole bag of the tasty treats, with inventive flavors like chicken pesto, smoked eggplant and brie. just be sure to snag enough to share—the name, pana, is slang for "friend" or "buddy" in some latin american countries. now open. 2029 P street, NW. near 21st. 202.223.2964. www.panasgourmet.com
can't make your annual jaunt to espana this summer? no problemo. this month, the team behind penn quarter hotspot proof will launch estadio, a contemporary spanish bistro in logan circle. sample pinxtos (tapas) and raciones (small entrees) like tortilla de camaraones (shrimp pancakes), fideos (spanish pasta) and salmorejo (thickend gazpacho), plus a selection of spanish cheeses, breads and charcuterie. wash it all down with wines from the in-house enomatic machine or a glass of the house-made sangria. 1520 14th street, NW. near church. 202.319.1404. www.estadio-dc.com
Chiffon & Lace Swing Dress, Forever21, $29.99
Headed to an evening cocktail soiree? Sport this super summery dress, made of alternating layers of chiffon and flirty floral detailing.
Lattice Knotted Dress, Forever21, $24.80
Meeting his parents for the first time this weekend? Don't break the bank in the process. Great for family picnics and office wear alike, this royal blue dress is a perfect 10, just like you.
Coral Resin Chandelier Earrings, BlueFly.com, $46
Want to spice up simple summer frock? There's no better way to be femme without being fussy than to add a great statement jewelery piece. Loving these Kenneth Jay Lane coral earrings!
Watercolorists Tote, Anthropologie, $79.95 (sale)
Head to the beach, the boardwalk or a bbq in this abstract print blue tote. Who says your red, white and blue palate has to be a literal interpretation of patriotic pride?
Patriotic Popsicle Flip Flops, Old Navy, $3
If you plan on heading to The Mall for the fireworks, chances are you'll be doing a lot of walking. Stay cute and comfortable with these summery flip flops.
Of course, if you're interested in more of a white-on-white look, don't miss our "White Hot" post from earlier this summer.