November 30, 2010
We'll begin by saying that Ms. Martha Stewart just might be our idol. She's THE homemaking goddess and we've been longtime fans of the show and the magazine(s) so this was really quite exciting. We thought we'd share a bit about the process:
How we nabbed tickets: You simply apply online and are notified up to three weeks in advance if you've scored tickets. Kristina was able to get a +1. You're asked to arrive no later than 1.5 hours before taping begins to line up outside and enter a small holding area, where you can surrender your jackets, sign release forms, and learn what segments are going to happen during that day's taping. Before arrival, there's an extensive list of "what Martha prefers," which, apparently, included bright (non patterned) colors, smiling faces, and an audience full of mostly women.
What the studio is like: If you've seen the show, it looks just like the sets you see on TV, each spread across a big warehouse-like stage with a back kitchen and rows of wooden chairs set up in raised format for the audience. It's COLD in there, so if you get a ticket, be sure to bring a sweater! Unless you have special VIP passes, you'll likely sit towards the back, but your actual time of arrival won't matter. The production crew appears to select where you'll sit (along the aisle, in the middle, ect.)
What happens after: Not much, actually. Martha doesn't stick around for photos or autographs, so you just file out and hail a cab.
November 29, 2010
November 25, 2010
For those seeking an ala carte bite, Citronelle will be serving dishes including Mushroom Cigars, Smoked Salmon Plate, and Goat Cheese Caesar to name a few. To compliment these delicious pairing, there will be unique premium wines and cocktails available including the signature Bubbly Martini and the Cintronelle Swizzle.
Escape the hustle and bustle of the city and take a pit stop at Citronelle. What better way to celebrate your approaching evening after a long days work?
November 24, 2010
Purchase of $100 or more online will receive Cibu branded- Deuce Sports Watch, a Simply Pretty Hair Rosette, and free shipping; purchases of $50 will receive a Simply Pretty Hair Rosette and free shipping. In addition any purchase made online on Monday, November 29th will receive a Simply Pretty Hair Rosette with their order.
PLUS if you spend $100 between 9 AM and 2 PM, you'll get a $50 gift card.
November 23, 2010
Are you over the craziness of the malls and frenzied national discount stores? Visit Old Town Alexandria for Black Friday “Door Busters” from local merchants.
Over 24 locally owned stores have signed up to open early this year. Not only will this save you some hassle of going to the overly packed malls, but it will keep money in the local community. This means more jobs, more tax revenues for local services and more support for local charities. In addition to the community benefitting, shoppers will benefit by finding products and gifts that are unique and diverse than what can be found at national chains.
Try something new with the family and shop local this Black Friday! For a complete list of stores and discounts visit Old Town Boutique District online.
What is GalTime, you ask? Founded by two savvy ladies and former TV pros, GalTime has recently launched a new series of local and national content about everything from love and relationships to cooking and shopping tips. Through videos, articles, local and national correspondents and strategic partnerships with Fisher Communications and the nationally syndicated morning show, The Daily Buzz, you'll find the content of GalTime featured across the web, tv and radio. Plus, anyone can join for free to chat on the message boards, contribute guest blogs, and more.
We're excited to share with you more news about this exciting partnership! In the meantime, enjoy the links and know you can always click on the "GalTime" link in the sponsors section to see our highlighted content.
November 20, 2010
Several hundred well heeled ladies and gents noshed on chocolates from Cacao, light apps and enjoyed complimentary cocktails as they mingled, talked business (and pleasure) and generally appeared to have a great time.
Here's a link to the official photography, with some of our own snaps in a slideshow below.
We're excited to see what this event brings in 2011!
November 19, 2010
Neyla’s series of belly dancing classes and happy hours will be hosted on the second Thursday of every month for the next three months, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Each class is $40 and includes two complimentary cocktails and a spread of complimentary mezze nibbles. The happy hour will also feature additional drink specials. Participants who wish to register for all three classes will receive a 20 percent discount.
Classes are hosted in Neyla’s private dining room and limited to 30 participants. For more information or to register for a belly dancing class, please call the restaurant at (202) 333-6353.
The packaging is adorable, the smells divine, and the quality of the products is unmatched. It's no wonder that Oprah once chose them as some of her favorite things too! We picked up a jar of the Sweet Cream body milk and are totally loving it, but if you're in search of a holiday gift, we'd suggest you try the Bourbon Bubbler or Whoopie! Cream products - both smelled divine!
November 18, 2010
November 17, 2010
|Jewelery available at the show|
In addition to picking up something fun for yourself or others, see artists demonstrating their skill and talent in wheel-thrown ceramics, iron forging, papermaking, and copper spinning. There's also great food, live entertainment, and tons of fun for the kiddies.
Admission is $7 online and $9 at the door, kids under 12 are free. Admission is valid for all three days, and parking is free!
And, um, if you're on our list ... don't order the ones at left or you'll be getting a duplicate. Unless we can commission something involving something fabulously furry and dashingly handsome ... I'm referring to myself, of course.
November 16, 2010
November 15, 2010
Due to popular demand, the VSA Washington D.C. ARTiculate Gallery's will "unleash" its 4th exhibition for pet owners and dog lovers alike this Thursday from 5:30 - 7:30 PM.
The show will feature one-of-a-kind portraits of our furry four-legged friends created by ARTiculate ARTists in the VSA ARTiculate Program.
In addition to the exhibition, there will be a silent auction which will feature fabulous items and packages from local pet stores and pet-friendly restaurants and hotels. We are also very excited that the DC Animal Rescue League and the DC Humane Society will be bringing along some friendly companions available for adoption.
Even better? The event is free... and PETS ARE WELCOME!
First up! Jackson Sage Botanics. We sampled these when testing products for The Washingtonian's holiday gift guide (on stands on the 19th, go get it!) and fell in love with their super cute packaging, all-natural materials and of course, great all-around products.
Our favorite? The margarita scented body cream ($27), a super thick butter-like whipped lotion that is perfect for simultaneously reminding us of warmer days and soothing dry, chapped winter skin.
Order online (psst, there's a coupon code coming) or pick it up at select Whole Foods in the area.
The boutique boasts some of our favorite names - ADAM, Halston Heritage, Ralston Handbags and Milly, plus the store's own line of basics. Farr offers shopping on a single purchase or consulting basis, and can be contracted by the season to help with in-home consults and special event excursions.
The former lawyer and Worth clothing saleswoman looks to have a winning proposition on her hands with this new boutique - we're excited to follow her progress and to tell our readers about her many upcoming trunk shows and events. Also ... stay tuned for a special reader offer in January's Washingtonian magazine.
In the meantime- check out these images of the boutique!
November 14, 2010
You're Invited: Young Benefactors Group of The Institute for Responsible Citizenship’s Group for AJA: Art, Jazz & Ambrosia
Couples who purchase their engagement ring at Tiny Jewel Box and further book their wedding at The Ritz-Carlton, Washington, D.C. may also enjoy up to $20,000 worth of fine jewelry on loan from Tiny Jewel Box for their special day. All future Mr. and Mrs. that book their wedding at The Ritz-Carlton, Washington, D.C. will also receive customized champagne flutes courtesy of Tiny Jewel Box and The Ritz-Carlton.
November 11, 2010
|That's me as a pup|
November 10, 2010
During the event, Kallett made the announcement that she plans to expand the store nationwide. Check out the store on your next visit to Gtown!
November 9, 2010
Best of all? It's only $4.99. So don't splurge on an expensive dye job this holiday - hie thee to the pharmacy and snag a Bigen's. You'll have all the more left over ... for important things, like holiday dresses and shoes.
*This product was sent as a gift
The hair show, beginning at 6:30, includes a cocktail hour, demonstrations, and a mix and mingle following the big event. All tickets include food, drink, a swag bag of beauty products, and a $10 gift card for a future visit to Bella Bethesda Salon.
Buy your tickets now and see if Snooki really invented the pouf, or if she got the idea from old days!
November 8, 2010
We're regular visitors to this fabulous city - after all, our college roommate lives here - but every time we visit we see few new things that we really, really wish would make their way down to DC:
So whether you're planning your first visit to this fair city or just searching for a great new "local spot" ... here are a few of our picks:
It's safe to say that we're kind of obsessed with this little coffee shop and bakery that's just a few blocks from our friend's apartment in the South End. It's always packed and no wonder why - the baked goods (made fresh in-house daily) and coffee are tops. It's like our favorite shop in DC, Northside Social ... but better. For a great Christmas gift, pick up their new cookbook - the recipes look delish!
Psst, we also tried the chain's newest outpost - an Asian Fusion / Dim Sum "funky diner concept" called Meyers + Chang. It's great! Opt for the short rib "tacos," the pork belly buns, and the squash/coconut soup ... all amazing.
For a too-cool-for-school shop:
Housed in what used to be a Pottery Barn, this London-based clothing chain is the first we've seen in the US, so naturally, we had to pop in and have a look. The window dressing - a collection of old Singer sewing machines - caught our eye first, but once inside, the quirky mix of sweaters, dresses, and great boots quickly captured our attention. If it's street-sexy grunge you're after ... this is your shop. Just beware - they go by UK sizing, so a 6 is really a 0.
We trekked all the way across town to see the new location of Louis Boston, now housed in a super modern building on the water. While the layout is nothing to thrill (the store looks more like a smaller version of Barney's than anything else), we did love the rotating selection of vendors and well-edited selection of housewares.
At first glance, this store seemed a bit too hippie-chic for our tastes, but a glimpse inside and we were hooked. Boasting names like Megan Park and Lauren Moffat, we wanted just about every dress, boot and flowy blouse available in this South End store.
For a neighborhood hotspot:
Truthfully we weren't that blown away by this neighborhood gathering place (by the same owners as Toro), but since it was voted "Best New Restaurant in Boston" by Improper Bostonian, we had to at least give it a go. The perks: sample great wines by the glass and a selection of small plates with a heavy emphasis on the local, organic, and lesser-known cuts of meat - brains, livers, marrow, ect. What we loved? The signature cocktails - an Autumnal "flip" made with spiced brandy and egg was delish, and the lamb ragu pasta, made with just the right amount of spice. Skip the veggie sides - they're overpriced. Be sure to come early as there's sure to be a wait.
While we waited for our table at Coppa, we opted to have a cocktail at jazz club / restaurant / bar The Beehive, one of our favorite spots in the South End. Maybe it's because we have a soft spot for speakeasies or maybe it's just because the dark n' sexy ambiance downstairs is totally our kind of vibe, but this place is just about perfect.