Archive of ‘LOCALLOVE’ category


#LocalLove might be a bit of a stretch because these gals are blowing up (no pun intended) all over the country, but I’m not mad about it. Awesomeness like this needs to take over the world.  Who am I talking about? None other than the amazing genius of…


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I went recently to have my hair done for a wedding and was thrilled with the outcome.  On top of that, the team was fun and super accommodating for my early morning request.  Processed with VSCO with hb1 preset

(pre-wedding no makeup! eek!)

When I arrived, the cheery, bright decor greeted me (white & gray with pops of sunny yellow) and I was offered a drink as I was ushered to a chair at the “bar”. Big TV screens played one of my favorite movies (27 Dresses… how apropos) as I surveyed the rows of perfectly packaged hair products lining the bar shelves.  Their menu has blow outs ranging from the Mai-Tai to Southern Comfort and you can add in fun little extras like braids for a few additional dollars. Oh, and did I mention, it is all for just $45? The whole experience is truly dreamy.

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Because the day of the wedding was super hot and humid, the ladies at the Drybar gave me a tighter curl and plenty of hairspray to keep everything in place. It was definitely called for and I felt like it lasted for the whole day. Not an easy feat in DC humidity.

How beautiful is the bride? I loved every minute of her day and it was made that much sweeter because it started out at Drybar.  I would highly recommend that you check them out for yourself… maybe for a special event or, you know, a Thursday. You do you girl!

LocalLove : Maketto

It’s been a little while since I shared a bit of #LocalLove around here. I thought what could be better than sharing one of my all time favorite spots to bring it back.



Maketto is the quintessential cool kid. A coffee shop, retail space and restaurant all wrapped into one. They whip up perfectly crafted cappuccinos (or in my case tea) with the same ease that they deliver consistently yummy Cambodian and Taiwanese cuisine AND their collection of kicks is to die for.

Located on H St. NE it’s the perfect spot to visit whether you’re looking for a quiet place during the day to work and get inspired or a night-time hot spot complete with food and cool kid vibes. It’s also my fave DC spot to meet up with a friend for a quick catch up.

If you’re local and haven’t had a chance to check it out, I would definitely add it to your weekend plans. If you’re visiting from out of town and want to discover a local gem (and up your cool factor by 10) then I’d highly recommend it!



Photos provided courtesy of Eun Photography 

LocalLove : Farmers Markets

LocalLoveBanner One of my favorite weekend activities to do in and around DC is visiting a farmer’s market. Perhaps it’s my country girl roots or just the opportunity to get outside on a beautiful day to purchase fresh produce and see what kinds of amazingness the local artisans have.


There are a bunch of great farmer’s markets in and around DC.  The Washington Post has published an interactive map of the 204 farmer’s markets in the area. You can see it here and plan out your next trip. My personal favorite is Eastern Market, not just because of it’s easy accessibility but also the broad array of vendors they have.

Can we just say, FRESH FLOWERS. These zinnias were so bright and cheerful! I have absolutely no problem buying myself flowers. It’s one of the simple pleasures of life and they never fail to turn my day around.


Also, shopping is way more fun with friends.  My beautiful friend, Emily, of Either/Or Interior Design, makes EVERYTHING more fun. I normally don’t find eggplants quite so amusing but she was cracking me up over something. Probably my awkwardness while posing with green beans.





p.s. How cute are my blog calling cards from MOO? I’m basically in love with them. XO

Photo Credit : EUN

LocalLove : Bayou Bakery


Beignet : a light square doughnut usually sprinkled with powdered sugar (Merriam -Webster)

Beignet : a light square of fried perfection buried in powdered sugar heaven which transports you to a magical land of yumminess (Me)*

BEN – FREAKIN – YAY!!!!!!!



A few saturdays ago, my wonderful friend Angie, with the affinity for unicorns, introduced me to a new spot on Capitol Hill called the…

Bayou Bakery


Capturing the culture, Creating a Community & Cultivating a taste for the South

True to their mantra, a step inside the rustic, brick establishment feels like a step into another world. A world that’s friendly, inviting, a little bit country and a lot bit home. Oh, and did I mention the food? Not only were the beignets to die for, but everything else I ordered of the menu was scrumptious. Not that I ordered EVERYTHING on the menu, but I dare you to take a gander at their “Snaps” page on the website and not want to order everything yourself. Also, word to the wise (and hungry), if you order the beignets, you will wear the beignets. It’s worth it though. So worth it.

I highly recommend checking out this spot. The atmosphere is charming and the food is delicious! It almost makes me want to turn in my card as a yankee and take a walk on the Southern side. Almost.  Signature


  • alternate definition : The main reason that the “diet” starts tomorrow.

LocalLove: Dolcezza




I’m finally catching up and sharing one of my favorite new spots I discovered this Summer… Dolcezza

True to its name, Dolcezza, delivers sweetness and delight in every bite.  With locally- sourced, handmade (hello! the factory is in my neighborhood) gelato and coffee, their fare does not disappoint.

It’s the perfect spot to check out with a few friends on a lazy weekend. I would highly recommend it.

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