Vacation Destination: Natural Retreats


Photo by Jessica of The Dining Traveler

Summer isn’t over!!!! And even once it is, Natural Retreats still has you covered!! The first thing I’m sure you want to know is… What is Natural Retreats?!?  “Natural Retreats are your guides to life’s most amazing experiences. We are guardians of quality time and understand how important your vacations are, in a world where time is more precious than ever.” So what does that mean?!? Well in addition to providing us with a beautiful scenic vacation location, they also provided us with a retreat manager to help us because “every Natural Retreats vacation is custom built to fit your needs.”


We took the relatively easy (long but scenic) 4 hour drive from DC up to Homestead, Virginia.  As you pull up the home is beautiful and comfortably nestled into the beautiful landscape of trees, mountains and scenery.  The second best scene was opening the fridge to the wonderful assortment of local goods that our Retreat Manager had stocked to welcome us!!

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The first night we had the pleasure of having a home cooked meal in the chef ready kitchen made by the talented Jessica of The Dining Traveler.  It was an easy first night of relaxing with friends after our drive up after work.  The next morning we work up, and had breakfast together.

With Lacey showing us how to dress for breakfast!

After enjoying some breakfast with a fantastic view, we decided to venture into town for the farmer’s market and were delighted by all the small town had to offer.  There was also a local golf course, kayaking and a pool available in town to enjoy! (In the fall you can enjoy some skiing!)

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Upcoming Event: DAYBREAKER DC is my JAM


Let’s start at the very beginning which is with an answer to the first question I always get when I bring up Daybreaker, “what is that?”  Well as described by its creators: “DAYBREAKER is a morning movement that will start your day off unlike anything else. It is about being in the here and now, surrounded by amazing people, beautiful music, and an incredible vibe. It is about dancing your face off before work and feeling gloriously healthy while doing so. It is about love, it is about mindfulness, and it is about mischief.”

I first heard about Daybreaker in the media and through friends who live in New York City, where it began, but I was not sure about the hype.  Disclaimer: I AM NOT A MORNING PERSON. This is like the understatement of the century.  My mother has said that I am a different person, an unkind difficult person to put it nicely, in the morning.  Probably has to do with my night owl ways (as I write this it is about 4am) but I digress.  I say this to let you know that I find it hard to get excited about anything before around 10am.

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Weekend Event: SPLACE SCAPE Celebrates Baltimore Club Music

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This weekend, venture outside of DC to the debut of “Splace Scape”, a celebration of Baltimore club music, brought together by Space is the Place Records, along with partners Club Kingz Entertainment and The Metro Gallery.  A two-night event, “Splace Scape” will celebrate the history and future of Baltimore Club and the global impact of the city’s regional sound.

These shows will run back-to-back during Baltimore’s 2015 Artscape weekend, and Space is the Place Records has enlisted Baltimore legends like Rod Lee, Scottie B, and DJ Booman and producers from the new generation, who continue to build upon the club foundation forged by the celebrated Baltimore originators. These newbies will include TT the Artist, Bond St. District, Mighty Mark, Matic808, HI$TO, Kate Boss, DJ Pierre, Normaling, & Baltimore’s premiere club dance squad, TSU Dance Crew.

Taking it outside of the city, Space is the Place also recruited some of Baltimore Club’s supporters to join in the celebration. Among them are New York’s incomparable party rapper, Dai Burger; Harlem’s maestro of the sub & Club, Tony Quattro; The Don of Space is the Place Records, Astrolith; and London’s Lvis-1990.

WHERE: The Metro Gallery | 1700 N. Charles Street | Baltimore, MD

HOW: Limited two-day pass for $10
Friday, July 17 ONLY advanced tickets here
Saturday, July 18 ONLY advanced tickets here

If you are really dedicated, join us for the after party!!!

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Weekend Events: Denizens Brewing Co Turns 1 Years Old!!

DBC Beer garden from above

Let me start by saying something that is known to those who are close with me (or have ever gone out drinking with me lol)… I do NOT drink beer.  It’s partial cause I drank too much cheap bad beer in college and partial because I do not like the finish on most beers.  In recent years I have discovered a few rare beers that I have found drinkable and even fewer beers that I have liked.  However I have heard some great things about Denizens, a mainly female founded brewery in Silver Spring (3 of the 4 founders – Emily Bruno, Director of Business Operations, Julie Verratti, Director of Business Development, Taylor Barnes, Director of Marketing & Jeff Ramirez, Director of Brewing Operations are women), and was excited when I was invited to give them a try.

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This week is their 1 Year Anniversary and they have much to celebrate.  In those initial 12 months, they have produced an impressive 26 beers!!  The latest brew to be released during this celebration is called First Time, a Belgian dark rye ale. This beer will use bits of all of the flagship beers using the rye from Southside Rye IPA, yeast from the Third Party Belgian-style Tripel, and malts from the Lowest Lord ESB, Big Red Norm Red Ale and Born Bohemian Czech-style Pilsner.  During our visit we got to try 10 different beers and I assured that there would be something for me to enjoy!! Continue reading

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A New Player in the Dating Game: The Offline Society & Upcoming Launch

Let me first start with a disclaimer, I hate dating, correction I hate modern dating! It is awkward and everyone has different expectations but no one knows how to talk about them.  Especially when it comes to online dating which once you leave the pool of eligible bachelors available in undergraduate and the smaller pool of graduate school (if you go) is where a lot of us end up.  The days of meeting and marrying your high school sweetheart are starting to fade but as I approach 30, I now have a greater understand of the appeal.  Dating in the modern world is hard.

Now let me introduce you to something that is about to make it a whole lot easier again!!

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The Offline Society gets its name by taking dating offline and bringing together curated groups of single women and men though private intimate gatherings that offer unique access to experiences in town.  Think somewhere between Millionaire Matchmaker mixer (but less meat market) and a mixer (but less boring and desperate, sorry I said it) and with the focus on having a great experience.  Members will receive invites to one-of-a kind, real world events like roving cocktail parties, pop-up supper clubs, sporting & outdoor adventures which all provided chances for interactions with selected unattached members.

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From Right to Left: Founder and President Rebecca Yarbrough, Director of Marketing Jonna Humphries & Maketing Associate Chelsea Raab (Picture by Lauren Scott)

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Need Lunch?!? Eat at STK

I will admit it! I have a bit of a soft spot in my heart for STK!! I’m sure you’ve noticed from my many Instagram pictures that I kinda love it there.  I just always have such a great time!!  Well now more great times can be had at STK during lunch on the outdoor patio.


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The Dining Traveler : First Food Adventures, Now Travel Tips

The Dining Traveler is a wonderful blog that will whisk you away to a foreign land where you can experience the world through the eyes of its Founder and Blogger Jessica Van Dop de Jesus.

To help us get one step closer to her experiences Jessica has created the #DCTravelBlogger Meetup which is a series of events for travel bloggers (and those who love them) come together over food and drinks.  Which we did, first at Rural Society DC and it was a great time!!


For the second gathering we assembled at Jaleo Crystal City who prepared a virtual trip to Spain with their Spanish themed brunch for the group. There was be a Sangria making demonstration, a chef demonstration of paella and the famous Fernan Adria liquid olives. The brunch was in partnership with Stay Arlington and included fun giveaways during the brunch.    That gather was made up for about twenty Washington, DC based travel and food bloggers.

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Photo by Domestiphobia

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The Ballet: The Washington Ballet Presents Swan Lake feat Brooklyn Mack & Misty Copeland

First let’s talk Swan Lake and then I’ll gush about ballet as a whole!!

The Washington Ballet Swan Lake Misty Copeland & Brooklyn Mack photo by media4artists l Theo Kossenas

The Washington Ballet Swan Lake Misty Copeland & Brooklyn Mack photo by media4artists l Theo Kossenas

For my birthday, my mother got us tickets to The Washington Ballet’s performance of Swan Lake to see Misty Copeland.  I think she is so incredible and I love ballet (more on that later) so this was the perfect gift for me!!  The Kennedy Center is a place with many fond memories from growing up in DC.  It was a place we frequented regular for ballets, plays, performances, rehearsals and more.  I have not been in a while prior to this visit so I was excited.  When the music started playing and the curtain opened exposing the beautiful set, I was transported to a far away kingdom.

The Washington Ballet Swan Lake Misty Copeland & Brooklyn Mack photo by media4artists l Theo Kossenas

The Washington Ballet Swan Lake Misty Copeland & Brooklyn Mack photo by media4artists l Theo Kossenas

Swan Lake is a classic, and favorite of many, myself included.  It was the perfect show for me to return to see at the Kennedy Center.

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Rent The Runway: My Secret Weapon for WHCD Weekend (& Beyond)

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Rent the Runway has a store in Georgetown and I love it (more specifics on RTR at the end).  For White House Correspondence Dinner Weekend I worked with Britney, who was awesome and Damian, who really knows how to dress a woman!!! Between the two of them, I left with three outfits that I not only felt great in but also were both me and different. What I mean is, they succeeded in finding me outfits that challenge me and pushed my style but didn’t make me feel like I was wearing someone else’s clothes. I am someone who know’s my style and can usually look at a rack and know what will fit me and what will look good. That said, I would still recommend working with a stylist! They can style you for one event or for multiple events and it is worth it. It is $25 for a 45-minute session for one event for $40 for a 90-minute session for multiple events (& 15% off when you rent for 2+ events). Totally worth because not only are they fashionable but they are well versed in what is available in the store. So here’s what we picked out!!

The first night was the Rock the Vote WHCD Pre-Party with Twitter and Fusion at Blind Whino. I knew it was going to be a fun young professional crowd and that I could have a bit more fun with my outfit (Plus Morgan Evans of Guest of a Guest and I compared notes when we met in the dressing room in store). So the first looks is credited to Damian who picked out this amazing jumpsuit for me from Cushnie et Ochs called the Liza Jumpsuit.

Morgan and I both rocked black jumpsuits from RTR for the night and it was definitely a hit! I also rediscovered my love of fashion tape which should get an award for best supporting role this weekend.

I went with an edgy kohl liner and simple gloss. The new color Doug (my amazing hairdresser) gave me worked well with a more rocker updo and of course some flash tattoos (which you can get at She’s Unique in Old Town #Obsessed)!!

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Event Recap: Creative Coalition Annual Benefit Dinner at STK

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During Nerd Prom, aka White House Correspondence Weekend, I had the pleasure of attending The Creative Coalition’s Annual Benefit Dinner at Supper Suite by STK.  STK was taken over for the night and it dressed up just right for the occasion! It was hosted Tim Daly, Haley Joel Osment, Rob Thomas, Gabourey Sidibe, Jennifer Coolidge, Andrew Dost, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Naya Rivera, Bailee Madison, Alanna Masterson, Connie Nielsen, Emily Osment, Michelle Trachtenberg, Constance Zimmer, Troian Bellisario, Darby Stanchfield, Jason Isaacs.  So it was definitely a star studded night.  Here were some of my favorites!!

I love how pretty and timeless Jennifer Coolidge is!

I love how pretty and timeless Jennifer Coolidge is!

The Creative Coalition (TCC) is a nonprofit public charity organized by the creative community to learn about pressing issues so they can better inform the public and nation.  It is so great to see these stars making sure that art stays in schools and that kids have the opportunity to explore their passions.

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