Here we are again - Getaway House DC. I'm a little obsessed with camping and even though it's cold AF outside, I prefer a few nights in my tiny cabin over city life.
Of course, I make sure to get a few camping inspired photo shoots for the blog. Here I'm wearing Chloe glasses, a Victoria's Secret polka dot satin cami and satin striped shorts. I got the fluffy socks at Bed, Bath & Beyond - they're SO comfy. Teddy is wearing Fab Dog red buffalo check pajamas.
Teddy has pj's, a cozy vest, rain suit, hoodie and boots. He has his own little suitcase and packs more than my husband! He's prepared for all weather conditions and various glamping photo shoots. Ask him to pose and he gives you Blue Steel!
SIDE NOTE - There's no mirror in the cabin (I KNOW), so I purchased a rechargeable iHome mirror with bluetooth (for music) and LED lighting. Yeah, it's high maintenance, but a necessary glamping tool. I also bring a huge Manfrotto light for perfect lighting inside the cabin. Life of a blogger!
Here we are again - Getaway House DC. I'm a little obsessed with camping and even though it's cold AF outside, I prefer a few nights in my tiny cabin over city life. Of course, I make sure...
Chloé sunglasses, Karl Ikonik rhinestone t-shirt, Danielle Guizio sweatpants, John & Jenn by Line faux fur camo coat, Jacquemus Le Chiquiti mini bag, Yuzefi Asher Savanna/Kaky handbag, Yeezy season 6 ankle boots
Chloé sunglasses, Karl Ikonik rhinestone t-shirt, Danielle Guizio sweatpants, John & Jenn by Line faux fur camo coat, Jacquemus Le Chiquiti mini bag, Yuzefi Asher Savanna/Kaky handbag,...
I consider myself a trendy person, but when the "dad sneaker" hit the runways, I had no intention of jumping on that bandwagon. OK, it's been a while and the oversized, sporty sneaker is still going strong. The sneaker trend has been modified and the color schemes have gone wild, but the chunky sneaker is here to stay (at least for another season).
I did it! I purchased myself a pair of dad sneakers AND I love them. I went with the beloved Balenciaga Triple S Sneakers (available at mytheresa.com) in white. The name refers to the three soles supporting the body and giving it a chunky look. This is why they're HEAVY! If you're tryna loose weight or tone your body, wear a dad sneaker.
I love the look of these sneakers - they're comfortable and the neutral color scheme goes with everything. Triple S sneakers run large, so I recommend sizing down. I'm usually a size 5.5 or 6 sneaker and I purchased these in size 5. I'm obsessed with my Balenciaga sneakers.
I HAVE TO HAVE this Burberry London Football Scarf (available at Farfetch). The super-cropped sweater is the perfect layer. You can don this football scarf over a t-shirt, button down or sweater. The stripes will elongate and flatter your figure and the colors are neutral and perfect for Fall/Winter.
I love Karl Ikonik t-shirts. They're excellent quality and fit perfectly. I've gone through a few Ikonik styles (I keep shrinking them by accident) and love the Karl Ikonik Rhinestone T-shirt. You can pair this t-shirt with joggers or wear a fitted size with a skirt and heels for a night out.
Be careful washing this t-shirt, cause the rhinestones fall off easily. I'd recommend a gentle hand wash and lay flat to dry. I'm already on my second rhinestone t-shirt.
I'm a huge Chloé fan - it is my most anticipated fashion show each season. I usually blow the fashion budget on Chloé AND these modern rubber boots are a must have. The Chloé PVC Betty Rain Boot in santal green was made for me. The khaki Wellington boot has an oversized eggplant heel - it's the perfect color combination. These are going on my Christmas wish list.
One of my latest brand obsessions is Spell & The Gypsy Collective. The hippie-like brand is inspired by vintage treasures and I LOVE IT! Spell & The Gypsy apparel and accessories are suitable for Spring/Summer, but there were a few pieces that are perfect for my Fall line-up.
The Eagleback Matinee Jacket (not pictured here) is one of my favorites. I also had to have the Spell & The Gypsy Collective Gypsy Traveller Tote Bag. This sturdy tote dons the brand name and an eagle in flight print. It also has a detachable scarf. This tote could use a base for structure (I like structured bags), but I love it anyway.
The Axel Tweed Bucket Hat by Maison Michel is the perfect accessory to brighten up a Fall wardrobe. The gold embellishment goes nicely with the Fall jewel-tone trend. AND the bucket silhouette looks cute on everyone.
I consider myself a trendy person, but when the "dad sneaker" hit the runways, I had no intention of jumping on that bandwagon. OK, it's been a while and the oversized, sporty sneaker is still going...
The Getaway in Shenandoah is a 20 acre plot of land with small cabins scattered about. The cabin (Getaway House) is a thoughtfully designed, cozy space, with all the essentials for a relaxing weekend in the woods.
I used to go camping with friends often when I was younger and hadn't thought about a mini adventure vacation in well over a decade - And then I saw the Getaway House on Instagram. I gotta say, Instagram is the perfect platform to advertise. If it wasn't for the GH ad, I wouldn't have found this little haven just two hours from DC.
When we pulled into our personal camping space, we were excited about the setup AND we hadn't even seen inside the cabin yet. First step to the best camping trip is to pour a glass of wine or crack open a beer. Then I walked around the small site and took photos (for the blog).
When booking your Getaway House, you can include your dog for a small fee. Upon arrival we noticed there was a long leash attached to the picnic table. We attached it to Teddy's harness and let him roam. He's never been without a short leash and kept looking back to make sure it was ok for him to explore - so cute! The leash was just long enough for him to wander the perimeter of the site. This was a nice amenity for our little bear.
The Getaway House is perfect. A little smaller than I expected from online photos, but the innovative design is everything you need for a short getaway. There's a small table with a bench/step along one side and chair at the other. The bench doubles as a step to the elevated queen size bed. This bed was SO comfortable.
There's a small kitchen area, with a two burner stove, mini fridge, sink and shelf with provisions and dishes. The provisions are for purchase. Our host was kind and left s'mores for the adults and doggy s'mores for Teddy. There was also dog dishes. I appreciate the amenities for our Teddy Bear.
The bathroom is super small, but clean and has everything you need. You gotta squish by the toilet to close the door and get to the shower, but you are camping, so be happy you have a hot shower. On that note, I kinda drained the hot water, but it was replenished in less than an hour. The shower is tiny, but clean (very important) and featured Pharmacopia shampoo, conditioner and body wash. There's a fan in the bathroom and you can open the small window for ventilation.
Our camping space was located on a small hill, so we were looking down in to the woods. The full-sized window located next to the bed and overlooking the woods was mine and Teddy's favorite feature. You can bring down the blinds at night for more privacy, but we opted for no window coverings, so we could see the sun come up.
I was hoping Teddy would see an animal, even a squirrel would do, but no luck this time. I read on Instagram that campers had deer outside their window - Which is nice, as long as you're inside!
We only spent one night at the Getaway House and I was bummed that I didn't get lay by the window all day (check-out is at 11:00 am). Next time I "getaway", Imma lay there all afternoon and relax.
I was also terrified that I would look out the window at night and someone or thing would be looking back at me. It's beyond dark and a little scary. I refused to hang by the fire in the dark. I was nervous that we wouldn't see our attacker in time - AHS just started and takes place at a murderous camp in the 1980's.
The small area surrounding the cabin is perfect. There's a picnic table, two Muskoka chairs, logs to place your beverage and a firepit and grill grate. There's also a container containing wood and a few startup logs. The wood is for purchase and all provisions will be charged to your credit card sometime later.
We started our fire late and didn't give it the attention required to heat up the grill grate. Our hamburgers took forever and weren't very good. Camping 101 and we botched it. The menu will be better next time and I'm definitely going with hotdogs on the grill - They're super easy.
We camped in October and it was really cold in the morning. This would be a great time to get the fire going. Next time we're gonna start the fire in the am and relax by the flames during the day. We'll probably retire early and unwind in the cozy bed when it gets dark.
There are many things to do in the area, but we just wanna relax. Maybe next time, we'll take a stroll through the outpost, but I'm not the adventurous type, so there will be minimal activity.
Teddy had the best time. This dog is living his best life - always in the car, going on trips and being spoiled the entire time. I pre-made bacon, scrambled eggs and chicken for him. Spoiled!
He laid horizontal across the bed and my husband laid diagonal - I had the worst sleep squished between them. AND Teddy didn't wanna get out of the bed in the morning. He's a lazy camper.
We stayed at the Getaway House for one night to see if we'd like it AND we're obsessed. We've already booked more weekends. It's camping in a small, rustic cabin and is the perfect mini vacation. You can sit by the fire and eat at the picnic table or cook inside and enjoy the view. I'm branding this vacation in the wilderness "glamping".
This innovative camping style is brilliant. Just two hours from the city and you're sleeping in a tiny, simple cabin in the woods. It's perfect for people who just want to relax.
Too often we (you're also guilty) miss out on amazing experiences, cause we're on our phone or trying to "capture" the moment. I recommend you shut off your phone and place it in the cell phone lockbox. Get out your camera and take photos the "old fashion" way. Embrace the peace and quiet, cause soon you'll be back at work and counting down the days till your next getaway.
The Getaway in Shenandoah is a 20 acre plot of land with small cabins scattered about. The cabin (Getaway House) is a thoughtfully designed, cozy space, with all the essentials for a relaxing...
Sephora Collection X OLLY gummies are chewable supplements that contain all the right vitamins to promote healthy skin, lustrous hair and relaxation. The expert blend of antioxidants, minerals, superfoods and vitamins aid your body and contribute to your healthy lifestyle.
Sounds positive, but the calorie intake?! If you take two of each - Lustrious Hair, Skin Detox, Glowing Skin and Radiant Sleep, you will consume 150 calories per day. As someone who's "currently" counting calories, sugar intake and carbs, these little gummies are packing too much weight for me.
Albeit, the Sephora Collection X OLLY gummies appear to have a good dose of the necessary supplements to aid in whatever you're trying to achieve - hair growth, radiant skin or to sleep better at night.
I should mention that I have a vexing case of insomnia and I score high on the stressed RTFO scale. SO, I have zero expectations for the Radiant Sleep gummies. It would take a mild sedative to calm me down and put me to sleep. I'm gonna give the Radiant Sleep gummies to someone with less issues!
I'm no expert, but after a few minutes researching online, I'm concluding that these gummies are comprised of the same antioxidants, minerals, superfoods and vitamins that you would find in similar supplements. The Lustrous Hair does however have 8333% of the suggested daily Biotin intake. Hmm.. I'm sure it's safe - It's Sephora.
The Lustrous Hair tastes like sweet grapefruit, the Radiant Sleep like blackberry and mint, the Skin Detox has a similar flavor of berries and mint and the Glowing Skin tastes like blueberry and pomegranate (essentially, it also tastes like berries). These gummies are TOO SWEET. I'm a salty kinda girl, so two of each supplement is asking a lot of me.
I realize making tasty chewable gummies or candy supplements is a great way to get people to take vitamins, but does it have to be sweet? I vote for vitamin-enriched chips. Not dehydrated fruit and veggie chips - I want salty, ruffle chips.
I'll slowly get through these gummies and probably share, but the Sephora Collection X OLLY supplements are too sweet and the calorie intake is too high. I'd prefer to swallow a giant flavorless vitamin.
Sephora Collection X OLLY gummies are chewable supplements that contain all the right vitamins to promote healthy skin, lustrous hair and relaxation. The expert blend of antioxidants,...
Christian Dior sunglasses, Karl's Treasure Knight t-shirt, Spell & The Gypsy Eagleback Matinee jacket, Danielle Guizio sweatpants, Yuzefi Asher Savanna/Kaky handbag, Yeezy season 6 ankle boots
Christian Dior sunglasses, Karl's Treasure Knight t-shirt, Spell & The Gypsy Eagleback Matinee jacket, Danielle Guizio sweatpants, Yuzefi Asher Savanna/Kaky handbag, Yeezy season 6 ankle
I've just come from wandering the FRESHFARM Market in Dupont Circle and I LOVED IT! I'm a huge fan of markets and I was really looking forward to this one. I wasn't disappointed - this market is impressive. The people, beautiful products, vast variety of beverages and food, thoughtful stands and persons attending them, make this market a must-see.
I'm sure most locals frequent this market, but this should should be on every "what to see in DC" list. Prepare yourself for a crowd, yummy samples and an overall great experience. Grab your shopping tote, cause you're gonna need the space.
Named one of the top farmer's markets in the country (Wall Street Journal and The Financial Times of London), this market has a lot to offer. During peak season, there are over fifty farmers offering fruit, vegetables, baked goods, district-made beer and spirits, cheese, meat, poultry, eggs, jams and pickles.. It's a Sunday haven for locals to shop fresh and organic foodstuffs and beverages.
FRESHFARM Market is open from 8:30 am to 1:30 pm on Sunday and is overflowing with shoppers. I thought if we arrived around 9:30 there wouldn't be too many people (being that it's Sunday morning), but no, this place was super busy. There was a lineup of over 30 people waiting for bagels. We didn't get to try the bagels, cause I had my dog with me, but I'm convinced they're delicious.
The produce is brilliant in color and super-fresh. As shoppers are purchasing produce, the stand attendees are replenishing stock and ensuring the stands are perfect. The owners and staff were really nice (most of them) and happy to answer any questions. There were also samples (love that).
We didn't buy any produce, cause we were going out of town, but I'm a big vegetable fan and will definitely frequent the FRESHFARM Market for my weekly grocery shopping.
My favorite stop was the King Mushrooms stand. I'm a huge fan of the fruiting body of fungus and had no idea there were so many different kinds.
The guy tending to the stand was pleasant and explained that mushrooms have many health benefits. I purchased a small bottle of Lion's Mane Double Extraction in an effort to give my failing memory a jolt - it's been a week and nothing yet, but these things take time.
The Chicken of the Woods mushroom is beautiful - like coral. I've never had this type of mushroom, but plan to visit the market this weekend and buy some.
The sun was shinning and I was able to capture good photos. I have more mushroom pics, but my blog is limited and there's so much more to talk about.. Oh and most of the people tending to the stands allowed me to take photos. It was a nice photography experience.
Right Proper sounds like something a Newfie would name their beer - I'm from Newfoundland and had to buy some. The display was huge and there was a nice selection of beer.
The guy assisting us seemed to be more concerned with waving to people at the other stands and wasn't overly helpful. I kinda feel bad that I'm harping on you, but you can do better. You potentially lost a loyal customer - This beer better be delicious and "Right Proper" to ensure a return to the Right Proper stand.
I'm not a baked goods fan at all. I love sandwiches, but the bread is just a means of transportation to my mouth. Albeit, the baked goods at the FRESHFARM Market were appealing, especially the sweet and savory pastries.
My dog would have been jealous if I ate something and didn't share with him and wheat isn't healthy for dogs, so I snapped a few pics and wandered to the next alluring stand.
The Gordy's Pickle Jar stand was a "must stop and buy something" moment. My husband loves anything pickled, but our hands were full (we already purchased beer and a bottle of whiskey), so we opted for just the Bloody Mary Mix. We will definitely be regulars at this stand.
The flowers at the FRESHFARM Market were unique - even I was impressed and I'm not a big fan of flowers. Albeit, I had to have a bunch. The flowers were displayed individually in buckets, so you can create your own bouquet. These flowers were the only pop of color in my neutral home and lasted a week. I've been converted to a flower fan.
I moved to this neighborhood mid-summer and was anticipating the Dupont Circle market, but was preoccupied with decor. I finally got up on a beautiful Sunday morning, grabbed my pink shopping tote and ventured out.
There's a lot to love about this neighborhood, but the FRESHFARM Market is my favorite attraction so far. I'm declaring myself a regular and looking forward to see what's offered during the festive holidays..
I've just come from wandering the FRESHFARM Market in Dupont Circle and I LOVED IT! I'm a huge fan of markets and I was really looking forward to this one. I wasn't disappointed - this market is...
I'm a beautyblender fan and am first in line when a new product drops. My favorites are the beautyblender pure cosmetic sponge applicator (the white one), liquid blendercleanser, blendercleanser solid and the Blender Defender beautyblender Protective Case.
These beautyblender products are a must have in my makeup drawer and travel cosmetic case. I'm assuming anyone who reads my blog, is familiar with beautyblender, so details about the brand's original lineup are unnecessary.
My not so recent beutyblender purchase was the beautyblender Re-Dew Set & Refresh Spray and the Power Pocket Puff. Of course I stocked up on blendercleanser and threw a new beautyblender pure in my cart too. I've had these products a while, but have been cheating on beauty for decor and neglecting my cosmetic reviews.
beautyblender Re-Dew Set & Refresh spray is a refreshing spray that illuminates your skin and sets your makeup. The Hydrolyzed Silk conditions your skin, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid moisturizes and the Lactobacillus Ferment Lysate helps balance your skin. Eva Longoria would approve (that commercial irritates me).
What I didn't realize is this spray requires a little shake before applying it to your skin or cosmetic sponge. The first part of the two-phase solution is supercharged water and the second a milky oil. Initially, I neglected to read the directions, didn't mix the two and only dispensed the water. Of course, the results were disappointing.
My second go was more successful and gave great results. I mixed the product, sprayed directly on my cosmetic sponge and gently dabbed my skin in areas I wanted to highlight or needed a little extra hydration.
If you apply Re-Dew to the back of your hand, you can see that the oil is sitting on top of your skin and slow to absorb, so I recommend using a sponge to press the solution in to your skin. You can also use your fingers to massage the product for better absorption.
The next-generation beautyblender Power Pocket Puff is intended for powder formulas. But, the versatile, two-sided puff can be used for so much more. The teardrop shape and built-in finger pocket allow for precise application.
The soft pink side has a gel-like insert and special fibers to collect powder and apply a controlled amount to set and bake your makeup. The tan buff side resembles a thin cosmetic sponge allows you to blend. I like to use the buff side to blend and re-blend my liquid formulas. The interchangeable finger band stretches to either side easily, as a secondary means of holding the puff.
I'm not a big fan of applying spray to set makeup, or refreshing throughout the day, but Re-Dew has convinced me to jump on the bandwagon.
beautyblender's Power Pocket Puff is a double-duty makeup tool that is versatile and has earned a spot on my must-have list.
beautyblender is an innovative cosmetic brand with a growing lineup. These products are worth the high cost and add value to your makeup routine, while allowing you to get the most out of your makeup.
I'm a beautyblender fan and am first in line when a new product drops. My favorites are the beautyblender pure cosmetic sponge applicator (the white one), liquid blendercleanser, blendercleanser...
Fendi sunglasses, Cami NYC charmeuse cami, Cami NYC Zoe pant, Zorrata gold and silver Serenity stacks, Christian Dior J'Adior bracelets, Dolce & Gabbana PVC Sicily handbag, Louis Vuitton scarf, Fendi slingback pumps AND Teddy the Bear
Fendi sunglasses, Cami NYC charmeuse cami, Cami NYC Zoe pant, Zorrata gold and silver Serenity stacks, Christian Dior J'Adior bracelets, Dolce & Gabbana PVC Sicily handbag, Louis Vuitton...
I just bought my first home and am cheating on fashion for furniture and decor. I'm having so much fun decorating and and recently added a lifestyle section to the blog, so I can share my home style.
I was beyond excited to host a few special folks (Erin and Bob) a few weeks ago and wanted my table setting to be modern and memorable. I had a blast shopping for table decor. AND, I'm confident that I created a trendy table that represents me as a host. I got a few compliments!
I realize my oversized, Game of Thrones table is not trendy, but I lost the battle on that one. All I can do is jazz it up and make it my own..
I already had classic-white Le Creuset plates, so I decided to go with a black, white and gold theme. My inspiration came from hours of perusing the internet and the perfect set of brushed gold and resin flatware from CB2 - we'll come back to flatware..
I approached this project like I would a fashion shoot. The theme, vibe and color scheme must be cohesive AND I can't afford five different table settings (I spend too much money on shoes and bags), so the theme of my trendy table setting has to be suitable for many occasions. A neutral color palette, with a little gold is perfect.
I recently started a subscription at Dry Farm Wines. It's an online health-focused wine club. Each month I receive six natural wines curated from family farms. There is a long list of benefits, but most importantly, these wines have lower sulfites (< 75 ppm) and lower alcohol (< 12.5%).
Some of the wine bottles are intriguing. Pictured above is a white wine in a green wine bottle with a beer cap. It resembles a giant beer bottle and adds a little interest. The details of Dry Farm Wines is also a great dinner conversation.
I also opted for unique pieces, like this handcrafted and painted mango wood bowl from CB2. The suggested use is for bread or napkins, but I like to use this as a salad bowl (dry salad of course).
These oversized salad serving utensils from IKEA are nice, but basic. I'm still looking for the perfect set - maybe gold or olive wood.
I have too many unique glasses to choose from - wine and champagne flutes, goblets, mason jar mugs, whiskey glasses, hand painted glasses and a wide variety of colors. I have a glass for every beverage - Even port sipping glasses! The one thing that changes on my table each occasion are the glasses.
For this neutral, trendy table setting, I'm using my personalized b.a.gorgie stemless wine glasses. I like stemless wine glasses, cause you can serve red or white wine, as well non-alcoholic beverages in the same glass.
I love this marble and brass cheese board from William Sonoma. I think it's suitable for casual dinning or a formal setting. The handles make it easy to carry this heavy marble board. The brushed brass handles and "cheese" lettering give this board a modern vibe.
This witty cheese board started my obsession with white marble. I also purchased marble coasters with gold pineapples from William Sonoma. They're fun and combined with the marble cheese board, my trendy table has personality.
I also like to display mismatched coasters. These antique brass hammered coasters from William Sonoma are festive and standout. The antique brass matches the gold tones on my table perfectly.
This CB2 flatware set prompted me to go with the black, white and gold theme. This Earl brushed gold and resin 20-piece set is modern and quirky. I love the pinstripe detail.
I'm considering to purchase a brushed black flatware set as well for casual dinning. This pinstripe and gold set is suited more for festive occasions.
This flatware set is super-light. I was hesitant to keep them, in fear that the light-weight would seem cheap, but the mixed material and contemporary look outweighed the lack of heft.
The CB2 vapor black and white salad plates placed on the Le Creuset dinner plates are intriguing and add a little texture to the setting. They are created by dipping porcelain into a white and black soapy glaze.
I can't go in to a CB2 store and not purchase something - it's the Sephora of decor. The in-store and online displays are inspiring. I purchased my center piece in-store. It is comprised of a petrified wood salt and pepper set, and oil and vinegar cruets atop of a marble and brass server.
I leave this display on my table at all times, or if I'm doing a charcuterie at the kitchen counter, I'll temporarily place it there.
The marble server floats on a sculptural gilded base, elevating the salt and pepper set and cruets. This CB2 marble server comes in two sizes. If you purchase both, you can place the small one slightly under the larger for a tiered display.
The porcelain oil cruet and vinegar cruet have a Gatsby-esque vibe and contrast nicely with the textured glass cruet. I combined oil and dry herbs, along with dried hot peppers in the glass cruet.
I also purchased a marble and brass wine coaster for red wine and a marble and brass wine chiller for the white wine. These wine holders are a stylish addition to my trendy table setting. They're also great for serving wine on my marble countertop - they protect the fragile marble.
The Kuleto wine pictured above is not from Dry Farm Wines, but rather a long-time favorite red wine.
Always make sure to serve a pitcher of water. I place one or two (one on each side of my giant table) IKEA Korken bottle's with a stopper. Of course, I serve Evian water. YES, people can tell the difference between tap water and bottled water. You can also serve one still and one carbonated water.
My go-to stores for this table decor were CB2 and William Sonoma. Other great decor and furniture stores that I frequent are Crate and Barrel and The Pottery Barn.
I had so much fun creating a trendy table setting. I had no idea shopping home decor would bring me so much pleasure - I kinda wanna create two different settings. Stay tuned..
I just bought my first home and am cheating on fashion for furniture and decor. I'm having so much fun decorating and and recently added a lifestyle section to the blog, so I can share my home...