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“This life is what you make it. No matter what, you are going to mess it up sometimes, it’s a universal truth. But the good part is you get to decide how you’re going to mess it up… So keep your head high, keep your chin up, and most importantly, keep smiling, because life’s a beautiful thing and there’s so much to smile about.” – Marilyn Monroe


Below you’ll find some of my recommendations for places to shop, restaurants to visit, blogs to read, and salons to try, in DC and beyond. Some of them may be familiar, but hopefully not all of them!



ASOS / Ann Taylor / BaubleBar (my fave shopping site for jewelry) / Benefit / Bergdorf Goodman
Bloomingdales / Bobbi Brown / Bumble and Bumble / C.Wonder / Danielle Nicole (for really great and affordable bags) / Emerson Fry / Fekkai / GapGilt / IntermixJ.Crew / Kerastase
Le Metier de Beaute / Madewell / Maya Brenner / Neiman Marcus / Net-a-Porter / Old Navy / Rent the Runway (such an awesome service) / Rue La La / Saks / ShopbopThe Outnet / Topshop /


Blue’s Hard Goods / Dr. K Vintage (awesome finds) / Good Wood (great home and vintage) / Hu’s Wear (my favorite place to window shop) / IntermixKiehl’s / Muleh / Redeem (great selection of clothing and accessories) / Treasury (more vintage) / Urban ChicViolet Boutique (fun and affordable) / Wink



A Piece of Toast / Breakfast At Toast / Brunch At Saks / Cheetah is the New Black
Chicasaurus-Rex / Cupcakes and Cashmere /Cupcakes for Breakfast / District of Chic
Fuji Files / Hip Hip Gin Gin / Honestly WTF / Julip MADE / Little White Whale / Mimi + Meg
Modern Eve / Mrs. Lilien / Note to Self / Stripes and Sequins / Style Within Reach
Tales Of Endearment /The City Sage / The Glossarie / The Vault Files / Vmac + Cheese
Wardrobe Oxygen / Whipped Style / Wit + Delight



 Corte Salon / Drybar (my review) / Sassoon Salon (my review) / PR at Partners / Toka Salon (my review)


 Nectar Skin Bar (my review) / Bliss Spa DC / Parma Spa and Wellness Center (my review)


American Ice Co. / Bar Pilar (a favorite bar) / Birch & Barley (excellent food, upstairs Churchkey bar) / Brixton / The Codmother (another favorite bar) / Cork (wine and small plates) / Eatonville / EstadioGraffiato  / Pearl Dive Oyster Palace / Posto / Proof / The Source / Vinoteca (great brunch and wine bar)