Beauty in a Beat: DC’s On Demand Beauty Service

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Beauty in a Beat is the DMV’s answer to beauty on call. Most on call services in the area only service DC. If you don’t live in the district you are basically left to your own beauty devices. Beauty in a Beat is different because it services areas up to 15 miles outside of the district.

Let’s discuss. Imagine it’s been one of those weeks. Your patience has been tested and it took all your strength to get through the week. But, you have a party on the weekend and you really don’t want to drive to one place to get your hair done, nails, and makeup in party condition. Beauty in a Beat delivers all the above via an app (thank you technology) right to your door. Let’s say you don’t have anything going on, but you want to treat yourself to an in home manicure just because. With the tap of a few buttons on the app your nails are pretty and you are relaxed.

The prices are not bad at all ($25 for manicures and $75 for makeup application). I love the convenience and efficiency of the app.  Ladies, if you are always saying “I don’t have time to do my nails or learn proper makeup application” you can stop the excuses now. DMV ladies, get involved.

Download the Beauty in a Beat app and save 20% off your first service with the code “TRYBIAB.”

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{The after}

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Global Wellness Day with Four Seasons Hotel Washington, DC

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I hope everyone had a glorious weekend. It was hot here in the DMV and I loved every single minute of it. On Saturday, I spent time at the Four Seasons Hotel in Washington, DC to celebrate Global Wellness Day. Global Wellness Day is just what it says – a day to celebrate wellness in various forms. It was also great to meet new local bloggers in real life instead of just on the Internet. For me, wellness is sleep, great food, and working out.

The Four Seasons Washington, DC is a true luxury destination and as a one of the invited media it was great to see the hotel participate in making wellness global. The hotel is situated in Georgetown, a popular area in DC and perfect for runners. The hotel’s spa is one of the best in the area for relaxation and rejuvenation.

The morning started with yoga (my personal favorite) outside with local instructor Christina Popescu. I normally practice in a studio and outside can always present challenges. Bugs, heat, uneven terrain, but the best thing about it is I have to focus on my breath and each posture.

{Yoga outside. I could get used to this.}

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By the time, we sweated it out and finished with savasana I was so relaxed. Savasana takes on a different meaning outside listening to the birds and babbling canal water. After yoga is was a post-yoga green juice (Green Goddess) and superfood muffins (I need the recipe).

{Green Goddess Juice & Superfood Muffins}

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The snack was a great preparation for breakfast. The hotel created the Green Machine omelette in honor of Global Wellness Day. I never have delicious Huevos Rancheros therefore I did my Texas duty and devoured mine. After lunch, it was time to relax in the spa area and because I never met a sauna or steam room I didn’t like I treated my body to a sweaty detox session.

{Green Machine Omelette}

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{Huevos Rancheros}

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{Spa treatment room}

Four Seasons Spa

I finished the day with a makeup session with local makeup artist Gavin Hebert using Jane Iredale products which I loved. I’m usually not a mineral makeup fan, but Gavin changed my mind.

{My before and after. My face felt light all day.}

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If you want to see how other Four Seasons around the world celebrated Global Wellness Day search the hashtag #FSWellness. Thank you to everyone at the Four Seasons for such a lovely day. Ladies, let’s make wellness an everyday event.

Cooking Light & Health’s The Fit Foodie 5K

I love my food. In all its glorious forms and I usually say “I workout so I can eat.” Cooking Light and Health Magazine heard the fit foodie’s cry and created a weekend of fitness and food. Cooking Light & Health’s The Fit Foodie 5K Weekend is June 19-21. The weekend consists of a VIP Cocktail Party, 5K run, yoga and food. What more could you ask for? Grab a girlfriend and see you next weekend. Run.Eat.Drink.

I also have a personal code for you to register for the weekend:  AMBASSADORGUEST. The weekend will also be taking place later this year in Chicago and San Diego.

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Follain Natural Beauty Shop at Union Market

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Union Market in Washington, DC is a great place to eat, shop, and mingle with friends. I have been going to the market since its opening and it is one of my go-to places in the city. In December I wanted to stop by on my birthday and lo and behold was pleasantly surprised. Why?

Follain, a natural beauty destination had a pop-up shop. I immediately started my beauty happy dance and began playing with all the goodies. My husband gifted me my favorite LURK Fragrance, but I was bummed when I found out the shop would be leaving.

Well, my beauty friends Follain is back. Permanently. I am so excited to have this natural beauty spot so close to me with my favorite natural brands and a few new discoveries. I spoke with the owner, Tara, while I was at the opening launch and thanked her for putting Follain in D.C. During my travels to California and New York, I can find all the small batch natural products in tons of locations, but here in D.C. not so much. But that is changing and it started with Follain.

{Obsessed with Pursoma bath products}

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{My new face mist}

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{Refillable Castille Soap. Lavender is my fave.}

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{All the RMS Beauty}

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Follain
1309 5th Street NE
Washington, DC 2002

Reading Pretty: My Paris Dream by Kate Betts

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I simply devoured Kate Betts memoir My Paris Dream. You may know Kate as the author of Everyday Icon: Michelle Obama and the Power of Style, but to me I feel a kindred soul. In My Paris Dream, Kate reflects on her time spent in Paris and the learning experience of a young woman who followed a dream. The book resonated with me because it’s coming on my 14-year anniversary of studying in Paris and all I can think of is: “what if Jamie never encouraged me to go?”

Before I graduated from college I had two choices – walk a stage or board a Continental Airlines (now United Airlines) flight to Paris. Guess which one I chose? Paris. I didn’t need a cap and gown ceremony. I needed baguettes, cheese, wine, and coming into my own. The previous few years had been a nightmare.

I lost my dad in 1999 and I remember my brother Jamie stepping in when I needed him. When my French teacher suggested I study abroad in Paris immediately fear crept in. I confided in my best friend Cassaundra, but I also confided in Jamie who I thought would discourage me. He didn’t. He immediately said “Move in with me and my family, save all your money, and go study in a place you dreamed about.” Well, alrighty then.

I took Jamie and his family up on their offer. On May 11, 2001 I stepped on a plane to go study, solo and prayed that all the money I paid for an apartment (before Air B&B) would result in me having an apartment. Cell phones? Not so much. My entire family went to the airport with me. This was when you could sit with your families before you flew and they could literally see you off. I remember sitting in CDG (Charles de Gaulle) after landing crying and writing in my journal. I was here. The place of Josephine Baker, Richard Wright, Laduree, Eartha Kitt, James Baldwin, Dior, Louis Vuitton, and oh yes, Sisley Cosmetics.

The year was magical. Unlike anything, I had ever experienced growing up in the South. It was literally my personal Paris dream. The dream would have never happened without Jamie. I miss him every day and especially now as I reminisce on my time in Paris. I had a dream and I was thankful for a brother who stepped in and helped make it happen. How many people are not living their dream and just existing? I hope you my fellow readers are not one of them. Life is too short to find your own Paris dream.

“You were born with wings, why prefer to crawl through life?” ~ Rumi

Feasting Pretty: Tessemae’s All Natural Salad Dressings

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We eat a lot of salad in my house. Seriously, between the two of us I know we go through tons of greens and vegetables each week. My mom eats a salad every day and sometimes twice a day. I think I get it honestly. A few years ago le husband and I decided that we were not going to eat mass produced salad dressings. I decided and as the cook in the family he had no choice but to go along with the plan. I normally make my own salad dressings with good extra virgin oil (in the words of Ina Garten), a delcious balsamic vinegar, and dijon mustard.

But then Tessamae entered my salad dressing world and we were hooked. Tessamae is a small family owned and operated company out of Annapolis, Maryland which is a hop, skip, and a jump to me. The dressings are all natural and expire within 60 days of opening. They don’t have high fructose corn syrup, exorbitant amounts of sugar, and a lot of the icky stuff most big name salad dressings have. All of Tessamae’s dressings can be used for salads, as a marinade or as a dip. Tessame, please come up with a miso dressing so I don’t have to make mine.

Now we are going back and forth testing and tasting all the dressings. After discovering how much sugar is in ketchup, I switched. Tessame’s has a kick and is so good. Once I tasted their ketchup I threw away every other brand in my refrigerator in the trash. Yes, I have a condiment problem.

They have a BBQ sauce, but since I’m from Texas (the home of the best BBQ in my opinion), I have to remain loyal to my dad’s recipe. Sorry, Tessamae. Some things just can’t change. Tessamae is worth investing in – for yourself and your tastebuds.

Destination Hotels + Nest Fragrances Collaboration

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Two of my favorite brands are partnering together. Beauty and travel are what I live for and I’m so happy now because Destination Hotels has partnered with Nest Fragrances for their amenities. I’m a fan of both of the brands. Trust me, you need to go stay at Terranea in California. It is still one of my favorite hotels ever. Read my reviews here and here. These are the hotel amenities you really want take home with you. Trust me.

Reading Pretty: The Beauty Detox Power: Nourish Your Mind and Body for Weight Loss and Discover True Joy by Kimberly Snyder

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I’ve been a huge fan of Kimberly Snyder for years. I met her when she lived in NY and she made me raw food and her famous green goddess smoothie. This was before there was a juice bar on every corner and green drinks now replaced soda in many hands. I love it. I believe one of the keys to beauty is food.

Kimberly’s new book focuses on cleaning the body through nourishing and healthy food that actually tastes good and is good for you.The Beauty Detox Power is a great addition to the beauty wellness bookshelf. After traveling the past few weeks, I decided to take a few days to reset. The best way for me is to relax, eat clean, and sleep. It’s amazing, but I seriously have been craving salad of all kinds and Sweetgreen definitely is my weakness. I’m definitely turning into my mother. The woman has eaten a salad every day her entire life. Yep, that’s why she’s so healthy at 75.

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