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Snail Mail and New Nails


Most weekends I have a routine. Especially on Sunday. It’s my grocery store day to get food for the week so I can come home, meal prep, and relax. My grocery store carries beauty products so I always end up taking a quick detour to the beauty section to what’s new. Lo and behold I stumbled upon the new nail Revlon polishes.

Since I was in a rush I decided to bypass them up. But I couldn’t get this one color out of my mind. It was haunting me and I knew my beauty lust would not be satisfied until I had my hands on a bottle. Ethereal is a milky, creamy, soft white color. It’s not liquid paper white. I headed back to the store to pick up not one, but two bottles. The minute I swiped the first coat I knew I had made the best choice.

Although I’m feeling like crap today due to allergies, I keep looking at my nails and at least that puts a small on my face, along with cute notes to mail out to a friend, and my new new mini clipboard.  It’s the little things ladies. The little things.

Wellness Wednesday: solidcore (the hardest workout in Washington, D.C.)

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A few weeks ago I participated in a class at solidcore. The class has been touted by many people, including my fitness trainer friends as the hardest workout in Washington, D.C.. At first I was skeptical and then I watched the video and became afraid, very afraid. I was still excited to try the workout and glad I put my fear on the back burner.

A few of my blogging friends were at the studio with me so we bonded over fear, sweat, and a kick butt instructor, Alex. I sweated so hard and at times I thought I had been dipped into a pool. I will say it was the hardest workout I have ever done in my life. I’ve taken hardcore exercise classes in New York and L.A. and this one kicked my butt and took everything out of me. There were times I thought I was going to throw up. I pushed through it. And guess what? I loved every single minute, second, and drop of sweat of it.

I was sore for three days after the class and all I can think about is figuring out a way to make solidcore a part of my lifestyle a few days a week.

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{This is after I dried off and was still trying to look cute}

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Reading Pretty: Yoga Girl by Rachel Brathen

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If you practice yoga regularly and don’t know who Rachel Brathen (“Yoga Girl“) well you must be living under a rock, not on Instagram, and definitely not one of her 1.2 million followers. I have been following Rachel and her adventures on her home island of Aruba, traveling the world teaching classes, and dealing with major life heartaches for a long time. It’s one of my favorite Instagram yoga accounts.

What I love about her page is not only is it inspirational, but she says what we all think. Sometimes life sucks. In one year she lost her best friend and grandmother (lows). It was a year of getting married (high), writing her book (another high), and much more. As a follower you see all the good, bad, and ugly. It’s still hard for me to be so open how every morning I want to scream since Jamie died and yes my life is good, but it sucks not to hear his voice every single day.

Rachel’s book is a mixture of memoir, yoga, and cookbook. I missed Rachel and Dennis (her husband) when they came to D.C. last year and I was bummed. She’s on book tour and I’m bummed again that I can’t make any of the dates. I am pushing for them to come back to D.C. because they have a lot of fans. My husband tells me I should go to her Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga Teacher Training in Aruba. That sounds like it’s up my alley. Water, yoga, sand, and get bronzed.

Yoga Girl comes out today. I received a copy to preview, but I love it so much I ordered a copy for my Kindle. I spent my Saturday afternoon savoring the book and a matcha tea latte. It’s on my nightstand where I keep most of my yoga books and I still can’t get enough.

Travel Lust: Four Seasons Johannesburg, South Africa

JBG_057_aspect16x9I haven’t been back to Africa since my epic trip in 2010 and now le husband and I are itching and ready to travel back. We have so many family obligations this year, but we are planning for 2016 and I am so excited. When we visited before for the World Cup we didn’t make it Johannesburg (Jo’burg) because we didn’t have tickets for any games in the city. Now we plan to hit up Jo’burg, a safari and Ghana. Yes, we like to do Africa big.

I am so excited to know that my luxury will get its must-have fix at the newly opened Four Seasons Johannesburg. First, can we discuss how gorgeous the property is and the fact I want to dive deep into the rooms and definitely the bath rooms. After a day touring the city I’m going to need a respite, an oasis to escape and the spa with nine treatment rooms and two pools will be the perfect place to relax.

The hotel sits over the Johannesburg zoo and is a lush urban escape. The hotel has five dining options and I know the food will be delicious since the chef is from a three-starred Michelin French restaurant.

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 {I don’t play golf, but I would love to walk these grounds}

Sun City Golf Course Northwest Province , Johannesburg,South Africa

{A gorgeous place for cocktails}



{Hello, good morning}


{Let’s take a dip, shall we?}


{I want to sit on this couch and read multiple books on adventures}


{Can we have a moment of silence for this bathroom}

JBG_038_aspect16x9Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff
67 Jan Smuts Avenue
P.O. Box 2700, Saxonwold 2132
Johannesburg, South Africa


Nail Saloon Salon in Washington, DC

nailIt takes a special nail salon that gets me to actual want to go and have my nails done. I have a go-to salon in Washington, DC, but I only go for pedicures. I love how super clean my feet feel afterwards, but I don’t get manicures. Why? I’m never happy with the filing, the shaping, and the polishing of my nails. I sit in the chair and stare at my nails and then I’m pissed because I paint my nails better than they do and I have to give them my money.

I’ve been painting my nails since I was seven and my grandmother had me painting her nails with Revlon’s Cherries in the Snow. So when my dear friend Alison wanted to treat me to this “amazing” nail salon I said okay. I was definitely skeptical. The Nail Saloon is a welcome treat.

I walked in and was pleasantly surprised. I loved the look, the feel, and the polish selection. Zoya, Deborah Lipmman and RGB. The salon is a 5-free salon which means the polishes don’t contain Dibutyl Phthalate,Formaldehyde, Resin, Camphor. or Toulene, The salon doesn’t do gels or acrylics – just the nails on your hand without any extra assistance. They have a signature cocktail for you while you get pampered or you could have a glass of wine. Yeah baby! They also give back a percentage of every treatment to young women who need mentors and need to be empowered.

I was pleasantly surprised by my manicure with Marnae and loved every bit of it. I chose RGB’s Too Red and from time to time will treat myself to a manicure at the salon.

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 {Nails in RGB Too Red}

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Capture Artisan Wine Tour


Capture Artisan Wine Tour 2015


It might be snowing this morning in D.C. on the Spring Equinox, but I know warm weather, festivals, outdoor events and fun outside is around the corner. It also means the first Capture Wine Tour is almost here in D.C. Capture Wine Tour is a twelve-city celebration of wine. Capture Wine Tour includes music, food and spirits and is going to be a party.

Instead of a regular wine festival where you see, swirl, sip and savor and taste wine this tour allows you to meet the wine makers and wine country entrepreneurs.  The tour has more than forty wineries and food based on the farm-to-table movement from local restaurants in each city.

Tickets are on sale now and I hope to see you there.



Beauty Duty: Dermaplane Treatment at West Insitute


Last week I had the pleasure of experiencing my first Dermaplane treatment. Notice I said first and not last because I am hooked on this treatment for beautiful skin. What is Dermaplane? Dermaplane is a non-invasive exfoliation treatment which uses a medical-grade scalpel. Seriously, I know it seems crazy that a scalpel would be used on top of the skin. Dermaplane can be used with other treatments such as chemical peels, medical facials and after laser treatments. The beauty of Dermaplane is it removes 2-3 weeks worth of dead skin cells and peach fuzz. Girlfriend, treat yourself to this procedure. Especially after this winter your skin needs some love.

Chelsea, the medical esthetician infformed me on the procedure, the process, and how to take care of my skin post treatment. Seriously if you saw this girl’s skin you would know she knows of what she’s speaking. Her skin was FLAWLESS. Seriously, just beautiful not in the pulled and tugged way, but natural smooth and radiant.

Dermaplane isn’t for everyone and make sure you go to a reputable dermatologist office. If you have active acne or irritated skin – don’t do this. This darlings should NOT be done at home or without a properly certified person. Don’t mess with the visage. Don’t even think about it. Don’t you want glowing skin? I left with three Dermaplane treatments booked every six weeks. Yes, I am a fan. Thank you Dr. West and the entire West Institute team.

{Dr. West’s Custom Cosmeceuticals}


{New SPF for the win}


{One of the treatment rooms}


{Before the magic happened}


{After the magic happened, My skin is soft as a baby’s bottom.}

{Video of the procedure.Yes, that is my face being scraped. And I loved it.}


The West Institute
5330 Wisconsin Avenue
Suite 925
Chevy Chase, MD 20815

Beauty Duty: Ulta’s 21 Days of Beauty

Spring 21DOB Beauty Steals

Let’s start off by saying I haven’t stepped foot into an Ulta in over year. It’s not because I don’t like Ulta, but they aren’t close to my house and I hated going out in the cold. Thank goodness they are online and I can get all my needs beauty needs met. But, I miss the tactile experience of visiting Ulta. So, I’m making a date in my calendar to actually go and touch the products since Spring is coming. Yay! I’m excited for their 21 days of Beauty and daily beauty sales. I have my eye on some Tarte and Japonesque.

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