Workout Review: Sensazao Dance Fitness in Alexandria

_J1A6741

IMG_6407

Sensazao Dance Fitness is a total-body workout that has all the benefits of a long run or your most intense cardio workout, possibly even more. In a 1-hour class, you can burn as many as 800 calories. You’ll also tone nearly every muscle in your body, improve balance, boost brainpower and develop a confidence about your ability to dance gracefully and dance sexy.

I gained over 60 pounds with each of my pregnancies. Having been slender and fit my entire life, I was horrified at the sight of my post pregnant body. I was desperate to find something that would inspire me to get fit and healthy again. Not only was I desperate, I was beginning to develop post-partum depression.

At 38 years old and 5 feet, 7 inches tall, I was clinically obese at 205 pounds and I still looked 9 months pregnant. I joined my nearest gym in Arlington. On my second day at the gym, I noticed a huge line (almost 45 minutes wait before the class began. It was for a class instructed by Gabriela Espinoza. Once inside the class, a woman standing next to me asked me if it was my first class. Of course I answered “yes.” Then, she gently touched my arm and said “Just want to let you know that my first time taking the class, I only lasted 30 minutes and I had to leave. It’s okay if you have to leave early, just have fun!”

A sexy, super lean and sculpted instructor (Gabriela Espinoza) came rushing in and plugged her Ipod into the stereo. The most beautiful Latin music (a song by Pitbull) came on and the warm-up began. I was exhausted, out of breath and ready to crawl out of the class after only 3 minutes! I could barely get thru the warm-up! But, I decided to keep trying. I felt like collapsing on the floor during several songs.  It was intense. The moves were sexy, included tweaking, swaying, sashaying, gyrating, salsa, bachata, samba, hip hop and worked every single muscle in my body. Gabriela’s double jointed and firm body moved so effortlessly. Her passion for dance was electrifying and inspiring. I was in love with this style of aerobic dance fitness and determined to learn the choreography,  have fun and lose weight. This class made me feel like myself again, the “dancing self” before marriage and kids, a girl who once danced beside Channing Tatum in the movie, Step Up. And after only 6 months of attending Sensazao Dance class five nights a week, I lost 50 pounds and went from a “Plus Size 16” to a size 8 without changing my diet or doing any other type of workout.

My instructor Gabriela and her sister Jazmin left that local Arlington gym and opened up their very own studio in Alexandria almost 5 years ago and I’m still a huge fan! Fans come from all over the world to take classes here. Singer/Actress Jordin Sparks has even visited the Alexandria, Virginia studio and has endorsed the workout on her “Things she’s obsessed with” on MTV, in several magazine articles and on her Instagram.

The Sensazao (pronounced SENS-suh-Zow) Dance Fitness workout is perfect for those who enjoy dancing or want to learn how to dance in a very safe and fun environment with others who have the same interest and fitness goals as you do. This is the most fun you’ll ever have while losing weight and keeping fit! Moving to music is stress-free and happy. There’s no counting reps, watching the clock or taking breaks in between circuits.

Sensazao recently began live streaming their dance classes and I had the awesome opportunity to interview one of the founders of Sensazao Dance Fitness, Jazmin Espinoza about their latest endeavor and what’s in store for the future.

CM: When did you decide to pursue fitness as a full-time or part-time career?

Jazmin: Dancing was always part of our lives and we were always pursuing a challenge. Once we saw the interest in dance and fitness we adjusted our dance experience and increased the fitness component in our classes. From there on it became a way of life.

CM: When did you realize you had a bonafide BRAND for your company?

Jazmin: From the beginning, epecially when there was always a long line [of people] waiting for our classes.

CM: Are the new Live Stream videos equivalent to your classes?

Jazmin: Technically no, we are live streaming our classes since we have many online followers who want to join us, but these classes are different than our studio classes. The major difference is that it’s not the real experience, which cannot be replaced unless you are there with us. However, our new service allows you to dance with us in the comfort of your own home/gym/studio and with whomever you want.

 CM: How does it feel when total strangers approach you and applaud you for their fitness results?

Jazmin: It feels incredibly rewarding that we were part of their fitness journey and helped them in any way. But it does not feel like we are talking to strangers at all. We are definitely connected to our clients and share the same happy feeling when we dance together.

 CM: Who among your clients is the best embodiment of the Sensazao brand & why?

Jazmin: Our mother Gaby. She has the best time dancing with us, takes sometimes 2 classes in a row, keeps herself in shape and gives us the best feedback when it comes to routines and songs we choose for class.

 CM: What sets your dance fitness class apart from all the others?

Jazmin: Two things: 1.) We have 3 unique styles when it comes to choreographing and teaching 2.) Our instructors training quality

CM: What amount of classes do you recommend for new moms trying to get fit and fit back into their pre-baby jeans?

Jazmin: We recommend 2 to 3 per week. Considering the high to low impact versatility of our routines, anyone can start their fitness journey with us and reach their goals in the most safe and effective way.

 CM: Where do you see your company ten years from today? Any plan for franchising and studios in other cities?

Jazmin: Franchising is a possibility we have considered. In ten years we plan to see official Sensazao classes worldwide and our own charity organization related to dance and health.

 CM: In addition to your classes, what do you girls do for fun?

Jazmin: We like to surf, take dance classes, attend carnivals and mostly travel all over the world.

CM: What announcements and news would you like to share with the Clarendon Moms readers?

JM: We would like to share our passion for life by means of music and dance. We would like to remind everyone that health is the best investment and that happiness is the journey.

Shimmy, twerk, pop and lock your way to your pre-baby body, Sensazao Dance Studio is located at: 5424 Eisenhower Ave.  
Alexandria, VA 22304. For more information, visit www.sensazao.com

Weekend Getaway: Top 5 Ski Resorts for Kids Near DC

all-mountain-skis

IMG_0050

Looking for a quick President’s Day Weekend Getaway? Pack up the kids and enjoy the snow and chilly weather at a nearby ski resort. These are great slopes to introduce your kids to skiing and are less than a 2 hour drive away.

 Ski Liberty (90 Minute Drive)

Ski Liberty is a great place for the kids to discover skiing, snowboarding and snow tubing. Just a few miles away from the historic town of Gettysburg, this local ski resort is packed with lots of packages and amenities for parents and kids including: Playcare (an indoor day care available for infants 6 months to children 10 years old). Ski Liberty offers 2-hour lessons and a variety of half- and full-day camp options that include supervised ski instruction, full day ski pass, ski rentals and snacks/lunch. My favorite choice for beginners is “Ski with Me” for kids ages three and up including a private lesson with an instructor accompanied by one or both parents. First Time Skier packages for kids ages 8 and over are available at a reasonable price. Season passes are also available. For more information:

Ski Liberty
78 Country Club Trail (Fairfield, Pa)
717-642-8282
 Website: libertymountainresort.com

Whitetail (90 Minute Drive)

With 400 more vertical feet than Liberty, Whitetail offers one of the steepest slopes close to D.C. It’s programs for new skiers and snowboarders have been recognized as some of the best in the country. Whitetail Resort offers center-based daycare for the little ones (6 months to 12 years) who aren’t interested in skiing. The Whitetail Children’s Program offers a Kids Mountain Camp that includes supervised instruction, breaks (and snacks), rental equipment and full day lift tickets for skiers ages 4 through 12 and snowboarders ages 6 through 12. Full day camp programs also offer campers lunch. Two-hour ski school classes are also available a la carte. For smaller ones aged 3-5, the new “Ollie Alley” at Whitetail helps them get ready for skiing or boarding by learning about balance while having fun out in the snow like the big kids. Kiddos work with skilled instructors using a mini snowboard called a “riglet” and get to experience mini-terrain park features just sized for them. Ollie Alley lessons are available Saturday, Sunday and holidays from 10 am to 3 pm. Whitetail also has a nice snow tubing area.

Whitetail Resort
13805 Blairs Valley Rd. (Mercersburg, Pa)
717-328-9400 Website:
 skiwhitetail.com

Massanutten

Massanutten is a full service resort that offers ski and snow boarding lessons, night skiing, snow tubing on a “massive 900-foot long hill,” ice skating, a spa, resort activities, go-carting, horseback trail rides, pony rides, serious arts and crafts, as well as onsite condominiums and hotel accommodations. With a vertical drop of 1,110 feet, it is also the steepest of any other ski hill in Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania, and has a solid reputation for its snowboarding area. The Mountain Cruiser’s program offering skiing lessons for kids four to 12 and snowboarding for kids ages seven to 12. Packages include supervised group instruction 9:30 am to 2 pm., 8-hour slope-use ticket, equipment rental and even lunch. Massanutten’s Kid’s Club children’s activity center, which has programs most days and some evenings in blocks ranging from three to six hours. One of the best features about Massanutten is the indoor water park.

Massanutten Resort,1822 Resort Dr. (McGaheysville, Va)
540-289-9441 Website:
 massresort.com

Omni Homestead Resort & Spa

Nestled within the Allegany Mountains, this historic ski resort offers more than 45 acres of well-maintained trails on slopes that are perfect for beginners. Omni Homestead Resort & Spas features warm mineral water indoor and outdoor pools, spa kids packages (ages 5-13), ice-skating at the new Allegheny Springs rink, snowmobiling, snow tubing and tons of winter activities to keep your family happy.  There’s delectable s’mores and a firepit on the Casino Lawn, a Theatre offering classic and family movies nightly, and DownTime, a family game area that includes: mini bowling, a pool table, shuffleboard, air hockey, Wii, Xbox and arcade games. Full and half day childcare is available at the KidsClub for ages 3 through 12. On site, babysitting services are also available for resort guests.

The Homestead
, 7696 Sam Snead Hwy. (Hot Springs, Va) 
540-839-1766 Website:
 thehomestead.com

Wintergreen

A refined resort, Wintergreen provides a comprehensive winter vacation experience that offers more serious skiers a bit more “hill” action and luxury facilities including an indoor Aquatics & Fitness Center with full spa services. Wintergreen offers plenty of family-focused fun, including snow tubing at The Plunge, a ski school for toddlers (ages 3 & up) and childcare options at the Tree House starting at age 2 1/2 that includes snow play, games, arts & crafts, snacks and hot cocoa. Wintergreen’s Ridgley’s Winter Fun Park is open during holidays and weekends, offering one-hour blocks of pre-scheduled snowy fun for the whole family which includes: a mini-tubing carousel, bear paw snow shoes, tunnels, plus a gentle hill for tubing and sledding. Ridgeley the Bear, Wintergreen’s mascot, also frequently stops by and provides some giggles for kids and parents. The Discovery Ridge Center also offers outdoor and indoor activities including a climbing wall, bungee trampoline, mechanical bull, and theatre and game center, providing plenty of activities to keep the little brood happily busy.

Wintergreen Resort 
Route 664 (Wintergreen, Va)
 434-325-2200 Website:
 wintergreenresort.com

Celebrate Valentine’s Day: Soothe, Relax & Rejuvenate at Celadon Spa DC

exterior celadon

IMG_0412

Imagine this – walking into a quiet room with soft lighting and a very soothing aroma of lavender and chamomile while sipping a cup of calming warm apple cider. Your mind and body ease into a relaxed state. An esthetician with the softest, most peaceful voice (named Susan) instructs you to change into a cozy, luxurious body wrap in preparation for 90 minutes of pampering with a restorative facial and relaxing facial massage and massage of your neck and shoulders. At this moment, all the stresses of being a busy mom melts away as you write your next gratitude journal entry in your head. For the first time in ages, I was treated to this luxury this week and I want to share one of my favorite DC sanctuaries with everyone in time for Valentine’s Day and President’s Day weekend.

Located in downtown Washington, D.C., Celadon provides an escape from the busy downtown business district with top quality salon and spa services for men and women. With luxury hair care, up-to-the minute skincare services, massage, and other beauty treatments, Celadon is continually rated one of the city’s finest day spas.

In addition to a full menu of hair and spa services, their retail boutique offers some of the most popular beauty products available today including the latest anti-aging lotions, potions, gifts, and more. A few of the brands they carry include Eminence Organic Skincare, SkinCeuticals, Bumble & Bumble, Dermalogica, Anthony Logistics and Kerastase.

IMG_0411

From spa packages to facials, body scrubs and wraps, nails and hair, Celadon offers a multitude of services that will help you achieve the ultimate in wellness, and experience relaxation and pampering. Celadon is offering a few awesome holiday specials for Valentine’s Day. Gift Certificates are also available. Celadon Day Spa is located at: 1180 F Street NW, Washington DC 20004. For more information about Celadon, visit www.celadonspa.com.

Workout Review: SoulCycle DC

 

©ClarendonMoms/Angelica Talan ™Soul Cycle

©ClarendonMoms/Angelica Talan ™Soul Cycle

©ClarendonMoms/Angelica Talan

©ClarendonMoms/Angelica Talan

SoulCycle is a marriage between a cycling boutique, rave, house or hip hop dance party and weight training class. With a cult-ish following, tons of DC residents have been flooding the cycling studio to find out what all the hype is about. I have personally spotted our first lady, Michelle Obama and other local DC celebs tapping into their soul here in DC and have heard Kelly Ripa rave about Soul Cycle countless times. This class promises to burn over 900 calories in one session. Sweating is an understatement for these soul sisters (and brothers).

Upon entering the Soul Cycle studio, a fresh aroma of grapefruit fills your olfactory senses. The light is brighter than the sun. The staff are very attentive and cheerful. I totally understand why this place may be “cultish”. I filled out the liability waiver, rented a pair of “clip ins” and claimed my bike. My instructor was Megan, a pretty and amazingly toned woman with electrifying energy. As the ride began, the music gradually became more energetic. Megan gave the crowd a sort of  fitness/soul affirmation sermon. I definitely felt like I was in the right place of worship! I was inspired more at this moment than I had been at any other fitness studios I had ever visited, especially more than at any other cycling/spinning class. Love at first spin was setting in.

What is Soul Cycle?

Soul Cycle is spinning with handle bar push-ups, crunches, and side-to-side (oblique) dips on the bike while the energy is kept high by receiving little pep during the course of the ride. The class is intense at times, but easily modifiable. There is a weighted arm sequence (on the bikes) towards the end of the class. Mini dumbbells are used to workout the upper body with lots of little, isolated movements reminiscent of barre classes.

The juice:

I have drank the Soul Cycle Kool-Aid and I am truly addicted. However, at $30 a class, I will be taking Soul Cycle only as a “weekly supplement” to my already established fitness routine for 2015.First time riders at SoulCycle get a class for $20, which includes bike + shoes.
After that, individual class: $30 Shoe rental – $3 (frequent riders usually bring their own). Riders are encouraged to bring their own water-bottles. If you forget, they have some for purchase. Regular water – $2 / Large water – $3

Soul Cycle is located at 2301 M Street NW, Washington DC 20037. To learn more about Soul Cycle DC or to register for classes, click HERE.

 

Workout Review: Local Motion Studio in Alexandria

Local-Motion-Studio-logo

IMG_0233

I love working out! And this year, I will be sharing my favorite workouts in a monthly post called Workout Review. First up is Cardio Sculpt at Local Motion Studio in Alexandria. Cardio Sculpt is an energizing 45 minutes of cardio and strength training. This barefoot training class has Pilates and Yoga influences, but this is no mat class! If you’re looking for a sweat-induced workout, this is the class for you.

I walked into Local Motion Studio after a hectic morning of dropping off my first grade daughter at elementary school, my son at his pre-school and my husband at the metro followed by my bi-weekly grocery shopping. It had just begun to snow for the first time this year and I was wondering if I was going to get a call asking me to return to school to pick up my kids. But, once I walked into the Local Motion Studio, all of the stress that I had in my body and all of those anxious thoughts I had in my head melted away. The studio is modern, minimalistic, spacious and has a calming, yet inspiring energy. I didn’t even feel like I was in Alexandria, let alone the state of Virginia. The studio was reminiscent of my days as a student actor in New York City learning Suzuki Movement and Alexander Technique. My fellow attendees of the Cardio Sculpt class had friendly faces and were just as excited as I was to take the class.

What exactly is Cardio Sculpt? Think high rep low weights and yoga-inspired sculpting. Add in a few leg ups/jogging in place and you will feel moderate intensity. This is the gist of what the class was like: An arm segment that’s longer than I’m used to with 3 and 5-lb weights, leg and glutes segments using your body weight (think 80’s style Jane Fonda ‘on all fours kicking your leg back’ with weights in the back of your knee caps style. OMG! Am I going to get a Kim Kardashian ass doing these donkey kicks?), partner planks and one hand patty cake push-ups with Yoga-like “flows” between each circuit. I really liked our instructor Charissa Mobley. She was super energetic, passionate about fitness and is great at giving cues and encouragement.

About Local Motion: Local Motion Studio offers fun and inclusive movement classes to both adults and children. They offer Ballet, Belly Dance, Pregnancy and Postpartum Fitness, Yoga, Pilates, CrossBarre, Capoeira, Capofit, various forms of dance and cardio classes. Their mission is to bring the joy of movement to everyone– at any stage and any age. My favorite aspect in addition to their brand new, clean facility and techniques offered is that they are very family-friendly and offer onsite childcare and children’s classes.

Local Motion Studio is located at 2377 South Dove Street, Alexandria, VA 22314. For more information, visit www.localmotionstudio.com

 

Shop Locally: Meet Kiskadee in DelRay (Alexandria)

outside

Kiskadee Renovation Sale

I have a lot of love for the neighborhood of Del Ray in Alexandria. And Kiskadee is one of my favorite boutiques there. So…when I found out Kiskadee was having a Winter Renovation Clearance Sale, I knew I had to share my joy with the rest of the world! Starting today, Saturday January 17th thru next Saturday, January 24th, Kiskadee will be offering a ton of their fall and winter merchandise at between 50% to 80% off! Along with gorgeous cozy sweaters, stylish boots and festive dresses, you can find basics, unique gifts for family and friends and lots of fabulous things in between! Kiskadee offers clothes for all shapes and sizes. If you haven’t shopped in a boutique before, shopping at Kiskadee is a great introductory way for you to become familiar with how you can find clothing made in the highest quality fabrics cut to accommodate real bodies (not cookie cutter shapes like the clothing sold at big box stores). Kiskadee  is owned by a warm, friendly and classically stylish duo named Darby Rush and Neil Hall. Upon meeting them, you’ll feel like you’re shopping amongst friends. The store is managed by a highly energetic and fashionable Sarah Eley who has such a way with kids, shopping with your kids there is easy. Kiskadee is located at: 2205 Mount Vernon Ave. Alexandria, VA 22301, 703.549.0813 For online information, click HERE.

Introducing Blowdry Taxi: The Best Mobile Hair Service in NOVA/DC/MD

©ClarendonMoms

The “Before” Pic of the Girls “Spa Party” waiting in line to get their blow outs & styles Photography by ©ClarendonMoms

Blowdry Taxi stylists performing their magic for "Spa Party". Photo by ©Clarendon Moms

Blowdry Taxi stylists performing their magic for “Spa Party”. Photo by ©Clarendon Moms

My daughter Ella getting her hair braided. Photo by ©Clarendon Moms

My daughter Ella getting her hair braided. Photo by ©Clarendon Moms

Maya getting an undo by Blowdry Taxi stylist Ashley. Photo by ©ClarendonMoms

Maya getting an undo by Blowdry Taxi stylist Ashley. Photo by ©ClarendonMoms

Spa Party in progress. Photo by ©Clarendon Moms

Spa Party in progress. Photo by ©Clarendon Moms

The "After". All of our little girls dolled up. Hair freshly coiffed by the fabulous Blowdry Taxi. Photo by ©Clarendon Moms

The “After”. Our little girls dolled up. Hair freshly coiffed by the fabulous Blowdry Taxi. Photo by ©Clarendon Moms

Bella getting cascade curls. Photo by © Clarendon Moms

Bella getting cascade curls. Photo by © Clarendon Moms

Photo by ©Clarendon Moms

Bella with princess hair. Photo by ©Clarendon Moms

Dylan is very happy with her new hair. Photo by © Clarendon Moms

Dylan is very happy with her new hair. Photo by © Clarendon Moms

The back of Dylan's hair is gorgeous! Photo by ©Clarendon Moms

The back of Dylan’s hair is gorgeous! Photo by ©Clarendon Moms

Mindi & Abbie with beautiful hair. Photo by ©Clarendon Moms

Mindi & Abbie with beautiful hair. Photo by ©Clarendon Moms

At the end of the Spa Party. Hair by Blowdry Taxi. Photo by ©Clarendon Moms

At the end of the Spa Party. Hair by Blowdry Taxi. Photo by ©Clarendon Moms

Blowdry Taxi Founder, Sona Sut

Blowdry Taxi Founder, Sona Sut

We live in a very hectic, fast paced society. Add being a mom to the mix and the time available to get your hair done is even shorter. I’d like to introduce you to Blowdry Taxi, a faster, more convenient way to get your hair done. No more having to wait for an appointment at your local salon or blow-dry bar. With a few clicks of a mouse or using an app on your smart phone, you can have a trained and licensed hair stylist come to you for the same price you’d pay for a salon appointment.

Blowdry Taxi was founded by a beautiful, intelligent, talented and busy mother named Sona Sut. Sona has a staff of 12 stylists on a rotating schedule that can bring the “salon” to you  anytime from 7 AM to 9 PM, seven days a week. A standard blow out is only $50 and more elaborate styles such as curls and braids are a reasonable $75 and updos are only $85.

For the holidays, I hosted a “Spa Party” for my daughter, a few of her friends and their mothers. Per Blowdry Taxi’s instructions, I asked all the guests to arrive with their hair freshly washed and either completely wet or damp (primed to get styled). Sona and her team of four amazing hair stylists showed up promptly at our scheduled time, happy and excited to pamper and style everyone. Within five minutes of arrival, the stylists had all their tools and products set up and were ready for their first clients. They delivered professional and beautiful hair within 20 minutes per child and mom. The talent of all the stylists was excellent. And the energy in the room was positively electrifying.

All of the little girls were very happy to get their hair done. The moms relaxed, mingled and marveled at how their daughters hair looked. The stylists were very patient listening to each girls request for a hair style. And each of the stylists were very gentle, taking special care not to tug, pull or snag anyone’s hair. Even my daughter Ella, the most sensitive to get her hair done, loved getting her hair done by the stylists. The moms switched places with their daughters and were treated with the same professional care. One mother whispered to me “I wish I could get this done on New Year’s Eve” and Sona charmingly handed her a card and said “You CAN! Call me!”

Blowdry Taxi is the best mobile hair service in DC/MD/Northern Virginia to provide professional blowouts and elegant hair styles in the comfort of your own home, hotel or office. They even offer professional make-up application. Blowdry Taxi is the perfect alternative to going to a salon without compromising incredible style and is available at your convenience. They are available for all of your special occasion needs: black tie galas, weddings, bar and bat mitzvahs, birthday parties, anniversary parties or simply just to feel and look your best–they’ve got you covered.

Blowdry Taxi also makes booking an appointment as simple as logging onto their website or by using their new App!

{This post is sponsored by Blowdry Taxi. I was provided complimentary service in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own.}

{Special Thank-you to my friend Amelia Swanson for providing her lovely home as the venue for our Spa Party.}

Olivia Macaron: Review & Giveaway

IMG_9773

Photography by Angelica Talan of ©ClarendonMoms

041429854

Photography courtesy of Olivia Macaron

IMG_9780

Photography by Angelica Talan of  ©ClarendonMoms

Macarons are the latest sweet treats to become trendy in the United States. Macarons are round, colorful, pretty and very tempting to the eye. They are made primarily of almond flour, sugar and egg whites. They are, without a doubt, the most coveted cookie in France–especially Paris. My kids discovered macarons the first time they visited Paris. And since then, they have become my daughter’s favorite cookie to eat and to serve to all of her friends for all occasions.

Olivia Macaron is the newest macaron boutique to hit the DC market. My best gal pal Ashley from Life by Ashley Joy invited me to sample the macarons from Olivia and I was thrilled at the opportunity to sample these beautiful, fluffy cookies, share them with my kids Ella and Logan and to review them for you.

Olivia offers 14 different flavors including: blood orange, cassis, chocolate, coconut, salted caramel (my personal favorite), coffee, eggnog, gingerbread, pink peppercorn, pistachio, raspberry, rose, red velvet and vanilla. Olivia macarons are light, soft and delicate with high quality, rich and flavorful ingredients that are fresh and consistent with the standard found in Europe. The packaging for the macarons is pretty as well, complete with a beautiful box, your choice of satiny ribbons and even gift tags. If you are looking for macarons that are airy and crisp, colorful and delicious–Olivia Macaron in Georgetown is worth a trip or two or three or more! To enter to win Olivia Macarons and other amazing gifts, head over to www.lifebyashleyjoy.com!

{This post is sponsored by Life by Ashley Joy as part of her 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway}.

Egg by Susan Lazar: Georgetown Blogger Crawl

 

IMG_9567 IMG_9566

IMG_9707

Photo by Angelica Talan ©ClarendonMoms

#GTBloggerCrawl Brand Ambassadors. Photography by Sebastian Marin

#GTBloggerCrawl Brand Ambassadors. Photo by Sebastian Marin

On Saturday December 13th, I was honored to be part of The Georgetown Blogger Crawl. It was an epic day of shopping and social media promotion with  a dozen of the most influential style bloggers in the DC area. The viral marketing fashion event was conceptualized and organized by Jessica Hoy of NeuProfile and Carlis Sanchez of the SCDC Agency. These two amazing women are  pioneers in creating a new way of promoting local boutiques, domestic and international businesses in the name of fashion. I haven’t seen this concept in other cities and I’m very proud that it began here, in the Washington DC area with the first one earlier this fall in Old Town Alexandria. Check out my post on the #OTBloggerCrawl here.

As part of the #GTBloggerCrawl, I was the brand ambassador of Egg by Susan Lazar. Egg has been one of my favorite children’s boutiques in Georgetown ever since my six year old daughter Ella was born. Egg was launched by Susan Lazar in New York City in 2003, after the success of her contemporary women’s line in the early 90s. With a focus on family and the nurturing element of fashion, Susan created Egg as an affordable luxury brand for babies and children. Egg is also recognized among celebrities including Jessica Alba, Gwyneth Paltrow, Cate Blanchett, Natalie Portman, Julianne Moore, Amy Adams, Jennifer Garner and more.

My six year old daughter Ella and my four year old son Logan couldn’t wait to wear their new tops by Egg to school. And as a mom, I was delighted to be gifted the Girls Purple Ruffle top and Boys Elephant tee for my kids because of the lightweight, very soft, uber luxurious fabric and the all season style at an affordable price.

For last minute holiday gift ideas and to see our Georgetown Blogger Crawl Official Look Book, Click HERE.

For more information about Egg by Susan Lazar, Click HERE.

 

 

Fabulous Holiday Gift Ideas From Dawn Price Baby

goldiebloxbuildersurvivalkit

magnatiles48dxset spirographcyclex

sandsalivesealifeadventure introtoengineering mathdicejr

Bw8IG7fCYAATL11

Christmas will be here in less than a week. And if you need a present in a pinch, I have a few last minute gift ideas exclusively from Dawn Price Baby. They have locations in Georgetown, Capitol Hill, the Mosaic District and Reston and they offer gift wrapping and shipping.

Dawn Price Baby has a Baby Registry on their website allowing guests to register for the holidays, as well as baby showers, baptisms and birthday parties. My husband and I recently took our kids into the Georgetown location to check out the latest and hottest gift ideas for kids. Here is a list of awesome gifts that are sure to wow the kids and entertain them for years to come.

  • Goldie Blox and the Builder’s Survival Kit
  • Magna-Tiles
  • The Original Spirograph
  • Sands Alive Sea Life Adventure
  • Intro to Engineering Kit
  • Think Fun Math Dice
  • Aquabeads
  • Jaq Jaq Chalk-A-Doodle Book
  • Green Toys Dump Truck
  • Spring Ring

{Disclosure: This is a sponsored post courtesy of Dawn Price Baby. We were provided a sample product in exchange for post. All opinions are my own.}