Share A Haircut at Hair Cuttery August 1-15th


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Hair Cuttery “Share-A-Haircut”  is an amazing program where your child’s back-to-school haircut provides a FREE haircut to a child in need.

I have been going to Hair Cuttery for over a decade. It truly is one of the most family friendly salons in America. And one of the reasons I’m such a big fan of their salons is because of a program they’ve created called “Share-A-Haircut”. I love  businesses that really give back to their communities! From August 1-15, for every child up to age 18 who purchases a haircut at one of Hair Cuttery’s almost 900 salons, one free Hair Cuttery haircut certificate will be donated to an underprivileged child in that same community. That’s right, in the same community!

The Hair Cuttery Share-a-Haircut program was created to give free haircuts to underprivileged community members, specifically kids in need as they head back-to-school. Since the program’s inception sixteen years ago, the Hair Cuttery Share-A-Haircut program has reached more than 925,000 children with haircut certificate donations, valued at $16.65 million.


“Share-A-Haircut allows us to give back in a way that is simple, but meaningful,” said Dennis Ratner, Founder and CEO of Hair Cuttery. “On the first day of school everyone deserves to look and feel their best, and our stylists love nothing more than being able to give children in their community a much deserved boost of confidence.”

Children will receive their free haircuts in each market from gift certificates that are distributed with the help of more than 100 local government and non-profit organizations that are closely tied to each community.

You can find your closet Hair Cuttery by clicking here!

Keep up with Hair Cuttery on Facebook and Twitter at @HairCuttery.

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Hair Cuttery is the largest family owned and operated chain of hair salons in the country, with nearly 900 company-owned locations on the East Coast, and in New England and the Midwest. A full-service, value-priced salon, Hair Cuttery offers a full complement of cuts and styling, coloring, waxing and texturizing services with no appointment necessary, as well as a full line of professional hair care products.

{Disclosure: I was given promotional consideration to partner on this post.}

Amsterdam Falafelshop in Clarendon: You’ve Gotta Try This Place





Last week Dave, Ella, Logan and I were invited by Amsterdam Falafelshop for dinner. The kids had their first taste of falafel in Paris and loved it, so I knew they would be happy to find out they could get falafel right here in our neighborhood. Upon entering the restaurant, we were greeted by the co-founder of Amsterdam Falafelshop, Scott Bennett. He was so chill and down to earth as he sat down with our family and shared how he decided to open up the first restaurant.

We really liked the restaurant’s set up. You’re served your falafel sandwich or bowl and then you have a toppings station where you sprinkle or mound toppings to your hearts desire. Ella and Logan had fun selecting their toppings and adding them to their sandwiches. The menu includes: falafel sandwiches, French fries (deep-fried twice– the European style), sodas and “virgin” brownies, a bit of a shout out in reference to the Amsterdam coffee shops that sell marijuana-laced brownies. We ordered fries to accompany our sandwiches and they were outstanding! They really were some of the best fries ever! The falafel is crunchy and delicious and when “smashed”, a ton of toppings can be added. The ambiance is casual and cool. The location is across the street from the Clarendon Metro and close to all of the nightly hangouts. It’s a perfect place for families during the day and an awesome restaurant for late night dining for the college kids and club goers.

Click here for my Tastemade City Guide DC recap of Amsterdam Falafelshop. And for more information, visit


Business Spotlight: Phoenix Fitness (A New Boutique Fitness Studio in Ballston)


Photo Courtesy of Stephen Kidd.



Boutique fitness studios are booming right now. And Phoenix Fitness is one of the latest fitness studios to open in Arlington. Phoenix Fitness , located in the Ballston area, offers high intensity interval training without the intimidation factor of big box gyms. The emphasis on small classes and motivating instructors will put fitness newbies at ease while offering up a challenging workout for all fitness levels. My favorite class offered at Phoenix Fitness is Tabata and emphasizes functional exercises, total body toning and high intensity interval training that will whip you into shape in no time.  I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Stephen Kidd, one of the owners of Phoenix Fitness. [Read more…]

Clarendon Moms Guide to Catering Your Thanksgiving Dinner 2013 (You still have time to host without cooking!)

Are you hosting Thanksgiving this year and interested in catering instead of slaving over a hot stove? Here is my guide to some of the best places to order an entirely pre-cooked Thanksgiving Day Feast. Wishing you and your family a very warm and fun-filled Holiday! Happy Thanksgiving!

Whole Foods Market
Offered at Clarendon/Arlington Location and many locations throughout the Washington DC Area. The organic food store offers complete Thanksgiving dinners with an organic turkey OR Vegan Turkey with the traditional trimmings stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, and cranberry sauce OR Gluten Free and Vegan Options. Orders can be placed in person at each store, over the phone, or online. And for those of you who miss the deadline to place an order, there will be plenty of pre-packaged fresh items on the shelf (while supplies last).

Boston Market Whether you need a banquet with all the fixings or a few home style sides, you can trust us with your holiday celebration. All for about the same price as your local grocery store and without the hassle of cooking.

Liberty Tavern

Liberty Tavern is offering an all you can eat Thanksgiving Buffet for only $30. This is perfect for those not interested in staying home or going to someone else’s house for the traditional dinner. Get all dolled up and enjoy your holiday at a very fine establishment in Clarendon.

City House 

The cityhouse restaurants can be found in Manhattan in New York, New York; San Francisco, California; and Arlington, Virginia. Set within some fabulous hotels, city house restaurants are ideally located near each city’s most popular events and attractions, making them a favorite choice for residents and visitors to enjoy a special dining experience for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. We are very lucky to have one within the Rosslyn-Clarendon Corridor. City House/Rosslyn is offering a $29 3-Course Pre-Fixe Dinner on Thanksgiving. Call for Reservations!

Three locations in the DC Area: 10323 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda, MD (301) 564-3100. 600 Franklin Street Alexandria, VA (703) 549-6611, 6655 Old Dominion Drive McLean, VA (703) 448-3828. The Thanksgiving menu showcases traditional turkey and a selection of modern side dishes and desserts.

Offered at the Rosslyn and Lee Heights Locations and most areas in Northern Virginia. Safeway offers several different heat and serve turkey dinners with side dishes and desserts.

Rocklands BBQ  

Monday through Friday of this week, every Rocklands will be serving Thanksgiving on a Bun as our blue-plate special.  Turkey, stuffing, cranberry dressing and mayo on a potato roll, all for just $6.99.  And if you need potatoes and gravy too, well, you can add french fries and gravy on top for just $1 more.

Assaggi Mozzarella Bar, 4838 Bethesda Avenue in Bethesda, MD, and its sister restaurantAssaggi Osteria,, 6641 Old Dominion Drive in McLean, VA will offer three Thanksgiving feasts “to go.” Guests can choose from three pre-cooked options: the Italian Roasted Turkey Dinner; Italian Roasted Turkey Breast (only) Dinner, and the Italian Style Turkey Dinner Three-Ways. The “to go” menus are priced at $180, $140 and $210, and serve between six and eight people. Each “to go” menu also includes a choice of dinner rolls, two condiments, three sides and one dessert. Desserts can also be ordered a la carte, and are priced between $25 and $30 each.

EPIC Smokehouse
1330 South Fern St. Arlington, VA. Located near the Pentagon City Mall, EPIC will offer a limited supply of turkey dinners for carryout that will feed up to 10 people. Pick up a 10-12lb turkey that can be either smoked or fried. Turkey dinners cost $70 and include gravy along with a choice of three homemade sides. Selections include mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, stuffing and creamed corn. An extra side can be purchased for an additional $10. Back To School Shopping Tips and @WUSA9 Fashion Segment

Ever wonder how you can keep up with your child’s back to school style without breaking the bank? You can watch my debut appearance here on W*USA Channel 9 News where I discuss some of the best looks you’ll definitely see from the runways to the hallways to your kids closet.

Here are some tips to help you get the most bang for your buck this Fall!

Take Your Kids To The Movies This Summer For $1 (Ballston Mall in Arlington)

Arlington, Virginia (Ballston Mall)
Summer Movie Express at Regal Cinemas – $1 Movies (this is a nation-wide promotion!)
Where: Ballston Common Stadium 12, 671 N. Glebe Road Arlington VA
When: Moviegoers of all ages can climb aboard the Summer Movie Express to enjoy a great selection of films. During this 9-week festival, participating Regal Cinemas, United Artists and Edwards Theatres will offer selected G or PG rated movies for $1 on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at 10:00. A portion of proceeds from the Summer Movie Express will be donated to the Will Rogers Institute.  Click here for the movie schedule:

  • June 26: Journey 2 and June 27: Kit Kittredge: American Girl
  • July 3: Dolphin Tale and July 4: Happy Feet 2
  • July 10: Legend of the Guardians and July 11: Yogi Bear
  • July 17: Cats & Dogs: Revenge and July 18: Hugo
  • July 24: Adventures of Tin Tin and July 25: Puss in Boots
  • July 31: Kung Fu Panda 2 and August 1: Rango
  • August 7: Rio and August 8: Spy Kids: All the Time
  • August 14: Chimpanzee and August 15: Hoodwinked Too
  • August 21: Arthur Christmas and August 22: Smurfs

Event Announcement: South Moon Under (Clarendon) & SpicyCandyDC Look Book Launch Hosted by Dani Stahl

Dani Stahl of E! Network’s “Scouted” and Nylon Magazine will host Spicy Candy DC Book Launch at the Clarendon South Moon Under at Clarendon Market Commons from 6 to 9 PM. Come out and Enjoy Complimentary Drinks & Georgetown Cupcakes and 20% all In-Store Purchases! Looking forward to seeing you all there!

Buying a New House in Clarendon

New home buyers don’t want to buy a used or “pre-owned” house after they’ve visited over a dozen or so “lived-in” shacks in the neighborhood. They don’t want to inherit someone else’s paint colors, personal tastes in kitchen and bathroom appliances or light fixtures or lack of hardwood or bamboo flooring. Their hearts are screaming inside for something brand spanking new! If you’re like me, you’ve looked online at your favorite real estate websites like or and have virtually entered over 100 houses or condos without leaving the comfort of your sofa. Heck! I even have both the apps on my Iphone and Ipad for easy viewing during that treadmill run at the gym. And if like me, you’ve hired an agent and actually gone around the neighborhood a few times and walked into these archaic tear-downs. Your money doesn’t go quite as far here in Clarendon as it may go in your home town neighborhood (unless you’re originally from New York City or San Francisco). You may encounter a temporary case of sticker shock.  I say “temporary” because after a few weeks or months, you will get used to the $850,000 to $1,700,000 average cost of a single family home in our neighborhood.

If I’ve described you at all, this article is for you! Here, I will offer some tips on Buying New Construction from a Builder/Developer and also a list of some of the Top Builders in our neighborhood.

(Note: I will be writing an article on all new construction condos/townhomes in the near future).

Tips on Buying a New Construction House: 

1. Hire your own Buyer’s Agent. A Builder’s agent is representing the Builder & may use experienced sales tactics to pressure you into signing a contract.

2. Shop around for your own Lender. A Builder’s Lender may not offer you the best deal. Your own bank or credit union may offer you a better mortgage.

3. Obtain legal advice with a qualified Real Estate Attorney. Real Estate Attorneys can be very helpful explaining a Standard Purchase Agreement as well as answering questions about certain contingencies and cancellation rights

4. Verify your Options and Upgrades Packaging and Pricing.

5. Hire a Licensed and Accredited Home Inspector. Even with brand new construction, this step is imperative to making sure there are no major or minor defects on your new property.

Home Builders in Arlington

Toll Brother’s Inc. is one of the top, well established luxury homebuilders with 45 years of experience. They have won three of the most coveted awards in the homebuilding industry: America’s Best Builder, National Builder of the year and National Housing Quality. They have also been chosen as the First Place Winner for Innovative Product Design in the Big Builder Apex Awards.

Miller & Smith  is the third largest private builder in the entire Washington Metropolitan area. Over the last decade, they have won more Monument Awards than any other builder. They are known as the “dreamers, creators and innovators”. The competitive edge is the creation of new innovative and niche designs.

N.V. Homes was established in 1980 and take pride in offering additional architectural details and designer elements tailored to suit even the most unique and discriminating tastes. In 2011, they earned Energy Star’s Partner of the Year Award.

BCN Design Build seems to be everywhere I turn in Lyon Village. They have been around for a little more than a decade and have built some of the finest custom homes and additions in Arlington. They have been listed as one of Washington Business Journal’s 50 Fastest Growing Companies in the DC area for two years in a row.

Ryan Homes has been building exceptional, award-winning homes for the past 60 years. A large percentage of the homes Ryan Homes sales area direct result of customer referrals. Their success is based on customer service, award-winning designs, quality construction combined with affordable prices and unique communities in prime locations.

Stanley Martin offers a 9 step process that keeps the consumer involved. This has been one of the nation’s capitals finest builders since 1966 with over 10,000 family homes built in their Virginia and Maryland communities.

Pulte Homes has won more awards for customer satisfaction than any other home builder. They have been one of America’s largest homebuilders for over 50 years.

Van Metre Homes wins awards with their timeless beauty. Since 1955, they’ve been building trust for generations.

Arlington Magazine is available on newsstands now

Arlington Magazine is Launched!


Arlington Magazine has arrived and is currently on newsstands! I bought my first copy at Whole Foods, Clarendon. The brand new bi-monthly glossy publication coversArlington, McLean and Falls Church. Topics range from restaurants to the local community to local entertainment. My favorite article in this month’s edition is titled Vertical Horizon by Les Shaver. The article discusses Arlington’s popularity and the massive developments in real estate striving to meet the needs of those with the desire to move here and call Arlington “home”. Other articles in this month’s edition feature a profile of NBC News Correspondent Chuck Todd, an Arlington resident, an inside glimpse into eating disorders among older women, a fun chat with You Tube sensation “Arlington Rap Guy” Remy Munasifi and mom and pop eateries in the area versus upscale restaurants. For a subscription or more information please 

Pottery Barn Presents Girls Night Out, A Design Studio Event

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Girls Night Out at Clarendon Pottery Barn

Tonight was “Girls Night Out” at Pottery Barn in Clarendon. The store hosted a pre-holiday soiree in honor of their Design Studio Services. Attendees had an opportunity to get instruction on winterizing their home, switching out their bedroom linens for the upcoming season and decorating for the holidays. A few local vendors also came out to join in on the fun including: Red Mango, Crumbs Bake Shop, Stella & Dot and Lululemon.
Pottery Barn is located at: The Market Common Clarendon, 2700 Clarendon Boulevard, Arlington VA 22201