Cheers to Independence Day & Shopping at Hagerstown Premium Outlets

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I am a self proclaimed shopaholic. And when I think of Independence Day, I take time out to appreciate being an American and anticipate the backyard barbecues and fireworks.  But, I also think about all the amazing end of the season and pre-season retail sales! I had the pleasure of partnering with Hagerstown Premium Outlets, a Simon Center yesterday to check out all the weekend sales they’re having and share my shopping experience live on Twitter, Periscope and SnapChat (Angelica Talan).

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Photography by Lani Furbank. Kate Spade New York Tote Bag 60% Off at Hagerstown Premium Outlets.

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Photography by Lani Furbank. Kate Spade New York Tote Bag.

Most of the stores are offering 50% off their already significantly reduced merchandise. My two favorite stores Coach and Kate Spade New York are offering 70% off of all handbags! These are deals you can’t beat! I found this amazing carry-all tote bag originally retailed at $495 for less than $100!

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The kids corner is offering amazing door busters at Gymboree and Janie and Jack and sales such as buy 2 get one free deals at Carter’s.

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Photography by Lani Furbank. This Ann Taylor necklace is 70% off and the Banana Republic Dress is 50% Off at Hagerstown Premium Outlets.

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Every store at Hagerstown Premium Outlets is offering plenty of discounted items for their summer clearance sales! There is something for everyone in your family here! From the athlete to the cook to the fashionista to the kids, you don’t want to miss! Check out my Tastemade City Guide Video Recap here and to plan your trip and learn more about Hagerstown Premium Outlet, visit their website by clicking here. Stay up to the minute by following them on Facebook and Twitter. Have a wonderful Fourth of July and Happy Shopping!

{This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Hagerstown Premium Outlets, a Simon Center.}

6 Tips for Shopping & Saving at Hagerstown Premium Outlet

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Summer is officially here! The Fourth of July weekend is just a few days ahead, now is the perfect time to rack up some amazing end of the season bargains and save a few bucks on a few upcoming seasonal pieces. Hagerstown Premium Outlets is my favorite retail outlet in the DC area and this Thursday, I’ll be headed there to get some amazing deals!

Here are 6 Tips For Shopping Outlets and Getting the Best Bang For Your Buck: 

1. Make a List. Take a really good look at your closet and write down your top must have items. Have a look at clothes that you no longer enjoy wearing. Consider donating them or hosting a clothing swap for those items so that you clear space for your new finds.

2. Create a Budget. You can really save yourself a lot of money by having a budget and sticking to it. I find it helpful to appoint an approximate price tag to every item on my list.

3. Wear comfortable clothes and stylish, but comfortable shoes. Wear clothes that are easy to put on and take off so that trying on clothes is fun and relaxing. Wear comfortable yet stylish shoes to compliment the look of every outfit you try on.

4. Don’t Rush. Take your time. Really enjoy the shopping experience. Set enough time aside to try on each item and to think about how it fits into your current wardrobe.

5. Snap pictures of yourself in the outfits that you like. Consider using Snapchat and invite your friends to vote on the items you’re considering.

6. Shop the perimeters of the outlet mall first. Just like shopping for groceries, most of the best finds are on the outside corners of the outlets. High end designer brands and some of the highest quality items are located there.

Please join me this Thursday, July 2nd between 12 Noon and 4 PM as I shop Hagerstown Premium Outlets and takeover their social media channels. I’ll be reporting LIVE on Periscope and Snapchat (Angelica Talan) as well as live tweeting on both my Twitter account and the Hagerstown Premium Outlets account. Be sure to LIKE us on Facebook by clicking here and here. I’m so excited to host this social media takeover!  Check back on Friday, July 3rd for a Recap of all the fun and deals available at Hagerstown Premium Outlet!

Questlove Headlines VinoFest DC This Saturday, May 9th

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Did you know that Washington DC residents drink more wine than any other city in the United States? That’s according to VinoFest.  Now thanks to Vinolovers, the District has a chance to show its stripes at the second annual VinoFest DC on May 9th at Storey Park.

Here’s the rundown

  • WINE: Sip and share. The general admission ticket grants you the chance to taste a variety of wines, including local vintages made in neighboring Virginia, classic wines from regions like France and California, and few lesser known places, like Romania.
  • MUSIC: Get your dance on. VinoFest DC will be a full day of live music, headlined by QuestLove—the official Vinofest DJ. Other artists: White Ford Bronco, Black Masala, Trouble Funk, Alison Carney, DJ Adrian Loving, DJ Neekola, and DJ Hazzard.
  • FOOD: Get ready for fab. Local chefs will be showing off their small bites, and it wouldn’t be a DC event without a few choice food trucks! Graze among the likes of Dirty South Deli, Swizzler, Red Hook Lobster Pound DC, Slate Wine Bar + Bistro, Straw Stick & Brick Delicatessen, Snocream Company, Gouter, Puddin’, Timber Pizza, MilkCult and Chaia Farm to Taco. Can’t handle wine all day? No worries–you can also pair your dishes with a hand-crafted cocktail.
  • CHARITY: Drink up, feel good. Proceeds from VinoFest DC benefit Make-A-Wish Foundation Mid-Atlantic, DC Central Kitchen, and Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship. So cheers to you, do-gooder!
  • GET SOCIAL: Follow the fun with the hashtag #VinoFestDC on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to see photos, videos and updates of the event.

#FOMO yet? Get your tickets now–general admission, VIP tickets (think two more hours to party, more wine, more food), and specially-priced options for designated drivers are still available.

{This is a sponsored post in collaboration with VinofestDC.  I’m a huge fan of this event and will be in attendance! Please join us!}

 

Yogaso Boutique at Pike & Rose

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Ella “flying” like the butterfly outside of YOGASO.

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Ella & Logan. YOGASO Boutique.

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Alem Beshir & her beautiful family. The inspiration for YOGASO.

Alem Beshir & her beautiful family. The inspiration for YOGASO.

I met Alem Beshir at the opening party of one of DC’s hottest restaurants last year. Her electrifying, positive energy was instantly contagious. We bonded over being mothers, our multi-ethnic backgrounds and our passion for fashion. Alem reached out to me a couple months ago to let me know that her brand new boutique YOGASO had recently opened at the new North Bethesda town center ,Pike & Rose. I recently visited the boutique with my children, Ella and Logan during one of the final snowy days we’ve had this spring.

YOGASO was founded by Alem Beshir. Her vision for YOGASO was inspired by her multicultural background and her three children. Alem designed her boutique from top to bottom without consulting an architect or interior designer. She considered every detail of the boutique herself. The 1700 square foot boutique is bright and beautiful. From the moment you walk in, the wide open space feels welcoming. The boutique is a real showcase for the beautifully curated clothing designed for children ranging from infants to 12 year olds. Architecturally, the boutique is very impressive and showcases the clothes, accessories, books and toys in a way that allows the merchandise to awake your visual senses.

The clothing is imported mostly from Europe, but  the collection also consists of American, Japanese and South American designers. Prices are very affordable at a price point of  $35 to $50 for clothing items, much less expensive than jetting over to another country and buying the clothing there–which is something Alem did regularly while visiting her family abroad and attending expos and trade shows. Alem said she’s attracted to European kids’ clothing because it tends to be higher quality than mass-produced items sold in larger American department stores and I completely agree. Her collection is eco-friendly and sustainable, the style is very classic, very personal to Alem’s distinctive tastes. Definitely a world class boutique.

One of the lines of clothing sold at the boutique is Aleme, inspired by her children, the word “Aleme” means “My world” in Amharic, a primary language of Ethiopia. Her children are her world! “Aleme” is not only a clothing brand; it’s also the reflection of love, culture, and Style. The YOGASO name is derived from the first two letter of each of her 3 children’s names: Yohannes, Gabriella, and Sofia.

Ella, Logan and I really love this boutique because it doesn’t feel like a standard retail store,  it feels like an exhibition, an innovative take on a boutique. The entire space is open, very minimalistic and has that “wow” factor. When we visited YOGASO to see Alem and have a look at the boutique we had no idea what to expect and were absolutely blown away with the boutique. I think you will be too.

YOGASO offers kid’s birthday parties, kid’s yoga classes and fashion events.

YOGASO is located at: 11803 Grand Park Ave, North Bethesda MD at Pike and Rose . For more information, visit www.yogaso.com 

Hoppity Easter Weekend at Fair Oaks Mall

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Hop into Bunnyville at Fair Oaks Mall

Next weekend, March 28 & 29 from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM, Bunnyville will be having an “eggciting” Family Event! Take the entire family to Bunnyville, a charming, three-dimensional Bunny town featuring the Kid Junction Home of the Ultimate Party Experience, Hare Salon, and 24 Carrot Bank. The last stop in Bunnyville is a professional photo with the Easter Bunny in front of his Bunny House. Customers will receive a $10 or $20 card from Shutterfly with the purchase of select photo packages ($22-44), and all children receive a small gift from the Bunny just for visiting!
Locally presented by Kid Junction. enjoy FREE face painting, balloon creations, spring crafts, and more in Fair Oaks Mall’s Grand Court West. For more information about this event and Fair Oaks Mall, click here.

Faith’s Baby Shower: Event Photography by Big Bash Photo

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When my friend Faith’s best friends and family reached out to me to help plan her baby shower, I knew I wanted to hire  professional photographer TC Coffey of Big Bash Photo to cover her special day.

TC Coffey was a professional party event planner when a friend of hers realized that she “had an eye for photography and suggested that TC explore the idea of becoming a professional photographer. TC began her professional photography business almost 10 years ago after taking courses in various mediums, particularly film. Her passion stems from an enormous interest in documenting memories from a family history perspective.

Whether you have a baby shower, kid’s birthday party, holiday party or playmate, I recommend Big Bash Photo to cover your event. For more information, visit www.bigbashphoto.com.

Entertainment Pick for Kids: Ringling Bros Presents LEGENDS

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Confession: My parents never took me to see the circus as a kid. And last night was the very first time I had ever attended the GREATEST Show on Earth in my entire life! I allowed Ella and Logan to stay up past their bedtime to enjoy one of the most impressive and amazing live shows we’ve ever seen together as a family. Johnathan Lee Iverson treated us with an awe-inspiring performance as a ringmaster. He introduced the most talented acrobats, dancers and circus entertainers!

My son’s favorite act was the motorcyclists. My daughter’s favorite act was the female acrobats that appeared in bubbles. My husband and I gushed about everything!

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey’s LEGENDS is still in town this weekend continuing their tour in Baltimore and Fairfax in March and April. Check it out:

Washington, DC
March 19, 2015 – March 22, 2015
Baltimore, MD
March 25, 2015 – April 05, 2015
Fairfax, VA
April 08, 2015 – April 19, 2015

For schedule and ticket information, click here.

{Disclosure: My family was gifted complimentary tickets to the show in exchange for review.}

Giveaway: Ringling Bros Presents LEGENDS (DC/Nova) March & April 2015

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Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey are bringing The Greatest Show on Earth to the DC-area this Spring! This March and April, you and your family can enjoy their fabulous show, which unites iconic circus stars with mythological creatures in a celebration of the LEGENDS that have captured imaginations for centuries. Experience magnificent Asian elephants, a twenty-acrobat troupe perched atop only a pair of bicycles, and a never-before-seen double-wide, high-flying trapeze act.

LEGENDS  will come to life at two arenas in the Washington, D.C. area. The show will be at the Verizon Center from March 19 – 22, and the Patriot Center in Fairfax, Va. from April 8 – 19. LEGENDS will also perform at the Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore, Md. from March 25 – April 5.

An hour before show time, families can come to the arena floor and participate in an interactive, up-close circus experience, the All-Access Pre-show. Free to all ticketholders, the All Access Pre-show allows circus fans to learn juggling and balancing skills, meet the performers, get autographs, take photos and enter to win a one-of-a-kind Pachyderm Painting.

WASHINGTON, DC SHOW
The Verizon Center | March 19 – 22, 2015
Show times:
· Thursday, March 19 | 7:30 pm
· Friday, March 20 | 10:30 am, 7:30 pm
· Saturday, March 21 | 11:30 am, 3:30 pm, 7:30 pm
· Sunday, March 22 | 11:30 am, 3:30 pm, 7:30 pm

FAIRFAX, VA SHOW
The Patriot Center | April 8 – April 19, 2015
Show times:
· Wednesday, April 8 | 7:00 pm
· Thursday, April 9 | 7:00 pm
· Friday, April 10 | 7:30 pm
· Saturday, April 11 | 11:30 am, 3:30 pm, 7:30 pm
· Sunday, April 12 | 1:00 pm, 5:00 pm
· Thursday, April 16 | 7:00 pm
· Friday, April 17 | 10:30 am, 7:30 pm
· Saturday, April 18 | 11:30 am, 3:30 pm, 7:30 pm
· Sunday, April 19 | 1:00 pm, 5:00 pm

Ticket Information: All seats are reserved. Tickets can be purchased at all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 800-745-3000, via www.ticketmaster.com, and the Verizon Center or Patriot Center box office. For group rates and information, call 202-661-5061. Prices: $75 Front Row, $55 VIP, $35.00 (Verizon Center only), $30.00, $20.00 & $15.00

DISCOUNT: Use your SmarTrip Card to SAVE $8 on Tickets. Visit the box office and show your SmarTrip card at the venue box office. Offer expires April 3, 2015. Savings coupon valid for up to six (6) tickets.

I’m giving away a family FOUR pack of tickets to the opening night of Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Presents LEGENDS. The winner’s tickets will be at Will Call at the Verizon Center on Thursday, March 19th before the 7:30 PM showing. To enter, just fill out the Rafflecopter form! I’ll select the winner on March 15, 2015 via Random.org, and they will have 24 hours to respond to my email, letting them know they won.on Wednesday, April 8th, before the 7:30 PM showing. To enter, just fill out the Rafflecopter form! I’ll select the winner on March 15, 2015 via Random.org, and they will have 24 hours to respond to my email notification.

ENTER TO WIN A FAMILY 4 PACK OF TICKETS

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

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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

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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.}

Egg by Susan Lazar: Georgetown Blogger Crawl

 

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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.