#GTBloggerCrawl: Pinstripes in Georgetown

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Photo Credit: Kristyn Alysse of Primp & Proper.

Last weekend, I had the pleasure and honor of participating as one of the blog ambassadors for the Georgetown Blogger Crawl (#GTBloggerCrawl) hosted by Spicy Candy DC and Guest of a Guest. The Blogger Crawl was founded by Carlis of Spicy Candy DC and Jessica of Guest of a Guest as an awesome way to better acquaint some of the DC area’s most successful social media influencers with a selection of businesses (many of which we’ve already become familiar). We’re invited to learn more about their particular brands, services and products. The Blogger Crawl is also a fantastic way for each business to learn more about how partnering with bloggers can increase their exposure by promoting brand awareness and marketing thru our social media channels.

I represented Pinstripes, Georgetown’s bowling, bocce and bistro. I take my husband and kids there frequently for family game nights. It’s kind of a date place for me and my husband, except we actually enjoy sharing that date with our kids. It is a really fun place for family time, bowling, bocce and food! We were given a fantastic tour of the large venue and enjoyed some gal pal time together sampling the delicious Italian American cuisine, playing bocce and enjoying a round of bowling.

The menu is incredibly kid friendly! It includes delights such as flat breads, pizzas, pastas, baby back ribs and crowd favorite, tenderloin sliders. I’m getting excited just thinking about how much fun we have there! It really is one of the best places in DC for family and friend get togethers, date night and celebrations! They even offer private parties!

Pinstripes is located at 1064 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, Washington DC. For more information, click here.

Olivia Macaron: Review & Giveaway


Photography by Angelica Talan of ©ClarendonMoms


Photography courtesy of Olivia Macaron


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


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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.



You’re Invited: #PrettyGlamazonOscarsViewingParty Sunday, March 2 at 6PM


Join Hosts Makeda Saggau-Sackey of GlamazonDiaries.com & Lara Eurdolian of PrettyConnected.com for a DC Oscars Celebration at The Four Seasons Eno Wine Bar

The 86th Annual Academy Awards is this Sunday and you know what that means.  Red carpet critique! What will your favorite stars be wearing? More importantly, what will Lupita N’yongo be wearing? And will Jared Leto rock another man bun on the red carpet? Lara Eurdolian of Pretty Connected and Makeda Saggau-Sackey of Glamazon Diaries have partnered together to present an Oscars viewing party in Washington, DC and you’re invited to join in on all the fun!

On Sunday, March 2nd, from 5-6pm be sure to follow @PrettyConnected, @GlamazonDiaries and use the hashtag #PRETTYGLAMAZONoscars.

They will also be doing  a demo on all the must-haves and also offering giveaways throughout the weekend from their getting glam arsenal including products from Mario Badescu, Aveda, Knock Out nail polish, Olay, Secret, LeSportsac, Borghese, Skyn Icleland TIGI, Skin Pro and more!

And since it’s never fun to watch the awards show and red carpet alone, at 6pm they will turning on the big screen at Eno Wine Bar at the Four Seasons Hotel in Georgetown and inviting  you to join in on the fun! There will be wine specials and lots of prizes throughout the night. If you’re not DC based, tweet along as they chat about all the looks coming down the red carpet.

Tweet and let everyone know  you’re attending using #PrettyGlamazonOscars and #ENOscars in your tweets.  For more information, please click here.

White House Down Premieres in DC with “Mamarazzi” Reception Hosted by The Moms


Channing Tatum. June 2013. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.


Channing Tatum with some very lucky fans outside Loew’s Georgetown Movie Theatre. Photo courtesy Getty Images.


E! News Correspondent Alicia Quarles and Channing Tatum. Photo Courtesy Getty Images.


Jamie Foxx entering the White Carpet. Photo courtesy: Reuters.


Channing Tatum, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jamie Foxx and Joey King. Photo courtesy Getty Images.


Angelica (Huesca) Talan. ClarendonMoms.com Publisher. Photo courtesy John Eisel.


Bloggers Carolina and Maria Jose Ovalle from VeryBusyMamaBlog.com and Angelica Talan of ClarendonMoms.com. Photo courtesy Jim Helperin.


Angelica Talan of ClarendonMoms.com and Denise Albert of TheMoms.com. Photo courtesy of ClarendonMoms.com

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E! News Correspondent Alicia Quarles and Angelica Talan of ClarendonMoms.com. Photo courtesy Maria Jose Ovalle of VeryBusyMamaBlog.com

People’s Sexiest Man Alive 2013, my fellow Step Up Co-star and new father Channing Tatum made an appearance on the white carpet right here in Washington DC last Friday at Loew’s Theatre in Georgetown for his latest film “White House Down”. He was joined by Jamie Foxx, new mom Maggie Gyllenhaal and tween actress Joey King. [Read more…]

You’re Invited: Meet Sharon Stone, John Corbett & Tyson Beckford Friday, July 20th at Kiehl’s LifeRide For amFar in Georgetown


Kiehl’s LifeRide For amFAR Party This Friday!

Kiehls Since 1851, the esteemed NYC-based skin and hair care company, has partnered up with amFAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, for the third annual Kiehl’s LifeRidefor amfAR. LifeRide is a ten-day philanthropic motorcycle ride along the Eastern Seaboard to raise awareness for HIV/AIDS research and resources.

Noted guests will include: Sharon Stone, Chris Salgardo (President, Kiehl’s), John Corbett (aka Aidan from SATC), Tyson Beckford, and Kevin Robert Frost (amFAR CEO).

This Friday, Kiehl’s will be hosting an event to celebrate both the official culmination of the annual LifeRide for amFAR and the International AIDS conference staging with honored guest, Sharon Stone!

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You’re Invited: Meet NYC Housewife Kelly Bensimon Wednesday, July 18th at A Bar

New York housewife and model Kelly Bensimon will make a visit to Washington to celebrate the release of her new book, I Can Make You Hot, at the new A Bar at Avenue Suites on Wednesday, July 18 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM.
Get your ticket for the event through Gilt City! For ONLY $39, you’ll get a personally autographed copy of her book, “I Can Make You Hot!: The Supermodel Diet”, TWO A Bar Signature Cocktails, light bites and a meet and greet with the famous model/Housewife Kelly Bensimon!




Recap: SNOBSWAP Sip & Launch at Tari Boutique

 SNOBSWAP Creators Emily Dang & Elise Whang

 SNOBSWAP Founders Emily Dang, Clarendon Mom Angelica Talan & SNOBSWAP’s Elise Whang

 Tari Boutique’s Stylist Tamika

 Fashion Blogger and New to DC Fashionista

 Attendee with Liz Can Cook’s Liz Nguyen

 Attendee with HealthyGlowBlog’s Katherine Adjoa Ntiamoah

 Even the Men’s Section was buzzing


 Sisters Christina and Natalie

 Wine, Champagne/Lychee Spritzers.

I was fortunate enough to be at the “right place at the right time” when a friend of mine called me from Los Angeles to ask me where she could find a vintage gown for a very important movie premiere she was headed to in a week.  That right place and right time happened to be the night I was attending The SNOBSWAP Sip & Launch party that took place on April 19th at Tari Boutique in Georgetown. “You have to log on right this minute and get a dress, shoes, baubles, your entire outfit!” I’m positive that she did because just last night, I received a text from her premiere that simply said “Thanks” with a picture of her in head to toe vintage Chanel.

I  also attribute it to luck that I was invited to the SNOBSWAP Sip & Launch because it was one of the best launches I’ve ever attended! I hadn’t yet been formally introduced to this awesome online community. The clothes were undeniably elegant, the champagne and lychee spritzers were refreshing and tantalizing and the fashionable opportunity to meet and network with fellow bloggers and socialites was electrifying. And the highlight of the night was meeting the creators of SNOBSWAP, a sister powerhouse duo, Emily Whang and Elise Dang. These two women have not only become my latest source of inspiration in business and fashion, they’ve become my style icons as well. I’m so excited for them and their new business endeavor!

A few days following SNOBSWAP‘s Launch Party, I was able to interview the sisters.

Clarendon Moms:  I meet a lot of women, especially moms that are interested in starting their own businesses, but are “afraid” to take the leap. What advice would you give to them to take the risk and go for their goals? 

Elise:  Coming from a legal background, I’m pretty risk adverse so my advice is to take “baby steps” before taking the leap!  Make time in your day or week for your personal passion, conduct research, test the waters, and get feedback to see if your idea is worth the leap.  And set a family plan for when you do take the leap. It’s so important to have the support your family.  I also found talking to other mommyprenuers to be very helpful as well.  You may have to sacrifice even more sleep but remember life is short and you’re so worth it!  Another mommy birdie recently told me  – don’t feel guilty for taking time out to pursue your passion and ask for help if you can because you being happy makes everyone else happy.  It’s a scary leap but I’ve finally found my own work-life balance that works for me now and I couldn’t be happier.  Wheeeee!  

Clarendon Moms: Sometimes going into business with a partner that’s either a best friend or relative can be “tricky”. How are you two different and how do your differences make your partnership work? 

Elise: Since, I’m the older sister, I feel comfortable taking the lead, but I trust Emily completely to come up with strategy and fully execute it. Emily’s business experience in luxury retail strategy, consulting, IT, and belief in SNOBSWAP has been a tremendous and necessary asset in launching the website.  

Emily: We make a great team and working with Elise is pretty amazing. She is a true innovator, with a strategic vision, passionate drive and deep insight.  Elise shaped the SNOBSWAP concept from just an idea into a sophisticated online marketplace.

Clarendon Moms: I am currently reading the book “By Invitation Only” about the women who started Gilt. I’ve found some new inspiration thru them and now thru you. Are there any business models/role models that inspired you? And why? 

Elise: What a compliment! There were a mixture of business models that have inspired us which include, the thrill of swapping, and the savings on designer labels from consigning.  All entrepreneurs who we’ve met have inspired us just by the mere fact they took the leap to do what they love!  We find female business leaders and mommyprenuers especially inspirational, including the founders of Gilt.com, Sara Blakely founder of Spanx, and grannyprenuer, our grandma, who had four kids and opened the first female-owned sporting goods store in Taiwan.

Emily: Thank you!  Other role models who inspire us include Diane von Furstenberg and Steve Jobs.  Diane von Furstenberg is amazing, she came to New York with a suitcase full of dresses she had created and over the last 30 years, saw great success.  She is amazing, a savvy businesswoman, humanitarian, and has largely supported important women initiatives.  Steve Jobs has been immensely inspiring, his passion and legacy.  From his “do what you love” mantra to his keen aesthetic eye, and his innovation vision.

Clarendon Moms: And finally, what’s next for you two? Are you planning to launch any Apps for the Ipad/Ipod? Styling Events?

Elise:  I plan on having baby #2 in 6 weeks! ☺  We do have exciting plans for SNOBSWAP in the pipeline coming soon!

EmilyIt’s too early to unveil but stay tuned!  

The Georgetown French Market Is This Weekend (April 27th & April 28th)

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Join the Book Hill neighborhood of Georgetown as the shops celebrate the annual Georgetown French Market.

Superb shopping complimented by the scent of fresh coffee and the sounds of strolling musicians immerse the Book Hill neighborhood of Georgetown every spring with the annual Georgetown French Market coming up at the end of April.  The 2012 Georgetown French Market will be held Friday, April 27 and Saturday, April 28 from 10am to 5pm. Check out all the details on participating merchants and their offers here.

This event takes place along upper Wisconsin Avenue, NW, between P Street and Reservoir Road, and features nearly 40 Georgetown boutiques, antique shops, restaurants and galleries offering savings up to 70% off designer goods, art and antique home furnishings. Enjoy strolling mimes, children’s activities, live music and French cuisine from Georgetown cafes and restaurants.  To view the video from the April 2011 Georgetown French Market event, click on the link below.