Drybar Opens In Tysons Corner

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After much anticipation, and as a result of the popularity of its DC shops in Georgetown, Bethesda and Dupont Circle and Penn Quarter, Drybar has opened its fifth DC area location in Tysons Corner on Thursday, March 10th. Drybar’s refreshingly simple concept: “No cuts. No color. Just blowouts” has captivated a legion of loyal clients across the country. Now Drybar is heading to one of the most dynamic shopping destinations in the region. With additional openings on the horizon in NYC, Seattle, Miami, Toronto and Los Angeles, the brand is on track to have over 75 locations by the end of 2016.

“We’re so happy to be heading to Tysons,” said Alli Webb, founder of Drybar. “Our clients have been anxiously awaiting a location in Northern Virginia and we’re so excited to finally make it a reality.” Drybar will be conveniently located next to Macy’s and Bloomingdales.

My friend Amelia had the opportunity to pop by Drybar on opening day last week for a blow out. Amelia described Drybar as being very vibrant and exuberant and the staff very efficient and friendly.
Drybar provides professional blowouts at a flat price of just $45, regardless of hair length or thickness (wash included!). The list of styles reads like a cocktail menu: the Cosmo (lots of loose curls), the Straight Up (straight with a little body), the Southern Comfort (big hair, lots of volume), the Mai Tai (messy and beachy), the Manhattan (sleek and smooth) the Dirty Martini (tousled and textured) and for the little ladies, the Shirley Temple at $28.
Drybar was founded by Alli Webb. Before becoming owner/founder of Drybar and a full time mom to Grant, 9, and Kit, 7, Webb had a career in public relations working with clients such as Paul McCartney, Faith Hill and Keith Urban. She’s a professional hair stylist, trained by Toni & Guy, and spent several years working under John Sahag in New York. In 2008 she began a side business called Straight-at-Home, which provided in home blow-outs, strictly on a referral basis in Los Angeles. Drybar is now the “go-to blow out bar” for many celebrities including:  Julia Roberts, Cindy Crawford, Jennifer Garner, Chrissy Teigen, Zooey Deschanel, Emma Roberts, Lana Del Rey, Renee Zellweger, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Rita Ora, Rose McGowan, Molly Sims, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Hilary Duff, Miley Cyrus, Nina Garcia, Katherine Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver—just to name a few!

Named one of the top “100 Brilliant Ideas of 2010” by Entrepreneur magazine and New York Magazine’s Boom Brands of 2013, Drybar is based on the simple concept of focusing on one thing and being the best at it.

Alli Webb has been recognized as a leader in her profession and has received many awards including: 2014 CEW Achiever Award, Fortune’s “40 under 40,” Marie Claire’s “16 Most Fascinating Women,” Cosmopolitan’s “2013 Power List” and Fast Company’s “100 Most Creative People in Business.”
Appointments can be booked online at www.thedrybar.com, through the Drybar iPhone app or by calling (877) 379-2279.

Drybar Tysons Corner: Tysons Corner Center (between Macy’s and Bloomingdales, outside near Parking Lot A);
1961 Chain Bridge Road, Tysons Corner, VA 22102
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Workout Review: Barre3 DC

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Barre3 is a very powerful workout consisting of light weights (2 to 5 pounds), isometric holds and plies and so much more! Every barre studio offers it’s own unique style sure to attract just the right audience. I really love the sense of community that boutique fitness studios tend to foster.

I recently had the pleasure of hosting The Rock Recovery Barre and Body Image Event (in honor of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week) at Barre 3 Union Station in Washington DC.

I took my place at the barre, accompanied by a partially inflated ball (called a core ball) and a pair of three-pound weights. Within the first 5 minutes, I realized that my long sleeved activewear top, long yoga pants and full foot gripper socks were way too hot in the 72 degree heated room. I had already broken into a sweat that left me longing to run thru a water fountain and possibly jumping outside into the 47 degree chilly air. My back, shoulders and triceps were beginning to experience the burn of my muscles slowly getting stronger. In fact, Barre 3 exposed muscles that I didn’t realize I even had. The tiny movements helped me realize just how many muscles are actually in my body and reminded me that I need to work on those too.

Barre 3 offers a specific three-step formula of first holding the body in an isometric hold, then layering small range of motion, high-repetition movement, followed by full-range functional movement. This formula can help a traditional weight training routine because it helps clients to learn good alignment and balances the body by creating equal strength and flexibility. It also works some of the deeper, postural muscles required for heavy lifting. This is perfect for those who enjoy weight training and if you’re also a mom like me who still lifts kids and heavy bags of groceries.

Barre3 is defined as where ballet barre meets yoga and pilates. It is one of the most effective ways for women to build their athleticism—especially their glutes! I think it is a perfect complement as part of a fitness regime to develop your core strength, mobility and flexibility.

One of the best things about Barre3 DC-Union Station is that it offers childcare! Try it! You’ll be happy you did!

For more information visit www.barre3.com.

Motivation Monday: Join The TWC Challenge for only $39

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Living a healthy lifestyle can be challenging! Especially during the snowy, winter season and after the long holidays.

I’m excited to introduce you to Ginny Wright’s program Total Wellness Challenge (TWC). Ginny is a certified personal trainer and wellness coach and founder of the award-winning Arlington based outdoor fitness company Body by Ginny (BbG) Fitness. For over a decade, Ginny and her staff of fellow fitness experts/trainers have hosted early morning boot camp style classes six days a week, outdoors, in all types of weather. The classes take place at various recreational parks and locations in Northern Virginia.

Upon meeting Ginny, the woman behind many success stories, you immediately notice that she looks 20 years younger than she actually is. Her strong, lean, petite frame is proof of her dedication to her career in fitness. Her passion for her life changing talent shines brightly in her beautiful youthful face and in her sweet, but authoritative voice. This is a woman who motivates others to achieve the results they’re seeking! Ginny’s approach is innovative. Her company is devoted to offering a carefully crafted, common sense, effective fitness and nutrition results oriented plan.

Have you ever watched The Biggest Loser or interviews of famous celebrities talking about their post-baby weight loss plans and wished you had the opportunity to hire someone just like that to give you your “mommy makeover”? I’m happy to tell you that your goals are within reach! And you don’t have to go on a reality show or be a famous actress to do it!

Ginny is launching a brand new online program, February 22. The Total Wellness Challenge (TWC) is a daily weight-loss and fitness plan with real solutions for people who want to lose weight and keep it off and for those who want to maintain a very healthy lifestyle. Get straight talk, no gimmicks, and all the tools and friendly advice to help you succeed.

The TWC is a 30 day program providing you access to a growing community of support, motivational accountability, resources, recipes, and workouts at the click of a mouse. Are you ready to join me? Join today for only $39! Click here to get started!

Be sure to share your weight loss goals and your journey by following and tagging Ginny on social media!FacebookTwitter and Instagram and use the hashtag #TWCFit to share your journey and see some of my favorite DC/Northern Virginia area’s bloggers sharing their journeys as well!

{Thank-you to Ginny Wright, BbG & TWC for partnering on this post!}

Get a Couples Massage For Valentine’s Day From Zeel

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Experiences have replaced material items as gifts. And a stress relieving massage will do the body more good than a box of chocolates or a candlelit dinner.

Zeel is available in the DC/Northern Virginia area and is offering an amazing holiday special for both of the holidays this February!  Zeel massage therapists come to you and provide the service in the comfort of your own home or in your hotel. And best of all– you don’t need to book ahead of time. You can schedule your Zeel Valentine’s Day massage for two as little as one hour ahead, at a time that works best for you. Therapists come to you with the massage tables, soothing tunes and massage supplies – it’s the complete massage package, on demand. Booking is as simple as logging onto your home computer or by simply downloading the Zeel app on your iPad, Tablet or Android.

Here are the specials available in the DC/Arlington area in the month of February:

Valentine’s Day
$30 off a couples massage pre-booked between 2/1 and 2/11 and taken during Valentine’s Day Weekend (Friday, 2/12through Monday, 2/15). Use code VDAY2016.
Zeel loves their customers and are offering 10 Couples to win a free couples massages. Everyday, 2/1-2/11, those who book couples massages for the V-day weekend (2/12-2/15) are entered for a chance to win. One winner a day.
President’s Day Weekend
Saturday 2/13 through Monday, 2/15: Enjoy a relaxing long weekend: $25 off all massages for new customers with code PRES2016 ; $15 off for existing customers with code PDW2016

Happy Valentine’s Day!

{Disclosure: Thank-you Zeel for partnering on this post!}

Visiting Baltimore with Kids

 

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Baltimore is an amazing city to visit with kids! It’s less than a one hour drive from DC, making it the perfect one day road trip destination and even a weekend staycation!

Baltimore is absolutely one of my family’s favorite places to enjoy quality time with our kids. love the walkability of the beautiful Inner Harbor. The water-focused neighborhood offers a ton of fantastic kid-oriented museums, transportation themed museums, family friendly restaurants, boat rides and other attractions! I absolutely LOVE this city!

The transportation doesn’t begin at the museums. From arriving by Amtrak train to catching a water taxi to light rail to regular taxi cabs, your entire weekend could be a glorious car-free trip!

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Light City: A Festival of Light, Music & Innovation (March 28 – April 6, 2016)

Premiering in 2016, Light City Baltimore is the first large-scale, international light festival in the United States. Light City Baltimore will feature 28 original innovative art installations from local, national and international artists placed along a 1.5 mile waterfront art walk, 50 concerts and 100 live performances, all complimentary. Light City’s large-scale light displays will illuminate Baltimore in a spectacular display — as a celebration unlike anything the country has seen before, it’s a not-to-miss event for those looking to feed their creativity. In addition to art displays, live performances highlighting an array of artistic expression including poetry, puppetry, music, dance and theater, another element of Light City is Light City U. This ticketed one-of-a-kind innovation conference will provide an opportunity to interact with influencers and visionaries who power social change.

The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore: The Maryland Zoo is where the wild things snore! Join other zoo-loving folks for one of the upcoming family sleepovers being held at the Zoo in 2016.  Sleepover guests will explore the Zoo in the dark with expert staff guides to learn about African penguins, polar bears, African reptiles and mammals, and some of the native nocturnal animals that roam Druid Hill Park. Families with children ages 6 and up are welcome to join in the fun!

The National Aquarium: One of Inner Harbor’s most popular attractions, the National Aquarium features an incredible 20,000 animals in award-winning habitats. Explore a tropical rainforest, the animals of the Australian Outback, an Atlantic coral reef, hundreds of jellyfish, 4D immersion films and their newest exhibit the “Living Seashore”. Special add-on tours give you a behind-the-scenes look at life in the aquarium. Care to toe a catwalk just inches from swimming sharks? Or perhaps you’re dreaming of a sleepover with dolphins. You’ll need several hours to peruse this Baltimore aquarium, and you’ll love every minute of it.

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Tips

In Baltimore, you’ll want to stroll through the Inner Harbor and Harbor East, and historic neighborhoods like Fells Point, Federal Hill and Little Italy. Pack your most comfortable walking shoes. While Baltimore is both casual and fancy, there’s a really cool hipster vibe. Dress in layers like a tank, long sleeve top, jeans, scarf and a beanie or wear a nice v-neck, a dressy jacket and jeans with really trendy boots. For kids, anything goes. In the summer, you’ll want to remember sunscreen and in winter, you’ll definitely want to make sure everyone’s nice and bundled!

Happy Traveling!
If you have any questions or tips about Baltimore that you’d like to share, I’d love to hear from you in the comments section below!
{Editor’s Note: Thank-you to Baltimore.org and Hampton Inn/Inner Harbor for partnering on this post. All opinions are my own.}

 

Gift Them Something To Talk About: A LivingSocial Giveaway

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I absolutely LOVE gift giving. It’s my love language! And one of my favorite gifts is to provide my loved ones with experiences. LivingSocial is the go-to destination for experiential gifting, this holiday season and all-year round. Most LivingSocial deals can be gifted – just look for the gift icon on the purchase page. Whether you want to give the gift immediately or schedule it for a future date, the LivingSocial digital delivery options make “wrapping” a cinch.

This year, think outside of the box – literally – by giving the unexpected and extraordinary. From heart-racing activities such as jet skiing, jet flight simulation and racecar driving to the more cerebral such as cooking or photography lessons, you can easily gift them something to talk about with LivingSocial.

Finding the perfect gift, or the perfect deal for you, is easy. You can search by interest, price, type of deal and more. This makes narrowing down choices much easier.

Have someone in your life that “has it all?” Having a challenging time finding the perfect gift? Visit LivingSocial and check out the once in a lifetime experiences, events, gifts and more. The official website is www.LivingSocial.com.

In addition you can follow LivingSocial on social media – Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and Google+.

See what others have to say about the fabulous deals and gifts and share your holiday finds from LivingSocial using the hashtag #Gift2TalkAbout on social media.

And guess what? LivingSocial is gifting ONE lucky Clarendon Moms reader $50 LivingSocial Deal Bucks Gift Code (to be used on LivingSocial.com)

It’s a Flash Giveaway! You only have now til 12 Midnight, December 24th to Enter! So, act fast! Leave your name & all of your handles in the Comment Section and be sure to Tweet about the Giveaway for additional entries!  It’s that simple! Happy Holidays and Good Luck!

The Rafflecopter Giveaway will begin tonight at midnight and end at midnight on Thursday, December 24th! This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on December 24, 2015. The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via email and will have 24 hours to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

{Disclosure: Thank-you LivingSocial for partnering on this post. All opinions are my own.}

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Gaylord National Harbor ICE! Santa Claus is Comin’ To Town

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Visiting Washington DC this holiday? Take your family to the Gaylord National Resort at National Harbor to celebrate Christmas on the Potomac’s 45th anniversary! Explore the season’s indoor winter wonderland, featuring a retelling of the classic television special: Santa Clause is Comin’ to Town. This interactive exhibit tells the story of how Santa began giving toys to good boys and girls. There are seven chilly rooms (9 degrees to be exact), filled with two million pounds of hand-carved, colorful ice sculpture depictions of all your families’ favorite scenes! It also features five ice-slides for everyone to enjoy (adults included), as well as The Frostbite Factory – a live carving exhibit where you and your family can watch the sculptures come to life before your eyes.
The ICE! Exhibit will be open from November 21, 2015 to January 3, 2016 and is located on the Orchard Terrace of the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center. The Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center is located at 201 Waterfront St., National Harbor, MD. Click HERE to learn more and pre-purchase tickets.

{This post is sponsored by Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center. All opinions are my own.}

Celebrate the Holiday Season in Baltimore

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My husband and I usually spend the holidays waxing nostalgia with family traditions and driving long hours visiting his side of the family, followed by a trip to visit my family. However, this year we’re taking a lovely break from all the hustle and bustle. We’re planning to relax and celebrate the holiday season with just our kids for a few days in the wonderful city of Baltimore.

Consider taking your family to celebrate the holiday season in Baltimore! Here are just a few of the highlights sure to get you and your family in the holiday spirit!

Where to Stay

Hampton Inn & Suites Baltimore Inner Harbor has several packages for the holiday season including Christmas Village, Ice skating Fun, Christmas Carol Package, New Year’s Eve Live and Ultimate Romance. The Royal Sonesta’s special holiday rate offers 20% in savings and Brookshire Suites is offering an Inner Harbor Winter Holiday Escape deal, complete with hot cocoa and Baltimore’s signature Berger cookie upon arrival.

Festive Sights To Explore

The Polar Express 4-D Experience at National Aquarium, Inner Harbor

Treat your family to an immersive movie experience and 4-D adventure with special effects like snow, wind, enhanced lighting and seat vibrations. The Polar Express 4-D Experience is based on the inspiring and beloved Caldecott Medal children’s book by Chris Van Allsburg.

PANDORA Ice Rink at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor

Break the ice with the season’s best outdoor activity. The PANDORA ice rink is open daily, with special programming and events happening throughout the season including several holiday-themed events and programs including Costume Skates, Frost Fest, Pajama Skate, and SkateFest.

B&O’s Magical Holiday Express, December 1 – January 3

B&O’s Magical Holiday Express is a holiday spectacular celebration devoted to trains of all sizes and shapes, holiday festivities, and a winter wonderland of family fun and activities.

Christmas Village in Baltimore, West Shore Park in the Inner Harbor, Now until December 27

Modeled after the traditional Christmas markets in Germany, like the famous Christkindl Market in Nuremberg, Christmas Village in Baltimore offers a delightful Christmas shopping experience. The charm is enhanced with 60 German- inspired wooden huts and a heated festival tent, with vendors selling traditional European food, holiday gifts and high-quality arts and crafts. New in 2015, the village will be decorated for the first time with the traditional Herrnhuter Moravian stars imported directly from Germany.

Miracle on 34th Street, 34th Street, Hampden, Through January 1

One block in Hampden puts on a Christmas light display that is surely visible from space. Neighbors in this block of row houses string Christmas lights across 34th Street, inflatable snow globes, musical trains and blinking angels adorn homes – and a few even allow visitors to peek inside! The lights are on every night from Thanksgiving weekend to January 1, including all night on Christmas Eve.

 

The Holly Jolly Trolley, Baltimore Marriott Waterfront, December 4 through January 3

Step aboard the holiday trolley and enjoy the splendor of Baltimore’s holiday lights beginning in the Inner Harbor. The Holly Jolly Trolley will take you on a festive tour of Baltimore’s most decorated neighborhoods and attractions, such as Hamden to see the world famous 34th street annual Christmas Festival of Lights and the first monument to George Washington in Baltimore’s Mount Vernon neighborhood.

 

12 Days of Science, Maryland Science Center, December 20 through December 31

Deck the halls, journey to the Arctic, build a winter wonderland—at the Maryland Science Center, kids will be able to participate in workshops, live demonstrations and hands-on building. If midnight is past your child’s bedtime, then the 8th annual Midnight Noon celebration will be the perfect way to ring in the New Year, with activities and a performance by popular kids band Milkshake.

Baltimore’s New Year’s Eve Spectacular, Inner Harbor, December 31

Celebrate the beginning of 2016 with friends, family, live music, a light show and spectacular fireworks. At the stroke of midnight, a bounty of color fills the sky above downtown Baltimore, leaving residents and visitors in awe.

New Year’s Eve Charm City Fireworks Cruise, Inner Harbor, December 31

Ring in the New Year with a cruise on Raven, the newest yacht in the Inner Harbor. Enjoy a night of dancing and celebrating with a view of Baltimore’s New Year’s Eve fireworks from the sparkling water.

{Special Thanks to Hampton Inn & Suites and Baltimore.org for partnering on this post!}

Go Nuts for the Holidays with Cashews From The Sunshine Nut Company

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Sunshine Nut Company makes gifting for the holidays easy! Great for snacking, holiday entertaining or relaxing at home, Sunshine Nut Company’s Cashews are the greatest tasting cashews under the Sun!

They have four packages of cashews to choose from — and they are the freshest, creamy, most delicious cashews I’ve ever tasted. Cashews are also considered a “green food” and are very healthy. Cashews have a lower fat content than most other nuts, approximately 82% of their fat is unsaturated fatty acids, plus about 66% of this unsaturated fatty acid content are heart-healthy monounsaturated fats, similar to those found in olive oil.

Grown and roasted in Mozambique, their cashews are the freshest,  most delicious nuts on the market! Cashews are roasted in sunflower oil and lightly seasoned with natural flavoring for excellent taste. Never size sorted, the cashews come in the sizes nature intended, just as they’ve grown on the tree. Not only is there a real difference in taste, the story of the Sunshine Nut Company is truly inspiring!

Sunshine Nut Company is transforming lives in Mozambique through offering opportunity, dignity, and fairness to the people there beginning with the crop grower. The roasting facility in Mozambique allows the nut company to deliver the freshest product while training and employing adult orphans.

Their profits are re-invested in Mozambican communities with a total of 90% of their proceeds financing transformative initiatives! Of the proceeds, 30% supports farming communities through ‘hand-up’ assistance, 30% increases care for orphans and vulnerable children, and 30% funds creating new food companies. They are very proud of their beliefs that the “Sunshine Approach™ Philosophy” has the potential to do great things!

Sunshine Company Cashews are the perfect holiday gift for teachers, mail carriers, clients, neighbors and friends — two packs cost about $10 and are available locally at all Giant stores in the DC/MD/VA area.  There’s a great holiday promo offered right now.

For more information about them & to find out locations to purchase, please visit www.sunshinenuts.com.

{Disclosure: This is a sponsored post courtesy of Sunshine Nut Company.Thanks to KB Concepts for partnering on this post!}

 

Joe’s Place Pizza & Pasta: An Arlington Staple

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I’ve lived in Arlington Virginia for almost ten years now and had never visited Joe’s Place Pizza and Pasta until last weekend. Upon entering the restaurant, I was immediately transported back to a time when families had a neighborhood restaurant. A local place where everyone knew everyone and the servers knew what you were ordering before you were even seated. This place just felt like “home”.

It was a Saturday afternoon and Joe’s was bustling. The staff and fellow patrons were super friendly. And everyone there seemed to have come hungry. There’s an All-You-Can-Eat Lunch Buffet for only $10! The buffet turns over within minutes and includes several types of fresh, New York Italian style pizza, a hot bar that consisted of baked chicken, eggplant parmesan, baked ziti and more. The cold salad bar had very fresh ingredients and the most delicious homemade bacon bits ever! If you’re in the mood for more specialized items, the menu at Joe’s has over a dozen Italian entrees—something suitable for everyone in your family.

Joe’s Place Pizza and Pasta is a neighborhood classic in Arlington. The food is delicious and the ambience is warm and inviting. The service was impeccable. My husband went to the salad bar at least five times. The kids ate everything on their plates. We rewarded them with a serving of gelato at the end of our meal. This is a restaurant that has won the hearts of my family and me and we can’t wait to return for another fun, family dining experience.

For more information about Joe’s Place Pizza and Pasta, visit www.joesplacepizzaandpasta.com. And to see more of our dining experience, check out our Tastemade Video Recap by clicking HERE.

{Special Thanks to KB Concepts and Joe’s Place Pizza & Pasta for partnering on this post!}