Bethenny: Television Show Begins Monday, September 9th! (A Behind the Scenes Recap of Calling All My Girls Tour DC Stop)

 

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Angelica Talan, ClarendonMoms.com and the “Skinny Girl” Mogul, Best Selling Author and New Talk Show Host, Bethenny Frankel

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Maria Jose Ovalle (VeryBusyMamaBlog.com), Angelica Talan (ClarendonMoms.com) and Laura Harders (BeltwayBargainMom.com)

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Angelica Talan (ClarendonMoms.com) & Daniel Swartz (Founder/Publisher/Photographer of Revamp.com)

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On the pink carpet, Angelica Talan & Bethenny Frankel

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Beginning the night right, Bethenny is greeted by excited and happy fans!

Clarendon Moms: Recap of Calling All My Girls Tour/DC Stop

Calling All My Girls rolled into DC last Tuesday, August 6, 2013! It was a kick ass tour Bethenny Frankel went on to promote her new television show, Bethenny.

Having fallen in love with Bethenny on Real Housewives of New York, she has become one of the most inspiring celebrities I’ve ever wanted to meet. And I finally had my chance!

Thanks to Laura Harders of Beltway Bargain Mom, I was invited to this exclusive party, held at the W Hotel Rooftop.

Upon arriving, we were given the cutest bracelets and a complimentary glass of champagne. The music was bumping with mostly hip 80s music classics like Michael Jackson fused with today’s hottest musicians like Macklemore, Bruno Mars and Robin Thicke. As usual, I was the “only fool dancing” the entire night!

Not ashamed to admit that on my occasional “Mom’s Night Out”, I tend to enjoy a cocktail or two and if it’s really a good night, okay you get my drift. Skinny Girl Margaritas, Skinny Girl Mojitos and Brut Champagne flowed non-stop along with some very tasty tuna steak, sushi and quiche.

After an hour or so, Bethenny arrived in a beautiful skin tight electric blue dress looking gorgeous! Her energy was electrifying! She seemed happy and full of life! She really knows how to pump up a room and treat her audience and her fans to a very good time!

Bethenny began the event with a game called “Would you ever…” The most “shocking question” came from a young girl in the audience. “Have you ever had a threesome?”  A hush and a few giggles came over the audience. Bethenny quickly answered “No” and joked that she missed her opportunity now that’s she’s a mom. She winked and said “But, the night is still young”. It doesn’t take long for Bethenny to figure out people. This was especially true for the conservative audience that she had here in Washington DC last Tuesday night. Bethenny kept the jokes going and peppered in the word “threesome” throughout the night, which matched the mood of her audience: light, funny and playful—just like her new show.

Meeting Bethenny really was one of my dreams come true! She is intelligent, witty, warm, sweet, beautiful, exhilarating and her energy and spirit is infectious! Her down to earth, tell it like it is, too much information reputation is what it is. Her critiques can shut it, because the original skinny girl gave this mommy wings! Let’s NOT forget that Bethenny is a four-time New York Times BEST selling author, the creator of Skinnygirl brand which includes cocktails, health food bars, sweeteners, fitness DVDs and fashionable shapewear. She has also been named one of the Top 100 Most Powerful Celebrities by Forbes Magazine! And I felt so inspired in her presence and felt like I could achieve anything after meeting her! I can only imagine the ways she’ll inspire others once her show hits the air next month! Bethenny also has a new book out titled “Skinnygirl Solutions”, a must read for all of her fans!

Bethenny’s new show “Bethenny” airs in the Washington DC area beginning Monday, September 9th on FOX at 11 AM. Check your local listings. For more information, go to: www.bethenny.com.

Red Tricycle DC Lists Clarendon Moms on DC Mom (and Dad!) Bloggers They Love!

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This article was written by Abigail Matsumoto. Featured courtesy of Red Tricycle DC (www.redtri.com)

How does she do it?

How does she stay sane, stay smiling, embrace chaos, share woes, get creatively crafty, and write in a style that’s as friendly as your best gal pal?

We’re not quite sure what gives them their super-powered edge, but man, are we grateful for all the totally amazing mom bloggers in and around the D.C. area! Whether you’re looking for some family travel advice, coupons and giveaways, local kid-friendly events, or just a hilarious story or two, we’ve gathered up our fave local blogs that are worth bookmarking.

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Angelica, part-time writer, blogger and a full-time devoted wife and mother, has lived all over the world but chose to make the Courthouse-Clarendon neighborhood of Arlington Virginia home. Her blog features practical tips and advice on pregnancy, parenting, family, cooking, career, health, wellness, beauty, books, entertainment with a focus on fashion, local events and other fun stuff.

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You’re Invited: DreamWorks How To Train Your Dragon Live Spectacular July 19th-20th at Verizon Center

EXCLUSIVE OFFER: 25% OFF ALL TICKETS BY USING THE PROMO CODE MOM (just for the readers of ClarendonMoms)

How To Train Your Dragon Live Spectacular


Unleash your inner Viking and prepare for the invasion of DreamWorks How To Train Your Dragon Live Spectacular!  Feel the heat and experience the adventure of high-flying, fire-breathing dragons with wingspans of up to 46 feet.  Astonishing animatronic technology and world class performers bring to life the heartwarming story of DreamWorks Animation’s Academy Award® nominated film.  This groundbreaking arena show breaks all of the rules of traditional live entertainment for the entire family.  You don’t want to miss it!

How to Train Your Dragon Live Spectacular, formerly known as How to Train Your Dragon Arena Spectacular, is a live-action production based on How to Train Your Dragon. Developed by a partnership between DreamWorks Theatricals and Global Creatures, the company behind Walking with Dinosaurs – The Arena Spectacular, based on the BBC documentary.

The production features 24 larger-than-life dragons with wingspans up to 40 feet wide that will fly and breathe fire. Characters include dragons Night Fury, Gronckle, Nadder, and Nightmare, and vikings Hiccup, Astrid, Stoick and Gobber.

EXCLUSIVE OFFER: 25% OFF ALL TICKETS BY USING THE PROMO CODE MOM (just for the readers of ClarendonMoms)

Katie Workman, Author of “The Mom 100 Cookbook” Offers Cooking Classes in DC this weekend!

Leave the kids at home and learn tips, tricks, and recipes that are sure to earn two thumbs-up from your family. For $55, you’ll receive a hands-on lesson in easy, flavorful recipes—as well as time-saving tips—that will have the whole family applauding. Katie’s tone as a mom is real.  She makes excellent food that kids WILL eat – snacks that don’t come in crinkly bag, fish that kids will actually like, to-die-for family favorites. After getting a chance to taste your crowd-pleasing creations in class, bring them home with you at the end of the event and let your focus group render the final verdict. You’ll also receive a copy of The Mom 100 Cookbook to take with you to help you build a new repertoire that’s sure to bring down the house. More info on the class here: http://www.livingsocial.com/cities/1-washington-d-c/deals/342526-two-hour-cooking-class-for-one-parent-cookbook

I’m sure you know that making the whole family happy at mealtimes can be tough, but did you know that over 83% of moms want more variety to serve at dinnertime?* It seems as though the majority of moms out there keep making the same dishes over and over again, and everyone is getting tired of it! Well, with THE MOM 100 COOKBOOK: 100 Recipes Every Mom Needs in Her Back Pocket by Cookstr.com founding editor-in-chief and mother of 2, Katie Workman, no meal will be boring ever again! Katie will be teaching classes at LivingSocial 918 F Street this coming weekend on Saturday, May 19th & Sunday, May 20th(*This online survey was performed by Survey.com. Data was collected from March 2, 2012, to March 6, 2012. A total of 1,000 completed surveys were collected. In order to qualify for full participation in the study, respondents needed to be a US resident and mother to at least one child aged 2-12 years old living in their household.)

THE MOM 100 COOKBOOK delivers solutions to the 20 most common cooking dilemmas that every modern mom faces, providing recipes and tips for parents who are so baffled by their kids’ food preferences that mealtime has become a minefield. Katie shows moms how to crack open the door for the salad rejecter and how to make an enticing entrée with whatever’s in the fridge. Her recipes include brilliant shortcuts, such as a four-ingredient casserole perfect for family and company, and cooking flank steak in the broiler—so quick and simple!  And with Katie’s straightforward approach to tackling everyday cooking dilemmas, it also makes for a candid read, with wise tips, personal anecdotes, and wry one-liners sprinkled throughout.

Because Katie knows what it’s like to be a mom in the kitchen, her recipes also include special Fork in the Road suggestions (which lets you make one basic dish while still catering to different tastes,) as well as Make Ahead sidebars (recipes you can prepare in advance and store in the fridge or freezer for a quick, tasty, and healthy meal during the hectic week) and What the Kids Can Do sidebars (so instead of them getting in your way, you can include the kids in cooking dinner!)

Each of the 100 recipes is complemented by mouthwatering color photographs taken by Todd Coleman, executive food editor of Saveurmagazine. The result is an attractive, easy to understand, indispensible resource that every mom will be grateful for every day of the week. Just one glance at this beautiful book, and I’m sure you will agree with Bobby Flay, Giada De Laurentiis, and Ina Garten—who are among her biggest fans!

And to get a quick taste as to what the book offers, here’s a link to 10 quick tips in the kitchen: http://www.youtube.com/user/TheMOM100Cookbook?feature=watch.

Recipes:

–          A mouth-watering Brisket that will please husband and kids alike (and also provides leftovers for sandwiches and a soup – recipes included.)

–          Roast Chicken Pieces with 5 options for rubs (because, really, who has time to roast a whole chicken after work?!)

–          Healthy, but tasty & fun snacks like Chickpea Poppers.

–          Simple and quick additions to regular dinner sides, like goat cheese or Dijon mustard in Mashed Potatoes.

–          And an award-winning (from everyone who has tried it) One-Skillet Cheesy Beefy Casserole! A delicious meal with only 1 pan to clean!

 

“One of the best cookbook authors of her generation, Katie Workman is the perfect person to help moms everywhere get delicious meals to the table. I’m waiting for my invitation to her ‘taco night.’” — BOBBY FLAY

 

“These are the 100 recipes everyone needs! They’re the classics your family wants with the volume turned up.” — INA GARTEN

 

“The recipes in Katie Workman’s smart, sassy new cookbook will have even picky eaters asking for seconds!” — GIADA  DE LAURENTIIS

 

“At first, Katie Workman’s terrific book made me wish I’d had it when my own kids were little. Then I thought: ‘No, wait. I wish Katie were MY mom’.” — SANDRA BOYNTON

 

“Katie Workman writes with the confidence of a mom who’s been in the kitchen trenches with two hungry boys and has emerged without a scratch. Katie should be given a trophy for not dumbing down the food she serves her kids, and you’ll want to hug her for all of her smart tips, opinions, and amusing commentary—‘enough with the frozen chicken nuggets’ indeed!” — AMANDA HESSER, cofounder of FOOD52.com and writer for The New York Times

 

 

The Front Row at Bethesda Row May 17-19

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The Front Row at Bethesda Row is the one event I look forward to every year! This event holds a truly special place in my heart in part because Barbara Martin, one of the principals of Brandlink DC invited me to the very first event four years ago in 2009. Celebrity guest and fashion designer Christian Siriano was honored in a pre-fashion show party complete with signature cocktails and endless hor d’ouerves from one of my favorite restaurants in Bethesda, Redwood. It was significant because I had just had my first child a year prior to this event and I hadn’t lost all the baby weight. Not only was I feeling insecure about my appearance, I was battling a mild case of postpartum depression and had just about dropped out of the DC fashion scene for good. This was the first event I had attended in a year since I had my daughter. One of the fashion photographers covering the event, Betsy Lowther of Fashion is Spinach asked me if I’d pose for a picture. That picture ended up in the Washington Post Express Newspaper and Fashion Washington Magazine. This event gave me the confidence I needed to “get back in the game”  and inspired me to continue to focus on my family and my physical fitness. The event reminded me of what a great city Washington DC is and gave me a renewed faith to pursue my dreams in acting and modeling and eventually begin blogging. You see, Moms can do it all.  And of course, I thank Barbara Martin of BrandlinkDC for encouraging me to see the light.

This will be my fourth year attending the event. And I’ve been shopping for the perfect outfits to wear to both the DC Premiere of the fashion documentary “God Save My Shoes” and to (one of my heroes), Andy Cohen’s book signing of his newly released memoir “Most Talkative”.

The Front Row is an event that’s free and open to the public! You don’t want to miss it! You may just find yourself inspired to make things happen too! May 17-19th. Check out www.bethesdarow.com for details.

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

 Swap.Sell.Shop.Save.

 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!