Maybe it is a little early to be getting excited for Halloween, but I love some of Fortnum & Mason's festive treats this year! Check out some of my favourites below, and visit their website for a full range of goodies.
For the second post in our 'Discovering DC' series, we are heading slightly out of the District and to Bethesda! Here we explore Bethesda through the eyes of Laura, owner of York Designs! Check out her top places to visit!
Laura of York Designs
What's your history with Bethesda and Washington DC?
I have lived in the Washington D.C. area for a little over three years. I moved here after I graduated from the University of Richmond, and I moved to Old Town Alexandria with one of my best girlfriends from school. I love Old Town's historic vibe and feel, but when I decided to move again, I headed to Bethesda. I think I fell in love with Bethesda because it's like a modern little oasis just outside of the city. I work in downtown D.C., so I love feeling like I can escape from work/government/city life at the end of the day. Bethesda is an adorable neighborhood with great restaurants, bars, and shopping. I feel very much at home there because I can walk everywhere to run my errands, but there's plenty of grass, trees, and flowers to match a suburban lifestyle. I also love that it's a mix of young professionals like myself who live in the apartment buildings in Bethesda along with many young families who live in the beautiful homes nearby.
Discovering Bethesda- what are your favourite places to shop/eat/go with friends/people watch?
I have quite a few favorite places in Bethesda. I love to sit outside for date nights with my boyfriend, Doug, at either Mussel Bar for Belgian beer and seafood, or Raku for cocktails and sushi. Both restaurants have patios on the sidewalk outside the entrances and are great for people-watching and enjoying a late meal on a nice night. In the winter, Mussel Bar is also really cozy because of the casual-yet-intimate ambiance.
Sassanova is my favorite Bethesda boutique. The shop's pink and white awning in Bethesda Row attracted me right away and the curated pieces in the store are feminine, preppy, and classic. They have great shoes!
I also love that Bethesda has the Capital Crescent Trail where I go running. There are always people excersising on the trail, and it's shady, so it's great for a workout on a warm day. It goes right through the city and into Georgetown, so it's a fun place to travel along on a weekend afternoon.
Perfect way to spend a Saturday afternoon in Bethesda?
Doug and I usually spend our Saturdays getting breakfast at Bethesda Bagels and sitting somewhere with coffee and papers to relax before the day begins. If it's nice out, we always like to do things around town like bike, jog, or walk, and when it's cold or rainy, we love exploring museums and historic venues in D.C. If it's more of a girly afternoon with my friends or sister, I shop!
Secretary Clinton addressed delegates at the Clinton Global Initiative in New York yesterday. Timed to coincide with the United Nations General Assembly, CGI brings together world leaders, heads of state, CEOs, philanthropists and others to help find solutions to world problems.
The First Lady wowed the Congressional Black Caucus at their Annual Awards Banquet last night, wearing a floor length black georgette pleated one shoulder gown by Michael Kors, jewelled belt and matching chandelier earrings. Mrs O previously wore this gown to the Presidential Medal of Freedom ceremony at the White House in June 2012.
Her speech to the Caucus reiterated that voting rights is 'the movement of our era,' and to ensure that many individuals as possible are registered to vote.
We are all well aware that the First Lady has impeccable green credentials, but she also embraces 'green' in her wardrobe!
On a campaign stop in North Carolina earlier this week, Mrs O sported a fantastic green and black dress as she landed at Raleigh-Durham. Mrs Obama was last spotted wearing this vibrant dress in Hawaii back in January.
Fancy celebrating 40 years of Ms. Magazine in Washington DC on October 11th?
Tickets are now on sale for the anniversary luncheon at the National Press Club, where celebrations will include appearances from founding Editor Gloria Steinem and Executive Editor Katherine Spillar as well as leading feminist journalists, reporters and commentators.
The pre-event reception begins at 11.30am, followed by the luncheon at 12.30-2pm.
Aung San Suu Kyi received her Congressional Gold Medal at the US Capitol yesterday, the highest civilian honor bestowed by the US Congress.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as well as former First Lady Laura Bush and Leader Nancy Pelosi were in attendance at the ceremony. Following the ceremony, Aung San Suu Kyi made a visit to the White House.
Our exclusive giveaway with Fragments has got me thinking- what would accessories would I wear to a State Dinner at the White House? The pieces below are my top picks from Fragments Fashion Jewelry selection!