Friday, May 12, 2017

D.C. Happenings: Green Pig Bistro in Clarendon, VA

I planned a day all to myself during my school's spring break this year- I booked a massage, walked through Clarendon's Market Common to do some shopping, and then found myself starving...of course.  I've been wanting to visit Green Pig Bistro for, literally, the past 5 years, so I figured why not take myself out to lunch?!

The decor of Green Pig Bistro is fresh, clean cut, and sustainable.  I love the reclaimed wood throughout the restaurant, and the set up of the bar is sleek and clean.

It was a quiet afternoon when I popped in, so I took a seat at the bar, and asked the bartender pick their best drink for me.  He mentioned how incredible the Green Pig's Moscow Mule is because of their homemade ginger- beer.  I ordered it, and the prettiest Mule came a few minutes later, in a highball glass, much different than how your average Moscow Mule is served.  I really enjoyed seeing the color of the drink, it was a great reminder that summer is right around the corner!

The ginger beer was amazing, it was strong, but had such a great crisp taste. The bartender explained how they use a fair amount of peppercorns and cinnamon sticks to get that strong spice taste- I wish I had one right now it was so refreshing and delicious!

I wanted to start with an appetizer, so I opted for the Onion Soup with Emmental cheese and croutons.  Had I been with a group of friends, I probably would've opted for the "buffalo" ribs.  I was told it's their most popular appetizer, but I knew that would be way too much food.  So, I stuck with the soup...which was so incredibly yummy.  The onion soup was super cheesy and hearty, and not too salty, which is really easy to do with onion soup.  It was a big serving, so I took about half home for my boyfriend, he absolutely loved it too!

For my main course the bartender suggested the Black Angus Cheeseburger with GPB sauce and fries.  The GPB sauce is the chef's version of a Thousand Island dressing, & it was perfect for the burger.  One interesting aspect of their burger I loved is that they add ground bacon into the burger meat, doesn't that sound like a dream come true?!  The burger was so flavorful, and the homemade bun added another unique element to a classic lunch.  My server also brought out some of their homemade spicy mayo for the fries, & just like the rest of the meal, it was delicious!

The Green Pig Bistro is the perfect spot in Clarendon to get a relaxing lunch, it was everything I had expected and more.  The food, atmosphere, and attentive service were all great, and I can't wait to return to check out their brunch options!

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Farmacy Perennial Picks Skincare Discovery Kit

Farmacy is a "farm- grown botanical" brand that I've been steadily hearing about for a while now.  I knew it was sold at Sephora, and I've read great reviews about their masks, so it's been on my list of brands to try.  When the chance arose to test out their Perennial Skincare Discovery Kit, featuring four of their products that cover aspects of an AM or PM routine, I was so excited to give it a go!  I used this set, only these products, for about 2 weeks & I have loved all of the products and how they've treated my skin while the weather has been changing and allergies have been attacking me-- which always results in flare ups on my face.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Divatress Haircare & Beauty

Personally I'm not a wig-wearing girl, but I have quite a few friends who enjoy wearing them, and after watching Wendy Williams for over 5 years each morning, I love how she uses wigs to change up her style.  Divatress has a variety of human hair lace front diva wigs, all reasonably priced...they even have a $20 and under section.  

However, when introduced to Divatress I ventured over to two sections of their site that probably don't get as much attention. First, their haircare section is perfect for girls like me who have thick, coarse, hair with waves or curls. I'm always looking for strong hydrating conditioners and oils to keep my hair healthy, so I was happy to see they sell both Shea Moisture and OGX Organix products, in addition to some other brands I was familiar with. I really want to try the Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curling Gel SoufflĂ© and the OGX Organix Moroccan Argan Oil Shampoo & Conditioner.  Curling gels help to keep my hair tamed and neat looking, and my hair craves Moroccan oil, it keeps my ends perfectly hydrated. 

The Divatress Beauty section has a lot of great options for hair, from affordable curling irons and blow dryers, to a variety of nail, makeup, and skincare products.  I saw some old favorite products, like Demert Nail Enamel Dryer, and some new products I'd like to try like the Absolute New York Detox Clarifying Facial Sheet Mask.  

One of the best parts about Divatress is that you get free shipping with orders over $49. With the wide selection of products they have, I think it'd be relatively easy to spend that amount!  If you're looking for a small business to shop with, check out Divatress & their selection of beauty products!

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Thursday's Fab Five

Spring time is in the air, am I right?!  I'm loving every minute of the warm D.C. weather, & although allergies are certainly making my life way more difficult, I really don't care.  I will say though, it's a good thing I've had some awesome favorites to focus on in between sneezes!  

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Thursday's Fab Five

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Recipe Wednesday: Delicious Easter Sunday Beverages

Easter is on Sunday, finally!  I love this time of year, especially decorating for the Easter holiday, and eating delicious things on Easter Sunday.  I know a lot of families do Easter brunch, my family does a traditional early Eater ham dinner.  No Sunday Funday, no matter what holiday it is, is complete without some fabulous cocktails.  

Today I'm sharing some spring beverages that could be perfect for this upcoming Sunday, whether you're celebrating Easter, or any other holiday, with your family...or not! 

If you're doing a Sunday brunch, welcome the warm weather with these Frozen Mimosas from How Sweet Eats!  Jessica is my absolute favorite food blogger and aside from regularly using her cookbook, I'm always pinning her new recipes from my inbox each day.  I love the idea of taking something so incredible as a mimosa and adding a twist by making it frozen.  It's such a pretty drink and adding the orange slice for garnish makes the presentation that much better!