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On Saturday, I spent the day with 14 women, wine tasting our way through Virginia for a bachelorette adventure. Although I’ve lived here for many years, this was a first! Mostly because I work weekends and I hate driving once I’m not working. Silly but that’s how I roll. It was serious fun! My favorite vineyard was Pearmund Cellars (pictured above). Highlight of the day (besides laughing hysterically. these girls are funny) was the “Porn or Nail Polish” game. You’re welcome.

cool mural

I love when homeowners get creative. This incredible mural is near the corner of 9th and N St., NW. Go check it out.

sugar shack donuts

Look at dem donuts! Sugar Shack Donuts opened 1922 9th St, NW on August 19th. Donuts in the ‘hood. Woot.

district cryo

Have we talked about my obsession with Cryotherapy? Cryo is “is a cutting-edge innovation using hyper-cool temperatures to stimulate is a powerful physiological responses and trigger the body’s natural healing processes. These include accelerating healing in soft tissue and joints, reducing inflammation and pain, and boosting metabolism.” I’ve been going to District Cryo at 9th and N St, NW for a year and it’s amazing. It’s helped my with my aches and pains after working out. I highly recommend it. Plus all the cool kids are doing it like the Real Housewives and various professional athletes.

texas heart

On a more serious note, Hurricane Harvey wreaked havoc in Texas. To help provide assistance, go to Charity Navigator and donate. There’s a list of charities that are responding to the aftermath of the hurricane.

*image from poppy and pinecone. buy it here*

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roosterIn October, the National Gallery of Arts east building reopened after a 3 year renovation.  I’m a huge fan of modern art and I couldn’t wait to visit again.

First, I had to check out the blue rooster on the new roof terrace.  As you can see, it’s enormous and funny.  Next, the famous I.M. Pei stairs.

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Then I visited some of my favorite modern art pieces and checked out the new purchases. NGA is now letting you take photos (no flash, please) and I loved it! Inspiration for days.

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Art: Hans Hofmann, Mark Rothko, Andy Warhol

 

 

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krisit kohutMy bathroom reno began this week and I’m on the hunt for art to finish the space. When it was dark grey and camel, I had a series of black and white photos with black frames.  Now that it’s going to be light and white, I want to add colorful prints with white frames.  When I was tooling around the web, I discovered Kristi Kohut and I love her playful style.  What do you think?  Too girlie (that’s a lot of hot pink) or just right?

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victoriatelierI know some people find Etsy overwhelming but I love it.  I enjoy supporting small businesses, the variety of prices appeals to me and it’s not cookie cutter. Whenever I’m shopping for home goods, I check out Etsy first.

VictoriAtelier.  When I was redecorating my living room last year, I stumbled across the VictoriAtelier shop.  I purchased an original 23 x 23 oil painting for $165.  It’s gorgeous and every time I see it, I smile.  Her work is colorful and abstract (my favorite!). She lives in Spain so it took a couple of weeks to reach me and was in perfect shape when it arrived.

urban pillowUrban Pillow I enjoy a colorful throw pillow and it’s the accessory I change the most. Therefore, I don’t want spend $150 for a pillow. Urban Pillow has a wonderful selection that costs between $22-36.  It’s only the cover. You have to provide the insert yourself but those are easy to find too!

 

 

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Sometimes you need a little wonder in your life and the new exhibit at the Renwick Gallery delivers it in spades.  The Renwick reopened in November after a two year renovation and it was my first visit.  The exhibit is short. You can see it in thirty minutes and every moment is powerful. Below are a few of my favorite installations:

treeThat’s a mold/carving of a 150 year old tree.  When you walk around to the side of the “roots”, you see the trunk. It’s immense and breathtaking especially when you realize all those pieces were hand carved.

skullThis is a skull made out of bugs.  The entire installation is made out of bugs.  It’s disgusting and beautiful.  It makes me shudder.

rainblowNo words to describe this incandescent string art except “wow”.

I love sparkle so this was my favorite out all of the pieces.  Make sure you stop and watch the video where all the artists describe their vision and what they were trying to achieve.

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graffiti pupatella

Between the DC Wise event, out of town guests, a show at the 9:30 Club and work, this week has gone by at warp speed.  I’m happy it’s Friday even though it means my work week is beginning instead of ending. How was your week?

I’m always on the hunt for affordable art and Amber Interiors has some great resources.

Cupcakes and Cashmere has tips about how to make a cheap bottle of wine taste amazing.

I’m having a dinner party next week and I’m tempted to make these pumpkin spiced peanut butter cups.  Or maybe this flour less chocolate cake again.  What would you want?

I love the entire concept of a classic hip hop station just like classic rock. Yes!

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This weekend, the Mid City Artists are having their Fall studio open houses.   You can arrange a group tour or just wander the studios yourself.  Don’t miss it!

image via midcityartists.com

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degasweyth

Lately I’ve felt like I’m not taking advantage of the cool stuff that’s happening in DC.  I get stuck in my  little corner on U St., I obsess about work and keep doing the same thing, every day.  It frustrates me. I become grumpy and dissatisfied. When this occurs, I immediately plan a jaunt to the museums. Art and the immediate availability of art in DC always lifts my mood.

I’d been wanting to see the Degas/Cassat exhibit for months.  The Impressionists are always an interesting topic and the show is closing Oct. 5th, 2014 (go this week!!). I knew nothing about Cassat and I’d only seen Degas’s sculptures before this exhibit.  It was interesting to see the connection between the two artists and how they inspired each other.

The Wyeth show blew my mind.  I didn’t realize it was running (till Nov. 30th, 2014) but it was literally next to the Degas/Cassat exhibit.  I stepped into the exhibit and was happily occupied by it’s beauty.  Don’t miss this one…it’s stunning.

images via national gallery of art website.

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American-cool-exhibitWho and what do you think is cool? It's a question that drives most industries: fashion, entertainment, music, interior design and technology. It's a question that shapes our psyche as a nation. That's what the American Cool exhibit discusses at the National Portrait Gallery.  I went over the weekend and it's an intriguing, fun concept.  I enjoy popular culture, trends and what's "new".  It's also fascinating to look back and see how we got here.  As the sign says, it runs till September 7th. Go check it out.

photo via my iphone of a sign at the National Portrait Museum 

 

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Charles marville
Before the government shut down, I toured the Charles Marville: Photographer of Paris exhibit at the National Gallery of Art.  I was curious to see Paris from Marville's point of view in 1862.  When the museums re-open, make sure to check it out.  It runs till January 5th and it's fascinating.  

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Last week, I went to a pop up party for FotoWeekDC.  There were a variety of photos displayed but my favorite was "Cuba Cars" by Jocelyn Augustino.  As you can see by my Instagram photo above, it was striking.  I also have a soft spot for old cars and Spanish architecture.  Check out the rest of her work here.

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