road trip

Lately, I love holiday weekends.  I used to stay in DC and feel obligated to work. Except nobody else is in DC. This weekend is summer's last hurrah and people are taking advantage of the three day weekend by escaping. I'm always excited to get out of DC when it's hot and sticky.  I love DC but August in DC stinks. Literally. Although we did have a great stretch of weather last week and weekend, by mid week it was disgusting once again.  Hot concrete and the smell of sewage make me gag. So I'm off on an adventure.  I'm going to try stand up paddle boarding for the first time.  I'm going to get a massage.  I'm going to sit outside and have a million cocktails.  I'm going to eat good food and inhale clean air.  I can't wait. What are you doing this weekend?   *photo via kate...
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wth?

Sometimes, listing photos make you scratch your head and say "wth?"  A few of my favorites...
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fall trends that make me cringe

There's certain fashion trends that should never be resurrected.  Leisure suits and polyester comes to mind.  So does neon and leggings.   The "fashion" of the the 90's is another.   Over the weekend, I read all my favorite fashion blogs.  As I clicked through the numerous Fall wish lists, I saw a disturbing trend…90's influences.  Velvet hair bows, plaid dresses, the dark lip, bass loafers and brocade jeans…it's a disturbing mish mash.   What I don't understand is WHY?  I believe in resurrections of a perfect fashion item (see Diane Von Furstenburg and the resurgence of the wrap dress) but why re-create something that was bad?  I cringe when I see these looks and hope the fashionable don't fall for it.  It was not cute in the 90's.  It certainly isn't attractive now.   My Fall wish list is a little different. It's classic but edgy and there's no 90's in sight.  What Fall trends are you embracing? I refuse to give links to the first round up.  You should not buy velvet hair bows. Ever! However, here are the links to the second round up: statmenet necklace, kick ass bangle, classic hand bag, cobalt sweater, leopard wedge, leather...
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riveting rooms

I'm still dreaming of an amazing vacation and this house in New Zealand takes the cake.  It's for sale, not for rent but wouldn't it be amazing if you could rent it? The home is on the edge of a nature preserve and includes this beautiful indoor swimming pool.  Can you imagine your view after your morning swim?  Click here to see the rest of the house.   photo via...
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brodie says…

We're dog sitting this weekend and it's so fun to have this big galoot around the house.  I've wanted a dog forever but we have an ancient cat who wouldn't take kindly to a puppy.   Brodie, on the other hand, could care less about our cat and is possibly the laziest dog I've ever encountered.  I have to drag him out of the house for walks.  After a lot of cajoling, he deigns to walk a few blocks and take in the admiration from his adoring fans.  This dog is a super star and it's highly entertaining to watch. What are you doing this weekend?  Anything fun?  Besides dragging Brodie around the block, I'll be working and enjoying this lovely weather.  ...
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tacos el chilango

Tacos are one of my favorite foods.  Which is why I was thrilled when Tacos El Chilango opened at 1119 V St, NW. The first bricks and mortar location of the popular Arlington food truck, the restaurant is bright and lively. They offer nine types of tacos.  My favorites are the steak tacos (pictured above) and the tacos al pastor (pork and pineapple).  The chicken tacos I sampled where dry and tasteless but I'm hoping I got a bad batch. Regardless, it's a great addition to the...
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sold: first friday

444 S St, NW Washington, DC 20001 3 bedrooms/2.5 baths 1,620 sf/ $4,758 yearly taxes list price: $539,000 sold price: $585,000 with a $5,000 seller subsidy DOM: 6 In June, I featured this attached rowhouse built in 1900 located in Shaw.  It proved to be a popular home because it sold for 46K OVER list price.  I'm sure there were multiple offers (waiting for confirmation from the listing agent.)  Just heard back from the listing agent.  There were five offers! The home has all the prerequisite amenities:  hardwood floors, granite counter tops and stainless steel appliances in the kitchen and skylights on the upper level for additional light.  In addition, it has a 1 bedroom/1 bathroom in law suite with a separate entrance in the basement.  The income from the in-law suite (it could potentially rent for $1500-$1700) could offset mortgage costs.  It's also located 4 blocks to the Shaw Metro and it's steps to Bar Boehm, Thai X-ing and Shaw Tavern.   photos via MLS, listing courtesy of Michele Wiltse, Stages Premier First Friday is a weekly post that features a listing that's been on the market for 7 days or less.  The home is either an excellent deal or it has interesting design elements....
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novel novels

I love a good thriller.   Finding two that I wasn't able to unravel immediately makes these two books must reads. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn is the book I've seen on every summer reading list. When I read the summary on Amazon, it sounded like every other thriller I've read. Regardless, I decided to give it a try.  It was fantastic. The writing is sharp and witty.  The pace is fast and there's a fantastic twist.  You'll have a hard time putting it down. The Snowman by Jo Nesbo is one of the best Inspector Harry Hole novels written. I enjoy a good Norwegian crime novel and this series fits the bill.  Harry Hole is a wonderfully flawed character who always does good but has to overcome his demons on a regular basis.  The mysteries he unravels are complex and you're never sure who's the villian.  For me, that makes any Jo Nesbo book...
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riveting rooms

It's the last two weeks of August and DC is a ghost town.  Congress is on break and the city is on vacation. I'm staying in town because I have deals closing (yea!).  The emptiness of the city makes me dream about my own vacation.  I don't have anything planned but I like to take a Fall trip.  I've been daydreaming about a flat in Paris in St. Germain. Sounds sublime, doesn't it? *photo via Haven in...
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diy disaster

In my mind, I'm a Picasso.  In reality, I have a tiny bit of creativity and occasionaly, I produce a good project. In this case, it was a DIY disaster. It started when I saw this DIY post on Refinery 29.  Paint an abstract paiting and add a pattern?   I can do that. In reality, it was a total pain in the ass.   The painting part was easy.  One afternoon, my friend Lindsey and I went to the art store, bought a canvas and supplies and started painting.  It was a beautiful afternoon, we were outside on her patio and it was a ton of fun.  She finished her project that night and it turned out really well.   I was hosting a dinner party that evening so I didn't finish.  In fact, I procrastinated all week because I knew the second half of the project was going to suck.  It involved making a grid on the painting with painters tape and then painting over it to create the pattern.  It.was.so.tedious.  I begged my husband to help (nope..this is your "art" project).  I cursed.  I taped and painted. The final result:  pure crap.  Sigh.  Not every project turns out well.  Back to the drawing...
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lunch break

Last week, I had a really bad day.  A deal was blowing up.  The agent on the other side of the deal was being a nightmare.  I had to get my broker involved.  Plus my client wasn't happy because the deal was blowing up. Yea. Doesn't this sound fun? Days like that frustrate me.  The good news:  it worked out for my client and we're under contract again.  With an agent that is sane which is always encouraging.   The point of that story?  I needed a break.  I decided to take my lunch hour at the National Museum of Art and catch the Joan Miro show.  I love the museums in DC and I rarely take advantage of their proximity.  One of my new mini goals for the rest of this year is to scoot down to shows during lunch and take in some culture. The Joan Miro show was interesting.  He's one of my favorite painters and this show focused on his early work.  I wasn't familiar with the subject and I found I like his later work better.   Nonetheless, it was fantastic to get out of my office for an hour.  I was happy to reset the day by viewing some art and learning something new instead of sitting in my office and stewing.  I can't wait to repeat the...
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