fall obsession: new haircut part 2

As soon as the weather starts to cool, I want to cut my hair.  It happens every autumn.  I didn't do it last year because to achieve the cut I want, my hair needed to grow. It's been growing for a year.  It's really long and my bangs are half way grown out. Currently, it has platinum streaks in the back and is carmel colored all over.  My goal has always been something like the haircut on the left.  In between, I've been coloring it to jazz it up.  Otherwise, I would have chopped it off months ago. Lately, I've grown restless.  I can't stand for my hair to look ho-hum.  Should I go ahead and cut it off like the picture on the right or persevere and wait till it's ready for the haircut on the left?  Is it risky to get such a radical haircut like the one on the left?  I'm a real estate agent not a fashionista but it's so bad ass.  I'm conflicted! What do you think? photos left to right: citizen couture,...
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novel novels

Heading out to Wonderful by Robert Goolrick was a quick read.  His first book, The Reliable Wife  was dark, depressing and engaging.  In Goolrick's second novel, there's a similar gloomy slant. I enjoyed it immensely. It's well written, the characters are interesting and I couldn't wait to see how it was going to end.   I haven't read The Casual Vacany yet.  I literally downloaded it this morning when I was trying to find another title.  Obviously it's the must read book of September since it's J.K. Rowling's first novel for adults.  I loved the Harry Potter series.  I'm curious to see if her imagination translates to adults.   I read a fantastic book last week that I wanted to feature.  Unfortunately, I can't remember the title for the life of me.  I checked it out at the library which is why this is difficult.  (yea..when you read as much as I do, buying books is too expensive).  I know the author is Asian, female and I also liked her first book.  If I figure it out, I'll add it.  Is you figure it out, let me know!  It's soooo good.  I read it in one...
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el chucho

Last night, my husband and I finally tried El Chucho, the new taqueria in Columbia Heights.  It was a beautiful evening and we sat on their roof deck. Unbeknownest to us, they have a wonderful Happy Hour. All tacos are half price which means you get two tacos for $2.50-$4.00, beers on tap and house margaritas are $4.00.  Cha-ching…you know I love a deal.  We definitely over ordered.  Cheap tacos will do that to you and my husband was starving.   We started with the house salad (boring, I know, but a girl has to get her daily greens) and the Elote Callejero or street style grilled corn on the cob.  Both were fantastic.  The salad had a spicy salsa roja for the dressing that packed some heat along with avocado, hearts of palm and tortilla strips.  The corn was grilled then doused with mayo and rolled in queso fresco and cilantro.  Sound gross but it's delicious.  We also sampled the steak, pork, chicken and vegetarian tacos.  I enjoyed all of the tacos.  My husband, who is tougher critic, wasn't impressed with the steak or chicken tacos.  His favorites were the pork and vegetarian. He also thought the pork taco or tacos al pastor were the best he's tasted in DC.   Oveall, I enjoyed our meal and we'll be going back.  It's a great neighborhood place and a happy hour deal is always an added bonus.    ...
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riveting rooms

Yesterday's crisp Fall weather was amazingly refreshing.  It made me think of sweaters, cozy dinners and fires.  This room evokes the same feeling.  It's simple yet warm.  The stacks of white candles has been done a million times but it's still stunning.  The rest I can describe in one word: perfection.   photo:...
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friday fun..

I'm having one of those day where I don't feel like doing jack.  It's a beautiful, sunny day and I want to gaze at something pretty with a good book in my hand. Instead, I'm sitting at my computer feeling completely uninspired.  Do you have days like that?  I don't feel fantastic today and I think that's part of the problem. All my various ailments are acting up and making me feel 100 years old.  Plus I stayed up to 1 or 2am (I refuse to look at the clock past a certain point) because I was reading a good book.   I've had an amazing week though.  I went to see Florence+the Machine on Wednesday night and it was epic. Her voice is just as stunning in person.  I'm in the process of ratifiying a contract.  I found the best navy blue nail polish.  I'm having dinner with friends tonight. What are you doing Saturday and Sunday?  The National Book Fair is this weekend.  I've never been (I know! In my defense I'm usually working) and I might sneak down there tomorrow morning before work.   Maybe I'll find a new author to read.  Have a great weekend! photo honestly..wtf but I can't find the specific...
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boozin’ it up and

I've wanted a bar cart forever.  I love the way they look and they're a handy place for all your liquor and accessories.  My husband got me one for our fifth anniversary…he's the best.  Have I mentioned that? Unfortunately, it's not exactly right..it's too big for the space and when he took it out of the box, it broke. That's the risk you run when you buy on ebay. (Did I mention it's vintage and blond wood like the rest of my furniture?)  I don't really care because I was touched by the thought and trouble he went to find one.  For now, it's perched in our living room. When I do find the perfect bar cart, I'm going to stock it with these things:  a bright ice bucket, funky coasters, a clever bottle opener, custom crazy straws, cheeky glasses (I couldn't resist!) and premium liquors.  ...
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‘hood happenings

links and photos top to bottom:  POP, Eater, CJDC,...
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union market

I'm a big fan of food markets.  On trips to Philly and San Francisco, my favorite memories were visiting Reading Market and Ferry Plaza.  Therefore I was thrilled when DC decided to create something similar with Union Market on 5th St, NE.   I visited on Saturday morning before I went to work.  It was early so many of the food stalls weren't open yet. Rappahannock Oyster Bar and Righteous Cheese open at 11am but Peregrine Coffee (yum) and various stands like Lyon Bakery were doing brisk business.   It was a gorgeous day.  I sat outside and drank my latte. The market was packed with families, neighborhood folks and students from Gallaudet University.   I think it will be successful even though it's off the beaten path. An additional bonus is A. Litteri around the corner.  You can pick up one of their delicious subs plus goodies from the market.   For me, that's the perfect sort of...
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riveting rooms

Over the weekend, I visited a friend at her new house.  She's mid-decorate and full of ideas which is always fun.   That day she had purchased a wood dining room table.  For one side, she aquired a bench.  She didn't buy the rest of the matching chairs because she wanted to mix it up.  That's where she hit a road block. What type of chair? Leather?  Metal?  A different wood? Lucite? These are two of my favorite examples of how to mix different types of chairs with a classic wooden table.  I love the photo on the right.   In my opinion, an upholsterd chair on the ends plus metal chairs opposite the bench would work.  You need to be comfortable when you dine.  I wonder what she'll buy?!   photo on left: design sponge.  photo on right:  design...
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happy friday!

What are you up to this weekend?  There's a ton of stuff happening in DC and the weather is going to be beautiful.   My top two choices for fun on Saturday are the  H St. Festival from noon to 7 and the Thievery show at the Fairgrounds at 2pm.   But I'm working.   Although that's a bummer in one way, it's good in another.   I've been out almost every night this week and I'm exhausted.  My husband is on a golf trip for the weekend and I've been foot loose and fancy free.  While I've been having a lot of fun, I'm also not sleeping.   Which stinks. Since when did snoring become a pre-requisite for good sleep?  It's mystifying.   Whatever you're doing this weekend, I hope you have a ball.  I'm ecstatic the weather is nice and for me, that makes everything better.   photo via the washington...
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let them eat cake

One of my guy friends loves a classic yellow cake with chocolate icing.  His Mom recently passed away and I thought his favorite treat might cheer him up.  A cake isn't going to erase the last couple of weeks but a piece of homemade goodness can never be a bad thing.  Enjoy. Moist Yellow Cake Ingredients 3 cups (330 g) cake flour 1 tablebspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 cup (8 ounces or 230 g) unsalted butter, room temperature 2 cups (454 g) granulated sugar 5 large eggs 2 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 1/4 cups (10 fluid ounces or 300 ml) buttermilk 1. Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C). Butter and line with parchment paper two 8×2-inch (20×5-cm) pans. Set aside. 2. In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt. 3. Cut up the butter into 1-inch pieces and place them in the large bowl of an electric mixer, fitted with a paddle attachment or beaters. Beat for 3 minutes on MEDIUM-HIGH speed until the butter is light and creamy in color. Stop and scrape the bowl. Cream the butter for an additional 60 seconds. 4. Add the sugar, 1/4 cup at a time, beating 1 minute after each addition. Scrape the sides of the bowl occasionally. Add the eggs one at a time. 5. Reduce the mixer speed. Stir vanilla into the buttermilk. Add the dry ingredients alternately with the buttermilk. Mix just until incorporated. Scrape the sides of the bowl and mix for 15 seconds longer. 6. Spoon the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top with a knife. Lift up the pan with the batter, and let it drop onto the counter top to burst any air bubbles, allowing the batter to settle. 7. Center the pans onto the lower third of the oven and let bake 45 to 50 minutes or until the cake is lightly brown on top and comes away from the sides of the pan and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Fudge Icing Ingredients 4 ounces butter 1/2 cup milk 1/2 cup cocoa powder 1 pound confectioners' sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla In another saucepan, over medium heat, combine the butter and milk. Bring to a boil. Sift the confectioners' sugar and cocoa powder into a large bowl. Add the butter mixture and whisk well. Add the vanilla.   yellow cake reciep from epicurious.com.  icing recipe from...
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