winter reads

Anybody who knows me understands my nose is always in a book. This last month, distraction has been needed. (furlough + freezing temperatures=books and curling up on my couch.) I only read fiction so this list will be divided into “light and fluffy” and “serious” books. What’s the difference? “Light and fluffy” books tend to be romances and books that make me laugh. “Serious” books are the ones that caught my attention because the plot or the writing (or both) enchanted me. I lost a day or stayed up all night reading these books because they were so engaging. Enjoy! Light & Fluffy My Oxford Year by Julia Whelan. I was expecting a trite, coming-of-age abroad novel. It’s not. It made me laugh. It made me cry. It made me think. All signs of a great read. Matchmaking for Beginners by Maddie Dawson. A smart, sassy romance.  It’s not the typical boy meets girl story. Instead, it’s littered with amazing, quirky characters who teach the protagonist there’s many ways to love. Ghosted by Rosie Walsh. This book was a page turner. I expected it to be a typical tale about a woman getting dumped. Instead, it’s about life’s unexpected turns. Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney. I love the way Sally Rooney writes. This book is sharp and complex. One of my favorite reads of late. Slightly South of Simple by Kristy Woodson Harvey. Who doesn’t enjoy a southern novel about complicated families? The first of the Peachtree Bluff Series, I whipped through this in one evening. Women in Sunlight by Frances May. The premise of this book was interesting: 3 ladies at the end of their lives rent a villa in Italy. (who doesn’t want to do that?) It’s worth reading for the descriptions of the meals and the day to day life in Italy. The rest: banal at best.   SERIOUS The Home for Unwanted Girls by Joanna Goodman. This is not an easy read. It’s raw and the subject matter will likely be disturbing for some. It’s also fantastic and a tribute to a mother’s love. The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin. A beautifully written tale about four siblings.  Tragic and glorious. All We Ever Wanted by Emily Griffin. Emily Griffin is one of my favorite authors because I immediately get sucked into the plot. Her latest is about the dangers and consequences of social media gone...
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things to do | rodarte exhibit

In between showings and the snow storm last weekend, I went to see the Rodarte exhibit at the National Museum of Women. I’m a fashion geek and I love these types of exhibits! It blew me away! Their first collection was entirely handmade and was featured on the cover of Women’s Wear Daily, which is a huge fashion coup. The level of detail in each of the dresses displayed was amazing. Since their dresses run from $8,000-$12,000, I’ll never own one but it’s fun to daydream! This dress was netting and tulle, two fabrics I never would’ve imagined together and it was stunning. I love anything shiny and this sequined dress was one of my favorites. Although the shoes weren’t designed by Rodarte, the best shoe designers in the business have worked with them. These spiked gems are Jimmy Cho’s. While I could never walk in 4″ inch heels, these are kick ass! Go see the exhibit! It’s not shut down during the furlough, tickets are $10 and it runs until Feb. 10th, 2019. The gift store was also adorable. I wanted a million things including the Rodarte paper...
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sold! 1 bed/1 ba in columbia heights

Congratulations to my client on the purchase of her first home! What a great way to begin...
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cheers to the new year!

Hello and happy 2019! Hopefully you had an amazing holiday season and new year. I spent mine enjoying family, friends and getting over my cold. It was fun and exhausting. I’m happy to be back in DC although I’ve been out or working since I returned. It’s a great way to begin 2019!...
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sold! 2 bed/1 ba in Mt. Vernon Triangle

Congratulations to my clients on the purchase of their new home! What a great way to end...
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don’t forget the dc wise + whyte house monograms event!

The DC Wise + Whyte House Monograms event is today from 4:30-7pm. We can’t wait to see you!!...
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sold! 2 bed/1 bath condo in the west end!

1275 25th St, NW #701 Washington, DC 20037 2 bedrooms | 1 ba | garage parking | storage 900 sf | $375.97 monthly condo fee list price | $614,000 sold price | $617,000 Congratulations to my clients! This lovely, renovated condo sold in 7 days, over list price and had multiple offers. Located in the heart of the West End, it had expansive views of Rock Creek Park from three juliet balconies, open floor plan, hardwood floors, kitchen and bathroom renovated in 2016, in unit w/d, new hot water heater and HVAC in 2016. Pet friendly, extra storage space and garage parking. One block to Trader Joe’s, dog park across the street, minutes to restaurants/retail in the West End or Georgetown. 93 walk...
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#givingtuesday with dc wise + safe shores

Want to join me in supporting a good cause? DC Wise is raising money for Safe Shores, the DC Children’s Advocacy Center. Our goal is to raise $5000.00 for the Safe Shores closet and we’re close to our goal! This closet provides new clothing for victims of physical and sexual abuse. Often the clothing the victims are wearing when they enter Safe Shores has to be used for evidence. Your contribution will make an impact, whether you donate $5 or $500. Every little bit helps. Thank you for your support! Donate on our Facebook page or on our website.   DC W.I.S.E., Inc (DC Women In Solidarity for Empowerment) is a DC non-profit organization that raises and donates money to local non-profit organizations that serve women and...
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for rent! 2 bed/2 ba condo in dupont circle

1827 Florida Ave, NW #201 for rent | $3200 Sunny 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom condo with hardwood floors, open floor plan, granite counter tops in the kitchen, dishwasher, central heat/ac and washer/dryer in unit. Master bedroom with bathroom en suite. 1000 square feet. Conveniently located in Dupont Circle, minutes to the Dupont Circle Metro, restaurants and retail. 98 walk score. No pets or smoking. Available December 15, 2018. Contact me for more information....
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new listing! 2 bed/1 ba condo with parking & storage

1275 25th St., NW #701 Washington, DC 20037 2 bedrooms | 1 bath | garage parking | storage 900 sf | $375.97 monthly condo fee list price | $614,000 Renovated 2 bedroom/1 bath condo in the heart of the West End. Expansive views of Rock Creek Park from three juliet balconies, open floor plan, hardwood floors, kitchen and bathroom renovated in 2016, in unit w/d, new hot water heater and HVAC in 2016. Pet friendly, extra storage space and garage parking. One block to Trader Joe’s, dog park across the street, minutes to restaurants/retail in the West End or Georgetown. 93 walk score. Open Saturday 2-4 pm and Sunday 1-4 pm. For the virtual tour, click...
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