Because You Have a Great Life.

And we want to make sure you are in the know about the coolest things in our community to make your life even richer and fuller. From restaurant reports to first-hand notes on topics far and wide, our contributors share a wealth of ideas, funny stories, and lots of entertainment recommendations.
07.19.19

Ugh, Why Do Y’all Always Want to Cook Salmon?!

I recently did an open call on Instagram (@modestbread) to answer questions for basic and easy cooking techniques. I received a startlingly amount of questions about cooking salmon. At first, I made the […]
07.18.19

Too Good To Be True? How To Spot a Suspicious Gem

Did you know that our little shop offers complete appraisal and gemstone testing services? Our knowledge can come in handy when you’re faced with a piece of jewelry of which you aren’t sure […]
07.17.19

Recreation Report: Hidden-Gem Hikes

Unplugging for a digital detox, if even for just an hour, is a great way to get beyond our newsfeeds and actually connect with family and friends. Summer is the perfect time to […]
07.16.19

Thank You, Blair!

For nearly ten years, I have had the distinct pleasure of working with one of my all-time favorite people, Blair Blake. To know Blair is to love her – and to have thick […]
07.15.19

Our Top Picks for the Week of July 15, 2019

All kinds of practical luxuries today, from a much-loved and missed lip balm that’s *finally* back in the U.S., to the coolest way to drink a Moscow Mule, literally, to a charming passport […]
07.12.19

Explore, Create & Shop During Old Town Alexandria’s Makers Mile: Mini Edition

Summer is in full swing and if your kids aren’t in camp, or on a swim team, or visiting Grandma in Ohio, then you might be looking for something fun to occupy their […]
07.11.19

Recreation Report: Topgolf National Harbor Opens

Living outside of Old Town, I still am amazed by the steady expansion of National Harbor and the surrounding area. Since 2008 we have seen the construction of the Gaylord National Convention Center, […]
07.09.19

“Arming” Ourselves Against Body Shaming

Why are arms such a sensitive spot for women? Of all the body parts, I hear more negative comments about the arms than any other area of the body. In fact, the word […]
07.08.19

How To Buy What Really Works: Our Top 5 Tips To Shop Smart

Don’t underestimate the emotional power of shopping. We do it when we are happy. We do it when we are sad. We do it when we have had a rough day at work. […]
07.08.19

Our Top Picks for the Week of July 8, 2019

Snake print in a skirt? Perfect for summer *and* fall. We are also loving these not-so-skinny white jeans for a fresh take on the summer staple. Rounding out the week’s top picks are […]
07.05.19

Our New Forever Home: Helen Olivia Moves to Del Ray

Time for a little confession: despite notes in my day planner and an Outlook reminder, I completely missed the deadline for this article. When Madelyn Orfitelli reached out to me to check in […]
07.05.19

The Socks I Didn’t Know I Needed 

I have never been one who is crazy about wearing socks. I think it is a genetic thing. I grew up in Ohio and even if there was snow on the ground my […]
07.05.19

On Community Service: Brittany Patterson-Hill and Junior Friends

There is a 99.9 percent chance that you’ve seen this smiling face around town. While she’s all of five feet, one (and a half!) inches tall, she has a giant personality that is […]
07.03.19

Ahoy! Tall Ship Providence Arrives in Old Town

“Seas” the day! The tall ship Providence, which is a reproduction of the original Providence, the first ship authorized to serve in the Continental Navy, arrived in Old Town late Monday night. Visitors […]
07.01.19

Bullet Journaling for Back to School

For their own unique reasons, my children find staying organized at school challenging. At Penny Post we figured they weren’t alone. Transitioning from middle school to high school or high school to living […]


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