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.
08.01.19

How To Throw The Perfect Summer Party

A little party never hurt nobody! Summer is the perfect time to get together with loved ones and enjoy a little outdoor recreation and relaxation. August is a great month to enjoy good […]
07.30.19

Coming Soon: “…like a dinner party for your most intimate friends.”

When you have a breakfast restaurant, many of the “norms” of restaurant culture and business practices don’t necessarily apply. For example, we don’t have a large, separate bar to hang out at and […]
07.29.19

Our Top Picks for the Week of July 29, 2019

Easy, beautiful pieces that are perfect for summer, but transition well into fall make the Top Picks this week. There are a couple of items you’ll want to make sure you have in […]
07.26.19

Five Fun Things

What are you up to this weekend? My parents are in town for my son Nolan’s third birthday and as long as it’s not too hot, we will be celebrating by inviting our […]
07.25.19

How We Chill Out…Literally

Yes, of course, we all love the slower pace of summer. But, if we’re being honest…sometimes? Sometimes the heat and humidity are just. too. much. But retreating to the great indoors doesn’t mean […]
07.23.19

Recreation Report: Alexandria, Craft Beer Destination

We already knew that people come from all over to enjoy Alexandria’s rich history, charming homes, and bustling shops and restaurants. But what you may not know is that Alexandria has become a […]
07.22.19

Our Top Picks for the Week of July 22, 2019

Things you didn’t know you needed but will wonder how you lived without comprise this week’s top picks, from a genius way to erase those annoying white deodorant smudges, to a travel-ready makeup […]
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 […]


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