A GLOBAL PROGRAMME THAT PROVES THE SUN NEVER SETS ON THE JET SET
Backgammon Reborn; Rosé Reimagined; and a Sun-kissed Soundtrack by Nouvelle Vague; Le Méridien Transports Travellers to Experience the Iconic 1960s Beach Club Culture of the Mediterranean
Paris-born Le Méridien Hotels & Resorts today introduced Au Soleil: a Summer Soirée by Le Méridien – a global programme that brings the playful glamour of European summers to life at its more than 100 hotels around the world. Inspired by the brand’s French heritage and the allure of the Côte d’Azur, the global series of events invites guests to sip, sway and savour the journey of travel through all senses.
Beginning this month, Le Méridien hotels will feature a dedicated Petit Plates menu offering light and local fare alongside rosé spritzers and aperitifs, part of the brand’s signature Sparkling programme. The brand will also bring a modern twist to the iconic seaside pastime of backgammon - ubiquitous throughout the Mediterranean in summer months – inviting guests to lounge a little longer, with an exclusive summer soundtrack, curated by French Bossa Nova collective Nouvelle Vague.
“No matter where you are from or where you are traveling, the idea of summer connotes a sense of slowing down and savouring the good life – a mentality that we celebrate at our hotels year-round,” said George Fleck, Vice President of Global Brand Marketing & Management, Le Méridien Hotels & Resorts. “With a hint of whimsy and a nostalgic nod to the glamour of the French Riveria in the 1960s, this programme aims to inspire travellers to explore the world in style, the same way that we’re inspired when visiting destinations like Mauritius and Melbourne.”
Embodying the idea that the sun never sets on the jet set, Le Méridien will chase the sun continuing Au Soleil: a Summer Soirée programme around the globe, from Dubai and Bangkok. Soirées will occur nightly, weekly or at celebratory moments throughout the summer months in both northern and southern hemispheres, in destinations as diverse as Split and Seoul, Nice and New Orleans. Here are just a few on the horizon:
Le Méridien & Atelier Doré Celebrate L'Art de Vivre
Le Méridien has tapped Garance Doré - celebrated writer, creative director and founder of Atelier Doré – to continue evolving the brand’s summer programming. As creative consultant for Au Soleil: a Summer Soirée, she will lend her editorial eye to guide how the sentiment of summer will come to life for Le Méridien guests around the globe. Doré, who embodies an effortless French style and sensibility similar to Le Méridien brand, first moved to Paris from her native Corsica and now also calls Los Angeles home. Sharing Le Méridien’s view that the sun never sets on the jet-set, Doré will introduce a new video franchise — The Art of Life — a “how-to” series about savoring the good life, told through her unique lens.
To visualize the intangible allure of summer, the brand also created a contemporary yet classic visual identity for Au Soleil: a Summer Soirée by Le Méridien programme developed by creative agency The Gathery, which will be featured in hotels, on the brand’s website, on social media and more. The graphic design treatment exudes a warm sophistication and bright simplicity that stays true to the brand’s distinctly European spirit anchored by mid-century modernism. Inspired by the iconic beach club culture of the 1960s, signature elements include chic straw sunbathing hats and backgammon patterns punctuated by yellow and white stripes.
For more information about Au Soleil: a Summer Soirée programme by Le Méridien Hotels & Resorts, please visit www.lemeridien.com/ausoleil and follow along on social media with #LMAuSoleil.
At Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay, summer is the perfect time to play by the bay - whether reconnecting with friends, family, or nature, there is something for everyone on property - and around town .
You can recharge with one of the many services at Sago Spa & Salon, challenge someone to a round of golf at our River Marsh Golf Course, or simply enjoy the expansive views lounging by the pool. For active types, there’s fishing and crabbing, a full slate of water sports, and a plethora of nature walks…Maryland’s Four Diamond resort has it all. When in the mood for an excursion, Dorchester will not disappoint.
-Bike, hike or kayak through the 25,000-acre Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, while keeping an eye out for swooping bald eagles and nesting blue herons;
-Explore Cambridge and check out the downtown Farmers Market every Thursday, or take the Downtown Cambridge Art Walk on the second Saturday of each month;
-Tour one or more of the 20-plus breweries and wineries in the region; and don’t forget to try “Off the Rook,” RaR’s ale brewed especially for Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay;
-Visit local maritime museums and the Harriet Tubman Educational Center for learning opportunities for all ages; and
-View the galleries, shops and boutiques in nearby St. Michaels, the perfect location for a stroll, some window shopping, and an afternoon sweet treat.
At the end of a wonderful day of adventure and relaxation - or both - settle in for some fresh seafood and cocktails or s’mores making on Manor Lawn.
Lastly, don’t miss Crab Week, August 10-19, a celebration of Maryland’s world-famous crabs including family-friendly, crab-themed events, food trucks, pool deck BBQs, cooking demonstrations, specialty dishes served at all restaurants on property, seaplane splash-ins, and a waterfront crab feast. Complimentary fitness classes and family golf clinics will be held all week to help burn off the well-earned extra calories.
Oh, and pets are welcome. We have lots of special treats for our four-legged friends.
For more information on Hyatt Chesapeake Bay Hotel check out their website.
When my son was born, the hospital was amazing. They gave me this nice book filled with all
the things I’d need to know as a parent. When to take him to his first doctor appointment. How
to handle the common cold. Sleepless nights. What lullabies to sing. When he should go to the
dentist the first time, and so much more. And if you believe anything I’ve just written, I have
beach front property in Idaho that is perfect for you. Only $5.46! It’s a steal.
Seriously, I was clueless. I remember this one time listening intently as a girlfriend relayed in
perfect minute detail her son’s second dental appointment. Needless to say, I reached for my
Pinot Noir more than once. All the while, I kept wondering, “Should I make an appointment for
Max? He’s three. Am I a bad mother?” (Her son was only one and had only one tooth.)
Of course, the next morning I called my dentist and booked Max his first visit. Despite his initial
apprehension and my guilt for not taking him sooner, we left the appointment feeling thrilled
he didn’t have any cavities. Although, I did find out that my son has a cross bite. Which meant
he’d need to see an Orthodontist when his big-boy teeth come in.
After doing some research I discovered that there are lots of ways to fix certain bite issues early
– especially if you take your child to see an Orthodontist around age seven. So, you can bet that
now that Max is seven I’ll be making that appointment. Seeing an Orthodontist early can mean
less extensive orthodontic methods later (like extractions and jaw surgery), and ultimately save
some green, too. (And who doesn’t want to save money?)
The question is how do you know if your child, who’s teeth seem straight as an arrow needs to
see an Orthodontist? Just to be on the safe side, your child should see an Orthodontist even if
they don’t have any problems with their teeth.
9 SIGNS YOUR CHILD SHOULD SEE AN ORTHODONTIST
1) Your child lost their baby teeth early
2) Your child lost their baby teeth late
3) Your child sometimes has difficulty chewing or biting into food (not their sibling)
4) Your child is or was a thumb sucker or finger sucker
5) Some of your child’s teeth seem a bit crowded or misplaced
6) Your child’s jaw shifts and makes sounds
7) Your child often bites their cheek or the roof of their mouth
8) Your child’s teeth meet abnormally or not at all
9) Your child’s teeth are out of proportion to the rest of their face, either too large or too small
If you answered yes to one or more of the statements above, consider reaching out to an
Orthodontist for an evaluation. Overall, the best age for a child to get braces is between 8 and
14. But seeing an Orthodontist a few years early, could give your child the early intervention
they need to negate the necessity for braces later in life. Or, at the very least, shorten the
timeframe in which they need to wear braces. And what teenager doesn’t want to shorten the
time they’ll have to wear braces? (None that I know!)
So, grab your kids, buckle them into your 5-star, safety-rated, car seat and take them to an
Orthodontist early. Because what you can fix now, will make tomorrow a lot easier. And less
Hudson Orthodontics in Springfield, Fairfax and Centreville offers affordable orthodontic care
for kids, teens and adults. As a community service initiative, Dr. Hudson has implemented the
“Surfer Smiles Kids Club” which gives kids ages 7 and up free orthodontic growth check-ups
every six months (and a bunch of other cool stuff your kids will love!). To enroll your child in
this free program, click here.
The 2018 DC Baby Show will be held March 24, 2018 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC.
A sister event to the New York Baby Show and LA Baby Show, no other event provides a better experience than the DC Baby Show. The DC Baby Show will give attendees a look at products and brands never seen at other baby shows!
The event is fit for new and expectant parents as well as care givers and baby services professionals. You'll discover a family-friendly jamboree of top brands, great speakers and seminars, lots of learning, support, bonding and fun as you make your way into parenthood.
Tickets are $30 per family (for 2 adults and up to 4 children), and $20 per individual, but all of our Housewives In The City readers can get 50% off by using the code: NOVAHOUSEWIVES50 when you book online.
Follow your heart straight to adventure at Disney On Ice! Just keep swimming
with Dory and new pal Hank from Disney-Pixar’s Finding Dory as they set out to
find her parents. Cheer with the Emotions from Disney Pixar’s Inside Out.
Venture to wintery Arendelle where Olaf and Kristoff help reunite Anna and Elsa
and learn love is the most powerful magic of all.
See the Disney Princesses achieve their dreams through bravery, kindness and perseverance. And celebrate true friendship with The Toy Story gang. Make unforgettable memories with Mickey and your Disney friends when Disney On Ice presents Follow Your Heart skates into Fairfax!
Housewives In The City readers can get $6 off tickets by using offer code: BLOG when booking your tickets online!
Disney on Ice: Follow Your Heart will be at EagleBank Arena (formerly Patriot Center) in Fairfax.
Easter Bunny and Family-Friendly Adventures in Annual Bunnyville Experience Return to Fair Oaks Mall March 9th
With spring just around the corner, Fair Oaks Mall is preparing for the anticipated arrival of the Easter Bunny. Beginning 9, March, the Easter Bunny will greet visitors in Bunnyville -- a three-dimensional town for kids to explore. Located on the shopping center’s lower level in Grand Court, Bunnyville features many places to visit including Hoppin’ Fresh Bakery, Hare Salon and 24 Carrot Bank. The last stop along the adventure is an opportunity to visit with the Easter Bunny and have photos taken. Those who visit the Easter Bunny will receive a complimentary gift (while supplies last). This special family-friendly holiday experience is being offered exclusively at Fair Oaks Mall from March 9th through March 31st. This annual event is free for the public to attend. Photo packages may be purchased onsite.
Adventures in Bunnyville + photos with the Easter Bunny at Fair Oaks Mall
March 9 through March 31, 2018
Monday through Saturday: 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Fair Oaks Mall, 11750 Fair Oaks, Fairfax, VA 22033
Bunny Paws: Bring your furry friends to visit the Easter Bunny on March 18, 2017 from 6:30PM to 7:30PM and on March 24, 2018 from 8:30AM to 9:30AM.
Bunny Cares (Sensory Bunny): March 11 and March 18. Individuals within every spectrum of special needs and their families are invited to a private photo session, to experience the time-honored tradition of a visit with the Easter Bunny during dedicated hours. Please reserve your complimentary ticket on EventBrite - ONE TICKET per group/family, please. Photo packages that capture holiday memories will be available for purchase at the event, pricing varies: https://www.autismspeaks.org/bunny2018
For more information visit shopfairoaksmall.com/events
Valentine's Day is just around the corner, and it's time to start making your reservations. I've rounded up my top five restaurants in the NOVA area for a romantic Valentine's Day Date just for you!
Stone’s Cove Kit Bar - Herndon
THE EXPERIENCE: RECESS FOR ADULTS.
Stone’s Cove offers an engaging and interactive dining experience that places the focus on you. Our unique design has no secrets, you are able to see who prepares your meal, how they prepare it, and speak to them during the entire process.
A KitBar combines the design of a kitchen and a bar to create a large communal table that surrounds the kitchen, placing you right in the middle of the action. We got the idea from parties we attended, noticing that folks naturally gathered in the kitchen where the food and drinks we being made. The KitBar's “Recess for Adults” mantra embodies this atmosphere by offering you a fun place to enjoy great food, drink, and laugh while you recharge your batteries.
Ford’s Fish Shack - Lansdowne
Their mission is to bring fresh-off-the-hook seafood to our guests, with exemplary service. The menu features fresh-off-the-hook seafood, home-made dishes, seasonal specials, award-winning desserts and more than 20 microbrew/craft beers. And you won’t want to miss our signature Wicked Pissah oyster, grown and harvested exclusively for us at Nottingham Oyster Farm in Cherrystone Inlet, Virginia. It’s perfectly balanced, with a mild, sweet finish!
Dolce Vita Restaurant and Wine Bar - Fairfax
Located in the heart of Fairfax, Dolce Vita is a wonderful neighborhood restaurant and wine bar that has been proudly serving fine Italian cuisine to the community for over 20 years! With our Executive Chef and Certified Sommelier.
The Hitch - Chantilly
The mission of The Hitch Chantilly is to provide a dining experience that brings the coastal delights to the suburban regular. Their chefs and mixologists develop a menu that is simple but honors the bounty of the coastal regions of America through fresh and simple cuisine. The Hitch is styled in an ambiance of relaxed sophistication with service that delights and entertains.
Eddie Merlots - Ashburn
Quality, exceptional service and an unparalleled atmosphere have made Eddie Merlot’s one of America’s great steak houses. We want you, our guest, to have nothing but the best—which is why we go to such lengths to serve you the exceptional prime aged steaks upon which our restaurant has built its reputation.
don't forget to RSVP + join us for our next meet up and networking social!
Discover the full story of Disney’s Frozen like never before at Disney On Ice presents Frozen! Be a part of Anna’s adventure to find her sister, Queen Elsa, whose icy powers trapped the kingdom in an eternal winter. Join Olaf, Kristoff and Sven as they encounter wintry conditions and mystical trolls in a race to bring back summer.
Hosted by Mickey and Minnie, your whole family will sing along to unforgettable music and be delighted with special appearances by the Disney Princesses, Woody, Buzz, Dory and more.
Experience magic at every turn and create memories to last a lifetime at Disney On Ice presents Frozen - the show worth melting for!
Capital One Arena (Formerly Verizon Center), Washington D.C.
Wednesday, Feb. 14 @ 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 15 @ 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 16 @ 7:30 p.m.
Sat, Feb. 17 @ 10:30 a.m. 2:30 p.m. & 6:30 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 18 @ 12:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Mon. Feb. 19 @ 12:30 p.m (President’s Day)
$85 Front Row, $55 VIP, $30, and $20
Additional fees may apply.
Ticket prices based on market demand and subject to change.
1. Visit www.ticketmaster.com
2. Call 800-745- 3000
3. Visit Arena Box office (and save on service charges)
As a former Paralegal for the Federal Government and former employee of the World Bank, Michele Conejo joined Hunt Country Sotheby’s International Realty in 2014. Michele has real estate licenses in both Virginia and Washington D.C.
After establishing her real estate career in 1996, Michele enjoys assisting people with their dream of purchasing a new home or investment, whether representing the seller or the purchaser. Michele is bilingual, with Spanish as her second language, allowing her to assist even more clients.
Michele would like to leave a legacy for her children and grandchildren, with her real estate business, that would continue to assist others as she has done over the years.
Describe yourself in three words:
Positive, relentless and out of the box thinker and doer.
What do you consider your greatest professional achievement?
Becoming a Realtor was really my dream from the very beginning. Now that I have been a Realtor for more than 20 years, I can say that I still love my job. Every day is a new day, a new challenge and a new experience for me. This job allows me to help individuals and family's make changes and positive new beginnings. Working with people from the area, nationally and internationally has been my second broadening of my business.
What are your professional goals for the next six months?
How do you maintain a work/life balance?
There are certain times of the day or week that you must take in order to keep yourself feeling and looking good. So I do take one day of the month off completely. Then I get busy with my job and life. Set schedules and appointments are placed into my calendar for family and fun.
What websites do you visit every day?
Usually it is the Weather.com and then a news site.
What are your top three favorite people/places/things to do in your city?
Sully Plantation, Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, Chantilly Library
What is your goal for retirement?
I would love to live on a yacht in the Miami harbor. I would be living my dream of assisting clients find their next new home, business or investment either nationally or internationally.
Do you have any advice for women who'd like to start their own company?
Yes. Believe in yourself. You are you own first doubter, get over it and accomplish your goals.
Want to be the best mom on the planet and not drag your kid to the grocery store on Saturday morning? See below from this past weekend. On the right -- happy mom who didn't beg her son to go with her, help her through the store, and load the car at the end. On the left, happy son who didn't get woken up and dragged to the store at 8am. Just woken up and asked to unload the car.
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Hi! my name is Andrea and I'm a not-so-average Northern Virginia blogger, mom, and transplant from the Midwest. I host Girls Night Out events, meet ups, and write about events and my adventures in the DC area. I love to travel, brunch, and drink wine with my neighbors! I'm known to live on the wild side and order Venti iced double shots at 5pm.
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