When it's time to throw a VIP party, Miller & Smith knows how to do it in style! We celebrated the kick off of Upper West at One Loudoun last week with influencers and the Miller and Smith team -- and I was thrilled to be the host for the night.
We gathered in the Upper West experience center -- which is absolutely gorgeous. If you want to get a feel for what the new development has to offer, pop in and get a feel for yourself. It's located right around the corner from Matchbox. Mary Cochran gave us a tour of the space and a quick rundown of what the new designs will bring to the community.
Upper West is an ultra-luxury community that marries urban and suburban lifestyles in Virginia’s Downtown One Loudoun. Just 51 of the 69 massive Upper West homes are still on the market. Prices start in the mid $800s, however many of the 18 already sold homes fetched above $1 million, making Upper West one of the top-selling addresses in Virginia.
Homes at Upper West measure 4,300 square feet over four levels and include luxury details like private elevators, connoisseur kitchens with dual islands, ten foot ceilings, top-of-the-line appliances, automated in-home systems and 400-square-foot rooftop pied-à-terres with views of the community’s Central Park and the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Upper West is currently offering pre-model pricing and incentives, and model homes will be ready to tour later this summer. To sign up for a preview visit the property’s website here, or contact Mary Cochran by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 703-858-0600.
A few days ago, I popped into Waxing the City Alexandria to meet the owner, Laura, and to find out what all the hype was about. If you haven't yet been -- Waxing the City is one of the hottest new businesses in Northern Virginia.
When you enter a Waxing the City studio, you know you’re somewhere special. A quick look around reveals a modern, edgy, and upscale interior. From the vibrant reception area to the comforting treatment rooms, it’s clear that Waxing the City is all about you.
I'm not going to lie... I usually get my brows waxed at my nail salon in a cold, blank room with maybe not the cleanest equipment. I was missing out. That is absolutely NOT what you'll find at Waxing the City. From a super clean space to the friendly, knowledgable cerologists, I was beyond impressed with the service I received. In fact, after getting my eyebrows waxed by Laura, I had two people compliment them -- and the look so good, that one women asked if I had gotten them microbladed!
If you missed our $100 gift card giveaway for Mother's Day, don't worry! Everyone is a winner :) First time customers receive 50% off any service at the Alexandria location. To pick up a gift card for Mother's Day or to make an appointment, call: (703) 548-8888 or book online.
Waxing the City is located at 2727 Mount Vernon Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22301. For more information, visit: http://www.waxingthecity.com.
If you missed our live video, check it out below for a tour of the studio and behind the scenes with Laura.
Summer 2017 is almost here! If you're like me, you're already looking for camps and activities to keep your kids entertained this summer. We've compiled a list of our favorite local summer camps in Northern Virginia for you to check out and sign up for!
Founded in 1997 by Anna and Austin Birch, Adventure Links at Hemlock Overlook Regional Park has been a trusted leader in summer camps, outdoor education, team building, and more for 20 years. From day camps with convenient pickup locations around Northern Virginia to our residential sleepaway camps and traveling teen expeditions, summer camp at Adventure Links is the perfect outdoor adventure for kids and teens ages 7-17. Activities include a high ropes course, zip line, kayaking, caving, rock climbing, sailing, and much more. Register today and find your adventure!
True as it can be! Join us this summer for Stage Door Dance Studio’s summer camps. Choose from three exciting themes, Beauty and the Beast, Trolls or Moana. All ages (3 to 10) are welcome to participate in a week of dance, crafts, games and music. If you are interested, it is easy to sign up online at StageDoorDanceStudio.com and there is no deadline! The camps will run from July 17th through August 4th. If you’re looking for a camp where your children can learn, play and most of all, have fun, sign up today!
Celebrating 35 years, TIC Summer Camp is the premier technology & sports day camp in the DC area. Not just your average computer camp, TIC offers a half day of sports for a good mind and body balance to the technology half of the day. Kids come to TIC not just to explore technology, but for personal attention (4:1 teaching ratio), excitement, choice, and creativity rarely found elsewhere. Ages 7-16. Enroll: https://ticcamp.campbrainregistration.com/. Locations in DC, VA, MD. For more information, contact: Jared@ticcamp.com.
The Pickwick Players present their 10th annual Summer Drama Camp for children ages 7 - 13. July 31st thru August 10th at the Old Stone School in Hillsboro,, VA, 9:30 am - 1 pm, weekdays. Students learn and develop the basics of stage performance as they prepare the production "Annie, Jr." in a warm, supportive and encouraging environment. Instruction and direction provided by experienced directors and counselors. A fun and rewarding experience for beginning through seasoned actors! For more information please contact, email@example.com or find more info at thepickwickplayers.com.
The Art League’s Summer Art Camp provides children ages 5-12 with a wonderful introduction to several forms of visual art. In our basic artcamp, each day brings a new project that may include drawing, painting, printmaking, or sculpture. Art Camps run from Monday to Friday and have a varied curriculum from week to week with various instructors. Our specialty camps, like Drawing Camp or Painting Camp, focus on immersion in one particular medium. All materials are provided.
Week-long intensives and one-day workshops are offered throughout the summer for teens ages 12 and up. Learn more at theartleague.org/content/art_camp.
Evergreen Sportsplex offers two camp programs designed to engage and challenge your campers in sports, art and adventure!
Their week long Summer Multi-Sport & Exploration Camps are perfect for children, kindergarten through eighth grade, who are looking to test their multi-sport ability, learn a new skill, tap into their artistic side, and explore and learn more about nature.
Your kids can "fly" with them and register for the Adventure Park Camp! Perfect for children eight to 14 years old that want to climb, zip and test their ability on our ropes course.
Each camp is facilitated by Evergreen Sportsplex staff members who will lead your campers through their adventure course or through group activities that provide opportunities for fun and exciting age-appropriate sporting, and art challenges during the sport and exploration camp.
Their goal is to provide lasting memories and create new friendships for the active and creative child in your life! Register online by visiting http://www.evergreensportsplex.com/camps/.
Register your child for summer camp at Culinaria Cooking School and give them a summer to remember! Kids and Teens will learn basic knife skills, food safety, and (in most cases) prepare and eat a meal each day. Campers receive a recipe packet, souvenir t-shirt, and certificate for the week they attend. Kids' Camp: ages 9-12. Teens Camp: ages 13-17. Located at 110 Pleasant Street, NW, Vienna, VA 22180. Register online: www.culinariacookingschool.com
Want to give your kids the best summer ever? Send them to the nZone for camp! Visit www.thenzone.com/camps and check 'em out. We've got full-day and half-day options depending on the camp you choose. Kids love our popular full-day All Sports camp for ages 5-14 year olds from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily featuring water play days, laser tag, and more. We've got full-day basketball camp for ages 5-15 years old - no experience necessary, cheer camp for ages 6-14 years old and half-day Cooking Camp for aspiring chefs ages 6-14 years old. And for little ones, ages 2-5 years, NO POTTY TRAINING REQUIRED, every day is an adventure in our Little Stars Playschool Camp with weekly themes, water play, and lots of fun.
Questions, call 703-266-0118 or visit the web site, www.thenzone.com/camps.
OnStage Performing Arts Collective’s PAC Summer Series gives students in grades 5 – 12 the opportunity to dive into the world of musical theater. Each day students will strengthen their performance skills through engaging the concepts and techniques of acting, movement, and singing. No matter the experience level, campers will learn, grow, and be challenged!
Weeklong intensives culminate in a musical revue uniquely conceptualized by our experienced instructors. We would love to see you at the PAC! Learn more by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or visit: onstagepac.com/summer. You can also check out On Stage on YouTube!
Multi-Sport Camp: Bring your child to the Michael & Son Sportsplex at Dulles for a week of fun this summer. If your child enjoys sports or wants to try new sports, this is the camp for you. Your child will have a week of fun, learning, and playing sports that might include--flag football, soccer, wiffleball, volleyball, basketball, kickball, team handball and others. Ages: 6-14.
Soccer Camp: One Touch Soccer Academy summer camps offer an outstanding opportunity for boys and girls to develop and improve their soccer skills. Players will learn techniques to enhance their individual skill level from an experienced staff of coaches. Our staff will work with your player or entire team to strengthen all technical weaknesses. All-facets of soccer (dribbling, passing, receiving, shooting, and defense) will be worked on daily. Camp includes a t-shirt and a lunch from Pizza Boli's. Daily options include two slices of pizza, chicken nuggets, hot dog or chicken nuggets.
Basketball: First Step Basketball Academy was established in 1999, at the Rockville Sportsplex in Maryland. Since that time, the academy has grown to Northern Virginia and the District of Columbia. Our academy has professional coaches that will teach all the fundamentals of the game to your child at any level. We teach the fundamentals of the game but stress decision making and problem solving on the court in a practice environment. Our professional coaches are experienced with the recreational, travel and the collegiate player. We emphasize rigorous training but we never forget that basketball should be played only because it is fun.
For details and to register, please visit: www.dullessportsplex.com.
We offer a camp that keeps the children busy and entertained with lots of fun and daily field trips! Some examples of the trips we go on: Laser Tag, Moon Bounce, Outdoor and Indoor Pool, Bowling, Beach Training, and trips to the Zoo. All of these are in addition to our daily martial arts class, which is taught in a fun and safe environment. Reserve your spot early because we fill up fast: http://virginiakarate.com/summer-camp/
This Friday, Williams Sonoma will be opening a new store with a contemporary look for the brand at Mosaic District. The store will offer Williams Sonoma kitchen and food products, including a curated assortment of food from local businesses, and Williams Sonoma Home furnishings.
In celebration of the opening, the store will be hosting an event with Top Chef’s Jennifer Carroll of Requin and a Trick Dog Pop Up Bar benefitting No Kid Hungry, Virginia. There will also be a Beauty and the Beast cooking class for kids following opening day, as well as a knife skills class offered on Sunday.
Williams Sonoma will offer monthly cooking technique classes and events, wedding registry and product experts, and complimentary in-home design services.
You can also enter to win $1,000 shopping spree at the new store! Sweepstakes ends April 30, 2017: www.williams-sonoma.com/mosaic
Opening Weekend Events
7pm: Grand Opening Celebration with Top Chef's Jennifer Carroll of Requin and a Pop Up of San Francisco’s Trick Dog Bar benefiting No Kid Hungry Virginia
10am: Junior Chef Class: Beauty and The Beast
12-4pm: Williams Sonoma Local- Market featuring local food Artisans
10am: Knife Skills Workshop - Complimentary knife sharpening services will be available.
And, if you love to shop local -- the new store in Mosaic will be carrying the following local products:
Gunther’s Gourmet: Gourmet sauces and salsas made with all fresh and health conscious ingredients, named after their family dog, Gunther’s Gourmet donates a portion of their proceeds to the ASPCA.
Virginia Gentleman/ Rocklands BBQ And Grilling/ Ashman: Starting out as a small college town job to barbecue whole pigs, Rocklands BBQ And Grilling makes BBQ sauces of all assortments for any grilling occasion.
Loose Leaf Tea Company: Hand blended teas from the hills of Virginia, family owned and operated Loose Leaf Teas Company offers a wide variety of loose tea options.
8 Myles LLC: Unique and tasty assortment of locally crafted specialty wing sauces.
Byrd Mill: Spoon bread and grits mixes sourced and crafted locally with delicious and warm flavors.
Gordy’s: Hand crafted, seasonal and organic local ingredients that come together to create uniquely flavored pickled goods with an elevated taste.
Harper Macaw Chocolates: Beautifully wrapped and tasty chocolate bars created by U.S. Marine Veteran with lofty goals to turn chocolate into a force for tropical reforestation.
Element Shrub Company: Growing in trend, shrubs from Element Shrub company can add a unique and tasty element to drinks, mocktails and everyday cooking.
Rocklands BBQ And Grilling/Ashman: Starting out as a small college town job to barbecue whole pigs, Rocklands BBQ And Grilling makes BBQ sauces of all assortments for any grilling occasion.
Dear Coco Chocolate: Award winning bean to chocolate maker focused on Fair Trade, Organic and non-gmo chocolate making. All natural bars also featuring vegan and kosher options.
Mouth Party Caramels: Delicious assorted caramels sourced and crafted locally, flavors feature, original, sea salt and Old Bay seasoned caramel.
See you there this weekend! For more details about store location and house, please visit: www.williams-sonoma.com/
Now that Spring has arrived, Fair Oaks Mall is excited to announce the arrival of the Easter Bunny. 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 West, 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 through April 15th. This annual event is free for the public to attend. Photo packages may be purchased onsite.
Mark your calendars for these upcoming events:
- Sensory Bunny April 1st & 2nd from 8:30-10:30am
- Bunny Paws Sun. April 2nd 6:30-7:30pm and Sat. April 8th 8:30-9:30am
- Children’s Science Center Lab Event to host free science event in Grand Court West on June 17th, 2017 from 1-4PM
- Snoopy & Belle - SNOOPY AND BELLE IN FASHION (SBIF) exhibition will be on display from June 23rd through July 16th. SBIF is a WORLD-CLASS TRAVELING EXHIBITION OF DOLLS dressed by some of the World’s foremost fashion brands.
- Summer Fun Fridays – Free (1) hour entertainment for kids and their families. The event will take place every Friday in the month of August.
For more information and updates please visit http://www.shopfairoaksmall.com/events for the most up to date details of each event.
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As Valentine's Day just passed, let me take a minute to brag about my husband. I'm extremely blessed, lucky, and spoiled to be married to my husband. And the fact that he's a chiropractor is a huge perk! When I have a stressful day at work or a long day with the kids...and a pounding headache, it’s so convenient to married to a chiropractor! A simple spinal adjustment helps me get aligned, relieve my pain and salvage my day.
My husband has always been an entrepreneur at heart. He takes so much pride in his clinic and patients' care as a small business owner. He always knew he wanted to start his own clinic. He was initially deterred when he worked at standard insurance based chiropractic clinics. He saw the rising costs of copays for his patients and care based on insurance coverage. He was refreshed to discover The Joint Chiropractic’s model that makes routine chiropractic care affordable and accessible for everyone. The Joint offers affordable memberships without insurance hassles.
The Joint Chiropractic may not be as convenient as being married to a chiropractor, but it is a close second. The Joint Chiropractic has over 350 locations nationwide and 6 locations in Northern Virginia. They are all staffed by licensed Doctors of Chiropractic. You don't need an appointment, just walk in when it's convenient for you.
Do you know what I love? When I'm traveling or away from my husband I can be seen at any of the 350+ locations. After an eight-hour car ride by myself with toddlers in a backseat, I can stop in at The Joint to get tuned up. Seriously, and they have all my exam notes. I just swipe my key tag, my info pops up on their computer and I walk to the back to get my adjustment. See what I mean, a close second!
The Joint Chiropractic (Greenbriar)
13037-B Lee Jackson Memorial Highway, Fairfax, VA 22033 | 703-996-4391
Hours: M-F 10-7, Saturday 10-4.
Dr. Jarod Rehmann, D.C. (owner and lead chiropractor)
Dr. Amir Azad, D.C. (associate chiropractor)
Membership Cost: $79/month. 4 visits per month (Cost per visit less than $20).
Our Love Rising came to be after what Shelly calls "the series of unfortunate events." She's always had an entrepreneurial spirit. She previously owned two businesses in the special events field, businesses that connected people, fed people and were emotionally evocative. "Now I write and I speak about connection and living & leading from the heart and I facilitate mind, body, spirit events and retreats for people who are ready for change or desire a richer experience of life." Shelly is motivated by human connection and emotion. "I get a buzz from people whether its having coffee with a client, telling stories on a stage or in an intimate circle on a retreat in a far away place or creating a big event like LoveFest to gather people together for a heart opening, soul touching, mojo rising experience. I love making people feel taken care of, loved, special." Shelly is hosting her next retreat at Fairfax Country Club on February 11, 2017. To RSVP for this event, please visit: www.facebook.com/ourloverising/events
Describe yourself in three words:
Passionate. Present. Persevering
What do you consider your greatest professional achievement?
I feel like my greatest professional achievement happens when someone tells me that my stories, my videos, my retreats moved them, changed them, shifted a belief in themselves, helped solve a suffering I work with families with addiction a lot inside and outside of my work. They are a silent mass. When I touch something or help something heal there, I feel I’ve done my part to serve a greater good.
What are your professional goals for the next six months?
My dream for the next six months:
1. To take 14 women on retreat in Mexico.
2. To be invited to speak at big events.
3. To hold heart opening weekend retreats locally.
4. To keep the Our Love Rising Journal flowing.
How does your company stay connected through social media?
What profession other than yours would you like to attempt?
Rockstar. It might be too late for that though and I'd need a voice coach. I’d love to connect with a crowd that way.
How do you maintain a work/life balance?
Presence and Practices. I try to give my full attention to the moment I am in. I have practices that create & help maintain connection and calm. I take time every morning to connect with myself and my spirituality. That helps me from getting in overwhelm. I don’t believe in multi tasking so I am present for people and my work. I do yoga and Pilates regularly. I listen to my body. I eat really well, I rest when I need it, I drink a lot of water. I connect with my inner guidance through nature and meditation. Lastly, I have boundaries around work and screen time. I don’t get on my screens until after my kids go to school in the morning and shut them down when they come home from school for a few hours or for the night so that I am present.
What websites do you visit every day?
My own. www.ourloverising.com.
Facebook, Instagram, Medium.
I check out Undeniable Boutique on Facebook to see if there is something that strikes my fancy.
What are your favorite people/places/things in Northern Virginia?
I adore coffee/tea/lunch/cupcakes with people, especially my kids, connecting with nature and live music, dancing and shows.
I also love yoga dates with friends. Yoga at WheelhouseMIndBody Studio or Pilates at Studio BE Pilates Cupcakes & coffee/tea at Cupcaked in Clifton.
Burke Lake when I need to officially disconnect.
True Food at Mosaic. Wolftrap for fun music, dancing and shows.
What is your goal for retirement?
I figure I have a long time to do some really good work in the world before that day comes. I guess when I retire I hope I can just dance and be silly with the people I love.
Do you have any advice for women who would like to start their own company?
Just do it.
Even when it feels hard. Even when people tell you not to or tell you it will be too hard. Even when its exhausting. Find the thing you love about it and do it for that. Delegate out the tasks that you hate or aren’t all that good at. Get to know your inner guide really well and you’ll always honor your true calls and be able to handle anything that rises up. Take really good care of yourself first, then take care of everything else. The healthier you are, the better able you are to represent your company, your work and yourself. Value yourself. Be Brave. Be Committed. Be Devoted. Allow for your missteps and your failures and keep course correcting. The path won’t always be clear, that’s when you take time to get really still and listen to your heart and your gut.
Shelly's last thought: "Share your stories. Stories work like medicine, are inspiration for others, and connect us to each other. Thank you for the opportunity to share my story and offer wisdom gained on the journey to others who are considering entrepreneurship. I believe extreme faith is the secret to a successful, happy life and only you get to define what “successful and happy” feel like."
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On Thursday, I joined forces with Chevrolet for an amazing opportunity to give back to our community right here in DC. My friend, Jennifer, and I took a trip downtown to meet the Chevy team at the Capital Area Food Bank -- a great non-profit that is always in need of donations, not only during the holiday season, but year-round.
We spent the morning in Costco and did some serious spending. On our list of items needed was: canned and dry beans, peanut butter, canned veggies, whole grains, pasta, cereal, canned meats, and healthy snacks. If you've never taken a flatbed cart through the checkout line... it is quite the experience. We had SO MUCH GREAT STUFF!
We loaded up the 2017 Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback with all the goodies we bought and took them back to the food bank. I'll be honest, I thought the Cruze might be a little too small to fit $1,000 worth of groceries -- especially since I planned on going bulk size at Costco! But, I was impressed with the cargo space -- and the delivery was seamless! Special thanks to Chevrolet for providing the opportunity to give back!
We're hosting a PRIVATE VIP Screening of the new Will Smith movie: Collateral Beauty on Tuesday, December 6th at 7:00 p.m. at Cinemark Fairfax Corner 14 (11900 Palace Way, Fairfax, VA 22030). The movie will not be in theaters until Dec 16!
Use the following link to download your tickets: http://www.wbtickets.com/HousewivesInTheCity
Want to stay in the know about upcoming events we're hosting?
You can subscribe on our Facebook Event page: www.facebook.com/novahousewives/events.
About: When a successful New York advertising executive suffers a great tragedy, he retreats from life. While his concerned friends try desperately to reconnect with him, he seeks answers from the universe by writing letters to Love, Time and Death. But it's not until his notes bring unexpected personal responses that he begins to understand how these constants interlock in a life fully lived, and how even the deepest loss can reveal moments of meaning and beauty Written by Warner Bros.
Happy 5th birthday to the nZone in Chantilly! To celebrate, we will be giving away a 5 month membership to one of our readers ($150 value). THIS WEEK ONLY, you can sign up to be a member at nZone for ONLY $5. The nZone will also be offering all sorts of in-house promotions and giveaways when you visit their location.
If you haven't been (I'm sure you've heard everyone talk about it!), the nZone isn’t just a sportsplex -- they aim for more. They provide safe, fun opportunities for athletes of all ages to develop athletic skills across a variety of sports in a family-friendly environment.
The athletic programs include, but are not limited to: adult leagues (adult dodgeball!), kids camps, classes, physical training, and wellness programs. Oh, and they even offer "Parents Night Out" events! You can find a full list of their programs on their web site.
Enter the giveaway below to win a 5 month membership to celebrate their 5th Anniversary!
The nZone is conveniently located near the Rt 28 and Rt 50 intersection in Chantilly, VA. For details or more information about The nZone, please visit www.thenzone.com.
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.