My mom and dad invited us to the beach for a few days and we couldn't pass up the opportunity. We only went for the weekend, but I think two days at the beach is just enough time. We were played out by the end of day 2. I have to say that VA Beach is not the most "family friendly" beach when it comes to the night life. However, in the day time - it's nothing but kids and families running around. We also checked out Big Sam's Raw Bar (a local favorite - not too touristy - not easily walkable from the far end of the strip). Sam's boasts an all day happy hour and local catches/crabs. DELISH!
Renew You Spa and Beauty Expohas added not one, but two fashion shows to their inaugural event at the Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly, Virginia, on Saturday, June 16 and Sunday, June 17, from 10 am until 5 pm each day. Undeniable Boutique, a newly opened fashion mecca in Fairfax, will produce Saturday’s 2 pm show, while Helene France takes over on Sunday afternoon.
“Undeniable Boutique and Helene France are perfect additions to the Renew You Spa & Beauty Expo,” said Jill Palmer, Executive Vice President and COO of the show’s producer, Network Events. “Washington women are the most fashionable they’ve ever been, so at an event focused on looking good and feeling good, it seemed only natural to include not just one, but two fashion-forward runway shows.”
Undeniable Boutique aims to bring women sophisticated yet fierce fashion through their bold patterns, sleek designs, and chic accessories, which will be highlighted at the event, bringing attendees essential summer style. Undeniable was recently recognized as Best Boutique in Northern Virginia Magazine’s Best of 2012 edition – particularly impressive when one considers they’ve been opened for just six months.
Wardrobe stylist and fashion expert Helene France works in the fashion industry on fashion editorials and commercial photo shoots, styling models for magazines, lookbooks and advertising campaigns for designers. France will present a runway show collection with professional models from the DC area. The show will display summer ready-to-wear clothing from Helene’s wardrobe stylist collection, including modern and trendy apparel, such as city suits, cocktail dresses and other stylish outfits such as jumpsuits and summer dresses. The runway will also present a few Menswear clothing pieces. Most items will be available for purchase after the show.
The fashion show is one of many opportunities for Renew You Spa & Beauty Expo attendees to help enhance their beauty and well-being. The Renew You Spa & Beauty Expo is designed to provide two days of complete pampering and relaxation to their attendees, offering a safe haven from the stresses and chaos of everyday life.
Alongside Undeniable Boutique and Helene France will be many other local exhibitors, offering a wide range of health and beauty treatments, spa services, fitness advice, and much more at the Renew You Spa & Beauty Expo. The show will bring attendees a calm and comfortable environment as well as present ample opportunities for some serious R&R.
Throughout the entire show, attendees will have the opportunity to purchase various “mini-treatments” such as manicures, skin treatments, facials, and many more. Each of these “mini-treatments” will last 10-15 minutes and are available for only $10 each. Along with these treatments, there will be specials and deals available to purchase for full treatments, which will be offered onsite. Attendees will also receive discounted rates to book future appointments, ranging anywhere from hair treatments to full makeovers, pedicures to skin procedures, and many more.
Online registration is now available, with single General Admission tickets priced at $20 through June 15 (at renewyouexpo.com). Get your passport to a weekend of pleasure, with makeovers, self-improvement and spa treatments. Attendees may also purchase sample spa treatment tickets for a wide variety of inexpensive spa and beauty treatments. In addition, each visitor to the Expo will receive a free gift bag of wellness and beauty products, and will be automatically entered in drawings for valuable prizes.
The Renew You Spa & Beauty Expo is produced by Network Events, Inc., an event management firm headquartered in Fairfax, VA.
Thanks to Chevrolet & Chevy Youth Baseball for the tickets! Support your local little league for a chance to win tickets to the Nationals or a free camp with Ryan Zimmerman!
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I ended up going to the Vintage Virginia Wine Festival yesterday at Bull Run Regional Park (Centreville, VA). 32 vineyards and wineries from Virginia were in attendance, providing tastings and education about their wines. There was plenty of food and gift vendors to mix things up, in case you get bored, and a stage was set up for some live entertainment. Being the designated driver, I only got a handful of tastings, but I was still able to taste some very good wine.
The first order of business was to get some food in preparation for a day of tastings. Food vendors greeted you as you enter serving up standard festival fare, such as corn dogs, french fries and funnel cakes. I didn’t see any salad trucks so I had to settle for a corn dog and some chicken-on-a-stick.
The winery booths were a little overwhelming at first but what attracted my attention was a sign that read “Pow Wow: Chocolate Covered Strawberry Wine.” Might as well check that out: carpe diem (or YOLO for you younger kids). The booth was for Mattaponi Winery and after getting some Cabernet Sauvignon and other reds, I was treated to some dessert wines. The best was the Odeimin, or strawberry wine, and it remained my favorite for the rest of the day.
Other wineries passed by in a haze. Democracy Winery had a good apple wine that tasted like apple flavored water. Well Hung Vineyard was exactly how it sounds. There was also some sangria that I had later in the day but I can’t remember the place. The secret was Sprite and lemonade and if you buy 2 bottles of wine, the recipe was on the box.
Another notable booth was Prince Michel Vineyard which had at least 10 wines to taste, but I’m not really sure since I kind of lost count. Good thing I had a designated driver. Oh wait, that’s me. I guess I’m not leaving anytime soon. Anyways, they had a lot of good fruity wines, like raspberry and peach as well as chocolate.
Wild Bill’s Olde Fashioned Soda Pop Co. had a truck resembling a western saloon. They sold stainless steel cups resembling the kind you take on camping trips. There were about 8 sodas on tap with unlimited refills for the whole day. The birch beer and vanilla cream sodas were good but the sarsaparilla was a refreshing change of pace.
bonus: guy on stilts.
Buying wine was pretty easy. There were options to get a nicely chilled, open bottle or to have it delivered to a tent in the front when you leave, because carrying wine all day is too hard.
So how do you follow up an afternoon of wine tasting on a nice Saturday afternoon? By grilling up some steaks, of course. That can be a subject of a different post.
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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