As a third generation native Washingtonian I struggle with the "new DC" I lived in the city until it was time to go to college and then after I graduated I moved to the West Coast so I've only been back in DC for a few years and so much has changed.
Neighborhoods that didn't have much to offer (interesting dining options, safe night life, etc) a decade or so ago are now hip and trendy. Sadly this often displaces longtime residents; I myself have been priced out of the neighborhood I grew up in.
I've found that in order to enjoy "new DC" you need an open mind, full wallet and empty belly. Last weekend I organized a few other bloggers (all DC natives) to check out Maketto, a new communal marketplace on H Street, NE. Combining a coffee shop, Asian-fusion restaurant and men's street wear clothing store Maketto is a shining example of when "upgrading a neighborhood" (ie. gentrification) is done right.
Maketto's staff is as racially diverse as the neighborhood itself and we were blown away by the intuitiveness of the employee's customer service. Shopboys happily supplied our blogger group with scissors and ice so we could apply Skin Couture tattoos we had been gifted for our blog shoot, charged our phones behind the bar and make recommendations for cocktails and food.
We were treated like family and given a full overview of the space's concept. I know Maketto will succeed, especially as we move into summer (the upstairs patio and open air seating is ideal) my only hope is that other businesses looking to move into the DC market will take a page from Maketto's book. Inclusiveness, community-minded business practices, unique spaces and exceptional customer service are what make DC natives want to shop, work and live in "New DC"
Before you blow this post off as another piece of publicity for the fame hungry Kardashian Klan, let me say this...I did NOT expect to love the Kendall + Kylie clothing line at Nordstrom (also available at Saks and Neiman Marcus and soon to be available at Bloomingdale's, Lord & Taylor, Shopbop and Revolve) but I did. The girls may be fruit of a poisonous tree, but their clothing line speaks for itself.
Winter is coming...although not this weekend as its going to be 70 degrees in DC on Saturday, but its will sneak up on you so lets be prepared. Here are my picks for the 5 best beauty products available at Target to winterize your skin.
BODY Cera Ve $13 (16 oz) I've been using CeraVe Moisturizing Creamas a body lotion for the last month. Its thick and is well absorbed by the skin, but isn't greasy. It also doesn't have a scent so you can layer it under your perfume or use it with your body wash. I found it moisturizing all day and felt like $13 for a 16 oz jar (think 2-3 body butters stacked) is a great value. Works just as well as the body butter I was buying at $20 for less than 7oz.
BONUS USE: Hand Cream; scoop some out into a small container and keep it in your purse or at your desk as a hand cream.
HANDS Aquaphor $5 (1.75 oz) I love Aquaphor as a hand cream. It's almost medical grade moisture for dry skin in winter. I think it's original use was diaper rash cream for…
WHAT I WORE: tip to toe!dress | boots | choker I'm totally loving the fact that the 90's are back. Sadly I didn't keep any of my clothes from that time, but luckily all of the stores are selling pieces to help you achieve the look. This dress from Whistle & Wild is under $50 and the lace choker is less than $15 and goes with so many looks! Have you tried the 90's look? Are you as obsessed with velvet as I am? Leave a comment below.