Absolute Favorites

It’s been a rough workweek with endless meetings, deadlines that had to be met, along with weather conditions that had the mid-Atlantic under intense cloud cover with severe rain. The ground has been saturated for the past two weeks making it difficult to work in the garden.
Then all of a sudden the sun came out after weeks in hiding, and when looking out the kitchen window I noticed the peonies drooping. So, I grabbed the camera, headed outdoors to photograph these gorgeous blooms before they disappeared.  {Peonies at Heath after the rain storm}

{Martini’s made with Hendricks gin and a boozy Vietnamese dessert}

Eddie V’s
7900 Tysons One Place
McLean, Virginia
{703} 442-4523
Weekends are for relaxing so, when the invitation came for cocktails at Eddie V’s, I couldn’t travel fast enough to Tyson’s One in McLean. Seriously, who can resist cocktails and dessert.


Stylish Sites

IMG_3466{The formal gardens at Oak Alley in Vacherie, Louisiana}

Here are a few favorites to enjoy this weekend!

  1. When in college I did a paper on Georgia O’Keefe and while researching found her personal life to be absolutely fascinating, well she continues to not disappoint in the following article: Georgia O’Keeffe’s Younger Man. Also, the Tate Modern Museum in London will present a major retrospective of the American modernist, Georgia O’Keefe a century after her New York debut from July 6th to October 30, 2016.
  2. How Jamaica Fell for the Desert Boot: The Story of Reggae’s Love Affair With Clarks.
  3. A Sweet Indulgence
    Sugar rush in a delicious treat that I made yesterday using only a few ingredients!!
  4. Shooting Tips for All You iPhone Photographers
    Instead of carrying my huge Canon around regularly I found these useful photography tips when using my iPhone.
  5. The Grackle
    This butterfly and moth list is most inspiring for the summer garden!

Stay stylish,






A Few Favorites


Freer Sackler Gallery
If you are in the Washington DC area plan a visit to the Freer Sackler Gallery (Smithsonian Museum of Asian Art) to see the Roads to Arabia exhibit. Here you will find archaeological and historical artifacts from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. These beautiful objects will be on display until February 24, 2013, a definite must see.

Grace’s Mandarin
After a busy afternoon of museum hopping or even shopping, you have to try the salt & pepper chicken wings or the pan-fried calamari from Grace’s Mandarin at the National Harbor. There is a three-story waterfall, a 33-foot Buddha and a spectacular view of the Potomac River. The décor is an exquisite red which reminds me of the shops and streets of Shanghai.

Saks Salon & Spa
Having regular facial treatments with Quy from the Saks Salon and Spa at Tysons II is a definite must. She is a fabulous aesthetician and a consummate professional. Always willing to share her beauty techniques and wisdom with all who are devoted to maintaining their complexions. My visits to the Spa are a wonderfully relaxing treat. Book your session soon!!!

SH2 Soft Jazz Playlist
Music has always been an integral and important part to relaxing in our home. Soft jazz or classical music are constantly playing as a soothing backdrop. These songs are relaxing and the perfect way to decompress after a hectic day! Try adding these tunes to your playlist and enjoy!!

  1. Wave by Oscar Peterson on Motions & Emotions
  2. I Love You by Leonard Brothers on A Simpler Place
  3. Ste. Tropez by Phil Sheeran on Orchid
  4. Quiet Moments by Lonnie Liston Smith on Explorations
  5. Just Give Me A Chance by Peter White on Good Day
  6. Celebration by Norman Brown on Celebration
  7. Anything and Everything by Chieli Minucci on Renaissance  

Enjoy your day of luxury,