A Few Favorites (2)

IMG_0904{Snowfall on Lawyers Road last Monday, March 25th}

Spring Seeds
Over the winter I drafted then planned the vegetable and herb gardens onto paper. Now with great anticipation a variety of seed packets have begun arriving and I cannot wait to get into the garden to plant greens, beans, watercress, garlic and parsley.

Walters Art Museum
This gallery located in Baltimore, Maryland is a pubic art museum and a fabulous spot to spend an afternoon perusing its collections. One of my favorite pieces is The Madonna of the Candelabra by Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino (Raphael ca. 1513, Renaissance), which was the first Madonna painted by Raphael to enter a North American collection.

Massage Envy
Having the 90-minute massage with Zach this past weekend was the ultimate stress reducer which helped me unwind so completely that I looked as if I had a facial. Consider massage as a necessary component to your health and beauty regime by establishing a regular treatment plan at Massage Envy.

Clyde’s of Reston
It is always a treat to meet up with the girls to have lunch, but this week T3 and I had a great time at Clyde’s chatting and catching-up while sharing the Asian Calamari tossed with sweet and sour sauce, scallions and cilantro, which was absolutely delicious. After lunch there is always shopping at Chico’s, where we met a fabulous new friend Sibyl. She was extremely creative in regards to fashion and full of innovative ideas.

SH2 Soft Jazz Playlist
As always music is constant in our home, here are a few additional songs to enrich your playlist!

  1. Waters Run Deep by Bolero Orchestra on Pure Acoustic Moods
  2. Desafinado by Leonard Brothers on Time After Time
  3. Samba 1000 (Nicola Conte) by Ursula 1000/Nicola Conte on Den of Thieves: The Sound of the 18th Street Lounge
  4. Sabor a Mi by Kenny G on Rhythm & Romance
  5. Bella Serra by Larry Rauch on Our Time
  6. Snowbound by The Rippingtons on Curves Ahead
  7. Down in Brazil by Leonard Brothers on Time After Time

Have a luxurious day!!


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,