We were honored to attend the Grand Opening of Mazu Asia on Friday night surrounded by some fabulous people dining on scallop skewers, roasted duck rolls, and Singha beer! Even Mayor Fenty seemed to enjoy himself at the new restaurant located downtown at 1100 New York Ave NW. The atmosphere was amazing but of course we enjoyed the swag bags the most- packed with hats, polo shirts, date books, key chains, and more!
I am vertically challenged. Although I still have hopes to be five foot 10 one day since my bones haven't yet fused (byproduct of the MENs), Jimmy Choo and his 5-inch stilettos have answered my prayers so I don't hold my breath.
Sublet mixes chic style with sustainable fabrics... and it has pockets! It comes in white, black and olive green and is made out of bamboo, organic cotton, and a little bit of spandex!
The National Walk for Epilepsy will be held this Saturday, March 29th to raise money for the foundation which supports people who have seizures and allows them the opportunity to participate in all of life's experiences. It'll be held on the National Mall from 8-11am, check out the website to get more information on registering and donating.
You know how whenever a cartoon character gets a "bright" idea a little light bulb clicks on above their heads? Well know that light bulb can go green!
I have gotten dozens (maybe close to 100) emails asking me for tips on how to go green at home. One of the easiest ways is by changing all of your lightbulbs to CFL light bulbs. Energy Star qualified light bulbs use about 75% less energy than standard incadescent bulbs and last up to 10x longer. Although the bulbs cost more initially, about twice as much as traditional bulbs, each bulb will save you about $30 or more in electricity costs! I have 12 lights in my condo- thats $360! Maybe I can go purchase that Edun dress afterall...
One of the benefits of CFL light bulbs is they produce 75% less heat than traditional bulbs- they are far safer when you have that obnoxious crowd over for latenight and can reduce the costs of home cooling bills. Remember that you need a lower wattage than a typical bulb and kelvin temperature determines the color of the light emitted. Target is having a sale on bulbs now, you can get 2 for $2.98. Costco also has a pack of 13 for $10. Even my local CVS has the bulbs in the aisle, but they are a bit pricier- about $2 each.
When looking into purchasing bulbs, follow the steps provided by Christie Matheson in Green Chic (pages 8-13):
Room: Your Bathroom
Wattage: Choose a 23 bulb
Kelvin Temperature: 3000
Why: If you want to look gorgeous, you gotta be able to see everything in there!
Kelvin Temperature: 2700
Why: You want to see clearly-but not be caught in the glare if people are gathered around you!
Room: Living Room
Kelvin Temperature: 2700
Why: This is bright enough for reading and keeping you awake till Entourage comes on, but still lovely and inviting.
Wattage: 11 to 13
Kelvin Temperature: 1500-2700
Why: Go for the lower wattage and temp if you want to evoke candlelight in your boudoir- if you're a light-on kind of gal, try something a little brighter.
Reception & Silent Auction — 7pm
Last night I attended a sneak preview of the Newseum for TV media and Bloggers with Steve Chenevey and Nikki Burdine and we enjoyed the most incredible tour of the enormous addition to Pennsylvania Ave. Quite an educational evening, I think we all agreed the coolest part was the Hydraulic Elevators- the only hydraulic elevators in the United States! They have a capacity of 65 people and are completely made of glass, which makes for a phenomenal 360 degree view of all of the monuments and buildings- not to mention they put a bar in the back for Martinis during special events! The Newseum also boasts the largest High Def flat screen, over 40 feet! I would NOT want to see my face up there! The exhibits are really fascinating (okay so I did my thesis on, "How Advancing Communication Technologies Act as a Catalyst towards Political, Social, and Corporate Reformation" so this was right up my alley...geek!) If only this had been open while I was doing research, I could have had a lot more fun! This is going to be the first stop for me when guests come in to town, as the exhibits change daily- you can see the front pages of over 600 different newspapers in circulation! I really suggest checking it out when it opens up to the public on April 11th... I'll be back!
And if you cannot make the event, but still want to support the puppies, feel free to donate to the Washington Humane Society here!
This morning she sent me an invitation to join Inspire.com, a new venture she is working with that allows people to engage in support groups online and share new information, utilizing web in the best manner I can think of. Please take a few minutes to sign-up and invite friends who may be most comfortable to get support in the anonymity of the web, combined with the vast availability of knowledge. We all know someone afflicted by breast cancer, MS or mental illness. Sometimes we don't know the right thing to say, but at least Inspire.com can help point them in the right direction. The one thing I have learned about illness is that it affects more than just the person who got the results from the doctor- it affects your friends, family, employers, church groups, everyone. I have a feeling this may just change the world, and at the very least- inspire a lot of people who are looking for that flicker of inspiration somewhere in this vast world...