Corn Salad with Shrimp

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Corn Salad is usually reserved for the summer. In fact the recipe was from a Real Simple Cookbook I picked up at whole foods two years ago. The weather has been so cray lately, one minutes I’m wearing a moto, the next minute I’m wearing shorts. Today was one of those days. I shed my jacket and craved something cold but spicy. Something that I could eat a day later and it would taste even better. 

I didn’t change much of this. I added poached shrimp using a mix of water, lime juice, and a half of jalapeno. 

The recipe can be found here, and you can substitute your cheeses I’m sure. I think this would be great with goat cheese as well. Since I basically copied this and only added one thing I won’t copy the recipe here. 

 

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Enjoy

_Elle 

 

 

Jumpsuits and Horns

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Let me say that Eloquii has the best Social media team, no idea who’s running that account but they make me want to give them all of my money! I love this brand, and since relaunching I have supported them even more. They have a great mix of pieces for women who are in the middle when it comes to plus size fashion. A bit of edge, but still classy. I bought my first jumpsuit about a month ago from them. It’s so comfortable for me, and I love the backless detail without showing too much skin. It fits my 5’8 frame perfectly in terms of length. I love an all black outfit, so some reason I feel like such a badass! 

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Eloquii Short Sleeve Tie Waist Jumpsuit Found Here | Forever 21+ quilted faux leather jacket Found Here | ASOS Halloween Devil Clutch Bag Found Here

 

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 Special shoutout to Dani who posted this Halloween clutch on her blog check out the post here! So many cute options just in time for halloween, and the fall! I have no idea if I’m going out for halloween, but I kinda need to do this! I’ve been giving myself time to catch up on my comics and think I want to do a Poison Ivy or Harley Quinn costume. What do you think? Are you dressing up for Halloween? 

Sona Creamery

 Guess who belongs to a Foodie Club now?  This girl! My  friend Jessica who runs Adventures of A Repatriate invited me out to join her and few other awesome foodies for brunch. It was their second meetup and who am I to decline? I heard from at least two people that Sona Creamery was all that. I ignored the place each time I made a run for District Taco it’s neighbor. I grabbed my camera, because you know these were a special group of folks who understood, no touching until all the pictures are taken.  Sona is run by a husband and wife team that’s super passionate about cheese. I love that it’s DC only on-site creamery, so they have fresh cheeses being made in-house! 

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I expected just about everything to be made of cheese, but I learned that they had yummy scones and other menu items like a lamb burger and fries. The peanut butter sauce  was delicious on their chocolate chip scones. The owners were nice enough to serve us “family” style.  The food was delicious, I even tried their version of poutine. It was nothing like what i’m used to but it kinda reminded me a child hood favorite of mine. 

 

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Each month they switch up the cheeses. They even had fresh butter with pop rocks on top. Weird right? Guess what, that butter was perfect! So smooth and creamy, and honestly the pop rocks were fun plays on texture in real time. The tray came with lots of bread, and different accompaniments like jams, pickled veggies, and mustard. They all paired well with each other. I enjoyed every cheese, even a weird Gorgonzola that was super strong. 

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French Toast above, it came with on a dollop of Toma Della Rocca Cheese, topped with maple syrup and bacon jam.

 

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Farmers Breakfast, Cheese with Honey, French Bread, Sausage, and a lightly fried egg. I would totally come back for this. 

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Eggs Benedict 

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Vegetable Frittata 

 

Overall everything was delicious, some dishes weren’t my taste but it had nothing to do with the quality. Everything here is fresh, and well prepared. The service was great, and  we received samples of their drinks. Not a big fan of Bloody Mary’s but they had a really spicy one, and I tasted it (and had the worst reaction). I suppose it was delicious because Jessica took mine. I loved the mimosa made with POM juice and Vodka as well. Overall it was a wonderful experience for a cheese lover like me. I will definitely be back and I’d suggest it if you know a serious cheese lover. 

If you’re in the Eastern Market Area make sure you go and visit Sona Creamery! 

Website 

660 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, DC 20003

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Granny Smith Galette

 

 

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Life has been a blur. Classes have started again, and I barely know what day it is anymore. One thing is for sure, I’ve been eating out way too much, and I’ve gained ten pounds of my twenty-three lost. I’ve made so many excuse for why I’m eating out. “I’ll get back on track tomorrow”, “I’m gonna get a salad” (ends up getting mac and cheese and chicken). I can honestly say that last week I managed to have mac and cheese everyday almost. It was awesome but I realize my skirt barely closed.  Anyway, I lost all motivation to cook because I was so behind on my classes. I found myself wandering off to Facebook, Twitter, and Bloglovin. It was insane how much I go on these sites, knowing full well everybody else is doing their own thing. Please sign me up for FB Anonymous. I finally found a block site, and voila, a girl is all caught up. 

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I’ve managed to cook for the entire week, and I couldn’t go without having some sort of delicious treat. It’s so easy, and trust me easy and simple is my new motto with all of this work. I was inspired by this galette recipe from Real Simple. Galette’s are so easy if you’re okay with using store bought pie crust, which honestly, I don’t have time for fresh pie crust.  It taste so delicious and so tart, I prefer granny smith apples the most, they are so sweet. Of course you can use any apple you want, but be sure to peel the skin first  Check out my version down below. 

 

Ingredients

  1. 1 refrigerated rolled piecrust
  2. 2 granny smith apples (peeled and thinly sliced)
  3. 4 tablespoons confectioners sugar
  4. 2 tablespoons unsalted butter (thinly sliced)
  5. Cinnamon (optional)
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 375° F with the rack in the lowest position.
  2. Place the piecrust on a parchment-lined baking sheet of baking sheet sprayed lightly with Canola or Veggie Oil
  3. Peel the apples, core them, and use mandolin to thinly slice your apples.
  4. Toss is 2 tablespoons of sugar.
  5. Leaving a 2-inch border, top with apples. Sprinkle with 1 tablespoon of the sugar and wedge in the butter between apple slices, and on top.
  6. Fold the edges of the dough toward the center, overlapping slightly and partially covering the fruit. Brush the dough with 2 teaspoons water and sprinkle with the remaining tablespoon of sugar.
  7. Bake until the juices are bubbling and the crust is golden 35 to 40 minutes.
  8. Dust with powered sugar and cinnamon.
Notes
  1. Tent with foil if the crust browns too quickly.

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If you make this, I really hope you enjoy it. I think a nice high quailty vanilla bean ice-cream would be amaze with this.  What’s your favorite quick sweet treat? 

 

Turkey Club with Old Bay Mayo

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Sometimes I get nostalgia whenever i’m in my kitchen. I’m reminded of how my grandmother did something that I was doing.  After all it’s because of her that I know my way around the kitchen. Cooking is relaxing …almost like yoga, depending on who you ask. My mom will bring home something and I’m taken back to a time in childhood when she would bring food home and it was probably something that I didn’t like but was still curious about. I can’t count how many time my mom would take a heavy sigh as I asked a thousand and one questions about what she was eating, and what it taste like. Then I’d finally ask to try some being the adventurous kid that I was when it came to food. I had no issue asking and then tasting. The Turkey Club was one of those things she’s bring home and before you knew it I was trying to fit my child sized mouth over this 2 layer sandwich.  
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As I got older Turkey Clubs have been one of my favorite sandwiches. I loved the taste of doughy toasted bread slathered in mayo, the saltiness of crispy bacon, and cold turkey. I personally never liked turkey but on a club it tasted like heaven. In honor of International Bacon Day (August 30) I decided to share one my favorite way to enjoy a turkey club. This club is so delicious and so easy to make. The star of the sandwich is the Old Bay Mayo if offers a delicious flavor to everything. 

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What you will need:

3 slices of Italian bread

4 oz low sodium turkey

4 slices of Swiss cheese

Romaine lettuce

Slices of Tomato

2 heaping tablespoons of mayo

1/2 teaspoon of Old Bay Seasoning

Directions:

Toast the slices of bread.

In a small bowl mix mayo and old bay seasoning.

Spread the Mayo on all three slices of toast.

With the slice of bread, mayo side up layer lettuce, tomato, turkey, bacon and cheese.

Top with another slice of toast mayo side up and layer again in the same order.

Top with last slice of toast mayo side down.

 

If you want more bacon recipes for National Bacon Day check out the links below! 

Denim Shorts

 

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Top| New York and Company Here

Shorts | Asos Similar Here 

Shoes| Espirt Similar Here

Necklace- Atlantis Dry Goods 

 

 

I really thought my summer would be full of cute outfits and things. I have found myself wearing these denim shorts more and more. I wore them here before. To be honest they give a mom jeans vibe when I wear them. They are beyond comfortable though. They don’t slouch, they don’t ride up when my thigh meat touches. They are basic, but still my favorites. I wore them with a crop top because it’s been cooler around the city lately. My shoes are a cute and comfy and from Marshalls. I still get a lot of stares because  I have no shame about wearing crop tops outside in public. They will live. 

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My blowout held on for awhile after going for a second time. I’m so impressed with the fact that I have a ponytail. Small but it’s there!

Life Lately

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My July resolution was to get out more, and have fun. It’s the middle of summer right? This month I explored, ate, and traveled. I started the month off by visiting Rural Society for a Media tasting. I can say that everything there was delicious! If you can get there, please go, delicious Spanish and Italian inspired food from Argentina. I tasted a few things for the first time that night. Sweetbread, and Blood Sausage. I take pride in being adventurous enough to eat that blood sausage. One too many episode of the F-word on BBC. 

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Rural Society is a must. If you’re near the area check them out. My friend D, did a blog post on our experience there, check it out here

Loews Madison Hotel – 1177 15th Street NW Washington, DC 20005 – 202-587-2629

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My next cool event was the Yelp 10 Year anniversary. I’ve developed an unhealthy obsession with my Yelp App. So when Vivy sent me the link for their celebration I knew I had to be there. I applied and found out I was selected to go. The bonus is that it was right in my neighborhood. I have to tell you for those who don’t know, S.E. DC is divided into two. You have your section near the stadium, and the marine barracks that people flood for good food, and the flea market. Then you have home east of the river. Mostly residential a little rough in some areas but overall still rich in history.  I grew up here, but I know that for many of my friends visiting me was their first time in the area ever. So when I saw that Yelp decided to host their event at the Anacostia Art Center, I was so ecstatic. I come by this place to visit Vintage and Charmed all the time. I blogged about them here.  

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Everything was delicious and you can see my review on yelp here. It was my first time having fresh oysters  and I must say they are delicious. I’ve only had them fried before.  I can’t wait to go somewhere and have them again. I also had the most delicious doughnuts from District doughnut. My favorite was the Key Lime Pie. I love Key Lime anything. We also had a paint bar which was pretty amazing. All of the deets are in my review if you’re interested in the businesses. Vivy, Kristen and I had a blast. 

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By the way, playing up lippies lately. After eating this one faded but I’m thinking a video of mixing lipsticks for new colors is needed after this. 

Next up was getting out with my ladies. My mom and aunt Sherri. We are lazy bums to be totally honest we relax for the most part during the weekend. We cook, eat, and basically lay around with Hulu/Netflix. For the past couple of weekends we’ve been going out for a few hours to explore DC. this time we went to a few museums and we had a great time. I’m a native here, so the thought of walking around the Mall when it’s hot is still crazy to me. 

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Inside of the Native American History Museum. I really love coming here. My grandmother was apparently part Native American and we have family from the Shinnecock Tribe in New York so it’s always nice to see artifacts and pieces from the tribes.

 

 

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Randomly feel back in love with my love for comics after a conversation with my uncle. When I was a kid i read these all the time with him, we watched cartoons, we watched star trek and star wars movies all day because we didn’t have cable. It was fun, and today I’m a proud nerd girl because of it. When I found out that Storm got her own series of comics I took my lunch to go across town to start my collection up again. It was nice to take some time to enjoy this. Life is a blur with so much information coming at us. Everything seems to be so negative, wars, fighting, violence, and politics, trust me find something that takes your mind off it. 

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I also pretty much stalked Ted Bulletin restaurant for the last two weeks. It all started with me and mom popping in for a quick bite. I had this Cobb salad that honestly is so good that I’ve been googling these onions. Fried chicken tenders? Sign me up please! 

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I ended up coming back because I wanted eggs so bad. This was the breakfast platter. Can I say that this plate tasted like home. It tasted like something my grandmother would have whipped up. Cheesy eggs, hash brown, delicious Italian sausage patties. Ugh, so amazing and good. 

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The very last time I went which made 3 times in 2 weeks. I got a short rib sandwich because for the next 30 days I’m going meat free. A side of Mac and Cheese and a fine waiter. I was done. I could live at this place if I didn’t think I would come out the door weighing 600 lbs. I’ve never had a bad day there. 

Check them out if you’re in DC. They have three locations now check them out here

508 8th Street SE, Washington, DC 20003 Phone: 202.544.8337

 

Lastly the exciting wedding that I was waiting for all year. My friend Shella of The Everyday Catwalk was set to wed the love of her life at Oheka Castle in Long Island. I knew this would be a grand affair and indeed it was. Vivy and I took a drive up there and that roadtrip alone was hilarious and music filled. She’s definitely my go to road tripper. 

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The wedding was amazing. I didn’t catch the bouquet but in the process of trying to catch it. I slapped someone by accident. Everything was gorgeous, the food, the fireworks, dancing, the tons of sweets and drinks. It was so overwhelming and fun at the same time.  We also got to visit our boo-thang Waverly who made the big move to New York. She lives off Flatbush which is a big Caribbean community there. I loved it, and I love it every time i go to visit my family from Trinidad.  We all met up Blessings Cafe and Herb Shop. It was great, the food was fresh and they seemed to use the best ingredients to make their dishes. There was a limited menu but everything was delish. Check them out here if you’re in Brooklyn. 663 Flatbush Ave. Prospect Lefferts GardensNY11225 (basically Brooklyn).

 

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Adventures in DC - EatStylePlay-07 My latest conquest is that i’m going meat free (Pork, Chicken, Beef) …I’m edging off seafood for awhile too but I honestly find it hard to not eat anything. So I ventured out to try a vegan restaurant. Everlasting Life Cafe which is now Evolve cafe is located in Takoma Park. They use tofu and some kind of way cook it in a way that mimics meat so well. I tried the Southern Fried Chick un with Vegan mac and cheese. It was actually really delicious. I’ll be back there to try everything else there. Look them up here on Yelp.

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 So there’s a recap of what’s been going on in the past month. I must say I was impressed with myself, and I had a ton of fun while getting to know myself, and my friends. 

Outlander

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Drive STI was crazy kind enough to let me test drive a Mitsubushi Outlander for a week. There’ something about the smell of a new car that makes you want to drive more. I currently own a 2008 Nissan Versa, and when I say I get zero excitement from driving around the city, I mean it. This SUV was so good, that I went out every night during the week just to drive it around. It’s such a breeze to drive. At first I was intimidated by it’s size. I got in and immediately felt like I wouldn’t be able to park it anywhere. This SUV was fully loaded and had so many cool features like the HD radio, and Fuse hands free system. There was little to complain about with this SUV. I worried about the cost of gas only to find out that it has a Eco feature that conserves gas but made the car feel like it was going slower than other cars around me. I finally got the hang of it and used the ECO feature when I was on the highway. I know it sounds crazy but longer stretches of road caused for steady driving as oppose to city driving. 

 

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This SUV had so much space, I’m 5’8 and I need all the leg room! I’m in love with any vehicle that will let me feel like my feet dangle as if i’m in a chair. It makes driving so much easier for me. Less foot cramps, less strain on my driving leg. There was also this amazing feature of dual air/heat settings. One for my side, and other for the passenger. After tinkering with it for awhile I was able to set my to a warmer temp because I’d prefer to feel warm in any situation in life. We didn’t realize until we got in New York city that the Outlander had a sun roof, which I absolutely love.

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 My favorite part of the SUV was the GPS and Radio. I listen to music everyday for the most part. I need to hear some many genres I never stick to one when I’m listening to streams. You have the option to link up your Apple devices and listen straight from your iPod, you can also link your phone to the cars bluetooth and listen to Pandora or Spotify. If that wasn’t enough Mitsubishi Outlanders come fitted with  Sirius radio capabilities. All of those options made my long drive to Long Island bearable and of course having someone to chat with. Our favorite station was the 2K station, and the Blend Station. I found so many artist with that Blend Station. 

The built in GPS made everything easy peezy when it came to finding the hotel, gas stations, and food spots. I truly appreciate it because I’m forced to use my cell phone which was ancient and you know the battery was dunzo in about an hour. One of my last errands in this care was to upgrade my cell phone too. 

 

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Lets get to the important stuff. When i took my drivers test I practiced parking so much that I was a self proclaimed Parking Queen. I did so well that I didn’t get to show them my driving skills and I was super bummed. I kept thinking “I don’t need this rear camera” when parking. Let me say this, this camera was amazing and so helpful. I manage to park even better then I normally do each time. It also helped big time since my neighborhood is full of kids who are spoiled rotten when it comes to car traffic. We’re always watching out for them because they dart out of nowhere. This camera put me at ease whenever I backed out. 

I also love the the Outlander features a number of safety features. Automatic wipers that seeme to sense water on the windshield. Sensors to alert you of lane changes and drifting. You can check out a small clip of how the Outlander has been awarded safety awards. 

 

 

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The Outlander can be converted into three rows or two with a lot of trunk space. The process was easy enough for us to figure out for the drive up to New York.  I had more than enough space for my huge Rent the Runway Box that housed my dresses, My overnight, Vivy’s Overnight bag, my shoes. More than enough space. Overall my experience with this SUV was amazing and I was so sad to give it back the Drive STI reps clearly are used to it. I handed over the keys with such a sad look and she just took them and went on her merry way. I’m not in the market for a new car, but I have definitely realized that when I am in the market I can handle a SUV like this. I got used to driving it in 30 minutes essentially. 

 

Interested in visiting a Mitsubishi Dealer? 

Check out the link here to find one near you. 

Check out more features and information about the Outlander here

This post of brought to you by Drive STI. I was not compensated and all opinion are my own. 

 

Luck Be A Lady

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A quick post on the awesomeness that is Rent the Runway. I know this online rental boutique has been around for awhile. I never checked it out because they didn’t cater to plus women. They do now and it’s amazing. While I’m hoping they get to know a few other brands for us, they saved me this weekend. I was lost all of last week looking for a dress for a very formal wedding I attended this past weekend. I searched all over, Asos, Macys, and Nordstroms. All of which cater to plus woman, still some of my favorites. However, when would I need the gown again? I had no plans on wearing it again if I paid 300 bucks for one day. 

So I begin searching on Rent the Runway, which you can join by clicking–> here. I was so confident and excited that I lost 20lbs I got ahead of myself and picked this gorgeous number in a size 16. Well, it didn’t fit, not even close. So that same night, I packed it and sent it back that night since UPS is open much later than USPS. I called up the stylist, nervous because I was to leave Saturday morning and hoped, that something else could be shipped by Friday. Amazingly, I called 40 mins before “last call” and I chose a gorgeous Adrianna Papell dressed called “Luck Be a Lady”. I was worried that the color wasn’t summer enough but it worked out well. It came Friday, and was there to greet me when I came home from work. This time I was smart enough to take advantage of ordering the same dress in a larger size just in case. This 16 was a perfect fit. 

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Overall, I was in love with this dress, Rent the Runway was amazing in helping me fix my situation so quickly. They also offer a $25.00 off coupon code for first time renter. You can register here  and peek around for the next big event you have. They’ve expanded to jewelry, handbags, sunnies, and Bridal accessories including veils, and things. Happy renting! 

_Elle

 

 

*THis is not a sponsored post, but signing up through my link will yield me a credit for referrals. *

Blo Blow Dry Bar

 

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I have to confess, I’ve never had my hair professionally blown out. I was invited to the new Blo Blow Dry Bar to give it a go. I was so nervous with having one of the kinkiest textures of hair out there, I didn’t think it would go well. I called twice solely to make sure there would be a stylist that knew how to work with my hair. I walked in and it was pretty amazing. I was greeted by Laurie who is a franchise partner. She was so nice and kind enough to show me around while I waited to be seen. I checked out the hair menu and decided on a sleek style. Once I got my hair shampooed with the yummiest smelling  Unite products, which I think I might buy on my own.  I sat in Patrice’s chair, she sectioned my hair, detangled and got to work. Well,  she got to work and the end result was straighten hair that wasn’t burned like my last attempt to blow dry my hair. She flat-ironed my hair and the end result was gorgeous. I’ve been converted and proven wrong. I’m not sure if today was the best day to get this because DC is humid hell. The sky threatened to rain on me all day and then I went to an event where my hair fell. Regardless, I love the end result, nothing a few hair rollers won’t fix tonight. 

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Such a cool experience, and I’ll definitely be back. The service was quick which is the only way I’d come in a hair salon. My past experiences lasted much longer before I decided to wear my hair natural. I couldn’t see myself in the salon for hours like I did in the past. I can’t wait to see how my hair comes out the next day since my curls tend to fall the day I put them in. Blo also offers waxing services, manicures, and pedicures. The last thing I really love is that they are affordable. The one con is that they don’t cut. Which I assume keeps the prices low, you can always get a trim elsewhere but Blo is the place to go to get it it sleek and soft. I’m so obsessed with how soft my hair is. 

Blow Blow Dry Bar has two locations in the DC area, one in Dupont and one Gaithersburg. 

blo dupont

2126 P Street NW
Washington, DC 20037
202 293 2256
blodupont@blomedry.com

blo gaithersburg

317 Ellington Boulevard

Gaithersburg, MD 20878
301 216 0256
blogaithersburg@blomedry.com