Glam by Myra: Back to Basics Y'all

Monday, February 10, 2014

Most often times, the dumbest questions… are the ones not asked. Un-true, you can feel real dumb asking anything. Who cares though right? I get inundated with questions when people see my obsession…..I love for all things beauty and makeup. “Myra.. you have an addiction… Myra.. were you really ugly growing up?” Look y’all (and I can say y’all since I am reporting from the south..), beauty is fleeting.. and makeup...well it’s just fun.

My name is Myra.. I am 31 years fabulous and can say, without a doubt.. I am a MANIAC for all things makeup and beauty related. One could pinpoint the root of this, is my love of art. I always have always painted, sketched, doodled… what have you. So naturally...painting on your face everyday? Where do I sign? Many of my gorgeous friends often ask me questions and sometimes end up purchasing products I endorse and I love it! So when KV asked me to jump on board.. trepidation aside, I am in.. so jump we shall.

Most of the basic questions really are “where do I start?” Simple, your skin… it sucks to paint on a rough canvas.. your face is no different. I am no major export on skin care, I just know what works for me. Much of testing beauty products is understanding that what might work for you, might not work for someone else's chemistry. That being said, a few staple products that I live by are:

Price around $25
Why: Now, as someone who has heavily considered going under the spell of BoBo (not.. the bubble juice, for those who get that- but I am referring to Botox). I put it off, for many reasons and mainly cost. I have always tried to use some derivative of anti-wrinkle what have you. But, I needed to commit. It smells incredibly fresh, and scent is UBER important to me. I heard some good reviews on it via Mr. Google and gave it a go. A few bottles later.. I DEFINITELY notice a difference. Not only have my forehead wrinkles diminished-DAMN YOU Myra and your over expressive nature- but I have overall notices a firming in my skin. Now, has time gone backwards and are ALL my wrinkles gone? No, but I would say theres a vast difference.

Price $100 - $125
Why: This brush is, a game changer. You think you washed your skin.. and cleaned it enough? You are incorrect, this bad boy will make you feel squeaky clean without feeling like your skin was ripped off. I use the ‘pore diminishing’ head and I love it.  

Price $10 - $42
Why: Now, I used to swear by Clarins normal face wash. But I felt the need to change it up.. also my holy grail beauty guru Jaclyn Hill swears by Purity. I gave it a go, and have not turned back. It smells like Fruit Loops to me (I know, I had you at Loops..) and gets bubbly enough to make you feel like its getting in there. This in combo with with the Clarisonic, is akin to Jay-Z and Beyonce.

I tend to keep it simplistic with my skincare. I am sure it will evolve, as time goes on and wrinkles get more evident. But for now, this is my system I stick with and seems to work. #nocomplaints

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A Sugar and Champagne Affair

When you purchase a ticket to the Washington Humane Society's Sugar and Champagne Affair you can expect the following: cuddles and kisses from puppies in bow ties, enough dessert to put you in diabetic shock, and an endless river of champagne.

I know what you're thinking, sign me up! But A Sugar and Champagne Affair will get you so much more than the blissfully awesome obvious. Por ejemplo:
  • Top Chef Spike Mendhelsohn Eye Candy. That's right, I'm throwing away my journalistic integrity to publicly announce that I think this Canadian is smoking hot.
  • Shots! Shots! Shots! This blog post would not be complete without some love for the wonderfully quirky and inventive team at Bloomery Sweetshine Distillery who doled out shots (or in more genial terms..sippers) of their signature farm fresh hooch from a cigar box.
  • I have five words for you: Bacon. Candy. On. A. Stick. May the Lord bless your soul if you have not tried Chef Mathew Miller's melt in your mouth concoction of bacon and crystallized sugar. Not going to lie, I went back for seconds.
  • A chance to dress up and pretend you are a member of the Beautiful People's Club. 
  • When people think of dessert visions of cake and cookies usually pop into your mind. Sugar and Champagne puts the industry's best and brightest together so people go above and beyond the usual confectioneries: think vegan chocolate truffles, rice pudding, blood orange ice cream sandwiches, peanut macarons, candy coated popcorn and so much more.
  • No dog? No problem! This fabulous fête also featured several dogs for adoption. 
  • And most importantly a chance to applaud the everyday heroes who crusade against animal cruelty.
Photo from Famous DC

Industree's Young Blood Speaker Series

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Ice storm leftovers, painful five inch heels, and lack of parking options could not stop me from attending Industree's Young Blood Speaker Series last week. The all-star lineup included Marjorie Meek-Bradley, Executive Chef of Ripple and Roofer's Union, Erik-Bruner-Yang of Toki Underground, Steve Salis from &Pizza, and Brandon Skall from DC Brau: four of the food and beverage industry's most inspiring entrepreneurs under the age of 35.

Revelers got an inside peek into the brains of their operations and discussed the up's and down's of the industry, how they got started, building a brand, and how they turned passion into a successful business. 

Some interesting tidbits:
*Erik Bruner-Yang built much of Toki Underground with his bare hands in between bartending shifts at several different H Street restaurants. 
*Chef Marjorie Meek-Bradley recently served foodie royalty Alice Waters at Ripple and was almost stunned speechless.
*Steve Salis created &Pizza as an homage to his weekly Friday after school pizza dates with his grandma and grandpa.
*When asked about how recent policy change (Obamacare and minimum wage increase) was going to affect their current business, all business owners agreed that they have a social responsibility to invest in their employees well-being.
*When asked about online review sites, all business owners agreed that while individual reviews can be anxiety inducing, it is a good tool to benchmark their overall performance as a whole and look for trends on what is working and what is not working in their kitchen's.

I recently attended a similar roundtable discussion a few months ago featuring several well-known chefs who have been in the business for a long time. The viewpoint from these younger entrepreneurs was very refreshing to listen to and I feel more strongly connected to their brand and vision at the end of the day. 

As a girl who attends dozens of networking events a month, I was really surprised by how interesting, hip, and focused this event was. The handcrafted cocktails and light bites from &Pizza and Pie Sisters were an added plus as well! I am definitely looking forward to the next installment of the Young Blood series.

Photo by Industree 

Yelp's Suits and Sips at Read Wall

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

As the Yelp DC Community Manager, my official job description is to connect great local businesses with our online community. For someone like me it is the best job over...I love meeting the passionate and innovative people that make DC a better place to live.

We recently partnered with Read Wall, a District based menswear designer focused on classic American styling, quality and craftsmanship.  It was a casual Sunday afternoon and Yelpers celebrated the art of looking and feeling good with suit fittings and discounts by Read Wall, cocktail tastings by Copper Fox Distillery, corporate massages by Manicures-n-Motion, light bites, and friendly games of ping pong.

To check out what others had to say about the event, click here.

If you are interested in finding out about our FREE Meet the Business Owner parties that Yelp hosts every month, sign up for a free account to stay in the know. 

Photos courtesy of David Dang.

Violet at Ford's Theatre

As the oldest of five kids, aged 29 to 14, it is hard to find the time to get together with my entire family. Think the Kardashians, minus the plastic surgery, crazy and fame and add Boy Scout Meetings, volunteer outings, work events, weddings, baby showers, and general mundane life in general.

Last Sunday, as a special treat, my two sisters, mom and I got the chance to see Violet which was just beginning it's run at Ford's Theatre. Directed by Tony-nominated Jeff Calhoun (from Broadway’s Newsies which was one of my favorite musicals growing up), Violet told the story of a young woman traveling across the South in search of a miracle. Featuring themes of love, courage, beauty, and self worth in a time when the US was going through a major change itself. Music was a dynamic mix of bluegrass, gospel, country and rock.

If you are looking for a great date night idea for your significant other or mother, I highly recommend this show! I think many people will relate to the themes of the show and if not....just sit back and listen to the incredibly soulful and soothing deep voice of Flick (played by Kevin McAllister, no relation to the guy from Home Alone).

Playing January 24 - February 23
Get your tickets here!

Whisk-ey Me Away to Rí Rá Georgetown

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Last week, I braved the extreme winter weather and Georgetown's cobblestone streets in heels for the opening of Rí Rá! Having gone to college in the DC area, I am very familiar with the Arlington Rí Rá which is packed to the brim with drunk twenty somethings gyrating to an eighties cover band every weekend. Not like there is anything wrong with that, but the new Rí Rá fits my more adult sensibilities.

The main portion of the restaurant handsome wooden bar, beautiful etched windows, and glamorous chandeliers. Go up the stairs and enter their specialty whiskey room and participate in a "Whiskey Duel" - - an exciting activity to entertain the whiskey aficionado and novice with the nuances of different whiskeys from around the globe. If this sounds too dangerous for you, they also offer their extensive whiskey list by the glass as well.

Don't expect your average pub food either: I dined and wined on fish and chips in the cutest paper cones, fried macaroni and cheese bites, pork belly grilled cheese sandwiches, and the most amazing cocktail invention ever, the Black Velvet, a champagne and Guinness concoction.

I was able to speak to the owner for a bit and was very impressed his vision for the bar. My husband was especially pleased to find out that they will be opening at 7 in the morning to watch all of the pre-World Cup madness. 

Yelpers have the same sentiment,  Max H reports: "Decor is breathtaking and the whisky bar sublime--I could spend a whole day lounging here." To read what others have to say click here.

Photo provided by Rí Rá Georgetown

Social Calendar: February 3 - 9

Wednesday, February 5, 6 - 9 pm, A Sugar and Champagne Affair

Satisfy your sweet tooth and your soul at the 2014 Sugar and Champagne Affair! This celebration honors the Washington Humane Society Field Officers, Educators, and community animal advocates for their lifesaving efforts. Honor these heroes at Sugar and Champagne with celebratory cocktails, cakes, cookies, and more form over 80 of the area's best chefs! While this event is BYOD (bring your own dog), there will be plenty there for adoption, too!

Tickets: $150 for VIP admission, $90 for general admission

Thursday, February 6, 5 - 8:30 pm, Phillips After 5: Nordic Lights 

Brilliant colors inspire this Phillips After 5. Create Lite Brite masterpieces and experience the Nordic Lights through innovative lamp designs from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden. Short films, small bites, and beers from the region are also featured.  

Tickets: $10 for students, $12 for general public, free for members

Friday, February 7, 8:00 pm, 11th Annual SOME Jr Gala

The SOME Junior Gala is an evening of cocktails and dancing for young professionals held every February. The event supports SOME's Affordable Housing programs for the homeless and very low income.

Proceeds from the event, which will be held on February 7, 2014 at The Corcoran Gallery of Art, will support SOME’s housing programs that will open as part of our Affordable Housing Initiative.

 Tickets: $85 per person

To find out more events that are going on in the city please click here.

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