Is It possible to have a deep fulfilling and passionate love affair with your neighborhood? My answer is YES. Si. Oui. Today, my U Street/Adams Morgan DC Neighborhood Love Affair took me to Pleasant Pops (@pleasantpops), one of my favorite places to eat and drink locally grown organic food and yummy beverages like my summer favorite, blueberry lemonade. Pleasant Pops is located on 18th Street, NW and Florida Avenue below Mint Gym (corner of California Street). Since the DC weather is a little chilly, I ordered a cup of the Paris black tea to warm up and keep me company as I prepped for a creativity coaching session and read a few chapters in Austin Kleon’s “Steal Like An Artist.” If you are in DC on September 28th, drop by Pleasant Pops to celebrate its second anniversary from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Happy Friday! Have you celebrated the summer season with friends in your local neighborhood? This month, I am making sure I connect and see old and new friends at my favorite spots in my neighborhood. Last night, I put on my purple Ann Taylor Loft t-shirt and turquoise shorts, and walked over to 14th and W Streets, NW (in DC) in my Muji canvas tennis shoes to meet my cousin, Sharon (@bfly78) at Judy’s Restaurant and Bar. We had a great time catching up over lite snacks. The night before I had chai tea with a friend and chatted outside of Whole Foods at 14th and P Streets, NW.
We’ve got 23 days left in August. So put on your t-shirt, shorts, flip flops or tennis shoes. Let your hair down (if you’ve got hair to let down). Call your friends and make a date to hang out in your neighborhood. Do it on a budget. It doesn’t have to be expensive. Pick a local cafe or your favorite spot to eat something you love, ice cream, drink smoothies or fresh juice, have tea or coffee, or grab a drink. Shop at a farmer’s matket. Do a window shopping tour of your favorite boutiques. Spend the evening listening to live music. Take a walk or a yoga class. Go for a run. Check out a gallery. Hang out in the park. Enjoy your friends and your local neighborhood. #anntaylorloft #theloft #muji
7/31🇺🇸#FirstLady #Michelle #Obama listens as #PresidentObama speaks at an event titled “A Celebration of #SpecialOlympics and A #UnifiedGeneration” to mark the #anniversary of the Special Olympics Singers #KatyPerry and #StevieWonder performed as other A-list #celebrities, world-famous #athletes and #American #legends were in attendance, including #GayleKing of #CBS #ThisMorning and #tennisstar #AndyRoddick, both seated with #FLOTUS #flotusnews (at The White House, East Room)
Tonight’s July #DigitalSisterhood Meetup at the @lovenfaithcafe (2424 14th Street, NW in DC) was fantastic. Faith, the owner of @lovenfaithcafe, joined the meetup discussion with @shannon_rhp and @valerietrammel. The winner of the #DigitalSisterhood mug was @shannon_rhp. Thanks @lovenfaithcafe for your wonderful smoothies and blueberry cake. Many thanks to @shannon_rhp and @valerietrammel for attending tonight’s meetup.
DMV Digital Sisters celebrate #DigitalSisterhood Wednesday with me tonight at the #DigitalSisterhood July Meet Up from 7-8:30PM at Love ‘n’ Faith Cafe, 2424 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC. The topic is “Using Your Digital Citizenship to Give Back.” I’ll be sharing highlights from my #BlogHer14 conference participation (see #BlogHer14 photo collage) as a veteran blogger mentor and event producer for the @BlogHer second annual #MultiCulti Party. The first 3 people who arrive will receive a #BlogHer14 goodie. Copies of my new book, “Digital Sisterhood” will be available for sale. See you tonight!
Learning from author @JohnHopeBryant at SunTrust’s Hope Inside event in DC.
DMV Digital Sisters celebrate #DigitalSisterhood Wednesday at the July Digital Sisterhood Network Meet Up on 7/30 from 7-8:30PM at Love ‘n’ Faith Cafe, 2424 14th Street, NW in DC (located at 14th Street & Florida Avenue, NW — several blocks from U Street/Cardozo Metro Station). Love ‘n’ Faith Cafe is a woman-owned business. Register on Eventbrite: http://ow.ly/zGEBh.