Saturday, December 5, 2009

Girl's Night Out - Fashionista Holiday Happy Hour

Grab your girlfriend and join The Fashionistas for their last 2009 event!
1020 U Street, N.W. 2nd floor above Lee's Flower Shop
Washington, DC
(Metro accessible, U Street Cardozo Metro Station)
The Fashionistas Present ...Beauty, Bags and Bangles HOLIDAY BAZAAR
A sophisticated happy hour featuring an evening of bargain shopping, holiday cheer, makeup marathon, glam goodie bags, haute raffle giveaways and MUCH MORE! Prices of good and services vary for each vendor. CASH ONLY
***Light appetizers will be served.***

For additional information: Find us on Facebook: Fashionista Flea Market or email via

Friday, December 4, 2009

Holiday Travel - Virginia's December Getaways

December girl getaways in Virginia are awaiting you! Throughout the area, there are several holiday events planned, perfect for escaping the season’s stress and reconnect with your girlfriends.

Here’s a taste of what Virginia has in store for the holidays:

Candlelight Tour
Alexandria is filled with historic homes, churches and taverns. Grab your mom or best girlfriend to visit them aglow with holiday cheer during a Historic Candlelight Tour. For one weekend only, take a candlelight special tour of Carlyle House, Gadsby's Tavern Museum, and the Lee-Fendall House. During the tour, enjoy seasonal decorations, entertainment and light refreshments. The event takes place on December 12 – 13, 2009. Advance ticket purchases are highly recommended and can be purchased online via Gadsby’s Tavern.

Kwanzaa Workshop
Curious about Kwanzaa or if you want to learn more, reserve space for you and a girlfriend to attend a fun, interactive program at the Alexandria Black History Museum. The Kwanzaa workshop will review the principles of the holiday, and show ways to make Kwanzaa gifts and crafts. The workshop is a great way to learn about the African American holiday and best of all it’s free! The workshop is held on December 12, 2009 - for more information, visit the museum’s website at

100 Miles of Lights
In the mood for a roadtrip? From Richmond to Hampton Roads, southern Virginia displays a fantastic 100 Miles of Lights. The light show displays amazing holiday lights and decor, events and travel packages throughout various cities. Visit the light festival and accomplish your holiday shopping with great combination packages. The Best Western’s Williamsburg 2/night holiday package includes tickets to Christmas at Busch Gardens and a $20 Prime Outlets gift card with rates starting at $144/night.

This is only a sample of what Virginia has to offer during the holidays! For tons more activities to spend time with your girlfriends, check out Virginia for the Holidays.


Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Holiday Travel - Potomac Mills Shopping

Gathering girlfriends together for Black Friday shopping? Before you make your list and check it twice, check out a few of these holiday specials for DC area’s Potomac Mills outlet mall:

Black Friday Shopping
After you fill up on turkey, take a quick nap and then head to Potomac Mills for Black Friday shopping. The Mills will open at MIDNIGHT, offering shoppers 21 hours of deals and steals for holiday gifts! The first 200 shoppers to arrive will receive a travel alarm clock and the mall will feature special events during the day like live music, cookie samples, Rejuvenation Station (Lounge) and more! Visit online for a listing of Sales (

Shop and Stay Getaways
Avoid the traffic rush and make a getaway out of your holiday shopping plans. Here’s a listing of Woodbridge, Virginia hotels that offer shopping packages, just in time for the holiday season.

Best Western
Starting at just $89.00!Package includes one night stay, complimentary deluxe continental breakfast, free Potomac Mills Coupon Book, well-equipped fitness room, free wireless internet access and more.

Comfort Inn
Starting at just $89.00+ Tax!
Package includes one night stay, complimentary hot breakfast buffet and FREE Potomac Mills Coupon Book. Brand new hotel, conveniently located off I-95, Exit 152B, and only 5 minutes from Potomac Mills. All of our spacious rooms feature a microwave and refrigerator, FREE wireless/wired high speed internet, FREE Sport & Health Club Guest Use, FREE Shuttle Van for Groups (10+ rooms). Hotel also features afternoon refreshments, business and fitness center, in-door heated pool and in-door heated hot tub.

Country Inn & Suites
Starting at just $109.00 plus tax.
Rate valid for a standard room with one king bed or two queen beds! Breakfast is included, plus receive a complimentary Potomac Mills Coupon Book! Fairfield Starting at just $109.00!Package includes Potomac Mills Coupon Book, Early Eats breakfast, indoor swimming pool, 24-hour coffee and tea, guest laundry, same-day dry cleaning, free in-room high-speed internet access and more.

For more Shop & Stay Getaways near Potomac Mills mall, visit online:

For more information on Potomac Mills, visit:
- Travel 101 for Potomac Mills tips.
- Lastest Potomac Mills postings.

Holiday Travel - Virginia Getaways

Plan a girlfriend getaway this holiday season and explore the best of what Virginia has to offer this season. Virginia has done as fantastic job of putting together heart-warming holiday events that are perfect to share with your girlfriends, mom or sisters. Mark your calendars for these girlfriend-worthy holiday events!

Festival of Trees
Load up the car with snacks and take a weekend getaway in the mountains in Big Stone Gap, Virginia for the Southwest Virginia Museum Historical State Park’s Festival of Trees. With over four floors of decorated trees, mantles, banisters and doorways, you’re bound to get in the holiday mood and brainstorm a few decorating ideas during your visit. The festival began on November 15 and lasts through December 31, 2009.

GardenFest of Lights
I don’t know about you but something about Christmas lights just puts me in the holiday spirit! For a holiday spirit-filled atmosphere, visit Richmond’s Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden for its GardenFest of Lights event. Just a short drive from DC, plan a day trip to view over a half million holiday lights arranged in botanical themes. The festival includes activities, dining, music, as well as the new Lotus Bridge. Take a Black Friday shopping break and join Illumination NIght on November 27, 2009 which will feature a hot air balloon in the Rose Garden and performances by the RVA Hoop Lovers.

Christmas at Mount Vernon
George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens is decking its halls and celebrating 12 Days of Christmas. Stroll through the historical mansion and garden and view amazingly decorated trees, gingerbread version of Mount Vernon, chocolate demonstrations and more. For an insider look into the mansion, visit during the Candlelight festival for special candlelit evening tours of the first and second floors. And of course, you’ll have the opportunity to shop for gifts ;)

There are plenty more of Virginia festivals that will take place in December. Stay tuned for more holiday events to share with your girlfriends!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Girlfriend Getaway Location - The Color Purple Musical

Call up your mother, sister or best girlfriend and plan a mini-getaway to New Jersey, for The Color Purple’s LAST scheduled East Coast performance, showing at The New Jersey Performing Arts Center. The Color Purple tickets will make awesome stocking stuffers for an amazing holiday experience!

Oprah Winfrey Presents The Color Purple is a soul-stirring, emotionally charged stage production based on the classic novel by Alice Walker and Steven Spielberg film. The play is based on the inspirational life of Celie, who overcomes tremendous odds to find purpose and confidence in herself.

The Color Purple, nominated for 11 Tony Awards, is a theatrical event that combines jazz, gospel and blues. Even if you’ve never seen the movie or read the book, you won’t want to miss this stage production! It is truly a celebration of love and a great way to spend the holiday season.

Tickets are only $54 and $47 when you order by November 22 with the code 25TCP* (a savings of $25 off the regular price) Visit The New Jersey Performing Arts Center for directions, parking and public transportation info. Hurry the show runs for 2 weeks only – December 16 through December 27, 2009.What are you waiting for? Purchase your tickets and start planning your holiday mini-getaway!

Girlfriend Getaway Location - Virginia Holiday Festivals

Plan a girlfriend getaway this holiday season and explore the best of what Virginia has to offer this season. Virginia has done as fantastic job of putting together heart-warming holiday events that are perfect to share with your girlfriends, mom or sisters. Mark your calendars for these girlfriend-worthy holiday events!
Festival of Trees
Load up the car with snacks and take a weekend getaway in the mountains in Big Stone Gap, Virginia for the Southwest Virginia Museum Historical State Park’s Festival of Trees. With over four floors of decorated trees, mantles, banisters and doorways, you’re bound to get in the holiday mood and brainstorm a few decorating ideas during your visit. The festival began on November 15 and lasts through December 31, 2009.

GardenFest of Lights
I don’t know about you but something about Christmas lights just puts me in the holiday spirit! For a holiday spirit-filled atmosphere, visit Richmond’s Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden for its GardenFest of Lights event. Just a short drive from DC, plan a day trip to view over a half million holiday lights arranged in botanical themes. The festival includes activities, dining, music, as well as the new Lotus Bridge. Take a Black Friday shopping break and join Illumination NIght on November 27, 2009 which will feature a hot air balloon in the Rose Garden and performances by the RVA Hoop Lovers.

Christmas at Mount Vernon
George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens is decking its halls and celebrating 12 Days of Christmas. Stroll through the historical mansion and garden and view amazingly decorated trees, gingerbread version of Mount Vernon, chocolate demonstrations and more. For an insider look into the mansion, visit during the Candlelight festival for special candlelit evening tours of the first and second floors. And of course, you’ll have the opportunity to shop for gifts ;)

There are plenty more of Virginia festivals that will take place in December. Stay tuned for more holiday events to share with your girlfriends!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Girlfriend Getaway Location - NYC Gossip Girl Tour

If you happen to find yourself visiting New York City during a getaway weekend, you may want to get your Gossip fix! On Location Tours, Inc., the fabulous tour operator that brought us the Sex & The City Tour, has just launched its newest tour sensation, Gossip Girl Sites Tour! If you and girlfriends are Gossip Girl fans, then you won’t want to miss the chance to experience the life of Manhattan’s Elite.

The tour is packed with over 40 locations and behind-the-show secrets, including

• Visiting the Upper East Side mansion that was the site of the Bass/Van der Woodsen wedding

• Checking out the lavish Fifth Avenue building where Blair Waldorf lives,

• Shopping where Blair and Serena shop and much more!

The bus tour lasts for 3.5 hours and for just $40, it’s certainly an affordable, unique way to tour NYC, gossip with your girlfriends and brush up on Gossip Girl trivia!Tickets must be purchased in advance and typically sell out. Purchase your group’s tickets online at Zerve. I’m sure the tour will give you plenty to Gossip about!

For more New York City girlfriend getaway activities:
- Sex & The City Tour
- Culinary Escapes in NYC

Girlfriend Getaway Location - Atlantic City Tropicana Package

You know you need a break! The autumn season has hit you and your best friend HARD! Before the rush of the holiday season hits, schedule a quick weekend getaway to Atlantic City! Shecky’s Getaways offers a fabulous package for 2 at Atlantic City’s Tropicana Casino and Resort. Drive, train or bus your way to Tropicana Casino for Friday night accommodations, a Warm Cream Manicure for 2 and sample products at the resort's bluemercury Spa, wine tasting at Alto Vino and late checkout to sleep away your stress!

The Tropicana Resort is complete with over 20 restaurants, shops in The Quarter, onsite entertainment and of course, exciting gaming in Atlantic City's "Luckiest Casino".

The Friday Night Girlfriends Getaway Package is a steal for only $169! If you and your gal pal need a weekday break, you can also enjoy this package Sunday through Thursday for only $139. Where do I sign up??? :)

Girl's Night Out Event - Sip, Shop & Save Happy Hour

Grab your girlfriend.....

Shop, Sip and Save Happy Hour:
Hip travel accessories, jewelry and fab fashion!

Date: Friday, November 13th
Time: 7-10pm

Location: NOA Gallery
132 Rhode Island Avenue, NW,
Washington, DC 20001

**Gallery is tucked in middle of block **

Featured Fashionistas:
ANGIE: glam makeup services
DIONNE: fabulous scarves and handbags
MAKIA: unique clothing and accessories
MELFI: chic clothing and handbags
MARY: fab purses, jewelry, shoes and clothes
MONICA: haute cocktail rings and necklaces
SHANEL: hip accessories for travelistas
TANIA: hip jewelry and accessories

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Sunday, October 11, 2009

Travel Essentials: Pond's Cleansing Towelettes

As a frequent traveler, I’m constantly searching for easy beauty products that won’t leave my luggage a mess from spills and that keep me looking fresh while I’m away.

I recently came across a new product that’s a girlfriend traveler winner AND won’t leave a mess in my suitcase! Pond’s Wet Cleansing Towelette’s are a perfect addition to a Diva’s suitcase! When I travel, I try to avoid checking luggage so I have to be creative with traveling with liquid and cream beauty products. Let’s face it – there’s only so much that you can stuff into a quart-size bag! Pond’s Towelette’s are pre-moistened facial cleansing wipes, are compactly packaged and won’t take up much space in your carry-on bag. Also, the wipes won’t spill or ooze unto your packed clothing (trust me; a spill is not what you want to experience when you unzip your suitcase!!)

I enjoyed using the Original Clean cleansing towelette’s as a one-step makeup remover while showering. I’m heavy on mascara and eye liner and the wipes worked quite well! I also wear contact lens and had no issues with the wipes irritating my eyes. Another traveling perk – I used the towelette’s during my summer trips for quick and refreshing clean ups at the beach. The light Chamomile scent is cooling and refreshing after a long day of sightseeing!

Searching for a perfect beauty addition for your suitcase? Search no more and visit for beauty tips and download coupons to try Pond’s Towelette’s for yourself! Pond’s offers a money-back guarantee, so you have nothing to lose!


Girlfriend Getaway Location - Fabulous Fall Weekends

I’ll admit it – I’m a summer girl at heart. The season change always bums me out slightly….until I think of the opportunities for fall getaways. Need an inspiring Fall Girlfriend Getaway idea?
Check out a few below:

Virginia Wine Country
Fall is harvest season and a perfect time of the year to explore wine country and sample new wines. October is Wine Month in Virginia and there are several wineries, minutes from DC in Northern Virginia, along a scenic country drive or beside the eastern shore that offer great wine and affordable fun! Loudon, Virginia, DC’s Wine Country, is bustling with over 20 wineries, farm-to-table restaurants, country trails, and within driving distance to the nation’s capital. You and your girls will feel like your miles away from the busy city while maxing and relaxing minutes form home.

Spa Days
You’ve had a long summer; you and your friends deserve a fall spa weekend fit for a Diva! Plan a staycation in your own city and visit a nearby spa like Bliss . BIiss made its debut during the summer of 2009 in the W Hotel, Washington DC. With cool themed treatments like blissage 75 or fatgirlslim, you and your girlfriends can’t help but relax in style! Make the most of your downtime and escape to a spa resort like the Flowering Almond Spa in Virginia Beach. Try out their Half-Day Getaway package that includes a variety of services or better yet, sample affordable treatments during Spa Week (October 12-18), with services as low as $50!

Long City Weekends
If you’re like me, you spend enough time in traffic and behind the wheel. Why not let someone else do the driving and hop on the Bolt Bus to a nearby city for an adventurous weekend! Bolt Bus travels to major East Coast cities, including New York, Philadelphia and Boston. All Bolt Bus destination cities have fabulous shopping and nightlife for a weekend as wild or relaxing as you need it to be. In addition to arriving to your city refreshed from not having the stress of driving, the bus offers reserved seating and free Wi-Fi during the ride. Hello!

Wine country, spa days and long city weekends await so grab your overnight bag and start planning your Fabulous Fall Getaway!

Monday, July 27, 2009

Location Spotlight - DC Segway Rentals

If you and your girlfriends are looking for a cool way to see the Nation’s Capital, why not rent a Segway? Whether you’re visiting the city for the first time, hosting visiting girlfriends or are a DC Metro native, Capital Segway City Tours is a unique and fun way to see Washington DC. Within minutes of training, you’ll be ready to zip through the Capital on a one of a kind tour of the White House, FBI Building, Newseum and more! Tours are available daily, easy on your pocketbook, and give you the opportunity to be silly with your girlfriends and see much more of the city than you’d be able to see in your stilettos!

For more information and to book your own tour, visit Capital Segway City Tours.

Need a few more DC Metro activities to round out the DC Girlfriend Getaway:
Travel 101: How do I travel to Potomac Mills Mall?
Old Town Alexandria VA Food Tour
DC Staycations
DC Hotel Rouge

Have fun!

Girlfriend Location - Shecky's Wine Tour & Girl's Day Out

Bright lights, big city AND a wine trip thrown in? If a day trip to the Hamptons sounds like a treat, then gather a few girlfriends and schedule a Wine Trip and Girl’s Day out with Shecky’s!

You may know Shecky’s as the host of fabulous mega shopping parties. Well, Shecky’s has expanded the opportunity to hang out with your best pals and is hosting summer Wine Trips to Long Island’s Wine Country. For just $125, you and your girlfriends will enjoy a luxury bus ride to Long Island Country wineries, wine-themed movies and entertainment, wine tastings, a private tasting class, as well as a catered lunch overlooking Martha Clara Vineyards.

No Shecky’s event (or girlfriend getaway) would be complete without shopping! Once you’ve been wined and dined, you and your friends will head to the famous Shecky’s Girl’s Day Out in Southampton for fashionable fun! If you haven’t been to a Shecky’s shopping event, then you’re in for a true shopping experience. 100’s of discounted unique, indie designer items and beauty experts will be gathered under one roof for your shopping delight. If hot fashions, cool cocktails, beauty treats, and Shecky’s Famous Goody Bag sound like heaven for you and your best buds then book your space today before tickets sell out!

Shecky's Wine Tour and Girl's Day Out is scheduled for August 22, 2009. The transportation departs from New York City, Lexington & 40Th Street. Make a weekend of it – click here for a few hotel options for a complete NYC girlfriend getaway!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

10 Ways You Know You’re on a Bahamas Girlfriend Getaway

Want to know 10 ways to know you're on a girlfriend getaway trip to the Bahamas? Well, here's a photo diary of SURE ways to know you're on a fabulous vacation!

1. You arrive to the airport at 4am and are actually EXCITED!

2. You let a man you don’t know named “Jerry” fit you for a toga
3. You try jetskiing although you’re afraid of water

4. You lounge, relax and gossip the day away

5. You lose your fear of guys named "Snake"

6. You play silly games at the beach

7. You reconnect with old friends

8. You become a beach babe

9. You try your luck at winning millions

10. You can't wait until the next adventure!

To enjoy the rest of the La Diva Loca 2009 - Bahamas photos, visit the Flickr account:

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Long Time, No See

Ok, so has it REALLY been since April that I've last posted?!?!? Ahh - I've missed you all and hopefully you've missed receiving fabulous updates on girlfriend getaway ideas! I must say, life has taken me for quite a bit of a ride lately and while I've dreamed of relaxing, it hasn't always been possible.

BUT you know I'm always on the go! In the past few months, I celebrated Virginia Tourism's 40th anniversary with a kick-off party at Mt. Vernon and trip with 40 winners to a secret destination....mine turned out to be Virginia Beach! Very cool!

Business led me to Argentina and Chile...twice. International travel is always an adventure and provides a fresh way to see the world. Fine wine, hearty meals of beef and sunshine met me on my Latin American journey, as well as a quick run-in with the Chilean customs department over an apple (hey, I say Ipod, they say Apple...I MUST brush up on my Spanish :-)

I visited Detroit for an unexpected trip home. RIP Monte Evans.

Dance recitals and year end school activities took my June by storm. Every year I bang my head against the wall, wondering how I let myself get dragged into the long hours of volunteering, piles of tulle, early morning rehearsals, hair, makeup.....until I see the kids on stage. It's all worth it!

Last but not least, we kicked off the summer with Living La Diva Loca 2009 - Bahamas!! The Bahamas trip deserves its own post but I'll sum it up in a few words: girlfriends, pina coladas, togas, conch fritters and plenty of laughter.

Well, that's what I've been up to the past few months - what about you?

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Recession-proof Girlfriend Getaways - DC Staycation

Who says you can’t take a vacation while you’re on a budget? Yes, there’s no denying that we are in a recession but there’s no need to become depressed - Why not grab a pal or two for a budget-friendly Staycation? Plan a girlfriend getaway in your own backyard and become a tourist of your city! The Metro-DC area has plenty to offer and now, more than ever hotels are offering themed suites and packages, created to make DC locals feel like a VIP.

Need a few local ideas within driving distance?

Idea #1 - Local luxury
Vacation is the perfect time to gather friends and experience a different hotel, spa or restaurant. Why not try out luxury that you’ve been curious about? The Mandarin Oriental DC offers a Staycation package, designed for travelers living in Washington DC, Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania. The Staycation room rate included deluxe accommodations and valet parking. Browse the Mandarin’s seasonal specials for other packages that include spa credits, breakfast and afternoon “Savories and Sweets” tea. While you are enjoying the deluxe room, don’t forget to book your spa treatment and make reservations at CityZen, the area’s five diamond restaurant for an unforgettable dining experience!

Idea #2 – Try out a Newbie
New hotels often roll out the red carpet (and introductory prices) for travelers willing to try them out early. How about plan a girlfriend getaway at the newest spot on the block? Starwood Hotels has just opened aloft Washington National Harbor with amazing rates starting at just $99/night! The hotel is located just off the Potomac River, on the National Harbor, 25 minutes from downtown DC and walking distance to shops, entertainment and dining for you and your gal pals can enjoy! Check out aloft’s go-go getaway package, which includes daily tastings for 2 of specialty infusions at the w xyz bar, $20 daily credit at the hotel’s hip eatery, re:fuel, and a signature aloft CD for you and your girlfriends to groove to.

Another newbie to hit the Metro DC scene, Lorien Hotel and Spa, can offer fun and tranquility to your girlfriend getaway. Lorien Hotel is located in Old Town Alexandria, surrounded by charm and conveniently located to DC landmarks. The hotel is ready for your girl getaway group – take a look at their Four Times the Fun package. The package includes (4) deluxe hotel rooms for 2 nights, (4) 50 minute spa treatments, breakfast and dinner for the group AND overnight valet parking. Sounds like a party to me!

Idea #3 – Get to the Heart of the Matter
Gather up a girlfriend or two and stay in the heart of the city. The newly renovated Hotel Monaco caters to savvy travelers, true to the trendy Kimpton brand’s reputation. Sophisticated, stylish and inviting, the hotel is centrally located in Washington, DC and walking distance to the National Mall, nightlife, shopping and restaurants. Also, the 4-star hotel is set in an all-marble building, once the US General Post Office Building, so it offers a unique backdrop to your getaway! The hotel offers a complimentary nightly reception and fun extras, like plush robes and a goldfish companion for your room J Hotel Monaco’s What Women Want package includes Monte Carlo accommodations, massage, hand care kit and a reusable, stylish shopping bag. Did I mention that the hotel is located in the heart of the new Gallery Place/Chinatown shops? Where do I sign up?!

Don’t let the recession rule your getaway plans. The Metro DC area can be the perfect backdrop for your much needed getaway – so call up a girlfriend and make it happen!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Girlfriend Getaway Location - Truth or Dare @ Gaylord Palms

Dreaming of sun, relaxation and sleeping in? Call up your girlfriends and DARE them to join you for in Orlando for the Gaylord Palms Resort Truth or Dare Getaway!

Gaylord Palms Resort has put together a fantastic girlfriend vacation package. The Truth or Dare Getaway is great for celebrating a birthday, bachelorette party or basically just getting together with girlfriends and catching up! Here's the scoop:

** Gather up a group, call up the Gaylord Palms Resort . Groups reserving a minimum of 4 rooms will receive a special rate starting at $169/room.

** Get your party started early, with Early Check-In and sleep in with Late Check-Out

** Receive preferred dining reservations at the fabulous resort restaurants

** Shop with a hosted private shopping experience

** AND receive one upgraded room to gather for your private happy hour or gab fest!

If that's not enough, your group will be assigned an Experienced Concierge to help customize your vacation agenda. I love the Gaylord Palms because everything you need is located under one roof. The resort has fantastic restaurants (try the drink specials at Old Hickory Steakhouse), shopping, nightly entertainment and the world-renowned Canyon Ranch Spa Club . If you dare to venture away from the resort, it's conveniently located minutes away from popular Orlando attractions, however, I bet you and your friends spend your days lounging the resort!

What are you waiting for? Dare your girlfriends, reserve your Truth or Dare Getaway today!

Girlfriend Getaway Ideas starting @ $120

Girlfriend getaways are more than a fad - they are here to stay! Courtesy of Sherman's Travel and MSNBC Travel, here's a list of incredible girl getaway packages starting at just $120/person. From retail therapy, spa days or wine sampling, there's plenty of variety offered with the packages selected. Don't delay - many of the packages need to be booked as soon as possible, with travel by July 31.
Ahhhhhhh. Treat Mom (and yourself) to deluxe hand renewal therapy, spa pedicure, and wash/blow dry with deep conditioning treatment. The Topnotch Resort & Spa are waiting for you ;)

New York: Shopaholics Anonymous Package from $453
Imagine 2-nights upscale accommodations at the Roosevelt Hotel. Strolling Fifth Avenue shops and appointments at exclusive designer showrooms. Don't forget Roosevelt Hotel guest discounts. Sign me up!

Cancun: Dreams Girlfriend Getaway Package from $621
Beach, 2 of your best gal pals, manicures, pedicures, mimosas and $200 in Dreams Cancun Resort & Spa freebies? Say no more!

Jamaica: Grand Lido Girlfriend Getaway from $916
All-inclusive deluxe beach front luxury, including complimentary manis, pedis, pastry and cooking classes, along with optional water sports. Sounds Grand to me!

Mexico and the Caribbean: Club Med Mother’s Day Escape Special from $849
Escape with Mom to Cancun, Turks & Caicos, Martinique, Bahamas or Dominican Republic. You choose the location and let Club Med pamper with you with their all-inclusive package. Hurry, you must book by April 30.

Sonoma: Explore Wine Country from $993
Become an Sonoma "insider" with VIP tastings at world-class wineries and special tasting menu at Dry Creek Kitchen Restaurant.

Los Angeles: Girlfriends Suite Retreat from $1500
If lavish and luxury are your middle name, your girlfriend group will love this package. The deal includes penthouse accommodations, organic facials, private yoga classes and over $500 in dining credits and extras.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Girlfriend Getaway Location - DC Hotel Rouge

Spring fever setting in and need a mini-vacation? Check out DC's fabulous Hotel Rouge for a red hot girlfriend getaway!

Hotel Rouge (part of the trendy Kimpton chain) is a chic, glamorous boutique hotel in downtown Washington, DC. Located along Embassy Row, Hotel Rouge is walking distance to many area attractions, museums, shoping and hip nightlife! With its colorful red décor, modern design, and hospitality, the red-hot hotel is perfect for an adventurous getaway with your friends!

Girl Getaway Weekend Package
Get away with your girlfriends and enjoy a playful weekend in Washington, DC. Enjoy shopping in Georgetown and DuPont Circle, dining at fabulous restaurants, sightseeing at museums and art galleries, and sipping martinis at Rouge Bar with your coolest gal pals. This fun girl’s getaway package features your choice of wine or martinis, a Sex & the City DVD, and a take-home goodie bag with luxurious Aveda bath products. For an additional charge you have the option of adding in-room manicures and pedicures. Throw on your best dress and kick up your high heels for a glamorous girl’s weekend getaway in Washington, DC!

Where do I sign up?!?! :) Be sure to use promo code: PGGY for your getaway treats! Reserve your girl getaway package online at

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Girlfriend Getaway Spotlight - VA Beach Flowering Almond Spa

March came in like a lion - let's schedule some lamb-like calm. Grab your best girlfriend and hit the Virginia roads for a getaway at the Flowering Almond Spa!

The Founders Inn and Flowering Almond Spa was voted the "Best Resort Spa" in the Best of Hampton Roads and is awesome for a mini girlfriend getaway to recharge and catch up on the latest gossip! The Spa addresses all your needs and offers a comprehensive menu with services such as Sacred Stone massages, Caviar Facial, White Tea Body Scrub, as well as luxurious hand and food treatments. Also, spa guests have full access to the state-of-the-art fitness center and indoor pool for the day of their service. Founders Inn and Flowering Almond Spa is a just road trip away in Virginia Beach!

The Spa-Tacular Oasis Package includes overnight double occupancy accommodations and includes (2) 25-minute spa treatments, turn down service and all gratuities. The package price starts at $169.

The Girlfriend Get-Away Package includes overnight double occupancy accommodations with bottle of house wine, cheese and fruit, full breakfast for 2, (2) 50-minute spa treatments. The package price starts at $269.

The Spa-Mazing Package is for the ultimate spa-going gal pals! The package includes overnight accommodations AND a $299 spa credit (basically, a free night's stay!). The getaway also includes a 2pm early check-in and 2pm late check-out.

For more information and to reserve your getaway: or Phone: (757) 366-5749


Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Girl's Night Out - Shopping Party @ The Chase Bethesda, MD

Burnt from everyday stress and craving a mini-getaway? Fret no more - Ladies Night Out with retail therapy and wine usually soothes the soul and is a great mid-week outing with your girlfriends!

Ditch work a little early and leave the kids with the sitter! Meet up with your gal pals for manicures, shopping from boutiques such as HenJen Handbags, Tunix Collection, GiraMondo Wine Adventures AND food from Morton's Steakhouse! Plus, the first 50 ladies will receive fab swag bags. There will also be fun door prizes, as well!

Sound like the mental getaway that you and your friends have been craving? RSVP by March 30 to reserve your space!

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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Music for the Flight - The Birth of Corneille

Heading on your girlfriend getaway and need new tunes for your flight or drive? I’ve recently been introduced to a new CD that’s worth a download to your IPod!

The Birth of Corneille is bound the rise the charts in 2009! I’d never heard of Corneille, but learning that the singer, song writer was influenced by the likes of Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder AND on the Motown record label, I immediately become intrigued (particularly since I’m a Motor City native ;) Originally from Rwanda, Corneille has already earned success in Canada, France and Japan. The Birth of Corneille is his English-language debut.

When I popped the CD in, the first track immediately brought arist, Dwele, to mind, with the bass infused beat and soulful neo-soul sound. As the tracks continue to play, I recalled another Canadian R&B artist, Glenn Lewis, with a similar silky style. Corneille’s smooth and soulful tunes remind me of Dwele, with a slightly less hip-hop edge or a male version of Indie.Arie. My favorites are Track #1 "Love is Good" since it immediately grabs your attention or soothing Track #8 "Home is By You". Corneille’s thoughtful American debut CD, The Birth of Corneille, is definitely an album that you can groove and relax to while in flight!

Learning more about Corneille’s life story certainly made me appreciate his music more. Corneille, born in Germany and raised in Rwanda, developed his interest in music as a child and credits his dad for nurturing his interest. His father actually compared his young sound to Tracy Chapman. Corneille made his first studio recording at 16 and was selected as a finalist in a tv music contest.

In 1994, Corneille’s life was struck by tragedy when his parents and family were killed during Rwanda’s massacre. Although, he dealt with his share of depression and guilt, Corneille is strikingly calm when asked about how his survival has shaped his music. Music helped Corneille overcome his guilt and find comfort in the world. In his music, many of us can find comfort in his tracks about love, the heart and his personal experiences.

I’d definitely recommend giving Corneille’s The Birth of Corneille a listen for yourself. Intrigued and want to learn more? Check out Corneille’s music and life at

Have another must-have CD that’s perfect for a getaway flight? Post and share!

Sunday, March 22, 2009

DC Cherry Blossom Festival - Packages great for Girl Getaways!

The famous Cherry Blossom festival is set to put the Nation's Capital in bloom beginning March 28, 2009. What a perfect time to grab a friend or two to escape for a girl getaway AND celebrate the arrival of Spring!

Here are a few packages in the DC area that will help with your celebration and pocketbook:

The Beacon Hotel’s Cherry Blossom Weekend Escapade package, includes a deluxe room, breakfast for two, a Sunday brunch buffet with unlimited Champagne mimosas, a sampling of the Cherry Cocktail in the Beacon Bar & Grill. The rate of $195/night is available on weekends, requires a 2-night stay and includes parking and gratuity. Invite another gal pal and upgrade to the larger junior suite for an additional $20 a night. Call 800-821-4367.

Take a trip to the harbor and visit the Gaylord National on the Potomac! They offer several packages to fit your Cherry Blossom needs. My pick for a girlfriend getaway is the DC Sights by Sea Package, offering deluxe accommodations and Seadog Speedboat Tour tickets, an exciting speedboat tour with fantastic views of Mount Vernon, Ft. Washington, and National Harbor itself. Also, don’t forget about the Gaylord’s all-season pool, nightly entertainment and Relâche Resort Spa to top off the relaxation portion of your trip. Room rates start at $199/night.

Book the Cherry Blossom package at Hotel Palomar, near Dupont Circle and your gal pals can share the $40 restaurant voucher at Urbana Restaurant & Bar (try the featured cherry cocktail and dessert) two all-day Metro passes (to visit the Blossoms or shop ;) and a cherry-themed welcome amenity. Package prices starts at $204/night. Call 202-448-1800 to book.

You and your friends can enjoy the blooms while pampering yourselves in luxurious accommodations at the Mandarin Oriental DC with a fabulous water view. The package also includes an American breakfast in Café MoZU, cherry truffles, commemorative Cherry Bloom Guide AND a Cherry scrub from The Spa. Plan the weekend so that you're able to check out the Friday night jazz in Empress Lounge. Packages start at $408/night.

Grab a friend and check out the Morrison House. Cherry blossom guests can enjoy drinks for two—including special cherry blossom-themed concoctions—and breakfast for two at this hotel in the heart of Old Town Alexandria, Viriginia hotel. The one-night Cherry Blossom Package, available through April 30, starts at $199 a night.

Want to see the City on your own time? The Westin Reston Heights is offering a one-night Cherry Blossom Package which includes breakfast for two at Vinifera Wine Bar & Bistro, a complimentary in-room movie, and cherry-themed amenities, such as a box of Godiva chocolate-covered cherries upon arrival. You'll also get a map of DC and a Westin water bottle to bring to the Cherry Blossom Festival. The package costs $139 a night.

For Dining tips during the Festival: DC Dining Examiner

For even more hotel packages, Cherry Blossom history and events, be sure to check out the Washingtonian's Cherry Blossom Guide:

Friday, March 13, 2009

Location Spotlight - Culinary Girlfriend Getaways

Normally, I tend to stray away from cooking while on vacation. Mainly because I’m on well…VACATION! However, I recently came across a set of tours created especially for girlfriend getaways that may make me break my No-Cooking-While-On-Vacation Rule. The tours are hosted by Sugar Tours and are a great way to seeing the “foodie” side of a big city or countryside.

Creative Culinary Tours was founded by Chris Donnelly, owner of Sugar Tours, Inc. Chris has been involved in the restaurant industry since he was 15 and knows the ins and outs of every aspect of the restaurant business from waiting tables to wine sales. He has traveled extensively throughout the United States including many of the fine wine regions in California, Oregon, Washington and Niagara. His appreciation and love for food and wine make him a success in the food tour business and after checking out his recent Girlfriend Getaway tours, I’d say he has even more success on his hands!

New York City Culinary Escape
If City Lights is your group’s “thing”, check out their latest tour New York City Culinary Escape. I love this tour for a girlfriend getaway because it’s an awesome way to see a different side of the Big Apple! The tour allows you to see, smell and taste New York City as you visit the Lower East Side on an ethnic eating tour. You and your girlfriends will spend an amazing afternoon in SoHo sampling top chocolate shops, with the New Cuisine Chocolate Tour. Also, the culinary weekend wouldn’t be complete without visiting the Chelsea Market/Meatpacking District. You and your gal pals will explore two old industrial areas that are evolving into the hottest new destinations in New York City! These neighborhoods have quickly become known for gourmet food shops, ethnic restaurants, boutique shopping, and nightlife. And don’t worry, there will be plenty of time for tasting along the way ;)

For prices starting at $699, the tour includes 2 nights accommodations in Manhattan, city transportation to the tours, meals and more. Sounds like a fun way to hang out with friends AND see a new side of New York!

Ultimate Vermont Girlfriends Getaway
If quiet countryside is more your speed, check out Sugar Tours’ Ultimate Vermont Girlfriends Getaway! Completely customizable for your girlfriend group, this tour allows for gourmet cooking classes with a pedigreed chef in a Food Network-type kitchen, relaxing at a resort spa, and unlimited sports in Vermont’s great outdoors. Your group will also have time for exploring fine arts, shopping and entertainment along Lake Champlain’s waterfront! With 4-diamond accommodations at The Inn at Essex, fitness classes, hands-on cooking courses and catching up with girlfriends at the Tavern, you’ll be booking your next culinary getaway by the time you return home!

Both culinary girlfriend getaways sound like the perfect treat for catching up with friends AND learning new culinary skills. Check out their website for more options including mid-week Summer packages in Vermont, Philadelphia and Boston tours!

Tours can be reserved by contacting Sugar Tours via their website: or contacting them at at 888-889-8681 or

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Web Roundup - Great Sites I've Found

Hey Divas! You know I'm always clicking and adding cool sites and articles to my favorites. This week I thought I'd share the fun finds I came across this week:

Yes, we're in a recession but a diva still needs to feel rejuvenated! Read Girlfriend Celebrations' awesome post from guest blogger, Melissa Mellott, on tips to pamper yourself despite the rough economy.

We need to remind ourselves of our blessings, especially during a tight economy. I love this simple, yet thoughtful game as a way to connect with girlfriends and share your gratitude!

Save time, money and your sanity with these travel tips for airport parking, easy packing, and more!

Have more sites I need to know to about? Share them here, I'd love to check them out!

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Location Spotlight - Mandarin Oriental DC, who knew?

Burnt out from a busy work week, I decide to take time to have lunch at the Mandarin Oriental DC, meet a few of the team members and learn more about the award-winning luxury hotel to see how welcoming it would be for girlfriend getaways. So, I hop in a cab and off I go – in search of luxury, elegance and to be honest, a distraction from work. I already have my own impressions of the hotel from an office project months ago and I’ve heard from friends how fabulous the Mandarin DC and Spa is. Soooo, I strut into the beautiful lobby area that is designed to mimic the neighboring Thomas Jefferson memorial and wait for “Fabulous”….

….and Fabulous it is. But who knew that it’s so FRIENDLY as well!

The Mandarin Oriental DC is absolutely a friendly location for a girlfriend getaway! They’ve built packages created with us in mind - whether we simply need a change of scenery and want to relax or want to check out the district’s hottest shopping boutiques, they have the perfect package.

Here’s a taste of what the Mandarin Oriental DC has in store for Spring getaways:

Sublime Time
Mandarin Oriental has wrapped up all of a diva’s favorite indulgences into one convenient package! Spend precious time with a gal pal or family member in a plush hotel room, all while enjoying snacks and watching your favorite chick-flicks from their in-house video library. Wake up refreshed and enjoy breakfast served in the room. If that isn’t tempting enough, a private sedan is at your command for 4 hours to shop at the hottest district boutiques! Shop till you drop and return to the hotel to enjoy a fun flair on traditional afternoon tea, ‘Savories and Sweets’. They’ll even throw in a special take away Spa gift!

Cherry Blossoms Bloom Package
2009 marks the 97th celebration of the original gift of the 3,000 cherry trees from the city of Tokyo to the people of Washington, DC and for 2 weeks, the city will bloom with life and color around the Tidal Basin in a sea of pink and white. You and your friends can enjoy the blooms while pampering yourselves in luxurious accommodations with a water view. The package also includes an American breakfast in Café MoZU, cherry truffles, commemorative Cherry Blossom Guide AND a Cherry scrub from The Spa. Heaven, I tell you!

Don’t limit yourself to these packages – make a reservation to catch up on gossip at Five Diamond restaurant CityZen, book a fantastic treatment at The Spa, or just hang out at the heated pool.

And to think, I thought the Mandarin Oriental DC was just for dignitaries and stuffy businessmen? I stand corrected - The Mandarin can be the backdrop for a fabulous girlfriend getaway. Who knew?!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

What's on Your Safe List?

My family, as many of yours, has been forced to cut back on non-essentials over the past year. With grocery costs creeping up and companies laying off, Lord knows I can’t go shoe splurging like I used to. My pedicure visits have been reduced and I’ve learned to perfect Recessionista Fashionista style. Chatting with friends about money woes, I got to thinking (which depending on the day can be a scary task ;) – what’s on my Safe List?

Safe List, you ask??? You know what a Safe List is, although you may call it something else. You’re on a diet but you still “allow” yourself to eat chocolate. Thus, chocolate is on the Safe List. You’ve cut eating out from your budget, but Chinese takeout is acceptable – Chinese food is Safe. I could go and on, but you catch my drift. While myself and many of my friends have become penny pinching divas, we’ve included our Girlfriend Getaway and other vacation adventures on our Safe List. The Safe List brings you comfort and excitement, and while it may be a splurge; it’s appreciated much more, because you’ve saved and waited for it. I don’t know about you but I’m counting down the days until my next vacation. Literally. Counting. Down. The. Days....And I’m willing to postpone a few shopping trips to save up for it.

Regardless of the world around me, I make a point every year to travel with my family, travel alone with my hubby and getaway with girlfriends. The adventures may be extravagant or frugal but the time spent with family and my girlfriends is always special.

Now, give it some thought – what’s on your Safe List?

Friday, February 27, 2009

Foto Friday - The Fabulous Fashionistas

The fabulous "Fashionistas" - we met for lunch to plan out our famous Fashionista Flea Markets for 2009. DC Metro fashion lovers, stay tuned...