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3 Ways Singles Can Celebrate Valentine’s Day

It’s Valentine’s Day!! Proposals are happening everywhere, bouquets of pink and red roses are clouding your co-workers’ desk, and it seem’s like Cupid’s arrow has struck everyone but you. Just because you don’t have boo or bae, doesn’t mean you have to sit out on the fun today. You love yourself, right?!? Then use today to celebrate it! Here are three ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day as a single person.

 

Girls: Galentine’s Day Anyone?

There are SO many ways for single ladies to celebrate today:

1. Grab your girls, a bottle of wine and have a movie marathon.
2. Do an in-house cooking class with a last minute deal from Groupon.
3. Turn on YouTube and have a full blown karaoke session.
4.Dress up and celebrate life at a comedy show or a really nice restaurant in the heart of the city.

Nonetheless, a day with your girls is always guaranteed to be a good time; celebrating friendship with ladies who support you is just as important as celebrating romantic relationships.

 

Guys: Bar-Hop in The City

You may have missed the Wizard’s incredible win (120-98) over Oklahoma City Thunder (#dcrising) to kick off your Singles Awareness Day festivities but in the meantime, you can definitely enjoy the hype. Many bars throughout the city including Bar Rouge, Cotton & Reed, and Service Bar are all having great drink deals for anyone embracing the single life.

 

Anyone: Reconnect With Or Start a Hobby

Remember that sketch book you bought a few months back? That instrument you played in college and haven’t touched in the last few years? Well, let today be the day that you devote some time to an old hobby and rekindle your love for it. If life has kept you so busy that you don’t even have a hobby to reconnect with, use this day to start a new one. Self-love is the best love and it is important to have something that just alleviates the stressors of life.

 

Bonus:

Whatever the hell you want!

Listen, no one knows what the future may bring; cease the opportunity today to treat yourself however you see fit and enjoy the journey of singleness as there is truly nothing like it. (Plus you never know, you might be on cupid’s radar for next year.)

Xoxo

Britt Bunn

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Inauguration Weekend Getaways

On January, 20th, millions of Americans will flood the streets of Washington, DC as the 45th Presidential Inauguration commences. As some parade the streets with banners held high to celebrate Donald Trump’s mind-boggling presidential election victory, others will gather with heavy hearts and say their last farewells to Mr. 44th himself, the class act Barrack Obama. Despite the different political views that will decorate the city this weekend, one thing that all DMV locals can agree on is the craziness that Inauguration brings. Security is tighter, restaurant wait times are hours long, and tourists oblivious to unspoken rule of walking on the left/standing on the right make traveling by metro a living hell!! So, if you’re like me and would rather experience this occasion outside of the DMV, here are a few quick weekend getaways that are sure to meet your needs and budget!

 

Going, going, gone!

Washington, Virginia

Washington, Virginia is home to the breathtaking Virginia wine country and Shenandoah National Park. Known for its quaint cottages such as the Foster House that features a nightly five-course dinner that is carefully selected with astonishing flavors, bold splashes of color and family traditions; the head chef creates a delectable meal that captures the eyes and entices each one of your senses whisking you away into food lovers fantasy.  

Driving Distance: 1 hour 30 mins

 

Williamsburg, Virginia

Historic Williamsburg is usually quieter during the winter months but it doesn’t take away from the ambiance of this beautiful town. If you are a history buff and want to immerse yourself in American culture outside of the Inauguration, visit Colonial Williamsburg “Where the past ignites the present.”

Driving Distance: 2hours 30 mins

 

Pocono Mountains, Pennsylvania

Comprised of Carbon, Monroe, Pike, and Wayne Counties, Pennsylvania the Pocono Mountains, is one of the meccas on the East Coast for winter activities. With overnight ski packages and seasonal celebrations spreading warmth and good cheer throughout the region, your mind and body would appreciate the break from all of the hustle and bustle in the DMV.

Driving Distance: 3 hours 30 mins

 

New York City, New York  

Understandably, New York City may seem as a conflicting choice to go if you want to avoid large crowds but with 5 boroughs that sit along the Hudson River, the Big Apple provides endless opportunities for entertainments through its flourishing arts, food, fashion and nightlife scenes.

Driving Distance: 3 hours 45 mins

 

Charlotte, North Carolina

The 7 hour drive to Charlotte can seem tedious but with the Southern Hospitality at an all-time high, it will be well worth it. With amazing food, bars, lounges and live music venues, Queen City has some hidden jewels just waiting for you to discover.  

Driving Distance:  approximately 7 hours (with traffic)/ Flight: 1 hour 20 min

 

Mexico City

If you really want to get as far away from the DMV and East Coast as possible then grab your passport and head to Mexico City where you can sip margaritas, drink tequila, soak up the sun and eat Tacos all day long. Since the current demand to travel into the DMV is so high right now due to the Inauguration, many airlines such as JetBlue and Delta are offering last minute flight deals as low as $250 roundtrip leaving on Thursday, January 19th and returning Sunday, January 22nd. Just think, paradise is only a flight away.

Travel Distance: Approximately 5 hours

Safe Travels!

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Pole Fitness: The Workout Trend That Every Woman Should Try

We’ve all seen her In the club, on Instagram, Snapchat, and at your local fitness studio. She pulls herself up to the top, then slides down into a perfect split right before extending herself into a flawless brass monkey; leaving you to wonder, “How the hell does she do that without breaking her neck?!”. In fact, if we take a moment to be honest with ourselves, we all have thought about being her: seductive, confident, and if the right song plays, slightly ratchet.

So when the opportunity presented itself at my sorority sister’s bachelorette weekend, I couldn’t resist the chance to see just how flexible and talented I could be on a pole. As the instructor, a cute average height bombshell, began class with a simple warm up to familiarize us with the pole, what many of us overzealous first timers missed as we smiled and giggled at the thought of shaking our booty around the pole was the part where she gently explained how pole dancing is not just about being sexy (although that does come into play) but in fact is also a stimulating work out for the mind, body and soul. Nevertheless by the end of the class through the cheers, laughs, risqué routines and aching calf muscles, we realized pole dancing is just that: a sexy little pastime and so much more.

Physically, pole dancing provides a full body workout by mixing pilates, yoga, and weight training techniques that simultaneously burn calories and tone your muscles. As an intensive upper body sport, many of the exercises require you to support your entire body weight by using your arms and stomach muscles, providing the same results as weight lifting or crunches. In some instance, the more complex routines can tone your glutes, inner thighs, and calf muscles as you climb up the pole and switch positions. Not only will you see yourself becoming more toned, but you can also burn anywhere from 200-300 calories per session due to the upbeat dance moves incorporated into the routines. Pole dancing is a great way to enhance your mobility and flexibility. As you experiment with new moves, you increase your coordination, balance, and limberness; preventing muscle soreness and stiffness,  and improving your kinesthetic awareness.

Mentally, pole dancing is a great and fun way to relieve stress. As the day to day demands including work obligations and relationships take a toll on our mental state, it causes adrenaline to build up making us more anxious and easily annoyed. An intense pole dancing session provides an opportunity to release some adrenaline causing the body to produce endorphins. Theses hormones are associated with the feelings of euphoria that will ultimately leave you happier and more relax.

Emotionally, pole dancing is a big confidence booster and a great way to network and make new friends. In a culture where women are told that they must look like an Instagram model to be considered beautiful, or that a size 8 is the perfect criteria for a plus size model and anything beyond that is unruly; a place that allows you to flaunt your body in a safe, supportive, and enjoyable environment is rare. With the attire being less clothes and more skin, you begin to feel empowered, sensual, and seductive as you learn to embrace the way your body naturally bends and hips rotate with every spin, dip, and lean.

Instructor Sasha Rocket of GirlFit Workout Studio, believes the feeling of sexiness is just a bonus. The true testimony of confidence is birthed from the support you receive by other women in the class when you build up enough courage to try a new move or create your own routine to share. It’s in that moment that you can see the true essence of sisterhood unfolding, and a woman coming into her own; whatever her own is.

Despite the three days it took to recover from a failed attempt at a backwards showgirl (trust me, it is as complicated as it sounds), looking back, the experience itself provided a fun, unique, and exhilarating workout that brought my sorority sisters and I closer, while reminding us the importance of loving ourselves inside and out. As a result, pole dancing has become an intricate part of my workout plan and is a great conversation starter when I’m encouraging other women to give it a try. Besides, what other place in the world can you unapologetically dance around in 6 inch heels, with barely anything on, and not have someone throw money at you or be subjected to harassment from a guy wondering if you can have friends? Not that many. Let loose and enjoy yourself Happy dancing!

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