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.
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.)
It’s that time of year again, so soon! The time where we come together with family and friends to celebrate the year and what’s to come. Most of us would prefer to add a few holiday themed cocktails in the mix; so for those of ‘us’, I’m here to tell you where to go for a few of my favorite festive drinks! The season is almost over so get to it!
Service Bar: Baked Apple & Pear Gin & Tonic; made up of equally great ingredients that create an even balance and mix well together. The recipe includes Gin, apple/pear tonic, clear lime, and soda. For only $10, I promise you won’t be disappointed! 928 U Street NW
Miracle on 7th Street: This place is amazing! It’s definitely a must-see! There’s a possibility that the line will be trailing down the street so I’d suggest a mid-week rendezvous. I recommend their rum ham, made with a Christmas Rum blend, pineapple Bud Light syrup, and lime. For $13 you can enjoy great drinks and an enjoyable experience. 1843 7th Street NW
The Gibson: Let me begin by saying that this place is a hidden gem. Any drink from The Gibson will have you blown away, however, I’d recommend starting with the Cat’s Meow. The name alone tickles me; made up of red wine, Cruzan Black Strap Rum, vanilla, lime, and champagne. (You might only need one of these ;)) 2009 14th Street NW
Although it’s slowly coming to an end, I hope everyone has an enjoyable holiday season with your loved ones! Drink up, be merry, and tell them Dana sent you!
‘Tis the season to give back!
When you see people set aside time, energy, and resources in pursuit of a good cause, it’s almost a no-brainer to shine a light on them!
This past weekend marked the 7th annual DC or Nothing Turkey Drive held at the popular venue, Bar 7. The mission, envisioned by Grammy nominated singer Raheem DeVaughn, author and activist Tony Lewis, the party kingpin and philanthropist DJ Quicksilver of 93.9 WKYS, and award-winning Chef JR Robinson, was to help feed over 300 families in The District this Thanksgiving season.
Powered by Raheem DeVaughn’s own Love Life Foundation and a host of other sponsors, the mobilization effort was incredible to see. Canned goods took the place of cocktails as they lined the bar, while bags and bags of groceries and turkeys seemingly burst through the front doors of Bar 7. As they prepared packages and hit the streets to personally deliver the goods, I saw lots of familiar faces, including DC WKLY’s own Anwaa Kong, and Mo Betta of Santa Cause.
From volunteers collecting donations to sponsors lending a helping hand themselves, it was beautiful to see so many gather and pitch in to effect change in a community that so desperately needs it. According to the DC Fiscal Policy Institute, 110,500 District residents lived below the federal poverty line in 2015 (income below $24,000 for a family of four) while 27 percent of the city’s Black population lived in poverty in 2015, up from 23 percent in 2007. And nearly three-quarters of all District residents who live in poverty are Black. That is why it’s imperative that our leaders use their platform to not only uplift the community, but also show others that every little bit helps and goes a long way.
Millennials take note! Success is more than hard work and achieving your goals and dreams. In the wise words of Martin Luther King Jr., “Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.” This event highlighted that when people come together behind a worthwhile cause, lives can be improved, and even changed for the better.
Written By Dana James | @Franky1
Memorial Day is rapidly approaching and many of us are on the hunt for fun activities in The District. Well, lucky for you, I have the inside scoop on what’s to come this week.
Ireland 100 Whiskey Tasting
The Ireland 100 event is one of various events taking place at the Kennedy Center. They will have a Whiskey tasting on Thursday with U.S. Ambassador Tim Herlihy. For those who aren’t familiar, Tim was announced in 2015 as Whiskey Magazine’s Icons of Whiskey: Best Irish Whiskey Ambassador. Sounds like an event you wouldn’t want to miss!
This event is $49 and is limited to 70 people
Jazz in the Garden
Jazz in the Garden takes place at the Sculpture Garden. Scheduled to start on Friday if the weather permits. This is one of my favorite things to do once the Spring weather hits. It’s free live Jazz, unless you partake in the available wine, and you can bring your own food in which is a plus. Remember to bring a blanket, get there early, and enjoy the ambiance.
Washington Nationals Baseball
The Nationals play on the Saturday, May 28th against the Cardinals. They will have a special ticket event and Taste of the World, where you will be able to sample food from all over the globe. I think this is a great addition to the usual baseball game. Baseball games are already lots of fun, but once you add in food, it seals the deal.
DC Capital Fair
The fair will start on Friday at 5pm and will run until June 5th. Who remembers the last time they went to a fair? DC Capital Fair includes rides, games, live entertainment, and The Great American Wolf Show. Of course they’ll have funnel cakes, candy apples, cotton candy, pizza, and more.
The hours may vary
Location: RFK Stadium
The “Golden Cinema” Outdoor Film Series
This outdoor film series continues with Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) on Friday. If you’re into old films, this could be something entertaining for you, and it’s free. This takes place every Friday until July 22nd, but why not start your Memorial Day weekend at the movies?
This event takes place at Farragut Square Park which is located at the intersection of 17th St near Connecticut Ave, I St and K St NW.
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Festival fashion for women is everywhere; you can never go wrong with fringe or a sundress. But what about the guys? Everyone is flocking to social media to see the latest festival trends. How do you dress for Broccoli City without looking like you are trying too hard? Let’s face it, it’s not as easy as throwing on a witty screen tee from Spencer’s. If you’re in need of some assistance, here’s our fashion guide to the Broccoli City Festival:
Consider mixing light and dark shades of denim to showcase 90’s vibes. This spring, the accessories are just as important as the clothing. Classic style is about keeping things minimal and mixing your staples with a recently purchased t-shirt. The dad hat and bandanas are festival faves, and a great way to dress up old items.
Make a Statement
Wearing white to a festival is for the bold. Add a statement jacket into the mix to break up the monochromatic feel of all white. The bomber jacket is here for another season, so why not experiment with fabrics and the longline fit.
Real Men Wear Pink
It’s not just for the ladies anymore. Experiment with a pop of pastel pink and stand out in the crowd.
In 2015, sportswear was on the rise and performance fabrics were reaching to new heights. This year, try drop crotch shorts to make your sportswear more contemporary and versatile. A great way to build your sportswear wardrobe is to start off with neutral colors.
Shades of Green
Spring weather can be unpredictable, so layer up! The patches add a little spice to the classic bomber.