A few weeks ago, I was in the Outer Banks, North Carolina
After a fully relaxing Saturday on the burning myself on the
beach we headed to our celebratory dinner.
I snagged this dress during the Zara sale and had been dying to wear it so took
advantage of the warm weather and my slightly tanned skin.
FUN FACT about this dress - it actually has shorts (and pockets!) underneath.
Simple dresses, especially white cotton sundress, with a wedge have really
have been my obsession recently and I have been wearing this combo
nonstop all summer including tonight!
I'm having a relaxing night in a park next to the Potomac on the Virginia side
watching Top Gun with some friends.
This is the second week I've gone to this little screening and it's been so fun.
I've actually have never seen Top Gun so I'm excited to see what all the fuss is about.
I hope you guys have a great weekend and be sure to follow along for my little
movie night and my weekend out in the country
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If you are native to Northern Virginia, you have probably run into the problem
of the issue of where to go out to eat.
The further away from DC you get, the more cookie cutter your options become
and it can be beyond frustrating.
When Whitney from Whitney Stringer PR reached out to me to try a new
restaurant in Tyson's I got really excited.
A restaurant that isn't a chain and offers something more than bar food that I can grab on my commute home - count me in.
Myself and some fellow bloggers got to experience the whole menu and get a better understanding of the menu, concept, and goal of the eatery.
LOCATION & ATMOSPHERE
It's located right off Chain Bridge Road - a light down from Rout 7 and less than a
5 minute five from Tyson's Corner Mall.
They have a front patio that they are planning to transition into a covered eating space with heated floors for the chillier DC winters.
An open concept layout is very inviting with a semi-private eating space in the middle of the restaurant where you are able to host parties or meetings (where we ate).
A great point I loved hearing about through the presentation from the chef,
was their effort to utilize locally sourced menu items.
The love this idea so much so, a few walls of the restaurant show case indoor
herb gardens that the kitchen utilizes.
One great aspect of Greenhouse Bistro, is the live entertainment.
While we were eating, live Flamenco dancers performed as well as a live guitarist.
We were told there is normally live entertainment throughout the week for diners to enjoy.
We were also informed (and noticed!) what a family friendly environment it is here.
In Northern Virginia it can be hard to find quality food and restaurant environments that adults and children can enjoy but the owners really emphasized that they want this to be a family restaurant where that quality food can be found.
They really offer a little bit of everything and they do it well.
Greenhouse Bistro is not officially a "farm-to-table" concept restaurant but they really strive to create an environment where anyone can come to get a healthy and delicious meal.
A way they do that is the indoor herb garden along some of the walls that I mentioned and pictured above.
Another way is that the meats are locally farm sourced as well and you can really tell the difference.
One of my favorite dishes was the chicken.
I am such a sauce person but the seasoning on this chicken was amazing and I am seriously dreaming about it as I type this - it was that good.
the chicken was my favorite!
GREENHOUSE TEA LOUNGE
Attached to the restaurant but a separate concept, is the Greenhouse Tea Lounge.
After the dinner, we retired to the Tea Lounge for some Tea and dessert.
This section was dimly lit and had a very intimate feel.
The large gold pots that carried the hot water were beautiful and the tea cups were so innovative.
I was beyond stuffed from dinner but I had to try the Beignets - they were SO good.
Summer is in full swing and so is my blogging events calendar.
This past week, I went to one of my favorite events, Blogger Scene.
I was even more excited about this year's event because my old college roommate,
The view was amazing - it was held on the deck of the rooftop pool.
The company was awesome - I met so many new bloggers and can't
wait to meet up with them again.
different aspects of blogging, business,
and their tricks to winning at all things social media.
This dress was perfect for the occasion.
SheIn sent it to me and I could not be happier about it.
The fabric is great because it isn't cotton and doesn't wrinkle or fly up easily.
Also though the dress is a shift style dress it is still flattering and doesn't overwhelm my frame.
And if you have been following me on Instagram you know this dress is only $16.
Yep you heard that correctly. It is such a steal!
I love wearing the off the shoulder dress with a silk scarf or a choker to compliment
the horizontal lines from the shoulders.
Tonight I am heading to the Offline Society's 1st Birthday Party in DC
so be sure to follow on snapchat @avizacard and Instagram @avizastyle
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One of my favorite things about blogging is going to fun events and meeting other local creatives.
One company that is really different that you should all know about in DC is The Offline Society.
The Offline Society is a dating startup but is also a great way to meet other singles in the area or just network and meet new people.
The great thing about The Offline Society is that you meet people off-line (get it?).
No messaging is involved you just meet others in person with pre-organized events that you know other singles/members will be at.
Taken? No problem. The Offline Society events are not overtly "Hey! We are single here! Let's date!" type of gatherings so if you are taken and just want to check it out you won't feel out of place.
They celebrating their first birthday next week and YOU ARE INVITED!
A fun warehouse bash is happening on Tuesday with a DJ, open bar, photobooth, snacks, - they will have it all! And who doesn't love a good mid-week event to break up the week?
It is all going down TUESDAY JULY 26th in Shaw (address below) from 7-9. Tickets are $30 (snag them here)
Will I see you there?
79 Hanover Place NW
Washington, DC 20001
Buy tickets here : https://nvite.com/takeitoffline/8xzdlp