on not drinking: alcohol and self-fulfilling prophecies

Back in April, I wrote a blog post about gray area drinking, drinking that isn’t ‘troubling’ or dangerous by official standards, but that can nonetheless have negative impacts on individuals. To revisit that, I’m talking today about my experience this past month not drinking.

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chefs compete for global foodies at embassy chef challenge

Last Thursday evening the 10th annual Embassy Chef Challenge took place in the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center. The event was a culinary explosion of flavors and a chance for even the most seasoned foodie to expand her gastronomic boundaries.

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missed the met gala? support the arts in style at the Phillips galas

Didn’t make it to the Met Gala this year? My invitation got lost in the mail too. Fortunately for us, there are great opportunities to support the arts and get dressed up for a cool theme right in our backyard in Washington, DC.

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in the gray: what is gray area drinking?

I wondered – what qualifies as “gray area drinking”? More appropriately, since the gray area is difficult to measure or define, what type of experiences would be considered “gray area drinking” experiences? What does that look like?

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a day and a half in venice

Venice! What a charming city and relaxing haven from more fast-paced destinations in Italy. There’s enough culture and history in Venice to spend an afternoon in search of the historic sights, namely bridges and basilicas, and taking the vaporetta or water bus to the neighboring islands of Murano and Burano feels like a mini-adventure itself. Here are my best tips for exploring Venice in a day and a half.

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how to do Florence in 36 hours

Having just returned from a whirlwind tour of Italy that included stops in Milan, Venice, Florence, and Rome, I wanted to record for you all my best travel tips for maximizing the amount of culture, sightseeing, food, and fun in some of Italy’s most iconic cities.

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vintage glam: fur, lace, and gold styles to love

I’m sharing another one of my favorite winter looks today. Fur accessories, lace clothing, and gold accents can often be thought of as too dressy for the everyday, but here’s how to make this style work as upscale streetwear. This look is especially useful for those sub-freezing days.

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simplicity and elegance: keys to a classic winter style

There’s no need to reinvent one’s style with each passing season. The concept of minimalism also includes personal style and fashion choices. Maintaining a wardrobe of essential components and letting a few trendy elements filter in and out naturally are the keys to cultivating a timeless look, and avoiding accumulating too many frivolous possessions for the sake of style.

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