power to the she {and the subtle bell sleeve}

I'm all about that functional, chic + easy style. I hate feeling cramped, squeezed or {the worst} boxy. I select pieces that are versatile + I stick to a pretty neutral palette. 


So on Saturday, I did the same when I found myself walking PAST the new H Street Whole Foods and into The Apollo. There, custom-skirt brand, Zophia, held a fashion show for Betsy Cohen's latest line of CEO skirts. Oh, and it was called Power To The She, where all of the proceeds benefitted Mission: Launch, Inc., which is great.

Style-wise, I felt the need to have a business casual vibe to my outfit, without coming off overly corporate. 

{Mission: Launch is a non-profit started in DC with the mission of help women re-entering the real world after being in prison. They're seriously an INCREDIBLE program + I urge you to take two mins to go read about them here.}


I paired my favorite, favorite workwear shirt {note the subtle bell sleeves} with black pants that had the most subtle alligator skin look/feel to them. Honestly, I need to go shoe shopping, so I just threw on an old pair of block heels and headed out the door. Naturally. 

Accessories-wise, I wore a maroon choker {tied the back of my neck for a more minimal look} + added gold hardware. I loved trying out my #DWPetite watch, too. I've never been a fan of the mesh watch strap, but lately it's fit into my more polished style a lot. 

And the sunnies? Well, I kind of totally skimped on my eye makeup, so it was an easy work around. Psst: it didn't hurt, either, to have some boss ladies by my side. 


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dc food scene: choolaah indian

TL;DR: Indian food version of Cava Grill + ShopHouse + totally worth the trip to Northern Virginia. Don't be put off by the GIANT menu + stick to the BBQ bowls. Vegan options are color coded blue, GF is green. 

Choolaah is a fast-casual Indian place on the corner of Mosaic District. It's been open for less than a month, but already I'm hooked (and so is Maxim). He's a bigger fan than I am, but I still consider it to be a strong competitor within the DC fast-casual food scene. 

First, the menu is HUGE, and honestly, though, it's kind of overwhelming. You can create your own bbq bowl, choose something ready-made, choose just sides, etc etc.  B U T  everything is color-coded perfectly, and the cashier/server is awesome about helping out.

Even better, go HERE and click your dietary restrictions, to see allllll your options appear before your eyes. And yes, onion & garlic-free is an option because #badbreath is a real thing. Especially on first dates. Or the 315th first date. 

**UPDATE** It was brought to my attention that one of the reasons that onion/garlic free is usually an option at Indian restaurants is to reflect different strict vegetarian lifestyles. One of them, Jain Vegetarianism, is a strict form of vegetarianism where followers do not eat meat, fish, eggs, onions, garlic, and potatoes. 

side note: naan is not normally vegan, but their wheat naan is.

Anyways, I just stuck to what the hype has centered on: The BBQ bowls. And honestly, it's where it's at. Their bowls consist of a bed of white/brown rice topped with meat of choice (tofu + veggies for me!). Then masala on the side (my fave is the chickpea masala) + naan bread.

But I also always buy the veggie samosas. They're amazing. And I mean AMAZING. Each order comes with three mini samosas that I dip in the Choolaah Lava sauce. And hold on, because I'm drooling just typing this. 

The food is SO good. Maxim loves Indian food and made us go back for seconds the next day. If you're vegan, get chickpeas or double tofu for the protein. But other than that, have at it. I'm trying the Tandoori wrap the next time I go, so I'll keep you guys updated.

Honestly, though, I love that the fast casual food scene has brought out the best of masala and samosas. 

ALLLLL the yummy sauces {that are also vegan} 

ALLLLL the yummy sauces {that are also vegan} 

Reasons besides the food to be obsessed

ANYWAYS, there are so many reasons I'm obsessed (besides their food tasting good?) with Choolaah. First, they have a HAND-WASHING station. It's literally a weird, majestic...thing...that you stick your hands into and it sprays all this sanitized water on your hands. With one-use towels next to it. It's called the handwash-o-matic and their justification is that "hand sanitizer is so 2015." Like honestly, though, these people are great. 


There's something about a company/brand that successfully uses sass and fun in their brand without coming off cheesy. From a marketing + advertising perspective, they're killing the game. And from a blogger going to eat there perspective, I would go every single day if I lived in Mosaic District. 

Pricing-wise, it's about the same as any other fast-casual place in the DMV. $30 gets you two drinks, two mains + veggie samosas on the side. When the food comes (you pay before-hand), it arrives on these amazing themed trays. The decor is chill, a very open layout with cute little "booths" next to the windows + tons of space for kids to hang out. 

What I love, is that everyone eating there looked super happy + pleased with their meal. The people are more than happy to make sure that you're experiencing an incredible meal. 

dc food scene: honeygrow


Honeygrow is a cool new take salad + stiry-fry in the DC area that combines fast-casual with Eatsa (touchscreen ordering). It's expensive considering the salads are considerably smaller than Sweetgreen. 

So I finally got my butt into Honeygrow last month. I'd read that it was super vegan friendly, and was excited to check out all of the hooplah. 

The location is next to HipCityVeg + La Tasca, and across from the Chinatown Metro. Inside, tables + benches take up the front, while the back corridor is dedicated to touchscreens for ordering and chefs behind the glass. Like Eatsa, the restaurant is set-up so that there's minimal interaciton between the person placing the order, and the person making it.

Like Eatsa, Honeygrow is great for our increasingly hypocritical society where we both crave attention but absolutely hate having to interact with anyone at all. Oops, did I say that out loud? 


ANYWAYS. Honeygrow boasts two types of dining options: Stir-fry or salads. Everything is served in to-go containers, even if you're "eating in." Similar to Sweetgreen, chalkboards boast local farms where today's ingredients have been sourced. #FarmToTable

Anyways, I loved the salad so much. I'd honestly recommend building your own because ~options~. I'm one of those people who can not go ANYWHERE without making substitutions to my food, whether it's adding an extra shot to my cocktail (#BallSoHard) or subbing out chicken for tofu. 

But, it was nothing that special. I'd go again if I needed to, but I would go out of my way to get a Honeygrow salad. The actual food quanity seemed considerably smaller than what you'd get  a Sweetgreen (really the only worthy competitor) and basically the same price. 

Jury is out on whether the stir-fry and noodles make a difference in my book. Stay tuned! 

xx phoebe // honestly, though