weekend roundup: memorial day weekend

photo by  Bruce Allen

photo by Bruce Allen

Hi babes, I'm writing this little post (my first in a while) while on my way to SouCycle. It's been a tough couple of weeks with work and my personal/blogging life has been literally non-existent. BUT, I'm back and there's nothing better to kick your butt into high gear like cycle, smoothies + memorial day weekend. honestly, though. 

xx phoebe

w h a t  t o  d o

  • Attend the Memorial Day Parade downtown on Saturday. But watch out for the massive street closures. [Downtown] 
  • Memorial Day Brunch at El Centro.  [14th Street location is best]
  • Kick off the summer (and more rain) at Hawthorne on Sunday-Monday. [U Street]
  • If you happen to have 1920s garb just lying around, snag a ticket to the Great Gatsby lawn party happening Saturday. [National Cathedral] 
  • Fifth Harmony is performing at Wolf Trap (?!) on Saturday. [Vienna, VA]
  • Jack Rose is officiallllly launching their Game of Thrones themed ale this weekend. [Dupont] 
  • The Memorial Day Concert on Sunday has tons of locations to watch + related, fun activities. [Downtown]
  • With the day off on Monday, indulge yourself at an all-day cookout at Big Chief. [Ivy City]
  • Sunday evening, check out the Pink & White Party at the W Hotel. [Downtown]

b l o g g e r s

I did not put together a list of Memorial Day Sales at all, but a bunch of bloggers did! So check them out and shop 'til you drop

i n  t h e  k n o w

  • Starbucks has finally learned how to actually make iced coffee: WITH COFFEE ICE. [DCist]
  • Washingtonians are more likely to search for a shrugging gif than other U.S. cities. [DCist]
  • Check out all of the semifinalists in Eater's Young Guns contest - a search for the best talent in the food + drink biz. [Eater]
  • Check out this hilarious explanation of the Comey firing situations. [Washington Post]
  • President Trump straight-up PUSHED a prime minister out of the way. And I'm horrified to even be typing this. [CNN]
  • But Pope Francis put Donald back in place + gifted him his 2015 letter on climate change. I wish I was that savage. [Reuters]
  • According to SCIENCE, this is how to feel less stressed. Hint: Laughing helps. [Greatist]

l o n g  f o r m

  • Published in 2012, but still relevant AF: A long profile on Mark Zuckerberg having to, you know, be an adult + a CEO. [NYMag]
  • The world of indoor farming and the startup behind its business model, Plenty. [Fast Company]


weekend reads {april 1&2}

Hiiii babes!

If you're reding this, I guess these are technically Sunday reads since I'm just publishing now. But anyways, welcome back to another installment of what I'm reading during commutes, bathroom breaks + in bed at 3 a.m. 

I'm in bed with a giant cup of coffee, planning away with my Erin Condren. I have a crazy busy week ahead both in my day job, blogging life + a few personal things too. Oh, and if you're in DC, you can come say hey to me HERE on Thursday. 

Hope you're all having a fabulous beginning of April. And as always, lmk what you're reading in the comments below! 

xx phoebe // honestly, though 


Payton talks staying inspired + Urban Outfitters. {Hustle & Halcyon

Victoria shows off floral rompers + perfect spring sandals. {A Gallon Of Glitter}

Meaghan speaks my language: " I’m the type of person who would rather be holed up in a snowy mountain cabin than relaxing by the beach." {District Sparkle

Lauryn and Michael get serious about email etiquette. {The Skinny Confidential}

in the know 

What to toss + what to keep for summer...before you go shopping {WhoWhatWear}

"Millennial" jobs that old people don't get. AKA, me explaining life to who doesn't have instagram. {NBCNews}

Being uber self-aware of the crazy health + wellness trends that we seem to latch onto {McSweeney's}

OH, and btw, you can catch up on all the drama after ByChole + Chef Chloe SPLIT UP. {Eater NY}


The history of Millennial Pink, and why it's still here. {NYMag}

If you like Big Little Lies, READ THIS before tonight. {The Atlantic}

I'm falling in love with this new release, Startup, thanks for Book of the Month club. 

weekend reads {march 18&19}


Helllllo beautiful people!

It's been a kind of lazy week for me. I binged Grace and Frankie with my mom in England. And I made my first ever video — about BOTOX — and we started an amaze conversation about it. I've been slowly throwing out, donating and selling stuff in our apartment, too (ICYMI, we're moving). Oh, AND I'm looking to hire an intern

So yeah, super chill week. But we're back with my FAVORITE thing to do every week: Round up th best reads! 

Enjoy! xx phoebe 


Lauryn Evarts, aka the coolest blogger ever, talks women bashing (hint it sucks). {The Skinny Confidential

Alyssa talks about her BIGGEST pet peeves when it comes to social media. {Styled & Smitten}

Sara talks about time management and how to reel in all of your distractions {StyleMBA}

Victoria talks bell sleeves in the  workplace {and I may be totally stealing her perfect outfit}. {A Gallon of Glitter}

in the know 

Writer Cole Kazdin isn't vegan, but she has fallen in love with vegan cheese. (YAS!) {Refinery29}

Just a list of shit that has been funded by the National Endowment for the Arts. {Buzzfeed}

This is super far-fetched, but Maxim made me read it. Apparently we ARE in a computer simulation. {New Yorker}

If you’re still confused about what all of budget drama going on is, click here to have it broken down for you. {The Washington Post}

Read this and then read THIS and realize that we are living through what is probably the most ridiculous time of our lives — or alternatively, the best time ever if you're a political journo. {DCist + WashPo}


Washington correspondent for NYMag, Olivia Nuzzi, wrote a profile on Kellyanne Conway. And if you read only one thing this week, make sure it's this. {New York Magazine

So back in the day, these twentysomethings took a drug to help stunt puberty and make them grow taller. And now they're, like, dying. {Refinery29


psst: what are you reading? let me know in the comments below! 

weekend reads {march 11&12}


All the stuff to read in bed on Saturday morning with your giant cup of coffee. 


Anneke {with the good hair} shares her best tips for an enviable mane. [Knot Couture]

One of my fave LA bloggers, Payton, shares her blush, monochrome outfit. [Hustle and Halcyon]

The Fashionably Broke shares her review of new shopping app, EyeSpot. [TFB]

Sarah highlights some women-owned businesses in DC. [District Damsel]

Ashlee talks allllll the spring pieces you need for your wardrobe. [Cobalt Chronicles]

in the know 

ShopHouse — the Thai food version of Chipotle — is closing for good on March 17. Hint hint: I'm devastated. [DCist]

TOTAL #BossBabe, The Notorious RBG, apparently does a ridiculous workout to stay in shape — while listening to NPR NewsHour. [Politico]

New H Street bar, Hill Prince, sounds like a place I can get behind. [Eater DC]

And before you go around telling people that Cork Wine Bar is trying to get $$ over this Trump lawsuit, think again. [DCist]

Learn the history behind the {now thriving} alleyways of DC. [Washingtonian]

Impossible Foods + Beyond Meat are taking on the meat industry head-on — with plant-based burgers THAT BLEED. [The Guardian]

Personal stylist + DC Style Factory owner, Rosana, talks the evolution of personal styling. [Alexandria Stylebook]

HRC talks advice for women + what's kept her strong in honor of International Women's Day. [Vogue]

ICYMI Washingtonians, meet the women dominating the DC food scene. [OnTap]

long form

Apparently predictions for the future of shopping include implants that can read your emotions. Creepy. [The Atlantic]

And finally, the article that everyone is talking about: Chrissy Tiegen's postpartum depression essay. [Glamour]

pssst: Are you reading what I'm reading? Let me know your faves below. Or stay on top of your reading with Pocket.co.

weekend reads {feb 11&12}

photo by dave mentzer

photo by dave mentzer

I don't know about you guys, but this week has literally been the longest week ever. It felt like each day was dragging on and I could never catch a break! But the week is over, and I'm typing this from a suite overlooking the river in Old Town Alexandria. Maxim and I are having a little staycation right now and just enjoying each others' presence!

BUT, I'm also attending an event TONIGHT at the Current Boutique in Old Town Alexandria with a few other DC bloggers! There will be champagne, chocolate strawberries + 20% off for all shoppers! Click here for deets. So with that, happy weekend! 


These chic, elderly couples will give you all the feels. [WhoWhatWear]

One of my favorite bloggers in the whole world is talking about her February loves — and I bet it'll have you blushing. [Meg Biram]

Anne Knot has a beautiful message for any of you struggling with city living. [KnotCouture]

If you're stuck in the rain, cold and snow, live vicariously through these gorgeous snaps of Julien's Floridian getaway. [It's Julien]

Paola went to TommyLand and has one of the best round-ups I've seen. I watched the show live on my mac and went to go pre-order my favorite pieces and I kid you not they were sold out within 5 minutes. [Blank Itinerary]

This chic DC blogger has the best date night outfit idea for this week [Alicia Tenise]

And since it's basically spring in the middle of February, try these floral ice cubes for your next cocktail. [A beautiful mess]

in the know 

GUYS, Ivanka Trump used a fake name to be able to go to Solidcore and the owner was pissed. And omg this is what The Real Housewives Of DC should be focused on. [The Cut]

Greece, The EU + the IMF are in an epic battle right now over Greece's debt. And if you're at ALL into the government + world affairs, you'll love it. [BBC

Kellyanne Conway broke the law by telling people to go by Ivanka's stuff. And Nordstrom is SURGING since Trump tried to bash them. [DCist]

Obama is LOVING life as a private citizen and can someone please tell him to come back because I miss him. [Buzzfeed]

And forgive me for continuing on politics but OMG Sean Spicer might finally be fired. [Washingtonian]


My friend + fellow UNH alum, Katie Gardner, is a writer living in Maine. She loves women's magazines and makes an amazing point about how much they're focusing on EMPOWERING women recently. [Medium]

"Was there a woman who didn’t recognize herself in the specter of Elizabeth Warren silenced by a roomful of men?" No. The answer is no. [NYTimes]


Love CSI and Law & Order SVU(okay, if you don't you're insane because Olivia Benson is the coolest person ever)? Sink your teeth into this awesome piece about an algorithm that might help solve mystery murder cases. [Bloomberg]

"Our omnivorousness gives us an exhilarating and terrifying amount of freedom. As social creatures, we seek safety from that freedom in our culture, and in a certain amount of conformity. We prefer to follow leaders we’ve invested with authority to blaze a path to safety." [The Atlantic]


What're you reading? Let me know in the comments below! 

weekend reads {jan 28&29}

I'm in heaven. I finally got to just  c h i l l  this morning and not rush out the door and rush to three different places before 10 p.m. My week was packed on both the work side + personal side and I've been feeling so incredibly overwhelmed lately. Especially with the daily happenings of a Donald Trump presidency, it often times feels like I'm going crazy. Hand up if this whole "alternative facts" scandal is driving you mad.

Anyways, after a good, s l o w, yoga sesh and some fresh coffee, I'm feeling more in control. I'm spending the weekend finishing up the vegan guide for you guys, going to the gym, drinking coffee + doing a bit of snuggling with my boytoy.  As always, I've rounded up some of my favorite reads of the week. If you're a Washingtonian, your favorite section will be the "in the know" section. 

What are you guys doing this weekend? How are you feeling? Let me know in the comments! 

xoxo phoebe • honestly, though. 


Carla went to Iceland and had the most awe-inspiring trip ever. Seriously. You need to look at these photos. [SpicyCandyDC

Liz shares her day + night skincare routine with QVC. [sequins and stripes]

Roxanne went to BOTH the Inauguration + women's march. [Glass of Glam]

Should you wax in the winter or not? Tanvii.com gets into the details at Cera Waxing Studio. [Tanvii.com]

Caroline talks dark lipsticks and how to ACTUALLY make them look good. [the freckled life]

in the know

Okay, in case you somehow missed the coolest thing in wine since rose, blue wine is a thing in Spain. And I mean like a HUGE thing. But apparently it's illegal there...and also avail for preorder in the U.S. [Food Republic]

Jumpsuit leggings are here, you guys. I don't know how I feel about them yet, but apparently Kylie is loving them. [WhoWhatWear]

What exactly is gaslighting? Well, watch the 1944 movie Gaslight and yeah, nothing has changed in the past 60 years... [Vox]

Apparently chain mail fashion is going to be HUGE for 2017. Any ideas on how to wear it to the office? [Vogue]

Women, girls, if you're feeling down or disempowered, check out the United State of Women. This is their video. [Facebook]

The wishlist for the DC food + drink scene that, honestly, though, I can get behind. ESP. the last one. [DCist]

DC Restaurant week starts MONDAY and you want to start planning ASAP. [RAMW


ICYMI: 2016 was the  h o t t e s t  year on record. And yes, climate change is real, Drumpf. But what now? It's still largely unknown. [Washington Post]

The Vox news team annotated Donald Trump's inauguration speech and it's money. [Vox]

Apparently, octopuses are the closest things to aliens for us. They're crazy smart, can BASICALLY shape-shift, and look kind of alien-like to be honest. [Scientific American]

weekend reads {jan 14+15}

photo by  dave mentzer

photo by dave mentzer

Happpppy weekend, everybody! I don't know about you guys, but my week has been literally ridiculously busy and I feel like I'm just running on pure adrenaline now. I've had at least one event every night after work — including tonight! I don't know about you, but I'm looking forward to just  r e l a x i n g  tomorrow morning with a giant cup of coffee in bed and my new favorite book. 

Are you guys up to anything this weekend? Let me know in the comments below. 


The Freckled Life talks all things navy in her latest “Hue of the Month." 

Next, Sylvia from SimplySylvia interviews Michi Active founder, Michelle Watson. 

Less of a post, but Meg of Styled Avenue literally is wearing my dream outfit.

And Sarah from District Damsel absolutely SLAYED it in this high-slit dress. And considering the crazy weather, it’s actually more appropriate than you think. 

Ashlee from Cobalt Chronicles talks about her 2017 bucket list. 

Winter creams from the forever stylish Gal Meets Glam. 

Paola from Blank Itinerary whips up this  D R O O L W O R T H Y  vegan maca smoothie.

in the know

You'll want to read this think-piece from the Washington Post on whether or not Buzzed was in the wrong the Dossier-gate (yeah, I went there) [Washington Post

The story behind “macaroni” in “yankee doodle” [Atlas Obscura

Apparently, to my dismay, Ed Hardy is making a comeback. [Refinery29]

In Bethesda, golden shower burgers are now being served. Proceed with caution. [DCist]

A new Mexican spot, Mezcalero, opened on Friday the 13th And they're rumored to be INCREDIBLE. Honestly, though review to come... [DCist]

my friend from college + badass journalist in New England, Bre Edelstein, wrote this HILARIOUS article about the town that joined forces to find a puppy. [Eagle Tribune

"There were people setting up food stations and blankets, we were getting calls about sightings and people kept asking how they can help," Jackie said. "The response was overwhelming."

Meet the woman behind Wendy’s sassiest + most savage tweets [Mashable]


The "oral history" story of OJ Simpson. You want to read this. [Wired

This is the story of a recluse + hermit whose research led to climate change science. [The Atlantic]

Dakota Johnson graced the cover of Vogue for February. This is her story. [Vogue]

if you're into marketing at all, this is such a good interview with the social media manager behind Simply Measured. [Simply Measured Blog]

weekend reads {october 16&17}

Hello, hello, hello! Can you believe we're already halfway through October? I've had a crazy week: I flew back from Toronto on Monday, caught what Maxim had and came down with the flu + then totally messed up my knee running. Last night I went to the launch party of Meet The Curator (more to come), and today I'm watching the Redskins (#HTTR). 

Anyways, I'm NOT looking forward to DC hitting the 80's this week. Just as we're entering true autumn, Mother Nature plays this cruel prank on us. If you need me, I'll be sweating in over-the-knee boots + a (vegan) PSL. 

And with that, here's some of my favorite reads from this week:

The secret apartments of New York City's Public Libraries 

Nasty Gal and #GirlBoss circa 2014 

The world of instagram husbands // warning: video below is SO crazy accurate that Maxim was in tears of laughter.

The rise of Russian cheesemakers 

Women LITERALLY run the world 

For all the females in this world who are done with mansplaining 

Profile: Joanna Coles (#CareerGoals)

In 2015, work started on more new barriers around the world than at any other point in modern history // Read this on a desktop. Incredible reporting from the Washington Post

As always, I read on the metro everyday with Pocket, an offline article-saving app. And I'm obsessed. Follow me for my recommendations. 

What are you reading? Let me know in the comments below! 


weekend round up {sept. 17, 2016}


Hello, hello, hello and happy weekend! I have had a crazy schedule lately packed with fun events, great people and experiences. For both work and home, the rest of September is going to be a whirlwind. But I sat down this morning with a strong cup of coffee and put together some of what I'm reading, drinking, doing, obsessing over. 

Stuff Mom (really) Never Told You: A podcast dedicated to talking about "the business of being a woman" from How Stuff Works. It's a great listen on the metro and helps you to think about the female in a different way. Plus the two hosts, Cristen and Caroline, are absolutely hilarious. They bring up amazing points on everything from female surfers to the work husband. Every episode is a think piece and every episode leaves me with a new opinion. Sorry for gushing, but no matter who you are, you should definitely give them a listen. 

Oh my god, I'm a blogger too! On Thursay, I was out a little past my bedtime for a lovely event at Illusions of Georgetown, where a bunch of DC bloggers sipped champagne, shopped with Stella & Dot and took endless photos. Plus, I met my new go-to hair angel. 

Which came first: The banana or the flavoring? A hilarious, run-on sentence piece about banana flavoring and how it originated. 

It's like ClassPass, but for your desk lunch. From the founders of everybody's favorite gym motivation comes a new startup called MealPass. Basically, one flat fee for cheap, yummy lunches from your favorite DC digs all week. They're finally launching in DC with a party THIS MONDAY. Join me and sign up to attend here. (hint hint: There may or may not be some fun HONESTLY THOUGH X MEALPASS collaborations coming

...I'm Delilah. Pop Culture Happy Hour did a little interview with (arguably) the most recognizable voice on the radio. Listen to her below or read this great piece on her from Buzzfeed

Buzzfeed is the queen of social: We all know Buzzfeed rules supreme. Here's to all the other social media marketers out there trying to prove your ROI. May they ROI be ever in your favor. 

What are you doing this weekend? Have you read something lately that really made you think? Share below!