DC’S HIPPEST HOTELS WORTHY OF A STAYCATION

I don’t know when the term “staycation” was invented, or who was able to twist the sad notion that they were just too tired to go anywhere on vacation into a hip thing that people strived toward, but….props to the 21st century for this one. If you’ve ever gotten back from vacation having seen a new slice of the world but honestly feeling like you probably should have just slept the whole time, you’re not alone – the act of actually going and doing is, quite frankly, exhausting. DC’S HIPPEST HOTELS WORTHY OF A STAYCATION

DC ARCHITECT INSPO: OSSOLINSKI ARCHITECTS

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Do you ever have one of those days when you’re walking around the city, the sun’s out, the metro was running on time, there’s the smell of coffee and your favorite whiff of bakery in the air, and you almost get goosebumps thinking about how great DC is? On the days that you get stopped for hours upon hours in presidential motorcade traffic or pay your mortgage, it might be hard to remember – but it’s important to take stock of what an amazing city we’re living in. Of course, there is a long list of elements that make it great – the people, the history, the energy, the places. Oh, the places you can go in DC – and what makes a city more city-esque than the buildings, from the sky high rises to the home sweet homes where city dwellers lay their heads at night, architecture is a huge piece of any city’s puzzle. DC ARCHITECT INSPO: OSSOLINSKI ARCHITECTS

FALLING FOR AUTUMN IN DC: WHERE TO GO, WHAT TO DO

Although we have had a couple of 80-degree days thrown into October’s midst, and we’re still at the point that if you cozy up into a sweater in the morning you regret your very heated existence by afternoon, fall is in full swing. Pumpkin Spice Lattes are the currency of the season, Ugg sightings are on the rise, and if you haven’t gotten surprisingly tipsy from a spiked apple cider yet, it’s probably only a matter of time. For many, Fall is a favorite season – an enjoyable in-between that celebrates the goodbye of Summer’s sweltering, yet still lets you enjoy life before Winter creeps in, you eat too many holiday cookies, and then you can’t even muster the energy to care about things beyond the comforting expanse of your couch. FALLING FOR AUTUMN IN DC: WHERE TO GO, WHAT TO DO

DC ON THE CHEAP: (GOOD) MEALS FOR UNDER $10

Food. It’s what gets me out of bed in the morning. But living in a city with such dynamite food options can be heavy hitting on the bank account. And while DC might be the home of the heinously overpriced cupcake and Michelin star restaurants that could do you in, there are still, believe it or not, deals to be had in the District. Here are some places in the city where you can please your taste buds without emptying your savings account. DC ON THE CHEAP: (GOOD) MEALS FOR UNDER $10

DC DEVELOPMENT(S): GEORGETOWN WEST HEATING PLANT PROPOSAL

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A lot of times, the only interest we have in developments is the finishing touches – -the breaking ground of a new project or the demolishing and refurbishing of a redevelopment. It goes without saying, though, that those moments are not the whole story. There is a lot of fight that goes on without the rallying cry of public interest to push it forward. The redevelopment I wanted to cover today, of Georgetown’s West Heating Plant, was first brought to the table in 2013. For reference, that’s when Macklemore was singing about Thrift Shops and Miley Cyrus was hell bent on killing her Disney princess image by way of a foam finger. If you’ve buried those memories, you’re not alone, and the point is simple: it’s been a while. DC DEVELOPMENT(S): GEORGETOWN WEST HEATING PLANT PROPOSAL

IKEA: THE SMART LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL?

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As I strive to stay up-to-date in the world of real estate, home décor, and architecture, I always make my way back to one brand: IKEA. Although some might underestimate the brand as an affordable but non-threatening contender, their perseverance, stretch into other categories, and ability to make a mean meatball have solidified them as a powerhouse, haters be damned. They’ve delved into humanitarian efforts, been at the forefront of solar energy, and now they are breaking the mold of hard-to-put-together coffee tables once more with their latest effort: smart lighting. IKEA: THE SMART LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL?

THE ART OF MURDER: FRANCES GLESSNER LEE AT THE SMITHSONIAN

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Art is weird, but it’s cool, because it’s weird on purpose. Or that’s what I repeat to myself as I wander aimlessly around museums wondering how art is determined to be “good” or “life-altering.” It almost all looks like the result of somebody going too far in on a batch of weed brownies to me. But, that’s cool I guess? Anyways – I digress. We’ve touched on art in the District before, from new mural installations to museum displays, and with the turn of the season it seems new and exciting art is rushing in from all directions. THE ART OF MURDER: FRANCES GLESSNER LEE AT THE SMITHSONIAN