A Trip to Richmond

Two weeks ago, I visited my friend Casey in Richmond!  Casey and I originally bonded in the bathroom after gym class in middle school because I admired her scented glitter spray from Bath and Body Works.  Fifteen years later we are bonding over our shared love of Yelp and our recent engagements!  Go us — I love long time friends!

Richmond has a nasty reputation as a hood rat city but that could not be further from the truth!  The city has a vibrant artistic community with tons of cute, locally owned shops.  While I was there, they were hosting a French Film Festival at the Byrd Theatre which is a beautiful, historic theater right in the heart of Carytown.  I had such a lovely visit full of brunching, thrifting, wine tasting, and shopping!  Richmond is such a wonderful city.

Here are a few photos from my trip!


Suburbanette Day Trip: Morias Vineyard

My sisters, mother, and I extended our day trip in Virginia hunt country last weekend with a stop at the family-owned Morias Vineyard.   Even though the property is smack in the middle of Fauquier County, we felt like we were whisked away to a small European nation!  The building, only a few months old, was modeled after a hotel in Portugal where the owner is originally from.  They also have horses and a mini petting zoo on the property!

Can you tell I am in love?


Keeping up with the Vandashians…Blades of Glory Edition

The Pentagon Row Ice Rink BLOWS.  First of all it is too small, too crowded, the ice is extremely bumpy, and their rental skates are practically falling apart (literally – – my skates had a huge slice through them!).

But a little hiccup here or there didn’t stop the Vandashian family + Rob from having the time of their life!

This was right after Kevin made fun of Kris for falling down! That's what happens when you are being mean!

After all the fun and excitement, we took the boys to Sine to share a plate of wings and nachos.  Kristopher declared that it was his favorite Irish pub of all time. Haha.



Holiday Date Guide: Christmas Lights and Sights Edition

Festival of Lights – Growing up in Centreville, my family always made it a point to pile up in the car and check out the annual lights extravaganza at Bull Run Regional Park.  After the light show, you can stop at the Festival of Lights Holiday Village and try your hand at some old timey carnival games. $15 – $20 per car.

Zoo Lights – Take a stroll through the national zoo to marvel at the animals in light formation.  Train rides, ice skating, funnel cake, hot cocoa and more — the best part?  Admission to all the fun is FREE!  To read about my recent trip click here.

Richmond Tacky Lights Tour – If you find yourself in the 804 area, be sure to check out this neighborhood tour of amazingly fun, tacky, and awesome light shows.  Free.

Leesburg Non-Traditional Christmas Tour -Fans of curious oddities and grinch-like couples should take a drive out to Leesburg to view the controversial holiday creations that include a spaghetti and meatball Jesus sculpture and a  skeleton of Santa nailed to the cross. Free.

National Christmas Tree – Since 1923, spectactors have gathered on the Ellipse near the White House to gawk at the grand illumination of the National Christmas Tree and it’s state Christmas tree babies known as the “Pathway of Peace”.  Free.

U.S. Botanic Gardens – During the holiday season, the U.S. Botanic Garden presents “Season’s Greenings”, a unique exhibit featuring model trains and incredible replicas of the world’s most famous statues and monuments made completely out of plants.  Free.


Suburbanette’s Holiday Date Guide: Ice Skating Edition

Even though my blog has turned into a food/fashion hybrid as of lately — my original intention in creating Suburbanette  was to share all of the interesting, fun, and low cost entertainment opportunities in our fair city.  To celebrate the upcoming holiday season (and to help you dudes and dudettes come up with some amazing, knock-your-socks off dates) I will be posting a few holiday date guides for the next couple of days!  Enjoy!

Ice Skating

As a child, the only Asian-American role model I could look up too was Michelle Kwan so ice skating ranks way up there in terms of winter time activities.  Luckily there are plenty of beautiful, outdoor rinks in the area:

Pentagon Row – This rink is closest to my house and features a nightly “snowfall” at 6pm and 7pm every evening.  $11 for adult admission and skate rental.

Reston Town Center – My church youth group used to take me here and this is where I first learned how to ice skate! $9 for adult admission

National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden – If they filmed a Home Alone 3: Lost in DC, there would definitely be a scene filmed here.  Nothing is more romantic than swirling around the ice with your honey and viewing magnificent works of art.  Extra bonus points if your partner can backwards skate. $11 for adult admission and skate rental.


A Trip to the Zoo

Over the weekend, I suggested that my family take Kassie out to see the  Zoo Lights exhibit at the National Zoo.  Let me tell you…I HAD SO MUCH FUN!  Going to the zoo is fun as adults but with toddlers – – 100x more exciting since they are experiencing all of these new sights and sounds for the first time.  Kassie had so much fun roaring with the lions, pretending to swim with the turtles, dancing with a fake panda bear, and running away from the stinky ape house.

The Vandashian girls minus Kristina by the lion exhibit.

Sleepy lions.

Snapping turtle waiting for his prey.

Dancing panda in a snow globe.  Kassie was super fascinated by this.

Under the sea Zoo Lights display


Suburbanbro missed out on the Redskins game to spend time with me and my family.  I am so lucky!

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas!

Details // Zoo Lights // National Zoo // November 25 – December (Friday though Saturday nights) and December 16 – January 1 (every night) // 9 – 5 pm // Light displays featuring the zoo’s favorite animals, ice skating, hot cocoa, live entertainment, train rides and more. // Free

Fall Fun at Cox Farms

I have attended the Fall Festival at Cox Farms every year since I was three years old and every year it gets better and better.  I love sharing this fall tradition with my younger siblings and now my two year old niece Kassie.  It is always a guaranteed blast!

As a Cox Farms veteran my favorite activities include:

  • Eating freshly popped kettle corn while enjoying a hayride
  • Drinking free apple cider out of a tiny Dixie cup
  • Rope swinging into a giant pile of foam blocks
  • Searching for pennies in a hay stack
  • Checking out all the baby goats in goat village
  • Getting lost in the endless corn maze
  • Racing down the giant slide with my siblings

The Festival is running now till the end of October and will end with their annual Pumpkin Smash!  For more information visit coxfarms.com

Now – – here are a few images of my family at the farm over the last few years!  My brothers are getting so big!


Calling All Merry Men and Fair Maidens

I know my blog is very NoVa-biased but honestly everything Maryland can do Virginia can do better….except their annual Renaissance Festival (which is currently running now till October 23rd).  It is the perfect place to pretend you are in an episode of “Game of Thrones”, drink some mead, eat fried food on a stick, ride an elephant, throw a shirukin, and watch a jousting tournament.

There is also some very interesting people watching (see examples below)…..

Molon Lave Vineyard

Last Sunday, the boy and I headed down South to visit my two good friends Jessica and Casey.  The place?  Molon Lave Vineyards, a winery in Warrenton, Virginia.  The main reason we went there was to sample their famous sangria which had a lovely grapefruit flavor and was chock full of fresh summer fruit.  We sat on the porch which overlooked a large lake and an expansive horse farm.  The light summer rain made the visit even more enjoyable.  Cheers to long, beautiful summer days and good friends!

Go Ape!

I was dreading my outing to Go Ape for weeks namely because I am terrified of heights and my idea of thrill-seeking includes riding down a small hill on my bike.

When the employees went through their spiel on how to go through the zip wire course I was very concerned when I found out that I would be in charge of making sure I was hooked up correctly at every station.  I am not a pay attention to details kind of girl so I was SURE that I would be brought home in the form of human jelly.

Since I am writing this review you know that is not the case.  After completing each course I became more and more confident in my abilities and even went EXTREME in some of the courses.  Even though it rained I still had a ton of fun and after the trip felt a little bit closer to all of the members in my group who cheered each other on through each station.

Yay for teamwork!

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