After 14 years of business, DailyCandy is shutting down: “Sixty-seven employees are affected by the shutdown, but they may—with a huge caveat—be offered jobs at other NBCU properties. Their content will be saved digitally by the parent company, but readers won’t have access to DailyCandy’s unique city suggestions or TWoP’s snarky recaps and commentary. ” [Recode, Adweek]
Last year, I had the opportunity to drive a 2013 Cadillac XTS for a week (you can see my love note to the Cadillac here). I have always had a huge crush on the Cadillac’s luxurious image and the opportunity to drive a brand new model sealed the deal!
So when GM contacted me again to drive the car of my choice for a week, I was tempted to go right back to the Cadillac. I then came to my senses and realized I would be COMPLETELY defeating the purpose of this if I picked the same car, so I decided to go to the opposite end of the spectrum. I chose the Chevy Spark!
The more I read about this car, the more I fell in L.O.V.E. with it! Plus, how could you go wrong with the tagline ‘International Attitude for Urban Living’?!?
My ‘Salsa’ colored Spark pulled into my front drive on a Friday morning. It was just as perfect as I had imagined! I jumped in and cruised around my neighborhood. Yes, it’s a small car, but I had a smile on my face the entire time I was driving it. This car actually makes you happy.
It’s incredibly roomy (the backseat has more room than my Lexus iS250) and you can customize a variety of colors to accent the interior.
However, the ultimate test of this car was whether my 6’3” boyfriend could fit comfortably as a passenger AND as a driver. We decided to test this out on a short road trip to visit his parents. He drove the entire way and (surprisingly) was more than happy to do so. This car is tall enough for almost anyone to be comfortable and the leg room was sufficient for him to be comfortable for a 2 hour drive.
We could park anywhere and there was enough room for the two of us, our luggage and our puppy on the way down with room to spare. On the way back, we added groceries, an office telephone control panel and NEW luggage to the mix and were more than comfortable.
The best part? You get INCREDIBLE gas mileage on this car. We filled up the tank for less than $20!
You can see more of my Chevy Spark Pictures on Instagram. You can also follow the adventures of GM on Instagram by following @DistrictDrive or on their website at Drive the District. Thank you GM for selecting me for this amazing opportunity. I had a WONDERFUL time!
(As reported by Tastefully Jammed)
Want to learn more about all of the participating artists in the 2014 SwatchRoom SALON ON FRIDAY NIGHT? We’ve got you covered.
[Photo: Fabiano Amin]
FABIANO AMIN, originally from Brazil, draws inspiration from his experience growing up close to the ocean and seeing movement in dance and music. FABIANO mixes tropical colors of the beach with the craziness of a busy city in his paintings. As a lover of texture and paint, his works are full of depth and experiments with mixed media. FABIANO's paintings will be shown at SWATCHROOM's SALON ON FRIDAY NIGHT.
LEAH APPEL is a commercial and fine art photographer with a BFA from Savannah College of Art and Design. After picking up a camera at age 14, she has never looked back. LEAH enjoys experimenting with alternative processes of printing photos, as this can change the look and feel of the photos. LEAH's work features colorful landscapes, portraits, and architecture and will be featured in SWATCHROOM's SALON ON FRIDAY NIGHT.
CAROLYN BECKER is a graduate from American University with a BA in Studio Art. CAROLYN's work engages the idea of portraiture, as she depicts the figure in a fragmented manner. CAROLYN's love for fashion, vintage items, color, scale, and pattern serves as her inspiration for her vibrant works. CAROLYN's art can be seen at SWATCHROOM's SALON ON FRIDAY NIGHT.
AMY HUGHES BRADEN
AMY HUGHES BRADEN was trained at Corcoran College of Art & Design and makes work primarily in acrylic paintings, graphite drawings, and collage. AMY's collages are created from magazine cut outs, photos, old books, and scraps collected over the years. AMY's work contains three major themes: interpersonal relationships, pop culture and copyright issues, and stream of consciousness. AMY's work will be featured at SWATCHROOM's SALON ON FRIDAY NIGHT.
PATRICK BURNS was raised in West Virginia and educated in Maine. He creates pieces from newspaper and mixed media, with a series on various AMERICAN FLAGS and ANTIQUE POP. PATRICK's work will be shown at SWATCHROOM's SALON ON FRIDAY NIGHT.
ELLIE DENEROFF is an artist originally from New York City. ELLIE's work is most inspired by retro concert posters, daydreams, patterns, and people I see walking on the street. She likes to pair the softness of watercolors and with crispness of ink. Her most recent works represent an intersection between the calming nature of mandalas and the energy of funk. ELLIE's paintings will be shown at SWATCHROOM'sSALON ON FRIDAY NIGHT.
DOMINIQUE FIERRO is a photographer who prides herself on capturing candid moments to honestly tell a story and convey a mood. DOMINIQUE styles and creates photoshoots for individuals, families, couples, and groups. Her work seeks to empower others through self expression. DOMINIQUE's photography can be seen at SWATCHROOM's SALON ON FRIDAY NIGHT.
JEREMY FLICK is known for his complex works of geometric abstraction, which are full of repetitive forms and meticulous details. His recent conceptual works, CONTRAPUNTAL DERIVATIONS, transform and manipulate anonymous images from the internet. This series focuses on the overlapping relationship of the physical object and the allusive digital source. JEREMY's work can be seen at the SWATCHROOMSALON ON FRIDAY NIGHT.
DONNA K. MCGEE
DONNA K. MCGEE uses a meditative yet exciting quality in her paintings, as she deliberates the direction of the piece as she goes. Her paintings allow the viewers’ eyes to wander over the whole canvas. DONNA uses many different colors and textures to see how they will react with each other; this invokes a feeling of historical awareness, as the surface begins to look like it is rusting or peeling. DONNA's paintings will be featured in SWATCHROOM's SALON ON FRIDAY NIGHT.
BRIAN PETRO credits his style of painting to the contrast between his rural Pennsylvania upbringing and the brutal reality of city life. BRIAN's work represents the path of his wandering mind. His self-education in art is something that allows him to constantly be experimenting with ideas and mediums. BRIAN was recently commissioned by Absolut to design a large scale advertising campaign. BRIAN's work will be shown at SWATCHROOM's SALON ON FRIDAY NIGHT.
Cristina Steadman, a photographer and DC native, enjoys black&white, simple and clean photos. Cristina’s experience in photography has given her an exceptional eye for design - she has spent most of her career in design and merchandising. She spends most of her free time shooting and editing photos. Cristina’s work will be on display at SWATCHROOM's SALON ON FRIDAY NIGHT.
[Photo: Radio Sebastian]
Corwin Levi is a visual artist whose work, as part of the art collaborative RADIO SEBASTIAN with Yumiko Blackwell, is project-based and moves from looking at ruptured walls to finding faint fields to investigating gin piles to seeing how long people can exhale for shine. RADIO SEBASTIAN's work will be show at SWATCHROOM's SALON ON FRIDAY NIGHT.
FAWNA XAIO is a printmaker with a great respect for ink and paper; she takes pride in the process of making prints by hand. FAWNA is fascinated with geology and geography, and is able to portray the colors found in glaciers and mountains in a beautiful, minimal fashion. Fawna’s work will be displayed at SWATCHROOM's SALON ON FRIDAY NIGHT.
To purchase your Salon tickets, CLICK HERE. See you this weekend!
It is no secret how much we LOVE Frederick, MD. This weekend is supposed to be BEAUTIFUL and we have the perfect place for you to spend your Saturday or Sunday. Take a short trip to Frederick and stop into Sweet Clover Vintage Barn Sale.
If you are obsessed with ANYTHING vintage, handmade, antique, shabby chic, restored and/or uncommon, this is THE place for you. Sweet Clover Vintage Barn Sale is Anthropologie meets Marche aux Puces de St-Ouen with a hint of Restoration Hardware. Sweet Clover has curated over 15 dealers to sell carefully selected items each month. You now have a one-stop-shop for home decor and we can’t get enough of all the fabulous items at very reasonable prices.
What makes this shopping adventure even more authentic is that Sweet Clover is housed in a dairy barn on Springdale horse farm in Frederick, MD. Tag sales are held on the third weekend of each month and each sale has an incredible selection of unique carefully curated items for your home.
Sweet Clover posts a preview of items on their Facebook page the week leading up to the sale. Check out some of my favorite items below. You can click on any of the pictures to take you directly to the preview gallery. Happy shopping!
Our friends at Union Kitchen are celebrating ONE YEAR of being kick-ass! We are huge fans of the food incubator space and we are so happy to see how far they have come in such a short amount of time. Celebrate with some of our favorite Union Kitchen members: DC Patisserie, Milk Cult, District Doughnut, Cherry Blossom Creative and many, many, more! Here’s to you, Union Kitchen!
Date: Friday, February 21, 2014 (6:30 - 10)
Location: Union Kitchen, 1110 Congress Street, NE, WDC