The Perfect Portion – Thanksgiving edition

November 25, 2015

 Carlene Thomas is a registered dietitian, nutritionist and the voice behind the lifestyle blog and company Healthfully Ever After LLC. She recently stopped by DW to talk to us about how to prepare a perfectly healthy thanksgiving meal.

For all of our engaged readers, before you say ‘I Do,’ you are probably considering becoming a healthier you. That’s where Carlene can help! She’ll coach you right through that process, while preventing anxiety and providing you with passion + patience, along the way!

Today’s post will inspire you to become healthier + gather knowledge on how to transform your wellness!

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Can you explain why these items are much heather than what you would  find on a traditional Thanksgiving buffet table?

These items mirror some of the ones you might find on your table next week, but let’s take a look at their shapes and flavorings. Brussels sprouts may not be appealing to those who know them from their childhood of being little over-cooked cabbages. By choosing shredded sprouts, you see them as something new and fun. Tossing them in a simple vinaigrette turns the flavor up and the calories down.

For the butternut squash, or a sweet potato, it may be tempting to mash them, but that means you’ll need to add butter and cream. By cubing them and tossing in olive oil and spices for a quick roast, you bring out the natural sweetness instead of having to rely on high fat items.

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How do we get started?

Work with the ‘chef’ in your family to brainstorm fun spins on tradition. Sometimes we just keep making things because it’s how they’ve always been done. Please know that everything fits into a healthy lifestyle that is already on your table! It’s about how you enjoy it and how much of it is on your plate.

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Don’t be guilted into eating bad corn pudding by your aunt if you hate it. It’s not worth the calories. Skip it. Fill it half with colorful veggies first and then add in the ‘extras’ like stuffing or rolls.


After all… “It’s all about being healthier and happier, before and beyond ‘I do’.

Nutritionist: Carlene Thomas, Healthyfully Ever After  | Design: Jeannette Tavares, District Weddings | Photography Credit: Abby Jiu Photography | Rentals: DC Rental | Calligraphy: Meant To Be Calligraphy  | Florals: Holly Chapple Flowers 




from fall flavors to winter wonders

November 24, 2015

With only a few days left until Thanksgiving, it will be time to start thinking about the Christmas season before we know it, which means a lot of entertaining! The transition from Fall to Winter does not have to be as difficult as you think. Start by choosing similar color palettes, so you can re-use a lot of the same staple pieces + then design some gorgeous new centerpieces and table top arrangements. We love using “Winter White” all year long!

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New Bride Sofia Vergara

November 23, 2015

We couldn’t stop refreshing our instagram last night. We truly fell in love with our favorite Sofia Vergara’s Wedding! Here are just a few show stopping images we came across! rs_600x600-151123091527-600-sofia-vergara-wedding-joe-mangianello sofia-vergara-1-600x800

We love the detachable skirt on her Zuhair Mura gown. Vergara worked closely with Zuhair Murad — the designer behind some of her most famous red carpet moments including the green sequin mermaid-style design she wore to the Emmys!


Black Friday x Birchbox!

November 19, 2015

Birchbox (, a leading beauty and grooming retailer, is opening its doors in Washington, D.C. in partnership with Rent the Runway, which is revolutionizing fashion by allowing millions of women to rent designer apparel and accessories. A beauty shop in a dedicated space at Rent the Runway’s Georgetown store, now allows local customers to get a complete new look from head to toe – from on-trend outfits and accessories to the latest lipsticks and head-turning hairstyles.

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For US men and women – spend $35 on gift subscriptions and/or full-size product and get:

  • Non-Ace: 25% off with code BIGDEAL
  • Ace: 30% off with code ACESONLY
  • No limit to code usage

For CA women – spend $45 on gift subscriptions and/or full-size product and get

  • 25% off with code BIGDEAL
  • No limit to code usage

Cyber Monday

Same offer as above as above but codes are:

  • Non-Ace: PARTYON
  • Ace: ACEDIT
  • No limit to code usage


The shop features the following elements to help Washingtonians prepare for special occasions and upgrade their everyday looks:

  • A Build Your Own Birchbox (BYOB) station with an exclusive new box design co-branded with Rent the Runway ($15)
  • A curated shop featuring the best hair, makeup, skincare and fragrance products, as well as holiday gift sets, from brands including Bumble and Bumble, Dr. Jart, Living Proof, Oribe, RMS Beauty, Smashbox, Stila and Sunday Riley, among others
  • Birchbox subscriptions and gift subscriptions for purchase (starting at $30)
  • Makeup services (starting at $30)
  • Special offers and events

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