Posts Tagged ‘kere knapp’

First visit to “Four Sisters”

What I love about my girlfriends.. they love not only to eat.. but they like to try new places and foods! This time we chose the highly talked about Four Sisters at the new shopping center in Merrifield Virginia known as the Mosaic District.
We started off with a few orders of Goi Cuon (Fresg garden shrimp & pork rolls) and Cha Gio (Crispy Pork Spring Rolls). Being pregnant.. I was really loving the fried rolls this time around. Might I add.. there was not one roll left– they went like hot cakes.
Thank goodness we had our friend Vi with us. She’s Vietnamese and knows all the dishes and helped us order. I stuck with my traditional favorite.. the Beef Pho. Some of my girlfriends ventured out and tried the Caramelized Fish Claypot. Lettuce Wraps were popular too. Some of my girlfriends brought their kids.. and chicken fried rice was a good choice for them.
Check out my 6 second Pho… courtesy Vine!

The space was perfect, parking was easy and free! Really enjoyed the staff who were friendly and attentive.. especially for a big party like ours. As for pricing.. not bad: Dishes ranged from $8- $15. Apps started at $4.25.

Jackie, Catherine with Juliette, Angie, Sumita, Alex, Vi, Kelly, April and Kere with Leighton


Bring on the Southern Style

No one can argue it was spectacular weather this weekend. It was perfect for our Shrimp and Grits Kids party with girlfriends. Mimosas, pink lemonade, cucumber sandwiches had us ready for Spring! My sister Jenny went all out and made some specialized dessert– Pulitzer’s Pink Fluff, Sour Patch Grapes and tea cookies galore. It was awesome to have so many of my mama friends stop by on a sunny Sunday afternoon. We chatted and ooooed and ahhhed over the adorable smock, monogrammed and seer sucker clothing! Our girl Kere also brought the bling.. debuting Stella & Dot’s latest styles! Shout out to my friend Shannon who hosted at her gorgeous house!

There was great stuff from Bella Bliss too! I got this for Adora for 4th of July!

Sister Jenny and little Knox

Serena and Adora greet the guests

With my sis

Spring cupcakes by the Cupcake Delivers

Pulitzer pink fluff!

Charlitta at work



New Korean joint!

So I swear my friend Sumita who is from India is more Korean then me. She is always begging to go eat Korean and knows all the great places! A gaggle of us ladies decided to make it a girls night out and head to Han Sung Oak in Falls Church. This place rocks for a big group because it has big space. We got our own private room in the back. Everything you love about Korean food.. expect it to be on the menu! Sumita took charge with ordering and the result was overwhelmingly good! Bulgogi, chicken, bi bim bop and kimchi jigae! My friend Shannon who brought her 2 year old ordered the baked salmon.. her daughter nearly finished the whole fish!

Sumita, Vi and expecting mom Melissa

Bulgogi a cookin’!

With mom to be Catherine and Kere

Kimchi soup!

Jackie and Shannon

Serena and Adora

Sisterly love

One of the best things about living close to where you went to school and college is that there’s always great ways to reconnect– in person. Seems like so many of us know people through social networking.. but rarely get to know them or see them anymore in real life.

My friend Kere is awesome when it comes to organizing brunches for our AOII sisters to catch up. We do them almost every season and there’s always different girls from different classes there. As we get ready for Fall we can’t help but reminisce about Fall Rush at Mason and how we sadly admit the thought of it still gives us a slight high.

The young women of Gamma Alpha are gearing up for their Fall Rush next week and some of us plan to return to help out. Good luck little pandas.. keep the legacy going and know that even after you graduate your girls will be here for you.

Jackie, Molley, Angie & Adora, Jessica, April, Catherine and Kere

Tickled Pink: Mom & Daughter Fashion Show

Life, Lilly and the Pursuit of Happiness! You could feel the Palm Beach brand’s motto a million times over at Tickled Pink 8… an annual mother-daughter tea held at the Fairmont Hotel on M Street. Biscuits, scones, egg and salmon sandwiches and unlimited mimosas were on hand. We took part in the Lilly fashion show wearing prints provided by The Pink Palm.
MORE: Tickled Pink on WUSA9

Other news mommies who walked the colorful catwalk included 9NEWS’ Lesli Foster and daughter Jordan and NBC4’s Eun Yang and little Carys.  It was Adora’s first fashion show.. and she proved modeling is tough work. The poor baby passed out before our final walk to close the show. Great photos by Kipp Burgoyne, Alex Naini and Lesli Foster.

Tickled Pink on WUSA9 Morning Show

Time to change! 


Andrea and Gabrielle Cecchi

Alex Naini with Allison Priebe Brooks and friends

Lilly’s Lizanne Jeveret with Fairmont’s Diana Bulger

Kere Knapp and Hadley

Our friends at Make A Wish

Carys, Jordan and McClain try to get Adora to smile for the cam

Mom Pick of the Week: Olive to Sew

This week I’m loving my monogrammed onesie from The founder who possesses the sassy needle skills is Kere Knapp, a mom of two who lives in South Riding. This is one of many things Adora has bearing her initials. She also has a basket, two piece outfit and a blanky!

Busy baby GAGA

Adora is such a trooper. She made the rounds with a day that started with an early brunch with my AOII sisters at Clyde’s in Ashburn. The place was really neat. My friend Jen told me the entire restaurant was made out of old barnes. Then it was off to DC to The Heights for an afternoon brunch with some of my former TV co-workers. That’s where we ran into WUSA producer Jessica Glasser who just had a baby too.. little Maya! We weren’t done yet. When I arrived for my hair appointment with the fabulous James Cornwell.. he exclaimed “OMG it’s baby Gaga” – referring to my baby tucked inside her stroller. It was hilarious.

Together again!

Fit for a legacy!

Then we were off to DC to meet up with some former co-workers from news stations elsewhere!

Doing the rounds

WUSA’s Jessica Glasser and hubby show off beautiful Maya

Baby Gaga arrives to PR at Partners! James says he’s got dibs on Adora’s first haircut.

James in action


Tickled Pink in Potomac

I cannot even begin to tell you how overwhelmed with emotion I am with all the support I’ve gotten from friends, family and co-workers over the last 8 months. My sisters Jenny and Tricia threw me a beautiful shower at good friend Dr. Alex’s Potomac home.

It was more than perfect– it was as I told the crowd– a room filled with so much love. Wish I could post the hundreds of pictures and special moments captured by’s Daniel Swartz and Rita Lawrence with Bitsy Baby Photography. Please check out their galleries. Sweet thanks to Frosting: A Cupcakery for sending devilishly good dessert. No cupcake was left behind. Shout out to the gorgeous Lauren Von Der Pool and staff with green catering company Von Der Pool Gourmet.  I didn’t learn til after the party that the ‘beef wontons’ were vegan! I would’ve never known. They were delicious!

The best part of all? Seeing so many women from different phases of my life- high school, college, SC, DC, News, philanthropy and  mamas-to-be coming together to help me celebrate my first step into motherhood. Thank you everyone from me and baby “A”. Read more about the shower at where Leigh Macdonald wrote a very kind recap of the party.

A glance at some gifts…



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