Girls About Town: Bethesda, MD

Written by on October 7, 2013 in Girl About Town, Lifestyle - 3 Comments
Girls About Town: Bethesda, MD

A few weeks back we had the pleasure of catching up with Casie Mace of Whipped Style, Lacey of A Lacey Perspective and Valerie Gitelson of Valerie Nahmani Designs for a tour of the quaint DC suburb of Bethesda, Maryland. Casie and Valerie are both local businesswomen and shared with us a few of their favorite spots to shop, eat and drink!

Photography: Maureen Porto
Makeup: Stacy Ferguson
Hair: Drybar Bethesda
Clothing: South Moon Under + Ginger
Jewelry: Valerie Nahmani Designs

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  • Our first stop was the new Bethesda Drybar.

  • Valerie, tell us about your local Bethesda business, Valerie Nahmani Designs.
    I created my jewelry line as an homage to the modern woman who is feminine, yet edgy. I find joy in designing unique pieces that will honor her. I felt a need to jump into the market place when I noticed a need for quality investment pieces that can be worn from day to night, both to dress up jeans and a tank, or to compliment a favorite cocktail dress. My clients tell me that VND makes them feel sexy and strong in an effortless way.

    I’m excited to offer Glitter Guide readers 20% off any order through the end of this week using the code GG20.

    What do you love about Bethesda?
    One of my favorite parts about living in Bethesda is the diversity of the culinary options available here. With such a multitude of cultures represented, I’m able to satisfy all of my food cravings. Whether I’m in the mood for crepes and cappuccino on the patio at Mon Ami Gabi, or lamb vindaloo at Kadhari, or authentic Vietnamese pho at Rice Paddies Grill, Bethesda has it all!

  • Next up, a visit to Ginger, a fun boutique with great clothing, home accessories and gifts.

  • Valerie, where are your favorite places to shop, eat and sip?
    As you might be able to guess, I enjoy good food, so it would be tough for me to name just one favorite place to eat in Bethesda. But on date nights my husband and I will often head straight to Raku for bento boxes and sushi. As a busy mom with two little boys, I don’t have time to wear a lot of makeup, but when I need a little pick me up you’ll find me in Blue Mercury indulging in yummy body creams and hair care products. What girl doesn’t love getting lost in there?

    Any hidden gems visitors should know about in Bethesda?
    One of the best hidden gems in town is the Bethesda Art Walk. On the second Friday of every month the art galleries and studios downtown open for evening exhibitions. I love to support other local artists, and the event offers many people the opportunity to showcase their work to the public. Like most busy moms, I’m always looking for ways to slow down and recenter my energy. After a nonstop day balancing work and family, these evenings calm me down and I’ve been lucky enough to meet many talented artists who continue to inspire my craft with their photography, sculpture and other mixed media.

  • Casie, tell us about your blog, Whipped Style.
    It’s the closet I wish were mine, the tips that save my life and the styling courage I wish I had. I started it in 2011 so that I could have a fun, uninhibited creative outlet outside of work, and life. It’s been a total blast and I continue to love it a little more every day.

    What do you love about living in Bethesda?
    It’s the best of all worlds. Bethesda is totally just a small town in a big big city, making it just as central as it is removed. The dining here is incredible, the night life is pretty chill but fun, and D.C. is just a (super quick) metro stop away.

  • Casie, where are your favorite places to eat, shop and beautify?
    My favorite consignment shop is Mustard Seed. Their buyers scrutinize for quality a little more, which I appreciate. I also love Ginger Boutique, lou lou and Luna, which is the best for last minute party buys and gifts.
    As for beauty, I have a philosophy that a gal should NEVER stray too far from her glam squad. So for the last few years I’ve been pretty loyal to AC at The Shop for my locks, Anne at Tips to Toes for my nails and Monica at Cera Wax for, you know, everything else.
    For dinners, I love to frequent Blacks or Olazzo’s. They’re pretty solid Bethesda staples that are locally owned. When I need a sweet nibble, there’s this gem of a French pastry shop called Tout de Sweet. It’s gorgeous and chic and the treats are to die for.

  • Casie what is one hidden gem in Bethesda people visiting should know about? 
    In an area that has more restaurants per capita than any other U.S. city, you get pretty protective (and proud!) of your local favorites. I’ve seen some amazing restaurants fail just due to poor location choice, poor marketing or over ambition. So when I stumble upon one I love, I do everything I can to send them as much business as possible. The second I bit into a chocolate macaron at Tout de Sweet, I knew I couldn’t let them go down. Right across the street from Tout de Sweet are two shops I just adore: The Blue House and Random Harvest. Both have such fun finds for your home and perfect gifts. Definitely visit that whole block if you’re ever in the area!

  • Lacey, tell us about your blog, A Lacey Perspective?
    A Lacey Perspective is my little corner of the internet that captures my personal style, love of all things feminine and fashion adventures in our Nation’s Capital. Since June of 2010 I have been discovering my own style by helping myself, and my readers, to answer the question… “What the heck am I going to wear today?”

    Living in DC can get overwhelming at times, but Bethesda is a quaint escape from the hectic city, and I love exploring this cute town.

  • Dolcezza Gelato offers unique and interesting seasonal flavors and is a cute place to eat a scoop and people watch.

  • Ashley Manuel

    I live in nearby Gaithersburg so this spotlight on Bethesda was incredibly useful! Such a charming place! Looks like the boyfriend and I will be taking a cute Bethesda stroll this weekend. Thanks for the post!

  • http://www.sheismoments.com/ Maureen @SheisMoments

    Great article! I love Bethesda when I get up there!

    You should do a spotlight on Clarendon. I moved there four years ago and can’t ever see myself leaving, I just love it so much.

    I’m thinking a little Ann Taylor or Loft + make-up at Origins + Pinkberry (my fav!) + Bracket Room (the new Bachelor bar) for drinks and happy hour. ;)

    I feel like every time I walk around I discover a new place. So many great ones to try!
    -maureen
    http://www.sheismoments.com

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