She had rings on her fingers and bells on her shoes
And I knew without asking she was into the blues
Hellew, gorgeous! I’m Megan, fellow SEC-rooting, Southern-raised, single twenty-something living and working in our great country’s capital city. I have recently partnered up with the amazing, stylish Emily as a contributor to BlueDogBelle, and I am elated to join the blog-o-sphere for the first time! So what will I be adding to BlueDogBelle, you wonder…
I have a Carrie Bradshaw-level of adoration for my city, Washington, DC. It is a little big town amidst an atmosphere of heterogeneity. Any taste of life an individual could desire can be found here: history, music, passion and activism, thoughtfulness, diverse backgrounds and perspectives, politics/policy/philanthropy, and all balanced out by the finer (literal) tastes of life, with a varied palette of globally-influenced spots to wine and dine. One of the most surprising discoveries I made as a 22 year-old graduate was just how much of a role this last item plays in the DMV culture. Restaurants and bars were obviously an area to socialize with friends, but post-college I came to the realization that this particular arena serves as a remote location for professionals from every office level to meet, to play, to network, and to wheel and deal. We all have heard that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, but in the District this saying transcends romantic strategy and overflows into the business of the city. Of course, occupational drinks and meals aren’t a concept exclusive to DC - just the particular type of business dealt, and the power of the individuals at the table (or bar counter as the case may be), in these situations is nearly exclusive to DC, namely as the center of American politics.
Which brings me to Blue Dog Belle! I’m partnering up with my beloved fellow Southerner to dive into and celebrate DC’s Don Draper-esque scene, where bourbon meets business. I’ll be bouncing around the District’s watering holes, both high profile and low key local favorites, and will jot down my experiences at each saloon, focusing on the style, the atmosphere, the crowd, the conversation, and naturally the highlights of the heart and barter of these spots - the libations. Full disclosure, I’m afraid the meat of the true wheelings and dealings, as sexy as that would be to whistle blow, will not be the focus of my entries, as my attention will be on the spaces and the use of these spaces within the District.
Thank you for visiting, and please stay tuned as I make my first entry this week!