8.23.2012

MY DC // Cori Sue of Bitches Who Brunch


I had the pleasure of spending a sunny Sunday with the adorable marathon-running Cori Sue — one of the bitches of Bitches who Brunch. She's actually not a bitch, but she sure does know what she wants, and she gets it. She's a feisty, fun 20-something taking on DC one brunch at a time.

Read more to find out where she took me in Georgetown.


Naturally, the first thing we did was have brunch at Peacock Cafe. We decided to knock out two blog-stones at time by going to brunch so she could cover it on BWB also. Since we were reviewing it we had to try more than your normal two gals can eat. We both got fresh juices (my favorite part of the entire brunch), iced coffee, pancakes, French toast, an omelet and hashbrowns (my other favorite part).

Read our more in depth review of Peacock Cafe on the Bitches Who Brunch here.


Cori Sue at work. You should have seen both of us snapping photos the entire brunch. At this point, I do it so much it doesn't even phase me anymore but still drives my husband nuts.


After brunch, we trekked up Wisconsin to Urban Chic Boutique — one of Cori Sue's frequent stops. She couldn't resist trying on a few dresses for the many events she attends.



And because I know you are dying to know, here are the deets on Cori Sue's outfit:
yellow flats / Tory Burch
striped skirt (similar) / Aqua from Bloomingdale’s
silk top (similar) / Amanda Uprichard
necklace / J.Crew
diamond studs / a high school graduation gift from my aunt
 handbag / Yves St. Laurent Muse handbag


Next we went up to A Mano, a seriously cute home shop.


It's a miracle I didn't take the store home with me.


Cori Sue was particularly fond of these Jill Rosenwald pieces.


Two words — bamboo lamp!


Just up the street from A Mano is Book Hill Park where we walked up to see the view.


The last shop we visited was at Sassanova which is mostly filled with shoes and accessories.
I was almost convinced that flatforms were cool...but then I wasn't.


Our last stop was at Baked & Wired — hailed as one of the best cupcake shops in DC.
It definitely has a personality.


We enjoyed the rest of the afternoon sitting on the canal sipping our coffee and eating cupcakes.

Let's hear from Cori Sue:

Why did you take me to Peacock Cafe, A Mano, Sassanova, Urban Chic, and Baked & Wired, and Book Hill Park?
Georgetown is an area that is overrun by tourists and chain stores. I wanted to prove that there are adorable, unique places, you just have to know where to find them. Peacock Café is a staple for the Georgetown brunch scene—I love sitting out on their big patio under the umbrellas. Urban Chic is my favorite boutique—it’s just adorable. Sassanova has great shoes and accessories, and I absolutely love that it’s built into a pink row house—it’s just so charming. Since you love design and décor, I knew you’d love A Mano for its hostess gifts, pottery, books and other lovely housewares. Book Hill Park has a spectacular view—and it’s right around the corner from the boutiques where we were shopping. So, I figured, why not? Maybe you can take your hubbie there for a romantic picnic sometime! Last, and certainly not least, I’ve eaten my way through all the cupcakeries in Washington and Baked & Wired is the best. Plus, it’s fun to sit along the Georgetown canal, eat your cupcake, enjoy the sights and sounds of nature, and watch the people stroll by.

Since you are a Bitch Who Brunches what are some of your other favorite places to eat and visit in DC and why, also what do you HAVE to get when you go to them?
I do spend a lot of time dining, drinking, dancing and brunching across this city. For brunch, I skew towards gourmet comfort food—bring on the mac n’cheese and pancakes. I love Ben’s Next Door, America Eats Tavern and Granville Moore’s. For dinner and drinks with friends, I’d have to go for Spanish tapas and opt for Estadio or Boqueria. I’m also a huge Graffiato fan and I recently had the most amazing meal at The Curious Grape out in Shirlington a few months ago. For cocktails, I’m a regular at Lincoln. I also love Vinoteca and Black Jack—both places have bocce ball and I’m a big fan of activities whilst imbibing.

How did you come up with the idea for Bitches Who Brunch?
 
One day, Becca said to me, “We spend all this time brunching, shopping, writing, exploring Washington, we should start a blog. What would we call it?”
“We’d be the Bitches Who Brunch,” I replied, almost immediately and half-joking. She bought the .com and sent a photo of us to her mother, who is an artist, who whipped up a logo based on the picture. The brand, voice and content just sort of evolved naturally over the following months and the rest is history!

What have you learned from the blog?

My goodness, what haven’t I learned? I’ve learned a lot about starting and running a business, branding, marketing, advertising, time management, website development, lots! It’s been a whirlwind and I’ve learned more through our business than my day job, to be honest.
Becca and I learn a lot from each other—but, to be honest, I probably got the better end of that deal as she’s a few years farther along in her career than I am. She’s taught me a lot and I’m so grateful to have her as a friend, business partner and mentor.

Have any opportunities come from Bitches Who Brunch that otherwise may not have?
 
Becca and I have been very fortunate to receive lots of fun “fluffy” opportunities—from people sending us champagne and random presents in the mail, to judging male beauty pageants, to getting the opportunity to attend some of Washington’s top parties. In exchange, we do our best to give back to the community and our readers. We support the local business community, host giveaways for our readers, and fundraise, promote and partner with regional charities whenever possible. Most importantly, I’ve been able to meet lots of really interesting people and establish lots of great relationships.

We know you brunch on the weekends, what else are you involved in?
 
I’m the queen of over-commitment—and I still haven’t decided if that’s a positive or a negative. In addition to work and Bitches, I’m on the Board of The Madison, a group of 100 women who raise money for charity and throw social functions, not unlike the Junior League. I also play on Team Brunette for Blondes vs. Brunettes, an annual powder-puff football game that raises money for the Alzheimer’s Association. Fortunately, with all this eating, I really enjoy exercise—I run marathons, do Crossfit, and take Pilates. I’m even a yogalates instructor, but I don’t really teach any more. I love to travel—and I love art and museums. Free access to more than twenty museums was a huge selling point for me when I moved to Washington. I just finished my master’s degree in international affairs, focusing on Latin America, from George Washington University. I graduated in May after two long years so I’m very happy to have one less thing on my plate and be able to do a bit of leisure reading by the pool this summer!
You are a Communications Manager during the week, what are your career goals?
I’d really like to combine my communications experience with my passion for international affairs, diplomacy and helping people. Ideally, I’d like to work my way up to be the Communications Director at a non-profit or NGO or the Undersecretary for Public Affairs at the State Department.
We also plan to expand Bitches Who Brunch and I plan to write a book.

You said your real passion is fashion, how did that come about?
My mother is a clothes horse, very put-together and always matching. I think those three attributes contribute to the way I am today. Growing up, she always had me in a matching ensemble with my hair curled, so, not that much has changed between then and now. But, more seriously, I think how you present yourself says a lot about you. First impressions are important—and you never know who you’re going to run into, especially in Washington. I view clothing as a form of art and self-expression, and when I buy pieces I look at it is as building a wardrobe, or collection, rather than just shopping for fun. I think dressing appropriately for the occasion demonstrates respect and capability—it shows you’re thoughtful, respectful and have the wherewithal to know what’s what. The right outfit is the first step towards success.

What are your favorite pieces in your closet?
I love handbags—my favorites are my two Marc Jacobs, my Louis, my YSL and my obnoxious Kate Spade polka dot one. I love my pink Zara maxi skirt, my Panama hat, and my Paige denim skinny jeans most. My most treasured dress would probably have to be my black Herve Leger bandage dress, because I definitely saved up and invested in it.

Do you have a fashion philosophy?
I once read something that said, “Know who you are, and accessorize accordingly.” I think that statement could not be more accurate, for both dressing and accessorizing. My style is bright, feminine, tailored, and put-together, much like my personality. Also, it’s fun and bright, yet appropriate.

 

7 comments:

theflossylife.com said...

she took you to fabulous places! i love peacock cafe AND baked and wired :) thanks for sharing!

xx theflossylife

Gayle GWishlist said...

Love that outfit! I wish I was living more in the north of the US. Here in south TX there is no real nice place to brunch/dinner or anything. I'm European, and I miss a town more like DC, with nice little cafes and boutiques etc...

Sophie Pyle said...

Cori Sue is always beautifully dressed. great person to feature!

Heather Moore Grahling | Vivid Hue Home said...

Cori Sue's outfit is the cutest thing ever! seriously!

and those Jill Rosenwald pieces are FAB!

Sarah Morgan said...

Great interview! I visited DC about a year ago and absolutely loved it, and I have loved getting to see more of the city through this series.

Vanessa said...

Looks like you guys had a fantastic day! Great photos :-)

Whitney Cosgrave said...

love her yellow flats!

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