About Town: Bethesda Row

Since moving to Columbia, I have to admit, I really miss Bethesda. I grew up in the area my entire life yet every time I come back, I still discover something new or find a hidden gem. From endless beauty and retail shops to delicious dining destinations, I’ve rounded up my favorite hot spots on Bethesda Row. Naturally, Bluemercury is first on my list…

Bluemercury Bethesda

Bluemercury Bethesda Row

When I need to stock up on luxe beauty products… I go to Bluemercury, the beauty retail and spa chain. I could spend hours in the store discovering and sampling new brands and splurging on old favorites. 

Sassanova Bethesda Row


Francesca's Closet Bethesda

When I’m on the hunt for the latest spring trends … Sassanova is my go-to for one-of-a-kind pieces and designer shoes. I could also spend all day at Francesca’s Closet. They have trendy clothes for a reasonable price and a nice selection of jewelry and cute accessories (like this statement cuff). 

Le Pain Bethesda Row

When I need a quick pick-me-up in between shopping… I grab a bite at Le Pain Quotidien, an organic bakery with fresh bread, vegetables and sweet jams. Their grilled chicken tartine with smoked mozzarella di bufala is my go-to.

Drybar Bethesda Row

Drybar Bethesda Row

When I don’t have time to wash my hair… I head to Drybar, of course! The Mai-Tai is my go-to style and I highly recommend booking an appointment with Anna Fazio! She always does an awesome job. I’m also a huge fan of their hair products. Their new Texas Tea line is put the VA-VA-VOOM in volume!

Paper Source Bethesda Row

Paper Source

Lou Lou Bethesda Row

When I’m on the hunt for cute gift ideas… I head to Paper Source. I love perusing through a bevy of pretty stationery, books, crafts, and more. With Mother’s Day right around the corner, I’ll also stop at Lou Lou since they have a huge selection of stylish handbags, scarves, jewelry, and other accessories at an affordable price.

Urban Country Bethesda Row

When I’m looking for home décor ideas… I go to Urban Country. Since the move, I’ve been spending all my money on furniture (sorry, fashion). I love browsing through their home décor collection and getting inspiration for decorating my apartment.

Max Brenner Bethesda Row

When I’ve got a sweet tooth… I get my chocolate fix at Max Brenner Chocolate Bar and treat myself to one of their delicious Choctails and Pear Sugar Waffles. Yum!

Apple Store Bethesda

When I lose another pair of ear buds… I go to the Apple store in Bethesda. Colored headphones are at the top of my wish list right now!

Vino Volo Bethesda Row

When it’s been a long day at work… I head to Vino Volo and enjoy a glass of their house red wine. Vino Volo is also one of the many restaurants participating in Bethesda Row Restaurant Week April 21st-27th. I’m definitely going to take advantage of their three-course dinner menu for just $30! You can find out more about Spring Restaurant Week (and enter to win a $200 dining certificate to Vino Volo) here.


When I need some fitness inspiration (and new yoga gear)… I head to Lululemon. This is probably the only retail store I can bring my fiancé too without him complaining. He’ll patiently wait for me and offer his advice when I try on yoga pants. I wonder why… : )

This post is sponsored by Bethesda Row but all opinions in this post are my own.