Yesterday, August 9, was my birthday! My 36th birthday to be exact. *throws confetti* Happy Birthday to me! I was talking with my good friend, Shana, last week (her birthday was last week) about how there seems to be so much pressure to do something big for your birthday. Does anyone else feel that pressure? We both kept it easy-breezy for our respective birthdays. I mean, I had just had this big move and started a new job, so I really just wanted to have a good meal and see a good movie. And I did just that. And it was a pretty good birthday to me.
I started with brunch in D.C. at M Street Bar & Grill where they have bottomless mimosas and one of my favorite brunch meals, chicken and waffle. My sister, Zuri, and friends, Ericka, Heidi, and Emma helped me celebrate. It was so great to catch up with old friends and introduce them to a new friend. After brunch, some of us went to see the movie Dark Places based on a Gillian Flynn novel with the same title (the movie was decent, but not as good as Gone Girl). I only recently found out that they made it into a movie and once I heard, I knew that I wanted to see it on my birthday. I'm so surprised that (a) there hasn't been much advertisement for the film, but then I shouldn't be too surprised when (b) it was only playing at one theater in the DC area, Angelika Pop-Up at Union Market. I'm not sure what that's about. After the success of Gone Girl, you would think that it would have a bigger buzz.
Angelika Pop-up at Union Market is a cute, little theater at, well, Union Market. The theater we saw Dark Places in probably had 30 seats and it's all reserved seating. You can buy tickets and reserve your seats online or do it in person. They offer classic and gourmet concessions just as a regular full-scale theater would (I wish I had taken photos of the inside. It's like being inside a warehouse.). You can also have events there. I think it would be pretty cool to rent the theater for a private screening, party, or event (you could host an event in the lobby area and then everyone could be ushered into the theater for a movie). I can't imagine that it would set you back too much.
After the movie, we walked to see what else was happening at Union Market. I had never been, but apparently it's a happening spot. There was a beer garden just outside of a restaurant called Bidwell. We plan to go back to check it out. Follow me on Instagram (BlitzAndGlam) to check out what I wore on my birthday!