DC is the the “Coolest City in America” according to Forbes but everyone doesn’t seem to agree. Given the mixed reactions to the ranking I knew this would be the perfect opportunity to tap into my network of influencers to weigh in and provide insight about living in DC.
For the third installment of this weekly series we have Shauné Hayes, owner and Lead Makeup Artist of Shauné Hayes Makeup + Hair Artists. From politicians to proms, Shauné works personally with each client and is known for enhancing their natural beauty. Shauné Hayes Makeup also provides on location makeup and hair for bridal and special events as well as commercial print, television, video, celebrity and corporate.
What do you love about DC?
I love that there is so much to do in DC. As a business owner, wife, sisterfriend, and mom of three young kids, no matter which hat I’m wearing, there is always something exciting and fun to experience here. I also love the culture and diversity of the city. I get to work with and meet people from all around the country and world by way of my job, and I get to work in some DC’s best hotels and wedding venues.
What do you absolutely hate about DC?
Parking and driving in DC. There are cameras everywhere. Street parking is hard to find. Parking signs are often confusing and DC tickets for everything! Did I say I hate parking and driving in DC?
Little known fact about DC?
It goes back to my love of the culture and diversity of DC. I read recently that DC is home to more than 170 embassies and international cultural centers. The city’s colleges and universities host about 20,000 international students each year and 15% of DC residents speak a language other than English.
Favorite spot in DC
When I’m in the mommy role, my husband, kids and I love bike riding in the city, particularly down on the Mall. We also love the Natural History museum. If it’s our date night, I really enjoy going to Howard Theatre for dinner, drinks and music. We have seen some great concerts there. If I’m meeting with a client, Busboys & Poets is one of my favorite spots; or if I’m hanging out with my girlfriends, Merlot’s Masterpiece is great for wine and painting classes followed by late night eating at &Pizza. And I just have to mention Toki Underground which has great ramen! I could go on and on with more of my favorite spots ☺.
How cool is DC?
I was excited to hear about the ranking and definitely think DC is a cool place to live. I thought DC was cool when I first moved here in the 90s. I’ve seen the city change a lot even since then, so it’s refreshing to see it get some well-deserved love and respect. It’s not just politics and government happening here.