Wednesday, February 26, 2014
With snow on D.C. grounds AGAIN, it’s fair to assume that we all share the same springtime itch. It WILL happen, so let’s consider these last moments prime time to ready our calendars and wardrobes, shall we?
ONE. Check out Design Sponge’s guide to our fair city, authored and illustrated by some of my favorite local artist-creatives. Spring is the time to fall in love with D.C. all over again.
TWO. Georgetown continues to kill it–Frye and Goorin Bros. opened brick-and-mortars recently, just-opened Fiola Mare brings a serious dining option to the waterfront, and the BID announced ambitious plans for the next 15 years. The latest shop to the ‘hood is Calypso St. Barth, purveyor of boho-lux clothes, accessories, home… This ‘Arabesque’ clutch (pictured above) is a study in soft structure, and this lace caftan is well…..it’s amazing.
THREE. POLITICO just announced that Women Rule–the multiplatform series examining women’s roles, perspectives, and contributions–will continue another year and will expand to New York and San Francisco (big thumbs ups to Google and The Tory Burch Foundation, the series partners). I went to err, every event this past season and am already inspired by what’s to come.
FOUR. Trumpet flounce! Pattern! Length! This House of Holland Starburst skirt is what I want to wear this spring and forever.
FIVE. Gilt City’s Warehouse Sale is Saturday, March 8 at Long View Gallery. Tickets ($10) are still on sale, and you should go. But I didn’t act fast enough to get the Friday night ticket!, you say. Well, I have a secret to tell: they pull new stuff out for each sale! Expect clothes and accessories for men and women, as well as goods for home and kids.
Friday, January 24, 2014
One thing you should do before you die–or at least before March 9–is decamp to the Corcoran Gallery of Art to see the work of LA-based artist Alex Prager. Her first solo museum exhibition in the U.S. is on view, Face in the Crowd, and while I’m biased as the Corcoran’s PR director, it’s a gorgeous, complex and immersive project. Those of us who are fascinated with the space between our private and public selves (and vintage clothing and styling) will relish this show, which includes an 11-minute, 3-channel video projection featuring actress Elizabeth Banks that brings Prager’s cinematic images to life.
The show was sponsored by Bottega Veneta and W, so enjoy these snaps of Alex in a gorgeous black Bottega frock, W editor Stefano Tonchi and a crew of stylish gents, and others. If you’re into her work, don’t miss the “Touch of Evil” video project she made for T, the New York Times magazine, in 2011.
A great date to come out is next month’s Corcoran Uncorked (Feb. 19)–an amped-up monthly cultural Happy Hour. This one’s inspired by Alex’s film inspirations. It’s a tribute to Alfred Hitchcock; expect movie trivia, a chance to print your own vintage movie poster, screenings of “Rear Window” and “The Birds,” and a tour of the show.
Friday, January 24, 2014
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I got an email from a longtime reader who I happened to cross paths with once or twice over the years (“we’ve spoken like twice and I’ve seen you once, you were much taller than I had anticipated.”) He wrote me a funny little email asking me to blog more/”be more bloggy” and ended with a little poem.
Sunday, December 22, 2013
It’s 12/22, which means that about right now you’re just a liiiiitle behind on the holiday shopping thing. Not to worry! Here are some shoppable options whether you’re ordering from the comfort of your pajamas or venturing out into the streets of the city.
Corcoran Holiday Gift Guide. Obviously I’m biased, but there are some SERIOUSLY good items here, most under $50, including experiential suggestions (not everyone wants “stuff”). Gifts are curated by category and you can shop ‘em online OR see them in person at the Corcoran today til 5 (ice skate indoors while there!).
Magazines. It’s the gift that keeps on giving! I’m loving Cherry Bombe for fashion/food lovers, Modern Farmer magazine for foodie, small-town-wannabes, and Garden & Gun because it’s awesome. Whatever the choice, buy one copy or some small item related to it, print out a card indicating the subscription and boom, instant gift.
Right now in DC: Try SWANK over at Wild Hand Workspace if you need hip jewelry in the “badass-but-elegant” category.
Also, speaking of swank: The Collection at Chevy Chase is hosting an adorable day with Santa (and his elves, and carolers) from 12 to 3. Kids and pets get free Polaroids of a visit with Santa, there’s complimentary gift wrap for up to three packages, and complimentary food and drinks. Go!