A Few Shopping Ideas…

Posted on December 11, 2008
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If you end up in Bethesda tomorrow afternoon for the Boncompagni party, Ginger is just two shops down. Half off is pretty sweet.

If you're hunting for holiday gifts: there are some great craft fairs and markets going on today through the weekend. Of course, there is the huge Downtown Holiday Market, but um, it is outside. And it is cold outside. Here are a few that promise great gift ideas and are yay, indoors:

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Off the Walls: the Corcoran College of Art + Design's annual art sale. Expect fine arts, jewelry, and ceramics made by Corcoran students, alumni, faculty, and staff….mine young and promising local talent to score unique gifts and original art on a budget. Perfect for beginning collectors. It starts tonight, which is perfect since you'll already be here for the Robin Givhan talk, yes?

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The MICA Market: Through Saturday, students from The Maryland Institute College of Art showcase their wares, including homewares, art, and jewelry. This cute alphabet print is from Andrea Kalfas. Check it out if you're in or near Baltimore.

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Craft Mutiny: On Saturday, local crafters team up for a mini-market at the Georgetown Design Within Reach (Cady's Alley). I like these feminine earrings from imogene for the girls and belts from John Wye (the brown and black polka-dot one, especially).

If you've had any successes or ideas for unique gifts, please share!

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Steampunk’d.

Posted on December 11, 2008
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You know how you learn a new word and it suddenly starts popping up all over the place? This has happened to me recently with the design genre “steampunk.” And it all started back in October with a piece of trash! Steampunk objects have a decidedly 19th century, Victorian-era England vibe and lots and lots of old-fashioned-looking gears. The Steampunk Workshop calls it the “intersection of science and romance.” Apparently I’ve loved this style for a long time and just never knew what it was. And now that I do, I’ve noticed it in quite a few places: Redeem’s current window display is steampunk-inspired, and in the just-published January issue of Lucky magazine, Creative Director Andrea Linett is “loving a look that’s a combination of Victorian and punk.” Me too, girl.

Some steampunk inspiration…..

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"Tipping the Velvet" jacket from lorimarsha

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Amazing, intricate watches from Haruo Suekichi at Steampunk Lab

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Photo by Waterhousesmuse

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Bugbot from flickrmao

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Steampunked computer by Jake von Slatt

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Lamp by Frank Buchwald

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Brass pendant necklace from edmdesigns

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For Friday: Take Your Pick

Posted on December 10, 2008
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Two great events happening this Friday, on two completely opposite sides of town. Where's my body-double when I need her?

Over in Bethesda, a book party for writer Tatiana Boncampagni (The New York Times, Vogue, The Wall Street Journal....and Legal Times, when she lived here!), whose books focus on the New York social scene, of which she is no doubt a part. Socialite Tinsley Mortimer hosted her party in New York; see photos and a video at Park Avenue Peerage.

In Virginia, an art-meets-fashion event from
Philippa Hughes of the Pink Line Project, doyenne of the local art scene (check out her spread in the current DC Magazine...the one with Pres-elect Obama on the cover). I'll be there, speaking on the panel about the intersection of art and fashion.

See you all somewhere...out there...

xo
Rachel

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Sneak Peek

Posted on December 9, 2008
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I’ve got some early images for tomorrow’s Renee Glazer/listopad event from 6-9 at Napoleon Bistro (see my earlier post for details).

Subtle detailing on sturdy fabrics for the boys:

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...and on gauzy, pretty silks for the girls:

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