Cool + Creative

Posted on December 10, 2009
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Last week I attended the “Cool Creative Christmas” party at the residence of Danish Ambassador Friis Arne Peterson. The house itself is filled with incredible mid-century modern design – including some gorgeous oversize lighting fixtures you can see here. But for the party, the already fabulous residence was completely transformed into a fairytale-inspired winter wonderland – and green, to boot – at the hands of students from the Danish School of Design and our very own Corcoran College of Art + Design. It was amazingly gorgeous and even more amazing to think of the months and months of work that went into making the thousands of lush paper flowers (from, among other things, coffee filters!), wreaths, floating lights, and more. Just like a fashion show, hours and hours are put in to create a brief moment of pure, indulgent fantasy. Speaking of fashion – each of the students, above, was a total fashion plate in her own right. Look at all of the amazing headgear! Inspiring, inspiring, inspiring….This photo above + more here.

And if you want a piece of emerging-art-talent for yourself (or for someone else…it is that time of year, isn’t it?), don’t miss the Corcoran College of Art +Design’s Off the Walls Sale starting TODAY (til 9 p.m. tonight, perfect for after work) through the weekend.


Guests were treated to a lavish buffet of incredible Swedish dishes prepared by Chef Trina Hahnemann (including some insanely amazing and crispy pork rind…yes). I left with a copy of her cookbook, which I devoured (in the figurative sense) snuggled up on the couch Saturday, when I woke up to that first snowy, winter day. It’s more like a coffee-table book than a standard cookbook in that the photographs are stunningly beautiful and, like the recipes that accompany them, evoke the pleasures of each season. The winter images were particularly meditative.




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Avant Marilyn.

Posted on December 7, 2009
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I’ve been inspired recently by a pile of Avant Garde magazines I picked up at the Georgetown Flea market a few weeks ago. The magazine had a brief run between 1968 and 1972 and during that time published 16 issues, each packed with essays and art, including a series of erotic lithographs made by John Lennon. Issue #2 featured an exclusive contribution by Bert Stern – the last photographer to photograph Marilyn Monroe before her death – of images from that shoot printed in Day-Glo serigraphs. Each page appears hand-done and individually painted, and must have been insanely costly to produce. Scanned just for you, Bert Stern’s phantasmagoric view of Marilyn.







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Posted on December 2, 2009
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Did everyone tune in to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade this year? We always have it on Thanksgiving morning while we begin the day-long cookfest. I absolutely loved The Rockettes this year, and well, every year, really. There’s something so wonderfully retro and glamorous about these ladies and their routines. In a world overrun with stars made in fifteen minutes or less and too-cool-for-school posturing, The Rockettes are a refreshing dose of Americana. Loving their cheeky Santa-inspired outfits and mini hats. Enjoy!

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This Week in Fashion

Posted on December 1, 2009
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You’re back in town and wondering what’s up. Here’s a full serving of fashion this week, plus a few ideas to mark down on your calendar for next week. All calorie-free!

Here’s what’s on my radar for….

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Photo Credit: Copyright Keith Barraclough Photo

Handbag designer Tu-Anh, who has been doing the “fashion thing” in Washington for as long as I can remember, is teaming up with Goodwill and all of those delicious Asian-eateries-at-Eden-Center-you-always-read-about to host what sounds like an awesome day of shopping, eating, and culture (so many of my favorite things!). Go to shop a tightly edited selection of vintage and contemporary clothes, taste amazing food and buy an awesome flying pig statue (The Post wrote up the immigrant-entrepreneur story). Free with RSVP to; walk-ins are $10. Event details on Facebook here.

…And “Bourgeois and Proletariat,” and event that aims to “showcase fashionable formality and progressive art” through modeling, art and music:


And for the Bethesda ladies, a slew of deals along Bethesda Row:




Vintage store Treasury’s holiday party is Saturday, showcasing the meticulously crafted jewelry from Erin Considine. I admire and covet and each every piece. She’ll talk on her process (for instance, she uses natural dyes from tumeric, hibiscus, and blackberries!) while you listen to Embers and score deals on one-of-a-kind vintage.



Doing Merriment in Georgetown will be fun. Lots of families and wreaths and holiday cheer and hot cider and sales.

…If that actually sounds like your worst nightmare, why not cozy up to some free bubbly and a hot new set of lingerie at
Sylene’s Bras n’ Brunch event?

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Now, for next week – save these dates…after the jump!
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