Calypso, Take me Away

Posted on March 31, 2014
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Artwork at Calypso Georgetown DC

{In addition to boho-luxe resortwear, the Georgetown location of Calypso St. Barth boasts a whimsical, feminine aesthetic aided in part by works like Feathers by French artist Paule Morrot.}

The other week, I had the pleasure of being invited to check out the new, light-filled Calypso St. Barth store, located on M Street in the heart of bustling Georgetown. With movie-montage-visions of my upcoming trip to the Virgin Islands in July playing in my mind, I tried on a few beautiful pieces before settling on the Ladora embellished linen tunic to bring home (thank you, Calypso!). When I think of Calypso, I think of their sophisticated and elegant tunics–and the Ladora is perfectly cut: narrow at the shoulders (meaning: it’s loose it only the right places), weightless but also substantial, and features an invisible little hook-and-eye in the center neckline for a fit that falls perfectly against the chest.

I took my time (easy to do in the roomy, nicely lit and pretty dressing rooms), channeled my inner Martha Graham in the silky ‘Sarah’ dress and fell pretty hard for the “Isoli” linen jersey dress, which I would describe as essentially the most perfect-fitting tshirt, but in a dress. Sexy but somehow also casual, and just as easy as wearing pajamas. (swoon!)







Spring Fling

Posted on March 29, 2014
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{Washington photographer Gerda De Gorte’s ‘W’ is on view at Longview Gallery through today as part of the annual Exposed exhibition}

I know spring is around the corner not because of the weather or the daffodils blooming (yet!), but because of the bounty of spring events hitting my inbox.

The annual Exposed exhibition of local photographers takes a look at our hometown for a view that goes beyond the typical snaps of the Washington-monument-with-fireworks to reveal stories surprising and mysterious even to fellow residents. Go! It closes today at Longview Gallery. Post scribe Michael O’Sullivan reviewed the show here.

Thread, a pop-up featuring emerging and established designers/artisans locally and beyond, returns to Union Market April 4-6. Vendors will include Sid and Ann Mashburn, the nationally acclaimed men and women’s lifestyle brand out of Atlanta; Emerson Fry, a classic womenswear line out of Portsmouth, New Hampshire; DURKL, Los Angeles based, sophisticated street-wear; a custom showroom/gallery created by the renowned interior designer Darryl Carter for the local artist Brooke Bronner, Maggy Frances, a retro-inspired line out of NYC by the young designer Maggy Frances Schultz; Third + Grace, a custom chair upholstery shop out of Baltimore; letterpress company Typecase Industries; Politics And Prose, the iconic independent book store carrying a handpicked selection of books inspired by Thread; and Harry’s, an online destination built by Warby Parker founder, Jeffery Raider, offering men a well-priced and high class shave.

On Saturday, April 5, the monthly Meet Market pops back up in Logan Circle. Held on the first Saturday of every month April through November, the goal is to support the city’s small business and creative community. This year, organizers are partnering up with local companies including Honest Tea, Relay Foods, Zipcar, The Human Rights Campaign, Think Local First DC, No Kings Collective, POP Wed Co., Topaz + Arrow, Rock-n-Romp! and Capitol Romance. Opening Day will include live painting & free raffle by No Kings Collective and Kelly Towles, live musical performances by America Hearts, Light Arms, and DJ vANNIEty Kills, hosted by Rock-n-Romp!, an interactive photo booth for all ages, and over 40 local vendors selling their goods such as Baked & Wired, Twisted Aristocrat, Pure Palette Scents, Grey Moggie Press, Mallory Shelter Jewelry, and many more! The market is free, open to the public, and always family and pet-friendly.

The District Flea is back for another season! Same place (945 Florida Ave, NW) and things kick off April 5. Click the link to scope new vendors and start scraping up those pennies.

Attention shoe lovers: DSW is opening a (huge) location in Georgetown, in the Georgetown Mall on M Street, on April 10 at 10 a.m. No opening events or prizes seem to be in the works (cheap shoes sell themselves, no?) but if that changes, I’ll shout it out on Twitter. Also, are you following me in Instagram?

Links to Love

Posted on March 24, 2014
Filed Under Inspiration, Only in Washington | 4,994 Comments


{photo Shauna Alexander via BYT}

These reads have been open tabs on my laptop for TOO long.

7 Secret Japanese Drugstore Beauty Buys Not so secret anymore now of course…and the ‘Cure’ gel in slide 4 sounds particularly intriguing. By Kathleen Hou at The Cut.

11 Fashion Brands Set to Blow Up in 2014
These online retailers/labels are ones to bookmark for spring wardrobe planning. By Connie Wang at Refinery29.

Women in Clothes.
A group of incredible artists and writers (Miranda July, Molly Ringwald, Cindy Sherman, natch) collaborate to produce this forthcoming book exploring how/why women get dressed. Style and substance. Sign me up.

And finally, basically everything my writer-friend and girl-crush Holley Simmons writes. That includes this piece about local estate sales (I WILL cross this activity off my list this season!), this piece about the 7 (seven!) female-owned fashion trucks in the DMV, and, just as I was adding ‘cropped pastel purple sweatshirt’ to the ‘Spring Clothes’ list on my phone–yes, seriously–Holley pens this killer DIY sweatshirt tutorial.