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!)

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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?

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Snowtime is for Spring Planning Time

Posted on February 26, 2014
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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.

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Alex Prager takes D.C. (in Bottega Veneta)

Posted on January 24, 2014
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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.

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Prager and friends

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Marni Owens and makeup artist Nichole Servin

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W’s Stefano Tonchi (r) and friends

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