Links to Love

Posted on March 24, 2014
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{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.

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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…’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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The Legend of COOL “DISCO” DAN: A Must-See, D.C.

Posted on October 12, 2013
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The Legend of Cool ‘Disco’ Dan" is the story of black Washington DC told from the perspective of Cool “Disco” Dan starting with his birth during the civil rights era and follows his life parallel with the rise of Go-Go music through the 1980s (which is the unheard but yet dominant urban music of DC) and also local DC politics with Marion Barry’s rise and fall. Despite ending up homeless Cool “Disco” Dan used graffiti to escape the social problems D.C. had in the 1980s when things turned violent and became known as the Murder Capital of the United States. Cool “Disco” Dan ends up as a cult character of DC and his name becomes a symbol of survival during DC’s most trying years.

If you haven’t ever heard of COOL “DISCO DAN,” and (especially if) you live in D.C., you simply must see this movie. Narrated by D.C. native Henry Rollins, the film tells the story of our fair city in the 1980s through the eyes of graffiti legend COOL DISCO DAN, whose signature blanketed the city in the 1980s and 1990s. There are interviews with Marion Barry, Chuck Brown, and many others, and tons of cool old archival footage of the Go-Gos (both a style of music and a place you went to hear it) and pictures from the era when crack and violence corrupted the city, making it known as the Murder Capital of the United States. Despite the violence, the movie really makes you understand D.C.’s soul and history. This is the real D.C., not the one now blanketed by expensive restaurants and trendy bars.

You can get a digital rental of the movie for $4.99 (just click above for the pre-sale; the movie will officially release October 17), buy the DVD if you’re already convinced, OR you can attend a screening this Friday, Saturday, or Sunday at AFI in Silver Spring. At the 5:15 screenings, Dan, THE MAN, will be there to sign posters and DVDs that will also be for sale. You might not want to miss that: it’s the first–and perhaps the only–opportunity to meet this elusive and fascinating character.

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Style and Sustenance

Posted on September 24, 2013
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You guys. There is a new magazine in the world devoted to style and food (!!). Here’s how Cherry Bombe describes itself: “a beautifully designed biannual magazine that celebrates women and food—those who grow it, make it, serve it, style it, enjoy it and everything in between. It is about sustenance and style and things that nourish the mind, the eye and, of course, the stomach.”

Food and fashion. Two of my favorite things, combined. So very exciting. I’m drooling, in fact.

The inaugural issue (which features one of my favorite artists and subject of my I-want-to-be-her-when-I-grow up reveries, Jennifer Rubell) is sitting on my coffee table, patiently waiting for my week to be over so that I can curl up and devour it (couldn’t resist).

I picked up a copy at Salt & Sundry at Union Market, currently the only stockist for the magazine in the city. Eat up!

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