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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Still Need to Shop? Peep this Resource.

Posted on December 22, 2013
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It’s 12/22, which means that about right now you’re just a liiiiitle behind on the holiday shopping thing. Not to worry! Here are some shoppable options whether you’re ordering from the comfort of your pajamas or venturing out into the streets of the city.

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{Robot Flip Clock, $110 from the Corcoran Gift Guide}

Corcoran Holiday Gift Guide. Obviously I’m biased, but there are some SERIOUSLY good items here, most under $50, including experiential suggestions (not everyone wants “stuff”). Gifts are curated by category and you can shop ‘em online OR see them in person at the Corcoran today til 5 (ice skate indoors while there!).

Magazines. It’s the gift that keeps on giving! I’m loving Cherry Bombe for fashion/food lovers, Modern Farmer magazine for foodie, small-town-wannabes, and Garden & Gun because it’s awesome. Whatever the choice, buy one copy or some small item related to it, print out a card indicating the subscription and boom, instant gift.

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Right now in DC: Try SWANK over at Wild Hand Workspace if you need hip jewelry in the “badass-but-elegant” category.

Also, speaking of swank: The Collection at Chevy Chase is hosting an adorable day with Santa (and his elves, and carolers) from 12 to 3. Kids and pets get free Polaroids of a visit with Santa, there’s complimentary gift wrap for up to three packages, and complimentary food and drinks. Go!

Happy holidays,
Rachel

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Fashionable Happenings, Fall Edition

Posted on October 25, 2013
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It’s fall, and with the cooler temps and changing leaves come chunky knits and a whole lot of fashionable to-dos for your calendar. Grab a pumpkin-spice beverage and get ready. Here are some things I’m interested in this week:

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Spanx’s new line of legwear. Wax-coated jeans have always sounded really cool and edgy but also um, painful to wear. So when Spanx alerted me to their new line of legwear, which includes waxed-denim leggings, I was intrigued. I suppose you could call them jeggings, but apparently these come with butt-enhancing qualities! And how great with oversized knits up top? Sign me up, yall. There’s an event tomorrow at Tyson’s with bloggers from Spicy Candy DC hosting. I plan to get my hands on a pair and dutifully report back.

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Thread at Union Market. Union Market, which already features fancy sodas and oysters and cheeses is testing out the retail game with Thread, “an expertly curated retail salon” that will bring together “local independent retailers and national brands, and will feature a variety of participants in the fashion, beauty, lifestyle, art and home arenas.” Sounds uuuuuuuhhawesome. The pop-up extends over the weekend of November 29 – December 1 and kicks things off with a concert by D.C. natives The Walkmen. Above: The “Prince” necklace from St. Clair Jewelry, a friend and one of the vendors. #want!

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DeNada’s Autumn/Winter line. Local designer Virginia Arrisueno’s line of alpaca knits are super chunky, super luxurious and completely perfect for the season. Despite a cold (and the cold), I made it out last night to her studio to congratulate her on the line and her new gorgeous website. Virginia is so stinkin’ nice that you wanna buy everything for just that reason alone. Spotted at the party: Washingtonian style editor Michelle Thomas in amazing boots from this season’s District Sample Sale.

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