I keep ideas for photoshoot concepts and locations in a list on my phone, and one of them came to life before my eyes a few weeks ago. It was the first perfect, warm-but-not-hot spring Sunday and I took a blanket and a book to Meridian Hill Park to enjoy the weather and the sounds of the park. Summer Sundays there mean the rhythmic, contagiously joyful sounds of the drum circle, a tradition carried on for God-knows-how-long, involving dozens of drummers and kids and people from the community dancing, letting loose, and kicking off the week right. It is truly special and a rite of passage for Washingtonians (so, go if you haven’t before!). And on this particular day, there were 4 or 5 beautiful women swanning about and dancing in awesomely eclectic vintage getups while their photographers and videographers captured the moment. They added the visuals to the music and it was just sensational–I’d always wanted to stage the exact same shoot!
They were there for the soon-to-launch Soul.eil Vintage, a new concept by local Hannah Attia (a former a buyer for Annie Creamcheese; RIP). In addition to pop-up events, she promises a “lifestyle site as well as e-commerce, where site visitors can also experience the works of unsigned artists, poets, and musicians.” The project will support her nonprofit, Ark, also launching this summer. Here are the details of their inaugural pop-up/launch:
Soul.eil Inaugural Pop-Up
Queens Cafe & Hookah (2405 18th St. NW)
June 15, 1-7 p.m.
Expect: a fashion presentation, shopping Soul.eil’s selection for men and women, complimentary sweet & savory goodies, and complimentary gift bags sponsored by Pretzel Crisps, Oyin Handmade, Cake Nails Lacquer and Haughty Cosmetics.
News, inspiration and fashionable things to know–from the Beltway and beyond.
Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens has a glamorous new Cartier exhibition that opens this weekend.
…In related news, The National Museum of Women in the Arts also has an exhibition opening this weekend, of pioneering female artists working in film called Total Art: Contemporary Video. I went to the preview the other day and one of the films features actor Peter Dinklage as you’ve never seen him before–as one of the figures in Diego Velazquez’s Las Meninas, come to life. Not to be missed!
It’s fun when there are 15 different food trucks to chose from on your lunch break. How about the same idea but with fashion? On Saturday, hit up The Fashion Yards for a one-stop shop with the area’s fashion trucks, plus other food, clothing, and accessories vendors. From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; info via Facebook here.
That night, check out the Geek Chic Fashion Show put on by Pollysue’s Vintage and Fantom Comics. It’s at St. Stephen & The Incarnation Church and admission is just $5. Info via Facebook here.
How FLOTUS builds her wardrobe (specifically, how it’s financed), via AP.keep looking »
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?keep looking »
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.keep looking »