I Heart Artistic Aya.

Posted on January 13, 2009
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OK, so this was weeks ago, but I stumbled over the photos of the Artistic Aya fashion installation I hosted at Civilian Art Projects just now and realized that I never shared. And you deserve to see, because Dana is just ridiculously talented; not to mention smart, self-effacing and just plain cool. Dana graciously gave me the long paper chain necklace I'd been coveting as a thank you for hosting, and it has gotten me more compliments than any other thing I've worn recently. People are so drawn to it.

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The three hosts - Dana, and Teresa Watts from Lettie Gooch and I - all showed up wearing black dresses and purple tights, all without planning it like my friends and I used to do in middle school. We spent plenty of time after the show was all over goofing off.

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The clothes are such a celebration. I love the draped construction of the striped dress (very Vivienne Westwood), the exposed zippers and the all of the chiffon. I adore chiffon!

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One of the models, Loren Bray, got really into the posing. She was so much fun to watch.

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Support Local Business in March!

Posted on March 10, 2008
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I’m pasting in an entire release I got from Jackie Flanagan over at the boutique Nana on U Street announcing the birthdays of several great local stores. I hope everyone will consider how important it is to build local relationships by buying locally. Small shops and the creative minds who own them are a big part of what’s making Washington’s art & fashion scene take off….

Beating most small business odds, several businesses in the Logan Circle/U Street business community are celebrating their five-year anniversaries in March.

During the month of March, Logan Hardware, Nana, and Pulp are holding raffles, giving away prizes, offering discounts, and serving up a variety of promotions to celebrate the occasion. The owners and staff invite everyone to stop by throughout the month for a variety of surprises while supporting these special local businesses.

On Saturday, March 29th Logan Hardware, Nana, and Pulp will hold simultaneous events in all of their locations. Highlights will include discounts, food and much more. Spring is the perfect time to start all your DIY projects, clean out and spruce up your wardrobes, and find great cards and gifts for old friends.

In 2003, Logan Hardware, Nana, Boundless Yoga, Pop, and Pulp opened their doors to overwhelming community support.

So much so, that several of these businesses and others born in the Logan Circle/U Street communities have expanded to other neighborhoods and cities. Logan Hardware has sprouted four more locations, the newest to open in June at 5th & K St. NW, Pulp has opened a sister store in Provincetown, MA and Pop expanded to Brooklyn, NY.

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The District Sample Sale Keeps on Giving

Posted on September 19, 2007
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The line to get into this fall’s District Sample Sale stretched all the way around the block.

Didn’t make it to the DSS this year, or just couldn’t deal with the chaos? Check out the following stores for extended DSS sales!

Caramel:
Check out the Sample Sale rack: cute summer pieces by Marisa K and Nu Paris, as well as hip fall suits for work by Donna and Wendy Hill, all marked down 40% – 75%.
1603 U Street NW, Washington

Daisy:
All clearance merchandise: $5 to $50 until the end of the month!
4940 St. Elmo Avenue, Bethesda

Maggie & Lola:
DSS pricing continues Friday & Saturday: select 50% off fall and 70% off summer items!
1013 E Street SE, Washington

My Sister’s Closet: Two Full Racks at 75% off! Dresses, tanks, tops, sweaters, blazers & more!
111 Church Street, Suite 203, Vienna, Virginia

Proper Topper:
Save an additional 20% off all sale clothing for the next week, plus Proper Topper will donate 10% to Miriam’s House!
1350 Connecticut Avenue NW
3213 P Street NW, Washington

Queen Bee:
Extending wholesale prices for DSS shoppers through the end of October! Mention code DSS for discount.

Sassanova:
Mention the DSS at the register and take 20% off of your next purchase, now through October 3! 1641 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington

Zelaya:
Buy one pair, take 75% off; buy a second pair and get 80% off both!
4940 St. Elmo Avenue, Bethesda

The Spring 2007 date is not yet set, but the ladies of the DSS will be hosting events between now and then! If you attended this season’s event, you’re on their email list, but if you didn’t make it, contact them at info@districtsamplesale.com to put yourself on one of the hottest fashion lists in the District!

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The District Sample Sale: Dashing of the Doyennes

Posted on August 8, 2007
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Ladies, start scraping the change from the between the sofa cushions.

The Fall District Sample Sale is back, and if the Spring event was any indicator, the event on September 12 from 6-9 p.m. is going to be HUGE.

WHAT: The Fall 2007 District Sample Sale: Think SoHo/TriBeCa warehouse event meets Super Saturday. Local boutiques set up booths with their end-of-season and fall-preview items at insanely fantastic prices; local fashionistas of all ages and social strata leave with that contented I-scored-a-Phillip-Lim-dress-on-the-cheap-and-did-something-good-for-charity glow.

WHEN: September 12 from 6-9 p.m. at 3307 M Street (the old Staples space) in Georgetown.

HOW/COST: Tickets go on sale August 23 at 10:00 a.m. $40 gets you a general admission ticket before the event (show up to get in the line early), $55 gets you in the evening-of (but it’ll probably be sold out), $100 guarantees you a coveted VIP pass that lets you and 99 other savvy shoppers into the sale a full hour early, as well as a couture goodie bag and limited-edition tee. They’re only issuing 100 passes. WORTH IT.

DO YOUR HOMEWORK: Read up on the Spring event here and here. Catherine Andrews (accompanied by a somewhat overwhlemed male colleague) also had a great report.

WHY: All event profits will be donated to Miriam’s House, the Washington-based organization that provides shelter and assistance to women infected with HIV and their families. The first two events yielded $10,000 (Fall 2006, Suited for Change) and $11,400 (Spring 2007, S.O.M.E. Place for Kids).
…And because you want to get your photo taken, meet some of the most fashionable women in the city, and fill your closet with gorgeous clothes.

EXTRA AWESOME: Thievery Corporation’s Eric Hilton will spin during the VIP hour–hot. Occasions Catering (only one of the best caterers in the city) will fill our bellies like they did last year; this year they’ll be joined by local faves Nage, Morton’s, and M Street Renaissance. Bare Foot Cellars will provide wine & Snow Queen Vodka will be on hand with vodka that quite frankly tastes like magic.

See you there….and hands off my Loeffler Randalls.

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