Links to Love

Monday, March 24, 2014


{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

Wednesday, February 26, 2014


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

Friday, January 24, 2014


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.


Prager and friends


Marni Owens and makeup artist Nichole Servin


W’s Stefano Tonchi (r) and friends

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Bloggity bloggity blog

Friday, January 24, 2014

Rachel Rachel Rachel
Pretty Pretty Pretty
Tall Tall Tall
please be a little more
Bloggy Bloggy Bloggy

I got an email from a longtime reader who I happened to cross paths with once or twice over the years (“we’ve spoken like twice and I’ve seen you once, you were much taller than I had anticipated.”) He wrote me a funny little email asking me to blog more/”be more bloggy” and ended with a little poem.

It made me laugh, but it didn’t make me blog more. Sigh…maybe I’ll be better. But if I’m not, know that you can catch me microblogging on Twitter here and Instagram, more recent endeavor, here.

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