DC Fashion Events This Weekend
The dog days of summer are upon us. You know what that means? Shopping!
Midcity celebrates its 12th annual sidewalk sale on August 6th and 7th with a Dog Days sale. Participants include Rue 14, Redeem, Junction Vintage, Habitat, Treasury, Lettie Gooch, and Caramel.
If you live in, or are visiting, Virginia this week you are in luck. It’s tax free time! During August 5-7th school supplies (priced at $20 or less) and clothing / footwear (priced at $100 or less) are exempt from the Virginia sales tax. Click here for more info.
Speaking of Virginia, Old Town’s Shoe Hive has shoes, bags, and jewelry on sale through August 30th.
The most exciting fashion event of the weekend is taking place at the MLK Library on Saturday, August 6th. Twenty teens are competing in a Project Runway-inspired fashion design competition called Rip this Runway. The competition is from 11:00 am-5:00 pm with drop in programs at 11:00, 1:00, and 3:00, and an after party at the National Portrait Gallery from 6:00 – 10:00 pm.
Best of the Best Shopping Deals – June 29th
I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about why people hate shopping so I wrote a blog article about it here. Online shopping is a great alternative in many respects. No lines, no crowds, and you can do it in your pj’s. One thing that makes online shopping easier is to find out your size in different brands. (Especially for women’s clothes where sizing is all over the board.) This means going to stores and trying things on. Which, of course, brings us back to why you may hate shopping in the first place. But, if you can set aside time once a year to go and try things on with the objective of figuring out your size in different labels it ultimately will save you time and money in returns and shopping mistakes. Give it a shot and see what happens!
Here are the best online fashion deals today!
Thomas Wylde Cha Cha Dress
Men’s Plastic Frame Sunglasses by Ermenegildo Zegna
Calloway Leather Satchel by Cynthia Rowley
Rue La La
Boutique 9 Domeka Leather Sandal
Rue La La
Robert Graham Skiff Purple Check Woven Shirt
Rue La La
Cara Couture Triple Flower Faux Leather Bracelet
BCBGMAXAZRIA Petite Front Draped Waist Dres
Knit Drawstring Dress
Romeo & Juliet Couture Sweetheart Stripe Dress
MICHAEL Michael Kors Belted Strapless Dress
Michelle Tank in Cumin
Beyond the Rack
Athena Tank in Black
Beyond the Rack
Sleeveless Gauze Dress
$69.50 with 40% off with code SHOP40 (so, the final price is around $41.90)
Ann Taylor Loft
Nicole Miller Women’s Apollo Dress
$57.54 with an extra 20% off at checkout with code FROMUS2U (So, it’s around $46.00)
Finally, DC tips!
Nana is having a sale with up to 60% off spring & summer styles with items from Preloved, Mata Traders, LA Made, and Alternative Apparel. Nana is located at 3068 Mt. Pleasant Street, NW.
Junction Vintage is having a 4th of July celebration that includes a big Lilly Pulitzer sale.. They are also extending their hours this Sunday until 7:00 and are open on the 4th from 12:00 – 5:00pm. Junction is located at 1510 U Street, NW.
The Best of The Best in Shopping Deals 6/17
Quillon Compact Wallet by Alexander Wang
eBay Fashion Vault
Glam Crystal Headband by BAN.DO
Swirl by DailyCandy
Tank Romper in Boysenberry by Frenzii
Swirl by DailyCandy
Linen Belted A-Line Dress by Michael Kors
(Love that this is such a classic piece!)
Blurred Print Side Ruched Dress by Jessica Simpson
Tahari A.S.L. Red Sleeveless Skirt Suit
XL Brim Ribbon Crusher in Coral
Beyond the Rack
Lunain Block-Color Jersey Dress by Jonathan Saunders
$150.00 with an extra 40% off at checkout (So, $90.00)
Stretch Silk Organza Draped Dress by Vera Wang
Finally – a great sale in the DC area!
The Shoe Hive and Hysteria in Old Town, Alexandria, teamed up for a sale that starts today. Get up to 30% off all Spring & Summer Merchandise at both stores. They are also extending their hours on Friday and Saturday from 10:00Am to 7:00PM.
Shop in Old Town for a Good Cause!
Really 30 good causes!
This Saturday, May 14th, take part in Old Town Boutique District’s Charity Day! Small businesses in Alexandria are banding together to support local and national organizations. Fantastic spots like Treat, Bellacara, Bloomers, The Full Cup, Mint Condition, and The Shoe Hive are all taking part.
For more information click here.
A Very Cherry Shop
The concept of a pop up shop isn’t anything new, but I’ve been so impressed by the ones that have sprouted in DC this past year. (One of my faves was the Temporium, which you can read about here.)
Adams Morgan is the current home of a temporary art and retail store called the Very Cherry AdMo Pop Up Shop.
The store features local indie designers / artists. Here are a few examples:
Bands from Fisticuffs Leather
Knitted hats by Scarvelous
Scrabble Cuff Links!
Stylish Wear for Kiddos
The Very Cherry Pop Up Shop is located at 2421 18th Street, NW.
It’s open through April 16th.
Sunday – Thursday: 12:00pm -9:00pm
Friday & Saturday: 11:00am-10:00pm
Wherein a Girl Loves Cake and Fashion at Nana
The lovely Nana boutique had its grand opening this past Saturday. And what an opening!
Charm City Cakes created a dessert for the opening that captured the energy of Nana while depicting clothing found in the store.
I didn’t realize that it was a real cake at first! The detailing was extraordinary. See that belt that is 2nd from the left?
It’s based on a real belt that is in the store. (Third one from the right.)
More cake goodness:
Owner Jackie Flanagan & her staff were all looking fabulous (as usual!):
Daisy, Jackie, and Jackie
Nana carries a variety of women’s apparel, but I was most intrigued by the Preloved designs. Preloved creates new clothing out of reclaimed vintage fabrics.
A focus on utilizing reclaimed materials means each garment is one-of-a-kind.
Nana also carries vintage clothing
and items for kids.
The thing I appreciated most was a sign hanging in the center of the store.
It says, “There is no doubt a new dress is a help under all circumstances.”
A help, indeed.
Check out Nana at 3068 Mount Pleasant Street, NW.
New Violet Boutique Opens in NW DC
There are so many things to love about shopping at small, independent boutiques. The merchandise is unique and money spent supports local entrepreneurs instead of large chain stores. The down side of buying at boutiques is that prices tend to be higher.
Which is why I’m LOVING Violet Boutique in Adams Morgan.
Violet Boutique in Adams Morgan
The store exhibits all of the ups of a small boutique (fun merchandise, friendly / knowledgeable employees) AND has amazing price points. Think of it as the boutique equivelant of Forever 21 – the clothing is trendy and playful, while the prices are easy on the pocketbook.
What a breath of fresh air!
See those sunglasses in the picture above? They are $10.
This beautiful statement necklace? $24.00.
Cute sundress? $42.00.
It’s a fabulous place to pick up a new dress for a party or an accessory that will pull together an outfit.
I can picture myself popping in frequently to find something that is cute and affordable. Because it is all about stimulating the economy while supporting an independent business, right?
2439 18th Street, NW
ReadysetDC Fashion Event
Readyset DC’s spring / summer fashion event will be held on April 14, 2011, at Longview Gallery (1234 9th Street, NW). The evening will include a runway show, pop-up shops, and musical performances. Tickets are available here.
Participants include ARTAYA, Ginger Root Design, and Hugh & Crye.
Proceeds benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
Beautiful Jewelry at the Temporium!
If you haven’t been to the Temporium, a pop up shop in Mt. Pleasant, I would urge you to go!
I attended a jewelry trunk show there yesterday and it was hopping! The Washington Post and the Pink Line Project were both there doing a story on the venue and designer / artist Daisy McClellan’s vintage-inspired necklaces, rings, and earrings.
Jewelry Designer Daisy McClellan
One of her pieces was this lovely locket:
Four pictures can be placed inside. Such a great way to keep those you love close to your heart.
Although the trunk show was a one night only event, more of Daisy’s work can be found online at her Etsy shop, Lanyapi Designs. Her jewelry is also sold at Nana, which is opening later on this month. The Temporium is open through March 13th.
Mt. Pleasant Temporium Opens!
This past Friday was the opening of the Temporium in Mt. Pleasant. And what an opening! It started at 7:00PM and by 7:15PM the building was full of excited shoppers.
This pop-up shop features handmade goods from 30 independent artists. There is a great mix of fashion, items for the home, and kid friendly crafts. Here are some of my favorites:
Fabulous $5.00 Earring Board
Close up of Earrings
I love the concept behind these literary wallets.
One thing I appreciate about independent crafters / designers is that their products frequently have a sense of humor. Take these fingerless “Hell Yeah” gloves. I got such a kick out of them!
It was also great to see men’s fashion represented. This “Rock Creek Park” tie would be perfect for the right guy.
There is also an evolving art project going on within the store. The front windows contain trees with clothespins on the branches. Shoppers are encouraged to fill out an index card regarding their hopes and dreams for DC / Mt Pleasant to hang on the clothespins. The Temporium grew out of partnerships between Mount Pleasant Main Street, SpeakeasyDC, Hello Craft, Radio CPR, Partners for Livable Communities, and the DC Office of Planning. The spirit of the store is about community, and the trees really represent the nature of the project as a whole.
Picture of the Trees from Outside the Temporium
View of Trees from Inside the Store
The Temporium is open through March 13, 2011, and is located at 3068 Mt. Pleasant Street, NW. Hours are Monday – Friday 2:00-7:00PM and Saturday – Sunday 11:00-5:00PM. A schedule of events (including trunk shows and educational sessions) can be viewed here.
Have you been to the Temporium? Do tell!