Her catwalk is the sidewalk.
 
Her catwalk is the sidewalk.

Posts from — April 2010

Girls Just Wanna Have Shecky’s

What better way to celebrate spring and enjoy yourself than a night out with the girls? My pretty pals and I kicked up our heels and got our shop, drink, and swag on at Shecky’s Girls Night Out last week at Constitution Hall.

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Shecky’s knows what a girl wants: fashion from talented designers at discounted prices; delish cocktails; latest beauty treatments; and Shecky’s popular swag bag. Of course the icing on the cupcake is sharing it all with your girlfriends!

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Cocktails were flowing – and sloshing & splashing around  – as we tried to navigate the crowd while juggling our drinks, shopping and swag bags. Cheers to anyone who managed to stay splash-free throughout the evening!

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There were scads of accessory and jewelry vendors this year, but a couple that really caught my eye were Katie Thompson’s KT Collection of handmade jewelry…

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…and one of my favorite boutiques, Fornash. Thanks to the inspiration, creativity, and stylish eye of owner Stephanie Fornash Kennedy, clients and fans will always be delighted with colorful, beautiful and classy pieces.

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One of my primo purchases this spring is this lovely lucite chandelier necklace. It makes any outfit party-ready, à la Holly Golightly.

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My chic friend Carolyn snapped up this darling wicker clutch perfectly suited to her classic style.

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They were a little light on the clothes this year which was a tad disappointing for this frock-loving girl, but the designers on-site were a delight, especially LaKisha Cameron and her pretty Marzee collection.

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We made a bee-line for Marzee as soon as we arrived. My savvy shopmate Dee scooped up a gorg saffron shift with ruffle trim down the side that looks like it came straight from Fashion Week. Be sure to visit the new Marzee Boutique in Georgetown!

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My fab friend and sassy stylista, Sherry, scored oodles of goodies including strands of beautiful sterling and brushed silver filigree necklaces from La Bella Destino, and some glam gauzy tunics from Mad Clothing.

Although I was impressed once again with how well-organized the event was, I have one question, Shecky’s: when will you decide to have some nibbles for us? Some of those cocktails were pret-ty strong and we could have used some tasty cupcakes or other treats.

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If you missed it, there’s still a chance to catch them in another city or when they’re back in DC in the fall. In between, you can get your fix at the Designer Lounge!

Girls Night Out, Shecky’s style – who could ask for anything more?

April 18, 2010   1 Comment

Spring in the City

“I’ve always had a passion for the outdoors, for trees, for birds and flowers.” ~Audrey Hepburn

I share Audrey’s passion. Give me some beautiful blossoms & gorgeous gardens and the winter of 2010 is a distant memory. Spring, you sassy thing, you sure know how to make an entrance! Your blooms are so vivid they’re in Technicolor.

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A harbinger of spring in DC, the cherry blossoms kick off the season on the National Mall as people from all over the globe trot to the Tidal Basin to see the blossoms. Under the most beautiful azure sun-filled skies, my mom, sister and I visited the Mall on Friday, where I was able to snap some pics.

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The cherry blossoms may be the popular press darlings this time of year – but what about the other blooming treasures in the area?

Just off the beaten path on the north side of the Tidal Basin (between the Washington Monument and the Jefferson Memorial) you’ll find the Tulip Library.  Since 1969 gardeners have been prepping the floral beds each autumn to hand plant over 10,000 tulip bulbs flown from Holland.

A family friend recently recalled visiting the Library as a child, and being confused when she couldn’t “check the tulips out.” I think she was on to something! In the meantime, you can check out these photos from Friday.

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Not far from the Tulip Library, the Smithsonian Institution grounds are home to some of the best kept secret gardens. When my parents moved to DC several years ago, after visiting the Smithsonian Castle one day they accidentally strolled into the Ripley Garden.  Shortly after, I visited the garden with them and I’ve loved it ever since.

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Tucked away by the Arts & Sciences building, this garden was the inspiration of Mary Livingston Ripley, plant scholar and wife of Smithsonian magazine founder Sidney Dillon Ripley. Fun fact: Mary first met Sidney when they were in the OSS. Her roommate at the time? A woman named Julia Child.

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The garden is peaceful and serene with a fountain in the middle and benches scattered near the raised beds of flowers and plants. It’s hard to imagine the location was at risk of becoming a parking lot before Mary stepped in.

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From the Ripley head down Independence Avenue to the Enid Haupt rooftop garden, another pretty and peaceful hideaway. Then be sure to visit the Smithsonian Castle, another favorite spot of mine, and grab a snack at the café.

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Now slip on that cute sundress and some sunblock and take advantage of the sunshine! It’s time to get out there & re-introduce yourself to our gorgeous city.

Photo credits: The Medestrian, The Medestrian’s Mom.

April 6, 2010   No Comments