Reader Deals: August Back-to-School Savings

Ease into autumn with exclusive specials on new clothing, tutoring services, and an endless summer tan.

By: McLean Robbins

As summer nears an end, it’s time to get ready for back-to-school—or at least back to a more tailored fall wardrobe. You can prep for the season with these great August deals; mention The Washingtonian to get the special rate.

Prolong That Summer Tan

Stay beautifully bronzed all year with Whole Glow, a mobile tanning salon that uses the same organic, streak-free products beloved by celebrities such as Jessica Alba and Paris Hilton. The safe, sunless spray tan lasts seven to ten days. Owner Katie DePaola will come to your home with a tan tent, or you can visit her Dupont Circle salon. She also hosts group tanning sessions, normally $60 a person. In August, get a discount of 15 percent on groups of up to three ($51 each) or 20 percent on four or more ($45 each). Mobile services incur a $10 service fee and a $1-a-mile fee each way per group.

Whole Glow, 1820 Swann St., NW; 301-758-3676.

Deck Out a Dorm Room

When Karen Zuckerman, a Washington mom who is also president and executive creative director of a design and marketing firm, couldn’t find chic, affordable designs for her daughter’s dorm room, Dormify was born. This month, readers can take 15 percent off all products, including duvets, sheets, wall prints, desk items, and Greek gear for sorority and fraternity members. Sale items are excluded; use the code “Washingtonian.”


Shop for a New Wardrobe

Take control of your closet and your image with the help of Monica Barnett, president of Washington-based Blueprint for Style. Clients receive three hours of in-person wardrobe consultation and one hour of virtual assistance via phone, text, or Skype. The service is normally $575, but readers who sign up by October 31 pay $425.

Blueprint for Style, 888-390-0009;

Denim Darlings

Colored denim is all the rage, so why not start the school year with an exclusive offer from two of National Harbor’s newest stores, Blink Blanko and Angst. This month, take 20 percent off colored denim at either shop. Both boutiques are the brainchild of Rick Sarmiento, founder of White House/Black Market. Angst is geared more to teenagers, while Blink Blanco is for an older shopper.

Blink Blanco and Angst, National Harbor, 169 American Way, Oxon Hill; 301-686-0880.

Get Tutored

Does your child need extra help in math, science, or SAT prep? Peer2Peer offers one-on-one home tutoring sessions in all school subjects as well as music, college-application essays, even sports and other extracurricular activities. You can pick a tutor not just by subject area but also by interest, gender, and similar experiences—for example, a tutor who went to a certain school or had a particular teacher. Tutoring starts at $45 an hour; any package of services is 20 percent off during August when you book online using the code “Washingtonian.”


McLean Robbins ( writes frequently about shopping, style, spas, and bargains.

This article appears in the August 2012 issue of The Washingtonian.