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White Flint Mall is just one of many local malls working on redevelopment. By Caroline Cunningham
Photograph courtesy Flickr/Dan Reed.

“White Flint (Mall) is in fact a breed apart,” Chip Brown wrote in a 1981 article for the Washington Post. The mall’s mid-’70s opening was “something of a cultural event in the Washington area,” Brown said. That moment would seem to have passed: Today, White Flint Mall is empty and half demolished--all but for one determined anchor store, Lord & Taylor.

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Posted at 03:52 PM/ET, 07/31/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
Tips from Bonobos' VP of design, Dwight Fenton. By Caroline Cunningham

After sharing what women can do to stay cool and look professional during DC’s swampiest months, including summer office-appropriate dresses and even pants that can be worn when it’s sweltering outside, some of our gentlemen readers have asked an important question: “What about us?”

Men of DC, to aid you on your walk to work or muggy Metro ride while dressed in a suit and tie, we got in touch with Dwight Fenton, VP of design for menswear brand Bonobos, to get his best tips for staying stylish this summer.

Related: Style Tips for Guys: What to Wear to a Summer Wedding

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Posted at 02:24 PM/ET, 07/30/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
The Annual Summer Sidewalk Sale brings deals galore on end-of-season merchandise. By Caroline Cunningham
Photograph of Hysteria boutique by Andrew Propp.

If you are an end-of-season bargain hunter, this weekend is your Black Friday. The Annual Alexandria Summer Sidewalk Sale is taking over the streets of Alexandria and Del Ray this weekend for a shopping event that will feature over 50 boutiques selling their end-of-season merchandise at basement bargain prices. So sale shoppers, now’s the time to stock up for the last few weeks of summer and to prep for closet for next year.

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Posted at 02:46 PM/ET, 07/29/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
You don't have to be miserable, even during a DC summer. By Caroline Cunningham
Image via Shutterstock.

It’s a given fact that if you ride the Metro in DC, you complain about the Metro in DC. But even though the trains break down or have delays and sometimes individual cars aren’t air conditioned and the platforms are sauna-like, you don’t have to leave it up to Metro to make your commute pleasant. Here’s 12 products that will help you help yourself to enjoy that hot, crowded ride around town.

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Posted at 12:17 PM/ET, 07/28/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
The homegrown beauty shop continues to expand locally and nationwide. By Caroline Cunningham
Bluemercury founders Barry and Marla Malcolm Beck. Photograph courtesy Bluemercury.

With ten of the homegrown beauty shops in the DC area, one might have thought that Washington had hit its maximum Bluemercury capacity, but the brand is proving there’s room for more, with plans to open three additional stores in the area this fall.

Though exact opening dates are still up in the air, shoppers can expect to see new Bluemercury shops taking up residence in Gaithersburg at RIO Washingtonian and at 1427 P Street NW in September, with a third slotted for Reston Town Center.

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Posted at 11:21 AM/ET, 07/27/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
7 tips for surviving July and August. By Sarah Zlotnick
Photograph by OJO Images/Alamy.

August may not deserve its bad rap—2014 saw Washington’s fewest 90-degrees-and-above days in a decade—but you wouldn’t know it from stepping outside. This final stretch of sticky summer is typically an uncomfortable, uninspiring time for workplace attire. Simplify what it takes to look polished with some easy ideas.

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Posted at 06:00 AM/ET, 07/27/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
A fitting celebratory beverage to pair with a line called “B-ub-bly.” By Caroline Cunningham
Photograph by Erik Uecke.

Undeniable Boutique in Fairfax Corner opened in 2011 under Alicia Russman, a former business and marketing director who wanted to channel her creative energy into stocking her own shop. The boutique is known for bringing brightly patterned designs from all over the globe to NoVa--collections that Russman discovered on her travels and wanted to make available in her home town. And on July 24, Russman is making another collection available--her own, called “B-ub-bly.”

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Posted at 10:07 AM/ET, 07/24/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
And other shopping events to check out. By Caroline Cunningham
Image via Shutterstock.

M by Mind in Motion Pop-up

Hit up Union Market this weekend to browse the activewear collection, M by Mind in Motion, designed by Leigh Weinraub, an action-based therapist and motivational speaker. The apparel, which features words, such as “breathe” or “move,” written upside down, was initially inspired by Weinraub’s attempt to calm down a tennis player by printing the word “breathe” along the hem of her shirt, so that whenever she felt nervous and looked down, she’d remember to take a deep breath. Weinraub will be on hand to premier the collection and to lead a free Walk and Talk class on Saturday, July 25 at 9 AM. The pop up will run July 23 through 26 at 1309 5th St., NE.

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Posted at 04:44 PM/ET, 07/23/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()

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Posted at 12:19 PM/ET, 07/21/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
Photography courtesy of Kalorama Cookie Company

Sweetest Gift for Big Groups: Kalorama Cookie Company

Corporate gift-giving is tricky. What says “thanks for your time/business” in a way that will please the largest swath of recipients? Key chains are lost immediately, paperweights clutter desks, and there are only so many free T-shirts a person can shove into a dresser drawer. Here’s an idea: cookies. They’re tasty, consumed on receipt, and, unlike their pesky hole-in-the-middle cousin the doughnut, can sometimes be covered with a company logo. DC’s Kalorama Cookie Company is seasoned in the practice, and its Washington Monument and Capitol Dome styles are also adorable for a wedding or party favor.

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Posted at 07:00 AM/ET, 07/21/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()