Feeling like fringe is everywhere these days? So do we, though after it being spotted all over the runways at New York Fashion Week, none of us should be too surprised. Though the trend may recall 1970s fashion divas or music festival style goddesses, this summer’s fringe trend has gone mainstream. Bags, sandals, skirts, jackets, and more can be found with a sliced up trim this season, bringing that laid-back, Coachella-infused look to the sidewalks of DC.
We all know the struggle: the morning march to the train or office that ends with a moist palm swiping at our foreheads and all traces of our carefully-applied makeup disappearing. DC's humidity combined with 90-degree days make it harder than ever to keep our makeup from melting. But DC-based vlogger, Claire Ashley of Claire Ashley Beauty, regularly shares makeup tips with her over 160,000 Youtube subscribers, so Shop Around got in touch to find out how she recommends we beat the Washington heat.
After 12 years in business, Urban Chic is closing. The upper Wisconsin Avenue boutique that’s garnered Washingtonian Best of Washington recognition will shutter by the end of July.
Red and Blue Jewelry Sale
Old Town Alexandria’s Mystique Jewelers is celebrating the Fourth of July with a color-coordinated discount: Starting July 1 all red and blue jewelry will be 20 percent off, and that includes sapphires and rubies. Through the end of July, shoppers can stop by the showroom to nab some savings on the fine jewelry collections. 211 The Strand Waterfront, Alexandria; 703-836-1401.
We all know the armpit stain: the ugly yellowish circle beneath the arm holes in our shirts that are a result of a build up of sweat and the chemicals in deodorant. They come as a side with every hot-day-and-white-shirt combo, and they have us holding up our white shirts against the light in the morning, saying resignedly, “Well, as long as I don’t lift my arms.”
When Chelsa Crowley and Julie Fredrickson met up for breakfast, they both came to the table with the same gripe: a lack of makeup on the market that was sold in sizes that didn’t take up much room in their bags and they could actually finish before the product expired.
“That was when the insight hit us,” says Fredrickson. “Lipstick and mascaras have stayed the same size since the 50s, but women’s lifestyles have changed dramatically.”
When it’s this hot outside, pants stop being an option in your work wardrobe. Instead, we’re turning to lightweight, easy dresses, and the less sleeve the better. The time is now to load up your closet with these dresses that are a one-and-done outfit. In a city like Washington, bare arms may not be welcome in every office, but these dresses’ higher necklines and longer hemlines lean towards the work-appropriate end of the spectrum. Stay away from spaghetti straps that flash too much skin or boxy shift dresses that, while professional, are boring, and instead look for fun color blocking patterns, florals, and geometric styles. Shop the looks below, and stay cool out there.
In 2010, the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and the Environmental Working Group released a study on perfumes and the 3,100 chemical ingredients used to make up popular fragrances’ secret formulas. According to the study, “The average fragrance product tested contained 14 secret chemicals not listed on the label. Among them are chemicals associated with hormone disruption and allergic reactions, and many substances that have not been assessed for safety in personal care products.”
Somewhere in the archives of my parent’s excessive video library of my siblings’ and my childhood, there’s a tape of my two-year-old self crooning that I wanted my dinner. And I wanted it “right noooowww!”
Every other week it seems, there’s another tech company popping up with some instant service app that caters to the two year old in all of us. Need a driver, right now? Try Uber. Need a blowout, right now? Try Veluxe. Need groceries, right now? Try Instacart.
How it works: Users see a vetted, geo-located list of salons nearby that have available appointments for pedicures, blowouts, haircuts, massages, and other beauty treatments. The Chicago companywas launched in 2012 by beauty-industry insider Coco Meers and debuted in Washington in December.
Similar to: OpenTable.
What we tried: Manicure (price varies; we paid $20).
What we liked: The map is user-friendly, and the app rewards you for frequent appointments—book once a month and get 20 percent off services Sunday through Wednesday, or book eight services and earn a free manicure.
What we didn’t: My first appointment was canceled because the salon no longer offered that service. A second appointment was never confirmed, though I was charged. When I finally showed up at a salon, thinking the third time was the charm, it had no booking. Turned out the app wasn’t connected to the salon’s system; five minutes later, someone called to request my appointment. Meers says that because the service is new to Washington, not all of the app’s salons are digitally connected yet; the phone request is a temporary work-around. (I did successfully book a manicure on a fourth try and was reimbursed for the errant charge.)