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Your guide to the best once-a-year shops coming straight to your ’hood. By Diana Elbasha
Shop the collections of local labels Nana (left) and Naked Decor (right) at GRUMP, popping up this weekend at Artisphere.

Gift-giving is tricky. It’s far too easy to fall into the trap of picking up yet another tie for Dad or scooping up last-minute gift cards for the entire list. But resist the urge to be that person this year, because holiday pop-up shops are making it easy for you. Hosted by a range of creative Washingtonians and featuring countless local brands, these once-a-year markets all over town offer a wealth of memorable, unique gifts.

Cady’s Alley Holiday Bazaar

With a longer run than most area pop-ups, this first-ever Georgetown bazaar is perfect for both early birds and last-minute shoppers. Scour racks full of designs by Tuckernuck, Chubbies, Victoria Road, and more. Through January 5. 3330 Cady’s Alley, NW.

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Posted at 10:16 AM/ET, 12/06/2013 | Permalink | Comments ()
By shopping these crafty items, you can support area designers, artists, and collectors without leaving your desk. By Diana Elbasha
DC-based painter, known online as Julia, sells abstract and contemporary paintings on Etsy under the username ArtPoet.

Here at Shop Around, we’re huge proponents of shopping local (have you seen our September issue?)--it’s hard to justify spending hundreds at a mainstream department store when there’s a fierce, one-of-a-kind jewelry maker right next door. But Washington’s creative talent certainly isn’t limited to the brick-and-mortar shops that line Old Town or U Street or Bethesda Row; so many of our designers, artists, antiques collectors, and more live online in the treasure trove that is Etsy. Click through our slideshow for a glimpse at some of our favorite items from these talented sellers on the community site, who offer everything from cosmetics to cleaning supplies to stationery.

Posted at 01:52 PM/ET, 10/09/2013 | Permalink | Comments ()
Though the shop is closed, the sustainable brand is still alive. By Diana Elbasha
Two pieces from the new spring collection. Photographs courtesy of Nana.

We know you’re busy mapping out your spring shopping marathon right now, so while you’re at it, add a local label to the list: Nana.

When the Mount Pleasant boutique of the same name closed earlier this year, owner-turned-designer Jackie Flanagan assured us she wouldn’t disappear along with it. With a slew of events, like a Valentine’s Day bazaar and trunk shows for the shop’s most-missed brands, she’s still very much involved in the local shopping scene. But what we’re really dying to know is what’s happening with her own clothing line.

Nana’s spring collection launches tonight via pop-up at one of our U Street faves, GoodWood, offering the first look at the much-anticipated wave of organic dresses, skirts, and tops. The brand’s gotten a little more creative this time around, using new textures, hues, and prints, like the florals on the blouse shown above. Flanagan describes the aesthetic as “utilitarian elegance,” aiming for the collection to be as befitting for a European vacay as for Friday’s board meeting. Each piece is sewn together at Adams Morgan's Bits of Thread studio and made from sustainable materials. Ever owned a skirt made of hemp? Here's your chance.

It won’t be the first Nana event. Since the shop closed in January, Flanagan has been adamant that the brand has simply changed its location, not its presence. She plans to team up with more local retailers for similar events, and of course, the Etsy shop remains.

The event is from 5 to 8, but if you can’t make it, not to worry: the collection will become available online starting tomorrow. Happy shopping!

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Posted at 04:10 PM/ET, 03/27/2013 | Permalink | Comments ()
Make a splash in 7 one-of-a-kind bathing suits. By Amber Taylor

A bold graphic design adorns this gray and red strapless suit. Minn0w Bathers, $110.

Been working on your tan? Set it off with this white, vintage-inspired one-piece—fully lined to prevent it from becoming see-through post-dip. Marilyn maillot, The Red Dolly, $64. 

Cara Miya offers boned bandeaus for those in need of extra support on top. Top and matching bottom, $30 each.

There's perverse Playboy bunny appeal to this tuxedo swimsuit. Fables by Barrie, $124.

Also from Fables by Barrie: the Perennial bikini, for a sweeter look. $108.

Tan lines can't be cause for concern if you opt for the knotty maillot (pictured right) by Cala Ossidiana Swimwear ($295). 

The cute anchor print and oversized bow make this beach beauty a must-have. Anchor and rope white bow bandeau set, Amourouse, $48. 

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Posted at 12:14 PM/ET, 04/20/2011 | Permalink | Comments ()
Warm weather gets us excited to show off bare arms and statement bracelets. By Amber Taylor

Clay bracelets with some sophistication are available from Polymer Playin’. This fun teal cuff is adorned with a garden’s worth of silhouetted flowers. $15.

A dressier cuff for a dinner ensemble. Gold-leaf-and-black-polymer clay bracelet (pictured right), $15.

If you always wanted to be Wonder Woman, a bright metal cuff may be just the thing. Nora Catherine hand-forged, flared-cuff bracelet (in copper or bronze), $99.

Wrap your wrist in rich sapphire-blue deerskin from Sand in the Sky. $25.

Or satisfy your inner magpie with something shiny out of dichroic glass. Apocalipstick Art fairy dust bracelet, $60.

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Posted at 01:10 PM/ET, 04/14/2011 | Permalink | Comments ()
Warmer weather is almost upon us! Toss those winter boots and step out in fresh flats and fun heels. By Amber Taylor

Ballet flats are chic and comfortable. These magenta suede flats ($92) from Ele Handmade have a low-cut vamp that shows off toe cleavage.

More modest about that sort of thing? Try this pair in green linen from the Generation—they’re also made with no animal products. $55.

For a little bit more glitz, Luna Shoes UK offers these airy gold leather ballet flats with raspberry-pink stitching. $50.

Etsy features many artists who paint fun designs on new and vintage shoes. We like Acrylicana’s black-and-white music-and-stars flats. $70.

Venus Flytrap brings a touch of drama to an otherwise ordinary pair of vintage Mary Janes. $95.

Thanks to a rainbow of raw silk, these vintage slingbacks will look great with almost anything in your closet. The Greedy Seagull, $98.

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Posted at 01:59 PM/ET, 04/05/2011 | Permalink | Comments ()
Sweet finds to spice up your spring fling By Amber Taylor

Got a hot date and a stale wardrobe full of winter holdovers? Pick up a sexy piece on Etsy and strut in style.

Don’t look like you’re trying too hard; pair this casual minidress with leggings. You’ll be tempted to swish that skirt a little. La Luna minidress, Miss Brache, $79.

Play sweet and innocent in a sweetheart cutout dress from Vivat Veritas 7. Just prepare to be carded. $90.

Kick it up a notch with a bustier dress by Leanimal. Go neutral at night with the Niora dress, $625, pictured right, or try the denim Dallas dress, $165, for a night on the town.

Evoke old Hollywood at your next formal with this vintage bombshell gown in flamingo-pink chiffon. Miss Elliette dress, Butch Wax Vintage, $95.

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Posted at 01:56 PM/ET, 03/28/2011 | Permalink | Comments ()
As the days get longer, take advantage with some sparkle By Amber Taylor

Celebrate blue skies and an extra hour of daylight with this handmade and vintage jewelry from Etsy.

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Posted at 11:15 AM/ET, 03/14/2011 | Permalink | Comments ()
Brighten up March showers with pops of color By Amber Taylor

If you’re forced to don galoshes in deference to March’s moody weather, pair them with a sassy skirt to keep spirits high. (And stash a pair of cute heels under your desk.)

Meet gray days head on with a bright retro print. Aqua floral wiggle skirt. The Greedy Seagull, $34.

A sunny citrus pattern gives you a needed taste of California sun. Lemon-and-lime pencil skirt. Art Effect, $74.50.

This black-and-white wool begs for a vivid blouse on top. Tuck skirt. Kanaro, $60.

Heidi the Artist accents a casual bamboo mini with a design taken from her original painting. Eco Belvedere skirt, $22.

Melissa Tabor pairs tame tweed with a seatbelt waistband for a little edge. Gathered tweed short skirt. $185.

Matches anything? Check. Inspires ear-to-ear grins? Check. Rainbow circle miniskirt (pictured right). YY Studio, $159.60.

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Posted at 12:38 PM/ET, 03/07/2011 | Permalink | Comments ()
Make a night out special with a little something extra—and unique—from Etsy By Amber Taylor

Need an excuse to dress up for an evening out? Any of these Etsy dresses will qualify.

Structured pleats and textured rosette fabric balance each other in the Itziar dress from Angel Iglesias (pictured above); $161.

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Posted at 11:32 AM/ET, 02/27/2011 | Permalink | Comments ()