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.”
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.
A lot has changed for local designer Tala Raassi since she was dragged to prison by the religious police for wearing a mini skirt at her Sweet Sixteen house party in Iran. After spending four days in jail and receiving 40 lashes for her attire, she and her friends were released, and Raassi’s parents sent her to Dubai before she went to live with relatives in Washington, DC.
Sixteen years later, Raassi is a bikini designer, running her bathing suit company, Dar Be Dar, out of DC. Shortly after launching Dar Be Dar, she shared the story of her life—from imprisonment at 16 to successful fashion designer—with Marie Claire, hoping to empower future generations of young girls to follow their dreams.
Liberty London Pop-in at Nordstrom
The upscale shop that made its name through floral textiles is headed to the USA from its London location. As part of the “Pop-in@Nordstrom” shopping series, Liberty London products will be making an appearance at five Nordstrom shops around the states, including the Tysons Corner Center location. Anglophiles can get their fill of the collection's playful floral patterns covering everything from cake stands to gardening tools to tea pots to kimonos, available in store and online through August 2. Nordstrom, Tysons Corner Center, 8075 Tysons Corner Center, McLean; 703-761-1121.
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.
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.”
Britt Ryan and Kiki Lynn Warehouse Sale
Georgetown boutique Britt Ryan will be offering major discounts on past and current season apparel, including $65 dresses, $45 tops, and $40 shorts. On the second floor, local designer Kimberly McKinley will be offering up to 65 percent off her line, Kiki Lynn, including dresses, skirts, and shirts. The sales will run June 24 through 27 at Kiki Lynn and June 24 through 28 at Britt Ryan. Swing by on Thursday, June 25, between 6 and 8 PM for summer cocktails, sales, and door prizes. Britt Ryan and the Kiki Lynn showroom are located on the first and second floors of 1625 Wisconsin Ave., NW.
There are few things shopping addicts love more than a warehouse sale, and the Gilt City’s biannual sale is generally worth the anticipation, with its room full of racks of designer clothing, shoes, accessories, and home decor, at prices up to 80 percent off retail. This year’s event this weekend is promising to live up to the hype with pieces from the collections of Badgley Mischka, Helmut Lang, Vera Wang, Oscar de la Renta, and Carolina Herrera, to name a few.
Shopping Happy Hour
Tonight, Lord and Taylor in Chevy Chase is hosting their first Shopping Happy Hour. Join L&T for refreshments, a fashion show, and shopping. Be sure to RSVP. Free, 5-8PM. 5255 Western Ave, Washington, DC; (202) 362-9600.
Goodwill Summer Shopping Tour
Modage and Style Mavern host this all-day shopping tour on Saturday, where guests enjoy a chauffeured limousine bus ride to four Goodwill resale locations in the DMV area. The trip includes breakfast and snacks throughout the day, a lunch stop, giveaways, raffles, exclusive discounts, and a challenge at each stop. Buy your tickets ahead of time. $50-75, 9-5PM. 2200 South Dakota Ave, NE, Washington, DC.
The Politics of Fashion: DC UNBOXED
As part of the Our City Festival this weekend, the documentary DC UNBOXED by Elaine Mensah will show at the Goethe Institut on Saturday. The film explores the perception of DC fashion and the debate on whether DC fashion as an industry. Buy your ticket online. $10, 12-2PM, 812 7th St, NW, Washington, DC.
Tissanya&Purshe Launch Party
Sip & Shop Fashion Affair
Join Shopaholic City founder Lattiea Whitaker at the Dirty Martini on Saturday for a sneak peek of her consignment shop's Summer 2015 collection. Along with on-site shopping and styling, there will be music, refreshments, raffles, and featured guests! Early-bird pricing ends today! $10-15, 3-6PM. 1223 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, DC.
The sun is shining, you’ve got a long weekend ahead of you—it’s time to make plans. Take advantage of these sales around town to get your spring wardrobe in shape, your patio furniture prepped, and to keep your inner shopaholic smiling.