On Saturday night, 2,500 guests congregated for the second annual DC Diner en Blanc on the lawn of the Carnegie Library. In the tradition of the pop-up dinner--which was initially launched in Paris nearly 30 years ago--none of the guests knew the location of the dinner until they arrived at the library, guided by their table leader.
As the swarms of white-clad guests set up their Diner-en-Blanc-approved square tables, it became clear which attendees had decided to go above and beyond in this celebration of European opulence. From feathered headdresses to glowing table centerpieces and towering floral arrangements, Diner en Blanc has never pretended to be a regular picnic. And it’s guests like these that make sure it stays that way.
On Thursday night in Baltimore, Revolution Event Design and Production threw a Tattoos and Tassels-themed party to celebrate their rebranding. They took the first part of the theme very seriously: there was a real, live, free tattoo lounge at the event.
The tattoo bar was hosted by Have Fun Be Lucky (HFBL), a licensed tattoo parlor in Baltimore. At the beginning of the night, sign up sheets were available for attendees to grab a time slot for their tattoo with one of the three HFBL artists at the event. The party went from 6 to 10 PM, but by 7:30 PM, all the time slots were filled.
During the warm months, you could probably find a local yard sale every weekend to dig up some discarded treasures. But most yard sales aren’t run by a fashion stylist who’s been in the business for over 20 years and is cleaning out her closets.
T-shirt Tuesdays at Onward Reserve
Every Tuesday, the new Georgetown retailer is offering shoppers who spend $100 a free Penley or Onward Georgetown graphic t-shirt. The shop, which markets men’s lifestyle brands including Smathers & Branson, Shinola, and Southern Proper, is a perfect one-stop shop for shopping for men’s gifts and preppy accessories. 1063 Wisconsin Ave., NW.
Film Screening of “The True Cost”
The documentary that asks the question “Who really pas the price for our clothing” takes a look at the fashion industry in which fast fashion retailers have dramatically decreased the price of apparel. The film, presented by Fashion Fights Poverty, will be shown on Tuesday evening in Arlington. Networking and opening remark by Bianca Alexander of Conscious Living TV will begin at 6:30 PM, followed by a screening of the film at 7:15 PM. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Purchase tickets at Eventbright to attend. The film will be shown at Theater on the Run, 3700 S Four Mile Run Dr., Arlington.
Pop-In@Nordstrom x Warby Parker
Starting today, fans of the hip, reasonably-priced eyewear can head to the Nordstrom at Tysons Corner to shop the pop-up collection. For every pair of optical or sunglasses purchased, Warby Parker distributes a pair to a person in need. For the pop-up, Warby Parker is releasing four new, exclusive pairs of sunglasses, along with a selection of frames and “speciality items with a literary slant,” including notecards and books. The pop-in will last through September 6 at Nordstrom, Tysons Corner Center, 8075 Tysons Corner Center, McLean; 703-761-1121.
The next in a long line of luxury store openings at CityCenterDC, the mixed-use development that fills the blocks between Ninth and 11th Street south of New York Avenue, Morgenthal Frederics will celebrate its new shop on the evening of August 5.
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.
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.