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Ahead of Wednesday’s event, here’s a sneak peek at some coveted pieces from Bull + Moose and South Moon Under. By Valeria Boucas

Washingtonian magazine is gearing up for its first annual sample sale on Wednesday, and tickets are still on sale. "The Wear it Washington sample sale is the perfect chance to grab those last-minute, must-have items we all need for fall. I'll be there myself to stock up; I wouldn't miss it if I were you!" says Kate Bennett, Washingtonian magazine's fashion editor.

Guests can head to Long View Gallery to take advantage of 25 to 75 percent off full-price items from more than 25 participating local boutiques (and counting!) and 60-plus designers. VIP passes grant shoppers first chance at the new merchandise. And for Monday only, all ticket purchases will enter you for a chance to win two passes to Washingtonian's invitation-only Style Setters event in September. 

Excited yet? We are, and to get you as pumped up as us, we've selected five items under $50 from Bull + Moose and South Moon Under that will be available to shop at the sale. All Bull + Moose items will be $5 to $10 off, and select South Moon Under pieces will be an additional 30 percent off. 


South Moon Under

Billabong pull-on wide leg pants in rose print. Lightweight gauze material with elastic waist in 100-percent rayon. #WearItWashington sale price $44.
En Creme cross-back babydoll dress. Originally $68. #WearItWashington sale price $34.99. 
Free People rib slub long beach tank. Racerback. #WearItWashington sale price $20. 
Veronica M tie-dye maxi skirt in polyester and Spandex with an elastic waist. Originally $74. #WearItWashington sale price $34. 
Hue ponte vegan blocked legging. with elastic waist. #WearItWashington sale price $48.


Bull + Moose

Three-inch camo necktie. Wear this tie proudly to show your support for our service members. Made of 100-percent silk and comes in dark olive, black, and grayish green. This handcrafted tie is a different weave for each color. Originally $39. #WearItWashington sale price $29.99.
Floral neck tie made of 100-percent cotton. Royal blue with yellow, white, pink, green and red. Handcrafted. Originally $29. #WearItWashington sale price $25. 
Blue chambray tie with specks of red, yellow, blue, and green throughout. Made of 100-percent linen. Originally $29. #WearItWashington sale price $25. 
New arrival: black satin diamond-point bow tie made of 100-percent silk in solid black. Handcrafted with an adjustable clasp and is self-tied. Originally $35. #WearItWashington sale price $30.
White seersucker pocket square. Made of 100-percent cotton. Twelve inches square. Originally $20. #WearItWashington sale price $13.

Find Valeria Boucas on Twitter at @valeriaboucas.

Posted at 01:00 PM/ET, 08/18/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()
It’s the fashion event you don’t want to miss. By Valeria Boucas
Photograph courtesy of iStock by Getty Images.

Be a fashion insider and attend Washingtonian’s first annual sample sale with all the chicest bells and whistles—from nibbles and drinks to a braid bar, men’s emporium, a posh lounge, and boutiques and stores galore. Shop the incredible 25 to 75 percent markdowns from more than 20 stores such as Wink, South Moon Under, Dash's of Old Town, Julia Farr, Ella Rue, and more! See below for more details. 

Date: August 20
Time: VIP 6 to 7 PM; General Admission 7 to 9 PM
Where: Long View Gallery

Tickets are now available and can be purchased here.

If you would like to become an exhibitor, please email jtaff@washingtonian.com. 

Find Valeria Boucas on Twitter at @valeriaboucas.

Posted at 12:05 PM/ET, 08/07/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()
Your guide to the week’s most stylish events. By Diana Elbasha
Shop some of our favorite high-end brands, such as Marni (shown above) at Relish's summer sale this weekend. Photograph courtesy of Relish.

Style, Sips & Sweets at Fairfax Corner

The Fairfax Corner shopping district hosts its next Style, Sips & Sweets event this week, in which more than 12 boutiques and salons offer special discounts and sweet treats for one evening only. Score a gratis gift bag, in-store makeovers, and Champagne at Bluemercury, for one, while Belle Mode will serve chocolates and give 15 percent off storewide. The first 150 guests to check in at Undeniable Boutique will score a special cocktail; see the full list of participating shops online. Wednesday 6 to 9. Grand Commons Ave., Fairfax.

Americana Celebration at Goorin Bros. 

In honor of Independence Day and the World Cup, the Georgetown outpost of this hatmaker celebrates all things American on Thursday. What to expect at the free event: the brand’s “American Made” collection on display, patriotic treats from the Pie Sisters and Green Hat, and live music by the Justin Trawick Group. Thursday 6 to 8. 1214 Wisconsin Ave., NW.

Hugh & Crye’s #MenswearTour

In the final leg of its Menswear Tour, which kicked off this spring, Georgetown-based shirting brand Hugh & Crye invites you to hang out with the team at its brand new office space at WeWork. Situated in the former Wonder Bread factory in Shaw, the industrial-modern workspace—home to other such startups as Worn Creative—boasts a terrace on the third floor, where the (free) event takes place. Enjoy the view of the city alongside drinks from Right Proper Brewing Co. and conversation with the stylish shirtmakers. An online RSVP is required. Friday 6 to 9. 641 S St., NW. 

Relish’s Annual Summer Sale

The charming boutique earns our praises over neighboring sales for carrying some of the best in upscale womenswear: Dries van Noten, Marni, and Balenciaga are just a few of the powerhouse labels that will line the store’s Cady’s Alley shelves at major discounts for three straight days. All day Friday through Sunday. 3312 Cady’s Alley, NW.

#GlamourDateNight, Presented by Glamour

As part of its campaign to bring back the date, the fashion glossy stops in DC to help ease the stress of prepping for a romantic night out. To help ladies get ready for date night, the mag has arranged for deals at some of the area’s best primping spots: think perks at Drybar with the purchase of its Morning After kit, 20 percent off a new outfit from Piperlime, and deals on wine and cheese at local restaurants, just to name a few. See the full list of participating business onlineAll day Saturday. Multiple area locations.

StyleCable Trunk Show at Urban Chic

Local e-startup StyleCable goes brick-and-mortar for a week, popping up at Urban Chic’s Georgetown location beginning this weekend. Expect clothing and accessories by cool emerging labels—like geometric gems by Elaine B. Jewelry—at 15 percent off. The trunk show kicks off with refreshments in-store Sunday evening. All day Sunday through July 5. 1626 Wisconsin Ave., NW. 

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Your guide to the week’s most stylish events. By Diana Elbasha
If you're still on the market for a new bathing suit, you're in luck: Brazilian swim brand D'Milikah pops up in Georgetown this week. Photograph via Facebook.

D’Milikah Splashes Show at the Waterfront

Still searching for that perfect bikini? Brazilian swimwear brand D’Milikah hosts a runway show at Nick’s Riverside Grill—which will offer summer-themed drink specials for the event—on the Georgetown waterfront this week to showcase its latest colorful designs, including resortwear and a few men’s pieces. Wednesday 6:30 to 9:30. 3050 K St., NW.

Shop LA Style Fashion Showcase at the W

LA style collective M Dot makes its first East Coast appearance at the W Hotel’s Living Room this week, where you’ll be able to shop the designs of five Californian designers and snag some beauty advice from celeb makeup artist Marisol Garcia. Expect to see some familiar faces, as the bloggers behind Good Good Gorgeous, A Loyal Love, and Be Loud Be You will be on site to offer style tips. RSVP to wfashion@brandlinkdcrsvp.com. Wednesday 6 to 9 and Thursday 11 to 7. 515 15th St., NW.

South Moon Under’s Summer Block Party

The Mosaic District location of this local favorite hosts an evening of shopping and sipping in preparation for the hotter season. Enjoy cupcakes and Honest Tea cocktails while shopping alongside Andrea Khoury of local blog Real Housewives of Northern Virginia, who is hosting the event. There will also be an in-store beauty bar and special discounts on summer clothing and accessories. Thursday 6 to 8. 2905 District Ave., Fairfax.

On Flora: On Work at Wild Hand Workspace

Alison Baitz of the beautiful arts-and-plants-focused e-zine On Flora is the guest of honor and curator of Wild Hand Workspace’s latest event, a pop-up shop of vintage office supplies. Join the locally based creative for an opening reception on Thursday, followed by a weekend-long shop featuring her hand-picked vintage items. Thursday 6 to 9, and Friday and Saturday 11 to 3. 716 Monroe St., NE.

The Front Row at Bethesda Row

Bethesda Row’s annual style event kicks off Thursday with the premiere of fashion documentary Versailles 73, followed by a Q&A moderated by Washingtonian fashion editor Kate Glassman Bennett. The three-day event culminates with a runway show on Bethesda Lane, showcasing the designs of the town’s best boutiques and attended by celebrity guest Maria Menounos. For a full list of events and promotions during Front Row, check out the website. All day Thursday through Saturday. Bethesda Ave., Bethesda.

Susana Monaco Trunk Show at Luna

Stock up on bright summer dresses and airy basics by contemporary womenswear brand Susana Monaco, which pops up for a daylong trunk show at Bethesda’s popular Luna boutique. The best part: All SM merch will be marked down 20 percent. Friday 10 to 9. 7232 Woodmont Ave., Bethesda. 

Posted at 04:15 PM/ET, 06/09/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()
Your guide to the week’s most stylish events. By Diana Elbasha
Great news for jewelry lovers this week: Local boutique She's Unique hosts a carnival, while AUDEN (right) pops up in Georgetown.

Henri Bendel’s Birthday Bash

The girly retailer celebrates its birthday with a weeklong celebration at its Pentagon City and Tysons Galleria locations. Enjoy 30 percent off limited-edition Miss Bendel satchels as well as other in-store deals, such as a free scarf with any $150 purchase. There will also be an in-store VIP party in the middle of the week that adds cupcakes, Champagne, and music to the mix. All day through Saturday. VIP Party takes place Thursday 5 to 9. 1100 S. Hayes St., Arlington; 2001 International Dr., McLean.


Carnival at She’s Unique Boutique

You’ll spot lots of familiar faces at this playful event: Local blogger Natalie Pinto of the Fashionably Broke hosts a carnival-themed evening at She’s Unique, the Old Town jewelry favorite owned by SpicyCandyDC co-author Katya Ananieva. Get some styling tips from the bloggers, along with cocktails and discounts up to 30 percent. Plus, posting an Instagram from the evening using hashtags #OTBDBlockParty and #ShesUniqueCarnival automatically earns you a chance at winning a Voluspa candle. Thursday 6 to 8. 205 King St., Alexandria.


DC Style Factory Summer Celebration

Grab dinner and a few stylish goodies at the same time at DC Noodles this week, where local bloggers Tammy of A Loyal Love, Maria of Very Busy Mama, and Alison of DC Celine host a fashion-packed evening showcasing the season’s latest trends. You’ll be able to hear some summer beauty and fashion advice from the pros, peruse some jewels from Stella & Dot, and enter giveaways from Bluemercury, DC Style Factory, and Brierre Yoga. And, of course, Thai bites will be passed around. Thursday 6 to 9. 1412 U St., NW.


Summer Essentials Soiree in Old Town

Alexandria’s Sugar House Day Spa and the Pink Palm partner this week for a party to celebrate all things summer. Held at the salon, the event will provide guests with makeup touchups, discounts on spa and boutique items, and sweet treats from Dolci Gelati. Early arrivers will score swag bags; be sure to RSVP onlineFriday 6:30 to 8:30. 111 N. Alfred St., Alexandria.


Auden Trunk Show at Intermix

The edgy jewelry brand, typically found at upscale retailers such as Bergdorf Goodman, pops up in DC this weekend for a daylong trunk show at Intermix. Here’s your chance to try on some jewels from the spring/summer collection of the celebrity-beloved label. Saturday 1 to 5. 3300 M St., NW.

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Your guide to the week's most stylish events. By Diana Elbasha
Made-to-measure womenswear brand NUMARI pops up in Old Town this Thursday. Photograph via Facebook.

Numari Trunk Show at Bishop

As part of Old Town’s Boutiques Up Late series, locally based womenswear brand Numari pops up at Bishop for a trunk show this week. The brand, which specializes in made-to-measure dresses, is normally sold online only, so here’s your chance to be fitted in-person into perfectly flattering frocks. Thursday 3 to 8. 815 King St., Alexandria.

Cocktails in the Courtyard at Shoe Hive

Don’t have happy hour plans Thursday? Drop by the beloved shoe shop to enjoy cocktails in its charming courtyard while perusing the designs of accessories brand Cinco Powell. Attendees will score 20 percent off Cinco Powell items, such as monogrammed necklaces and tassel handbags. Thursday 6 to 8. 127 S. Fairfax St., Alexandria.

Sara Campbell Grand Opening Party

The girly, made-in-USA fashion label kicks off the opening of its new Old Town location this week with an in-store celebration, at which Sara Campbell herself will be in attendance. Drop by the brand new boutique—you’ll be able to spot it by its black-and-white stripes—to enjoy a glass of wine or a morning cup of coffee and small bites. Guests will earn 15 percent off all purchases. Thursday 5:30 to 8:30, Friday 10 to 1. 320 Prince St., Alexandria.

Kevyn Aucoin Makeovers at Bellacara

Artists from the iconic makeup brand will set up shop at this Old Town beauty staple this weekend, offering one-on-one makeover sessions for boutique-goers. Be sure to call the shop (703-299-9652) ahead of time to make an appointment, as slots are limited. The $45 fee is redeemable for product in-store, and gifts will also be given with purchases. Saturday 10 to 6. 1000 King St., Alexandria.

Fashion Fights Poverty at Green Festival DC

The local installation of America’s largest sustainability-focused event, taking place this weekend at the Convention Center, will feature a style-packed runway show dubbed Fashion Fights Poverty, displaying the designs of ethical and eco-concious fashion labels. Stick around after the show to learn more about the labels at the booth labeled “Fashionably Green.” Tickets ($10 to $25) to the festival are available online. All day Saturday and Sunday. 801 Mount Vernon Pl., NW.

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Your guide to the week’s most stylish events. By Diana Elbasha
A glimpse of what you may be able to take home from The Glossarie’s anniversary party on Saturday. Photograph via Instagram.

Poor Little It Girl x Lucky at Frye

Backed by the girly glossy, Poor Little It Girl’s Cathy Anderson hosts a celebration this week at Frye’s new-ish Georgetown flagship. Shop the just-launched spring and summer collections at the purveyor of iconic leather goods, while enjoying music, refreshments, and special in-store offers. Wednesday 7 to 9. 1066 Wisconsin Ave., NW. 

MAC’s “Alluring Aquatic” Makeup Event

Specializing in edgy, studio makeup, artists from MAC will be on site at Nordstrom in Pentagon City this week to show you how to master some tricky, summer beauty trends, like incorporating seasonally appropriate colors into your look. For a one-on-one session with a pro, drop by the MAC counter at Nordy’s to book an appointment. Thursday through Saturday, 10 to 6. 1400 S. Hayes St., Arlington. 

Splash Into Summer at the Pink Palm

Here’s some motivation to plan a sunny getaway: At the Pink Palm’s Old Town store this week, score a slew of beach-appropriate goodies with all purchases. Receive a Lilly printed lip balm with any purchase, portable speakers when you spend $250, two printed towels when you spend $500, and a gratis cooler if you rack up $1,000 of merch. All day Thursday through Monday. 1123 King St., Alexandria.

The Glossarie’s Five-Year Anniversary

Join local blogger Lara Ramos of The Glossarie at Bluemercury this weekend for a beauty-filled party in celebration of her popular blog’s fifth anniversary. The free event will feature makeovers, mini facials, and more beauty treatments, which you can enjoy while noshing on cupcakes and cocktails. Don’t miss Ramos’ hand-picked sample bar, too—at which you could take home some deluxe products to try for yourself. RSVP to bluemercury@brandlinkdcrsvp.com. Saturday 5 to 8. 11945 Grand Commons Ave., Fairfax. 

Posted at 05:43 PM/ET, 05/19/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()
Your guide to the week’s most stylish events. By Diana Elbasha
Local jewelry boutique Alex & Ani will donate a portion of its sales Tuesday to nonprofit They Serve 2. Photograph via Alex & Ani.

Alex & Ani’s Charmed by Charity Event

Ward off shoppers’ guilt this week by picking up some goodies at this Georgetown jewelry boutique: For an entire evening, 15 percent of the store’s proceeds will be donated to They Serve 2, a nonprofit organization devoted to improving the lives of military families. E-mail staceylindsey@hotmail.com to RSVP. Tuesday 6 to 9. 3068 M St., NW.

Rebecca Minkoff x DL1961 Trunk Show

Need a way to wait out traffic during your commute home this week? In search of a new handbag or perfectly fitting denim? Drop by Emily Grace boutique in Potomac this week to see the latest designs of Rebecca Minkoff and DL1961, discounted by 10 percent for the duration of the two-day event. Additional deals will be available upon walk-in. Wednesday and Thursday 10 to 6. 12525 Park Potomac Ave., Potomac.

American Icons Launch Party at Macy’s

Macy’s Metro Center hosts a three-tiered event this week to celebrate some of America’s most iconic styles. On the main floor, guests can enjoy a footwear presentation (and snag a free gift with a $50 shoe purchase), while men’s styles will be in the spotlight upstairs. RSVP online. Thursday 5:30 to 7:30. 1201 G St., NW. 

Monika Chiang Pop-Up Shop

Cohosted by Be Loud Be You’s Krystin Hargrove, this Chinatown pop-up shop showcases the designs of New York-based label Monika Chiang. Enjoy complimentary wine and small treats while shopping the designer’s collection at up to 90 percent off. RSVP onlineThursday and Friday 6:30 to 9:30, and Saturday noon to 3. 702 H St., NW.

Beauty Trend Day at Nordstrom

This weekend marks the return of Nordstrom’s beauty trend day, at which guests have the chance to mingle with makeup and skin-care experts, receive beauty consultations, and get a first look at the season’s latest trends in a high-energy runway show. Purchase a $20 ticket, redeemable toward a cosmetics purchase during the event, at any Nordy’s beauty counter. Bonus: Guests will leave with a gratis tote bag. Saturday 8 to 7. 8075 Tysons Corner Ctr., McLean. 

Posted at 04:05 PM/ET, 05/13/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()
Your guide to the week’s most stylish events. By Diana Elbasha
Shop the latest jewelry collections of Anna Beck (top row) and Sophie Blake during their pop-ups in DC this week.

Three-Day Spree at Neiman Marcus

As part of its ongoing First Call sale, which offers up to 40 percent off upscale merch through May 13, Neiman Marcus has set aside three days of extra savings at its Tysons Galleria outpost. Head to the store through Thursday to enjoy nearly half off rarely discounted designer items. 10 to 9 Tuesday through Thursday. 2255 International Dr., McLean. 

Urban Chic's 10-Year Anniversary Party

The owners of the girly Georgetown staple want to thank you for ten years of support. In celebration of the big birthday, cocktails will be served at a party in-store, along with a Nival Salon lip bar, sweets, a slew of trunk shows, and gift bags with purchases of $100 or more.  Thursday 6 to 9. 1626 Wisconsin Ave., NW. 

Sophie Blake Trunk Show at the W

Local jewelry designer and recent FGI Rising Stars award winner Sophie Blake—whose pieces have been featured in Vogue, Elle, and InStyle—this week showcases her new summer collection at the W Hotel’s Living Room space. The new line, dubbed Oasis, is laden with vintage stones, chains, and glass from as early as the 1930s. The trunk show kicks off with an opening celebration Wednesday evening, followed by an extended, shoppable showing all day Thursday. RSVP to whappenings@brandlinkdcrsvp.com. Opening party Wednesday 5 to 10, shoppable showing Thursday 10 to 7. 515 15th St., NW. 

Boutique Block Party in Old Town

As part of its Boutiques Up Late event, the Old Town Boutique District is celebrating one of its streets per week beginning Thursday with in-store events and promotions. This week’s block of choice is Upper King Street between Harvard and Henry streets, which means such shops as Red Barn Mercantile, Fibre Space, and Potomac Bead Company will host cocktail parties, sales, and giveaways all day. Thursdays through early June. Old Town.

Girls’ Night Out at South Moon Under

Designer Becky Hosmer of Anna Beck Jewelry will make an appearance at South Moon Under’s Clarendon location this week, showcasing her Bali-inspired line beloved by such celebs as Cameron Diaz and Jessica Alba. Cohosted by local blogger Meaghan Moynahan of District Sparkle, the event offers gift bags for the first 50 guests, 20 percent off all purchases, mini Butter London manicures, and more. Friday 6 to 8. 2700 Clarendon Blvd., Arlington.

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Your guide to the week's most stylish events. By Diana Elbasha
It's a great week for eveningwear enthusiasts. Above: Veronica dress by RAYAN; Flavia clutches by Edie Parker.

Beauty Night Out

The Style & Image Network brings its annual beauty extravaganza back to Long View Gallery this week. The event, hosted by celebrity stylist James Cornwell, brings together nearly 15 area salons and boutiques for an evening of pampering—think makeup and skin-care consultations, manicures, and spa treatments over cocktails—and guests can take home a gift bag packed with goodies from Kiehl’s, Shobha, and more. Tickets ($19 to $35) are available via Gilt CityTuesday 5 to 9:30. 1234 Ninth St., NW.

Boutiques Up Late in Old Town

Ever felt disappointed to find your favorite boutiques closed after a retail-therapy-necessitating workday? The Old Town Boutique District wants to help. This week, it launches Boutiques Up Late, in which participating shops such as Bellacara, Bishop, and more will keep their doors open until 8 every Thursday through July 31. See the district’s website for a full list of shopsThursdays through July 31. Old Town.

Maison de Mode Pop-Up at the Capella

Stocked with ethically made apparel and accessories hand-picked by tastemaker Amanda Hearst, the Maison de Mode traveling boutique makes a four-day stop in Washington this week. Stop by the presidential suite of Georgetown’s Capella hotel between 10 and 6 starting Thursday to peruse the collection, which features jewelry by Natalie Frigo, statement clutches by Edie Parker, and more. 10 to 6 Thursday through Monday. 1050 31st St., NW.

Studio Scene At Last Call with District Sparkle

Local fashion blogger Meaghan Moynahan of District Sparkle hosts a soiree this week at Neiman Marcus Last Call's newest Mosaic District location. Preview some of the store’s best looks for summer while enjoying sips, sweets, giveaways, and $15 off any purchase of $50 or more. Thursday 6 to 8. 2905 District Ave., Fairfax.

Rayan Pop-Up Shop on 14th Street

Gala-goers, take note: Launched by stylish Los Angeles-based sisters Nora and Nadia Rayan, the duo’s namesake label Rayan specializes in on-trend, long-sleeve eveningwear. Peruse the brand’s latest collection, City Lights—laden with elegant shimmer and flattering peplums—at a three-day trunk show in DC this week, which kicks off with a launch party Thursday. All orders placed at the pop-up will be discounted 20 percent. Friday 6 to 11 (launch party), Saturday noon to 7, Sunday 10 to 4. 1937 14th St., NW, Suite 201.

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