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We found the wallet-friendly alternatives of designer splurges. By Kate Bennett
Photograph of Valentino sandals by Jeff Elkins

“My Way” watch, at Neiman Marcus

Kate Spade New York
“Metro Grand” pavé watch, at Bloomingdale’s

Burberry London
Camel cotton-twill trench, at

Beige trench coat, at H&M

“Rockstud 1973” sandal,at Hu’s Shoes (Georgetown)

Trina Turk
“Titus” thong sandal, at Nordstrom

Butterfly-sleeve dress in fuchsia, at Nordstrom

Jersey dress in pink, at H&M

Victoria Beckham
Asymmetric wrap-effect crepe dress, at

Rebecca Taylor
Double-face jersey dress in chalk, at

Aviator Flash Lenses in violet mirror, at Sunglass Hut

“Metal Brow” aviator sunglasses, at Topshop

Max Mara
“Zoe” leather envelope clutch, at Max Mara (Tysons Galleria)

J. Crew
“Parker” leather cross-body bag, at J. Crew

This article appears in our March 2015 issue of Washingtonian.

Posted at 12:28 PM/ET, 03/16/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
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 ()
Plus—tips on how to style them from two local experts. By Kate Bennett, Irina Grechko
Photographs by Jeff Elkins.

1. In Bloom: “Kaleidoscope” floral barrel tote, at Henri Bendel (Tysons Galleria), $398.

2. Go for the Bold: Enamel and gold-plated “Mod Floral” earrings, at Kate Spade, $78.

3. Sneak Attack: Givenchy “Rose Camouflage” sneakers, at Hu’s Shoes (3005 M St., NW; 202-342-0202), $570.

4. Petal to the Metal: “Daisy” bracelet, at Talbots, $50.

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Posted at 02:15 PM/ET, 03/26/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()
And it could be yours for just $14,225. By Diana Elbasha
A rare Hermès Togo Birkin tote (actual bag shown above) is for sale on Current Boutique's website. Photograph courtesy of Current Boutique.

In a goldmine moment for consignment, the local Current Boutique has just snagged one of fashion’s hottest commodities: an Hermès Birkin bag.

Hand-sewn in France and available only at Hermès boutiques and through personal shoppers—often with significant wait times—the Birkin bag was created and named by Jean-Louis Dumas for ’80s It-girl Jane Birkin. It’s notorious for being one of the world’s priciest, most sought-after accessories, priced up to the hundreds of thousands for the most luxurious options. This particular bag, a 35-centimeter Togo Birkin tote, retails for about $20,000.

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Posted at 09:45 AM/ET, 03/21/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()
A massive list of the best money-saving deals this weekend. By Diana Elbasha
On a budget? This weekend is one of the best times of the year to shop for less. Photograph via Shutterstock.

7 for All Mankind

Up to 60 percent off a huge selection of men's and women's apparel.

Online. Ongoing.

Ann Taylor

Buy one item, get a second at half off.

Online and in stores; multiple area locations. Ongoing.


20 percent off full-price items.

Online. Friday through Monday.


Major discounts on already-reduced jewelry: use code SUMMER25 for 25 percent off two items, SUMMER30 for 30 percent off three items, or SUMMER35 for 35 percent off four or more.

Online. Through Monday.


20 to 65 percent off a huge selection of apparel, accessories, shoes, fine jewelry, and home items at the annual Big Brown Bag sale.

Online and in stores; Mazza Gallerie, Chevy Chase; Tysons Corner Center, McLean.

C. Wonder

25 percent off all full-priced purchases with code LABORDAY. Extra 50 percent off sale items.

Online. Through Monday.

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Posted at 02:10 PM/ET, 08/29/2013 | Permalink | Comments ()
Printed pants are everywhere—and a solid choice for summer. By Kate Bennett, Irina Grechko

Sadiki Harriott and Tony Gyepi-Garbrah. Photograph by Jeff Elkins.

It’s not that IT professionals and part-time bloggers Sadiki Harriott and Tony Gyepi-Garbrah don’t appreciate Washington’s conservative fashion sense—it’s that they ignore it.

“I like to push past my comfort zone in terms of how I dress,” says Gyepi-Garbrah, far right, whose vintage checkered suit was passed down from his father. “DC is very structured, and I like to break structure.”

Harriott and Gyepi-Garbrah’s blog, Gentlemen’s Brim, is a seemingly disparate blend of their love for custom motorcycles and eclectic, dapper style, but the duo make the topics mingle in a fashionable way, much as they do the colors, textures, and bold prints in their wardrobes.

“Once I got over the fear of what people might think about what I wear, my style became fluid,” says Harriott, shown wearing his own Zara pants and jacket, Thomas Pink shirt, and Prada shoes. He says his mix-and-match aesthetic is often inspired by interior design: “Start with the print you want to be the focus and complement it.

“If you’re new to wearing patterned pants, opt for a solid shirt,” says Harriott, who also suggests starting with the colorful plaids at J. Crew—and wearing them with confidence. “You will ooze ‘what the heck did I wear?’ if you do not sell the look to yourself prior to going out.”

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Posted at 11:45 AM/ET, 07/17/2013 | Permalink | Comments ()
How to prevent makeup from melting, hair from frizzing, and skin from burning. (Sunscreen is just the beginning.) By Diana Elbasha

Summer is the most complicated time of year for hair and skin. Especially this year, where we all but skipped the breezy spring temps and went straight into sweltering heat, humidity has become the arch-nemesis of all things beauty-related—after just a few minutes outdoors, our freshly made-up faces turn to oil slicks and our blow-dried hair to frizz. Upgrade your beauty routine with these fail-proof products and kiss the summertime beauty blues goodbye.

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Posted at 02:30 PM/ET, 05/31/2013 | Permalink | Comments ()
With summer around the corner, our favorite warm weather neutral takes center stage. By Kate Bennett, Irina Grechko

Click through the gallery to view our picks from the May 2013 issue of Washingtonian.

Posted at 12:30 PM/ET, 05/09/2013 | Permalink | Comments ()
We’ve got the scoop on our soon-to-open neighbor. By Diana Elbasha
Blowout Bar will open this Saturday at 2134 L Street. Photograph by Diana Elbasha.

The problem with getting a blowout in Washington is that if you work downtown, there’s some travel involved—unlike our Virginia, MoCo, and Georgetown neighbors, we don’t have the convenience of a standalone blow-dry salon in our ’hood. That is, until this weekend.

Look out for Blowout Bar, a chic blow-dry concept opening Saturday near Foggy Bottom (just blocks from our office!). In addition to five blowout styles—including Lola (meaning straight with body) and Stella (Hollywood waves)—at a flat rate of $35, the salon will offer updos, conditioning treatments, and house calls.

The girly, blowout-only concept is hardly new to the area. In January, we told you about Reston’s FLOW, and a few months earlier Drybar made its Washington debut—but as far as we know, Blowout Bar is the first of its kind to open downtown.

And it’s already gotten tons of excitement: In its two weeks on Twitter, the salon has already earned 22,000 followers, so our guess is the appointments will fill up super quickly. Luckily, as of today, you can book one online.

Additional opening info has been pretty hush-hush so far, but stay tuned—we’re on top of it.

Blowout Bar. 2134 L St., NW; 202-290-2109. Opens Saturday, March 30.

Posted at 01:30 PM/ET, 03/26/2013 | Permalink | Comments ()
Day to night, these watches are perfect for Washington’s busy and stylish male professionals. Plus—two locals with serious collections. By Kate Bennett
Photograph by Jeff Elkins.

Photograph by Jeff Elkins.

Jay Rosenberg

Rosenberg, CEO of Rosenberg Media, matches his watch to his day: a fancy watch for a big business meeting, a plainer option for a casual appointment, diamonds for a special night out. “I learned that to be successful, one needs to look successful,” he says, “so I bit the bullet and fell in love with fine timepieces.” Rosenberg owns about 25 rare and expensive watches, amassed over the past 20 years.

Photographs by Jeff Elkins.

1. Rolex Datejust, $35,000
“My first fine watch,” says Rosenberg, who added pavé diamonds to the links and the bezel. Another Rolex he owns, the Tridor Day-Date, has ten diamonds on the dial and retails for $63,700.

2. Hublot Big Bang, $33,200
Rosenberg bought the Big Bang—a favorite of celebrities and athletes—for its fusion of materials: rose gold, titanium, ceramic, and rubber: “It’s an A-list watch.” He’s also a fan of its enormous size.

3. Chronographe Suisse, $5,000
This vintage pre-World War II model, made of solid gold, is extremely rare and holds sentimental value: “It was given to me by my father before he passed away.”

4. Cartier Roadster, $13,000
The yellow-gold-and-steel construction and the shape remind Rosenberg of iconic Cartier timepieces of the early 20th century: “This is a great choice for the businessman with style and a sense of place.”

Photograph by Jeff Elkins.

Ismail Tekin

A hairstylist for 24 years, nine of those at George at the Four Seasons salon, Tekin works in a profession where personal style is encouraged. Born and raised in Turkey, he says his desire for hip and contemporary watches is a reflection of the American dream: “If you want it, and are willing to work for it, you can make it happen.”

Photographs by Jeff Elkins.

1. Invicta, $1,200
“I was browsing online, and from just one picture I wanted this on my arm,” says Tekin, who, unlike Rosenberg, tends to buy watches on the spur of the moment.

2. Cartier Roadster, $7,400
He bought this classic while in the Cayman Islands after a failed relationship: “Ironically, it will last through the years and be a faithful companion.”

3. Breitling, $4,000
Tekin was drawn to this watch’s bold and sporty feel. “It was my Singapore fling,” he says of the impulsive purchase.

4. TW Steel CEO Collection, $600
Tekin spotted this in Jamaica: “I was relaxed and having fun. This watch says relaxed and fun to me.”

This article appears in the February 2013 issue of The Washingtonian.

Posted at 04:00 PM/ET, 02/11/2013 | Permalink | Comments ()