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.
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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.
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.
7 for All Mankind
Up to 60 percent off a huge selection of men's and women's apparel.
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.
25 percent off all full-priced purchases with code LABORDAY. Extra 50 percent off sale items.
Online. Through Monday.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.”
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.
1) Eye Spy
Chanel emerald sunglasses, at Bloomingdale’s (Chevy Chase), $340.
2) Off the Cuff
Kara by Kara Ross Baby Shirt Cuff with hunter-green lizard and malachite, at Julia Farr (5232 44th St., NW; 202-364-3277), $235.
3) Black and Blue
“Royal” necklace by Kate Spade, at Bloomingdale’s (Chevy Chase), $198.
4) Bootie Beauty
See by Chloé cobalt-blue suede booties, at Giutzy.com, $350.
5) Go Green
“Pietra Doro” emerald-green earrings by Tory Burch, at Tory Burch (Tysons Galleria), $195
This article appears in the October 2012 issue of The Washingtonian.