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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.


Asos

20 percent off full-price items.

Online. Friday through Monday.


Baublebar

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.


Bloomingdale’s

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 ()
Add these essentials to your wardrobe for easy summer-to-fall fashion. By Michelle Thomas

Listen: We are aware that it is still a million degrees out—and humid, too. But as the long-awaited September issues start showing up in mailboxes, it’s almost impossible not to begin fantasizing about fab fall fashion. Though it’s still way too early to deck yourself in leather and layer to your stylish heart’s desire, there are some key tricks to making it feel like you’re getting in on the fall fashion action while remaining weather-appropriate. Technique number one? An arsenal of pieces that lend your look that fall vibe via silhouette, detailing, or print but are lightweight and airy enough to don while the warmth is still waning. Read on for the five transitional items you’ll want to add to your wardrobe ASAP.

The Cutout (or Lace-Up, or Peep-Toe) Bootie
Trade your barely there sandals for a bootie—the shape lends the illusion of fall, while cutout, lace-up, and peep-toe styles keep you cool. This swoonworthy take involves a two-toned palette, a trendy pointed toe, and stingray texturing. Rebecca Minkoff Derea bootie, $395 at Shopbop.

Also try: Schutz’s camel leather lace-up ($195), Steven’s sleek cutout booties ($139), or Paul Andrew Pegasus peep-toe booties ($1,045).

The Vest
It adds some fall-ready structure sans too much weight (or warmth). Pick one that features crisp tailoring or interesting texture, like this knit Zara version. Combined waistcoat with zip detailing, $89.90 at Zara.

Also try: Madewell’s ivory tux vest ($138) or Gryphon’s beaded-shoulder twill vest ($290)

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Posted at 02:55 PM/ET, 08/21/2013 | Permalink | Comments ()
The owner of Stylish Patina shares her secrets for curating an amazing vintage-modern home. By Michelle Thomas
The Rough Luxe Market kicks off this weekend. Photographs courtesy of Stylish Patina.

Kelly Millspaugh Thompson has an eye for vintage. As the owner of the Falls Church furniture and decor shop Stylish Patina, she hunts down no-longer-loved old furniture and puts her magic spin on reworking each piece. The result? A collection of one-of-a-kind vintage finds sure to inspire instant home envy.

Stylish Patina owner Kelly Millspaugh Thompson.

This weekend—after years of hosting monthly barn sales in Frederick—Thompson launches a new curated market in Falls Church that she’s dubbed the Rough Luxe Marketplace. Expect a covetable mix of charming old finds, including rustic barn doors, elegant antique settees, raw pieces ready for a DIY, newly upholstered wing chairs, old books, vintage china, retro suitcases, refreshed tables, dresses, and other furnishings, and lots, lots more. This month features a Great Gatsby theme, spotlighting such glam ’20s-esque motifs as gold accents, jet black furniture, and glittering chandeliers.

So now we’ve sold you on your weekend plans. Next step: How exactly does Thompson do it? We checked in with the vintage master for her expert tips on creating your own vintage-fab home. Read on for her secrets, then click through the gallery to get a sneak peek at some of the fab finds available at this weekend’s market.

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Posted at 12:50 PM/ET, 06/19/2013 | Permalink | Comments ()
Don’t leave town without these 10 must-haves. By Michelle Thomas

Perhaps you’re heading to the shore this weekend. (Lucky you!) But even if you’re sticking around the city for a little staycation, chances are good you’ll be beaching it at some point this summer. Don’t let packing stress keep you from beach-zone Zen. Follow our guide to making sure you have the essentials covered—throw in a good book and some SPF, and you’re relaxation bound.

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Posted at 02:45 PM/ET, 05/23/2013 | Permalink | Comments ()
The Virginia-based designer shares her insider secrets for selecting the perfect suit. By Michelle Thomas
Two images from Karla Colletto's latest lookbook. Photograph by Lyall Aston, courtesy of Karla Colletto Swimwear.

Swimwear designer Karla Colletto at her brand's Vienna headquarters. Photograph by Andrew Propp.

Searching for the elusive flattering swimsuit isn’t exactly the stuff of shopping dreams. It’s right up there with jean shopping and bra finding—which is to say discouraging and sometimes downright miserable. But it shouldn’t have to be, right? There must be a better way.

That’s why we called upon Karla Colletto. With more than 25 years of swimwear design experience under her belt, the Vienna-based designer—whose pieces are sold at such luxe retailers as Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, and Net-a-Porter—creates inventive, sophisticated swimsuits that pair cutouts, futuristic fabrics, and whimsical detailing with top-level technical construction. Because you can’t bring Colletto herself along on your next swimsuit shopping mission, we present the next best thing: her secrets to finding the perfect piece.

1) Look for exceptional customer service.
First things first. “Before you even get to the suit, you need to choose a store that has good customer service,” Colletto says. “If they’re knowledgable, they can really help you choose the most flattering style for your body type.”

2) Focus on finding the correct fit.
What that doesn’t mean is agonizing over the size on the tag. It’s just not accurate. “I think women have to understand that the sizing for suits isn’t always the same,” says Colletto. “Keep an open mind and try different sizes. Each brand might run differently. It’s best to not fret about the size itself but focus on how the suit fits you. And it should fit like a glove. There shouldn’t be any bagging or straining. It should feel comfortable both lengthwise and around. And think about what kind of support you want to have in that fit. If you are large-busted, maybe you want to have an underwire to keep a nice body shape.”

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Posted at 02:15 PM/ET, 05/16/2013 | Permalink | Comments ()
Here’s what you should look for to give your spring wardrobe an instant lift. By Michelle Thomas

We’re not going to tell you to buy a white tee and a pair of perfectly fitted skinny jeans, because: duh. Why is every “essentials” list stocked with boring basics you already have? We don’t know, but we’re here to remedy that: Here are the eight style musts to mix in for the ultimate so-right-now spring wardrobe. Get one of each, and give your style an instant upgrade. You’re welcome.

1. A Sharp, Structured Jacket
This is a way chicer approach to battling overzealous AC than a ho-hum cardi. Look for a jacket with a sleek, futuristic silhouette—that means shoulder pads, some killer draping, and a slim-yet-sculpted shape.
Helmut Lang Sugar Combo jacket, $575 at Intermix.

2. A Chambray Shirt
Ok, this one isn’t so new, exactly. But still, this is an über-versatile piece every style-savvy girl should have sitting in her closet. The laid-back workhorse pairs with everything from a pleated chiffon maxi skirt to sleek leather short-shorts. It’s a must.
Perfect chambray ex-boyfriend shirt in Ferrous Wash, $69.50 at Madewell.

3. Leather Shorts
And speaking of leather shorts: Get yourself a pair. Wear them with everything, just like you would jean shorts. Lather, rinse, repeat.
Premium leather shorts, $130 at Topshop.

4. The Statement Collar Necklace
We love the dramatic punch of a major statement necklace, and the latest versions sit right at the collarbone for face-framing perfection. Mix yours with this year’s florals and stripes for a modern take.
Dannijo Zinnia necklace, $612 at Shopbop.

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Posted at 01:45 PM/ET, 04/03/2013 | Permalink | Comments ()
We’re using these to keep lists, check sales, and find unique gifts. By Sarah Zlotnick

Hukkster 

This is basically Pinterest with discount alerts. You “hukk” items just like you pin them, and can organize them into lists (boards). The major perk, though, is that Hukkster will send you e-mail notifications when an item you’ve hukked gets discounted. The service doesn’t work with smaller e-tailers, but it is on Target, Shopbop, Asos, Nordstrom, Macy’s, J.Crew, Zappos, Anthropologie, Bloomie’s, Gap, Banana Republic, Urban Outfitters, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Piperlime. Boom! Gone are the days of incessantly checking to see if that Rebecca Minkoff clutch you’re getting your little sis has been knocked down a few dollars.

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Posted at 02:50 PM/ET, 12/06/2012 | Permalink | Comments ()
Impress your boyfriend, your brother, and the rest of the guys on your list with these 11 beyond-the-obvious shopping destinations. By Sarah Zlotnick

Canoe 

Got a guy who likes to cook? This Portland-based shop boasts what may be the manliest kitchen supplies we’ve seen. And the options don’t end there—office supplies, personal accessories, and even home decor are all infused with a spare, no-nonsense aesthetic.

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Posted at 09:20 AM/ET, 11/20/2012 | Permalink | Comments ()
Hint: Most of them are happening in the suburbs, and some start as early as 9 PM Thursday. By Sarah Zlotnick
Photograph courtesy of Shutterstock.

Ah, Black Friday—love it or hate it, it’s the biggest retail holiday of the year, and it’s not going anywhere. In fact, this year, it’s creeping into Thanksgiving proper, with a few local shopping outlets opening on Thursday. Here’s the skinny on what’s going to be happening in the major shopping malls and neighborhoods in the area. If you’re planning on sticking to the District, take note—many stores and small boutiques have opted to not hold special sales this year, citing out-of-town customers and the mass exodus to suburban malls. Here’s a list of the specials deals you will find happening around town. Be sure to check back—many stores don’t decide their sales until a few days before, so we’ll update accordingly.

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Posted at 01:00 PM/ET, 11/19/2012 | Permalink | Comments ()
You know Forever 21, NastyGal, and ModCloth—now get to scrolling on the next set of affordable fashion sites. By Sarah Zlotnick

A-Thread

If Forever 21 grew up, snagged an entry-level job, and got seriously edited, it’d probably look a lot like A-Thread. We keep coming back for plenty of colorful, full-coverage options that will be fun on the weekends and quirky-cool in the workplace (case in point: this metallic sweater and this watercolor skirt). Most pieces range from $25 to $70.

11 under-the-radar shopping sites.

Posted at 09:35 AM/ET, 09/18/2012 | Permalink | Comments ()