Winter is sticking around for a few more weeks, but we can’t help but fast-forward to the bright, breezy clothes and accessories that define spring fashion. Since it’s not quite time yet to break out the sandals and bright sundresses, we’re all about finding creative ways to add new life to a wintry wardrobe. Coming in countless shapes and hues, jeweled appliqués are a detail that fit any style—found everywhere from professional tweed Brooks Brothers tops to neon-accented River Island arm candy. Whether you want a showstopping statement piece or just a slight bit of sparkle on a work blouse, we’ve got a look for you. Click through to see 15 pieces that incorporate the detail beautifully.
Just when we thought we’d seen a glimpse of spring, gloomy weeks like this one remind us the weather isn’t going to cooperate for a little while longer. And while that means more mileage out of our favorite cozy knits and cute snow-proof accessories, it also means more damage to our skin.
Winter cold is one of the harshest elements on the skin, says Dr. Michelle Rivera, a dermatologist at Arlington Skin. As humidity drops, it becomes harder for skin to hold in moisture, breaking our body’s most powerful barrier against dryness and skin diseases. But just because spring doesn’t want to show its face yet, it doesn’t mean yours has to suffer. Read on for Dr. Rivera’s tips for keeping your skin soft, clear, and hydrated in the cold—and for a glowy touch, try topping off your routine with one of our favorite highlighters.
1) Cut back on strong products.
“During the wintertime it is important to cut back on Retin-A anti-aging products—use them less often or at a lower concentration. Sometimes I tell patients to dilute the medicine with a bland moisturizer such as Cetaphil. It’s important to cut back on skin exfoliation. Both of these treatments strip the dead skin cell layer, thereby compromising the skin barrier more. Look for products that contain ceramides, hyaluronic acid, glycerin, and dimethicone, which are molecules that attract and hold water in the skin. This helps restore the barrier. In general you should avoid 24-hour lipsticks, as these dry out the lips.”
In search of a custom suit for less? Here’s how you can get one: Starting next Thursday, the affordable made-to-measure suiting brand Indochino returns for another ten-day pop-up shop at LivingSocial’s 918 F Street venue.
Experts from the Canadian-born brand will be on site from 8 to 8 each day to take guests’ measurements and style full looks using pieces from Indochino’s new spring line, which includes 11 new suits with lighter fabrics and tons of new color, monogram, lapel, and vent options. Casual pieces, such as the brand’s best-selling chambray (in seven shades!), will also be available at the pop-up. Suits start at the comparatively low price of $449 and arrive at your doorstep within six weeks of ordering.
Appointments are available in 15-minute intervals, and anyone who books online will score a free dress shirt with any suit purchase.
Indochino. 8 to 8, March 6-16. 918 F St., NW.
Zoe’s Oscars Celebration
Beginning Monday, the Alexandria boutique honors the Oscars with a week full of sales, contests, and more. Score 20 percent off pieces inspired by Oscar-nominated movies—American Hustle-esque wrap dresses, for example—and win a Mack & Jane cuff by telling Zoe what actor should star in a movie about your life. Visit the store's Facebook page for daily updates. Through March 2. 130 S. Union St., Alexandria.
Spring Preview + Pop-up Gallery at Frye
Get an exclusive first look at Frye’s spring boots and accessories while viewing works of art at the store’s latest pop-up-gallery, showcasing the talents of fashion photographer Jerry Buttles. Enjoy cocktails by Green Hat and live music by U.S. Royalty’s John Thornley while you shop. RSVP to email@example.com. Wednesday 6:30 to 8:30. 1066 Wisconsin Ave., NW.
Of Mercer Launch Party
Refinery29’s Holly Thomas hosts a party at Urban Chic Wednesday in celebration of just-launched women’s apparel brand Of Mercer. The locally born label specializes in workwear, and will be available for purchase at the event while you enjoy cocktails, light bites, and more. RSVP required, and the first 100 guests take home a gift bag. Wednesday 7 to 10. 1626 Wisconsin Ave., NW.
Bluemercury Fairfax Grand Opening Party
The high-end, DC-born beauty boutique celebrates the opening of its ninth area location at Fairfax Corner with a party this week, serving Champagne and cupcakes alongside makeovers and mini M-61 facials. There will also be giveaways throughout the evening and deluxe swag bags for the first 100 guests. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thursday 6 to 8. 11945-C Grand Commons Ave., Fairfax.
SJP Shoe Collection Launch
The highly anticipated, Carrie Bradshaw-inspired shoe collection designed by Sarah Jessica Parker launches at the Pentagon City and Tysons Corner Nordstrom stores this week. If you’re planning to shop online—the line becomes available at 3 AM Friday—follow our pointers on mastering high-demand collab shopping. Otherwise, get to stores early and expect to see some of the whimsical designs on eBay within a few days. From 3 AM Friday. 1400 S. Hayes St., Arlington; 8075 Tysons Corner Center, McLean.
With half the town hunkered down binge-watching the second season of House of Cards (Shop Around included), there’s been endless chatter about the show’s mind-boggling plotlines and anticipation for season three. But now it’s time to address a vital component to said plot: the wardrobes. Specifically, the sleek, designer-laden closet of Claire Underwood.
While Claire’s morality gets mixed views, one thing is certain: She looks, at all times, indisputably powerful. Her polished yet feminine wardrobe paired with unfailing poise catches our attention episode after episode; the minor but transformative details of her clothing take the standard power suit to a very fashion-forward place. The asymmetrical neckline on her black dress in episode four, shown above, is a beautifully edgy upgrade to the LBD, while slight peplum hems add a ladylike flair to otherwise nondescript blazers and pencil skirts.
As the cost of a wash and blow-dry at area salons creeps toward to the $60 mark, the trendy (and affordable) blowout-only concept is an increasingly welcome addition to this town. And not just for the under-$40 price: The no-cut, no-color salons, furnished with luxe decor and offering Champagne and chick flicks, offer a pampering experience above that of a standard cuttery.
Which is why we’re thrilled that Washington’s about to get two more: Blo, a chic blow-dry bar with outposts as far as Moscow, will open locations this year in Dupont Circle and Gaithersburg. The DC location marks the second salon of its kind downtown—the first, Blowout Bar, sits at 21st and L streets, Northwest; the Gaithersburg location will be the Maryland suburb’s first. Georgetown, Bethesda, and Reston are home to similar concepts Drybar and Flow.
Blo—popular in New York, Miami, and Beverly Hills—offers a menu of styles ranging from red-carpet waves to edgy fishtail braids for a flat fee of $40. Add ons, like deep-conditioning treatments and extensions, are just a few bucks more. Also on the menu is something we haven’t seen before: a service for men that includes a wash, dry, and 20-minute head massage for $21, somewhat dubiously dubbed the “Blo Bro.”
While exact opening dates have not yet been determined, a rep tells us to expect the Dupont locale within the next three months; Gaithersburg will follow later in the year. We’re keeping a watchful eye on the spaces in the meantime and studying up on our “Blocabulary.”
Blo. 2127 P St., NW; 317 Ellington Blvd., Gaithersburg.
DC Fashion Week Shows
Monday marked the start of DC’s biannual fashion week, which brings together local and international emerging designers for seven days of parties, presentations, and runway shows. Some events, like a fashion industry mixer on Thursday, are free and open to the public, while the most in-demand shows—like the popular international couture collections showcase —require tickets. See the full schedule of events online. Through Sunday. Multiple area locations.
Clothing Swap at Mellow Mushroom
The Adams Morgan pizza shop’s second annual clothing swap, benefiting Martha’s Table, returns this week. Bring gently used clothing to trade in the item-for-item swap, but don’t worry if your items aren’t picked up—Mellow Mushroom will donate all unexchanged pieces to the local nonprofit. There’ll also be pizza (of course), as well as snacks from ScratchDC and $3 beers from Atlas Brew Works and 3 Star Brewing Company. Wednesday 5:30 to 8:30. 2436 18th St., NW.
Retailers are trickling in to the much-talked-about CityCenterDC—and, following this week’s announcement, it seems the shopping portion of the development is leaning increasingly accessories-heavy. A spokesperson for Longchamp tells us the luxe French label, best known for its signature Le Pliage totes, is locked down and is currently building out a space at the corner of Tenth and I streets, Northwest. The spokesperson says it’s too early in the game to project an opening date, but we’ll keep an eye on the store and update you as we collect more info.
So once again we turned to the vlogger (whose Youtube channel, Ultimakeover, boasts a whopping 112,000 subscribers) for a little Valentine’s Day help. The goal: a romantic look that’s special enough for a date—without being over the top.
Ashley delivered with this video made just for Shop Around. Check it out below, and follow the eight easy steps—using a skin-perfecting base and a subtle yet stunning palette of shimmering neutrals—to create the perfect date-night makeup.