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You don't have to be miserable, even during a DC summer. By Caroline Cunningham
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It’s a given fact that if you ride the Metro in DC, you complain about the Metro in DC. But even though the trains break down or have delays and sometimes individual cars aren’t air conditioned and the platforms are sauna-like, you don’t have to leave it up to Metro to make your commute pleasant. Here’s 12 products that will help you help yourself to enjoy that hot, crowded ride around town.

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Posted at 12:17 PM/ET, 07/28/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
A round up of the worst from the online shopping event. By Nelson Billington
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“Prime Day: It’s a day with more deals than Black Friday,” Amazon, the ecommerce behemoth triumphantly proclaimed. Beginning in the wee hours of the morning, members of Amazon’s free shipping service became eligible to purchase specially priced items timed to release throughout the day. But customers have been generally unimpressed with Amazon’s attempt at “celebrating” their twentieth anniversary.

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Posted at 03:55 PM/ET, 07/15/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
Fringe is having a moment. Here's how to incorporate the style into your day-to-day wardrobe. By Sarah Ehlen
Local blogger Sara Azani of Style MBA wears a fringe top that she picked up at H&M for $19. Photograph courtesy Sara Azani.

Feeling like fringe is everywhere these days? So do we, though after it being spotted all over the runways at New York Fashion Week, none of us should be too surprised. Though the trend may recall 1970s fashion divas or music festival style goddesses, this summer’s fringe trend has gone mainstream. Bags, sandals, skirts, jackets, and more can be found with a sliced up trim this season, bringing that laid-back, Coachella-infused look to the sidewalks of DC.

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Posted at 04:30 PM/ET, 07/06/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
Shoppers descend on the mall’s luxury goods in the weeks before the Muslim holiday. By Jennifer Barger
Mecca of luxury: A Saks pop-up at the Ritz-Carlton, stocked with Gucci and Fendi. Photo by Andrew Propp.

In her elegant purple jumpsuit, cream-colored headscarf, and kohl-ringed eyes, the young mother—trailed by three equally dressed-up children—seemed ready for a banquet or wedding. Instead, she made a beeline for the perfume department at Neiman Marcus in Tysons Galleria, spritzing on multiple fragrances before leading her brood into the bright buzz of the shopping center.

It was an early evening this May, and elsewhere around the mall, women in hijabs (pink, blue, a tie-dyed number) huddled over croissants at the French bakery Paul. They wore long, dark robes, but one of them sported a pair of robin’s-egg-blue Louboutin heels. Middle Eastern families, many with several generations present, lingered over dinner at Lebanese Taverna. Upstairs, at the posh Italian leather and fashion boutique Bottega Veneta, a dozen twentysomething men speaking Arabic picked through $2,500 leather backpacks, laughing and slinging bags on for size. The whole scene felt a little like a night out in Dubai.

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Posted at 01:44 PM/ET, 06/19/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
Spend Saturday browsing a wide selection of American-made and high-end goods. By Caroline Cunningham
Image courtesy Northern Grade.

Forget spending the weekend at the mall—this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, your shopping destination is Union Market with four pop-ups good enough to skip brunch for. To start, there’s Northern Grade, the roving pop-up that’s making an appearance in the District for the first time. This collaborative market brings American-made goods to Union Market’s Dock5, including some local retailers, such as Mutiny DC, Kicheko Goods, Gordy’s Pickle Jar, Federal, Boldfoot Socks, and Mallory Shelter Jewelry.

J.D. Ireland, the Dupont Circle interior architecture and design company, is bringing their vintage decor and mid-century home accents to the warehouses at Union Market as well, with pieces from Hemphill, Janice Goodman, D. Bryant Archie, and Julie Woolf. On Saturday and Sunday, shoppers can hunt down unique home finds, with everything from custom-made throw pillows to terrariums up for grabs.

An all-summer guest at the market is Emporium DNA Edit, which will sell the boutique’s on-trend brands—Alice & Olivia, J Brand, Parker, and Rag & Bone among them—at wallet-friendly prices. The Edit pop-up will offer their “get lucky” price for shoppers, providing up to 75 percent-off discounts.

Kit & Ace, which will have two brick and mortars in Washington within the year, is also making an appearance this weekend. Designed by the wife and son of Lululemon’s founder, the everyday luxury brand is based off of a “technical cashmere” fabric that’s more durable and washer-friendly than basic cashmere.

Union Market is located at 1309 5th St., NE. The Northern Grade pop-up will take place at Dock5, the J.D. Ireland pop-up will take place at 1270 5th St., NE, the Emporium DNA Edit pop-up will take place at 1274 5th St., NE, and the Kit & Ace pop-up will take place within Union Market.

Posted at 06:53 PM/ET, 05/27/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
Plus—tips from wedding planner Emily Butler on how to put together a pretty (and comfortable) ensemble. By Sarah Zlotnick, Caroline Cunningham
Photograph by Jeff Elkins.

The attire requests on wedding invitations run the gamut these days, and Emily Butler has seen them all. As one half of the bicoastal event planning company Karson Butler Events—which she owns with her twin sister, Amber—she has worked on more than 100 weddings in the course of her career.

When she attends a wedding as a guest, color and comfort are her main priorities—no matter the dress code. “You’ll definitely see me on the dance floor, so something that can move and allow me to have fun is a must,” she says.

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Posted at 08:00 AM/ET, 05/01/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
Shop the collections of indie New York designers and pick up some retro Pan Am bags. By Caroline Cunningham
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Shop Indie Designers at Urban Chic

This spring, Urban Chic relaunched with a new vision, featuring designers at more accessible price points. The shop is maintaining it’s new on-trend image with a trunk show of up-and-coming indie designers from New York throughout the weekend. Enjoy some gratis wine while shopping the spring collections, and enjoy 15 percent off any purchases. Urban Chic, 1626 Wisconsin Ave., NW; 202-338-5398.

Check Out Claire Florence’s Exclusive Line at M29 Lifestyle

The M29 Lifestyle boutique at Four Seasons Hotel Washington, DC launched an exclusive collection designed by Georgetown designer Claire Florence on Thursday. From tote bags to cashmere t-shirts, the collection is targeted at the boutique’s luxury customers, with prices running from $170 to $525. M29 Lifestyle, 2800 Pennsylvania Ave., NW; 202-295-2829.

Get Great Discounts on Eileen Fisher

Hit up Alexandria’s Gossypia boutique for deals on Eileen Fisher apparel. Shop the new collection for ten percent off, and nab 50 percent discounts on any Eileen Fisher sale styles. A chance to win door prizes and refreshments are also promised for those attending the shopping extravaganza. The sale runs through April 18. Gossypia, 325 Cameron St., Alexandria; 703-836-6969.

Pick Up Retro Pan Am Accessories at Acme Mid-Century + Modern

The mid-century decor and home furnishings store just got in a shipment of Pan Am bags, luggage tags, briefcases, and more. A fun accessory that’ll add a retro vibe to your look, these bags come in all shapes and sizes, they’re all marked down 15 percent. In keeping with the aviation theme, Acme is also marketing vintage airplane carts that can be used as a bar cart or makeshift kitchen island. The sale kicks off at 3 PM on Friday and runs through 5 PM on April 19. Acme Mid-Century + Modern, 218 South Royal St., Alexandria; 703-836-0333.

Posted at 11:19 AM/ET, 04/17/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
Dress like Farrah Fawcett, Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, or Marilyn Monroe for the beach. By Caroline Cunningham

On par with jean shopping, bathing suit shopping can be a pit of misery—no one wants to see that much of their untanned skin in a florescent-lit dressing room mirror. But when you’re slipping into a designer-made, movie-star-inspired suit, the process can be a bit more fun.

Everything But Water’s 30th Anniversary Collection paired big-name designers—Kate Spade, Mara Hoffman, Michael Kors, Nanette Lepore, Trina Turk, among others—with iconic movie stars as inspiration.

Take a look at some of their designs, then head to Everything But Water (Westfield Montgomery, 7101 Democracy Blvd., 301-365-0954; Tysons Corner Center, 1961 Chain Bridge Road, McLean, 703-748-1987) to shop.

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Posted at 05:43 PM/ET, 04/15/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
Carry a pop of color by your side to transition your outfits for the warmer months. By Caroline Cunningham

Washington weather hasn’t yet decided whether it’s winter or spring, and consequently we’re all caught in wardrobe limbo—wearing boots one day, open-toed sandals the next.

But even though you may not be ready to pack away all your dark winter clothes, that doesn’t mean you can’t start transitioning to spring. Pick up a new bright work tote to pair with the remnants of your winter wear, and take the first step towards a warmer, sunnier tomorrow.

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Posted at 05:05 PM/ET, 03/24/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
Sephora’s FLASH service is either very good, or very, very bad for your wallet. By Caroline Cunningham
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With services like Amazon Prime offering free two day shipping at the cost of membership, shoppers are becoming accustomed to getting their products delivered quickly and without another seven or so dollars tacked onto the price. So in January, Sephora introduced FLASH, which allows the beauty company’s customers to pay ten dollars for a membership that grants them free two-day shipping for a year.

FLASH is a product of Sephora’s Innovation Lab, a program within the company that uses the collective brainpower of Sephora employees to generate new offerings and technologies for the brand. Bridget Dolan, vice president of Innovation Lab, says that FLASH is part of an effort to make their dotcom business just as seamless and convenient as an in-store experience.

“We hope that FLASH will give our clients faster access to the products they love and meet the demands of our growing online sales,” says Dolan.

FLASH comes free for the real beauty-obsessed: Sephora’s VIB Rouge insiders who spend $1,000 or more a year on Sephora products, who are also granted access to limited-list events, new products, and complimentary services at the company Beauty Studio. But with free two-day shipping available, it may not take beauty junkies long to hit that thousand dollar mark.

Enroll for FLASH here.

Posted at 02:51 PM/ET, 03/20/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()