November 28, 2008
This just in ... get it while the shopping's good!
EXCLUSIVE SALE, DECEMBER 1: On Monday, December 1, at 8 a.m. EST, SimplySoles.com will have a super sale for 24-hours only on in-stock merchandise ordered via the internet. Free shipping on orders of $50 or more and free returns through December 24, 2008. All merchandise will be discounted 40% and quantities are limited.
The Sale Scoop:
When: Monday, December 1 starting at 8 a.m. EST and ending at 8 a.m. EST on December 2, 2008.
What: Shoppers can take 40% off the entire online store on in-stock merchandise, including sale items. Free shipping (min $50 purchase) and free returns through December 24, 2008.
Why: Because we all are looking for a great deal this holiday season.
November 27, 2008
Just in case you're browsing Deacon Does DC between bites of Turkey, we thought to add a Thanksgiving update ...
Imagine (the great Gaithersburg boutique where we found the Bailey 44 dress in our recent post) has now started e-commerce.
Be one of the first 20 shoppers to buy something at www.shopimagineclothing.com and receive 20% off your entire purchase. Excluding sale items and jewelry. Just enter start20 in the coupon code area to receive your discount at checkout.
November 26, 2008
We'll see ... has anyone actually worn this line?
November 25, 2008
The best jeans I've found in years are these "ankle cleavage" straight legs by JBrand, $176 at National Jean. They're perfect with flats, boots, or heels ...
Of course, leave any extra notes you find in the comments section below.
Starting at 12:01 AM on Friday, November 27, all clothing, gift, and accessory items purchased in DC are tax-free. Each item must cost $100 or less, but the discount still applies if the total bill is more than $100. Enjoy exemptions through midnight on Sunday, December 7.
Many Washington outlet malls offer late-night deals so that night owls can get their shopping on with exclusive savings. Check Web sites for details.
Leesburg Corner Premium Outlets
Queenstown Prime Outlets
Bethesda Row’s Best
Ginger and Urban Chic are showing true holiday spirit by offering 50 percent off their entire stores’ merchandise on Friday from 9 to 10 AM, 40 percent off from 10 AM to 1 PM, and 30 percent off on Sunday. (The deal extends to all Urban Chic locations.)
If wedding bells are in your future, don’t miss Harriet Kassman’s bridal sample sale, where sample gowns are 50 percent off beginning Friday until they are all sold.
Knock 40 percent off all fall merch at Pink Palm in McLean. Lily lovers, look out!
Montgomery County residents should stop outside Macy’s in Westfield Montgomery mall for the Healthy Back Stores’ massage-a-thon for charity, where you can nab a 15-minute massage for $5, with proceeds benefiting Toys for Tots. While you’re waiting, test out Sono Massage Chairs, a $6,000 luxury that’s sure to soothe your aching back (we can’t promise anything about the wallet, however).
Take 30 percent off all nonsale merchandise and an additional 10 percent off sale items all weekend at Old Town favorite Hysteria.
We’ve Got the (Sample Sale) Fever
Treat yourself to an extra day of discounts at the normally weekend-only Old Town boutique Treat, where customers will receive a gratis chocolate turkey with their purchase and a drawing for an additional 15 to 30 percent off the entire purchase.
Starting Friday, knock 20 percent off at Georgetown’s Wink. While you’re shopping, enjoy free cupcakes and bubbly. Plus, enjoy an exclusive trunk show by local designer Haeli Staar on Saturday and Sunday.
Take 25 percent off most merchandise at the Georgetown shoe haven Sassanova as part of its ongoing sale. Merchandise at Bethesda Row’s Little Shoe Box is also 30 percent off as part of its ongoing sale. Simply Soles also slashed 40 percent off their styles, so hie thyself to Columbia Heights as well!
At the Annapolis boutique Paradigm, where most merchandise is already less than $100, knock an extra percentage off the entire store’s merchandise, plus enjoy complimentary coffee and donuts while you shop. The store opens an hour early on Friday, at 9 AM.
Don’t Be Blue
Get 30 to 50 percent off all merchandise at the Clarendon and Reston locations of the new high-end denim boutique Farinelli’s.
Great gift cards
At HYPERLINK Imagine Boutique in Gaithersburg, enjoy two days of exclusive gift-card savings, anywhere from 5 to 20 percent depending on the amount purchased.
The mid-city area of DC (including 14th and U streets) offers a host of Black Friday steals and deals as part of its “shop local” holiday campaign. In addition to the tax holiday, here’s a sampling of the discounts:
Go Mama Go!
Shop early and save: Take 10 percent off all day and 20 percent off for shoppers in their pajamas between 7 AM and noon.
Get your pens ready! Knock 10 percent off all holiday cards.
Take 30 percent off almost everything in the store and get a free Firejewel necklace with any purchase of $200 or more.
Enjoy a miniature art opening with new works by DC artists Brian Petro and Colin Winterbottom, plus 25 percent off all giftware.
The first 11 customers get a free gift, but everyone can get 10 percent off the entire store’s merchandise. Add Home Rule to your e-mail inbox for an extra 5 percent off. Spend more than $50 and get entered in a door-prize drawing.
Take up to 50 percent off men’s and women’s apparel all day.
Take 10 percent off the entire store’s stock of local designers, plus enjoy free cookies and herbal tea.
The early bird gets the mimosa! From 10 AM to 2 PM, enjoy complimentary cocktails and gift wrapping, and get 10 percent off your entire purchase. Plus, draw from the Turkey Bowl to win up to an additional 20 percent off your entire purchase.
Don’t forget Fifi and Fido! Get a free treat for your dog or cat plus 20 percent off all toys.
Big Apple Style
Nab too-cool-for-school kicks starting at 10 AM at this huge sale.
Fall in love with designer duds from Annapolis Saucy Shoes (saucyshoes.com). It’s offering a whopping 50 percent off all shoes, boots, and sandals on Friday, plus 40 percent off for the rest of the weekend. Take 25 percent off all bags, jewelry, and accessories.
Luxe furniture and clothing boutique Muléh (muleh.com) is knocking 30 percent off all full-priced fashion from Friday through Sunday (no furniture or lighting). Plus, much of the store’s merchandse is already marked down to 40 percent off retail, final sale only.
Prepster haven Bailey’s Maryland Avenue is knocking a cool 25 percent off all merchandise, plus offering holiday nibbles and treats throughout the weekend. If you’re not coming just for the sale, don’t miss the weekendlong Elizabeth McKay trunk show!
Fourteenth Street’s fashionable Circle Boutique is knocking a hefty 55 percent off all of its merchandise on Friday, which means names such as Louis Cho and L.A.M.B. for below-wholesale prices!
Shop Terra Firma
Take 30 to 75 percent off most merchandise, including Pink Tartan, Charles & Victoria, Catherine Malandrino and Robert Rodriguez, Friday through Sunday (shopterradc.com).
Real Runway Steals
Starting Friday, get up to 40 percent off most merch at Sangaree Boutique (http://www.sangareeboutique.com) in Georgetown. Labels include Ports 1961, Tevrow and Chase, and Pink Tartan. Accessories, such as bags and jewelry, are marked down up to 20 percent.
Barney's Co-Op is marking down their ultra-chic designer duds on Friday, taking an extra percentage off already-reduced merch, plus new discounts on things like men's Prada and women's Marc by Marc Jacobs. Shop early, save much.
Queen Latifah knows how to do it right - when it comes to drinking and dining that is. We have the exclusive gossip that she was spotted sipping Patron last night at none other than one of our fave G-town cocktail lounges, Mie N Yu.
Thanks to M. for the heads up ... and if anyone else espies a celeb in town this Turkey Weekend, let Deacon be the first to know.
There's nothing he likes more than a good dose of celeb gossip ... unless, of course, aforementioned gossip involves sticks and Wubba throwing.
(Image courtesy of E! Online)
Update: (7:51 PM) She is/was staying down the street at The Four Seasons in Georgetown. She was with a friend and they were drinking Patron. They asked our bartender, Rob Tinney, to make her a drink, and so his famous Lemon-Drop was exactly what she was looking for. Ms. Latifa wasn’t dressed for going out, just some comfy clothes to walk through a wintry Georgetown(dark sweats). She was spotted telling one group that she was in town to visit friends/family, which is true, but told our bartender that she was in town for some business, which was not mentioned after that.
We're sick of wearing this number and none of these in our recent post fit quite right.
This dress by Bailey 44 is the best of our options (Thank you, Imagine!) but it still isn't quite what we need for a New Years Eve wedding or for the upcoming Santa Soiree.
So I think it's off to the chain stores (after a thorough exploration of Urban Chic and Horse today) ... what do you think of this feathered number from Express, or even their sequin online exclusive? Am leaning towards the latter, as I won't be seeing myself coming and going.
November 21, 2008
Some of the items in their '08 holiday look-book are not only drool-worthy, but they're at a price point my sadly empty checking account can afford. What are your favorites?
November 20, 2008
But never fear, it's good news! We're almost through with one (day) job and about to start another (more on that later) and picking up lots of new freelance work.
Starting next week, find us weekly on Washingtonian.com's Shop Around blog, where we'll be covering local style and events. Stay tuned, as we'll feed the updates to DeaconDoesDC and on Twitter so you don't have to go searching for your favorite style gossip.
We're also banging away on pieces about spas and denim for the February issue, as well as putting together Northern Virginia's best-ever bargain spa package for Northern Virginia mag's May issue.
The cold may have slowed our movements, but this week we were movin' and groovin' at Pastry Tastings at Ici Urban Bistro, where the amazing Beverly Bates showed off her skills with dishes like Caramel Pear Bread Pudding and Coconut Creme Brulee. Mmmm, they were delish. If you haven't already had a chance to sample, we suggest you scoot your butts there quick! Best of all, at lunchtime, you can sample mini bites of these desserts for just $3 each. Now that's something to Say Yum about!!
Last night, we were off to The Park to host the swank Style Savants party. Sad to say, we were too busy having fun to take photos, but some of our fellow hostesses captured the news, including Pamela of Pamela's Punch, and Kate Michael of K Street Kate. We loved the mashed potato bar, an inventive offering allowing guests to mix in items like bacon, cheddar and chives ... but it did take us awhile to figure out what everyone was eating!
Now, we're off to Misha's in Old Town to pick the brain of Kaarin (a.k.a Closet Caucus) a DC-based wardrobe editor. She promises to give us the insider scoop on what Washingtonian's should be wearing come spring and beyond!
Don't miss the pre-Thanksgiving sale at Old Town fave Treat (home of my favorite black cashmere dress from this season!)
Select a (chocolate!) turkey from a Thanksgiving platter at checkout and find a hidden discount - you can save an additional 15%, 20%, 25% or even 30% off your entire purchase, through Sunday, November 23.
(Don't forget, they're open weekends only!)
Out with the old, in with the Beaujolais Noveau. Tonight, the latest batch of Beaujolais Noveau will again debut, and what better place to enjoy the beverage than at a native French establishment?
Thursday, November 20th through Sunday, November 23rd, Chefs Christophe and Michelle Poteaux feature this year’s grapy libation.
Pair the lush red with dishes like Moules a la crème with rouille crostini ($9/$18) or ‘magret and confit de canard—‘ pan-roasted moullard breast and confit leg with cognac-pruneau sauce; Canelini bean cassoulet, sautéed Brussels sprouts ($24)
If you're really searching for a splurge, there's even a six-course ‘Christophe and Michelle’ tasting menu priced at $59 (plus $35 with wine pairings) or the ‘Gourmand’ Tasting, a four-course tasting, priced at $45 (plus $25 with wine pairings).
Deets on other offerings coming soon!
Bastille, 1201 N. Royal Street in Old Town. 703-519-3776.
November 19, 2008
Forget Black Friday, Barney's Co-Op in Chevy Chase is starting their holiday mark down as we type, with 40% off much of the in-season merch and up to 75% off any remaining spring and summer items.
Get it while the going is good! (These Louboutin babies have been marked down to $400 ... a steal considering their original $700 price tag ... and I'm wearing my pair tonight!)
November 18, 2008
I know, this isn't called Deacon Does London, but I came across this new hotel today on Luxist and couldn't resist the link.
Rough Luxe Hotel
Deacon and me don't do shared bathrooms (ew) but the whole "diamond in the rough" concept is way cool. What do you think?
November 17, 2008
Will we see you there?
Deacon (and Mc)
November 14, 2008
This weekend only, knock 20% off all Alessi merch at hot U Street home store RCKNDY.
This cult favorite Italian line of kitchenware is notoriously hard to find and never goes on sale. Owner David Dennis assures us that this is the "best deal you'll ever find" on the merch.
Not really Deacon's style, but if it's your thing ... get your shopping on, girlfriend.
Enjoy your nightly clothes-gasm ...
November 13, 2008
Saturday, the resto is offering up a five course wine dinner with elegant fall flavors ...
So if you're looking for a hearty splurge, we'd strongly suggest booking a rez pronto.
Deets: 7 pm, $75 per person, not including tax or gratuity of 20%.
- Roasted chestnuts in a cone with honey mustard truffle butter
- Crispy chicken and corn fritters apple glaze
- Spoons of gorgonzola panna cotta and Parma prosciutto with candied celery
- Cold stone style filet of veal carpaccio with quail egg, black truffles citrus dressing and cornets of celery parmesan and chanterelles mushrooms with a parmesan tuile, Piedmontese hazelnuts and seasonal micro greens
- Potato gnocchi pasta in a butter sage sauce over a puree of roasted pumpkin and sauté black trumpets mushrooms with shaves of Castelrosso cheese
- Roasted filet of Halibut over a warm broccoli mayonnaise and a ragu of leeks with capers and black olives and a roasted red pepper tartare
- Roasted loin of red wine marinated venison and served over velvety eggplant ragu' with chestnut puree` a sauce of balsamic vinegar and chocolate and a crunchy tarte of turnips and cheese with fresh thyme
- Almond cinnamon toffee torte bar covered in roasted chocolate nibs served with a sauce of Prosecco and toasted almonds with braised apples
- Petit Fours and Biscotti
Let us know if you go ... and how it is!
Around 800 guests and chefs packed the atrium area to sample food from 50 of the area's best restaurants and local vendors, plus watch the signature "Iron Chef" battle, where five of the city's hottest chefs vied for top honors.
Emceed by none other than the famed Ris Lacoste (when oh when will your restaurant open??) and Mark Kessler, participants were able to see the action from a conveniently-located screen above the competition. Each chef was given just a few moments notice and ten minutes to create dishes with secret ingreds like bourbon peaches and spiced cous cous. Dishes from the first round of competition looked delightful, but the second round's cous cous created a few strange iterations - a salmon roulade stuffed with the aforementioned ingredient that looked about to fall apart, namely.
But the true spectacles of the night were the restaurant's dishes themselves. Sampling all 50 would have been nigh impossible, but we are happy to list a few of our faves (and the surprising disappointments as well).
(See above photo). They sound disgusting, but were darn good.
Dark chocolate covered chocolate macaroons with salted caramel interiors, from Cacao Chocolates.
Oh my lord I could have eaten my weight in these. And the other desserts were beautiful too ...
Spicy chicken lollipop on a sugarcane skewer with fresh mango relish by Rasika.
I now have an unbeatble craving for Indian food, thanks.
Braised Kurobuta Pork Cheek Sandwich with Roasted Cipollini Onion Jam and Bacon from The Grill at Morrison House.
This station was nearly empty, and the mini rolls were almost as good as the sandwich interior. I need to make a rez here soon.
Foie Gras & Ruby Beet Macaroons with Fennel Powder from Volt.
Bryan Voltaggio has done wonders. This restaurant would be a hike, but the tastes here show it's probably worth it.
Art and Soul's Maracini.
Don't get me wrong, fried mac n' cheese balls are delish - these in particular, but I wish I'd seen something more inventive ... the dishes at the opening party were better.
Korean Slow Roasted Local Pork, Pickled Vegetables & Scallion Relish with Bulgogi Sauce from Mie N Yu.
This dish actually tasted fantastic, but it was in what looked like a mini stromboli shell and thus incredibly hard to eat without a knife. And since I could barely balance fork and wine ... it goes in the "medium" category for this reason only.
In general, I'm a fan of Kaz Sushi Bistro, but the crunchy shrimp cone I attempted to at was so flavorless (and almost rancid tasting) that I had to spit it out and run to the nearest trash can. I'm shocked ... and disgusted.
Mushroom en croute from Citronelle.
Come on, you're the most famous restaurant in the city ... and you serve me a dish that tastes like it came from Costco. Step it up, people.
Tortellini with Basil Cream from Bebo Trattoria
Same with this dish. If I wanted my food to taste like it came from a box I would have gone to Olive Garden.
This nasty weather is making me and Deacon wish for a Palm Beach vacay. We'll dream about our trip this weekend when we're browsing the 30% off fall/winter sale at the Pink Palm, McLean's own Lily Pulitzer store.
Let's face it, some (read: most) of my friends could burn water ... or at least pasta. If you're in need of a little help this Thanksgiving, there are a number of DC-area restos that are more than excited to provide you with all the Turkey Day fixins (see post, it's coming soon, Ireallydopromise).
But in case you're REALLY in the mood to go luxe, the one and only Neiman Marcus is dishing up pre-cooked turkey in lots of varieties. Most go for $80 - $120, which, considering Deacon regularly drops several times that much on shoes, seems like a pretty good deal.
Now I just wonder if they'll ship their popovers too???
November 12, 2008
This is the first I've heard of Amethyst, but who doesn't love a new jewelery spot to add to the mix? Plus, the Bethesda Row is practically my new go-to for all things shopping. Stay tuned for a full report after the opening :-)
Deacon's StoreAdore.com post has the deets.
November 11, 2008
November 10, 2008
Participating stores include:Alpaca International, Artini, Avoca, BMA, Blanca Flor, Brown Eyed Girl, Candles Off Main, Capital Teas, diva, Dragonfly Garderns, Hats in the Belfry, La Belle Cezanne, LIlac Bijoux, Mary & Blanche, Mixed Greens, Niland & Co Jewelers, Paradigm, Paws Pet Boutique, Shades of the Bay, Shades Unlimited, Sitting Pretty, Star Monograms. The Pink Crab, Vivo and Zachary's.
In case you can't make it, the annual "midnight madness" events will take place on the first and second Thursdays in December from 6 PM to midnight, featuring many of the same shops and deals.
Take, for example, this laser-cut shift dress by Rebecca Taylor. It's $245 at ShopBop, and $210 at CUSP.
Or, you could go with this super-cute navy blue dress by BB Dakota, a mere $78 at South Moon Under.
Also, remember that it pays to check your local discount stores like Marshalls and TJ Maxx. I bought this Alice+Olivia number (it's from the Fall 2007 collection) way back in May for a mere $127. Here it is, on Singer22.com, for $150.
Same deal with this Catherine Malandrino dress, still $346 at ShopBop. It's definitely around $100 at TJ Maxx.
Lesson for the day: If you shop smart, you can buy more.
As for us, we're making infused vodka for all of our friends and colleagues. Because what's better than tipsy fun this holiday season?
We're absolutely in love with Coralia Leets' custom line of gold, silver and diamond jewelery and tickled pink to know that Ginger, Bethesda Row's eco-friendly boutique, is carrying an exclusive selection of her Astrology necklaces and Yards of Diamonds merch.
Check out the trunk show and meet Coralia herself November 14 and 15 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
November 8, 2008
More deets here.
November 7, 2008
Don't forget that Capital Food Fight 2008 is taking place Tuesday night at the Regan Building. We'll be there, camera in hand, to document all of the action.
What is it, you ask?
DC's top restos show off their best dishes (see food list below for a sneak peek) and five of the area's top chefsand their sous chefs will compete in Iron-Chef like cooking battles to win top honors. Last year, Barton Seaver, formerly of Hook, took top honors. Each has only ten minutes to create a dish featuring a special exotic ingredient, revealed only ten minutes before the battle.
Judges and hosts include the famed Jose Andres, Ted Allen of Food Detectives on the Food Network, and Mark Kessler as MC.
Proceeds benefit the DC Central Kitchen.
Here's a sneak peek at the dishes:
|1789 Restaurant||Duck Confit with a Salad of Mustard Pears, Gorgonzola Picante, Wood-roasted Hazelnuts & Frisee|
|701 Pennsylvania Ave Bar & Restaurant||Salmon Belly & Yellow Tail Hamachi Tartare and "Pop Rocks"|
|Agraria||Slow Roasted Pork Belly with Virginia Spoonbread|
|Argia's Italian||Beef Tenderloin Bruschetta with Balsamic Peppers|
|Art and Soul||Macarini|
|Bastille||Braised Pork Belly, House-made Apple Butter, Roasted Root Vegetable Ragout.|
|Bebo Trattoria||Tortellini with Basil Cream|
|Berliner Speciality Distributors||Ice Cream Novelties|
|BLT Steak||Braised Short Ribs with Parmesan Gnocchi and Creamed Spinach|
|Bobby Van's Grill||Filet Mignon with Pear, Tomato & Goat Cheese Salad and Black Bean & Lobster Vinaigrette|
|Cacao Fine European Chocolate||Fine European Chocolates|
|Charlie Palmer Steak||Braised Barbeque Short Ribs|
|Chef Geoff's||Tuna Sashimi w/Wasabi Aioli on Baked Wonton Cracker|
|Chipotle||Barbacoa Soft Tacos|
|Citronelle Michel Richard||Mushroom En croute|
|Darlington House||Pizzoccheri with Cabbage and Squash|
|Farrah Olivia by Morou||Textures of Beets: Confit, Roasted, Crumbled, Solid Vinaigrette|
|Firefly||Little Bacon Meatballs with Potato Spaghetti and Olive Oil/Tomato Sauce|
|Fresh Start Catering||Pineapple Brochette, Coconut Curry Sauce / Smoked Salmon Sundae, Tomato & Chive "Sprinkles"|
|fyve||Little Meatballs with Polenta|
|Hank's Oyster Bar/CommonWealth||Oyster Stew / Headcheese|
|Hudson||Roasted Apples with Goat Cheese, Rose & Pepper Gastrique and Mache Salad|
|IndeBleu||Asian Style Clam "Chowder"|
|Indique||Bisque a la Indique / Chicken Tikka Makhani / Bhel Puri|
|Kaz Sushi Bistro||Sushi|
|Kemble Park Tavern||Grilled Organic Salmon w/chilled Saffron Orzo & Smoked Salmon|
|Lebanese Taverna||Sharhat Ghanam (Grilled Lamb Loin) and Hommos|
|Mie N Yu||Korean Slow Roasted Local Pork, Pickled Vegetables & Scallion Relish with Bulgogi Sauce|
|Neyla||Butternutt Squash Kibbeh with Mushroom and Truffle Stuffing, Labneh with Pomegranate Vinaigrette|
|Oceanaire Seafood Room||Crab Ravigote|
|Oval Room||Roasted Beets with Blue Cheese & Dried Fruits|
|Oyamel||Tostadas de Chapulines|
|Poste Moderne Brasserie||Stuffed Rabbit Saddle, French Shallots, Olives, Rose Finn Apple Fingerlings|
|PS7's||Butternut Squash and Goat Cheese Terrine with Barberry Vinaigrette|
|Rasika||Spicy Chicken Lollipop with Mango Relish|
|Ronald Reagan Building||A marvelous display of desserts|
|Santa Lucia Estate Coffee||Coffee Service|
|Spezie||Chestnut Soup with House-made Venison & Porcini Muchroom Sausage|
|Taberna del Alabardero||Veal Tongue with Dried Tomatoes, Truffles & Arugula|
|Tallula Restaurant / EatBar||Lamb Tasso, Bourboned Figs, Pomegranate Gastrique|
|The Grille at Morrison House||Braised Kurobuta Pork Cheek Sandwich with Roasted Cipollini Onion Jam and Bacon|
|Vermilion||Roasted Winter Squash Salad|
|Volt||Foie Gras & Ruby Beet Macaroons with Orange Powder; Sashimi of Kona Kampachi with Ruby Grapefruit, Black Sesame Puree & Watermelon Radish; Chocolate & Hazelnut Pave with Praline Anglaise & Chocolate Caramel; Turnip Sabayon with Smoked Steelhead Trout Roe & Pickled Fennel|
|Wegmans Market Café||Rustico Platters / World Cheeses|
|Zengo||Miso-Braised Beef Brisket/Crema Fresca Potatoes/Sweet Chile Sauce|
|Zola||Rabbit Pot Roast with Celery Leaf Salad|
Okay, so this First Mark thing is pretty cool - 40% off the designer duds?
Found this Cutout dress by Black Halo (yes, I know, everyone and their mother owns this dress), regularly $325, now $195 through Sunday at Neiman Marcus.
It's still $330 at Intermix, $325 at Revolve, and $306 at Pink Mascara.
Can't wait to check it out. Deacon has us on shopping moratorium until the New Year, but it doesn't hurt to look, right??
November 6, 2008
But since not everyone has that luxury, I'll answer the "I'm in desperate need of a cut/color/blowout before Thanksgiving and don't know where to go" question that's on every gal's mind:
- Paul Bosserman
- Tiny, hole-in-the-wall salon in Georgetown that does color and cut only. It's expensive, but the best cut I've ever had. If you book Bach to the point where I can't get an appointment, it's going to get ugly.
- Andre Chrecky
- I've heard raves about Tracey, and both my roommate and her best friend look quite good.
- This adorable salon on U Street always has stylish people emerging. I'd give it a shot, especially if you live in the area
- Our good friend Alina swears by this Georgetown spot. So much so, in fact, that she made a full page in the August issue of The Washingtonian about her great head o' curls.
- Hair Gallery
- I swear by this Rosslyn salon for their $30 blowouts. The gratis scalp massage is a perfect perk and makes the service feel luxe.
- Aveda Institute
- If you have a super basic style, this Chinatown school is darn cheap. I wouldn't rely on them for color or complicated cuts, but just a trim is just up their alley.
- Love it or hate it, this is one of my friend's favorite outposts.
- PR At Partners
- It probably depends on your stylist, but I've heard good things.
But really, the best recommendations is word of mouth. If you love someone's cut on the metro, sidewalk, or even your favorite clothing store, just ask. They'll be flattered, and you'll get a good idea. If you keep hearing the same name over and over again, suck up the cost and just go. It's always better to pay more for one good cut than a fortune fixing the cheap ones over and over again.
Here's the invite (shock and awe, it's a Michael Romeo project) and be sure to let us know how it is. We're 110% sure that this Grand Opening will be preceded by some sort of private opening and several weeks of hype, so if you're looking to avoid lines, wait at least a few weeks before heading out.
Or ... check below for some of our fave nightlife recommends.
There are few places that don't have red carpet and lines out the door on Saturday nights. If you're in the mood to club it, here are Deacon's picks:
Tattoo: still my favorite for predictable drinks, classic rock and good dance tunes, and a normal-looking crowd. The place is horribly narrow, however, so even if you have a table, don't count on much room. Tuesdays draw a pretty large crowd, and be sure to get in before midnight or have your name on a list on weekends. It fills up.
The Park at Fourteenth: I thought this place was fun when it first opened last October, but since then it's drawn the same kind of crowd as Fur and Love on a Saturday. I won't elaborate, but suffice to say I won't go there either. But for events, the space can't be beat. Four beautiful levels, great food and drinks, and an eclectic yet fun crowd. Thanks to Laura Carlson for getting Park back on my visit list.
Current: My roommate's current go-to bar. The biggest complaint she's had is that the white on white on white theme makes the place a bit bright in the evenings. Apparently the sushi is quite good, and the crowd is generally fun.
Shadow Room: I've only been here once, for an event, but it was quite a good time. I love the idea of the push-button ordering, and the custom gaming boxes that can come with a table. I'm interested to try it again.
18th Street Lounge: A favorite among my friends for dancing and socializing until the wee hours. It can be hit or miss, but is generally a good time.
Lotus/Lima/K Street: Honestly, these places all run together, but are fun for events. I like Lotus' open bar on Fridays, and Lima and K Street both are fun times at parties and events. The best part is that it's easy to hop the K Street corridor if one place is crowded or boring.
Josephine: Again, it's beautiful inside, but the crowd runs very Euro. And really, a stripper pole in the middle of the floor? But if you find a non gold-chained man and make friends, the $14 drinks don't matter, now do they?
Obviously, I've left off most of my usual hot spots (sorry, L2) but if you've got questions or adds, do leave them in the comments section below.
November 5, 2008
So it comes as no surprise that we're pretty much the first in line for any sort of cocktail-themed event. Heck, we even had a "come as your favorite drink" party in college.
So on December 5th, you'll find us partying like it's 1933 (the year they repealed prohibition) at the City Tavern Club for the "Repeal Day" party.
We'll be boozin' and schmoozin' to celebrate the 75th anniversary of our legal consumption with the D.C. Craft Bartenders Guild (yes, the same people behind the now-defunct Hummingbird to Mars).
Guest bartenders include locals Owen Thompson (Bourbon), Gina Chersevani (EatBar) and Derek Brown (The Gibson). Special guests will include Tony Abou-Ganim (Host of Fine Living Network’s “Raising the Bar”), Jeffrey Morgenthaler (RepealDay.org founder) and other top bartenders from throughout the United States.
Hors d'oeuvres will be provided throughout the night by the City Tavern Club and a 1930s jazz band will set the mood and provide the tunes for dancing.
Now Starwood Hotels is offering a cool promo that bases rates for that second and third nights upon your birth year. For example, if you were born in 1950, your second and third nights are $50 each.
Shoot, it's the second time that age has its advantages.
The deal only lasts through December 30th and is good for hotels in the Northeast and Eastern Canada. So basically, if you were a McCain supporter ... now's as good a time as any to start scouting property up north :-)
We know you had tons of fun at the recent Media Mavens event at The Park that we helped host on behalf of StoreAdore.com.
But the next event is promising to be even better.
Mark your calendars for November 19, where we'll be helping throw a black-tie bash with a 007 theme.
Come dressed with a LICENSE TO KILL as your favorite iconic Bond, Spy or glamorous femme fatale…the Bond Girls. They're even giving away a prize for the best costume.
TOMORROW NEVER DIES so please RSVP before you DIE ANOTHER DAY to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Black tie encouraged but not mandatory.
Meet the Style Savants host committee: Fashion Fights Poverty, Metromix, Pamela's Punch, Chris Belisle, Kadrieka Maiden, Michael Dumlao, Sylvie Luanghy, Makeda Saggau-Sackey, Lindsey Mask, Chris Thompson, Kate Michael, Chandler Ramelli, McLean Robbins, Allison Priebe Brooks, Queen Bee Designs, Leslie Sanchez, City Shop Girl
November 4, 2008
Yeah, yeah, we all know that you can get freebies at Starbucks, Krispie Creme and Ben & Jerry's, but what other steals n' deals are out there after you've cast your ballot?
Here's just a few we've come by:
- 20% off at Circle Boutique through Sunday.
- 20% off at Wink, today only.
- 20% off any single service at Natural Body Spa in Arlington, Monday-Friday only, through November 15. Absentee? No problem. You get 15% off with your voter registration card.
- 20% off at Hysteria, today only.
- A whopping 50% off your haircut or color at Salon Cristophe (whose DC stylist once worked for Senator Hilary Clinton) if you bring in your voting sticker. You can also purchase a gift certificate for use on a later date.
Plus, Washingtonian has a great list of spots for free or discounted food with your vote, plus an extensive listing of where to toss back a few brews as you watch election results come in. Because no matter who you vote for, discounts are always in style.
November 3, 2008
Deacon says that all these event postings are making the blog look like a giant ad for fashion events, but I promise that's not the case. These really are the best of the best, hand selected by yours truly.
We went to this gathering last year just when all of the stores were opening and would definitely say it's well worth the trip. Stores like Urban Chic, Ginger, and Lucy slash the prices on their in-season and last-season merch. Plus, free drinks and apps-- which, if it is any repeat of the event last year, are worth coming for in and of themselves.
So stop on by and get a kick start to the holiday shopping season. We'll be there, credit card in hand.