December 31, 2008
Asia Nine is offering a “Lucky New Years Eve” menu, with a four-course meal reflecting Thai and Chinese influences. In Thailand, 9 is a lucky number, while the Chinese favor number 8. For $89.09, you can score four courses plus a sparkling wine toast. Options include Coconut-Lime Shrimp Satay with Mango Salsa; Crispy Spring Rolls; Surf & Turf (Filet Mignon with Coconut Shrimp) with Ginger Hollandaise Sauce;; Oven Roasted Salmon Fillet with Jumbo Lump Crabmeat & Champagne Sauce; ; and New Year Blessing Sashimi & Nigiri Sushi. For dessert, mouth-watering choices include Marquise Au Chocolate or ‘Paradise.’ Reservations are available beginning at 4 p.m.
915 E Street, NW, 202-629-4355; www.asianine.com
At Art And Soul, choose from an early or late dinner, or simply gather for a post-holiday brunch. A four-course menu is served from 5:30-8:30, with dishes like Trio of Duck, seared breast, sausage and duck cracklin’s with pomegranate red cabbage and fresh herb puree; and the Smothered Rib eye with grits, caramelized onions and bourbon cream. The $115 five-course late seating includes an added dish of hoe cakes, and a complimentary glass of champagne. If you’re searching for brunch options, the “Recovery Brunch” includes dishes like Hoppin’ John and is offered until 2:30 p.m. on New Years Day. A special $259 overnight rate also includes a $100 restaurant gift card. Visit www.affinia.com or call 1-866-AFFINIA for reservations.
Party Spanish-Style at Taberna del Alabardero, with a special five-course menu, including dishes like Sweetbreads and Shrimp brochette and Braised Squid with cauliflower and truffle emulsion, Turbot with a morel mushroom crust, chestnuts and porcini cream and Roasted Suckling Pig with figs marinated in sherry. After dessert, enjoy a Spanish New Years Grape Ceremony, where guests enjoy one grape per second for the 12 seconds counting down to new years, as a symbol of good fortune and prosperity for the 12 months ahead. A midnight toast of Cava is included in the $98 price. 1776 “Eye” Street, NW, in Washington, D.C., with an entrance on 18th Street, 202-429-2200; www.alabardero.com.
Indulge in the Seven Deadly Sins at Nage, with a seven-course tasting menu for $75, plus a complimentary Champagne Toast at midnight. Dishes include Greed, or Truffled Lobster Mac n’ Cheese and Shaved Oregon Truffles, Sloth: Pork Belly with Lemon Parsnip Puree and Pride - a seven layer chocolate cake. www.nage.biz.
OYA is offering two dinner seatings for New Year's, the first from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and the second from 8:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. For the first seating, guests may choose from a $28 three-course dinner menu consisting of innovative French-Asian fusion cuisine or items from the full sushi menu a la carte. The second seating will feature a five-course chef's tasting menu with sparkling wine toast at midnight, plus DJ & dancing and party favors for $95 per person. To spice up the event, New Year's Eve marks the return of 'Sex', a provocative brut rosé sparkling wine made of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes from California. 777 9th Street, NW, 202-393-1400; www.oyadc.com.
Mio is offering guests a chance to indulge this New Year’s Eve with a decadent four-course dinner. Seatings will take place at 5:30, 6:00 or 6:30 pm for $70 for those looking to be home when the ball drops, or at 8:30, 9:00 or 9:30 pm for $85. Chef Nicholas Stefanelli is also preparing an exquisite six-course tasting menu, which is available the entire evening for $120 per person. Mio welcomes all guests to join in a champagne toast at midnight and continue the festivities well into the morning at Mio’s bar. 1110 Vermont Avenue NW, 202.955.0075.
VOLT is offering two dinner seatings – 5:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Early seating guests can choose from a five-course tasting menu for $69 or a nine-course tasting menu for $109. Wine pairings are available for each tasting menu for an additional $35 and $50. In addition to dinner, VOLT’s lounge will offer an open bar, passed canapés and champagne toast. The lounge celebration will be 9:00 p.m. and is $75 in advance, $85 at the door and an additional $25 for dinner guests. 228 North Market Street, Frederick, 301-696-VOLT.
BLT Steak DC offers guests the prefect downtown location for a year’s New Year’s Eve celebration. BLT Steak’s extensive raw bar and prime meat options such as Japanesse Kobe Strip and Wagyu Ribeye, are prefect for those looking to have an exquisite night in the heart of the district. Dishes include Molten Chocolate Cake wih Fresh Peppermint Ice Cream and Eggnog Semifreddo with housemade gingersnaps and butterscotch snaps. 1625 Eye Street NW; 202-689-8999.
Urbana offers a three course $65 prix fixe menu, and guests booking reservations by 6:30 p.m. will get a special break at $50. Option include lobster bisque with spiced crab dumplings, prosciutto wrapped sturgeon with sautéed spinach and caviar cream, and a house-made pasta carbonara with fresh winter truffles and a poached egg. Dinner guests in the restaurant at midnight will receive complimentary champagne and party favors. 2121 P Street, NW, 202-956-6650.
Jaleo creates the ambience of a traditional Spanish noche vieja. From 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Jaleo will offer an a la carte menu with New Year’s Eve specials. At 8:30 p.m., Jaleo will offer a second seating, when guests indulge in veritable feast of Spanish tapas priced at $85 per person at Jaleo DC and for $75 per person at Jaleo Bethesda and Jaleo Crystal City. Dishes include Rabo de toro con Pedro Ximenez, Braised boneless oxtail served with oranges, potato puree and PX red wine sauce and Parmentier de Cigalas, Norway lobster and black trumpet mushrooms over potato puree. At midnight, guests of the second seating will be presented with a glass of sparkling cava for toasting, and in keeping with the Spanish New Year’s Eve custom, 12 grapes for good luck. The celebration continues with a DJ and dancing. Jaleo downtown is located at 480 7th Street NW, 202-628-7949; Jaleo Bethesda is at 7271 Woodmont Avenue, 301-913-0003 and Jaleo Crystal City is located at 2250-A Crystal Drive, 703-413-8181. www.jaleo.com.
Deacon loves his bargains, that's for sure. But when an already always on sale boutique marks down their merch even more, he's the first one sniffing around at the door. Unfortunately, we're out of town until the 5th, so that means you get the first paw up on Treat's post holiday sale, where you can take an extra 25% off the lowest marked price on all red line items, and an extra savings of 30% or if you buy two or more sale items. That means up to 80% off names like Milly, Karen Zambos, Siwy denim, Theory, Rebecca Minkoff bags and much, much more.
December 30, 2008
December 29, 2008
Urban Chic, another of our faves, is also offering a great discount - 30% off all dresses, in addition to many items that are already on sale. Use code IMPRESS09 for online shopping at UrbanChicOnline.com or visit the store for a discount. We'd recommend shopping in person - the selection online is sorely limited.
If you see something not already on sale, print this link from StoreAdore.com to score 20% off your entire full-priced purchase.
(Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent dress, normally $253, shown)
December 24, 2008
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, in hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there.
The family was nestled all snug in their beds, while visions of Louboutins danced in the girls' heads.
These, in particular... aren't they great? (And $995, at Saks)
December 22, 2008
If you're still looking for NYE ideas, check out our restaurant roundup later this week, and also our sales selection and the next edition of Frugal Fashionista, all coming before the end of the week.
In the meantime, Deacon has a holiday house tour video, and a new segment, the "Deacon Cam" coming in January. We'll also be getting a whole new look, so be sure to send suggestions!
Till then, keep yourself entertained and enjoy the rarely seen photos of Deacon's friends:
December 20, 2008
December 19, 2008
Check out a new peek at POPPY, the latest jewelery boutique to hit Georgetown. We did an exclusive preview for Washingtonian.com.
At left is one of designer Heidi Hess' custom necklaces.
December 18, 2008
Sneak Peek: Red Door Spa at the
Economy, be damned. If you're already shelling out the big bucks to stay in a luxury hotel, you should at least take advantage of the amenities, right?
Unfortunately, most hotel spas are an overpriced bust -- sub-standard service and numerous surcharges generally indicate that the only thing feeling lighter at the end of a trip is your wallet.
Not so with the Willard InterContinental's newly re-vamped spa. Previously the privately-run I Spa, the facility was purchased by Elizabeth Arden's chain of Red Door salons earlier this year and debuted to the public just a few weeks prior.
We got a sneak peak inside the new facilities and were pleasantly surprised by what we found when Annie Gaye, the spa manager, gave us a private tour.
Many features of the original I Spa were maintained, as no additional build-outs occurred during renovation. The reception area features black stone floors and velvet-covered red waiting couches, plus a selection of Elizabeth Arden products by names like Prevage, the preferred Red Door brand.
Sleek cases in the front of the spa adequately display products, but the addition of ove
rsized glass cases makes the reception room a bit crowded. A small hotel brochure adorned the table, but no magazines were available for perusal.
Luckily, friendly receptionists, many recently rotated in from the larger
Décor is minimalist, with small red and zen-like touches throughout the spa, added to give an additional boost to the Red Door's traditional theme.
The waiting area for services (different than reception) features the magazines missing from the front desk area -- guests could peruse current fashion magazines or issues of Where, frequently found at area hotels. Low lighting, comfortable chairs, as well as complimentary hot tea, bottled water and snacks like oat crackers and mixed nuts are available for spa guests.
Individual male and female changing areas are similar to many h
igher-end spa and gym rooms. A central bank of electronically code-able lockers is available for product storage, and fluffy robes and towels are available for guests.
Showers and steam rooms are also available, with complimentary toiletries available upon request.
The only downside to the changing area that we could tell is that it is shared with those enjoying use of the hotel gym, also housed within the spa. Luckily, the small gym doesn't appear overly crowded, so it didn't appear to be an issue.
Services are comparable to those at other Red Door spas - with the exception of re-named packages to indicate Washington-related themes: a $177 "Secret Services" pairs an Express facial and massage with a Warm Cream Manicure, while the "Inaugural Indulgence" ($555) features the Ultimate Arden Facial, Signature Stress Melter Ritual, Seasonal Manicure/Pedicure and Spa Lunch.
Most services run on the standard side at this downtown-- no Thai Massage or Ear Candling here -- but facial services do include med-spa add-ons like Glycolic Peels and Dermabrasion if desired.
Prices are also slightly higher than the Chevy Chase outpost -- a signature manicure is $45, versus $42 in Chevy Chase, and the Signature 110-minute Stress Melter Ritual, which includes "a special integration of calming services" like a skin-softening, olive oil body exfoliation, followed by a nurturing aromatic body wrap and scalp massage and aroma-balancing massage is $230 instead of $215.
Guests also receive a complimentary mini-makeup refresher after all spa services -- an added generous touch.
Hair services are not yet available at this location, but spa manager Gaye says she plans to add them in the future.
Treatment / Waiting Rooms:
The treatment rooms truly top-notch. Each features ample space and low, adjustable lighting. Treatment beds are plush and heated.
But the best part about the rooms themselves is the in-suite showers with multiple Vichy-style showerheads. A girl could soak for days in that incredible water pressure!
Manicure and pedicure facilities are small, but adequate, with two tables each for manicure and pedicure offerings. In warm weather, guests can also choose to indulge in outdoor treatments on the spa patio, where spa lunches are served to guests purchasing day and half-day packages.
Couples enjoying one of the spa's many "aquatic" offerings also are offered oversized tubs for soaking. Gaye says those packages are especially popular around the holidays and Valentines Day.
Many of the staff from the original I Spa were retained, along with additional therapists brought in from other area Red Door salons, primarily the
While we didn't have the opportunity to try a treatment on this recent visit, previous therapists have been both experienced and exceptionally nice.
Overall, the new Red Door seems to be on par with what fans of an Elizabeth Arden spa have come to expect, albeit in a slightly smaller setting.
Gaye explains that the revamp was about both selling the known Elizabeth Arden brand and making the spa more attractive to locals and hotel guests alike, but also facilitating an ease of use - appointments can now be booked online, and gift cards are transferrable to a variety of locations.
I would consider popping in for a late afternoon facial or massage (perhaps combined with the hotel's fantastical-looking tea presentation?), and certainly would find interest in booking a treatment during a weekend stay.
Location Info: Red Door Spas at the Willard InterContinental:
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We've been busy wrapping, playing, and otherwise getting our paws dirty, but took a few minutes to bring you the best of DC's weekend entertainment.
We've loved watching you on Stylista, and know you'll go on to do great things.
Plus, you're joining one of our own bosses, the one and only Auntie E, of the Ask E. Jean column!
Click to read our profile of Johanna in the October issue of DC Magazine.
December 17, 2008
December 16, 2008
Deacon's got a special scoop that the newest location of Tangysweet AND DC's latest addition to the Cupcake scene, Red Velvet, are going to open on or before Thursday!
For TangySweet's second space (the first is in Dupont on P Street), they've hired Pastry Chef David Guas (formerly of PassionFood Hospitalty) to bring in a sweet sensation for a two-in-one punch.
Metrocurean reports that the yogurt half will be bigger, but plenty of seating will be availalble for both.
What an exciting endeavor. We can't wait to try Guas' work, which has been recognized by magazines like Bon Appetit, Food & Wine, and Washingtonian as top-notch.
How's THAT for your afternoon sugar fix?? It's almost enough to make us wish we worked downtown again!
Location: 7th & E, NW, 202.347.7985 (Former Juan Valdez Coffee Space)
December 15, 2008
Every other week, we’ll ask a local stylista to complete a task—some seasonal and some just for fun—on a budget. Think of it as a Washington-focused “The Look for Less,” the Style Network TV show that creates a particular look on a budget.
For our inaugural issue, we’ve asked resident DC blogger Makeda Saggau-Sackey of the Glamazon Diaries to come up with a holiday party outfit for under $50.
Click to read this week's series.
If you're interested in participating yourself or have a frugal fashion idea, email firstname.lastname@example.org - all types are welcome!
You know, the guy from America's Most Wanted? Well John Wash was spotted by a Deacon spy at Mie n Yu on Sunday night ... and we have the exclusive scoop:
"He came in with a group of 7 friends, 8 people total, to dine just shy of 11 PM. They had a combination of items but said that the Flounder was the best he'd ever had. They took a tour of the restaurant and left around 2 AM."
Late night ... wonder if he was taking a night off from crime fighting.
Please keep sending tips our way ... email@example.com!
Maybe you've heard us express our love of all things Olavie ... and maybe you haven't. But we're excited to tell you now.
This amazing line of body and skincare products is made with antioxidants from grapes ... the same kind to make wine. Their Chardonnay line is used in high-end spas across the country, and the products are twice as nice when used in your home shower.
My roommate always asks if I'm having a mimosa in the shower - the heady smell is just like champagne, with the exception of the nasty hangover. Afterwards, the smell is light, and just a bit sweet ... perfect for a summer night when perfume is too overpowering.
This sounds like a commercial, but it's really not - I just love this stuff. Unfortunately, it's a bit pricey.
So stock up now, when everything is 20% OFF FOR TWO DAYS ONLY!
Seriously ... you gotta try this stuff.
December 14, 2008
It's a "Haute holiday for the hounds" party today at Bloomies Chevy Chase, and you're invited!
Deets: Where: the dress department
When: December 14, 2 p.m - 5 p.m.
What: Pet-friendly holiday fun, with pampering, gourmet treats (from Barkley Square Bakery and Hello Cupcake), and even holiday photos with Santa and Frosty the Snowman
Why: Proceeds benefit homeless animals in the care of the Washington Humane Society
Deacon dedicates this post to his (sadly deceased) sister Elizabeth, our family's first rescue Shepherd.
December 12, 2008
To those of you who didn't have the pleasure of listening to the one and only Robin Givhan (Pulitzer Prize winning Washington Post fashion columnist) last night at the Corcoran, click to read my recap in The Washingtonian today.
(Image courtesy of The Washington Post).
December 11, 2008
Here's my more personal take, as well:
Last night's Santa Soiree at City Tavern Club was a great success - four levels of fabulously dressed ladies and gents, plus Vineyard Vines sponsored merchandise -- free holiday ties for the men, koozies and whale hats galore.
A few observations:
- Four levels means you can't find anyone.
- Nobody could see your shoes. Sadly, my Loubs went unnoticed.
- Metallics and sequins were the dress code du jour. Feathers didn't make so much of an appearance, except in a few girl's hair. Sadly, they ended up in the "I'm channeling Blair Waldorf and didn't quite make it there" category rather than looking cute.
- Most men wore your standard cumberbund-bow tie set, and looked great, albeit a bit like penguins. Those that wore holiday ties stood out - in a good way. Those that chose plaid pants or otherwise gaudy vests looked like idiots. Exception: the guy in the glasses and pink (Lily Pulitzer?) tuxedo shirt. You, my friend, looked amazing.
Who isn't a fan of custom-made baubles? If you're not done with holiday shopping, pop to K Street Lounge tonight for a sneak peek at our good friend and designer Christina for an exclusive preview of her new collection, ChrisKla. Plus, proceeds help fight Lou Gerhig's disease, so it's practically tax-deductible.
Deets below ... we'll probably see you there after hitting up the Robin Givhan lecture at the Corcoran.
There are local jewelery designers galore, but Deacon really does adore the Queen's designs - we even wore what we dub our "Ice Bitch" (shown at left) necklace to our birthday party in September. It's the perfect excuse to snag a chic pair of earrings for your stylish girlfriend or pick up that one-of-a-kind holiday party accessory.
Plus, all jewelry and accessories will be offered at wholesale prices up to 50% off web and retail - earrings start at $15, bracelets from $18, necklaces from $40 and rings from $18. Further discounts and/or gifts will be given with every purchase. Champagne and delicious hors doeurves will be served.
Accessories including handbags, holiday surprises, and gorgeous shawls will be on sale for this exclusive event. The famous Queen Bee CLEARANCE ROOM with samples that have never been seen before will be open and full of designs from past seasons - prices start under $5!
If you're looking at the pictures and thinking "I've seen this somewhere before..." it's because her designs are showcased at boutiques like Tickled Pink, Hysteria, Sugar and Dalton Brody. You may have read about designer Allison Brooks in Lucky Magazine or seen when she was selected as the Top Jewelry Designer in Washington by The Washingtonian Magazine. Vogue's Andre Leon Talley calls Allison - The Queen of Jewels and Project Runway's host Tim Gunn is also a fan!
December 10, 2008
She's the author of Gilding Lily, a touching (and at times biting) story of Manhattan's elite ... kind of sounds like Gossip Girl for the adult set, come to think of it.
We'll be there, sipping champers and trying to pick up pointers for our first novel ... whenever we get around to writing it.
7126 Bethesda Lane, Bethesda, Maryland, 301.657.0290, www.urbanchiconline.com, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
I'm sure there are a few of you out there wondering how I got my name ... and no, it's not because my mom is some sort of religious zealot.
I'm black and gold, the colors of McLean's one and only alma mater, Wake Forest University. And that means we're super excited to announce the following news.
The Demon Deacons are coming to DC in the first-ever Eagle Bowl next weekend! They're playing our hometown (Annapolis, natch) team, Navy.
So get your tickets now, and be sure to shoot firstname.lastname@example.org an e-mail if you're attending the game ... we'd be excited to give you a good sniff in person!
Rather overdue, but without further ado, here's the recap of Fashion Forward at Shadow Room, via my post in Washingtonian.
If you're looking for the full recap, visit Chandler over at A Not So Capitol Idea.
December 9, 2008
It's the holiday season and let's face it, the economy has us all a (lot) down in the dumps. Never mind that our beloved Neimans and Saks look like war torn nations (or at least a bad Macys) on Saturday afternoons, or that the stock market shows drastically crashing prices on our fave options (seriously, Louis Vuitton slashed prices in Japan ... even the big guns are suffering).
The upside to this mess is that there are deals galore - 40 to 70% off at our favorite stores (which Deacon has kindly outlined for you as best he can).
Still, a gal (or guy, if you swing that way) needs more than just material goods to soothe this pain.
Which is why when the going gets tough ... the tough go to the spa.
One of our absolute favorite retreats, the Ritz Carlton in Tysons Corner, has seriously slashed prices on some of their best treatments, including our ultimate go-to, the Champagne Indulgence package.
Ever since we tried it last February, we've been dreaming of a return engagement. Even though regular purchases of the Olavie products to use at home are fab, but just not the same.
Honestly, we're talking almost 50 percent off here, people.
So hie thy tired and Louboutin weary feet to the comforting hands of the Ritz, where you'll be able to book the following deals through Holiday '08.
Deets below, natch.
Just don't take the last appointment, or we'll have to kill you.
Therapeutic Massage 50 Minutes
Petite Facial 25 Minutes
Spa Manicure 25 Minutes
Spa Pedicure 50 Minutes
Rose Body Wrap 60 Minutes
European Facial 50 Minutes
Deluxe Manicure 25 Minutes
Deluxe Pedicure 50 Minutes
Champagne Indulgence Body Treatment 90 Minutes
Champagne Indulgence Facial 50 Minutes
Champagne Indulgence Manicure 50 Minutes
Champagne Indulgence Pedicure 50 Minutes
Complimentary Glass of
*Complimentary use of Sauna, Steam Room, Indoor Pool and Whirlpool. Gratuities are not included in the price of the package.
Gift Certificates are available at the Spa Front Desk and Lifestyle Boutique. Call 703-744-3924 for reservations.
Thanks to the Park Hyatt Washington for these delish drinks!
(And yes, if you want to save yourself the effort of trekking to the store, you can get these for $15 each in the lounge...)
Riesling Rosemary Mulled Wine
2 bottles Riesling white wine
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
3 whole cloves
2 tbsp rosemary
1/2 vanilla bean
1/4 cup honey
2 lemons, sliced
Simmer (but not boil) the water, sugar, rosemary, and honey for 10 minutes. Add in the wine. Peel the lemons and add in the peels. Allow to steep without boiling. Strain and serve warm.
Hot Mulled Cider
2 qts apple cider
1/2 cup orange juice
1/4 cup lemon juice
2 tbsp sugar
2 tsp whole cloves
3 cinnamon sticks
1 tsp nutmeg
2 oranges, sliced
2 lemons, sliced
1 cup Captain Morgan's spiced rum (optional)
Mix all ingredients and bring just to a boil. Simmer about 10 minutes. Allow ingredients to macerate for an hour or more. Strain and serve reheated. May be garnished with fresh orange or lemon slice, or a cinnamon stick in each mug.
This just in from our fab friend over at The Glamazon Diaries:
Hollywould is going out of business. That's right, another one bites the dust. Bad for them, good for our closets. I love Hollywould shoes and dresses and know many of you do too. So go ahead and snag a couple, just make sure don't get the same dresses. We don't want to end up looking like twins. EVERYTHING IS $79. AGAIN EVERYTHING IS $79.
Merry Christmas. If you happen to be in NYC, the Hollywould stores are selling everything for $49. Unfair but hey, still a good deal.
You know you love me.
Check it, here.
December 8, 2008
Every other week (for now), we'll ask stylish Washingtonians to complete a given task on a budget - holiday party wear for under $50, an office-worthy combo for $75, or an inaugural ball gown for under $200.
There's just one little catch: we need your help to come up with some of the initial scenarios and task masters and mistresses.
As we type, Makeda of The Glamazon Diaries is hard at work on her first task ... and we can't wait to see the results!
Deacon & McLean
December 5, 2008
The store selection rotates weekly, so there's always something new to peruse.
If you're in need of a holiday party dress or knockout accessory, be sure to stop by their holiday Champagne and Cupcakes bash THIS SUNDAY, December 7th. Enjoy mimosas (it's a day long bash, natch) and sweet treats.
Send email@example.com your RSVP's (include your friends too!) and we'll make sure you're on the special guest list - free gifts are involved!
Here's our unofficial listing of the best places in DC to celebrate:
- Snag a last-minute ticket to the Repeal Day celebration at City Tavern Club
- If you can't make the party, make plans to follow the events of the DC Craft Bartenders Guild
- Use seasonal ingreds to create your own holiday drink recipes - tonight's the perfect night to "test" your party punches!
- Slip into a modern day speakeasy, like PX or the newly-opened Gibson
- Visit the newly-opened Zola Wine & Kitchen on your lunch break.
- Make a plan for happy hour!
We're personally going to be found at Cafe Mozart and then headed to Oya to celebrate our last official day of (day job) work!