August 29, 2009
Designer Megan Kurtz has been on our radar for several months now - her fresh, innovative use of gems and color is just the thing that Deacon likes to share with friends.
Locally-based designer Kurtz has already achieved some significant notoriety, showing at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in NYC, but we're hoping to bring her work to a local prominence as well.
Price points range from $25-$200, making the collection affordable and accessible for most working professionals.
You can find Kurtz' work at The Denim Bar or online at ADMKJewelery.com.
August 28, 2009
As the saying goes, Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend ... and so it stands to reason that they would be the perfect cocktail pairing, no?
Wait no longer - last night we discovered a vodka that has actually been distilled through thousands of DeBeers diamonds, aptly titled Diamond Standard Vodka.
The vodka is produced in Poland from Dankowski Diamond Rye, resulting in a pure grain Polish vodka with quadruple distillation. One of the distillations includes a diamond filtration that involves the use of thousands of DeBeers diamonds to achieve a final pure state.
The vodka is then served in a perfume-grade Saverglass bottle, accessorized with a 25mm Swarovski crystal. The vodka is currently available only in the state of Florida but should move to other states, including DC, soon. You can buy it for $79 per bottle when it hits stores.
Pricey, but it's a heck of a lot less than buying the diamonds and making it ourselves!
There's not much to report other than GO.SEE.THIS.MOVIE. Immediately. Well, on September 11th, when it hits theaters nationally. It's a truly interesting and well-edited take on both the inner workings of Vogue and the world of fashion in general. Anna Wintour (what a contrast to her Devil Wears Prada character!) displays humor, impeccable fashion sense, and a business savvy unseen in nearly any other magazine editor. Additionally, she commands a respect in the industry that will likely never be seen again. The interplay between Wintour and her Creative Director, Grace Coddington, is especially interesting.
Afterwards, we headed over to the W's POV for a chic after party complete with cocktails, make-your-own Vogue cover shoots apps and tons of gawking at the beautiful people in the room. What a fun night!
August 27, 2009
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August 24, 2009
Our favorite cupcakery is turning one! Say 'hello' to Hello Cupcake with free treats all day long. Each customer gets one free sweet treat while supplies last.
If they're available, we'd suggest you snag the root beer float - it's our fave special flavor. That said, the Heart of Darkness, Peanut Butter Blossom and Dulce De Leche are pretty awesome too.
August 20, 2009
We were tickled to enjoy the show and to meet Rob, who was surprisingly funny and down-to-earth. He dished about the first song he ever loved (the infamous 3 a.m.) and the best track on his new album, cradlesong, which he calls "a happy little ditty about death."
We liked him even more after he admitted that he and his wife are dog people and own two rescued pups.
But the best part, perhaps, was the acoustic concert, where he performed favorites like Lonely No More, 3 a.m., and his new hit, Her Diamonds, sounding even better live than he does on his CDs.
See more deets in Tuesday's Bisnow and Tommy's Local Kicks writeup.
It was certainly a guilty pleasure afternoon - their first Matchbox 20 release was one of the first CDs we played on repeat in our car, and it still often finds its way into our CD player.
Enjoy the photos, below:
Anyone can vote for the new look through September 7, which will be displayed at the Museum of Natural History for several months - but make your move soon, because the diamond will return to its original setting at the end of 2010.
August 18, 2009
McLean, on the other hand, is probably a certifiable massage junkie. From Annapolis to Alexandria and beyond, she's dedicated herself to exploring some of the area's best massage spaces to ensure that you, dear reader, don't waste your moolah on a sub par session.
So when Pamela Woolford, owner and massage therapist of new Dupont Circle studio Peace and Ginger sent a press release, she was more than happy to test it out ... on behalf of Deacon, and yourselves, of course.
Woolford operates her single-room studio out of the third floor Dupont space occupied by District Wellness Group, a holistic wellness space that offers life counseling, acupuncture and massage therapists. A former dancer and theater buff, Woolford elected to open her own practice after graduating from massage school rather than work for another spa - she had her own vision of what she wanted to bring to the table.
The fairly extensive menu offers most of your traditional massage specialties as well as her signature warm ginger oil massage, which uses custom soy-based oil candles to create a soothing massage in a peaceful ginger scent.
We opted for an hour-long traditional Swedish massage, determined after a brief consult with Woolford, who asked specifically about any areas of tension and what types of pressure we'd prefer.
The room itself is larger than your average massage space, with a small window facing Dupont Circle allowing some sunshine to filter through the pretty blinds. The bed, while unheated, was quite comfortable, and the blankets covering it where both soft and snowy white. Soothing music played in the background, and a few of her siguature ginger candles were lit to provide a background scent. (More are lit during a ginger massage, Woolford says, as she works from as many as four candles at one time to ensure optimium scent and oil temperature).
Our neck and shoulders suffer the most - being stuck at a computer all day is not the best for your body - and so we began on our back, a small pillow under our knees for added support. The gentle face and shoulder massage was instantly relaxing - Woolford's touch gentle yet firm. As she expertly kneaded our tension points, moving to the arms and the legs, we noticed that we'd been on our back for quite some time. At some point, we flipped to our stomach.
Despite our blissful state, we were aware enough to notice the clock - the hour had run nearly ten minutes over, covering closer to 70 minutes than 60. For the price ($100 per hour), this was a welcome treat - many similarly-priced places only offer a 50 minute massage for their "hour" billing, factoring changing time and a consult in the price.
We changed and met Woolford in the small waiting area, where she presented us with a small glass of water, a cup of organic fruit nectar, and several pieces of vegan ginger dark chocolate, which had a pleasantly tangy aftertaste.
There's nothing bad we can say - the room was peaceful and quiet, despite other occupied offices next door, and Woolford's touch was both experienced and intuitive. When asked why we spent so much time on our backs, Woolford replied that those determinations are made on a per client basis, but she often finds that the position is more relaxing to the client, particularly those who suffer from upset stomachs on a frequent basis. We don't, but the massage certainly felt divine!
We left, the bright summer sunshine hitting our still-warm muscles, and felt better than we had in days. If you're in the area or simply searching for a great massage, we'd highly reccommend an appointment. It truly feels as if you are paying for service rather than additional amenities like a steam room or fancy product name. Plus, we liked that she uses organic and sustainable oils in her treatments.
Book between now and September 5th to recieve $40 off any 90-minute massage, $50 off any 6o minute warm ginger massage, or $60 off a 90 minute ginger treatment. New clients can also recieve 15 percent off their intitial appointment.
Frequent visitors get perks too:
When you get four full-priced massages, you get a free upgrade from a one-hour massage to a 90 minute massage or a deluxe warm ginger oil massage. And when you get four more, you get a one-hour massage free of charge--or a massage gift certificate that you can chose to give to a friend, a family member, or someone special.
You can also earn a $20 credit towards massage services, for yourself or someone else, each time you send them a new client. That way, you can earn a free one-hour massage when you send in five new clients. Or you can spend credits as you go by taking $20 off the price of a massage service anytime you'd like. It's up to you.
We'd thank you greatly if you mention "Deacon Does DC" when booking ... we'd like to return soon!
Photo by Bill Petros
Inside, you'll find haute boots, the newest La Mer skincare, our must-have moisturizer and more.
Deacon & McLean
August 13, 2009
The rules seems super easy - you just need to book each flight three days in advance. There are a few catches, naturally - no-shows incur a $100 penalty (wonder what happens if you miss a connection due to weather, ect.?) and international/Caribbean flights don't include taxes and fees, which can often add to a semi hefty sum.
Still, you can fly all you want to cities including LA, Las Vegas, Seattle, Boston, Fort Lauderdale and more, and service from BWI conveniently begins on September 9th.
Now there's just one more reason to take to the skies ... we've got a birthday coming up just in time for this promo (September 8) ... if you want to show your Deacon love, that is.
August 12, 2009
The new store joins more than 60 designer and brand-names including Gucci, Coach, Michael Kors, St. John, BCBG MAXAZRIA, Juicy Couture, Polo Ralph Lauren, Banana Republic and J.Crew Factory."Despite economic conditions, shoppers are always looking for value and they want to buy from the name-brands they know and love," says Prime Outlets -- Queenstown Marketing Manager Jackie May. "To that end we are delighted to welcome another leading designer brand to our comprehensive merchant mix where shoppers save up to 65 percent off regular retail prices every day."
Whoo hoo, looks like Deacon's making a trip across the bridge this weekend!
August 11, 2009
We loved meeting the charming exec chef David Varley, who gave us a personal tour of the hotel's extensive herb garden, featuring more than 6o varietals and 400 plants. He also spoke about the soon-to-open roof garden, which he says will feature a greenhouse so that the restaurant can enjoy fresh herbs and vegetables all year round. Logistics are still being worked out, but the garden will hopefully be accessible to the public via the hotel's fifth floor. In the meantime, guests can enjoy outdoor dining on the courtyard patio, which will soon feature three working firepits for warmth in the cooler weather.
The menu, which was sadly devoured too fast to be photographed, included dishes like chilled cucumber gazpacho, sweet corn and basil fritters, ahi tuna steak and a coconut-almond "candy" bar that tasted way better than any Almond Joy we've ever had. We also enjoyed a peach-bourbon cocktail over crushed ice that almost cured us of our dark liquor phobia ... note we say "almost" because Deacon still isn't brave enough to drink the stuff straight.
After lunch, we enjoyed the opportunity to see the new-ish addition to the hotel's presidential suite collection, (there are several, each on a different floor) the Royal Suite, which opened just in time for inauguration.
This 4,000+ square foot, $12,500 per night suite features closed-circuit cameras on the entire floor and can be rented as a single suite or in a three or eight room block accessible via keycard only, depending on preference.
The suite itself was quite lovely, filled with $200k+ of artwork alone as well as a private office, exercise room, dining area, kitchen, terrace, luxurious half bath and four distinct living spaces. The room, which was being prepared for occupancy tomorrow, seemed ideal for visiting dignitaries or celebrities that plan to entertain, as the living area can be easily closed off from the personal space.
Most exciting, perhaps, was not the suite itself, (which looked, quite frankly, like most other grandiose hotel suites we've seen) but the ultra-VIP private entrance. The suite boasts the only suite-to-street private entrance in the DC-metro area and quite possibly the only suite-to-street private entrance of comparable quality in the country, the publicist informed us. In short, it's perfect for A-listers who want to avoid notice as they enter and exit the hotel.
In other news, it's something that Deacon will not be able to afford for a long, long time.
That said, we'll certainly be back for dinner, perhaps in the lounge, where the new burger and small bites menu boasts the "luxe" factor we like at a significantly more affordable price point.
Psst (images are from the Four Seasons - they're much better than the ones we took!)
August 6, 2009
Make sure that those looks cause people to go "ohh" and not "eww" by reserving your appointment with Jason Backe, the celeb colorist (he's worked with Anne Hathaway and Renee Zellweger, among others) now taking appointments at Chevy Chase's Ted Gibson salon.
He'll be in town NEXT WEEK (Thursday August 13 to Sunday August 15) and plans a similar visit every six weeks.
Mention "Deacon Does DC" to receive an exclusive 25 percent off your coloring service appointment. Call 301.951.4445 to book today.
August 4, 2009
Deacon loves swag - and although Allure magazine isn't on our monthly subscription list, we love their makeup ratings and annual "giveaway" issue.
Consider this your official reminder to check the site every day this month!
We'll personally be visiting next week for The Devil Wears Prada, but if you're around tonight, you might want to check out The Dark Knight as well!
AUGUST 4: The Dark Knight
AUGUST 11: The Devil Wears Prada
AUGUST 18: Marley & Me
AUGUST 25: Mamma Mia
SEPTEMBER 1: Chicago
Get ready to snatch up those tickets, because the fall iteration of the District Sample Sale is coming up on September 16th and tickets go on sale at 10 am sharp!
You'll find amazing discounts by all of your favorite DC, MD and VA stores, plus apps, bubbly, a DJ, silent auction and mini spa services by places like PR at Partners.
Deacon strongly suggests shelling out for the VIP admission, which offers an extra hour of shopping as well as a "paperless" swag bag with great merchandise and gift certificates.
Want to see pics? We've recapped the fun in years past here and here.
August 3, 2009
Congratulations to Alina Zhukovskaya, the winner of our first Dog Days of Summer giveaway! She will be receiving a signed copy of Cathy Alter's novel Up For Renewal.
(That's Alina, at left, enjoying her birthday with treats from Georgetown cupcake)
Thanks to KidGQ for giving us the impetus to revive Washingtonian.com's Frugal Fashionista column. Anatole Jenkins is the first ever male contributor to the column. Click here to see his take on men's straight leg pants.