Mini Vacations

July 23, 2012

Travel around in style as hot as the summer weather. Gear up for summer with fun fashion and cute cars. Grab your ride at Passport MINI-Alexandria.

Photographer: Yvonne Taylor
Stylist: Stara Pezeshkian with T.H.E. Artist Agency
Stylist assistant: Bridget Thompson
Hair: Belinda King
Models: Angela Sipper and Monty Ashton-Lewis
MUA: Kim Reyes
Producers: John Paul Hamilton [gallery ids="100798,124415,124405,124411" nav="thumbs"]

Dive Into Summer

Swimsuit season has officially arrived. Be a vibrant vision in bright, bold colors, while lounging by the pool as seen here at the Lavender Hill estate.

Photographer: Yvonne Taylor
Stylist: Stara Pezeshkian with THE artist agency
Stylist assistant: Bridget Thompson
Manicurist: Natasha Ray
Makeup: Kim Reyes using MAKE UP FOR EVER for T.H.E.
Artist Agency
Photog assistants: Michael Taylor and Ximena Brunette
Hair: Belinda King
Model: Kelsey McGuire from CIMA Talent Management
Location: Lavender Hill in Upperville, Va., is on the market;
listing by Thomas & Talbot Real Estate [gallery ids="100857,126826,126821,126816" nav="thumbs"]

Summer Sales in Georgetown

Summer sales in Georgetown this week are heating up. You don’t want to miss out on these great deals.

J. McLaughlin — 3278 M St., NW – Final markdowns up to 75% off until the end of July.

Design Within Reach — 3306 M St., NW – Floor sample Sale, always ongoing; upholstery sale starts Aug. 2.

Yves Delorme — 3320 Cady’s Alley, NW – Sale until July 21; 20% off storewide; excludes mattresses.

Poggenpohl — 3324 M M St., NW – Display sale (see store for more details)

Baker Furniture — 3330 M M St., NW – Save big at the floor sample finale.

City Sports — 3338 M St., NW – Up to 40% off spring and summer merchandise which runs through August.

Bo Concept — 3342 M St., NW – Floor model sale; a sale with any material and any layout until the end of August. End of season collection sale now through August.

Revolution Cycles — 3411 M St., NW – Trek summer sale ends July 22; free calendar has rolling coupons; previous year bikes on markdown.

Running Company — 3401 M St., NW – 30% off old model shoes

The North Face — 3333 M St., NW – 25 to 35% off selected items plus an additional 20-30% off spring items.

Annie Cream Cheese — 3279 M St., NW – Buy one; get another item half off.

Lacoste — 3146 M St., NW – Up to half off

Sports Zone — 3140 M St., NW – Shorts are two for $30. T-shirts, including women’s tank tops, are buy five for $20. Up to 25% off accessories.

Barney’s — 3040 M St., NW – Sale up to 75% off

Juicy Couture — 3034 M St., NW – Additional 30% off sale

Cusp — 3030 M St., NW – Up to 65% off, end of season sale.

Niccolo — 2928 M St., NW – Up 20% off

Charm — 2910 M St., NW – Up to 30% off

Hu’s Shoes — 3005 M St., NW – 50% off on select shoes

American Apparel — 3025 M St., NW – Swim sale up to 50% off; sunglasses up to 50% off; jewelry up to 50% off (excludes watches); t-shirts are two for $3; bras three for $25; men’s shorts are 50% off.

Diesel — 3033 M St., NW – Up to 50% off on men and women’s apparel; 25% off men and women’s denim.

Brooks Brothers — 3077 M St., NW – Up to 50% off; spring pants and polo shirts 40% off; all shorts 40% off; women’s apparel, 40 to 50% off, depending on item; spring suits 40% off.

Steve Madden — 3109 M St., NW – Additional 50% off; 10% off for student discount; 15% off for military discount

Urban Outfitters — 3111 M St., NW – extra 30% off

Satin Doll

June 29, 2012

Photo Credit:

Photographer, Digital Touch Ups Yvonne Taylor

Makeup Lauretta J. McCoy

Stylist Ope Majek

Hair Leah Watson

Model Fola NYC
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Historic DC Weddings

Imagine your wedding day as national headline news, read from DC to Des Moines. You, your groom and your guest list are the subject of Washington’s biggest event of the year, and anyone who’s anyone is going to be there.

Marjorie Merriweather Post became accustomed to this tradition, as the bride in four of her own weddings, and the unofficial wedding planner for each of her three daughters. As the daughter of Charles William Postum, the founder of Postum Cereal Company (now Post and General Mills cereal) Mrs. Post was a distinguished socialite, with an eye for putting on spectacular events.

A regular host of Washington socialite dinner parties, Mrs. Post had a remarkable list of contacts, including Washington’s elite. Pulling from these contacts, Mrs. Post created the guest lists for each of the weddings she planned. These traditional white weddings stood apart from the rest because both the bride and her guests were all Washington socialites, and the events they attended were guaranteed to be grand.

Both as a bride and a planner, Marjorie Post had an extraordinary ability to envision an event from start to finish, scrupulously putting every last detail in place. In her second wedding to E.F. Hutton, Mrs. Post coordinated everything from her dress and flowers down to the color of the icing on the cake.

Very interested in fashion, Mrs. Post’s wedding dresses reflected the most prominent styles of the time. The first dress she wore to her 1905 wedding to Edward Close was very traditional, featuring a high collar and more fitted bodice. This changed drastically by her 1935 wedding to Joseph E. Davies, when she wore a dress of true Hollywood glam made of velvet with a seven-foot train. By her fourth wedding in 1958, she chose to embrace the popularity of the shorter gown, despite being nearly 70 years old.

Besides having an incredible eye for design, it was the way in which Mrs. Post carried out these events that made them a cut above the rest. By sending out reminders before the event occurred and thank-you notes in appreciation of all those attended, Marjorie Post had perfected the role of a socialite in gaining the respect of all who knew her.

Although Mrs. Post’s gatherings had a reputation for extravagance, and her guest list filled with Washington’s most powerful names, many of the traditions were no different than weddings of today. As a bride herself, Marjorie Post certainly had her bridal opinion, picking the color, style, fabric and design of her bridesmaids’ dresses. As the mother of three young brides, Mrs. Post had a strong hand in navigating their weddings as well, using her contacts to secure an amazing event.

Just as today, historic Washington socialite weddings were a monumental moment in the bride’s life, the planning as much of an event as the wedding itself. In observing the traditional ways weddings have been done in the past we can all gain a greater appreciation for the traditions we still carry out today.

For more information on Marjorie Merriweather Post visit the Hillwood Museum’s upcoming exhibit featuring all four of Mrs. Post’s wedding dresses and many other wedding artifacts. [gallery ids="99594,105020,105009,105016,105013" nav="thumbs"]

Dive Into Summer: Make a Splash with Summer

June 18, 2012

Swimsuit season has officially arrived. Be a vibrant vision in bright, bold colors, while lounging by the pool, as seen here at the Penthouse Pool and Lounge on U St.

Jodi King – Photographer and Wardrobe Stylist
Sarah Mattis – Photo Assistant
Tyler Larish – Hair
Richard Bernal – Makeup
Model: Sherita DeHonney of Stomp Model Management
Model: Gabby Downing of CIMA Talent Management
Location: Penthouse Pool and Lounge located on U St. [gallery ids="100858,126834,126823,126829" nav="thumbs"]

The Mad Men Crash Peacock Café

June 8, 2012

Madness about Town
Model and Blogger Baille Gelwicks was all glam in her navy floral dress for the Man Men party at Peacock Café. Mike Lean played the part as well in his sharp black pinstripe Express suit. Mad Men, here they come.

A Double Take
We had to take a second look to make sure Megan Draper was not at Peacock Café. But, no, it was Fadmashion’s Anastasia Lambrou. She was the perfect “look–a-like,” dressed in a floral skirt from England, an off-white Zara jacket with vintage pin and Miu Miu shoes. The missing accessory was Don on her arm.

Martini Time
Kelly Carnes—aka Joan Harris—sizzled in a red bombshell Black Halo dress from Rent the Runway. Chris Meyer was ever so sleek in his 1960’s inspired JoS. A. Banks black pinstripe suit, striped tie and fedora hat. Now, a toast!

A Psychedelic take
Just as the 1960s “Mad Men” period defined ultra-sophistication, this tie dye shirt and dirty, ripped, too tight jeans highlight a very different color of that same decade. We may need to send her to Sterling, Cooper, Draper, Pryce Advertising Agency for some style tips.

Pamela Burns, owner of Pamshops4you — a personal styling company.

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Fashion Fights Poverty Gala Goes Green, Too

May 17, 2012

The Fashion Fights Poverty Gala brought out the fashion conscious with top designers taking on the challenge of designing eco-friendly runway looks that wowed all in attendance.  “Eco looks” images of Birkenstocks and loose linen pants may pop into some heads, but the fashion world has come far in producing a multitude of luxurious fabrics that dazzled with bold colors and elegant textures.  Designers Seth Aaron Henderson (winner of Project Runway 7) and Luis Valenzuela showed off their wares. All of Henderson’s looks of bold colorful patterns and snugly fitted 1950s-style silhouettes were made with renewable fabrics, and Valenzuela stunned with sexy corsets and edgy floor length gowns that incorporated recycled paper.  This fashion show proved that if you want to be considered truly fashion-forward, your garments must still make a statement without leaving a negative mark on the environment. [gallery ids="100738,121516,121497,121510,121505" nav="thumbs"]


Spring in to the season with the latest styles inspired by the Cherry Blossom Festival’s
centennial celebrations

Photographer: Yvonne Taylor
Stylist: Stara Pezeshkian (STARA GLAM), affiliated with
T.H.E Artist Agency.
Stylist Assistant: Bridget Thompson
Hair: Darrell Thompson
Make–up: Kim Reyes
PR: John Paul Hamilton
Manicurist:Titilayo Bankole
Model: Leslie Wilcox [gallery ids="100747,121712,121708,121702" nav="thumbs"]

Fashion Week: Berlin/ New York

May 3, 2012

FALL 2012 COLLECTIONS: MERCEDES- BENZ FASHION WEEK BERLIN IN FRONT OF THE BRANDENBURG GATE JANUARY 17-22; MERCEDES- BENZ FASHION WEEK NEW YORK AT LINCOLN CENTER’S DAMROSCH PARK FEBRUARY 9-16 [gallery ids="100507,118371,118378,118385,118391,118398,118405,118413,118419,118425,118432,118439,118445,118453,118460,118365,118358,118351,118494,118282,118487,118289,118480,118297,118475,118305,118312,118319,118325,118333,118339,118345,118468" nav="thumbs"]