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Shirlie’s girls night out starts next Thursday!

30 Mar

by Yulia Mikhalchuk

Starting April 5, Shirlie’s Girls Night Out is back at the Village at Shirlington. The village’s best boutiques, shops, salons and restaurants will host trunk shows, cocktails and special promotions once-a-month for a girls night out (summer dates are May 3, June 7, July 5, and August 2).

There will be some great fashion-focused offerings next Thursday night, including: cupcakes, champagne and 10% off all purchases at chic women’s boutique Periwinkle; a Rudy Project Sunglasses trunk show at Visual Eyes Optical Boutique (next month’s GNO will feature trunk shows from Burberry and Versace); and a hand-crafted silver designer jewelry showing at Capitol City Brewing Company.

Find the whole list of specials and promotions below:

Ah Love Oil & Vinegar: Treat yourself or the girl you love at Ah Love for Girls Night Out! From 5p-9p, we will welcome guests with Balsamic Bubbly (flavor changes each month); delicious treats from our shelves and our kitchen, and a discount on oil and vinegar pairings. Splendid gift baskets will be presented to lucky participants on our email list three times throughout the season. Shirlie loves surprises! 4017B Campbell Avenue, 703.820.2210, www.ahloveoilandvinegar.com

The Bungalow: Enjoy half-price bottles of wine and all-you-can eat pasta buffet!

Join us Thursday, April 5th from 6-8pm for a chance to win a genuine diamond! All ladies will receive a raffle ticket upon arrival. Giveaways & the grand diamond prize will be drawn at 8pm. Must be present to win. 2766 South Arlington Mill Drive, 703.578.0020, www.bungalow4u.com

Busboys & Poets: Springtime in Shirlington means new art, new cocktails and an open outdoor patio! Try the “Naked Strawberry” cocktail ($12), made with Naked Jay whipped cream vodka, prosecco and house-infused strawberry simple syrup.  Sip the signature Shirlie cocktail and enjoy other drink specials for Girls Night Out! 4251 South Campbell Avenue, 703.379.9757, www.busboysandpoets.com

CakeLove:Cupcakes are better with friends! Buy 2 cupcakes, get one cupcake free. (Valid during Girls Night Out hours only. Not valid with any other offer or promotion). 4150 Campbell Avenue Suite 105, 703.933.0099, www.cakelove.com

Capitol City Brewing Company:Capitol City will feature a hand-crafted silver jewelry showing in our private “Brewer’s Room”. Ladies will be able to view and purchase pieces from the designer collection. Capitol City will offer half priced “Signature Martinis” and half priced wine from 6pm-9pm in the private “Brewer’s Room”.001 Campbell Avenue, 703.578.3888, www.capcitybrew.com

Cheesetique:20% off all bottles of wine purchased in the restaurant, and a specialty Shirlie Cocktail. 4056 Campbell Avenue, 703.933.8787, www.cheesetique.com

Dogma Bakery & Boutique: Adopt a cat! 20% off all cat products. Enjoy special drinks while visiting with the cats and shopping at Dogma, 2772 South Arlington Mill Drive, 571.422.0370, www.dogmabakery.com

Extra Virgin Modern Italian Cuisine:Listen to live Acoustic Music from 7-11pm.  Sakitini drink specials from 3:00-9:00 (all Sakitini’s are $7). 4053 Campbell Avenue, 703.998.8474, www.extravirginva.com

HairCuttery: Stop by to pick up an Instant Saving Coupon scratch off! 4150 Campbell Avenue, 703.379.4830, www.haircuttery.com

Hardwood Artisans:What could be more fun than having a hilarious cartoon likeness of yourself drawn, for you to keep, free? That’s right, nothing.  Come out from 6-8pm and have a caricature done by the amazingly talented Caricature Artist Martin Hugg. 2800 South Randolph Street, 703.379.7299www.hardwoodartisans.com

May 3rd: The live acoustical talents of Matthew Mills is here from 6-8pm to bring a smile to your face through music.  Feel free to listen while you shop or, if you’re feeling spunky, try your dancing shoes out.

June 7th:  A spread of hors d’ oeuvres, red and white sips of heaven from 5—8pm—the perfect Girls Night Out.

Illusions of Shirlington: Details to come! 4033 Campbell Avenue, 703.820.4247, www.illusionsofshirlington.com

Johnny Rockets: Milkshake samples for all Lady Shirlies! 4251 Campbell Avenue # 105, 703.845.2796, www.johnnyrockets.com

Le Village Marché:Enjoy sweets and bubbly and 20% off the entire store! 2800 South Randolph Street Suite 110 A, 703.379.4444, www.levillagemarche.com

Luna Grill and Diner: $5 martinis and cocktails and ½ priced appetizers. (Bar only). 4024 Campbell Avenue, 703.379.7173, www.lunagrillanddiner.com

Periwinkle: Shop til you drop! Enjoy 10% off your purchase while sipping bubbly and tasting cupcakes. 4150 Campbell Avenue Suite 104, 703.519.5242, www.periwinkleshop.com

Studio Salon & Spa: Schedule your Classic Manicure & Classic Pedicure combination package with Karen for $49.00 today, for Girls Night Out (valued at $65)! Call 703-998-2929.  2800 South Randolph Street Suite 150, 703.465. 5551, www.shirlingtonstudio.com

Visual Eyes Optical Boutiques: Stop by each month for a different designer eyewear trunk show: Rudy Project Sunglasses (April), Burberry and Versace (May), and Raybans (June).

4018 Campbell Avenue, 703.671.1188, www.visionsource-visualeyesods.com/

 
 

Saks sprinkles events around to celebrate spring!

30 Mar

by Yulia Mikhalchuk

If you are not there yet, you are definitely going to. This weekend and further Saks Fifth Avenue in Tysons Galleria is bursting with amazing and fun events you don’t want to miss!

First, Rebecca Minkoff representative will be there to help you spruce up your style for spring! Look at the picture, I’m in awe: combining peach, pink, tangerine and cherry? Seriously? Finally, mixing unmixables is in fashion. It widens horizons and forgives more. If before some elements of your wardrobe just didn’t go together, now it’s time! Be your own “mixologist”! Come Saturday, March 31 from noon to 2.

Get an exclusive gift when you spend $250 or more on women’s contemporary (which is easy!) – Rebecca Taylor scarf, wow! Till Sunday, April 1 (and it’s not a joke)

No worries gifts are not for women only! Marc Jacobs’ pocket square for those spent $250 and over in men’s design lab. Till Sunday, April 1

View a special presentation of the Chopard Spring 2012 collection, till Saturday, March 31, noon to 5

Finally, a desirable “dessert” – Lafayete 148 New York’s representative coming to Saks to help you find your style for spring. Saturday, March 31 from 11 to 2, presentation promptly at 11:30

Enjoy your fashionable weekend!

 

The 60ss, the steak, and the fashion

29 Mar

by Yulia Mikhalchuk

The night of March 25 was very well anticipated and buzzed about way in advance. It was THE_Mad_Men_night, when season 5 premiere aired. Many venues around the city (public and private) hosted viewing parties, but of course I will tell you about the one I attended, – in Bourbon Steak at Four Seasons DC. Private lounge was pure resemblance of that era, from beautiful outfits to floral table treatments, from waitresses’ uniforms to the drinks’ recipes… The only difference there were… nobody smoked (phew!) Two hours of season kick-off flew in a blink, and food and drinks never ended (too bad somebody had to drive home!)  Please enjoy the pictures!

Regarding the movie itself… I would say, it was “okay” appetizer – good enough to tease but not good enough to fully satisfy. It felt a little flat, like it was rushed and not thought out, like producers decided to rest on the clouds for a while. It would get full house anyway, why bother too much! Of course, fashions were impeccable. To me the most impressive is always not what leading actresses wear, but large crowds appearing on the screen for literally seconds!

Question of the evening – WHERE IS BETTY?

Sarah Mais and Gavin W Bowie

Amazing salad with marshmallows!

awaiting

martini and olive

Vintage coat of Cyndy Esty

marvelous dessert!

Yes it is spring in Four Seasons!

Whole gallery of 27 is HERE

 
 

Mad Men season 5 coming – are you fashionably ready or fashionably late?

23 Mar

by Yulia Mikhalchuk

How excited are you about Mad Men new season just few days away? I hope you have your outfit out and ready to be “walked”! “Bourbon Steak” at Four Seasons Hotel is hosting a viewing party. $75.00 includes cocktail party at 7, three-course dinner at 8, The_Movie at 9, and prizes! Tax and gratitude included. I’m trying to imagine the sea of colorful skirty dresses, beautifully styled hair and small purses. How good can you do, DC?

For reservations or more information, please call 202-944-2026 or email bourbonsteak.was@fourseasons.com

2 hour show premiere airs on Sunday, March 25, at 9/8c on amc.

I personally a little bit upset about Betty Draper migrating from Grace Kelly’s style to Jacky Kennedy’s, but well, I guess it’s only logical. Being now a mom of three and a politician’s wife, the crowd she is now swimming in has changed, too. So, as much as we loved her iconic feminine looks, we now have to wave them good-byes and greet a new, matured and polished Betty. Bye-bye, Birdie.

Luckily, you can now find  dresses with slight differences in skirts but same fabric/pattern/vibe, so the switch Grace/Jackie and vice versa is not so drastic. Here is a little teaser of amazing dresses, shift and prom, from Fever Designs in the United Kingdom who don’t deliver over the ocean! But, at least we can get an idea…

Emilia Shift Pink Dress and Emilia Prom Pink Dress

Emilia Pink Blossom dresses

Same pair in cream, SHIFT and PROM

Emilia cream blossom

Well, to get closer to earth, Target offers very MadMen dress just for $24.99 by Merona (also available in black and fresh raspberry):

While still in Target, here is one amazing by Jason Wu (sold out online, though, but you can try looking for it in the store!)

Judge for yourself how similar these dresses are, but… you can find one on Etsy HERE just for $55.25! Just one available.

Can’t help but share this amazing vintage 1967 Dior coat on ShrimptonCouture for $1,800.00

To jump in price range, here is something fab for just $56.00 by Ronni Nicole on Kohls:

Love this floral print dress, very Mrs.Draper! On Coggles for £221

Another floral vintage – blue sequined rose dress on Blue Velvet Village

And of course, what is 1950-60ss wardrobe without polka dots! On Mod Cloth for $155.99

In the same place you can find this stunner in cadmium blue, So Joan Holloway! Just for $47.99

There is also a dress Peggy Olson would wear! for $44.99

Anjou Clothing offers lots of vintage looking dresses, enjoy HERE

$105.00 will get you this colorful plaid sun dress on Vintageous:

Absolutely have to share this one – Emily and Fin for £30 – on Coggles

What have I forgotten… Oh, lace, of course! Here is this adorable salmon lace dress on Vintageous for $210.00

So, I hope you enjoy this new season of Mad Men, regardless the size of your wallet. Of course, there are tons of dresses, purses, shoes, glasses and jewelry out there, considering the hotness of this fashion era now, so I guess it just makes the hunt easier.

 
 

Hugo in Neiman Marcus

21 Mar

by Yulia Mikhalchuk

Join us for an evening of men’s fashion and mixology with Matt Birk, Baltimore Ravens Center and Brian Boye, Fashion Director for Men’s Health Magazine, on Thursday, March 29th from 6-8 pm.

They’ll be discussing Matt Birk’s work with his charity organization, HIKE Foundation, and we’ll have models presenting the new Hugo Boss Spring Collection. Jeff Faile, the mixologist at James Beard nominated Fiola Restaurant, will be here pouring a specialty concoction.

Neiman Marcus Mazza Gallerie
5300 Wisconsin Ave N.W.
Washington, DC 20015



 
 

Fashion Star – round 2!

21 Mar

by Yulia Mikhalchuk

Second episode of “Fashion Star” just finished and as usual, you can already shop for winning garments!

Have to note, I am sad for Ross (would love to have all his jackets especially pink plaid! so what the fabric it’s too thick – it can wait till fall!) and Orly with her cream dress with lace detailing on the bottom. Would wear that in a wink. Crossing fingers for them both next week!

Oscar should reconsider his profession, he would really do well as a stand up comedian (well, and do a part-time tailoring for night clubs). Although I have to admit, if not for him, there wouldn’t be much color on this show. Oh well, except for that turquoise tunic with a mouth on the back. What is it with designers who don’t know much about gravitation? If the garment is made of light fabric and has horizontal slits… what do they think will happen?

Ok enough about sadness! Here are the pictures and links where you can buy the winners!

First, plaid shift dress by Kara Laricks for $325.00 in Saks Fifth Avenue (available online now, will be available in stores Wednesday morning). Congratulations to Kara on jumping from “No offer”-s to a bidding war between buyers! She landed at $100,000.00 offer from Saks!

Second, amazing shirts by Nzimiro Oputa for $70.00 in Macy’s – available in stripes and white

Also in Macy’s, my favorite items of this week, dresses by Lisa Vian Hunter for $99.00 (available in pink and black&white)

Last, but not least, trousers by Sarah in H&M for just $19.95 (in blue and in white)

Happy shopping to you! And don’t forget to tune in for live web chat on NBC Washington next Tuesday at 10 p.m.!  The one from today is available to read HERE.

 
 

Elie Tahari’s spring fashions

19 Mar

by Yulia Mikhalchuk

Many Tahari’s fans concentrated in “Wear now” on Three in Saks Fifth Avenue Tysons this Saturday.  Freshest spring fashions (and in this weather it feels like it’s time for the fall trends) were presented in very brief but substantial fashion show the spectators got to absorb what’s on this season. Neutrals and subtle colors, nothing edgy, all very classy and feminine, as it always happened under Tahari brand. Sangrias and delicious fingerfoods were riding trays all around, shopping was active, and somebody won a clutch in a raffle!

Enjoy the pictures as usual.

Casey Jacket (middle) available here for $598.00. Grayson sleeveless dress (second from right) available here for $328.00

chocolates were amazing!

hair styles and massages were offered on site

fishy bites!

Lady in green! Alexis Bittar jewelry, Ellen Tracy jacket

Lafayette skirt!

Maurisa Turner Potts trying on Panama Maxi Dress, $348.00, available here

love this cuff!

Souny West of W salon; Brenna Dolan and Ryan Charchian of Cashmere&Tweed

The clutch that now belongs to lucky somebody! $298.00!

everybody's favorite dress!

Lisa Anderson's Dolce Vita shoes!

Enjoy the whole gallery HERE

 
 

Ella-Rue’s “Sweets and baubles”

19 Mar

by Yulia Mikhalchuk

Fashion lovers streamed to Ella-Rue, New Consigned and Designer Boutique, on Wednesday night for a “Sweets&baubles” party. Amazing designers’ steals, champagne and sweet treats, nail coloring and many other fun things were offered. Outside of the store there was a rack full of “$20 and under” amazing garments!

See some pictures from the event and how we made “dress up party” happen! Don’t forget to visit  a whole gallery of 37 images.

even outside it says "PARTY"!

Peeps!

Krista Johnson the owner hosting

"Baubles"!

Sweets!

Jewelry!

shoes!

Alice and Olivia trench coat $248.00

nails revamping!

Lolly Amons co-hosting

Necklace Ella-Rue is just $29.00!!!

Krista Johnson, the owner (right) with her dad

glamorous surroundings

Trina Turk dress, $158; Gucci shoes, $250.00; Thomas Wylde purse, $495.00; D&G shades, $120; Honesty bracelets, $67.00

purse up close

Lolly wearing Emmanuel Ungaro vintage (1970ss) dress, $220

Leifsdottir silk tunic/dress, $174; Nine West cork shoes, $58; Elaine Turner gold clutch, $168.00;Ella-Rue necklace, $29.00

Whole gallery of 37 images is available HERE

 

Shoe greenery on St.Patty’s day

18 Mar

by Yulia Mikhalchuk

I am not particularly in love with “color overkill” on certain days, like red on Christmas, yellow-ish on Easter and… green on St.Patrick’s day. But, to acknowledge you are still on the same boat, and for the “team spirit” it is fun to add some color elements. In this case, let’s talk about shoes! They are always fun to experiment with and hey, let’s face it, there are never too many, why not get another green pair?

So, here are some finding I dug (and had a great pleasure doing so) from various places. Hope you enjoy!

For $175.99, you can have those incredibly cute  LISA FOR DONALD PLINER heels over HERE on 6pm

Love these laced up with mesh detail MACEY flats from ASOS for just $44.76! Over HERE

For their traditional $39.95, JustFab offers these classic Paulette (you have to be registered with them to see):

Adore these 50-60ss POETIC LICENSE ORIENT EXPRESS (also available in other colors) for $99.00 on Zappos HERE

These adorable flops are perfect for running errands but still being a little bit elevated from earth. LILIBET WEDGE SANDALS, b.o.c. by BORN, on sale for $59.99 in Macy’s HERE. “Borns” are always so incredibly comfortable, I recommend having a pair in your car all the time just in case it was “kill the feet by shoes” day.

From casual to incredible we jump, look at these fantastic CHARLOTTE OLYMPIA wire-heel platform sandal from Neiman Marcus “just” for $2,395.00!!! HERE

Very elegant and classy, but still witty Kate Spade New York LATRICE COLORBLOCK SATIN POINT TOE PUMPS from Saks Fifth Avenue, for $298.00, HERE


And finally, cute “dessert” surpsise, green by all means, Vihreä alku Green start 2005, by Finnish designer Annie Rapinoja. I’m guessing, not to buy, not to wear, but just enjoy the piece of art and remember staying green. By all means.

Have a great St.Patrick’s celebration!

 
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January Jones on Mad Men season 5 premiere

15 Mar

by Yulia Mikhalchuk

It is better to be controversial than boring if you want to be talked about. Now being one of the leading stars of “Mad Men” series, and definitely a leading female character, one mustn’t worry about lack of attention. But, there can’t be too much attention. January Jones arrived to season 5 premiere of “Mad Men” in Roland Mouret black cutout dress – the only thing that wasn’t “Betty Draper”. The hair, the make up, the classy black pumps, and even coral nail polish all mirrored our fav “Birdie”. All, except the dress.

Love the color blocking, but the holes resembling a ski mask holes that robbers go to banks in, are just too much, in my opinion. She has much more prettier face up there and the one located on the belly is just pulling “the blanket” too aggressively. Reminded me persistently about bed sheet ghost made by Karlsson (Russian cartoon after Astrid Lindgren book). See the picture.