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March Martini Madness – MMM

13 Mar

by Yulia Mikhalchuk

It is very curious to me why you have to become mad particularly in March (even new season of “Mad Men” premiers in March), but it is what it is so we are officially allowed to do so. If you choose to go bananas by drinks, and martinis are your favorites, then it is your straight road to Bethesda Row. For the whole month of March, 10 restaurants there are offering their special Row-tinis for happy hour price all day long. Make your pick and visit  one, few, or all of them, – to eat and sip on your favorite.

Patrons can vote for the best Row-tini once a day on Facebook at facebook.com/BethesdaRow and enter to win a $500 dining certificate for up to ten guests from one of the participating restaurants at www.BethesdaRow.comThe winner will be randomly drawn from all entries on BethesdaRow.com.  The winner will be emailed directly and announced on Facebook by April 5, 2012. Dining certificate expires December 31, 2012.

Participating restaurants and their Row-tinis – left to right, up to bottom (all restaurants are linkable)

1 – Redwood’s Salute the Sun

7121 Bethesda Lane | 301.656.5515

2 – Raku’s Ginger Asian Pear Martini

7240 Woodmont Avenue | 301.718.8680

3 – Mussel Bar’s Pink Grapefruit Blossom

7262 Woodmont Avenue | 301.215.7817

4 – Mon Ami Gabi’s Hoya Highball

7239 Woodmont Avenue | 301.654.1234

5 – Lebanese Taverna’s Pisco Eden

7141 Arlington Road | 301.951.8681

6 – Jaleo’s Sidra del Silencio

7271 Woodmont Avenue | 301.913.0003

7 – Café Deluxe’s French Martini

4910 Elm Street | 301.656.3131

8 – Assaggi’s Cactus Pear Rowtini

4838 Bethesda Avenue | 301.951.1988

9 – American Tap Room’s Midnight Spresso

7278 Woodmont Avenue | 301.656.1366

10 – Vapiano’s White Pomegranate Cosmopolitan

4900 Hampden Lane | 301.215.7013

 
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International Women’s Day: trip to Sassoon

09 Mar

by Yulia Mikhalchuk

On Thursday March 8, a.k.a. International Women’s Day, which also happened to be a full moon, and also a Purim, I traveled to Vidal Sassoon salon in Tysons Galleria to check out their coloring and hairdressing department. Spring is coming and every woman seeks changes! See for yourself if it was successful! Thanks to top colorist Alvina Macrall and salon director Yoshiko Shimizu this is what I have on my head now instead of a mess before. Here is “Before” and “After” pictures for you to judge.

Sassoon Salon

TYSONS GALLERIA
1855G INTERNATIONAL DRIVE
MCLEAN
22102
+1 703 448 9884

No need to write which one is "Before" and which one is "After", right?

moi and top colorist Alvina Macrall

moi and salon director Yoshiko Shimizu

 
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Art Jamz VIP preview opening!

08 Mar

by Yulia Mikhalchuk

Art Jamz-ers and the sexiest couple in DC Michael M.Clements and Anchyi Wei finally “residented” their artistic creation on Dupont Circle. The official Art Jamz studio has “VIP-opened” last Wednesday on Connecticut Avenue. Invite-only guests shored in for 1 hour slots to enjoy the new design, artistic company, sips and bites, and the opportunity to create a communal canvas to be hang in the studio. 800 sq.feet space offers creative and lounge areas and will invite for painting sessions for adults and families with kids. Congratulations to the team of AJ and wishing many creative years upon them.

Art Jamz studio is located at

1742 Connecticut Ave NW

To reserve your spot on a next upcoming session, click HERE

As usual, enjoy the pictures.

"The cover"

Dynamic duo behind Art Jamz scenes - Anchyi Wei and Michael M.Clements

Art contributing!

My 5¢ to the big piece!

Space

Color wheel and color wall

Gentle reminder - only small business here! ))

million doors

creative minds even do casual things creatively

Bubbles and art

Moi and Anchyi

 
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Fashion Fights Poverty 2012 gala

07 Mar

by Yulia Mikhalchuk

If you care about fashion and also are philanthropist, then it’s almost obligatory for you to attend 2012 Fashion Fights Poverty Dress Responsibly Gala! Event is held on the last day of March in Artisphere in Arlington VA. Tickets are $75 GA and $150 VIP and can be purchased HERE. Eco-ethical designers will proudly show their creations, and the names are: Project Runway Season 7 winner, Seth Aaron Henderson; renewable fabric apparel designer, Earthtec; EcoArtFashion founder, Luis Valenzuela; 2011 Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation Designers Award recipient, Tara St. James (Study NY); local DC metro area designers, Laura Williams and Ginger Root; NY-based sustainable fabric lingerie designer, Daisy & Elizabeth; LA-based eco-friendly designer, LAVUK; swimwear and NY-based apparel designer, Ashley Zaba; vegan shoes and bag designer Cri-de-Ceour (definitely going to check it out! – DH); and animal activist and creator of the “12 in 12 for 12″ campaign, Gabby Wild.

 

Chanel springs out in Saks

29 Feb

by Yulia Mikhalchuk

On February 28 Chanel at Saks Fifth Avenue Chevy Chase hosted a trunk show, presenting new spring fashions straight from the runway, and new sample bags and shoes. Models dressed in exquisite garments with 5-number price tags, walked around  to please the eyes of very few. Champagne and sweets were provided to spice up your shopping (or spectating) experience.

Enjoy some pictures.

Models in all Chanel

square noses are back again?

Classic that goes with everything

details of 10K dress

open back jacket! so daring.

ruffle waves

flawless construction

it's mint green. just wanted to give it retro treat.

 
 

Neiman Marcus Spring Preview

27 Feb

by Yulia Mikhalchuk

Neiman Marcus of Tysons Galleria presented spring preview showcase on February 22. Guests first enjoyed refreshments and finger foods in NM cafe, and then proceeded to a fashion show.

We celebrate prints  – bolds or demures, graphics or florals; and color – pink is greeted back, neons are on! What appeared to me most and what I always loved – print jackets! Oh, and of course, “yellow is the new neutral”! Sunny, bright, uplifting color is very well appreciated this season. Hurray! Who thought, but sport is truly fashionable now – it surfaces even on dresses, which makes them more accessible and multipurposed.

Enjoy the pictures with commentaries, hope you will find handy information for you. And, let’s have fashion fun this spring (which starts whatever you decide, even if it’s freezing February!)

color and texture!

leather skirt from Armani Collezioni

Long sleeve blouse, $695.00, can be found here, and leather ruffle skirt, $1,195.00, here – by Armani Collezioni in Neiman Marcus

Reversible coat, raw edges – love!

Graphic floral print dress, $895, can be found here, by Armani Collezioni

Piazza Sempione – cobalt printed jacket and largo pant

closer look. see the correspondence between the jacket and the blouse!

From resort collection – white poplin tunic with printed capri pant and neutral trench

Mixed-stripe V-neck dress, linen-cotton, $1,150.00, can be found here, by Piazza Sempione

Brushstroke-print jacket, $1,470.00, can be found here (bu no pictue can do the judgment, better see it in person!), by Piazza Sempione

Yellow cotton-silk tweed dress by Akris Punto

Micro-dot with micro-stripe combo! By Akris Punto

Trench look jacket (love!) by Escada

Jewelry from new David Yurman collection:

Ingrid, the raffle winner (whole bag of Dior cosmetics) and Melissa Ekblom, PR Manager Neiman Marcus

Just on the floor – yellow flower dress by Jill Stuart and already seen today “watercolor” jacket by Piazza Sempione. Love the golden turtle cuff for $495.00 (Neiman Marcus)

Turtle up-close:

Want to meet the winner of “Project Runawy All Stars” and Ken Downing, plus $2,500 NM gift card? Enter HERE

 
 

Mick Rock photography exhibit at W

19 Feb

by Yulia Mikhalchuk

Those of you who appreciate music, rock & roll, the seventies, or just awesome photography are invited to living room of W Washington DC from March 2-31. Legendary Mick Rock, a.k.a. ‘the man who shot the seventies’, will have his exhibit open to public, with both old and new pieces.

Since 2008, Rock has captured intimate behind-the-scenes portraits and on-stage theatrics at W’s live music series, Symmetry Live, which offers W guests insider access to who’s new and next in music. These images, which include shots of past Symmetry Live performers like Cee Lo Green, Janelle Monae and Ellie Goulding, will be displayed alongside Rock’s famed photos of rock and roll legends such as David Bowie, Debbie Harry and Iggy Pop. In addition, the exhibit will include Rock’s latest photographs of some of music’s most acclaimed talents, including Bono, Snoop Dogg, Alicia Keys and Lady Gaga.

Here is photo of Bowie and Ronson at lunch in 1973, by Mick Rock.

 

Gilt City’s warehouse/closet revealed

14 Feb

by Yulia Mikhalchuk

On Friday the 10th Gilt City DC gave access to its treasured warehouse to the VIP/press, with following sale event on Saturday for the public. Long View gallery was buzzing and babbling with excitement of privileged shoppers, digging through goods and sipping on the campaign. Rivers of designers garments, shoes, accessories and whatnot were filtered by DC fashionistas, leaving messy piles behind like 3 year-olds on Halloween playdate. Yours truly attended the first part and it was scary to imagine what has actually happened on Saturday night with about 1000 people RSVPd for the event.

Enjoy some pics which I could not help but treat in randomly vintage-y style. Oh and by the way those granola bars were beyond amazing. What was the brand again? Were eaten ruthlessly.

Tons and tons of stuff! I wonder if there is anything left now?

Excitment sprinkling

Barbara Martin and Jayne Sandman of BrandLink DC in the fitting room. B looks accomplished and J seems still on the hunt despite the number of the hangers! Bravo!

Vanessa Rodriguez of Federal Realty playing dress-up. On Vanessa: Dress: Pucci Orginial price: $2500 Sale price: $499 Shoes: Kathryn Amberleigh Original price: $202 Sale price: $49 Bangles: Chamak Sale price: $10 Handbag Valentino Original price: $2995 Sale price: $499

Art on the back. Glances in the fitting room.

fabulous Anchyi Wei in Zac Posen dress, originally $1250, sale $249

Real time photographers - Alfredo Flores and Daniel Swartz

 

Tiny box offers six stories of treasures

10 Feb

by Yulia Mikhalchuk

Tiny Jewel Box invites Washingtonians for a special Valentine event this Friday and Saturday, February 10 and 11, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. For these two days only, TJB will host new, never-before-seen designs from Penny Preville, exciting new artist creations from Fragments Design Lab, and an exclusive collection of Tag Heuer Watches, and provide shoppers with sweet treats from the Tiny Jewel Box Candy Bar. If you haven’t get anything for your valentine on soon-to-come special day, you might consider grabbing this opportunity.

Tiny Jewel Box

1447 Connecticut Ave, NW

Washington DC, 20036

tel# 202-393-2747

Business hours: Mon-Sat 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Validated parking at Colonial across the street

 

Jason Wu is in Target – don’t blame it on the cat!

10 Feb

by Yulia Mikhalchuk

Highly anticipated and widely announced Jason Wu‘s pieces finally occupied front racks in Target - and some are already sold out! Breezy, tender, romantic colors, very feminine flattering silhouettes, and just total irresistible cuteness of every creation – obviously this is what people fed up with winter were really hungry for!

They take it to the next level every time Target presents new brand!

Best forgiving silhouettes ever. I had this navy dress when I was little girl. Love the socks with shoes.

It is amazing how fashion returns! So comfortable, so effortless, so easy, so light.

Scarves. Infamous cat multiplied!

Genious hand.

Beside the preciousness of everything he does… nothing is more expensive than $50! Can be purchased online HERE and in Target stores Nationwide.

Other significant brands Target carried (and yours truly loved…) among many others are: Isaac Mizrahi, Jovovich-Hawk and Missoni

 
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