Taking it to the Max….and Annapolis Living.

Posted on June 24, 2008
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What do you all think of the long “maxi” dresses that are pretty popular right now for summer? I think they can be very pretty, as in the case of Jessica Jordan, who I spotted during my day-trip to Annapolis on Sunday (you can vote on the outfit!). I used to have this dress that wasn’t quite a maxi…it was kind of a hippie day dress that came down to about mid-calf. It wasn’t the most fashionable thing in the world, but it was silk and so, so soft and comfortable. It finally fell apart and I miss it!

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I totally fell for Annapolis. We were in such full-on summer mode getting there, talking and listening to music in C’s little convertible, that we missed our exit and made out way into town some kind of back way. I’m so glad we did, because we ended up discovering Absolutely Fabulous (24 Annapolis Street; (410-268-8762), which, as the name implies, is an absolutely fabulous antique and consignment home shop. Lots of cool shabby-chic furniture (how ridiculous is this cabinet below?! I don’t like it really but it was totally cool), light fixtures and assorted curiosities like old cameras and those model display sailboats that I love. I drooled over a set of antique silver tea spoons and C bought a black leather jewelry box for $50. Roomie E took home a pin for $2. How’s that for painless retail therapy?!

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The town has a ton of great little boutiques and antique stores, and it seems like everyone who lives there has a porch.

As we drove home (post-Mike’s), we talked about how good it felt to get out of the city, and how refreshingly laid-back and vacation-y Annapolis was. It got us all talking about where we envision ourselves living in the future. I love Washington for its energy, its smart population and growing creative scene, but sometimes I feel at odds with it. I get frustrated by the self-awareness, the relentless competition, the general feeling I get that people don’t know how to relax. I want to be able to walk out on my porch in my underwear to water my plants without thinking about the neighbors! I actually DID that the other day and realized once I was out there. You can take the girl out of Lexington but you can’t take Lexington out of the girl…

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…why yes, I’d love another mini Moet!

Posted on June 23, 2008
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I went out to The Courage Cup on Saturday, which I had described to friends as “kind of like Gold Cup except polo.” Clearly I have no idea what happens at these things, because when I was grabbed to go “stomp the divots,” I had no idea what that entailed. Come on, I was there for the outfits! And hats! Turns out I wasn’t the only photographer getting in on the action….

Also: so now I kinda really want a sporran. Recently I’ve been rotating two vintage bags with long straps worn across the body, and these seem like another hands-free alternative, but way more interesting than a fannypack. Doesn’t the black & white one look like something Kate Moss or one of the Olson twins might wear?!

Hat tip to Andrea for having me and to Kenny over at Legal Times for hosting me and for supporting the cause…and a playfully scowling hat tip to Pam for posting the worst.picture.ever of me on her blog.

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Walking Gingerly Along…

Posted on June 23, 2008
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The roomies and I went to check out Ginger last week – the airy, eco-chic boutique out at the new Maryland shopping district Bethesda Row. I’ve yet to spend a full day scoping all the new area has to offer, but I’ve been hearing so much about Ginger and I’ve been dying to go since I missed the opening a while back. It’s got a great laid-back, almost West-Coast vibe…and tons of feminine clothes from lines like Yoana Baraschi, Linda Loudermilk (who’s led the charge in attractive eco clothes) and the trunk show we oogled that night: Calypso Christiane Celle (love the amazing embellished tunics in bright colors).

We didn’t know exactly where to go when we got out of the parking garage (um…do not ignore the meters) but when we spotted these two well-dressed girls, I knew they’d be able to lead us semi-disoriented Washingtonians to the Bethesda water (turns out they were, of course, also headed to the gathering). I admired their high-waisted-but-slouchy skirts and pretty patterned bags…such happy summer outfits. The skirts were from a favorite New Zealand store that one of the girls buys a lot from (she saves up and buys several things to justify the shipping). But until she WRITES ME to tell me what it is, I’ll pass along a well-priced Cali boutique with some very appealing e-commerce. Enjoy!

UPDATE: I knew she’d write! It’s Supre.com.au. Thanks Charlotte!

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If you’re reading this and near U Street…

Posted on June 19, 2008
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UPDATE: Besides DEKKA, the Great Harriet Kassman Giveaway starts today: an additional 50 percent off already reduced spring/select summer merchandise from lines like Lela Rose and Pink Tartan! And if you’re already there, you might as well pop into Saks – I hear from their reps that the “entire store” is on sale – some more than 60 percent off.

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