On the Road Again.

Posted on August 28, 2008
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Sorry things have been a little quiet here on the PB front. Random projects and going out of town have been keeping me busy, and on top of that, I have a cold, which means I'm feeling tired and fuzzy in the head. Right now I'm attempting to muster the energy to pack for my trip down to Lexington this weekend. My friend Ann and I are already planning a Friday night outing to Skatetown USA, the rollerskating rink where we threw ice cream birthday party celebrations when we were younger. There will be costumes involved...

A few things I thought I'd mention:

The event above. I worked for JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) for three years, and they are an amazing group doing incredible work. Just check into their expense ratio and you'll see that any money donated to this charity is well spent. I will be at the event on Wednesday and I hope that all of you can make it, too.

My Sidewalk Style this week is here, and it addresses a style issue we've all had to deal with at some point or another - how to dress appropriately for the office but still look like yourself (not too old, not too boring). One thing I hated was having to spend money on clothes that weren't "fun." Her outfit is a study in office essentials: a neutral sheath dress is a smart investment, and while it's not essential, her matching bag and flats (no flip-flops here!) do make the look neat and chic. That cropped jacket will take her all the way into fall - she could layer it with a thin long-sleeved tee, a statement necklace and long leather gloves....my must-have fall item.

Lastly, I have to mention that I'm a ZIPS customer for life now. I had been looking for my cropped Moschino Cheap & Chic jacket for MONTHS (it was actually cheap and chic by the time I purchased it from Diva), and on a whim I called the drycleaner. Whaddayaknow, they had held onto $5 worth of clothes I'd dropped off in March. I'm sure it's not typical, but how great is that!?

OK, enough procrastinating. I'm going to bite the bullet and pack. Let's hope the weather clears...I will wear my (new?) vintage one-piece bathing suit before the season is over!

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Simply Fantastic…

Posted on August 25, 2008
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I stopped this woman this morning wearing a great all-neutrals outfit that looked really sharp and cool in a very subtle way. The photo doesn't do justice to her cuteness really...and to the awesomeness that was her TEN DOLLAR Simply Vera top (Vera Wang's Kohl's line). It was insanely well-cut and comfy looking to boot. I mean, ten measly dollars (it was on sale, but still)? Note to self: check out Kohl's to fill in fall wardrobe gaps.

She had a great hairstyle too, I noticed - something I've been acutely aware of over the past few months, as I've been busy photographing and interviewing upwards of 40 people for a spread on great hair in the current issue of Washingtonian. You can view the ones that are online here, but check out the paper issue for the printed picks!

Along the way, I met some really cool people (a burlesque dancer, a chocolatier with Dr. McDreamy hair, a producer for Meet the Press) and learned a lot about caring for my hair (I was washing my hair far too often, which was drying it out). Solid proof that it's easy to stumble across really interesting people in our fair city. Speaking of reasons to like DC: a cute piece by my bud Dan Zak, which I read leisurely over the most delicious crepe Sunday at Cafe Napoleon.

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Gold-Medal Dance Champions: BLISS Anniversary Party, Black Cat

Posted on August 25, 2008
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Worth the Trip: Goodwill Trunk Show at Marimekko

Posted on August 19, 2008
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Attention all thrifters and vintage lovers! Or people who like the idea of either and want to make a go of it!

Goodwill of Greater Washington is hosting a trunk show Thursday evening at the gorgeous Silver Spring Marimekko store. The clothes are all going to be vintage or vintage-inspired, edited for awesomeness and sold at dirt-cheap Goodwill prices. It would be nice, but not required of you, to RSVP to The DC Goodwill Fashionista (fashion@dcgoodwill.org) if you think you might go. Cheap vintage, Marimekko eye candy, and maybe dinner at Mandalay afterward....

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*MoonPie: an essential roadtrip snack when traveling to Tennessee.

Dirt cheap is pretty much the only shopping category I'm allowing myself these days. That was a whole lotta frustrating given the great sales at the Off Saks in Nashville, but it was where we finally found the dress my mother will wear for Brenna's wedding in September. It was such a score: a black silk Armani dress, to the knee, with the most gorgeous embellishment at the neck..originally more than $3,000. The tag at the store read a more reasonable but still way pricey $890-something. By the time the final markdown had been applied and my mom had applied for whatever card and gotten THAT additional discount, we walked (floated?) out of the store with a $360-something dress.

I found my bridesmaid dress too: A Marilyn-Monroe style dress in black (we have the exact the exact-same size hands, I discovered, when I went to the Walk of Fame in college). It's a halter style in whatever that microfiber is that never seems to wrinkle, with a silky high waist cummerbundish thing and a skirt that flows down from there right below the knee. Stylish, flattering and comfortable, and $99. It was the first dress I tried on. DONE. More and more these days, I love to find something right away and be done with it! Well, maybe it's just the things that I "need"...

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