A Pretty New Frock

venacava

Last week I made a rare trek across the Key Bridge (I still get a rush of I-live-here!-excitement when I drive across) to Clarendon for an informal shopping party at Farinelli’s. It was hosted by Em Hall, former blogger for DC Goodwill Fashionista and who now works for the USO. She’s also doing the women’s buying for the store, allowing the owner, Mauro, to focus on what he does and knows best: denim and menswear, their core (at the moment) business.

Even though I told myself I would not be buying anything, I came away with the most gorgeous silk Vena Cava dress, for $100. Which is considerably less than you might find for it elsewhere online (take that, online shopping!).

I actually wore it out of the store, not because I have zero patience, but because I stumbled in the dressing room and busted the zipper of the Trina Turk high-waisted skirt I wore in. A delicate flower I am not! So, ladies, take note – they seem willing to negotiate on their spring and summer stock to make room for fall shipments (things move quicker than a fifth-grade romance in retail). I’m certainly looking forward to their womenswear stock in the coming seasons.

Now I just need to find shoes….

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