Tuesday, March 31, 2009
A coworker and I began to muse over the thought, "does Mrs. O change in flight? maybe putting on some comfy PJ's? I mean it is a long flight and all..."
Play a little Jay-Z "Change Clothes" and Ta-Da!
Mr. and Mrs. Obama landing in London. Mrs. O donning Jason Wu's chartreuse silk short sleeved dress with a shawl. She certainly knows how to deplane in style (I could learn a thing or two from her...)
Photo thanks; The Cut
If the promise of comedy and cocktails weren't enough to lure you the proceeds from the event benefit two great causes; Reporters Without Borders and the Eric Friedheim Library located at the National Press Club.
The event begins at 7pm at the National Press Club Ballroom, at 529 14th Street. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door.
Givhan addresses a point; at what price do we pay to keep up with the fashions of today? Everyone from the Aspen-goers to your typical family household has embraced the dreary fact; the economy is bad, very very bad. With this acceptance comes an influx of advice from stylists on how to be "fashionable" on a budget; everything from designer threads a Target to do it yourself home projects.
Givhan suggests that sometimes its best to forgo current trends and stick to the basics, those classic staples and cloths that actually have a purpose. In reference to Audrey Hepburn's little black dress, Givhan's rule of thumb is: "If it was stylish enough for Audrey Hepburn, then it doesn't need to be reinvented."
I appreciate Vogue's feasible shopping suggestions as much as the next girl, and I love a good "steal." However, right now I think its time to resort to the basics, keep it simple and classic. If you are someone who simply must shop, perhaps use this as a time to update your basic closet staples?
Monday, March 30, 2009
The Yeah Yeah Yeahs new album "Blitz" drops tomorrow, be sure to check it out, especially the track "Zero". The album is a vastly different approach for the band, filled with heavy usage of synthesizers creating a pulsating and vibrant sound. The band recorded the entire album in remote West Texas, channeling their artistic roots in the surreal atmosphere.
Not only is Karen O and goddess of rock and fashion, but she has recently scored Spike Jonze's highly anticipated film, "Where the Wild Things Are." Uhhh.. how cool?!?
Click here to listen to Yeah Yeah Yeahs single "Zero"
Also, click here to check out the trailer for "Where the Wild Things Are."
Welcome in Cherry Blossom fever! This time each year DC comes alive with excitement as those famous little flowers begin to bloom. While the peak bloom period has been revised to April 1st-4th, the official bloom period is March 28th- April 11th.
The Cherry Blossom Festival spurs local restaurants to capitalize on the influx of DC visitors. Eateries/bars such as; Art & Soul, Hook, J. Paul's, Mie N Yu, PS7's and Zengo will all be taking advantage of the excitement by offering cherry blossom themed cuisine and cocktails.Below: Mie N Yu Cherry Blossom cocktail
NY Mag recently interviewed Miss GaGa, here is my fave quote; "The assumption is that my eccentricity is not who I really am, but it is." She leans in, to clarify things. "I have lost my mind," she says."
Lady GaGa is set to play in DC at the 9:30 Club this Thursday(2 shows). Tickets sold out months ago (and in 2 nights at that) so good luck getting in.
Sunday, March 29, 2009
I had long anticipated my first venture to Brabo, the new restaurant in Old Town from restaurateur extraordinaire, Robert Wiedmaier. The Washington chef is known for Marcel's and Brasserie Beck. Wiedmaier truly capitalized on the Old Town dining experience by cultivating, not one, not two- but three separate dining experiences. There is the main dining experience at Brabo, the more casual and cocktail conducive Brabo Tasting Room, and soon to open Butcher's Block, focusing on take out orders and cooking classes.
Last week I finally made it over to Brabo. The atmosphere is soothing, modern and sophisticated. I snapped the photo below of the wild mushroom and foie-gras ravioli, also sampling the roasted farmhouse chicken (fantastic!) and the pork shank. I highly recommend the mussels!
For more information on Brabo, click here for the Washingtonian's review complete with menus.
And be sure to check out the dining experience at Brabo- its well worth the trip to Old Town, I promise.
Saturday, March 28, 2009
I'm liking the surge of women in male threads; from the power suit, structured blazer to the bowtie.
The other day, Cassie and I got into a discussion as to how the trends of women in menswear and nerd chic have jumped across the pond and landed in the States.
The flowers in Alabama are particularly unique; the pinks, purples and whites all work to sweeten the air. I took advantage of the weather and snapped a few pics along the way.
Friday, March 27, 2009
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Another great site offers tips for simple steps you can do to become more Eco-friendly. Click here for the 50 easy steps.
A fun experiment I am currently doing is testing how going green can ease the pocketbook. I will keep you posted if I find any revelations, but I expect to see vast differences.
Don't forget this Saturday, March 28th is international Earth Hour. The phenomenon (begun in Sydney in 2007) will take place in cities across the globe and is pretty easy to take part in; simply turn off your lights at 8:30pm for one hour.
Fellow DC blogger, Capitol B offers some fun insight as to just what you can do to fill those dark minutes.
The idea of being trapped in suburbia has long been depicted in film, most recently (and fantastically might I add) in Revolutionary Road. Interview Mag recently interviewed Kieran Culkin on the upcoming film (must be said, one of my favorite flicks is Igby Goes Down...so I have a complete and utter love for his performances) Kieran resurfaces after a 7 year break from acting in Lymelife, and he doesn't stop there, with five additional flicks opening in 2009.
Lymelife opens in limited release April 8th.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
""Everyone has assured me that I’ll be able to get a dinner reservation at 9:30 or later and they may actually deliver food to my home," she said." (The Cut)
Friday, March 20, 2009
The gallery is unique to the DC area, highlighting the underground art movement in an industrial and urban space located in the heart of historical Old Town.
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Be sure to check out the Corcoran soon. The Maya Lin exhibit will be open through July 12th, 2009.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
As for me, I will be enjoying a beer (or two) at favorite local Old Town establishments (and Irish for that matter); Murphy's and O'Connell's.
Monday, March 16, 2009
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
So, I must issue a sincere apology for my lack of updates. I have been cursed with illness. In fact, I have fallen ill (flu/strep/ear infection etc) this SAME week for the past four years in a row...weird huh?
Anywho...here is my review for 212/BLOG on Antonio Berardi's Fall 2009 Collection straight from Paris.
Enjoy, as I load myself up with antibiotics and hopefully become 100% better for my much anticipated return to the District Friday!
Sunday, March 8, 2009
Saturday, March 7, 2009
Every year the show serves as a gauge as to what is going on in the art world, and this year is no different. The waters in the art world are quite turbulent this year, as the economy remains in a downward spiral. Art is often one of the first things to "go" in a bad economy.
One exception to this rule was the recent Yves Saint Laurant estate sale which netted nearly a half billion dollars. "$262 million in its first night of the three day sale of Yves Saint Laurent and partner Pierre Berge's 733-piece art collection." This included works by; Brancusi, Matisse and Mondrian.
Though this was certainly a positive sign for the art world, this may have just been an isolated event. As the Armory Show takes place this weekend in NewYork, March 5th-8th, many missing Contemporary artists signal a bad sign for the art world; including one of the Armory's founders Matthew Marks.
The Show was founded 15 years ago by Marks, Paul Morris, Pat Hearn and Colin de Land. Named after the 1913 New York art exhibit which introduces avante-guard art to America.
The Friday New York Times featured an article on the Armory Show titled, "On the Piers, Testing the Waters in a Down Art Market":
"The signs are literally everywhere in this year's addition of the Armory Show, emblazoned on prints, spelled out in lights, carved in stone: "Capitalism Kills." "Everyone is Broke." "Don't Cry." "Keep Calm and Carry On.""
I suppose only time will tell what will happen to the art world in such dramatic times. While many respectably have much more on their plates than to think on the state of art, art is still an intricate part of our economy and therefore an important test to what lies ahead.
Friday, March 6, 2009
The Japanese Cocktail—made with angostura bitters, brandy, and orgeat, a syrup made of almonds, sugar, and orange-flower water.
Mie N Yu
Georgetown’s Mie N Yu will be serving the Cherry Blossom, made with grape vodka, Fuki Cherry plum wine, and cranberry juice.
Equinox has three cocktails: the Cherry Rum & Cola; the Cherry Pie, made with vanilla-infused vodka, white-chocolate liqueur, and Maraschino cherry juice; and the Cherry Sphere, a combination of sweet vermouth and cherry-infused vodka.
For more information on the National Cherry Blossom Festival running from March 28th- April 12th click here.
Also, keep in mind, the peak blossom dates are expected to be April 3rd-9th.
Thursday, March 5, 2009
As I have wrapped up my official review of Nina Ricci for 212/BLOG (will be posted later) I simply must open up some discussion of those shoes!
Rumors swirling around whether Oliver Theyskens was technically "fired" and refuses to step down from the house of Ricci caused just as much buzz as these shoes! The towering wedge platforms hiked up the models into a new stratosphere. They are so ridiculously creative and futuristic. What do you think?
The Balmain Fall 2009 collection, though slightly repetitive, is fantastic in my eyes. I am in full support of sticking to what you do well, and Balmain's, Christophe Decarnin does it to perfection. He nails sexy and chic with signature blazers, parachute pants and super short dresses which sparkle with an abundance of sequins and crystals. And, seriously, how fantastic is Erin Wasson?
Photo thanks WWD