We pause for Alber...

Friday, March 26, 2010

I've clearly once again reached that stretch of the month (er, season?) where work and commitments and other busyness pile up, and I don't have nearly as much time as I'd like to spend on the blog. (Oh, if only we were all as prolific as the amazing Susie B.! Sometimes, I just don't know how she does it...) I'm much more active on the Twitter these days, if that is something you would like to follow.

But I digress. I was digging around in my photo archives for images for a post I was concocting, and instead stumbled upon a pile of snaps I took when I got to tag along on a photo shoot with Lanvin's Alber Elbaz in Beijing's Forbidden City back in 2005. The shoot eventually ran in the Asia Pacific editions of Elle mag (final layouts at the end, just so you can see the end result). It was a pretty awesome/magical/unique thing to witness, and I thought you'd like a peek at some of the behind-the-scenes shots.

The incomparable Mr. Elbaz really is as adorable/good spirited/creative as they say. As you can probably see from him cheerily rolling around on the bricked pavilions of the palace in the stifling heat of summer.

OK, back to the To Do list. More soon!

Spring Wishlist, Part 4: Stripes! Bows! Pink!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

I practically had to wrestle this adorable Kate Spade Jillian dress away from another shopper in the store yesterday. (Turns out neither of us found our size -- which is just as well, because if you order it online, you can get 20 percent off, plus free shipping, with the code "dontfret.") You know how I'm a sucker for anything with a huge bow.

Speaking of Ms. Spade, be sure to check out this terrific article on the Spades' awesomeness in the spring fashion issue of New York mag. Neither Kate nor husband Andy have anything to do with their name brands anymore (which must be so weird!), but they're still creating very cool things.

Spring is in the air... and on the ground...

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Thanks to Joanna, I've been lusting after Emersonmade's amazing flower pins for some time. (Oh, big poppy, you will be mine!)

They've just added a selection of flower add-ons for shoes, and I'm obsessed with them too. (Because, goodness knows, I've been dreaming about flowers on shoes for quite awhile now.)

Yay spring.

We Have Our Winner!

Congrats to Caille (of Stereoscopic Magic) for being our lucky Ruth Barzel bracelet winner!

And thanks to everyone for playing... We actually have another awesome giveaway coming (hopefully) this week, so stay tuned!

Current Obsession: Michelle Obama

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

I mean, I *knew* she was pretty great. But getting the chance attend this morning's event at the National Museum of American History, where Michelle Obama (and Jason Wu) donated her white inaugural gown to the collections, only reinforced what a warm, witty, cool woman Mrs. O really is. Also how sweet Jason Wu is. It was happiness all around.

Excuse me, I have to go gush some more about it now. More pix (and video!) soon.

Spinach Giveaway!: Ruth Barzel Turquoise Bracelet

Friday, March 05, 2010

We are totally thrilled to welcome local D.C. jewelry designer Ruth Barzel as a sponsor. (And not just 'cause already we love and wear her mixed chain pieces -- so cool.)

In any case: In honor of spring (whew, finally), we'll be doing a giveaway of her fab turquoise nugget bracelet (above). It's just one of those beautifully simple pieces that packs a big style punch. (Plus, blue! Huge for spring.)

To enter to win the bracelet, just leave your name in the comments below. A winner will be chosen on Tuesday! (And no, you don't have to be in D.C. to win -- we ship everywhere! And also, if your name is something sort of common -- looking at you, Jennifers of the world -- try to add something that stands out, like "Jennifer of the blog".)

But, if you don't win and still want one (or something else), Ruth's offering 15% off all purchases at her e-shop with the code "SPINACH" through April 30. (Or, for you locals, she'll also be at the District Sample Sale on March 16 and holding a trunk show at Alexandria's Treat March 20-21.)

Good luck!


Thursday, March 04, 2010

Apologies for the last-minute notice (um, is it Thursday *already?*) but if you're free tonight (and, of course, in the D.C. area), you should come pop by Neiman Marcus Chevy Chase from 6-9pm for their big "Fashion Rules!" event. There will be snacks, and sips, and a really cool dance performance, and DJ Neekola (who is very, very awesome) and my colleague Jenn and I -- drum roll please -- will be hosting a fashion trivia portion of the night. With really good prizes! (We're talking gift cards, makeover packages and even shoes!)

Sample question: Where is Oscar de la Renta from? (No peeking at the Internet, either!)

Hope to see you there!

PS) And yes, this WAS the only "competition" picture I could throw together.

Update! Update!

Monday, March 01, 2010

I know some of you wanted an update as soon as Harvey Faircloth's spring collection went on sale. And so: Harvey Faircloth's spring collection has gone on sale!

(Plus, a little bird -- ok, it was Anna, owner of Proper Topper -- told me this weekend that they're planning to bring in some of the pieces to the store as well. Which would be bananas. Stay tuned...) In the meantime, I may or may not have instantly purchased the bell sleeve top.

Spring Wishlist Part 4: Cocoon Wrap (Scored!)

I met the nicest girl (whose name escapes me, but who was just so sweet) at the Spinach Vintage sale, and pretty much accosted her because she was wearing an amazing, assymmetrical, drapey cover-up that I excitedly thought was the Swacket. (Oh, Swacket! How I love you, but I have not been able to justify your $500 price tag!)

Turns out she was wearing the Lululemon Athletica "cocoon wrap" (above and below), which may not wrap a million ways like the Swacket and is actually more of a sweatshirt than a coat, but which is also a somewhat affordable $118. (Also apparently very popular. It's disappeared from their website since just yesterday!) I skedaddled over to the Logan Circle Lululemon after the sale closed Saturday and snagged the last dark gray one (they still have black and light gray). It is awesome. I predict I will wear it *constantly*. Thank you, very nice girl, for the great tip!

Phew. And yay!

Remember that time that I decided to hold a vintage sale, and I was worried that no one might come, and then *everyone* came, and I had the best time ever? Welcome to my weekend!

First and foremost, a huge thank you to all who came over, from near and far, to Proper Topper Georgetown this weekend to shop the Spinach Vintage sale. I met so many cool, fun, adorable vintage lovers -- it was beyond my expectations. (And many, many thanks to the kind crew at Proper Topper for hosting, serving cookies and champagne, and keeping the verrrry long dressing room line in perfect order. And also for stocking the very awesome Ikks dress I bought at the end of the weekend in celebration.)

If I can uncover some more cool vintage -- sigh, it is getting harder and harder to find good, affordable vintage these days! -- we are absolutely going to do this again. In the meantime, some snaps from the weekend! I took almost nothing back home with me at the end, which means I expect to see a lot of adorable, vintage-clad gals around town this spring!

Thanks again for coming out. You all really made my whole weekend.