In honor of the Mustang’s 50th Anniversary, Ford partnered with OPI to create a line of nail lacquer with 6 limited-edition shades. Ford introduced the collection on August 14 at Metropolitan Nail Bar in Pentagon Row. I popped in for a mani, pedi and some bubbly beverages!
photo credit to my girl Sarah from @CapitallyFrugal
During the month of August, many parents begin to receive lists for school supplies and sort through their little ones wardrobe – realizing they’ve had a growth spurt! Yikes.
Goodwill of Greater Washington is offering a $50 gift certificate where you can find designer brands at bargain prices. And while your little one looks too cool for school, you’ll also be helping people right here in your community find employment. It’s a win-win!
Enter the giveaway below to win the $50 gift certificate and don't forget to check out the DC Goodwill Fashionista blog for style inspiration shopped locally at our DC area Goodwill stores!
Last week, we hosted a Summer Block Party with one of our favorite brands: South Moon Under @ Mosaic District. We had a DJ spinning all night, cupcakes and beverages, and best of all -- 20% off the entire store! I snagged myself 4 new pairs of shoes... with a deal like that, who could resist!? Check out the pics below. To see the full album, visit our Facebook page!
It's that time of year again -- our 3rd annual summer block party at South Moon Under! Stop by for swag, food and drinks, and giveaways all night! RSVP HERE.
Junior League of Northern Virginia's American Girl Fashion Show. This is the first year for the event and all 5 shows are set to stage on March 22 and 23 at the Sheraton Pentagon City Hotel in Arlington, Virginia.
There are many other wonderful opportunities within the event including a professional photographer, exclusive American Girl Doll Hair Salon, American Girl Boutique- featuring fashions and accessories only available at the Fashion Show; and much, much more!
Ticket Sales (online); both individual tickets and packages available, ranging from $35-$610. All shows currently have tickets available, but do have the possibility of selling out. We are recommending that tickets are purchased in advanced. www.jlnv.org
Is your wardrobe ready to leap into Spring? If you're like me -- you're probably always looking for a few new pieces to freshen up your look. Enter below to win a $200 Etcetera gift card to kick off your spring style!
Season after season, Etcetera's collections are sought after by women who love its confident, creative, and vivacious spirit. Each piece features luxurious styling and is created with meticulous attention to detail. Etcetera clients know they're wearing something extraordinary: beautiful, singular designs that keep them on fashion's leading edge.
Etcetera is available exclusively via appointment-only trunk shows. Now accepting reservations for to view the Spring 2014 Collection from Feb. 21-26th in Bristow, VA & Bethesda, MD. Contact: Shannon Pfannenstein 540-272-7096 or via email.
*Sponsored content and giveaway provided by Shannon Pfannenstein, Etcetera.
Sunday afternoon is the perfect time to hang out with girlfriends -- and one of my readers and giveaway winners, Kelli, got to have her own VIP shopping party at Langford Market @ Mosaic District - complete with champagne and Starbucks deliveries made-to-order! Kelli also won a $200 gift card to spend at her party!
I popped in to see how their shopping was going and Kelli (middle) and her daughter Jessica (right) were having so much fun with their friends trying everything in the store on.
Special thanks to Langford Market for offering such a fun giveaway to my readers! xo
New York Fashion Week has reached its conclusion, igniting fashionista passions for fabulous couture that will remain a distant fantasy for the vast majority. Washingtonians, thankfully, have the popular Fashion of Goodwill Runway Show and Gala to bring the runway back to reality, showcasing tremendous finds at bargain prices. Appropriately themed The Art of Fashion, the event hits the runway on Tuesday, September 24, at Artisphere in Rosslyn.
One of the region’s premier events, the 2013 Gala will raise thousands of dollars to support Goodwill’s mission to transform lives and communities through the power of education and employment; providing access to free job training and supportive services for people with disabilities and disadvantages.
Tickets and information for The Art of Fashion are available online at www.fashionofgoodwill.org. In addition to the gala and runway show, guests will have the opportunity to purchase the unique 2013 collection of contemporary, vintage, and fabulously artistic fashions and apparel available at Goodwill retail stores.
In addition to the highly-anticipated runway show, the event offers noteworthy activities, including:
· Goodwill of Greater Washington will honor philanthropist and longtime supporter, Gladys Kemp Lisanby, also a noted arts patron. As part of this honor, Goodwill has arranged to have artwork on display courtesy of the James and Gladys Kemp Lisanby Museum at James Madison University.
· Goodwill has partnered with Elizabeth Seton High School, whose students have created their own works of art inspired by the Goodwill mission – with Goodwill students and graduates serving as their personal muses. Guests will be invited to learn more about Goodwill by speaking to the young artists about their inspiration. All of the paintings will then be put up for auction.
Goodwill is partnering again with the international fashion designer and creative consultant – based in Northern Virginia - tu-anh, (www.tu-anh.com), who will be directing, styling, coordinating, and choreographing the one-of-a-kind runway show using vintage and contemporary clothing and accessories pulled directly from the donations made to Goodwill.
A globally respected fashion designer and image consultant, tu-anh will be incorporating her own exclusive style and design background to polish and modernize the donated Goodwill fashions.
Anyone interested in donating to Goodwill or shopping at Goodwill Retail Stores can find the nearest store or donation site by visiting www.dcgoodwill.org, following DC Goodwill on Facebook, Twitter and Foursquare, or downloading Goodwill’s free mobile app from the iTunes app store.
Goodwill of Greater Washington transforms lives and communities through the power of
education and employment.
Mosaic District has announced its annual Fashion Week to take place from September 25 – 29, 2013. Recognized with 22 “Best of Shopping” awards since opening last Fall, the new Mosaic, in Fairfax, Virginia, is a collection of over 30 hand-selected experiences mixing the finest local fashion boutiques and restaurants with premier national retailers and Angelika Film Center.
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 – Mosaic Fall Collections Debut
Experience the retail at Mosaic. New fall collections will be featured in the stores and a window display contest will take place whereby shoppers can vote for their favorite fall fashion window display through Facebook.
Thursday, September 26, 2013 –RJ Cooper’s Urban Table Dinner
James Beard award-winning Chef RJ Cooper will host Urban Table, an exclusive pop-up dining experience in Strawberry Park. Chef Cooper will be opening Gypsy Soul at Mosaic early next year. Join Chef Cooper at Mosaic for a dining journey featuring his unique flavors and style. Cocktails by Cheftender Bryan Tetorakis will begin at 7PM followed by a 4-course, family-style dinner. Chef’s Table seating tickets are $200 per person and general seating is $150 per person. Guests are asked to bring their own plate that is symbolic to them.
Friday, September 27, 2013 – Angelika’s Mademoiselle C Premiere
Angelika Film Center & Café has the exclusive Washington D.C. premier of the new film, Mademoiselle C. This red carpet premier event of the fashion documentary chronicles the launch of Carine Roitfeld’s new magazine, CR Fashion Book. The film gives a rare inside glimpse at the inner workings of Roitfeld’s professional and personal life. Roitfeld ran French Vogue for 10 years, building a reputation as one of fashion’s most influential movers. Her circle of friends includes Donatella Versace, Tom Ford, Karl Lagerfeld, Mario Testino, Riccardo Tisci, Diane Von Furstenberg and Alexander Wang. Angelika Film Center & Café is the only movie theater in the DC/Virginia area that will show Mademoiselle C.
Saturday, September 28, 2013 – Runway Replay
Open to the public, Mosaic will broadcast the best shows from New York Fashion Week on Lucy in Strawberry Park from 4-7PM. Retailers will be featuring their fall collections throughout the day. New York Fashion Week begins on September 5, 2013 and ends September 12, 2013.
Sunday, September 29, 2013 – Yoga Brunch
Yoga In The Park will take place from 9-10AM followed by an apparel trunk show, brunch specials and more.
For more information on Mosaic and Mosaic Fashion Week, please visit www.mosaicdistrict.com.
Final Cut: Petite Filet
Between my dad being quite the poker player and my brother being the luckiest man on Earth, there was no better destination to celebrate their birthdays (50 and 25, respectively) than Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races. To make the night special, we made a reservation at Final Cut. The high end, contemporary steakhouse was hidden like a gem inside the flashy casino.
Before we even made it to the casino, we all gave my mom hell about wasting her time on the nickel slots. They are her absolute favorite. Of course, she had to play "just $20" before dinner. This time, my mom sat right down and won FOURTEEN THOUSAND nickels. That's quite the return on a $2 bet!
We headed over to Final Cut and sat in the lounge until our table was ready. After being greeted and seated, we were directed to the iPad on the table to preview the drink menu and place our orders. The wine list was extensive -- over 9 pages long and 300 selections. I was a little overwhelmed... so I ordered Grey Goose Martinis and domestic beers from the iPad and awaited their arrival.
Insider Tip: All Martinis are $5 Wednesday-Sunday 5pm-7pm at the bar.
For appetizers, we selected the Shrimp Cocktail and the Seasonal Oysters. The oysters at this time of year are from the Choptank River (what a coincidence as I've vacationed on the Choptank twice already this summer!). They were very fresh and paired perfectly with the bold horseradish in the cocktail sauce.
For our meats, we went with the traditional Filets and Prime Rib. At Final Cut, all of the steaks are hand cut to order, seasoned with kosher salt and tri color peppercorns, then broiled at 1600 degrees to create a thin charred crust that seals in the natural beef juices.
Our waiter suggested a few sides to pair with our main courses: Truffle Mac and Cheese, Horseradish Mashed Potatoes, Grilled Asparagus, and Creamed Spinach. All items were a la carte.
Insider Tip: Every Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday, Final Cut is offers a special three course Chef's menu that includes an appetizer, entree and dessert for just $39.99 per person.
As we enjoyed our meals, we had a chance to meet the chef who explained to us his philosophy behind the restaurant. The best part -- he took a piece of the land at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races and reserved the space for an on-site garden. The staff at Final Cut takes turns tending to the garden and many of the ingredients in the menu items come directly from farm to fork compliments of the green thumbs of the staff!
We hardly had room to finish our meals when we realized we still had to check out the desserts. We slowed down with a cup of French press coffee before completely enjoying Tahitian Vanilla Bean Creme Brulee with Fresh Berries and Sweet Cream & Chocolate Lava Cake with White Chocolate Grand Marnier Mousse. We were so full (and some of us were pretty broke after losing a large amount of coin at the roulette tables) that walking back to our cars was almost like a chore.
Insider Tip: Complimentary Valet is offered for guests at Final Cut.
While we weren't so lucky at the table games, we definitely hit the jackpot with the family birthday celebration at Final Cut. Our pockets may have been empty, but our tummies were very full!
*special thanks to Final Cut for inviting me out to dine at their restaurant and providing dinner for my family.
all thoughts and opinions are my own.