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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Fall In

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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Oh Fall, You Get Us Every Time…

Call us trite, but we’re joining the masses to sing the praises of the beautiful season that's upon us. Thanks for showing up, autumn.

Crisp morning air, trees seeming to burst into flames right before our eyes, it’s over before we have a chance to get sick of it… what’s not to love? Are we striving to scandalize with our unbridled exclamation? Of course not, but sometimes we’re willing to tip our cap to the obvious and talk up that which brings us pleasure: good food, cool tunes, and of course the many beautiful creations scattered about in our shop. These things are good in our fair city and, like fall, deserved to be lauded.

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Baseball, Baby!

October is here, and on Friday, we Washingtonians climb on the roller coaster that is the MLB playoff season with a home team that gives us a reason to dream of big things. We’ve followed baseball long enough to know that the playoffs are impossibly unpredictable, but this has been a magical season thus far and, at least for today, there’s no reason to believe that it can’t continue for 11 more wins. Hey, we closed the season out with the first no-hitter in Washington National’s history. It’s destiny, right? So, to honor our Boys of Summer as they roll into fall full speed ahead, here are a dozen of the best songs about baseball, each with a quote from the legendary Yogi Berra. Check the Spotify player below for a full list of 27 songs.

Enjoy the music and Go Nats!

1. Take Me Out To The Ballgame – Dr. John
Written by Jack Norworth, this classic tune is played at almost every game in every ballpark. The Spotify play list has an interesting fuller version sung by Carly Simon.
"Love is the most important thing in the world, but baseball is pretty good, too."

2. Centerfield – John Fogarty
The former CCR front man reemerged on the music scene with this classic song on the album of the same name.
"In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is."

3. Did You See Jackie Robinson Hit That Ball? – Natalie Cole
Written by blues pianist Buddy Johnson and first made popular by The Count Basie Orchestra, this song paid tribute to the pioneering Robinson only two years after he integrated the major leagues.
"Baseball is 90 percent mental and the other half is physical."

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Cozy feet.

It's time to start thinking about keeping warm for the chill ahead (brrr!)--what better way than with our staff-favorite Lisa B. socks? Stay cozy with wool/cashmere blend styles for women, men, and babies. (And stay ever the fashion-plate with kicky patterns or classic cable knit.)

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Uncensored: A Playlist for Banned Books Week

In celebration of Banned Books Week, we (HUGE book fans, all of us) are doing all sorts of bookish things. We all went to the Uncensored bash at MLK Library last Friday evening, a preview party for Banned Books Week, sponsored by the DC Public Library Foundation. It was the coolest spot in town (full disclosure, we helped host the event ...), featuring provocative art and music and literature and drink. You gotta love provocative drink.

And now, we are pleased and proud to present a guest playlist composed by DCPL's own Tony Ross. Enjoy.

Playlist: Uncensored

A BRIEF HISTORY OF BANNED AMERICAN MUSIC IN 10 SONGS

Selections and notes by Tony Ross, DCPL Librarian

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Love Letters to Dupont: The Circle.

Presenting our love letters to Dupont Circle: twenty years in Dupont, and we're falling in love all over again. Up first, the Circle itself.

The iconic center of our neighborhood, the marble nymphs symbolize sea, stars, and wind ... and, if only those ladies could talk, imagine the tales they could tell of late night romps through their cascading waters.

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Friday, August 29, 2014

Joli, Joli, Joli.

New to the shop: fresh brooches from Joli Jewelry. Started in 1984, designer Jody Lyons uses vintage glass, plastic, and other findings, combined with semi-precious stones, to create pieces reminiscent of her mother's jewelry box. Whether you choose a bright pin to liven up your fall jacket or a more subdued piece to spruce up everyday ensembles, there's surely room for Joli Jewelry in your collection.

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Back to School at Any Age.

September is just around the corner, and with it comes the promise of changing leaves, hot cocoa, and...school. But we know as well as any that "back to school" discussions aren't just for the elementary set--kids of all ages will soon resume their studies (in the latest fall fashions, of course). We took some of our new favorites out for a test-drive to get in the spirit of the season!

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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Paging Audrey!

In these last carefree weeks of summer, we're channelling the effervescent Holly Golightly, who alway loved a LBD, sparkly jewels, and a SALE.

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Sunday, August 10, 2014

Fall Preview.

Fall beckons with fresh pieces from Tracy Reese, plenty, Velvet, and Amy Matto, so we took some of our favorites out for a spin around Dupont Circle. {They'd look great in your adventures, too!}

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Sunday, June 8, 2014

Father’s Day Brunch.

We're using the beautiful The Forest Feast as prep for the best Father's Day brunch there can be, and we've broken down the meal into five easy steps.

Step one: the perfect cocktail.

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Thursday, May 8, 2014

Mother’s Day: It’s Not Too Late!

Mother's Day is a mere three days away, but don't fret! We have the perfect gifts and cards to show her you care. {And if you're in the area this afternoon, scoop up a signed copy of Lauren Friedman's 50 Ways to Wear a Scarf and get 10% off any scarf purchase!}

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Monday, May 5, 2014

Tie some on with the author!

Join us this Thursday to meet Lauren Friedman, artist/author/blogger (the wondrous My Closet in Sketches), whom we will be hosting for her very first-ever book signing event. We're incredibly honored and excited. (Mother's love scarves ... and books. Hint. HINT.)

Lauren's book, 50 Ways to Wear a Scarf, is filled with her gorgeous illustrations and delightful point of view. First published this winter by Chronicle Books, it is already in its second printing! Congratulations, Lauren. We can't wait to toast your success and watch you tie some {of our lovely scarves} on with some of our favorite customers.

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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Ciao Nina Trunk Show

We're positively delighted to welcome Nina O'Neil to the shop this Saturday for a trunk show of her wares. Nina is the creative force behind CIAO NINA, a whimsical line of headwear and accessories, and she'll be outfitting our customers in the latest spring gear. Do pop in to see these beauties in person!

{Saturday, April 26, 1-5pm}

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Glorious Spring Bonnets

Glorious harbingers of Spring: spectacular, showy bonnets that announce a rebirth of hope and frivolity and totally unnecessary festooning after the dark and dusty winter. Go forth and parade, be it for Easter or the races or simply to celebrate another rotation of our planet.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Behind the Scenes: Flying Bird Botanicals

Have you tried our favorite teas and cocoas from Flying Bird Botanicals? We can't seem to keep them on the shelves. So delicious, from soothing herbal blends to decadent chocolate. And the packaging is just beautiful ... these tins of goodness make a perfect little pick-me-up gift. We asked founder Scout Urling to tell us more about her inspirational company.

How did Flying Bird Botanicals come to be?

Flying bird started with a love of plants, planet and people. Studying natural medicine and healing in college, mixing teas was always a hobby of mine and before I knew it, it had become a business I could hardly keep up with. Luckily for me I found a crew of amazing woman to keep it alive and growing.

What inspires you?

The outdoors, my family and of course beautiful herbs grown by beautiful people.

What is your favorite product in your line?

I could never choose a favorite but I can say, I love closing my day with a cup of Peace Of Mind tea. Hawthorn flowers are so wonderful for strengthening the heart and turning stress into joy… magic, right :)?

What do you see in the future for your company, more specifically regarding the growing Fair Trade and organic movements?

Organic and Fair Trade are at the very core of what we do. It is a philosophy and a life style for us as people and for our company. We do and will continue to only purchase herbs and teas that are ethically grown and sourced for people and planet as a whole. As Nelson Mandela put it, "To be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others."

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Signs of Spring.

Winter's chill may linger, but sweet hints of spring are all around ... like these lovelies from our pals at TOKYObay

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Color Your Spring.

Snow may still be on the ground, but more colorful days are ahead! Speed up the process with two of our favorite coloring books, Draw Me a House and The Secret Garden. You can let your imagination run wild as you design marvelous buildings and give life to intricate gardens--just make sure you take a moment to smell the real roses when the sun comes out...

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Fashion Plates.

For the budding fashionista: cool and comfortable spring gear from Imoga, designed with whimsical patterns and classic silhouettes. It will soon be the season of carousels, kites, and cartwheels--doesn't she deserve a new playdress for waiting so long?

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Winter, Shminter.

This polar vortex of a winter has us wishing for spring...HARD...so imagine our excitement when fresh items arrive to brighten the shop! Though it might not seem possible, there will soon come a day when your coat and boots hide in the back of your closet, to be replaced by sandals and linen. Get ready with a new shirt dress or a jaw-dropping accessory--you're sure to chase away the chill and give March a run for its money. (But until that day, why not grab a few things to wear right now?)

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