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Year / 2013

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Daily Deals: stay cool.

FLASH SALE, today only: a colorful panama to keep the sun off your head, bamboo sunglasses for shade, and a mini fan to keep you cool in your travels. IT'S A SCORCHER.

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Monday, July 15, 2013

Daily Deals: steals

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Friday, July 12, 2013

Daily Deals: splash flash.

For this rainy day: 50% off Tracy Reese's belted high/low dress, Pluie Pluie raincoats, and the cotton outback.

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Thursday, July 11, 2013

Daily Deals: preloved, imoga, buri braid.

Today's special: 50% off ALL preloved, ALL Imoga, and the sun-shading buri braid fedora. Grab 'em while they're hot!

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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Daily Deals: Drink, Draw, & Dress Up.

Today only: 50% off our donkey and elephant bottle openers, the Anna Sui Fashion Idea Book, and Louise Green's "Karen" cloche, all to make this muggy day more fun-filled.

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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Daily deals.

Introducing our DAILY DEALS: super special discounts on select items that will change--you guessed it--daily. First up: 50% off the Yoana Baraschi modern neon angle dress, our dinosaur bone cufflinks, and the variety of science kits we carry. Order online or stop in, but hurry! Only 7 hours left, and only while supplies last.

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Monday, July 1, 2013

Nous voyageons.

The end of June has brought the Fuhrman/Kerr clan to lovely France. They'll be returning to us soon, so to celebrate their travels, we're offering 20% off ALL FRAMES for a limited time. So come on by to snag the perfect frame in which to feature your summer travels.

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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Seersucker Social + Prep.

It's that time of year again: DC's brightest and most beautiful will don their vintage gear and gather for a bike ride and a social on July 7th. You know we're big fans of whimsical gatherings, so we're happy to offer 20% off any clothing and accessories you need (full price only), now through Saturday {when you can mingle with the masses at Marvin for the Seersucker Prep}. Just mention you're shopping for the Seersucker Social, and we'll set you right up!

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Friday, June 21, 2013

First Day of Summer Checklist.

Vacation, swimming, lawn sports, a good book, amusement parks, and ice cream. What will you be doing with your extra sunny days?

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Thursday, June 13, 2013

Hats Off to Dad!

Our "Hats Off to Dad!" series (first-person tributes to all-time great dads -- you can still submit your own here!) continues with Sarah, the newest member of our team -- just look at this adorable photo, for crying out loud:

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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

In the Garden: Lunch for Ladies Who Rarely Do

A few weeks ago, we threw a spring luncheon for a bunch of ladies who rarely lunch, but who "bought" the event at our kids' school auction. It was a spectacular sunny spring day, and the food was even better than the weather: Alicia (Weekly Greens), and Suzanne (Loulies), chefs and food activists and bloggers extraordinaire, created the amazing spread. Alicia wrote about it here, including the recipes, which you must try. We provided the setting. Note the abundance of Proper Topper goods throughout ... home is where everything gets a test run!

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Tuesday, June 4, 2013


JUST ANNOUNCED. On Friday, June 14, we're hosting Eliot Payne of Accoutre for a trunk show of the hippest bow ties you've ever seen. According to the man himself:

After picking up a vintage bow tie at a flea market, Accoutre founder Eliot Payne realized he couldn't be the guy who only had one bow tie to wear. So, he started making his own. After countless compliments and people on the street asking where he got them, he finally wizened up and decided to start selling them. In late 2011, Accoutre was born.

Accoutre bow ties aren't your typical bow ties; in fact, they aim to deviate from any sense of "traditional" style. While some are funky or quirky, others can be downright subversive.

So stop by next Friday between 5 and 7:30 for cool ties, styling tips, and tasty treats. {And just in time for Father's Day, no less!}

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Monday, June 3, 2013

Hats Off!: Adam’s Blacksmithin’ Dad

Several years ago, we paid tribute to our fathers in the month of June with our "Hats Off to Dad" series. We've decided to relaunch it, so do join in the fun by sending us a photo of dear ol' dad and and answering the following:

  1. Tell us about your dad. What does he do for a living? What are his hobbies? Where did he grow up? Etc., etc., etc. Feel free to extrapolate...
  2. What makes your dad the greatest? Tell us a favorite memory. Tell us about something he taught you how to do.
  3. What's the perfect day with your dad?
  4. What will you get your dad for Father's Day?

Our very own Adam kicks things off!

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Monday, May 27, 2013

Magic Maddie.


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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Three weeks ‘til Father’s Day!

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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

The Obligatory Gatsby Post.

Listen. We love this melancholic classic just as much as the rest of the nation, but we've been overwhelmed by the Gatsby references seeping into every facet of our lives since Baz Luhrmann's lush film became all the rage. But look what our in-store gal is wearing today? Isn't it just SO Daisy? And she's sporting one of our brand new Thea Grant pieces, to boot! Designed in Brooklyn with vintage findings, Thea's jewelry is just as at home in our shop as it would have been at one of Gatsby's lavish parties.

Give in. Join the mob. Embrace the Gatsby.

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Thursday, May 16, 2013

Artsy Science.

With the help of working scientists and 75 of today's hottest artists, The Where, the Why, and the How answers the big questions. Do rogue waves exist? Why do we hiccup? What do honey bees say when they dance? Each query is illustrated by a leading artist who was given free rein to design as they pleased, making this a wondrous collection of knowledge and art not to be missed.

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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

They Come From the Land Down Under.

Well, look what just blew in from Australia: a fresh crop of Helen Kaminski sunhats! Focused on design and craftsmanship, these hand-made beauties combine style and function to protect against the summer sun. You'd look as wonderful as a...wallaby...if you sported one this season.

1. Helen Kaminski "Seychelles", $190  2. Helen Kaminski "Trujillo", $125  3. Helen Kaminski "Provence" in fig, $230  4. Helen Kaminski "Provence" in aquarelle, $230  5. A wallaby, priceless  6. Helen Kaminski "Corsano", $115  7. Helen Kaminski "Vallarta", $195

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Thursday, May 9, 2013

Mother’s Day Gift Guide.

1. Proper Topper Gift Certificate  2. Betty Carré “Trio” Ring, $168  3. Cris Notti Sleep Mask, $25  4. Paddywax Relish Jar Candle, $24  5. TOKYObay "Bailey" Box Bag, $138  6. Emma, $16  7. Eugenia Kim "Cecily" Wide Brim, $125  8. TOKYObay "Rita" Watch, $100  9. Avindy Ruby Earrings, $64  10. Apple + Bee Pencil Case, $29  11. Tusk "Amazon" Snap Evening Wallet, $64

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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Marjorie Victor Trunk Show.

Tomorrow through Saturday, we'll be showcasing the lovely designs of Marjorie Victor, who describes her collection thusly:

Marjorie Victor designs and handcrafts her collection amidst the frenetic energy of New York City. Exploring the sculptural properties of metal to re-imagine geometric and linear form, she creates modern jewelry with a delicate organic sensibility. Subtle variations from hand forming and hammering make each piece of Marjorie Victor's jewelry one-of-a-kind.

You'll find this expanded collection of Marjorie's pieces on our shelves for a limited time, so do stop in for a closer look (and to pick up that perfect, oh-so-special Mother's Day gift!). Marjorie is in fact on the brink of motherhood, which explains why we have her designs, but not herself, in the shop. Perhaps she'll treat herself to one of her baubles, as well!

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