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Year / 2014

Monday, February 10, 2014

Be My Valentine: The 1980s.

So big, so bright, so...'80s. What was your Valentine's Day like thirty years ago? Let's see:

{Hopefully, your relationship fared better than these couples...}

What would you wear?

Stonewashed jeans, crop tops, neon, shoulder pads, big hair...oi.

For her:

{Denim and spandex? Yes. Or anything worn by the Material Girl. Or by the Flashdancer.}

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Sunday, February 9, 2014

Be My Valentine: The 1970s.

Disco and hippies. Enough said.

What would you wear?

Bell-bottoms and jumpsuits and mini skirts, oh my! (Plus the occasional hot pant, maxi dress, or floppy hat to round out your '70s style...)

{Groovy Guys & Mini Dresses & Yoana Baraschi Stain Glass Maxi Dress, $280 & Jumpsuit Divas}

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Saturday, February 8, 2014

Be My Valentine: The 1960s.

The '60s were pretty much all about love, right? So it surely wasn't hard to have a magical date on Valentine's Day...

What would you wear?

Bold patterns, short shifts, and mod accessories hit the scene, so try a swing dress and coat with bold bangles and a sassy updo.

For her:

{James Coviello Metallic Jacquard Coat, $380 & Velvet "Cicley" Sweater Knit Dress, $120 & Glossy Bangles, $38 & anything seen on Twiggy}

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Friday, February 7, 2014

Be My Valentine: The 1950s.

The post-war '50s saw prosperity and success, so your Valentine's Day date was a rip-roaring, sock-hopping good time!

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Thursday, February 6, 2014

Be My Valentine: The 1940s.

Though most of this decade was shrouded in the shadow of World War II, there was still room for romance.

What would you wear?

Inaccessibility to European designers and fabrics saw the rise of American talent and synthetic materials. Darker colors and boxy silhouettes became popular (think shoulder pads and zoot suits)--even in the face of war, fashion prevailed.

For her:

{Thea Grant "Water Street" Necklace, $365 & Carolina Amato Leather Bow Cuff Gloves, $124 & Giovannio Mini Pillbox Headband, $66 & The Fashion Bible}

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Be My Valentine: The 1930s.

Today in our dates-from-decades-past series: the 1930s.

What would you wear?

The 1930s brought a return to the feminine silhouette, with lengthening hemlines and waistlines back to where they should be (at the waist!). Broad shouldered pieces were prominant in both men's and women's fashion, and you wouldn't be caught dead at a party wearing anything but an elegant evening gown and a fur (at least for a few years, until the Depression dug in its heels...).

{Thea Grant "Bayard Short" Necklace, $386 & Eugenia Kim "Molly" Collar, $220 & anything worn by Jean Harlow}

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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Be My Valentine: The 1920s.

February 14th is around the corner, making us curious about Valentine's Days of yore. Imagine the perfect date in the roaring '20s...

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Monday, February 3, 2014

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide: The Boys.

Answers to the perennial "what can I give him?" question, here's a smattering of our favorites for the 14th.

1. Henley Brands Wireless Speaker, $190  2. Ekke Shot Glass Set, $45  3. Apothecary Room Spray, $24  4. Hip Flask, $46  5. The Sherlock Holmes School of Self-Defence, $12  6. Peg and Awl "Marlowe" Lunchbag, $56  7. Agate Bookends, $175  8. TOKYObay "Basic" Leather Watch, $105

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Sunday, February 2, 2014

Fun with Crayons.

The countdown to Valentine's Day has begun (12 days), so we outfitted our window with lovely treats for your sweetheart, plus handmade wax paper banners and lots of hearts. Check out the process below, and come on by for the perfect gift! We're here to help you woo your love with cozy cashmere, dazzling jewels, cool accessories, or maybe just the perfect card. (And don't forget about our curbside delivery, if you're in a rush!)

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Friday, January 24, 2014

Featured: Racked DC.

Thank you to Racked DC for featuring us as one of the essential shopping experiences in Washington, DC. We're honored to be included with our friends and neighbors! Stop by and see what's new (and to grab a cozy hat to warm up during this neverending polar vortex)...

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Let it snow!

We're working on our snowmen and snow angels and hot chocolates and crackling fires today, sporting or warmest Proper Topper accessories, of course. While we don't wish for SNOWPOCALYPSE levels of accumulation, we can't help but be charmed by the district under a layer of snow. (Tomorrow's projected frigid temperatures are another story...)

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Friday, January 17, 2014


The holiday season is over, so we have oodles of new things rolling in for spring (already!). To tempt you to freshen your closet: from Saturday, January 18 through Monday, January 20, buy one full price clothing, jewelry, or accessory item, and get one for 50% off*! There's nothing like a good BOGO to brighten the dreary winter days.

*second item of equal or lesser value; in-stock merchandise only

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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Gift Stories: The Wireless Speaker

The beginning of the story is always exciting: a kind shopper, a carefully chosen gift, infused with hope and good wishes ... but there we remain, us curious salesfolk, wondering -- was it loved? And what happened next?

This holiday season, we pestered customers to let us know the rest of their gift stories. Nice reports are coming in, and we'll share some as the month wears on. But, first up: a personal victory! The recipient: the guy who has -- or has sourced and found the best price for and placed in his Amazon shopping cart -- everything he wants. The gift: a new-to-the-market, unique, retro-inspired, leather-covered wireless Bluetooth speaker.

HUGE hit! Amazing sound, completely portable, works like a dream for all of the various devices he carts around. In fact, it's in action on vacation right now.


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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Layer Up.

With subzero windchills and a POLAR VORTEX wreaking havoc on the Eastern Seaboard, this day requires layers, a good book, and something warming to drink, be it cocoa or moonshine. (And don't forget the cashmere and the woolen socks.)

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Friday, January 3, 2014

Day 3: so far, so good!

Such a hopeful time, with a brand spanking new year ahead.

I was bold (foolish?) enough to state some resolutions on the record, so here's hoping I can stay on track!

Happy 2014! And check out the other resolutions in Holly Thomas's nice Refinery29 piece -- and be on the lookout for a handwritten note from yours truly ...

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