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Thursday, August 4, 2016

Why We Love DC

It's hard to escape this bizarre 2016 election. Among the (many) vexing issues: the frequently-invoked term "Washington" -- often cited with vitriol, occasionally with praise, but always with reference to a famous but not-the-whole-story capital city.

For most residents of the District, that "Washington" is as foreign as it is to folks in distant states. For us, DC is home. It's fun and challenging and exciting and currently very humid. It has scads of libraries, schools, museums, and a burgeoning creative class, all of which we are delighted to support.

I am proud to call DC my hometown. (I wish I could call it my home state.) And I am delighted that my DC business, which proudly supports local artisans, is now launching a couple of our own Made-in-DC product lines: DCProper (apparel) and The Proper Kind (paper goods with positive vibes).  We'll be telling you more ...

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Tuesday, June 2, 2015

photo shoot: pin-up girl edition

Behold, a peek at some of the gorgeous results of last Thursday's photo shoot with Karissa creating magic behind the lens and Kim channelling Veronica Lake. 

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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, 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 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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Friday, April 5, 2013

Get Springy.

Start with a winter-weary self. Add ingredients below to taste; shake (rattle & roll); warm weather will appear by the end of the day. Just you watch.

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Thursday, February 7, 2013

Francis is Back

Over twenty years ago, Christian Francis Roth debuted his first line, and the fashion industry dubbed him a prodigy. The then 21 year old Roth won the CFDA "Perry Ellis Award for New Fashion Talent," and at one point, you could find his original designs on display at the MET's Costume Institue.

After five years, finances being what they were, Roth had to shutter his business and began designing under other Seventh Avenue brands. Fourteen years passed, and la-di-da, look who's back! Roth's new contemporary line, "Francis," launched in 2009, and part of his Spring 2013 collection just landed at Proper Topper's door. You'll find bright colors, feminine cuts, and charming details (eyelet jeans? nautical stripe linings? yes and yes.). Take a look-see:

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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Dressing for the Chief.

Temperatures are dropping, but that won't deter us from putting on our fancy pants this Inaugural weekend--Proper Topper's 6th! The Washington Post styled a lovely slideshow of party-ready looks, so we thought we'd throw our hat into the proverbial ring (oh...the puns). Tell us: where and in what will you be seen when the parties begin?

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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

It’s here!

We've been waiting and waiting for Tracy Reese's Wallpaper Combo Frock (a.k.a. the fabulous dress Michelle Obama wore at the DNC), and, lo, IT HAS ARRIVED! We're tickled pink (and swirls of blue and orange and cream) to add this to our pre-spring collection. Has it a space in your closet? (And stay tuned for a guide to dressing for the Inauguration season...)

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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

new + cool: bamboo goodies.

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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

fireworks-worthy frocks.

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Wednesday, May 30, 2012


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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

new + cool: fun in the {almost} sun.

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Thursday, May 3, 2012

to the races!

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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

easter ensembles.

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Friday, March 9, 2012

in this week!

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Thursday, February 23, 2012

new + {very} cool.

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Friday, February 17, 2012

wondrous window.

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Friday, November 11, 2011

tweed riders, unite!

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Monday, November 7, 2011

just darling, darlin’.

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Thursday, October 27, 2011

profiles of autumn: rainy day essentials.

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