While, I’m fairly conservative and shy away from most trends, except for peplum, I L-O-V-E PEPLUM as you can see from my photo!!!, I love fashion and was glad to roam the streets of Georgetown checking out DC’s most fashionable.
What most people don’t know about me is I have a retail background (over 13 years of experience) and even worked in the buying office for Saks Fifth Avenue in New York. While it was a great job, a dream job for many, my heart wasn’t in it. Let’s just say, I keep up with my fashion-side on a part-time basis.
I’ve always loved to read fashion magazines to stay abreast of all of the latest trends. Being that I stay busy, I’ve become an avid online shopper. Currently, my favorite sites for cute, flirty dresses are LuLu’s, ASOS, and Dorothy Perkins. (I’d like to thank my BFF in Atlanta for introducing me to Dorothy Perkins, an amazing UK-based site, with fast shipping to the US.)
But going back to Fashion’s Night Out, it was the perfect opportunity to see what the latest styles in Washington, DC are, the good, the bad, and the ugly.
I started on Wisconsin at The Dandelion Patch in hopes of having some customized stationery/notecards designed and wanted to use my Groupon. After sitting with the consultant for 30 minutes and the price kept creeping up higher and higher, I decided on buying 2 boxes of Crane Thank You notes and a few birthday cards, you can never have enough of either of those, and went about my way.
The next stop was Sassanova, a cute shoe boutique that was serving champagne so of course it was on my list. Sassanova had mostly lesser known, moderately priced shoe designers but I did see a few pairs of Tory Burch, DVF, and Dolce Vita shoes. The boutique also had an amazing selection of fashion jewelry at very reasonable prices, mostly $25-75. They had a limited selection of clothing, cute but a little over-priced.
Next stop was Tari, a two-story consignment shop in a beautifully restored brownstone, also on Wisconsin. A colleague of mine who is also a part owner of FIO pisco was providing cocktails for the events so of course I had to stop by to imbibe. I also saw Keri of A Diva State of Mind there, she was there styling a few of the models.
Overall, I wasn’t too impressed with the quality of the merchandise and it was a little too retro for my taste. I did fall in love with these colorful little fabric clutches in the shoe room, only to find out they were made in Tibet and cost $120. Thanks, but no thanks. While I’m all about purchasing items where proceeds going back to charity, the sales associate did not inform me that this was the case with these bags, so I was good.
We made our way to M Street and perused a few shops, including one of my favorite vintage stores Annie Creamcheese and decided to stop at the Brightest Young Things party at Dean & Deluca. Clearly, that was the place to be because every fashionista and fashionisto (and wanna-be) was there. I saw quite a few ensembles that I envied, others not so much. The Heineken and Tanqueray drinks were flowing and the DJ was jamming so we stayed at D&D for a while before eventually venturing out again.
By this time, it was almost 9PM and many of the stores had begun to shut down for the evening. I was so glad I’d mapped out exactly where I wanted to go earlier in the day because there was so much going on, I would’ve hated to miss out due to lack of preparation.
Overall, my first Fashion’s Night Out experience was a positive one. Who doesn’t love having an excuse to dress up, try on random outfits, and take pictures with fashionable strangers just because? I know I do!