Holiday Stationary Guide: Part 2
We’ve got even more options for those who love luxe paper and pens.
December 13, 2012
The Dandelion Patch is a go-to for picking party invites.
See even more holiday stationary, perfect for writing out holiday greetings or giving as gifts.
Here you’ll find pens that are posh and practical—available brands include Montblanc and Cartier—and whether you purchase a calligraphy pen or a ballpoint, five to 10 percent of every purchase is set aside to benefit local libraries, churches, and museums. Westfield Montgomery, Bethesda, MD, 301-365-2136
Rich Little Bird
This recently opened shop offers custom-made invitations, thank-you cards, and announcements. Options include foil stamping, classic letterpress, and thermography, a shimmery alternative to engraving. By appointment only, Arlington, VA, 202-580-8404
The Dandelion Patch
This fine stationery store offers pretty invitations for parties and milestone events, featuring classics from William Arthur as well as modern offerings from Spark. Special events such as paper parties, wine nights, and trunk shows also attract customers. 1663 Wisconsin Ave., NW, 202-333-8803
No time for custom printing? Head to this family-owned business. The most recently opened location in Arlington offers a selection of Vera Wang wedding invitations, William Arthur birth announcements, and Embossed Graphics labels and seals. 2871 Clarendon Blvd., Arlington, VA, 703-875-0390
Photography by Laura Mullen
Holiday Stationary Guide: Part 1
Our favorite luxe invitations and writing supplies for the holidays.
December 12, 2012
One of Digby & Rose's holiday greeting cards.
Whether you’re planning a party or finally addressing your holiday cards, try checking out the area’s finest stationary and writing supply stores. Trust us: E-invitations will never look this good.
For over 25 years, the staff at Bertram’s has been advising customers on the ins and outs of fine-writing instruments. Whether you seek a pen great for gifting or need instruction on how to clean your personal writing instrument, these experts are here to serve. Available brands include Montblanc and Waterford, along with a fine selection of ink, refills, desk accessories, and paper. 11301 Rockville Pike, Kensington, MD, 301-468-6939
This downtown shop is a go-to spot for luxurious greeting cards from Caspari, Crane & Co., and Paula Skene Designs. Hard-to-find custom printing options from Crane & Co., made from recovered cotton as opposed to wood, are known for crispness and classic character. Copenhaver’s selection includes stationary and note cards, as well as business cards and letterhead by special order. 1301 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-232-1200
Digby & Rose
This design studio’s exclusive printing technique—the compression plate process—creates invitations and cards that appear more crisp and vibrant than those made using standard methods. Choose from an unlimited range of colors and a wide variety of design options. 3711 Macomb St. NW, 202-652-1556
From Montblanc to Monteverde and Faber-Castell to Filofax, Fahrney’s offers an extensive pen and accessories selection. Open since 1929, the shop boasts an in-store desk for clients to test items before they buy. At Fahrney’s, guests can also pay a visit to the “pen doctor” to fine-tune their favorite writing instrument. 1317 F St. NW, 202-628-9525
Known for exquisite wedding invitations, this locally owned stationery firm also specializes in birth announcements and holiday greetings. Local tastemakers flock to the store to create memorable statements—think hand-mixed custom ink colors, enclosure notes with foil printing, and luxe monogrammed notecards.1121 Arlington Blvd., Arlington, VA, 866-740-4222
Stay tuned tomorrow for part two of our guide.
The Redskins Offer a Limited-Edition Wine
Pick up a bottle of this exclusive, 80th-anniversary cab for gifting or sipping.
December 11, 2012
This exclusive-edition wine celebrates the Redskins' 80 years as a franchise.
Did you see the Redskins vs. Ravens game this weekend? Truly amazing. But Robert Griffin III isn’t the only big football news this season: Longtime fans of the burgundy and gold can now toast the team with the franchise’s Reserve 2011 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($30).
Produced by New Zealand–born winemaker Nick Goldschmidt of California’s Goldschmidt Vineyards and marketing agency Wine by Design, the limited-edition release celebrates the Washington Redskins’ 80th anniversary and features fruit-forward notes of red cherry, blueberry, black cherry, and black plum, along with sweet oak. The reserve cab makes a great holiday gift for die-hard Skins fans (see more foodie gift ideas here), but we also think it’s perfect for sipping right now—to celebrate those hard-won (and heart-stopping) victories at FedEx field.
Buy this wine in suites and in select locations at FedEx field on game days. Or purchase online at redskins.com/reserve. FedEx Field, 1600 FedEx Way, Landover
Photography by Rebecca Sahn
The Best Gifts for Stylephiles
Perfect finds for the fashionable men and ladies in your life.
December 07, 2012
Those who love style always appreciate new baubles and other pretty presents. Your fashionable friends and loved ones will adore anything on this list.
Photography by Mariana Harsan (COTERIE)
The Best Gifts for the Person or Pet Who Has Everything
The ultimate in cool collectibles, calming spa treatments, luxe pet accessories, and more.
December 06, 2012
Not sure what to buy the person who has everything? No worries. We’ve got great gift picks that anybody—four- or two-legged—will love.
The Best Gifts for Gourmands
We've selected a few of the season’s bests for the foodie in your life.
December 05, 2012
Don’t be fooled by DC’s unusually warm weather—the holiday season is in full swing. To help amp up your gift-giving prowess, we’ve selected a few of the season’s must-have “foodie” items to guide your next shopping trip.
2013 Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 Roadster
Geometric lines and a removable top define the new model.
December 05, 2012
Lamborghini adds another roadster to its stellar line-up, dropping just in time for summer 2013 sunshine. The new Aventador LP 700-4 Roadster will very likely become the most sought-after production vehicle from the Raging Bull, while simultaneously raising the bar for the world standard of luxury, open-air supercars. The Italian exotic, which is not a limited-production model, is currently available for ordering.
Molded from Lamborghini’s successful coupe, which was presented during the summer of 2011 and has enjoyed a sales run of 1,300 units, the Aventador convertible emblematically commingles sophistication and motoring technology with pure driving gratification. New geometric lines and a removable top will distinguish the two body types.
CityDance Presents Space Junk
Experience a mix of movement, video, and sound for this weekend's performance.
November 30, 2012
Expect a unique performance from this weekend's Space Junk.
Ready for a show that’s out of this world? This weekend, our area’s CityDance and CulturalDC’s Mead Theatre Lab Program present resident artist Erica Rebollar’s Space Junk, a postmodern dance production that incorporates movement and projected video (among other elements) to explore the worlds of outer and inner space.
“Space Junk is ultimately a metaphor for the rubble that lives and dies within our minds as past experiences, outdated ideas, and misfired thoughts,” says Rebollar, the artistic director of the piece, which is performed by her company, Rebollar Dance. “We use experimentation with light and sound—featuring an original score by composer Charlie Campagna, projected video by David Dowling on the sails above the audience, and unusual use of light by Ben Levine—to examine the irregularities and dichotomies of the mind while exploring the vast, suspended time of outer space.”
You’ll see dancers taking advantage of the space in the theater and using intricate movements along with improvisational elements. “Artistically, while starting rehearsals, we noticed the sterile beauty of the spacious Studio Theater, which inspired ideas into the process of Space Junk,” Rebollar adds. “By noticing interesting parts of the Studio Theater that had not been utilized, Space Junk was developed to make the piece about the space, and the space about the piece.”
This presentation is taking place as part of CityDance’s professional artist series, which features performances from acclaimed resident and guest artists through May 2013. Buy tickets ($17; $15 for students, artists, and seniors) online or at CityDance. Then see Space Junk on Saturday, December 1 at 8 PM or Sunday, December 2 at 7:30 PM in the CityDance Center at Strathmore. 5301 Tuckerman Ln., North Bethesda, 301-581-5204
Saks Chevy Chase Unveils 10022-SHOE
Visit at noon on November 28 for Champagne, light bites, and—of course—footwear
November 28, 2012
10022-SHOE comes to Saks Chevy Chase just in time for the holiday season.
This winter, a flurry of change is underway at Saks Fifth Avenue Chevy Chase—including today’s public debut of its newly expanded footwear department, 10022-SHOE.
Named after the famed floor at the New York flagship that’s so large it has its own ZIP code, the updated department includes a vast selection of brands, from Christian Louboutin and Jimmy Choo to Brian Atwood, Vince, and Giuseppe Zanotti. In fact, the store’s remodeled lower level now features 50 percent more selling space, more than 1,200 styles, and nearly 20,000 pairs of shoes in its inventory.
“For us this is a major step forward,” explains Kert Rosenkoetter, vice president and general manager of Saks Fifth Avenue Chevy Chase. “We’re very proud of what we have to offer and look forward to making this introduction.”
Stop by at noon today to see all sorts of shoes—from pumps to boots—displayed on white glass and gray-stained wood. Stay for the music, enter-to-win prizes, and Champagne. Oh, and there’s one more Wednesday perk for Saks card holders: double points with your purchase. 5555 Wisconsin Ave., Chevy Chase, 301-657-9000
Styleliner Igloo Pops Up at Bar Dupont
The temporary accessories outpost brings holiday gift items to DC.
November 26, 2012
Styleliner is already known for its innovative boutique—a roving delivery truck full of accessories that made stops in DC this past summer—but the brand is branching out with another fun structure this holiday season: the Styleliner Igloo. Temporarily constructed on the patio of Bar Dupont at the Dupont Circle Hotel, the pop-up boutique is open through December 24.
The Styleliner brand is curated by founder and co-owner Joey Wolffer, and sells signature jewelry, bags, shoes, hats, and scarves by a host of international designers, including Italian designer Franco Ferrari. “We have new jewelry from Babylone and KMO, both Parisian designers that were DC favorites last time we were in town,” Wolffer says, noting that much of the jewelry comprises recent finds from her trips to London, Paris, and the Netherlands.
“From the outside it looks like an igloo with ice block graphics. Inside, the igloo feels just like the inside of the truck, bohemian yet glam and filled with unique accessories,” adds Styleliner co-owner Sara Droz. “Since we only have one truck right now, it's hard to be everywhere. …We brainstormed temporary structures that would work well in the environment during winter months. There’s really nothing more fun than an igloo. It gets everyone so excited!”
The fashion-forward igloo—which originally served as the starting gate for downhill skiing at the Salt Lake City Olympics in 2002—will also feature original handbags designed by Wolffer. The line of Isla Roarke handbags, created with Laetitia Stanfield of Roarke NYC, ranges from clutches to totes and incorporates leather accents and vibrant hand-woven fabrics from places like South America and India.
Stop by this traveling accessories store for holiday shopping and hot chocolate from 11:30 AM to 7:30 PM daily. 1500 New Hampshire Ave.
Celebrating the White House Correspondents’ Association’s annual dinner at Carnegie Library.