Friday, September 30, 2011

An Organized Life…Is a Good Life

If you follow the Dandy regularly, you know that I love choices. This love, of course, extends to my collection of bags for work. Another thing that the Dandy loves is organization, so when I discovered this wonderful product from The Container Store, I was very excited!


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This “handy holdall” allows me to organize all of my work bags and put them on display, so that I can choose between them on a busy workday morning. 

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Today, for example, I needed something to go with my brown suede shoes and madras jacket.

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After careful consideration, I chose my Fred Perry shoulder bag that I purchased in San Francisco.

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After collecting Bailey and his workbag, I was ready for a hard day at the office!

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I love having my bags at the ready for any occasion and it keeps my closet floor free and clear for more shoes!!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

All Tied Up...

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Every Dandy needs to wear a bow-tie now and then. However, I never wear them often enough that I can remember how to tie them.

Thankfully, Park & Bond…a wonderful blog by the Gilt group came to the rescue with their easy to use “mirror edition” instructions.



Simply print and hang the graphic illustration to your mirror and soon you’ll be on your way with dashing success!

Friday, September 23, 2011

The Stylish Yogi - Serene Spaces

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When I sent out Tuesday’s post, The Stylish Yogi, a reader commented on the wall behind me. She loved the wall graphic and how it was incorporated into the look of the room.

I love our home gym and find it an energizing and fun space. To create such an atmosphere, we took our dingy dark garage (that served only as a catchall storage space) and freshened it up with floor to ceiling paint. We chose a soft gray color to give it a modern feel.

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Then I discovered inexpensive wall graphics at IKEA and began to strategically place them around the room. Because our garage walls are brick, I attached the wall graphics with silicone to add extra hold.

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Once the background was in place, we moved our yoga and gym equipment in and have enjoyed the space ever since.


If you have a room that is dedicated to storing your old and forgotten items, think about how you can reclaim that space and begin to fully enjoy your home! Martini’s optional!!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

The Stylish Yogi


Looking for something unique and interesting for your yoga practice?

I love these luxe yoga mats from plankdesigns.com. Choose from Plank, Cobra, Pills or Shag and get your Ommm…on!



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Namaste!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Autumnal Arrangement

As the air began to get a little cooler, I became excited about the coming fall season and felt the urge to create an arrangement for our coffee table that would reflect the changing season.
So this past weekend, armed with a pair of shears and a beautiful urn as a base, I headed out to the garden for some natural inspiration where I began collecting dried annabelle and limelight hydrangeas, sedum, nandena and some grasses.

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After collecting all of my clippings, I began creating my centerpiece by placing a flower foam core inside the urn to provide a secure base for the dried flowers. I then began placing my annabelle and limelight hydrangeas in the foam and interspersed them with sedum and nandena berries topping it all off with a few grassy stems.

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The results were a decadent autumnal centerpiece!

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As you prepare for fall, don't forget to bring inside some of those beautiful outdoor touches to mark the changing season!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Born to Knit

Check out this month's Domestic Dandy column in "Baltimore Outloud!"

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Dandy Knits

I’m in love with these cool knitted Koozies by Freaker USA, a North Carolina based company of young entrepreneurs.

Set your beverage apart from the crowd with these fun and fashionable bottle insulators.

A few of my favorites include:

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And of course...Peanuts!

Friday, September 2, 2011

2011 Fashion’s Night Out!


Join the Dandy and other Fashionistas in Georgetown on Thursday, September 8 for Fashion’s Night Out 2011! A fun and fashionable evening of entertaining events at over 90 stores, restaurants and salons.

Yours truly will be attending the “Vintage En Vogue” event at Citronelle, where “the Latham Hotel becomes a mix of catwalk and culinary, by offering guests a Fashion’s Night Out experience of designer wineries, hors d’oeuvres and the hautest looks of fall.”

So put on your dandiest outfit and join in on the fun!


Citronelle presents food, wine, and couture for Fashion’s Night Out
Event Date: Thursday, September 8, 2011 – 6 pm – 10pm
RSVP: RSVP Required
Cost: $25.00
Included Items: fashion show, hors d’oeuvres, cash wine bar, raffle ticket
Venue Address:  3000 M Street NW, Washington, DC
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Fashion Night Out is back!  On the heels of NY Fashion Week, the always haute Michel Richard Citronelle joins Georgetown, DC  in celebrating Fashion’s Night Out with our own exclusive fashion party, Vintage en Vogue.  Michel Richard Citronelle will combine the worlds of food, wine and fashion during this global fashion phenomenon.

On Thursday, September 8th, from 6-10 pm, the lobby of The Latham Hotel becomes a mix of catwalk and culinary, by offering guests a Fashion’s Night Out experience of designer wineries, hors d’oeuvres and the hautest looks of fall.

Master Sommelier Kathryn Morgan offers a Fashionista Wine Bar, featuring wines from some of the world’s finest houses of style including Seglia, a Bordeaux from Chateau Rauzan-Segla for Chanel and Talbott Chardonnay from Robert Talbot.   Butlered hors d’oeuvres from the acclaimed kitchen of Citronelle will be fashionably served.

On the runway, MyDCStyle.com’s April Jones Firoozabadi shares her expert fashion tips and techniques offering a look at what the well dressed will be wearing this coming season.  She will present day-into-evening themed fall trends, sophisticated layering, and fall colors from Banana Republic’s accessible luxury collection, modeled during the two fashion shows at 7 pm and 8:30 pm.

Drawings will be held at each show for door prizes (general admission) and grand prizes (VIP admission), from garage parking passes in Georgetown, and cocktails at Michel in Tysons Corner, to  overnight stays at The Latham Hotel and dinners at Citronelle—always the rage.

Tickets will be sold in advance or at the door, for admission to one of our two fashion shows: 6-8 pm or 8-10 pm.  General admission tickets ($25) will include passed hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, and a raffle ticket for door prizes.  VIP tickets ($40) will include passed hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, and a raffle ticket for the grand prizes.

The Citronelle Lounge will remain open for the entire evening serving a la carte menu and full bar, before, during , and after the shows.

For further information, call (202) 625-2150 or visit http://www.citronelledc.com/.
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