Visiting Pretty People Vintage feels more like you're raiding your best friend's closet than shopping at a store. Owner Annie Lee and her staff make customers feel right at home in the cozy, Old Town row house store just outside of Washington, DC. Annie is passionate about vintage—her vision is to provide affordable fashion that is wearable and unique for women. She scours the the U.S. throughout the year for merchandise that reflects her effortless, laid-back and bohemian aesthetic.
The front area of the store displays new clothing and modern consignment. The remaining rooms are filled with a mix of vintage clothing, jewelry and accessories that date anywhere from the 20s to 90s. The interior is eclectic, filled with quirky touches like paper-maché animal heads, bold textiles and kitschy artwork. Although most merchandise is budget-friendly, Annie does carry some higher-end, special...
Pretty People Vintage in a one-stop shop for finding unique clothing, jewelry and accessories in Old Town. Owner Annie Lee curates her collection with wearable pieces that can easily be incorporated into the modern woman's wardrobe. Throughout the year, Annie scours the east and west coasts for merchandise that reflects her effortless, laid-back and bohemian sensibilities.
Annie and her staff create a welcoming environment so that shopping at her store feels like you're raiding a friend's closet. The front room of the historic row house store displays new clothing and modern consignment. From here, it is easy to get lost in the three adjoining back rooms, filled with affordable vintage fashions that date from the 20s to 90s. The interior is far from stale and stuffy – it is filled with quirky touches like paper-maché animal heads, bold textiles and kitschy antique paintings.
Teaism is a local DC chain that offers a wide variety of high quality teas and light Asian fare. Their fourth, newest and largest space in the outskirts of Old Town is tranquil through cozy details like bamboo screened walls and comfy, ikat-covered ottomans.
During the humid and wretched dog days of DC summers, I forgo their hot teas and opt for their refreshing iced versions or ginger limeade.
Artomatic is a free, month-long art festival held in unused DC-area spaces. In 2012, nine floors of an Arlington office building slated for demolition were converted into a giant venue for visual art, performances, films and workshops.
Artomatic is unique because the show is not curated or judged – anyone can participate. Visitors wander through maze-like galleries discovering pieces that range may from ridiculous to sublime, but always entertaining. Though the festival is often criticized for the inconsistent quality of work, it's refreshing to see art presented in a democratic and communal setting.
I have many photos from my visit to the Bishop's Garden, but I love this one, simply because upon first glance you'd think I wandered into some European land, despite the fact that it is, in reality, merely a doorway to the parking lot. The garden itself is absolutely beautiful, and well worth seeing.
So I was walking around the Adams Morgan neighborhood when my purse started falling apart. I still had another day in DC and only brought one bag, so I pulled out my phone to find a nearby vintage store. I mean, I needed a bag, but I wasn't about to buy just any bag.
Anyway, it was a little after seven, so I gave the store a call to see if they were still open. Meghan, the owner of Junction Vintage, said they had just closed, but I told her I was around the corner and would love to take a really quick look. (No harm in trying!) She was incredibly kind and told me to stop by.
I hated that I only had a few minutes! The store had so many great pieces and the collection was obviously carefully curated. The prices were great too. I was able to get a perfect bag complete with a handwritten tag from Meghan herself: "Embossed vinyl, love the contrast." Me too, Meghan!
Artisan Confections is a chocolate shop in the nearby D.C. suburb of Arlington, Virginia. It sells quality crafted chocolates made on location. I enjoyed one of its delicious monthly classes with lessons on the background of chocolate and hands-on demos about preparing bonbons. We started our class off right with a glass of wine and samples of fleur de sel and coffee-hazelnut samples.
To get here, hop off at the Clarendon Metro on the orange line.
The Eastern Market in Capitol Hill is a great place to wander on a Sunday morning. When the weather is nice, you'll find Washingtonians strolling outside the newly restored South Hall building, checking out the fresh produce, or perusing art and jewelry made by local artisans.
The Eastern Market in Capitol Hill is one of my favorite places to spend a lazy Sunday morning. When the weather is nice, Washingtonians flock to the market to buy freshly prepared food in the Victorian-style South Hall or check out the crafts and produce just outside the building.
As a graphic designer, I always find myself at the flea market across the street at the merchant who sells old moveable type blocks and stamps rescued from old government printing presses. To get there, hop off at the Eastern Market Metro via either the Blue or Orange Line.
An undulating steel and glass canopy wows visitors who enter the Kogod Courtyard. Inside you'll find diners from the museum's café, tourists soaking their weary feet in the shallow fountain running across the space and students taking advantage of free WiFi in the light and airy setting.
The modern roof seals the center of the old Patent Office Building, currently shared by the National Portrait Gallery and American Art Museum. Architect Norman Foster designed the roof to have minimal impact on the building by creating a support system that prevents direct contact and weight placement on it.
Unlike most of the other Smithsonian Museums that are located on the Mall, this gem is found in the busy Penn Quarter of downtown D.C. It is my favorite place to bring visitors, not only for the impressive courtyard space, but also for the preserved architecture of the patent offices on the top...
I'm meeting my friend for brunch at Café Bonaparte. I stroll up to the northern side of Georgetown—the part that feels more like a quaint neighborhood than the frenzied, tourist area near M Street. The space is long and narrow, simply decorated with warm, caramel-colored walls bathed in natural light and a pressed-tin ceiling. The café is filled with friends catching up over tasty French crepes. This is one of those rare places where lingering is encouraged—a Parisian concept that can be lost on Washingtonians.
My friend and I wait 15 minutes for a seat, but are rewarded with a table by the enormous front window, where we can observe the street activity on Wisconsin Avenue. I am intrigued by the Mona Lisa special, described as a "crispy baked crepe filled with poached egg, mushrooms and Provolone cheese." When I receive my dish, I'm delighted by the presentation of a baked crepe shaped...