People’s Sexiest Man Alive 2013, my fellow Step Up Co-star and new father Channing Tatum made an appearance on the white carpet right here in Washington DC last Friday at Loew’s Theatre in Georgetown for his latest film “White House Down”. He was joined by Jamie Foxx, new mom Maggie Gyllenhaal and tween actress Joey King. [Read more...]
Schedule of events
LUXURY: From Conspicuous Consumption to Connoisseurship
Explore the new culture of luxury from desire and innovation to sustainability and travel. Presented together with The Fashion Group International® of Washington, D.C.
Moderated by: Karen Sommer Shalett, Editor in Chief of DC Magazine
The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner *By Invitation Only; RSVP strictly required
FALL/WINTER 2012 Designer Collection Presented by INTERMIX
Hosted by Emmy Award Winning Costume Designer, ERIC DAMAN of Gossip Girl and The Carrie Diaries
Host Committee chaired by Mary-Frances Wain includes Angie Marriott, Susie Ellwood, Pamela Sorensen, Aureta Thomollari, Andre Wells, Jason Kampf, Svetlana Legetic, Nycci Nellis, Elaine Mensah, Maria Trabocchi, Deborah Kalkstein, Lynda Erkeletian, Amanda Polk, Abby Fenton, Arash Shirazi, Allison Priebe Brooks, Leigh Macdonald, Lauren Rothman, Cary Melnyk, Tara Engel, Marissa Schneider, Angie Goff and Elizabeth Fassbender.
Silent Auction to benefit Make-A-Wish* Mid-Atlantic
Seating by invitation only; standing room available
ALL ACCESS: FASHION DAY
Experience the trends with a full day of events including trunk shows, designer and celebrity appearances, branded lounges and couture experiences. In- store experiences from Emporio Armani, 7 for All Mankind, Aram, Ermenegildo Zegna, Anne Fontaine, Millers’ Furs, The Ritz-Carlton, Thomas Pink, A Pea in the Pod, Salon Cielo, Jacadi, Tommy Bahama, Vineyard Vines, Hallmark, Bally, Basler, Bo Concept, Cache’, Comfort One Shoes, Stuart Weitzman, Saks Fifth Avenue. A portion of sales at participating retailers will benefit Make-A-Wish Foundation® of the Mid-Atlantic.
Designer Runway Shows and Presentations by:
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*All shows level 1 near Macy’s unless otherwise stated.
Style Platform Presentations by A Pea in the Pod, Vineyard Vines, Juicy Couture, Basler and Cache’. Level 1 near Williams-Sonoma Grande Cuisine.
BRANDED LOUNGES/ COUTURE EXPERIENCES
The 2012 charity beneficiary of ALL ACCESS: Fashion is Make-A-Wish Foundation® Mid-Atlantic, an organization that grants the wishes of local children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. The Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Mid-Atlantic is exclusively focused on granting the one, true wish of each medically eligible child in our region. They exist to create a completely magical experience for each child, one that is specially tailored to that child’s hopes and dreams.
New York housewife and model Kelly Bensimon will make a visit to Washington to celebrate the release of her new book, I Can Make You Hot, at the new A Bar at Avenue Suites on Wednesday, July 18 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM.
Get your ticket for the event through Gilt City! For ONLY $39, you’ll get a personally autographed copy of her book, “I Can Make You Hot!: The Supermodel Diet”, TWO A Bar Signature Cocktails, light bites and a meet and greet with the famous model/Housewife Kelly Bensimon!
Unleash your inner Viking and prepare for the invasion of DreamWorks How To Train Your Dragon Live Spectacular! Feel the heat and experience the adventure of high-flying, fire-breathing dragons with wingspans of up to 46 feet. Astonishing animatronic technology and world class performers bring to life the heartwarming story of DreamWorks Animation’s Academy Award® nominated film. This groundbreaking arena show breaks all of the rules of traditional live entertainment for the entire family. You don’t want to miss it!
How to Train Your Dragon Live Spectacular, formerly known as How to Train Your Dragon Arena Spectacular, is a live-action production based on How to Train Your Dragon. Developed by a partnership between DreamWorks Theatricals and Global Creatures, the company behind Walking with Dinosaurs – The Arena Spectacular, based on the BBC documentary.
The production features 24 larger-than-life dragons with wingspans up to 40 feet wide that will fly and breathe fire. Characters include dragons Night Fury, Gronckle, Nadder, and Nightmare, and vikings Hiccup, Astrid, Stoick and Gobber.
The Front Row at Bethesda Row is the one event I look forward to every year! This event holds a truly special place in my heart in part because Barbara Martin, one of the principals of Brandlink DC invited me to the very first event four years ago in 2009. Celebrity guest and fashion designer Christian Siriano was honored in a pre-fashion show party complete with signature cocktails and endless hor d’ouerves from one of my favorite restaurants in Bethesda, Redwood. It was significant because I had just had my first child a year prior to this event and I hadn’t lost all the baby weight. Not only was I feeling insecure about my appearance, I was battling a mild case of postpartum depression and had just about dropped out of the DC fashion scene for good. This was the first event I had attended in a year since I had my daughter. One of the fashion photographers covering the event, Betsy Lowther of Fashion is Spinach asked me if I’d pose for a picture. That picture ended up in the Washington Post Express Newspaper and Fashion Washington Magazine. This event gave me the confidence I needed to “get back in the game” and inspired me to continue to focus on my family and my physical fitness. The event reminded me of what a great city Washington DC is and gave me a renewed faith to pursue my dreams in acting and modeling and eventually begin blogging. You see, Moms can do it all. And of course, I thank Barbara Martin of BrandlinkDC for encouraging me to see the light.
This will be my fourth year attending the event. And I’ve been shopping for the perfect outfits to wear to both the DC Premiere of the fashion documentary “God Save My Shoes” and to (one of my heroes), Andy Cohen’s book signing of his newly released memoir “Most Talkative”.
The Front Row is an event that’s free and open to the public! You don’t want to miss it! You may just find yourself inspired to make things happen too! May 17-19th. Check out www.bethesdarow.com for details.
SNOBSWAP Creators Emily Dang & Elise Whang
SNOBSWAP Founders Emily Dang, Clarendon Mom Angelica Talan & SNOBSWAP’s Elise Whang
Tari Boutique’s Stylist Tamika
Fashion Blogger and New to DC Fashionista
Attendee with Liz Can Cook’s Liz Nguyen
Attendee with HealthyGlowBlog’s Katherine Adjoa Ntiamoah
Even the Men’s Section was buzzing
Sisters Christina and Natalie
Wine, Champagne/Lychee Spritzers.
I was fortunate enough to be at the “right place at the right time” when a friend of mine called me from Los Angeles to ask me where she could find a vintage gown for a very important movie premiere she was headed to in a week. That right place and right time happened to be the night I was attending The SNOBSWAP Sip & Launch party that took place on April 19th at Tari Boutique in Georgetown. “You have to log on right this minute and get a dress, shoes, baubles, your entire outfit!” I’m positive that she did because just last night, I received a text from her premiere that simply said “Thanks” with a picture of her in head to toe vintage Chanel.
I also attribute it to luck that I was invited to the SNOBSWAP Sip & Launch because it was one of the best launches I’ve ever attended! I hadn’t yet been formally introduced to this awesome online community. The clothes were undeniably elegant, the champagne and lychee spritzers were refreshing and tantalizing and the fashionable opportunity to meet and network with fellow bloggers and socialites was electrifying. And the highlight of the night was meeting the creators of SNOBSWAP, a sister powerhouse duo, Emily Whang and Elise Dang. These two women have not only become my latest source of inspiration in business and fashion, they’ve become my style icons as well. I’m so excited for them and their new business endeavor!
A few days following SNOBSWAP‘s Launch Party, I was able to interview the sisters.
Clarendon Moms: I meet a lot of women, especially moms that are interested in starting their own businesses, but are “afraid” to take the leap. What advice would you give to them to take the risk and go for their goals?
Elise: Coming from a legal background, I’m pretty risk adverse so my advice is to take “baby steps” before taking the leap! Make time in your day or week for your personal passion, conduct research, test the waters, and get feedback to see if your idea is worth the leap. And set a family plan for when you do take the leap. It’s so important to have the support your family. I also found talking to other mommyprenuers to be very helpful as well. You may have to sacrifice even more sleep but remember life is short and you’re so worth it! Another mommy birdie recently told me - don’t feel guilty for taking time out to pursue your passion and ask for help if you can because you being happy makes everyone else happy. It’s a scary leap but I’ve finally found my own work-life balance that works for me now and I couldn’t be happier. Wheeeee!
Clarendon Moms: Sometimes going into business with a partner that’s either a best friend or relative can be “tricky”. How are you two different and how do your differences make your partnership work?
Elise: Since, I’m the older sister, I feel comfortable taking the lead, but I trust Emily completely to come up with strategy and fully execute it. Emily’s business experience in luxury retail strategy, consulting, IT, and belief in SNOBSWAP has been a tremendous and necessary asset in launching the website.
Emily: We make a great team and working with Elise is pretty amazing. She is a true innovator, with a strategic vision, passionate drive and deep insight. Elise shaped the SNOBSWAP concept from just an idea into a sophisticated online marketplace.
Clarendon Moms: I am currently reading the book “By Invitation Only” about the women who started Gilt. I’ve found some new inspiration thru them and now thru you. Are there any business models/role models that inspired you? And why?
Elise: What a compliment! There were a mixture of business models that have inspired us which include, the thrill of swapping, and the savings on designer labels from consigning. All entrepreneurs who we’ve met have inspired us just by the mere fact they took the leap to do what they love! We find female business leaders and mommyprenuers especially inspirational, including the founders of Gilt.com, Sara Blakely founder of Spanx, and grannyprenuer, our grandma, who had four kids and opened the first female-owned sporting goods store in Taiwan.
Emily: Thank you! Other role models who inspire us include Diane von Furstenberg and Steve Jobs. Diane von Furstenberg is amazing, she came to New York with a suitcase full of dresses she had created and over the last 30 years, saw great success. She is amazing, a savvy businesswoman, humanitarian, and has largely supported important women initiatives. Steve Jobs has been immensely inspiring, his passion and legacy. From his “do what you love” mantra to his keen aesthetic eye, and his innovation vision.
Clarendon Moms: And finally, what’s next for you two? Are you planning to launch any Apps for the Ipad/Ipod? Styling Events?
Elise: I plan on having baby #2 in 6 weeks! ☺ We do have exciting plans for SNOBSWAP in the pipeline coming soon!
Emily: It’s too early to unveil but stay tuned!