From Sarah Griswold. Email her at sarahg[AT]borderstan.com.
Hi friends! I hope you are all having a fabulous summer so far, I know that I am. Apart from those few bursts of crazy rain, the sunshine has been more that welcomed in this household. And with these beautiful days abound, I have brought my summer wardrobe out of hiding.
Ladies, I’m sure you’re like me — when dragging out your dusty box of summer dresses, short-shorts and cami’s, it’s exciting to be reunited with those small, but essential pieces that adorned all your “Summer 2012” Instagram photo album pictures, but then you’re left wanting.
My Local Picks
Whether you’re looking for new frocks to wear on your summer trip to NYC, or relaxing beachside vacation to Charleston, SC, or if you just want to freshen up your summer outfits, I have a list of cute little boutiques you must check out this year.
- Redeem Shop Independent, 1734 14th St NW. Flaunting cool, designer duds for men and women, this shop also makes room for lesser known names too. For me, this is great place to get something completely unique, edgy, urban and screamingly original.
- Caramel, 1603 U Street NW. One of the first spots I explored upon moving to the city. Again, this shop caters to men and women, so feel free to drag your boyfriend along to spruce up his wardrobe too! As far as the clothing goes, I find Caramel ultra feminine and airy; things you can wear to work and to happy hour right afterward.
- Lettie Gooch, 1517 U Street NW. This is such a great shop and every time I walk by the window displays, I’m compelled to go in. Bright and bold colors and ready to wear styles that are modern without being pretentious. Flowy dresses, structured collars and bright statement jewelry adorn this little boutique.
- Violet Boutique, 2439 18th Street NW. This is a great “go-to” spot with reliably cute and easy styles. It reminds me of shopping in your stylish girlfriend’s closet. Pretty, girly styles and accessories without pushing your boundaries too far.
At all of these boutiques, styles and sizes are limited, so be sure to check in with them often so you don’t miss out on anything!
And Once You’re Done…
- Once you have done your damage, be sure to make some room in your closet and get rid of all those items you love but don’t wear anymore — Buffalo Exchange on 1318 14th Street NW accepts donations or you can resell there too.
- You can also donate your items to any one of the great donation centers in a neighborhood near you. Here are a couple to get you started — Martha’s Table at 2114 14th Street NW or Goodwill Donation Center on 2200 South Dakota Avenue NE.
Have I missed one of your favorite shops? Are there any new boutiques the rest of us should know about? Post a comment below and spread the love!
Happy summer shopping!
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From Luis Gomez.
More than 60 teams about 300 people turned out Saturday for the 2012 Green Rush Scavenger Hunt, which kicked off in Logan Circle at 2:30 pm. Teams of two to five people competed in challenges and decoded clues for a chance to win a $1,000 Grand Prize. There were additional prizes as scavengers checked in along the way at participating green businesses.
It was all part of Earth Day 2012 activities, which was officially Sunday. In addition to the Grand Prize, prizes included a Foodie Award, a Green Spirit Award, an Orange you Green Award and a Mow Down Thrown Down Award.
“Green Rush and our FWD: Your Fashion clothing drive were tremendous successes for Live Green and the green community at large. Participants had a ton of fun, Goodwill received a tremendous outpouring of support, and local green businesses got great exposure to new customers. Add in a fabulous after-party and it’s hard to think of how people could have had a more meaningful and enjoyable Earth Day weekend,” said Steve Ma, board president and co-director of Live Green.
Event sponsors and coordinators were Live Green and Clean Currents, which sells wind power to residential and business customers. Other local businesses sponsoring Saturday’s Earth Day event were The Bike Rack on Q Street, Cafe Green on 17th Street, Base Camp on 18th Street and Local 16 on U Street NW.
In addition, Saturday marked end of a month-long drive by Live Green and Repax. Since mid-March, DC residents leaving clothes in bins at green businesses and apartment buildings throughout the city as part of the FWD: Your Fashion Clothing Drive. More than 7,000 lbs of donations were collected, making this drive DC’s largest community clothing drive in support of Goodwill. Additional donations were accepted Saturday before the pick up at Logan Circle.
- Earth Day Starts Saturday with Green Rush Scavenger Hunt
- Clothing Drive for Goodwill Wraps Up Saturday at Green Rush Event
There is still time to drop off clothing as part of a month-long clothing drive for Goodwill that ends Saturday. You can deliver clothing from 11 am to 1:30 pm just east of Logan Circle.
The clothing drive was coordinated by Live Green and Repax and will end at Saturday afternoon’s Green Rush Scavenger Hunt. The event begins at 2:30 pm at Logan Circle is part of 2012 Earth Day celebrations in DC. (See Earth Day Starts Saturday with Green Rush Scavenger Hunt.)
The clothing drop off site is just East of Logan Circle, near the intersection of Rhode Island Avenue, P Street and 12th Streets NW. Contact Steve Ma, Live Green, 202-361-3946 or stevejamesma[AT]gmail.com.
The clothing drive concludes a month-long drive by Live Green and Repax. Since mid-March, DC residents have been dropping off clothes in bins at green businesses and apartment buildings throughout the city as part of the FWD: Your Fashion Clothing Drive.
More than 5,000 lbs of donations have been collected, making this drive DC’s largest community clothing drive in support of Goodwill. As part of Live Green and Clean Currents’ Green Rush, an eco-themed scavenger hunt, participants will help to deliver the donations to Goodwill’s truck.
About Saturday’s Green Rush Scavenger Hunt
Green Rush is sponsored by two local entities — Live Green and Clean Currents (which sells wind power). Green Rush begins at Logan Circle at 2:30 pm and ends with a party at 5:30 pm at Liv at 2001 11th Street NW. (You can also get more information on the Live Green Facebook page.)
Teams of two to five people will compete in challenges and decode clues for a chance to win a $1,000 Grand Prize. You need to register and buy tickets for the scavenger hunt. There are also volunteer opportunities if you don’t want to take part in the hunt.
Other local businesses helping sponsor the event are The Bike Rack, Cafe Green, Base Camp and Local 16.