Heart of Fashion

It's that time of year again, time to get ready for one of the most meaningful events of the year benefiting an amazing organization that's near-and-dear to my heart, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

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Come support an organization that works tirelessly to find cures for children with childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases through research and treatement.  And where no family ever pays a dime to St. Jude for anything!

Details:

St. Jude Heart of Fashion

Saturday, September 13 || 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM

Neiman Marcus || Mazza Gallerie

benefiting St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

featuring a presentation of Italian designer Brunello Cucinelli women's and men's Fall 2014 collection

Tickets start at $150 - Purchase yours here

Hope to see you there!

Find us on Facebook - http://bit.ly/SJFashion

#HearofFashion

XOXO

~April

 


Project Gravitas

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Project Gravitas is coming to our Nation's Capital this Saturday, May 31 - Sunday, June 1.  It's mission - to help the women of Washington, DC find the perfect dress and give each woman the opportunity for dressing with a confident sense of self!  

Founder and CEO, Lisa Sun will be in attendance as she hosts a pop-up boutique inside the Four Seasons hotel in Georgetown where she and her talented team will be on-hand to find and fit you for your perfect dress.  Each dress is manufactured with luxury construction in NYC using Italian fabrics, topped with a slimming shapewear secret with each dress named for a woman who has owned her moment in history - including Washington's own Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Eleanor Roosevelt.

Project Gravitas dresses are extremely versatile, will work with your existing wardrobe's tailored blazers and work from desk to dinner, which is what all busy DC ladies need, right?!   Plus, they come suited to flatter YOUR figure from fitted black sheaths to A-line lady-like silhouettes, there's a dress for everyone.

Check out one I can't wait to try on, the Diana Dress below...love it!  Oh, and 10% of the proceeds from the Diana dress sales will benefit The Washington Ballet.

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Here's a peak at more - to see the rest, see you this weekend!  :o)

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This 2-day event - from 11:00AM - 7:00PM daily - is something every DC fashionista must check out!  

If you're interested in attending, RSVP to rsvp@taapr.com

Follow @ProjectGravitas on Twitter

#GravitasDC

Hope to see you there!

XOXO

~April


In Case You Missed It…

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If you weren't able to make it to my Signature Style Series show last week featuring Calypso St. Barth at the gorgeous Capella Georgetown, DC, then this is a post you'll want to check out!  The weather was just right to welcome summer to DC and the rooftop was picture perfect as I showcased some of my favorite looks from the luxury resortwear brand....pieces that hadn't even hit the floors in-store yet!  In addition, Capella donated a portion of the proceeds to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

As guests enjoyed a delicious lunch - prepared by Chef Jacob Esko - and a signature cocktail from the Rye Bar, I presented a collection of perfect pieces for warm weather wardrboes and getaways.  The looks included pieces from their "A Weekend in Jaipur" collection - inspired by the colorful Indian city's raspberry pinks and tiki greens - and their "Chic Tropique" collection -  bohemian pieces embellsihed with sequins and lace.   

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Welcoming in the warmer weather, this gorgeous tiki green silk maxi skirt and lightweight white button down is an easy-breezy looks to wear in the city or the beach, dressed up or down (sans the hat and add wedge heels for a dressier looks) it's comfortable and chic all at once.  Plus, the white button down will go a long way in your summer closet as it works with just about everything.

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Next up, a gorgeous mint green embellished tunic paired with white skinny jeans but easily could be worn over a swimsuit for a chic poolside look.

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The next black and white patterned maxi skirt is a must-have piece for your summer wardrobe since it's so easy to throw on yet boasts much desired attention from it's stand-out pattern.  Pair it as seen with a black tank tucked in or out, or with the versatile white button down from earlier look.

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This cream lace embroidered dress is another day-to-dinner piece and is as easy as changing out your shoes from flats to heels with minimal if no jewelry required at all...the sequins speak for themselves.  This dress also offers a very wearable silhouette.  

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As many of you already know, I love kaftans!  So, I was thrilled to show this beautiful silk hand-embroidered kaftan.  It's a favorite of mine and again is easy to dress up or down or just throw it on poolside over your swimsuit with some sexy shades and a good book - tres chic!

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At the conclusion of the presentaiton, the raffle prize winners were announced and prizes included: a dress from Calypso St. Barth (retail value of $495), lunch for 2 at Capella's restaurant The Grill Room, a Beauty Class for 6 at the Georgetown Blue Mercury, a 1-hour styling session with Yours Truly (April Yvonne), a family photo session with Alumbra Photography and a full-service cleaning and whitening from Washington Center for Dentisry! Amazing, no?! 

Following the show, this pop-up created a boutique environtment for guests to shop on-site all the looks they saw in the presentation and more! 

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Yours Truly with models Lauren Avey (left) and Rebekah Pizana (right).  I'm wearing the Hyla kaftan.

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 With the Capella Team, GM Alex Obertop (far left) and Director of Marketing Michael Katigbak (far right)

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Guests left happy with these fabulous Calypso swag bags!  Below, blogger Elle Choi shows off hers.  :o)

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Finally, here's a few more must-have pieces I would highly recommend to my clients!  

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This bright raspberry dress is figure-flattering and provides a beautiful POC against a sun-kissed skin.

 

 

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This cardigan is absolutely divine - I need it in every color!

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Lastly, these wide leg linen pants....

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A special thanks to Blue Mercury for providing the make-up for the models and photographer Susannah Marlowe-Galan.  Photo credits: Alumbra Photography.

XOXO

~April


Have You Scooped Your Ticket?!

I'm sooooo excited for this Wednesday's Calypso St. Barth Resort Wear Show at Capella, Georgetown, DC, and it's gearing up to be an another amazing event in our Style Series!  

With the 80 degree weather upon us, it's the perfect time of year for this show, epsecially situated atop the uber-luxury hotel's rooftop!  Come and enjoy the fashions and stock up on your summertime essentials: luxurious kaftans; long, flowy skirts; chic straw hats;  gorgeous jewlery, and so much more...Calypso St. Barth has everything you need for warm weather fashion!

As you know, the last Styles Series show with Elie Tahari was completely sold out, so if you haven't purchased your tickets yet, do so ASAP, because we are almost once again SOLD OUT!

Click below for yours:

http://capelladcstyleseries.splashthat.com

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Plus, just by purchasing your ticket to the show, you'll be supporting St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and entering to win some amazing raffle prizes, like:

    • a beautiful dress from Calypso St. Barth (retail value of $495);
    • a Beauty Class for you and 5 friends at Blue Mercury Georgetown;
    • a 1-hour personal shopping session with Yours Truly;
    • or brunch for 2 in the Capella's restaurant The Grill Room!

You're going to just LOVE the looks I present from their latest collection while you enjoy a signature cocktail from the hotel's Rye Bar and a delicious lunch!  Be the first to get your hands on the latest shipment of beautiful pieces from Calypso St. Barth - they haven't even hit the floors yet - before they start selling out.  

I hope to see you there!

XOXO

~April


Where to Brunch: May 9

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Welcome to LDC's weekly Brunch Preview, wherein we serve you a restaurant snapshot, some delicious photos, and a few conversation starters (or, at least, what we're talking about at brunch this weekend). Last time, we were at one of our favorites: Water & Wall, in Arlington (yes, Arlington). We'd love to see where you go, sample from your plate, and hear what you talk about -- promise to tag us on TwitterInstagram, or on your other favorite site? It just might make an appearance here... 

Silo919 5th St NW, DC (Nearest metro: Gallery Place Chinatown); 202.290.2233
Some people like loud restaurants. They impart the sense of a party, of eventfulness, of something going on. If this is you, then head to Silo. If this is not you, then stop reading.


Ok, you're still reading. Welcome to the Loud Restaurant Club! And welcome, specifically, to Silo. Its stripped-down decor is beautiful, but all that exposed brick and concrete does nothing for sound absorption. Which is ok by some people -- just don't claim you weren't warned. 

Located on a still-sleepy stretch in the Mt Vernon Square area, a few hundred feet from Busboys & Poets (and steps from the collapsed strip club), Silo represents the changing face of this neighborhood. Its strip club days are quickly passing, to be replaced by cute restaurants filled with brunchers like us (don't hate). But the cute restaurants are still finding their own identities as well. After opening earlier this year, Silo recently revamped its menu (Swiss fusion wasn't trending) to make it more "Modern American" -- think Sweet & Sour Wings, and burgers epically topped with gourmet goodies. 

And we could see the menu getting a little more revamping at some point. The burger is delicious, but all the onion-carmely-Gruyere gooeyness meant that the actual burger patty kept sliding awkwardly out from the bread, like some strange birth scene in an alien movie. My friend finally put the burger down and opted for a fork and knife. Meanwhile, neither member of the "Eggs Benedict Duo" was, technically, a Benedict. But that's a quibble. The kitchen does a fabulous job with the all-important potatoes and eggs, and the cocktails are glorious. If you insist on mimosas, then the bottomless option is only $14. 

What we're talking about at brunch this weekend:

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