Sunday, January 20, 2008

Shopping in DC

I'm back in California and it's good to be home, but if any of you are planning a trip to DC I wanted to share some of the cute shops and restaurants I visited.

Circle Boutique, located at 1736 14th St NW (between R and S). They have interesting pieces, in both men and women's clothes. You can check out a limited selection of their merchandise on their website. They carry L.A.M.B and Mike and Chris, as well as some designers I haven't seen much of here in the Bay Area. At the moment everything is on sale. The owner was there and incredibly helpful and sweet.

The area is interesting, there are some great places to check out including the French restaurant and bar Cafe Saint-Ex, they make a mean burger with sweet potato fries! The service is infuriating (making it even more French) but the food is good. My friend that took me there said it has a basement that turns into a nightclub, it seems redundant to say, but at night. duh. Otherwise it would be a dayclub or something.

Over in Dupont Circle on Connecticut Ave there are a lot of shops including Proper Topper, which somehow manages to squeeze an incredibly large amount of things in a very small space. They have cute clothes and hats(hence the name proper topper), as well as great things for gifts - pretty notebooks and cards, baby clothes, the list could go on and on.

Georgetown though seems to have a higher concentration of cute shops. On Wisconsin Ave I went to Sugar(1633 Wisconsin Ave):
It's a cute boutique, with a nice selection of lines and styles. They have really gorgeous trendy jewelry that isn't all expensive (makes for good retail therapy), earrings by Viv and Ingrid among other lines. The woman who was working there when I went in wasn't exactly friendly, but the store smelled fantastic thanks to the yummy Grapefruit candle they were burning (they sell them too) and everything (except new resort pieces) was on sale here as well.

Just up the street are other cute shops Sassanova (shoes and other accessories) and Sherman Pickey (1647 Wisconsin Ave, NM) this shop is unbelievably preppy - think Tory Burch and the like, all of their winter clothes were half off, and then another 20% off I think. They had some beautiful coats and blazers on sale.

Across the street is Urban Chic, 1626 Wisconsin Ave:

Everything except resort is on sale at 50% off. Pretty amazing party dresses on sale, and incredibly cute baby clothes too (C+C and Splendid).

Happy shopping!

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