Washington, DC

Sunday Snapshot: Fall on the National Mall

Fall is a beautiful time of year on the National Mall. While it may not seem like the most obvious destination to see foliage in DC, the Mall offers a peaceful respite from the downtown corridor and a bounty of colorful landscapes.

Click more to see photos from a recent stroll on the Mall.

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Style Perspectives: Alicia Chew

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At 24, Alicia Chew is already a seasoned Internet expert.

A native of Northern Virginia, Chew launched her first website when she was just 10 years old and specialized in web and graphic design in high school. Many websites later, Chew decided to launch her first fashion-oriented website – River City Chic – while she was a communications student at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU).

Now graduated and back in the DC metro area, Chew has transformed River City Chic into AliciaTenise.com and, in turn, has become one of the area’s leading fashion bloggers.

We talked to her about her style inspirations, her must-have products, and what’s next for her site.

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The Week on Instagram

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From upper left to bottom right: a stop inside Violet Boutique in Adams Morgan; L’Enfant Café and Bar in Adams Morgan; guacamole greens from sweetgreen; homemade carrot pineapple smoothie; iced dulce de leche from the Illy Café in Foggy Bottom; and morning workout essentials of La Roche-Posay eau thermale peaux sensibles and hand weights.

The Week on Instagram is a new District Style feature where we highlight some of our Instagram pictures from the previous week. To see more of our Instagram photos, join us here.

The Week on Instagram

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From upper left to bottom right: the fountain at Dupont Circle; a house on Swann Street NW; frozen chai at Tryst in Adams Morgan; my weekend rejuvenation routine of yoga, Fresh Sugar Face Polish, and Bumble & Bumble’s Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil; a balcony on Columbia Rd. NW in Adams Morgan; and purses at Emporium DNA on Connecticut Ave NW.

The Week on Instagram is a new District Style feature where we highlight some of our Instagram pictures from the previous week. To see more of our Instagram photos, join us here.

Style Perspectives: Clariza Alvarez, Bowties and Caviar

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Q: Who or what has been the greatest influence on your style?
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Sunday Snapshot: Farmers’ Markets in Washington, DC

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One of my favorite weekend activities is to shop at DC-area farmers’ markets. Above is just a snapshot of what’s currently available at area markets this summer. (Sadly, there’s still no way to capture the delicious smells of fresh food and produce in a blog post!)

If you haven’t been to any of the farmers’ markets yet, check out this great interactive map from the Washington Post detailing more than 170 markets in this area.

This beautiful design from DC’s own Cherry Blossom Creative can also help guide your purchases by showing you what is (and is not) in season.

Bon appétit! 

Inside DC’s Vigilante Coffee

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In the heart of the Arts District of Hyattsville lies a coffee lover’s paradise – the new home of Vigilante Coffee.

Located in a former 1920s Ford auto showroom, Vigilante Coffee’s first brick-and-mortar location houses its roasting and production facilities, offices, and training space. The café portion of the space – which will offer coffee and espresso roasted and brewed on site – opens this Saturday to the public.

For owner and founder Chris Vigilante, it’s the culmination of years spent in pursuit of great coffee – a pursuit that began when he was just a sophomore at nearby Virginia Tech.

“I was watching people graduate only to get jobs they didn’t like,” Vigilante says. “That didn’t appeal to me. I had already done internships that showed me what I didn’t want to do. So when a few friends pushed me to find something I was passionate about, I took a chance.” (more…)