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Citronelle hosts Vintage en Vogue fashion party

September 8, 2011

“A fabulous evening of fashion, food, and cocktails inside The Latham Hotel at Citronelle.” From the runway, MyDCStyle.com’s April Jones Firoozabadi thanked her hosts and fashion partner. “Banana Republic is a top choice for day-to- evening wear, especially with their Mad Men collection. D.C.’ s a great city for this … and everything here tonight is available in Georgetown.”

VIP guests enjoyed the Fashionista Wine Bar with selections from master sommelier, Kathryn Morgan and hors d’oeuvres from the Citronelle kitchen. A mix of catwalk and culinary as guests listened to April’s expert fashion tips. To the sounds of a DJ and and a steady drizzle, models introduced the latest fall trends.

Leopard print trenchcoat from Mad Men collection (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Leopard print trenchcoat from Mad Men collection

"A leopard print tench coat from the Mad Men collection."

(Photo by: Judith Beermann)

"The two-piece cocktail dress is so versatile. Nude heels are a must-have."

(Photo by: Judith Beermann)

"The nice-guy look works so well meeting parents."

(Photo by: Judith Beermann)

(Photo by: Judith Beermann)

"Floral, mustard print from Mad Men collection looks good with all skin and hair colors."

(Photo by: Judith Beermann)

"Print scarves looks great with the Camille jacket."

(Photo by: Judith Beermann)

"A sequined dress stands on its own, and doesn't need a lot of accessories."

(Photo by: Judith Beermann)

Drawings for prizes followed the show included parking passes in Georgetown, cocktails at Michel at Tysons Corner to overnight stays at The Latham Hotel, dinners at Citronelle, and Stella & Dot jewelry.

Erica Finkelstein, Donna Donella, Wendy Gordon, Gina Dakouni, Tasha Stancill Richman (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Erica Finkelstein, Donna Donella, Wendy Gordon, Gina Dakouni, Tasha Stancill Richman

Guests lingered at the bar following the show.

Mel Davis (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Mel Davis


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Tari times two

September 5, 2011

Managing a real estate development business, a couture consignment shop, and serving as architect and general contractor on T-Square, her new venture, is well, all in a day’s work for Sara Mokhtari.

The inspiration for the name of her Georgetown boutique, Tari came from a dear friend Ari, now deceased. Touching her heart she said, “I wanted to keep him within me, and now his name is part of mine.”

For this self-described design junkie, creating the logo for T-Square, the new corporate and private events space currently in construction above Tari, and selecting the perfect square Porcelenosa toilets, is great fun.

On the way up to T-Square (Photo by: Judith Beermann) On the way up to T-Square

With plans for adding a shoe room and expanding the men’s wear section, Sara explains, “I wanted in the first phase to open up the pop-up, and get it going.” With a background in finance and money management this meant creating structure.  

Quick to give credit, Sara said, “Soma Choudhury, a luxury branding and marketing specialist who runs her own company, Leela, helps launch new designers. She was so helpful connecting me with other boutiques. We get amazing stuff all the time.”

Establishing an e-commerce website, marketing, and creating a great sales team (“keeping staff happy is key”) came together quickly.  Manager Maria Palacios used to run her own boutique in Miami, and Nya Gill, who has her own jewelry line, Mother of Men, recently came from Nanette Lepore.

Nya Gill reaches for a Lancel bag as Sara greets a customer (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Nya Gill reaches for a Lancel bag as Sara greets a customer

While Tari opened last November, the official grand launch party with T-Square is planned for later this fall.

“I love providing a service that makes everyone happy.” Felipe Da Silva, who had seen them on his last visit, zooms right in to show his sister, Marcela a pair of Louboutins in her size.

Felipe DaSilva finds a pair of Louboutins for sister, Marcela (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Felipe DaSilva finds a pair of Louboutins for sister, Marcela

Despite construction challenges, always compounded when building in historic Georgetown, Sara is on track to have the entire project completed later this year.

The first floor expansion of Tari (Photo by: Judith Beermann) The first floor expansion of Tari

Of course, having friendly neighbors like Rashid Hassouni with an espresso machine helps. Tari’s building abuts Puro Cafe, and her daily dose of soy lattes are always steaming hot.

Tari is at 1525 Wisconsin Avenue. Tel: 202.621.7500

Next to one of two T-Square fireplaces on the second floor (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Next to one of two T-Square fireplaces on the second floor

 


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Ultra Violet's cutting edge

September 1, 2011

Before the floral shears are passed to Fabio Ripoli next New Year’s Day, meet the woman who created Ultra Violet Flowers.

Fabio Ripoli creates an arrangement (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Fabio Ripoli creates an arrangement

“I thought owning a flower shop would be rosy, and that the neighborhood would smile in scent.” Affirmative on both counts. Inspired by European travels that taught her to “embrace and nurture nature’s essence,” after 12 years, Robin Sutliff continues to delight in every season, “so chock full of glorious varieties … of sweet peas, fabulous funky tulips, and this year, anemones have stolen my heart.” Without missing a petal, “and a nod to hyacinth, poppies, lotus pods, monkey balls, snow berries, toad lilies, Siamese callas ...”.

Robin Sutliff art photography hanging in Ultra Violet (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Robin Sutliff art photography hanging in Ultra Violet

“I guess the reasons I enjoy designing through the wee hours of the night is because then it's me and the flowers, doing what we do best, headphones on, and in the best, best zone.” As Robin explained, “I'm an artist and that's what I crave.”

Robin also discovered that running a flower shop is “a 100% on your feet job! It's not at all easy to answer phones, assist walk-in customers, make daily arrangements for delivery, sometimes making the deliveries, write enclosure cards, clean the flowers, fill the buckets, unpack the vases, buy the flowers from markets worldwide (being careful not to over buy),ring credit cards, meet with brides, draw up event proposals, answer emails,  and feed ShopCat  …” But Robin loves every bit of it. Come high spring, “It is roses all the time but there are plenty of broken vases too!” 

(Photo by: Robin Sutliff)

ShopCat, the lucky shelter feline who calls Ultra Violet home (Photo by: Judith Beermann) ShopCat, the lucky shelter feline who calls Ultra Violet home

Continuing on as design director, Robin will have more time to meet with brides and create special events. “Headphones on and in the zone, but maybe not all night long with time to market my flower photographs. Flowers are just my really great friends.”

“He is so talented and his heart is top notch.  Ultra Violet Flowers can only be in the hands of one other and that’s Fabio Ripoli,”says Robin.  Arriving in Georgetown from Peru 10 years ago looking for work, Fabio started as an Ultra Violet driver. One day, after routinely processing orders from Holland, he tried his hand at arranging. And after five years (he’s being much too modest), Fabio discovered, “I’m really good.”

The magical arrangement Fabio created, shown in process above (Photo by: Judith Beermann) The magical arrangement Fabio created, shown in process above

Bridal arrangement (Photo by: Robin Sutliff) Bridal arrangement

Lush floral designs in signature square glass vases. Sounds simple but have you ever seen an arrangement this exquisite elsewhere?

Sharing Robin’s passion for creating awe-inspiring magical arrangements, Fabio points out, “People like the "wow, come again, what the heck is that factor that we showcase.”  Unusual varieties, unique specimens, unexpected combinations of color and texture, and no fillers.

Ultra Violet Flowers is at 1218 31st Street. Tel: 202.333.3002

Fabio wraps up his creation (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Fabio wraps up his creation

(Photo by: Judith Beermann)


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