Dining at Carmine’s DC in Burberry

 

 

With new restaurants popping up everyday, Washington is becoming known for its great places to eat.  DC Foodies are always rushing to the newest opening so it’s sometimes easy to forget some well-established places offer great meals.  That’s what we found out the other night when a group of friends ventured over to Carmine’s.

The Italian restaurant serves great comfort food and when you go, do not leave without sampling their meatballs.  Served family style we gorged ourselves on those infamous meatballs, linguine with a white clam sauce, rigatoni country style and a broiled porterhouse steak that simply melted in your mouth. By the time the dessert came, aptly name the Titanic, we knew we were sunk. However who can say no to a flourless chocolate torte with 5 scoops of ice cream, mounds of whip cream and chocolate sauce. So we didn’t go down without a fight.

It’s not always about what’s new. Sometimes old favorites are just as terrific.  That’s one of my approaches to dressing as well. Just like opting for Carmine’s over the latest and greatest hot spot, it’s good to pull out some old favorites in your closet. They can still provide a great look. For my dinner, I opted for Burberry. My pants in the classic Burberry plaid were a little fuller and worn over a tonal white shirt and short pea coat.  This is one of my favorite looks and all pieces were from previous seasons.

Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day Cuban style!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, DCFashion Fool Style!

Studying careful before I try my hand!
See? I can do this!
Executive Chef Matt Zagorski
Can you quess which one was mine?

I hope you had a Happy St. Patrick’s Day! And just like many of you I donned my green in support of the festive holiday. However instead of dancing a jig at my favorite Irish bar, I chose to celebrate the day drinking mojitos (they are green, right?) and learning how to make empanadas from Executive Chef Matt Zagorsk, at local hot spot, Cuba Libra Restaurant and Rum Bar.

April 8th is National Empanada Day and the restaurant will be hosting an Empanada Happy Hour from 5pm to 7pm where you can savor four different signature Mamá Amelia’s EmpanadasPicadillo, De la Casa, Queso and Parisen, for $1 each. Throughout the month, Cuba Libra will also feature 2 specialty empanadas (from April 1st – 12th, an Empanadas de Cerezas with goat cheese, sour cherries, toasted pistachio and sweet cherry mostarda and from April 13th – 21sth, a Total Eclipse Lobster Empanada – black corn shell, Maine lobster and coral butter). Last but not least, on April 15th, they are hosting a cooking class to learn how to make these scrumptious empanadas under the tutelage of Executive Chef Zagorski,
If you take the class, maybe you can become an expert like I did. Well probably, better! That’s why I’m the DCFashion Fool; I dress better than I cook.  For last night’s event, I wore black swatch plaid pants by J. Crew, white Theory French cuff shirt and gray Burberry V-neck sweater. And yes, I know that black swatch is a Scottish tartan.
Pants – J. Crew, Sweater – Burberry, Shirt – Theory

Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day Cuban style!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, DCFashion Fool Style!

Studying careful before I try my hand!

See? I can do this!
Executive Chef Matt Zagorski

Can you quess which one was mine?

 I hope you had a Happy St. Patrick’s Day! And just like many of you I donned my green in support of the festive holiday. However instead of dancing a jig at my favorite Irish bar, I chose to celebrate the day drinking mojitos (they are green, right?) and learning how to make empanadas from Executive Chef Matt Zagorsk, at local hot spot, Cuba Libra Restaurant and Rum Bar.

April 8th is National Empanada Day and the restaurant will be hosting an Empanada Happy Hour from 5pm to 7pm where you can savor four differentsignature Mamá Amelia’s Empanadas: Picadillo, De la Casa, Queso and Parisen, for $1 each. Throughout the month, Cuba Libra will also feature 2 specialty empanadas (from April 1st – 12th, an Empanadas de Cerezas with goat cheese, sour cherries, toasted pistachio and sweet cherry mostarda and from April 13th – 21sth, a Total Eclipse Lobster Empanada – black corn shell, Maine lobster and coral butter). Last but not least, on April 15th, they are hosting a cooking class to learn how to make these scrumptious empanadas under the tutelage of Executive Chef Zagorski,
If you take the class, maybe you can become an expert like I did. Well probably, better! That’s why I’m the DCFashion Fool; I dress better than I cook.  For last night’s event, I wore black swatch plaid pants by J. Crew, white Theory French cuff shirt and gray Burberry V-neck sweater. And yes, I know that black swatch is a Scottish tartan.

Pants – J. Crew, Sweater – Burberry, Shirt – Theory

J. Crew collaborates with Lacoste

Photos courtesy of J Crew
Just announced, J. Crew has entered into collaboration with Lacoste to produce exclusive polo shirts for men, women and kids. The collaboration is part of J. Crew’s “Discovered” seasonal section.

The Lacoste will feature an exclusive archive version of the famous alligator logo from 1983. In this version, the logo is blue with ‘Lacoste’ in cursive within the alligator. Current collections feature a green alligator with no text. The shirts will be available in a variety of colors such as white, navy, burgundy and orange.

J. Crew started its online “Discovered” project in the summer of 2013, to sell a rare selection of items that Frank Mutygens, head of menswear design, and his team come across in their travels. J. Crew works with other brands to produce hard to find pieces or select specialty items to J. Crew shoppers. Along with the new Lacoste collection, J. Crew had a series of collaborations with such companies as New Balance, Bulova and Arc’teryx.

The Lacoste brand was first introduced in 1926 when Rene Lacoste inspired by his nickname had an alligator embroidered on his blazer. J. Crew began as a mail order business in 1983 and later opened its first store 6 years later.

Team DC Fashion Show and Model Search returns to Town Danceboutique

Josh beat out a crowd of 14 models in the 2015 Team DC Fashion Show and Model Search
Last night Town Danceboutique hosted Team DC Fashion Show and Model Search. The annual event raises funds to provide scholarship money to LGBT student athletes in the Washington Metropolitan area.
This year 14 eager strapping contestants competed in 5 rounds wearing everything from club wear to underwear in the hopes of being the 2015 top model. Hosted by the effervescent Brent “Barbara Bush” Minor and the luscious Zach “Athena Ducockis” O’Connor, the evening was filled with the latest styles provided by local area vendors such as Universal Gear, Adam and Even and Trickbox.
While contestants worked the runway, the audience had an opportunity to literally buy the shirts of the models’ back as many of the looks worn were featured in a live auction towards the end of the contest. Special Guest Judge, Paul Wharton, host of Paul Wharton Style along with last year’s model winner, MattWhite lead an all star panel of judges who crowned this year’s winner, Josh.

See a slideshow of the night’s events below.