QUERY: Not so long ago, I regularly visited Jenny on Monroe Street for a full set, crystal embellishments and a jelli pedicure. Alas, I haven't seen Jenny since March and my nails, like my nerves are suffering from a form of PTSD. Can you recommend a path forward to save my digits?
-Down to Nubs
SIMONE SAYS: Dear Down to Nubs:
You are not alone, darling. All of us are struggling to maintain our appearances in the virtual realm and beyond. I have tried press on nails, minx nails, the 3-step Chanel polish system and au natural. Although nothing compares to the work of @celestialnails or @bthartistry, if you want bomb designs on your fingers without any nail damage, try Minx Nails. Applied with heat and no glue, Minx last up to 10 days and cost $15.99 for a pack of 25. With the newest rise in Covid cases throughout the DMV, you have more than enough time to perfect your technique. #DIYwithMEdarling!
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QUERY: Purchasing the leather chaise from Home Goods decimated my office makeover budget. Now snaging the $499 mirrored desk from Z Gallerie is cost prohibited. Is there a glam way to spruce up my circa 1991 pressboard desk for $20 dollars or less?
SIMONE: Qui bien sur! I faced the exact conundrum about a week ago. Only the debate centered upon whether to purchase a new writing desk or a Bagghy handbag retailing at $309. Needless to say, the Patty City 02 won out. See my desk camouflaged above. Fashion mavens are creatives. Here's proof.
FASHIONETTE QUERY: After a year of unemployment, I finally got my dream job working as a lobbyist for the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA). To celebrate the occasion, I immediately bought a high powered fragrance to commemorate the day. The problem is that I cannot fit the colossal Valentina eau de perfum bottle in my Chanel envelope clutch.
SIMONE: Every doll knows that it is impossible to balance on platform pumps with an over stuffed handbag. What you need in order to lighten your load is a stylish mother of pearl atomizer from Vintage on 5th. Sylvia Murillo opened her “jewelry box” of a shop on U Street about six months ago. Far from a rookie, Sylvia has worked as a vintage store owner for over twenty years; first at Vintage on 5th in Georgetown and then at Marco Polo in Adams Morgan. Don’t worry, you won’t bust up your “back to work” budget. All of Sylvia’s accoutrements are modestly priced. Plus, if you can wait a week or so, the Vintage on 5th back room will soon be transformed to carry only cheap and chic items priced at $10 or less. Vintage No. 5th | 1342 14th Street, NW
FASHIONETTE QUERY: Living in the most powerful city in the nation can be daunting especially if one has to dress for the occasion. So, I have decided to work remotely until I am able to answer the age old query, “What does power look like?” It has already been 2 months and I am still no closer to solving the riddle. Help!
SIMONE: Don’t be too hard on yourself. Even Anna Wintour gets it wrong sometimes. Remember in 2011 when she wore a Chanel daytime dress and jacket instead of a floor length gown to a White House State Dinner? Thankfully these days, in CNN DC and throughout the neighborhoods, the hard and fast rules on dressing for political domination are being rewritten. But, don’t take my word for it. Ask Betsey Garcete, local designer and owner of Zophia. Several months ago, Betsey decided to base her Catholic U thesis on perfecting the fit of the PowerSkirt. Now, with a new pop up design shop on U Street, Zophia is making it easier to look like Washington. With three high-waisted knee length versions of the PowerSkirt (The CEO, The Curator and The Connoisseur) you can relax and focus on improving your “A” game. Let the political maneuvering begin. www.zophiaonline.com
Zophia Design Studio | Affinity Lab 920 U Street, NW
FASHIONETTE QUERY 104: My boyfriend's new job with the World Bank has him headed for Reagan National twice a month. What can I do to ensure I am not out of sight and mind?
SIMONE: Try gifting him a vintage dopp kit from Treasury. Instead of filling it with disposable razors and Kiel's face balm, add a monogramed handkerchief scented with your perfume. And don't forget to replace the silver framed Ginger Roger's photograph with a pin up version of you. Et Voila...personal FaceTime! Treasury: 1843 14th Street, NW
FASHIONETTE QUERY 105: DC's winters are so dreary that I am thinking of getting a teeny tiny doggy to bring some life into my walk up. The only problem is my job. I am a 2nd year Associate with no time for promenades or thrice daily feedings. Plan B?
SIMONE: Forget about puppy love for now and opt for a bit of greenery. According to Delores at Flowers on 14th Street, teeny tiny terrariums are the newest way to add life to the home front. All you need is your widest vase, pebbles from Rock Creek, ever green moss and several succulents (think aloe vera, agave and sedum). The resulting menagerie is not only hearty (it can actually thrive on DC tap water twice a month), but is also low cost (25-$35). Now you can surround yourself with still life forms in every room for next to nothing. Flowers on Fourteenth: 1718-14th Street, NW
FASHIONETTE QUERY: My new Denise Austin pilates podcast is working wonders for the muscles in my lower half. But what can be done to pump up my skin? She is beginning to droop despite our daily pep talks! Please advise.
SIMONE SAYS: Bliss spa at the W hotel offers a 75 minute fatgirlslim seaweed body toning treatment designed to whip your thighs, bum and abs into fighting shape. For optimal results slather on Bliss’ Lovehandler and Fatgirlslim cream daily. You'll be back to your younger perkier self in no time.
FASHIONETTE QUERY: The clutch on my Pathfinder officially went out on the Thursday before Memorial Day. I am now faced with a serious dilemma. Should I pay the $905 to repair Green Hornet? Or, should I keep my holiday travel plans and join my girls in Miami Beach for the weekend?
SIMONE: While it may seem cool to ditch the truck and rely solely on public transportation or bike shares like your new neighbors, we caution you to think twice before abandoning your ride. Recall that your nieces live in Upper Marlboro, 8 miles from the nearest train; your mother lives on top of one of the highest hills in the District; and the red line rarely works on the weekends. Why not get the truck fixed and spend the remainder of the weekend lounging by Vida’s luxe rooftop pool? The water is perfect and the bar is divine. Sand is over rated, darling. Astro turf is the future! VIDA FITNESS | 1612 U Street, NW
FASHIONETTE QUERY 107: I was not able to attend London Fashion Week this year. And watching Style.com streaming presentations is nothing like the real thing. Any suggestions on where I can find a UK fashion experience in town?
SIMONE: Everyone, including Anna Wintour, knows that real style emanates upwards from the street. For a London viewpoint, we recommend popping over to Passport for an interesting mix of High Street-inspired multicolor party dresses perfect for spring 2013 and beyond. London-born proprietor KC (Kourosh Chitsaz) knows what he is doing. He designed his boutique to resemble a flat replete with full bar and fireplace. Fashion, libations, and conversation. What is more British than that? Passport: 2003 11th Street NW