Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Celebrate the Cherry Blossoms like a VIP

This year marks the 100th Anniversary of DC's beloved Cherry Blossoms Festival. In honor of the occasion, Gilt City is celebrating the donation of the cherry blossom trees from Japan with a Gilt City Guide to Cherry Blossoms. My friends at Gilt have curated a three-week guide mapping out the finest and favorite events and experiences, all themed around viewing and experiencing the Cherry Blossoms like a VIP.

Photo courtesy of Raquel Witkin

Gilt City has some incredible offers on the site today and throughout the week:

Today a deal from one of my favorite salons goes live. Shape up your spring ‘do at IPSA Salon. Let the experts at this chic salon give your mane a spring makeover. Members may purchase a professional blow dry session paired with full highlights ($125), single-process color ($70) or a cut ($50).

Or perhaps you would prefer to start your night at SEI with two cherry blossom cocktails and cherry blossom themed sushi rolls at this chic restaurant. ($35)

Recently, Gilt City DC Style Curator Marissa Schneider shared some of her top styling tips for spring with me. She knows what trends are going to be all over town and across the U.S. this spring and I love her ideas. Here's a bit of my interview with Marissa.

MPAG: What are the hottest new trends that you're seeing for Spring 2012?

Marissa: I am loving the return of neon - from Nanette Lepore's pleated skirts in highlighter yellow, to mass retailers like the GAP and Victoria's Secret doing tees and blazers in hot pink, we are seeing neon brights make a comeback just in time for summer.

Other Spring trends I'm trying are Color blocking (made easy with Rich and Skinny's colored denim and Z-Spoke bags on sale at Gilt right now; Florals, it's one big garden party with print dresses and separates; Pastels, mint green is everywhere and looks beautiful against most skin tones (and even better with a tan); and Tribal/ethnic/graphic prints, still seeing Ikat, futuristic patterns, and bohemian details like feather motifs in fabrics and accessories

MPAG: People love to make day trips to see the Cherry Blossoms in Washington, DC. Tell me what you would pull out of your closet for a day of sightseeing in the city.

Marissa: I would wear an easy comfortable tank style dress, grab a light weight long cardigan or scarf, a big pair of sunglasses- I have a favorite pair from Oliver Peoples (a celeb favorite also featured on Gilt right now), and of course, a comfortable pair of flat metallic sandals to walk around the tidal basin or the National mall.

MPAG: Pops of color are everywhere! What are your favorite bright, unexpected color combinations for spring?

Marissa: We love a "POC" at Gilt City! My favorite color combination is a bright coral or fuschia juxtaposed with turquoise. I have a bright coral silk top that I wear with a large turquoise bead necklace. On a smaller scale, try a turquoise ring and paint nails Essie's Lollipop or OPI's Cajun Shrimp. Here's a great coral floral option on Gilt:

My other fave combo is bright yellow juxtaposed with gray - always looks great in apparel as well as home decor - featured here in these bowls on Gilt home is chartreuse and pantone 411C grey.

MPAG: Comfort is key when you're walking around town in the spring. Please tell me that there are comfortable shoes that look great, too.

Marissa: I recommend metallic flats and sandals for longer treks, or a wedge for a more comfortable alternative to a stiletto. Try an Alexandre Birman in neutral python for something that goes with everything!

Many thanks to DC Style Curator Marissa Schneider for her tips for style for spring and Cherry Blossom festivities.  I'm loving the spring trends, especially colored denim and mint green. 

Have you seen the Cherry Blossoms yet this year?



  1. Thanks for this post! I live in MA but am flying home next weekend to visit my parents in Annapolis so we can go see the cherry blossoms. I know they peaked early this year and hope they are still blooming next week!

  2. I saw them one year. SO pretty.

  3. I remember going to see the cherry blossom festival when I was younger and it was always so beautiful! Little reminders from nature like this are the very reason I cannot wait for Spring to be fully underway.



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