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A Little Bird Told Us …

February 3, 2016

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iStockDROP BY Core 72 this week (through Sunday) to score deals on the retailer’s stylish selection of activewear and accessories. Everything in the store in the Cathedral Commons complex (3316 Wisconsin Ave. NW, 202-244-1100) and items at the front of the store on Connecticut Avenue (5502 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-686-4258) are 50 percent off.  Onzie printed capris are $34, reduced from $68; Giselle running tights are now $38, down from $76 and Icebreaker jackets are $142.50. More discounted brands: R&R Surplus, Omgirl, Stella McCartney for Adidas, Koral ActivewearSundry and Rese.

Rumor has it there will be an inaugural January 20, 2017. So, in case you needed a place to stay and party or drown your sorrows, the fashionable Fairmont in D.C.’s West End has announced a $27 million renovation, including all 415 guest rooms, to be completed by April 2016. Expect a mix of classic and modern furnishings, big-screen (49 inches) TVs, walk-in showers and large vanities.

Mark your calendar for the Super Bowl of shopping, Old Town Boutique District’s 11th Annual Alexandria Warehouse Sale. Line up for discounts of up to 80 percent on clothing, shoes, jewelry and home furnishings. The action takes place this Saturday, Feb. 6, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at a new location, the Westin Alexandria Hotel, welcoming new boutiques throughout the D.C. area. This year’s slate of retailers will include Betsy Fisher, Bishop Boutique, Coco Blanca, Estiletta, Lululemon, Periwinkle, J. McLaughlin, Sherman Pickey, Shoe Hive and Gossypia. The Westin Alexandria is at 400 Courthouse Square (garage and street parking available; there will be a free shuttle from the King Street Metro). Admission is free. More information: or

Prepare to properly pucker up for Valentine’s Day with a custom lipstick. Order the $60 Finding Ferdinand Starter Kit lipstick palette (with 16 highly pigmented lip colors) through the mail. Mix and match the shades you prefer in the empty wells and blend on your lips to create your special hue. Once you find the combination you’re in love with, make up a name for your color choice and select the colors you used from the palette (maximum number of colors allowed is four), then submit to and the company will create your own personalized, full-size tube and ship it to you. Nice.

 — Janet Kelly


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