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Photographed by Steven Meisel, Vogue, May 2013 The most memorable fashion moments in history were never made by playing it safe. Treading the line between faux pas and forward-thinking is the key to developing a fearless sense of personal style. In celebration of Vogue’s August Age Issue, we’ve put together a bucket list of fashion risks to have tried by your 30th birthday. You should have . . . 1. Stepped out in thigh-high boots and a miniskirt at least once. 2. Adapted something from a school girl’s uniform-pleated skirt, Peter Pan collar, or over-the-knee socks for your working wardrobe.... Continue reading
Posted 35 minutes ago at CarolJoynt.com
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If you are in search of a delicious Maryland crab cake, head to Deale, Maryland and Petie Greens. I try to hit Petie's a few times each summer and even into the fall. I go for the crab cakes. It's a classic western shore road house, serving a lot of locals and families and with a busy bar. But, again, it's the crab cakes. They also sell the uncooked cake to be prepared at home, which allows me to drive out, stop at the farmer stands along the Deale road for sweet corn, tomatoes and watermelon, pick up the carry-out... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at CarolJoynt.com
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Sharing my Chesapeake Bay weekend with you, and hope these images bring calm, warmth and a nice breeze, plus a dose of "twinkle, twinkle little star." Western shore watermelon whipped into an icy daiquiri and served for Sunday brunch with a farmers market herb, kale and feta baked frittata (a meal that is all about second helpings.) Continue reading
Posted yesterday at CarolJoynt.com
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In my New York Social Diary column this week I swooned for DC restaurant Toki Underground. I also mentioned that Toki has home delivery. Its through a relatively new service, Caviar. Tonight I tried Caviar for the first time and ordered from Toki. I recommend Toki, but Caviar offers home delivery from a range of quality restaurants. Below are some photos of how the food looked when it arrived, approximately an hour after I put in my order online. I polled my housemates and overall we were pleased and impressed. Toki was a good test because we'd had dinner at... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at CarolJoynt.com
This Q&A Cafe interview was taped several years ago, just before Quinn Bradlee married Pari Williamson. He appeared with his parents, Ben Bradlee and Sally Quinn. Today, in a Washingtonian story, Sally confirmed rumors that have been on the street for while that Quinn and Pari are divorcing. Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at CarolJoynt.com
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We stopped by the Washington Kastles tennis match tonight. Because of the southwest waterfront development the annual summer matches moved indoors to the Smith Center at George Washington University. Tonight's competition were the Boston Lobsters. Spotted in the audience: former DC mayor Adrian Fenty, there will his son and other family members. There are still two more nights of matches, including the championship on Thursday. Tickets are here. KASTLES OWNER MARK EIN KASTLES CHEERLEADERS (YES, TENNIS CHEERLEADERS) START OFF THE EVENING THE NATIONAL ANTHEM ADRIAN FENTY, IN THE HOUSE BOBBY REYNOLDS HAD SOME AMAZING SERVES AND ACED THE LOBSTERS Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at CarolJoynt.com
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WITH BRENDAN SULLIVAN, LOOKING OUT FOR ME ON SEA AND ON LAND Today's New York Social Diary column wraps up a week of celebrating, including a sail on a fine yacht, "Celebration." There's also a juicy rumor and some very good food, and the company of family of friends. Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at CarolJoynt.com
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I'm pleased to announce that MPD Police Chief Cathy Lanier will be the guest at The Q&A Cafe on Thursday, September 25. Lanier last appeared several years ago, not long after she was appointed to the job by Mayor Adrian Fenty, and she was a popular and engaging guest. That's to be expected. Lanier was reappointed by Fenty' successor, Mayor Vincent Gray. What will happen with Muriel Bowser? Will DC's next mayor prevail on Lanier to stay in the job or will Lanier seek another role in her professional life? At one point there was speculation she would run for... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2014 at CarolJoynt.com
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If this is not what my brain looks like, exactly, it is at least what it feels like from time to time. I came upon this room while on a field shoot for something else, but could not resist. The proprietor apologized for the appearance, to which I said, "please, don't. This is awesome." He said, "it's actually cleaned up." I said, "more awesome." Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2014 at CarolJoynt.com
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First thing for us when Spencer, Kate Davis and I arrived at the Washingtonian magazine "Best of Washington" party was to head to the food table set up by a family favorite, Toki Underground. The chef/owner is Erik Bruner-Yang and he does, among ramen and dumplings and other delicacies, great buns. I love his buns. Whethe at Toki or Union Market, and especially at a party where he is there serving them up. We hit another dozen or so food stations, too. It's such a feast, this party. If you haven't yet had Erik's buns, make it a culinary priority.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2014 at CarolJoynt.com
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I had it all in the last week -- a rural getaway to Clarke County, VA and an urban getaway to NYC -- and gloat about both experiences today on New York Social Diary. Friends, fun, food and not having to make the bed. The Virginia part was to spend time with jewelry designer Elizabeth Locke and her husband John Staelin, and the New York part was to spend time with David Patrick Columbia and Jeff Hirsch of NYSD and Daniel Boulud and Evyn Block of the Boulud "empire." I take you with me. Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2014 at CarolJoynt.com
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AT FIOLA MARE W/ TRAVIS, MARIA AND JOHN, AFTER THE FIREWORKS We had a great view of the national fireworks from our table at Fiola Mare on Friday July 4th. Just one of many fun foodie adventures of the past several days, accounted for in my New York Social Diary column today. Also, a visit to Mark Furstenberg and his handsome new bakery, Bread Furst. Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2014 at CarolJoynt.com
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Happy July 4th, everyone. Remember to kick back, be proud, have fun, hug a friend/lover and eat your berry pie. Sublime July 4th raspberry pie from Red Truck Bakery in Warrenton, VA. Ya gotta have a hot dog on July 4th, and the best are at Haute Dogs and Fries in Old Town Alexandria. Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2014 at CarolJoynt.com
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The Georgetown ANC met last night and among other topics addressed contractors who over-use dumpsters for home renovations and also abuse "no parking" permits at these renovations. The catalysts for the debate are two notorious renovations on 31st Street -- one at the corner of O, and the other only a block over at P -- but there are others throughout the village. I did not attend the meeting, but a conscientious neighbor was there and sent this report: ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Tom Birch opened the issue about an hour+ into the meeting. He began by noting... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2014 at CarolJoynt.com
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Here are Thom Loverro, Kevin Sheehan and myself just after taping The Q&A Cafe. Below is the full show on YouTube. It's a romp - interesting, insightful, gossipy and fun. Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2014 at CarolJoynt.com
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It's been a week of ups and downs. A definite up was Monday and a visit to Potomac, MD., to Congressional Country Club for the launch of the Quicken Loans National golf tournament, aka the "Tiger Woods tournament." Got to watch some golfers get acquainted with the course and also attend a motivational luncheon for businesswomen. The next day I got a tip and an exclusive about Donald Rumsfeld putting his Kalorama house on the market for $4.5 million. It's fun when that happens (the tip, not Rummy). Upshot: certified Rumsfeld started following me on Twitter. Another big writing moment... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2014 at CarolJoynt.com
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As you can probably tell it's embarassing to him ("hey, pose for a photo with your Mom"), but here I am out tonight with my darling son, Spencer, about to arrive at a party hosted by our friend Lyndon Boozer at the Library of Congress. Spencer indulges me by coming to some of these things -- and only some -- but I sometimes press because his GF, Katherine Davis, is in town from Houston and I think she likes to see the sights and sample the random perks. (In truth, they'd rather be in Shaw, at The Yards, or on... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2014 at CarolJoynt.com
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Since we've made some noise here about neighborhood renovations that have the nearby residents up in arms, props should be given where props are deserved. This house, over the last year and change, was gutted and renovated from top to bottom. By and large, the project did not disturb the peace. There was one small dumpster, only reasonable claiming of parking spaces. What it proves is that it can be done without making a disruptive mess. Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2014 at CarolJoynt.com
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It was a turbulent stretch of days in Little Washington, VA., last week, after the issue of development seemingly divided the town. Some of my writing got caught up in it. Here is a very personal recap and some backstory on New York Social Diary. Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2014 at CarolJoynt.com
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Every time I visit a "staged" house, as I did today, I'm hit with an overwhelming urge to return with area rugs and color, even chintz, which are out of fashion. The prevailing look is bare floors, mud or grey colored upholstery and black pressed wood furniture. This is the Great Recession speaking, but wouldn't "all boats rise" with the lift of color? Do we really want the bottom of the economy to be the inspriation for our interior design look book? I understand the staging concept, but I'd rather see an empty house than one with a lot of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2014 at CarolJoynt.com
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Thank you to Thom Loverro, left, and Kevin Sheehan, right, hosts of ESPN's The Sports Fix, for taking the time yesterday to do an interview with me for The Q&A Cafe. As expected, it was a lively and amusing discussion about DC sports, with the greatest amount of time spent on the Washington football team and its name controversy, less time on the Nationals baseball team and some quick hits on the Wizards, the Caps and Johnny "Johnny Football" Manziel, as well as some other famous names. We had a good turn-out, and I just want to say here --... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2014 at CarolJoynt.com
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The developer-vs-the-town drama playing out in Little Washington, Virginia, has not abated as the calendar moves toward a crucial town meeting called for tomorrow night. In advance of that, I did an interview this morning with the town's mayor, John Fox Sullivan. Here is is: John Fox Sullivan Interview. Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2014 at CarolJoynt.com
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MAIN STREET IN LITTLE WASHINGTON, VA. NOT AS PEACEFUL AS IT APPEARS Little Washington, Virginia, is one of the most peaceful communities in the Washington area. I know. I've been visiting there since the mid 1970s and owned a home on Main Street from 1999 to 2004. But the calm demeanor has cracked loudly in the face of development plans from a big Washington developer. The vitriol has reached a point where the town's newspaper has organized a community meeting for this Thursday night. Read all about it at washingtonian.com. Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2014 at CarolJoynt.com
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AT THE HILLWOOD GALA, ELLEN CHARLES AND ADRIENNE ARSHT WITH AMB. DELATTRE Today on New York Social Diary we look at Francois Delattre, the French ambassador to Washington who has been reassigned to the United Nations. Also, who will replace him at Maison Francaise? Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2014 at CarolJoynt.com
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I POST A PHOTO FROM A ROAD TRIP, BECAUSE THIS IS A ROAD TRIP KIND OF QUESTION Today's question: what can you do to relcaim your life? It's existential, of course, but timely. Once upon a time I had a friend who was both Russian and French, who said to me, in one of those moments, "sometimes you just have to throw a bomb into your life, blow it up and start over." I understood the message. Stop, boom, reboot. I hope this helps answer the question. Now that I have your attention... PLEASE make a reservation for this Thursday's... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2014 at CarolJoynt.com