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Tonight at The Ivy Bookshop – NATALIE WEXLER: THE OBSERVER

0 Written by: | Tuesday, Sep 16, 2014 3:00pm



Tuesday, September 16, 2014 – 7:00pm

Natalie Wexler takes us back in time to a Baltimore we’d hardly recognize to discuss her newest title of historical fiction.

Baltimore 1807: Eliza Anderson, 26 years old, defies prevailing ideas about a woman’s proper place to become editor of the Observer, a magazine that blends serious commentary and satire. But while Eliza mocks her neighbors, someone in her household is observing her — and feeding scandalous information to her enemies.

Based on real events and incorporating excerpts from actual publications, The Observer sheds light on an era when the young nation was both insecure and feisty. At the same time, it spins a universal tale of forbidden ambition, frustrated love, and ultimately, hard-won empathy across boundaries of class and culture.

Natalie Wexler is the author of two previous novels, The Mother Daughter Show and the award-winning historical novel, A More Obedient Wife. She is the editor of the blogGreater Greater Education, which focuses on public education in Washington, D.C., and a reviewer for the Washington Independent Review of Books. She has also worked as a freelance writer and essayist, a newspaper reporter, a Supreme Court law clerk, a legal historian, and (briefly) an actual lawyer. She lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband.

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One Great Fall 2014 Fashion Show at The Village of Cross Keys

0 Written by: | Tuesday, Sep 16, 2014 2:00pm

CK Fall Fashion

One Great Fall 2014 Fashion Show takes Center Courtyard at Village of Cross Keys in support of “One Great Thing”
Baltimore, Maryland, September 10, 2014
The focus is fashion as the trends and tastes of Fall 2014 wow the runway at the Village of Cross Keys on Saturday, September 20, 2014 from noon – 4:00 p.m.  The fall fashion reveal includes a runway show curated by favorite VCK merchants and emceed by Sloane Brown and Rhea Feikin.  For nearly 50 years, The Village of Cross Keys remains the destination for Baltimore’s fashion curious, fashion conscious and fashion “can’t live without it”.  Long-time favorites Octavia II, The Store Ltd, Jean Pool, Ruth Shaw, Jones & Jones, Chezelle and The Pied Piper invite one and all to enjoy their runway presentations on Saturday, September 20th as well as in-store trunk shows and special purchase incentives from Friday – Sunday, September 19th – 21st.
And, The Village of Cross Keys also proudly welcomes Samuel Parker and Chic Chic to its fashion family.

In its continued commitment to advocacy and community support, the Village of Cross Keys is also delighted to use the occasion of One Great Fall 2014 Fashion Show  to support House of Ruth Maryland and promote Ruth’s Closet and its upcoming “One Great Thing” fundraiser.   “One Great Thing” is a shopping extravaganza that will take place at Ruth’s Closet, October 23–26 and will feature great deals on donated luxury clothing, jewelry, shoes and accessories (   Ruth Shaw and Jones &Jones will be accepting donations for “One Great Thing” on September 20th during the One Great Fall 2014 Fashion Preview.

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Fall Friendly and Boho Chic at Liza Byrd Boutique

0 Written by: | Tuesday, Sep 16, 2014 10:00am



The Paige Cardigan in Black
The Paige Cardigan in Black
The Ellie Coat in Grey and Black Zebra Stripe
The Ellie Coat in Grey and Black Zebra Stripe
The Paige Cardigan in Grey
The Paige Cardigan in Grey

Fall Friendly and Boho Chic at Liza Byrd Boutique!  So many amazing new items getting ready for the fall season. Check them out in store in Richmond and Stevenson Village as well as online.

Featured Product
The Eliza Rain Jacket in KhakiModern shape rain jacket is perfect all year long. This great coat has a zip out hood, gold snap details, roll back sleeves and zippered pockets. Finally the perfect rain jacket. The Eliza Rain Jacket in Khaki
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Sip, Savor & Stroll at Harbor East – Get Your Tix Today Before They Sell Out!

0 Written by: | Monday, Sep 15, 2014 10:00am

Wednesday, October 1st at Harbor East

Don’t miss out on your chance to explore some of Baltimore’s top dining spots, all in one unforgettable evening! Tickets are going fast for Sip, Savor & Stroll – a progressive cocktail crawl perfect for foodies and fun-loving city dwellers. On Wednesday, October 1st strollers will visit five different Harbor East restaurants and bars throughout the night, sampling signature cocktails, wines and appetizers at each participating venue.

Participating Restaurants include: Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion, Apropoe’s, Bond Street Social, BIN 604, Lebanese Taverna, Taco Fiesta, Gordon Biersch, Talara, Wit & Wisdom, The Oceanaire and James Joyce.

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Your $49 ticket includes five cocktails and an array of appetizers at five venues, plus
complimentary welcome cocktail at check-in.

This is a RSVP only event and tickets must be purchased in advance.
For more details and to purchase tickets, visit

We look forward to seeing you at Sip, Savor & Stroll!

Belvedere Square, Canton, Catonsville, Featured, Food & Drink, Lake Falls, Shop Local, Towson

Atwater’s Celebrates 15 Years in Business With a Thank You

0 Written by: | Monday, Sep 15, 2014 8:45am

Today Atwater’s celebrates 15 years in business with a Thank You to their loyal customers. Fifteen percent off all purchases will be extended at all locations throughout the city, and if you haven’t noticed, they’ve expanded, now in Belvedere Square, Falls Rd, Kenilworth, Catonsville and Canton!  Click Here for locations details.

Special Hint:  Certain Holiday coming up?  Order your items today like chicken soup w/matzoh balls, sweet noodle kugel, challah, and more…and save that 15 percent.  Seriously.


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On The Wall: A Touch of Gray

0 Written by: | Saturday, Sep 13, 2014 3:15pm


”Point of View”, Pastel on Canvas, 40 x 40 in.

Typically regarded as a neutral, gray is anything but dull. Many may have dismissed it as merely a shade, however with recent rise to prominence in home interiors, gray’s dynamic subtlety is finally getting the praise and attention it deserves. With boundless versatility and the ability to complement literally all hues, gray is a vital color in any palette. Choosing a wintery floral set in the gray of woods adds a unique dimension when placed strategically between two windows in a comfortable and collected space. Read More →

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LookBook 2014: Fall Fashion at Green Spring Station

0 Written by: | Saturday, Sep 13, 2014 3:00pm


Available at Craft Concepts


Available at Francesca’s Atelier


Available at Panache

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New Look, New Location, Same Tasteful Menswear for Gentlemen at Samuel Parker in Cross Keys

0 Written by: | Saturday, Sep 13, 2014 2:00pm

Samuel Parker has long been our gold standard for a local men’s haberdashery. Named for owner Ken Himmelstein’s own grandfather, the shop caters to gentlemen of refined and classic tastes. And while some women may lament that that can seem to be a dying breed, the success of Samuel Parker and Himmelstein’s vision seems to indicate otherwise.
In fact, the shop is so popular that Himmelstein has actually moved locations, opening up in the Village of Cross Keys (as though you needed another reason to visit one of our favorite shopping oases). The new and expanded Samuel Parker opened its doors Thursday, Sept 4, complete with all the incredible menswear the shop is known for, plus new offerings that take the shop well beyond just fashion, embracing all things that make for a man of complete style.

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Tray Chic!

0 Written by: | Saturday, Sep 13, 2014 1:15pm


There are so many good uses for a nice big tray, and we’ve just received a great selection of trays in the shop. Aside from the obvious use for carrying objects from one place to the other, here are some other uses for trays.IMG_2106

I have a metal tray like some of these, behind my stove. It’s pretty and when I am making a new recipe, I can stick it on the tray with a magnet and see it while I am cooking. I hung it with those amazing Command® strips, so I can pull it off every so often to clean it.

If you find a few trays that have a similar motif, you can hang them on your walls either with some of the Command strips, or with a pretty, heavy satin ribbon threaded through the handles.


I love using trays to hold candles. You can place the tray and candles on a table, or in front of a fireplace. It’s a great effect.IMG_2098

Do you have a collection? If the pieces are small enough, like perfume bottles, snuff boxes or silver picture frames, you can gather them on a tray and place it on a table top.


A more “serious” tray like this one might find a place on top of a leather ottoman, with a decanter of port and a few glasses, along with some high quality chocolates.IMG_2096

Our trays are chic and elegant, and we know that one of them will be happy to find a place in your house!

As always, if you see anything that interests you, please contact Eric at the shop!

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Halcyon House is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and is located at 11219 Greenspring Avenue in
Lutherville. For more information, call 410.828.8889 or visit

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Fall Fashion Guide: Local Shopping Destinations to Suit Your Style

0 Written by: | Saturday, Sep 13, 2014 12:40pm

The leaves are changing and nights are getting cooler. That means it’s Shop Girl’s favorite time of year: Wardrobe Replenishment Season. Fall shopping is a simple process. Step one – Send all sundresses to the cleaners before packing them away until next spring. Step two – Survey all those empty hangers. Step three – Grab wallet and get thee to a boutique. It’s time to shop. But not all shopping is created equal – and not all tastes are the same. Make the most of your time – and money – with our handy guide. See which fashion profile fits you and find the shops in Baltimore to satisfy your sense of style.

The Fashionista

Photo by Lee Kriel for Sartorial Baltimoreal.

Photo by Lee Kriel for Sartorial Baltimoreal.

Starts Her Day: At MEGABarre class

On her calendar: Meeting with her interior designer

Favorite Outfit: Changes every day (and always involves the latest look in jeans!) – but it’s never boring

Wouldn’t Be Caught Dead Wearing: Lilly Pulitzer sweater

Style Icon: Aerin Lauder

Where to Shop:

Alice Jane 1407 Clarkview Road #500; 410-296-2233;

Alice Jane’s ever-changing collection includes everything from trendy denim and leather leggings to downtown-friendly accessories.

Jean Pool 92 Village Square, Cross Keys; (410) 466-1177

Only best-selling jeans sold here. We’re talking AG, JBrand, Citizens and more.

JG Sassy 7701 Bellona Avenue, Ruxton; 410-321-8100;

JG Sassy’s collection is “classic with a smack of attitude” – accessible designer goods that won’t go out of style in a year.

Panache 10751 Falls Road #103, Green Spring Station; 410-321-0110;

The name says it all – Panache is all about the sophisticated side of fashion.

South Moon Under Multiple locations including 815 Aliceanna Street, Harbor East (410-685-7820) and 822 Kenilworth Drive, Kenilworth Mall (410-337-7484);

From bikinis to maxi-dresses, this grown-up surf shop is perfect for fashion followers on the younger side.

The Preppy Mom

Photo via

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Starts Her Day: In the carpool line

On Her Agenda: Volunteering at school until 2 p.m., then shuttling kids to games and practices until dinner

Favorite Outfit: A colorful tunic over jeans, ballet flats

Wouldn’t Be Caught Dead Wearing: A tattoo

Style Icon: Kate Middleton

Where to Shop:

J. McLaughlin 7623 Bellona Avenue, Ruxton; 410-825-5485;

This well-appointed shop specializes in Ivy-style classics for parties, work and home.

Liza Byrd 10435 Stevenson Road, Stevenson Village; 410-215-2525;

Fun tunics, kicky accessories and plenty of pink and green make Liza Byrd prep heaven.

Sassanova 805 Aliceanna Street, Harbor East; 410-244-1114;

For the prep who doesn’t mind mixing in a little edge, Sassanova covers the bases. Only shop in town that carries Calypso.

Collections 870 Kenilworth Drive, The Shops at Kenilworth; (410) 823-7973;

Shoes, sweaters and accessories, casual to formal.


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