In Town

Everything you should see and do in DC, IRL, this November.

By Katie Bianco

Add Some Sparkle

We love Kendra Scott for her colorful, customizable jewelry and—just in time for the holiday shopping season—Rosewood Washington, D.C. has partnered with the designer to offer an after-hours fantasy shopping experience for their guests. When you stay at the luxe hotel through Dec. 31, you can book a private appointment at Kendra Scott’s signature Color Bar in Georgetown. But, let’s make it even more luxe. Book one of Rosewood’s Thomas Pheasant-designed townhouses to get that ‘live like a local’ feeling. The pristine townhouses feature 1,000 square feet of space, including luxurious bathrooms. We’re picturing a Kendra Scott shopping spree, followed by a bubble bath wearing our new baubles. Ten percent of your Kendra Scott purchase will go to The Homeless Children’s Playtime Project. Layer on that bling for a good cause. >> Rosewood Washington DC: 1050 31st St. NW, Washington, DC

Head Case

The original Artechouse in DC never fails to impress us with its larger-than-life digital art installations, but this fall, Life of a Neuron took the interactive art space to a whole new level. A groundbreaking collaboration between artists and scientists, Life explores how the brain shapes our shared human experience. Be sure and stay for the full 20-minute life cycle of the neuron—from pre-birth to death—providing an experiential view of life at a cellular level. And then stay and explore the rest of the space (find the exhibit that mirrors your own stress levels via moving statues). And if you need a drink at the end of your journey? The XR Bar offers augmented reality cocktails, which, trust us, needs to be seen to be believed. Life of a Neuron wraps up Nov. 28, so make your reservation if you haven’t already. >> Artechouse: 1238 Maryland Ave. SW, Washington, DC 

Make it Fashion

Fresh off their debuts at New York Fashion Week, DC design darlings Dur Doux and Sophie Blake are bringing their latest collections to Lyle for a pop-up Nov. 11-13. Check out the luxury lifestyle brand from Dur Doux’s mother-daughter duo, Cynthia and Najla Burt, who bill their designs as “wearable with an avant-garde sensibility,” and pair it with Blake’s sleek jewelry. All three designers will be on-site during the pop-up to make sure guests get dressed to impress. Post-shopping, pop into Lyle’s for a drink. The elevated neighborhood restaurant recently debuted a wine-by-the-glass list exclusively dedicated to women, BIPOC and LGBTQ+ makers. Look for winemakers on the list like the McBride Sisters, a Black-owned multinational company that recently got a nom from Wine Enthusiast as Wine Star Award for American Winery of the Year. >> Lyle: 1731 New Hampshire Ave. NW, Washington, DC

Art + Environment

With the stunning new wing at Tysons Galleria now open (anyone else find themselves spending hours admiring the furniture in the Arhaus and RH showrooms?), you don’t need another reason to visit the luxury destination in Northern Virginia, but we’re giving you one more all the same. Tysons Galleria has partnered with Cracking Art, an Italian art collective known for its curious, brightly colored, animal-inspired art installations. Head to the Galleria through Nov. 29 for the “Meerkat Meet Up,” which features, yes, curious, brightly-colored animal statues, that you’ll want to add to your Instagram feed immediately. The sculptures are made from recyclable materials, keeping with Tysons Galleria’s focus on sustainability, and will bring you back to your childhood when the only famous meerkat you knew was Timon from The Lion King. >> Tysons Galleria: 2001 International Drive, McLean, Va.

Armani Amore

While some fashion houses have looked to new blood and big-name designers over the years to refresh their brands, it’s Giorgio Armani himself who has been the inspiration behind the Italian fashion house for four decades. At 87, Armani continues to breathe new life into the global brand, most recently showing his Spring 2022 collection at his own home in Milan in celebration of Armani’s 40th birthday. This fall, CityCenterDC welcomed the city’s first Giorgio Armani brick and mortar, offering yet one more reason why the downtown retail destination always gets it right. As Armani opens its doors this month, look for the brand’s women’s resort capsule collection called “Limited Edition.” You’ll find us there refreshing our winter getaway wardrobe. CityCenterDC always shines bright, but it really is the most wonderful time of year when the annual Christmas tree is lit up. Head over to The Park at CityCenterDC on Nov. 27 for the annual lighting ceremony. At 75-feet tall and more than 150,000 twinkling lights, it’s one of the most impressive displays in the city. >> CityCenterDC: 825 10th St. NW, Washington, DC

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