Category Archives: Fashion

“Cut It For a Cause” at Bella Bethesda Salon!

Our friends at Bella Bethesda have a wonderful event coming up in time for Valentines Day!!

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, Bella Bethesda has its sights on sharing the love with those less fortunate and will kick off its “Cut It For a Cause” campaign on February 12. This year marks the fourth annual celebration of the week-long event to benefit Locks of Love. The salon welcomes those who are able to give at least 10 inches of hair, to visit the salon throughout the week to make their donation and in exchange receive a complimentary cut and blow dry. Those interested in helping a child in need, but aren’t yet ready to donate can still participate (and receive a free cut!) by visiting the salon to sign the pledge board and donate later this year.  The salon hopes to collect 250 inches of hair so every individual who can donate makes a difference!

Please get the word out and help support this wonderful event!!

Happy New Year and an Offer from Our Friends at Aveda Salon!

Happy New Year! We hope you have a super 2011 and to start things off right our friend Elizabeth Miller, hair stylist at Aveda Salon + Spa, Bethesda, has a treat for you. She is giving Bethesda Actually readers a belated holiday gift and an incentive to start your new year off with a new look.  For the month of January, mention this offer when you book an appointment to see Elizabeth for any hair service, and you will be scheduled for a complimentary shine treatment ($25 value) as well.  Call 301 652 1610 to schedule your appointment today. Cheers!

It is the Time for Sales!!

Friends — couple of fun sales updates!!

Room & Board will be having it’s annual (and ONLY) Clearance sale beginning December 26th. 60% off of discontinued furniture and accessories. This is a huge deal because it’s the only sale Room & Board has and they will be making room for their 2011 collection launching shortly there after.

Ginger will also be having a sale December 26th-December 31st in which all dresses will be 30% off! It’s the best opportunity to find the perfect New Year’s Eve dress. Designers include Yoana Baraschi, Plenty by Tracy Reese, Chloe & Reese, Calypso St. Barth, Tracy Reese and more.

Work for ETCETERA – a N.Y. based design house

Friends — just passing on this job opportunity that was sent to us by Carolyn Cordrey with ETCETERA — good luck!!:

I am looking to hire two Fashion Sales Consultants in Bethesda and Chevy Chase who love fashion, want financial freedom, and would like to have the flexibility of working from home or from our new showroom.

This is a prestigious and fun opportunity for the right woman to work from her home for ETCETERA, a N.Y. based design house that sells high-end casual chic women’s apparel through exclusive by-appointment only trunk show events four times per year.

We also just opened a showroom in Bethesda and we had a fabulous fashion show a few weeks ago. There is an opportunity to also work out of the showroom. Here is a recent article describing the premier of the showroom opening.

Great fits for the job are women going through job transition, professional women that are looking for a career change that offers more family-friendly flexibility, have grown or school-aged children, retired professional women, part-time professionals that want to earn more, but want to work-from-home….ETCETERA! :

Anyone interested in learning more should contact: Carolyn Cordrey, ETCETERA Area Development Manager at 443-249-7868 or

A Special Offer for Bethesda Actually Readers from Aveda Salon and Spa!!

We are really happy to bring this offer to our loyal readers:

Elizabeth Miller is a hair stylist at the Aveda Salon and Spa, Bethesda, and she also lives right here in downtown Bethesda.  As a way to recognize all her great neighbors, she has a special offer for Bethesda Actually readers.  Anyone who books an appointment to see her for any hair service at Aveda Salon and Spa, Bethesda between now and the end of October will receive a complimentary gift with their service.  The retail value of the gift is $35; so, this is definitely a great little treat!  To book your appointment call 301 652 1610 and don’t forget to mention you are a Bethesda Actually reader!

Celebrating Your 21st Birthday in Bethesda

Recently an avid Bethesda Actually reader gave us a call to ask where he should celebrate his 21st birthday. His key parameter was that the location be a pub in or near Bethesda — we suspect he is also looking for a place to act as the transition to 21:

Where is he going to go for a pint, to watch the futbol or listen to some music with friends on a Friday night now that he is 21?

As you can imagine your Bethesda Actually team were pleased to dig into this question and examined the options available to this reader. Our conclusions are listed below — let us know if you agree/ disagree or have alternatives we should have considered for the top slots.

1. Harp and Fiddle — this old Bethesda favorite is number one on our list and we recommend our reader celebrate his birthday there for a few key reason: Harp and Fiddle is a real pub — there is a sense of community, the staff are terrific (our reader needs to get to know Steve, Keith and the rest of the crew) the draft beer options are solid (good Guinness on tap!), food is decent (not gourmet but not bad) it is a venue for music and sports watching (the TV upgrade has enhanced the viewing experience).

2. Irish Inn at Glen Echo — the pub side of the Irish Inn feels like a real pub from the old country and we love it. The food is super and the drinks are terrific. There are no negatives but there was a thought that for a 21st it may be a tad bit quiet. If our reader is celebrating with a diverse age group this could be the right option….certainly this should become a long term venue for a quiet Sunday afternoon pint.

3. RiRa’s — we love RiRa’s in new Bethesda — great music and a lovely space to eat, drink and be merry. We have little to say that is negative about it — if our reader decides to go there he needs to consider whether to be based in the quieter restaurant side or the bar/ band side. One big plus is the light summer shandy’s that RiRa’s is making this summer. One suggestion for RiRa’s — they should look to up their sports viewing options a bit.

4. Royal Mile — Wheaton — outside Bethesda but a lovely place. Love the food and the drinks. The staff are nice and the Welsh Rarebit is WONDERFUL!

5. Rock Bottom Brewery Bethesda — a really good Bethesda brew pub — good food, lots of home style beer options along with a sports and music scene. For the 21st it may not work as the reader in question is keen on having a Guinness.

Honorable mentions:

Black Finn — a loud and lively crowd.

Four P’s in Cleveland Park — an honorable DC option but has lost a bit of its past charm.

Brickskeller Saloon in Dupont Circle — a large variety of beers but we have found that at times the beers we want are out of stock. We do suggest a visit sometime after the 21st birthday.

American Tap Room — downtown Bethesda is opening soon!

Union Jack — some of our British readers feel that they need to up their authenticity a bit….

NOTE: Remember — no drinking and driving/ don’t overindulge and only try and buy a pint if you are legally allowed to do so!

A Shout Out to the Mustard Seed

Mustard Seed Bethesda

I’m not a massive fan of shopping but every time I’ve been into the Mustard Seed on Wisconsin Avenue I’ve come away with some great clothes at amazing prices, so thought it was about time Mustard Seed got a shout out on Bethesda Actually!  In fact I find it hard to find button downs that fit well in the usual stores, but not so at the Mustard Seed.  Last time I went I came out with a Ralph Lauren shirt as good as new, for a very reasonable $16.  Thanks massively to the Mustard Seed for this great bargain, and thanks too to the guy who donated it!

Hair Cuttery Gets it Right!

This post might seem slightly whimsical but I just wanted to highlight the staff at Hair Cuttery on Bethesda Avenue – not only were they very polite and courteous when I popped by to have mop tidied up, but they also gave me the haircut I had specifically asked for!  Admittedly, mine pretty much corresponds to the typical low maintenance man’s haircut of the day – short back and sides and a bit off the top – but after trudging around so many places over the years, asking for a general tidy-up and getting practically scalped, it’s great to finally find somewhere that does the simple cut right.  Can’t believe I haven’t been in before!  Hair Cuttery, thanks I’ll be seeing you again soon!

PAC Sun Special Offer (Montgomery Mall)

Friends, it is a bit outside of our normal coverage but for all you “Pac Sun” store fans I wanted to share news of a special event they are running on Saturday morning at Montgomery Mall. It seems that the first 50 folks through the doors at 10am will receive a free gift bag that will include some goodies. Check with the store for more details and let us know what you get if you do get in line!

Nice plug for The Front Row in Bethesda (thanks to Tinsely Mortimer!)

Good to see that the glam side of Bethesda was noticed this weekend!