The Willard Dress and the Gaston Jacket

Ann: The question isn’t “Where would you wear this ensemble?” it’s “Where wouldn’t you wear this it?” (well, maybe the beach, but you know what I mean). Julie:  Right, not the beach or a Grateful Dead concert, not that we can go to them anymore for all the obvious reasons.  The Willard dress is a classic midnight navy sheath that is indispensable in your wardrobe. The Gaston jacket is a petite chef d’oeuvre: gorgeous textured soft fabric that wraps to your form but features the structured collar to give it a little authority. As an ensemble, it is perfect for office to evening, luncheon or dinner, high celebration or intimate reception.  The jacket on it’s own works back to full silk pants in navy or ivory, or with a pair of dark denim jeans for that polished on the go look.  It’s not even Spring and I’ve worn the jacket several times. Just not to the beach.

The Willard Dress

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The landmark Willard hotel, ideally located within one block of the White House, has hosted every President since it was built in 1863 and is the site of both stylish dinners and historic diplomatic meetings. We created our Willard Dress in the spirit of this noble beaux arts building – its timeless design ensures that you will look polished and chic from an early morning meeting to a late evening client dinner. The Willard is an elegant, sleeveless sheath with a twist: the neckline features an open v-notch that adds spice to the classic design. The bodice is fitted with a gentle ease through the hips, ending at mid-knee. The Willard is a perfect companion to the Gaston Jacket. Navy Shell: 100% Crepe Satin-Back Polyester, Lining: 100% Rayon Dry Clean Only $295

The Gaston Jacket

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Gaston Hall, located in the Healy Building on Georgetown campus, has been host to musicians, artists and national and international dignitaries since the turn of the last century. The Gaston Jacket is an essential piece for all the stately events you attend, whether you are participating in a panel on Middle Eastern politics or listening to an a cappela group. The feminine elegance of the Gaston Jacket is captured in its soft lines with a self-wrap belt that cinches you in at the natural waist. It has a full, open collar that you can flip up or lay flat, wrist length sleeves and hip length hem. The fabric is astonishingly leightweight, making it an ideal warm-weather jacket. During the work week, throw it on over a sleeveless sheath dress, or wear with a camisole and fitted or full pants. On the weekend, wear with your jeans and a simple top. Navy Self: 100% Polyester, Lining: 100% Rayon Dry Clean Only $395   Available at Julia Farr

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The Occidental Dress

The Occidental Dress

Ann: I call this the “magic” dress. No matter how I’m feeling about my hair, my body, my make-up – I put on this dress and I feel great. For some reason, the combination of the luxurious, lightly stretch fabric and the fresh navy and white print create some type of alchemy that makes all my lumps and bumps disappear, my hair looks bouncy and dark circles disappear. Seriously. It’s that good. Julie: I completely agree, Ann, but will add that the versatility of this dress gives it that extra special charm.  From spring and summer office attire to luncheons, dinners, Mother’s Day, graduations, and family celebrations from A-Z, the Occidental is IT.

OccidentalLowResLocated in the heart of downtown DC, the Occidental Restaurant has been the gathering place for Washington power brokers, celebrities and sports figures for over 100 years. Like the Washington institution for which it was named, the timeless appeal and clean, bold lines of the Occidental Dress make it the essential design to take you from the boardroom to your power luncheon. The dress features a modest scoop neckline that is mirrored in the back, is knee length and has capped-sleeves providing enough coverage for many professional settings in warmer weather.  With a slight a-line to give freedom of movement as you run down the city streets to your next meeting, the Occidental Dress is an essential piece for every busy woman’s wardrobe. Navy/White or Black/White Shell: 65% Cotton, 33% Polyester, 2% Spandex, Lining: 100% Rayon Dry Clean Only $295 Available at Julia Farr

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Introducing…Julia Farr Collection Spring 2015

We haven’t written for awhile. Sorry about that. The good news is that business is going great and we have been so busy. The bad news is that we’ve fallen out of touch a little bit. But, we plan to remedy that in the coming months and to get back on track sharing the story of our growing business, wardrobe tips, ideas on health and wellness and stories about women making a difference in the world.

First, we are so excited to share our Spring Collection with you. Most of the country is buried under snow, ice or relentless cold (except for you, California and Florida, so shhhh), but we thought it would be nice for you to get a preview of what you could be wearing when the warmer months finally arrive (and, they will, right?).

Spring begins in 23 days!

Julia Farr Collection

Spring 2015

 

CLARITY

Spring 2015 is a story of clear contrast in neutrals to give you clarity in life and in your wardrobe.  Deep, rich navy contrasts with crisp whites, while beige and ivory play off one another to create a moment of subtle tone on tone.

Pink and lavender complete the collection, offering a fresh note of pastels to lighten up the atmosphere.

The lines are clear: fitted, elegant sheaths and a smashing a-line skirt are set against the feminine shape of an iconic wrap jacket and timeless bateau neck tops. Stripes, polka dots and graphic checks add flair and fun to the designs.  Take a walk in your favorite park, celebrate a joyous occasion or command attention in the Board room in Julia Farr Collection for Spring 2015.  Elegant. Essential. Enlightened.

 

The Sheridan Dress

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Located near Embassy Row, the posh neighborhood surrounding Sheridan Circle is renowned for its grand, historic homes of the city’s social and political elite. The refined sophistication of the Sheridan makes it the perfect dress for either a museum or embassy reception.

The Sheridan features tailored seams along the back and an empire waistline which combine to create a sleek, figure-flattering silhouette. It is crafted in a structured silk that sculpts a perfect fit. Effortlessly chic with slim straps, a notched neckline and a side-slit, the Sheridan is the essential, elegant and enlightened dress for most all occasions.

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Shell: 100% Silk Lining: 100% Rayon

Dry Clean Only

$320

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Snowy Day Sweater Weather

Best of Bethesda

Ann,

We’re having a snowy Tuesday morning in Washington, DC. I don’t think any of us expected it, and now the world is covered in white. As I sit in my oversized chunky cable sweater by the fire, thanks to the two hour school delay, I thought it might be a good time to share some advice I offered to Bethesda Magazine in its January issue on the best sweater for your body type. Here it is in The Right Fit.

Back to watching the snow fall and looking forward to our annual retreat to Miraval this weekend, far away from this winter wonderland!

–Julie

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The Daily Skimm

Julie,

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Thank you so much for turning me on to the Daily Skimm. I love it! I know that you were originally drawn to it because it gave you all the headlines of the day in one place, but even I, a news junkie, finds it an excellent news source.

Daily Skimm is a newsletter that pops up in your inbox every day, Monday through Friday. Although it’s called a “skimm”, there is nothing superficial about their reporting. The writers provide a concise (i.e brief) explanation of the most pressing headlines of the day, along with a brief analysis of the “why” – why it’s important that we know about it and how it affects the world at large. And, if you want a more in-depth report of any one of the headlines they present, they have lots of links back to AP and other national and local news outlets with articles about the topic.

I truly believe they are objective reporters, in this day and age of real bias in many news outlets.

They write in a conversational tone and, best of all, they are hilarious! Laugh out loud funny. Here is a sampling of some of my favorite lines from the past few weeks:

The Russian Ruble is channeling Chumbawamba and got knocked down.

If you thought Obama and the new GOP-controlled Congress would start singing Kumbaya together anytime soon, you were mistaken.

QUOTE OF THE DAY : “This is probably one of the biggest sporting events that’s up there ever” – LeBron James had his first game back with the Cleveland Cavaliers last night. Glad to see he didn’t lose that humble streak in the off-season. PS they lost.

As you can see from the above lines, they write about everything from world events to pop culture and sports. Occasionally, they throw in a word to know (helpful for us old people trying to stay hip):

Thing to Know – On fleek: What your teen cousin’s been saying. Means ‘on point.’ Made popular by a girl in a viral video describing her eyebrows as ‘on fleek.’ Yes, this is a thing.

Thanks for keeping me on fleek, Julie.

Ann

For anyone else out there who wants to be able to chat intelligently about the Middle Eastern crisis over a cold martini at the end of a busy day, sign up for the Daily Skimm here. You’ll be glad you did.

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A Uniquely Washington Evening

Julie,

What a treat it was to spend the evening with you in Washington last Thursday. For this gal from the Midwest, it was such a uniquely DC night, I won’t soon forget it.

First, we both had the extraordinary pleasure to be invited by the State Department and Peter A. Selfridge, the Chief of Protocol, to a holiday party at the exquisite Blair House.

Blair House is the guest house for visiting foreign leaders and sits on Pennsylvania Avenue, directly across from the White House. It is also the site of many foreign policy meetings, diplomatic receptions and dinners and has played a unique role in the diplomatic affairs of our country.

It is also a stunningly beautiful, and historically rich, home. Although it is quite large, with over 120 rooms and 60,000 square feet, it still feels quite cozy, as it retains much of the original layout of the Blair, and their relatives, the Lee, family homes.

Immediately upon entering the party, we were greeted by a Marine Corps a cappela group singing Christmas carols

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We proceeded through the complex, peeking into several of the dining rooms, parlors and living rooms along the way

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We had to stop for a quick photo op with GW

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What was really cool about this party was that we truly felt like guests in someone’s home (or, in this case, the President’s Guest House), since we were able to wander all around, in these exquisitely preserved rooms, among this living history. To be honest, at one point, I gripped my wine glass a bit more tightly, not wanting to be the guest that spilled on the 2o0-year-old rug.

We made our way from the original Blair House toward the Lee House (Lee was built by Mr. Blair for his daughter, Elizabeth). The Lee House holds a special place in my heart, because Missouri’s-own Harry Truman made it his Executive Residence while the White House underwent major structural renovations from 1948-1952. He held weekly luncheon meetings with his cabinet in the Lee Dining Room. The tradition continues today. Blair House’s highest-ranking official guests often meet in the Lee Dining Room with the President. This is also where our President-Elect lives and dines before moving into the White House.

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But, on this night, you and I were privileged to enjoy some yummy chocolate cookies in the Lee Dining Room!

All of this would have been enough for a perfect DC holiday evening, but then we walked out of Blair House, passed in front of the White House

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through Lafayette Square

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for a smart cocktail at the Hay Adams.

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We finished our evening back on our home turf, Georgetown, at one of our favorite pubs, Martins

photo 1 (6)It was a Merry evening indeed. I love DC.

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 Best wishes to all our friends and family for a peaceful, joyful Holiday Season.

xo,

Ann and Julie

 For all you fellow history buffs, you can read more about Blair House here

 

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The Corcoran and Cosmos Tops and our Essential Skirts

Our specialty tops – the Corcoran and the Cosmos – are what to wear to that special evening out – whether it’s a cocktail party or a quiet dinner with friends.

 The Corcoran Top

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The Corcoran Gallery of Art was founded for the purpose of encouraging American genius and stands as a major center for American art. The enlightened Corcoran top is a tribute to the diverse artists that populate this expansive Beaux-Arts building and mirrors the American ideal of freedom of movement, with just a hint of European sophistication.

 

With its extended graceful bateau neck top and signature butterfly sleeves, this top is ethereal in essence.  The bodice is fitted at the bust and then flows to the top of the hip where it is finished with a two inch fitted band.  The blouse is beauty in motion, with open sleeves that flutter as you move.  Elegant and enlightened in design, the Corcoran top is the perfect piece to wear with cigarette pants or a pencil skirt, taking you to the most inspiring art collection openings, cocktail receptions or dinner with friends.

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Deep Purple

100% Silk.

Dry Clean Only

$258

 

The Cosmos Top

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Founded in 1878, the Cosmos Club is made up of members from virtually every profession that has anything to do with scholarship, creative genius or intellectual distinction. Housed in one of Washington’s most elegant turn-of-the century residences, today the Cosmos Club is a center of good fellowship, where members meet socially to exchange ideas and take part in lectures, concerts and dinners. Our Cosmos Top is the essence of enlightened genius and fashionable distinction.

The Cosmos Blouse is the most stunning and enduring cocktail top you can have in your wardrobe. The beauty of the top lies in the exquisite construction of the pleated structured shoulders that descend into a modified butterfly sleeve to the elbow, the elegant neckline that regally sits upon the neck and then curves down to a very deep vee, and the fitted bodice that begins at the empire waist and falls to the top of the hip.  It is a work of art.  Wear it with a pencil skirt or full or fitted pants every time you have a special reception or dinner.  You will be noticed.

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Black

100% Polyester

Dry Clean Only

$325

As you can see from the photos above, we pair these dressy tops with any one of our essential skirts – the M Street, in an ultra-wearable Ponte, or the Copley – available in chic boucle, timeless velvet or silky, super 120 wool.

The M Street Skirt

M Street is not only a major thoroughfare through the heart of DC, it is also the bustling epicenter of Georgetown, lined with chic boutiques and restaurants. The M Street Skirt is the essential piece for every woman’s wardrobe. Comfortable and easy, it’s a snap to throw on for a day of shopping, but also elegant enough to wear for dinner at a cozy French bistro.

With a two-inch, elastic waistband and straight lines to the knee, the Ponte knit M Street is the skirt you’ll pull from your closet when heading out for a day on the go. Pair back to a bright tee, easy jacket or any easy-breezy sweater and you’ll be set for the day.  We love it with our Potomac Top in black or cream for an enlightened, streamlined look. Or, dress it up in the evening with a specialty top, like our Cosmos Top. The M Street is your consummate travel skirt.

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Black

60% Rayon, 35% Polyester, 5% Spandex

Dry Clean Only

$158

The Copley Skirt

The arched doorways and grey stone of neo-Gothic Copley Hall, a cornerstone building on the Georgetown campus, emulate the iconic Healy Hall. The classic appeal of this collegiate building inspired our design for the enduring style of the Copley skirt.

The Copley skirt is the counterpart to the Healy skirt, each one meticulously tailored for different body types.  A classic pencil skirt, the Copley features a defined waistband that fits at the natural waist, accentuating the feminine form. It is designed for an hour-glass figure, with room at the hips, then curving gently to the knee. Everlasting in design, the Copley skirt is an essential foundation piece for every woman’s wardrobe.

Black

Self: 100% Wool Boucle, Lining: 100% Rayon

Dry Clean Only

$210

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Black

Self: Velvet: 18% Silk, 82% Rayon, Lining: 100% Rayon

Dry Clean Only

$210

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Black

Shell: 100% Italian Super 120 Wool Lining: 100% Rayon

Dry Clean Only

$195

All are available online and in-store at Julia Farr

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