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Spring Trends for Kids: Advice from Wee Chic

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Children’s clothing from Tea Collection, T-Shirt $20

Well, winter storm or no, spring break is just around the corner. Which means that spring proper should be following soon (we hope). With the kids home from school for a week and the seasons beginning to change, spring break means spring shopping for many parents. It’s like back-to-school’s half birthday (if that make sense to anyone else).

So, who better to give us the scoop on trends for the younger set (or youngest, as the case may be) than Bridget Quinn Stickline? The owner of Wee Chic Boutique — Baltimore’s fab place for children’s clothing– answered all of our burning questions (and more) about children’s fashion, spring trends, and why you should take your child with you when you shop for them (gasp–we, know).

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Dress available exclusively at Wee Chic in Baltimore, $96

Celebrate Churchill Style at The Ivy Bookshop Tonight


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Originally posted on February 26, 2013.

The Ivy Bookshop and Samuel Parker Clothier welcome Barry Singer to The Ivy  on Friday, March 1 at 7 p.m. to discuss Churchill Style, his exploration of Winston Churchill’s personal style and how it shaped his public persona.

Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor Speaks at the Pratt on Thursday


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The first Hispanic and third woman appointed to the United State Supreme Court, Justice Sonia Sotomayor, will visit the Pratt Central Library to discuss her new memoir, My Beloved World on Thursday, February 28 at 7 p.m. Seats will be filled on a first come, first served basis the evening of the event. Doors open at 6:30.

Paul Lukacs, Local Author of “Inventing Wine,” at The Ivy Bookshop Tuesday, Feb 12


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Join Paul Lukacs, professor of English at Loyola and wine expert, as he discusses his new book Inventing Wine at The Ivy Bookshop on Tuesday at 6:30.  Hampden wine shop, The Wine Source, will sponsor the event.

In Inventing Wine, Paul Lukacs tells the story of wine’s transformation from a source of spiritual and bodily nourishment to a beverage valued for its wide array of pleasures. During wine’s long history, men and women have imbued wine with different cultural meaning and roles. The tastemakers included the medieval Cistercian monks of Burgundy who first thought of place as an important aspect of wine’s identity, 19th-century writers such as Grimod de la Reyniere and Cyrus Redding who strived to give wine a rarefied aesthetic status, scientists like Louis Pasteur and Emile Peynaud who worked to help winemakers take more control over their craft and a host of visionary vintners who aimed to produce better, more distinctive-tasting wines, eventually bringing high-quality wine to consumers around the globe.

Destination Wedding? Look No Further Than 30 Miles Down the Road to Annapolis

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The William Paca House & Garden. Photo by David Hartcorn Photography.

Sure, destination weddings can be incredibly romantic, festive and adventurous, but they can also be a big, boring challenge for bride, groom, and guests: planning from afar can complicate the process and take the pleasure out of an already stressful life experience.

But don’t give up the faraway dream just yet. You can actually arrange for the romance of a getaway wedding weekend without renewing your passport. You want waterfront? Quaint brick-lined streets? Eighteenth century mansions? Breathtaking water views? No, not Nantucket.  We mean Annapolis, our slightly better-looking cousin to the southeast, a million miles from the look and feel of urban Baltimore, but a mere 30 miles from the city.

The Baltimore Lit Parade for January, Part II: Jen Michalski’s Double-Novella Smackdown, Stephanie Barber’s “Night Moves,” WORMS News, and More



Here’s the latest installment of Baltimore writer Joseph Martin’s Ivy Bookshop-sponsored column for the Baltimore Fishbowl, “The Lit Parade,” a celebration and thoughtful examination of the epic local lit scene that too often goes unreported, unread.

Located somewhere between a short story’s brief epiphanies and a book-length manuscript’s meaty heft, the novella — a strange, pidgin form of fiction — has always defied clear rules or expectations. As an unsurprising result, its greatest lit-historical examples tend to whip along with an odd, enticingly elliptical push-pull, jackknifing between the sorts of mysterious characters (Gustave Flaubert’s “A Simple Soul”) and purgatorial plots (Herman Melville’s “Bartleby the Scrivener”) more common types of fiction tend to abhor. At its all-too-rare best, a novella can trick a reader into caring less about a story per se than its aura, so to speak: a persistent state of grace (or lack thereof) whose inevitable burnout allows for a unique fictive torque. A bad novella, by contrast, can feel perverse, coming on like rambling short fiction or, worse, a novel caught in utero; even at its most inspired, the novella’s liminal existence often demands a bit of literary MacGuyvering to come off.

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There are lots of Baltimore condos near the water these days — so buyers have plenty to chose from — but none offer the vantage point of the Anchorage with its breathtaking views of the harbor, Ft. McHenry and Key Bridge, nor the custom touches of this unique penthouse.

The open floor plan offers 2100 sq. ft. of living space, made larger with plenty of natural light from harbor-facing windows and a generous footprint that provides plenty of options for your personal feng shui.

Baltimore’s Wealth of Doctor Brains



Have you ever thought about just how many doctors there are in Baltimore? They’re everywhere — in the medical schools, in the research institutions, shopping at the grocery store. On the list of the states with the most doctors, Maryland ranks second in the nation (behind Massachusetts), with 281 docs per 100,000 people (nearly twice Mississippi’s rate, 159). It’s a lucky situation we find ourselves in, since the AMA is predicting a crucial physician shortage over the next decade.

Flavor Cupcakery— Winner of Fox 45’s Cupcake Battle!



catch of the day fish (2)Attention all lovers of cupcakes, pastries, and epic battles: Flavor Cupcakery has yet another feather in their spun-sugar cap. This past week, Flavor trounced the competition in Fox45’s Cupcake Battle. We’re not sure who makes these things official, or how one gets appointed to the high court of buttercream evaluators, but it certainly seems clear that whatever honors one can bestow upon a cupcake (or its creator) are well deserved by Flavor and its owner Shelley Stannard.Flavor2

Inspired Habitat: Zen and the Art of Home Decor



As we ring in the new year, most of us make a set of resolutions. To lose weight. Eat better. Live healthier. Get organized. De-stress. Finding tranquility and relaxation can seem like finding a needle in a haystack. A few simple concepts can transform any home into a haven of peace and relaxation. All it takes is a little zen.

Literally translated, zen simply means meditation. In décor terms, it means balance, harmony and relaxation. There isn’t a list of strict rules and design styles that mean “zen” though it is usually associated with a minimalist tendency, simplicity and purity of line. It’s simply a way of arranging and decorating to create an atmosphere that combats stress. Sound good?