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Mule Bone, a new restaurant from Busboys and Poets founder Andy Shallal, will include a retail portion overseen by Desirée Venn Frederic, the founder of Nomad Yard Collectiv. It's a playground for those who love color, history and antiques.

Be a holiday hero by shopping at one of the many markets popping up around D.C. Here are a few of our favorites, grouped by their offerings.

Ari Seth Cohen's street style blog Advanced Style documents flamboyantly dressed women (and a few men) of a certain age. His new documentary “Advanced Style,” about the blog’s splashier characters, premieres in D.C. this weekend.

Bridal applications for wearable technology could include Terminator-style displays of wedding guests' vital stats.

Manolo’s favorite physician is Taryn Rose, M.D., the orthopedic-surgeon-turned-shoe-designer who makes good-looking shoes that are famously comfortable.

A reader asks for fun sandals for a Bahama cruise.

I’m turning 40 years old in three weeks. To forestall any potential pain, can you please suggest some comfortable party shoes for the big day?

My best girlfriend at work, Jennifer, is quitting next week to start working as a freelancer. As a going-away gift I want to buy her a pair of fun flat sandals, something that she can wear right away to remind her of our good times together. — Marissa

Inspired by her collection of scarves, Laura Friedman wrote and illustrated “50 Ways to Wear a Scarf” ($15, Chronicle Books), a whimsical new TIY (tie-it-yourself) book on how to create head wraps, neck knots and more.

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Dear Manolo, After four years and countless thousands of dollars, I’ve graduated from college. I don’t know what shoes I should wear on the big day that won't have me falling on my face. What do you recommend?

Dear Manolo, After yet another disastrous romance, I’ve decided to swear off dating for the next few weeks. To see me through this cleansing ordeal, can you please suggest some shoes that will cheer me up? — Alexis

The duo - who also design housewares for Pottery Barn Teen - just co-authored “A Denim Story” ($33, Rizzoli), a tabletop book saluting the celebs and ordinary people who wear the iconic American fabric.

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  • Apr 10, 2014
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The concept of home-party sales started in 1948 with Tupperware, and the basic drill hasn’t changed much since.

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  • Apr 5, 2014
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My junior prom is coming up, and I’ve decided that I want to be elegant and restrained in a little black dress that’s not too short. I need shoes that add color, and, because I’m in high school, money is an issue. — Sophie

Dear Manolo, I’ve got a destination beach wedding to go to. Could you recommend any close-toed, close-heeled, wedge espadrilles that aren’t too expensive and could be worn to a picnic or a night on the town? I just don’t do sandals, and I refuse to let sand ruin my work shoes. — Mary

Stacey Steffe, co-founder and president of the American Mobile Retailer Association, estimates that in January of 2011 there were three fashion trucks in operation in the U.S.; now there are more than 350. The D.C. area hosts at least seven of them.

To prep for warmer times, we outfitted four local people with interesting jobs in fresh spring styles. And there’s not a pinstripe in sight.

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  • Mar 7, 2014
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You ask, Manolo answers. Never have a shoe problem again!

Dear Manolo, Can you recommend a pair of office-suitable flats for the impoverished working girl who’s just started her first job? —Erika

Many of us suffer from sartorial repentance, an after-the-fact realization that we were wearing just the wrong thing or sporting a hairdo only attractive on a Pixar monster. But looking back in horror comes, in part, from the fickle nature of fashion.

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  • Feb 7, 2014
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