Street Style: The Quinceanera Photoshoot

Thursday, April 24, 2014


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These two were attendants to the young woman celebrating her fifteenth birthday. A group of family members, all in white and green, had gathered near the Capitol for a photoshoot on a perfect Spring day last weekend.



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Street Style: Avi

Friday, April 11, 2014


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The patent shoes were $15 from a local thrift store.



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Four Ways to Create Your Personal Signature

Tuesday, April 8, 2014


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{Designer and crisp-white-shirt stalwart Carolina Herrera; photo by Scott Schuman}

A friend of mine, Faisal Al-Juburi, used to be a DC-based nonprofit fundraiser and event badass and now he is a NYC-based nonprofit fundraiser and event badass. He is actually much more than that, and so to convey his talents he recently launched his namesake website, Faisal NYC.

He has worked with and for various arts organizations, nonprofits, private clients, authors, and many others, and the connective tissue between each of those experiences has been his knack for storytelling. The just-launched Tumblr that compliments his site is devoted to that subject, through both his voice and the voices of others, including yours truly (as well as our mutual friend and DC-based CNN correspondent Erin McPike).

I am honored to share the post I contributed, Four Ways to Create Your Personal Signature, which serves as a how-to guide to find your personal style “signature.” In it, I discuss Hillary’s pantsuits, Simon Doonan, blue shoes, and include far too many references to French-gamine appeal. I love the idea of creating a signature that has meaning to the wearer and that helps that person look and feel like the best, most powerful version of themselves. Read on for inspiration that will help you define your signature and tell the story about yourself that you want to tell.



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Calypso, Take me Away

Monday, March 31, 2014


Artwork at Calypso Georgetown DC

{In addition to boho-luxe resortwear, the Georgetown location of Calypso St. Barth boasts a whimsical, feminine aesthetic aided in part by works like Feathers by French artist Paule Morrot.}

The other week, I had the pleasure of being invited to check out the new, light-filled Calypso St. Barth store, located on M Street in the heart of bustling Georgetown. With movie-montage-visions of my upcoming trip to the Virgin Islands in July playing in my mind, I tried on a few beautiful pieces before settling on the Ladora embellished linen tunic to bring home (thank you, Calypso!). When I think of Calypso, I think of their sophisticated and elegant tunics–and the Ladora is perfectly cut: narrow at the shoulders (meaning: it’s loose it only the right places), weightless but also substantial, and features an invisible little hook-and-eye in the center neckline for a fit that falls perfectly against the chest.

I took my time (easy to do in the roomy, nicely lit and pretty dressing rooms), channeled my inner Martha Graham in the silky ‘Sarah’ dress and fell pretty hard for the “Isoli” linen jersey dress, which I would describe as essentially the most perfect-fitting tshirt, but in a dress. Sexy but somehow also casual, and just as easy as wearing pajamas. (swoon!)

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