Backs to Basics with Banana Republic

Posted on May 13, 2011
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Let’s take an inventory of my recent purchases, shall we? Here we go: Ralph Lauren cerulean blue silk palazzo pants, (completely) sheer polka-dot silk tank, vintage pink polka-dot party dress. Aside from my obvious addiction to silk and polka dots, one thing is clear here: I do NOT like to shop for basics. I do not OWN the basics that I think a lot of women have multiples of. I do not want to buy anything unless it is special. I refuse to shop for having an office job. I think part of me is holding on to some ridiculous idea that I won’t REALLY have to work/go into an office all day, and that my daily wear should and will consist of things like vintage silk loungewear.

But.

This is not the case, is it ladies? And truth be told, it is impossible to wear our special pieces without the basics that allow them to shine. And when it comes down to it, the simplest and quietest pieces are often the most beautiful and elegant. I had just been contemplating this issue (as, in a state of half-dress, I stared down a favorite pink brocade swing coat with beaded edging and wondered what.the.heck.to wear it with) when something of a lucky thing happened: the lovely folks at Banana Republic asked me to participate in their After 5 Event next Thursday at the Tysons Corner store, which has an enormous selection, including the lovely Banana Republic Signature line.

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It involved me picking out pieces from the store and styling them in my own way. Go to the experts in clean, wearable and affordable basics, and special them up with items from my own closet: are yall reading my MIND?! Genius.

Here are some pics of me trying on basics in the dressing room. I went to a tiny BR store that did not carry the Signature line, and I think this helped me stick to the basics
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I actually liked both of these but didn’t take either home. I might need to go back for the pants. I hate pants. I need pants. Sigh.

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This pink strapless dress was cute, but too big (the size 2 was too big. God bless vanity sizing) and um, a strapless pink dress isn’t so basic, is it. But look! how great! with my brocade pink coat! That’s a lot of pink…

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As you see above, I took home this look. White is the loveliest shade for a basic, especially in the summer. This white eyelet pencil skirt is really well-made and I’ll get a ton of wear out of it this season. And eyelet makes it…special, no?

Event Details:
Thursday, May 19, 5-7 p.m.
Banana Republic Tysons Corner

25% off a $100 or more purchase
Chance to meet me, my co-hosts Vyque from Fassonaburu, Liz from So Much to Smile About, and E from District of Chic and get our styling tips
AND enter a raffle to win a free 4-day, 3-night trip to Los Angeles, compliments of Banana Republic and Virgin America (flight + hotel room)

SEE YOU THERE.

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This Weekend: ARTAYA at Bloomie’s

Posted on May 12, 2011
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Local jewelry (and now, also, fashion) designer Dana Ayanna Greaves is one of my very talented friends (I first wrote about her in 2007, wow!) and she has caught the attention of the folks at Bloomingdale’s. They’ll be hosting a trunk show of her ARTAYA jewelry collection work this weekend (Friday – Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.).

I love the whimsical sophistication and vibrant color palette of her pieces. Whenever I wear either the necklace or earrings of hers I own, I always get a ton of compliments. Dana created a special collection of vibrant earrings for Bloomingdale’s in hypercolor shades like berry, neon chartreuse and pistachio – above, perfect for Spring.

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rag & bone + the DIY Project

Posted on May 12, 2011
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On Monday, I attended an intimate dinner in honor CFDA Award-winning designers David Neville and Marcus Wainright of rag & bone. The dinner celebrated the opening of their first store outside of New York City – right here in lil ol’ Washington, in Georgetown (click it over to Urban Daddy for the scoop and pix). I am excited to announce that I have been chosen as a Rag & Bone “DIY Project” Ambassador. The marketing campaign features a small, hand-selected group of DC’s influential and stylish, and will focus on personal style. Each member will offer their interpretation on how to wear pieces from the Fall/Winter 2011 collection. Here are pictures from the event at Chef Fabio Trabocchi’s delicious (anything seafood is particularly insanely amazing) new Penn Quarter restaurant, Fiola.

I wore blue silk Ralph Lauren palazzo pants and my red Bibas.

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David speaks to the assembled guests…

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Aureta in a tophat from Pretty People

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Brooke Kao in a cool floppy hat and TopShop shoes

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My favorite new vintage store in town

Posted on May 10, 2011
Filed Under Around Town, Shopping Events & News, Women | 1,791 Comments

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Annie Lee is back! And better and more affordable than ever – with her new vintage concept, Pretty People Vintage, that just opened in Old Town (yes: Awesome vintage in Old Town!). Those of you familiar with Annie Creamcheese – often overpriced & inconsistent, if you ask me – will see that Annie took her well-practiced eye with her to Old Town when she parted ways with Annie Creamcheese, and has opened a feminine, quirky store with a an appealingly boutique-like feel in a sunny little space just off King Street, near Bellacara and the adorable Misha’s coffeeshop.

Shopping here feels like shopping in your best friend’s closet – the one who has amazingly cool and interesting style. On that front, the store offers contemporary and vintage clothes and accessories, so what you’re getting is a selection of pieces hand-picked by Annie for ultimate personal, wearable style. It is impossible to not find something gorgeous, special and wardrobe-shifting at this store, and typically for around $40. If I hadn’t agreed to help her with promoting the store, I’d want to keep this to myself (but I love you all too much to do that). Go.

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