Ciao Nina Shoot for

Posted on April 4, 2012
Filed Under Around Town, Only in Washington, Shopping Events & News | 18,822 Comments


A few weeks ago I spent a lovely sunny day with a gaggle of ladies to shoot a lookbook for Ciao Nina, the line of quirky handmade accessories based here in DC (and worn, notably, by Leighton Meester on Gossip Girl) that’ll be featured April 7-9 on If you aren’t a member, click here to become one.



Kate from GoKateShoot took the gorgeously dreamy, feminine images; the campaign features me with Cheralee from Lyle Style, Allix from The District1107, Elise from It’s Vintage Darling, while Shannon and Lauren from Immortal Beloved both modeled and helped us to all look fresh and dewy. I wore one of my favorite things: a floor-length vintage Halston cashmere sweater-coat over vintage undergarments (including garters!), both of which I rarely find excuses to wear. Afterward, a bunch of us went to Graffiato for much-deserved pizza and desserts.


{THIS IS NINA. Isn’t she the cutest!?}


Blog Love + Inspiration

Posted on April 3, 2012
Filed Under Around Town, Inspiration, On The Street, Women | 3,573 Comments

This thoughtful and genuine email landed in my inbox and I feel truly inspired and reminded that one of the best things about blogging (and when I was doing my Washingtonian column) is the amazing people on the sidewalks of this city. Everyone has a story, a battle, an idea. I’ve met fascinating people over the years.

Greetings Rachel,
I am sure you do not remember me, but I met you on the street years ago, when you photographed me for this.

I am going through a divorce, and decided to blog about my new life, and I launched this week. It’s called I mention you in my very first post, and I also have Project Beltway listed as one of my favorite sites. I love your blog, and I have been reading it all this time, and didn’t make the connection that it belonged to you.

Nonetheless, I just wanted to let you know that your article about me in the Washingtonian all those years ago inspired my blog. Thank you very much!

I hope all is well, and hope you will check out my blog and enjoy it!

Makia Smith Thomas aka haute mama in the city

Welcome, Makia, to the blogosphere! I hope you continue to grow and thrive.