All these pretty things

Posted on February 23, 2013
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Remember that photoshoot I mentioned in a previous post? It was for Ciao Sposa, the new bridal accessories line by Ciao Nina. Nina O’Neil, who makes, finishes, and/or sources each piece by hand, is a homegrown talent who spends her workdays at the National Gallery of Art and has built an impressive business for herself on the side.

The day of the shoot, blushing nonbrides gathered for the affair. We got pretty, wore white gauzy things and cooed over Nina’s pieces, which are vintage-inspired, fashion-forward, feminine and wonderfully original. Who wants to look like every other bride?

Here are some of my favorite shots and/or pieces.

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{Cream and silver headpiece}

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{Pale blue crinoline veil}

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{Honolulu headpiece}

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The Party People

Posted on November 21, 2012
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Last weekend I celebrated my birthday (I’m still 27, isn’t that amazing?!) and celebrations involved some great people and places around town. On Friday, I had dinner at Izakaya Seki, the new little Japanese place a few steps off U Street.

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I loved the shochu, a distilled alcoholic drink that I like over ice in the cute tin cups they use. I want to go back to try the sweet potato, green tea, and black sugar varieties. I love the way the bottles look, too…they’d make an unexpected idea to bring to a party or give as a gift.

Next we went to Bohemian Caverns to hear Jonathan Batiste play jazz. He’s a 26 year-old whiz from Louisiana, now in NY, who in addition to playing shows with all the greats all over the country, often plays with the Stay Human Band in the streets and in the subways. He’s an incredible musical storyteller. I felt lucky to be in the audience with a great, intimate crowd that included the Turkish Ambassador, who is, it turns out, an enormous fan.

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The next night I went to the launch of Ulysses Room, the new art/retail/event loft and creative brainchild of Virginia Arrisueno of DENADA & her artist husband Kelly Towles along with creative duo Carla Cabrera and Marshall Johnson (of TPWP). I took home one of Virginia’s cozy, perfectly made scarves (thank you, Ulysses Room!)–in fact, I’m wearing it as I type from my mother’s ancient computer–and I plan to go back to the space for another one. They have the right slouch, weight and drape for both form and function–perfect for staying stylish in cooler weather. Just look at all of these beautiful Washingtonians:

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After that, it was off to my co-birthday celebration with the lovely Shannon Cusello (if you get your hair cut at Immortal Beloved, as I do, you have seen her and her exquisite tiny-ness there). We drank a special “Scorpio Stingers” all night.

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And now I’m home in lovely Lexington, Virginia hanging out with the trees and the sunshine and my parents and pies. Life is good.

{Ulysses Room images courtesy Marshall Johnson of The President Wears Prada)

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[CTRL] Alt+Delete I’m back.

Posted on July 4, 2012
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Whoops, things have been a bit wonky over here. Stuff broke, and is still sort of broke. I might change some things up around here, site-look-wise, but don’t hold your breath. I’ve been BUSY AND IMPORTANT and ignoring my site of late (anyone else read this article? I’ve been thinking about this stuff a lot recently).

So what have I been up to, and what are some super-random things I want to say and show you?

ONE. Marilyn Monroe played a blonde doll for much of her career, but she was quite the reader in her off-duty hours (while wearing hi-waisted shorts, NATCH). Here’s a list of what was in her library. I just bought The Dud Avocado to read at the beach which didn’t happen, see item TWO, but I WILL read it….what are your must-reads?

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TWO. Work’s been demanding a lot of attention recently, but who can complain when you get to spend intimate time with some of the most beautiful paintings ever made? We just opened Richard Diebenkorn: The Ocean Park Series, and it’s safe to say that you can truly get lost in these meditative paintings. Go forth, enjoy the AC, and do yoga at the Corcoran (yes). OK. Work plug over.

THREE. I’ve been helping an entrepreneur friend with a summer picnic series featuring cool writers, thinkers, art people, education people, food people. Cool, unexpected locations around town and more importantly, great unexpected friendships and conversations. Invitations to the Series are issued based on an application, with SUPER HARD-HITTING questions like how one’s life might taste as a pie.

FOUR. I’ve got a lot of things on my shopping list of late (more on that, for sure), and one thing I wanted this spring but didn’t get was this burnout baseball tee. I love the idea of taking something basic and tomboyish and adding a soft, feminine skirt or a bunch of necklaces. It landed on my Spring Clothing List (on my phone…yes, I do this) because of I Want to Be Her, a personal-style blog from Andrea Linett, the co-founder of Lucky magazine. I really like the simple format and the way she profiles her subjects. Good tips, links, and aspirational style that’s actually achievable.

FIVE. Marvin Gaye singing the National Anthem. You’re welcome.

I’ll be back. I promise. Otherwise I’ll just be around, talking on Twitter, and also probably throwing up random posts like this or because I just made this gorgeous cake! and want you to PAY ATTENTION TO ME AND MY BURSTS OF MARTHA STEWARTNESS! Are you having fun yet??

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Mad Men Shoot for the Newseum

Posted on March 14, 2012
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I’m very excited to share some behind-the-scenes photos from the styling shoot I did for the Newseum the other weekend with my B+C collaborators. It’s for an ad for the Mad Men-themed issue of Newsweek slated to come out this Saturday, March 17. I can’t wait to see and share with you the final product!

{Photos by Luke of USR}

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