Spring is a time to shake off winter’s seriousness and switch to pieces that are lighter and more lighthearted. Here’s a roundup of fresh, unexpected and personality-filled spring things.
ONE This Chloe Textured-Satin blouse looks lifted from a coloring book, but is also totally classic and gimmick-free. Brilliant.
TWO JORD’s Ely watch is made from Maple and feels light as a feather. **GIVEAWAY! See below for details.**
THREE Samantha Pleet’s Chambray Oath Romper. It’s a dress. It’s a romper. It’s the first I’ve seen that is long enough for most normal people. DISCUSS. It’s carried by ANTHOM, which opens its first brick-and-mortar this week at Virginia’s Mosaic District.
FOUR This spring and summer, I want to spend as much time as possible reclining on porches/at the beach in piles & piles of throwbeds. A wha? A throwbed. It is a bed/slash/pillow/sleeping-bag-like-thing for fabulous grownups. I first heard about them via this profile in The New York Times, of fabulous grownup Lorraine Kirke, and they recently crossed my path again.
FIVE These Rebecca Minkoff Curbs Front Back stud earrings are work in front, play in back and are an awesomely subversive take on your basic pearl stud. And at $58, the cost-per-wear on these babies will be next to nothing.
SIX Shakuhachi’s Lost Her Marble dress looks like marble and is actually leather. Let’s just say you won’t find this marble on the Hill. It’s available via Nasty Gal, where you can also obtain a copy of founder Sophia Amoruso’s new book, #GirlBoss. It’s sounds like the creative, entrepreneur everygirl’s answer to Lean In and I’m itching to get my hands on a copy.
SEVEN Jump From Paper’s Giggle bag inspired this post. I first spotted one on a Corcoran College of Art and Design student and ran her down to find out more. They look like they were plucked from the pages of a comic book, yet thick, canvas-like fabric and roomy construction make them totally wearable. Your everyday bag is suddenly look-of-the-day, every day.
EIGHT This is Mink, a small, 3D printer that allows you to make your own makeup, and will cost between $200-300. It was invented by Harvard Business School student Grace Choi and you can read all about it here at TechCrunch.
** I’m giving away one of these JORD Ely watches! Here are the rules: leave a comment here on this post and follow me on a social platform of choice (Instagram or Twitter) and one of JORD’s (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook). The winner will be announced next Wednesday, May 14, at noon. Good luck!
UPDATE: Congrats to Jim, our winner! Thanks to everyone for entering.keep looking »
Our winner for tickets to see ‘Ann’ at the Kennedy Center January 4, Holly Marshall, wrote in with some images of the item in her wardrobe that makes her feel most powerful: cowboy boots! “Smooth black leather boots sewn with multi-colored stitching and inlaid with white cowhide in the shape of a longhorn heads on the front,” to be exact. She writes:
“Over the years I’ve gone on a rampage of gratitude for these boots. What do I wear while standing tall and ready in sweats in the kitchen for that phone interview, surrounded by scripts of talking points? My cowhead boots. How about that meeting with my VP of Marketing? The favorite Levis, a silk blazer, and the cowhead boots.”
She’s worn them on daytrips to Charlottesville with a strappy summery dress (in the pic shown), dancing, and to the Texas State Society Inauguration Ball.
“Ann was strong, bold, and unique. She was a superhero because she had all that–and the fun.
When it comes to power, if you’ve got not just strength and bravado but also a sense of fun and humor, you’ve got the scales tipped in your favor. Wearing these boots, I always get that second interview and usually I get the job.”
Looks like those boots aren’t letting you down this time, either! Congrats, Holly, and enjoy ‘Ann.’
p.s. Readers: I’ve just been packing and I’ve decided that if it can’t be worn with boots, it’s not coming with me. That seems about right.keep looking »
Former Texas Governor Ann Richards told it like is. She also (for better or for worse) helped define the 80’s power suit look in Washington, with its wide shoulder pads, large buttons and straight lines. In many ways her power suit became one of her key striking visual elements, her superhero outfit. She was known for speaking her mind in the great tradition of the powerful Southern woman, and was known for killer political barbs and smart humor. She once said of women in politics: “If you give us the chance, we can perform. After all, Ginger Rogers did everything that Fred Astaire did. She just did it backwards and in high heels.” I had heard that quote before–maybe you had, too? but didn’t realize it was Ann Richards.
“Ann” at the Kennedy Center is played – and produced and written – by another powerful female figure in her own right, veteran and impeccably-cheekboned actress Holland Taylor (read about her research for the play at POLITICO here).
One lucky winner will score 2 tickets for the 7:30 show on January 4. Show (email me a pic – to rachel(at)projectbeltway(dot)com) or tell us (by leaving a comment) your “power suit:” What do you put on that makes you feel powerful? It it one thing? A go-to badass outfit? Hilarious or downright serious, talk about that outfit that makes you feel in charge.
“Ann” runs from December 17-January 15. Check it out here.
Enter before 8pm December 27. Good luck!keep looking »
Next Wednesday, September 7, I’ll be hosting/guest-judging at Twice is Nice at the beautiful Textile Museum! If you’ve never been to the Museum, this event is your excuse to not only go and check out their Green show before it closes as well as Second Lives AND dress up AND score some new clothes. Here are the details:
Celebrate everything loved twice! Don a vintage ensemble (or anything you found at a thrift store!) and visit The Textile Museum for a night of fashion, music and drinks in the charming garden.
Prizes for best vintage outfit! (Start buttering me up now)
Clothing Swap – bring your old duds and swap them for new-to-you ones! (Clothing for swap need not be vintage.)
Food by Whisked! and Pinkberry, drinks from Nude Vodka and Honest Tea!
Live music by Laughing Man in the gardens; DJ Alcatraz spinning in the galleries
$10 (members receive 1 complimentary drink)
…BUT YOU CAN GET IN FOR FREE: We’re giving away TWO PAIRS OF TICKETS for the event. So leave a comment telling us what you plan to wear, your favorite vintage score or favorite local thrift/vintage shop for a chance to win. We’ll draw the winners Friday at noon. Good luck!