Four Ways to Create Your Personal Signature

Posted on 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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Links to Love

Posted on March 24, 2014
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{photo Shauna Alexander via BYT}

These reads have been open tabs on my laptop for TOO long.

7 Secret Japanese Drugstore Beauty Buys Not so secret anymore now of course…and the ‘Cure’ gel in slide 4 sounds particularly intriguing. By Kathleen Hou at The Cut.

11 Fashion Brands Set to Blow Up in 2014
These online retailers/labels are ones to bookmark for spring wardrobe planning. By Connie Wang at Refinery29.

Women in Clothes.
A group of incredible artists and writers (Miranda July, Molly Ringwald, Cindy Sherman, natch) collaborate to produce this forthcoming book exploring how/why women get dressed. Style and substance. Sign me up.

And finally, basically everything my writer-friend and girl-crush Holley Simmons writes. That includes this piece about local estate sales (I WILL cross this activity off my list this season!), this piece about the 7 (seven!) female-owned fashion trucks in the DMV, and, just as I was adding ‘cropped pastel purple sweatshirt’ to the ‘Spring Clothes’ list on my phone–yes, seriously–Holley pens this killer DIY sweatshirt tutorial.

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Style and Sustenance

Posted on September 24, 2013
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You guys. There is a new magazine in the world devoted to style and food (!!). Here’s how Cherry Bombe describes itself: “a beautifully designed biannual magazine that celebrates women and food—those who grow it, make it, serve it, style it, enjoy it and everything in between. It is about sustenance and style and things that nourish the mind, the eye and, of course, the stomach.”

Food and fashion. Two of my favorite things, combined. So very exciting. I’m drooling, in fact.

The inaugural issue (which features one of my favorite artists and subject of my I-want-to-be-her-when-I-grow up reveries, Jennifer Rubell) is sitting on my coffee table, patiently waiting for my week to be over so that I can curl up and devour it (couldn’t resist).

I picked up a copy at Salt & Sundry at Union Market, currently the only stockist for the magazine in the city. Eat up!

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oh hi!

Posted on August 26, 2013
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It’s been a while! Blogosphere, I missed you. Here’s a few quick links to get things started:

I just found out that J.Crew has a “Factory” site. And everything is 40% off right now. Is this site new news? Probably not, but you’re welcome.

I spent Friday night on the couch, shamelessly devouring a stack of September issues. So much inspiration! So much cereal eaten from the box! I came away with one essential must-do for the fall: a burgundy lipstick. There are, of course, so many potential shades, but this shade from Laura Mercier is a current contender.

Event alert event alert! Tickets for the September 24 District Sample Sale are on sale. If you’re not familiar, it’s a one-night-only event featuring series markdowns on high-end local boutique merchandise (like, up to 90% off), plus a silent auction, tons of free beauty and food samples/donors, and ultimately 100% of proceeds goes to women’s and children’s charities. Buy a party dress and rock it at the Corcoran’s Fall Fete: Americans in Paris, the 1869 Society’s fall party on September 27. The evening is inspired by American Journeys–Visions of Place, a reinstallation of the historic American art galleries that conveys the changing notion of place in the history of American art. One of those inspiration centers, then and forever? Paris, mon cheri. Are you going? Say oui.

I love these pants. I love this home. I love these images.

Til next time…

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