New Vintage Game in Town: Soul.eil

Monday, June 9, 2014


{image courtesy Soul.eil Vintage}

I keep ideas for photoshoot concepts and locations in a list on my phone, and one of them came to life before my eyes a few weeks ago. It was the first perfect, warm-but-not-hot spring Sunday and I took a blanket and a book to Meridian Hill Park to enjoy the weather and the sounds of the park. Summer Sundays there mean the rhythmic, contagiously joyful sounds of the drum circle, a tradition carried on for God-knows-how-long, involving dozens of drummers and kids and people from the community dancing, letting loose, and kicking off the week right. It is truly special and a rite of passage for Washingtonians (so, go if you haven’t before!). And on this particular day, there were 4 or 5 beautiful women swanning about and dancing in awesomely eclectic vintage getups while their photographers and videographers captured the moment. They added the visuals to the music and it was just sensational–I’d always wanted to stage the exact same shoot!

They were there for the soon-to-launch Soul.eil Vintage, a new concept by local Hannah Attia (a former a buyer for Annie Creamcheese; RIP). In addition to pop-up events, she promises a “lifestyle site as well as e-commerce, where site visitors can also experience the works of unsigned artists, poets, and musicians.” The project will support her nonprofit, Ark, also launching this summer. Here are the details of their inaugural pop-up/launch:

Soul.eil Inaugural Pop-Up
Queens Cafe & Hookah (2405 18th St. NW)
June 15, 1-7 p.m.
Expect: a fashion presentation, shopping Soul.eil’s selection for men and women, complimentary sweet & savory goodies, and complimentary gift bags sponsored by Pretzel Crisps, Oyin Handmade, Cake Nails Lacquer and Haughty Cosmetics.

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Street Style: Lausanne

Thursday, June 5, 2014



This woman (snapped in Georgetown) is 100% what I want to look like when I get older.

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Click This

Wednesday, June 4, 2014


{Portrait of Marjorie Merriweather Post in Cartier; image courtesy Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens}

News, inspiration and fashionable things to know–from the Beltway and beyond.

Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens has a glamorous new Cartier exhibition that opens this weekend.

…In related news, The National Museum of Women in the Arts also has an exhibition opening this weekend, of pioneering female artists working in film called Total Art: Contemporary Video. I went to the preview the other day and one of the films features actor Peter Dinklage as you’ve never seen him before–as one of the figures in Diego Velazquez’s Las Meninas, come to life. Not to be missed!

It’s fun when there are 15 different food trucks to chose from on your lunch break. How about the same idea but with fashion? On Saturday, hit up The Fashion Yards for a one-stop shop with the area’s fashion trucks, plus other food, clothing, and accessories vendors. From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; info via Facebook here.

That night, check out the Geek Chic Fashion Show put on by Pollysue’s Vintage and Fantom Comics. It’s at St. Stephen & The Incarnation Church and admission is just $5. Info via Facebook here.

How FLOTUS builds her wardrobe (specifically, how it’s financed), via AP.

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Street Style: Jackie

Friday, May 23, 2014


Jackie Hiersteiner is an artist, former gallerist, and recent graduate of the MA/Interior Design program at the Corcoran College of Art and Design. She is also possessor of a most tremendous set of eyebrows. She has a wicked sense of humor and a wicked sense of style. She is leaving us soon for Boston, so it’s all the more appropriate that I keep saying ‘wicked.’

What are you wearing?
J. Crew coat, Gap top, J Brand jeans, Kate Spade shoes. “The tortoise and suede clutch belonged to my grandmother, Dorothy.”

Fave places to shop online and off?
I do most of my shopping online from small boutiques, new designers, discount designer sites (Last Call Neiman Marcus, etc.). My husband is from Kansas City and I love vintage shopping there. I’m an avid J Crew shopper. I understand how their clothes are cut and sized, and therefore, what will work for me and what probably will not. I keep an eye on their collection pieces (usually pricey silk textiles or cashmere), wait for them to go on sale and then I strike. Not to sound like a cheapo, but I rarely pay full-price for anything, because you never have to!

What defines your personal style? What is important to you when getting dressed? As someone who knows so much about color theory and proportion, any advice for readers looking to hone their style?
My clothing is actually quite simple and always comfortable. It’s the combination of items–pattern and color–as well as structured cuts that make an outfit for me.

As for advice: take risks in pairing unexpected items. Stand in front of your closet and pull sleeves from one end of the closet to the other and see what new combinations you can make in your own wardrobe that way. Those olive pants don’t look so drab anymore when you pair them with a neon top. Clothes should be uplifting. If you aren’t comfortable wearing something, take it off. If you can’t decide what to wear, throw on a black cashmere turtleneck and your favorite earrings.

You have to understand your body type, and the architecture of an outfit – go for balance. I’m a big fan of this equation:
patterned pant + solid top + eye-catching coat + colorful shoe + wow earrings = look good, feel good.

How did your upbringing influence your style?
I grew up in a house that was hung with wallpaper of huge floral patterns and bright colored rugs, which made me very comfortable with color and scale. What l like about architecture and interiors is what I tend to go for in clothes – visual balance, luxe materials, crisp structure and proportion.

In developing my own style over the years, I often thought about my grandmother and how she dressed. She was a lady, and loved to wear monochrome outfits – lavender crocheted short-sleeved sweater, lavender creased silk slacks and matching jacket hung off of the shoulders, lavender perfectly matching shoes and a striped purse. Timeless, classy, polished and thoughtful.

That has translated into my credo that it’s important to look polished but not overly controlled. So what if one eyebrow is a little crazier than the other? Let it be!


What do you keep in your handbag?
Every shade of lipstick ever made (I literally bought them all), even though I usually just wear Burt’s Bees chapstick, a gold monogrammed navy leather wallet and a bunch of trash and receipts. Don’t lie – you do, too.

Favorite sources of inspiration? Anything on your Spring/Summer wishlist?
I buy a fresh pair of Vans each season. And right now, I’m lusting over this top from Devon Baer.

I mostly look at architectural reads, as I get most of my clothing design inspiration from beautiful wallpapers and textiles. I’ve never been one to read a Vogue magazine from front to back as I am not a good student of Fashion (with a capital F) or trends, but I do love clothes, so I always go for classic. I love the silhouettes and sumptuous silks of the 1950’s. I love the boundary-pushing of the 1960’s, so I Google fashion from those eras often. My girlfriends, you included, are always great inspiration for me! We all agree that it is fun to get dressed.

Yes, indeed!

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