Showing posts from September, 2012

Congressional Black Caucus (CBC)

WHAT I WORE: tip to toe! {All dresses from Goodwill} I had the pleasure of being invited to a few parties during CBC week in DC. CBC stands for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, which is based in Washington DC and is a nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy, research and educational institute that each year puts together a week of conferences, galas and parties that promote African American Congress people such as Eleanor Holmes Norton, our rep here in DC. 
While I had an amazing time here is my wish list for next year's CBC week:
1. Out of town visitors here for CBC should treat the city and the conference with the reverence it deserves. You are in the nation's capitol to celebrate the political achievements of your fellow African American professionals...YOU ARE NOT ON SPRING BREAK! 
No barking, getting wasted, or inappropriate tweets/Instagram photos using the CBC hashtag please.
2. CBC organizers EDUCATE and INFORM at every opportunity. It should be clear which con…

A Diva State of Mind

Recap:  3 year anniversary party of the blog A Diva State of Mind Location:Ozio rooftop

WHAT I WORE: tip to toe!{top- Zara// skirt- Goodwill//shoes- Rockport// pearls- gifted// glasses- Warby Parker}

Wedding Belles

Long before there was PinterestI kept an obscurely titled folder on my desktop where I stored images of how I imagine my wedding...the table settings, the favors...and yes THE DRESS! And that dress is pictured below...backless, lacey and fabulous by Monique Lhuillier.

Remember back when I played dress upin the beautiful gowns at Carine's Bridal Atelier? Well I'm happy to report that the boutique has been named "The Best Bridal Retailer in DC" and the bridal experts at CBA, located in Georgetown, are hosting a Bliss by Monique Lhuillier trunk show this Thursday through Saturday, September 27th - 29th. 
Monique specifically created the Bliss line to make her same aesthetic more accessible to brides by her choices in textiles and embroideries and this event provides a special incentive for  attending brides (10% off when you mention this blog WHAT I WORE: tip to toe!). 
The newest Spring 2013 collection will be featured at the trunk show as well as a selection of her b…

30 again

WHAT I WORE: tip to toe!{blazer- Target// top- H&M//shorts- LOFT//shoes- Target//bag- Dooney & Bourke}
I recently turned 30...again this year...and I celebrated with a few girlfriends, some champagne, a cake and a good old fashion crabfeast. How do you like to celebrate your birthday?

Featured: Fashionista Friday

I am so happy to announce that in addition to all of the other press my blog WHAT I WORE: tip to toe!has been receiving lately, I was chosen by Goodwill of Greater Washingtonas their Friday Fashionista.
The flattering write-up highlighted the vintage leather pencil skirt I purchased during the Edited for GoodwillPop-Up shop VIP party. I'm in great company too! Bloggers like Lauren of Haute off the Press, Oby of Fashion | Art | Crafts, Etc. and Deb of Real Girl Runway have all been featured. 
If you want to snag your own fab fashions from Goodwill check out their online shop or buy a ticket to the 2012 Fashion of GoodwillRunway show and charity gala, which will feature their second Pop Up shop, happening Thursday Sept 27 at 6PM. Click below for the full write-up. ---
The Fashion of Goodwill: RUNWAY SHOW & GALA September 27, 2012 6:00pm – 9:30pm Embassy of Italy 3000 Whitehaven Street, N.W. Washington, DC 20008…

Miss Sixty

THROWBACK THURSDAY Earlier this year my aunt, pictured right, celebrated her 60th birthday with a very swanky soiree; above is a photo of her with her baby brother, my uncle (and Godfather) with whom I share a birthday month, and usually a family birthday party. Hope you're enjoying my Throwback Thursday family portraits. {LINK}

In the News

WHAT I WORE: tip to toe!has recently been featured in the press on the websites ofLucky Magazine, Rent the Runway, Digital Sisterhood Networkand Fashion's Night Out DC
See my other press features, including theWashington Postand New York Timeswhen you click on theFEATUREDtab at the top of your screen.

Salon Lynne Soiree

WHAT I WORE: tip to toe! {blouse- Ann Taylor// pants- LOFT// shoes-  Ann Taylor// bag- Miss Ivy}
My favorite DC Party PR Girl, Whitney Stringer, invited me to a hair affair honoring Miss Lynne Wooden a top stylist with close to two decades of experience styling hair in Washington, DC. Lynne celebrated the1 year anniversary of her salon, located in Logan Circle. Celebrity talking head (with an equally famous head of hair) Paul Wharton hosted the soiree and really made the party memorable by having us all "shake our hair back and forth" and wiggle to the Wobble. It's official, if you are invited to a Whitney Stringer PR event you must 1) RSVP Immediately! 2) Book an appointment at Salon Lynne 3) Come dressed to impress...and to party!  See more photos from the event when you click "READ MORE"

Celebrating Women Runway Event

I recently had the opportunity to attend a blogger preview at Last Call by Neiman Marcus for the Potomac Mills"Celebrating Women Runway Event" which will take place on Saturday, September 22 at 2PM. {RSVP to and tell them @breaellis of WHAT I WORE: tip to toe! invited you}
Stylist Lani Inlander, of the blog Real Life Style was on hand to show us some of the trends for Fall (jewel tones, animal prints/textures/images and the color oxblood) and LCNM store manager Tom Boiles gave us a guided tour of the Neiman Marcus outlet. PS Bergdorfs literally pulls a truck up behind the outlet and unloads wares directly from the luxury department store. 
There are alot of changes happening at Potomac restaurants like Cheesecake Factory, Bobby's Burger Place and Bahama Breeze are coming this fall...and a luxury-for-less one stop shop area called The Fashion District has been created, where you'll find outlets for Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, Juicy Couture, …

Selling Wolf Tickets

WHAT I WORE: tip to toe!{hat- Zara// tank- Ann Taylor// jacket- Zara// skirt- Goodwill// shoes- Vintage Bruno Magli}
Today is the last day of New York Fashion Weekand I'm so sad I wasn't able to cover itas promised... believe me no one was more disappointed than me, but I am glad I had the opportunity to cover Fashion's Night Out DCright here in my hometown. I'm also glad that I got the opportunity to wear all of the outfits I'd set aside for NYFW. To find out why I didn't attend NYFW read my post {NYFW or Bust}and to see my coverage of the street style in Adams Morgan for  FNO DC go to their website ( and read my recap. Better luck next year huh?

Take a closer look when you click "READ MORE"

Adams Morgan celebrates FNO DC

WHAT I WORE: tip to toe!{jacket/skirt- Zara// tank- Ann Taylor// necklace- VintageBrook// shoes- Target}

Fashion's Night Out DC

Fashion's Night Out DC Thursday, September 6th (6PM - 11PM)

Come to Adams Morgan and get your street style photo taken by blogger Brea Ellis of WHAT I WORE: tip to toe! (photos will appear on the Fashion's Night Out DC website) 

Brea Ellis is the Editor-in-Chief of WHAT I WORE: tip to toe!It is a glimpse inside the life (and closet) of a Social Media professional and “girl about town”. Posts include her daily outfits, which serve to encourage women to shop their closets, rethink they way they style themselves and to live their ordinary lives in extraordinary clothing! Follow Brea on Twitter at @the_esocialite on Fashion’s Night Out as she brings you the excitement from Adams Morgan.

Adams Morgan retailers and restaurants are pleased to put a local twist on a global initiative started by Vogue’s Anna Wintour: celebrating fashion through a special night of shopping.  Make sure to pick up your red bracelet at the retail locations listed bel…

The End of Summer

WHAT I WORE: tip to toe! {vest and dress- Old Navy// bag- Dooney and Bourke// shoes- Via Spiga} Location: National Portrait Gallery ( I don't know why I look so happy in these photos because this outfit signals The End of Summer, the last day to sport gladiator sandals and a sundress. Maybe I'm smiling because saying goodbye to summer means saying hello to the Spring 2013 runway shows in New York and shopping for fall layers.