Saturday, September 29, 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 congress person we are supporting at each party and there should be opportunities to sign up to get involved with  issues important to that congress person. PARTY WITH A PURPOSE!

3. There should be a wide range of times you can attend CBC conference sessions; some during the happy hour time slot (6-8pm) would be great. Unfortunately I cannot take off work to attend a CBC session, but i would love to be able to attend one that is held in the early evening. Even combining one of the sessions with a happy hour and holding it at a bar instead of in the Convention Center would appeal to me.

All in all CBC week is an exciting time of year to be young, gifted and black in Washington DC and I look forward to it each year. Did you attend any CBC events? Let me know in the comments!

Friday, September 28, 2012

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Wedding Belles

Long before there was Pinterest I 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.

Trunk Show {September 27-29}

Remember back when I played dress up in 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 best sellers from previous collections, like my dream dress pictured above! Appointments are necessary.  If you have any questions please feel free to contact the store at 202-965-4696. Regular store hours are Monday 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. All viewings are by appointment only.

Monday, September 24, 2012

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?

Friday, September 21, 2012

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 Washington as their Friday Fashionista.

The flattering write-up highlighted the vintage leather pencil skirt I purchased during the Edited for Goodwill Pop-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 Goodwill Runway 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.

La Passione di Milano, Runway Show & Gala

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
*Attire: Professional or Fashionably Chic
*Parking: Valet parking will be available

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Miss Sixty


Washington, DC (1960's)
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}

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

In the News

WHAT I WORE: tip to toe! has recently been featured in the press on the websites of Lucky Magazine, Rent the Runway, Digital Sisterhood Network and Fashion's Night Out DC

See my other press features, including the Washington Post and New York Times when you click on the FEATURED tab at the top of your screen.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

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"

Friday, September 14, 2012

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, J.Crew, Neiman Marcus and more!

Chatting with Stylist Lani Islander of

WHAT I WORE: tip to toe!

jacket- Zara | tank- Ann Taylor | skirt- Edited for Goodwill

hat- Zara | necklace- VintageBrook | bag- Miss Ivy | shoes- vintage

Check out the rest of the preview when you click "READ MORE"

Thursday, September 13, 2012

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 Week and I'm so sad I wasn't able to cover it as promised... believe me no one was more disappointed than me, but I am glad I had the opportunity to cover Fashion's Night Out DC right 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"

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

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 below for discounts throughout the neighborhood. Only those wearing a red bracelet will be eligible for the special deals that will be offered on THURSDAY. 


Tuesday, September 4, 2012

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.