Friday, December 16, 2016

Velvet Slipdress

WHAT I WORE: tip to toe!

dress | boots | choker

I'm totally loving the fact that the 90's are back. Sadly I didn't keep any of my clothes from that time, but luckily all of the stores are selling pieces to help you achieve the look. This dress from Whistle & Wild is under $50 and the lace choker is less than $15 and goes with so many looks! Have you tried the 90's look? Are you as obsessed with velvet as I am? Leave a comment below.

Friday, December 9, 2016

Office Party Outfit

WHAT I WORE: tip to toe!

Get the look...

blazer | necklace | tee | pants | shoes

photos byRosa Loves DC

Are you ready for the holidays? Do you know what you're wearing to the office Christmas party? It's such a fine line, especially if your event starts right after work. No one wants to be in the bathroom changing, so I'd go for something festive and fun but professional that you can wear all day. My company is going to the Kennedy Center for a sit down dinner and a show (we are seeing Wicked) so I picked this velvet blazer from Madewell and these sequin slacks I got a few years ago from Loft. Paired with a sheer wool long sleeve tee from & Other Stories (coming soon to Georgetown) and this squash blossom necklace I got from Whistle and Wild.

From the waist down I look like I'm dressed for a regular work day, so sitting at my desk or in meetings I'm not distracting people with my sequin pants, but while i'm making my rounds at the office party I'll be making a statement with my holiday look. What are you wearing to the company Christmas party? 

Friday, December 2, 2016

Vintage Bubbles and Bloggers Brunch

WHAT I WORE: tip to toe!

Get the look...

sunnies | turtleneck | jeans | shoes

(collar and jacket are vintage)

Over the weekend I was invited by Dani of Blonde in the District to a vintage themed edition of her monthly Bubbles and Bloggers brunch series. We ate huevos rancheros and pumpkin pancakes and sipped unlimited mimosas and margaritas in a private room with all pink walls and decorated with cactus and aloe plants. It was so much fun!

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Leather Weather

WHAT I WORE: tip to toe!

jacket (Iro) | jeans (Grey Ant) | headwrap (Ruby Sampson) | shoes (Madewell)

photos by: Rosa Loves DC

First things first...lets discuss this silk-lined Ruby Sampson headwrap, shall we? 

I got it months ago at the Zuvaa pop-up shop in Ivy City (you know...over by where Love/Dream used to be). I got to meet the designer and she gave me a hands on tutorial on how to tie a headwrap. The trick, if you're a beginner, is to wear a small scarf. The bigger the scarf the more complicated it is to do. Don't worry, she has a scarf for beginners

You basically wrap the rectangle-shaped scarf from the back of your head forward, tying a knot at the center of your forehead. Then you tuck the ends of the scarf into the knot you've tied. Its that simple! The amazing part about this Ruby Sampson headwrap is that its silk lined on one side and linen on the other. 

If you've read the story of my "big chop" than you know that my scalp is a delicate I've upgraded to this silk pillowcase and wear silk-lined hats whenever possible. This Ruby Sampson scarf is my first foray into headwraps and I have to say I felt pretty badass (the leather jacket didn't hurt).

Monday, October 10, 2016

Putting Some Peplum in your Step!

WHAT I WORE: tip to toe!

top & shirt: J.Crew | pants: Talbots

photos by: Rosa Loves DC

Why do I still shop at J.Crew? It's one of those stores that gets me with its marketing, even though I know full well they are not talking to me. All I ever need to know about J.Crew is Jenna Lyons. She's an extremely tall, extremely thin, extremely waspy white woman and J.Crew is a store full of clothing tailored to fit her. 

That said, the folks over at "The Crew" have been pumping out overly styled catalogs - that look more like travel guides - since way before Jenna graduated from Parsons. In fact, I'd venture to say that many a blogger (this one included) borrow heavily from the strong artistic direction of the early J.Crew catalogs that showed fresh faced women on holiday in chunky cable knit sweaters or neon shorts surrounded by breathtaking backdrops all over the world.

I got a degree in Journalism, specializing in Magazine Editing, so I could scout locations and set up shots (like the ones that give me temporary amnesia about the fact that J.Crew clothes don't fit my body) every time the catalog arrives. 

So as usual I popped in to see what J.Crew had to offer and walked out with this ill-fitting peplum top in a beautiful shade of blue - which I might have to adopt as my new signature color - and this adorable button up shirt that is whimsically stripped with tiny polka dots. The peplum top is boxy and therefore runs extremely large (I'm wearing a Medium) and it also has a very short torso so the peplum doesn't skim my hips as its supposed to. The button up shirt I had to go a size up (I'm normally a 6 and I'm wearing an 8) because my shoulders are too broad, but look how much fun I'm having wearing this outfit! 

J.Crew is a fun store. I've worked as a stylist at the Santa Monica, CA location and I love seeing what creative twist on the classics they'll come up with next. So I keep going in there, buying their offerings, wearing them, realizing they don't flatter me, but I'm having so much fun anyways. I eventually donate or resell the pieces I purchase...wait a season or two and do it all over again. C'est la vie... No regrets!

Saturday, October 8, 2016

The Half Tuck

WHAT I WORE: tip to toe!

Outfit via Trunk Club

(Hurry...these pieces are 25% off)

photos by: Rosa Loves DC

Fall's here, its official. This summer I used the Trunk Club at-home personal shopping services and I really enjoyed the ease of finding new pieces for my wardrobe without schlepping to the mall a million times. Now that the seasons have changed I wanted to get some fall pieces into the rotation. I went into the Trunk Club's DC clubhouse for an in-real-life shopping appointment with my virtual stylist Dana James. We had SO.MUCH.FUN. The champagne flowed freely and so did the girltalk, but there were also tons of men in the clubhouse getting fitted for suits - so the eyecandy didn't hurt! 

I went home with this outfit: a pair of Frame denim jeans and this perfectly sheer blouse from Theory. This is now my go-to look for brunch with my girls or a first date. Dana also shared a Trunk Club trend with me...the half tuck. The secret is to unbutton the last button and tuck in only one side of the front of your shirt. It also helps to have a really well tailored shirt with a slightly longer hem in the back than the front. Have you tried the half tuck yet? Post your best #halftuck look on social media and use the hashtag #wiwt3 (What I Wore: tip to toe!)

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Fall 16 Trend: Bomber Jackets

WHAT I WORE: tip to toe!

bomber jacket | tank | jeans | shoes

photos by: Rosa Loves DC

The first day of fall completely crept up on me. Or more importantly the last day of summer slipped right through my fingers! I would have going swimming one more time in my best friend's rooftop pool, I would have picked up crabs from the wharf, I would have enjoyed a few more meals alfresco. Where did the summer go?

Pretty soon we'll be all bundled up and too frostbitten to enjoy all the city has to offer. But until then I'll try to make the most of Fall. My favorite trends for Fall 2016 are bomber jackets (especially from the men's department), velvet shoes and blazers and high-low (mullet) hemmed jeans. Are you looking forward to Fall fashion?

Thursday, September 1, 2016

My Goodwill Find

WHAT I WORE: tip to toe!

shirtdress | shoes

photos by: Rosa Loves DC

Remember when I said I'd share the item I picked up at the Goodwill Pop-Up shop? Well here it is. From the Spicy Candy DC in-store boutique I found this silk shirtdress from Daffy's (I used to shop at the one in Philly) with the original tags still on it. I paid about $8 for it secondhand from Goodwill. I've already strolled through the canals of Georgetown wearing #mygoodwillfind and I can't wait to style it with heels for brunch! 

Did you score something awesome at the Pop-Up or from Goodwill recently? Let me know in the comments and tag #mygoodwillfind on social media.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

WIWT3 x Goodwill

I want to take the time to say thank you so much to everyone that supported the WHAT I WORE: tip to toe! (#WIWT3) curated boutique at the annual Goodwill Pop-Up shop and trunk show. Some of you shopped til you dropped and scored the pieces I pulled for the event. Others cheered me on at the VIP cocktail party celebrating the curators. And so many of you sent me words of  encouragement when I posted about the event on social media.

Having the opportunity to work with Goodwill on this project was a full-circle moment for me. I’ve been covering the Goodwill Greater Washington fashion events on WHAT I WORE: tip to toe! for sometime now.

Below are a few photos of the other curators and a sneak peek of the item I purchased from the pop-up shop. A full outfit post on that piece is coming soon!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Angelica in the City

WHAT I WORE: tip to toe!

vest | dress | shoes

I love supporting other bloggers. I recently celebrated the relaunch of blogger Angelica Talan. For years Angelica has run a wildly successful "mommy blog" called Clarendon Moms; now she's re-branding her marketing skills with a new travel and lifestyle blog called Angelica in the City!

The launch party was held at Cera Wax Studio in Bethesda and we had a great time checking out their services. There were a few wax virgins in the bunch and Angelica was so sweet, soothing their nerves and keeping their champagne glasses full. 

I knew I'd be coming straight from work to the event so  around the office I wore a fitted jersey dress paired with a blazer then threw on a denim vest from Madewell before leaving for the party. 

Make sure to check out Angelica in the City and follow Angelica on Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat (AngelicaTalan).

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Blogger Brunch

WHAT I WORE: tip to toe!

Get the look...

leather jacket | sweatshirt | jeans | sneakers

Last weekend I met up with a few bloggers (check us out here) to try out a new spot for brunch (Agora) and to have an excuse to get dressed up. It rained on our parade, so my outfit was decidedly dressed down, but it was so much fun catching up with old friends and making new ones. 

After spending two hours gorging on meze after (tiny plate heaven) meze and drinking from a bottomless flute of champers and oj we scouted a location and took photos for our blogs. Our host was the lovely Dani of Blonde in the District who was sweet enough to snap the outfit pictures you'll see in this post. 

Should you decide to check out Agora this weekend be sure to wear your chicest looks, the crowd was rocking get 'em girl dresses, faux fur vests and high high heels. This is the brunch spot you want to roll up to on your way to a day party (or on your walk-of-shame home from the night before) dress to impress! 

And the food...oh girl! The restaurant is Mediterranean themed, but there's plenty of eggs and bacon for everyone. There is also an upstairs, which looked perfect for birthday celebrations or larger brunch groups, and had its own bar and music selection. When it's warmer the sidewalk seating will be at a premium and is covered by an awning in case the sun (or your mimosa) gets a little too strong.

I'm looking forward to Dani's next Bubbles and Bloggers brunch. What are you up to this Easter weekend? (Leave me a comment on Instagram or below this post)

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Clothes Off Your Back for International Women's Day

WHAT I WORE: tip to toe!

Would you donate your clothes to Dress for Success? 

Great! Me too. 

In fact I've done so in the past, read more about that here and here

Now...would you donate your favorite outfit to a woman who needed a confidence boost

How about while you're still wearing that outfit? 

Are you hesitating yet...same here. 

And this is where the Woolite Darks project comes in. I've been a fan of the regular Woolite Extra Delicates Care detergent since high school and although its got a bad rep for only getting delicates clean I used it to wash all of my loads well before the brand branched out and created Woolite Gentle Cycle for everyday loads (which is how I had been using the delicates formula) and now Woolite Darks.

In honor of yesterday's International Women's Day holiday, Woolite Darks paired up with Dress for Success and spend a few days with a street style photographer capturing women on the streets of New York donning dark clothes and exuding confidence. Predicated on research that dark clothes boost confidence (apparently wearing black makes people appear smarter...DC uniform of choice...and sexier...French women already know this) the brand asked the women to literally give the clothes off their back to a woman who could use a confidence boost.

Get your hanky ready and hit play.

Besides being a brand that believes in supporting women, Woolite and Woolite Darks ensures that your dark clothes never fade. Which for someone like me - that only wears denim in black - is essential. Join the movement and help by sharing the video and #ShareConfidence

Monday, March 7, 2016

Just Do It

WHAT I WORE: tip to toe!

Get the look:

tank / leggings / glasses

I'm not usually one to get dressed up for the gym. I have quite the collection of free tee shirts from sorority and volunteer events so I just pair one of those with sweats, leggings and sometimes even pajama bottoms. I's not like i'm parading around the gym picking up guys. I work out on the Pilates reformer machine with a trainer once a week in a private room and then take a class at Biker Barre on the weekends that's full of women so there's no one to impress. 

However recently a Nike Outlet opened in DC on New York Ave NE near my office and they had some great deals right after Thanksgiving so I stocked up on proper workout attire. And one good deed leads to another because having these fancy exercise clothes has made me want to work out more often. I've been taking a resistance band with me on my business trips and doing workouts in my hotel room. Summer bodies are made in winter you know!

Friday, February 12, 2016

Happy Galentine's Day

Make your own "Facebook Friends" video

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Kendall + Kylie Kollection

Kendall wearing Back Button Short Sleeve Top, $98 / Pleat Crop Trousers, $128 / "Audra" Buckled High Heel Sandal, $130
Kylie wearing Crop Knit Sweater, $138 / Knit Pencil Skirt, $128 / "Ginny" Lace-Up Sandal, $198.95

Before you blow this post off as another piece of publicity for the fame hungry Kardashian Klan, let me say this...I did NOT expect to love the Kendall + Kylie clothing line at Nordstrom (also available at Saks and Neiman Marcus and soon to be available at Bloomingdale's, Lord & Taylor, Shopbop and Revolve) but I did. The girls may be fruit of a poisonous tree, but their clothing line speaks for itself. 

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

#HouseCrush Home Decor Swap

WHO: Dewdrop, a local company started by fellow DC native Kristine Thomas, which produces fashion events such as clothing swaps, which benefit charitable organizations like Goodwill Greater Washington.

WHAT: You are invited to join me at Dewdrop's first-ever home décor swap, #HouseCrush. Get together with a fun group of ladies and find stylish home items to spice up your rooms for the new year.

WHERE: Keller Williams Realty event space | 2101 Wilson Blvd, Arlington VA

WHEN: Saturday, February 6th from 1 to 4pm | Swap begins at 2:30pm

HOW: You'll need to buy a ticket to the swap; you can do so online by clicking are $15+ tax in advance or $20+ tax at the door. Or you can win a free ticket by entering my contest on YouTube and Instagram. 

Never been to a home decor swap before? Here's how it works:
First, you'll need to go through your home décor and decide what you can part with. Look for things that no longer fit your interior design aesthetic, but you would still give to your best friend. Bring as many items you can fit in one of those big blue IKEA bags. If it’s a magazine rack and it fits, bring it. Or it can be several smaller items, as long as they fit in the bag. Bring a minimum of 5 items. Limit 1 bag per person.

Look for things you might see in Pottery Barn, West Elm or Pier 1 not William Sonoma.
Suggested items:

  • decorative pillows
  • frames
  • throws
  • wall decor
  • poufs
  • mirrors
  • unused candles

(ITEMS NOT ACCEPTED: lamps/rugs/appliances/curtains/towels/slipcovers/damaged or dirty items)
The swap is happening Saturday, February 6th at the Keller Williams Realty office in Arlington (near Court House metro) and street parking is available in front of the building. Items can be dropped off between 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm and swapping will begin at 2:30 pm.
Make sure you arrive early! There will be awesome swag bags for the first 50 swappers through the door as well as several speakers and vendors. As you shop from vendors like Stella & Dot, Jamberry, and Rodan + Fields, enjoy a cocktail hour with a complimentary drink and delicious appetizers.
All items that aren’t swapped will be donated to charity partner Goodwill of Greater Washington so don’t forget, you’re swapping for a great cause!
Have fun collecting your items–take a look at my YouTube video to see what I'm bringing. I can’t wait to see you February 6th!