A Casual Saturday Look

For some, spending a little time with family and friends is the perfect thing for a lazy Saturday afternoon. With so many events happening in Washington over the last few weeks, it’s sometimes easy to neglect those that are most important to you.
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Saturday casual by the fireplaace

Just because it’s casual doesn’t mean you should slouch on your look. I like this look because it was very relaxed yet perfect for an evening out. And although it’s spring, the Washington temperature has not been cooperating with the season so a lightweight blazer helped to complete my look.

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The handmade shirt is by Scott Spahr, a designer out of Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. Scott Spahr’s designs are made in small batches and feature eye-catching designs with great detail. (Notice the orange thread accents in the shirt!) The jeans are by J Brand, straight legged with a little lycra for a little extra give. Cotton khaki blazer is by Tommy Hilfiger is available on Bluefly.com. The biggest splurge was the Gucci high-tops.

Getting Beach Ready!

Summer ready!

Summer ready!

For those who know me, know that I cannot say no to a cupcake and I have a special affinity for Sprinkles cupcakes. (Hint: my birthday is coming up!) My problem is that sometimes moderation is not my friend and I tend to overdue it. So shortly after the winter holidays I found myself with a New Year gut that I had worked so hard to lose just a couple of years ago.

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With an unwanted belly, I was determined to make sure that I’d be beach ready by Memorial Day and I believe I’ve done it. How? I followed the 12-week Body for Life plan. I know it would work because I was a 2012 champion. See my success story or read my blog covering my progress.

To celebrate my success, I treated myself to this swimsuit by Charlie by Matthew Zink. I love the retro design, which is “a salute to the decadence of the late 1970’s and early 1980’s.” The Grecian leaf trim made be feel like a Greek god, which was a perfect look to celebrate a weight loss of 30 pounds. I’m looking forward to a season in the sun!

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Summer’s coming but there’s still time for anyone to get ready. Just keep in mind these few things.  First, find something that works for you and stick to it. For me it was Body for Life. Secondly, set goals and continue to strive for them. Celebrate even the littlest of success; it’ll keep you motivated. And lastly, don’t beat yourself up if you slip sometimes, I do from time to time. No one is perfect.

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Destination: Embassy Row Hotel

I recently had a chance to spend an evening at the newly remodeled Embassy Row Hotel in Washington, DC. One of the highlights was sipping cocktails by the hotel’s rooftop pool.

  Not only do you get a wonderful view, the newly remodeled Embassy Row Hotel sports a fantastic rooftop pool, complete with an outdoor bar, spacious cabanas and terrific lounge areas which sit on two levels. Warm and inviting, it was an ideal spot for lounging by the pool with new friends.

Embassy-Row-Launch-Party-Party-Photos-0156Since it wasn’t hot enough to bust out a series of fantastic new swimsuits, I figured the evening called for something that would make a statement. I selected cotton floral chinos by Craft Mrkt, a light lavender shirt by G Star Raw with a mint cotton blazer by Armani.

While my clothing colors were more muted, I wanted to complete the look with something a little more vibrant. To accomplish this, I chose these bright drivers by Manolo Blahnik. (Yes they do make shoes for men!)

 The Destination hotel, just east of Dupont Circle, is ready to give visitors an authentic DC experience. Not with gimmicky presidential portraits but with its well thought out appointments including the business center with coffee bar, ping pong table and nicely equipped gym.

  In addition, food is also key to achieving the Washington experience with products sourced from Union Kitchen in the hotel’s restaurant, Station Kitchen and Cocktails, which serves American food small plate style and specialty craft cocktails.

    

Photo credits: Gray Kammera Photography and me

 

A Spring Day in Meridian Hill

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In Washington, the ideal place to be on a perfect spring day is outside especially if that day happens to fall on a weekend. I decided to take advantage of the beautiful weather and go hit one of DC’s hidden gems, Meridian Hill Park.

The 12-acre park located in northwest DC was designed based off of an Italian aristocrat’s private residence. Dotted throughout are neat statues including one of Joan of Arc and a 13 tier cascading waterfall. It’s the largest of its kind in North America.

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Although the fountains have not been turned on for the season, the park was still beautiful and an excellent place to enjoy an Iced Peach Green Tea Lemonade from Starbucks. Bustling with activity from sports activities, picnics and sunbathers, it was a great place to spend a lazy afternoon in the sun.

The almost summer like weather gave me the opportunity to sport cream John Varvatos Star USA cotton/linen sweater with cream and blue pinstriped Polo slacks also in cotton/linen. The espadrilles are by Solodus and can be found at stores like Nordstrom Rack and on Gilt with some styles as low as $10. A special shout out goes to Paul Wharton for the bracelet from his Unto Others Jewelry Line which benefitted the Capital Area Food Bank.

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The Beauty of the Blossoms

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One of the best times to be in Washington is when the cherry blossoms make their appearance during the spring. On Saturday, I, along with a few thousand of my closest friends, ventured downtown to check out this year’s display. Despite the crowds, it was a beautiful day. The cherry blossoms where at their peak, the tidal basin looked stunning and the weather was incredible.

Saturday was truly the perfect day for the annual National Cherry Blossom Festival and Parade, now celebrating it’s 80th year. Since the peak blooms don’t often coincide with the actual day of the parade, this was definitely a day not to be missed.

While there were some major hiccups: the incident at the Capital and snarled traffic, nothing can really take away from the spectacle which makes it a popular must see event this time of year. We owe Japan a debt of gratitude for gifting us these marvelous plants further beautifying our wonderful city.

Since I can’t compete with the beauty of the blossoms, I chose to try to compliment them with a sporty spring look pairing a simple blue cardigan with cream accents over a blue check shirt (both by Armani) with wide legged striped Ferragamo slacks. The checks and stripes are somewhat offset by the cardigan but still give that subtle power clash effect. Sneakers are by Prada.

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Details/Shop My Look


HUGO BOSS V-Neck Cardigan • HUGO BOSS (similar)
Armani Collezioni Men’s End-On-End Slim-Fit Shirt-Blue • Armani Collezioni
Dior Homme Rectangle Sunglasses • Christian Dior
Comme Des Garçons Shirt striped straight leg trousers • Comme des Garcons (similar)
Prada Men’s Geometric Perforated Slip-On Sneakers-White • Prada

Photos by Byron Holston and Me

A Lookback at New York Fashion Week



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Although it was an exciting time with the many shows, fabulous parties and celebrity sightings, it was also brutally cold. That didn’t stop the fashionistas from donning outlandish and often weather inappropriate attire in the hopes of being photographed for their daring street style.

I, however, tried to stay true to one of my fashion rules; “Fashion should be functional,” opting for a warm fuzzy coat, wool trousers and cashmere turtleneck. It is possible to still look good and fight the cold!

I love this coat by Billy Reid. Not only was it warm but the unique color combination stood out from the traditional blue, grays and browns that were spotted all over town. Other pieces in my look included wide leg pinstriped slacks and cashmere turtleneck with the famous polo player by Ralph Lauren, chelsea boots by Prada.

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Photos by Diego Gonzalez-Zuniga

Pastel Pink & Tan = It’s Spring!

Easter in Pink Pastel

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Although spring started a few weeks ago, it was hard to get into the spirit with winter still holding onto its icy grip. Especially after such a long winter, I find it hard to get in the swing of things until Easter. Growing up in DC, Easter was a time for new beginnings. I remember going to Raleigh’s to get my new Easter suit and to Hahn’s for a brand new pair of shoes. It was always an exciting time of year.

I love pastels for this time of year. Pinks, yellows, baby blues and lavenders remind me of those plastic eggs that I always looked forward to in my Easter basket. This year I wanted to capture my fond memories of the season in my look. To top it off, it was a beautiful spring day! Tan suit by Donna Karan, mini checked pink dress shirt by Robert Talbott and pink logo tie by Fendi. Finishing touches include pink pocket square by J. Z. Richards and snow white small lapel flower by Hook & Albert.

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