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B navigating Soho

B navigating Soho

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Sunday funday football and fashion: Laundry day just got cuter.

One last question: What makes the Chicago Bears so great?

Is that a real question? Besides being the home team to the greatest city in the nation - The Superbowl Shuffle, Walter Payton, Mike Ditka, 1985, our dominant D - sick, loyal fans no matter the team’s circumstance, spiked hot chocolate during crisp game days by the lake. Best. I mean, the POTUS backs us up! Bear down!

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Saturday on the Town

As the penultimate post on S, here is a little Q&A we did…

Q: What’s your best piece of clothing and/or pair of shoes and/or accessory and where would you go in/with it? 

A: I mean. My Manolos. And I’d go anywhere, any day in them. Love.

Q: Which designer embodies your style? 

A: Hmm, low / high - Asos / Proenza.

Q: What’s at the top of your wish list?

A: The murdered out black on black PS1 - it’s coming, just give me another month or so. You’ll see…eek!

Q: If I had a superhero power, it would be: 

A: The power to heal or invulnerability.

Q: If I could do anything, it would be:

A: Open my own fitness boutique! 

Q: Favorite movie:

Love Actually. 

Q: Favorite book:

A: Confessions of a Shopaholic - I could read it over and over again and still laugh just as hard as the first time!

Q: Celebrity crush:

A: Blah. I guess Kellan Lutz, Channing Tatum or Hova. Although if I am honest, I’m still not over Brad Pitt circa 1995 or JT circa 2006. They don’t come like that anymore…

Q: Celebrity look alike:

A: Am I not a celebrity?

Q: Where are you “a regular”?

A: The gym, South Moon, LuLu, and Intermix.

Q: What inspires you?

A: I find inspiration in the everyday. People that know defeat, struggle, and loss. Love. A child’s smile. My mom. The elderly who can barely walk but you still see at the grocery store pushing their own cart. People who follow their dreams. Selfless heroes. Angel Stone. Fresh air. Fashion. We are surrounded by so many inspiring things and people every day, it all depends on the lens you choose to view it through. 

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Friday: “Party Perfect”

This is how you do faux fur. And pops of color. And tights as pants.

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Thursday bonus: “OMG Shoes”

The word “shoegasm” comes to mind…

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Thursday: “Closet Crusade”

This is a peek into S’s closet (see earlier posts from this week). As you can see, her closet is brimming with fun clothes, shoes, and bags. Aren’t you jealous?

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Warrior Wednesday

Wednesday is an appropriate day to showcase S’s workout ensemble because it’s also the day we go to our favorite instructor for a 6 am body-pump-style class. In addition to being a religious gym-goer, S does spin class, likes to go on long bike rides with Stanley (her bike), and raises money for charity by riding in Bike to the Beach. She’s even tried to convince me to join her for Bikram yoga on Sundays (I’m never going).

Her workout clothes are really cute. They’re an investment in her health and a good motivation to go to the gym and do all this other crazy stuff. The girls at Lululemon even know her by name, and whenever we go in they chat about classes they’re trying out, which always makes me feel like part of a club of people in-the-know about cool fitness things that I’ll never do.

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Tuesday: Whole Fashion #thisiswhatiweartowholefoods

This is S’s casual outfit. I asked S where she would wear this to, and with the most deadpan face, she said, “This is what I’d wear to Whole Foods.” And then she started giggling at herself and the quizzical expression on my face (because that was a lot of clothes to put on to pick up a carton of milk). It’s her I-don’t-care-what-I-look-like-but-I-know-I-still-look-awesome outfit. We all have a few of those, but mine certainly don’t look this good.

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Monday: “Pretty Profesh”

So here’s a treat this week. My friend S was very indecisive cooperative about what to wear for her photo shoot. I received a panicked text message in the morning before we were were scheduled to take photos that she couldn’t decide what to wear and there were a number of outfits laid out on her bed from which she would need help choosing. I told her she didn’t have to worry because we could do as many outfits as she wanted for as long as she wanted, so she didn’t have to choose. And I was thrilled that she was so excited to take photos and had some great ideas for my blog. Part of the problem she was having in selecting something to wear was that there wasn’t just one thing that communicated her personality and style (the other part of the “problem” was that she has so many pretty clothes). She likes to bike and go to yoga, likes getting ready to go out, and even dresses really cute to go to work.

She was told she had to take it down a notch for work, but really, how can you when you’re this fabulous? She’s awesome at her job and they really like her, so I’m pretty sure she’s going to get away with it. I would just quit. I once felt a little stifled in my appearance at work, and sometimes, that can hold you back from performing at your best because you don’t feel like yourself so you’re not contributing the qualities that make you special. That was a life lesson for me - to be your best, you have to be yourself, and for me (and S) you have to look like yourself. I think S looks great here. She’s polished and sweet - not subtle by any means, but very professional - and I think some women feel reluctant to express their femininity in a similar way because they won’t be taken seriously. Times have changed though and as long as you’re wearing a suit or a jacket/skirt combo in settings where it’s necessary, who cares if it’s bold enough to draw attention? If you’re a rising star, you should shine like one. S certainly is here. 

There will be more to come every day this week, including a workout outfit, something to lounge in during the weekends, party clothes, game watching gear, and a peek into S’s closest.

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B is one of my favorite people in the whole world. And I can testify authoritatively to her impeccable taste because I’m pretty sure I know every piece she has in her closet. You see, B is my house mate, so we play dress up a lot for political events, meetings, presentations, interviews, and of course nights out on the town. It’s been fun to have a girl in the house because I get a life-sized doll that happens to be baller enough to go to cool things all the time with her fabulous friends. I think we even took these photos because she went to an embassy event earlier that day for which she had to look pretty.

I’m not really sure where she gets her good taste from - I’m pretty sure she’s just born with it - B is one of those people that makes everything look effortless. But her clothes come from her days working at a big law firm (read: disposable income and retail therapy), her early twenties in New York City, and all of her visits to Paris where she stops on the way back from work. Did I mention she’s fluent in French which she uses regularly in her job in the Congo? There’s a heavy Sri Lankan influence there too. She has lots of bangles, jewelry, saris, and printed scarves that she received from her family or on her trips home. She has a very classic American style - flowy silk blouses, 50s style jackets with clean lines, pencil skirts, sleek stilettos - but infused with rich colors and woven textures (the Sri Lankan upbringing) and pastels and prints (the trips to Paris). B spent her childhood in different countries for her father’s job, and in describing the work she does in international development, she always says that as a product of her upbringing, she’s a child of the world. Well, she’s certainly got the look to prove it.

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K is a proud native of Kansas City, Missouri. I think it’s one of the first things I learned about her. I mean, I know one of the first things you learn about anyone is where they are “from” - especially in Washington, where so many people are here to represent their home state in federal politics - but K shouted it from the mountaintop. She couldn’t impress on me enough the neighborly virtues of the Midwest. She moved to DC to attend law school, and I think she just really missed her friends and couldn’t wait to get home, which is where she is today. She made amazing friends here, too, and she was sad to say goodbye, but home called like a siren song. She really would have fit in here though. K was friendly, outspoken, and articulated firm convictions, which I think is how I noticed her. It also helped that she wore cute outfits to school every day, which always impressed me because we barely had time to sleep - nevermind dress ourselves - and most of us were on a budget financed by law school loans. 

K is a master of the high-low mix, the casual-dressy mix, and the tom-boy/girly-girl mix. Take the photos here for example: the boyish pixie cut, the short ruffled Tiffany-blue dress cinched with a black bow, the oversized boxy blazer, patent leather pumps, rugged leather hobo bag.  Together these pieces compete to express her identity. It is simultaneously brave and demure, loud and soft, salty and sweet, feminine and masculine. K had all sorts things that were different from each other in these ways, but she adored them with equal affection - ballet flats, lace dresses, military jackets, skinny jeans, big hoodies, stilettos, pink silk blouses. They are a collection that express her individuality and even just her mood that day. Sometimes you wake up and you just want to wear a really pretty dress, a baseball cap, a pair of Chucks and some ribbons and jewelry. K isn’t afraid to do it.

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S has good taste in everything. You should see his apartment. He turned an outdated studio into a super modern hotel room. It looked like the last W Hotel that I stayed in but way better. The lighting was dim, but flattering and kind of sexy, and bounced off the chrome outlines of his sleek furniture. He even had a proper bar with track lighting that made the bottles and glasses on the surface glimmer with the same neon pink and blue that glowed faintly all over his apartment. Total twentysomething bachelor pad.

I shouldn’t have been surprised. Even his look has a modern edge to it. Just like in these photos, he’s got a preppy base, but it’s aggressively tailored and slim fit, which makes it a lot more modern. It’s especially clear when you look at his pants and jacket. The pants have this militaryesque weight to them - like parachute pants and Filson bags do - to withstand the wear and tear of Sunday funday. And the jacket is trim, lightweight, and has narrow lapels, so there’s not a lot of excess and you can see the results of all the exercise he gets at kickball, which btw, he went to immediately after these photos.

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D is one of those boys I see around town wearing something I fall in love with, which forces me to get over my childhood fear of talking to strangers so I can go up to him with my most dead-serious face and ask, “I love that - where’d you get it?” Which I think is how I greeted him at parties for a little while until I knew his name. I think the first time it was canary yellow shorts. And then we did a little jacket swap at the bar so I could try his blazer on. Basically every time I see him, it’s another covetable outfit for my wish list.  It’s how we became friends. So obviously he had to be in my blog. D is another great example of a Washingtonian that always looks appropriate for where he’s going and does it with a little flair and playfulness. I hope you enjoy these photos of D!

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L’s Birthday Dress

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You’re getting a double feature. Woo! We celebrated L’s birthday this weekend, so in addition to the photos of her from the girls’ photo shoot, we also have shots in her birthday dress (no, not birthday suit). Still, lucky you!

L is one of my favs. We fell in love over successive bottles of wine. (Because isn’t that the best way to make friends?) During the summer, we had a weekly tradition of spending Monday nights at a neighborhood restaurant patio with several half-priced bottles of our favorite Cotes du Rhone and L’s stories about boys, run-ins at work, and her adorable Italian fam. It didn’t take me more than a couple of these evenings to realize that L has the best wardrobe. It’s flirty, fun, and always has a little sparkle - just like her. Take her outfit here: she’s wearing a really sweet lace A-line dress, but in a bold reddish orange color, with a military boyfriend jacket, broken-in tan boots with an embossed floral design, and as a finishing touch, a gold link bracelet and cross that give her outfit a little bit of shine. And the copper colored sequin dress in the next photos are all sparkle with just a little bit of sweetness from the suede stilettos with the little bows on the back. If you couldn’t tell already from the photos, L is a catch. Not only is she pretty and good-humored, but she’s a climbing wall regular, attends ballet classes every week, loves her family (dotes over her little brother), and is just really fun to be around. I hope you enjoy these photos as much as I enjoyed taking them. Cheers to L on another fabulous birthday!

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