In a year of self-care, I have moved myself to see certain things as “black and white” rather than shades of grey:
- You can treat yourself well, materially and spiritually, without the help of others.
- Identify what brings you intellectual happiness and indulge in it each chance you get.
- Stay two steps removed from negative thoughts and savor in the positive ones.
- Cultivate your best qualities now to be your best self in the future. Without this crucial last step, singing along proudly to Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” when you’re fifty is strictly off limits.
While un-complicating people and situations at the root will define my 2018, Romeo and Juliette had no such luck or mental clarity. Embodying my new black and white zen in my wardrobe, I treated myself to an afternoon at the Romeo and Juliette ballet at Lincoln Center, in this Dior-esque two tone ensemble. (Hello Step #2.) Here’s what I wore to the ballet.
New year resolutions, like traditions, are expected. But the value of traditions comes when they build toward something new and thrilling. This traditional notched jacket emblazoned in a near-east design is every bit classic as it is daring. Bringing true and traditional elements of life into every new year – such as family, faith and classic style – is the only guarantee to individualistic happiness and perseverance. And although setting resolutions can easily help define how happy you think you’ll be once the new year is old, those true elements will resolve you to rise above any trials in a society that sometimes ages more like spoiled milk than fine wine. In what stands to be a year defined by loads of grace and grit, this look is the first to be shared in that spirit. The poem below captures this style moment and the essence of the spikes in my shoes – just about perfectly. Continue reading
Washingtonians put great value on the utility of all things. For example, first date talking points include, “What do you do?” “Who do you work for?” “Do you think you could connect me with…?” Unsurprisingly, Washington takes the same approach with fashion. In a city where a bespoke blazer is the holy grail of any wardrobe, utility of fashion means a perfect power piece to get you from point A to point B. At my first fall DC Fashion Week, a flagship event which sets the tone for the coming year’s trends, I quickly noticed the event caters almost exclusively to ready-to-wear styles for a diversity of women. This was a sharp departure from the avant-garde (aka, who cares if it’s not wearable – it’s art!) nature of fashion week I had come to know and love as a native New Yorker. Continue reading
Fall is most likely my spirit animal. And New York Fashion Week is my animal kingdom. While the “new” era streetstyle is undoubtedly blending last summer’s seersucker stripes with this falls’s wide one’s (do your research), I’m off trying to decide how to make special my first full leather getup of the season. Continue reading
The rise of fashion bloggers has turned everyday outfits into street style and sidewalks into rookie runways. DC street style often translates city decorum, a never ending effort to be politically correct and color inside finely defined lines. Success, whether in style or profession, means an approach distinct from the rest. In a city known for classic black and navy ensembles, my DC street style is pronounced by custom and timeless touches on everyday style.
Historic Old Town, Alexandria
A fierce black ensemble is the adult equivalent of “we’re the cool kids and you can’t sit with us.” Maybe that’s why New Yorkers are obsessed with wearing black and why we can’t let it go, especially when we move away from NYC. But living in a city that adopts Southern preppy and colorful contemporary year-round, my idea of how to wear black in the summer, as a New Yorker in DC, has transformed over the years. Continue reading