Homelessness in Washington D.C. & the Taste of Georgetown

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When I first moved to Washington D.C. as a college student over ten years ago, I had many experiences of traveling in and out of the District to my hometown of New York. What struck me during these trips was the first thing I would see when entering the District by bus or car: an undeniable and overwhelming presence of homelessness. Years later, just before the cold season which last year saw double the national average of homeless in D.C., I am excited to be supporting Taste of Georgetown on its 25th anniversary. This meaningful and important event endeavors to raise awareness on and eradicate homelessness in the District. Continue reading

Summer Office Style: Feminine Excess

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Contemporary feminine-excess drips from each seam of this day-to-night office look. Naively dreamin​g of a forever-summer, this dress is airborne with layers of cream pink ruffles that dance in the dense Washington breeze. As though waiting to instantly break out from the office, the pink tone is interlaced with shimmery strands of silver. Ever youthful, this dress says I know what I’m doing but I haven’t been here too long. Continue reading

NYFW Trends This Summer & Personal Boldness

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Last fall I wrote from the sidelines on New York Fashion Week Spring Summer 18 trends, about how designers were predicting an even bolder and more daring woman, with their presentation of lively colors and silhouettes on the runways. *Rubs crystal ball and fast forwards to the emergence Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.* While I went out on this shoot in Georgetown immediately afterward to capture my prediction, I knew that the journey to bolder and more daring would require more than a wardrobe enhancement.
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DO’S AND DON’TS OF WEARING PINK: A NEW YORKER’S EDIT

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Washington is a small town, and in a small town, people get creative. While in some small towns you might find a hundred different ways to bake a pie, in Washington you’ll find a hundred different ways to bake the truth. While truth as it exists today is a constructed narrative, so is your daily style. As a New Yorker in a city caught between preppy and afro-funk, every spring I look for edgier ways to wear the styles and colors everyone else is wearing. So this spring, I’m sharing my New Yorker’s edit for Do’s and Don’ts of Wearing PinkContinue reading

2018 POWER STYLE & SOCIAL ISSUES INSPIRATION

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​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

FRENCH CONNECTION AT THE FRENCH EMBASSY

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DC FASHION WEEK: INTERVIEW W/ FOUNDER EAN WILLIAMS & RUNWAY ROUNDUP

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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

DC STREET STYLE

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HOW TO WEAR BLACK IN THE SUMMER

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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