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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Rag & Bone Grand Opening in DC

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 Top: Cheap Monday / Pants: J Brand / Belt: thrifted / Purse: Aldo / Boots: Topshop




Designers Marcus Wainright (far right) and David Neville (far left)

Brooke Kao


The night's DJ


Pum and Jake Lefebure


rag & bone boots


Ashley Suttle, Lulu Mayorda, and Bill Greenberg




Ebong Eka, Lynda Erkiletian, Anton Papich, Rhiannon Day and Sondra Ortegas


Aureta Thomollari


Gregg Zwirn and Nicholas Cambata






Shelly Hernandez and Sean Lochner


Shirley Gordon, Jeanette Love and Jerrell Green




On Monday night, Georgetown’s rag & bone celebrated their grand opening with a fashionable fête hosted by the designers themselves, Marcus Wainright and David Neville. Packed with many local fashion VIPs, the event unveiled a DIY photo project: self-portraits taken by rag & bone’s DC-area brand ambassadors. Selected style influencers from around the city were asked to choose pieces from the Fall/Winter collection and to photograph themselves donning them in any self-expressive manner. Guests packed in shoulder-to-shoulder wearing casual, tailored looks, similar to the label’s signature style. Male guests tended to favor the classic British look of fitted vests, blazers and quirky ties. Amongst the women was a mix of brights and neutrals, maxis and minis, along with both eclectic and preppy vibes.

Notable attendees included T.H.E Artist Agency's Lynda Erkiletian and stylist Paul Wharton. Also in attendance were the Ambassadors, who ranged from Pum and Jake Lefebure of Design Army, style blogger Brooke Kao, filmmaker Nicholas Cambata, Project Beltway’s Rachel Cothran, and Septime Webre, artistic director of the Washington Ballet.

Rag & bone’s Georgetown location had its soft opening in May, and was the first of the label’s stores outside of NYC. Located on 3067 M Street, the store’s interior features exposed brick walls, giant metal beams, ceiling lamps wrapped in twine, and weathered concrete floors. The contrast of this industrial space with the line’s classic pieces showcases the ingenuity of Wainwright and Neville that led them to receive the Menswear Designers of the Year award by the Council of Fashion Designers of America.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Radius Pizza and Rainy Days

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It's been thunderstorming for the past few days... ugh! Fashion's Night Out was last night but who was in the mood to go trek around in the rain? However, today is bright and sunny though and I can't wait for Free Fest tomorrow!! I'll be seeing the Black Keys, Deadmau5, Bombay Bicycle Club, Cut Copy, !!!, TV on the Radio, Okkervil River, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals and so many others. Also, seeing Ben Kweller (for free as well) tonight at my school.

And in not free news, Cory and I recently went to Radius Pizza for their pizza and pint happy hour - $5 for a pint and a slice. So basically it's cheaper to buy a huge slice of pizza along with a pint instead of just some beer. Who can complain? Cory and I both got cheese, tomato, sausage, and feta. Be sure to visit them any time between 5 and 7 p.m. for the best way to spend $5 (besides at a thrift store).


Shirt: Target / Pants (the most comfortable ever): thrifted (The Limited), $3 / Belt: thrifted, $1 / Wedges: Banana Republic, $19.99




Earrings: gift from mom


Ring: South Main Street vendor, $15


Yep, those are trees of basil growing outside.








Also, I'm excited to announce the winner of my Coach bag: my fellow blogger, Amber, from Amber Blue Bird! Thank you so so much to everyone who submitted. Here's the number generator:

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Dog Days of Summer

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Earlier this month, Cory and I stopped by the Dog Days of Summer sale that started at U St and 14th. I love discovering new, funky neighborhoods in DC and this was certainly one of them. There are so many great vintage and home decor stores in that part of town! Plus great restaurants. I'll definitely be back. That's what I love about a city like this: another day, another new sight... or taste.



Jumpsuit: Forever 21 / Purse: Aldo / Earrings: Target / Ring: House of Harlow / Bracelet: thrift / Belt: thrift / Shoes: Zara



I'm holding the $1 picture frames I just bought to add to my apartment's empty frame collection.



Fantastic pizza from Coppi's, an organic Italian restaurant on U St. Mine was the shrimp, artichoke, feta, and capers...



and Cory's was the salmon, spinach, and capers. Both amazing.



Our appetizer was fried green tomatoes. Perfection!





We stopped by Treasury, a fantastic vintage store on 14th St.





Skeleton at Miss Pixie's



and rulers inside.





Final stop was the Corcoran Gallery of Art, closer to the Mall and free on Saturdays. I loved the Washington Color and Light exhibit, featuring dizzying Gene Davis stripes and Sam Gilliam's gorgeous "Light Depth," the canvas hanging behind Cory.



Can you believe this is marble?? "Veiled Nun" from Corcoran's permanent British art collection.

Don't forget to enter my vintage Coach bag giveaway! http://stylocrat.blogspot.com/2011/08/100th-post-vintage-coach-purse-giveaway.html

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

100th Post: Vintage Coach Purse Giveaway!

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In honor of my 100th post, I'm having a giveaway! 250+ followers and countless friends later, I feel so rewarded that I decided to start blogging. All of you followers and commenters have really kept me motivated; thanks for the support!





What I'm giving away is a beautiful vintage Coach purse that I just don't ever use. Since I always carry my camera or a book around with me, this bag really isn't functional for me... but it might be for you! Anyone can enter, all over the world.

There are only 4 simple steps:

1. Follow me on Google Friend Connect or BlogLovin.
2. Follow me on Twitter.
3. Heart one of my posts on Teen Vogue.
4. Comment on this post with your name and email.

Winners will be generated by random.org and will be notified via email. Giveaway deadline is at midnight EST on Saturday, September 3rd. Good luck, everyone! :)

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Ombré Hair

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Hellooo! I just got back from my trip to Florida to visit my family. A nice little break from the thunderstorm weather of DC. I'll post photos soon of my family, their cool houses, and all of their doggies!

A lot of you have been asking about my new ombré hair and I'm excited to share it! Before, it was just getting too long and boring... I haven't had it cut for almost a year. So why not bleach my ends? I bought a box of bleach from CVS, divided my hair into pigtails, and used a fat toothbrush to spread it all on. I ended up leaving it on for about almost two hours. I liked it how it looked when I was done but it was too yellowy and stringy at the end so I went and got my haircut and toned. Now it's sort of hard to see the blonde but it looks less harsh. I might even end up bleaching the ends again... What do you think??

Before:


During:


After:



Thursday, August 11, 2011

Velvet Pleats and Aztec Prints

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Finally, here are some more photos taken with my new lens, the 35mm f/1.8 Nikkor. It makes everything you photograph look so much better: people, food... I mean it, anything. I wish I had bought it a long time ago! Now I'm thinking of upgrading the body but that's a little bit more of an investment.

Normally, I'm not so matchy matchy with my accessories but I couldn't believe how well the headband and belt worked together! This look was a little more hippie than I normally do but I love how it turned out!

PS I dyed my hair blonde at the tips, the ombre look last night so I'll have to post photos soon!









Headband: Forever 21 / Tank: H&M / Belt: thrifted / Skirt: thrifted / Shoes: UO

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Monday, August 8, 2011

Shopping in Salado, TX

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I feel like so many posts to catch up on and I'll never be able to do it! I still have so many photos from Europe to put up. I really need to do a post every day - but do I catch y'all up on the past or focus on what's going on with me right now?

Anyway, these were from about a month ago when I traveled to Salado, TX for a family reunion and for my grandfather's 90th birthday. Big year for him!! I assumed I'd be quite bored in a town with less than 5000 inhabitants but we found a lot of cute little boutiques and lots of sights along the road. Here are some photos from our day of shopping.


My it's-hot-as-hell-in-Texas look
Top: borrowed / Bikini: Fossil / Belt: Gypsy's Closet / Shorts: J Crew / Sunglasses: Charlotte Russe of all places!




Pretty great collar, huh?


Dresses at Gypsy's Closet


Docs!








My cousin Allison checking out




Little baby froggie!


Look what we found!