Necklaces by Kicheko Goods
Kicheko (Keh-check-o) Goods jewelry is designed by a local DC designer, Sarah Bayot. Her designs are made with great purpose and social consciousness, providing scholarships for children to attend school. Purchasing 2 pairs of Kicheko earrings can send a child to school for a month.
Sarah and her brand are a great inspiration and I hope a future model for fashion. With a background in international affairs from George Washington University and a previous career, Sarah has been able to weave together both her passion to help children in the Congo receive education and design gorgeous jewelry. I find her intention very admirable and love knowing that not only does a purchase support a local artist, but it also helps provide education to a child.
I met Sarah at an event to benefit the DC Public Library Foundation in September. She was showcasing her designs with other local vendors at this event. All of the Kicheko jewelry is beautiful, but the parlay cords are what grabbed the attention of my friends and I on that night. The cords come in many bright colors and can be made any length as they attach magnetically. There are so many fun combinations that can be put together to be worn on any occasion, including a formal event like attending the Kennedy Center Honors. I was actually so excited about meeting Sarah and her designs that I forgot to buy a necklace. My girlfriends both bought one and I have had jewelry envy ever since. Fortunately that issue is being resolved!
Sarah works with a variety of materials to produce her jewelry in addition to the nylon, woven cords. I asked her where she seeks inspiration for her designs and she told me “A lot of my inspiration comes from a mix of travels, geometry, nature, a sense of play, creative conversations, and the interplay between materials.” Sarah is very enlightened to the world and you can tell this not only by her response and the mission of her business, but if you have the privilege of meeting her you will sense it immediately in her energy.
Because this is a DC focused blog, I also asked Sarah what her favorite DC locations are to spend time. Sarah’s response:
“When I’m in between meetings, I like spending time in the atrium of the National Portrait Gallery in Chinatown. Several mornings during the week, I enjoy jogging along the Rock Creek Park. On a bright afternoon or weekend, I like meeting friends at Union Market or at Maketto for a drink and pork buns. The Smithsonian and private art galleries are also a favorite. This is more seasonal, but I love spending time at the FDR Memorial during cherry blossom time in spring.”
I am thankful to Sarah and Kicheko Goods for allowing me to feature them in this post. You can view and purchase all of the Kicheko Goods jewelry here. As I mentioned in my post last Friday, Kicheko is a great idea for holiday gifting!
In DC black tie events happen frequently. Over the many years I have lived in this city, I have been invited to attend many formal events and these invites most always happen at the last minute. I am an advocate of having a formal dress in your closet for this reason, similar to the Issa dress I am wearing in this post today. This dress has saved me on more than one occasion. In fact I was lucky enough to be invited to the White House Correspondents Association Dinner at the last minute a couple of years ago and this dress is what I wore.
I recommend the dress you have is a solid colored and simple dress, it doesn’t have to be black, because you can wear it multiple times and accessorize it in many ways to look different each wear. The Kicheko Goods cords are a playful way to bring this dress to life. With so many options of cords, I could accessorize this dress to make it look and appear unique for multiple events if I need to. Jewelry and accessories are what can help you get away with repeating the same dress, especially in a time where everyone is “insta-famous.”
I had this dress altered to fit me perfectly, tailoring is a must! Very few items are ready-to-wear as they are sold. I always keep this dry cleaned and ready to go, along with a pair of spanx and a lint roller. This is a very simple way to be ready for any spontaneous invitation you receive. I am sure most readers have received the last minute invite; if you have not and you stay in DC long enough, you will!
Formal Dresses I like:
The Black tie dress code is very specific, however it has certainly relaxed in recent years. Often floor length gowns aren’t worn to black tie events and according to Emily Post, a female can wear a dressy cocktail dress (or suit) for a formal event. I think this is acceptable for weeknight black tie events, but I really encourage the floor length dress or black tie tuxedo for a woman who is attending a black tie event on a weekend evening. I think it is a classy move. The Kennedy Center Honors took place last night and this is one event where women and men pull out their best, most formal black tie attire. I have never attended, but I know I would wear an outfit like the one I have featured today.
*The Kennedy Center Honors will air on CBS, December 29 at 9:00 PM ET.