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Vilshenko – Columbia Room, Punch Garden – 08.09.2016

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One of my favorite places to grab cocktails in DC is Columbia Room in Blagden Alley.

You may recall the original Columbia Room was located in a side room of The Passenger, where Derek Brown first created a place for the “fine sipping” of cocktails.   Now housed in this new location, Columbia Room has grown up to an provide an even more astounding experience where continuously innovative cocktails are served.

There are three distinct spaces at Columbia Room, each with its own concept and cocktail menu to match. Each area inspires one to dress for the occasion and compliment the venue. The most recent addition to the trio (though the first one you’ll encounter at Columbia Room) is the Punch Garden.   As you might have guessed, the Punch Garden is outdoors. Accented with bright blue chairs, edison-style string lights and an array of flowers, this colorful space is matched with refreshing punches and bottled summertime cocktails.  The decor and drinks offered on the Punch Garden go well with flirty dresses for women and lightweight, light colored clothing for men.

The Punch Garden is the vision of the radiant Adriana Salame Aspiazu, you met her here during Miracle on Seventh Street.  Adriana is one of the many bartenders who bring the amazing soul of Columbia Room to life.  She always keeps the spirit of the space alive through her own romantic-bohemian style choices and her sparkling personality.

Until the summer ends, this is a wonderful place to spend your nights outside.  The photos I am featuring today are taken in the Punch Garden.

I will be sharing more about the other Columbia Room settings later this week and next.

Photo Information:  Photos taken by Anna Meyer.

Thank you to Columbia Room for your hospitality for this shoot.

My dress and other similar styles:



Banana Republic – La Colombe – 04.15.2016

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Springtime is all about flowers and I think it is the best time to embrace a floral print.  I have mentioned before that you should be cautious when picking a print.  You definitely don’t want to pick something too busy or for the print to overwhelm you and most importantly your audience.

I’m personally always drawn to the brightest, busiest print I see, but I make myself find something that didn’t catch my eye immediately.  This is how I know I will be able to carry off the print and the print won’t carry me!

Some floral jackets I am loving for spring:


Photo Information:  Photos by Anna Meyer.


Isabel Marant – Blagden Alley – 03.21.2016

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I just returned Key West, Florida where the temperatures were sultry and was surprised to find that DC is once again cold.  Fortunately the sun is shining bright out today, but it reminds me just how unpredictable the weather is this time of year in our region.  It’s hard to not want to remain bundled up in the dark, blankets from winter and to stay fresh with your look so you can ease fashionably into spring.

One of my favorite ways of pulling this maneuver is by wearing comfy, color and fabric appropriate sweaters with skirts and pants.  This sweater by Isabel Marant is chunky enough to keep me warm, but is definitely a spring staple.  The navy and neutral stripes also make the outfit light, but I have no problem mixing these colors with black to keep things understated.  I think this look is a great way to feel comfy at the office, but also hip to the fact spring is trying to make a landing.

Here is the same and similar sweaters:

Similar shoes (there are SO many good ones this season):

Photo Information:  Photos taken by Anna Meyer in Blagden Alley.