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Zadig & Voltaire – Columbia Room, Spirits Library – 08.17.2016

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As I’ve said before, I am a huge fan of sequins.  So, when I saw this jacket at Zadig & Voltaire earlier this summer it was game over.  I had to have it. CAUTION: Sequins can quickly look cheesy and/or matronly when styled inappropriately, which is most certainly NOT a good look. That said, there is almost always a way to incorporate sequins into an outfit for a modern and edgy look, especially when donned in a setting as fabulous as the sparkling detail on my Zadig & Voltaire jacket.  A setting such as the Spirits Library at Columbia Room. Wearing this jacket with all white for summer and a sheer navy tie-dye shirt underneath gives the sequins the exact breath of fresh air that they need in order to make the look work.

The Spirits Library at Columbia Room is a first-come, first-serve intimate bar setting where you can enjoy creative specialty cocktails or just about any other drink you can imagine.  The Library seats about twenty people, has comfortable leather chairs and a bookcase filled with liquor, many of them vintage with a bottle dating back to the early 1800s.

The service is equally as spectacular as the setting.  Upon arrival, you will be greeted and seated by Library Manager, Dante Datta.  Dante exudes a calm and collected presence no matter how busy the bar is and goes out of his way to make guests feel welcome. Additionally, you will be served by one of three talented and knowledgeable bartenders, who will ensure you get exactly what you are looking for.

If you have not yet checked out this space, I highly recommend making it a top priority.  Columbia Room is open TuesdaySaturday. I guarantee it will be the most decadent library you’ve ever visited. Cheers!

Look for one last post from the Columbia Room “Tasting Room” coming soon.

Here are some other sequin picks I like to wear now and into the fall:

Photo Information: Photos taken by Anna Meyer at Columbia Room in their Spirits Library.

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

Fashion

Shrimps – Ben’s Chili Bowl on H Street, NE – 11.20.2015

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ART

Faux Fur Scarf by Shrimps

Shrimps is a London-based brand that was launched in 2013 by designer Hannah Weiland.  “With a background in History of Art and a diploma in Surface Textile Design from the London College of Fashion, Weiland takes her inspiration from the witticisms of modern art and a playful engagement with pattern and texture.”

POLITICS

Yesterday I had only a few minutes to spend on Twitter, but multiple times in my feed there were tweets about faux fur items for winter.  It seemed very apropos that I was planning to feature this scarf today on the  blog.

I discovered Shrimps on one of my favorite retail sites, net-a-porter, when the line was first launched.  I loved the playful colors and textures of the faux fur line.  While I have been eyeing the Shrimps coats for sometime, I started to think that a scarf could be even more fun and probably a little more practical for everyday.  There are so many amazing and fun faux fur scarves and stoles in the stores right now, I have picked a few of my favorites and featured them below.

One of the best attributes of  these items is the quality.  Faux fur is not an easy thing to master and I have come across some very unappealing options over the years no matter what the price point or who the designer.  Due to the popular request by consumers for more quality faux fur products, designers have worked really hard to make great progress so that these items are made to look and feel of quality.

*I am committed to not featuring fur on this website.  An interesting read about the current place of fur in fashion from the New York Times can be read here.

ETIQUETTE

I’m a big fan of fun accessories and this scarf is definitely one of my favorite items in my closet at the moment.  As you can see, adding this scarf to a very basic outfit allowed my look to go from classic, to fashion forward and fun.

With the holidays right around the corner, this is a great piece that can add a little edge to your holiday party looks.   I wore this scarf for a business meeting the same morning of this photo shoot.  I would wear this scarf with a suit, a solid or printed dress or with outerwear.  The holiday season allows for this piece to be integrated more seamlessly at the office.  This scarf is very appropriate for many occasions and as I mentioned before, because it is an accent piece, it works much better.

Photography:  Photos taken by Anna Meyer at Ben’s Chili Bowl on H Street, NE.  I immediately knew I had to take photos at Ben’s when I thought of the setting for the shoot because the scarf matches the restaurant perfectly.  The employees and customers at Ben’s were all very gracious and accommodating while we took these photos.  I didn’t have an opportunity to eat that day, but will absolutely be back there soon for a chili dog and chili fries!  Thank you Ben’s Chili Bowl for your hospitality!

Fashion

J Brand JEANS – WFH – 09.23.2015

J Brand Jeans

ART

by J Brand

“J Brand set out to create timeless, classic and sophisticated jeans with an emphasis on fit and the inspiration to make a woman look and feel beautiful in her jeans. Since the launch in 2004, J Brand has achieved a winning combination of style and comfort, with a vision to create a jean that fit so perfectly it would follow the contours of the body.”

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