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Acne – Union Market, Follain – 11.23.2015

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by Acne

ACNE stands for “Ambition to Create Novel Expressions.”  ACNE was founded in 1996 and was originally part of a creative collective that focused on film, production, graphic design, and advertising.  In 1997 ACNE got into the fashion business when one of their co-founders who is still the Creative Director of the brand today, Johnny Johansson, made raw denim jeans stitched in red and started giving them away to friends and family.  Fashion magazines discovered the jeans and ACNE began to evolve to be more than just a denim design.  In 2006, the fashion component of ACNE became a standalone company.


It’s FINALLY sweater weather in DC.  I haven’t felt like getting cozy in a sweater until this past weekend!  The weather is now appropriate for mid-November and it’s so nice to embrace the fall.

I discovered this ACNE sweater back in the summer when it was a million degrees outside.  I kept putting off buying it, but when I was in Los Angeles in September I took at visit to ACNE’s standalone store in downtown LA and decided I had to have it.  The sweater is so warm and beautiful.  I also love how the sweater shows a little skin with the potential to be worn off the shoulder, so it can be sexy.

Every fall I buy a new, luxurious sweater that is amazing and that I will get a lot of wear out of.  I feel like I end up living in this sort of “stylish blanket” when all I really want to do is be snuggled in a real blanket.  There are always so many beautiful sweaters during the fall/winter to choose from on any budget.   I do think its worth looking at the fibers that are being used to make sure it’s as soft on your skin as possible.  The last thing you want from a sweater is to itch the entire time it’s on your body.

You may wonder why I only buy one sweater, it’s because I live in DC and do not have room for multiple chunky sweaters in my closet.   I am sure you can relate!


I think this sweater is perfect for off-duty occasions.  Anything that does not involved a corporate boardroom, the White House, The Hill, or a startup incubator setting.  This is a great look for casual night events, dates, or brunch with friends.

Photo Information:  Photos were taken by Anna Meyer.  These photos were taken at Union Market DC.  This is definitely a venue I would wear this sweater to normally.  While I was at the market I checked out one of my favorite little beauty stands, Follain.  If you haven’t been to this shop, you should stop by.  One of my favorite things that they sell is Ilia cosmetics.

More on Follain:

“Follain is a healthy beauty store with locations in Boston, Washington DC, and Nantucket. Follain–Gaelic for ‘healthy, wholesome, and sound’–features a thoughtfully curated portfolio of skincare, hair care, and cosmetic products from over 40 U.S. brands. Follain carries the highest-performing healthy beauty products available. Select products (think: liquid hand & body soap) are available for refill in-stores, as Follain aims to remedy the immense plastic waste generated by bottles.

No one should have to sacrifice their health and values for beauty.”


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

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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.”


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.


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!