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November 2015

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ZARA – Dunn Lewis MC – 11.30.2015

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Waistcoat by Zara; Dress by J. Crew; Bracelet by Hermes; Shoes by Kate Spade; Scarf worn on wrist by Dunn Lewis MC

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I’m a big fan of the waistcoat.  I featured a very different style one by Alix of Bohemia back in September, but when I think of a waistcoat I really do think about a piece that is as classic and versatile as this Zara coat I am featuring today.

The time has arrived, the real festive holiday season is here!  A great way to dress up (or down) your look is by adding a waistcoat to an outfit as I did today.  I actually think wearing a coat like this one with the sparkly dress I have on under it, makes the outfit much more chic and cool and dresses it down in a good way.  With many holiday parties beginning this week, solid day to night workwear options are key.  This outfit transitions perfectly from the office to whatever after work corporate/political/professional festive event you may be attending.

One of the reasons I love a waistcoat, besides the look, is because my body temperature changes so much as I get older and the sleeveless option works very well when my hormones aren’t in my corner.  It keeps me warm when the room is too cold and I can breathe and not have to run to the nearest window or icebox when I start to get hot.

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Coats aren’t only for wearing outside and a layered look can be so put together.  It shows thoughtfulness when you have multiple elements of an outfit, albeit when you do this tastefully.  I’m not referring to someone like Katie Perry who’s outfit elements constantly seem to be inspired by a My Little Pony.

As you have now gathered, a waistcoat can be worn in multiple settings.  I purchased this coat right before Halloween and have worn it so many times already.  I wore it to a friend’s promotion celebration on Capitol Hill recently with this exact outfit.  I have also worn it with black coated jeans, a black lace long sleeve top and black sexy boots.  I would wear it over a cozy sweater and jeans with hip white sneakers for a more casual day look.  This piece is so adaptable for any outfit and can be worn to so many places.

Photo Information and Dunn Lewis MC:  taken by Anna Meyer at Dunn Lewis MC a new store based in Lab 1270 at Union Market.

Dunn Lewis MC is a VERY COOL and impeccably curated motorcycle shop that just opened at Lab 1270 at Union Market.  I stumbled upon this store when I was out shooting and the owners were some of the coolest people I have encountered in DC.  Their concept is unique to dc, featuring fancy bikes, bike parts, and cool men’s fashion.  They will also store your bike for you, which is kind of huge in DC to have a storage option for anything, let alone your treasured motorcycle.  So while the clothing in this store is outwardly for men, I would suggest ladies can absolutely be a part of what is going on here.   I would wear many of the items Dunn Lewis MC sells and in this shoot created a way to incorporate a couple of them with the scarf on my wrist as a bracelet cuff and I wore a lapel pin.

Male and female friends and readers you need to follow the Dunn Lewis insta feed and go check out the shop.  They even host social events at the store and you don’t have to be a bike owner to attend.  You may find one there to purchase or you can totally be a poser, it’s welcome.

Thank you to Dunn Lewis MC for being gracious and letting me shoot in your space and wear a few of your cool products!

Fashion

Christopher Kane and Black Friday Sales – Lab 1270 – 11.27.2015

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BLACK FRIDAY

It’s one of the best shopping days of the year.  Many “Black Friday” sales began prior to today, but there are a ton of great deals and I out together a list of the best sales I have found.  I also included some of my favorite sale items on the web.

I was able to take advantage of an early Black Friday sale and purchased this Christopher Kane skirt from Nordstrom

MY BLACK FRIDAY PICKS

SALES

Shopbop up to 25% off of everything

Net-a-Porter up to 50% off

SSense up to 50% off

Nordstrom – sale + extra 25% off through Cyber Monday

J.Crew 30% off of everything

Anthropologie 25% off of everything

Photo Information: Photo taken by Anna Meyer at Lab 1270.

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J. Crew – H Street, NE – 11.25.2018

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Skirt by J. Crew; Purse by Mansur Gavriel; Shoes by Kate Spade; Top by Diane Von Furstenberg; Earrings by Elizabeth Cole.

*J. Crew is having a great sale right now with 30% off of almost everything in the store, including this skirt.

POLITICS

It’s Thanksgiving Eve and this year I have so many things to be thankful for; one of them is the publishing of Politiquette and the support of this young blog by so many people around DC.

Thanksgiving is a great time to begin to pull out your festive holiday wear.  Holidays allow for a little more sparkle, shine and boldness to all outfits.

I discovered this skirt from the J. Crew Collection line at a J.Crew event I attended in October.  One of the employees had obtained it prior to availability and I stalked their website until I could get my hands on this item too.  The photos don’t do it justice, it sparkles just the right amount and the jacquard texture of the fabric is so well made and gorgeous.  I think this skirt is perfect to wear for a Thanksgiving celebration.

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Thanksgiving attire can range from jeans, a cozy sweater and nice boots to an outfit like the one I have featured today.  Regardless of the components of an outfit, this holiday is an opportunity to embrace fall colors and warm hues.  Immediately following Thanksgiving is when winter will invade collective mentality and black and dark colors will tend to be all you want to wear and all you will see others wearing for at least a few months…

A few other ideas about occasions to wear this skirt.  This skirt can be worn to work or out at night.  If you muted the shoes and substituted them with  gray suede heels or booties, it would be perfect for work.  You could also make it even dressier and wear a silver camisole and a light colored furry or bomber jacket.

Photo Information:  Photos taken by Anna Meyer on H Street, NE.  This space was painted by Polish artist Pener as part of the H Street Project and the Blind Whino G40 Summit that took place in September of 2015.

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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.

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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!

ETIQUETTE

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.”

Fashion

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.”

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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.

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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!