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March 2016

Culture

Anthropologie – Tidal Basin – 03.30.2016

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The cherry blossoms in DC this year are much more of a blush color than an authentic “cherry blossom” pink.  This shade of blush happens to be an amazing neutral that designers are currently embracing as often as they do black.  I have seen so many beautiful dresses lately in blush.  These are some of the blush dresses I like and recommend:

Photo Information: Photos taken by Anna Meyer.

Culture

ELLE Women in Washington Power List with Hugo Boss – The Kreeger Museum – 03.28.2016

DSC_1649abDr. Gerrit Rützel, Hugo Boss Americas President & CEO; Anamaria Pavoni, Hugo Boss

Photo © Tony Powell. 2016 Elle Women in Washington Power List. Kreeger Museum. March 16, 2016

Photo © Tony Powell. 2016 Elle Women in Washington Power List. Kreeger Museum. March 16, 2016

Robbie Myers, ELLE Editor-in-Chief

Photo © Tony Powell. 2016 Elle Women in Washington Power List. Kreeger Museum. March 16, 2016

Photo © Tony Powell. 2016 Elle Women in Washington Power List. Kreeger Museum. March 16, 2016

The honorees with ELLE Editor-in-Chief Robbie Myers

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Handbag BOSS (c/o) (available at Hugo Boss CityCenterDC store; similar on their website here and here) silk top by BOSS (purchased at Hugo Boss CityCenterDC store; similar on their website here)

On Wednesday, March 16th, ELLE and Hugo Boss celebrated the magazine’s sixth annual Women in Washington Power List. Women may still be underrepresented at the pinnacle of policymaking, but the list highlights those breaking through to help set the course for the country. And as I learned at the event, these leaders are doing it by blending style with their substance.

DC can feel outdated, too, when it comes to fashion. The magazine created an atmosphere where attendees felt comfortable taking risks and turning it out. I chose to go understated in my attire so that my handbag could be the focus of my outfit, but most women wore colors, textures, and made fashion forward choices for this evening.

My favorite fashion play was made by ELLE editor-in-chief Robbie Myers herself who slayed in white shoes (see photo above). Time for DC women and men to hip to the fact that white shoes can be worn anytime of year – gasp!

This year’s honorees—featured in the April issue of ELLE—include Gina Adams, Senior Vice President for Government Affairs at FedEx; Jean Case, CEO of the Case Foundation; Karen Dunn, partner at Boies, Schiller & Flexner; Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, Founder of Americans for Responsible Solutions and former U.S. Representative for Arizona’s 8th District; U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch, Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers, U.S. Representative for Washington’s 5th District; Lisa Monaco, U.S. Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Advisor; Janet Murguía, President of the National Council of La Raza; Cecile Richards, President of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America; and Kristen Soltis Anderson, pollster, pundit, and author of The Selfie Vote. 

A big thank you to BOSS for graciously outfitting me with a beautiful handbag from their spring 2016 collection.

Photo Information: Photos by Tony Powell and Daniel Swartz of Revamp.

Photo © Tony Powell. 2016 Elle Women in Washington Power List. Kreeger Museum. March 16, 2016

Photo © Tony Powell. 2016 Elle Women in Washington Power List. Kreeger Museum. March 16, 2016

w/ Hugo Boss and ELLE Teams

Photo © Tony Powell. 2016 Elle Women in Washington Power List. Kreeger Museum. March 16, 2016

Photo © Tony Powell. 2016 Elle Women in Washington Power List. Kreeger Museum. March 16, 2016

Mariella Trager; Sheila Johnson; Izette Folger; Susan Koch

Photo © Tony Powell. 2016 Elle Women in Washington Power List. Kreeger Museum. March 16, 2016

Photo © Tony Powell. 2016 Elle Women in Washington Power List. Kreeger Museum. March 16, 2016

Kimball Stroud; Missy Edwards; Lisa Barclay

Photo © Tony Powell. 2016 Elle Women in Washington Power List. Kreeger Museum. March 16, 2016

Photo © Tony Powell. 2016 Elle Women in Washington Power List. Kreeger Museum. March 16, 2016

Lifestyle

A Professional Blowout Saves Time and $ – Celadon Spa – 03.24.2016

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Today I am going to provide an invaluable tip for all of the busy ladies in DC – a professional salon blowout will save you time and money! I was fortunate enough to have an amazing boss when I began my career that taught me this tip and I want to make sure I pay it forward.  My favorite place for a blowout in DC is Celadon Spa conveniently located downtown.

Here is why a professional blowout saves you time and $:

  • During a blowout you can multi-task. Keep your laptop and phone with you at all times during the blowout and you will instantly have a remote office courtesy of Celadon Spa. You can also do this when getting hair colored, but definitely not when getting a haircut. *Note: Celadon Spa has speedy guest WiFi!
  • A good blowout will last for several days. Actually a few days into a good blowout your hair will likely have even more body and look even better. Additionally with products like dry shampoo available there are few reasons you need to touch your hair sooner than a couple of days after the blowout. Think how much time this will save you getting ready in the mornings and at night before events.  Your time is of great value!

Note: I use the Bumble and Bumble dry shampoo product that is sold at Celadon Spa. You can see Jeremy Paul spraying it into my hair during my blowout.

  • In the words of Deion Sanders, a very successful man who doesn’t have any hair, “If you look good, you feel good. If you feel good, you play good. If you play good, they pay good.” A great blowout will make you feel good and perform better at the many tasks you have in front of you because of your confidence. This makes a salon blowout a great investment because the benefits are far greater than the cost.

Celadon Spa has been my spot for over a decade in DC. I frequent this location for many spa services. In addition to being conveniently located, the entire team of spa professionals there are some of the most talented I have ever come across and also the kindest. I used to be promiscuous when it came to my salon habits in DC, but I kept coming back to Celadon Spa and now this is my one stop spot. I highly recommend you try out Celadon Spa!

Photo Information: Photos taken by Anna MeyerBlowout by Celadon Spa stylist Jeremy Paul.

Thank you to Celadon Spa for partnering with Politiquette on this post.

Fashion

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.

 

 

Culture

Sonia Rykiel – The Colonel – 03.15.2016

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jacket by Sonia Rykiel | purse by Emily Cho | shirt by Three Dots | jeans by J. Brand | shoes by Kate Spade

Chasing rainbows is actually obtainable this spring.  Rainbows are everywhere and I am absolutely loving it!  It may be the nostalgia of the many mornings I spent glued to the tv watching Rainbow Brite as a child, but whatever it is, I think rainbows present a fun opportunity to add some flare to an outfit.  Fortunately designers have made sophisticated styles like the jacket I am wearing in these photos by Sonia Rykiel.  There are even more subdued was to wear rainbows, check out the cork speckled sandals featured in my shopping picks below.

Other Rainbows I love:

Photo Information:  Photos by Anna Meyer.  Photos taken at The Colonel building in Shaw in front of the No Kings Collective Go-Go Mural.

About the Mural (from the No Kings Collective site):

“The Go-Go Mural at the Colonel celebrates the cultural history of the District of Columbia. The mural is a nod both to the deep history of go-go music and culture as well as the importance of printing and posters within that scene. Centrally featured in the courtyard of the building and visible from the street, the mural aims to integrate history and traditional culture to new construction by including key figures and themes that are part of go-go culture.”

In the spirit of this post, here’s one of the best, original DC go-go jams ever!  The Junkyard Band’s “Sardines.”