with special guest Stylist April Yvonne
SAVE THE DATE
Saturday, July 18, 2015
5:00 p.m. until 8 p.m.
Take 5 Boutique.
Hosted bar and hors d' oeuvres
It's that time of year again, time to get ready for one of the most meaningful events of the year benefiting an amazing organization that's near-and-dear to my heart, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
Come support an organization that works tirelessly to find cures for children with childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases through research and treatement. And where no family ever pays a dime to St. Jude for anything!
St. Jude Heart of Fashion
Saturday, September 13 || 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
Neiman Marcus || Mazza Gallerie
benefiting St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
featuring a presentation of Italian designer Brunello Cucinelli women's and men's Fall 2014 collection
Tickets start at $150 - Purchase yours here
Hope to see you there!
Find us on Facebook - http://bit.ly/SJFashion
Project Gravitas is coming to our Nation's Capital this Saturday, May 31 - Sunday, June 1. It's mission - to help the women of Washington, DC find the perfect dress and give each woman the opportunity for dressing with a confident sense of self!
Founder and CEO, Lisa Sun will be in attendance as she hosts a pop-up boutique inside the Four Seasons hotel in Georgetown where she and her talented team will be on-hand to find and fit you for your perfect dress. Each dress is manufactured with luxury construction in NYC using Italian fabrics, topped with a slimming shapewear secret with each dress named for a woman who has owned her moment in history - including Washington's own Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Eleanor Roosevelt.
Project Gravitas dresses are extremely versatile, will work with your existing wardrobe's tailored blazers and work from desk to dinner, which is what all busy DC ladies need, right?! Plus, they come suited to flatter YOUR figure from fitted black sheaths to A-line lady-like silhouettes, there's a dress for everyone.
Check out one I can't wait to try on, the Diana Dress below...love it! Oh, and 10% of the proceeds from the Diana dress sales will benefit The Washington Ballet.
Here's a peak at more - to see the rest, see you this weekend! :o)
This 2-day event - from 11:00AM - 7:00PM daily - is something every DC fashionista must check out!
If you're interested in attending, RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
Follow @ProjectGravitas on Twitter
Hope to see you there!
If you weren't able to make it to my Signature Style Series show last week featuring Calypso St. Barth at the gorgeous Capella Georgetown, DC, then this is a post you'll want to check out! The weather was just right to welcome summer to DC and the rooftop was picture perfect as I showcased some of my favorite looks from the luxury resortwear brand....pieces that hadn't even hit the floors in-store yet! In addition, Capella donated a portion of the proceeds to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
As guests enjoyed a delicious lunch - prepared by Chef Jacob Esko - and a signature cocktail from the Rye Bar, I presented a collection of perfect pieces for warm weather wardrboes and getaways. The looks included pieces from their "A Weekend in Jaipur" collection - inspired by the colorful Indian city's raspberry pinks and tiki greens - and their "Chic Tropique" collection - bohemian pieces embellsihed with sequins and lace.
Welcoming in the warmer weather, this gorgeous tiki green silk maxi skirt and lightweight white button down is an easy-breezy looks to wear in the city or the beach, dressed up or down (sans the hat and add wedge heels for a dressier looks) it's comfortable and chic all at once. Plus, the white button down will go a long way in your summer closet as it works with just about everything.
Next up, a gorgeous mint green embellished tunic paired with white skinny jeans but easily could be worn over a swimsuit for a chic poolside look.
The next black and white patterned maxi skirt is a must-have piece for your summer wardrobe since it's so easy to throw on yet boasts much desired attention from it's stand-out pattern. Pair it as seen with a black tank tucked in or out, or with the versatile white button down from earlier look.
This cream lace embroidered dress is another day-to-dinner piece and is as easy as changing out your shoes from flats to heels with minimal if no jewelry required at all...the sequins speak for themselves. This dress also offers a very wearable silhouette.
As many of you already know, I love kaftans! So, I was thrilled to show this beautiful silk hand-embroidered kaftan. It's a favorite of mine and again is easy to dress up or down or just throw it on poolside over your swimsuit with some sexy shades and a good book - tres chic!
At the conclusion of the presentaiton, the raffle prize winners were announced and prizes included: a dress from Calypso St. Barth (retail value of $495), lunch for 2 at Capella's restaurant The Grill Room, a Beauty Class for 6 at the Georgetown Blue Mercury, a 1-hour styling session with Yours Truly (April Yvonne), a family photo session with Alumbra Photography and a full-service cleaning and whitening from Washington Center for Dentisry! Amazing, no?!
Following the show, this pop-up created a boutique environtment for guests to shop on-site all the looks they saw in the presentation and more!
Yours Truly with models Lauren Avey (left) and Rebekah Pizana (right). I'm wearing the Hyla kaftan.
With the Capella Team, GM Alex Obertop (far left) and Director of Marketing Michael Katigbak (far right)
Guests left happy with these fabulous Calypso swag bags! Below, blogger Elle Choi shows off hers. :o)
Finally, here's a few more must-have pieces I would highly recommend to my clients!
(Click on pics to take you to product)
This bright raspberry dress is figure-flattering and provides a beautiful POC against a sun-kissed skin.
This cardigan is absolutely divine - I need it in every color!
Lastly, these wide leg linen pants....
With the 80 degree weather upon us, it's the perfect time of year for this show, epsecially situated atop the uber-luxury hotel's rooftop! Come and enjoy the fashions and stock up on your summertime essentials: luxurious kaftans; long, flowy skirts; chic straw hats; gorgeous jewlery, and so much more...Calypso St. Barth has everything you need for warm weather fashion!
As you know, the last Styles Series show with Elie Tahari was completely sold out, so if you haven't purchased your tickets yet, do so ASAP, because we are almost once again SOLD OUT!
Click below for yours:
Plus, just by purchasing your ticket to the show, you'll be supporting St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and entering to win some amazing raffle prizes, like:
You're going to just LOVE the looks I present from their latest collection while you enjoy a signature cocktail from the hotel's Rye Bar and a delicious lunch! Be the first to get your hands on the latest shipment of beautiful pieces from Calypso St. Barth - they haven't even hit the floors yet - before they start selling out.
I hope to see you there!
Yes, it's here, the next show in the Signature Style Series at the Capella Georgetown, D.C.! I'm so excited to announce that I brought in one of my favorite luxury resort wear brands, Calypso St. Barth, where I always find beautifully unique pieces to pack for warm weather getaways. Oh, and did I mention they recently moved in to the neighborhood? That's right, Georgetown is now home to a new Calypso St. Barth boutique! :o)
Details for the show:
Wednesday, May 14 || 12PM - 2PM
Capella DC Rooftop
The show will take place on the exclusive Rooftop of the Capella DC, which offers stunning views of our beautiful city...the perfect backdrop for the informal presentation I will conduct showcasing some of my favorite looks from Calypso St. Barth's latest collection as you enjoy a delicious lunch and cocktail from the hotel's restaurant, The Grill Room. Following, you'll be able to shop on-site all the looks I present and receive on-hand fashion advice from Yours Truly and the wonderful representatives from Calypso St. Barth.
Your ticket purchase will enter you for a chance to win some AMAZING raffle prizes, like a Calypso St. Barth dress (valued at $500...uh-mazing!), a Beauty Class for you and 5 friends at Blue Mercury, brunch for two at The Grill Room, or a 1-hour personal shopping trip with Yours Truly!
Finally, a portion of the ticket proceeds will benefit a charity that is very near and dear to my heart - St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, whose mission is to find a cure for children with cancer and other life-threatening diseases through research and treatment and where no family every pays St. Jude for anything.
Here's a peek at some of the looks see and be able to shop during the show:
I hope to see you there!
It's that time of year again...all of DC is gearing up for the White House Correspondents Dinner (WHCD) and Yours Truly is getting ready to make sure my clients are looking their best! In case you're still wondering what to wear, here are a few of my favorite gowns and accessories that would be perfectly fitting for the WHCD and all of the politically correct soirees it entails...not too prim and proper and not too promiscuous, a fine balance of elegance while still showcasing your best assests and style.
Alice + Olivia, Net-a-Porter
Roland Mouret (available in blush and green)
Marchesa Gown, Net-a-Porter
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(Intrecciato satin clutch in black & gold)
Well, Spring is finally here - try and ignore the frigid temps today, lol - and I couldn't be happier with all the bright, fresh and ladylike looks I'm seeing in stores for Spring/Summer 2014! Bright pastels, flowy tea length skirts, cropped jackets, wide-leg trousers, comfy and lightweight knit sweaters...spring has sprung!
One of my first steps when updating my spring/summer wardrobe, is to find a fabulous and unique caftan. They're timeless, elegant and easily dressed up or down whether headed on holiday or staying in town for a garden party. One of my go-to stores is always Calypso St. Barth - which finally arrived in Georgetown with a new boutique on M Street, yay! - because they have a beautiful selection of quality pieces and it's a one-stop-shop when I'm helping a client pack for a warm-weather getaway.
Adilette Silk Habotai Caftan $495, Calypso St. Barth
Graphic prints are once again very popular this season and I stumbled upon the below dress during my last trip to Zara and let's just say, the model or picture do not do this dress justice! It's a super comfy, back-zip dress in a soft scuba gear-like material. Plus, you can pair it with multiple colors of shoes AND it's only $59.90! :o)
Next up, these sexy strappy fire engine-red heels are the best buy ever! You'll rock these all summer long and the price, $59.90, makes them well-worth scooping up one in red and black! :o)
I also found this fabulous "tweed"-esque cropped cream jacket with gold hardware. It's a great piece to have on hand and throw over tops or dresses and especially important to have to create the perfect all-white or white-and-cream look, which is very on trend this season.
Zara Blazer with Zips, $119
Looking for comfy and lightweight knits? This poncho-like sweater from Zara is perfect and comes in white, black and baby blue. Wear it with shorts, jeans, over a dress, a swimsuit or with a skirt...this sweater will get a lot of wear.
Zara Boat Neck Poncho, $49.90
As I mentioned earlier, pastels are a huge trend this season and one of my favorite pastels is - mint green!
Zara Blouse, $59.90
Zara Maxi Dress, $99.90
Next up, are some splurge worthy pieces! First up, this gorgeous soft double angora lavender trench from Burberry, which was worn by Olivia Pope's mother on last week's 'Scandal' episode (who else out there loves that show?! Fashion , politics & DC...I'm addicted!). It is a super sophisticated and classic trench that can work as an outfit all on its own. Divine.
So, I LOVE London-based designer L.K. Bennett - as does Kate Middleton who was recently photographed in a stunning yellow dress by L.K. Bennett - and the gorgeous dress below is worth the splurge. This ladylike dress screams "Spring!" and would work perfectly at a wedding or cocktail function. Plus, the wisely placed flower prints makes this dress super figure-flattering! Oh, and did I mention, Mindy was wearing this dress on this week's episode of 'The Mindy Project'? :o)
Lasa Poppy Print Dress, L.K. Bennett
Elie Tahari created his Capsule Collection "The 1974 Collection" this year in celebration of his 40th Anniversary, and one of the dresses I've been craving is this gorgeous lightweight navy blue leather, A-line dress. It's another figure-flattering piece, a great pairing of ladylike and edginess, and works paired with a neutral pump OR have some fun and pair it with a bright coral colored pump.
Evangelina Dress, Elie Tahari
If you're up for splurging $$$ on a fabulous power-dress (an essential in every woman's closet) then search no more as this stunning Stella McCartney dress will stop people in their tracks as you strut down the city streets! Throw a cream-colored blazer over it in the office, pair with nude, orange or cognac colored pumps, accent with gold jewelry and you'll radiate...especially against sun-kissed skin. Tres chic!
In case you weren't able to make it to my SOLD OUT Elie Tahari show last week, which took place inside The Grill Room at the Capella Georgetown as part of our ongoing Style Series, here's a fabulous recap!
It was such a pleasure to bring one of my favorite designers, Elie Tahari, in to officially launch this year's Style Series since he is one of the first designers to actually give Yours Truly a break during my first ventures covering Fashion Week, granting me backstage access with an interview and an amazing seat during the show. So this coupled with the chic, smart and fashionable ladies of DC made it a perfect pairing.
Guests enjoyed an informal presentation of Elie Tahari's spring/summer '14 collection and his 40th anniversary capsule collection, Elie Tahari Edition 1974 - a special collection featuring "updated iconic silhouettes from the past four decades, all named after New York City neighborhoods, a city that has provided me with endless inspiration," said Elie Tahari. The presentation was accompanied by a delicious 2-course lunch from Chef Jacob Esko and followed by shopping - all the looks guests saw during the presentation and more were available for purchase on-site inside the pop-up boutique.
In addition, Mr. Tahari was featured in a special video message to guests elaborating on his collections and taking us back 40 years to when he first began his career here in the United States. His is a truly amazing story from a humble and grateful gentleman who achieved the American dream leaving us all inspired and uplifted.
Now, on to some of the looks from the presentation!
Above, model Rebekah is wearing The Pearson Jacket paired with the Terra Blouse and Ella Pant. The Pearson jacket has become one of Elie's most recognized styles and this variation has pastel colored tweed with contrasting white leather pieces on the cuffs and shoulder. I love this jacket because it's extremely versatile - pair it as shown, with skinny jeans or throw it over a dress! The Terra Blouse is silk and silver sequined - a great party piece to have in your wardrobe to pair under blazers and jackets or wear solo - and the Ella Pant is part of Elie's "Soft Pant" collection. The pants feature cargo pockets as well as snaps at the pant of the leg that allows you to manipulate the length - these are must-haves for Spring/Summer!
Below is a full picture of model Lauren's (above) outfit - the Mae Jacket, Patrice Short, and Vivian Blouse. The Mae Jacket is an updated Moto Jacket which plays on the Lux Sport Trend with perforated white leather - a huge trend for spring/summer - and brushed metal hardware. The Patrice Short is a white python embossed jacquard short and perfect for dressing up or down. The Vivian Blouse in a soft sky color is a silk tunic that plays with transparency and length. Next to Lauren is Rebekah wearing the Bond Coat paired with the Selena Jean and Chantelle Sweater. The Bond Coat is part of the 1974 Collection named after Bond Street in NY. This is an amazing jacket - a splurge-worthy investment piece - that is laser cut with an intricate working of geometric lines and shapes.
Yours Truly with (from left to right) model Lauren Avey; Elie Tahari's NE Regional Manager, Ilana Roth; Tysons Galleria Elie Tahari boutique Manager, Amanda Johnson; and model Rebekah Pizana.
The Elie Tahari team set-up a beautiful pop-up boutique inside the Private Dining Room where guests were able to shop til' they dropped!
Yours Truly with Capella DC's Samira Ghaffari
I couldn't have done any of this without the amazing partners I have in the Capella DC team.
Yours Truly with the Capella DC's (from L to R): Samira Ghaffari (Marketing Coordinator), Alex Obertop (General Manager) and Michael Katigbak (Director of Sales & Marketing)
Stay tuned for details (coming soon!) on the next Style Series show to happen in May featuring Resort Wear, designer TBA. #CapellaDCStyleSeries
Photo Credits: Laurie Bracewell
Visit the Elie Tahari boutique in Tysons Galleria!
Clothing from first photo:
I'm wearing Elie Tahari, the Mila Dress (which is on sale right now) and shoes are Christian Louboutin.
Lauren (blonde model) is wearing the Mulberry Dress, $1498, from Elie Tahari's 1974 Collection. Named after Mulberry Street in NYC, this dress is leather with laser cut with an intricate working of geometric lines and shapes.
Rebekah (brunette model) is wearing another one of my favorite pieces from the show - the Madison Jumpsuit - which is also a part of the 1974 Collection and named after Madison Ave on which Elie opened his first boutique. This is simply put a must-have for all - jumpsuits are on-trend for spring/summer and this one is quite unique...while the front looks like a complete jumpsuit, the back gives the illusion of a two-piece, the top has an exposed zipper down the center of the back and the bottom is loose throughout the thigh and leg, a "soft pant" bottom silhouette.
So what is it you ask? Well, it all started when I wanted to bring a portion of what I get to experience at Fashion Week to DC and as the Resident Stylist at the uber-luxury boutique hotel in Georgetown - Capella - it was a match made in heaven for this concept. Now we have created a Style Series, which had a soft launch in November 2013 with Saks Fifth Avenue, and this year is set to include more of my top pick designers and stores. I love my job! :o)
On Wednesday, March 19 || 12pm - 2pm inside The Grill Room, guests will enjoy a welcome cocktail followed by a seated luncheon accompanied by an informal presentation (from Yours Truly) of Elie Tahari's Spring 2014 collection and Edition 1974, a capsule collection of updated iconic pieces from the past four decades. In addition, if you see something during the presentation that you just have to have, following the lunch you will be able to purchase items on-site. Plus, you'll get a chance to speak with the Elie Tahari team and will head home with a fabulous swag bag!
Space is limited so scoop your tickets ASAP here:
This is a special show for me as Elie Tahari was the first designer to give me my big break as a fashion blogger during my experiences at Fashion Week in NYC, it was only fitting that he was my first choice designer to bring to DC for this series. Flashback to 2011,Elie Tahari Interview, when I got to go backstage and interview Elie Tahari himself during Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. I was so excited (for those of you fashion bloggers out there you get how amazing it is to land an interview with a major designer) and although I may look calm, cool and collected in the clip, inside I was screaming with excitement, heh. Needless to say aside from the fact that I love Elie Tahari's clothing, as do many of my clients, it's a perfect pairing between the smart and fashionable women of DC and the luxurious and unique Capella DC, which is the first Capella to open in the United States. #SpecialThingsAreHappening
Here's a peak at some of the looks you'll be seeing during the show -
I hope to see you there!
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