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Lacey’s Wearing: Pattern, Pattern and Sparkle

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Lacey’s Wearing: Your Curtain

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A Place So Nice They Named It Twice

I have a whirlwind of traveling this month and last week was NYC. I am loving taking pictures with Instagram on my iPhone! It makes snapping pics easy and they always come out looking so beautiful with the multiple options to take your pic to a different level (wow – I sound like an infomercial). Below are pics I took during my week in the “place so nice they named it twice”… Continue reading

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Lacey’s Wearing: I Feel Pretty… Oh So Pretty

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Lacey’s Wearing: Polka Dots

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Lacey’s Wearing: Lady in Red

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Networking in Style During DC Fashion Week

Last Thursday was DC Fashion Week’s Networking Event at Tabaq Bistro. This was a time for all of the fashion industry in DC (yes — it does exist) to mix, mingle and drink their cocktail of choice. From designers to models to bloggers, all of DCs Fashionistas were there. Being typical me, I kept my eyes open for my ‘Best Dressed’ of the night and asked each of them to let me snap a picture. I warn you I had my dinky digital camera with me (it’s small enough to keep in my new vintage clutch) so the pictures are not the best quality, but I will make sure to explain the details of what I loved about each outfit. Below were my 3 favorites and what I wore to the event:

Dress {Vintage} | Fur Vest {Forever21}

I love this ensemble’s 60s feel. She stood out amongst all of the LBDs in the room. I also get a Tory Burch vibe from this outfit… right?

Tans and Animal Print

Although you can’t really tell due to the quality of the picture, this entire outfit was muted tans, but the silk zebra print cardi added such a great pop. Also, love her coat! This was layering perfection. What you don’t see in the picture was a perfect pair of little tan pumps. The whole ensemble seemed so delicate. I unfortunately never had the chance to ask her where all of her pieces are from, but this may be a good inspiration picture later either way.

Katherine from La Petite Marmoset
Sequined Vest {Vintage}

I am sure by now you are noticing a pattern — I am loving the combination of old and new. Anyone who can take a unique vintage piece and add it to your just bought Forever21 top is a win for me. I just love it! Katherine is not only a fellow DC FABBer (DC FABB= DC Fashion and Beauty Blogger) but she also sells her own vintage at La Petite Marmoset Vintage. My current favorite item is a fabulous blazer with an over-sized bow.

Me!
Dress {Vintage} | Belt {Banana Republic} | Biing Wedge {Steve Madden – Now on sale online for 50% off!} | Necklace {Lou Lou Boutiques} |  Watch {Michael Kors} | Beaded Bracelets {H&M} | Bronze Bangle {Vintage} | Clutch {Vintage} | Tights {Hue} | Socks {Ralph Lauren} | Not In Pic: Fur Coat {Filene’s Basement}

It was a cold, wet and windy night in DC and I wanted to dress for the area the event was at (like I wrote about here) and still be warm. U Street, known for its hippie chic, I knew this amazing floral vintage dress was the perfect fit. After layering my tights with my socks I knew the best shoes to walk in this weather in, but still have a heel, were these Steve Madden wedges. I highly recommend them they are comfortable, easy to walk in and will transition into spring because of their light color. Next step was to figure out what to do with my hair. With the strong winds I knew my hair down would have been a disaster so I threw my hair in my go-to side messy bun. The wind even helped make it extra messy. After throwing on lots of accessories I still felt like the outfit needed a pop of color so I reached for my favorite hot pink lipstick.

I want to make sure you all know I am not deeming myself a ‘Best Dressed’ at the event, but I did have many people take my picture. Who knows, maybe I am someones inspiration photo?

 

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Valentines Day Inspiration

The question on every woman’s mind getting ready for the day of love, Cupid, and cut-out paper hearts is — what should I wear? Below I styled several options to hopefully bring you (and me) some inspiration based on your plans.

Struck by Cupid – Traditional Valentine’s Day
If Cupid has struck you with his arrow of love and you are looking to feel feminine, flirty and holiday appropriate a pale pink dress and deep red heels are the way to go. Don’t forget the fun gold accents to add a little style and bling.

VDay 1

Casual Valentine’s Day
If you and your loved one are going for a more casual date, or even even if you are staying at home for a romantic meal, you can still look and feel good in jeans. Throw on a light feminine silk top, structured blazer, and don’t forget the pink pumps to stick with the Valentines theme. Below I gave two blazer options in case you aren’t a wear-the-colors-of-the-holiday kinda girl.

VDay 2

Single and Lovin’ It Valentines Day
If you and your sensational girlfriends are heading out to celebrate being single and fabulous then why not add a little bit of fun to your ensemble? A little bit of sparkle and feathers should do the trick. Look fabulous. Feel fabulous.

VDay with the Girls

Transition from Work to Date on Valentines Day
For this last option I started with a basic LBD from H&M (something every girl has, or should have, in their closet) and then added some fun holiday appropriate accessories such as, a multi-layered chunky necklace and a vintage beaded clutch (The tights and fur coat are for all of us still experiencing the harsh winter weather). Whether you wear the accessories all day in the office or stash them in your purse and add them later this outfit is a perfect, classic day-to-night option for the day of love.

VDay LBD

Want to see other outfits I created and see some of the specifics of the look above? Go to my Polyvore page here.

Lots of Love,
Lacey

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A Hostess with U Street Chic

After a fabulous weekend full of vintage shopping (so many amazing finds I will blog about later this week), mani/pedis, and biding adieu to football season, I feel refreshed and ready to start the week. But before I begin my week I had to write about my hostess that escorted my girls and I to our table at Marvin‘s for brunch yesterday morning. Quick plug – their cheesy grits are to die for and the mimosas are fantastic!

This girl was effortlessly U Street chic with her long dark hair, blunt bangs, petite stature, and beautiful collection of vintage clothing she was rocking from head to toe. As she walked my gals and I to our table I could not help but notice that everything she was wearing was a different texture yet the whole outfit just worked. I will try to recreate it below…

U Street Chic Hostess
Want to see a couple other outfits I created and see some specifics of the look above? Go to my Polyvore page here.

The vest above does not do her unique, much shorter, feminine vest (note- she wore the vest unbuttoned) justice but the whole ensemble looked like she just walked from her favorite vintage store to work. The maxi skirt, which is a silhouette that you will find everywhere in the newly distributed spring look-books, was whimsical, then the contrast of the heavy braided belt and lastly with a pop of color (her flats) below was absolute perfection. The denim button down, also another spring must have, reminded me I need to find one to add to my closet ASAP.

This girl may never know it but she has become my inspiration for gracefully transitioning my winter wear to spring chic this season when I am out and about these February/March weekends. Thank you chic Marvin’s hostess!

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Top 5 Vintage Stores in DC

I have recently been asked to contribute to GalTime.com as their resident DC fashionista. Below is my first post:

Step Away From the Chain Stores: Top 5 Vintage Stores in DC

For my first post on GalTime (squee!) I was asked to share with you the top five vintage stores in Washington, D.C. along with a few tips and tricks on the art of vintage shopping. Do note there are many great stores in the District that sell vintage, but I wanted to focus on less ‘consignment shops’ and more on stores that cater exclusively to high-quality vintage duds. I hope you enjoy the shopping journey …

Inga’s Once Is Not Enough
4830 MacArthur Blvd NW
Washington, DC 20007
Phone: (202) 337-3072
Hours: Mon-Sat 10am-5pm

If you are looking for designer names you recognize (Dior, Channel, Nicole Miller, etc.) and are willing to pay the price, Inga’s Once Is Not Enough is fabulous. Even better? Inga herself is often your helpful guide to find just the right addition to your couture collection. Don’t miss the small jewelry section. Once would in fact not be enough for me if Inga’s was on a metro line, but sadly this gem of a vintage store is not easily accessible for a metropolitan DC girl.

Annie Creamcheese
3279 M St Northwest
Washington, District of Columbia 20007
Phone: (202) 298-5555
Hours: Mon-Sat 11am-8pm | Sun 12pm-6pm
*They also have a location in Las Vegas at the Palazzo.

One of DC’s best-known vintage stores is Annie Creamcheese in Georgetown, conveniently located right on M Street. Annie’s is a vintage store with a bit of funk. For the nights you are looking for a piece to really pump up the wow factor on an outfit, this place will most likely have it. With a bit of patience (especially with the jewelry counter) and understanding of the vintage do’s and don’ts (see tips below) you can truly find a great addition to your wardrobe. Bonus: while the store does sell designer goods, it’s a bit easier on the wallet than Inga’s, and thus easier to take a risk.

For the rest of the post (including the Vintage Shopping Dos and Don’ts) click here.

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