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Hugh & Crye Party

This past Thursday, local menswear designer powerhouse Hugh & Crye threw a little (sold out) party for the launch of their new, lower-priced line of shirts. They were impeccable, as was the delightfully mixed-gender crowd. THERE ARE WELL-DRESSED MEN IN DC. It is possible, I swear! I was delighted, and loved shooting around. 

Hugh & Crye founder Pranav Vora was completely charming and stylish in a Hugh & Crye shirt, square-cut tweed vest, and perfect pocket square. 

Erin Derge, one half of local design duo Ginger Root Design, stopped by as well. I love her jewelry, which is made by one of the store's local artisan jewelers (her mom!). Her top, pants, and leather satchel were family heirlooms, complete with all the right stories and love behind them. That's so special, I love the details. 

Of course, local bow tie connesseur Eliot Payne of Accoutre fame was present as well. We were twitterpated that his signature shoes went so well with those worn by Good Wood owner Anna. 

This was my favorite female look of the night...high-waisted pants and a perfect print that were completely Katherine Hepburn chic.

With my super-menswear look (vintage vest, pinstripe pencil skirt, Accoutre bow tie in Liberty of London prints), I was challenged to be in a photo as well. 

I LOVE THIS. Color overload. No words. Just amazing. 

Maria of DC Alejandra and her beauuuuutiful smile. 

The fashionable cake designer Apollina in lovely pink

The famous Hugh & Crye shirts

January Blogger's Night Out

Despite feeling under the weather and sad last week, I decided to pick myself up by my combat boot straps by going to the blogger night out for a little DC style inspiration. I got what I was looking for thanks to old and new sartorial friends. I had a blast bopping about with a new tech toy for my camera and documenting the growing scene here in Washington. 

These shoes above are one of my favorites from the night, not just for their beautifully intricate detailing, but how they were integrated into a perfectly styled look to make them inherently fresh and modern when paired with a flamingo skirt and buttery leather tote. So nice!

This clutch is from local DC designer lovecourtnie...such a nice subtle pattern. 

Excellent color play from the style mind behind Chain Strap Purse

The lovely Alina Gonzalez of The Hyperbalist, Refinery29, and just about any other DC fashion writing worth reading looking charming in classic Breton stripes layered with feminine sheers. How much do you love her ombré hair?! Adore. 

Masculine Ralph Lauren blazer meets feminine dots? Yes please! Her lovely dimpled smile is my favorite part though. 

This look was one of my favorites of the night...even though she's only in high school, this fashionista is rocking some serious sartorial opinion here. Half-tucked shirt? Perfect color combinations? PURPLE GLASSES?!? I love how she's letting her personality shine through her personal style...this is what it's all about. 

The ever-lovely Cheralee Lyle brought out her classic floral headband to keep things fun even though we're in the depths of East Coast winter. 

I wore a vintage men's hat that I pilfered from my writer friend Storm Heitman, a leopard poncho, serious hardware accessories, rock and roll pants and studded combat boots. You know, just something low key. Allix Wright of the District kept the trend going with her leopard too!

I ADORE this photo I took of Marshall of The President Wears Prada. An event staple, this tireless photog is not afraid to get down and dirty in the style trenches to get the most lovely, clean shots you've ever seen. He also photographed me in this moment, and the differences in the shots is striking. Check out Marshall's photo HERE

$3 DIY from Goodwill? OK! Do it up, you know I love a little metallic action!

Allix was rocking a serious arm party...check those tiny skulls! 

And her glasses. are. so. foxy. I just can't get over it. Seriously. So gorgeous and edgy and smart and wonderful. 

Cheralee's mesmorizing aquamarine eyes pop with her playful masculine/feminine mix of a classic white button-up and strand necklaces. 

There's nothing quite as stylish as a true smile though. 

Though you know I love a little refreshing drink once in a while. 

There you have it! Thank you so much for letting me photograph you, continuing to be an inspiration, and checking out photos day in and day out. Who says DC isn't stylish, eh?

An Afternoon At the Freemasonry

As part of the aforementioned super Sunday adventure that Miss Cheralee and I had, we chose the  Freemason Temple near my apartment for a sunset locale for some photos as we chased the end of the light. I was once introduced to a photographer who referred to photographers as "painters of light", and that is the perfect description. As a result, I am always acutely aware of where the light is, where it is coming from, and the tone it is setting. As you'll see from the photos below, the late afternoon light was delightfully soft for our little shoot. This massive building was a perfect setting for some grandiose snaps of our brunching styles. 

I love this fantastically layered shot we captured in the glass of the pre-war building next door. From the wrought iron detailing to the leather couch and stark tree branches, this photo is a perfect reflection of the nuances of these beautiful old buildings in Dupont.  

I am wearing a bow tie that Eliot Payne and I made for our bow tie company, Accoutre. It's a very dastardly quilted leopard print that matches absolutely nothing I own. Obviously I'll be wearing it all the time. Like it? You can find it and other wildly whimsical bowies here. Yum! I paired it with a comfortable striped turtleneck and some serious 1920's jodhpurs from Dr. K's Vintage, which I also wore for the Tweed Ride. At first glance you'd think, sweet Lord, those pants will make my butt look enormous! but then it's OK and somehow they magically don't. More or less, haha. 

Delightfully, Cheralee is wearing a men's Brooks Brothers classic white shirt styled with a classic black dress. She borrowed the shirt from her boyfriend when her own did not have a strong enough collar. I love the high-low mix of masculine and feminine energies, plus it's really special that she is mixing pieces meant for both genders as well. 

I love love love a fuschia lip. Also, I went out wearing it the night before and it wouldn't come off so I embraced it. Ah well! Photos of me nicely taken by the talented Cheralee Lyle. 

You're Like Velvet

Last Friday night, I hit the town with some of DC's most fabulous bloggers and style setters. We relaxed on some cocktails at El Centro before making our way to my favorite bar in the city, Velvet Lounge. I lived two blocks from Velvet when I first moved here and end up there more likely than not when I go out now. With a grungy, intimate vibe, my favorite DJs, and plenty of outdoor space, Velvet is my jam. 

I may or may not have closed out the bar that night...

I go out pretty frequently. As my friends (or anyone who has met me, frankly) know, I am extremely social and enjoy nothing more than sharing a meal/drinks/madcat dance party with new friends. I was excited to take some of my blogger friends to Velvet for the first time. I frequently meet people out at Velvet who have interesting stories about their style. You know that I am passionate about collecting people's stories, and I have heard some wild ones in the graffiti-filled back patio of this nondescript little bar. 

That, my friends, is a tie clip that looks like a rifle. It is indeed more awesome than you first thought. Did you catch the subtle print on that tie? Yep. 

Katya of Spicy Candy DC rocked a full-on update of Sandra Dee, complete with high-waisted satin pants and leather jacket. I loved it. 

Krystin's dress is an original piece by one of the other attendees, the lovely Katherine Martinez of Le Petite Marmoset. With the help of her grandmother, Katherine reworks vintage pieces to make them more modern. I love that her grandmother is involved; my own passion for style is a result of my mother and grandmother, so I love to see other young, modern women who are moved by the same thing. 

I had the pleasure of meeting Kimberly Andree, who told me the story of her rings. Her Roman numeral piece is one she bought for herself when she graduated to remind herself to take advantage of her time and make good use of it. I love that! Life is too short not to live it fully and appreciate it. I was so glad to hear that from her. 

I was really glad to meet and immediately become good friends with Miss Cheralee Lyle, who recently moved to the DC area from South Africa. She has lived all over the world, and has a thoughtful appreciation for many of the same lovely and simple things that I do. Her vintage-infused style is always impeccable and accessible, and you know I love another lady rocking bangs with me! She came to my NYE party and then we met for coffee today (photos forthcoming from both), and have several excellent projects in the works so she'll certainly be a regular on the blog. 

Some people are easy to photograph, and she is nothing short of a delight. 

Another rifle tie clip, this time on the locally designed tie of Lukas B. Smith, founder of Derringer Friday. Check out this fun little photo of us together here

I'm a sucker for a redhead with a fuschia lip! So much fabulous sass. 

Hats are something that are sadly neglected nowadays, but I'm loving how the gentleman is rocking one out on the town. Very breezy dapper kind of vibe with the flip scarf, yeah?

The unmatched DJ Smudge. We're Twitter friends that became real life friends. It's hilarious.  

Style musings and muses are 
Cheralee LyleAllix WrightCarlis and KatyaAshleyKrystin, and stylish other friends at Velvet. Several of the bloggers also covered the night, so peep around on the links I provided...I was dressed in some wild neon-dandy lipstick and argyle! 

NYE and Monsieur DJ

In honors of the impending NYE shenanigans, here are photos I took of DJ Allen Clive Patrick Duval of Paris, France during one of his sets in Istanbul. If anyone knows how to get down, it's this guy. We had a great time at an experimental art festival we both participated in and I'm so happy to have met him. Check out my NYE plans below... 

I'm currently in the process of firming up my NYE plans, but they will undoubtedly involve the following DISCO SHIT in varying combinations:

A curated cocktail affair at my new Dupont townhouse
Afros (not on me, but my fabulous girls for suuuure)
More sequins
Vintage fur (duh)
Gin, whiskey, and more gin
Glitter (not the same as sequins)
Pallazo pants
Snakeskin platforms
A signature cocktail of some sort (see above booze list)
Makeup a la Bowie
A high concentration of fashionistas and dandies of various genders
Laughs and shenanigans
A little disco funk and electro womp womp
"Ohhhh, whaaaaaaaat?!" moments

And more. 

Oh yes. There will be more. 

It's about to get queeny up in here. 

Blogger's Night Out, DC

Earlier this week, I attended the Blogger's Night Out hosted by Bloomingdale's. The intimate crowd was fun, friendly, and dressed to impress. Here are a few of the looks that inspired me. 

I love the contrast between these encrusted jewels and such a casual sweater

Oh hey color blocking in fall tones! So cool...I love another photo-lady with style.

Holly Thomas, editor of Refinery 29, rocks some serious hand candy from Top Shop

I love these Tangerine Tango pants that are so on-trend for 2012, according to Pantone

The sculptural nature of this chica's hair is so beautiful, and so clearly a work of art

Peacock eye makeup and beautiful natural hair

Pony hair shoes in blue? Yes please!

South Moon Under Blogger Event

Last week I went to an event at local boutique South Moon Under, who graciously hosted some fashion and style bloggers for a little holiday meet-up. The store looked lovely and they provided some really fun eats and treats for us to nibble as we chatted style.

I was pretty tired, but was glad I went as a got a chance to chat with the ladies of Spicy Candy DC. I love Katya's festive use of neon, and the color combination of neon greens and burnt oranges in her lipstick and ring. Such good arm candy! Her blonde hair is so easy as well. 

Here is a look from a local jewelry designer, who I also photographed here. After an updated haircut, she looks really different! I love the symmetry of the lines of her hair with her extreme double color. Really fun!

Plus her extreme shoes have amazing lines as well. Yum!

I opted for a nearly monochromatic look that played with texture, pairing glitter tights with high-waited lacy shorts, velvet, and cashmere. When it's so chilly out, it's nice to be both cozy and fabulous. 

My vintage 1920's camera bag from IVD fits everything I need, and always get a lot of compliments. My stylist lent it to me for an event and then once I got attached to it, I decided I had to make it a permanent part of my wardrobe. I love it, it's so special!

Fly Girls: The Details

As promised, here are some of the detail shots of the Fly Girl five year anniversary party last week. 

Only the fabulous Michelle German (Chic Makeup Geek) can pull off blue lipstick like this; she's so killer! And the vintage Gucci? Yes? Are we seeing this fabulous framed bag? Adore. I'm not a label hound by any means, but this bag fits with her 'you-wish-your-grandma-was-this-fly' look. Her pants are sheer and meant to be worn in the summer, but I love this chic update with tights underneath. 

Can we talk for just a minute about how Kimee Brown (The Model is Wearing) has SEVERAL of my favorite things going on here? As you all know, I love bow ties, turbans, and menswear-inspired anything, and she is completely rocking it. And her LEGO Chanel pin? Fabulous. So much.

As always, my partner in crime and stylist Elise Peterson (IVD) was super fresh; I love the tied up chiffon blouse with the encrusted jeweled skirt. This is a great example of taking a look that is perfect for summer and making it work for colder months. As usual, we both rocked vintage fur. I know, I know...but once you start wearing it when it's super-brr outside, there's nothing warmer! I will choose to be both warm AND fabulous, thank you! Her envelope clutch is killer and I love how she mixes slightly different shades of nude to create a softer, feminine look with a masculine flavor from the buttoned-up top.

Photo of me courtesy of Elise; when we got back to my apartment and figured out we hadn't documented ourselves! My hat and mink are courtesy of IVD, and my fabulous 1940's-inspired silk pants were a sneaky backroom sale from Anthro. I love the classic lines of the hat and veil, and even though it's a little kooky was really excited to wear it. Life is too short not to rock a big hat! Besides, I'd rather be That Girl In the Hat than a lot of other things!

This last photo is not really up to snuff in terms of quality, but I included it anyway for it's energy; the free-spirited fun vibe between Elise and I in the entryway of my building is completely indicative of our style partner in crime relationship. I love how sassy fresh this is!

We then went inside, took our crazy heels off, and ate pasta on the couch. Sometimes the best nights end the most simply. 

Local Stylista Saturday

This is why I love what I do for this blog. On Saturday, I went to a swap to support my friend Monica and her pop-up vintage boutique Pastiche. I shot her lookbook a couple weeks ago and am waiting for just the right time to debut the photos. I was about to leave the event when I noticed this lovely young woman. Kaarin Moore is the stylist behind the DC business Closet Caucus, and we got to chatting when she recognized me from my site. I am not familiar with her business, but if her personal appearance is any indicator, I'd say she's doing a great job! I love the clean lines of her dress with the attention to detail she showed in her choice of a very art/craft inspired broach.  

Refinery 29 DC Launch Party

Last night I had the pleasure of attending the Refinery 29 DC launch party, hosted by Madewell. With such an intimate fashion scene here in Washington, it was great to go to the party and know well over half of the people there. People don't host enough events for us all to get dressed up and have our picture taken at! Though, I can't provide details yet, but that is a problem I plan on personally addressing within the coming months. 

But anyway! 

The party was filled with a mix of DC fashion scenesters and Refinery 29 fans alike, decked out in their fashionable best. Here's my gripe: a lot of people I see at these parties dress in a sort of cookie-cutter way that I'll call "blogger stylish" without truly expressing a sense of style. Step it up girls, and express an opinion! Go hunt some vintage! Shop at obscure British boutiques online and worry customs will detain your beautiful new Saville-Row blazer! Live a little, and have some fun with you fashion! And live I did; I wore an early 1960's vintage car coat in bright blue and white silk with gold braided trim and gold buttons. Layered with one of my go-to well-tailored red dresses, black tights and a killer pair of pumps, my vintage-meets-power woman look got lots of smiles and snaps. I'll be sure to post photos as they emerge. 

But enough about me, this post is for the people! 

Here are some snaps of my favorite people, looks, and details from the party. I'll try to ID where I can, but this pile of lady biz cards next to me is sky-high and I need all the help I can get; leave me a comment or tweet @GoKateShoot with your name, link, info, whatever so I can fill in the blanks. 

Thanks team. Enjoy

My vintage fashion partner in crime, Elise Peterson of Its Vintage Darling

Shannon, manager of edgy DC salon Immortal Beloved, blogger of the District Darling, and fellow wearer of octopi necklaces!

Andrea Pippins of Fly and her incredible broach 

Style consultant Star Flood 

A fabulous local jewelry designer

Arm candy on the stylista behind Curious Chase

Mera Anwar, in a skirt of her design for her line Miri

Kristen of Ginger Root Design, a fabulous local designer that repurposes vintage and creates their own vintage-inspired looks

Studded smoking loafers, which you know I've been hyper for for a hot minute

The fabulous Miss Sai of Because I'm Fabulous in all her finest feathered frippery

Kristen of Ginger Root Design hamming it up for my camera

The lovely ladies behind Spicy Candy DC; love the fall-ready burgandy lipstick

One of the jewelry designers who presents her stuff (she's wearing it, check it out!) at Ginger Root Design

Miss Elise Peterson's fabulous vintage cube ring

Jason of IPO Clothing Co. wearing one of their shirts and amazing feather necklaces

Miss Shannon of Immortal Beloved; I love her half horned-rim glasses and hair color. Not to mention I'm a fan of ladies who join me in pulling out and pulling off the powerful red lip.

Interesting contrast between Shannon's open-backed shirt and feminine rose tattoo

Kind husbands and boyfriends came and entertained the kids; and what stylish gentlemen they are!

DC vintage fashion icon Stephanie Mills

Love Stephanie's two-tone manicure

Make-up guru Michelle, totally pulling off yellow lipstick

I love Kimee's dark and mysterious dark and lipstick, so perfect for fall!