CLARENDON DAY


I’ve been spending the past few days with one of my best girlfriends in Northern Virginia. She lives in Clarendon, just outside of Washington, D.C.
Saturday was Clarendon Day, a street festival full of art, food, and music that claimed to be “as diverse and fun as Arlington.” After procuring delicious Indian food and homemade pickles, we relaxed on the curb for an afternoon of making up imaginary life stories for all the people who passed by.

View from our curbside people-watching perch.

I found this vintage Diane von Furstenberg jumpsuit at Beacon’s Closet in Williamsburg. I wore it with a vintage belt, MBMJ bag, necklace from Greece, and Hope’s gladiator sandals.

I had such a great time in Clarendon. If you’re ever in the neighborhood, be sure to check out Northside Social, a coffee and wine bar where you can find me being productive for the rest of the day today. Cheers!
[Northside image from arlingtonrealestatenews.com]
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ASIA AFTER DARK



Last evening, I had the opportunity to attend Asia After Dark at the Smithsonian Freer and Sackler Galleries. The galleries were open late for a special viewing of the video and photography exhibit Fiona Tan: Rise and Fall. Curator Carol Huh gave a talk about the work while attendees buzzed around the space, sipping melon balls and munching on summer rolls. DJ’s Yellow Fever played and attendees participated in video interviews by the Pink Line Project and related craft projects. It was so great to see the galleries abuzz and get a chance to view the show before it opened to the public.

There were packets of Pop Rocks littered about the galleries, and partygoers were encouraged to drop them into the champagne, which resulted in a little explosion!


On the bottom floor of the galleries, the wishing well was transformed into the Pop Rock Lounge.

This is my Artful Avatar. After having my photo taken in a vintage photobooth, I was encouraged to decorate it to reflect who I “really” am. I made two of them–one to keep and one for the Smithsonian website.
I had a great time pop rocking, wearing an H&M dress, Madewell scarf, and MBMJ bag (sorry there’s no shoe pic!). I highly recommend checking out the Fiona Tan exhibit when it opens to the public tomorrow. Kudos to my dear friend Lyz who was one of the event planners–it was a great party!
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WHOSE COAT IS THAT JACKET YOU’RE WEARING?



I recently read the headline

Hundreds of stolen coats released in controversial art installation

My interest was piqued as my favorite coat came to mind. There is something almost familial about a beloved coat–it keeps you warm during the coldest months of the year!

In the installation, Whose Coat is that Jacket You’re Wearing?, artist Mike Ballard attempted to come to terms with the theft of his favorite coat. Over the past ten years, Ballard lifted men’s outerwear from bars and pubs around London, cataloguing their contents, and storing them in his home, never to be worn or used. In his installation this fall, he will reveal the over 200 stolen coats, and return them to anyone who can identify where they were lost or their contents.

Ballard’s installation is an extension of the use of “appropriation” in art, which usually means stealing ideas or images from other artists or disciplines (such as Richard Prince’s cowboy photographs). Ballard has taken appropriation to the next level, displaying the cold-weather loot in the first exhibition of entirely stolen materials. Ballard clearly took Picasso’s words to heart:
“Good artists copy, great artists steal.”

The exhibition will be on view at Walker’s Tailor in London from October 8-23, 2010.
Click here to read the full press release. My pink fur-trimmed coat is by Julie Haus and it is the only way I survive the winter!
P.S.–My new header image is Andy Warhol’s Diamond Dust, 1980.

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FASHION’S NIGHT OUT



Last Friday was one of my favorite events of the year: Fashion’s Night Out NYC. It was a night of extravagant shopping, celebrity appearances, drinks, and dancing, all in honor of New York’s fashion scene. Stores are open late and shoppers, designers, celebrities, and others gather together to paint the town red.

Tavi Gevinson, 13-year-old fashion blogger extraordinaire, chatted with guests at Barneys.

Barneys creative director, Simon Doonan, signed his book, Eccentric Glamour, for me!

I ran into some blogger friends, Claudia and Shirley, in Meatpacking!
But the highlight of my evening was meeting Christian Siriano at Payless on Madison Avenue. I wore his shoes to the event, and he loved how I styled them (with a 12×12 blouse and H&M pants). Here I am with Christian and Pat Field:
It was a great night, one of those true New York City experiences. It’s so refreshing to see so many people out and about and enjoying the fashionable city life. I can’t wait for next year!

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IFB CONFERENCE


Last Thursday, I attended my second Independent Fashion Bloggers conference. It was held at the Hudson Hotel in Midtown Manhattan, and was a full day of seminars and talks by well-known fashion bloggers. It was a great time of networking and learning how to be a better blogger. I’m working on applying some of the things that I learned, and I have big plans for Artfully Awear!
This is Jennine Jacob, founder of Independent Fashion Bloggers, with Phil Oh of Street Peeper. Emily of Cupcakes and Cashmere and Rumi Neely of Fashion Toast also shared at the conference.
Here I am with Gala Darling, one of the speakers. I love how our outfits coordinate! Gala was wearing Betsey Johnson and I wore a Marc Jacobs dress, vintage blazer and belt, Marc by Marc Jacobs handbag, and Topshop white over-the-knee boots. These boots sure were a conversation starter!

The lovely Delmy of Fashion Bananas and her friend Monique. I love Delmy’s Topshop dress!
I had such a great time at the conference and learned so much. I’m looking forward to attending the next one in February. Thanks, IFB!
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ZEBRA



Last Wednesday, I attended StyleLikeU‘s Pre-Fashion Week party. It was a great time to get together before the craziness of the spring shows and meet some of the others featured on the site as well as the StyleLikeU team. For the event, I wore a customized vintage dress (also featured on my StyleLikeU profile), vintage Bloomingdales silk zebra print blazer, Marni wedges, and a Cynthia Rowley purse.

The inspiration for this outfit was one of my favorite contemporary artists, Mickalene Thomas. She creates photographed or collaged interiors of multiple prints and media that allude to or directly represent art historical masterpieces, and replaces their subjects with women of color. The bold floral and zebra print in my outfit really reflects my obsession with her work. [images from rickday.net and sbcaf.org]

The vertical beams of light in the background of this shot are from Tribute in Light, a memorial at the World Trade Center site. They are searchlights that beam into the night representing the two towers that were destroyed on September 11, 2001. These photos were taken on a Brooklyn rooftop and it was really stunning to see how visible the lights were from far away. May we never forget.

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NATIONAL HARBOR

Last weekend, I visited National Harbor in Washington, D.C. for the day. It is a newly-built area on the Potomac River with lots of fun shops, restaurants, and a lovely farmer’s market.

There are boats to rent and galleries to browse, but my favorite part of the Harbor was the public art. There are sculptures, mosaics, and mixed-media pieces all over the place. I loved the multicolored mosaics by Cheryl Foster that graced the steps leading to the beach.

The piece-de-resistance is J. Seward Johnson’s The Awakening. It is a five-piece sculpture on the beach of the Potomac River of a cast aluminum “man” rising out of the sand. It signifies cultural re-awakening. The fingers are taller than me!
I wore a dress from Zachary’s Smile and Deena + Ozzy sandals from Urban Outfitters.

On another note, I’ll be attending Evolving Influence, IFB’s Fashion Blogger Conference on Thursday. I’m looking forward to hearing from some top bloggers and meeting lots of new ones. I hope to see you there!

[Claudia, myself, and Shirley at the last Evolving Influence conference.]

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SUNFLOWER

Growing up at the beach, half of my wardrobe consisted of swimwear and cover-ups, and I still enjoy getting more wear out of them than most people do. It may be September, but I am intent on wearing my maillots as long as the weather permits. So far, based on September’s weather, I’ve wanted to wear little else.

This is an amazing Escada swim outfit I found at The Trunk Show in Charleston, SC. It is a one-piece swimsuit with matching gauze skirt. I was so excited to find this set in my size and in such a sunny color.

The shoes are Sigerson Morrison lambskin heels with copper mesh (LOVE). This is my first time wearing them outside! The hat is by the San Diego Hat Company, the shades are vintage Ray-Bans, and the belt is from Goodwill.

The palette of this outfit and these photos keeps reminding me of Van Gogh’s Sunflowers. It is not actually one of my favorite paintings, but it definitely reflects the mood, don’t you think?


Long live summer!
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PEN AND INK

If I had to choose my favorite medium of art, it would probably be pen and ink. It’s so quick and bold, and I love the different textures you can achieve by varying paper and nib. I think that’s why I like this Jean Paul Gaultier dress so much. It’s like a bunch of different ink drawings sewn together somewhat haphazardly, but the result is quite a work of art! [Click photos to enlarge.]


I wore the Jean Paul Gaultier dress with an Izod bandeau and Sam Edelman espadrilles. The nail polish is “Pretty Edgy” by Essie. These photos were taken at the Ashley Inn in Charleston, SC.
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