"Feeling unique is a habit you shouldn't give up."

- Alberto Fermani

"Anyone can get all dressed up and glamorous, but it is how people dress in their off days that is the most intriguing."

-Alexander Wang


Mixing It Up

Modern Meets Retro

Leather dress, $267
Steven by Steve Madden platform pumps, $159
Vintage bag
ASOS drop earrings, $22
Lulu Frost crystal bangle, $405

I had such a great morning today at a coffee where I got to speak about 60s fashion (specifically Mad Men style) to a great group of women who are planning a gala in March to benefit the Center for Alexandria's Children. The theme, of course, is Mad Men. I can't wait for the event!

But the inspiration today came from the absolutely AMAZING home of the woman who hosted the coffee. Her home is practically a museum of stunning and interesting art, sculpture, and furniture all perfectly integrated with the house which I am sure was built in the 1920s if not earlier. The mix of modern with traditional was exceptional and it got me thinking how wonderful it is when someone truly understands how to pull this off. It's important to mention that the hostess is not an interior designer (although she should be!); she's a lawyer. Only in DC. :)

My outfit inspiration... I am SO sad that this dress appears to be sold out. I am now on the hunt for it! Dress = modern mix of leather and feathers but streamlined, simple cut. It's minimalist despite the feathers. Jewelery and evening bag = art deco/1920s inspired (or actual vintage) that offset the edgy darkness of the dress. Shoes = mix of pretty, sexy, and ornate but in a color that doesn't compete with the boldness of the dress. Perfectly mixed up!

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