Last summer I participated in a fun styled shoot at the historic Oatlands property in Virginia with some very talented vendors, and our work was featured on Magnolia Rouge in March! It was a fairly hot day, but Lissa Ryan Photography beautifully captured all of the intricate details of the vintage crown, veil, and gorgeous gown from Gossamer.
My friend Sarah and I celebrated National Thrift Shop Day by visiting the Buffalo Exchange shop on 14th Street, D.C. I was in heaven, looking through racks upon racks of lightly worn trendy clothes. With so many retail options, it’s easy to forget that there are some really great shops dedicated to recycling clothing at reasonable prices. Buffalo Exchange, in particular, boasts an eco-friendly approach with bag-less shopping and targets local customers. It also has a flair for vintage, which is right up my alley.
After trying on about 20 pieces, I landed on a versatile polka dot dress, a retro striped sweater, and the best find ever: a perfect pair of pink suede pumps with a heel low enough to wear all day. You know how much I love a pop of color, and comfiness is just gravy.
Winter sunsets are my favorite. There is a sweet glimmer on the horizon as the sun slowly sinks, flecks of gold sprayed everywhere. I’m not sure if it’s just the comforting and happy qualities of gold in the midst of a cold winter, but I’ve been drawn to it lately… enough to make me want to paint odds and ends in my room a nice, bright gold. On this particular golden day, I teamed up with Vanessa Riojas to capture our New Year’s Eve attire. New Year’s Eve in Northern Virginia was a cold one, so I wore my favorite gold sequin dress with a black and white plaid shirt, tights, and booties for a little added warmth. I also wore my favorite red winter hat from The Current, a pretty awesome radio station out of Minneapolis, MN. The plaid and hat together have a lumberjack[ie]-chic feel, no? Ah, I live for puns.
Vanessa wore a fun long-sleeved floral patterned dress that she recently found while thrift shoppin’ in Chicago, and just looking at her made me feel a bit warmer! Vanessa is not only a photographer, but also a thrifty girl extraordinaire, and runs her own vintage shop. I have always had a love for vintage clothes, hanging onto pieces that my mother and grandmother have passed down to me, and Vanessa’s unique style has inspired me to pull some of those favorites to the front of my closet. Also, don’t be surprised if you run into me at thrift stores on H Street one of these days…
I’ve been living in cozy sweaters lately (in mainly black and grey hues) that mirror the dreary weather. Winter is cold and long, and I can’t believe this is just the beginning, which is why I am even more excited that I will be in California for a week-long business trip. Helloooo 75-degree weather, light layers, and sunshine (my suffering skin knows I could use some Vitamin D). I can’t think of a better way to start off the new year than with some rejuvenation.
We were lucky with a couple of mild days in D.C. this December and we got a chance to visit Teddy Roosevelt Island again on one of them. There’s just something special about that place, and it helped that it was a super fun and open afternoon with friends. I love days that are sort of spontaneous, when there is a basic outline of what you want to accomplish, but then you messily fill in the blank space with whatever comes your way. That’s how I feel about shooting content for my blog. We start with a general concept and just let the elements – weather, mood, energy – inform us of our direction.
This time of year blesses me with moments to get energized and refreshed, and I’m hoping that The Special Event conference in Anaheim will fuel my creativity and focus. Don’t forget to follow my California adventure on Instagram @jackietara!
I hope everyone had a lovely carefree summer solstice! T was in Minnesota photographing artists at the Rock the Garden music festival for The Current [check out his work on The Current’s Instagram!], so I had a rare weekend to myself. I always think that I will have a lot of “down time” when T is out of town, but somehow it never works out that way. Between a “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” themed gala, two birthday parties, a bikram yoga class, and a shopping date with my mom, I had a full weekend! On Saturday night, a friend and I went for a stroll mid-birthday party to pick up more limes from the neighborhood Trader Joe’s for caipirinhas [an amazing Brazilian cocktail that you should try immediately if you haven’t already]. I haven’t been very good at this lately, but I did remember to pause to appreciate the gorgeous evening, walking around town, and the time spent with friends that I don’t get to see too often. It never ceases to amaze me how fast time flies, especially in the summer. Since I don’t think things are slowing down any time soon post-solstice, I need to be sure to have some relaxing “me time” this summer. A day in the sun reading a book would be fantastic. Pool day, anyone?
Don’t forget to follow my summer adventures on Instagram and summer style musings on Pinterest!
There’s something about vintage clothing that gives me the warm and fuzzies; an excitement from putting on a piece of history that I don’t get from slipping on a splurge-of-a-dress or the next great find from TJ Maxx [although don’t get me wrong, I love both of these things]. I get even more excited when the piece of clothing I am putting on belonged to my grandmother, before she graciously donated it to my closet. Mima, my mom’s mom, is still young at heart and is always at the forefront of fashion, so I knew her gorgeous rust colored dress from the 1970’s would be the perfect thing for a bohemian inspired shoot.
My friend Traci spotted a rare patch of undeveloped land on an afternoon drive in Sterling, Virginia and had been itching to do a styled shoot there ever since. It was time for my rust dress to shine! The open plot of land was next to a 4-lane highway, so Traci and I darted across the road with gusto, excited to see what our photography “venue” looked like. The weather was mild that day: cloudy with a few drops of rain here and there, but the overcast skies provided fantastic light that Traci beautifully captured in her photos.
Wedding season. The season of love and romance, old traditions paired with the new, gorgeous color palettes, and of course the best season [and reason] to put on that fabulous dress. A dear colleague of mine is getting married this Saturday in Clifton, Virginia to the love of her life and I can’t wait to witness their “I Do’s” and share in their celebration! What I am not looking forward to so much is the sub 50 degree weather and rain showers that are sure to make an appearance. It’s March for Pete’s sake, isn’t it supposed to be NICE outside?! But the wedding will commence and, hey, at least the rain will hide our tears… of joy of course! I am surely in for a good cry.
With this silly transitional weather ahead, I am going to go with a black and white patterned dress I found on ModCloth. It’s a neutral option that’s not quite “wintery” but not too “springy” either, which is great because I can continue to wear this sleeveless dress into warmer spring days, and maybe even the beginning of summer, too! I do want some pop of color against my black, white, and grey ensemble, so I luckily purchased a little neon number in time from a Banana Republic online sale!
It is getting pretty darn chilly in this neck of the woods. D.C. has already experienced it’s first “real” snow storm this year, and it’s not even January! It was only a couple inches, but enough to shut down schools for two days and to give me a snow day away from the office. December is a crazy time of year. It’s holiday party after holiday party, leaving me in a daze of splendor, excitement, and exhaustion all mixed together. I do love it though: the garlands, wreathes, sparkling lights, and happy guests enjoying time with colleagues and friends lift my spirits on long work days that quickly turn into work nights. And repeat.
My lack of sleep and desire to stay warm frequently results in those days when all you want to wear is all of your least form fitting clothes, a style I have deemed “grandpa chic.” There’s just something so cozy and comforting about throwing on your significant other’s most loved sweater, a vintage jacket, a warm pair of pants, and boots. It’s hard to justify wearing anything else!
With ever evolving fashion trends, it’s nice to know that there will always be classic pieces to fall back on. I have always had a flare for styling vintage pieces and it helps that most of them came from my mother’s 60’s and 70’s wardrobe. In addition to my mom’s fantastic clothes and collecting a few things of my own along the way, I have also received some great vintage pieces as gifts. My sister gave me this lovely camel jacket from a thrift shop two years ago, which is still a trendy color and the perfect complement to white lace. The thing to remember is, you don’t have to completely redo your wardrobe every time the next big thing is in style. Try mixing some vintage in with the modern and you can accomplish the same [or an even better] unique look.