Tonight: Paisean Faisean

Posted on February 28, 2011
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Irish contemporary arts organization Solis Nua is hosting Paisean Faisean! (Fashion Passion…thanks, Google Translate!) tonight at Fathom Creative. There’s a fashion and trunk show of contemporary Irish designers, the debut of a short fashion film, and a performance by Julie Feeney, who is is giving Lady Gaga a run for her money in the headgear department (witness the Barbie piece in the above video, which one “Best Styled” at the Irish VMAs). Tickets are $35 and available here.

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Bold Earrings at Jete

Posted on February 28, 2011
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Apparently my friends and I all had the same idea for the Jete Society’s Dance Party on Saturday night: bold, big earrings! These tassel earrings are one of my favorite pairs to wear, and they were so cheap! I’m sure Natalie Portman’s pair from last night’s Oscars were not…

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I have an affinity for large, ridiculous earrings. I recently came across Lunch at the Ritz earrings on eBay. They’re so ugly! Love them!

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The Butler + Claypool party

Posted on February 25, 2011
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Thanks to everyone who came out on Saturday for the debut of Butler + Claypool, the retail/design collective I helped to form with five other fashion-obsessed friends. We hope to plan a number of fashion/art/music events and such upcoming, so stay tuned for it. Saturday’s vintage pop-up shopping party at American Ice Company saw zillions of amazing pieces of vintage flying off the racks. Above, I’m prepping a silky purple drape-fit top for sale in my eBay-scored harem pants, knit top from H&M and Kors booties (how you tempt me, Gilt Groupe)….

A few snaps from the day:

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What to wear to: Jete Society Dance Party

Posted on February 24, 2011
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Ashley Taylor, in yellow, with Washington Ballet Artistic Director Septime Webre (right) and Jete cohost Winston Lord (far left)

The tenth anniversary event of The Washington Ballet is known for its pretty-young-thing guests, inventive themes and, best of all, a high-energy dance performance. This year’s event is carnival-themed – promotions touted fire-breathers at a top-secret location on the Georgetown Waterfront – and for the party Saturday, emails are surely flying back and forth about what to wear.

According to cohost Ashley Taylor (and well, probably to anyone who’s ever been to the party), the answer is typically short, tight, and sparkly. Taylor, who was winningly forthcoming about her own ensemble when asked, is wearing a “short, beaded, champagne-colored” number with a slightly vintage feel. She pointed out this dress and this dress as examples of what she thinks she’ll see this year. In 2008, my favorite dress fit the short, sparkly and fun category. Short and sparkly is fun, but with a carnival theme, anything goes! Feathers, sparkly or brightly colored nail polish, hats and a bring shade of lipstick and eyeshadow are all easy and inexpensive ways to get in on the carnival theme.

Also, if you haven’t yet gotten tickets, they are on sale online til noon today.

For inspiration, the most amazing carnival outfit ever:

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