I clean up nice. I got this classy Ralph Lauren Collection frock at Saks Off Fifth at Potomac Mills marked down to $400 from $2675 – quite the steal if I do say so myself. I added the beautiful vintage Ciner bracelet from the set my parents bought me for my wedding as a nod to the Green Inaugural Ball held at the beautiful Newseum of course. My hubs wore a Calvin Klein tuxedo.
I apologize for the quality of these photos, but we were too excited to worry about them. Bloop!
Ball attendees included a surprise appearance by Vice President Joe Biden who said, “I also came to tell you what my green wish is: that we finally face up to climate change. I came to thank you.” Chills! Will.i.am and Sugar Ray performances were followed up by Bill Nye The Science Guy and SurvivorMan! Open bar and lustrous views of the nation’s capital didn’t hurt of course.
What I Wore: H&M Yellow Blazer (no longer available – check ebay!) | Helmut Lang Black Sheer Panel Leggings purchased from The Outnet | Chanel Metal Cap Toe Flats from Consign of the Times | Macy’s Karl Lagerfeld Tank | Reed Krakoff Nappa Leather RK Tote | Tory Burch Lucite Logo Cuff available here
My Reed Krakoff tote & Chanel metal cap toe flats weren’t exactly affordable finds , but pairing them with an HM bright yellow blazer, a $20 tank and $10 necklace brings down the pretentious nature of that iconic CC logo, plus cushioning your conscience and your bank account from a major blow. Minus the bag & flats, this look was only $130 (yes, including the Helmut Lang leggings purchased in The Outnet sale). Fun but chic, edgy and easy.
The polls opened up this morning at 6AM in Alexandria! I happily rolled out of bed and bundled up anticipating a long wait (similar to my 4 hour wait to vote in 2008), but this time in 30 degree weather! Luckily we had just a 15 minute quiet morning with our neighbors and I rocked my vote in comfy chic style! Color coordinated with the nation’s flag and all! ‘MERICA! What did you wear to the polls today???
What I Wore: Thrifted Red Coat $5 | J.Crew Saturday Pant available on sale here | Denim Chambray Top from H&M | Michael Kors Fernando Sunnies available here | H&M Nautical Striped Top | Zara Metallic Basic Flats similar here | Gray Printed Pashmina from China Town in NYC! | I Voted sticker c/o City of Alexandria ;)