Green Inaugural Ball Style

The Fab and Frugal DC Fashion Style Blog Green Inaugural Ball 2013 Ralph Lauren Black Silk Dress Ciner Vintage BraceletI 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.

The Fab and Frugal DC Fashion Style Blog Green Inaugural Ball 2013 Ralph Lauren Black Silk Dress Ciner Vintage BraceletI 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.

The Fab and Frugal DC Fashion Style Blog Green Inaugural Ball 2013 Ralph Lauren Black Silk Dress Ciner Vintage Bracelet

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My Unexpected & Unannounced Hiatus

Forgive my neglect. I’ll spare you the deets, but the big move to the Nation’s capital has left me under the weather in more ways than one. It’s been, and continues to be a rough transition, which explains my 2.5 month hiatus from writing a SINGLE word. Blame it on the combo of being sartorially uninspired and emotionally drained.

With that said, I’m back, and forcing myself to get back to doing the things I love and those that inspire me. Because in the words of Bey, who run the world? GIRLS.

First Lady Fashion Exhibit!

Last weekend I hit up the First Lady Fashion Exhibit at the Museum of American History (which is free btw) – there’s really nothing more American and entirely humbling. Add in a room chock full of some of the world’s most exquisite dresses, and you have a double wammy.

The Fab and Frugal | Miami & DC Fashion Blog | What I Wore First Lady Fashion Exhibit Museum SmithsonianHere’s what I wore, but really who cares. The good stuff is further down… Talbots Black Crop Jacket, J.Crew Knit Seater, H&M Necklace, Target White Skinnies (Yes white. that rule no longer applies as long as you do it right), Cole Haan Riding Boots, and Kate Spade handbag.

I’m pretty sure Mark had to pull me away from at least a dozen of these gowns (and nor will I confirm or deny my sudden hallucinations of me dancing a la Gone With The Wind in First Lady Michelle Obama’s Inaugural gown & Jimmy Choo pumps). Enjoy some eye candy and see how American glamour & style has evolved. I apologize for the quality of the images, but my iPhone is pre Suri.

The Fab and Frugal | Miami & DC Fashion Blog | First Lady Fashion Exhibit Museum SmithsonianLeft: Lou Henry Hoover’s Day Dress from 1932. At that time she made a point of wearing cotton dresses to promote the cotton textile industry. She was also the first First Lady to appear in Vogue Magazine! Right: Fashion icon Jacqueline Kennedy’s State Dinner Dress designed by Oleg Cassini in 1961.

The Fab and Frugal | Miami & DC Fashion Blog | First Lady Fashion Exhibit Museum SmithsonianLeft: Mamie Eisenhower’s 1957 State Dinner dress designed by Nettie Rosenstein. She made charm bracelets, close-fitting hats, and the “Mamie pink” color trendy! Right: Nancy Reagan’s Inaugural Gown that was hand-beaded by designer James Galanos. She wore a Judith Leiber clutch (not pictured here).

The Fab and Frugal | Miami & DC Fashion Blog | First Lady Fashion Exhibit Museum SmithsonianAbove: Hillary Clinton’s violet lace gown from New York designer Sarah Phillips for the Inaugural Ball of 1993. This one is my favorite, along with Mamie Eisenhower’s!

The Fab and Frugal | Miami & DC Fashion Blog | First Lady Fashion Exhibit Museum Smithsonian | Michelle ObamaAbove: First Lady Michelle Obama’s Inaugural gown designed by Jason Wu, jewels created specifically for the event by jeweler Loree Rodkin, and traditional white peep toe pumps by Jimmy Choo.