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.

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Emily Schuman Book Signing In The DMV!

The Fab and Frugal | Cupcakes and Cashmere | Emily Schuman This news is like… balls to the wall, kick off your heels and dance around in your unmentionables exciting! My all time favorite bloggerette, Emily Schuman from Cupcakes and Cashmere will be in town for a book signing & headlining the new store opening of South Moon Under in Fairfax, VA! Buy her book here!

Guests will enjoy 20% off all in-store purchases during the event along with custom treats from cupcake atelier Georgetown Cupcake and gift bags for the first 50 guests.  A portion of the day’s proceeds will go to the Mosaic District Fashion Night‘s official benefiting charity Starlight Children’s Foundation. The event will also feature complimentary cocktails and refreshments! I’m so there. A solid fashion crowd and free dranks are a rarity in this town. You can bet your Louboutins you’ll be rubbing elbows with DC’s chicest crowd. Get there early! This is an open event!

WHEN: Tuesday, November 13, 2012, 6PM – 9PM
WHERE: South Moon Under, Mosaic District, 2910 District Avenue, Fairfax, VA

Chanel -esque Jackets On The Cheap

Nothing beats the craftsmanship behind Chanel’s little black jacket. But if you’re like me, you just can’t justify a couple thousand on one item… even if I did have the ocean deep pockets. Do you know what I could do with $2000?! Peep my picks for Chanel tweed jacket lookalikes!

The Fab and Frugal | Miami & DC Fashion Blog | Dorothy Perkins Cream Lace Tipped Jacket | Chanel JacketDorothy Perkins | $44

The Fab and Frugal | Miami & DC Fashion Blog | RD Style Lady Jacket | Chanel JacketRD Style Lady Jacket | $89

The Fab and Frugal | Miami & DC Fashion Blog | Forever 21 Tweed Jacket | Chanel JacketForever 21 Ruffle Tweed Jacket | $25

The Fab and Frugal | Miami & DC Fashion Blog | Merona Women's Boucle Jacket | Chanel JacketMerona Women’s Boucle Jacket | $35

The Fab and Frugal | Miami & DC Fashion Blog | Dorothy Perkins Boucle Jacket | Chanel JacketsDorothy Perkins Grey Boucle Biker Jacket | $44

The Fab and Frugal | Miami & DC Fashion Blog | Miss SelfridgeBurgundy Boucle PU Trim Jacket | Chanel JacketMiss Selfridge Burgundy Boucle Jacket | $61