Monthly Archives: June 2013

Stellar in Stripes

Stripes are everything this season, making them a sartorial summer staple.  Stripes are so wonderful because they are so easy to make your own and almost act as a neutral.  Whether you choose to go with the preppy nautical stripes, punky 90s stripes, or the chic Parisian stripes you simply can’t go wrong.


Cropped tops are everything this season. This is an unbeatable and chic combo.

Photo courtesy of Style of Becca


Parisian perfection in Chanel

Photo courtesy of Dress Design Decor


Leather for summer with a pop of color

Photo courtesy of Ashley Ring My Bell


suits & stripes

Photo courtesy of fashion universes


Rompers are my absolute weakness! It doesn’t get any better than this!

Photo courtesy of Chic Overdose


Fit & flare, the trend that keeps on giving

Photo courtesy of Chicismo


90s punk perfection

Photo courtesy of Crymson Clover

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Classic Stripes

The unbeatable, classic, eye-catching black and white combination has taken over my blog this spring/summer and I am OK with it.  The fusion of these opposites has a stark breathtaking effect, which looks different depending on how you rock it allowing you to really make this combo your own.  Stripes are a sartorial staple this spring/summer channeling a preppy nautical vibe that can have a hint of edge depending on how you you style it.  Not surprisingly, I opted for edge over prep for the G.L.A.M. Charity Fashion Event benefiting Safe Shores DC.  For the second annual G.L.A.M. charity fashion event that I planned and hosted with my G.L.A.M. partner District Sparkle’s Meaghan, I turned to my favorite “trends” black and white, stripes, a figure accentuating body con dress and a pop of neon.  When dressing for any occasion comfort and attitude is key, which is why I turned to my trusty favs.  Always remember the clothes aren’t wearing you, you are wearing the clothes and let your personality and confidence shine through.

black and white

Dress: Torn by Ronny Kobo (found here & on sale!), Shoes: c/o Aldo Shoes (found here & on sale!)


It’s hard to tell because my hair is so dark, but I used a french braid to secure this side do


I could not be more obsessed with these shoes! They are the perfect statement piece for any look and I love the pop of neon that glows in the dark!

Black and white

Photos courtesy of Heidi of Jax and Jewels

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G.L.A.M. Charity Fashion Event

I have been a horrible blogger recently, neglecting Garden of Glam, and slacking on creating new posts.  I do hope you will forgive me or at least allow me to explain.  I am the Director of Operations for G.L.A.M. (Giving Labels a Meaning).  G.L.A.M. combines a love of fashion with the desire to help children in need.  So through pop-up shops and exclusive fashion events, Meaghan (G.L.A.M.’s founder & creator of District Sparkle) and I raise money for local child advocacy groups.  And right now we are in the thick of planning the G.L.A.M. Summer Fashion Event on June 20th from 6:30-9 at 906 H St., NE that will benefit Safe Shores D.C.  Safe Shores D.C. is an incredible organization that is dedicated to protecting children that have been exposed to abuse, trauma, & violence.  And 100% of the proceeds from the event will be donated directly to Safe Shores D.C.

The G.L.A.M. Fashion Event will feature pop up shops from local boutiques and designers such as Bishop Boutique, Turquoise and Drabo Gallery an amazing raffle, open bar, and DJ MIM will be bumping beats all night while fellow bloggers Keri, Rachel, Erin, and Simone model in the fashion presentation.

So needless to say I have been a bit busier than usual and I do hope you will forgive me for (momentarily) putting Garden of Glam in the backseat.

Again, in case you missed the important details the G.L.A.M. Fashion Event is June 20th from 6:30-9:00 at 906 H St., NE.  Get your tickets HERE for the reasonable price of $10 for GA and $30 for VIP (which comes with our fabulous swag bags).  Again, get your tickets HERE!

I hope you will join me (on June 20th) in supporting local boutiques & designers in a fight against child abuse!

GLAM 2013 press release

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CFDA Fashion Awards

I know this is a little late, but I couldn’t resist putting together a best dressed list from this year’s CFDA Fashion Awards.  The Council of Fashion Designers of America Awards are the fashion equivalent to the Oscar’s, except more fabulous and adventurous.  Designers pull out all the stops and rock the red carpet with the “it” model of the moment on their arm.  Epic duos are debuted and fashion history is made.  This year the CFDA Awards were as glamorous as ever with incredible highs like Erin Wasson in Alexander Wang and Karolina Kurkova redefining the red carpet dress code in shorts designed by Michael Kors.  Sadly, there were some lows, most notably (and upsetting) Rachel Roy, who I normally love, but she just missed the mark this year in a white unflattering jumpsuit.  Between the highs and lows was glitz and glamour at its finest.  The boys of Proenza Schouler came away with the coveted womenswear designer of the year award and the always inspiring Vera Wang, who looked gorgeous, was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

So what did you think of the red carpet?  Who were your favs?  Which looks have you pinned and can’t get enough of and which looks do you wish would just disappear?

Alexander Wang

Erin Wasson in Alexander Wang with Alexander Wang

Proenza Schouler

Lauren Santo Domingo in Proenza Schouler

Michael Kors

Linda Fargo in Michael Kors

Calvin Klein

Rooney Mara in Calvin Klein

Vera Wang

Vera Wang

Michael Kors

Karolina Kurkova in Michael Kors

Cushnie et Ochs

Karlie Kloss in Cushnie et Ochs with the gorgeous designers

Dennis Basso

Olivia Palermo in Dennis Basso

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Fit & Flare

Fit and flare dresses are everywhere and everything this summer.  There are many reasons that this silhouette is so popular and has made its way into everyone’s closets.  The first being that it is flattering for all body types.  The tight to exaggerated lines of the dress give the illusion of a pin up figure.  The silhouette is also fun and flirty, and because of the fullness of the skirt the hemlines tend to be longer making it appropriate for all occasions.  I wore the dress featured in this post to a bridal shower (these pics were taken after the bridal shower) and also wear it work all the time.  I hesitate to call this flattering and retro shape a trend, because in reality it is more of a wardrobe staple that should be in everyones closets.

fit & flare

Dress: H&M (similar here), Shoes: Nine West (similar-ish here)

The key to a successful fit & flare dress is in the name, fit!  Make sure it is tight enough on top so the flare is more drastic.

The key to a successful fit & flare dress is in the name, fit! Make sure it is tight enough on top so the flare is more drastic.

fit & flare

Try bold colors and prints for the summer.

fit & flare

The flare is perfect for hot summer days!

fit & flare

Smiling through the heat.

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