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Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

Happy Love Week! Valentine’s Day is a day full of love, lots of red, flowers, chocolates, and of course presents.  Still haven’t found the perfect gift for the loved ones in your life?  Don’t panic, I’ve got you covered and there is still time for overnight delivery!  Check out Garden of Glam’s Valentine’s Day Gift Guide that features the perfect gifts for him and her highlighting amazing DC based designers, brands and companies!


Perfect gift for the music lover on the go!

These sneakers are perfect for (almost) every occasion and are about to blow up!

Local designer alert! Hugh & Crye knows that fit is everything in menswear and that each body type is different.


Layering necklaces are the perfect gift for everyone and this necklace celebrates the spirit of Valentine’s Day

Nothing says I love you like a tee that says I love you

I have been eyeing these for a while! And if you want to go all Beyonce, get the XO initials


Local company alert! Support a local company, Soigne Card,  while also supporting your favorite local restaurants by getting your friend e-gift cards!

Local designer alert! Get your bestie an ultra glam headband from Andrea’s Beau!  Love this headband? So do I! Order it by Friday & get a 20% discount by using gardenofglam as the discount code!

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Inauguration News

It’s almost Inauguration Day.  A day the marks new beginnings and a day that in so many ways embodies hope.  Hope that things will be better, that a divided Congress will rise against their differences in the interest of our country, and that progress (which is a very loaded word) will be made.  All of this hope, thankfully, leads to celebration!  This weekend is jam packed with Inaugural Balls that will be attended by the first family, high-level government officials, Congressmen, DC wonks, out of towners, and people simply looking for a good time.  There is so much excitement surrounding this weekend and the biggest question on everyone’s minds is not about politics, but about fashion.  The best-kept secret in Washington right now is who Michelle Obama will be wearing for the official Inaugural Balls and I cannot wait to find out the answer!  Four years ago Michelle donned an incredible Jason Wu gown that catapulted him to fame and solidified her status as a style icon.  The next question on ball attendees’ minds is what to wear!  This weekend in DC is the equivalent to Hollywood’s Red Carpet Award’s Season and everyone wants to be on the best-dressed list!  This past Tuesday, I had the honor of modeling an incredible Tadashi Shoji gown on CBS’s morning news in a Inaugural fashion segment styled by Carine’s Bridal and local fashion bloggers.  Please enjoy the behind the scenes pics from the most glamorous morning of all time (our call time was 4am, yes you read that correctly) and find inspiration in these beautiful gowns and baubles!

4am delirium

4am delirium

In the make up chair

In the make up chair

Tadashi in the CBS newsroom pit

Tadashi in the CBS newsroom pit

The ultimate screen shot

The ultimate screen shot

Special thanks to Carine’s Bridal, District Sparkle, A Diva State of Mind, The Finesse Life, DC Funemployment, Whitney Stringer PR, Hair by Giselle and the CBS news team for making such a fabulous morning possible!

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Working Girl


When viewing “wear to work” sections in magazines, I usually find myself overcome with a conflicting spectrum of emotions.  I feel confused, slightly appalled, and severely jealous, and I have to believe others feel the same way.  I actually laugh out loud when a “work wear” article features “professional shorts” paired with a bold blouse, sky high heels, and heavily layered accessories.  Yes, I wish I could wear that to work (hence the jealously), but if I ever did wear dressed up shorts or a mini or something sheer without a tank under it, I would be sent home immediately and an email would be sent to the entire office reminding everyone of the dress code.  Suffice it to say, I don’t know what audience the editors are catering to, but whoever it is it isn’t someone who works in an office with a strict business casual—with an emphasis on business—dress code.


I had a hard time adapting to office life.  My style and wardrobe used to represent two extremes: casual chic or runway ready, so initially I found the “business casual” guidelines to be quite stifling.  However, now, I have found a new balance in my wardrobe and style that I actually have work to thank for and I never thought I would say this, but I enjoy the challenge of finding new ways to express myself stylistically within the confines of “business casual.”  Whether it’s a bold print, a little neon, conservative sheer, fringe, or color blocking, I have made work wear my own!


This post is compiled of a week long photo shoot Dzifa (my fashionable work friend and fellow blogger) and I did during our lunch breaks, as well as few snapshots I took of my boyfriend on the way to work, some random ensembles I enjoyed, and a photograph I took of a truly inspiring woman.


Thank you so much to Dzifa, Brandon, Kee-kee, and Marissa, this post would not have been possible without you! Also, please check out Dzifa’s blog at mrdzifs.tumblr.com!


Shirt: Banana Republic Outlet, Trousers: H&M, Belt: H&M, Shoes: Zara, Sunglasses: Ray Ban, Watch: Timex Weekender, Briefcase: Zara


Blazer: Theory, Blouse: Forever 21, Pants: Theory, Shoes: Sam Edelman, Necklace: Anthropologie, Watch: Michael Kors, Purse: Michael Kors, Sunglasses: Marc by Marc Jacobs

Adding a bold print or an exotic shoe is a great way to add flare to an outfit and really make it your own. I also love this blazer–adding a blazer to any outfit is the perfect way to polish off a look.

so dc

Shirt: Ralph Lauren, Trousers: Dockers, Belt: Vineyard Vines, Shoes: Minnetonka Mocassins, Briefcase: Zara, Watch: Timex Weekender, Sunglasses: Ray Ban

Dress: Zara, Blazer: Zara, Necklace: Banana Republic, Shoes: BCBGirls, Watch: Michael Kors, Sunglasses: Marc by Marc Jacobs, Bag: Michael Kors

I love this dress 1. because it is perfect for every occasion 2. because the seams add edge to the femininity

A kind stranger on their lunch break took this pic for us

Blouse: Vintage, Pants: Aqua, Shoes: Bandolino, Necklace: Banana Republic, Watch: Michael Kors, Bracelets: random assortment, Sunglasses: Marc by Marc Jacobs

Shirt: Tommy Hilfiger, Trousers: H&M, Belt: H&M, Shoes: Zara, Sunglasses: Ray Ban, Watch: Timex Weekender

this is my favorite picture from the week! Dzifa, thank you so much for being so patient and for making the photoshoots so much fun!

Blouse: Zara, Tank under Blouse: Zara, Pants: Aqua, Shoes: J. Crew, Bag: Michael Kors, Sunglasses: Marc by Marc Jacobs

Necklace: Kendra Scott

Shirt: Lands End Seersucker, Trousers: H&M, Belt: Vineyard Vines, Shoes: Minnetonka, Sunglasses: Ray Ban, Watch: Timex Weekender, Briefcase: Zara

Suit: Luca, Shirt: Custom, Sunglasses: Oakley, Shoes: Magnanni, Belt: Remo Tulliani, Watch: Mougin & Piquard


perfect for spring

Photo courtesy of atlantic-pacific

i would definitely get some confused looks wearing this in the office but it would totally be worth it! what a fabulously bold suit!

Photo courtesy of musingsinfemininity

these shoes are the perfect height for work and for anyone on their feet all day…..the details are fabulous

Photo courtesy of www.saucyglossie.com

i LOVE the mixture of texture

Photo courtesy of nomnomblingbling.blogspot

so classic yet so modern

Photo courtesy of theglitterguide.tumblr

I had the pleasure of taking this incredible woman’s picture on my walk home from work one day. I love the androgynous suit and tie paired with her fabulous hair and shades. Jewell, you are gorgeous!

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Cherry Blossoms

Spring is in the air!  The Cherry Blossom Festival is in full swing, but sadly the blossoms were the first to arrive to their party and the first to leave.  Luckily, I (along with thousands of tourists) were able to catch the blossoms at the end of their peak and snap a couple pictures along the way.

cherry blossoms, jefferson memorial, tidal basin, and tourists.....so dc

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