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Layers on Layers on Layers

This has been a pretty unpredictable spring and by spring I mean extended winter with a few warm days mixed in that act as a cruel tease!  I have desperately been pushing spring wear and every week I try to retire my tights, boots, and everything winter related, but sadly I have not been able to.  So it is time that I embrace this crazy weather and forgive Phil the Groundhog for lying to us all when he predicted an early spring.  I have not completely given up on spring, but must face the cold hard facts.  So my secret to surviving this crazy weather: layering!  Layering is the only way to survive an unpredictable spring and it allows you to integrate spring into your ensembles without freezing your butt off and most importantly layering can be incredibly chic.

Thigh high boots, a full skirt, leather jacket, and leopard coat, I mean it doesn't get any better than this!

Thigh high boots, a full skirt, leather jacket, and leopard coat, I mean it doesn’t get any better than this!

Photo courtesy of Atlantic Pacific

I love this preppy and casual  ensemble.  Neon is one of my favorites and adds much needed light to this dreary weather.

I love this preppy and casual ensemble. Neon is one of my favorites and adds much needed light to this dreary weather.

Photo courtesy of Pink Peonies

The iconic item jacket is fabulous but rarely warm enough, unless layered with a cozy sweater and fabulous scarf.

The iconic item jacket is fabulous but rarely warm enough, unless layered with a cozy sweater and fabulous scarf.

Photo courtesy of Because I’m Addicted

Denim on denim, you know how much I love this classic trend and a jean jacket is a must for spring.

Denim on denim, you know how much I love this classic trend and a jean jacket is a must for spring.

Photo courtesy of Refined Style

Mary Kate Olsen the Queen of layering pairs an oversized duster sweater with a short leather jacket for a perfectly proportioned outfit.

Mary Kate Olsen the Queen of layering pairs an oversized duster sweater with a short leather jacket for a perfectly proportioned outfit.

Photo courtesy of InStyle

Hello black and white for spring.  The trend that I simply can't get enough of!

Hello black and white for spring. The trend that I simply can’t get enough of!

Photo courtesy of Song of Style

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Holiday Bling

To showcase the hottest bling for this holiday season I collaborated with Charm and Charm’s owner, Jaclyn Mason.  Charm Georgetown is an incredible local accessories boutique that features unique, show stopping, conversation starting pieces.  This season I have been very drawn to black and gold, two basics that when combined have a stunning effect.  I had such a fabulous time working with Jaclyn and her team styling four different accessory combinations to rock this season.  I am also beyond obsessed with each piece of jewelry and unique bag featured in this post.  So please scroll for some blinged out holiday inspiration (stayed tuned later this week for the other two looks) and for an interview with the fabulous Jaclyn Mason.

If you haven’t visited Charm already, you must! They are located at 2910 M St. (in Georgetown).  Also, check out their website here and of course, like them on Facebook and follow them on twitter (@CharmDC) for news on the latest trends, style tips and merchandise!

Bag: Moyna, Bracelets: Tai (stretchy beaded), Melinda Maria (gunmetal bangle), Deepa Gurnani (spiked), Rings: Isharya (spike), Melinda Maria (both small gold)

Earrings: Marcia Moran, Bag: Moyna, Bracelets: Tai (stretchy beaded), Melinda Maria (gunmetal bangle), Deepa Gurnani (spiked), Rings: Isharya (spike), Melinda Maria (both small gold)

Bag: Moyna, Bracelets: Tai (stretchy beaded), Melinda Maria (gunmetal bangle), Deepa Gurnani (spiked), Rings: Isharya (spike), Melinda Maria (both small gold)

Bag: Inge Christopher, Bracelet: Alexis Bittar, Ring: Sibilia

Earrings: Kendra Scott, Necklace: Alexis Bittar

Earrings: Kendra Scott, Necklace: Alexis Bittar, Bag: Inge Christopher, Bracelet: Alexis Bittar, Ring: Sibilia

1. What tips do you have to successful accessorizing this holiday season?

Just bling it out! The holidays are a time of year that you can get away with your biggest and most sparkly accessories. Whether you’re at a family gathering or picking out your Christmas tree, a little bit of shine will make your outfit.

2. What piece of jewelry does every girl need to have in her jewelry box?

A pair of studs for everyday wear. It doesn’t matter if they’re diamonds or plain silver balls, they complete a look.

3. Who are your favorite accessory designers?

Louis Vuitton for bags and leather goods. They last forever and never go out of style. Love Quotes for scarves. We sell them in the shop, and they come in every color!

4. Who are your favorite clothing designers?

Missoni, DvF, Parker—basically, anyone that can make a great dress that you can wear for years. For winter coats, you can’t go wrong with Moncler and Burberry. If you’re going to bundle up, do it in style!

5. What inspired you to open Charm?

I grew up around some amazing jewelry collections—my mother, for example, has some heirloom pieces that are to die for. I wanted to create a store that spoke to those influences, that had jewelry and accessories that women of all styles could enjoy and wear. I was raised in DC, and I looked around Georgetown and didn’t see any shops that had this kind of jewelry that I knew there was a demand for. Charm gave me the freedom to sell amazing pieces at a great price.

6. What is your favorite part about owning your own store?

My favorite part about coming to work is definitely the interaction I get to have with our clients. Helping brides and women pick out pieces for high-end events is always fun but working with any client is so fun!

7. What is your buying process like?

We work with designers based out of Los Angeles, New York, and many other places. We have a team of three buyers that have different styles that allow us to have a variety of products that cater to different tastes. We attend all of the accessories shows in NYC annually.

8. What can you absolutely not leave your home without?

I can’t leave home without oversized sunglasses, a bag big enough to hold all of my things, and some accessory like earrings or a necklace that I adjust to whatever mood I’m in or to my outfit.

9. What is your go to piece of jewelry?

A cocktail ring. It makes a statement and is a great conversation piece at a party.

10. What was your latest purchase?

Short black Ugg boots. They may not be the cutest, but they’re a winter necessity.

**For any questions about any of the pieces featured in this post feel free to contact Charm at info@charmgeorgetown.com or at 202-298-0420.  And again, visit Charm (11am-7pm Mon.-Sat., 12pm-5pm Sun.)!**

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Instaglam

Welcome to the inaugural edition of GofG’s street style! With my (hopefully) weekly edition of instaglam, I will feature a fabulously clad pedestrian found strutting down the streets of DC.  This week, I stalked Catherine, whose style was absolutely impeccable and caught my eye on my evening commute on the green line.  Catherine was kind enough to let me take a picture of her and she even complimented DC’s style, which says a lot considering she is from NY.  Anyway, enjoy the very first instaglam post and tune in for more fab street style pics.

You can also see my street style pics on my instagram (Garden of Glam), as well as other fun pics of me, my friends and my life.

Sweater: Ralph Lauren, Blouse: H&M, Shorts: H&M, Shoes: Target, Bag: Coach

Layered perfection

It’s hard to tell because it is black on black, but she is rocking shorts with tights.  I absolutely love winter shorts and am obsessed with the shoes!

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Maxing out

The star of street style this fall is the maxi!  Everywhere I turn I see the maxi flawlessly paired with leather coats, utility jackets, and oversized cozy sweaters.  The way to successfully pull off the fall maxi is to respect proportions and make sure the maxi is the centerpiece of the look.

bold pairing of red and chambray

Photo courtesy of shopwildbleu.com

so versatile and comfy!

Photo courtesy of fondlyandaffectionately.tumblr

fall nudes, so on trend

Photo courtesy of southerngraceandsunshine.tumblr

love the casual tee, mossy green, edgy leather and masculine briefcase

Photo courtesy of be-mod

in love with this sweater! i need it for fall!

Photo courtesy of carolinesmode

color blocking perfection

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fab blazer and top knot

Photo courtesy of dressinterest

i am obsessed with every detail of this look–from the emerald maxi to the cropped top to the incredible necklaces this outfit is absolute perfection

Photo courtesy of harpers bazaar

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Camo

Camo has made the most unexpected yet refreshing appearance this season.  A print normally found in the woods during hunting trips or on the battlefield has made its way onto fashionistas and red carpets.  Camo adds an air of indifference and ruggedness to each look acting as the perfect print to protect you from the chilly fall and winter winds.

surprising & successful pairing of pleats and camo

Photo courtesy of missmarushka.blogspot

the studs add edge to the already rugged look. i also love the red pop of color.

Photo courtesy of theyallhateus

layered perfection

Photo courtesy of carolinesmode

Jenna Lyons is red capet ready in her fabulous fur and camo ensemble

Photo courtesy of lovingmyjetlag.blogspot

so incredibly glam! the chanel pin is to die for and i’m obsessed with the belted jacket                                          and i love the way the belt is tied

Photo courtesy of atlantic-pacific

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Neon

This is majorly delayed (forgive me I was out of town) but to complete the “week” of neon this post is dedicated to accessories.  Wearing neon accessories is an easy, fabulous and (can be a) subtle way to incorporate neon into your look and wardrobe.  Scroll with caution and do not stare directly into the light.

neon gives the perfect amount of edge to the classic aviator shape and who doesn’t love a bold lip

Photo courtesy of imachicnation.blogspot

fab neon shoes add a bold pop of color to any look

Photo courtesy of theyallhateus

i love stacking bracelets and adding neon into the mix is the perfect way to spice things up

Photo courtesy of mini fab

perfectly paired neons. this necklace is so wonderful because it works with anything.

Photo courtesy of misszeit.tumblr

love me some rebecca minkoff….this is the bag of the moment!

Photo courtesy of refinedstyle.tumblr

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