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Rosa Loves… Red Tulips.

While running errands on Saturday morning, I stopped by Trader Joe’s to pick up some flowers for Easter. There were so many beautiful colors to choose from and for a moment I thought I would go with pastels. However, the red tulips really made an impression on me so I ended up taking them home instead. 

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Rosa Loves… A Lola Photo Shoot.

Let’s be honest, Lola is the star of this blog. So let me give you what you have been waiting for, a Lola photo shoot. She was a little rusty and getting her attention at first was a bit difficult. However, after a few test shots, she was ready and worked the camera like a pro. Derek Zoolander would have been so proud of her ‘Blue Steel’ and ‘Magnum’ poses. At the end of the photography session, she was ready for a treat and a nap. Hope you enjoy Lola’s return to modeling for the blog :)

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Rosa Loves… Project Beauty at Neiman Marcus and Politics of Pretty.

When Sydelle, one of my favorite beauty specialists at Neiman Marcus, told me about a runway show the store was planning with Kara of Politics of Pretty, I quickly checked my calendar and reserved a seat. The Project Beauty event was indeed fabulous and the pink theme was a perfect match to DC’s cherry blossom season. Everything was pink; the dresses, the lipstick, the dessert trays, and even the mini cans of bubbly. Beautiful! Throughout the show, the different beauty reps talked about their latest products and makeup trends for spring. My favorite color palette was from Trish McEvoy and I honestly left the show craving a pink lipstick from Bobbi Brown

Since the event was hosted by beauty expert Kara, I asked her about her favorite products from the show and this is what she had to say:

Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge"I love a good multi-tasking beauty product and for spring/summer I love using this at home and on-the-go. Bobbi Brown is one of my favorite makeup lines and I swear by their long-lasting formula."

Chantecaille Save The Bees Palette. “Chantecaille creates such beautiful palettes (with a great cause in mind). Another multi-tasking product for eyes, lips and cheeks!”

Kate Somerville ExfoliKate. “Maintaining smooth and supple skin is a must so exfoliating is key. I use this twice a week to remove any dead skin cells and moisturize immediately after.”

Thank you Kara for sharing your favorites and for hosting such a lovely event.  

Tell me, do you have any new beauty products you are excited to try this spring?

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Rosa Loves… Deviled eggs & French toast after a fashion show.

I started my day very early on Saturday because I had errands to run before meeting Liz. A couple of weeks ago, we had found out that Kara was hosting a fashion and beauty trend event at Neiman Marcus and we thought it would be something fun to do. After the fashion show, we were super hungry so we headed over to Ardeo+Bardeo in Cleveland Park. I love this place for brunch, it never disappoints. I decided to try the deviled eggs and the French toast this time and both dishes were equally delicious. Liz is quite the foodie and loves to take photos of her meals just like I do; we had a great conversation about photography, food, and life in DC.

Hope everyone had a fabulous weekend.  

{Photos by RosaLovesDC}

Rosa Loves… A behind the scenes look at the “Styled by Shell B Cheri” photo shoot.

A few weeks ago, fashion stylist Shell B Cheri had an idea and reached out to 14 bloggers in the DC area for the project. Her mission was to provide help styling a ‘trouble’ item in each of these bloggers’ closets. Shell B, along with Waverly of Pich and Roor, visited the ladies at their homes and put together looks with that ‘trouble’ piece. After all the outfits were finalized, a photo shoot with photographer extraordinaire Ashley in DC took place at Malmaison in Georgetown. Shell B asked me to come along and participate in the project in a very different way. My mission was to capture the process behind the scenes. That morning, I followed Ashley and fashion bloggers Tammy and Natalie around while photos were being taken and during a make-up session with the talented Elle Choi. I have to say that I really enjoyed being a part of the photo shoot. Shell B, Ashley, and Waverly brought all of my favorite DC bloggers together to work on a great project and that to me is truly special.

Due to another commitment later that day, I sadly couldn’t stay for the entire photo shoot. However, you can check out Julien’s behind the scenes post, which features the rest of the lovely ladies and their outfits.

And last but not least, here’s the list of the DC bloggers who participated in the “Styled by Shell B Cheri” project. Make sure to visit their blogs, they’re all fabulous. 

{Photos by RosaLovesDC}

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Rosa Loves… A morning at the DC Meet Market.

Spring has finally arrived in DC and I was determined to enjoy the beautiful weather on Saturday morning. My plans for the day included a visit to the DC Meet Market in Logan Circle. A friend’s birthday is coming up and I knew that one of the vendors at the market would have the perfect gift. After visiting several booths, I found the most beautiful present at Diament Jewelry which we will have to keep a secret since my friend reads this blog. However, I do want to share with you some of the amazing vendors I visited and talked to at the market:

  • Chloe + Isabel: Hello sparkly necklaces! If you are looking for a statement piece, this is the place to go.
  • Mallory Shelter: Mallory makes all of her gorgeous gold and silver pieces featuring semi-precious stones in her apartment in DC. She has a full time job and making jewelry is a hobby of hers.
  • Holly Blue Jewelry: You know I love statement pieces, but Holly’s dainty jewelry got my attention as soon as I walked into the market. I particularly love the delicate hammered silver rings which she also offers in gold.  
  • Metallist: How adorable are those mockingbird brooches? Ashley Kriehn is not only a talented jewelry maker, she’s also an interior designer. She took a metal working class a few years ago and has been creating unique jewelry ever since. 
  • Kicheko: I truly enjoyed learning about Kicheko and the woman behind it, Sarah Bayot. She started making earrings a couple of years ago and now her line has expanded to include men’s cufflinks and scarves. Most importantly, 30 percent of the proceeds from each purchase goes to support organizations that provide care and education to children in the DR of Congo.
  • Diament Jewelry: This super cute store is dangerous to my wallet. Most of the jewelry is handmade using vintage pieces from the 70’s and 80’s. I could spend hours browsing through their selection of dainty rings, pretty bracelets, and delicate pendants.

If you live in DC, make sure to mark your calendars for next month. The DC Meet Market takes place on the first Saturday of every month from April through November. 

If you don’t live in DC, don’t worry, you can shop the online stores from the vendors I featured, just click on the links above.

{Photos by RosaLovesDC}

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Rosa Loves… Mini Donuts & Champagne.

I love brunch and a couple of weekends ago, I think I might have overdone it a bit. I hadn’t seen some friends in a while so I scheduled brunch dates on Saturday and Sunday. It was awesome. I met Ashlyn and Faith at NoPa Kitchen + Bar that weekend and our brunch involved champagne and a sampler of mini donuts, which included churros with chocolate sauce, vanilla donut holes with mascarpone cream, and chocolate donuts with caramel sauce. Diagnosis: Delicious! No, wait, incredibly delicious! I honestly think that donuts and champagne are a fabulous combo, especially when spending time with these ladies. 

DC Event Alert: The DC Meet Market starts again on Saturday, April 5th in Logan Circle and it is a great family event. I’ve been before and I love it. It features some of my favorite local vendors, including Baked & Wired and Diament Jewelry as well as local artist Kelly Towles. Click on the button on the right column for more details. 

{Photos by RosaLovesDC}

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Rosa Loves… An intimate presentation of Elie Tahari’s 40th Anniversary Collection and an interview.

Last week, I took a break from lab work and attended an intimate presentation of the Elie Tahari Edition 1974 collection at Capella, a beautiful boutique hotel in Georgetown. The event was hosted by stylist April Yvonne, the fabulous founder of MyDCStyle. While enjoying a delicious lunch at Capella’s Grill Room, April took us through the different pieces of the capsule collection, which was specifically created to celebrate Elie Tahari’s 40th anniversary. Edition 1974 includes updated iconic silhouettes that are named after NYC landmarks. It is difficult to narrow down a favorite piece, but I love the versatility of the Pearson jacket. I was also immediately drawn to the geometric panels of the Mulberry dress. April’s favorite piece is the laser cut navy Evangelina dress which is stunning. I truly had an amazing time at the event which is part of Capella’s DC Style Series. I am already planning on attending the next one in May with a coworker.  As you can see, we scientists love beautiful clothes too.

While Mr. Tahari was not present at the Capella event, he was incredibly kind and answered a few questions for the blog. I hope you enjoy the interview:

Rosa Loves DC: Mr. Tahari, your career in fashion had an interesting beginning, you went from working as an electrician in the Garment District to designing women’s clothes, how did this come about? What inspired you to make clothes? Is this something you were always interested in pursuing?

Elie Tahari: There was a manufacturing error that produced a pile of fabric tubes, some of these mistakes ended up in a New York boutique. My instinct told me these would be a hit! I bought a pile for $2 apiece and planned to resell them for $4. I snuck into a trade show with my bags of tubes, no credentials and pictures showing how to wear them. By the end of the day, I had thousands of orders. This was the beginning of my career. 

RLDC: Elie Tahari clothes have clearly evolved over 40 years. Your first designs included sexy Studio 54 inspired dresses and now your label offers clothes that have been described as tailored and modern. What’s your philosophy when designing your collections? How has your vision changed over the years? 

ET: I first moved to the city in my early 20’s and was inspired by the fashions of Studio 54 and the hippy girls of the time, who weren’t afraid to show a little skin. My designs have evolved along with the times. I want my clothes to be modern and emphasize a woman’s true beauty. The customer’s needs are always at the forefront of my design process. 

RLDC: The pieces in your capsule collection ‘Elie Tahari Edition 1974’ are named after NYC landmarks, can you tell us more about how you came out with this idea? What’s your favorite silhouette in the collection and why? 

ET: Creating the Elie Tahari Edition 1974 collection was such a special experience for me, in naming each piece I wanted to pay tribute to New York, the city that has given me so much. The Hudson jumpsuit is one of my favorite pieces from the 20 piece collection, it stays true to the original 70’s feel with a high waist, but I updated it by adding a silicone insert. 

RLDC: A lot of my readers are young professional women living and working in the DC area. What are the pieces you believe women should focus on when building a professional wardrobe? 

ET: I believe young professional women should begin building their wardrobe with timeless, well-made staples; a classic black dress that can take you from desk to dinner, a versatile blazer, and a great pair of dark jeans, are all essentials. 

RLDC: What is your vision for the future of the label? What can be we expect from Elie Tahari in the next decade? 

ET: I want my collections to continue to evolve with the times. In the near future, I am excited to be working on a great collaboration with a retailer that will make luxury fashion more accessible and reach a wider audience.

Thank you so much Mr. Tahari for this interview. I also want to thank April, Capella, and the Elie Tahari team for putting together such a fabulous event.

If you are interested in attending the next DC Style Series at Capella, make sure to check April’s website and twitter for updates.

For another recap of the event, visit Rebekah’s lovely blog. She is one of my favorite models (and chefs) in DC and was part of the presentation as well.

{Photos via Elie Tahari. Graphics by RosaLovesDC}