You may or may not have seen my Instagram photo about this but I wanted to share my gratitude here as well — because this (my blog) is where everything has stemmed from in my entrepreneurial career.
In the September issue, the Washingtonian magazine named me one of their Style Setters of 2013, which is a huge honor. I’m seriously beside myself — happy, thankful, excited, honored. If you want to take a look for yourself I’m on page 72 of the issue on stands right now. Beyond sounding like a broken record thanking Kate Bennett (the fashion editor) and her team during the shoot, I wanted to publicly thank them here as well.
I thought it would be fun to share some of the behind the scenes from the shoot so here are some photos I took (or had someone else take with my phone!) during the shoot.
When they handed me the red Katie Ermilio top and skirt (yep, it’s two pieces!) I was like, oooohhh so this is how real gowns are supposed to feel. Seriously they had to make sure I didn’t throw this in my bag on the way out the door because I didn’t want to give it back (obviously I would NOT take it, you know what I mean). Can I wear a comfortable red gown every day?
Then they said, we were thinking we’ll put you on this mantle. I was like — hell ya! And then I realized it was 8 inches wide (or so, it was not “sitting” wide). Once they pulled the bench out from under my feet I had to hold on for dear life! I was eating it up though. The gals at Blend touched up my hair and makeup (I did it before I got there because I have a people-doing-my-hair-and-makeup phobia). And of course they did an amazing job, so I was like take as many photos as you want! I’ll never look this good again!
I handed my iPhone off to one of the assistants and asked her to please take a bunch of photos for me! She caught the photographers flash on one of them. I mean, this setup was just sick. Ian, Dionna and I were loving this shot! I was secretly hoping this would be the cover…
It gets better. Then I got to put on this lace blush Tadashi Shoji gown. And again I was thinking, can I please have an endless fashion budget so I can wear dresses like these all the time?
There is a big party next week to celebrate the Style Setters that I am really excited for. When I was shopping for a dress they always ask — are you shopping for an occasion? And I kept saying, I need the best dress of my life. I found one that will work, but it’s hard being ok with anything after you’ve worn these two gorgeous dresses — amiright!?!
The location was at the Meridian House — which I had never been to — so that was a treat in itself. Hello stunning. The house was built by Ambassador Irwin Boyle Laughlin and by designed by renowned architect John Russell Pope, who designed the Jefferson Memorial, the National Gallery of Art (West Building) and the National Archives. See more info about the Meridian House here.
Lots of weddings and events go down in the Meridian House (obviously).
Again, I’m so honored to be a part of this and wanted to thank everyone involved!
Top photo by Yvonne Rock Photo, the rest are from my iPhone