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drop by & DIY: collars.

random search on refinery 29, probably looking for new nail ideas, i stumbled upon a class for diy (do it yourself) collars hosted by studio 85 and kiah leigh. i purchased my ticket, eagerly anticipating sunday to meet other fashionable and creative folks as well as trying something i’ve never tried before. clearly, i’m crafty: bleaching things, realizing that scissors are my friend and the magic one can create with a sole seam ripper.

initially when i sat down, i was a bit overwhelmed with possibilities. they provided shirts, sequins, studs, stones, pearls, tacky glue, music, suggestions and conversation. after sitting there looking dazed and confused, i finally decided to use small and medium stones on the corners of the collar. it took approximately two hours *give or take chat time and other random breaks* to complete.

overall, i had a great time, met some cool folks and have an much better understanding in regards to shirts with anything other than standard buttons costing a tad bit more. i’m definitely looking forward to taking classes and doing more than using scissors and a seam ripper.

for more diy classes follow @kiahleigh on twitter and if you have tumblr check her out additional pictures here.


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Gwen Stefani & Zuma 


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sweater dress.

  • earrings: marc by marc jacobs
  • scarf: pieces
  • arm candy: j. crew
  • tights: nordstrom
  • shoes: sam edelman "effie"

emma watson.















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hint of color: sarah jessica parker.


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shoesday: plomo.




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donate. keep. toss.

closet clean-outs can be a "bee eye itch" to deal with. the torment of giving up things that were once drool worthy, that are too small or simply out of style. how do you know what to keep, donate or toss? 

start with what's obvious: if you've filled out a bit and are simply holding on to things a few sizes too small with HOPES that you'll one day fit into them: donate. we often trick ourselves that eating one less french fry or a bowl less of ice cream that the weight will magically disappear. realistically, we know it's just as far from the truth as seeing a unicorn while taking out the trash. *good luck with that*  if there are items you tend to pass by while screaming you have nothing to wear, try on the item as there's always a reason something has been hanging for so long without being worn *too small, itchy, busted seams or simply not as appealing as it once was* donate to a friend, co-worker or local charity: just get rid of it! oh plus it gives you more reason to ADD to your wardrobe.

keep things that still give you the same level of excitement that it did when the initial purchase was made. if it doesn't fit, it's time to donate *see paragraph above for instructions.* i'm not sure if the economy is to blame or designers simply running out of creative ideas, but if it's a trend this season chances are it will be back again sooner than you can click your heels three times. think animal prints, stripes, color blocking, midi skirts, wedges and bow-tie blouses: they've been around time and time again, ask someone a few years older and i bet they'll confirm *i'll wait*  if you hate it this go 'round you may love it when it makes its way back. woot!

tossing clothes *literally in the trash* is just... well i'm sure frowned upon in the opinions of many, but if you're giving major stink eye to something, chances are someone else will. save yourself the shame, though you'd be a nameless topic of discussion. so by all means save your nameless self from being dragged through the mud by a random strangers due to donating things that are tattered, torn, stained *gross* and/or can't be repaired. 



method to the madness.

if it can be worn, it will be purchased. we all shop whether it’s for an event, boredom, fill up our closets, shop to say we’ve been shopping or to cure a bad day. we’re all guilty…as charged. some of us, of course, shop more than others, but how do you shop? do you pick up items in the front, as they tend to be the newest in the collection? do you browse and entire store looking for items that catch your eye, then grab items feverishly? do you pick out things in the newest magazine and go on the prowl to hunt them down? do you shop specific stores? and if so, if they don’t have anything worth purchasing, do you ditch the mall or walk around aimlessly until you find something?

as a self diagnosed shopaholic, i tend to make a mad dash to the back of the store, as that’s where the best deals are found: multiple mark-downs plus the chance of an additional percentage off, which always makes procuring new items a bit more enticing. the sale section can be a bit overwhelming, messy and sometimes brings upon an instant headache, but that’s where most gems *or almost free* items are located. the most important thing is being able to maximize your shopping budget. who cares if the items made its debut four weeks ago? the cool thing is being able to say you paid much less than the original price, or of course, bragging rights to say it was almost free.

so, what’s your method to the madness?



bishop boutique.

on one of my many random walks around old town, i stumbled upon a cute boutique. the interior was bright and the store had a few shoes, none of which i had laid my eyes on in other boutiques. i chatted with the store owner, kelly, and was advised she had just opened that day. a few weeks later kelly, sent me an email about a ribbon cutting ceremony and i responded to the email requesting an interview.

upon my arrival a bit of excitement flowed through my veins as the store i had visited a couple of weeks ago was now decorated: walls lined with shoes *literally hanging from the molding*, jewelry and accessories. the boutique reminds you of every woman’s dream closet: dark hardwood floors, crystal chandeliers, bright white shelving, printed chairs and accessories hanging from antlers.

there are many places one can open a boutique: u street, bethesda row and georgetown, just to name a few, so i asked kelly why she chose old town over other areas and she advised that she could feel the difference within each area, but felt most welcome in old town, specifically king street. she also advised that while there are other places to shop, customer service is what sets bishop apart from other boutiques.

most times none of us think to wonder why a store or boutique has opted for a certain moniker, yet some take the time to actually to determine such a thing. bishop boutique: the name bishop seemed to flow with the design of old town, which is sort of like a chess board *per kelly, that's definitely NOT something i would have thought about*. the actual logo of bishop is kelly's dad's initials and the cute bow was taken from her wedding shoes.

the overall concept of bishop is to add the final touches to a fabulous ensemble: shoes, bags and accessories.  the mission was to avoid competing with larger department stores ,  yet give women *and men who are shopping for women* something to look forward to by selling more up and coming designers, such as lola cruz, loeffler randall, all black, pura lopez, bibi lou and schutz, to name a few. the sizes in shoes range from 5-11, and to much surprise bishop tends to sell out of larger sizes faster, with prices ranging between $55-475. though bishop will probably not restock shoes once a design has sold completely there’s a slight chance that a special order can be made.

the thing i love the absolutely most about bishop is walking in and having someone greet me, minus the feeling of being hounded. i noticed throughout the interview, kelly stopped to greet every single person who walked through those doors,  as if she was excited to see a friend she hadn’t seen in a while. it’s a bit refreshing to know that great customer service, though hard to find, still exists. i love going into a store and seeing anything from shoes to small accessories that i have yet to see some place else. bishop is cute and quite welcoming. i'll definitely go back!!!

bishop boutique is open monday–saturday 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. *e-commerce coming soon!

take a peek inside bishop boutique

happy shopping!