May 17, 2012

Spring in to the season with the latest styles inspired by the Cherry Blossom Festival’s
centennial celebrations

Photographer: Yvonne Taylor
Stylist: Stara Pezeshkian (STARA GLAM), affiliated with
T.H.E Artist Agency.
Stylist Assistant: Bridget Thompson
Hair: Darrell Thompson
Make–up: Kim Reyes
PR: John Paul Hamilton
Manicurist:Titilayo Bankole
Model: Leslie Wilcox [gallery ids="100747,121712,121708,121702" nav="thumbs"]

Fashion Week: Berlin/ New York

May 3, 2012

FALL 2012 COLLECTIONS: MERCEDES- BENZ FASHION WEEK BERLIN IN FRONT OF THE BRANDENBURG GATE JANUARY 17-22; MERCEDES- BENZ FASHION WEEK NEW YORK AT LINCOLN CENTER’S DAMROSCH PARK FEBRUARY 9-16 [gallery ids="100507,118371,118378,118385,118391,118398,118405,118413,118419,118425,118432,118439,118445,118453,118460,118365,118358,118351,118494,118282,118487,118289,118480,118297,118475,118305,118312,118319,118325,118333,118339,118345,118468" nav="thumbs"]


Yvonne Taylor
Fashion Editor

Lauretta McCoy
Creative Director for Fashion

Photographer/Post Digital
Yvonne Taylor

Makeup & Styling
Lauretta McCoy

Model Nicoline for Stomp Management Artist

Isabel Azocar Senior Stylist
for Hela Salon and Spa Chevy Chase

Titilayo Bankole The Manicurist

Photographers Assistant
Michael Taylor
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Holiday Preview

Photography Yvonne Taylor

Designer Tsyndyma
To purchase the styles you see click here.

Makeup and Hair Lorena Arellano

Model Casandra Tressler [gallery ids="100388,111332,111340,111337" nav="thumbs"]

Last-Minute Gifts & Stocking Stuffers

Attention last-minute shoppers: this is the gift guide for you! Stocking stuffers are usually the last gifts that we remember to buy and they usually consist of things like nail polish, socks and, if you’re lucky, a piece of cheap jewelry. Make it fun for your friends and family to un-stuff their stockings this year with this gift guide. With presents this clever, they’ll never know you bought them the day before.
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Wedding Registry

For your wedding wishes this season, you’ll want to go for a traditional interior style, mixed with exotic details. Think creamy white and strong colors, like coral, turquoise and yellow. We also love contemporary pieces in materials such as steel and glass. The bride and groom will want to be prepared for romantic dinners and fabulous dinner parties. Even more importantly, to be perfectly equipped for long, snuggly mornings in bed.

1. These classic Athena bed linens in luxe egyptian cotton are offered with monograms. YvesDelorme, $160-$590 a piece.

2. Diane von Furstenberg decorative pillow brightens up your bedroom or living room. Bloomingdales, $360.

3. Rivulets Bedding provides a romantic feel in the bedroom. Anthropologie, $68-$368 a piece.

4. Madeira Court four-piece set dinnerware, classic and fun for your everyday dinners, fancy enough for special occasions. KateSpade, $80 a set.

5. Vera Wang for Wedgewood “Love Knot” napkin rings for elegant table settings. Bloomingdales, $50 for 4.

6. Coral napkin rings put a fun twist to your classic dinnerware for fun summer parties. Amano, $125 for 4.

7. Voluspa Maison Blanc “Pink Citron” candle provides an intoxicating scent that really fills up a room. Bloomingdales, $22.50

8. Michael Aram candle fills a room with a delicious scent. Bloomingdales, $60

9. iPad 2 for reading the newspaper in bed on those lazy mornings. Apple, $499

10. Hartland bowls will make the plainest green salad look exciting. Amano, $155-$295 each.

11. Nespresso CitiZ and milk espresso machine lets you indulge in gourmet coffee every morning. Surlatable.com, $349

12. Occa nesting tables are elegant, yet cool, for the bedroom or living room. BoConcept, $529

13. Kitchenaid holds every function you could dream of, including looking super stylish on the kitchen bench. SaksFifthAvenue, $349

14. The Bose speaker system can fill your home with your favorite tunes. SaksFifthAvenue, $99

15. This citrus squeezer is a little piece of art for the kitchen that also makes juice. Alessi, $100 [gallery ids="100484,117197,117191,117185,117179,117173,117167,117161,117210,117153,117216,117221,117146,117226,117204" nav="thumbs"]

Nuptial Bliss

The latest wedding fashion shot at The Goodstone Inn & Estate located at 36205 Snake Hill Road, Middleburg Virginia 20117

Photographer: Yvonne Taylor
Stylist: Liana Vassila
Hair: Kenny West from Hela Salon
Makeup: Carl Ray from The Four Seasons
Flowers: Barbara Von Elm from Growing Wild Floral Co.
Model: Allyn Rose, Miss Maryland 2011


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Cherry Fever

Bloom with these cherry-picked items inspired by the colors of spring. On location at Oak Hill Cemetery, Georgetown.

Photographer: Jodi King
Stylist: Adra Williams
Stylist Assistant and Make Up- Samantha Boyce
Hair: Devin Rice
Production Assistant: Emma Watters
Location: Oak Hill Cemetery, Georgetown

Models: Casandra Tressler of T.H.E. Artist Agency
Sherita DeHonney of Stomp Model Management

Spring Orange Fever
Earrings: Dalton Pratt, Kara Ross
Necklace: Dalton Pratt, Kara Ross
Dress: Everard’s Clothing
Bracelets: Dalton Pratt, Kara Ross
Shoes: Model’s own
Earrings: Dalton Pratt, Kara Ross
Blazer: Everard’s Clothing, Insight
Blouse: Everard’s Clothing
Necklace: Belonging to crew
Bracelets: Dalton Pratt, Kara Ross
Pants: Helia’s
Shoes: Steve Madden

Spring Black & White Fever
HAT: Everard’s Clothing, by Anthony
from The Hattery in Washington, DC
EARRINGS: Dalton Pratt
BLAZER: Everard’s Clothing, Insight

BLOUSE: Everard’s Clothing, Byron
Lars Beauty Mark
SHORTS: Urban Chic, Alice + Olivia
EARRINGS: Dalton Pratt, Kara Ross

Spring White Fever
16 March 21, 2012 GMG, INC.
DRESS: Urban Chic, Shoshanna
EARRINGS: Dalton Pratt

DRESS: Urban Chic, Beyond Vintage
NECKLACE: Everard’s Clothing
SHOES: Steve Madden

Spring Green & Red Fever
DRESS: Helia’s
NECKLACE: Dalton Pratt

DRESS: Everard’s Clothing, Insight
EARRINGS: Dalton Pratt, Lisa Cotten
BRACELETS: Dalton Pratt, Kara Ross
IPHONE CASE WITH SWAROVSKI CRYSTAL: Dalton Pratt [gallery ids="100604,100605,100606,100607" nav="thumbs"]

Graphic, Totemic Fashion

March 22, 2012

From Aztec to Navajo, spring fashion is witnessing the return of tribal
patterns. Look for these bold, graphic prints and the loud colors that compliment.
As cold weather gives way to warmth, these exotic looks remind
us that it’s time to enjoy the outdoors. Here’s how to wear them this season. [gallery ids="100597,100598,100599,100600" nav="thumbs"]

Wedding Celebration Album

March 7, 2012

When it comes to your wedding day, there is more to consider than you can shake a bouquet at. That’s why it can be helpful to talk to friends and family who have already been through the conjugal ringer. So, to get some firsthand words of wisdom, The Georgetowner spoke with a few friends who have recently tied the knot, and asked them about special wedding day tips, how to keep from getting overwhelmed, standout memories and more. Here’s what they said:

Chandra Anderson

Take time to absorb the moments of the day—it flies by so quickly. You’ve already done everything you can do to prepare by that point, so try not to worry about the little things you’ve been fretting about, like the caterers or the floral arrangements. If you don’t step back and focus on enjoying the moment you’re in, you wedding day will fly by you before you realize it had even arrived.

Alexandra and Kristopher Powell

On a logistical level, limit yourself to researching only three to five vendors for each element of your wedding (bands, caterers, etc…). Any more than that and the choices start to become overwhelming. On an emotional level, take a moment with your new spouse to step back and take it all in on your wedding day. It will fly by so fast, it’s worth taking a mental picture so you both can always remember how the day felt.

Rina and Keith Lippert

We each wrote down five things we love about the other. On the day of the wedding, we put it in a “love note” and read them to one another. It put the focus on what the day is truly about. It’s easy to get lost in focusing on things that don’t matter, but the bigger picture is what’s important here.

David and Ashley Murray

If you don’t have a plan for your wedding cake already, consider doing something creative. We ordered a customized cake from Creative Cakes in Silver Spring, and it was one wedding expense that we had no regrets about. Our guests were raving!

Ours was also the last wedding to be held at Halcyon House. My father, Chris Murray, having opened Govinda Gallery around 1975, held his first Govinda party there. So we are deeply connected to Halcyon House and were really honored to close it out with our wedding. John Dreyfuss is a pillar of Georgetown for us, he’s invested more than three decades of energy into taking care of that house—and his sculpture studio in the basement is just amazing. We wouldn’t have been able to have such a wonderful wedding if it wasn’t for John. He’s been such a good friend. I can’t think of a more elegant house in Georgetown, or a better wedding venue in the city, than Halcyon House.

Yvonne Taylor, photographer

We only had three months to plan my daughter Noelle’s wedding from the time she told me she was getting married. I’m in the business, which makes things a little easier, but it was still daunting. We went to a wedding planner, but realized that we could do a lot of this ourselves. So we made it a community effort among friends and family. I’ve been a part of some pretty expensive weddings, but my daughter’s ended up being very organic and real, and it was actually one of the most enjoyable weddings I’ve ever been to. I catered it myself, we held the party in my home. It became less about the event and the spectacle, and we were able to focus more on what the day is really about: love, family, friends and the moment. Bottom line is don’t let the money scare you, because there are ways around spending $80,000 on your big day. I know people who have waited for years to get married just because of how much it costs. Remember, a wedding is ultimately about love and family, not a flashy reception.

Aaro Keipi, Wedding Photographer

As a photographer, take advantage of unique situations. An overcast day like the one in my photo actually added a nice atmosphere and light to the photo ops for this outdoor wedding.

Liji George

It’s great to incorporate traditions from both sides of the family. We had a cross-cultural wedding, and it really brought everyone together in a unique but familiar atmosphere. [gallery ids="100490,117506,117498,117465,117490,117473,117484" nav="thumbs"]