Remembering Maya Angelou | April 4, 1928 – May 28, 2014

With heavy hearts, we were sad to hear of the passing of a phenomenal woman: Dr. Maya Angelou.  Dr. Angelou was an American author and poet. She lived a life as a teacher, activist, artist and a warrior for equality, tolerance and peace.  We lost an amazing woman today and I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to listen to her words of wisdom and apply them to my personal journey.
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Two of my favorite quotes from Dr. Angelou are, “The first time someone shows you who they are, believe them.”
“I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way (s)he handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.”

Photos compliments of Getty

I’m Thankful | Gratitude

I had a quiet moment to journal this morning while listening to “Duo Gadjo” and in random order; I’ve listed 40 things that I am thankful for today.   I hope that you will have a moment to reflect and journal a few of your own profound thoughts.  It definitely puts things into perspective and I felt compelled to share my thoughts with you.

  1. A peaceful home
  2. A good book
  3. Being an entrepreneur
  4. Celebrations of Life – Good Parties
  5. Chocolate and cocktails
  6. Balance {well sort of}
  7. Coconut ice cream from Busboy & Poets
  8. Black and White Flicks
  9. Creativity/passion
  10. Dancing and singing off tune/beat
  11. Determination
  12. Discovering new hair products {I’m sure you understand, right}?
  13. Downy Fabric Softener/Perfume
  14. Fashion & Home Décor Blogs
  15. Foot Rubs/Reflexology
  16. Giving To Others
  17. GOD/Faith
  18. Great conversation
  19. Hot Green Tea or a Flavored Mocha/Latte
  20. Health
  21. Indie flicks – The Red Box
  22. Italian & Thai Food
  23. Pink peonies
  24. My family, including the fat cat Scarlett Johansen Tidball
  25. Thankful for those reading this blog post
  26. Netflix/My DVR
  27. Rosetta Stone {my French game is improving}
  28. Photography
  29. French jazz
  30. Quiet moments
  31. Scenic drives/walks
  32. Shoes
  33. Soft chenille throws
  34. Sunrises/Sunsets
  35. Supportive & sincere friends
  36. Technology
  37. The Color Yellow
  38. Traveling
  39. Vintage Anything!
  40. Yoga
Feel free to share a few of your “thankful” moments with me.

EVENT ALERT | MODAGE STYLE | GOODWILL SUMMER SHOPPING BUS TOUR

Attention eco-chic shoppers, secure your seat on June 1, 2014.  We are excited to partner with Goodwill of Greater Washington for the first-ever Summer shopping bus tour in the Nation’s Capital.  Insert {happy dance here}!

MODAGE Style Tour

Tickets on SALE on Sunday, June 1st.  Spread the love and see you on the style tour! xo

Reception Dress Inspiration

The “second look dress” or “reception dress” is still gaining traction this wedding season.  Our Brides have been requesting reception dress inspiration because they are adamant about switching up their look while dining, dancing and having fun with their guests.  The reception dress provides an opportunity to showcase personal style and to slide into something sexier and shorter.

MODAGE Style Tip:  For wedding pictures, enter the reception wearing your signature gown so that it is captured during the first dance.  Afterwards, take a quick fashion pause and return with your reception dress to wow your husband and guests.  Don’t forget your chic accessories, freshen up your makeup {switch up your hair, if necessary} and wear comfortable shoes.  

Whether you are channeling your inner vintage glam, traditional or a contemporary bridal chic vibe, here are a few of my favorite reception dress ideas.

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Cute and Trendy 

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Sparkling Show Stopper

Ribbet-collage

 Classic Amsale

Chanel

  Parisian Chic in Chanel

Is one wedding dress/look enough for your special day?

2014 Met Gala | Red Carpet Favorites

Charles James: Beyond Fashion was the theme at last night’s 2014 Met Gala, which was held in New York City.   Charles James, British-born designer {and self-taught} known as “America’s First Couturier,” was  in demand from the 1930’s and even into the 1970’s.  Known for his highly structured aesthetic, exquisite ball gowns and detailed draping, he is regarded as one of the most notable designers in America to have worked in the tradition of haute couture.

While I stalked the internet late last night to secure images, I overslept this morning and missed my scheduled 5AM run with my running club, {but it was worth it}.  Feast your eyes on my favorite red carpet looks from last night.  Each look can be described as “wearable art” and can easily translate to bridal with a few tweaks.  What do you think?  Who did I miss?  

Emmy Rossum in her Carolina Herrera dressEmmy Rossum | Carolina Herrera

Charlize in Dior

Charlize Theron | Dior

Karolina Kurkova in Marchesa

 Karolina Kurkova | Marchesa

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 SJP | Oscar de la Renta

Suki Waterhouse is best dressed in Burberry

 Suki Waterhouse | Burberry

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 Liu Wen | Zac Posen

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Jessica Pare |  Michael Kors

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Diane Kruger | Hugo Boss

On May 8, 2014, the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Anna Wintour Costume Center called Charles James: Beyond Fashion exhibition will open to the public.  Approximately seventy-five of James’s most notable designs will be presented in two locations—the new Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch Gallery in the Anna Wintour Costume Center as well as special exhibition galleries on the Museum’s first floor.  

Field Trip anyone?

Photo Credits:  Huffington Post  & Fashion Gone Rogue