Brunch at the Bayou Bakery

I found the loveliest brunch spot in Alexandria, VA and it makes my heart soar!

The Bayou Bakery is a New Orleans restaurant by celebrity chef and cookbook author David Guas. The Louisiana-native created an intimate and personal space that served many of the favorite dishes from the culture, including fresh beignets, deviled eggs, pimento grilled cheese and bourbon milk punch. Everything on the menu looked scrumptious and I ended up ordering about half of it.

It was absolutely worth it.

The restaurant is more casual than most other DC-area brunch spots and the atmosphere feels extremely pleasant and familiar. There are no hostesses or waiters; you have to scout for a table, seat yourself, and order at the counter. There are couches, booths, small tables, and a cozy little patio. Fully decorated with window shutters, Mardi Gras beads, second-line umbrellas, and nods to the sports teams of the state, the aesthetics subtly transport you back to  the slow ease of the bayou. The ambiance e…

01 18 - Leopard and Pleat Looks

When I first started blogging and documenting my style, I was my own photographer. Equipped with a self-timer and a stack of old shoe boxes, I'd prop my phone and go about with my mini photoshoot against the brick background and blue floors of my balcony. After about two years in my apartment, I moved and, unfortunately, my new space didn't have any photographable spots. Between my lack of tripod and a car to scout locations to shoot, my documenting quickly became a thing of the past.

In the years since I have stopped, the practice of documenting style has exponentially grown to become a digital niche. Most bloggers employ (and/or are espoused to) a photographer and they work together to meticulously curate editorial works for their blogs and social channels. It's not just an outfit; it's a whole entire mood. Clothes are just a medium to capture the aesthetics of their personal brand. Tasha? Washingtonian with muted aesthetics that explores more of the artistry and s…

My Favorite Winter 2017/2018 Magazine Features

Danai Gurira shines as one of the cover starts for the Winter 2017 issue of Rogue Magazine. I'm a sucker for any woman who rocks a short hair and The Walking Dead and Black Panther actress doesn't disappoint in her latex, sequins, and jewels amidst bold backdrops. These photographs by Benjo Arwas are absolutely frame-worthy.

Solange Knowles covers the Jan/Feb 2017 issue of Surface Magazine. The profile highlights Knowles’s transformation from pop star to visual artist, highlighting various of the performance pieces for her 2016 album entitled A Seat at the Table. Her blonde braids, highlighted with red beads, created by the amazing Hair by Susy are a standout look. Andrew Zuckerman produced incredible portraits.

Caleb McLaughlin shines on his cover and editorial spread for the Winter 2017 issue of House of Solo Magazine. Ever since he first burst into the spotlight on Stranger Things, I've enjoyed seeing him bloom as an actor and just how well he styles on red carpets. He…

Taking Advantage of Layovers: Cairo, Egypt

On the way to a two-week jaunt in Tanzania with friends, our flight on EgyptAir had 34 hours of layover time - 11 hours on our way to Tanzania and 23 hours on our way back to the USA - in Cairo, Egypt.

On the first leg of the layover, we had a chance to view the Great Pyramids as we rode ATVs through the Libyan Desert. While on a rest break, we met this magnificent and charming camel named Moses.

After a day of desert fun and eating delicious falafels and schwarma from Felfela, we took our exhausted bodies back to the airport to catch our overnight flight to Dar es Salaam.

On our way back, we had another opportunity to spend time in Cairo and this time the trip was jam packed with adventure. We saw the Sphinx and got to go inside the Pyramid of Menkaure, the smallest of the three main Pyramids of Giza. Fun fact, since the pyramids have been cleared out for museums and other conservation efforts, the pyramids are empty inside. It's cute to be able to say I visited though.... I gue…

Giovanna Battaglia Engelbert

Giovanna Battaglia Engelbert is an Italian fashion editor, stylist, creative director and consultant. She is currently the senior fashion editor at Vogue Japan and a contributing editor at W Magazine.

She began working in the fashion industry at age 17, when she modeled in her hometown of Milan. After about a year into the work, she realized she hated it and was more attracted to the storytelling and messaging that can be cultivated with clothes. She quite fashion and starting working as a stylist, supporting herself through the earnings she had saved while modeling, for three years before getting picked up as a fashion editor for L’Uomo Vogue (under Anna Dello Russo) which forever changed her story.

I read an excerpt of her book over on W Magazine, and knew I had to immediately purchase. While I am not the most familiar with her editorial work, I've always been a fan girl of her street style looks during fashion week and I've always found it fascinating to learn the stories o…

Silver Booties: An Inspo Board

Every since I bought silver booties from Zara a few weeks ago, I've been trying to figure out how to properly style them.

The Zara model wore it classic yet very posh way - a cozy oversized sweater and skinny denim. Notice how the studding on the denim helps to tone what could have been a very glaring contrast of black and silver.

While reviewing some street style looks from Milan Fashion Week a few days ago, I noticed a lot of women styling and profiling in silver booties and decided to take their cue for inspiration for my future looks.

From pleats and furs to tiered velvet dresses, the silver bootie ended up being more versatile for lewks than I initially expected. My original styling ideas were all based around black but.. I'll definitely be playing with color after seeing these.

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Prada Feather-Embellished Satin Sandal

Tamu McPherson was the first person I saw in these shoes. Paired with a sequin dress, a soft red lip, no jewelry, and a beautiful smile, that post on Instagram rocked my entire world. In a world where sequins always command the spotlight, something else managed to steal the shoe. 
The feathers! The oversized button! The block heel! THOSE SHOES!

It was the perfect balance of extravagance and comfort. Lord knows I hate a turtleneck but this pairing has made the loose-fitting dress + block heels combo look extraordinarily chic. Since this post, I've been excitingly awaiting to see how these shoes will be reinterpreted by my fav. Thus far, I've seen Keyshia Ka'Oir pair the red version with denim and a sheer blouse for her bachelorette festivities in Vegas this past weekend. Anna Dello Russo also styled the red version, opting to pair them with a yellow sequin mini dress for a bold color blocked look. I can't wait to see what the girls pull together for this phenomenal piec…