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Fashion for Paws

If you know me in real life you know I love animals. Sometimes more than people. I love puppies and am always stopping to pet a dog on the sidewalk. When I’m PMSing I spend my time on The Dodo reading sob stories and basically throwing my money at humane society’s halfway across the world. But when I have the option to help the animals in my own city you best believe I’m jumping at that opportunity.

Nearly two years ago we adopted our dog Butch from the Humane Society, and are always donating and finding ways to help them. When they announced their annual Fashion for Paws runway show and gala I knew it was the perfect marriage of my two loves. I donned a gown from Rent The Runway and my handsome arm candy and I made our way to the party!

Cynthia Vincent dress via Rent The Runway (rent it here)
H&M holographic clutch (similar)

I had such a blast and the whole time I kept thinking how much fun it would be to walk the runway one year with my Washington Humane Society rescue pup! I’m thinking maybe next year. Want to do your part? Click here to donate to the Washington Humane Society and help animals like Butch with the opportunity to find loving homes!

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Work of Art

You can make a fantasy a reality
Because you’re creating your own masterpiece
Rent The Runway Georgetown
Art and fashion go hand in hand, whether it’s art influencing fashion a la Yves Saint Laurent’s Mondrian collection or fashion inspiring art like Bob Mackie, or even the collision of the two parallels as seen in Alexander McQueen’s Spring ’99 presentation. When my friend Beth asked me to join her at Rent The Runway’s latest field guide on Art Collecting I was ecstatic. Z and I love art in our home and consider ourselves pretty artistically knowledgable. It was a wonderful evening of wine, cupcakes, and art in what can only be described as an artful interior. Gorgeous, well merchandised dresses line ornate walls like the above blue marbled and the below brick with galleried mirrors.

Rent The Runway Georgetown
The knowledgeable and worldly Peggy Sparks of Artists Proof Gallery in Georgetown led the way through our field notes lesson explaining why we should invest in art, how we should invest in art, and a little bit of some art history. Personally, I learned that I shouldn’t make executive art decisions because it matches something else or just because I want art; any piece I invest in should be one I’ve had an unequivocal connection with. Much of my art and prints in my home are just “pretty”; the animal prints in my living room fit the theme and my personality, while the dainty prints in my office inspire me. The next time I make a large original art purchase, though, I’ll be sure to choose a piece that I would mourn if I lost it.
Another great lesson was to purchase art smartly. Many places sell reproductions or prints and price them as originals, yet they don’t carry the same worth. I know for me I enjoy running my fingers along grooves of thick paint as an added feature to original art that you don’t get in a reproduction. My favorite things to have learned were the websites to check for emerging artists and artist research. Exhibition A and ArtSpan are some worth checking out!
Rent The Runway GeorgetownNow, for the fun part; what I wore. For this event I decided to go trendy. A short but structured dress over classic trousers and heels felt very “Chelsea Art Gallery Consultant” to me, even if I’m just a DC girl with an interest in free wine and pretty things.

Do you have any originally art works in your home? What’s your favorite way to buy art?

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Join Me on July 12th…

Linell Ellis Pop Up Shop Hoted by blogger Que Sera SahraRemember this amazing handbag from a few months back? Well Linell Ellis and I are teaming up again, this time for a pop-up shop that’s sure to be the hit of your weekend!Linell Ellis FW 14/15 handbag on Que Sera SahraIf you live in the Metro DC Area I hope to see you there!

XO Sahra

Feathers, Yarn, and Branches

20130627-155141.jpgCOMPLETELY delayed, but a few weeks ago I was invited to the inaugural DIY Workshop for Topaz and Arrow here in DC as their InstaGram Giveaway winner! I was so excited to have WON something, and to go to my first outing on my own in DC!
So the workshop was called “Feathers, Yarn, and Branches”, hosted by the lovely ladies of BeCoolMom, DeNada Designs, and PandaHead. I walked in post-brunch (so already a few mimosas in, not going to lie) and was warmly greeted to fresh cocktails, fresh sushi, snacks, tea, summer sun, and friendly faces. The space was gorgeously, and effectively decorated with the materials we were using, finished products, and a slideshow of inspiration thrown up on the exposed brick walls. I took an open seat and watched as the instructions began.
Morgan and Virginia spoke about inspiration, prep, where to buy products, and even how to paint the branches and do different loops for covering your branch in yarn. Me being semi lazy and boozed up, went with what I found to work for me. I chose my favorite colors, teal and black, and painted feathers. I took white yarn and sporatically wound it around my branch and then tied the feathers to it, making a staggering hanging sequence.20130627-155335.jpg20130627-155353.jpg20130627-155412.jpg20130627-155446.jpg20130627-155504.jpg20130627-155520.jpg
I originally planned to take my feather hanger home and hang it above my bed, but with three cats I figured it wouldn’t last. Also, the boyfriend liked it, so we hung it up at his place. Voila.

Anyway, the event was great; it was amazing to be able to connect with and create with other women my own age with such similar interests. It was well organized, and put on, and the cocktails and sushi additions were the perfect perks!
That being said, I will definitely be going to another Topaz And Arrow workshop. Sadly, the July even is during one of my weeklong beach stays, so I will have to wait until August for my next DIY festivity, but that doesn’t mean you can’t go! I definitely recommend all you area crafters to head on over to their next event, on Sunday, July 28th, entitled “Summer Bohemian”. Buy your tickets HERE!
Also, check out the video from the Feathers, Yarn and Branches event below!

Thanks, Topaz and Arrow for such a great event!!! ❤

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