Getting the Lay of the Land

Monday, December 10, 2007

When I move to a new city, I like to jump in with both feet – at least, fashion-wise. (And coffee-wise. Hello, Caribou Coffee!) Washington, D.C. – my current new home – has a pretty bad rap for its lack for innovative style, but I've spotted enough seriously cute skinny jeans-and-boot combos so far to know that isn't true. (On the flipside, I also spotted a relatively cute guy wearing a snowflake sweater, so it is not all sunshine and Prada over here.) Since arriving on Wednesday night, I've slowly been revisiting old haunts (we lived here for a short spell nearly five years ago and have been stopping by at regular intervals since) and checking out what's new.

First things first: You've got to get to know the local bloggers. The most lauded fashion blog in the D.C. area is probably the D.C. Goodwill Fashion Blog (actually, it's kind of lauded globally – people love it!). The Goodwill thrift stores of D.C. had the vision to hire a stylist to blog about the amazing things you can find at the thrift store – it's really a vintage lover's dream site. We may have scored some really awesome finds at our favorite area Goodwill just this weekend, so we can personally attest that there are some great things to be had.

I'm also enjoying Project Beltway (lots of events and such), DC Celine (currently on a break, but looks like lots of good local finds) and the really cute street style blog Panda Head (more proof that people in D.C. can dress well). I wonder if these gals will be my new blog friends? [Chews nails nervously.]

[update] One of our readers also pointed out local blogger A Serious Job is No Excuse, who has seriously good taste, especially in shoes. {I know I am not the only one having serious palpitations over the shoes below, which I found via her site.} Thanks, reader!

{And I'm also seriously loving The Itty Bitty Kitty Committee, which has nothing to do with D.C. or style and everything to do with tiny adoptable cats in the Seattle area.}

Also key in a new town: You also need to know the nearest place to get fashion magazines hot off the press. Because I need the new Lucky with Gossip Girl's Blake Lively stat. No, I still cannot get enough of that show. Blair's perfectly poufy party dress from her birthday soiree (above)? Swoooooon.


Anonymous said...

Have you seen Her style is definately different than yours but her writing is worth reading (also check out comments which frequently turn ugly)

Suzanna Mars said...

Ha, the shoes: The other night, I was talking to a friend who lives across the country, and together we were cruising Shoewawa. I noticed that shoe and knew immediately what she'd be lemming for Christmas.

It's darling, isn't it.

Alison Santighian said...

Thanks for the plug - consider the blog friendship initiated (nail biting can end now) ;-)

huzzah to all those proporting wearing what works for you and avoiding trendy trend trends.

DC Goodwill Fashionista said...

Don't bite your nails - I'll be your friend! Linkbacks, my dear? -the DCGF

Johanna said...

Ms. Spinach,

Welcome to our little style blogging community here in DC!

I think you'll find us a relatively agreeable lot, though anon 7:54 is right -- sometimes the comment sections can get a little brutal.

Happy holidays!


p.s. Blair's dress is an '06 RTW Valentino. Find it here:

etoilee8 said...

I live outside of D.C. in northern Va, but I blog, therefore I am. . .

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