Painting the Town Red with #DCinWhite

Do you ever stop to smell the roses? Do you look at life in rose-colored glasses? When life seems to throw you nothing but dark, sadistic turns, when will you finally lead your own path towards light? (read in a Carrie Bradshaw voice – I promise you’ll find it funny).

Don’t worry – I’m not about to deliver a long-winded sermon. But I will preach about the wonderful #DCinWhite party I attended Thursday, May 14th. A couple of friends and I sauntered over to the Penthouse Pool Club in Navy Yard (just a few blocks away from the Navy Yard Metro stop) in our best white ensembles to ring in warmer weather and brighter perspectives. Coming from Austin, I was craving outdoor events that mingled breezy outfits with tropical beverages.

Posing in our creamy white looks.

Posing in our creamy white looks.

The notoriously hilarious Bitches Who Brunch – a group of women who review the hottest brunch spots across Washington, D.C., New York and Chicago, hosted the event. Partners included Three Day Rule (a matchmaking service) and Becky’s Fund (a nonprofit dedicated to preventing domestic violence).

Throughout the evening, we sipped on unforgivably mouthwatering piña coladas featuring Don Q rum. Mojitos and white wine were also available – but they weren’t on the top of my list.

White jeans and a tantalizing piña colada.

White jeans and a tantalizing piña colada.

When the sun set and temperatures dropped, we were thankful for the fire pit radiating warmth and an attractive glow. Overall, the event was effortlessly fun. The crowd? Let’s just say some men and women could benefit from some guidance – perhaps a personal styling company can co-host next year? After all, #DCinWhite was a clothing-focused affair.

How's that for a natural glow?

How’s that for a natural glow?

Luckily, no one’s crisp whites were ruined with spilled beverages (and not a soul fell into that glorious swimming pool). If the girls host #DCinWhite again, I’ll be sure to attend. Thanks for reading, and don’t forget to break out your summer whites – with the right shoes, of course (;

Jonathan Ochart

The Joke’s on You!

Close your eyes, and envision the kindergarten days. Remember when you were playing hide-and-seek during recess, and that dirty, bothersome kid would yell “your shoes are untied, your shoes are untied” to the entire playground? And when you looked down, he screamed “MADE YA LOOK!” excitedly…guffawing away as if he won that week’s “No Homework” pass…

When it comes to owning April Fool’s Day, originality is key – a notion those playground pranksters never grasped. Transform the expected into the ironic, and the ironic into the expected. Confused yet?

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Yes, April 1st is the trickster’s favorite holiday – who doesn’t look forward to dusting off whoopee cushions and false mustaches with pride? Sure, hoaxes are fun and all, but donning these insane pieces by Moschino and Charlotte Olympia add more brilliance to your April Fool’s Day gimmick. Be prepared for tons of stares, gasps and awes.
Cloak your phone in a Moschino teddy bear case. Wear Charlotte Olympia wedges spiked with cacti. These two designers champion eclectic and unexpected creations that add a little “pop” to any look.

Throw your friends, family, coworkers (and most importantly, passerby) for a loop by combining these pieces. Tacky? Yes. But the fact that you could care less grants you total comedic cred. Who knows, you may end up as the next big style blogger (;

Happy hoaxing!

Jonathan Ochart

A Case of the Fundays

Waking up without pressing “snooze” Monday mornings proves to be quite the difficult task. When you finally lift yourself from your bed’s comfortable caress, find solace in today’s ensemble. Whether you’re spending the day in the office or running errands around town, opt for a simple look focused on highlighting your silhouette in all the right parts. You’ll be grinning all day!

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Frame denim’s “Le Skinny de Jeanne” provides just enough stretch for optimum performance on the subway or bicycle – without stretching out. Minor distressing provides some texture and much-needed edge. A loose cream sweater elevates your denim, without sacrificing your freedom. Throw on a pair of Isabel Marant’s suede Dicker boots to gain some height and effortless style. Don’t forget a fringed Proenza Schouler handbag (I’m obsessed with the gray leather – check out the suede versions, too) to bring each piece together.

All that’s left? A venti iced coffee from Starbucks, of course. Now that sounds like a good case of the Mondays.

Style you soon,

Jonathan