Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Soxxmas

Never thought I'd see the day where I'd be excited about a pair of heels under 4" #growingup

Photos by Cheralee Lyle

Dress- Rebecca Taylor (via Net-a-Porter), Jacket- Thrifted, Socks- c/o Soxxy, Boots- Dolce Vita

Hope everyone is gearing up for a great holiday! This dress has become my go-to holiday party dress mainly because a) it gives the illusion of a small waist (all the better to hide my week-long cupcake binge with) and b) it looks like a disco ball (just spin in circles and everyone starts dancing!).  

And now, my Xmas gift to you... free socks! (wait, it gets better)

 Knee high socks and I don't have a good history-- for one, they tend to make me look like a rugby player (thanks a lot, thigh genes), and secondly, they never want to stay put. I was so happy to receive these Soxxys in the mail---- they have a gel grip on the inside that keeps them from sliding down your legs and sagging around your ankles. Sagging generally = the opposite of anything that connotes sexy.

Here's how to enter:

Merry Christmas! xoxoxo

Friday, December 21, 2012

Baroque Creek Park

"Rrrrruff!" -- Thanks dawg, I like these pants too :)

Photos by Cheralee Lyle

Hooded Scarf- Denada Design, Blazer, denim shirt, and purse- Vintage, Skinnies- Target, Boots- Urban Outfitters

Went for a romp in the woods with Cheralee a little while back--- this is one of the few things I miss about living in the 'burbs (although Rock Creek Park is still very close)It's a dangerous thing, having a Target one floor down from my gym--- I stopped by to pick up makeup remover and walked out 10 minutes later (in a trance) with 3 pairs of printed skinnies, gloves, and no makeup remover.  Cheap convenience strikes again!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Keep Calm and Brunch with Net-a-Porter

Documenting just got a little more exciting  ;)

Faux Leather Peplum top- South Moon Under, Trousers- Vintage, Feather Minaudiere- BCBG Maz Azria (gifted), Spike Necklace- Random jewelry store in NY, Shoes- Guess (via DSW), Notebook- Smythson (c/o Net-a-Porter)

I would have died a happy blogger had I just eaten that upside down chocolate ice cream cone fiesta (the actual name on Bibiana's brunch menu was something more sophisticated, but that's what it was to me!)---- I was thankful as a whole to spend time with some of my favorite local ladies and Net-a-Porter.  It felt like a mission accomplished that the successful designer e-tailer recognized that DC was "having a moment" in fashion and there are actually many women here that frequent their site (myself included, but all I can afford to do for now is drool). Excuse me while I get back to salivating admiring these...

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

All Night Long

Balmain Fall 12' inspiration

Photos by Lise Silva

Jacket- Vintage (via La Petite Marmoset), T-shirt- random shop in South Beach, Shorts- Marshalls, Tights- CVS, Pumps- Guess (via DSW)

It was spring break of 2007 and my 19th birthday--- I was stumbling around the streets of Miami, chicken alfredo jumbo slice in hand (sidenote: I'll never forget that pizza, it was the best i've ever had! Unfortunately, it was from the drunk Platform 9 and 3/4 of pizza places and I could never find it again.)  I had gotten separated from my friends and was perusing obnoxious beach t-shirts ("I'm a **insert vulgar female term**, Deal With It!" and "I Slept With Your Boyfriend Last Night" were popular variations that year) And then, the alcohol-driven decision making gods shone their heavenly light on this Lionel Richie T-shirt (**cue angelic music**)--- It was too perfect not to get!  Only happy thoughts come from looking that Jheri curl!

And, unlike most morning-after emotions, I did not regret my purchase when I rediscovered it crumpled up in my purse. Let's take a moment to celebrate the beauty that is Mr. Richie, the art of dance, and 80's fashion:


See? Only happy thoughts:)

Thank you for the positive response and support for yesterday's post! DC will always be my home.  I intend to come back here in a few years and it feels great to know that there is such a strong community here :)

Monday, December 10, 2012

Big News, With a Little Help From Drake

 Sequined sistas :)

All things sparkly- Vintage (Via La Petite Marmoset)

Here are a few snaps from the Red Sprinkle event held at the showroom two weeks ago--- Ashley and I were feeling just a tad festive as you can see.  

And that brings me to our big announcement...

We're pregnant!

Pregnant with excitement that is.  You see, thanks to the undeniable powers of YOLO, we've made some important life decisions:

1) I am moving to New York at the end of January to spend time learning and growing.  I will be interning with a multi-line showroom and taking design classes---- overall, just immersing myself in the industry and learning from people who know a whole lot more than I do :)

2) Ashley is starting her own online store and working towards opening a brick and mortar shop in DC called Anthom.  Think under-the-radar brands and indie designers in a boutique edited for the fashion forward. Watch her progress here :)

So what does this mean for LPM? Well, we're taking a break, a radical sabbatical you might say.  I will still continue to blog and share my new adventure with you, as will Ashley. We will look forward to working together again/collaborating in the future :)

I want to thank everyone who has supported us in and outside the DC community over the past two years---- we feel blessed to have been part of a growing movement and have learned so much!

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to shoot me an email at

 <3 Katherine 

Friday, November 30, 2012

How to Lose a Girl in 10 Seconds

Photos by Cheralee Lyle

Fringe Jacket- BB Dakota (old), Shift dress and collar tips- La Petite Marmoset, Clutch- Vintage, Shoes- Nine West, Belt- Asos

Apologies for the lack of photos (because I know you guys are sooooo disappointed there aren't 7+ pictures of me)--- recently I've been having some issues with blurriness. On the day we took these photos, an elderly man sauntered over, burst my personal space bubble and said, "You make me want to have babies. Are you gonna make some pretty babies for me?" This was followed by a smoochy sound mating call.  As difficult as it was to turn down this offer, I had to decline---- I thought a first date was in order before any further discussion of family plans. 

Have a great weekend!! ;)

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Velvet, Virgin, and a Good Cause

What did'orsay??

Photos by Lise Silva

Sweater Cape- LOFT (last year), T-shirt, trousers, belt, and bag- Vintage (via La Petite Marmoset), Pumps- Guess (via DSW)

I've been looking for a nice affordable pair of d'orsay pumps for a while now--- it must have been fate (/death for my budget) that a new DSW just opened up walking distance from the loft I had been strategically avoiding it for a week but then found myself magnetically drawn to the entrance--- it really wasn't my fault.  I love that a nice pair of pointy pumps can instantly turn stretch velvet granny pants into slightly more elegant stretch velvet granny pants.

Also, there are a few spots left in Red Sprinkle's Beauty Lounge tomorrow night! It's being held here at the LPM Showroom---- email to RSVP :)

Monday, November 26, 2012

Why my Grandpa is a Bad***

Baroque n' roll time

Photos by Cheralee Lyle

Dress- LPM Redesigned Vintage, Vest- Forever21, Belt- Vintage (my aunt's), Shoes- Nine West (via DSW)

Hope everyone had a lovely holiday! I spent Thanksgiving with my mom's family in New Jersey-- everyone was comparing Sandy survival stories (thankfully no one was hurt). My grandparents lost power for 1 week--- my grandma took refuge with a family member who still had power, but 94 year-old Grandpa Steve, like the Spartan warrior he is, decided to stay and man the fort. 

Me: Grandpa, why did you stay at home in the dark for 7 days?? Weren't you cold?
Grandpa: It reminded me of my war days! (grunts) 
Me: Oh... yes I can see how you would want to relive those... What did you eat Grandpa??
Grandpa: Cornflakes, cornflakes, and more cornflakes! 
Me: Wow! You know some women do that as a diet and can't last 3 days?
Grandpa: *Crosses arms and grins
Then we went on the opposite of a diet and stuffed ourselves with Greek and Latin food.  The end!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

The Godfather

I feel like bustin' loose ♩ ♪

Photos by Lise Silva

Faux Leather Jacket- Rainbow Stores, Cropped Sweater- Vintage (via La Petite Marmoset), Blouse- Violet Boutique, Bodycon dress- Rave, Booties- via

This mural of the late talented Chuck Brown (aka the Godfather of Go-go) in Petworth is is at the top of my list of all-time favorite DC street art because 1) he's blue and MINT and 2) he gives the side-eye to everyone getting off of the metro.  R.I.P. Mr. Brown--- you have left your mark on this city and a generation of artists to come.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Mr. Robinson

Photos by Ashley Turchin

Blazer- Vintage (Via La Petite Marmoset), T-shirt and Bag- Thrifted, Dress- Target, Boots- Asos

Kevin Robinson, whoever you are, your name is branded in Sharpie on the inside neckline of this thrifted Murray Hill High School T-shirt. Why would you ever want to part with it? Such a great layering piece!  I'm sure you weren't thinking that while you wore it twiggin'/ footballin'/ultimate frisbeein' or however you used to spend your afternoons (don't worry, I washed all the bro out before wearing).  Did you replace it with more distinguished college gear? Or did your mom get fed up with a mess in your room and donate it?  Bet you never thought about wearing it with sequins :)

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Denada x LPM

Marmoset surrenders after spending a fun-filled afternoon with Baby Atticus :) Gracias Denada!

Photos by Lise Silva

Me: Open Wave cowl (in Plum) AshleyHooded cowl (in Charcoal)- c/o Denada, Clothing- Vintage (via La Petite Marmoset)

From the moment TPWP first introduced me to local brand Denada Design last year, I dreamt of owning one of their yummy hand crafted knit cowls--- those dreams became a reality last Sunday when owner/designer Virginia Arrisueño stopped by to visit the LPM showroom (with baby Atticus in tow).  All Denada scarves are made with love in Peru (the birthplace of Virginia's family)--- no sweatshops happening here!

Want to knock out a chunk of your holiday shopping list? Denada is offering all LPM readers a 15% discount from now until November 20th with the discount code "LPMxDENADA

Check out Denada's post here :)

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