Category Archives: NEWS

WARBY PARKER x KARLIE KLOSS

I have raved here on HOTP before about my love for Warby Parker and their ultra-stylish, affordable frames. Starting today, their most recent collection – three new pairs of sunglasses made in collaboration with Karlie Kloss – will be available … Continue reading

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My Holiday Wish List

1/ Brown Leather Hooded Jacket; 2/ Pom Hat; 3/ J. Crew Stripe Necklace Tee; 4/ Kate Spade for Keds Glitter Sneakers; 5/Gold Flatware Set; 6/ Gold Bowls; 7/ Gum Ball Machine. Here are a few other items I’ve got my … Continue reading

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Holiday Gift Guide: For Him

Less than 2 weeks left!! 1/ Oslo Shawl; 2/ Brogue Boots; 3 /Wool-Felt Fedora; 4/ Driving Gloves; 5/ Bond No. 9; 6/ Sweatshirt; 7/ Plaid Tie; 8/ Jacket; 9/ New Balance / More gift ideas here.

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Holiday Gift Guide: For Her

  1/Nixon The Wire Tortoise Earphones; 2/ Lavish Luxe Brush Set; 3/ Anette Flat; 4/ Zip Pouch; 5/ Leo Pullover; 6/Picture Frame; 7/ Fatigue Button Up; 8/ Drybar Blowout In-a-Box Hair Dryer; 9/ Vintage Nikes / More gift ideas here.

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The A-List: FABB Girls Club Accessories Event

I am really excited to invite you to an event that I will host along with The FABB Girls Club. On Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 6:30 please join us at Aldo Accessories inside Fashion Center at Pentagon City for … Continue reading

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Haute Links

THIS WEEK IN FASHION, BEAUTY, BRAND, AND ENTERTAINMENT NEWS: Get the perfect manicure for spring/Diane Von Furstenberg honored five inspirational women this past weekend at the annual DVF Awards in New York. Among attendees were Gabby Douglas and Robin Roberts/Socialite turned … Continue reading

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Trend Spotting: Print Jeans

While doing a little dpring shopping recently, I noticed a trend throughout the mall: printed jeans. I bought these Tropical Print jeans over the weekend. What do you say? Feeling the trend? Can do without these fancy pants?

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No Words

Just lots, and lots, and lots of leg. Shoes: Alexander Wang Photos: 1/2

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Effortless

I’ve never really been a fan of Nicki Minaj because everything about her is so over-the-top. But, I really like her made-under look for the cover shoot for Elle April 2013. To me, it’s consistent with the  average-girl personality she’s shown … Continue reading

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The Blues

 Blue is such a lovely color. My favorite, actually… a shame it gets such a bad wrap. 1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8/9/10/11/12/13/14/15

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Mini Moments

Ever just feel like hiding? I’m horrible at disconnecting. When people call, I answer. Ask for a favor, I say, “yes, of course!” Because of that, I have reserved Saturday mornings for myself. Don’t call, cause I won’t answer. Have … Continue reading

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Volunteer Opportunity: Presidential Inauguration 2013

Be a part of history. The Presidential Inaugural Committee 2013 is seeking enthusiastic  volunteers for the upcoming inauguration activities. Sign up today!  

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Snow Days

It feels good to be back in the midwest. There’s not much snow here in Chicago. However, Iowa got a ton last week. The kids were out of school for two days! I miss snow days. These pictures are from … Continue reading

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EVENT RECAP: OUTFITTED Holiday Pop-up Shop

December 8, 2012 – Ozio Lounge – The OUTFITTED: Holiday Pop-up Shop unites west coast fashion brands Penolope and Coco, Luv Aj, Plush, MINKPINK, and Virgo Downtown with east coast fashionistas for an afternoon of shopping, sipping, and mingling. Cocktails … Continue reading

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2012 Holiday Gift Guide: For Him

PRACTICAL: New Era Chicago Bulls fitted hat; Garrett popcorn; Phone and Card holder; Gun coffee mug; AFFORDABLE: Alexander Wang playing cards; The Social Animal book; Three Wise Men stackable flask; Nerdz Gone Wild Tees; STOCKING STUFFER: Bose earbuds; Baxter of … Continue reading

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Guest Post: DC Goodwill Fashionista

Happy Thursday!! Today’s post is a guest post over on the DC Goodwill Fashionista blog. Please check it out, and leave a comment!

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Get on the Warby Parker Bus

Georgetown – November 18, 2012 – Warby Parker Class Trip stops in Georgetown for the weekend. My eyeglasses have inadvertently become a part of my signature style. I have worn prescription glasses since the eleventh grade (I wore a red, … Continue reading

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What to Wear: Winter Bridal Shower

One of my childhood friends is getting married in March, and I am in the wedding! On Sunday,  I attended the bridal shower. It’s so nice to be back home. I haven’t been to this part of the state in … Continue reading

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Home is Where Your Mom Is

I love to write and send personal letters. Always have. Ever since I can remember, even as a kid, I have had my own personalized stationary. Each year, sending Christmas cards is one of the holiday traditions I look forward … Continue reading

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The $100 Wardrobe

I have clothes coming out of the wazoo. So, this season I am (begrudgingly) challenging myself to wear what I already have, rather than buying more new stuff. I’ve put myself on a $100 budget to update my current wardrobe … Continue reading

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His Shoes Aren’t Shiny Enough

I was on the train the other day giving a guy  a “quick glance.” The quick glance is the glance at a guy to determine whether he is worthy of a longer, more thoughtful look. In the end, I decided … Continue reading

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Cupcakes in the Air!

Blue Banana Sports Bar – September 13, 2012 – The Cupcake Critic (DC) celebrates her nomination and placement as a finalist for The Black Street Awards. She went on to win the awards for best website and best blog. Among … Continue reading

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Giveaway: 2 Tickets to the “Love Neo Soul” Tour feat. Rashaan Patterson, Kindred, and Black Alley

Giveaway – Just in time for cuff season, here’s a chance to score 2 tickets to the “Love Neo Soul” Tour feat. Rashaan Patterson, Kindred the Family Soul, and Black Alley on Saturday, September 29, 2012 at the historic Fillmore Theatre … Continue reading

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DC’s Salon Lynne Celebrates One-Year Anniversary

Salon Lynne One Year Anniversary Party – September 5, 2012 – Television personality Paul Warton hosts hairstylist Lynne Wooden’s anniversary soiree at Hillyer Art Space. With over 16 years experience in Washington, DC’s top salons, hair stylist, colorist, extentionist, and … Continue reading

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First Lady Michelle Obama Captivates Audience at #DNC2012

Charlotte, NC – Democratic National Convention – September 4, 2012 -First Lady Michelle Obama delivers speech on the opening night of the convention wearing Tracy Reese. Oh, and let’s not forget to mention that hair, whipped by Mr. Johnny Wright. … Continue reading

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