Marques Almeida graffiti dress
Marques Almeida graffiti dress
Papazian enamel earrings
Marques Almeida graffiti dress
Marques Almeida graffiti dress
Marques Almeida graffiti dress

When I first started this blog 11 years ago (almost to the day), it was as a creative foil to my day job in software marketing. And one of the things that motivates to keep creating after all these years is being able to showcase incredible pieces of clothing in locations that really make them shine. The HUD Building in DC is a brutalist structure I’ve kept in my back pocket for years, waiting for the right look to really take advantage of the stark, otherworldy exterior. When I recently got my hands on this incredible Marques Almeida dress via Rent the Runway, it felt like wearing alien space suit and the graffiti design just begged to be showed off against concrete. I love how it looks styled with grunge pieces like this vintage oversized Bill Blass jean jacket and knee-high DKNY combat boots. I had so much fun stomping around the city and admiring the pleats on this amazing dress as it caught the air. The dress went perfectly with a custom pair of earrings by my friend Diana Papazian, a local designer who creates cool artistic pieces using mixed metals and enamel techniques. These babies are actually reversible and can be worn a multitude of ways!

It’s unique pieces like these earrings and this dress that inspire me to up my creative game and push my own personal style boundaries. And it’s people like you, my lovely readers, that leave encouraging and insightful comments that make blogging worth it. In my decade+ of blogging, I feel like I’ve formed a bond with many of you and that’s very dear to me. So thank you for sticking with me on this creative journey and I look forward to sharing more fun projects with you in the coming year!

Papazian earrings
vintage Bill Blass jean jacket
Marques Almeida dress via Rent the Runway Unlimited (get 50% off your first month with code EPENDER50)
DKNY combat boots (old, similar)
Celine bag

Photos shot by Pablo Raya at the HUD Building.

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I love the unique pattern of this dress!

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That dress is amazing, the print is so much fun!!
And wow, happy 11 years! I’m just about at 10 myself, next April, crazy how time flies!
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Congratulations on 11 years of blogging! You’re still one of my favorite bloggers. Your style is A-1. And getting to you know these past few years, you’re also so welcoming and pretty funny, too.

The dress is gorgeous. Love the print!

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Thank you so much Vivi! You’re definitely one of the people I’m grateful to have met through blogging! I remember when we first met at the sip and swap!

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This print is amazing!

Jennifer
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Such a true title of post and I love location which you pick for this stunning dress. It is really piece of art and I love how you style it.

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Dress is beautiful and looks prettier on you… love the print and great color combo… congrats on 11 years of blogging…❤️

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This is sooo cool and fabulous! Love it dear. Huge congrats on your 11th year. Cheers for more blogging years.

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This is sooo cool and fabulous! Huge congrats on your blog’s 11th year. Cheers for more blogging years.

Jessica | notjessfashion.com

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Thanks so much Jessica!

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I love the bold print of the dress in contrast to the background and congrats on 11 years! Such a great milestone, and I feel like I’ve been reading since nearly the beginning.
Chic on the Cheap

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I know! You have always been so supportive Lydia and I feel like I’ve been reading your blog since the beginning too!

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That print is so refreshing and full of life! And you really knew how to make it shine by adding that jacket on top of it. You have an amazing sense of style, babe!

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What a gorgeous dress.. you styled it perfectly!

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You are so right with the location, it fits well with your outfit. And that is one hot dress you’re wearing.

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Beautiful outfit, wearable art indeed! The boots are a dream 🙂

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