@_IFB Links à la Mode: Costume Drama: A Break From All Things Outfit

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Costume Drama: A Break From All Things Outfit

Edited by: Holier than Now

It's the Halloween season, when some of us choose to experience the thrill (or horror) of looking nothing like ourselves for a night. For those of you who blog or socially post your outfits, perhaps it's a chance to take a break from the judgmental eye of the spotlight (consider Love Brown Sugar and One More's pieces on the subject) - one night where you turn in "looking good" for looking scary, time period-accurate, or just ... a little sexier than usual. Inspired? Find last minute costume inspiration from Tickle Me Chic and more.

And for those of us who don't celebrate the witching hour, there's still a chance to step away from the closet and remind ourselves that great lingerie, shoes, bags, and jewels can make even a white tee and jeans look scary good.

Links à la Mode: October 28th


Shopbop bags: Clutches, Hobos, Satchels, Totes, Black handbags, Shoulder bags, Women's Wallets

Rukiya's World: Tropical Punch

This unique statement necklace caught my eye when I saw Mrs. Obama wearing it a few days ago at an event. The necklace is named "Tropical Punch" and was designed by Erickson Beamon

Rukiya's World: Sassy Sequins

LaROK Luxe Camo Sequined Skirt
Karen Kane Sequined Tank
Catherine Malandrino Cabled Sweater Dress with sequined hem
Aqua Split Sleeve Sequined Dress
Alice + Olivia Bandage Shift Dress
Aiden Mattox Silk Long Sleeve Sequined Dress

FASHION LUST: Pretty in Print at Topshop

Love, love, love this kimono and its fabulous print. Available at Topshop.

FASHION LUST: Off The Fringe with Sergio Rossi

Seriously, seriously. I need these Sergio Rossi boots. I am beyond lusting after these amazing boots. I am obsessed. Any takers? LOL! Available at Intermix.

FASHION SPOTLIGHT: Stepping Out With DSquared2 Winter Boots

I am such a sucker for DSquared2. They know how to make a sexy, furry winter boot (take that Uggs). Not to mention changing up a hiking boot by adding 5" heels on it. Who doesn't love a motorcycle boot? I do. I do. Take your pic at Ssense.com.

ALL ACCESS FASHION @ TYSONS: Breakfast with Carmen Marc Valvo

I finally have stopped my world so that I can upload my photos from All Access Tysons from a few weeks ago. It was a fab event. You know I must really love a designer when I get up early on a Saturday morning (no soccer was on obviously!) to have breakfast with Carmen Marc Valvo who so graciously shared his latest collection with a few of us at Neiman Marcus.

He did not disappoint. He was hilarious. What a card. He told some fabulous stories, especially about dressing some really famous women (no name dropping here). With each dress, he gave us a look into his design mind. He talked about what inspired each one, why he chose particular colors and talked extensively about his love of fabrics. He mixed fabrics in a fabulous way. There were plenty of rich colors and brocade and beading and metallics interspersed asymmetrically. This man knows how to make a cocktail dress. Of course, the finale dress was one of his gorgeous wedding dresses. Loved it.

It was a wonderful way to spend a Saturday morning.


Aldo has gone a little bit vintage with these flat booties. On sale now for $29.98. Available in gray or black.


These shimmering leaf studs are gorgeous. The price is even better. Get a pair for a mere $14.99 at Banana Republic.

DC FASHION BENEFIT: Project FUNDWay Scholarship Fashion Show

I know the suspense is killing you! Come out and see which talented young fashion designer walks away with the big prize. Get your tickets here! Proceeds benefit the DC Fashion Foundation and the future of young area fashion designers. Support our young, local fashion talent.


Jawaher is a new initiative from SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS, which celebrates the elegance and glamour of Arabian women today. As a trendsetter, we’re hoping you may be able to share this collection with your readers! Our goal is to drive everyone to Facebook where they can learn more and connect with one another.

Jawaher highlights the fashion connoisseur in the Middle East with pieces that have been created by world-renowned designers using crystal as a creative material to show a light fuelled allure. The designers, including Allessanra Rich, Sohad Acouri, Zaid Anton and more, have all sought out to create items to reflect the kind of glamorous lifestyle we all aspire to have, while still keeping with Middle Eastern tradition.

From October 20 - November 1, the Jawaher collection will be on public display in London at the SWAROVSKI CRYSTALLIZED™ lounge so your followers in London can go take a look anytime you can!

For more information, check out the SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS Facebook page.


Did you know one in four women will be a victim of domestic violence in their lifetime? In DC alone, 31,232 calls were placed to 9-1-1 in 2009 related to domestic violence. I think that is so outrageous. The Capitol Fashionista stands with Hello Cupcake to support an end to domestic violence.

So help Hello Cupcake stand up to domestic violence! 100% of the sales of purple ribbon cupcakes today will go to support the DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence (DCCADV). Purchase early and often to support women and children who need our help.

About Hello Cupcake: Hello Cupcake is a gourmet cupcakery that opened in 2007 in Dupont Circle, and a second shop is planned for the Capitol Hill neighborhood that will open in early 2011. The shop carefully integrates delicious food and high design. Cupcakes are baked from scratch all-day, everyday in small batches with fresh, seasonal and local ingredients. The store is open Monday - Thursday from 10am - 7pm; Friday and Saturday from 10am- 9pm and Sundays 11 am to 6 pm. The shop offers over 50 flavors with new, limited and seasonal flavors regularly added to the menu. For a complete list, see the website at www.hellocupcakeonline.com.

About DCCADV: Founded in 1986, the DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence is a membership organization comprised of 12 primary purpose domestic violence service agencies in the District. DCCADV is the leading advocacy voice in the District for domestic violence survivors and the organizations serving them. The organization offers support and services for today and education, advocacy and leadership to shape a violence-free future for families in the District of Columbia. For more information visit http://www.dccadv.org/

Rukiya's World: My Obsessions of the Week

UGG Bailey Button Triplet Boots

Isabel Marant sequenced pants

Kate Spade "Pop Art" Clutch

Rukiya's World: Booties

Marc Jacobs "Pull On" Bootie

Lepord Print Ankle Booties

Dolce Vita Ankle Boot

Corso Como Gianna Black Suede Booties

Betsey Johnson Waldorf Booties

Christian Louboutins Black Suede and Lace Booties

FASHION DEAL OF THE DAY: XOXO Puts A Spin On The Military Look

Here's your twist on the Military Style trend. Get this gold-colored military-style sweater. I give you permission to give the olive green a break! Get it at XOXO for $35.40.

FASHION LUST: Gettin' My KronKron On

HOT TO DEATH! Enough Said. KronKron is available at FarFetch.com.