Hello family! I hope everyone safely made it through the recent shaking up that we had around here. An earthquake in DC? Really?? SMH. Diving under my desk is bad for my stylish image. Thankfully, I’ve been able to shift my focus to something more comforting: fashion & events!
As you know, the threat of Hurricane Irene (a dramatic natural event that at least I’m familiar with being from Louisiana and all), has pushed the ceremonial unveiling of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial to later in the fall.
It was planned to occur on Sunday to coincide with the 48th anniversary of the famous piece of American history, the “I Have a Dream” speech. I’m super thrilled that living in this area affords me the opportunity to be at historic events like this one, and I’ll have my face in the place when the time comes rain or shine.
You may have guessed, but my namesake is actually Coretta Scott King, Dr. King’s smart, talented, beautiful activist wife.
My family is originally from Alabama (on both sides) and my parents grew up in the cities of Montgomery and Camden, Ala. during the Civil Rights Movement.
This year I’ve been inspired to have a “Tribute to Coretta Scott King/1960s themed” birthday event put on by yours truly of Coretta’s Elegant Events. I’ve already put out the word via Facebook and word of mouth for guests to save the date. I think I’m also going to save a tree by going with Paperless Post invites like the ones I use for Stella & Dot jewelry trunk show invitations. Typically, I’m a Wedding Paper Divas invite girl.
I’ve started an inspiration board on pinterest.
I’m having fun getting the details together. I’ve recently decided to add a stepper/hand dancing instructor, and there is so much help in current media to inspire me… like the movie “The Help” and AMC’s “Mad Men.”
So here is my idea: think classic 1960s/black & white photos/Sam Cooke playing on the radio/Jackie “O” in the White House.
Women in sheaths. Fit and flared dresses. Pearls. Gloves. Cat-eyed glasses.
Men in suits. Bow ties. Fedoras.
One of my girlfriends, we’ll call her “Joycelyn,” was giving me a hard time about having to rent costumes and me dressing up in a pillbox hat and gloves. Ok, I admit, I have gloves on the list (a la the sharp ensemble above), BUT, this 1960’s style is accessible and probably something you have in your closet right now.
Sheaths — women, keep them as work staples. Pearls — check. Heels — done. Add the gloves only if you want to, lol. Just keep it simple and classic. Or you can always go all Marilyn Monroe/Dorothy Dandridge/Elizabeth Taylor movie star glam with it, too.
I’m sorta feeling these inspiration pics for me:
The location for the event is the Josephine Butler Parks Center overlooking Meridian Hill/Malcolm X Park (you should read about its inspiring namesake). It’s a former embassy mansion originally built to house the U.S. Vice President and it’s gorgeous! I first visited the site for a Capital Cause networking and philanthropy event and I knew then that Coretta’s Elegant Events had to do an event there. I’m excited about this one! What do you think? Leave me a note below, but remember comments are moderated and will take a few minutes to appear.
Your mission: Update your wardrobe by paying homage to the past. Try a double strand of pearls with your sheath and heels, or with your jeans and casual shirt. Just keep it simple, stylish & classic. That’s timeless style.
Your jewelry girl,
Coretta, Stella & Dot Independent Stylist
P.S. — Check out your DC on Heels “bloggers-in-chief” below. Vanessa and Markette are “frosted” in Stella & Dot jewelry at the recent Ink Cosmetics launch party. Smokin’!