DC Style Watch: Classic Styling Comes to Life

For several weeks you’ve been hearing about the stylish birthday party that I was planning; the modern 1960s tribute to my namesake Coretta Scott King. Well, the reality was better than my imagination.

It was an extremely stylish, gorgeous DC afternoon last Saturday at the Josephine Butler Parks Center on 15th Street Northwest. Warning:  picture heavy post.  Professional photography by Karina Djijo Studios.

Josephine Butler Parks Center. A hidden DC treasure across from Meridian Park.

Coretta Scott King, the activist, author & wife of Dr. Martin Luther King that I am named after.

Coretta's Elegant Events favor bags filled with gift wrapped Georgetown Cupcakes & other goodies. Photo by Desiree McCombs.

It was a great (early) birthday party! Photo by Desiree McCombs. Delicious Southern Caramel birthday cake by Danielle's Desserts.

I requested that my guests dress in their interpretation of modern 1960’s style and boy, they did NOT disappoint! Classic never goes out of style.  Write that down, lol!

On the red carpet with one of my sister's, Clarissa, and fellow Tuskegee University graduates. My party was sponsored by my Coretta's Elegant Events party planning company and my Stella & Dot jewelry eboutique.

Miss Savannah on the red carpet. Photo by Desiree McCombs.

Loved Kenya's ensemble!

The Party Booths photobooth was a hit!

Tracy Reese birthday frock from Periwinkle boutique in Alexandria.

Marilyn Monroe in the front, Audrey Hepburn in the back!

Dancing to the music of DJ Stylz.

Several guests supported my Stella & Dot 100 Breast Cancer Awareness Tribute Bracelet challenge. More in stock early next week! Photo by Desiree McCombs.

Our stepping/hand-dancing instructor, Mr. Cherry, from Metropolitan Steppers.

My friends & stylists from Behind the Beauty LLC definitely brought their “A” game in their genuine vintage frocks!


I marveled every time I greeted a new guest.  Their classic style was wonderful and truly added to the look and feel of the party. Well-dressed guests will do that. We had such a great time! I just don’t know what I will come up with next year!

This week’s mission: Help me with a theme for next year’s birthday bash, lol!  I want more photos of stylish guests! You can leave your suggestions, and your thoughts on this year’s theme, in the comments section below. (Don’t forget, comments are moderated so it might take a little while for yours to appear.)

And for your situational awareness, since being in DC I’ve had a Black Tie Affair and a Sunday Hat Birthday Brunch. Time for a new one!

Black-tie birthday. Photo by Cedric Carter.

Sunday Hat Birthday Brunch. Photo by Cedric Carter.

Your jewelry girl,

Coretta, Stella & Dot Independent Stylist

Coretta Johnson Gray in the Stella & Dot Breast Cancer Tribute Bracelet.

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  1. Cejpmd

    Great post!

  2. Erica

    What are great time spent!! It was a beautiful event!!

  3. Coretta Johnson Gray

    Thanks SO much Erica!! And thanks for adding to the great time, lol!

  4. Coretta Johnson Gray

    Thanks cejpmd! It was a great event in my humble opinion 🙂