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Introducing the Summer 2018 Collection

Introducing the Summer 2018 Collection

I'm SO excited to introduce the Summer 2018 Collection. This collection has been a long time coming. When I first set out on this journey, I had a list of pieces that I'd been searching for but was unable to find in tall sizes. The list was long, but included a random assortment of things like a feminine blazer and a wrap dress. For the most part, they were not season-specific and were not part of a cohesive collection. But, they all gave a small nod to my personal style - versatile, flattering, and feminine silhouettes in great fabrics.

3 Weekend Getaways Within 3 Hours of DC

3 Weekend Getaways Within 3 Hours of DC

We spent last weekend in Richmond to celebrate our third wedding anniversary. It was such a fun, easy getaway! I also realized that in the past yea...

5 Things To Do With Your Dog in DC

5 Things To Do With Your Dog in DC

I jump at any opportunity to include our dog, Sadie, on our weekend adventures. I absolutely love bringing her along on hikes or to our favorite brewery. Her excitement on a new trail just puts a smile on my face. Today, I'm sharing five things we love to do with our dog in DC (and highly recommend even if you don't have a dog).

It's Fashion Revolution Week | What it Means & How You Can Be A Better Consumer

It's Fashion Revolution Week | What it Means & How You Can Be A Better Consumer

Fashion Revolution Week starts today (it runs April 23-29). The movement asks us, as consumers, to question who made my clothes? This year marks the 5 year anniversary of the Rana Plaza collapse which killed over 1,100 (and injured many more) garment workers in Bangladesh. The plaza housed many factories and at the time of its collapse, produced clothing for companies like Walmart and Zara. Nike, H&M, and Ivanka Trump also source labor from Bangladesh which is known for its poor working conditions and low wages.

The Sample Making Process & A Sneak Peek of Summer

The Sample Making Process & A Sneak Peek of Summer

I'm currently at the tail end of perfecting samples and have started production on the Summer collection. Because I offer such limited quantities of each style, the actual time it takes to manufacture the collection is relatively short (we will be releasing new pieces in early June).

Best Tapas & Small Plates Restaurants in Washington, DC

Best Tapas & Small Plates Restaurants in Washington, DC

My husband and I have a standing date every Friday night. We started the tradition when we got married and it is still going strong (almost) three years later! I'm lactose and gluten intolerant, so I am partial to restaurants that have allergen menus or are willing to modify dishes as needed. And for whatever reason, many of our favorite date night spots are tapas or small plates restaurants. So, I figured I'd share the top small plates restaurants in DC.

How To Pack for a Business Trip

How To Pack for a Business Trip

When I first started traveling for work I realized that packing for a business trip was more challenging, and of course less fun, than packing for vacation.

I always wait until the last minute to pack (even when it comes to vacations). Please tell me I'm not the only one! On my first multi-day business trip, I resorted to packing a capsule wardrobe based around one neutral color. I recommend using black or navy as your base color as doing so allows you to pack a single pair of dress shoes and tights (if needed), and makes it easier to mix and match fewer pieces to create more outfits. Although I resorted to this approach because I was crunched for time and thoroughly uninspired to pack, it's become my go-to method!

Five Spring & Summer Trends for the Professional Woman

Five Spring & Summer Trends for the Professional Woman

Spring has officially arrived, although you wouldn't really know it by looking at the weather forecast in Washington, DC. Looking ahead to warmer weather, below is a list of trends you'll be seeing more of over the next several of months. I will be releasing the ME Spring and Summer collection in May!

Striped Sheath Dress Styled Six Ways

Striped Sheath Dress Styled Six Ways

Today I'm sharing six(!) ways to style the ME striped shift dress! This dress is incredibly versatile and comfortable. It comes with a fabric belt, but the dress does not have belt loops so you can easily ditch the belt or swap it out for a belt of your choice (blush, cognac, or leopard print would be perfect). It falls below the knee and features three-quarter length sleeves that are actually three-quarter length sleeves on long arms. The v-neck is flattering yet work appropriate.

All in the Label: What Your Clothing Labels Mean

All in the Label: What Your Clothing Labels Mean

Ever wondered what all the labels on your clothes meant? Why there are so many? Why they're located where they are? Although these questions crossed my mind before I got into the business of designing and manufacturing clothing, I never bothered to find the answers. But, as I was preparing to produce my initial collection, my manufacturer needed all labels on hand. So, I was forced to figure it out. Fortunately, the FTC has a really helpful, user friendly guide on clothing label requirements that I reference frequently. Below is a review of the types of tags you can find on your ME clothing and what they mean.*

Fun, Professional Nail Polish Colors for Spring & Summer

Fun, Professional Nail Polish Colors for Spring & Summer

I think it's definitely possible to have fun with your nail polish while also keeping it professional. Below are some of my favorite, office appropriate (but fun!) colors for Spring and Summer. A go to neutral is OPI Bubble Bath.

Sourcing Fabric

Sourcing Fabric

Sourcing fabric has been and continues to be the single biggest challenge I face in designing and producing this clothing line. In the age of Google, you'd think it'd be easy to get started in the fashion industry. Simple Google searches should result in nearby factories, pattern makers, and fabric suppliers, right?! I thought so. But, I've learned the hard way that the production side of the fashion industry has not solidified its online presence. At least not in an easy to find, reliable manner.