Some of you might have seen my mentions of “my most fashionable friend in DC” and her blog Rosa Loves… on my Facebook page. The blog, about my two favorite topics, fashion and food, is one of only a few that I read religiously.
Rosa describes herself on her blog as, “A fashion lover and food enthusiast who enjoys exploring the city along with her sassy Chihuahua Lola.” Love it! Rosa has been a precious resource and good friend to me as I’ve been learning the fashion ropes in DC over the last few years. She is also an arbiter of the best cupcakes and brunch in town. As I said before, she is a precious resource!
Rosa tests out her iPad’s remote control on Valentine’s Day
Lola, the most fashionable Chihuahua in town
Lani: What is your first style memory?
Rosa: I was a teenager back in the 80’s and I was just discovering fashion as a way to express myself. I remember I was so proud of myself after putting together what I thought was an amazing outfit for a school party: green pencil skirt, neon yellow oversized shirt and a very wide white patent leather belt. All my classmates were so shocked to see me wear this particular outfit since we wore a school uniform every day and I was a bit shy back then.
Lani: It sounds like a fabulous outfit and very right now! Who is your style icon?
Rosa: My grandmother. She was a very stylish lady who always wore flattering clothes and impeccable hair and make up. I honestly think I inherited her love for clothes and shoes. My grandmother was also incredibly supportive and a great teacher when I started making my own clothes back in high school. We used to spend hours designing and sewing clothes.
Lani: What is the best piece you ever bought?
Rosa: A black Theory shirtdress. I’ve had that dress for years and it never goes out of style.
Lani: You know how I appreciate a classic Theory piece! What is the best deal you ever got?
Rosa: During the most recent District Sample sale, I spotted a pair of Oscar de la Renta snakeskin kitten heels in my size and 80% off. Sold! These shoes have become my favorite shoes, they are the perfect neutral shoe and so comfortable.
Lani: Oh I’m so jealous! Where do you buy most of your clothes?
Rosa: Hello, my name is Rosa and I am addicted to J.Crew. But seriously, ever since I discovered J.Crew while attending graduate school, the brand has become a staple in my closet. I shop at Madewell, Shopbop, Cusp, and local boutiques in DC such as Urban Chic, Sassanova, Ginger, Mint Condition and Treat.
Lani: How would you describe your style?
Rosa: I would say that my style is casual, feminine with a touch of masculinity, and comfortable. Yes, I wear lots of sequins, faux fur and statement jewelry, but I always keep it simple and sorry to say this again, comfortable.
Lani: What piece do you wear the most?
Rosa: There are two pieces that I think I wear the most. One is a purple/black Ella Moss dress that I can wear almost all year long and a long rhinestone J.Crew necklace.
Lani: Tell us about your closet.
Rosa: I am a bit of a freak when it comes to organization and my closet is no exception. I keep all my skirts, shirts, dresses and pants separate and these are then organized by color. I also have a section in my closet dedicated to work clothes. I am a scientist who works in a lab 80% of the time, thus my daily uniform consists of jeans, t-shirts and sweaters. Most of my shoes are kept in an over the door shoe rack and all the out-of-season and fancy shoes go inside clear boxes. I have a small walk-in closet but it’s pretty dark, so every few weeks, I go over my clothes and take pieces out of my closet and place them in a clothing rack that I keep in my bedroom. This rack helps me remember the items I have and allows me to get inspired when planning outfits (all non work related outfits). I also keep the shoes that I am wearing the most at the bottom of my clothing rack which certainly makes the process of creating the perfect outfit much easier. I love accessorizing and I must confess that I have a lot of jewelry and accessories. Organizing these pieces was a challenge, but after reading an article in the Glitter Guide, I decided to keep all my accessories in clear acrylic boxes and it was the best idea ever.
Lani: What a wonderful system! And I LOVE your pink hangers!