Scandal’s Kerry Washington Takes Action Against Domestic Violence

by Jackie

What’s better than a new bag? A new bag with a cause. Kerry Washington, Scandal’s Olivia Pope, is an ambassador for the AllState Foundation’s Purple Purse, a campaign to help end domestic violence and financial abuse.

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Hear from Kerry on why she’s committed to standing up against violence against women:

Learn more at http://purplepurse.com/.

 

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Lunchtime Links

by Jackie

TIME: The 100 Most Influential People

 

The 100 Most Influential People in the World, According to TIME Magazine

Scandal’s Kerry Washington Makes TIME’s list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World

 

Marc Anthony’s “Vivir Mi Vida” Sweeps Latin Billboard Awards

Ciara’s Baby Bump Photo Shoot for W Magazine

“Pregnancy has been a great fashion challenge because you can’t wear things that you used to wear but you still want to feel like who you are,” Ciara says.

“Pregnancy has been a great fashion challenge because you can’t wear things that you used to wear but you still want to feel like who you are,” Ciara says.

Olivia Pope’s White Trench Coat

by Sherria

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olivia pope jacketBurberry Prorsum White Double Dutchess Caped Trench Coat (Burberry, $1298)

While my Facebook and Twitter timelines were going crazy last night over the return of ABC’s hit series Scandal, Season 3, I was stuck in one thing: Olivia Pope’s Trench Coat! I don’t know who the name of the stylist for Olivia’s character, but he or she deserves an award for the best wardrobe styling on prime time television.

I decided to do some digging for our fashionista followers. Turns out that the Trench Coat worn by Ms. Olivia Pope costs as a whopping $1,298. If you have that sort of money to spend on a jacket then good for you! However, many of us do not. To make shopping for a white Trench Coat a bit easier for my every day “Gladiators” a bit easier, below are a two stylish options:

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Left: DKNY Double Breasted Trench Coat with Pleather Belt (Bloomingdale’s, sale $303.20)

Right: Karen Millen Cotton and Tweed Color Block Trench Coat (Bloomingdale’s, $425)

What Should Olivia Pope Wear?

by Jackie

Olivia Pope.

There are two months between me and my guilty pleasure — Scandal. While I’m not trying to rush summer, I cannot wait for Olivia and her gladiators in suits to take over my life Thursday nights again. To help satiate my Scandal obsession, I’ve gathered a few looks that I think you and  Ms. Pope should rock this fall.

Plaid

Christian Dior, Fall 2013. Photo: Harper's Bazaar

Christian Dior, Fall 2013. Photo: Harper’s Bazaar

I know what you’re thinking. Olivia doesn’t really do patterns. While she’s known for her subtle wardrobe, Olivia should switch it up with a classic must-have: plaid. The pattern dominated Fall preview runway shows, but is still easy to wear. Keeping the look simple, with minimal accessories and opting for neutral colors makes it a sophisticated choice.

Menswear

Photo: H&M

Photo: H&M

A sharp pantsuit is ideal armor for the chief gladiator. Clean lines and a fave shade of the Pope palette is the way to go. Tip: Buy a good-quality, inexpensive suit, and have it tailored to create a fitted silhouette. Spending a ton of money on an ill-fitting suit ruins the effect.

 

Dramatic Coat

Max Mara, Fall 2013. Photo: Harper's Bazaar

Max Mara, Fall 2013. Photo: Harper’s Bazaar

 

 

Alexander McQueen. Photo: Polyvore

Alexander McQueen. Photo: Polyvore

Olivia’s power walk down Pennsylvania Ave. is the stuff of legend. Each stride is made even more striking because of her coat choices. Bring a little drama to your morning commute with a structured coat. Pick a coat with a defined waist and bold details to make a statement.

 

 

 

Guest Post: Kerry Washington and Sprinkles Team Up for the Arts

by Maronel Stewart

(Photos by Jasmine Stovall)

After over 50 years of existence, Americans for the Arts has become the most prominent non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of the arts in America. Actress and George Washington University alum Kerry Washington recently made an appearance at Sprinkles Cupcakes in Georgetown to meet and speak to fans in order to help garner funds for this organization. Despite the unseasonable cold and snow, my friend Jasmine Stovall and I decided to trek over to Georgetown to get a glimpse of our current institution’s alum.

We found Sprinkles packed with fans and avid supporters of the arts. After a worthwhile wait, we got close enough to meet and speak to Kerry Washington. When asked by a reporter why she decided to participate in an event such as this one, she expressed her appreciation of and gratefulness for the arts, and her desire to promote its prominence and continuity. She was excited to hear that we are currently students at her alma mater and thanked us venturing out to see her. Washington looked absolutely stunning in her red Michael Kors Dress.

Kerry Washington, the star of the ABC drama Scandal greeted and served fans at Sprinkles Cupcakes in Georgetown to raise funds for Americans for the Arts. All the proceeds from Sprinkles Red Velvet cupcakes purchased until November 6 will go towards Americans for the Arts. Sprinkles Cupcakes is located at 3015 M Street, NW.

Cool Findings: Art &Soul

by Sherria

I’ve been looking for a way to make my small apartment more ‘homely.’ While shopping online, I found Art & Soul: Stars Unite to Celebrate and Support the Arts. This books is great for my coffee-table and as a conversation starter.

Editoral Post from Amazon

Art & Soul is a large-format glossy coffee-table book, featuring intimate portraits of celebrities from the entertainment industry including film, television, music and stage. The stunning images, shot by Pulitzer prize-winning photographer Brian Smith, are accompanied by personal testimonials from each artist expressing the importance of the arts in our culture and the positive impact it has on our lives.
The notes – in each artist’s own handwriting – range from whimsical to weighty, but all offer insight into the individual’s background and how their lives were shaped by art.

Celebrities photographed for the book include such luminaries as: Anne Hathaway, Samuel L. Jackson, Adrien Brody, Adrian Grenier, Kelsey Grammer, Joe Mantegna, Alyssa Milano, Harry Belafonte, Amanda Peet, John Turturro, Kerry Washington, Zooey Deschanel and many more.

The book is created in partnership with The Creative Coalition, the premier public advocacy charity, founded by prominent figures in the entertainment industry. It is an important part of a campaign to focus national attention on the need to ensure that arts in America thrive and flourish.

A terrific gift, Art & Soul also helps to support the arts, inspiring future generations of creative artists and improving our lives.”

Click here to buy.