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Guilty pleasures are a must and mine inhabit the realm of fabulous fashion blogs. Fashion blogs let me dream about something other than travel and world peace because, hey, everyone needs variety. One blogger I've recently been stalking is the elusive E of District of Chic. Based in Washington, D.C., E photographs and writes about her eclectic-beach-resort-but-still-somehow-bohemian wardrobe and—bonus!—food, too. So if you ever doubted D.C.'s fashion and culinary prowess, watch E in action. I emailed her a few questions on my mind and she took it from there:
• How does Prince inspire you to dress everyday?
The question is "How does he not?" Jk, I just love Prince. Social norms really don't apply to him. I aspire to be such a deity.
• OK, seriously. How did you come up with your blog's name? And what about the quirky illustration? Is that yours or did someone else do it?
Well, when I started the blog over 5 years ago, D.C. wasn't really thought of as a particularly chic place, but it is! It's so much more than stuffy politicians and Capitol Hill. It's very culturally diverse and stylish and I wanted to reflect that in my blog title.
The quirky illustration is mine actually! I like doing weird 2D landscapes with weird little things flying around the background.
• What's your grand philosophy on shopping and dining?
Try a bit of everything and never be afraid venture out of your comfort zone!
• Could you give our readers one fashion tip and one cooking tip?
For fashion, I would always encourage you to buy what you love, not what's trendy. The pieces I get the most wear out of, year after year, are unusual and not necessarily what everyone else was buying at the time. And this might go against the D.C. grain, but many of my favorite pieces are not the most practical. Don't shy away from unusual prints and colors if you think they're beautiful!
For cooking, it's cliché, but you really can't go wrong with buying fresh and local. And get The Victory Garden Cookbook. It's the best reference guide to growing, buying, and cooking fresh produce.
• What are your favorite books and movies about fashion or with fabulously dressed characters?
SO many! For movies: A little obvious, but Clueless (plaid skirts and knee-high socks forever!). Pulp Fiction is loaded with badass style.Trainspotting has a great collection of distinctly-dressed, fashionable misfits.
For books: Secret Life of the Lonely Doll, the biography of Dare Wright, is a wonderful book, especially for the fashion blogger set, because Dare was essentially an early version of a fashion blogger who created beautiful outfits and hairstyles and photographed herself in interesting settings.
• What do you love and hate about the District?
I don't love the times of year when we get inundated with tourists. That being said, it's a wonderful city, so I can't blame people for wanting to visit.
I love that our food scene has improved exponentially in recent years. It used to be a sad state of affairs around here, but now it seems like we have an interesting new restaurant opening every week.
• Any advice for fellow fashionistas moving to D.C.?
Be prepared to deal with humidity (read: frizz-controlling hair products and breathable fabrics) and temperature swings on both ends of the scale (i.e. cute snow boots and coats, umbrellas, airy sundresses, blazers and cardigans for layering over said sundresses in freezing cold, air-conditioned offices on hot days, etc). Stock up on comfortable, yet stylish flats for navigating the Metro.
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