Out and About: St. Vincent and Queens of the Stone Age at Merriweather Post Pavilion

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Josh Homme of QOTSA, photo by Brandon Hirsch

When I heard Queens of the Stone Age and St. Vincent were going to be at MPP, I was psyched. To many, these artists may not seem like a perfect match, but to me and Karl is was heaven, two of our favorites. And well, I gotta say Josh Homme is definitely lovely to look at (Karl knows my “List” is Josh Homme,  Matthew McConaughey, Lenny Kravitz, and Father John Misty). With my arm situation I didn’t think pit seemed like a good idea, so we got seats in the pavilion. And I’m so glad we did!

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Annie Clark of St. Vincent sitting on a bouncer’s head; photo by Brandon Hirsch

We ended up having four other friends go to the show, though their seats were in different locations. We arrived right after Brody Dalle’s set (sad to miss her but it was a workday and well, work pays for the concerts) and decided to hang as a group on the lawn. Then St. Vincent started and I just couldn’t enjoy her from the jumbotrons. While Karl and our peeps stayed up on the hill, I went down into the pavilion. It was still pretty empty, and I had a great view of the stage as well as a jumbotron for close-ups. Annie did not disappoint; it was my first time seeing her live and it surely will not be my last. Her voice was just as beautiful as it is on her albums, but she performed with all her might at the same time. Seeing her live, I could tell what a professional she is by how she communicated with her band and the folks offstage to ensure everything sounded great. However, I don’t think she was a good pairing for Queens of the Stone Age as the crowd was restless, talking to one another and getting up mid-song to head out to the field.

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Josh Homme, photo by Brandon Hirsch

After St. Vincent I went back up to the lawn where my friends were still at. Two went off to their seats, and four of us headed to the VIP area, thanks to 9:30 Club’s Friends with Benefits (we both got the upgrade). No bathroom lines, better food options, and a deck with a bar (Pro Tip: get your beer outside of VIP, while there’s a bar in VIP it takes FOR-EVVVV-ERRRR to get a drink. It’s quicker to leave, buy beer and return). We then headed to our respective seats for QOTSA.

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Troy Van Leeuwen, photo by Brandon Hirsch

Omigod omigod omigod they were amazing! They came right out kicking ass and didn’t stop. It doesn’t hurt that Josh Homme is utterly delicious and even sexier when performing!  Karl and I stayed at our seats for the first three songs, but then stepped away to use the facilities and refill our water bottles. We decided to check out the show from the lawn; the weather was perfect, the sky was clear, and the lawn was full of happy people rocking out. We found a spot in the center and enjoyed a good portion of the show from there, and then went back to our seats for the last few songs and the encore. Queens of the Stone Age put on one of the best shows I have seen; as Jon Pacella at The Vinyl District said, “…the band exited the stage, and people were left looking at one another in a post-orgasm afterglow.” I left the show knowing that QOTSA will be one of those bands like My Morning Jacket and Clutch that I will try to see every time they’re in town.

Images by Brandon Hirsch for DCist, I was too busy having my face melted off to take pictures and anyway, it’s better to leave it to the pros!

Guest Post: Which Necklace with Which Neckline?

Guest post by Rosana Vollmerhausen

I gave a talk recently about necklaces and necklines. It’s a typical question we get here at DC Style Factory: Go long? Go choker? Go statement?

The easiest necklaces to wear with just about any neckline is a longer one. The length of the necklace clears any v, scoop, drape or boat neckline. Whether you decide to go longer or shorter, you don’t want your necklace bumping up against your neckline. So either select one that is about an ½ an inch to an inch above your neckline or one that drops under your neckline at least several inches.

Longer necklaces, much like v-neck tops, lengthen your neckline, which in general is more flattering. Chokers shorten your neckline, which sometimes can sometimes be a more challenging style to wear. If you are petite, pay attention to how long the long necklace goes. Right below the bustline is good – grazing your bellybutton is too long.

Here is quick, easy guide for selecting which necklaces go best with which neckline.

V-neck Top

Wear with:

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Smaller drop/pendant necklace that flows into v of the top

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Longer non-pendant necklace that clears the v of the top and flows with the draping.

Pass on: Wearing with a choker, which shortens your neckline and counteracts to the lengthening effect of the v shape.

Scoopneck

Wear with:

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A statement necklace that mimics the curved shape of the neckline covers expose neck/chest surface area.

Pass on: A choker that will leave too much empty surface area and not cover enough neck/chest area.

Boatneck Top

Wear with:

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A longer necklace, which draws attention up and down, and balances the high, horizontal neckline.

Pass on: A choker/collar necklace that will bump up against with the neckline.  A statement necklace higher up on the neck that will grab and pull at the horizontal neckline.

Collared Button-down Shirt

Wear with:

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A statement necklace under the collar for a “brooch” effect.

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A statement under the shirt with some color peeking out.

Pass on: A long necklace that will compete with the vertical button placket on the shirt.

Crewneck

Wear with:

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A longer necklace that lengthens your neckline since the high neckline of the crewneck top shortens it.

what necklace crewneck shirt

A statement necklace that “creates” a new, longer neckline. Select a statement necklace that covers the top of the crewneck.

Pass on: A collar necklace; it just further shortens your neckline.

Strapless

Wear with…

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A shorter statement necklace that leaves about 1/2 an inch of space between the necklace and the neckline, a longer necklace that clears the neckline, or the two together as pictured!

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Another fun option is to wear with a collar necklace.

There are a multitude of other necklines and variations on necklines, but just remember, you simply want the necklace you choose to make sense with the neckline of the top. If you are fussing with it too much or it just doesn’t feel right, then it probably isn’t. But selecting the right necklace can really make a difference in adding polish, personality and finish to your look. Happy accessorizing!

DC Style Factory is a personal styling and shopping business based in the Washington, D.C. area. The company creed is that style is for anyone who wants it – regardless of size, age or budget. Clients include high-profile experts in the public eye who need polish for television appearances and stay-at-home moms juggling carpool. Our job is to prepare them to look and feel good for different events in their lives no matter how big or small.

Stylist and owner, Rosana Vollmerhausen, has had more than a decade of fashion retail and styling experience, including owning, running and buying for an award-winning boutique in Washington,D.C. She has styled local fashion events and photo shoots, and has written expert fashion tips for local publications. Her true passion, though, is one-on-one work with clients, building wardrobes that make sense for where they are in their lives. As a wife and mother of three, she is a firm believer that you don’t have to sacrifice personal style because life is busy. If key wardrobe pieces make sense for who and where you are, personal style can be accessible to anyone who wants it.

Learn more about Rosana and DC Style Factory at www.dcstylefactory.com or on the blog at www.dcstylefactory.com/blog.

Friday Favorite: The Body Shop Satsuma Shower Gel

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From fall 2001 to the beginning of 20014, I was a trainer for The Body Shop stores. After many years in apparel and merchandising I desired a change. I was making a concerted effort to get out of debt, and it would be easier without temptation around me and the need to be dressed in the latest and greatest (hello all-black dress code!). And it worked, I not only got out of debt, but I learned a lot about skincare and ingredients, how to be profitable and philanthropic at the same time, and finally how to properly apply eye shadow!

When I worked for The Body Shop back in the early oughts, we would burn fragrance oils in an aroma jar at the front entrance. I learned quickly that a blend of Satsuma and Exotic oils would bring in customers from all over the mall, and it would be easy to sell them a jar, bag of candles, those two oils and much more. After two and a half years with the company I couldn’t stand the smell of Exotic but I never tired of Satsuma. After leaving the company I’d still buy the shower gel and glycerin soap bars. It’s a sweet orange scent that doesn’t get weird, isn’t too fruity or pungent, and is a nice pick-me-up in the morning. But with time I forgot about Satsuma and moved on to new brands and different scents.

When my arm broke, I realized simple things like squeezing shower gel onto a pouf or washcloth were nearly impossible. I went on a hunt for spray and pump products that could be used with one hand and came back to The Body Shop. I ordered a bottle of Satsuma shower gel… and I don’t think I’ll go back to any other bath products!

Not only do I love the clementine scent, I love how it doesn’t dry my skin. It doesn’t scent my skin, so no competing with perfume or lotions but it does scent the main floor after a hot bath or shower. Even Karl uses it! A little goes a long way; I bought a 25 oz. bottle in February and just hit the bottom of the label and that includes all the times I indulged in very bubbly baths. While it’s a perfect summer scent, I know I’ll love it in the colder months too. A little bit of sunshine with every shower or bath!