Avant Garb: Great Style, Hands Down

Avant Garb: Great Style, Hands Down

By Elizabeth Massing

As we transition from season to season, I found a great look that welcomes the warmer temps…as well as a fun way to ramp things up for that remaining cold snap or two.

First, I ran into Courtney while I was grabbing dinner at the Alexander Brown Restaurant downtown. We had a wonderful conversation in the women’s room, surrounded by chic girly pink decor. 

I loved Courtney’s jewelry choices and her romper. It is no surprise that Courtney would be in the business of making people look beautiful with how fashion savvy and chic her own style is. She’s a plastics and aesthetics nurse and the DMV practice consultant for BTL Aesthetics. For this reason, looking polished and grabbing people’s attention when she walks in a room is important. When I asked Courtney to describe her style, she said, “It varies based solely on my mood. Some days I’m dark and brooding, others I need a little color in my life. More often than not, I go with the witchy, all black, athleisure vibe. For work, I generally wear scrubs. If I’m not in scrubs, I’m trying to mix comfort with cuteness. Think fancy sweatshirts and jeans with at least a 2-inch heel.”
Courtney shared that both her stylish romper with cut-outs and her shoes are both from Nordstrom. She snagged them during an anniversary sale. Her strappy tan open-toed heels go great with this look. They add a lighter tone to the look and help to brighten it up.
One of my favorite parts of her look is hands down her unique jewelry choices, including a whole wrist full of chunky, mismatched gold and silver bracelets. I loved the mixture of textures, everything from stones to spikes. It’s intriguing and adds a lot of flare and character to her look. Courtney said her Infinity band is by I. Irani and is a total carat weight of 2.5. Another one of my favorites, her silver cuff, was an inherited piece from one of her mother’s mentors. And last but not least…her incredible skull bracelet is made by Erwin Pearl.
Courtney also had a very interesting whistle necklace. It added a vintage vibe to her look, and seems like a great conversation piece because of how unique it is. She said it was a charitable purchase from The Rail for Falling Whistles. It supports peace in Congo and helps to donate to local entrepreneurs to rebuild the community.
FOUND – Last week, my friend Paige and I stopped into a new boutique in Mount Vernon. The store is called Statement Chic and it’s right off Read Street. It’s filled with tons of amazing – yet affordable – statement pieces. We had to try on this red black and white floor length fur jacket that would turn anyone’s head! I had no idea it would lead to Paige channeling her inner Cruella de Vil.
Another of our absolute favorites were these thigh high black boots with furry pom-poms that run up the leg. These are so fun!
The store was filled with a lot of funky, colorful pieces, and makes a great new addition to the shops in Mount Vernon. Stop by soon and pay this place a visit. You won’t be disappointed. Especially if you’re someone who’s not afraid to stand out and make bold style choices! If that’s the case, there’s plenty for you here…
Elizabeth Massing

One look at Elizabeth Massing and you see her fabulous sense of style and artistic self-expression. She combines old and new, classic and trendy, luxurious items and vintage steals.  “Fashion and what you wear should be a statement of who you are and how you feel. You shouldn’t be scared to take risks. It should be fun and make you feel good, no matter your budget or fashion experience,” she says. For Elizabeth, fashion is a way to tell her story.  “I like my stories full of fun and excitement, history and romance, and - from time to time - a little drama. Bold fabrics give me a thrill. Couture makes me swoon. Daring pairings are a magnetic force I cannot overcome,” says this B-more native. Elizabeth also loves to see the “stories” other people tell, which may come from her work in publishing and media as HR Director for The Agora Companies, where - she says - creativity and originality is always encouraged. Now, she’ll be relaying some of those stories to us in her column, “The Haute Find.”  “It’s about finding style on the street, in homes, and out-and-about. It’s an adventure looking for textures, fabrics, and how people add layers of details and interest to their wardrobe.” So, ramp it up, Baltimore. Maybe Elizabeth will be “telling” your story!