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Jessica Dunaway is a senior colorist and makeup artist at Hela Salon in Chevy Chase. She has given interviews for The Washingtonian, InStyle, ELLE, People and TALK magazines. Her makeup artistry has graced the faces of actresses Claire Danes, Molly Sims, Debra Messing, Miranda Cosgrove, Rosamund Pike and Mandy Moore designer, Lela Rose, and stars of the Bravo reality TV show, "The Real Housewives of DC". Jessica recently worked backstage at TNT's Christmas in Washington Special. Her hair color has been in Vogue Girl Korea, Harper's Bazaar Australia, Australian Cosmo, ELLE, Australian Glamour, Urban Outfitters, Lake and Stars, and Earnest Sewn campaigns. The September issue of The Washingtonian named Jessica one of DC's best colorists. Jessica's favorite part of her job is going to New York twice a year to work at NY Fashion Week. If you have a beauty product you would like reviewed on Miss A, please contact Jessica at jessica.dunaway@helabeauty.com.

Fashion Forward at Ball on the Mall

While sipping a champagne cocktail at Ball on the Mall, I looked around and thought “this is not your mother’s DC”. Washington, DC is quickly becoming a fashion hot spot, a place to see and be seen. When I stepped out of my taxi onto the Mall, a Mariachi band started playing and a photographer was snapping photos of arriving guests. Inside the tent looked like a chic restaurant with tables dressed in rich purples, greens, and oranges. The equally gorgeous crowd was dressed in fashion forward, and some even avant garde, dress. While everyone looked amazing, I spotted two ladies who I thought were best dressed.

Lindsey Melander in Trina Turk

I love anything that is embellished, short, and has ruffles. Lindsey Melander, in Trina Turk, proved that wearing all three at a time can look fantastic! The deep saturated purple with gold embellishing falls right in line with what I saw at S/S ’10 Fashion Week. Designers like Lela Rose and Carmen Marc Valvo did dresses similar to this, and at $328 this Trina Turk dress is a fraction of the price. Not to mention that you can get lots of mileage out of this dress. Pair with heels and bangles for a night out or metallic gladiator flats and aviator shades for Sunday brunch.

Every fashion magazine I flip through I see the Grecian trend. The reason why this trend keeps surfacing every season is because it is both flattering and feminine. What woman wouldn’t want to look like a Greek Goddess?? Marissa Mitrovich looked beautiful in her ombre Grecian styled dress from major retailer, J Crew. I especially liked the nude/pink ombre print and rope belt. Ombre prints look best on flowy, draped shapes and nude is the new ‘it’ color in evening wear. When choosing the right shade of nude, pick one complimentary to your skin tone.

Marissa Mitrovich in J Crew

My new thought process in picking a dress for a black tie DC event is think outside of the box. The only rule is look fashionable and always be fabulous! Tell me, what are you wearing to black tie events in DC???

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