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Lesley Haenny is the Seattle Editor for Miss A. She is an Air Force wife now living in the Seattle area. Prior to living in Seattle, Lesley spent 7 years in Washington, DC, working as a Congressional liaison. She grew up in a small, mountain town in Southern California, sandwiched between an older sister and a younger brother. Her two hard working parents taught her to always go for the clearance rack, bring your lunch everyday, work hard for what you have, and always take the opportunity to travel and play outside. Lesley has been actively involved in various charities such as the Animal Resource Foundation, Komen For the Cure, Prevent Cancer Foundation, American Diabetes Association and the Race for Hope (benefitting the National Brain Tumor Society and Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure).

Recap: Stacy London Of TLC’s What Not to Wear At Westfield Montgomery Style Tour

On Saturday, April 14th, Maryland got a taste of New York at the Westfield Montgomery Style Tour, featuring Stacy London, from TLC’s “What Not To Wear.”

The Beauty Bar. Photo Credit: Lesley Haenny.

Hundreds of women lined up to be treated like royalty at the beauty bar, find out what their true style calling was with Style for Hire’s closet, and for a chance to personally meet with Stacy herself.

Thanks to Beth Gallagher on behalf of Westfield Montgomery, I had the opportunity to conduct a joint interview with Stacy, along with Kara Manos, creator and editor of the website Politics Of Pretty.

DC Metro area fashion was the first topic about which both Kara and I had to ask. Stacy believes that Michelle Obama is a great role model for women in Washington. She owns her style in a way that is about her, not just the fact that she is the First Lady. Everyone’s style should be about personal identity–flaunting what you love, camouflaging what you don’t and loving all of it. Michelle is very strong about this and presents herself in a very confident way.

Photo Credit: Lesley Haenny

Stacy believes there was a real shift when the Obama Administration came to office, because fashion wise there is now room to breathe. For the first time, we are seeing a First Lady who wears American designers from different ethnic backgrounds. She believes that this symbolizes the fact that America is this amazing melting pot of incredible creativity from all areas of ethnicity, which is really inspiring.  This is carrying over to what women in DC are doing with their own fashion. Women are being more cognizant of not wearing just the black suits and the black shoes.

Add color to your wardrobe. Photo Credit: Lesley Haenny

For the career women of DC, especially federal employees, Stacy understands that when working for any federal agency, there is a certain level of appropriateness. Neutrals will get any woman far. Look for things with versatility and longevity, but accent those pieces with pops of color. Buy suit separates and always make sure your blacks match!

Maxi skirts and bright colored skinny jeans are trending this season, but Stacy believes that not all women can wear them. If the skirt is as tall as you are – do not wear it! Maxi skirts can make short girls look shorter. As for the bright skinny jean trend, if you have larger hips, the brightness will only bring attention to that, so Stacy highly recommends wearing longer, flowing shirts and/or blouses that will provide coverage to the hip area.

Sky Group's, Beth Gallagher, "What Not To Wear" host, Stacy London and AskMissA Annapolis editor, Lesley Haenny

Finally, Stacy believes that the beauty trend for spring includes a little shimmer on the cheek and a really pretty lip color. This is the easiest and most natural look to get that any woman can do. The moment that eyeliner is brought into the equation, it starts getting a little tricky. The average, everyday woman should add a little bit of color to their face and find a focal point, like a lip gloss or mascara, and find a feature on her face and just stick to that.

So ladies, be bold, take some chances, get out of the black and into some color this season!

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