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Our columnist dishes on an extravagant but failproof way to ensure you always look glam. By Aureta Thomollari
Photograph by Sonny Gerasimowicz.

This past Sunday I arrived in Los Angeles, where I will be based for the next month while working on several exciting projects (more on that later). LA is experiencing the hottest weather I’ve witnessed in a decade, so in addition to attending many air-conditioned meetings, I’ve made the time to do a fair amount of swimming.

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Posted at 01:15 PM/ET, 10/05/2012 | Permalink | Comments ()
Our columnist gets fancy while honoring her Albanian heritage. By Aureta Thomollari

Greetings! Fall is upon us, and so starts the ball and gala season. Last week, after spending time in Florida with my family, I flew to New York City for the National Albanian American Council’s (NAAC) 16th Annual Awards Gala celebrating 100 years of Albanian independence. NAAC is an organization dedicated to advocating for Albanians and promoting peace and economic development in the Balkans by fostering democratic policy, promoting respect for human rights, and conducting education and developmental programs. In fact, their work is so important globally, NAAC has been directly recognized by President Obama. As a proud Albanian-American, I was honored to spend an unforgettable night with friends, colleagues and special guests including the President of Albania, singers, actors, TV personalities from the Balkans (including Kosovo, Macedonia, and Montenegro), and honorable ambassadors, deputies, and ministers from around the world. Cheers to Albania’s 100th anniversary! 

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Posted at 01:55 PM/ET, 09/27/2012 | Permalink | Comments ()
Our columnist dishes on the item that caught the iconic photog’s practiced eye. By Aureta Thomollari

I’ve loved the iconic photographer (and proto street-style photographer) Bill Cunningham for years and even more so after I watched his documentary simply called Bill Cunningham New York. Actually, I saw it twice, and if I remember correctly I even shed a few tears. I admire the remarkable life he has led and his enormous passion and dedication to his art. Oscar de la Renta has said of Bill: “More than anyone else in [New York] city, he has the whole visual history of the past 40 or 50 years of New York. It’s the total scope of fashion in the life of New York.”

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Posted at 01:53 PM/ET, 09/20/2012 | Permalink | Comments ()
DC’s always-on-the-go fashionista makes a pit stop in Boston, then hits up the shows at the Lincoln Center. By Aureta Thomollari

Hi, everyone! I am genuinely honored to be part of the Washingtonian family and humbled that I get to share a bit of my life with you all. This last week has been a whirlwind. I flew back to DC for a day from a birthday celebration in Montreal, and then to New York for fashion week. Here are some pictures as it unfolded. 

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Posted at 11:40 AM/ET, 09/13/2012 | Permalink | Comments ()
Need a little break from your ho-hum desk job? Thursdays on Shop Around now offer a peek at the life of Washington’s ultimate fashion jet-setter. By Sarah Zlotnick
Nope, this isn't an editorial—it's just another day in Aureta's real life. Photographs courtesy of Aureta Thomollari.

C’mon, admit it--we all think the same thing when sifting through the outlandish editorials in Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar. Sure, they’re beautiful, but what real woman is actually wandering the rugged Western countryside in multi-hundred-dollar shoes? Well, Aureta Thomollari is (she’s doing it right here and here in fact), and she looks just as high-fashion as those professionally styled models. We first got to know the Albanian glamazon when she appeared in our 2010 Style Setters, and we’ve been keeping tabs on her through her blog, the aptly named Aureta’s blog, ever since. 

The entrepreneur/blogger/luxury consultant/constant traveler is always on the move, but counts good ol’ Washington, DC, as a home base. And, starting right now, she’ll be providing Shop Around readers with a glimpse into her real-life, über-glamorous travels across the globe. Ann Demeulemeester on the Channel Islands? Check. Armani at Hawaii’s Iolani Palace? Check. Vintage ostrich feathers at NYFW? Check, check, and check. In her column, she’ll showcase everything from luxe travel outfits to international brands she loves. So get ready to live vicariously, people. And get to know Aureta a little with our introductory interview, plus a peek at nine of her favorite looks of all time.

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Posted at 11:00 AM/ET, 09/06/2012 | Permalink | Comments ()