Casey Shea, a 28-year-old who lives in Woodley Park, spends her days working as a PR manager at Powell Tate, and her nights managing a blog where she shares cruelty-free fashion and lifestyle tips. Something she didn’t share (but we discovered, nonetheless) is her kick-ass standup comedy routine, which you can watch online.
“If I looked a little nervous up there, it’s because I totally was,” she says. “That’s my first comedy set ever.”
For years, Shea loved going to local comedy shows, and eventually decided to try it herself at the 5 Minutes to Funny stand up class at DC Improv. The video above is from her class’s graduation show. The experience inspired Shea to perform in a handful of sets at Baron Tavern, the Big Hunt, and other local spots.
“DC’s got a strong local comedy scene, so it was pretty surreal to be a part of it,” Shea says. “It’s been a while since I’ve been on stage, but I’d love to get back out there and do more sometime soon—once I muster up the courage and get my notes and ideas organized, that is.”
What I’m wearing in this picture
Jacket (BB Dakota); earrings (Lou Lou Boutique, F Street); scarf (Abercrombie & Fitch, Georgetown); jeans (7 For All Mankind, Nordstrom); sweater, (B.P., Nordstrom); purse, Lulus); sunglasses and watch (MVM).
Sense of style
“Feminine chic, but I regularly pull in bohemian, classic, and trendy elements.”
Kendall Kremer of Styled Snapshots and Lauren Conrad.
Interview or big meeting outfit
“On a big work day, I like to keep my style feminine but understated so that my outfit doesn’t take attention away from my presentation or ideas. My go-to look is a long-sleeved sheath dress. I tend to steer clear from patterns and bold embellishments, and instead bring subtle visual interest through ruffles, ties, or contrast piping. I love Alexia Admor’s mock neck dresses, for example.”
Commuting style strategy
“I’m a big believer that if I can’t wear shoes to work because they are uncomfortable, then I shouldn’t be wearing those shoes at work. So my strategy is to find the balance between style and comfort. If I’m wearing heels, I almost always wear wedges or block heels (they’re sturdier) and avoid cuts that are likely to cause blisters—like peep toes. Bag-wise, I prefer to keep it simple and minimal when commuting, so you’ll usually find me with a cross body or a mid-sized tote bag. On days where I need to carry lots of papers and documents, though, I opt for my camo Hershel backpack.”
Favorite place to shop in town
“I’ve become a big fan of Punch!, the new boutique on 14th street.”
Favorite fashion trend
Best fashion bargain in DC
“I love getting my jewelry from Lou Lou Boutique. They’re my go-to for affordable, trendy items.”
“If you feel uncomfortable, then you look uncomfortable.”
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