Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Old D.C., New D.C. & Irony

Waiting for resto guests to move out of my frame.
Waiting game.
3rd, 4th or 5th take for location intro. Friendly audience watched for a bit.
Camera girl rocks; Chef and I talk & cook.
Pulling teeth with a shy chef on camera is not easy.
I was raised in D.C.-- well, the super close subs -- 6 miles from downtown. I used to work in corporate America, a typical, but intense 9-7 career, making great money and living a pretty fabulous life.  My world was replete with lawyers, politicians, lobbyists, bankers, Federali, court papers and business suits. Every day for 10 years. Leaving wasn't necessarily my decision but it was one of the biggest blessings in my life. 

6 months later, I made my way to Atlanta in artistic pursuit of my life on stage. It happened. It's happening. I grew a lot, learned a lot but realized I had overstayed my welcome in the South. 

I moved back to D.C. a few weeks ago in pursuit of happiness while on that stage. Shortly after I situated myself in my childhood bedroom, I had a huge project placed on my lap: a TV network project and I jumped on it. So, here I am, on my 1st of 5 days of filming, with a lot of irony in the realm.

My first location was at Ceiba, a restaurant directly across the street from my 2nd to last corporate employer. I used to lunch there quite a bit; in suits. But now, I'm there, dressed in boho chic appeal. The crazy part? How in the world would I end up wearing the very colors of their rebranded logo without even knowing. No,  really? I knew the resto was Latin with a lot of sexy, fusion plates, but to be clad in the same colors to the T, was a bit eery. Even the necklace, designed and made my mom the night before, is turq from Latin America. 

I have to modestly admit that having a standing audience at the 2nd location on the 1st day, was just kinda sweet... 5 takes later, after curbing onlookers, we got that scene right! 

I filmed 4 more days, each being 11 hours long, with various outfit changes each day and cruising the city from location to location. I still have a few more weeks to go and have so much more to share! For now, I'm excited to have my own show on a new, fabulous and uber chic network for women! My gig: hopping around DC, NY and Atlanta, eating my way throughout those cities in my best pumps and all the arm candy I adore! I'll share more updates on Twitter and Facebook with more looks as I move along the process.  I can't wait to tell you everything! There's so much more to it all and this is just the beginning!! I'm kind of cheating by chatting here, but I was itching to say something

My move back to D.C. has been alright. Just the kind of welcome back I love! 

Wearing: Paisley palazzo's by OlsenBoye c/o JCPenny; ON tank; Sleveless studded vest via TJ Maxx; Fedora via Target; Wedges from Aldo; Necklace by C.B. Herrera; Assortment of vintage and new jewelry.

* all pics taken on various crew iPhones

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Noemi said...

Bren I am so very happy for you, and you look fabulous!!! Hopefully we can see this here in South Florida :)
♥ Noemi
Fashion: Classy N Glamorous
Travel: Across The Sea

Patti Davis said...

Way to go, Bren!! xoxoxox

Mercedes @BeChicMag said...

Love everything about this post: the outfit, the film project and that the move is turning out well. Yay!

independent mami said...

Love the outfit!

Anonymous said...

Looking lovely and driven !

Elle said...

Bren!! Oh my gosh, so thrilled to pieces for you, sweetie! That's fabulous, just like you are. Congratulations! :)

Ruby said...

Felicidades so happy for you and how amazing is that outfit! You are rocking it girl Work that camera!!!!

Presley's Pantry said...

Bren.... rock it out! The colors of your outfit pop and I can't wait to see your show. Let me know if they need a
Latina in LA. :)

Rachel said...

Congratulations! So happy for you! Do your thang!

The Wise Latina Club said...

I can't tell you how much I loved this post: your pic w. the caption: waiting for guest to get our of my frame, "Federali". Funny, witty, spot-on. I can't wait to read more and most important, see you on the screen!

Peruvian Food said...

Bren, has anyone told you how HAWT you look? (This is a joke, obviously, because EVERYONE must tell you!) Love everything about your outfit. Can't wait to watch the show. When does it go live?

Sarah from 20something cupcakes said...

Very cool! Good for you. Love reading stories like this. I'm going through something similar right now (or hoping to go through? fingers crossed!) and I just love hearing stories about people chasing their dreams.

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