The world was a different place in April 2012. I was working in Diplomatic Security in Washington, D.C., the Caps had never won a cup, and we were still living in a time where the insolvency of the Social Security Fund couldn’t be fully projected. Yes, it was a simpler time.
As a DC area native working in a fairly conservative environment, I encountered inappropriate workwear almost daily and felt it was my calling to set the women of our nation’s capital down the proper sartorial path. With that, District Sparkle was born. Whether the job was on Capitol Hill, K Street, or in a loft at a start-up, my goal was to inspire women to dress appropriately for their workplace while staying true to their personalities. “It’s not about dressing for the job you want; It’s about dressing well for the job you have and killing the game in the process.”
But over the years my life has changed; I’ve changed. And the blog didn’t really changing with me. At some point, not too long ago, I didn’t recognize this space anymore. District Sparkle felt stuck but I continued to grow. And the only thing I felt could remedy such a disconnect was a rebrand.
This emotional decision did not come easy. In fact, I’ve been considering a rebrand since I left D.C. 5 years ago but wanted desperately to hold on to the person who created this brand. I met you all as District Sparkle. I found my voice, adopted a Wend, started a non-profit, grew into who I am today, quit a career, left my hometown, and launched a business as District Sparkle. But I am ever-evolving. So, after almost 10 years (9 years and 6 months, to be exact), this space is also evolving to be more aligned with where I am today and what I want out of this space for myself — and for you.
With that bit of background, I humbly introduce to you, The Sullivan Edit.
The Sullivan Edit is the more refined, more mature version of the same thing you’ve been finding here for the past decade. Back in the day, the focus here was workwear style, event promos in DC and attending New York Fashion Week. These days, things look a little different. As they should. Back then, we were skating by on entry-level government salaried positions. These days, we’re shifting entire careers, launching businesses, outfitting the homes we’ve mortgaged, and some of us are even procreating. Wild.
As our lives have evolved, I’ve felt the need for this site to evolve into something that serves you better. And from that desire — The Sullivan Edit was created.
If you’re looking for ’round the clock fashion inspiration, how to get the perfect beachy waves, or just looking for career tips + tricks, you’re still in the right place. It just looks a little different.
Thank you for being on this journey with me over the last 10 years. Here’s to 10 more.