It's a time of growth for the Star-Spangled Banner Flag House and 1812 Museum, and Barbie Hargrave, its development and campaign director, is celebrating with the addition of a little extra color to her wardrobe
For Hargrave, 30, black is a basic, pink is super, and now, "because I work at Flag House, I have to enter in some red and blue. Fortunately, with the resurgence of red and pink, there's tons of great stuff out there."
On Saturday, expect patriotic hues to wave at full staff during the Bombardment Bash, a museum fund-raiser for the whole family, featuring dinner and music by O'Malley's March. The party takes place from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, at the Flag House, 844 E. Pratt St. Admission is $35 for adults; $15 for kids. Call 410-837-1793.
Hargrave, who lives in Timonium, modeled in her teens and has to take care not to be mistaken for a living version of the world's most famous doll. "I'm 5-foot-10; I always wear heels, I have long blond hair, and my name is Barbie. It's kind of a joke, almost," she says. Hargrave does have fun with "going out" togs, including new, pink leopard print pants and a "great animal print dress from BCBG" in Washington. But, "I need to stay a little more understated for work," she says. "I don't want people to be offended."
Do you have a signature item or accessory that you wear?
I always seem to have a sweater around my waist or neck. It's more like my security blanket.
Who are your fashion inspirations?
Both of my parents, Edwina and Richard Reeve, are very stylish. My mother's very tailored and simple but still stands out. My mom is one who tells me honestly what looks good on me. And my dad, I call him "snazzy preppie." He still has a pair of original Lily Pulitzer pants from the '60s.
How would you characterize your sense of style?
Very tailored. I shop at Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, Nordstrom, Littlefield's. I dress in a lot of separates, a lot of pencil skirts and sweater sets.
How do you counterbalance that "Barbie" image?
I take myself seriously but am not school-marmish in terms of the way I look. I let everyone know I mean business. And I do my homework before I go in to meetings with potential donors.
Since you're tall and svelte, can you wear everything that's trendy?
Nope. I know my figure flaws and what I have to do. It's great to tie into the trends and buy some things each season. But it's important to know what looks good, and if it doesn't, there's no point in wasting your money.
Talk about your "going out" clothes:
Lately, it's been a lot of pants, the pink leopard print, a great pair of purple pants. I try to put them together with cute little tank tops. Another great find I just recently stumbled upon at Victoria's Secret are camisoles with built-in bras. They're great by themselves and they transition into fall under sweaters and blazers.
What kind of jewelry do you like to wear?
I have little diamond hoops and pearl earrings my husband gave me. I wear a David Yurman ring or one of my aunt's cocktail rings for evening. Day time, I'm wearing those beaded bracelets until they are completely out, and for evening I have a charm bracelet that belonged to my grandmother. My husband added a charm to it. It's a locket with my initials on it.
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