Monday, September 2, 2013

DC Looks Different Than it did in 1809

So by now you know my last name is not Madison. So who is this Miss Madison I am referring to? Well, she is right there. Mrs. Dolley Madison, wife of our fourth President. Why her? Well let me tell you she was an absolutely stunning fashion icon and philanthropist. She played major roles in two wars that formed our nation. Who wouldn't want to be a Dolley Madison? I think she is the prefect role model. She represents the things I love most: being a supportive wife to my husband and supporting great causes close to my heart. All while being super stylish! But remember Maegen, this is 2013. And Washington looks a lot different.

Let me tell you about myself. My husband and I are 25 (well he is turning 26!) and we just moved back to DC after a three year stint in Norfolk VA. We are building our first home in Gainesville VA and with the help of my two best friends Cate and Libby I will soon face the challenge of decorating the new place.  Libby is an art teacher and helps me think outside the box. Cate is majorly talented and can turn a piece of junk into a beautiful piece worthy of places like restoration hardware. After four apartments?? We are ready to establish some roots. Finally

My hobby is fashion. I like a classic elegant look. I am always combing through the racks at Nordstroms, Bloomingdales, JCrew etc. looking for new looks. My husband will always roll his eyes when I park strategically at the mall. If I am there to take a quick peak into West Elm for something for the new house I always manage to pop into my fave stores. 

I love love history. My favorite job ever was working at Colonial Williamsburg in the Governors Palace.  In the middle of a conversation I'll say something like "O Thomas Jefferson was a huge fan of that!"  And there will be laughter. It's OK. I've embraced my nerdery.

So  although sometimes I think I was born in the wrong time period the Gonskas have arrived in DC. And I hope to tackle this area with all the grace and charm Miss Madison did.


  1. Kudos to you Maegen! Looking forward to reading more and I will certainly share this blog with Shelley who often asks how you are. See you soon!

  2. Super!!! Great reading. I'll be sure to follow this blog.