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Politics aside, several of our state’s first ladies model their evening attire, perfect for holiday parties

Dec 03, 2015 01:43PM ● By Becca Newell

First Ladies of Fashion

By Becca Newell

We love any excuse to throw on our winter party staples—a sleek shift dress, a solid stiletto, and a swipe of red lipstick.

We know we’re not alone. Everyone has their go-to ensemble fit for the next festive soiree, charitable gala, and family get-together. Holiday attire influenced by runway trends, but with a familiar structure. These wardrobe heroes are timeless and sleek; bold and sophisticated—and always ready to celebrate.

This year, we decided to take some style inspiration from those around us. We invited several ladies within the political sphere to model what they will be wearing out and about this December. They also shared with us their favorite family traditions—the most cherished part of the holiday season. Although, for us, finding the perfect Christmas red lipstick is a close second!


Opposite top left: 
David Yurman Black Orchid and Diamond Earrings, $2,950, Nordstrom, Annapolis
Bottom right:
Sterling Silver and Black Onyx Necklace, $425, Guilford & Company, St. Michaels

Yumi Hogan


First Lady of Maryland
Governor Larry Hogan’s wife

Government House, Annapolis

Tony Lewis, Jr./Tony J Photography

Hair Stylist/Makeup Artist:
Youngmi Kim, Talula for Hair, Annapolis
Special Thanks to Michele Deckman, personal stylist, Nordstrom, Annapolis

Tadashi Shoji Lace Dress, $298, Nordstrom, Annapolis

Alexis Bittar Sterling Silver Earrings, $120, Nordstrom, Annapolis

Alexis Bittar Bangles, $145, Nordstrom, Annapolis
Alexis Bittar Sterling Silver Bracelet, $170, Nordstrom, Annapolis

“As Christmas Day—which also happens to be my birthday—approaches, our family always has various tracks of Christmas music playing in the background. Andrea Bocelli is a favorite and Michael Bublé is a holiday staple. Their Christmas albums really get my heart warmed up for the holidays. Also, my husband delights in decorating for Christmas, and has been known to string lights throughout our entire house. Now that we are living in a much bigger residence and he is busy as governor, I’m sure he’ll need a little extra help this year from “Santa’s elves,” or the staff at Government House. We look forward to hosting our first holiday open house at Government House, which is sure to become another special holiday tradition for us.”

Dawn Jacobs


Wife of Delegate Jay Jacobs
District 36-Caroline, Cecil, Kent, and Queen Anne’s counties

Waterman’s Crab House, Rock Hall

Jennifer Madino/Jennifer Madino Photography

Hair Stylist/Makeup Artist:
Jaye Alexis Owings,
Flow Salonspa, Chestertown

Design Today Tunic, $220, Mimi’s Closet, Chestertown

Lysse Satin Leggings, $97, Mimi’s Closet, Chestertown

Belle Etoile Sterling Silver Earrings, $230, Silver Linings, Easton

Simon Sebag Leather and Sterling Silver Necklace, $155, Silver Linings, Easton

Belle Etoile Sterling Silver Bracelet, $750, Silver Linings, Easton

Belle Etoile Sterling Silver Ring, $245, Silver Linings, Easton

“I’ve always found family and heritage to be of central importance, especially when it comes to holiday traditions. My husband and I live in a house in Rock Hall that his grandfather built and his father was born and raised in. Jay’s mother, now 92, was born on Christmas Day and she and the Jacobs clan, about 27 in number spanning four generations, gather Christmas Eve in our home for a Chinese gift exchange around a real Christmas tree. Lots of laughter and good food fill the evening. I often wonder what Aunt Mary Ellen, Jay’s father’s sister who was also born and raised in the house, must think as she enjoys the evening here.”

Delegate Meagan Simonaire


District 31B
Anne Arundel County

Maryland State House, Annapolis

Tony Lewis, Jr./Tony J Photography

Hair Stylist:
Andi Heilman, Varuna Aveda Salonspa, Annapolis

Makeup Artist:
Margaret Mae, Celebrity Makeup Artist, Washington D.C.

Timo Weiland Dress, $375, Wrabyn, Annapolis

Auden Bib Collar, $545, Wrabyn, Annapolis

Raine Clutch, $168, Hobo, Annapolis

“Coming from a large family … there has never been a time where young children weren’t a part of Christmas for me. Christmas breakfast and watching the kids open their presents with such excitement and anticipation has always been one of my favorite parts of the day. After Christmas dinner, card games, and dancing-like-no-one-is-watching in the living room, the younger kids are finally sent off to bed and the older kids go to the movies together. I love being able to spend the day with my siblings and make so many fun memories.”

Victoria Jackson-Stanley


Mayor of Cambridge

Long Wharf Park, Cambridge

Tony Lewis, Jr./Tony J Photography

Hair Stylist/Makeup Artist:
PJ Jackson, Cambridge

Drama Ottoman Jacket, $159, Chico’s, Easton

Black Tank, $39, Chico’s, Easton

Ponte Wide-Leg Trouser, $89, Chico’s, Easton

Fur Collar:
Amara Fur Collar, $69, Chico’s, Easton

David Yurman Black Onyx/Diamond Earrings, $950, Guilford & Company, St. Michaels

Mexican Pin with Black Onyx, $125, Guilford & Company, St. Michaels

Thistle & Bee Sterling Silver Bracelet, $665, Guilford & Company, St. Michaels

Sterling Silver Ring, $85, Guilford & Company, St. Michaels

“The best part of the holiday season is spending time with my family and friends. Since 1984, our family has the tradition of Christmas breakfast at one relative’s house and dinner at another relative’s house. In between we open presents.”