Street Style: Cathryn Speck

You may not think you know Cathryn Speck, but if you follow our social media, then you already do. Cathryn has been an integral part of the Stylebook team over the past year working on all of our social media and helping out with our editorial posts as well. A constant optimist, her smile and happy attitude have helped to keep our spirits up – even during this trying year. Thank you Cathryn for all you have done for Stylebook!

We are sad to say that Arlington Stylebook is coming to an end. It’s been a wonderful journey getting to know our amazing community and although it is the end for Arlington Stylebook for now, it is not the end of our love for our home town. We thank you all for reading our publication and if you’d like to stay in the loop on things going on in Alexandria, sign up for our sister website, Alexandria Stylebook.

And now, let’s get to know Cathryn…


📸 :: Chelsea Barzal




How do you spend your time?

Cathryn: The wonderful thing about working in social media marketing is that it never feels like “work.” I get the opportunity to collaborate with incredible brands across the area. In my free time, coffee shops, perfecting new recipes, and long outdoor walks are the top of my list.

How long have you lived in Arlington?

Cathryn: I’ve been a resident of Arlington nearly all of my life, but I currently live at The Wharf right across the bridge in Washington. D.C.

What is your hometown?

Cathryn: I was actually born in Alexandria and grew up across town in Arlington.

What would surprise people about you?

Cathryn: I spend hardly any time on my own social media. I’m constantly on my phone for work so I  make a conscious effort to unplug. I’ve been guilty of responding to DM’s weeks late!

You’re a superhero: what’s your superpower?

Cathryn: I can turn sugar into protein.

Favorite cocktail?

Cathryn: A smoky mezcal paloma.

Guilty Pleasure?

Cathryn: I hate to admit this, but I could waste HOURS on Tik Tok.

A phrase you overuse?

Cathryn: “Perfect” and “actually.”

Facebook or Instagram?

Cathryn: Instagram.

Latest binge-watch?

Cathryn: 90 Day Fiance on TLC. I’m invested.

Bucket list travel destination?

Cathryn: Jaipur, India. It’s known as “The Pink City” and it’s actually illegal to paint buildings any color other than pink!

If you only could have one for the rest of your life: wine or coffee?

Cathryn: Wine…with an expresso for dessert.




Define your style in three words or less:

Cathryn: Cheerful, feminine, sophisticated.

The go-to piece in your wardrobe:

Cathryn: My rag & bone Chelsea booties.

Favorite trend ever?

Cathryn: Elevated loungewear!!!

Favorite current trend?

Cathryn: Headbands because they’re such an easy way to add some excitement to even the most casual look.

Beauty product you can’t live without?

Cathryn: The Amethyst Aphrodisiac Color Chameleon Eyeshadow by Charlotte Tilbury.

Favorite fragrance?

Cathryn: Jo Malone Peony & Blush Suede Cologne. My mom first introduced me to this dreamy scent, and I’ve been hooked for years.

Heels or flats?

Cathryn: Flats, flats, flats.


(Golden Goose Sneakers available at The Shoe Hive)



Favorite room in your home?

Cathryn: My rooftop. I can see the Washington monument, the Wharf, and Rosslyn all in one place.

Antiques, modern, or a mix?

Cathryn: I prefer a mix of timeless and modern for a collected look.

The last item bought for your home?

Cathryn: A Jonathan Adler tray.

Next planned purchase?

Cathryn: I’m currently on the hunt for a vintage mirror.

Favorite way to entertain?

Cathryn: Friends over to the house for a signature cocktail, lavish cheese board, and a roaring fire.

Clutter-free or well-lived in?

Cathryn: My boyfriend may disagree with this, but I’d say clutter-free. Lol.

Wallpaper — yes, totally modern or no, so dated?

Cathryn: YES.


(Gold hoops available at The Hive)


Your go-to work-out?

Cathryn: A few years ago, I searched for a workout that wasn’t too cardio-focused and incorporated flexibility and strength training. I stopped in Studio Barre Alexandria for a class and fell in love with barre.

Most fun way to exercise?

Cathryn: With a fun playlist and friends.

Group exercise or solo?

Cathryn: I personally enjoy both. It’s always a good time to break a sweat with friends, but when I work out solo, I push myself harder.

Proudest fitness achievement?

Cathryn: Training with the best barre studio in town and teaching the barre method to my clients.




Last purchase in Arlington?

Cathryn: A baby shower gift for a friend from Lemoncello.

Best coffee / happy hour / date night spot?

Cathryn: Northside Social Coffee & Wine Bar for all three!!

Favorite charity?

Cathryn: N Street Village’s mission is so important, especially for the area’s most vulnerable women.



Keep up with Cathryn and head over to her Instagram at @cspeckyy.



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