A DC Dream Day for Libby Rasmussen of Libby Living Colorfully

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In DC Dream Day, we ask our favorite people in the area to tell us how they would spend a perfect day in the District.

When Washingtonians were frantically hoarding toilet paper at the start of the pandemic, Libby Rasmussen instead stocked disco balls.

The Mount Pleasant resident threw it LiveColorfulShop on Etsy in September 2020, and people quickly picked up her 70s ceiling decor to add some sparkle to their homes during a dark time.

“Four orders turned into 40 orders turned into 4,000 orders, and I just couldn’t keep up – [the shop] just blew up,” says Rasmussen, who runs a social media and marketing business in addition to running his boutique.

Rasmussen’s penchant for disco balls began in 2018 when she worked with close friend and designer Shannon Claire Smith on One Room Challenge, where the duo spent six weeks revamping Rasmussen’s bedroom into what they wanted. called #projectsexycoffin. “My inspiration was when grandma’s house meets 70s disco and porn haunt,” Rasmussen explains.

Now that Rasmussen has asserted his claim in the disco ball company, her goal is to open an online store outside the Etsy universe. Libby & My, slated to launch Nov. 1, will be a natural extension of its existing boutique, filled with colorful vintage finds curated by the Wisconsin native. On his dream day in DC, Rasmussen took a page from his own playbook and lived the day colorfully.

Well, I would wake up early: 6:30 a.m. would be a good time. I am a morning person. I like to get ahead of the day. Someone once told me that I live five lives before most people wake up, and I loved that compliment. I would go for a little morning jog at the gym and listen to Tove Lo – she’s my favorite singer – and answer some emails from clients and I felt like I was on top, because I love what I do.

I was rushing home for breakfast tacos The Tejana. Ana Maria [Jaramillo] and Gus [May] are my good friends, and they just opened La Tejana [as a storefront in Mount Pleasant].

I was putting on a colorful outfit, my chartreuse green sneakers and something really fun, colorful and over the top – like I usually try to do. And then I would go to Azalea City Nails at Takoma Park and get a manicure. Again, a really colorful manicure. Something fun, something funky.

After getting my nails done, I went to pick up a bunch of items I had won at a local auction house. I’m still on auction sites and basically once a week I randomly pick up [stuff] around the DC area. I have a social media and marketing business, and many of my clients work in the food industry. One of them is compliments only submarines, so I would go to their store in Dupont and get my usual order, which is their Crunchy Boi sandwich. The Crunchy Boi is turkey, provolone, shredded lettuce, onions, hot peppers, and then I always, always, always have extra mayonnaise. And then they also add potato chips on top of the sub. It’s incredible. If you haven’t been there, you have to go.

And then I would probably spend the afternoon working on stuff for the store, maybe even a photo shoot for the website. And then I’d have friends that night, so I’d probably stop at Nido wine shop and market to Mount Pleasant for some snacks. Salty canned fish, delicious olives. All accessories.

After hosting friends, I would go to Thip Khao. It’s my absolute favorite. Chief Seng [Luangrath] is an icon, she is amazing. I would take the naem khao, which is crispy rice with pork, and a great Thai iced tea.

While finishing for dinner, another friend was texting me and saying, “I have tickets tonight for a show at 9:30 a.m.let’s go.” Very improvised. We would see Tove Lo or Frank Ocean, then we would go to the crow for a beer as a nightcap.

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