UpComing Event: First Annual VinoFest DC

Hope you’ve got your wine glasses ready cause this will be an event to remember!!! Get your tickets before they sell out!
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Here are all the details!!

“On June 28, VinoFest, the premier wine and music festival launches at Union Market, in the heart of Washington, DC. Wine lovers unite, brining the vineyard to the block party with a bevy of chart-topping musicians, art exhibitions, and most importantly – a vast selection of vino! Presented by VinoLovers, a DC-based wine subscription startup, VinoFestDC is a curated experience, bringing together boutique local and imported wines, food vendors, and musical performances. “

Doesn’t that sound like our kinda party?!?

WHO: Open to the public.
WHAT: Music and wine festival featuring tastings, musicians, art exhibits, and charitable giving.
WHEN: Saturday, June 28, 2014
WHERE: Union Market | 1309 5th St NE | Washington, DC 20002
Tickets may be purchased at: VinoFestDC.com

“Each guest with be treated to complementary glass of sparkling wine in addition, to a four-hour wine tasting from 2-6pm, with eight generous 2oz pours. Sip and enjoy an artistic spin with an art installment presented by DC’s No King Collective.  Music acts include Eric Hilton of Thievery Corporation, Jesse Boykins III, See-I, Jetty, DJ Spinser Tracy, Clairy Browne And The Bangin’ Rackettes, Body Language, and Bonnie Rash. Jesse Boykins III recently dropped his brand new album Love Appartus, which further adds to the anticipation of his performance at VinoFestDC. “I love the city of Washington DC so to be a part of the inaugural VinoFest will truly be a special experience,” says Jesse Boykins III. “I’m looking forward to it!”

A portion of proceeds benefit two national charities with DC roots – Bike2TheBeach and Dreams for Kids DC. VinoFest’s mission is to blend philanthropy, entrepreneurs, tech, art, music, and food all in one explosive summer party!”
About VinoLovers
VinoLovers is a based start-up that is modernizing the wine subscription club by creating a buying experience that is personalized to the tastes of each member. Each bottle is hand selected to match connoisseurs with wines they’ll love,  delivered directly to their doorstep. For more information or to join today, please visit: VinoLovers.com.

About Dreams for Kids
Dreams for Kids replaces charity with opportunity for at-risk youth through service, leadership and social activities and inspires them to fearlessly pursue their dreams and compassionately change the world. DFK-DC is the first expansion branch of national w organization Dreams For Kids, a 501(c)3 focused on organizing life-changing activities that empower children with physical and developmental disabilities. For more information, please visit: DreamsForKidsDC.org.

About Bike to the Beach
Bike to the Beach, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization exclusively for educational, charitable, and social purposes. Through numerous events, B2B promotes biking as a viable way of running errands, commuting, traveling, exercising, reducing carbon emissions, networking, and public service. Its goal is to educate urban residents about the benefits of bike riding so that they might begin biking on a regular basis. The organization raises money and awareness for annually-determined charitable causes including its most notable beneficiary, Autism Speaks. For more information, please visit: BiketotheBeach.org.

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Event Recap: City Paper’s Best of DC Fete

City Paper’s Annual Best of DC Fete was held again this year at the Carnegie Library to honor the Best of DC, as voted on by City Paper readers and chosen by writers and editors. A portion of the proceeds from the party benefited Brainfood, a nonprofit youth development organization in Washington, D.C.  This is definitely one of my favorite events because I love food (and delicious cocktails)!! On arrival, I was greeted by a moving gold statue posing outside welcoming us in.

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Once inside, the live music was playing and the cocktails were shaking! It was quite a scene and there were plenty of people there enjoying the VIP Cocktail hour.

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My favorite cocktail was the Southern Orange Sour from Bar Dupont… it was so tasty  I had 2!! The attention to detail is what made it so great!!

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This party is called the Best of DC for a reason!! The cocktails were delicious as shown above but the food is to die for!! I will let the pictures (aka food porn) continue to speak for themselves today!!

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Gotta have dessert!!! Those were just some of the highlights from a great and food packed night!  Before giving away the Turkish Airline tickets (which despite my recent luck I did not win sadly), we got to enjoy some entertainment!!

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After watching the performance we called it a night but I got to snap one final picture with my girl Whitney!!
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Event Recap: She’s Unique 2 Year Anniversary!!

On a beautiful Sunday in March we celebrated the second year of the amazing She’s Unique boutique!!  Started by Katya what seems like only a short time ago, the store is everything a jewelry store should be.  Fun, modern, unique (like the name) is what will make you come into the store but the quality, attention to detail and the selection is what will keep you coming back.  It is a store where you can find the perfect gift for any female friend from a simple ring spelling out love to more expensive investment pieces that you know will be passed down to future generations (if they can pry it from your hands!!).  Now on to the party!!

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We were greeted by a mimosa bar that was in a word: inspired!!  The bar included a mix of juices like Guava (my fave!!!), passion fruit and OJ with mixed berries to garnish.  All the small brunch bites like the little cheescakes above were made from scratch by my fellow contributor on SCDC, our food/entertaining specialist Jessica.  As usual, the attention to detail was flawless with vintage glasses and adorable photo props sprinkled throughout.

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I somehow resisted the urge to eat it all!! Which was hard because Jessica’s creations are always delicious!

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While it was definitely starting to warm up outside, Meaghan (District Sparkle) and  I were of the same mind rocking our black beanies and black leather jackets!!

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Little time was wasted putting the props to good use as Angelica (Clarendon Moms) and Lashawn Daily (All Things Fashion DC) posed for a picture.

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Kelly of Bishop Boutique stopped by to support her fellow store owner and brought some beautiful yellow flowers (which soon because a bright addition of color to our many photos lol).

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As you can see…

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Always fun to throw in a little shoe camera action!

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My favorite of the day (other than our stunning host of course) was the flawless face of Michelle of Eat Play Style who’s hair and makeup gave me LIFE!!! That face was BEAT!!! (for those of you who don’t know that is a compliment).  But I digress. Back to the main event… THE JEWELS!!

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Event Recap: Fashion for a Fraction

On a sunny Saturday in February, Washington City Paper hosted the first (and hopefully annual) Fashion for a Fraction Boutique sale at ideaspace at The Yards.

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Thanks to one of the boutiques participating (THANK YOU CARNELIAN BOUTIQUE), I won VIP tickets which got me to the front of the line at 9am.  yay. (if you felt a tug of sarcasm in the yay you are correct, while I was super excited for the shopping, 9am on a Saturday to be somewhere is a little early for this night owl but I digress.)  Since my mom was meeting me there, I knew I could not drag to much or she would leave me in her shopping dust.  Sure enough I arrived to a brief hello before I was whisked off to see what she had found.

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Notice while I grumble and groaned a bit about it, I was still there shortly after 9 am for some shopping.  I may have a problem and if I do… I got it from my momma.

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As we made our way around, I spotted the Pyramid Atlantic contemporary arts center making dresses out of copies of City Paper.  The skirt I came back to find later I would totally wear!

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It was very cool watching it come together.

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We looked at some jewelry…

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And some bags… just a couple of our weaknesses.

After perusing with mom, we worked our way over to the crowd around Carnelian Boutique and Mercy Earring.

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I was glad we came early (shocker!) because the more time that passed, the larger the crowd grew and the less inventory there was to shop so I get the sliding scale for the tickets, and VIP was only $15!!! You got champagne, cupcakes from Red Velvet, coffee from Chesapeake Bay Roasting company and could shop uninterrupted from 9am to 11am. So overall it was a great morning with good people like Keri Henderson (A Diva State of Mind)

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Event Recap: Spanx Booty Bash with Spicy Candy

SPANXBootyBash_TysonsCornerAbout a month ago (WOW where has the time gone?!?), I accompanied my girl Carlis to the Spanx store(the Popular shape wear brand) at Tysons Corner Center Mall.DSC09853She was hosting their booty bash to help introduce their denim leggings — the latest addition to their collection of leggings and shapers. DSC09849Like these great cords both ladies have on!!! The first 25 shoppers scored a gift card with a surprise dollar amount to use towards a purchase during the party. Guests have a chance to win giveaway prizes every 15 minutes from the tower of power.

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Upcoming Event: Sophie Blake and MY BIRTHDAY!!!

So first and foremost, a very special day is coming up next week…. MY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What do I want you ask?!? Some lovely jewelry from an even lovelier young woman named Sophie Blake.  1463596_597638443617950_118259992_nShe is a recent transplant to DC, a welcomed breath of fresh air from New York City where she first launched her lux art deco jewelry collection with Henri Bendel New York in 2011.  That first collection featured 14k gold pyramid earrings, Swarovski crystal accented cuffs and oxidized silver rings — all hand made in New York City.  She is continuing to make these beautiful pieces here in DC and we are so glad to welcome her to town so come out… meet Sophie cause she’s fabulous and shop her latest collection at Chevy Chase’s jewelry boutique Tabandeh (5300 Wisconsin Ave NW) on Nov. 19, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. S_Blake_Fall13_-DSC_4293I love me some arm candy so this cuff is calling my name!!! It’s beautiful and edgy but still has an air of being delicate.  So my style!!

THE MAN REPELLER x SUPERGA uperga BLOOMINGDALE'S EventAnd the Man Repeller agrees!!! So come out and support Sophie Blake and my local DC blogging co-hosts Spicy Candy DCHaya Tetroashvili of Good Good Gorgeous, Monica Lavinia GarciaSara Azani of High Fashion 4 Less and Cheralee Lyle of Miss Lyle Style.  See you Tuesday!!!

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BRUNCH: Mad Momos

DSC09757So one thing I love to do on the weekend is BRUNCH!!!  Give me a good group of friends, some great food and never ending mimosas and it is a great day!!!  On this holiday, I want to share one of my new favorite places to go on Sundays, MAD MOMOS in Petworth!!! A couple Sundays ago, Mad Momos was kind enough to host a group of bloggering buds to come have brunch.  I had been once before with a friend on about 8pm for their brunch a couple weeks before… yes at 8pm… because their brunch goes until 10PM!!!!! Let me repeat, they serve brunch until 10PM on Sundays.  If that was not enough for me to love them, they then brought me a “mad-mosas” (they also offer “mad-marys”) a PINK mimosa… PINK from the delicious GUAVA!!! YUM!!!  And a love was born… But I digress.

DSC09718I met up with a lovely group of ladies who also blog and kicked it off with some pink deliciousness.

DSC09721I had the pleasure of sharing a meal with Eden of Garden of Glam, Sam Huang of Mad Momos (one of the co-owners) was our guide through the (delicious) madness, Carlis of Spicy Candy DC brought us all together, Lashawn of All Things Fashion DC and Haya of Good Good Gorgeous.

DSC09682They were kind enough to let us try their signature mad wings – “juicy tender chicken wings in our special sweet and smoky glaze, sprinkled with toasted cumin and fennel seeds” to start off the meal.  I’m not a wing girl really so I only ate one but I enjoyed it, the flavor was very tasty.  Another good starter treat we didn’t explore this visit but I have to plug are their momos… and of course you ask, What’s a momo? Well in their own words (aka copied from their website and menu) = “a momo is a tasty dumpling native to the Himalayan region. Almost all cultures have some variation of a momo – a savory or sweet stuffing wrapped in a sheet of pasta. Our unique artisanal momos are made on premise. We offer a fun, new, “mad” twist on the traditional momo with creative fillings, pasta and our dipping sauces complement each momo meal. Our meats are all house-ground.” But back to the meal at hand… BRUNCH!!! While the momos are tasty… their brunch is equally delicious and should be celebrated and shared which we did!

DSC09687Literally and socially as you can see… we definitely brunch blogger styles… some say grace together first, we instagram…

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  • their signature “king” cardamom French toast served with nutella drizzle and bacon ($10.95)

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  • the champion, two eggs, mad creamy grits, smash browns, bacon and toast ($10.75)

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  • smoked salmon and eggs open face on Texas toast, arugula, smoked salmon, cheddar and eggs ($11.50)

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  • fish taco platter with tilapia, garden greens, cheddar, black bean and corn relish, avocados ($11.25)

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  • their signature shrimp with mad creamy grits – jambalaya shrimp with sausage over slow-cooked creamy grits ($11.75)

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And devoured it all!!! And enjoyed the never ending flow of mad-mosas that graced our table!

DSC09702After we took a bunch of pictures lol… then we ate… and then we took some more!!!

film stripI love our different looks and fashions!! Speaking of fashion,

My skirt is one I made from an old dress that I cut the top off of but you can find a similar maxi skirt from the Gap.  The blouse was an excellent recent find at Hysteria in the Boutique District in Alexandria.  Rachel Roy top, normally about $348 but on sale for about $60!!!! SCORE!!  Leather jacket is an old favorite I found back in the day at Target.

Overall it was a great day and I would love to thank the wonderful staff at Mad Momos for making us feel so special!!

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Event: Fashion Redeux

flyerI had the pleasure of attending the first annual Fashion Redeux at the end of September hosted by Made in the District and Haute Haus Agency at Studio 52 (52 O Street NW).  It was billed as “a sexy ultra-chic original fashion preview – honoring sports stars, media personalities, fashionistas, entrepreneurs and celebrities that live in the Washington area – showcasing designs from 2014 Mercedes Benz Fashion Week collections” so it sounded promising. familiar facesWhen I arrived (on time as I sometimes do), the doors were not yet open but I was lucky enough to run into some familiar faces like Stephanie Anderson of SLA Management & Consulting and Joel Cas from What Do I Wear.

DSC08785Also chilling by the step and repeat was the first model of the night rocking some Stevie Boi shades and a two piece.  Definitely set the tone of what to expect inside.  Once the doors finally opened, the party seemed in full swing from the start.

DSC08797DJ Vicious was spinning some tunes and keeping the party hyped.DSC08795The Svedka and Vita Coco was flowing freely and definitely mixed together deliciously!DSC08794I also quickly noticed the dessert table deliciously enticing me!! But a passing food tray caught my eye before I could tear up the display!!Kitchen crayMeet Kitchen CRAY!!! The team from Kitchen CRAY lives in a world where “food is an artform and not just something that you eat”.  CRAY stand for Creative, Revolutionary, Artistic and Youthful. They believe that “food can bring us as people together, no matter what your background is” and I agree.  They make AMAZING food that taste as delicious as it is beautiful to look at.  I am a bit of a fan if you can’t tell and you will see more about them soon!! But I digress…DSC08802In tribute to the Fashions of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, local artists replicated couture designs by artistically painting them onto nude bodies. They were rocking some killer shade by Stevie Boi who I had the honor to meet and try on some of his epic shades!Stevie BoiIt was definitely very cool to meet him and see his products! It was also great to see some of DC’s Most Stylish List according to Fashion Redeux like Sunni from WPGC.SunniIt is always a pleasure to see Sunni at events, she is such a nice and fun person!!  It was also great to see another honoree Dannia Hakki of Moki Media.  To view full list of honorees visit http://www.fashionredeux.com/.  So on a final note, what did I wear you ask?head to toeI rocked a vintage peplum polka dot top that I picked up at an estate sale with an adorable leather and chain belt that I picked up at the Goodwill Gala combined with some Gap leggings and these adorable Shoemint booties that I am loving for fall!!

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The Fashion of Goodwill Runway Show & Gala 2013 – The Art of Fashion

 

 

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“If fashion is indeed art, then nowhere can you find a more diverse collection of fashionable art than at Goodwill of Greater Washington retail stores – where styles, genres, colors, patterns, brands, generations and genders are so universally represented! That’s why the popular Fashion of Goodwill Runway Show and Gala will return with an imaginative theme: The Art of Fashion! “

DSC08360Last Tuesday I had the privilege of attending “The Art of Fashion”, the 2013 Fashion of Goodwill Runway Show and Gala for Greater Washington DC.  It is a fabulous event that highlights some of the wonderful work of Goodwill along with some of their great fashion!  Since this years theme was Art, they also did a wonderful job of tying in the gallery exhibits as well as some local young artists! Each ticket included one fashion show general admission seat, access to the trunk show, cocktail reception and heavy hors d’oeuvres, access to gallery exhibits, and free parking in attached garage (cause as much as I am a metro girl, this was a night to drive lol). When we first entered we were greeted by a fabulous crowd of people and a delicious spread of food including my favorite, DESSERT!!

IMG_20130924_201711I had fight the urge to eat all the macaroons that were delicious!!! Once we had tried all the delicious treats it was time for what was really important… SHOPPING!!!

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My first find was these Bebe shoes which I would have made mine if they had been my size – the only downside to thrifting is one of a kind means you miss out if it’s not your size but I managed to find a couple coats (post on those to come) that are going to be perfect for the upcoming season!!  After browsing we went to take our seats for the show!!

DSC08369The President & CEO Catherine Meloy was our lovely host for the evening.  She is a delightful engaging and the right pick to move us through the night.  The runway was not the only featured art of the evening though.  In honor of the nights theme, Goodwill partnered with nearby Elizabeth Seton High School, whose students created their own works of art inspired by the Goodwill mission.

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IMG_20130924_201932It is inspiring to see such promising young artists.

gladysAlso honored that evening was Gladys Lisanby, a philanthropist and longtime Goodwill supporter who had a Kevin Bacon relationship to Andy Warhol had an exhibit called Silver Clouds being hosted at the Artisphere.   Her brother-in-law Charles, was an Emmy award winning Hollywood production designer and mentor to the famed pop artist. She seemed like the sweetest lady and I enjoyed her humorous remarks.  After she was honored, the show began!!

Here are some of the runway looks from the night, styled by tu-anh, that graced the stage! It reminded me of looking in the mirror when I go shopping.  I saw some stuff I loved and I was definitely quick to head back up to the pop up to take some of the gems home!

DSC08758I feel like the quote on the way up really fit the night!! After going through the racks, I ended up leaving with 3 bags of new clothes without breaking the bank which is why I love Goodwill!!!

DSC08743The artwork I really wanted to take home was the fun pop art they had about Goodwill like the one pictured above.  They were one of my favorite parts of the night and definitely gave me a good laugh.

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Washingtonian Style Setters Party 2013

This past Thursday, Washingtonian celebrated ten of DC, Maryland and Virginia’s best dressed men and woman at their annual Style Setters event.  One name that stood out for me was the lovely Meg Biram, who I see around town all the time looks flawless and Thursday was no exception as you see her pictured her with another favorite of mine to the right, Tammy of A Loyal Love!!

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It was held at the Malmaison in Georgetown and you were greeted by the view of two lovely Porsche and a delicious looking stack of cupcakes clearly from down the road at Georgetown Cupcakes.

MalmaisonOnce inside, all around the room were gift bags (yippie!!) and poster sized pictured of each of the honorees but I quickly distracted by something else…  STELLA CIDER!! Some of you may have seen our first encounter on instagram… (Que music – “Reunited and it feels so good”)

StellaDoesn’t it just look tasty and delicious?!? The only thing that could top these thing was running into all my favorite ladies… which I did!!!

favorite ladiesCheralee Lyle of Miss Lyle Style, Katya Ananieva of She’s Unique and Spicy Candy DC, Tammy Preston of A Loyal Love, Carlis Sanchez of Spicy Candy DC and Jessica Aponte of Adventure of the Repatriate all looked lovely as usually and we had a blast taking pictures together as bloggers do!!

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spicy candyOf course I love my Spicy Candy DC duo!! I also ran into some pretty awesome guys mingling with these leading ladies:kevinOne of the honorees Molecular biologist, Eric Schulze with Kevin Gray of Men’s Style Point, also pictured with Jeannette Tavares of Washingtonian (Who’s dress I was in LOVE with) and Alida Sanchez of Tari DC. elliot betterEliot Payne of Accoutre and the stunning Kate Warren of Go Shoot Kate.

DSC08282 (1)Love this picture of Kate Warren and Sophie Blake (who makes such beautiful jewelry) checking out their instagram!!

edenEden Raskin of Garden of Glam had on some killer shoes!! (That she ROCKED OUT at Fashion Week).  Shortly after I got busted taking candid shots…

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DSC08261 croppedAt the end of the night, I caught up with Allison and Meghan of District Sparkle exiting with gift bags in tow!!  I also caught this super cute couple taking pictures at the step and repeat!! I loved their energy!

Cute CoupleOverall it was a really great night with some pretty awesome people!! Oh yeah I almost forgot!! Here’s what I wore:

what I wore (1)I went with a gold sequin top high low dress, some nude wedges and some major arm candy!! I had to step it up for Washingtonian… especially since I was on pg. 126 lol… in all black and not as great hair…

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