Let’s Talk: Toyota’s New “Bold” Campaign

I truly believe that part of our nature is modeling the behavior that we see.  This is how we learn to survive, operate and thrive.  So what happens when what we see isn’t positive? Doesn’t teach us the right way? Or models all the wrong behavior?  I am starting to realize I am what I watch and as much as I love me some ratchet television, I am wondering what pathways and beliefs are being strengthened in my heart and mind?

Here’s what made me think of this was 2 part.  The first was that I have been watching a lot of the OWN network shows and I can feel myself changing as I share in some of the Ah-ha moments with them and I’ve realized that what I witness effects me and my life!!  It also came from realizing that I am not okay with what I see on TV.  I don’t know that I ever really have been but sometimes you laugh to keep from crying.  This commercial made me sad…

Bold, an adjective, means showing an ability to take risks; confident and courageous.  Some synonyms are daring, intrepid, brave, courageous, valiant, valorous, fearless, dauntless, or audacious.  Now I can see how you could try to translate that to this commercial but to me what is depicted is selfishness.  There is nothing bold about running away from a promise/commitment that you made or about ruining someone’s special day that should be the start of a happy union.  We should not be glorifying crashing a wedding and running off with the bride smh.  Don’t get me wrong, life happens and not always as we plan it.  However this commercial plays like a bad romantic comedy with the bride being rescued from some shotgun wedding! Why show this as bold? What about this is daring? Maybe I’m reading too much into it but I think we can come up with a better storyline than this… #JustSayin

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Event Dissected: Washingtonian Style Setters

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On Spicy Candy DC, I talked about our night at the Washingtonian Style Setters events.  While we had a lot of fun, I want to recap the event from an events perspective this time.

Let’s talk about some things they did right:

  • The style setters were a great mix of males and females that march to their own drummers and dare to break the rules.

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  • DJ Neekola is always a wonderful choice, she is an awesome DJ, I always catch myself bobbing or dancing along and I never think oh I can’t wait for this track to be over.  Plus she’s seems beautiful inside and out, always quick to say hello and smile.

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  • Style Setters is always a great crowd of familiar faces that I enjoying seeing and new people to meet.

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  • The W Hotel is a great space and your after party is only an elevator ride away.
  • I always love when people feed me.

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Some things they could have done better:

  • I love the idea of a Bubbly Bar but if you are gonna call it a bar, I expect some fruits and other edible decorations for my glass to personalize and give it some pizazz.  What we had was a pouring station, and they ran out of glasses… A common issue at a crowded party with drinkers and sadly people don’t remember full glasses, they remember empty ones.

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Things that went left:

  • The sound – once the presentation started and the sound was cutting in and out… the whole time… like imagine the mic was on strobe light setting and that’s what it sounded like.  Solution: Do many mic checks or stop and regroup because they completely lost the crowd.
  • The outfits from Bloomingdale’s were not my favorite either.  I didn’t even take pictures because it was not my style at all, they were a bit cliched and catalog(y).  Something I would expect to see in a catalog but not at a style setters event.  Solution: Let some of the style setters pick out or style the outfits from Bloomingdale’s.  Even better, have all of them style outfits the week before the event and have them on Instagram, twitter and Facebook and the one with the most likes get displayed at the event.  Fun, engaging, and definitely more stylish than the traditional metallic holiday dress and frumpy mid length skirt and cape.

Overall I love the Washingtonian and they put on great events but the devil is in the details and the details got them this time.  Congrats though to all of the wonderful people who got spot lighted for helping the district look good!!

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I’m BACK!!!! And I got a lot to say… (Thank you #CapFabbAcademy and A Belle In Brooklyn)

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Are you surprised?!? Those that know me well know I talk too much so I’ve decided not to fight it.  Thanks to some sounds advice from the first #CapFabbAcademy panel and from a talk with Demetria Lucas of A Belle in Brooklyn, I have rediscovered my voice and it’s pretty loud, I guess stifling it only makes it come back louder. Thanks to the Belle it is now louder with a purpose.

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So what does this all mean you ask?!? It means that I am taking my space back and going back to the being the DCFunemployed girl you all know and love.  If you want to know about the crazy ramblings in my head, come visit me on my personal blog!! If you want to know about the fun and fabulous events I go to around the city, check out my events posts on SpicyCandyDC.  If you want a visual journey of it all check out my Instagram.  If you wanna chat, hit me up on Twitter.

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So what did I learn?!? I learned that for starters I have some pretty awesome friends and need to step my game up!!! I learned I’m wasting my Pretty, aka not using my business (DCFunemployment) or my brand (which I learned is ME! lol) to the fullest.  So it’s time to get down to business.  I learned that I should have 5 sources of income and 4 of them should be working while I am sleeping.  So it’s time to get down to business.  I learned that I am smarter and more talented and can do more than I’ve ever wanted to accept before.  So IT’S TIME FOR ME TO GET DOWN TO BUSINESS.   Are you getting the point now? “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us”.  I never truly understood that before but now that I do, watch out.

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From left to right at the table: Katya of She’s Unique and SpicyCandyDC, Carlis of SpicyCandyDC and SpicyCandy PR Agency, Katherine – Director of E-Commerce at Nylon Magazine, Cortnie of StyleLustPages and Designer of Love,Cortnie clutches and Ana B the makeup artist behind Love Ana B.  All of these ladies are (or have been) business owners and innovators and it’s time for me to take my seat at the table.  The only person in my way is myself and I’m ready for it all to change.  I hope you are all ready to go for another crazy ride with me.

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I also wanna give a shout out to a really special and awesome lady that I am finally getting to know better…

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Lacey is the creator of A Lacey Perspective and co-founder of CapFabb and if not for her and Liz’s vision of bringing the fashion blogging scene together in DC, I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to meet some of these woman that have become friends, mentors and peers over the last couple years.

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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!

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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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