Happy Dirty Thirty to Me!!

So in case the title didn’t give it away, today is my birthday!! I did the math once and I am a Valentine’s day baby birthed about 9 months from that day of romance 30 years ago.  Today I graduate from my 20s.  It was an awesome decade but it’s time to close that chapter and start the next one and I couldn’t be more excited!


Before this great day, a friend reached out to connect me with the lovely Susannah of Alumbra Photography.  She approached me about doing an Unveiled by Alumbra (aka a boudoir shoot – so mom & dad, you can stop reading here thanks!) and after checking out her blog I happily agreed and not only was the experience AMAZING but I couldn’t have asked for better photos.  Before I share the magic we made, I have to thank all of the people who helped make it possible!!

*Susannah of course!! – Not only are your photos magnificent but you are also definitely the hottest pregnant lady I know and gave Coco a run for her money as my pose coach for the day – you put all my nerves at ease and made it one of the funnest shots I’ve ever done!!

*Ana of Makeup by Ana & Love Ana B did the incredible make up and hair styling for this shot and I love her work!! She made me look like a more glamorous version of myself and I didn’t feel over done so thank you!!

*Katya of She’s Unique was the lovely friend that connected us and the generous #GirlBoss who loaned me some extra bling for this shoot – all the jewelry for this shoot was borrowed or previously purchased from her fantastic store!!

*Doug is my natural hair wizard who keeps my hair looking healthy and great.  He does the amazing colors that always get me compliments and I wouldn’t look the same without his help!!

*A big shout out and thank you to Pinky Nails DC for squeezing me in for a gel mani/pedi that lasted and gave my normally naked nails some color!!

Hope you all enjoy these shoots as much as we enjoyed creating them!



Ana B does some seriously flawless make up!!



Couldn’t do a photo shoot without a little flash!! Flash tats will always be one of my favorite accessories because you can wear them year round and everyone has their own way of styling them! (and I was rocking them long before Beyonce! lol)


So on a random note all of the wardrobe from this is mine and one of the items I chose was my Thinx Period Panties – yep those hot black undies above & below are period panties!! I have been a Thinx fan and supporter since their Kickstarter days and I love that they are useful and still sexy so if you haven’t checked them out, go, before they sell out again!!



Doing my best Kendall Jenner lol.


Hope you all enjoyed and keep an eye out cause I have some exciting new changes coming in the future!! Spoiler – #AsItHappens is coming soon!!

If you want to do your own shoot, boudoir or just fashion fun, Susannah is definitely your girl!! Go book your own photo fun and make sure to tell her I sent you.

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Event: Join me at Red Sprinkle’s Beauty Lounge 4


Happy Monday!!! I am excited to announce that I have been invited to be a Glambassador for the Red Sprinkles #POP4 – a pop up beauty lounge.  Many are beginning to realize that DC has Fashion and you can get your beauty & fashion fix with us on November 17th (two days before my birthday!!).

This will be The Ultimate Girl’s Night Out! There will be polish changes, lash extensions, makeup applications, brow waxes, hair consultations & other fab beauty treatments by the Glam Squad. You can also shop local fashion and beauty vendors like one of my favorites – Jamberry Nails (Nail wraps where have you been all my life!!).  Made In. Tees, Vivi, It Works! & many others will also be in attendance! If you are always hungry like we there will also be food and drinks including complimentary sips from LAX Wine & Spirits, bites from &pizza, Sushiko, and more.

There are three types of tickets you can get for this awesome night!!

General Admission: $25

*6pm entry into the beauty lounge

*complimentary sips + bites from event sponsors

*shop fashion & beauty vendors

*raffle entry for fab prizes!

VIP status: $35

*Everything above plus…

*1-hr early (5pm) entry into the beauty lounge

*Choice of (2) two beauty treatments such as polish changes, lash extensions, brow waxes, hair consultations & more!

*Exclusive access to the VIP Lounge

Ultimate VIP status: $45

*Everything above plus…

*UNLIMITED beauty treatments such as polish changes, lash extensions, brow waxes,

hair consultations & more!

The location is TOP SECRET so get you ticket to find out where to find us!!

*Save $5 with the code DCFunemployment!!

Buy your tickets here and see the list of all our wonderful Sponsors & Affiliates
Please note that 50% of all proceeds will go to benefit the DC Youth Fashion Alliance Scholarships, which assists young adults pursuing secondary education in the field of fashion.

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#WeGo to SweetLife, Firefly, & Trillectro- My Festival Summer (Next Stop: Landmark!!)

I love music. Something about music and dance speak to me.  It is the unspoken language of the soul and when I hear a song that speaks my dialect it is energizing.  From the profound music of the socially conscious to the fun dance song that makes your hips just yearn to shake, I love it all.  I am coming to accept that between the music and the yoga, I’m kind of an overdressed hippie.  So I am never one to turn down a music festival and this summer there were quite a few to attend!!

The first was Sweetlife, a music festival hosted by Sweetgreen that started as a small gathering of family and friends in the parking lot of their second store and has grown into a 2-day festival, featuring over 22 hours of music and more than 25 of their favorite artists. In their words, “the sweetlife is about meaningful living and authentic relationships. It’s about recognizing the unexpected combinations that create memories. sweetlife 2015 is not just about seeing some of our favorite bands perform, or eating the best healthy, local food around – it’s the intersection of these two things coming together to create a memorable experience.”  We made some awesome memories that day as you can see!!

The next festival was Firefly music festival was at The Woodlands in Dover, DE.

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Event Recap: Field Notes with Voto Latino President & CEO, Maria Teresa Kumar

Last night I had the privilege of attending Rent the Runway Georgetown’s first Field Notes: Local Workshops with Maria Teresa Kumar, President and CEO of Voto Latino.
“Voto Latino is a nonpartisan organization that empowers Latino Millennials to claim a better future for themselves and their community. United by the belief that Latino issues are American issues and American issues are Latino issues, Voto Latino is dedicated to bringing new and diverse voices to develop leaders by engaging youth, media, technology and celebrities to promote positive change.” Which is a mission we all should be supporting.

Maria Teresa Kumar shared with us her Field Notes on starting a non-profit while balancing motherhood, and discusses the important role of being bi-cultural – both for her personally and for the nation. We got to listen and learn from her amazing journey and message. One of the things she said that really resonated with me was that she did the best she knew how with the tools that she learned from those before her until she realized that sometimes there were other ways and encouraged us all to ask questions and learn!!  It was a pleasure to get to hear her speak.  Then we got to shop and feel great about it because 20% percent of the evening’s proceeds went to Voto Latino. This is just the first in a series of talks that Rent The Runway has scheduled over the next few weeks.  See them all here and RSVP if you want to join, they are filling up quickly!!!

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Upcoming Event: Fashion with District Closets and Shop The Capital

Join us this Saturday for #districtclosets @reddztrading in #georgetown 1-4pm for #shopping #champagne and much more!

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Guest of a Guest DC and Spicy Candy DC invite you to attend the third District Closets shopping event at Reddz Trading on Saturday, September 19, 2015 from 1:00PM to 4:00PM. Attendees will be able to meet, and shop the personal closets of, DC’s top style bloggers including Anchyi @ Work, 52 Thursdays, District Dress Up, Petite Flower and Let it Be Beautiful.

Guests will have the opportunity to shop designer clothing, accessories and jewelry at Reddz Trading in Georgetown while sipping complimentary champagne, snacking on delicious bites courtesy of &pizza, enjoying exclusive makeup touch ups by Makeup Factory artist Lindsay Ebbin and hair braiding by blo blow dry bar.

WHAT:          Guest of a Guest and SCDC Host District Closets

WHEN:          Saturday, September 19, 2015 1PM – 4PM

WHERE:       Reddz Trading 1413 Wisconsin Ave, Washington, DC 20007

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It is indeed a fact that Washington, DC is the Nation’s Capital, but the best kept secret is how the city has emerged into a fashion capital!   Just in time for International Fashion Weeks in Milan, Paris and NY, Renaissance Dupont Circle Hotel presents the 2nd annual SHOP THE CAPITAL – a month long celebration of local design talent that will allow hotel guests and area residents to celebrate the new fashion identity of DC, shop the collections of local designers and mingle with the city’s fashion community. RSVP here.

Celebrate with Accessory Designers Sophie Blake, Twisted Aristocrat, Denada Designs, Anna Bags, Drukker Designs, and Hernan Gigena

WHAT:          Renaissance Dupont Circle Hotel presents the 2nd annual #ShopTheCapital Accessories Pop-Up

WHEN:          Thursday, September 24, 2015 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

WHERE:       Renaissance Dupont Circle Hotel 1143 New Hampshire Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC 20037

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Upcoming Events: Fit For Foodies

Sun Sept 20: Bitches Who Brunch Fall Brunchfest

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Sunday, Sept. 20, from noon to 3 p.m. at Long View Gallery.

Join Bitches Who Brunch and Heirloom Catering as we celebrate local businesses with a harvest brunch festival. Come feast on great food, enjoy live music by James & Emma, shop the fall line in the South Moon Under pop-up, and celebrate all things made in D.C.

Your ticket includes a catered brunch by Heirloom, bottomless beverages by 3 Stars Brewing, Ketel One, and Bulleit whiskey, and a swag bag full of goodies from some of our favorite local D.C. brands, including Olivia Macaron and Urban Stems.

RSVP here.

Mon Sept 21: A Beer Dinner, Denizens at The Daily Dish

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September 21, 6:30 pm (dinner promptly at 7)
5 Beers, 5 Courses, $70 Reservations Required. See Ticket Link.
Co-Owners Julie Verratti & Taylor Barnes will discuss the brewery & the beers

Social Starters – Bocho Gose
* Cherrystone Grilled Clams, Roasted Corn & Smoked Poblano Pepper Salsa * Creamy Tomatillo Dip, Daikon Radish, Pickled Celery, Crispy Corn Tortilla * Green Tomato and Beet Gazpacho *

Salad Course – Trainspotting Pale Ale
* Spinach Salad over Roasted Kale, Sundried Tomatoes, Pine Nuts, Mild Feta, Cilantro Vinaigrette *

Seafood Course – Big Red Norm Red Ale
* Grilled Shrimp Brochette, Curried Sweet Potatoes, Ground Cherry Chutney *

Entrée – Lowest Lord ESB
* Roasted Goat Shoulder, Celery Root Purée, Roasted Green & Yellow Cauliflower *

Cheese Course – Drie Day Brett White IPA
* Grapefruit Sorbet, Kaffir Lime Panna Cotta, French Munster, Green Peppercorn, Aged Gouda *

Bring a business card to win fun stuff from The Daily Dish & Denizens Brewing Co,art by Jim Ritter. Vegetarian Options available. Please let us know when you reserve. $60 without beer. Reservations will require a credit card number. Cancellations after September 20 will incur a $50 fee.


Friday Sept 25: A Tasting & Winemaker’s Dinner Bibiana Osteria-Enoteca Featuring Paolo Scavino Winery


Bibiana Osteria Enoteca will host a guided tasting and winemaker’s dinner showcasing wines from Paolo Scavino Winery, the historic winery situated in the Barolo Region of Italy.  Founded in 1921 by Lorenzo Scavino and his son Paolo, Paolo Scavino Winery has always been a family tradition and passion. Today fourth generation winemaker Enrico Scavino, along with his daughters Enrica and Elisa, run the family estate. With over 60 years of experience, Scavino’s focus is to invest in important cru of Nebbiolo to show the uniqueness of each terroir.  Guests at this special evening will explore the wines with a four-course dinner created by Executive Chef Jake Addeo. Tickets are priced at $100 per person (tax and gratuity not included).  It begins with a guided tasting of vintages including Barbera d’Alba Affinato in Carati, Piedmont, Italy 2012; Produttori del Barbaresco Langhe Nebbiolo 2012; Barolo 2010, and the Bric del Fiasc 2007. The complete dinner menu with wine pairings is posted below.

Join them on Friday, September 25th, 2015 at 7 PM, limited seating is available and reservations are required by calling (202) 216-9550. Bibiana Osteria Enoteca is located at 1100 New York Avenue, NW, 20005.

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Upcoming Fitness: This week in Yoga!!!

So I may have mentioned my love of yoga before but it is a journey and I keep rediscovering my yoga joy everyday!! This week is full of yoga love and I couldn’t be more excited!!!

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Today is the first day of another awesome DoYouYoga Challenge – The 14 Day Power Yoga Challenge with Leah Cullis and I cannot wait to begin!!! DoYouYoga is a wonderful resource no matter where you are in your yoga journey, beginner, intermediate or advanced, they have all levels covered.  Many of their courses and challenges are free but they have some incredible paid classes as well (I’ve been using them since I found them on Kickstarter – more here) so I take advantage of both.  Sign up to join me on this 14 day journey because it is always more fun with friends.

If you need to get out of your living room, I will taking my practice outdoors with three AMAZING yoga adventures this week as well:

My first outing is actually inside at Flash DC on Wednesday Sept 16th to Daybreakers DC where I will start bright and early (which if you know me is not my thing so this is clearly epic) with Grip The Mat.  They get my day going right with an hour long yoga session followed by 2 hours of alcohol free grooving to the beat!! Check out the last one here and get your tickets to join here before they are all gone!!

My next yoga outing will again be with the Grip The Mat (clearly I think they are awesome) for their [Silent] Soul & Spirits event this Saturday evening at Carnegie Library.  I missed the anniversary party (bummer) but this promises to be their biggest event yet!! We start the night with outdoor yoga on the West Lawn of Carnegie Library debuting SoundOff (LED-headphones). The wireless headphones will stream DJ Neekola mixed with GTM yoga instructors to create a seamless outdoor experience amongst the hustle and bustle of the nation’s capital  followed by an indoor open bar + dance party. With an open cocktail bar by SkinnyGirl light fare by Cava Grill the fun doesn’t end when the yoga is over!! Plus there is a #SwagBag full of goodies from the sponsors – #Winning!! Get your tickets here before that sells out as well!!

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Opinion: White Woman accidentally impregnated with African American sperm

Okay so I started to write about this before but I kind of wanted to wait to see where the chips fell.  Here’s my humble opinion:


Jennifer Cramblett (Source AP Images)

Let me start at the beginning for those of you who did not follow the story.  It all began with a couple, as it always does, who happened to be lesbian and wanted a baby.  Both woman are white and the story takes place in Ohio.  Jennifer Cramblett (pictured above) carried Payton.  First let’s not pretend that every couple does not come in shopping for a specific person.  Nobody comes in and says just give me the best in the house.  Everyone comes and asks for what they want.  A certain race for sure for some even down to specific hair and eye color.  It’s human nature to want offspring that looks like us and there is nothing wrong with that.  This couple did not get what they asked for, instead they were given a black mans sperm instead and now their daughter Payton is biracial.payton Continue reading

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Upcoming Event: Compassion Through Fashion

As you all know I love fashion but I also love a great cause (especially for children) so I am excited to share about this upcoming fashion show!!  Hope to see you there! (Hurry before they sell out!)


Arco Iris America’s 5th annual Fundraiser Compassion Through Fashion is coming on Saturday, September 12, 2015 at La Maison Française, a stylish venue within the French Embassy in Washington, D.C.  Renowned French designer Jean-François Garcia will exclusively debut his latest collection during Compassion Through Fashion – a runway show fundraiser to benefit Arco Iris America.  Supported by the Ambassador of France to Bolivia, Michael Pinard, the event will also feature the elegant and sophisticated handbags by Bolivian designer Kathyuska Carrasco.

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Upcoming Event: Wanderlust 108 Washington, D.C. – Sun Sept 20

I am soooo excited!!! As many of you know, I’ve become a bit of a yoga junkie, I just can’t get enough of it.  This all day festival aka “mindful triathlon” is going to be the perfect recharge to enter into fall!!

So I’m sure your first question is – WHAT IS WANDERLUST 108?  “Wanderlust 108 is a triathlon unlike any you’ve ever known. This “mindful triathlon” brings three events together in your favorite local park: a 5k run, an outdoor yoga experience, and a guided meditation — but with a twist. Unlike most triathlons, we place community above competition, inner peace above power, and self-awareness above strength. We prefer slow food to fast run times. For us, winning is measured in laughs shared and new friends made. And unlike many events offering yoga and meditation, we combine our practice with a whole lot of fun. While we’re pretty sure you’ll be challenged during the day, we are equally sure you’ll have a great time doing so. From live bands and DJs on our main stage, to lawn activities like hooping, slacklining and acroyoga, to our local food and craft vendors, there’s a lot to do when you’re not on your mat.”

I am very excited to be attended this mindful triathlon and connecting with other link minded people in the DMV.  I would try and describe the day but they’ve done such a great job that I will just save my words for the recap of the awesomeness afterwards. Keep reading for all of the awesome details and schedule for this incredible day!!

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