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!!

DSC09762Thanks so much and I will be back soon!!! Also shout out to our girl Carlis for bringing this all together!!! DSC09735Okay no more photos!!! But to see more on how we brunch… see our lovely brunch with the DC Repatriate!!! —> La Brunch Vita!!

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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.

DSC08373The students seemed great and their artwork was even better.

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.

cartoonThe artist did a wonderful job! I also had a wonderful time with my frequent and favorite event companion, Carlis of Spicy Candy DC.

DSC08769She always makes a wonderful evening even better and I’m so happy to have her as my friend!DSC08775Also shout out to Brendan Hurley, Executive Producer of the show. This show is one of the premier events in our nation’s capital and the 2013 Gala raised thousands of dollars to support Goodwill’s mission to transform lives and communities through the power of education and employment.  I was honored to be a part of this special night!

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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!!

ladie DSC08276Gotta get a picture with my running mate Carla!!!

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…

DSC08270By Nina of Ciao Nina (LOVE LOVE LOVE her facinators!!)

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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OMG I WON!!! Popsugar Happiest Hour with Lauren Conrad – Part 2

So the nice thing about a party out of town is that since you have to pack in advance, there is much less of that pre-event, what to wear scramble or mind changing that comes for those of us who are still flying by the seat of our fashionable pants!! While I’m sure I have many fashion friends who plan outfits in advance, lay it all out, line up the shoes and jewels and have hair photos ready to go for inspiration, I haven’t quite mastered that yet. I’m never totally sure what the final product will be until probably minutes before walking out the door, and even then I might have some last minute inspiration to add a bow or bangle, change my earrings (which I almost always wear thanks to the voice of my mother in my head) or wear a different shoe! However call it a need to pack or more likely the excitement of meeting Ms. Conrad (AKA LC lol), this outfit was lined up and ready to go!!

Malibu Island Spiced Summer Soiree With Lauren Conrad Hosted By POPSUGARMy previous recent trip to LA resulted in an epic shoe haul from the Nordstroms Rack that included some killer heels from Vince Camuto that had a beautiful lime green color in the front that perfectly matched an adorable Rebecca Taylor dress that I had picked up last summer from Dash Miami. I definitely had to rock my rose gold double chain BaubleBar necklace from my Popsugar Must Have Box with it!!

 

Malibu Island Spiced Summer Soiree With Lauren Conrad Hosted By POPSUGARI think it was the perfect outfit choice for an LA party with Popsugar!!! It was also nice getting ready with a view of Skybar so we could know just the right time to arrive lol. When we got down there Skybar had been transformed with pink lights, Popsugar pillows and bottles of Malibu Island Spiced.

DSC07803There was an adorable step and repeat display you can see in the pictures behind us and a bar with their Malibu Island Spiced featured drinks.

20130828_194521My favorite was definitely the Ohh La La which had Malibu Island Spiced and Elderflower liqueur in it. Once we picked our drinks we had a blast at Lauren Conrad‘s garnish bar decorating them with edible flowers, gold sprinkles, rock candy or fruit. With all the options, we were able to try something different with each drink!

DSC07806Rock candy and pink straws make everything better!! Overall it was an awesome time, Lauren Conrad was the sweetest along with all the AMAZING Popsugar staff that made this possible. I also want to shout out Malibu Rum, Virgin America and the Mondrian LA of the Morgan Hotel Group because they also contributed to making this trip EPIC!! I still can’t believe this really happened!! And if all that wasn’t enough, they gave everyone these adorable boat bags with some of their Must Have Goodies inside!!!

DSC07834The DJ was great too so after the excitement died down a little, we danced and took pictures and just enjoyed time with fun friends who think alike because we all had dresses with fun backs too!!

DSC07840 DSC07839Hope everyone had an awesome end of summer and Labor day weekend!!! I’m back to my normal life in DC but what a way to end the summer!! Thanks so my BFF Carlis of Spicy Candy DC for making the journey with me!! Have a great week and I hope you enjoyed our trip with us!!

 

 

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OMG I WON!!! The skinny on my trip to LA to meet Lauren Conrad – Part 1

So where do I begin?!? I guess with HAPPY LABOR DAY!!!! Sorry I’ve been MIA but things have been a little crazy these last couple of months!! I left one job, began another, left that one and started 2 more, became a brand ambassador for Don Ciccio & Figli, took a trip to Cali, came home, won another trip to Cali, and went to my graduate school friend’s wedding!! I think that covers most of the major highlights but I’m sure the thing you wanna hear about first is THE FREE TRIP TO LA?!?ImageSo it is a little crazy how lucky I am at times!! So my best friend from college, Sammi D, is a huge Lauren Conrad fan!!! So when I saw this contest in my Popsugar Monthly Must Have Box I was like REUNION TIME!!  I entered and sent her a quick text like wouldn’t it be crazy and then promptly forgot all about it.

UNTIL I got the email that went a little something like this…

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You are the grand prize winner of POPSUGAR’s Enter For a Chance to Win a Trip to Los Angeles and Party With Lauren Conrad, and have won a trip for two to Los Angeles to attend our POPSUGARparty and meet Lauren Conrad!

About right here is where I started screaming and jumping up and down like a kid who just discovered Christmas in August.  Now to the only downside… When I called Sammi to share my excitement about our incredible upcoming trip (because OBVIOUSLY I was taking her for an LA reunion) our jumping for joy was short lived when I told her the dates.  Her first event for her new job was right smack in the middle of the trip and (un)fortunately my favorite Midwestern girl has a strong work ethic and to the shock of her mother (and myself), who thought she would quit her job to go, she had to stay in Florida.  I was depressed but I knew the show must go on (and Sammi was like you HAVE to still go and tell me everything) so who to take???

IMG_20130827_084729My blogger BFF (who is definitely official BFF after this trip lol) Carlis of Spicy Candy DC.  She just launched The Spicy Candy DC Social Media Agency which means as her own boss, she could let herself for a few days to go gallivanting across the country to LA on short notice.  So once we finished all the paperwork (man is there a lot of paperwork!!!) We got our tickets in the mail the day before we left and suddenly it was REAL!! We were really going to LA… FOR FREE… the next day!!

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We were still in shock when we started our Instagram storm in the airport.  We boarded our direct flight on Virgin America to LA and it was a such an easy dream of a trip!  First of all you board the plane in the soothing purple lights with the pleasant staff and the in seat monitors that offer the promise of a smooth and entertaining flight. Especially when we decided it was CHAMPS TIME!!!

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Our lovely flight attendant asked us what the occasion was and when we told her that we were celebrating our free trip she was like that’s soo fun and cool!! Enjoy your champs ON US!!! Say what?!? Free Champs?!?! The universe must really love me!! So after we enjoyed some more champs we made a smooth landing and hopped a cab to the Mondrian LA (part of the Morgan Group Hotels – coincidence?! idk…)  When we got checked in and walked up to this view!!

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And knew it was time to go and test out the pool and make the most of our 48 hours! So we hung up our clothes (which looked like a mini boutique) and changed into our swimsuits to go enjoy the view from the top up close.

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And boy did it feel good!! Summer is coming to a wrap and we both knew this would be our last summer vacation so we needed to make the best of it so we did.  Especially when we got a call from my friend Cole Walliser who was down the street directing indie artist Darnaa at Whiskey A Go Go and invited us down to her listening party before the shoot.

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I had heard about Whiskey on my previous trip and it was definitely very cool to get to attend an event there!  Boris Kodjoe was the host for the night and we got to enjoy some food, booze and that tall drink of water until Darnaa came out and performed!  It was a really good time and definitely a good start to the weekend.

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We started off the next day correct as well with some CHAMPS (if you haven’t noticed, we like the bubbles… the bubbles… my bubbles…)

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MY BUBBLES!!

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We figured we should probably have some food with our champs so we decided to enjoy the final days of Asia De Cuba and split a sandwich.

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That was quite tasty!!

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And then it was back to the pool time until we were sunned out and decided to go explore the area.  We hit up Dash LA, Marc Jacobs and stared longingly into the Monique Lhuillier store window before taking a break for a quick photo shoot!

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I love this comfortable and easy dress!! This high low dress is from Bebe with my Rainbow sandals and this Ada Collection Leather Sash Wrap Belt from South Moon Under with my Longchamp bag with the city scene!!

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After this is was PARTY TIME… Want to see more? Check back in the next 48 hours for pictures of the main event!! For some more pic check out my Instagram – @shmorgan85 or to see more from a Spicy Candy Perspective check out her post here.

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Event: G.L.A.M. LLC AKA Giving Labels A Meaning Presents A Summer Fashion Event

G.L.A.M. 2013 Press Release-page-001Come and check out this awesome event tomorrow and you may see a familiar face ;-) !! Make sure you get your tickets here before they’re all gone!!

 

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Support Fashion: H’Art Speax as a RAW Artist

I had the pleasure of working with H’Art Speax and being their March monthly feature in a piece called “I Am Woman, Hear Me Roar“.

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They were a joy to work with, despite the cold weather we had to shoot in!! I loved how the photos came out and I hope you do as well!!

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Alysa made shooting in the cold on gravel fun and that’s no easy task.  She is quite talented!!

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I really love the quote on the last photo!! Thanks for taking such great photos!! Now make sure you all support H’Art Speax as a Raw Artist on June 23, 2013!!!

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