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Femme Fetal DC Pop Up Shop is Open!

It’s Pop-Up season! 

What better way to satiate your retail appetite and support up-and-coming small businesses than to visit and shop Pop-Up style. Spring has spring, and so has the new pop-up shop curated by Femme Fetal DC

From the Femme Fetal website:

Come shop from the sweetest up and coming local, womyn owned businesses in DC, including fashion, art, ceramics, up cycle furniture, organic and infused beauty products, and so much more. Oh and we have a pop up photography studio you can rent by the hour, a beauty bar, a lounge area for you to use for free and get your work done, and a whole lot more. FFDC’s store launches May 4 and ends July 30. We will have several events, workshops, exclusive pop ups, and more throughout the three months, so be sure to come by and support.

The launch party:

From queen of the jungle thrones, flowered and adorned attire and palm tree laced murals, Femme Fetal did not skimp on the theme of the evening: Mother Nature. The “womyn” only event was an estrogen-filled good time including little bites, great music, and of course SHOPPING! Everything from hand-made jewelry and fashions, one-of-a kind crochet items to vintage and high-end pieces is represented at this H St pop up. On the night of the launch event, the room was bustling with activity including dancers dressed to theme as well as an interactive photo shoot session. Guests mingled with the individual business owners while trying on and buying items. The weather couldn’t rain on this parade of talented and eclectic individuals.

Supporting up-and-coming small business is vital to the economy of our community, so make sure you head over to the Femme Fetal H St pop up located at 1371 H St, NE. Hours are Thursday and Fridays 4-9pm, Saturday 12-10pm, and Sunday 11am-7pm.they will be there until July 30th with a full calendar of events available on their website:  

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BLKGOLD by Distinctly Creative

How does one define “Black Gold”? Well, there are many ways, but the core of the term stems from the magic and artistry exclusively existing within the Black Culture. It’s an art form that can’t be duplicated, or replicated, unless you have first-hand experienced the trials and tribulations of not just being black, but a black artist. It’s this magic that inspired the creation of the “BLKGOLD” brand – an online marketplace to help harness and encourage those who make this magic come to life through their creations.

BLKGOLD, a counterpart to the Distinctly Creative online community, celebrates black creatives and the black community by providing a centralized place for artists and visionaries to share their work with the world. After noticing somewhat of a lack of pride many black creatives had for their products (due to modest, lack of sales, etc.), founder Morgan Davis wanted to create an online community where individuals can see the fruits of their labor, and feel proud of themselves.

“…as a [black person] you should feel proud of your craft and what you’re doing. I felt that the need to create a genuine platform where people can see the worth of black people was necessary and essential during this time in history…in addition, it’s important to invest in one another and help each other be successful.” – Morgan Davis, Founder of BLKGOLD and Distinctly Creative.

On the BLKGOLD site, consumers can find everything from clothing and jewelry to magazine and artwork curated by black creatives. The clothing section features pieces from DC locals like “Digging Her Roots” and “Fearless Fashions,” who offer custom women’s wear and custom pieces inspired by the prints and culture of Africa. There is also “Taylor Made Designs,” created by Mikki Taylor, who designed unique tunics inspired by music legend Prince.

There are also artists like Leontyne – of Adorned4qweenz and Purple3y3art – and RAMCreates who develop prints and artwork, and newly added books and magazines like “Our Black Book” developed by the  Society of Young Revolutionaries (SOYR) that offers articles on being success and highlights different businesses.

“…the goal is to give [artists, designers, and authors] a chance to sell. BLKGOLD provides a platform beyond just letting people ‘do event’. It lets them directly sell their products; which is great whether you are just now building your brand, or already have a solid following and looking to expand.” – Morgan Davis

As previously mentioned, BLKGOLD was born because of the recognized success of the Distinctly Creative brand. Distinctly Creative focuses on a variety of designers, and outside of the industry that people normally think about with the creative space (provide social and professional development platforms and opportunities for DMV based platforms and aboard. Distinctly Creative is an art collective whose mission is to give a diverse, holistic, and collaborative representation of the DC, Maryland, and Virginia (DMV) creative scene — and beyond, through a wide array of social and professional development opportunities.

Since its launch they’ve hosted various art showcases/happy hours, a summer marketplace, the DMV Black Creatives Directory, the Black Creatives Matter line, the #blackcreativemagic contest, and the month long Black Renaissance series. As the BLKGOLD brand continues to grow, the Distinctly creative brand will soon be opening a co-work space in the spring of 2018, serving as a brick-and-mortar for BLKGOLD vendors, while focusing on providing resources to help growing professionals, by offering consulting services and space for events.

Be sure to start tuned for more information on BLKGOLD’s brick-n-mortar in Brookland, this summer (June – August 2017).


Here is the list of the current vendors (you can also view the full list + profiles here):

  • Adorned4qweenz + Purple3y3art
    • By Leontyne Williams
  • Art by Chevy
    • By Chevelle Taylor
  • Crochet Kingpin
    • By Dwayne Lawson-Brown
  • Diggin Her Roots
    • By Leeand Diggs
  • Fearless Threads
    • By Naima Dozier
  • Gerri L. Beatty Collection
    • By Gerri L. Beatty
  • Good Thoughts Tea Company
    • By Ebone Richardson
  • Jaine Was Here
    • By Jamie Isaac
  • Jamila Madyun Collection
    • By Jamila Madyun
  • Mikki Taylor | Taylor Made Designs
    • By Mikki Taylor
  • November Noir
    • By Christina Spence
  • RAM Creates
    • By Rashad Muhammad
  • RisingChar Studio
    • By Charlene Polite-Corley
  • Society of Young Revolutionaries (SOYR)
  • Styled For You
    • By Katorra Enoch-Longshore
  • The O Factory
    • By Oni Jordan
  • Wires by PQ
    • By Paquilla Jones
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Style Feature: Glamourina

I got a chance to catch up with the amazing Glamourina duo and get you all some insiders on their brand and new collection that is blowing up!

DJ: What is Glamourina? Where did the name come from?
Glamourina: Glamourina is an athleisure apparel brand catered solely to women and girls. The term Glamourina first became popular in 2009 during Paris Fashion Week. The phrase is used to describe a hard-working woman who strives diligently to reach her goals in life while taking pride in her image.

DJ: Why did Glamourina choose fitness wear over any other type of clothing?
Glamourina: Athleisure is definitely a big deal! Now more then ever people are choosing to wear active pieces not only to work out but also to the office, brunch with friends, and just hang around the house. Athleisure is fun and comfortable, and for busy mothers like ourselves, athleisure is practical.

DJ: How did the Kente collection become a collection, what was the thought process behind it?
Glamourina: It’s no secret that there are limited options for women of color to purchase athletic wear that represents our unique heritage and culture. We wanted to offer this diverse group of women a unique fashion that delivers confidence, style, and comfort.

DJ: If anyone was looking to get into the athleisure world of clothing, what advice would you give them?
Glamourina: Like all start up businesses we have experienced several challenges in launching our brand. Our first manufacturer shipped out our samples several months after the expected delivery date.  People that we would reach out to would initially respond then disappear after while. The list goes on. But through all of our challenges we have learned so many lessons about starting a business and creating a brand. So it still reigns true, you can never give up!

DJ: Are there any upcoming events that we should look out for to catch the Kente collection up close and personal?
1) Glamourina Pop Shop at LA Fitness
Thursday April 27th 5:30pm-7:30pm
327 Montrose Avenue, Laurel MD 20707

2) Glamourina Pop Up Shop in Baltimore
Saturday May 6th at Dovecote Café 5pm-7:30pm
2501 Madison Ave #1f, Baltimore, MD 21217

3) Mother’s Day Bootcamp on The National Mall!!
Show your mom that you really care by bringing her out to a 1 hour fun free workout before Mother’s Day. This event will celebrate our mothers as well as motivate each of us to live healthy and active lifestyles by taking care of ourselves inside and out!!
Saturday May 13th at The National Mall 10am-11am.

4) Glamourina Pop Up Shop at Moms & Mimosas
Sunday May 14th 3pm-6pm
1331 4th Street SE, Washington DC 2003

How can our readers stay connected with Glamourina?
Shop our collection at and follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter: @shopGlamourina

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Vanessa Johnson is “The Plug” for Empowerment in The World of Beauty

To me, first impressions are everything. From the moment I met Ms. Vanessa I knew she was special. Her energizing personality, prodigious intellect, and her gravitating energy for fashion and beauty made an instant connection to my spirit.

A year ago, I was introduced to Vanessa Johnson while attending a birthday party. Like myself, Vanessa has a career and a passion in contrasting fields, a combination that many don’t understand but are interchangeable in many ways. As a High School teacher in Houston, TX  by day, and a MUA by night, she is passionate about the natural beauty of females and using makeup to enchance it,  empowerment of all women, and entrepreneurship for youth worldwide.

Vanessa believes,  “Society constantly pressures girls and women into thinking perfection is the only reality” so she decided to create an outlet for women who need support and inspiration. Ms. Johnson, along with fellow Tuskegee University Alumna Jessica Maner founded The Plug Inc.: a space to interact and stay connected to beauty, profession, and fashion.

With well over 10k view each post, 3K subscribers, and many giveaways, Vanessa exemplify her passion for beauty effortlessly.

As more projects and collaborations bring her to this area it’s only a matter of time that all of  DC will know Vanessa Johnson.

Here’s a message from Vanessa:




Instagram: @nessmonae

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Black Pyramid, Virle Cole, and Christopher Schafer Stand Out at Crystal Couture 2017

It was a scene of eclectic fashion, unique designs and good vibes: Crystal Couture 2017, was a three day event, open and free to the public for fashion lovers to participate in. The combined fashion show and pop up shop experience invited shopaholics and fashion mavens alike to enjoy professional choreographed runway models, generously discounted boutique items, and stylist consultations.

The pop up shop featured a complimentary open bar with a lounge vibe, allowing shoppers to converse and sip drinks while browsing and purchasing the featured brands.  The fashion show  showcased the bold and fun fashion of upcoming designers. Featuring over 18 designers, Chris Brown’s “Black Pyramid” line, Virle Cole, and Christopher Schafer Clothier were standouts.

Athleisure is a timeless trend that will never die and Black Pyramid is ahead of the game. The Black Pyramid presentation took us into Brown’s creative mind. It truly combines fashion, art, music, and sports. The singer’s unisex label embodied a genuine extension of Chris Brown’s personal style communicated through quality streetwear pieces, featuring unique hand stitched detailed tops, bottoms, outerwear, tees, and accessories.


Virle Cole thrives to inspire the present to look to at fashion’s past. Featuring vintage thrift pieces remastered, the line showcased modernized retro looks from the 60s and 70s. Merging  innovative patterns with colorful imagery, each item runway piece appeared to be hand selected for its tailoring, fabric,color and print to satisfy all fashion lovers’ senses.


Christopher Schafer Clothier , a Baltimore based tailor specializing in custom men’s attire and accessories commanded the runway. Combining classic fabrics, modern patterns and clean lines, the suits modeled by dapper gentleman exuded sex appeal, confidence and power.


Crystal Couture was also a great experience to witness upcoming designers’ work first hand. I look forward to attending next year and encourage all DCWKLY readers and lovers of fashion to do the same! 

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Holiday Glamour: Company Party Attire

‘Tis the season. With the holidays comes the company holiday parties; the perfect opportunity to show off your polished social skills and mingle with the who’s who of upper management. It’s vital for your appearance to align with the appropriate attire; maintaining a neat and professional look, while still having fun and dressing for the occasion.




By following these three simple tips, you’ll be able to pull off an impeccable look, and have one less thing to worry about.

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DMV 990’s : DMV Staple Sneaker Gets Personalized Colorway

20160830_205713We welcomed the final week of August with a gathering attended by some of the fashion forward DMV socialites and sneakerheads alike. The event was a celebratory moment of the upcoming DMV exclusive New Balance sneaker designed by local urbanite, June Saunders.

Saunders, Product Designer for DTLR, has been collaborating with the staple brand over the past year to create a shoe that best  represents the area.

In the fashion realm, most major cities have their own shoe swag. California has Vans, Chucks, and the Nike Cortez. New York has the Air Force One and Timberland boot, and the DMV has the Nike boot and the New Balance 99X series. The New Balance 99X series is a staple footwear piece of the tri-area, often spotted on the urban/streetwear side of fashion. This particular design keeps the neutral grey colorway, good for pairing with anything; with highlights of yellow, red, black, and white commemorating the Maryland flag. 

I had a moment to catch up with June during the event and asked him why the Maryland flag colors were used over the other two states, he responded, “the Maryland flag is the most distinctive and recognizable of the three states”. Not only are the colors of the Maryland flag used on the shoe, they can also be spotted on the heel where you would normally find the shoe number.

This sneaker is pretty dope! As a self-proclaimed sneakerhead, I would definitely add these to the collection! Having a shoe designed by a native for a native makes it even more special.


The shoe has debuted at local DTLR locations; be sure to check your nearest storefront for availability! For more information on the creative process, about the shoe, and the man who put on for his city, check out J$ign’s Instagram and show him some love!

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Athleisure Wear: Fall’s Comfy Fashion Trend

The fashion world is constantly changing before our eyes; sometimes for the better. We’re always witnessing the rise of new trends, and the resurface of some of our favorite oldies. What I will say, is I’ve come a long way from the continuous partying in club dresses, to wearing more jeans, cute tops with a chunky heel, or even a great pair of sneakers! For men, it could be a trendy sweat pant with a basic top and a cool sneaker. Fashion for the Everyday Jane like myself has transitioned to being a little more functional.

This brings me to introduce you all to the world of Athleisure Wear. Have you heard? It’s somewhat the new wave. It takes typical athletic wear and turns it into an actual outfit. The real kind, not our usual Adidas or Puma track suits. This new realm allows you to express yourself while still being comfortable. Rather than working out (which many of us should be, but I’ll save that for another day), we’re now able to maintain our comfort without sacrificing our personal style.

Check out these Athleisure looks below!





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Top 4 Designer Boots Trending for Fall/Winter 2016

While you’re flipping through fashion magazines or window-shopping at designer department stores and boutiques, it’s easy to spot pieces and have no doubt that it should be in your closet. It’s a known fact that a woman’s outfit isn’t complete without the perfect shoes to tie it all together.


Autumn is a wonderful season to express yourself through fashion. It’s a time when various cities host fashion week, college homecomings, and dinner will be the most important time of day to show off your style at its best. To make things easier for you, we’ve curated a list of the top 4 designer boots to incorporate into your wardrobe this season!  

Laureate Platform Desert Boot by Louis Vuitton

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These boots have been seen on nearly every celebrity with a trendy street style: Teyana Taylor, Cardi B, Marlo Hampton, and Dej Loaf to name a few. Pair these with J Brand skinny fit jeans, a graphic tee, layered with a cardigan.

Green Knit High Boots by Kanye West, Yeezy Season 2


Kanye West outdid himself when he created these tall, versatile boots. Almost every celeb with style has already snatched them up to compliment their look, including Kim Kardashian, Malaysia Pargo, Rasheeda, and Karrueche Tran. Wear these with high-rise cropped shorts, plain tee, and a long-line bomber jacket.

Metallic Leather Over-the-Knee Boots by Balenciaga


What woman wouldn’t love these boots? Little North West was caught red handed playing in Mom’s shoe closet, drowning in these mirrored boots by Balenciaga. Rihanna was also spotted frolicking the streets wearing the popular shoe. Hot right? Wear these with a earth toned midi skirt, graphic tee, and denim jacket.

Serge di Nimes Distressed Boots by Twelve AM

Artist Sevyn Streeter was spotted in Twelve AM’s Serge di Nimes Distressed boots while strutting the streets of New York. All white does not stop after Labor Day ladies! Pair these with an all white ensemble to set them off.

Artist Sevyn Streeter was spotted in Twelve AM’s Serge di Nimes Distressed boots while strutting the streets of New York. All white does not stop after Labor Day ladies! Pair these with an all white ensemble to set them off.

Be sure to hashtag #DCWKLY in photos of your outfits!

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