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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: www.femmefetadc.com.  

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Event Recap: Servpal Launch Party

Ever wish you could quickly book your appointment with your barber in advance? Or maybe you have event to attend and would love the celebrity treatment? A full face beat and and stylist to boot? Looking for a place that has all the services you need for your special day? Well, look no further, the solution is here: Servpal. 

Servpal allows clients to easily book and pay for appointments with their favorite personal image and beauty professionals. We currently promote: hair stylists, barbers, makeup artists, personal trainers, tattoo artists, photographers, wedding planners, manicurists, and other beauty professionals. As convenient as one click from the site, booking and paying for you appointments have never been easier.

The launch event was held at The Living Room and hosted by Danni Star. Decked out with vendors, models and even a crowd-favorite photo booth, guest mixed and mingled with personal image professionals around the city. There was a live performance by Melina Canpoverde, DJ Cyd had the crowd grooving, and the fashion show, curated by Harley Morgan of the ROE Agency and designs by King O, had everyone contemplating their next haute couture moment. 

Servpal Founder: Andy Nevers

I spoke with the founder of Servpal, Andy Nevers about the launch and his vision. He mentioned that not only is this an amazing service for customers and service professionals alike, it also is a community based initiative. The launch party held this truth, as it was a great time of networking and engaging with both new and old friends.

So whether you’re a client or a profession, head to www.servpal.com, sign up, and take control of all your personal image needs with Servpal.

(Photos courtesy of Clyde Jones: www.cjvisions.com)

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Event Recap: Welcome to The Wake Up

On April 21st, 2017, D.C. was officially “awakened,” with the launch of Meet the Curator (MTC), a new D.C. based athleisure and lifestyle brand aimed to encourage people to curate their lives how they see fit. The “Wake Up” serves as a symbolic representation of what made one take a leap of faith to go after their goals and dreams (i.e. what they pursue in their awakening of self).

The brainchild of founder, Kevin Nmah, “Meet the Curator” desired to create a brand that focused on people curating their lives how they see fit. In addition, he wanted to develop a line promoting originality and personal investment. Featuring primarily tees and hats, the MTC apparel is printed with taglines like “real > cool,” “get dat doe,” and “pay yourself first.”

The first 70 guests of the event received a Journal from the MTC team, to encourage them to write down their dreams/goals, and there was an entire wall dedicated for guests to share how they are currently (or would like to) curate their future.

“I wanted people to actually WAKE UP, WRITE DOWN THEIR DREAMS, and WORK like hell until they’ve achieved their goal.” – Kevin Nmah, Founder

The launch was showcased through a party at Bourbon restaurant, located in Adams Morgan (2321 18th St NW, Washington, DC, VA 20009, and featured music from DJ Brannu.

Check out some moments from the event:

 

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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:

 

 

 

Contact/Bookings: Thepluginc.co@gmail.com
Instagram: @nessmonae
Website: www.thepluginc.co
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/vanessamonae

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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.

 

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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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4 Winter Coats Every Girl and Guy Must Have

After I experienced my first winter in DC, I am an advocate for having multiple types of coats. You may think you can easily get away with one or two good coats during the winter season, but realistically you’ll need different types depending on the occasion (and weather). If at this point you’re thinking something along the lines of, “Who has money to just be throwing out for coats?!?”, I get it. Good coats are not only hard to find, but they can also be pricey. Thankfully, there are options out there and to help you to pick pieces that you feel are worth the investment, I did some research and put together a list of the top four coats that every man and woman should have in their closet.

A Trench Coat

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Every “must-have” winter list will have a trench coat on it.  It’s an essential transitional piece that can easily take you from fall to winter. When it comes to a trench, stick with a neutral color (black, camel, navy, and gray) because even though surprising colors and patterns are fun, this is going to be a jacket you want to withstand the test of time (and short lived trends).

SHOPPING ON A BUDGET:

SPLURGE A LITTLE:

 

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Business Casual Style: Office Fashion That’s NOT Boring

Whether your career is styling at Nordstrom, salon receptionist, community agent for a local nonprofit, or an agent for the government, most employers abide by a certain protocol for employee attire; usually falling somewhere on the spectrum of business casual. Your first impression is essential in the workplace, yet most people blur the lines of what’s appropriate and what isn’t. The benefits of maintaining a work appropriate image is it allows you access to a promotion, builds a cohesive work atmosphere, and leaves a lasting impression on your employer or client. Yes, certain companies are lenient with business casual, while others may require certain color schemes, but overall business casual is not to be interpreted with the image of street wear with a blazer.

Let’s say you’re a salesperson working in the women’s contemporary department at Saks Fifth Avenue. A customer is browsing the department and simultaneously asks you, “excuse me, do you work here?” In this scenario, the customer wouldn’t questioned your title as associate if you were dressed to reflect the Saks image.

Here at DC WKLY we want our readers to thrive professionally. I’ve put together a grand how-to guide according to personality type. Check it out!

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Black Alumni Ball Best Dressed + Style Recap

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DCWKLY Fashion Contributors Kiara Bagley, Derika Crowley, and Janell Henderson

In August the city welcomed The Black Alumni Networking Expo, accompanied by The Annual Black Alumni Ball. The ball stands as a black tie event for professional alumni from various colleges and universities. As always, it’s exciting to see a melanin filled room, complete with Kings and Queens in their best black tie. This year, DCWKLY contributors Derika Crowley (@derikacrowley), Janell Henderson (@theworkingbeauty), and Kiara Bagley (@kilovesvintage) were on the scene to enjoy the experience and scope out this year’s best dressed. Every attendee looked absolutely stunning, but there were some that stood out amongst the rest, this list highlights those standouts! Together we chose The Best Dressed Lady and Gentleman based on originality, willingness to abide by the theme, and lastly, the complete look from head-to-toe. So, without further adieu, here are the contenders and our picks for this year’s best dressed!

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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

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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

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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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