Brunch For A Cause Returns This Summer!

The first Brunch For A Cause in February was so much fun! It’s time to prepare for the next one icon smile Brunch For A Cause Returns This Summer!

Brunch For A Cause returns this summer at M Street Bar & Grill in DC. All attendees will enjoy a three course meal and unlimited mimosas or champagne. Brunch on Sundays at M Street is supposed to be a jazz brunch, so there may be live music there too!

Proceeds will benefit Miriam’s Kitchen, an organization focused on combating chronic homelessness by creating meaningful connections with chronically homeless individuals, placing them in permanent supportive housing and ensuring they have the necessary support to remain in housing.  A representative from Miriam’s Kitchen will be present to talk about the organization in more detail and answer questions I’ll also be giving away raffle prizes!

I know it seems really early to announce an event that is taking place mid-June, but 1) tickets must be purchased by June 1st, 2) time is flying by and June will be here before you know it and 3) folks get busy and I want to make sure this event is on your calendar ASAP!

I appreciate those who have been so supportive of this brunch series! Sunday, June 22nd will be a great time to fellowship over great food and drinks while also giving back to your community. I hope to see you there!!



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You’re Invited: Social Learning Summit 2014

Saturday, April 19th is turning into one busy day! But I’m not complaining icon smile Youre Invited: Social Learning Summit 2014

Following the Love Your Life Tour DC breakfast at Busboys and Poets (use code TWITFAM to save $10 off your ticket), I invite you to join me at American University for the Social Learning Summit!

The 4th Annual Social Learning Summit is a two day event of social media knowledge, whether you are an online beginner or hashtag addict. The first day will feature an American University Public Relations Student Society of America (AUPRSSA) event followed by a kick-off networking reception. The second day will feature panel discussions, networking, keynote addresses and free Dunkin Donuts and Cava Grill. The panels will be tailored to a particular industry or topic, so that you can create your own schedule and customize your learning experience. Topics include sports, journalism, branding, politics, entertainment, fashion and more!

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I am one of the featured panelists for the Digital Runway (Fashion) panel icon smile Youre Invited: Social Learning Summit 2014 along with fashion designer Eliot Payne,  DC blogger Meaghan Moynahan, and marketing associate Grace Beauseigheur. We will be discussing the role social media plays in the fashion industry. Not only do I look forward to participating as a panelist, I am excited to sit in on other panels and learn about the influence social media has in other industries. The American University Social Media Club has lined up a dynamic group of speakers who will provide a day of very insightful information.

To learn more about the Social Learning Summit and the American University Social Media Club click HERE.

Purchase tickets for the summit HERE. Tickets are $3 for students and $10 for professionals.

I hope to see you there!

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EVENT RECAP: Conversations With June Ambrose

If you are a lover of fashion, a designer or stylist, one of the people you hope to meet is celebrity stylist, designer, author and rock mom June Ambrose!

Last Thursday, Harlem Fashion Row CEO Brandice Henderson celebrated the launch of Harlem Fashion Row University and the 2014 McCafe Design Student Competition by hosting Conversations with June Ambrose.  Click HERE for more information about the competition.

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Prior to the start of the event, I had a chance to go backstage and meet with June. I served as the recorder for Naseya of The Seventh District who interviewed Ms. Ambrose. It was a great interview; please check it out below. I wanted to take notes while recording! Following the interview, the three of us chatted briefly about styling and things to think about when transitioning from part-time to full-time. Following our conversation, of course we all took pictures. I’ll be the first to admit, I was HYPE! I mean, how often do you get a chance to chat with someone you look up to in the industry?

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After the private interview and taking pictures, we returned to the auditorium. For the next two hours, June Ambrose provided her insight and wisdom on a variety of topics including success, self worth, racism in fashion, branding and more! The conversation was a mix of questions asked by Brandice and students in the audience.

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Here are some key takeaways from the conversation:

  • You have to assume that people are always watching. Especially with social media.
  • Styling is about branding. Branding of ourselves is important. That is how we tell our story.
  • We are the CEO of our lives. Whether you take on a job or start your own, you can still think like an entrepreneur.
  • Don’t worry about being famous. If you do the work, you will be celebrated.
  • Don’t take for granted the small things. Those small things are going to lead you to great things.
  • An opportunity can be presented to you and you can miss it if you don’t know what to do with it.
  • Consistently exercise your craft.
  • You should be glamorous in anything you do in life.
  • Don’t be afraid of yourself.
  • Know that you are WORTHY!

One thing I love about June Ambrose is that she is so humble and down to earth. What you see is what you get. Following the event, she spent time taking selfies with Howard University students and chatting with attendees until it was time for her to depart.

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This event was truly the highlight of my week! As successful as this inaugural event was, I think Harlem Fashion Row University is on a path to providing great opportunities for undergraduate students of color seeking to pursue a career in the fashion industry.

If you are a fashion student at an HBCU, be sure to check out Harlem Fashion Row University and the 2014 Cafe Design Student Competition.

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You’re Invited: Washington City Paper’s Best Of DC 2014 FÊTE!

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Washington City Paper’s Best of D.C. Fete is a celebration honoring the Best of D.C. as voted on by City Paper readers and chosen by writers and editors. Join more than 50 of the city’s top restaurants, artists, and entertainers for an unbelievable night!

Not only will you enjoy one of the best parties in the city, you will also be doing your part to give back to the community. A portion of the ticket sales will be donated to Brainfood—a nonprofit youth development organization in Washington, D.C. Using food as a tool, Brainfood builds life skills and promotes healthy living in a fun and safe environment.

Date: Wednesday, April 9th

Time: 7:00 – 10:00pm

Location: Carnegie Library at Mount Vernon Square (801 K Street NW Washington, DC 20001)

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Because this is one of the biggest parties in DC of the year, I want to make sure you don’t miss it! Use the following discount codes (highlighted in red) at checkout to save on your ticket:

BestofDCVIP $35 off VIP Tickets

BestofDCGA $15 off General Admission Tickets

Includes OPEN BAR!

VIP Tickets include one hour early admission to the event (6-7 p.m.), access to the VIP Publisher’s Party, cigar bar, and swag bag.

Click here to get your ticket today!  Check out pictures from last year’s party here.

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You’re Invited: Passion Pamper Party

Bobby Pen invites you to escape your busy life for an afternoon of pampering.  Guests will enjoy a brunch station, manicures & eyebrow waxing by Sassy Nails Salon & Spa, chair massages by therapist Sean White and more!

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Gather your girlfriends for a fun afternoon of pampering!

Date: Sunday, April 6, 2014

Time: 12:00pm – 4:00pm

Location: Penn Social (801 E Street NW Washington, DC)

Tickets: $35 click here to purchase

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You’re Invited: Let’s Talk Personal Style & More!

Last week I mentioned I’ll be one of the guest speakers for the Love Your Life Tour DC. Hosted by Fem-Pow!er Movement CEO Kenesha Williams, this event will help you tap into your personal power through relationships, personal style and finances. You’ll also enjoy a continental breakfast and have the opportunity to network with other awesome women in attendance.

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I would love for you to join me for this morning of empowerment! Purchase your ticket this week and receive $10 off your ticket price using discount code DIVAS. Click HERE to purchase your ticket.

I hope to see you and your friends on Saturday, April 19th!

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You’re Invited: Free Breakfast Hosted by Safe Shores

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If you are in the DC area, I’d like to invite you to join me at my table for the Safe Shores’ Cherishing Childhood Breakfast on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 from 8:00am to 9:30am.

This is a free breakfast for those who are compassionate about the welfare of their community and want to learn more about the organization. Safe Shores was the beneficiary of last month’s Brunch For A Cause. The organization works tirelessly to support children and families who are victims of abuse; the work they do is truly amazing.

Safe Shores is a direct service nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting and working directly with child victims of sexual and physical abuse in the District of Columbia. Through its child-friendly facility and multidisciplinary team approach, Safe Shores coordinates the work of medical and mental health providers, social services professionals, victim advocates, law enforcement, and prosecution officials to reduce trauma and promote healing for child victims of abuse.

Although this is a free breakfast it is also a fundraiser; guests will be asked to consider making a contribution, however no minimum and maximum gift is required. We simple want people to attend and learn more about the incredible programs and valuable services Safe Shores provides in the community.

If you are available on Tuesday, April 22nd for breakfast, I would love for you to join me!! Please email me at adivastateofmind@gmail.com. If you have friends that are also interested in attending, please let me know and I will add them to the guest list as well.  The location of the breakfast will be provided once you RSVP. I hope you’re able to attend!

Learn more about Safe Shores by visit www.safeshores.org

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Giveaway: Complimentary Ticket For “The Love Your Life Tour DC” & More!

Last year, I gave my first style presentation and this year I’ve been blessed with more opportunities to talk about fashion and style! I am one of the featured guest speakers for the FEM-POWER MOVEMENT The Love Your Life Tour DC!

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Hosted by Kenesha Williams of Fem-Power Movement, this two hour event will feature a continental breakfast, the opportunity to network and learn how to tap into their personal power through relationships, style and finances.

I’m really excited to be apart of this event, so I thought we’d have some fun with a giveaway. One lucky winner will receive what I like to call a “prize pack.” The winner will receive the following:

  • One (1) Complimentary Ticket
  • One copy of the book Words from A Wanderer by Alex Elle (she’ll be discussing relationships at the event)
  • An Oyin Handmade product pack
  • 15% off of a styling session with me (just in time for spring)!

To enter the giveaway, complete the widget below. 

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The contest ends next Friday, March 21st. Good luck!

Ticket can purchased here. Early bird tickets are $25. General admission tickets $35.

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You’re Invited: Money & Manicures

Dominique Broadway, the creator of Finances De•mys•ti•fied, kicks off her new series “Beauty on a Budget” (BoB) this month. BoB will arm everyday women with best practices, tools and resources that will allow them to properly integrate their beauty needs in a recurring budget.

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The first installment of BoB is Money and Manicures, which will take place at the upscale Nival Salon & Spa. Guests will enjoy mini manicures, raffles, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and more!

Money and Manicures will also feature money-saving financial and beauty tips from Finances De•mys•ti•fied and Nival Salon & Spa.

Date: Thursday, March 27, 2014

Time: 6 – 8pm

Location: Nival Salon & Spa (5481 Wisconsin Ave, Bethesda, Md)

Tickets: $20 early bird ticket; $25 general ticket. Purchase here.

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Would You Join A Reality Show?

I received an email yesterday about a production company looking to cast for a major cable network docu-series. The series would document the lives of interesting and ambitious women in the DC area.

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A blogger buddy had received the same email last week and forwarded it to me out of amusement. I told her she should try out for it; after all she is fashionable woman in DC and has a lot of projects going on so it might serve in her favor. She’s not a fan of reality TV so instead of taking my feedback seriously she asked “would you join a reality show?”

Watching reality shows is one of my guilty pleasures. I tune each week for the Real Housewives franchise and Blood, Sweat & Heels. Like so many women, those show are entertaining and our way of relaxing. But I never considered trying to be on a show.

On one hand, reality shows can be a great platform for women to promote their brands; Kandi Burruss and Bethenny Frankel have had huge success for their brand because of the Real Housewives franchise (Bedroom Kandi and Skinny Girl respectively).  Kandi has even suggested in interviews that people who join reality shows should have a product or brand to promote. It’s a great way to advertise. When Blood, Sweat & Heels first aired, Demetria Lucas’ website ultimately shutdown temporarily because everyone flocked to her site at once after she announced she was a blogger/writer and her blog name was featured.  Since then, she has been able to expand her audience and resell her first book as she prepares for the release of her second book. Genius marketing!

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On the other hand however, reality shows can do a disservice for those featured. Granted some of that may have to do with editing, but some women have come off as bitchy, insensitive and manipulative. For some, reality TV sheds them in a negative light. For instance, I remember my excitement to watch Blood, Sweat & Heels. I was hoping it would showcase six women excelling in their respective career paths. Instead, after a few episodes, the focus transitioned to a verbal altercation some of the ladies had while on an out of town trip. And do we even need to talk about the fight that took place on Real Housewives of Atlanta this season?

The production company that sent the email is asking folks to spread the word about the casting. And while it may be a great opportunity to promote businesses and blogs, I’m not sure I would want to be a part of a reality show; at least not the type of show the production company is seeking to create.

What do you think about reality shows? If presented the opportunity, would you join one?

*if you’re interested in the DC casting, let me know and I can forward you the email

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