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drop by & DIY: collars.

random search on refinery 29, probably looking for new nail ideas, i stumbled upon a class for diy (do it yourself) collars hosted by studio 85 and kiah leigh. i purchased my ticket, eagerly anticipating sunday to meet other fashionable and creative folks as well as trying something i’ve never tried before. clearly, i’m crafty: bleaching things, realizing that scissors are my friend and the magic one can create with a sole seam ripper.

initially when i sat down, i was a bit overwhelmed with possibilities. they provided shirts, sequins, studs, stones, pearls, tacky glue, music, suggestions and conversation. after sitting there looking dazed and confused, i finally decided to use small and medium stones on the corners of the collar. it took approximately two hours *give or take chat time and other random breaks* to complete.

overall, i had a great time, met some cool folks and have an much better understanding in regards to shirts with anything other than standard buttons costing a tad bit more. i’m definitely looking forward to taking classes and doing more than using scissors and a seam ripper.

for more diy classes follow @kiahleigh on twitter and if you have tumblr check her out additional pictures here.


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deals and steals. hela spa @ georgetown.

hela spa, one of my favorite places in the district, is currently offering the following deals from now through december 31, 2011:
20% off any massage
swedish, deep tissue, sports massage, hot stone and pre-natal massage.
sundays, tuesdays, wednesdays
20% student discount
services only -- no product or package discounts
must show student ID
eminence or pumpkin facial
$130.00 (reg. $160.00/ $150.00)
stimulate your mind and your senses to the fresh scents and spices of the season. allow your skin to get detoxed and rejuvenated just in time for the holidays.
tuesdays, wednesdays, thursdays
add on LED treatment
$50.00 (reg. $100.00)
add an LED Treatment to any facial to get your skin ready and radiant for those holiday parties.
tuesdays, wednesdays, thursdays

i've experienced different types of facials at hela spa and i HIGHLY recommend scheduling with tiffany. she's awesome!!! i've also booked a deep tissue massage with allison and i was tempted to offer her room and board for an unlimited supply of massages.

hela spa 3209 m street northwest| washington, dc 20007|voice 202.333.4445

ps. you must advise you saw this deal in an "email" at the time of booking your appoint. enjoy!!!!


fashion’s night out. 2011.

fashion's night out. celebrated world wide (tonight we'll be in georgetown!). where will YOU be? 



cafe glam. brows & cupcakes.

ronne williams,  a fan of make-up and beauty since a young age, recalls a time when she shaved off a friends eyebrows and drew them on with a permanent marker with great precision. fast forward a few years, amor mona, a line of make-up was created. with several years of experience in the field and having worked for network marketing groups, she decided to create a line of her own. amor mona is all natural so there is no potential harm to the most sensitive of skin types.

ms. williams  created cafe glam, an artsy area inside of a salon where women can get  brows, lashes, facials and make-up completed while waiting for their hair services to be completed without having to run all over town for additional services. the atmosphere of cafe glam is more eclectic with jazz playing in the background. the cafe glam concept is one where women will  socialize discussing the latest trends while hosting brow sessions and conducting make-up 101 classes. the passion for make-up and watching a woman transition from natural skin to beauty enhanced with make-up.

brows and cupcakes: a time where women can socialize with one another and have beauty services completed while enjoying champagne, cupcakes and of course complimentary brow waxing. this event will take place once a month. for additional information and to purchase goodies click here.

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world AIDS day. 2010.

know your status. get tested!



stake-out: lanvin + h&m. *updated*

Lanvin, one of the most sought after high end fashion designers, collaborated with H&M to create a more affordable collection, which consisted of shoes, accessories, dresses, t-shirts, fabulous dresses and men’s wear. The debut, slated for November 20, 2010, created a major buzz with most making plans to attend via social networking sites and blog updates.

The doors of H&M were scheduled to open at 8am and lines were expected to far exceed that of Costco during the holiday season, many planned to “stake-out” the night before. Everyone was fully aware that sizes, quantities and the time to shop would be limited. H&M even had a strategic plan of action: the first 320 people in line would receive one of 16 different colored bracelets with only fifteen minutes to shop. Also, the limitations included not being able to purchase more than two sizes or pieces per product per customer. Since this was advised prior to arriving the next thing would be to figure out a time of arrival, what to bring as it would be at least 40 degrees outside and of course what items from the collection were “must haves.”

Initially, I had the idea of arriving two hours before in a white oxford with a bow, gray wool blazer, black pencil fit skirt, argyle tights and four inch black heels. That idea was shot down and laughed at as soon as it was posted to twitter.  I guess that was fine since we had yet to confirm a time to actually meet. Erin and Dani finally agreed that we would meet at 3am *there goes hanging out on a Friday night*. I decided on a long sleeve thermal, white deep v-neck t-shirt, boyfriend cardigan, scarf, jeggings and my favorite Minnetonka moccasins. I also packed a bag full of my favorite snacks and water to stay hydrated. I was a little tardy for our stake-out party, but I made it. I was shocked that there was already a line of folks. Erin interviewed a few people and found that a guy and his friend arrived at 8pm the night before. There was another lady who left a show at the local theater dressed in peep toes and skirt was so determined for her spot on line she had a friend bring her warmer clothes. We laughed, joked, watched the sunrise and dodged dirty looks from those who showed up a lot later than we had. Oh and let’s not forget about Dani’s lovely nap in her car.

As the time drew near Dani made a Starbuck’s run and the staff at H&M passed out croissants from Crumbs and coffee. We were also gifted with a cute Lavin + H&M tote bag, which included a scarf. Around, 745am we received our color wristbands with an 830am timeslot to shop, which was music to any shopaholics ears. Fortunately, we were in the second group of twenty shoppers, so there was little to no stress about being about to purchase the items on our “must-have” list, talk about a rush of adrenaline.

FINALLY!!! It was 8am, the doors opened and the line started to move, but it never stopped. We started to wonder what happened, since there was a twenty person maximum during a twenty minute timeframe. Something had gone terribly wrong!! The store was full of everyone from those who got there at 8pm the night before and those who had just rolled out of bed. Naturally shoppers were upset as there was a protocol set forth by H&M and the staff failed to adhere.  Management and security failed to take responsibility for the mix up, yet took their annoyance out on those who had been waiting outside in the freezing cold forever. People were grabbing multiples of everything, which was against the “shopping protocol” and caused more frustration to those who had been waiting.

By the time this experience was over I ended up with a fur vest, which I was not even on my list, yet something I truly adore. I enjoyed the company of Erin, Dani and it was lovely to have met fellow shopaholics and tweeters Shana and Nikka. I'm not sure if I would attend another "stake-out" considering the mayhem that ensued with this experience, but you never know. *wink*

* view pictures from the event: click here.*


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w. hotel|beach bums & bellini’s.

beach bums and bellini's a summer workout series held at the w. hotel, washington, dc, which is sponsored by lululemon athletica. the  series includes several different classes from hip hop yoga to coyote ugly through september 12. the hip hop yoga class held on july 11, rather intense incorporating dance, strength training and a bit of yoga.

there were two dance routines taught by the instructor, heather cohen, to the beat of "3" by britney spears and "single ladies" by beyonce. if you've ever tried to dance to "single ladies" in the comfort of your own living room, you know it's no easy task.

after an hour of dance moves and yoga poses, the 90+ participants moved on to a rooftop for brunch. the brunch consisted of one menu item and a nice buffet spread of grape leaves, hummus, smoked salmon, sushi, crab claws, raw oysters, chilled shrimp and way too many other things to name. oh and bottomless bellini's and bloody mary's garnished with a crab claw: DELISH. the workout + food are well worth the $39 .

the workout was such a huge success they've decided to have classes every sunday, in addition to the classes listed below:

  • july 25: definition pilates
  • august 8: vinyasa flow
  • august 22: coyote ugly
  • september 12: boot camp basics

here's the address: w. washington dc's rooftop/515 15th street/washington dc 20007


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desobi spring/summer trunk show.

desobi. founded by desiree and obi who went from classmates to life long friends and have recently added business partners to their journey.

the overall concept of desobi is having fun by bringing women together to do what they do best: SHOP!! they offer jewelry, including bold necklaces, earrings and cocktail rings which make bold statements and spark interesting conversation. desobi also retails handbags to complete the look of a fabulous fashionista. the bags and jewelry are authentic, which is important as fakes are never in fashion. marc by marc jacobs, deux lux and other fine handbags from barney's new york are just a few of the featured name brand names. desobi strives to keep fashionistas in designer looks, minus the the guilt of splurging on something that one cannot not truly afford.  desobi offers different options to shop, including online, private in-house parties, social events as well as seasonal trunk shows.

there are additional pictures from the event posted on the sapphire blu facebook fan page. also, check out desobi via the web to shop online! and if you're own twitter by all means follow @desobifashion for real time updates on current events.

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