Monday, September 29, 2014

The Limited and Scandal...

If you follow me on twitter then you know how much I love Scandal. I have been a fan since day 1 and have often altered my schedule so that I didn't miss an episode. If you follow me on Instagram then you saw that last night I attended A Limited Engagement hosted by blogger Keri Henderson. The event was held at The Limited in Pentagon City and boy did they have all of the fashion and sales in tow. Their window was beautiful and really displayed the essence of Olivia Pope's fashion sense. The fact that Olivia's costume designer and head of design teamed up to create an affordable line inspired by her amazing style on the show is amazing!!! Please stay tuned to the show each Thursday at 9 because Ms. Pope will be wearing a few of the items in the collection here and there. Honestly, the only thing that would have made this event better is if we were greeted with a big glass of red wine upon entering (wishful thinking).

I am digging this window

Ms. Pope is a bad mutha shut your mouth... she even has a line inspired by her
The table was beautiful
As soon as you enter the store you are welcomed by everything that is Scandal; that is, in terms of fashion. This event was key for me because I am desperately in need of work clothes. I usually wear jeans daily. I dress how I feel and in terms of going to the 40, my feelings aren't that great (send a prayer up for me). Luckily, The Limited had 40% off of all of their regular priced items and they were giving us an additional 15% off for attending. Now you know that was a win win for your girl!!!

Keri also put on a fashion show which showed off her amazing styling abilities and gave us different ways to wear pieces throughout the store. She showed us how to wear white during the fall, how to mix prints, and how to be fashionable at work. There were giveaways throughout the night for additional discounts and tickets to see the new Zane movie Addicted.

All of the lovely fashion show participants

Although the discount wasn't offered on the Scandal line, I shopped enough and earned several coupons that I can use on my next visit. Here are a couple of pieces that I need in my closet soon.

I gotta have that dress!!! Olivia actually wore the cream sweater already on the show.  
This dress came home with me
Have you all had a chance to check out The Limited's Scandal collection? What are you waiting for? If you can't be an actual gladiator, you may as well dress as one!!! I'll be back in a later post to actually share the pieces I picked up.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

The Life You Want DC

We had an awesome view from our fully stocked suite
I'm about a week late in regard to posting about one of my 2014 highlights. To be honest with you, I am still basking in joy and excitement from attending Oprah's The Life You Want Tour. When my roomie said that she was going I nearly begged her for a ticket (yes Aunt Oprah is that serious). I'd seen Living Social deals for the tour but I'm totally not sure why I didn't make arrangements to attend.

Next year I want to go VIP or better yet have a media pass #ClaimingIt

Nonetheless, God was looking out for your girl. I was originally going on Friday only because I had to work. However, after attending Friday night I just knew that I had to find a way to be there for Saturday. Lucky for me, my roomies friend decided not to go so that meant I'd be able to get her ticket. The only thing I had to do was ask (at the last minute) if I could take the day off. I was super stoked when my manager said it would be ok for me to do so!!!

DJ Kiss had us rocking the entire weekend

Can I just tell you that Oprah and her staff totally transformed the Verizon Center to an Oprah Oasis. Everywhere you looked was Oprah. Friday night started off with Oprah's introduction and what we'd expect from the weekend events. She also giving us a run down of her life, both highs and lows. I honestly just saw Oprah for who she was no fame or celebrity status. She was real, raw and honest; and let me tell ya she had a great sense of humor!!! She believed that she could accomplish everything that she set out to do. You could honestly feel the good ju-ju in the building the place reeked of positive vibes. There were mostly women but also a few men who were there to get the life they wanted to. What I took away from Oprah was:

1. There's always a second chance as long as you're breathing.
2. Failure is life trying to push you in a new direction.
3.  Contentment happens when you are doing what you are designed to do.

As you can see she had some very powerful words which stung me with a newfound belief in myself.

 Saturday's session started with author Mark Nepo (The Book of Awakening). Next up was Elizabeth Gilbert author of Eat, Pray, Love. Pastor Rob Bell followed her and by the end of his speech I totally thought they were going to open the doors of the Verizon Center. Now this weekend was 'spiritually' based but please understand that there was a Jesus undertone the entire time. The last keynote speaker was my personal favorite the Iyanla Vanzant. When I say that all of the speakers were AMAZING that's a total understatement. I learned sooo many things about my life currently as well as how I'd like my life to be and the steps that I need to take within myself to get there.

Here are just a few nuggets of info that may help some of you (it sure helped me):

1. God had the power to see beyond what you see.
2. Give yourself the love that you wish for others.
3. When you want something all of the universe aspires for you to get it.
4. Your eyes will adjust to the level of deficiency present.
5. Life will teach you through its #1 teacher; a relationship.

I cannot say how much I enjoyed myself. There were happy times, tears of joy and sadness, as well as hundreds of positive vibes. If Oprah's The Life You Want Tour is coming anywhere near you, you should definitely run out and get a ticket, it is sooo worth it. During the tour someone spoke about life whispering to you; the exact next day I had a life whisper which put everything into perspective and let me know that I was at the right place at the right time.

I can't wait to wear my Peace, Love, Oprah shirt!!!

Feeling the power the entire weekend!!!

That time when I almost met Gail...

If you attended The Life You Want Tour, what did you take away from it?

My tweet was posted but I was sooo excited that my pic came out blurry

Anytime is the right time to represent #SkeeWee

Friday, September 26, 2014

Shecky's DC

A few weekends ago I attended Sheckys Girls Night Out in DC. I attended Girls Night Out in the past but somehow I missed the last two years. When I saw that the site was offering discounted tickets with goodie bags I quickly snatched it up. You all know how I feel about a goody bag!!! If you all aren’t familiar with Girls Night Out, it’s an event where you can discover unique designers, sip on a few cocktails, and get pampered. Definitely check out their site and see when they are coming to a city near you.

My highlight of the event was definitely stopping at the Stella & Dot table as well as the alcohol infused cupcakes. If I never told you how much I love Stella & Dot, let me just tell you now. I absolutely love them!!! They have sooo many pieces of jewelry that I’d like to add to my personal collection. The stylist was named Kristin like me (I am super obsessed with my name), so I knew she was going to be good people!!! I get super stoked when I meet people named Kristin and we could probably be friends if it’s spelled the same way as mine. I digress. If you’re interested in some new pieces be sure to check Kristin out here. And stay tuned to the blog because there just may be a giveaway soon!!!
Hey Kristin!!!

Look at these beauties...

I have got to get an engraved necklace soon!!!
 As a foodie you know I couldn’t go to an event and not eat something. To my surprise there was a woman there selling her alcohol infused cupcakes. I.Could.Not.Resist. I even went back for another cupcake, no shame in my game. Honestly, these were sooo good I just may have to order a few for my Walking Dead party. I had the red velvet moscato flavor and my friend had the pina colado which she enjoyed very much.

What I love about these events is that upcoming artist has a chance to showcase and sell their work. This young lady made bags out of Philadelphia, if you are interested definitely take a look at her site and order you one.

These bags are sooo cute

Blogger Jonna  and I

Have you ever attended Shecky's? Who was your favorite vendor?

Friday, September 5, 2014

Blogger Scene Summer Send Off Party

Last week I had a chance to meet up with other bloggers at Blogger Scene's Summer Send Off Cocktail Party hosted by Ashley In DC and Fashionably Broke. The cocktail party took place at Redline lounge in DC. Let's just say we sent the summer off right, the Sangria bar had the drinks flowing. This mix and mingle was exactly what I needed to get back in the groove of blogging and working towards a few of my blog goals. Since I got there super early, I was able to get a swag bag, that's like the key word for any event right, lol? The host had a panel of area bloggers (Tammy, Cathy, Abbey, Angelica) to give us a little insight on how to blog successfully. Don't you just love getting creative ideas from other bloggers, I know I do. One of the bloggers on the panel stated that she actually keeps a spreadsheet of all of her blog ideas and looks; such a great idea but I am sooo not there yet. What I did take away from this event is the idea of collaborating with other bloggers. The cool thing is their blog doesn't necessarily have to be your niche as long as you have something in common it can totally increase your viewership. I look forward to working with a few bloggers in the future. After all of the blog advice, was giveaways. Now when I say that host stepped it up with the gifts they totally showed out. There were gifts from Bauble Bar,Urban Chic, Blow Dry Now, Topshop & Nordstrom, Lou Lou Boutiques, Mosiac District, PopNod, STYLECABLE, Pure Barre, South Moon Under, J Macaron, Scratch DC, and Amrita Singh. I actually had a feeling that they'd call out my name and guess what, they did. I ended up winning a $25 gift card to  Scratch DC, I was super excited. All in all the event was a success, I met new bloggers and connected with a few bloggers that I hadn't seen in a while. Check out the pics.

I ordered the Caribbean Cooler before the event started and it was on point!!!

Angelica and friend enjoying the night!!!
Angelica, Friend, and Trish
New bloggers that I met (but didn't get a card)

Vivi and Missy Sassy Style

                             Lovely Blogger Mates-(Trish , Michsi, VIVi, Miss Sassy Style  sorry I don't know all of the other ladies)                                          

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Sunday Fun-Day!!!

Last Sunday I had an opportunity to attend Yelp’s 10th Year Anniversary Bash. Let me just tell you that this one probably one of Yelp’s BEST event to date (in the DC area that is). I’ve mentioned Yelp on my blog several times but if you are unfamiliar with the site/app; let me fill you in. Yelp is a multinational corporation that operates an ‘online urban guide’ and business review site. In lay man’s term it’s a community of people that provide honest opinions on restaurants, venues, and services all over. I’ve been a ‘Yelper’ ever since I had a horrible experience when I was in need of a root canal. Sometime afterwards I just got wrapped up in everything that is Yelp. I began checking in at venues/restaurants, writing awesome reviews, and engaging in daily chat on Yelp’s ‘talk’ section.  Finally I set a goal to obtain Elite status to be invited to all the exclusive events/Elite preview hours (check). Currently my Yelp goal is to regain my Elite status (I fell off during the time I was laid off) and apply and obtain a position at Yelp (just wait this will be checked off in the future). Honestly, Yelp is the one app that I can’t imagine being without on my iPhone and a company that I’ve always imagined working for.  Nonetheless now that you have a little background history on the company and my personal testament to who Yelp is and what Yelp does, I encourage you to check them out for yourself. Feel free to add me as a friend and check out my reviews here.
Yelp’s 10th Year Anniversary Bash was held at the Anacostia Arts Center in Southeast DC. Shout out to the Anacostia Arts Center for being a wonderful host. They were able to house several Yelpers and vendors as well as showcase artist that are located in their center. If you’re in the DC area be sure to check out the Anacostia Arts Center, it’s such a beautiful thing to watch people in the community perform the art that they love and give back to help out other artist. 

Since this was a milestone anniversary bash I expected the line to be around the block, luckily it wasn’t. In the interim of the 5 minute wait, there was a Cake Love representative handing out samples of cake in a jar. I just sooo happened to get one of my favorite flavors, salted caramel. I ended up throwing it in my bag and taking it to lunch the next day at work. I literally had to stop myself from licking the container, it was THAT good!!!

As soon as I entered the arts center I was greeted by Yelp staffers, I made a donation and was handed my Yelp flask that I’m sure will come in handy sometime soon. The music was bumping and excitement filled the venue. I located the first vendor and got in line for tasty s’mores and seafood sausage, this was my favorite treat of the night.  Right beside that was @SnapFiesta that took wonderful pictures to commemorate the Anniversary. As a blogger you know I never pass up an opportunity for a photo op!!! After running into other blogger buddies @heartprintstyle and @mischi I did it all again with them. You can never have too many pictures, right?

The absolute highlight of my night had to be the paint station as well as the flower bar. Although they were set up in a teeny tiny room, we were able to produce the most beautiful arrangements. Honestly my flowers still look good and they are over a week old. Check out the event below.

These came home with me!!!


Monday, July 7, 2014

TJ Maxx, Marshalls, and Target Oh My...

The best thing about being employed again is being able to get my shop on. Now granted, I still have to do it in moderation since I’m playing catch up from last year’s layoff, but it definitely feels good to just shop!!! Recently, I’ve been doing the ‘bulk’ of my shopping at 3 places: TJ Maxx, Marshalls, and Target. What I LOVE about all three places is that they each have something for each aspect of your life. However, Target has two additional caveats with their hours and the addition of groceries. Nonetheless, all are great for your girl. TJ Maxx and Marshalls has designer items discounted so its very important for me to check them out at least once a week. Not that I purchase everytime, but I like to see what’s new and in rotation. Here are a few things that either caught my eye or hopped in my cart.

Unfortunately this didn't go home with me but I'm kicking myself that I didn't make it work (the chain was too long). I love an 'initial' or monogram anything. 

With a wide selection of candles, TJ Naxx and Marshlls are my first stop when it comes to creating the perfect gift bag. My favs out of this bunch were, Fresh Shave (I may have to go back for this one since I lack a man but love their scent) and Intimate.

This was a score for me!!! I like that it has a built in surge protector and can charge 3 items simultaneously, it even has a little nook to rest your iPhone on. 
Since I'm not blessed in the chest area I never have to spend a lot of money on bras. However I can definitely tell the difference between a cheap bra and one that's a bit more pricier. I was able to get this Calvin Klein (classic designer) bra for only $10. I love the color and the fit #Score
That bash reached out to me and actually made it in my cart but I have sooo many recyclable bags that I decided to leave this for another fashionista.
Last week I made my rounds at Target and was happy to see a few new pieces. Check me out below getting my fitting room fashion on!!! 
This is actually a 2 piece short set and has two different tops. The top that I'm wearing would be perfect for an expecting mother!

As much as I liked the print I wasn't feeling the fabric. I also don't think that I wear both top and bottom paired together, I'd break it up.

This is actually the same print of the first outfit but on dress form. Let's just say the medium was a bit too tight. However I'm sure that after 21 days on Black Girls Workout Too I'd be able to look stunning in the freakum dress (I'm sure it'll be long gone by then). I'm pictured in the large which is...a bit large lol!

This is what should have come home with me. I see this dress perfect for any occasion; work, church, or a lunch outing.

It wouldn't be right if I went to Tarfet and didn't see something cute. I am such a big kid that lives for cute packaging. The da*m marketing will get me every time, but not this time... Wah la magic! 
If I could have just had the ago alone it would have made my day lol!!! 

As you can tell no matter which store; they all have something that keeps me going back (weekly). What are some of your #Fabfound items or Tarjay purchases?