by ATFDC Contributor Barbara Collins

Over the last several years, people all over the world have been creating blogs with hopes of making a profession out of their talent and to gain popularity. Blogs are one of the fastest-growing means of mass communication and has radically transformed the world of fashion journalism.  Famous fashion bloggers like Bryan Grey and Tavi Gevinson are amongst the many bloggers who have caught the eye of people like Anna Wintour and have appeared on the front rows of New York and Paris Fashion Week!  With the potential to receive free products, meeting celebrities, and even money why wouldn’t anyone want to start blogging?

If you want to be known around the blogosphere, here are a few tips from Elizabeth Fassbender Co-Founder of DC’s Capital Area Fashion & Beauty Bloggers (CapFABB) to help you on your journey!

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  1. Create a blog that people want to read. If you create good content, the readers (and increased attention) will come. Be consistent! And as an extra tip, when you do get more attention and people asking things of you, remember it is ok to say no! It’s hard sometimes to turn things down, especially at first, but it gets too overwhelming otherwise!
  2. Embrace what makes you a bit different. You want to have a point of view.
  3. Promote your blog! Create a Facebook page and a Twitter account if you haven’t already.
  4. Post as often as you can. Once your followers see that you take long breaks in between your post, they will stop coming to your blog. More posts, more followers!
  5. When starting out connect to other bloggers and your readers. Visit other blogs you admire, leave comments, think of ways you can collaborate, and/or join an area blogger network (like CapFABB). Attend events when possible, and don’t be afraid to reach out.
  6. As cheesy as it sounds, the most important thing to remember is to do it because you love it. If you love what you do and stay true to your voice you’ll be much more successful than if you are less authentic.

Elizabeth Fassbender is the creator of “So Much to Smile About” a blog that catalogs her inspirations: beautiful photography, street style, fashion, and design trends, events, editorials and personal experiences. She is also the co-founder of CapFABB a group created to give DC Metropolitan area fashion and beauty bloggers a place to communicate, collaborate and meet.

Barbara is a sophomore at Old Dominion University, majoring in International Studies with a minor in Fashion Merchandising. She also writes for CocoKouture Magazine and would love to pursue a career in the fashion industry as a writer for a top fashion magazine

Fashionable Reads

June 7, 2012
  • A growing number of MBA students are setting their sites on the fashion industry. (Businessweek)
  • Controversy has sparked regarding the amount of money some fashion bloggers make from brands. (Buzz Feed)
  • Stylish Thought dispels beauty myths. (Stylish Thoughts)
  • Andrea from Fly makes us totally obsessed with bangle stacks. (Fly)
  • Need inspiration? Whipped Style shows us how to find inspiration from our favorite social media sites. (Whipped Style)
  • We think Donna Karan and Liz from CapFABB could be doppelgangers-the resemblance is uncanny. (Lockerz)

Featured Photo Credit: Buzz Feed

When we found out that ATFDC Guest Contributor Ricki Peltzman was hosting CapFABB’s May 2012 Meet-Up at her boutique Upstairs on 7th we knew we had to be there to support. We sent ATFDC intern Cami Nezam and event photographer Laura Zucker to the the meet-up to get fashionably acquainted with DC’s most well-heeled bloggers. 

Words by ATFDC Intern Cami Nezam, Images by Laura Zucker

Right as you step foot into the boutique, Upstairs on 7th, you take a look around and see small, scattered groups of women dressed to perfection. High heels showing a peek of bright colored pedicures, sophisticated dresses, pastel colored blazers, and statement jewelry seemed to be the fashion trend of the night.

Owner of Upstairs on 7th, Rickie Peltzman, made her rounds to different groups of people for a warm welcoming. As the numbers of women gradually increased, outbursts of “Hi, it’s so good to see you again!” and “You look amazing as always!” filled the room, displaying that they have already become acquainted.

By 7:30 P.M., just about half way through the event, most of the attendees that were registered to come had finally made their appearance (fashionably late, of course). From then on, the members were able to get settled, make their way around the clothing racks, and chat with other bloggers and CapFABB founders, Liz Fassbender and Lacey Maffettone, over some champagne. Going into this event as a first-timer, you could ask yourself, how much do these bloggers actually have to talk about? But that question does not pertain to CapFABB members. The constant flow of conversations, positive energy, and friendly vibes between members keeps the night going, only looking forward to the next meet up event. New CapFABB member, Melissa Ann Fasano, is still in the process of becoming familiar with the DC blog world but she believes that it is “a great way to network and learn about different styles of blogs because every blog IS different”. It is amazing to see how many blogs there are out there, but how unique each one is.

Founders of the organization, Liz Fassbender and Lacey Maffettone share their inspiration and experience on the creation of the unique organization, starting from scratch. In just one year and a couple months since the organization has been up and running, 10 members quickly turned into 400+! Liz and Lacey put a huge emphasis on how the bloggers play an important role to the success of CapFABB. “We put on the show but the bloggers ARE the show”, says Lacey enthusiastically. Not only did the DC blogging community grow number-wise, but friendships and strong connections have formed as well.

The CapFABB meet up event at Upstairs on 7th was the definition of “Intimate” says Lacey. There were many one to one conversations, making “Intimate” the perfect word to describe it. It is inspiring to see so many wonderful bloggers join forces and share their experiences with each other; that is what helps CapFabb stay effective and successful as an organization. You wouldn’t think DC has great fashion, but it does, and these women do an amazing job showing that!

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MONDAY, APRIL 23, 2012

CHARITY IN CHOCOLATE…A DELICIOUS FASHION SHOW

6 - 9PM

National Building Museum| 401 F St. NW, Washington, DC

Join the Heart of America Foundation and local chefs for an evening of sweet treats, a chocolate fashion show and silent auction to benefit the organization’s Books from the Heart program. Click here to purchase tickets.

TUESDAY, APRIL 24, 2012

JOHNSTON & MURPHY, DC MAGAZINE, AND LABELS FOR LOVE PRESENT “PUT A LITTLE SPRING IN YOUR STEP”

6:30 - 8:30 PM

Johnston & Murphy| 1150 Connecticut Ave. NW; Washington, DC

Join Mary Amons, Founder of Labels for Love, Karen Sommer Shalett, Editor-in-Chief of DC Magazine and the Director of Women’s Product Development for Johnston & Murphy for an evening of cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and spring fashion. 15% of sales from the event will support Labels for Love. RSVP to rsvpdc@modernluxury.com

KIEHL’S TYSONS CORNER CENTER GRAND OPENING WITH THE NEWSBABES

5 - 8 PM

Kiehl’s Tysons Corner Center| 1961 Chain Bridge Road #105; McLean, VA

Join the NewsBabes (Angie Goff, Anita Brikman, Pamela Brown, Rebecca Cooper, Lesli Foster, Andrea Roane, Cynne Simpson, and Eun Young along with Kiehl’s Since 1851 president Chris Salgardo for the grand opening of Kiehl’s at Tysons Corner Center. The event will feature Georgetown Cupcakes, DJ Neekola, Kiehl’s gifts for the first 100 guests and a chance to win a $500 Kiehl’s gift box and NewsBabes lunch. The evening will benefit the NewsBabes 2012 charity, The GW Mammovan. RSVP: kiehls@brandlinkdcrsvp.com.

FASHION NETWORKING DINNER

6PM

Oya Restaurant & Lounge| 777 9th St NW; Washington, DC

Model and fashion blogger Pamela Par invites you to a Fashion Networking Dinner that will allow guests to dine and connect with DC fashion professionals and fellow fashionistas. Dress: to impress. RSVP is required, seating is limited. Click here to purchase event tickets.

CAPFABB APRIL MEETUP

6 - 8 PM

Urban Chic Georgetown| 1626 Wisconsin Avenue NW; Washington, DC

The April Capital Area Fashion & Beauty Bloggers meetup will be hosted by Urban Chic in Georgetown, just in time for some springtime shopping! Browse new merchandise, including the Shoshanna 2012 Resort collection, while chatting and catching up with your favorite DC area fashion and beauty bloggers, and enjoy 15% off purchases! Guests will be able to enjoy light snacks and refreshments. Click here to RSVP.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25, 2012

JIMMY CHOO “DISTRICT OF FASHION” SHOPPING EVENT

6 - 9 PM

Jimmy Choo| 5481 Wisconsin Ave # D1 Chevy Chase Village, MD

Hosted by JIMMY CHOO, Nival Spa & Salon, and Shoot for Change, this April 25th event will serve as the 4th “District of Fashion” event. Proceeds will benefit the Shoot for Change Scholarship at the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at American Ballet Theatre. Get your own editorial photoshoot - theme is high fashion - S/S 2012 style. Hors d’oeuvres and champagne will be served. $20 gets you 2 free photos and will be featured on Fashiontographer. Click here to purchase tickets.

THURSDAY, APRIL 26, 2012

THE WW CLUB: A DC STYLE SPEAKEASY

7-10 PM

3401 Water Street NW; Washington, DC

In an homage to the DC speakeasies of the past and present, stylist Elise Peterson and photographer Kate Warren bring you The WW Club, a speakeasy event to celebrate the rise of menswear and the ladies that love it as much as their gentlemen. But don’t worry, we wouldn’t have you get dressed up for no reason; get a little lush with a whiskey tasting served by a very sassy Whiskey Mistress. Click here for more event details and to purchase tickets.


FRIDAY, APRIL 27, 2012

GEORGETOWN FRENCH MARKET (until April 28, 2012)

10 AM - 5 PM

Bookhill Neighborhood of Georgetown

This event takes place along upper Wisconsin Avenue, NW, between P Street and Reservoir Road, and features nearly 40 Georgetown boutiques, antique shops, restaurants and galleries offering savings up to 70% off designer goods, art and antique home furnishings. Enjoy strolling mimes, children’s activities, live music and French cuisine from Georgetown cafes and restaurants. Click here for more information.

THE SPRING COLLECTIVE PRESENTED BY M&F X ALS

7 - 10 PM

Lotus Lounge| 1420 K Street NW; Washington, DC

The Spring Collective will feature live music, live art, and emerging entrepreneurs. Mila & Fire alongside Alexandra Smith wanted to come together to provide a platform for their creative peers to be highlighted and to share their crafts with others. The event will include everything from clothing & accessories, to cupcakes, live art, and beauty consultations.

SATURDAY, APRIL 28, 2012

GEORGETOWN FRENCH MARKET 

10 AM - 5 PM

Bookhill Neighborhood of Georgetown

This event takes place along upper Wisconsin Avenue, NW, between P Street and Reservoir Road, and features nearly 40 Georgetown boutiques, antique shops, restaurants and galleries offering savings up to 70% off designer goods, art and antique home furnishings. Enjoy strolling mimes, children’s activities, live music and French cuisine from Georgetown cafes and restaurants. Click here for more information.

WOWING AT WORK: DRESS TO IMPRESS WORKSHOP

12:30 - 4:30 PM

Hotel George| 15 E Street NW; Washington, DC

In today’s economy women need to use every competitive advantage to continue to stay relevant and up-to-date. This 4-hour interactive workshop is designed to teach you how to ‘wow’ at work so your presence is credible, modern, aligned with your career aspirations and authentic to you. Learn how to get dressed each morning with less effort whatever your age, career or style preferences. For all the details visit the ‘Wowing at Work’ Workshop page.  Spacing is limited to just 15 women! Click here for more information.

THE VINTAGE COLLECTIVE: VOLUME FOUR

12 -5 PM

The Reginald F. Lewis Museum| 830 E. Pratt; Baltimore, MD

Shop vintage, pre-loved, and indie designed clothing and accessories. This event is in collaboration with the current exhibit “Dandy Lion: A Re(de)fined Black Masculine Identity”

 

 

Fashionable Reads

March 30, 2012
  • Interested in opening a store in the District? D.C.’s Office of Planning has launched a tool kit to help you do just that. (via Washington Business Journal)
  • Robin Givhan discusses the symbolism of Trayvon Martin’s hoodie. (via The Daily Beast)
  • Read our take on the symbolism of Trayvon Martin’s hoodie in relation  to Monica Lewinsky’s dress. (via ATFDC)
  • ReadysetDC interviews CapFabb founders Liz Fassbender and Lacey Maffetone. (via ReadysetDC)
  • Social Media Strategist Erica Sanchez is a true Fashiontonian. Take a look at what she wears to work. (via Washingtonian)
  • Models…they’re not like us. These 90s supermodels have not aged a bit. Either good diet/exercise regimen or great Photoshop. (via Fashionista)
  • Also, on Fashionista, Andre Leon Talley is shooting a reality show. Who’s excited? We are! (via Fashionista)

Fashionable Reads

March 14, 2012
  • Have you noticed that tech guys love to wear plaid? We got a kick out of the title of this piece, “Check Republic.” (via Financial Times)
  • Ever wondered what your fashion magazine personality is? Take this quiz to find out. (via MinOnline)
  • CapFABB interviews local designer and recent Marymount graduate Kelly Tang. (via CapFABB)
  • Fashion Battle! Samantha Cameron versus Michelle Obama. Whose look do you prefer? (via Huffingtonpost)
  • Refinery29 shows us, “6 Chic Ways To Wear A Bustier Top.” (via Refinery29)
  • Are entrepreneurs born or made? Find out what research says. (via The Next Web)
  • CNN interviews Carolina Herrera about her career in fashion. (via CNN)

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2012

DE-BRIEF FASHIONABLY: A FASHION LAW ROUND TABLE

7-8:30 PM

Howard University School of Law| 2900 Van Ness Street NW; Washington, DC

Join the Fashion Law and Policy Center to discuss the latest developments in fashion law. For more information about the event and the Fashion Law and Policy Center visit http://www.fashionlawpolicycenter.com.

FASHION FOR PAWS 6TH ANNUAL RUNWAY SHOW LAUNCH PARTY

6:30-9:00 PM

The Jefferson Hotel Washington, DC| 1200 16th Street NW, Washington, DC

This party marks the launch of Fashion for Paws 6th Annual Runway Show website, ticket/table sales and the model fundraising campaign. The event will feature a photo exhibit from the 2011 F4P Runway Show sponsored by REVAMP.com.

$20 suggested donation at the door. All proceeds from Fashion for Paws benefit the Washington Humane Society.

RSVP at FashionforPaws@washhumane.org.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2012

CRYSTAL COUTURE-SHOW AND SALE (until February 11, 2012)

6-10 PM

"Former food court turned fashion hotspot"|1750 Crystal Drive; Crystal City, VA

Presented by the Crystal City Business Improvement District, Crystal Couture features mores than 40 of the Washington, DC area’s hottest boutiques and designers under one roof.  Guests will get access to free makeovers, runway shows and up to 50% off designer fashions. Hosts include NBC 4 Anchor, Angie Goff; Kate Michael of K Street Kate and Taylor Thomas of WHUR/ Steve Harvey Morning Show.  Free admission. For more information, visit www.crystalcity.org.  #CrystalCouture

EVELYN BROOKS DESIGN NEW COLLECTION LAUNCH

5:30-7:30 PM

Artfully Gifts & Chocolate| 506 John Carlyle; Alexandria, VA

Evelyn Brooks Design’s Spring 2012 Nazca Collection will feature necklaces, bracelets, and earrings for women inspired by the Nazca lines, which represented a celestial Inca calendar used for rituals related to astronomy. The first twenty guests to arrive will receive a complimentary gift designed by Evelyn Brooks.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2012

CRYSTAL COUTURE-SHOW AND SALE (until February 11, 2012)

6-10 PM

"Former food court turned fashion hotspot"|1750 Crystal Drive; Crystal City, VA

Presented by the Crystal City Business Improvement District, Crystal Couture features mores than 40 of the Washington, DC area’s hottest boutiques and designers under one roof.  Guests will get access to free makeovers, runway shows and up to 50% off designer fashions. Hosts include NBC 4 Anchor, Angie Goff; Kate Michael of K Street Kate and Taylor Thomas of WHUR/ Steve Harvey Morning Show.  Free admission. For more information, visit www.crystalcity.org.  #CrystalCouture

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2012

CRYSTAL COUTURE-SHOW AND SALE (until February 11, 2012)

6-10 PM

"Former food court turned fashion hotspot"|1750 Crystal Drive; Crystal City, VA

Presented by the Crystal City Business Improvement District, Crystal Couture features mores than 40 of the Washington, DC area’s hottest boutiques and designers under one roof.  Guests will get access to free makeovers, runway shows and up to 50% off designer fashions. Hosts include NBC 4 Anchor, Angie Goff; Kate Michael of K Street Kate and Taylor Thomas of WHUR/ Steve Harvey Morning Show.  Free admission. For more information, visit www.crystalcity.org.  #CrystalCouture

COCKTAILS, FANCY SKIRTS, AND FITTED SHIRTS

6-8 PM

Hugh & Crye LLC| 3212 O Street NW Ste #5; Washington, DC

Join the gentlemen of Hugh & Crye and the ladies of CapFABB for some good libations, great company, and superior shirting at the H&C studio. Guests can enjoy 20% off anything in the store for the night. Tickets are currently soldout. Click here to put your name on the wait-list.

TURN UP THE HEAT FASHION SHOW

6-8 PM

BMW of Towson| 700 Kenilworth Drive; Towson, MD

Discover new spring trends and support the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Turn Up the Heat will feature clothing, lingerie, swimwear and accessories from South Moon Under, Lingerie Lingerie and Radcliffe Jewelers. Enjoy hors d’ oeuvres from Bluestone and wine from DiWine Spirits.

$25 per person. All proceeds benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

RAW: WASHINGTON, DC PRESENTS ACTIVIATE

8 PM

Cafe Asia| 1720 I Street NW; Washington, DC

21+ event. Fashionable attire. Tickets are $10 via pre-sale, $15 at the door.

RAW events are multi-faceted artistic showcases. Each event features a film screening, musical performance, fashion show, art gallery, performance art and a featured hairstylist and makeup artist. These artists are all local, hand-picked talent who have been chosen to feature at RAW. For more information visit www.RAWartists.org/washingtondc/activate.

VALENTINE LINGERIE PARTY

7 PM

L2 Lounge| 3315 Cadys Ally NW, Washington, DC

This event will feature special V-Day cocktails, sweet treats and high-end lingerie by Argentine designers Alicia Fuhr and Jane Pain.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2012

CRYSTAL COUTURE-SHOW AND SALE (until February 11, 2012)

6-10 PM

"Former food court turned fashion hotspot"|1750 Crystal Drive; Crystal City, VA

Presented by the Crystal City Business Improvement District, Crystal Couture features mores than 40 of the Washington, DC area’s hottest boutiques and designers under one roof.  Guests will get access to free makeovers, runway shows and up to 50% off designer fashions. Hosts include NBC 4 Anchor, Angie Goff; Kate Michael of K Street Kate and Taylor Thomas of WHUR/ Steve Harvey Morning Show.  Free admission. For more information, visit www.crystalcity.org.  #CrystalCouture

FASHION EMPOWERING WOMEN FOUNDATION’S TWO YEAR ANNIVERSARY PARTY

6:30-10 PM

Park at 14th| 920 14th Street NW; Washington, DC

Join the men and women of Fashion Empowering Women (FEW) foundation in celebrating two years of looking good and doing good. For more information about FEW visit www.fashionempoweringwomen.org.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2012

CRYSTAL COUTURE-SHOW AND SALE (until February 11, 2012)

6-10 PM

"Former food court turned fashion hotspot"|1750 Crystal Drive; Crystal City, VA

Presented by the Crystal City Business Improvement District, Crystal Couture features mores than 40 of the Washington, DC area’s hottest boutiques and designers under one roof.  Guests will get access to free makeovers, runway shows and up to 50% off designer fashions. Hosts include NBC 4 Anchor, Angie Goff; Kate Michael of K Street Kate and Taylor Thomas of WHUR/ Steve Harvey Morning Show.  Free admission. For more information, visit www.crystalcity.org.  #CrystalCouture

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2012

FASHION SHOW/BRUNCH AT MAMA CHUY DC

12-3 PM

Pleasant Plains Workshop, Trash Cat Collective and Mama Chuy DC present a Valentine’s Day Brunch Fashion Show featuring a special brunch cocktail menu and Mama Chuy’s take on tradition home-style Mexican breakfast fare. The fashion show will start at 1 PM and will be visible from inside and outside the restaurant. For more information, visit Pleasant Plains Workshop’s website.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 24, 2012

CAPITAL AREA FASHION AND BEAUTY BLOGGER MEETUP

6-8 PM

Madewell | 1237 Wisconsin Avenue NW; Washington, DC

Catch up with your favorite DC area fashion and beauty bloggers while browsing Madewell’s new merchandise. Guest can enjoy 20% off purchases of $125 or more. Light snacks and refreshments will be served.

Click here to register for free tickets. 

SATURDAY, JANUARY 28, 2012

TRASH CAT COLLECTIVE AT PLEASANT PLAINS WORKSHOP- OPENING RECEPTION

4-8 PM

Pleasant Plains Workshop| 2608 Georgia Avenue NW; Washington, DC

Join Pleasant Plains Workshop for a month of vintage fashion appreciation as Trash Cat Collective takes the shop for the month of February, transforming it into a wonderland of vintage & preloved threads (for men and women), accessories, housewares, and other treasures.


Photo Credit: CapFabb website

Come on, everyone does it. They do it at home, at work, alone and sometimes with a friend. We can’t be the only ones, right? It’s okay to admit that you do it. It’s okay to admit that you like to blog. 

Is it us or does it seem that everyone (yes, even that creepy guy in the next cubicle) has their own blog? Blogging, fashion blogging specifically, has become such a force in the Washington, DC area over the last couple years. So much so, that CapFabb, our area’s primary organization for fashion and beauty bloggers now boasts more than 300 members. We should mention that when we featured founders Lacey Maffetone and Liz Fassbender in our inaugural "1 Question 2 Bloggers" post back in October 2011 the organization had approximately 190 members. 

Whether they do it or not everyone seems to have an opinion on fashion bloggers and their role in our local fashion scene. The variety of opinions regarding TBD’s recent article about style bloggers is proof enough. The article, which was probably intended to be a tongue in cheek perspective of the photography featured on some of our area’s most popular fashion blogs was met with both positive and negative criticism regarding the author’s tone. Regardless of the author’s original intent the article and the debate around it got us thinking more about the role bloggers play in the Washington, DC fashion scene.

When we started All Things Fashion DC we realized from the very beginning that in order for our site to take off we would need to support of the fashion community. This is one of the reasons why we have reached out to local bloggers for features such as our “1 Question 2 Bloggers” series. Other media outlets such as Washingtonian Magazine and Refinery 29 are aware of their influence and have created similar posts on their sites highlighting local fashion and beauty bloggers.

Like it or not fashion bloggers play an important role in our fashion community because they oftentimes represent a middle-man between businesses and consumers. They use social media in a way that brands don’t because rather than selling a product they are selling their personalities. That’s where their influence comes from. So, when a blogger promotes a certain product like their favorite mascara or bag their readers are more likely to invest in that product because it comes off as more as a suggestion from a girlfriend than a hard sell from a large corporation.

According to the BlogHer 2011 Social Media Matters Study, “Over 50% of the active blog readers in the general U.S. online population have made a purchase based on a blog recommendation.”

Since bloggers in general have greatly impacted the fashion industry as a whole it is no surprise that we will need their influence to boost the Washington, DC fashion industry.

In fact, if you Google “DC Fashion” you will notice links to local blogs among your search results. That’s what people see when they see “DC Fashion”. This is not to say that the growth of our industry is completely in the hands, or at the fingertips of bloggers. Bloggers represent a piece of our fashion puzzle as do designers, stylists and buyers among other professionals. Whether they call themselves bloggers or journalists we all know that they are among the first to be called when a new product needs to be promoted or an event is going to be held. 

So, go on, blog your little hearts out. If you think you are the only one who isn’t doing it then maybe you are. 

Hope you all enjoyed the Thanksgiving holiday. If you took one too many helpings of pie over the weekend you’ll definitely lose those extra calories running around the city this week to attend our “Go To” events. 

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2011

BEAUTY AND STYLE SOIREE WITH JOELLE SKINCARE

5-9 PM

Hella Salon and Spa at the Collection| 5481 Wisconsin Ave; Chevy Chase, MD

Enjoy a facial consultation with Celebrity Esthetician JoElle Lyons and experience on-the-spot makeovers with Image Curator Monica Barnett. Shop and explore jewelry from Neat’s Boutique. 

RSVP: RSVP@helabeauty.com.

SOFTBOX STUDIO LAUNCH EVENT

6 PM - 12 AM

Softbox Studio| 2724 Dorr Ave, Bay 3; Fairfax, VA

Come by for cocktail, music and preview the DC area’s newest photography studio and creative space.

RSVP: rsvp@thesoftboxstudio.com

CAPPFABB DECEMBER 2011 MEETUP

6:30-9:30 PM

Caramel| 1603 U Street NW; Washington, DC

The Fashion of Goodwill & Caramel are sponsoring the Capital Area Fashion & Beauty Bloggers December meetup! Join CappFABB for an evening of holiday shopping, featuring Goodwill’s Holiday Trunk Show with racks of vintage and contemporary fashion and unique clothing from international, national, and local designers at Caramel. The DC Goodwill Fashionista will be onsite to help members find the perfect outfit and TWO $50 gift certificates will be raffled off both from Goodwill and Caramel! Light refreshments will be served.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2011

EAST COAST CHIC TRUNK SHOW

6-8 PM

Carbon| 2643 Connecticut Avenue NW; Washington, DC

East Coast Chic Boutique is an online boutique set to launch at the beginning of 2012. The boutique aims bring shoppers unique, quality vintage at reasonable prices.  Along with the trunk show will be an accessories drive for Suited For Change. For each item donated guests will receive 20% off a piece from ECC Boutique’s collection that evening.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2011

STYLE SWAP

12-3 PM

Kay Spiritual Basement at American University| 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW; Washington, DC

Bring your unwanted clean and gently used clothes, shoes, and accessories and swap them for new ones. All remaining clothing will donated to charity.

Refreshments will be served.

Cost: A donation of canned food. 

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2011

HOLLAND COX ANNIVERSARY TRUNK SHOW

12-4 PM

Covet| 5140 Wilson Blvd; Arlington, VA

Covet is happy to host a trunk show/anniversary celebration for Valerie Williams, the local artist behind “Holland Cox”. “Holland Cox” is a line of handmade purses, pouches, belts and more. Come check out a big selection of her products, meet Valerie (and find out about her sewing workshops),enjoy a glass (or two) of champagne and 10% off your entire purchase. Shop small and local this holiday season!