- Affordable handbags from a DC designer, Danielle Nicole, are all the rave. (So Much to Smile About)
- Every woman needs a reason to shop. This weekend, Hysteria gives back. (Hysteria)
- What would you wear to Preakness? (The Baltimore Sun)
- Luca Missoni visited the Washington Design Center to debut the Missoni Home collection. (NBC4 Washington)
- Jessica Simpson is set to launch a maternity line. (Examiner)
- Get a sneak peek at Madewellâs Fall 2012 look book. (Fashionista)
Featured Photo Credit: Fashionista
- Ever wondered what happened to beloved 90s brands like Bonne Belle and Manic Panic? Racked shares the scoop. (via Racked)
- Ginnifer Goodwin wants to make fashion more accessible. (via Washington Post)
- It’s Friday! Learn how to perfect a smokey cat-eye just in time for the weekend. (via Cupcakes and Cashmere)
- Find out what Liz from So Much to Smile About’s beauty essentials are. (via Politics of Pretty)
- The organizers of Fashion’s Night Out have set dates for their 2012 festivities. (via Fashionologie)
- Interview magazine, well, interviews Francisco Costa. Did you know he studied accounting in high school? (via Interview)
- Guess what? The creator of the hilarious blog Suri’s Burn Book is a Washingtonian. Love it! (via Refinery29)
- The Unsewn asks, “What does feminism mean to a fashion blogger.” (via The Unsewn)
- The behind-the-scenes reality behind LPM’s new blog post shot by our newest photographer Laura Zucker definitely gave us the giggles. (via La Petite Marmoset)
Featured Photo Credit: Interview
- Learn what U.S. retailers are doing to lure customers away from their European competitors. (via Reuters)
- Off to the races? Liz from So Much to Smile About has some outfit recommendations for you. (via So Much to Smile About)
- Vyque from Fasshonaburu enlists the help of three local bloggers to show Fashiontonians how to look conference chic. (via Fasshonaburu)
- Is NYC beating DC in tech? (via Huffington Post)
- The New York Times featured local boutiques Muleh and Redeem in their “Independents in Washington” slide show. (via New York Times)
- The fashion week scheduling controversy has finally been resolved. Start booking those flights! (via Styleite)
- Have a Pinterest account? Wordpress has a plugin for that. (via WP Pinner)
- 175 years later Tiffany and Co. is still setting high standards. (via CBS News)
- Kate from Go Kate Shoot snaps pics of some dapper gents. Recognize one of them from "1Q2B"? (via Go Kate Shoot)
- Andrea from Fly introduces us to a cool new pop-up in Baltimore, MD. (via Fly)
- Who is the fashion industry backing in the 2012 election? (via Fashionista)
Featured Image Credit: Go Kate Shoot
- It’s more than obvious that Hillary Clinton has a thing for Chanel, or jackets that look like Chanel. (via Huffington Post)
- The Glossarie and So Much to Smile about team up teach us about makeup brushes. (via So Much to Smile About)
- Conde Nast revamps its internship program. Will other companies follow suit? Should they? (via Fashionista)
- Also on Fashionista, a list of the “25 Richest Billionaires in Fashion.” That’s right, “Billionaires” with a capital “B”. (viaÂ Fashionista)
- Maybe it’s “not easy being green,” but Tammy from A Loyal Love makes being green look oh so chic. (via A Loyal Love)
- Find out what iStrategyLabs’ DJ Saul wears to work. (via Washingtonian)
- NYC and FIT have partnered to launch a free mini-MBA program for fashion designers (via Forbes).
- Before you pack your bags (seriously, don’t) we would like to point out that the DC Fashion Incubator offers programs for Fashiontonians interested in learning the business of fashion (via DC Fashion Incubator).
- Going to NYFW? Refinery 29 demonstrates how NOT to behave (via Refinery 29).
- Can’t make it to NYFW? Fashionista shows how to keep up with everything from the comforts of your home, and a high-speed internet connection (via Fashionista).
- Why didn’t we think of this? Ashley In DC demonstrates how to create a DIY camera strap from a chain strap purse (via Ashley In DC).
- Style icon Iris Apfel reveals her number one style rule to Women’s Wear Daily (via WWD).
- Christian Siriano may not say “fierce” anymore, but he is doing just “fine” (via New York Times).
- From the looks of it there is “So Much to Smile About” when it comes to Spring style trends (via So Much to Smile About).
- Huffington Post UK explains why fashion trends are still relevant (via Huffington Post UK).
The title is pretty self-explainitary, but we’ll explain it anyway. In this series we will pose one question to two Washington, DC area bloggers to get their opinion on a particular issue. For our first post in this series we posed one question to the Lacey Maffettone and Elizabeth Fassbender, the founders of Capital Area Fashion and Beauty Bloggers (CapFABB). CapFABB is an organization with over 190 members that brings together local businesses, designers and bloggers. Who better to get the ball rolling, right?
Are bloggers journalists? If so, do they deserve press protection?
LACEY MAFFETTONE OF “A LACEY PERSPECTIVE”
When I first read this question I was actually in the middle of applying for press passes for several events here in DC. So, quite simply, are bloggers journalists? Yes. If I need to apply for a press pass like my fellow journalists then I am in fact a journalist.
Do bloggers deserve press protection? I don’t know if I would say “deserve’, like it is a prize or something they need. I think bloggers are such a popular source for inspiration/news, and looked at as trendsetters because of their individuality. If they were restricted to having to fit certain criteria to receive press protection I think that would contradict the whole purpose of bloggers…an individual voice and opinion.
ELIZABETH FASSBENDER OF “SO MUCH TO SMILE ABOUT”
I think that depends on how you define a journalist. In my opinion, there are many different kinds of journalists, not just reporters of editors. there are photographers and photojournalists, columnists, and broadcast journalists. Bloggers collect and share information in their own way, and so I think some may be considered a kind of journalist. However, I’m happy describing myself as a blogger and believe if you’re finding joy in what you do, it doesn’t matter what title you give yourself! That said, being a blogger doesn’t decrease the seriousness I bring to my work- there is no reason to think we aren’t as passionate, hard-working, trained, or significant as any other writer! And, so I think there is case to be made that bloggers deserve the same “press protection” given to journalists! Of course, that is a widely debated issue right now!
MAFFETTONE OF “A LACEY PERSPECTIVE”
Lacey Maffettone is currently one of many young professionals trying to make it in the crazy career path we call politics in Washington, DC. Not willing to sacrifice her love of fashion in our nation’s politically drenched capital, she began to write about personal style favorites on her website A Lacy Perspective. A blog centered around her ‘perspective’ on DC women fashion; weekly posts explore not only the role of fashion in Washington, DC but how to be chic and cost effective. Lacey also is a contributing Fashion Writer for GalTime.com and often guest posting on other fabulous sites. In addition, Maffettone is a Co-Founder of CapFABB (Capital Area Fashion & Beauty Bloggers) a group created to give DC Metropolitan area fashion and beauty bloggers a place to communicate, collaborate and meet. With 190+ members, CapFABB is making DC one stylist city. When she’s not providing readers the latest in what’s both fashionably and politically correct, you can find her shopping fearlessly in pursuance of the greatest deals and steals in the District.
ELIZABETH FASSBENDER OF “SO MUCH TO SMILE ABOUT”
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. When she is not working at her day job she loves taking photos, throwing theme parties, brunching, wearing fancy shoes, sipping on champagne, listening to jazz among other fabulous things. She believes that life is a beautiful thing, and there’s so very much to smile about.
Lacey Maffettone is hosting an event with Lucky Magazine this Saturday, Oct. 22 at the new LOFT in Georgetown. Go here for more information. By the way, it’s on this week’s “Go To” list.
If you are a blogger interested in participating in our next “1 Question 2 Bloggers” email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.