Monday, August 30, 2010

Fashion Show REVIEW

The Fancy Little Things Fall Fashion Show last Thursday was definitely a success. Relic in downtown Bethesda was PACKED with faces old and young, and to my surprise, there were a good amount of male faces present too.

The wait time for the start of the fashion show was a little lengthy, but the wait was well worth it! I got the chance to chat with a few people and exchange business cards before the show, while sipping a glass of white wine (discounted of course).

The fashion show itself was pretty good. I would have liked to hear more of a detailed description of the pieces worn and maybe more about the designers, but in any case, the MC (aka the official "hype man" for the models) was very entertaining (pictured below):

Host Melanie (@sisarina) with Jason, the MC (@coolmcjazz) and Robin the Co-Host (@polishedimage)

Hopefully next time around the venue will be bigger since there was such a great turn out!

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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Fancy Little Things Fashion Show, TONIGHT!

After work today, I will be headed to Relic in Bethesda, Maryland for the Fancy Little Things Fall Fashion Show, hosted by Polished Image (@polishedImage) and Sisarina, Inc. (@Sisarina). The show is now SOLD OUT and the dozens of guests in attendance are being asked to donate to a great cause: New Endeavors by Women.

The fun begins at 5 pm and will include happy hour specials (yaayy!). The designers featured in this year's show are listed below. Pics from the show and a review on the event will be posted later! Happy Wednesday : )

- Sangree 

- Red Sprinkle

- Zophia Collection

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Essence hires a new face...

Essence is celebrating their 40th anniversary with their September issue, continuing their mission to empower Black women.

Amidst their celebration, they are also making a very bold statement, a statement of inclusivity and acceptance. With arms wide open, the magazine welcomed a new face as the fashion director... and this face happens to be that of a white woman, Ellianna Placas.

This recent move has stirred up mixed reviews from Essence supporters. If the magazine's mission is to empower Black women, why isn't this crucial position filled by a Black woman who can best iterate fashion and beauty from a Black woman's perspective? On the other hand, what is wrong with a little diversity? If the woman is the best person for the job, why discriminate because of the color of her identity? Didn't Blacks fight (and still fight) to get the same respect?

Angela Burt-Murray, Editor of Essence, assures the public that the mission of the magazine has not changed and that is the important thing. Will this actually hold true in the hands of a non-Black director?

What do you think? Comment here.

(Read Robin Givhan's article from Sunday's Washington Post.)
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Friday, August 20, 2010

Pre-Order NOW!

If you would like to pre-order this fragrance at a discounted price, send me an email!

Hurry before the deal ends!!

Monday, August 16, 2010


Summer's almost over but I want to share with you two books that were a part of my summer reading list: I'm Down by Mishna Wolff and Pretty Little Dirty by Amanda Boyden. They are comical and light-hearted,yet eye opening books that can be read simply for relaxation. The best way to get your mind off of the stuff happening in your life is to delve into someone else's drama... (of course this should not apply in real life) You can read more about the books below!

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The first book, I'm Down, is the memoir of Mishna Wolff, who was apparently an extremely awkward White girl who grew up in a predominantly Black neighborhood. The book chronicles her journey through her younger years as she struggles with her self-identity and tries to find a place (or group of people) to call "home." This book is truly HILARIOUS and very well written. It also opens your eyes to the commonalities of Whites and Blacks in America provoking the larger question: What does it really mean to be American?

The second book, Pretty Little Dirty, is a little more serious but equally enjoyable. The main character, who grew up in a less than perfect living situation (to say the least), lives in the shadow of her "perfect" best friend and her "perfect" family. The two teenage girls try to find their individual identities as they explore the dangerous worlds art and love.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Upcoming Events

Here's a list of upcoming fashion/beauty events that I will be attending in the DC area. More event details will be posted as the events draw near. Hope to see you there!

- August 21st: Street Glam 2010 Fashion Show in downtown Silver Spring, MD from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM. RSVP required, $25.00 for general admission and $50.00 for VIP

- August 25th: Fancy Little Things Fall Fashion Show at Relic in Bethesda, MD from 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM.

- August 27th: Martini and a Makeover at BlackFinn Bethesda from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM.

- September 10th: Diane von Furstenberg Trunk Show at Wink Boutique from 6:00 PM - 11:00 PM.

- September 11th: Champagne and Couture from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Pics from Phillips after 5

This event was a success, not only did I complete a scavenger hunt that won me a Neiman Marcus gift bag and a Jason Wu lookbook, I had the opportunity to meet and talk with Rachel Cothran, the founder of Project Beltway! Here's a pic of us at the entrance of the museum. She's wearing Vena Cava.

I also chatted with two of the models sporting Jason Wu. They were really nice : )

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Jazz, Wine and Jason Wu

Tonight I will be attending Phillip's after 5, a weekly happy hour event in Washington D.C. I am SUPER excited because not only will there be food, live jazz, and drinks, fashion designer Jason Wu will be highlighting several pieces from his Fall/Winter 2010 Ready to Wear collection. And I also heard GREAT things about the event location, The Phillips Collection. It's a museum located on the corner of 21st and Q.

Pics and event details to come! In the meantime, below is a look at Jason Wu's line.

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Friday, August 6, 2010

Rachel Zoe is back : )

I was SUPER excited for the premiere of The Rachel Zoe Project! Eating disorder or not, Rachel is fabolous! I would love to spend just one day in her closet.

The episode was, of course, filled with pointless and perhaps scripted drama (something about a close friend ruining the company)... It wouldn't be reality tv show without it. The best part of the premiere was the Demi Moore shoot for the cover of Harper's Bazaar magazine. Below is a pic of the incomplete Marc Jacobs outfit that Rachel was dying to use for the shoot, which I'm sure is more gorgeous in person.

And here is the chosen pic for the cover of Harper's Bazaar... Btw, how in the hell did Demi balance in those Alexander McQueen's??

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Philanthropy at it's best....

I'm so excited to finally introduce a project that I've been working on for about a year now. I have established a non-profit organization in Maryland called The Coalition for Real Beauty.

Stay tuned for details on how you can become a member or donor!


Alessandra : )