The Beyonce Art Show

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Earlier this month Pretty Girl Cupcakery hosted their weekly Friday Cupcake Happy Hour and Late Night event featuring a Beyoncé Inspired Art Collection. As a proud member of the DMV “Bey Hive” I had to pop in to see what the show had to offer.GMozel

Baltimore raised artist and painter G. Mozel
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Armed with only my iPhone, I attempted to capture the greatness of this piece based on the July 2013 cover of Flaunt Magazine.
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Unfortunately I have no place to hang this artwork but if you do all of these pieces by G Mozel can be purchased online.

PrettyGirlCupcakeryPrettyGirlCupcakeryHyattsvilleAfter viewing the art I had to indulge in some sweet treats. I went for the deliciously, rich double chocolate “flawless” cupcake. R&B singer Chrisette Michele was recently in DC and she raved about the cupcakes!

If you haven’t already be sure to check out Pretty Girl Cupcakery 5606 Baltimore Ave. in Hyattsville, Maryland

Conversations With June Ambrose

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 A woman that needs no introduction! I’ve sung her praises on this blog numerous of times! As of April 2014 I can scratch one thing off my bucket list and confidently say that I met celebrity stylist, author, and rock mom extraordinaire June Ambrose! Thursday afternoon Brandice Henderson, CEO and founder of Harlem’s Fashion Row brought HFR’s popular “Conversations With…” series to  DC at Howard University. June Ambrose was the featured speaker for the launch of the 2014 McCafe Design Competition in conjunction with HFR’s newest initiative Harlem’s Fashion Row University. The design competition is open exclusively to HBCU students. The competition celebrates and encourages the next generation of fashion designers of color to pursue their dreams and provide them with access to the fashion world’s elite.

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 I didn’t know how this day would come about but for years I’ve dreamt of one day meeting June. It didn’t cross my mind that I would ever have the opportunity to have a sit down discussion with her. Yes you read that right! I INTERVIEWED JUNE AMBROSE! Little ole’ me with no formal media training, publicist, manager, or glam squad. Just a girl that with a blog, ideas, alot of faith, and tons of ambition. Inquiring minds already want to know so let me just throw this out there: Yes, I was extremely excited! No, I wasn’t nervous. Yes, I critiqued the heck out of everything I could have changed and executed better during our sit down but who cares about alladat it was my fairy style mother (in my head) in the flesh!  In the brief time I had I asked some burning questions about family and work life balance, what keeps her grounded, must have qualities for those who want to join the Juniverse, and advice on breaking into the industry. Check out the video!

Shortly after my chat with June the series was set to begin. Brandice led an informative, yet candid Q & A discussion with June on the lack of diversity within the fashion industry. I hate that video was prohibited during the session because it was soooo good! When June shows up, she shows out! Her vibrant personality mixed with sound fashion wisdom and humor was captivating. Throughout the 2 hour series her witty one-liners proved why she belongs back on television! She is literally one huge ball of energy!

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From the back of the auditorium I tapped away on my iPhone taking notes until my battery died.

7 Things I Learned From June Ambrose

1. Assume that people are always watching.

2. Anything you do should be glamorized. Everything in life should be a party.

3. Styling is about branding. The key to styling is attracting the right kind of attention to your brand. Can you tell a story and create dialogue through an object?

4. Don’t get into [fashion] to be famous. If you do great work you will be celebrated.

5. Don’t allow society to dictate what you become. Control how you are perceived. Use digital platforms and social media to tell your story.

6. Don’t be afraid of yourself. Get rid of fear and build confidence.

7. Never forget that you are worthy!

After dropping precious words of wisdom June was gracious enough to stay and take “selfies” with most of the students up until her car arrived. As I watched all I was thinking is:  I CANNOT believe this is actually happening! As if the Q&A wasn’t enough, students were also treated to complimentary McCafe beverages. The event was absolutely perfect! I couldn’t leave without snapping some pics of stylish attendees.

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HFRDCHowardUnivestityDCSpecial Thank You to June Ambrose, Harlem’s Fashion Row, Howard University, McCafe, and LuxeLife Media, Inc. Indeed a life changing experience that I will never forget! I must say aint nothin like an HBCU! Aspiring fashion design students be sure to check out Harlem’s Fashion Row University.

Now Playing: I Am Woman Mix

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Jam Alert! In honor of Women’s History Month DJ/Fashion Publicist Kitty Cash released her I Am Woman Mix exclusively for BuzzFeed. The mix honors the woman she is becoming and pays homage to her music influences. The highlighted songs from artist like Brandy, Mariah, and Beyonce take you through a specific journey of her womanhood, while challenging and bringing awareness to a few ideas that women, including myself, are constantly faced with such as: compromise, sexism, sexuality, vulnerability power, perception and success. Thanks to my girl Kimee for putting me on! I’ve had this mix on repeat all day. Take a listen and let me know what you think.

Casino Style

MarylandLiveCasinoIn the past it was unlikely that women would find themselves in the casino on a night out but online versions of casino games like poker, slot machines, baccarat and roulette have made this activity much more mainstream now. As sites like Gaming Club have become more popular, trips to the casino are ideal for girly nights out. Even those who aren’t that keen on gambling have found that the casino can offer a lot for nights out but the question remains- What should you wear?

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Blo Dupont Launch Party

TV Personality and Fashion Designer Whitney Port and Blo Dupont owner Maha SharmaFriday night TV personality and fashion designer Whitney Port hosted the Blo Blow Dry Bar launch event with Blo Dupont owner Maha Sharma. Port and Sharma invited a mix of stylish beauty writers and blow-out aficionados to celebrate the grand opening. Event hostess kept glasses full of my favorite champagne Veuve Clicquot Rosé along with sweet treats from Frosting A Cupcakery.

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In between bubbly and cupcakes I had a chance to speak with Whitney about the event and fashion of course! Take a peak at her accessories and booties by Rebecca Minkoff.

WhitneyPortAccessoriesRebeccaMinkoffWhile I skipped the complimentary services for the night I was sure to chat with one of the stylists about how the bar operates. Blo is the Original Blow Dry Bar, opened in 2007. Scissors are verboten. Dye, ditto. No cuts, no color: Just wash, blow, and go! Hair Cadets (aka Clients) choose from 7 styles featured in the Blo Hair Menu, from the sexy razor-straight “Executive Sweet” to the runway-inspired “Pillow Talk”. Admittedly, I was skeptical if they were able to handle straightening my 3C natural hair. I was assured that all of the stylists were up to par. With services starting as low as $40 I’m thinking it’s a must to make an appointment soon.

Blo Blow Dry Bar DupontCircleDCBlo Dupont 2126 P Street, NW Call 202.293.2256 or email blodupont@blomedry.com to make an appointment! Not in DC? Click here for more Blo locations across the country.

Read more about the Blo opening event on DC Fab! Photo credits: TheSeventhDistrict.com, Paul Morigi/Getty, Joy Asico

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