Last Wednesday fashion lovers in DC braved the rain to see The Man Repeller herself, blogger turned author Leandra Medine. Leandra has accomplished what thousands of fashion obsessed girls with a computer and a blog can only dream of. She’s one of the first to successfully turn her personal style blog into a wildly popular, money-making empire! That is very impressive to say the least. If the name still doesn’t ring a bell, this hilarious journalist coined the fashion term arm party. I received an email inviting me to meet Leandra prior to the book signing of her new memoir: Seeking Love. Finding Overalls and I was even more intrigued. I immediately came up with a list of things to ask.
The rain was heavy, traffic was absolutely ridiculous but somehow I made it on time. I’ll attribute me being “on time” due to the meet and greet starting later than originally expected. The invited bloggers gathered on the P.O.V rooftop terrace. After waiting a few minutes Leandra was quickly introduced and my was it extremely awkward! An upcoming designer presented Leandra with a personal gift. Her response was: “Ooh a black box. What I’ve always wanted”. I know it was an attempt to be funny but in my head, and because I need to grow up all I could think was oooh girl was that was shade?! Another blogger expressed her admiration for her and shared a personal eye brow story that you wouldn’t understand unless you actually read her blog. Surprisingly there was no formal way to ask questions and the other “bloggers” were so pressed to snap a picture that an interactive Q&A session was non-existent. Of course I had plenty to ask but Leandra was abruptly taken into another room to begin the book signing.
This left me with a very unsettling feeling and I was “over it” before the event actually started. Since I know I am easily turned off I had to “check my crazy” to make sure I wasn’t the only one that caught wind of the weird vibes. My gut was right. Other bloggers confirmed my suspicions. One who will remain anonymous mentioned that she thinks Leandra was sizing up the crowd and wasn’t pleased with what she saw. I’m not convinced that was the case. She seemed to be more than willing to take pictures with her readers and fans. Some of her non verbals could have been totally misinterpreted. Maybe she was overwhelmed. Maybe she was nervous. Maybe she’s socially awkward. Who knows. Once I noticed the mini-cupcakes from Georgetown Cupcakes I quickly forgot all about the encounter.
Attending so many great DC events has completely spoiled me. When I approached the bar and realized the signature cocktails were $10 my first thought after fixing my screw face was why isn’t this event open bar? Instead of a cocktail I opted for a $16 vodka tonic.
I occasionally read The Man Repeller site so it was great to see her in person but I was more excited that fellow beauty enthusiast, DJ Hannah Bronfman was spinning the event! I was honored to have the opportunity to speak with her.
She was very welcoming in person. Of course we chatted about her nails and how much I adored her Tom Ford inspired manicure. I failed to ask her about the designer of her striped and floral jumper but I thought it was adorable. Not much to say about my look since I was fresh from my 9-5.
I overheard several other people ask: “who’s the DJ”. I was shocked that most hadn’t heard of her (Google her). She has music in her veins and she kept the party rockin’. She played an eclectic, upbeat mix of hip-hop and pop music. Hannah is also the co-founder of the Beautified app. A beauty app designed to help with making last-minute beauty appointments from a list of hand-picked salons.
I downloaded the free app for which services are offered in New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. It appears that Boston, Chicago, Miami, and Dallas are up next on the list. I would love to see the app expand to the DC area. I think the idea is golden.
I also snagged the limited edition OPI Man Repeller nail polish.
At the event Hannah sported a multi-colored polka dot manicure that looks easy enough for me to try. Especially now that I’ve acquired this nail dotting tool. If it turns out well I’ll definitely feature the fun manicure in my Nail Files series. After chatting with Hannah I mingled with some familiar faces. The room quickly filled and before I knew it the event was completely packed. The lighting was horrible so the pictures I attempted to snap were trash. Shortly after I decided to call it a night. Overall it was a nice event.