Borrowed and Blue

Here on The Seventh District I share bits and pieces of my life in DC. In support of all things local I recently had the opportunity to chat with Borrowed & Blue, the online resource for planning Washington DC weddings all about blogging, my personal style, and life in DC.


I was so excited when I stumbled across The Seventh District because Naseya’s blog covers everything. Whether it’s local events in DC, fashion and beauty posts, or travel narratives you’re into, The Seventh District has something for everyone. Our Borrowed & Blue readers are going to love her because she’s got the low-down on all things local, a bunch of handy beauty and fashion knowledge, and amazing posts about her travels—make sure you read about her most recent trip to Dubai! I’m thrilled that I was able to chat with Naseya about her aesthetic, her work, and her favorite haunts in the DC; I can’t wait for folks to check out this Q&A and get a sense of her fabulous blog. –Helen, Borrowed & Blue’s Washington DC Market Specialist

Give us a sense of your style in six words (or fewer, if you like!)

I’d describe my personal style as chic, contemporary, clean cut with hints of minimalism.

How did you get started as a blogger?

I started reading music and fashion blogs back in college (2003/2004) when it was practically unheard of. Over the next couple of years celebrity gossip blogs exploded. My friends and I would exchange links obsessing over celebrity looks, must have beauty items, and places to visit. When I moved to DC in 2008 I took to the net to find things to do and I came up short. There weren’t many helpful resources geared towards women like me. After contemplating I decided to start my own and share things I thought 20somethings living in DC (and beyond) would want to read.

Do you have any other favorite DC bloggers?

Blogging has allowed meet so many amazing and supportive women. I simply adore Krystin Hargrove (formerly, I call her my blogger boo. The girl rocks vintage like no one else and she always SLAYS her pictures.

If you had to pick three pairs of shoes to wear for the rest of your life, which would you choose?

Is this a trick question?! How can a girl live with only 3 pair of shoes! If that were even humanly possible I’d have to rotate between my nude Christian Louboutin Elisa heels, my leopard print Sam Edelman loafers (because you know leopard is a color of course) and my red Jordan Spizikes.

Do you have a favorite brunch spot in the DMV? Or a favorite place for dinner?

My favorite brunch is wherever bottomless mimosas are served! DC has tons of brunch options and I try to hit as many as I can. Cava Mezze on Capitol Hill has a great $30 all you can eat brunch/1 cent mimosas brunch with amazing entrees. And I’ll forever be a regular at Busboys and Poets. I love the food and the vibe of that place.

What five objects are always in your purse?

I hate a junky, heavy bag so I only carry the essentials-my wallet, my must have C. O. Bigelow lip gloss, rat tail comb, cocoa butter lotion, and my phone charger

Your nails are always on point. Do you do your manicures at home, or do you have a particular salon that you love?

Thanks for the compliment! I’m absolutely obsessed with nails and nail art so it’s a little mix of both. I keep up my manis regularly at home but when I want something fun and unique I try out creative nail tech that I’ve stalked on Instgram. I recently stumbled across a nail duo at Nail Candy Shop. I love their artistry. You know they have to be good for me to drive all the way to Columbia, MD.

What are your go-to clothing brands, and where do you like to shop locally?

I’m not big on brands. I buy what I like but one thing is for sure, Ralph Lauren and BCBG have never failed me; definitely my two favorite clothing brands.

I do most of my shopping online but on any given day you can catch me shopping at Tyson’s, Friendship Heights, or Georgetown.

Describe something that sets DC apart from other cities you’ve lived in.

DC is the city I’ve lived in the longest as an adult and it is much more diverse than Atlanta or St. Louis. I love all 3 cities I’ve lived in for totally different reasons but there’s no place like DC. It’s a cocktail combination of power, affluence, history and culture.

So there you have it! I love sharing bits and pieces of my life in DC. I hope my new and long time readers got a chance to get to know me better. Be sure to check out Borrowed & Blue, the go-to guide for finding Washington DC wedding venues.



  1. Shane
    03/22/2016 / 12:32 PM

    Of course this is AMAZING because you always come to serve and slay for the haters! Please keep providing greatness for all!!

  2. Lisa Cole
    03/22/2016 / 3:37 PM

    Great comments about the things u like! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Nicole
    03/30/2016 / 8:35 PM

    Thanks so much for reading! I appreciate the comments.

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