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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 18TH, 2016
LOCATION: Women’s club of Roland Park
It’s been a week since I started my new position with Ella Pritsker and we have been nothing but busy!
Today, Ella was invited to Beauty and Bloom: A tribute to Flowers, Fashion, Food and Fun!
The event was held at the Women’s club of Roland Park; a prestigious institution that has been cherished for over 120 years. In 1896, 28 women came together to provide a center for cultural and intellectual pursuits and since then, the club has worked hard to maintain those principles and much more.
There were so many different vendors who were invited to showcase their talents. It was definitely a beautiful sight!
These are handmade, custom purses that look even better in person. This one in particular was purchased by my coworker and I was OBSESSED 😩
These hats were beyond gorgeous! I wish I would have gotten a closer picture for you guys.
Most of this jewelry is hand made which definitely stood out to me.
I didn’t get a chance to touch or try on any of these pieces but they looked beautiful from afar!
Who doesn’t love flowers?!
SUNDAY OCTOBER 16TH, 2016
LOCATION: Bonefish Grill
I got to spend my Sunday with these two cuties at their first networking event. They invited everyone they knew to come out to enjoy endless mimosas and a little small talk. It was a good mix of talented people sitting at the table and we all got a chance to discuss our brands and long-term goals.
We all agreed that Baltimore wasn’t the best place to pursue your dreams. There is so much talent and ambition amongst the young adults in our generation but not much opportunity is available where we are.
Charlie and Kitts Event Planning and Marketing business was created to bring those talents together to become something bigger and better. Each individual who works with the duo receives assistance with their business and/or any event they may want to host!
I had a great time! I was able to meet a few new people and talk business, while I enjoyed a drink…or 5 😂
Keep up with Charlie and Kitt on IG: @charlieandkitts
I want to send a big THANK YOU out to my good friend/client Daona Mckeever!
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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1ST 2016
LOCATION: Big Chief, NE D.C
Let’s throw it back to about 2 weeks ago when we attended #thehippiemixer
The event was held at the coolest location called the Big Chief. Art work was everywhere along with games like connect four and jenga. The brick walls made it hard for us to not take pictures.
They even had a rooftop where we decided to have a photoshoot!
Camo button up: The Children’s Place
Olive Leather Skirt: Zara
Converse: Urban Outfitters
Polka Dot Shoulder Bag: J. Crew (gift)
Photos by: Tonae Lee of Style Fanatic
MONDAY, OCTOBER 10TH 2016
It’s been about a week since I resigned from my position at Trunk Club.
My goal was to move out and into my own place by December, but at this rate I wasn’t going anywhere. I had no stable income and didn’t know how long this would last. I was devastated. All of my friends were starting their careers, moving out and transitioning into their adult lives. I on the other hand, felt like I was being left behind but I continued to pray and stay focused.
I decided that applying for unemployment would be the best decision at the moment. My dad even suggested it. I filled out the forms and faxed over my documents. About a week later, I received a notice in the mail denying my unemployment. Apparently, I hadn’t made enough money at Trunk Club to even qualify. I was a little confused, yet optimistic. Maybe this was a sign that I’d be receiving another job soon…
A couple of days later, I received an email from Michele at Ella Pritsker Couture. She mentioned that they were interested in meeting me and wanted to schedule an in person interview. This was great! I already knew I had the job before I even walked in. That Monday, I was hired right on the spot for the Executive Assistant position. She even invited me to the fashion show where her designs would be featured that night. She told me to arrive around 4:30pm to help prepare each look and dress the models.
It was about 4 in the afternoon and I was on my way to the show. It was being held at the American Visionary Art Museum; A super cool museum that specializes in self-taught artistry. I had been there once before but not for an event like this. I walked down the red carpet into a room full of balloons and upstairs to where all the models were getting ready.
Ofcourse, I couldn’t forget about all the amazing food they had. I was constantly smelling pleasant aromas from upstairs while preparing for the show. After awhile, I was finally able to sneak and grab a plate. I didn’t get too many pictures of all the food because I was too busy eating…but I’m sure you’ll get the point.
Now, who are the brains behind this amazing fashion show, you ask?
The beautiful and stylist Lana Rae; the founder and producer of the Fashion Awards Maryland and the the CEO of KIS Modeling Agency. She has been in the fashion and modeling industry for more than 15 years and has appeared on NBC television station WBAL-TV 11 news and also FOX 45 Baltimore, the CW Network and Comcast News makers.
Keep up with her and all her great accomplishments on IG @_Lanarae
Lastnight was amazing! I met so many different people and was able to get a taste of what my new position has in store for me. I’m super excited for this change and looking forward to working with a talented designer like Ella Pritsker.
Photos and video by: Me
Designer: Ella Pritsker of Ella Pritsker Couture
I want to give a big THANK YOU to my forever client/friend Briana Haden! She has done nothing but support me throughout each of my endeavors.
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TUESDAY OCTOBER 4TH 2016
Your favorite dynamic duo took on D.C once again in cerebration of Indie Fashion Week!
“Indie Fashion Week is a semi-annual series of events designed to highlight and showcase exclusive and/or original products from independent, emerging, and sustainable fashion collectives and houses.”
Last night’s event was “Stylish”; a styling competition with a special guest celebrity stylist. This was my first time ever attending, let alone hearing anything about Indi Fashion Week so I was super excited!
After about 20 minutes of searching for a parking spot, we finally made it to our destination. Traveling from Baltimore to D.C is really NOT the wave, but we always make it work. A meet and greet was scheduled to kick off the event at 6pm. Unfortunately, we missed it but made it just in time for the fashion show…so we thought. We ran straight upstairs to where the show was supposed to take place, only to see the models still prepping for the runway.
To kill some time, we ordered more than a few drinks and some food. About an hour had passed and the show still hadn’t begun. It was about 9pm by now and we decided to take matters into our own hands.
Even though the show wasn’t what we expected, we still managed to network and meet some new people from all over.
Be on the look out for where we might be next🙂
Video by: Tonae Lee of Style Fanatic