Flavor of Fashion: 08.14.14| Tailored and Bowed

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Street Intell and Fred Events have joined forces to not only entertain but educate the DMV on a few of the rising trends in Menswear Fashion.

Come out and mingle with some of DC’s most stylish people and experience the different Menswear trends in a mini showcase from a few dapper and chic individuals.

There will be food, drinks and style galore at this event. So make sure you’re photo shoot ready, bring your friends, and prepare to have fun at this exciting and new fashion networking mixer.

 

RSVP for this FREE event here!

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Special Guest Brands include…

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DC based image consultant, Norris Phillip has a fresh new take on men’s fashion with his polished yet approachable aesthetic. Norris works with clients to create high fashion looks at retail prices that can carry any gentleman from board room to the lounge in comfort and confidence.

Image consulting goes beyond wardrobe changes, fashion is the first step in Norris’s agency, Shuffle Designs’ image plan. Norris works with you to improve all areas of life by discussing posture, poise, conversation and how to approach the fast-paced, ambitious lifestyle that is inevitable in the DMV.

Want to learn more? Check out http://www.shuffledesigns.net to get started!

 

 

 

 

bespokeJames Hackley is the owner and Chief Style Officer (CSO) of Bespoke Not Broke. Bespoke is a wonderfully unique men’s boutique that specializes in vintage and upscale resale clothing, shoes, and accessories.

The company was launched to help bridge the economic gap that has always existed between the “haves” and “have nots” when it comes to fashion and style.  Many of the unique items found on the site are directly linked to being owned by professional athletes, doctors, lawyers, lobbyists,  Congressmen and C-level business executives in the Washington D.C. area. However, Bespoke also makes regular trips from coast-to-coast scouring many of the Nation’s best consignment, vintage and thrift stores in search of elusive custom pieces.

Take a further look at http://www.bespokenotbroke.com

 

 

 

nikkiNicolette Orji also known as Nikki Billie Jean is the Founder, Owner & Designer of Billie Jean Bowties and Designs she is also the Editor-in-Chief of the popular fashion blog AllThingsAnkara.com. She is the Nigerian-American designer in charge of Billie Jean Bowties & Designs, an African menswear inspired accessory line that caters to both men, women, and children. Her sense of fashion is inspired from the 60/70s era, her  African roots and celebrity singer Janelle Monae.
Find out more about this amazing stylish, designer and blogger by visiting http://www.nikkibilliejean.com

 

08.02.14 | Sanaa Fest


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The Sanaa Project is a movement created for artists by artists to promote creative expression by highlighting the struggles and triumphs of artists. Monthly parties served as the social aspect of the movement which provided an organic and sincere atmosphere that fostered a creative culture and fellowship among like minded individuals.

Sanaa is dedicated to ensuring that artists have access and exposure to the work and efforts of other artists within their communities. The Sanaa community strives to uphold a non-elitist standard where artists of all backgrounds may feel welcomed and celebrated. They believe in the power of networking, and encouraging artists to build and share—creating a self-reliant artist community. 

Check out our feature to get a more in depth look at this DC Based underground collective.

Sanaa has expanded into an annual festival and oAugust 2nd from 12-8pm a variety of musicians, artist, painters, poets and bands will come together to host the first ever SANAA FEST 2014.

New York based poet Falu will be this years special event host.The festival’s theme this is “Identity”, specifically touching on the under representation and misrepresentation of “The Artist”.

Hosed in and around the Mt Rainier artist loft of3311 Rhode Island Ave, Mt. Rainier Maryland the Sanaa tribe will be use the outdoor space to create an electrifying atmosphere of great music and elevation.

The festival will include live musical performances and DJ sets, 3 indoor curated art exhibits, Poetry, live painting, vendors, food trucks as well as information booths for several local non-profit organizations who do good work in the community.

Because Sanaa firmly believes in economically accessible art therefore this festival will be free 100% free however they will be accepting donations that will go directly towards advancing the aims of the Mousai House  (an organization created as an underground haven for artist; they provide free art programs, discounted music lesson and other educational resources for the community). For more information visit Mousai.org

We’ll meet you at the 2014 Sanaa Festival!

 

 

06.28.14 | Vinofest DC

20140627-155128-57088540.jpgCalling all wine enthusiasts! Make your way to Union Market this Saturday, June 28th for an electrifying day full of food, art, music and of course Wine!!!

Featured musical performances include Jesse Boykins III, Body Language, Jetty, SEE-I, Eric Hilton-Thievery Corp, Clairy Browne and the Bangin’ Rackettes, Sugar Bear & EU, Bonnie Rash and DJ Spinser Tracy.

The day’s events are brought to you by Vino Lovers, a personalized wine subscription experience that helps patrons discover lush yet affordable boutique wines.

Don’t miss out on this event, get your tickets now at VinofestDC.com

Style Feature | Rayona Jeffries

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NAME or Alias: Rae Nechelle

INSTAGRAM (OR TWITTER): Instagram: @rae_nechelle

ZODIAC SIGN: Sagittarius

ASPIRATIONS: I aspire to be strong enough to follow GOD’s plan for my life… whatever that may be. I want to be a Style Icon for my generation; we need to bring back Queens because we have enough Badd B**8#es.

HOBBIES: I have a passion for styling so in my spare time I enjoy making Mood & Style boards. I also enjoy modeling, shopping for trends, volunteering and creating new concepts.  Oh and of course burning my fingers gluing and cutting old stuff, LOL.

STYLE INSPIRATION: Mira Durma, NiNi Nguyen and Music. If I wake up listening to Lil’ Boosie I’ll most likely leave out the house Tom Boy Chic. If I start my day with Beyoncé I’ll give the people Glam Goddess for the day, LOL.

FAVORITE ACCESSORY: Gaudy Necklaces. I only purchase statement pieces, that spruce up simple looks.

DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE: Unconventional; I dress for the occasion or the mood I’m in. I take no more than 10 minutes to put a look together. Style is second nature for me. To me style is simple, not hard. Some people make it hard by trying to keep up with designer labels. I dress by the motto “Less Fashion, More Style!”

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE FASHION SEASON?

Fall only because “The September Issue” told me so, LOL. Fall is the challenge season. You get a chance to play with layers; pairing leather with hints of fur; skirts and shorts with tights and boots. I live for the chilly nights; long sleeves, boots, leather jackets, and bold lipstick… YES!

NAME ONE CELEBRITY CLOSET YOU WISH YOU COULD RAID:

That’s a no brainer: RIHANNA!  Her style is unconventional and daring; you never know what you will find in her closet. 

SHARE ONE FASHION BRAND YOU SIMPLY CAN NOT GET ENOUGH OF:

Currently digging Jeremy Scott’s work with Moschino, If you follow the brand you’ll know why.

WHAT’S YOUR STREET INTELL:

I am currently finding my way while expressing myself through my passion for styling, fashion and creativity. My faith in God will lead me to my destiny; I am building a brand that will launch spring 2015. Whatever I plan to do with my life God will be first; with him all things are possible. I will be the example to the next generation that you do not have to have it all figured out. You can be whatever you put time into being. You don’t have to be a product of your upbringing, you can beat the odds. I know I have a gift, once I nurture and invest in it my name will speak VOLUMES. I will then use it to give back and help save a life, because someone saved mine.

05.23-08.29 |2014 Jazz in the Garden Summer Series

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May is here and the official first day of summer is right around the corner. That means lots of great opportunities to explore the city.

One local attraction to take advantage of is the 2014 Jazz in the Garden summer series, which hosts free jazz performances in the National Gallery of Art’s Sculpture garden.

Each an every Friday beginning on May 23rd enjoy the sound of an array of Jazz artist while basking in the summer sun.

Visitors are welcome to bring blankets and lounge out or take part in cocktails and food from the outdoor café.

This summer series is a popular attraction for the after work crews and families so be sure to arrive early to clam your spot.

Every Friday, May 23 to August 29, 2014 5:00-8:30PM
Sculpture Garden | 7th and Constitution NW, Washington, DC
The nearest Metro stations are Archives/Navy Memorial, Smithsonian and Judiciary Square.

Summer Line Up
May 23 Elikeh Roots (Afropop)
May 30 Bruce Ewan (Blues)
June 6 Juanita Williams (Blues)
June 13 Deanna Bogart Band “Blusion,” (Blues Fusion)
June 20 Speakers of the House (Baltimore Boogaloo)
June 27 DC Jazz Festival (Various Genres)
July 11 Rick Whitehead Trio w/ Chris Vadala (Sax) Jazz Trio
July 18 Tom Williams (Electroacoustic Music and Composition)
July 15 Incendio (Latin Guitar World Fusion Jazz)
August 1 Miles Stiebel (Contemporary Jazz Violinist)
August 8 Origem (Brazilian Jazz)
August 15 Swingtopia (Big-Band Swing)
August 22 Seth Kibel (Woodwind Jazz)
August 29 Dixie Power Trio (Zydeco, Cajun, and Louisiana Funk)

Behind the Brand: The International Natural Hair Meet-up Day (@INHMD)

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Adeea Rogers, better known as ‘The Trendy Socialite’, is the visionary behind the world renowned and highly anticipated International Natural Hair Meet-up Day.

Adeea has been a corporate event planner for 14 years and has also managed to plan other exclusive events but INHMD is her biggest endeavor yet. She is currently employed at East Carolina University as the Assistant Director of Marketing for Student Involvement and Leadership.

We had the pleasure of sitting down and speaking with Adeea as she shared a bit of her personal journey and provided some details on the wonderful things ahead for this year’s event.

Adeea first got the idea for INHMD after attending the 2011 World Natural Hair Show held in Atlanta, Georgia. While there she stated being “over-whelmed, inspired and excited all at the same time.” Although she didn’t know much of anyone there, she shared how the atmosphere emitted a sense of familiarity that made the environment so welcoming. Upon leaving the hair show she took that feeling with her and decided that events like that need to happen in her area. Upon returning home she immediately got to work on providing that experience. She hosted her first couple events and began connecting with other natural hair organizers across the country. It was then she realized that many of them weren’t having the same experience like she had at the World Natural Hair Show. She also recognized that there were many emerging natural hair brands that needed more exposure within her community. So she thought “everyone has meet-ups all throughout the year but how impactful would it be as a community to have them all happening at the same time throughout various cities?” This idea is what birthed the International Natural Hair Day.

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International Natural Hair Meet-up Day (INHMD) is an annual one-day event where women from across the world come together to collaborate, connect and celebrate the beauty and versatility of natural hair. The INHMD platform was created to provide women —and men, with the opportunity to join together in solidarity to uplift one another through the exchange of information and networking. Communicating virtually through a variety of events held around the world, INHMD provides a unique experience for the entire natural hair community and any healthy skin or  hair enthusiast  to join in.

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This year’s events will take place worldwide in 60 US cities and 5 international destinations to include Paris, France; Amsterdam, Holland; Toronto, Canada; Tokyo, Japan and Saint George’s, Grenada. All events are happening on Saturday, May 17th , 2014 at separate times or simultaneously. Each city’s host will  provide a select experience that they would like to bring to the community.

 

Adeea has dedicated much of her time to teaching and training city hosts on providing more than just another “typical” natural hair meet-up she wants everyone to receive a full bodied experience. Therefore, attendees can look forward to creative events that reach beyond the standard natural hair meet-up. Some of this years events will be fashioned as social mixers with refreshments,  Natural Hair fashion shows, and even an outdoor festival. You can visit INHMD and check out what exciting event will be happening near you.

This year’s returning title sponsor is Koils By Nature, which is led by the amazing Pamela Jenkins.  Attendees of the DMV area event will have the opportunity to meet Pamela as well as Adeea, but not to worry no one will miss out on the excitement because there will be live Tweeting and Facebooking using the hashtag #INHMD throughout the day’s events.

Tickets are still on Sale but moving fast! You can  purchase yours here today.

 
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Adeea has also dedicated this year’s events to a special initiative called INHMD Cares, which is a call to action that challenges participants to think outside the box and give back a small portion of what they have received as a result of being a part of INHMD. For the main initiative Adeea is asking attendees to bring one NEW Natural hair care product of their choice to be donated to either a nursing home, women’s shelter, service member overseas or extended care facility.

The second initiative is as a result of the recent passing of two amazing young women within the natural hair community. Just last month Blogger, Karyn Washington of For Brown Girls and Natural Hair Vlogger, Domineque Banks of Long Hair Don’t Care, passed away at only 22 and 27 years of age. Adeea made it her mission to raise awareness and has instructed every event host to have some sort of informational session with speakers or pamphlets on mental health, suicide prevention and lupus awareness.

 

Adeea’s Street Intell:

@TrendySocialite“We really want people to know we are concerned about your health. Your mental health, your physical health; we’re concerned about your soul and your mind. You’re more than just a body at an event. I’m really privileged that I’ve been given this platform to show some people the love of God in this tangible way.”
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