The Fashion of Goodwill – Greater Washington Goodwill Fashion Show 2014

Whenever there’s an event involving thrifting, a good cause, and a breath taking venue, I’m there. Thursday nights Greater Washington Goodwill Gala & Fashion Show was exactly that! This is my 3rd year attending and I must say, this year was my favorite! The event took place at the new Marriott Marquis on Massachusetts Avenue in Washington, D.C. – this hotel is simply stunning.

Their theme this year, “Let’s Get to Work” focused on showcasing fashion in the workplace. This theme also celebrated Marriott Marquis Job Training Program. The Goodwill of Greater Washington partnered up with the Marriott Marquis to create this workplace development program which allowed native Washingtonians a chance to work at this brand new hotel. Some of the employees took a walk down the runway that night – they were filled with excitement and a lot of spunk. Of course, they were dressed in head to toe Goodwill. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a shot of them walking, but check out this site for a glimpse.

 

BEFORE THE SHOW

I was thrilled to attend the event with my D.C. event partner in crime, Vivi of Heart, Print & Style. She and I have attended this event together for the last 3 years. Both avid thrifters, we marveled at the items available for sale Goodwill Popup Shop. I especially enjoyed the pretty jewelry and hats, but was most smitten with a particular vibrant and stylish lady. She was so cute and her vintage beaded jacket was divine! When asked to take a picture, she smiled and said, “I’m all thrifted up, dear!” How cute? :-)

As far as my outfit for this occasion, I went for a chic yet thrifty look. I paired my Nordstrom jumpsuit with my thrifted jacket/blazer. I’ve been dying to wear it and I felt what better event than the Goodwill Fashion Show to showcase this thrifted beauty?! I wasn’t the only fashionable blogger there. Check out my fashionable blogging buddies in the pics below!

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Jacket/Blazer: Goodwill, Annandale Locaton // Jumpsuit: Sejour, Nordstrom (Same) // Heels: DKNY, DSW (Similar) // Clutch: Fly By Night Boutique // Earrings & Watch: Thrifted, 2nd Avenue

 


 THE FASHION OF GOODWILL

True to the  with the “Let’s Get to Work” theme, the Goodwill models all dressed as if they were going to work! Some fashion choices were more conservative than others, but I liked the mixture. Some outfits were more casual workdays, while others were outfits you’d wear to a work related evening event. Stylist Tu-anh did a great job styling. Below are some of my favorites looks.

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So tell me, have you ever been to a Goodwill fashion show? What do you think about the “Let’s Get to Work” fashion? Let me know! 

It’s always a pleasure to attend the Greater Washington Goodwill Fashion show. I can’t wait to see what’s in store for next year. Thanks for reading, and have a wonderful weekend!

P.S. Thanks to my hubby for these wonderful pictures! :-)


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WNJ Inspires – Oprah’s The Life You Want Weekend

I’ve been a fan of Oprah for years. To say that she had some impact on my life would be an understatement. When I was younger, I remember watching her talk show with my mother and grandmother after school. I really didn’t understand much, but I did know that Oprah Winfrey talked to a lot of famous people and gave away a lot of cars, lol. As I got older, I began to enjoy and learn from both her celebrity and non celebrity interviews. I also began to understand her passion for wanting to share her knowledge and wealth  with the world. By high school, I was fascinated with peoples life stories (famous and non famous), and I also really enjoyed interviewing people for the stories I wrote for my high school newspaper. I thought I was on my way to becoming a mini Oprah. ;-)

As the years passed, I blazed my own trail and continued to pursue my dreams of becoming a journalist (all while keeping up with Oprah, of course :-) . I continued to watch her talk show and read her books. Looking back, I was able to fulfill some, if not most, of my journalistic goals. And here I am today a blogger- the new age version of a journalist, lol. I’m still writing and I’m still living out my dreams, just like Oprah.

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So imagine my excitement when I was contacted about covering both days of Oprah’s The Life You Want Weekend Tour as media! Excited much?! I had to read the email several times for it to sink in. I am BEYOND grateful and excited about this news. To be in the same room as Oprah is one thing, but to be able to soak up her wisdom is another. And to do so as press/media? Yeah, pretty much a dream come true.

Oprah, along with Iyanla Vanzant, Deepak Chopra, and 3 other “Life Trailblazers” will be a part of this event as well. I’m in for 2 days of inspiration, motivation and life changing moments. I am ready to receive it and I cannot wait to share my experience with you all! 


So tell me, have you attended or do you plan to attend Oprah’s The Life You Want Weekend in your city? Do you plan on attending the one in DC? Let me know! 

Be sure to follow me on social media. I will be sharing my 2-day experience with you on all my social media outlets. Wishing you a blessed and productive day. Until tomorrow, stay blessed and be safe…XO!

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Spread the News – Nic’s Picks Summer Shopping Event

Happy Friday! Just popping into let you know that my vintage online shop is hosting it’s 1st summer shopping event next month! I’m really excited about it and I hope to see all my DMV (DC/MD/VA) readers there. This free event is one of many to come! Check out the details below.

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Aside from the fantastic items available for sale, there will also be cute finger snacks and sips – I LOVE a good snack while shopping, don’t you? ;-) My goal is to make this event enjoyable and relaxed.


So tell me, will YOU be attending Nic’s Picks 1st shopping event? Have you been to a shopping event before? Let me know! 

Don’t forget to register for this event! :-) Also, feel free to share the above flyer with your social media friends using the #shopnicspicks hashtag – the more shoppers the merrier! If you’re in the area and are planning to attend, be sure to drop me a note so I can look for you. Thanks in advance for your support. Until Monday, be blessed and stay safe…XO!

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Curves Rock Fashion Weekend Fashion Show Recap – Showcasing Plus Size Women in a Positive Light

This past weekend I had the pleasure of attending the Curves Rock Fashion Weekend Fashion Show. This was my 2nd time attending the show; my 1st time was 2 years ago, thanks to the tickets I won from The Curvy CEO! This years show was held in my hometown of Baltimore, Maryland at the Hyatt Regency downtown. The show was hosted by the hilarious Tionna Smalls who’s been seen on VH1′s reality television series What Chilli Wants, as well as the talk show Bethenny. Her jokes, dance moves and high energy kept the show going as the fabulous creations that graced the runway.

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Sisters & Co-Founders – Founder Tykesha Reed & Chanell Jones // Host – Tionna Smalls (Middle)

I’m always happy to see plus size women showcased in a positive light. Sometimes women are seen as unhealthy because we’re plus size and that’s not (always) the case. There are also the mindless assumptions of those who think plus size women can’t be stylish because, well we’re “too big”. The Curves Rock Fashion Weekend Fashion Show clearly silenced the naysayers and I for one was happy to be part of such an event. Co-founders and sisters Tykesha and Chanell did an excellent job in selecting the plus size designers to be showcased. Some of the collections had me  gripping my wallet because I literally wanted to snatch a few of the designs off the racks after the show, LOL! Take a look at some of my favorite pieces and I’m sure you’ll understand. ;-)

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See what I mean?! Wallet clutch worthy, right? ;-) I loved the movement and fabrics used in the above designs. I was also able to capture a few videos from the runway. I uploaded those on Instagram -  one of my faves is the flowy Marco Hall floral dress.There were other talented designers represented on the runway as well. Below is a full list.

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Ashley Stewart

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Dreams by Danielle

Marco Hall

MiMi Dre

Niq Nicole’s 

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Siobahn Peay

Tru Dive Designs

Wanda Newby (Featured Designer)


So tell me, which of the looks I posted is your fave? Have you ever been to Curves Rock Fashion Weekend? Let me know! 

I can’t wait to attend next year. Although I didn’t attend the other weekend festivities, I definitely enjoyed the fashion show. I was able to mingle with a few of my blog buddies, visit and shop the vendor tables, and of course take in some incredible fashions. ;-) Until tomorrow, be blessed and stay safe…XO!

P.S. Don’t forget to link up your recent outfit to my Personal Style Linkup! :-)


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Event Recap – 5 Things I Learned from the Blogger Week Unconference

Lately, I’ve been quite the social butterfly. My past 3 weekends have been spent event hopping, socializing and networking. This past weekend I had the pleasure of attending the Blogger Week Unconfrence in Silver Spring, Maryland. I served as an ambassador and was there to not only learn more about blogging, but also represent the Bloggers Like Me (BLM) group. I really enjoyed being an ambassador and spreading the word about BLM. I also enjoyed hanging with me partner in crime, and other BLM Ambassador, Karen. We always have fun when we get together! ;-)

If you’re thinking about attending the Blogger Week Unconfrence next year, I highly suggest you do. There were several well respected and knowledgeable panelists who shared their social media, blogging and networking smarts with us. If you need more convincing, check out the 5 things I learned from the Blogger Week Unconfrence.

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1. To build you brand, networking is key. I met dozens of bloggers and social media experts at the Unconfrence and although this is not my 1st conference like this, it still amazes me how much networking can help grow your brand. I was able to connect with several like-minded individuals who I may potentially team up or work with in the future. I also handed out more than 35 business cards, leaving a lasting impression on all those I met. If you want to successfully build your blog/business, events and conferences like this are the way to go!

2. “More people want to see you succeed than you know. Humble yourself enough to ask for help.” - Amanda Spann. During her talk on Content and Communication, Amanda dropped this little nugget and it sparked something in me. Blogging is a passion and while I enjoy it, it’s hard-work and I do not know everything. Humbling yourself to ask for help not only helps solve whatever issue you’re having, but it’s also an opportunity to forge a lasting relationship with someone in your field. You can’t beat that.

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3. Social Media is Forever Changing…KEEP UP! Social Media Strategist Kumi Rauf made this very clear during his segment. As bloggers, we have to stay up-to-date on the latest changes in social media. There’s pretty much no way around it, unless your blogging just for fun…which is just fine :-) Staying connecting with your audience via-Facebook  is a bit tougher these days due to all the changes their making. While this is true, attending the Unconfrence helped me see there are things I can do to be successful at using Facebook as a blogger. By the way if you’re not following Kumi, I think you should. ;-)

4. To be successful, you have to step outside of your comfort zone. For awhile, attending conferences and events like this seemed a bit intimidating. I even felt a tad bit unsure when I was asked to serve as an ambassador and represent for BLM. I’m a confident person, yes. But when you have certain responsibilities that can positively or negatively affect a group of people, uncertainty may rear its head. AS I said before, blogging is my passion but I don’t know everything. And that’s OK. Opportunities like this help you grow, learn and above all step outside your comfort zone. I was beyond honored and thankful that Jessica, creator of Blogger Week, and Leslie, BLM Girl creator, trusted me with such task.

5. Hanging with blogger friends never gets old. All the “serious” stuff aside, the best thing about the Blogger Weeek Unonference was hanging out with my blogger buddies. Reconnecting with fellow bloggers and meeting new ones is always a treat for me! I’m a people person  so anytime I can chat and catch up, it’s a good time. I loved seeing so many women (and men) in one room with the same passion and desire to take their blog/business to the next level. It was very inspiring and refreshing.

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So tell me, have you attended any blogger conferences or meetups lately? Are you looking forward to attending any in the near future? Let me know! 

I hope this post provided insight on the Blogger Week Unconference. Again, I really enjoyed myself and walked away feel very inspired. Thanks for reading and I’ll talk to you tomorrow – be blessed and stay safe…XO!

Event Recap – The Boulevard of Chic Fashion Rally {Baltimore’s 1st Fashion Truck Event}

This past weekend, I had such a wonderful time attending the Boulevard of Chic Fashion Truck Rally. As a fashion lover, small business owner and a native Baltimorean, I was delighted to be one of the VIP fashion bloggers to cover this event. After all, I’m all for supporting small businesses and bringing fashionable and enjoyable events to the city.  I’ve been reading and hearing about the popularity of fashion trucks for quite sometime so, to see the trucks “in action” was a real treat! As soon as I entered the event, I was greeted with a smile, a VIP goodie bag and directed to our blogger tent. Talk about 1st class service. ;-) I met a few bloggers in the beginning and they were nice enough to snap a picture of me in front of the step & repeat. Cute, huh?! ;-) 20140501-083107.jpg

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Of course, I made time to support a few of the fashion trucks by purchasing several pieces of jewelry. My 1st stop was Side Dish, a mobile boutique offering really cute and trendy pieces. It was really a struggle to stick to my pre-planned shopping budget; their “side dish” items were that inciting! I also had to hold myself back when I visited  Diamonds by Sonja. Her mix of fashion and handmade jewelry was amazing. I ended up falling for and buying a seahorse ring (pictured above). Fabulous and unique, I know. ;-)

 

So tell me, have you been to any fashion truck events in your area? Have you heard about this “fashion truck takeover”? Let me know!

All in all, the Boulevard of Chic event was a success and I’m grateful to have been apart of their 1st fashion truck rally. Thanks to Alyssa for reaching out and treating me like a true VIP. I can’t wait to see what’s next because whatever it is, believe I will be there! Until tomorrow, be blessed and stay safe…XO!

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Nic’s List – 4 Events in the DMV Area that You Should Attend

There are so many upcoming events in the DMV area so today on Nic’s List, I plan to give you the scoop on a few that are on my radar! From fashion to blogging, I’m sure there’s an event below that you’d be interested in attending!

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1. Be Victorious Grand Opening Celebration. Lead by one of the most hardworking and inspiring women I’ve met, Be Victorious was founded on the idea that everyone has the ability to lead, succeed, and try new things. With over 10 years of pageant experience, founder Victory Mohammed and her team is pleased to announce the opening of their studio in a BRAND NEW location! I’ve had the pleasure of working with Victory on several occasions and she is dedicated to helping young women become strong leaders of tomorrow. Join her and the BV team on April 26th as they celebrate this NEW venture – there will be food, fashion shows, shopping and MORE! { register for this free event HERE. }

2. Yours Mine Secondhand Shopping Soiree. This shopping event, held in DC, is happening tomorrow morning! I’ve participated as a vendor, selling various vintage pieces from my Nic’s Picks collection, and each event is quite an enjoyable experience! If you’re in the mood for shopping, cocktails and great company, come out and join the #YMSSS team for a morning/afternoon of all that and more! { register for this free event HERE }

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3. The Business of Blogging. I found out about this event while surfing Eventbrite and I was delighted to see fellow DMV blogger Krystin, the blogger behind Be Loud Be You, apart of this panel. I’m always up for leaning more about blogging and the fact that this event will shed light on the business side of blogging should be very informative! If you’re a blogger in the DMV area, be sure to check out this April 24th event. { register for this free event HERE }

4. Blogger Week. The final event I want to share is one I’m honored to be apart of. The 2014 Blogger Week is kicking off in a few weeks and I’m pleased to announce that I’m a Blogger Week Ambassador. This un-conference event is innovate and perfect for those who want to learn more bout blogging, but don’t have the time or money to travel to a conference. The week of April 28th, Blogger Week kicks off with twitter parties, Google hangouts, link parties and more…all ONLINE! There will be a mixer and an all day event on May 2nd but the majority of this conference happens right over the computer screen. There’s still time to register so check it out! { register for this event HERE }

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So tell me, do you think you’ll be attending any of these upcoming events in the DMV area? Do you have any events that you’d like me to know about? Let me know!

I hope you all have a great weekend! Be sure to keep up with me on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook – I’m always updating there. Until Monday, be blessed and stay safe…XO!

2014 Goodwill Runway Show – Delaware

Happy Thrifty Thursday! Today I want to share a visual recap of the 2014 Goodwill Runway Show, hosted by the Goodwill of Delaware & Delaware County. Last Friday, they presented their 4th annual runway show at the Sheraton South in Wilmington, DE. Fellow blogger and friend, Antionette (DE Divah Deals) invited hubby and I to come so of course, we jumped at the opportunity! Anything involving thrifting giving back and the Goodwill, we’re there! Check out the visual recap of the event blow! :-)

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*Pop Up Shop Goodies*

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*After the Show* 

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GORGEOUS detailing on this thrifted gown!
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BLM Girls! (Antionette)

All in all, the show was a lot of fun. All the models had great energy, the styling was on point, and the items for sale were fantastic! I actually purchased quite a few things – I’ll be sharing those next week in a video. :-) Thanks again to Antionette for the invite. I can’t wait to attend next year!

So tell me, have you ever been to a Goodwill Runway Show? Were there any looks from the show that you liked? Let me know! 

I hope you enjoy the post and the pics. Be sure to check out Antionette’s recap too! Until tomorrow, be blessed & stay safe…XO!

P.S. Don’t forget to grab your FREE ticket to my 1st in person thrifting event, HERE

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