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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*Linkups: Lovely Thursdays & Style Elixir

#BLMGirls – Bloggers Like Me

Ever since I was a kid, I enjoyed my me-time. I would work on puzzles and word searches for hours on end, by myself. But as an only child for 15 years, I also had another side. I enjoyed, and still enjoy, being apart of a team or group. From soccer, lacrosse, newspaper and other social groups, I was all about groups & teams during my school days! Not much has changed – at 27, I still get excited knowing that I’m apart of a group/team that supports positivity, (digital) sisterhood and blog building.

That’s why I’m happy to share some pictures and highlights with you from the Bloggers Like Me (BLM) DMV (DC, MD & VA) meetup. I’ve mentioned this blogging group a few times before. It’s such a wonderful, welcoming and uplifting group of women who enjoy blogging, networking and learning.

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This past weekend, some of the BLM girls from the DMV area met up for our 1st meetup of 2014 at Eatonville Restaurant in DC. Aside form the delicious food, we had a really good time catching up and talking about everything from current events, to fashion, to blogging trends. The girls, all bloggers/or vloggers (YouTube), have a specific niche so it was nice to be at a table with people who had various interests.

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Elle, of Eat Style Play, was the winner of the surprise giveaway!

As you can probably tell, I’m all about inspiring and being inspired. It can be tough to fine genuine connections and people who inspire you these days. Although not everyone you meet has to be your best friend, it’s imperative to have some sort of positive outlet in life. It’s stimulating, it’s healthy and necessary for personal growth.

What do you think – are genuine connections important to you? Are you a loner or are you a grouper? Let me know! Thanks for reading and I’ll be back tomorrow. Be blessed and stay safe…XO!

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::Other Bloggers Present::

Society of Curves {Coordinator of the Event}

Gingham in the City

The Natural Eye

Heart, Print & Style

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Thrift with Nic Tour

I’ve been holding in some pretty amazing news and I think it’s time to let it out. I’m beyond excited to announce that I’ll be embarking on my 1st Thrift with Nic Tour next week! This tour is the start of, the 12 Days of Thriftmas.

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It’s no secret – I have a passion for thrifting  and I love a good deal! So Kia Motors has graciously partnered with me to make this all happen. For 3 days, I’ll be trecking across the Delaware, Maryland, Virginia area and hitting up the best thrift stores, in hopes to gather some GREAT goodies for Christmas. This tour is the beginning of something great and I’m so thankful that Kia has agreed to work with me. Kia is known for creating reliable and reasonably priced cars so what better way to travel than in a Kia?!  Check out the list below is a list to see some of the thrift stores I’ll be visiting.

Delaware:

Goodwill, Smyrna

Sister’s Bargain Cleanouts, Newark 

Maryland:

Goodwill, Rockville

2nd Avenue (Value Village), Columbia

Virginia:

Village Thrift, Woodbridge 

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As you can see, I will be on-the-go! I’m so happy that the hubby is coming along with me. He’s agreed to be my navigator, photographer, videographer and travel companion. My little sister will be joining us once we hit Maryland so things are going to be action packed! I’ll be sure to update some more you before and during the tour so be sure to follow me HEREHERE or HERE.

If you’re in either state (DE,MD or VA) shout me out and let me know if there’s a spot I need to visit. If you’d like to meet me there, that’d be great. Just let me know and we can make it happen. :-) Until tomorrow, be blessed…XO!

**Linkup: Thrifters Anonymous **

Goodwill Goes Glam!

If you know anything about me, you know that I have a LOVE for all things thrifted and vintage! So of course when I was invited to the Greater Washington’s Goodwill Gala, it was a no brainier – I was going! After last years amazing runway show and popup shop, I knew this year would be just as enjoyable!

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goodwill1 (2)Well I was exactly right. The show, full of glitz and glam, was fantastic from start to finish. In keeping with the The Art of Fashion theme (hence the comic book artwork pic above), the luxurious and sequined outfits that pranced the runway were a perfect fit! If I wasn’t an avid thrifter I’d be doubtful that such amazing pieces came from the Goodwill. Just looking at the shots below, would YOU think the items were secondhand?

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There were luscious golds, metallics and silvers, beads, sequins and furs…I was just in vintage heaven! I felt the looks were perfect for the upcoming holiday season. The gold sequin mini-dress (pictured below) would be ideal for a Christmas party or gathering. And let’s not forget about the hair and make-up. Both were impeccable – the bouffant and flip hairstyles fit the vintage clothing and theme perfectly!

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Not only were the fashion show outfits enjoyable, but the stylish spectators were a joy to look at as well! I was particularity smitten with one attendee. She wore a black and white, vintage inspired fascinator. I had to stop her and snap a pic. Don’t you just love it??!! I think I need to find one!

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Catherine Meloy, the CEO of Goodwill of Greater Washington, looked fantastic in her mini dress! Whenever I see Catherine, she’s always dressed chicly fab. Yes, I made up that term, lol! Last year, she wore a black and lace vintage dress. This year, Catherine went for the glam and the sequins. I love them both but I have to say this years look is my favorite of the two. I also loved Lisa’s pink, vintage inspired dress. The dramatic collar and the color had me at hello!

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It was also great to enjoy the show with my blogger buddy Vivi (Heart, Print, Style). We always have a good time trotting around in DC. I wish I had a pic of our outfits because were were both rather cute that night, if I do say so myself. ;-) But there were some camera issues on my part so, yea…no outfit pics of us this time around. All in all, the show was a success and I was happy to apart of such a wonderful event. Fashion and a good cause always makes for a fun event! I can’t wait to see what next year has in store. :-)

**Linkups: Friday Fab Favorites, c/o Style Elixir**

The Blogalicious Experience

This past weekend, I traveled to Atlanta to attend the Blogalicious Conference. If you ask me to describe the event in one, or two, words I’d say, LIFE CHANGING. Not only did I acquire a wealth of knowledge about blogging, branding and social media, but I also learned quite a bit about myself. Huge thanks, hugs and kisses to my blogger big sis and friend, Nae (I Choose the Sun). You suggested and talked to me about this conference waaay back and I am so grateful for you!

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In keeping with the theme, Create. Build. Fund., I attend sessions such as Book Smarts: Publishing & Marketing a Book, Blogger Professionalism: Maintain Professionalism in Blogging, and 10-Step Intensives: Practical & Insightful Expert Talks. While the sessions were great, I must say my favorite part of the weekend was listening to Amy Dubois-Barnett, Editor-in-Chief of Ebony Magazine. During her speech, she was very candid while explaining her struggles and success. Dubois also shared with us the importance of prioritizing your own happiness  - if anything, that stuck with me! As much as we want to make others happy and be there for family and friends, it’s important to take care of ourselves first. Here are a few more “Dubois-isms” I tweeted during her speech.

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I also had the pleasure of meeting Blogger and plus-size fashion blogger Marie Denee of, The Curvy Fashionista. Marie was part of the expert blogger panel and she shared a wealth of information on how to stay on top of your blogging game. Later that weekend, Marie also emphasized the importance of getting out of your own way. Check out a few tweets I shared - panelists Amy Mascott (@teachmamma) and Leticia (@techsavvymama) were mentioned as well. 

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photo (2)The good times continued as we celebrated the 2nd season of the hit show, Scandal, hosted by Xfinity’s Celebrate Black TV (CBTV). I am a HUGE fan of the show and I usually enjoy the suspenseful, fast talking scenes in the privacy of my own home. I like it that way because there are no distractions – just me, my popcorn and my Harrison. ;-) But I must say that watching the show with a group of excitable and anxious fans was a lot of fun! The decedent hor’dourves and signature Blogalicious drink helped make the event even more enjoyable! Check out the pics below. I am still gawking over the amazing setup – FABULOUS!!

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Blurry but, this is what I wore to the Scandal Premier Party!

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As the days went on, I continued to enjoy my time by attending several other sessions and participating in other activities.  Adrienne Bailon, host of The Real, stopped by to talk about her upcoming movie, In Love With a Church Girl. It was a pleasure to see how open and personable she was. She shared a bit of her background with us, which was a hilarious yet relatable story, and also talked about how she’s planning on recording an album in the near future. After the event, she made herself available to take pictures and autograph the novel. Since 3LW and Cheetah Girls I’ve been a fan so needless to say, I was a bit giddy when I got the chance to meet her. Adrienne kindly smiled, gave me a hug and proceeded to pose for a picture. Me, ha! I stood there grinning in awe like a little kid. SMH! Leave it to me to have that reaction, LOL! But nonetheless, meeting her was delightful!

photo (6)Including the Swag Bag I received the first day, I’m still swimming in samples from Colgate, ORS and more! But I’m not complaining – I plan to put them all to good use. ;-) Speaking of samples, I was also able to sample/test drive the new Kia Sorento. Let’s just say despite the crazy ATL traffic and few potholes, this crossover vehicle was super smooth the entire time! I was especially impressed with the rear view camera; something I could definitely use in my car, lol!

All in all, I have to say that I left the conference feeling empowered and motivated. I also left with a few more blog buddies as well – hey Baby Shopaholic, Yolanda & Brilliance of B! ;-) It’s always nice to connect with people who share your same passion(s) and who are just as motivated as you are. With the help of Blogalicious, I now have an even clearer and more concise vision of my personal and blog goals. Thank you Blogalicious for providing such great sessions and activities – this weekend is indeed one of the best and most productive I’ve had in a long time.

Enjoy the rest of the pics! :-)

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Swag Bag heaven!

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Smiling at the Colgate Optic White Party with my roomie, blog sis, and friend Ashley (FabEllis)!

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Me & the lovely, Marie Denee!

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Smiling with Ashley, Brittany & Yolanda at Kia’s closing reception!

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Snapshots of my & my new hairstyle. ;-)

**Linkups: Stylelixer & The Pleated Poppy.

 

Bloggers Like Me in the DMV

Hey there! I hope everyone’s having a good week. In today’s post I want to share a few pics of my eventful weekend!  If you follow my blog, you know that I’ve been super excited about the Bloggers Like Me meetup. Well on Saturday August 31st, several BLMers joined together right here in the DC/MD/VA area(s) at The 201 Bar for an unforgettable “Experience”!
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The founder of the group, Leslie (Fashion Du Jour) enlisted the help of me and BLM Girl Karen (aka Your Stylist Karen) to host this lovely event. We were all so thrilled with the outcome—there were there bloggers who traveled from DE, VA, and even NC! 
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The focus of the meetup was to network, build REALationships, and learn about branding. The fabulous Arsha of Brand, Build, Sell shared her expertise on branding and I must say she nailed it! Her presentation was not only insightful, but easy to follow and fun. I left there feeling so inspired and so ready to take my brand/blog to the next level!

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All in all, the event was a success. The feedback from the group was positive, the staff at the venue was great and the food was on point! Events like this remind me why I love being a blogger so much. It’s great to take pics and write up posts, but the true essence of being a blogger is networking and building lasting relationships. That’s really what Bloggers Like Me is all about and I’m so thankful to be apart of the group. If you’re interested, feel free to contact me and I’ll be sure to pass your info along. DSC_0089DSC_0103 (1)DSC_0086I hope you all enjoy the rest of the pics. Be blessed and stay safe!

~Whitney

P.S. Huge thanks to my hubby who served as the photographer for this event…love ya babe! :-) 

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Did You Know…?

Happy Sunday, friends! I usually don’t post on Sundays, but I have some great news about an upcoming event. On August 31st, the Bloggers Like Me organization is hosting a its first event, right here in the DMV. There will be simultaneous events happening in LA, GA and NY, so, if you’re in one of those areas, feel free to join us!

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As a BLM Girl I’ve been able to forge wonderful relationships, both working and personal, and I’ve actually been able to meet quite a few new bloggers. It’s such a blessing to be a part of this group—I literally feel like I have 1,000(+) “digital sisters”! :-)

When Leslie, the founder of the group, asked Karen and me to host the DMV BLM event, I was honored and accepted right away. This event is going to be packed with networking, a branding presentation, fun games, swag bags, and MORE! Even if you aren’t apart of BLM, you can STILL attend. Also, if you’re thinking about starting a blog, but don’t know where to start, this event is a GREAT way to kick start your blogging career.

Well, I hope to see you all there!! Feel free to contact me with any questions. Take care and be blessed!

~Whitney

P.S. Below are the links to the DMV event, as well LA, ATL, and NY. Feel free to register there if you live in one of those areas!

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