Beauty Chat with FabEllis

I’m no beauty expert, but I do love trying and sharing my latest product faves every now and then with my family, friends and WNJ readers. I mean what female do you know who doesn’t like trying new beauty products? ;-)

Today I have the pleasure of introducing you to someone who I call a beauty expert – Ashley of FabEllis! In the past, I’ve texted or messaged Ashley with questions regarding certain hair or beauty products. So I thought for my #summerwithnic series it’d be a great idea to have a beauty chat with FabEllis here on the blog! Aside from blogging about beauty, Ashley also covers topics such as natural hair and personal style over on FabEllis. That being said, I’m certain you’ll enjoy reading about Ashley’s beauty tips, must haves, and blogging advice!

FabEllis Beauty Feature



How long have you been a beauty blogger?

I have been a beauty blogger for surprisingly almost four years.

What inspired you to start FabEllis?

In late 2010, a great friend of mine suggested I start blogging.  At that time, I had no idea what a blog was, but she encouraged me to do so because I was passionate about beauty and she felt I had information worth sharing.  I mulled it over for a while and then started researching blogs.  One of the first blogs I found was GabiFresh.  I loved what she was doing so I figured I would give it a shot!

What’s your current skincare routine?

My current skin routine is using Neutrogena twice a day. I use their Pore Refining Cleanser and Toner and CVS Acne Fighting Moisturizer.


What are your 5 beauty must haves for summer?

-BB Cream

-Burt’s Bees Lip Balm

-Waterproof Mascara

-Lip Stain

-Eco Styler Hair Gel

What are 5 beauty must haves all women should own?

-MAC Select Cover Up Concealer

-Eye Cream


-Lip Balm

-A Rred Lip like MAC Ruby Woo


For women who like natural, every day, easy breezy looks, what are your must-have products?

BB Cream!  A lot of women do not have time to apply a full face of makeup.  My daily routine is BB cream, powder, blush and mascara.  Quick, easy and flawless!

FabEllis Beauty Faves

Spill the beans – what’s your favorite beauty trick or secret!?

My favorite beauty secret is simple.  Drink water!  Drinking water decreases excess oil from being produced on your face and overall, promotes clear skin.

Who are some of you beauty/or makeup inspirations?

One of my first and all-time beauty inspirations is my mother.  Her skin is flawless.  She taught me about drinking water and using a skincare system when I was in high school and I’m so thankful she did!


How do you define beauty?

When I think of the term beauty, I see it in two forms.  I feel that the topic of beauty includes hair, health, cosmetics, skin, etc.  As far as the meaning of beauty, I feel that beauty is the confidence with which you carry yourself and the personal things you do to make yourself feel and look good.

Any advice to those wanting to start a {beauty} blog?

 A lot of people who are interested in blogging think that you have to have everything in perfect order, the ideal camera and all of these things before starting to blog, but you don’t.  Great blogs start off with passion and most importantly with beauty, an honest individual.  For a long time, I only had my camera phone to take pictures, but my honesty and passion showed through even when my pictures didn’t live up to my ideal standards.

FabEllis OOTD



Instagram: @iamfabellis

Twitter: @iamfabellis


Google+: AshleyEllisFabEllis

Style + Lifestyle Feature: Karen of Your Stylist, Karen

Happy Wednesday! Today I have the pleasure of introducing you to the 1st blogger in my #summerwithnic featured bloggers series. :-)  Karen of Your Stylist, Karen is a style blogger and stylist here in the DMV area. I’ve had the pleasure of working and hanging out with Karen on several occasions. She’s a wife, a stylish entrepreneur and above all she’s a woman of faith. I’ve been a fan of her blog and style for a while, so it’s my pleasure to introduce her to you all. Check out her full interview below…enjoy!



Where are you from? 

I am originally from North Carolina but currently live in my husband’s hometown of Washington, DC.

How do you define your personal style? 

My personal style is feminine and bright. My style is an outward reflection of how I generally feel internally!

What are your 5 must have wardrobe items for the summer?

-A kimono for those breezy nights

-A maxi dress that can be dressed up or down

-A statement clutch that goes with everything

-A bathing suit that makes you feel amazing

- A pair of sunglasses that protects your peepers.

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Name 5 must have wardrobe staples every woman should own?

- A skin tone camisole (can be worn on it’s own or under something else) 

-The perfect pair of black pants

-A thin belt perfect to wear over or under many other staples

- A pair of jeans that makes you look good from all angles (dark denim is universally flattering)

- A plain white tee

About YSK

How long have you been a blogger?

I began blogging in 2012, one year after I got married. Blogging allowed me to express my creative side and also meet new friends, like Whitney! ;-)

What inspired you to start YSK?

Your Stylist, Karen is not only a blog but it is also my business. I recently launched my new website that highlights YSK, the business. I am a personal stylist and personal development coach that serves professional women.

Where do you see YSK in 5 years?

In five years, YSK will have successfully helped hundreds of women, on an individual basis, as well as through YSK LifeStyle workshops. YSK will have created at least three more service areas to help women style themselves from the inside out.

What’s the best and toughest thing about being a blogger?

The best thing about being a blogger is having the ability to reach and connect with so many people from all different walks of life. I’ve had Skype conversations with my blogger pals in other countries and collaborated with like minded women after meeting at conference, like Lucky FABB. The toughest thing about being a blogger has to be the pressure to stay consistent. I have so much I want to share with my readers but do not always have the time to make things “perfect.” My need for perfection can get the best of me and it takes me longer to post than I would like. Stick with me and I always come back with something useful!

Karen’s Lifestyle

What makes you happy & what inspires you?

Serving God by using the talents he gave me to draw more people unto him. It’s not as complicated as it sounds, I promise! I just go about my day being open and honest with those that I come into contact with and HE does the rest.

What are 3 things you do daily to maintain a healthy lifestyle?

1. I am working on portion size because I have learned that

even when eating healthy, there CAN be too much of a good thing!

2. I experiment with new recipes from “Skinny Taste”

and you can find some of my favorites on my Skinny Pinterest boards.

3. I love going to a nearby park and walking the trails.

Enjoying nature and staying fit allows for the perfect weekend combo.

As a wife, professional, and entrepreneur, how do you find balance in your everyday life?

Trial and error taught me some pretty awesome life lessons. My priority is my role as a wife so I know that my actions have to reflect that declaration. I make sure to put the computer down and actively engage with my spouse at the end of the day.


Any advice for someone who’s trying to find their passion and purpose in life?

Pray and ask for guidance if you are seeking YOUR passion and purpose in life. I emphasize YOUR because it is so easy to try and follow the path of someone else that you deem successful. You have a unique life path and nobody can do it better!

How can we keep up and connect with you?
Twitter  -


Thrifty Friend #15 | Rochelle, Rose Redd Said

Ever met someone who you clicked with right away? Well today’s Thrifty Friend is someone I clicked with instantly, via social media. Rochelle of Rose Redd Said has become more than a blogging buddy. I’m happy to call this strong, courageous and fashionable lady a friend. Thrifting seems to be a walk in the park to this ATL blogger and I’m so excited to share her thrifty interview and some of her amazing thrifted fashions with you. Be sure to check out her blog; her posts are always insightful, witty and true. Enjoy!


Name, Location & Name of Blog?

Rochelle Washington, Atlanta, GA.  “RoseRedd Said

How long have you been a thrifter?

I have been a thrifter my entire life!

Describe your style in 3 words.

Eclectic, vibrant, and metamorphic.


How often do you thrift and what are your favorite thrift stores in your area?

I used to only go thrifting once a month.  Even though the thrift stores are cheap, if you go all the time, you end up spending lots of money!  Now, I go once a week or so.  I set a budget and as long as I stay within my budget I get more thrifting time in!  My fave thrift stores are GoodWill in Douglasville, GA and Value Village in Atlanta, GA (Moreland Avenue).

How did you start thrifting? Did someone inspire you?

My mother is an avid thrifter and that rubbed off onto me (truthfully, I had no choice in the matter)!  We spent countless weekends scouring Atlanta and the surrounding cities for great thrifting and consignment merchandise most weekends of my childhood.


What are your top 3 thrift finds?

Oh goodness!  You’re making me search the catacombs of my mind for this question!  Since I have been thrifting so long, this is hard to answer – (1) Twin vintage telephone tables, (2) Adrienne Vittadini floral dress and (3) 1963 Edition of Reader’s Digest World Atlas.

What are 3 things on your spring must-thrift wish list?

High waist shorts, boyfriend jeans, and a crop top.

Are there certain items you will not thrift? 

I will not thrift panties or bras, pots and pans or mattresses.


Who are some of your style inspirations?

Solange, NeShanta of Style is She, Rita Ora, and Denise Huxtable.

What would you say to someone who wants to try thrifting but has no clue where to start?

I would say just start by going into the store.  Once you get in there, your shopping instincts will kick-in.  Only purchase items that you love.  Don’t buy something with the intention of altering it if you KNOW you won’t ever do it.  Don’t buy something with crazy stains.  Keep Dryell on hand for at home dry cleaning and be cautious with second hand furniture that has cushions.

How can the WNJ readers keep up with you?

Follow me at @rosereddsaid on Instagram and Facebook


#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.



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.


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!


::Other Bloggers Present::

Society of Curves {Coordinator of the Event}

Gingham in the City

The Natural Eye

Heart, Print & Style

Baby Teems

Thrifty Friend #6: Vivi

Welcome to a new and SHORT work week. :-) I’m counting down to 2 things – Thanksgiving and my 1st thrifting tour!  That’s all I’ve been thinking about lately. With all this thrift talk, it’s only right that I keep my Thrifty Friend series rolling and introduce you to a new thrifted fashion friend of mine! A die hard thrifter, Vivi is a Washington D.C. native and is also a DMV blogger. I can say first hand that she is an expert at styling vintage and modern pieces. When we met about 2 years ago, we instantly clicked and the rest is pretty much history. Vivi is my fellow blogging buddy, my DC travel partner in crime, and is someone who I can always count on to make me laugh! Enjoy her interview and don’t forget to visit her blog and all it’s greatness, here!


1. Name, Blog Name & Location?

Vivi. Heart, Print & Style. DC.

2. How long have you been a thrifter?

Way back in my elementary school days. Against my will, mind you. Thanks, Dad!


Skirt: Thrift (Under $10)

3. How did you get into thrifting? Did someone inspire you?

I really started to appreciate thrifting because of my sister. While she was in undergrad, she got deep into thrifting through her friends. I’ll see her in all these cute outfits and she’ll always go, “Got it from a thrift store. You should really start thrifting.” 

4. How often do you thrift?

Probably a few times a month.

5. What are some of your favorite Thrift Stores in your area?

Unique Thrift Store in Adelphi, MD. Village Thrift in Bladensburg, MD. Value Thrift Store in Landover Hills, MD.


Dress: Thrifted (Under $10)// Fascinator: Vintage (Mom’s closet)

6. What would you say to someone who wants to try thrifting but has no idea where to start?

I’ll tell that someone to start with accessories. That’s what I did; started scouring the purses and earrings section.

7. What items do you look for most when you thrift? Clothing, Accessories, Home Decor or a little bit of everything?

Mainly clothing. I usually make a beeline to the dresses, blazers or skirt/pant suits section (my latest obsession. Thanks, sis!). Of recent, been hitting up the home decor section. 

8. Are there certain items you will not thrift? If so, what?

Bras and panties. Definitely.


Yellow Blazer & Animal Print Blouse: Thrifted (Under $10)

9. What are 3 words to describe your style?

Simple, Subtle, (with splashes of) Prints.

10. Any fashion/style inspirations? Celeb or non-celeb?

Gwen Stefani’s style is everythang to me. Yes. Everythang. For a non-celebrity, besides my sister (awww!), I’ll go with Brittany of PocketsandBows & Atlantic-Pacific!


Blazer & Necklace: Thrifted

11. What’s the biggest misconception, in your opinion, you think people have about thrifting?

The whole ‘ick’ factor of wearing something someone has worn before. But remember, that’s why washer machines and dry cleaners were created.

12. Anything else you’d like to share?

Thrifting is an awesome experience. Once you start, you can’t stop.


Skirt, Bag & Belt: Thrifted (Under $10)

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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!


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


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Guest Blogger: Amberly’s Budget Friendly Spring Decor Ideas!

Hey everyone! It’s Amberly from A Slice of Glam here again!  This time I’m sharing with you all some tips on how to decorate your home for Spring!  Decorating for Spring does not have to break the bank.  You can add simple little inexpensive elements to bring in that feeling of fresh and new on a budget.  Here are some easy ways you can do that.


1. Add fresh flowers – Pick up your favorite flowers from your local grocery store or farmer’s market.  Get creative and mix different flowers and colors to create a colorful bouquet for your dining table or coffee table.

2. Throw pillows – You can either pick up some fabric from a hobby store and recover some old pillows, so go somewhere like IKEA or Target to find some fabulous pillows.  Pick colors that still go with the decorating theme that you already have, but choose a shade lighter.  For example if you have dark green as your color already, choose emerald (color of the year!) or mint.

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 3. DIY wreath – Pick a few pastel color artificial flowers and a ribbon in a fun print like gingham or paisley to tie around the wreath.  Add to your front door or patio!

4. Greenery – Don’t have a green thumb?  Purchase a few succulents and place them in the window of your kitchen or on your coffee table to add some freshness to your home!


Thanks so much, Amberly! It’s always nice to get decorating tips from this blogger. She’s super creative & stylish and has guest posted for me before. (see post HERE) If you decide to incorperate any of these tips in your Spring decorating, please send pics!! We’d love to see and share them! XO! 


Guest Feature: Frugal, Flirty & Fab

Hello, friends & welcome to another week!

This week it is my pleasure to feature a blogger who knows how to look fly and fashionable, while on a budget. I’m always intrigued by fashion/style bloggers who can look fashionable without breaking the bank, hence the reason I love to thrift so much. Read the interview below and get to know Ms. Frugal, Flirty & Fab herself, Deidre. She has quickly become one of my favorite bloggers and I just LOVE her feminine sexy and fashion-forward style! Enjoy!



1. How long have you been blogging?

I started blogging back in 2009 after one of my coworkers thought it would be a good idea to share my fashions with others.

2. What are 5 of your favorite items in your closet?

My current 5 favorite items in my closet are (1) my houndstooth dress, (2) black sheer dress, (3) vixen thigh high boots, (4) acid washed high waist jeans, and (5) my baby blue blazer.


Houdstooth Dress: Ross, $14.99


High Waist Jeans: Burlington, $20

3. What are your favorite stores?

My current favorite stores are ASOS, 2beStores,JcPenny, Burlington, Sears, and I love quaint boutiques.

4. How would you describe your style?

I would describe my style as Feel Good Style because that’s what’s most important to me when I make a purchase. How I feel about what I bought.

5. Do you have any “style crushes”? If so, who & why?

My top Style Crushes are Jennifer Lopez because she keep it sexy and knows without a doubt how to dress her body, Solange Knowles because of the statement she’s making with prints and the impact she making on the fashion game in general, and Gabrielle Union because of the confidence she has with her style.


6. How has blogging helped you as far as your style?

Blogging has taught me not to take my style so seriously and to just enjoy being in the moment. It has also helped me take risk and try things maybe normally I would not have been comfortable wearing.

7. What are your 3 must haves for the Spring?

My Spring Must haves are anything Color, Anything Print, and Platform Sandals!

8. How do you find such GREAT deals??

To come across Fab finds one must be patient, be able and willing to search, be willing to pick up the one thing everyone else passed over, and be willing to think outside the box and make that thing your own.


9. Any tips for how to bargain shop?

Be patient, Be willing to stalk if necessary, always purchase at the sale or discounted price.

10. Anything else you’d like to share, feel free!

No matter how you go about it just make sure to have Fun with Fashion!


~Be sure to follow Deidre at the links provided below~