#FearlessWoman Feature | Leslie Hendricks Young of Bloggers Like Me & Fashion Du Jour

When I started blogging there were a handful of bloggers I leaned on for advice, tips, and just regular everyday inspiration. Leslie Hendricks Young, founder of Bloggers Like Me (BLM Girls) and Fashion Du Jour was one of those few people. She’s still someone (and one of the few bloggers) I can call a friend to this day. The BLM Girls is a collaborative of women sharing ideas, building relationships, and celebrating each other through blogging, social media and meet ups. Leslie is not only the head of this ever-growing community, but she’s also the mother of 4 beautiful children, the God-fearing wife of a preacher, freelance writer, blogger, and stylish women entrepreneur on the go living in California.

Leslie is truly a woman of God and lives her life with purpose. She’s done an outstanding job of bringing together a community of female bloggers and given us a platform to talk and grow through the world of blogging, business and much more. I’ve worked with Leslie on several occasions and she’s always full of wonderful ideas and is ready and willing to help others at a moments notice. She loves being a mommy and a wife and I’m forever grateful for her advice on how to maneuver through life as a young newly married Christian wife. She is without a doubt a #FearlessWoman and it’s a pleasure to introduce her to you all. Enjoy the interview and be inspired!

Bloggers Like Me

What’s a typical day for Leslie?

A typical day begins with getting out of bed, washing my face brushing my teeth and drinking a bottle of water.  I make myself a cup of coffee, say a short prayer and begin waking the kids up.

What inspired you to create Fashion Du Jour and Bloggers Like Me (BLM)?

I was inspired to create Fashion Du Jour because I’ve always enjoyed dressing up and I wanted to begin documenting my outfits.  I also wanted to share spiritual tidbits with women and thought using fashion as a vehicle would make sense.  I started Bloggers Like Me because I found that there were so many successful bloggers who I could not relate to.  From what it appeared, they had money to blow and no responsibilities.  I could not relate.  It was a struggle to find other bloggers who were living my reality so one day I decided to start a group for bloggers like me.

Who are your top 3 women inspirations, famous or non-famous, and why?

I am inspired by many women for different reasons.  I am inspired by Michelle Obama for her courage to be herself even when the whole world wants her to conform to be and acting like someone she’s not.  Case in point, her appearance on Black Girls Rock.  I am inspired by mothers/wives raising families with 4 or more kids in a loving and patient way! Period. There’s nothing more to be said.  Third, I admire my mom.  She got saved in her latter years and has changed her life.  I am proud of her and I thank God that she now knows in whom her trust and faith should lie.

Leslie - Bloggers Like Me

One piece of advice you have for women entrepreneurs? 

A piece of advice for women entrepreneurs is to never stop learning and don’t be afraid to ask for help. There’s power in setting your pride to the side.

What is your definition of a #FearlessWoman?

My definition of a #FearlessWoman is someone who knows who she is and where she’s going.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

In 5 years from now, I see myself in better shape in every area of my life.  I will have a strengthened family, faith, healthy and purpose.  I will continue to put in the daily effort it takes to get there.

How can we keep up with you?

Blog // BLM Girls // Facebook // Twitter

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LifeStyle Feature | Marie Young of GoodLooknOut

I’m really excited about today’s post because it’s another installment of my LifeStyle Features here on WNJ! I met this blogger at an event in D.C. 2 (or so) years ago. I remember thinking to myself, “she’s the cutest pregnant woman…ever!” I soon realized that her warm personality and sweet spirit matched her outer beauty.

Marie, creator of GoodLooknOut, is your “your (online) big sis who’s always lookin’ out”! GoodLooknOut is a site that keeps you up to date with the latest trends, introduces you to the hottest bloggers, and points you in the right direction for great meals, entertainment and so much more. Trust me when I say, it’s a site that you’ll want to bookmark, for sure. Enjoy Marie’s interview and don’t forget to stop by GoodLooknOut to experience all its greatness for yourself! 

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Where are you from and what’s your occupation?

I’m from Pasadena, California but I currently reside in Sacramento, California. I am a woman of many hats, however currently, I’m a self employed Digital Strategist for a few folks.

How do you define your personal style?

My personal style is eclectic + minimalist. I like balance in my wardrobe, so I may wear all black one day with a signature accessory piece to set my whole outfit off.


Name 5 must have wardrobe staples every woman should own?

– Black Strappy heels

– Daisy Dukes

– Black pants

– The cutest white tee

– Gold sandals

ABOUT GoodLooknOut

How long have you been a blogger?

For a little over three years and it’s been a very interesting ride too!

What inspired you to start GLO and what is your vision for GLO?

I was unemployed, bored and pregnant! I read a lot of blogs and decided, hey, I can do this. Never thought I’d go psycho crazy and fall in love with it! My vision for GLO is to create an online destination, for women to share, learn and most importantly be inspired into growth. You know, look out for one another!


What is the definition of a GLO girl?

GLO Girl is witty, caring with a intense desire to help a fellow sista out. Pretty simple!

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

The best thing about blogging are the relationships you form with other bloggers from all over the world. I’ve made friends with people, I’d never come to know in my usual day-to-day routine. I can go to any city and always find something fun to get into because of the relationships I’ve formed with bloggers from all over.

The toughest thing about blogging is being able to stomach trolls and negative comments. As bloggers, you put yourself out there for the world to see and, unfortunately, not everyone will like what you put out there. Some bloggers don’t even dare to read the comments after pressing the publish button and I know exactly why. Getting over the hump of not caring what others say or think is easier said than done.


What makes you happy & what inspires you?

Growth inspires me and makes me happy! I love the feeling of mastering something or being able to take a lesson from an experience. The relationship I’ve formed with myself and my higher power really keeps me going too. I love the fact that through faith, I’ve been able to always see the glass half full and “go with it”, so to speak. I’m also inspired by people who speak life into themselves and into others. You know those people you meet who make you want to do better, challenge you and have the unique ability to make you feel uncomfortable. These are the people my mind has always been attracted to. I find them and then I do what I can to keep them around.

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

I actually try my hardest to follow this zen checklist I created a few weeks back. It took me until 29 years of age (omg did I just reveal that) to realize that life without a sense of balance is no life at all. I’ve tried hard to take hold of my life with proper time management, scheduling time to do absolutely nothing and ensuring that I’m spending time cultivating my creative needs. Don’t get me wrong, there are still those times where I absolutely FAIL and nothing gets done AT ALL!

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

(1) I go to boot camp three times a week, (2) try to eat as many small meals as possible throughout the day and (3) drink an insane amount of water, sans any soda whatsoever. This is the only way, I feel, you will make it in this process, junk food infested world.

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

Stay focused, stay committed and stay in your creative space as much as humanly possible. Things don’t always come together until that moment you’ve worked so hard that even you think you’re about to go insane. Then, BAM things will slowly start piecing themselves together!

Keep Up With Marie

Website // Facebook // Instagram // Twitter // Tumblr

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


Blog: fabellis.com

Instagram: @iamfabellis

Twitter: @iamfabellis

Pinterest: pinterest.com/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  – twitter.com/yourstylistkar


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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