A couple of weeks ago I got invited to attend a relaunch party for sister duo, Nicole and Chelsea Santa more commonly referred to as "The District Darlings"; whom I befriended this summer at a blogger event. Yesterday, I, along with my friend Jasmine helped celebrate the girls, relaunching of their website and their brand at Malmaison Café in DC. The event space was warm and inviting, and a nice escape from the wind chill that came from across the water in Georgetown. The guests in attendance were all accomplished in their own right and very kind. The conversations that were exchanged throughout the evening were enjoyable and surprisingly insightful. Perhaps even more enjoyable than the celebration itself, the company, the cuisine, and the beverages was the fashion of the District Darlings guests: furs, designer bags and shoes, flowing skirts, and statement jewelry, it was like a fashion show! There was so much for the eyes to take in. The evening seemingly went off without a hitch and it was a lovely affair. I want to formally congratulate both Nicole and Chelsea on a very exciting endeavor: the expanding of their business and a continuingly bright future in the blogosphere, I wish you both well. It is my sincerest hope that our friendship will continue to grow with better acquaintance.
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It has become somewhat of a tradition to attend the For Sisters Only event at the Walter E. Convention Center with my sister Rachel, and this year was no exception. Unlike in years past, I was there on a mission: to promote the brand, network, and build lasting friendships with people in and around the Washington DC Metropolitan Area. I had the wonderful opportunity to catch up and hangout with WPGC's own "Mr. 24/7" DJ Tony Redz, and thoroughly enjoyed performances from Lloyd, Mario, Jidenna, Tank, and The Backyard Band throughout the afternoon. What made this FSO special was that this time DJs, Social Media and Marketing professionals alike, approached me, and inquired about Simply Ari (I think it was largely because of the S.A.M. jacket I was proudly rocking, LOL). That experience in and of itself was both humbling and exciting. The highlight however, came later on, when my sister and I had the unexpected pleasure of meeting a mutual Instagram friend, Trevor Reckling along with his business partner Michael at one of the many booths present at the event. God's favor was evident throughout the afternoon.
This year's FSO was definitely one for the books. Thanks WPGC! God-willing , we'll see you next year!
When Ari isn't out covering events, she's working on bettering herself as a journalist, attending writer-related events, or enjoying spontaneous excursions in and around the Washington DC Metropolitan area.
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