The Next District Bliss Workshop is on Aug 14th! Make Your Own Earrings with J’Adorn Designs

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We seem to be all about the jewelry this week – with our Beads & Bubbly giveaway yesterday (for a private jewelry making class) and now with the next District Bliss DIY Workshop: Make your own unique jewelry with J’Adorn Designs!

The workshop is not until August 14th, but prices go up THIS WEEK, so get yours before they do!

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More about the workshop:

Alison Jefferies of J’Adorn Designs will be teaching our guests all about handcrafted jewelry! Come join us to learn how to make your own pair of beautiful, unique earrings and check out some other wonderful pieces she has to offer!

*Drinks (mimosas), and snacks (Popcorn by Popcorn Queens) provided, as well as all supplies to do the craft!

Date: August 14th | Time: 1-3pm | Location: Logan Hardware 1734 14th Street NW

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*Ticket prices raise again ($25/ticket), two weeks out from the event (July 31st). So don’t miss out – get yours TODAY!*

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Giveaway: Enter to Win a Private Beads & Bubbly Party for Up to 5 Guests!

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This is the part of summer where I usually just start counting down until the Fall. I am OVER this heat. I am ready for it to not be an inferno anymore and be able to go running outside again!! In other news though, we have another giveaway this week – this one with Beads & Bubbly – a new company in DC that hosts jewelry making events focused on a creative, fun & locally focused experience. They’re perfect for an alternative bachelorette party or bridal party idea (create your jewelry for the wedding!) and we are pumped to give away a private party for up to 5 guests.

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A bit more about the company & the founders behind it:

Beads & Bubbly host social jewelry making event where attendees are given step-by-step instruction to create handmade jewelry designed by local artisans and a complimentary glass of champagne, served by the venue. Each event directly supports local designer through exposure and income opportunities while promoting and teaching the art of jewelry design. Each event includes all materials and instruction to make one-of-a-kind pieces that are designed by local artisans.

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The motivation behind our brand is rooted in the owners’ Alysse Bortolotto, Daraja Asili and Dia Karakantas-Ruocco passion to create a business model focused around handcrafted jewelry that provides women, artisans and/or entrepreneurs a way to nationally grow their own jewelry business. Our business model strives to promote the art of jewelry making for the general public, provide a national platform for up-and-coming jewelry designers, flexible income opportunities and organically build a community of creatives and entrepreneurs.

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Vol 9: The Real Life of a Mompreneur – Not Even Close to “Doing It All”


Image: Maggie with Pop! Wed Co

One of the most common things people say to me is, “I just don’t know how you’re doing it all”. I guess my social media life must be showing a slightly altered version of my realty these days, because I couldn’t feel further from successfully “doing it all”. Yes it’s true that I wear many hats, working a full time day job, running this wedding blog & business as my side hustle, and doing the mom thing for just over a year now. And maybe to some of you it looks like I’m “doing it all”, but I am here to tell you today, that I am not. And that it’s likely impossible for anyone to “do it all” without something dropping or your priorities majorly shifting.

A few years ago I watched Shonda Rhimes’ commencement speech at Dartmouth on this very topic. This speech has stuck with me all this time, but I’ve never so fully realized the words she spoke until lately. One of my favorite excerpts is this part:

“Whenever you see me somewhere succeeding in one area of my life, that almost certainly means I am failing in another area of my life.

If I am killing it on a Scandal script for work, I am probably missing bath and story time at home. If I am at home sewing my kids’ Halloween costumes, I’m probably blowing off a rewrite I was supposed to turn in. If I am accepting a prestigious award, I am missing my baby’s first swim lesson. If I am at my daughter’s debut in her school musical, I am missing Sandra Oh’s last scene ever being filmed at Grey’s Anatomy. If I am succeeding at one, I am inevitably failing at the other. That is the tradeoff.”

Though for me it’s not as grandiose as un-edited TV scripts or missed scenes, it’s empty days on the blog, un-responded to emails, never started home projects, outstanding wedding gifts for friends, or the standing up of the #CapRoShop that I’ve been trying to finalize since January.

I’ve always been a do-er. It’s my type-A nature that has me feeling anxious when things are incomplete or unfinished and I much prefer to just DO something once the item pops up, rather than take a wait & see or “oh I’ll get to it at some point” approach. But when you become a parent, there’s a whole slew of things that get added to your to-do list, that you can’t really account or plan for. And it makes the to-do list so long, that even I can’t seem to completely cross every item off the list.

So my latest challenge has been to accept this. To understand that “doing it all” is truly impossible, and instead of being upset, angry, or depressed about the fact that I am not doing everything I want to do, to take comfort and happiness in the things I AM doing. Though I might not be blogging every single day, I am working hard at my day job to hopefully be promoted this year. Though I might be missing out on wedding vendor networking events, I am seeing Evie learn to feed herself, climb the stairs (and on the coffee table), and work on her talking skills. Though the #CapRoShop is not yet up and running, it will be, some day and it will be awesome when it is.

I’ll close with this awesome quote I saw on Instagram from a fellow DC blogger, Queserasahra, where she said “life’s been less about blogging and more about loving life…”. Loving and living life these days has felt so much more important than attempting to do it all. Sometimes it’s ok to step back from the doing, and just live instead.

Enter to Win a Free Month of LIPP Fan Lipstick’s Monthly Subscription Services

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Images: LIPP Beautifully

I feel like I should call this the summer of giveaways because they just keep coming. I LOVE sharing the rad local businesses in the Washington, DC area that are coming out with some of the coolest & most useful products & services. Today’s giveaway is for you lipstick lovers out there. Professional makeup artist & lipstick genius, Aleah, has recently launched LIPP Beautifully – an e-commerce site with a simple mission, to reinvent the way you buy lipstick.

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The beautiful site features 12 ready-to-wear LIPP Matte shades, 95 semi-custom LIPPstick colors (where you choose the finish and tube) and the first EVER monthly lipstick sample subscription service – making it easier than ever to build your lipstick wardrobe, one perfect tube at a time.

To celebrate the launch of this amazing site & service, we’re hosting a giveaway for a free month of the monthly lipstick sample subscription services! All you have to do is leave a blog post comment here, and follow @LippBeautifully on Instagram to enter!

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Last month I got to try a month of the lipstick sample subscription service and let me tell you – it was AWESOME. I got three shades, in the cutest trial packages, and a delicious lip scrub to boot. I really do wear the “everyday” shade almost every day – it’s literally perfect for any outfit I wear to work.

And if you haven’t tried Aleah’s lipsticks before, this might be your perfect introduction. All the lipsticks are mixed by hand and made right here in the DC area! They also smell delicious. So enter away using our Rafflecopter widget below.

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A Dramatic, Vaudeville Inspired Wedding Styled Shoot

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Images: Sarah Price Photography

It’s been a week Romancers. The first week back after vacation is always rough, but let’s throw in a sick child (still fighting a fever!), crazy early work hours at the day job, and a husband that’s about to go on business travel for a week … and well, yeah, I think TGIF is on a whole new level this week. So not much more from me – I am looking forward to a weekend of being in DC, cleaning our house, and relaxing a little before I dwell into a week of single parenting. Also, send us some good vibes that Evie gets better soon.

Here’s a super dramatic & edgy wedding inspiration shoot from Sarah Price Photography & Capital Society.

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For this shoot, we were very inspired by the drama, lighting, and textures of the vaudevillian era. The entire set was very DIY, complete with Ikea curtains and baskets.

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Vendors ~> Planning: Capital Society | Photography : Sarah Price | Gowns & Accessories: Ellie’s Bridal | Flowers: Taffy Floral | Makeup: Izzy B Makeup | Hair: Caitlin Gibbons | Model: Amy Chi | Props & Fun Mystical Gypsy Things: BethKaya Design | Garters: Garter Girl | Snakes: My Animal World

Rad Things For Your Big Day & Life Together Go Shopping!