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extra...extra...read all about it, this girl's got style ya'll

I don't know if you know this or not but I'm not always considered "fashionable". You're shocked aren't you? I know, I am too. I love fashion, don't get me wrong. I love picking out outfits and putting them together but I guess when you are more comfortable in sweats and flip-flops than spanx and heels you don't exactly build a reputation for being "super stylish".

That being said, the fashion world is taking notice of little old me. Oh, yeah, you read that right. In October I had the honor of speaking for Fashion Group International of Greater DC. The catch is, I wasn't actually speaking about what I was wearing, although I guess I should be happy it wasn't some sort of "Fashion Police" or "What Not To Wear" sneak attack. (Although, how cool would it be to meet Clinton Kelly? YES PLEASE, I love him.)

WOW SQUIRREL...

Anyway...I got to speak to a group of retailers, designers and business owners about the mysteries behind the business of retailing in a fashion world. We talked about consumer segments, social media, merchandising and the challenges of small retailers in an increasingly online world. To add to this, FGIDC and their members put together a stellar panel of experts and asked me to moderate as they shared their experiences and challenges in the industry.  

Talking to the group about the rise of women in the economy and how it influences the way they retail.

Talking to the group about the rise of women in the economy and how it influences the way they retail.

My outfit might not have been totally up to par but I'm working on it with the help of The Written Runway so look out fashion world I'm coming for you.

In the mean time, check out the awesome write up from FGIDC that they posted this week. Maybe titling this post,  "this girl's got style" was a little overzealous but I had to get your attention somehow right?

Hope you're crushing the goal challenge this week. Don't forget to check out all the posts in December and join the challenge with us.

Click here to read the article and check out all of the awesome stuff Fashion Group International in Greater DC is doing. Special thanks to the team at FGIDC, the panel of experts and the city of DC for a fun and informative session. Shout out to    AnDCreatives Duo    for the great images and video.

Click here to read the article and check out all of the awesome stuff Fashion Group International in Greater DC is doing. Special thanks to the team at FGIDC, the panel of experts and the city of DC for a fun and informative session. Shout out to AnDCreatives Duo for the great images and video.

learning something new, don't be scared, no talent required

We have all heard the quote from Eleanor about doing things that scare us but what about just learning new things, even if they don't scare us? Don't worry I'm not now going to list all of the reasons you should learn something new. Well, full disclosure I WAS going to do that but as I started to research the topic I noticed that the only stuff I could find was stuff from other blogs. Apparently it is a popular thing to blog about. Rather than join the crowd and list all these stats and information, I am instead going to share my experience learning something new recently.

Most of my siblings are very artsy and crafty. While I have spent most of my life trying to be artsy, it never quite came to fruition. That being said, I never stop trying. It is for this reason that I recently decided to take a class in calligraphy. I see all these people on blogs and instagram that do the coolest stuff with their handwriting and that is NOT what my handwriting looks like so I figured why not try something new?

If I'm going to learn something new, I'm not just gonna let anyone teach me, I need the best. Enter Laura Hooper Calligraphy's workshop in Washington DC. Laura is at the top of her game and still makes time to teach people around the country all about her craft. It was a great day full of beautiful flowers by EightTreeStreet Floral Design, ONEHOPE wine, Belvoir Fruit Farms, snacks and a fantastic space at Karson Butler Events DC.

Here are a few great pictures of the day courtesy of AnDCreatives

I'm feeling very artsy after a glass or two of the wine...

I'm feeling very artsy after a glass or two of the wine...

I seriously cannot get enough of these flowers from    EightTreeStreet Floral Design

I seriously cannot get enough of these flowers from EightTreeStreet Floral Design

wine and flowers, I'm sold. thanks to    BelvoirFruitFarms    and    ONEHOPE wines

wine and flowers, I'm sold. thanks to BelvoirFruitFarms and ONEHOPE wines

homemade goodies by Emily of    Karson Butler Events

homemade goodies by Emily of Karson Butler Events

This makes me look like the class clown for sure...(that may have been the case for real though)

This makes me look like the class clown for sure...(that may have been the case for real though)

learning the proper technique for using the nib and ink together. I look super legit, pretty sure Laura would be proud...

learning the proper technique for using the nib and ink together. I look super legit, pretty sure Laura would be proud...

practice makes perfect....hmmm...

practice makes perfect....hmmm...

I may or not have taken these flowers with me...It was a great day.

I may or not have taken these flowers with me...It was a great day.

what new thing are you learning this week?