She's Unique + Rock Yo Rizos

on Oct 29, 2014
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When I got word that the BFF and Jess Hoy were working on kicking off the first ever Blogger Crawl event here in Old Town, I was ecstatic. Naturally, I've always been a huge fan of small businesses partnering up with local bloggers (I just so happen to be on both sides and understand the importance of these type of collaborations) and this was a perfect opportunity to bring both sides together in a beautiful fashion. Our blogger ambassador for the evening was the lovely Mel of Rock Yo Rizos. Mel and I met when she stopped by the shop this summer - we instantly connected on our love of fashion, jewelry, and curly hair. I absolutely love Mel's style and the beautiful aura she brings with her when she walks into the room -- I mean let's talk about that incredible hair and smile! She loved the look and philosophy of our shop as well as the product we offer to our customers - dainty, wearable, trendy jewelry. Our partnership for the event, and the outcome of the evening only solidified what I already knew, both of our brands together are a match made in heaven. I can't wait to collaborate with Mel again in the future and I hope you enjoy this little glimpse into our evening through the mini guide!

Events: #OTBloggerCrawl

on Oct 26, 2014
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Recently, Carlis Sanchez of SCDC Agency and Jessica Hoy of NeuProfile/Ink Blot Army launched the first ever Blogger Crawl event in Old Town Alexandria. It was a beautiful Friday night for walking around the beautiful boutique district, learn about all the store, pick up some fun swag and do some shopping. Since some of the bloggers reside in DC, we kicked off the night with a gorgeous black limo bus from Reston Limo waiting for us at Dupont Circle to whisk us off to Old Town Alexandria. Thanks to Howard Homecoming traffic was HORRIBLE (but we still love the Bisons), but who cares because we were riding in style!! The areas top bloggers came out to take the journey through the 11 participating stores. 
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We started off our night at Red Barn Mercantile who welcomed us into their adorable store and made us fall in love!! I want everything in that store in my house! They gave us an adorable bags for our goodies during our blogger crawl! From there we worked our way down to the water. Next, we made a stop at Current Boutique to see the latest fashions and hear about how to consign there (which I do all the time, so fun and easy!!).
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Our next stop was Bellacara, which made me realize I need to step my makeup game up!! If you need some beautiful quality products, this is the place you need to visit.
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Next we visited Bloomers which made me rethink my underwear. It is a great place to go and get beautiful grown up undergarments that will look great and make you feel beautiful.
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Next we went to Bishop Boutique where we were greeted by a doughnut spread like I have never seen before. The shining doughnuts and lovingly decorated stemware was only outdone by the incredible variety of accessories and shoes.
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Our next stop was to Mint Condition which is a wonderful designer consignment boutique where you can find current high end styles that have been well taken care of for prices you can afford!
We then got back on our Reston Limo and dropped off our swag thus far and made the trip down to Coco Blanca. Probably good to have empty bags there because I would have been a bull in a china shop amongst all the beautiful items in the store. Great place for decorating your home.
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Our next stop was a store that a few of us know and love and were excited to introduce to the rest, She’s Unique. When we arrived it was like going to your girlfriend's house and browsing her jewelry collection except you have the option to buy it and take it home. The best part was getting a first look at She's Unique newest addition, Flash Tattoos (#FlashTatFridays). There was a lovely flash tat station where each blogger was able to get a flash tattoo of their own to try on for style!! I got to put on some beautiful angel wings that made my night shine.
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Our next stop on the crawl was 529 Consign, an adorable store that every parent or adult with little people in their life should know about. It is a great collection of the latest designer styles for mom, baby and child as well as great gift items for that upcoming baby shower you may have.
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Our next stop was Hysteria. It is a definitely a store that gets this group of ladies because it reflects a love of fashion that we all share. They have a some great brands you know and some brands you did not know about but will fall in love with.
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Our final stop was at The Shoe Hive and was all the site of our finale party complete with a Poshbooth pop-up digital photo booth and garden party styled by Petite Social. It felt like our own magical enchanted garden and I loved every second of it. Thanks to each of the stores who invited us in for the evening.
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Our bloggers for the night included Jessica vanDop of The Dining Traveler, Mariella Cruzado of Splendor Styling, Tammy Preston of A Loyal Love, Alicia Chew of Alicia Tenise, The Smith Sister of the StyleSmiths, Krystin Hargrove of Be Loud Be You, Natalie Pinto of The Fashionably Broke, Melissa Burgos of Rock Yo Rizos, Angelica Talan of Clarendon Moms, Anchyi Wei of Anchyi @ Work, Lacey Faeh of A Lacey Perspective, Mel of LaBelle Mel, Kate Michael of K Street Magazine. Morgan Fykes (lol aka myself) of DCFunEmployment.

Thanks to Carlis Sanchez and Jess Hoy for putting together such an incredible night. Also thanks to Julien Garman of It's Julien handled all the photography for the night! Special thanks to Flash Tattoos, Skullcandy, Reston Limo and Poshbooth for helping to make our night even more incredible.

PS: The Mini guide/Lookbook featuring all the boutique and bloggers above, comes out this week! Stay tuned for release date and remember to shop local! ;)