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#CapFABBAcademy: Make It A Business (Wrap Up)

First and foremost we must thank each and every person who attended the first #CapFABBAcademy! With over 60 bloggers in attendance (and many more following along with our live tweet) ready to learn from our brilliant panelists at CityCenterDC‘s fabulous raw soon-to-be retail space we knew it was going to be a fun-filled night!

Below are some images from the panel mixed with some of our favorite tweets/advice during the event…

Thank you, thank you once again to our amazing panelists:

Carlis Sanchez: SpicyCandyDC & SCDC Agency
Katya Ananieva: SpicyCandyDC & She’s Unique Jewelry Boutique
Cortnie Elizabeth: StyleLust Pages & Designer/Owner of Love, Cortnie
Katherine Martinez: Director of E-Commerce at Nylon Magazine
Ana Buitrago: Love, Ana BMakeup by Ana

…and of course thank you so much to Cuba Libre for extending happy hour just for #CapFABBAcademy attendees after our panel!! We HIGHLY recommend their Sangria! It was a favorite amongst our bloggers!


We cannot wait to see you all for #CapFABBAcademy in November! Stay tuned for a date, time and new sponsors! What did you love about your #CapFABBAcademy experience? xo

#CapFABBAcademy: Make it a Business

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Whether you are looking to make your blog a business, create a business separate from your blog or just work more closely with other businesses …#CapFABBAcademy’s “Making it a Business” panel has you covered!

Join us and our expert panelists Tuesday, September 23, 2014 for a free educational event exclusively for CapFABB members (cocktials to follow).

Our Panelists:

capfabbkatKatherine Martinez
Director of E-Commerce at NYLON Magazine

After graduating from University of Maryland, Katherine Martinez turned her senior year fashion blog into an online business by re-working vintage pieces and styling them on models and “it-girls”.  Through collaborating with local D.C. bloggers and creatives, Katherine was able to build up a body of work and portfolio which she later used to land internships/ freelance work in New York.  She is currently the Director of E-Commerce at NYLON Magazine.

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Ana Buitrago, owner of Makeup by Ana B, is a DMV-based hair and makeup artist providing on-site services for weddings and other special occasions. She began her journey working as a retail makeup artist in 2010 for MAC Cosmetics, but after one year in the retail market, she started her own freelance company. She used blogging and the blogging community as one of her main marketing tools. Makeup by Ana B continues to experience growth and success each year and is expanding with the addition of more artists. Makeup by Ana B has also received recognition as WeddingWire’s Couples Choice and Bride’s Choice Award for three consecutive years (2012-2014).

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Founder of SCDC Agency
Katya Ananieva
Owner/President of She’s Unique
Cortnie Elizabeth 
I graduated with my BS in Kinesiology from the Univ. of Md, College Park in 2006 with plans to be a Physical Therapist. I then completely switched paths when I applied to FIDM (Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising) in Los Angeles and got accepted. I graduated with my second degree in 2007 and moved back to Maryland not long after that. I worked in retail management for a couple of years, but it wasn’t until the end of Summer in 2011 when I found myself between jobs. I had always wanted to learn how to sew and it was important that my grandmother be the one to teach me. I learned and about a week later opened my Etsy shop with just 3 clutches available. The 3 year anniversary of the start of my brand is less than a month away and I’ve now done over 100 different styles that have been shipped all over the world. Love,Cortnie is my full time job.
Lacey Faeh

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*“Making it a Business” is the first panel of the #CapFABBAcademy Series*

Event Recap: CapFABB’s 3rd Anniversary Bash with Capwell+Co!

In only three short years, the Capital Area Fashion and Beauty Bloggers (CapFABB) has become the largest blogger network in the DC area! To celebrate this momentous occasion, CapFABB partnered with jewelry company Capwell+Co for an amazing anniversary blogger bash at Dirty Martini Lounge in Dupont.

We dined on tasty small bites, wine, and cocktails, but the real winner of the evening was being treated to some luxe arm charm courtesy of Capwell+Co. CapFABBers absolutely flipped for the bracelet bar where guests were welcomed to choose from a wide array of Capwell’s amazing baubles.

Take a look at the night’s highlights!


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Boutique Spotlight | Capwell + Co

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Tonight’s the night! CapFABB’s third anniversary party is tonight and we’re so excited to see everyone who’ll be attending. And since the event’s being held in partnership with jewelry site Capwell + Co, we thought it’d be oh so fitting to chat with the site’s brand development manager, Jessica Sturdy of Bows and Sequins. Take it away, Jessica!

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How did Capwell start out? Give us the abbreviated history.
Capwell + Co’s parent company, Kenilworth Creations, has been designing and manufacturing private label jewelry for over 30 years! Capwell + Co began as a passion project for our team of designers. Instead of solely designing for other customers, Capwell was where they could design jewelry without worrying about price points, buyers, and the like.

How has Capwell evolved since its beginnings?
While a lot has stayed constant since the beginning, a lot has happened in the last year and a half! We now have a showroom in New York City, we had our first brick & mortar pop-up store during this past holiday season, we launched our first charity collaboration in January, and the list goes on.

What does Capwell look for when considering potential collaborations with bloggers?
We look for girls with a fabulous sense of style who also have a very engaged audience. A clean site and great photography is definitely a plus, too!

What’s the five-year plan for the brand?
Our major focus right now is working on partnerships and collaborations, as well as expanding our distribution.

Necklace or earrings?
Not to pick favorites, but we love a good statement necklace!

What’s your current favorite piece from the collection?
Can’t get enough of this ring! Plus, all of the proceeds go to charity.

What jewelry trends are you looking forward to for spring?
We’re loving white, lucite, and pastels!

Oh, and in case you were wondering, we couldn’t resist sharing a few of our favorite Capwell + Co pieces — what are your favorites?

Mixed Plated Snake Chain Stranded Necklace
Purple Graduated Stone Statement Necklace
Emerald Stone Cluster Stud Earrings
Metalized Post Top Statement Earrings
Green Opal and Crystal Cuff Bracelet
Gold Geometric Rings

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CapFABB’s Third Anniversary Bash with Capwell+Co!

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CapFABB — the brainchild of the lovely Lacey of A Lacey Perspective and Liz of So Much to Smile About — is celebrating its third anniversary this month and we want to see all of your lovely faces out on the town for our fabulous third anniversary bash! Deets:

You’re invited to

CapFABB 3rd Anniversary Bash 

Sponsored by

Capwell + Co

Tuesday, February 18th

6:30 – 8:30 pm

Dirty Martini

1223 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036

Join CapFABB and Capwell + Co to celebrate CapFABB’s 3rd anniversary.  Celebrate with drinks, light bites, a sparkly DIY jewelry bar, and more. Learn more about this sparkly jewelry brand and mingle with your fellow CapFABB members!

Capwell + Co. Background:

Capwell & Co. was born of the belief that jewelry should be an accessible luxury. Because we have been designing, crafting, and manufacturing jewelry for over three decades, we’re able to ensure the quality and affordability of our pieces. Our designers, inspired just as much by cutting-edge trends as timeless style, channel both sophistication and playfulness into collections that celebrate our customer’s individuality and spontaneous style.

Please RSVP by clicking here.  Note, due to the venue capacity the first 100 CapFABB members to respond will secure an invite. We will be contacting you to let you know if you have secured an invite.

To ensure there is enough space for active members, we kindly insist that you do not bring outside guests — CapFABB members only.

We look forward to seeing you there!

CapFABB & Capwell + Co