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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.

CapfabbAnaAna Buitrago

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).

capfabbcarlisCarlis Sanchez
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*


Blogger Spotlight: CapFABB Outreach Coordinator

We have added new leadership to CapFABB and we are SO excited to introduce them to you in our Blogger Spotlight series! Meet Kellie… our Outreach Coordinator and new mommy! Congrats, Kellie!

Blog Name: The Yuppie Files
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Where are you located? Arlington, VA
What type of blogger are you? Fashion/Lifestyle


Tell us a bit about your blog (and how long you have been blogging): I’ve been blogging for 2 1/2 years, mainly about my lifestyle of living right outside of Washington DC. A “yuppie” is a young urban professional, so my blog is targeted towards all of my loves that fit in with that life from fashion to adventures in DC & shortly being a parent in the area.

How long have you been a CapFABB member and what is your favorite CapFABB memory? I’ve been a member since January 2012 & my favorite memory was the Juicy Couture event. I’m an introverted person so it’s been great meeting members whose blogs I read & immediately being able to strike up a conversation with them! The Juicy event was smaller but I felt like I really connected with some great bloggers, which to me is the best part of being in CapFABB.

If you could give any advice to other bloggers what would it be? OR what advice are you looking for from other bloggers? Get inspired by other (bigger) bloggers but don’t compare yourself. It is sometimes frustrating if you think your blog isn’t getting enough views or something doesn’t look quite right. It’s good to learn from other bloggers & use that as motivation but your blog should be something you do for fun. Competing & comparing will block you from having fun!

Tell us about yourself… I was born & raised in the Northern VA area, & am now a high school social studies teacher. I spend my days teaching about government & current events, which is probably why I blog about everything but! This August I’m due with my first child so am excited about having a little yuppie baby & exploring a different side of the DC area. And about fitting into my old wardrobe- I REALLY miss my clothes!

Hidden talent or quirky factoid about yourself… My hidden talent is that I sing- I’ve had years of voice lessons. The only problem is I have horrible stage fright & hate singing in front of people, so those years of lessons are only shown off to a very small group of people!

What is your favorite part about living in DC? All the options to explore. My husband & I are big history buffs so it’s great to have so much history around us. We also love going out to nice dinners or seeing a show at the Kennedy Center. On the otherside you can drive an hour to Virginia wine country or up to Annapolis to be by the water. There are just so many things to do no matter what your interests are or point of your life.

CapFABB Outreach Coordinator