DC Event: Fashion & Style Networking Happy Hour

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Anyone who lives in the DMV (Washington DC, Maryland, Virginia area) knows that Happy Hour is a big deal. I can’t speak for other city’s…and I don’t know what Happy Hour means to everyone out there, but here…in the DMV…you will be at least 99.5% successful in locating a HH spot any night of the week.  That’s Monday thru Friday.  I wouldn’t be surprised if they have weekend HH’s too. DC works hard.  But they get it in after 5pm too, don’t get it twisted.

With that said, I’m not a stranger to a good HH myself.  Cheap drinks and eats and laughs and networking with the working crowd, why not?  I also love to try new things, and of course I love fashion, in case you didn’t already know.  So what did I find in my “what’s there to do new in the DMV” search recently?  The best of both worlds….a Fashion and Style Networking Happy Hour held by Facon Magazine!  Yessss…what a great idea right?  I thought so too so I went to check it out.

Most HH events in DC are in cool spots where the ambiance will have an element of flair, whether its trendy, quaint, mod, artistic, or a great view.  This particular HH was held at Avery’s Bar and Lounge on H Street in Northeast DC, a revitalized area of the city known as a hub for arts and entertainment venues.  I’ve heard about Avery’s and it’s fabulous rooftop, but I had never been.  So I was even more exited to hear that the HH would be taking place here!

YESSSS To Avery's!! I can't wait to come back!

YESSSS To Avery’s!! I can’t wait to come back!

One thing I have learned about networking events in DC, a city that can be prestigious and on the verge of hoity-toity, is that the term “networking” can easily translate into “job title show-off time” and “resume-rundown hour.”  With so many Government employees and lawyers and people who think the world will stop if they quit working because its the Capital of the Free World, you can imagine how things can get a little twisted and the “happy” can be sapped out of the “hour.” It happens.  Often.  So I had no idea what to expect of this very interestingly titled HH that included the word networking.  But I’m glad I went to find out.

As soon as my friend Kim (a fellow blogger) and I walked in, we met the PR/Marketing Director of Facon Magazine Ms. TaKeyia Dickens who was dressed in a wonderfully striped colorful dress and a big smile.  She greeted us immediately and invited us to drinks and a beautiful array of Georgetown Cupcakes (Yes...THE Georgetown Cupcakes that I’ve never had because I’m not about that 24/7 line outside of their door).  She introduced herself, and told us that she was a recent member of the Facon staff, and how she developed this particular HH to bring together like-minded people in the fashion and style industry within the DC area.  We told her it was a great idea!  From then on, I knew that this was not going to be like other Happy Hours.  I was already feeling happy and I hadn’t even hit the bar yet!  The attendees that followed showed the same friendly spirit, and it was truly a classic networking event.  And it was happy!  Being that this is the first Happy Hour event of the kind held by Facon, it was a good turn out and the vibe was on point.  I met some new people and saw some familiar faces, exchanged cards and numbers and we all had kumbaya- like conversations about our love for the industry as we gushed over our particular niches.  Needless to say….it was cool.  Real cool.  And if Facon wants to do this every month…I’m down… as I’m willing to spend a few hours a month being this happy! ~ StyleStamped

The event host Ms. Takeyia Dickens in her beautiful stripe dress and fab smile :)

The event host Ms. Takeyia Dickens in her beautiful stripe dress and fab smile :)

Editor in Chief of Facon Magazine, Janice Susan Wallace beautiful in all white, and myself

Editor in Chief of Facon Magazine, Janice Susan Wallace beautiful in all white, and myself

My girls..y'all know I LOVE seeing these two wherever I go...The ladies of InstantVintage78

My girls..y’all know I LOVE seeing these two…The ladies of InstantVintage

Kevin Grey, menswear editor of Facon Magazine and Creative Director of MensStylePoint

Kevin Grey, menswear editor of Facon Magazine and Creative Director of MensStylePoint

Menswear Editor of Facon Magazine, Mr. Emmanuel

Menswear Editor of Facon Magazine, Mr. Emmanuel

The great host Mr. Avery of H Street himself!

The great host Mr. Avery of H Street himself!

Ms. Kim, Fashion Blogger of OffbeatMeetsChic

Ms. Kim, Fashion Blogger of OffbeatMeetsChic

This girl has great energy! Danyelle of Gotta Strut Boutique

This girl has great energy…and accessories! Danyelle of Gotta Strut Boutique

Joshua Hargrove of PMGInc and friend

Joshua Hargrove of PMG5Inc and friend

Precious Johnson, Professional Model

Precious Johnson, Professional Model

I looove this outfit on Tabriah!! So Style Stamped approved! The print and bright colors are everything.

I looove this outfit on Tabriah!! So Style Stamped approved! The print and bright colors are everything.

Ms. Alicia Imani in the house..check her out! Love the striped skirt!

Ms. Alicia Imani in the house..check her out! Love the striped skirt!

Avery, Janice, and friend

Avery, Janice, and friend

The Dapper Don's and myself :))

The Dapper Don’s and myself :))

Fashion & Style #CelebrateIndie

Fashion & Style #CelebrateIndie

TaKeyia and Janice  working it out

TaKeyia and Janice working it out

Me, Kim, and Tabriah

Kim, Tabriah, and myself

Instant Vintage and Postured Media Group 5

Instant Vintage and Postured Media Group 5 Inc.

The photographer had the best hair though!

The photographer had the best hair though!

Beautiful ladies making it do what it do!

Beautiful ladies making it do what it do!

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Fashion. Style. Stamp.

Fashion. Style. Stamp.

I had to get a close up of the flower pin...I'll be trying that out!

I had to get a close up of the flower pin…I’ll be trying that out!

Danyelle and I

Danyelle and I

The happy hour(s) have begun!

The happy hour(s) have begun!

I want to steal Emmanuel's hat...shhh

I want to steal Emmanuel’s hat…shhh

Networking!

Networking!

 Nevermind the dopest glasses on the planet, her face is beat!  She's a makeup artist xoxo

Nevermind the dopest (prescription) glasses on the planet, her face is beat! She’s a makeup artist xoxo

Precious is dressed so adorable!  Posing with Emmanuel

Precious is dressed so adorable! Posing with Emmanuel

Kim and Tabriah rocking prints and color (Stamp!)

Kim and Tabriah rocking prints and color (Stamp!)

StyleStamped.  I know I said it already but I'm gonna say it again.

StyleStamped. I know I said it already but I’m gonna say it again.

Haute Street Couture and Added Flair Boutique in the house!

Haute Street Couture and Added Flair Boutique in the house!

All this style in one place!

All this style in one place!

I found this beautiful sight on the rooftop..singer/songwriter Janeen

I found this beautiful sight on the rooftop..singer/songwriter Janeen

This is the rooftop view!!

This is the rooftop view!!

Crazy rooftop view of the Capital!!

Crazy rooftop view of the Capital!!

Perfect sighting from the roof of Avery's

Perfect sighting from the roof of Avery’s

I had fun..can you tell?  Rocking my Janelle Monae bun lol

I had fun..can you tell? Rocking my Janelle Monae bun lol

I'm rocking a BCBG slit back dress, red Steve Madden belt, and Lips on my Miss Trish shoes

I’m rocking a BCBG slit back dress, red Steve Madden belt, and Lips on my Miss Trish shoes

Smiling and blogging is what I do.

Smiling and blogging is what I do.

See y'all on my next post!  Where will I end up next??

See y’all on my next post! Where will I end up next??

Next Event for Facon Magazine: Shop Love DC!  September 18-22, 2013 Featuring Fashion | Shopping | Music | Art | Business

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