Why Don’t You – Develop A Spirit of Giving


Hello My Lovelies,

I love doing for others, especially when they don’t expect it and I love finding ways to surprise someone, even a person with whom I am not acquainted.  I believe an attitude of gratitude and helpfulness goes a long way.  To that end I have researched a few ways you too can give and help make someone’s day or life. Find one or two that melt your heart and give generously.

Donate to help kids in shelters get Pajama’s

Pajama Program

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Help local families who have had illness, domestic violence or other tragedies keep their lights on

Small Can Be Big

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Change the world with your wedding by linking your registry to your favorite cause!

I Do Foundation

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Do some pro bono work! Taproot matches you with a non-profit in your community that needs your skills!

Taproot Foundation

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Donate to supply children with vitamin supplements!

Vitamin Angels

 

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Hit me up on @KaraAllan on Twitter!  Which one do you like the most?  Let me know if you are planning to donate to one  and how it goes!

If you have a product you would like have shown here, or an event you want us to visit, let us know! Contact us at Kara@KaraAllan.com

Making the Life of Your Dreams, A Reality!

Ciao,

Kara

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Stripes Are Us


Stripes Are Us

Black and white striped dress
$470 - the-dressingroom.com

Brown tote
kohls.com

Bracelet bangle
nastygal.com

Why Don’t You……


Hello Lovelies!

Spring is finally here and we need to get outside and enjoy it before a blizzard shows up and ruins it.  I jest but not really.  I got to thinking that a little sun would do us all good.  Why don’t you have a picnic with a bottle of wine and a few friends by the waterfront either at National Harbor, Georgetown or Hains Point?  All these little ditties below will help you have a fantastic day, just be sure to pick your company wisely.  Tata for now lovies!

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My favorite wine!!

 

umbrella

 

A fancy umbrella to keep the shade or the rain off

 

 

speaker

 

 

A fantastic speaker that will have you singing all day long

picnic bag

 

Picnic blanket in a bag!

Hit me up on @KaraAllan on Twitter!  Have you had a picnic lately?  What was the best part? Let me know if you are planning one  and how it goes!

If you have a product you would like have shown here, or an event you want us to visit, let us know! Contact us at Kara@KaraAllan.com

Making the Life of Your Dreams, A Reality!

Ciao,

Kara

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Long Live Diana Vreeland


Hello My Lovelies!!!

Today  I want to talk to you about a legend, an icon, the Empress of editing, Diana Vreeland.  Before Anna Wintour there was Diana. Born in 1903 in Paris, France, Her publishing career began in 1936 as columnist for Harper’s Bazaar and later became Editor at Vogue.  Diana had no formal education in Fashion, but has said her education came from the world. She was an original for sure. An awkward teenger, Diana found her footing when she attended a Russian school in New York where she became a dancer. She met her husband Reed and moved back to London where they started their family. She was approached by Carmel Snow, Editor of Harper’s Bazaar to start a column, which she did called “Why Don’t You.” It was very decadent in the midst of recession. Diana then became Fashion Editor.  AFter some time Diana skipped over to Vogue and there’s where the real journey began. Diana brought adventures and glamour to the pages of the magazine.  She reigned supreme from 1963 -1971. She launched the careers out of many of the models that graced the pages such as Lauren Bacall and Angelica Houston. Diana personified style, grace and personality. She rounded her career out as a consultant to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, she started the MET balls!  I learned about DIana after watching a show about her called The Eye Has to Travel, I highly recommend it. In honor of this fantastic, dynamic woman, I will be add to my blog, once a week a Why Don’t You Entry.  I am looking forward to sharing with you!

 

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HydroSolve – The New Frontier in LipoSuction


Hello My Lovies,

About 8 years ago I had a tummy tuck and it was the best thing I ever did for myself.  As a mom of three children who are now 20, 18 and 13 and being a petite woman of ahem, 5 feet, I had stretched skin that exercise wouldn’t fix! My wonderful doctor, David Kung, did a fantastic job and I was so happy with it!  See my pictures here on my Pinterest page.  At that time I considered having a lipo done on my legs but decided against it, thinking the recovery would be too much.  I was right!!! David is a very a very accomplished physician, he holds doctorates with honors from both Harvard Medical School and Columbia University, and has completed residencies with distinction at the Massachusetts General Hospital as well as the University of North Carolina/Duke University Medical Center.  I love that he is always looking for the newest technology that will yield the best results for the patient. Find out more about David here.

In late 2013, I was again thinking about the lipo and one of my friends that I referred to David was telling me about a new procedure called HydroSolve.  HydraSolve®  is a smooth new approach to aesthetic body contouring.  Derived from precision eye surgery, HydraSolve®utilizes warmed and low pressurized saline solution and a specially designed cannula employing Tissue Liquefaction Technology (TLT) to simultaneously liquefy and remove fat without damage to other vital tissues. Because it does not use cutting or shear force to remove fatty tissue, the HydraSolve®system eliminates the need for the forceful thrusting required in traditional liposuction procedures. Dr. Kung has the only HydroSolve machine currently in the state of Maryland. Find more information about HydroSolve here.

Whoa!  I thought this was going to be a walk in the park… So this was uncharted for me.  I have 20+ tattoos, three children, and a tummy tuck and none of this prepared me for the pain I experienced.While I am happy with the results at six weeks, I am still sore on my quads and I am easing back into running at the gym,  This is not for the faint at heart.  Stayed tuned for my after pictures, which I will post in 6 weeks.

Hit me up on @KaraAllan on Twitter!  Have you had plastic surgery and loved it or hated? What’s your experience been? Let me know!!

If you have a product you would like have shown here, or an event you want us to visit, let us know! Contact us at Kara@KaraAllan.com

Making the Life of Your Dreams, A Reality!

Ciao,

Kara

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A Capital Bridal Affair


Helloo my lovies!

Love is in the air and Bridal Season is again upon us.  There are soo many bridal events in the area but one of the best is The Capital Bridal Affair created by the lovely and talented Katie Asprovski.

I had a little conversation with Katie about why she started this fantastic event.  Here’s what she said:

What inspired you to start the Capital Bridal Affair?

Katie: It was really a combination of reasons that lead to my [very] impulse decision to start CBA. The seed was initially planted in my head after assisting my father, who is a photographer, with a bridal show in Southern MD. When I walked in there I thought to myself “if I had produced this event I would have done X, Y & Z differently”. Between the conclusion of that event and my one-hour ride home I made the impulse decision to purchase the domain name capitalbridalaffair.com.

Before my career change I had been on the other side of the table – as an exhibitor. So, having had that experience, I understood whole-heartedly how important it is to surround and brand yourself in ways – bridal shows included – so that you are surrounded by companies whom share the same high-standards as you do and ones who are established in a way that you aspire to be. I wanted this for CBA.

CBA should be a place where there are certain areas in which you have to excel – where you must qualify in order to participate. Which [I thought theoretically] would create an environment of passionate, honest, hard-working and talented wedding professionals all under one roof. One that we can confidently tell our attendees that “we did their homework” for them, because we actually had.

I wanted to create an environment where vendors and attendees would get what they’re paying for. High – quality vendors and attendees who respect them for it. Our vendors are all qualified based on a number of things including: the high-quality of product or service, customer care, reviews and accessibility (website and response time).

My inspiration began with wanting my dad to surround himself with other companies who were at of above “his level” and grew into wanting to help other small businesses grow and connect to excited brides who are qualified to shop their services, while simultaneously helping couples who are getting married make informed, educated decisions about where to invest their money for their wedding reception.

What you want brides and attendees to take away from the event?

Katie: As a bride myself and even when i initially made the transition into events and marketing – I found it challenging to know who was who – what they are doing, who does what, who over-charges, who will show up two hours late, who will get back to me quickly. For all of these reasons, we want out attendees to walk away from CBA knowing that they can confidently hire any of our exhibitors and that they will perform – as expected – for their big day.

What can brides look forward to in 2015?

Katie: With every show we listen to our vendors and attendees alike and make improvements for an over-all better experience. Next year, {March 1, 2015}, we will double the space allowing our exhibitors to “spread out” more – which will mean more food, more drinks, more visual displays of new wedding trends – BIG fashion show, live band performances, The Mayflower will also leave a much larger impression among guests with action food stations and beverages. 2015 is sure to be our best year yet!

For the highlight video from 2014′s Capital Bridal Affair click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9c-KTHNW3Yc&feature=share

Well there you have it!  I captured my favorite vendors and cool things I saw at the show and I hope you enjoy them too!

Katie Asprovski

Singer

Exqusite Destinations

Sweet Blossom Cakes

Soft Box Media Photography

Hush Hush Proposals

Posh PR

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Mayram Flowers

Sareh Nouri Bridal Gowns

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Too Blessed To Be Stressed Catering

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Geomyra Lewis Wedding Planner

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Toulies en Fleur Floral Design & Event Decor

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Dandelion Patch – Heidi Kallett

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Hit me up on @KaraAllan on Twitter!  Are you getting married and have you attended other shows? What’s your experience been?

If you have a product you would like have shown here, or an event you want us to visit, let us know! Contact us at Kara@KaraAllan.com

Making the Life of Your Dreams, A Reality!

Ciao,

Kara

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Oscar Red Carpet Winners and Sinners 2014


Hello My Lovies!
I love the awards shows!  I love the fashion most of all!  You have to wonder why some of the sinners don’t have stylists and if they do why don’t they fire them! Here’s my winners and sinners for The Oscars 2014

Winners

Amy Adams
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Lupita Nyong’o
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Charlize Theron
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Chrissy Teigen
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Guiliana Rancic
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Jennifer Lawrence
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Jessica Biel

 

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Kate Hudson
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Kelly Ripa
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Fav Couple

Will Smith and Jada Pinkett

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Sinners

Anne Hathaway
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Emma Watson

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Jennifer Garner

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Julie Delpy
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Lady Gaga

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Worst Couple

Pharell and Helen

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Hit me up on @KaraAllan on Twitter to tell me who you thought was best dressed and worst dressed.

If you have a product you would like have shown here, or an event you want us to visit, let us know! Contact us at Kara@KaraAllan.com

Making the Life of Your Dreams, A Reality!

Ciao,

Kara

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