Happy Valentine’s Day! We’re spreading the love with our top self-care tips!

Once it hits February 1st, we know what’s around the corner. Some anxiously await this day while others want absolutely nothing to do with it. Well, however you feel about it, it’s here. Happy Valentine’s Day!

Photos from the Harty

Valentine’s Day is the holiday of hearts, flowers, chocolates, and the whole shebang. Although today is geared towards couples, this Valentine’s Day the DB team is focusing on self-love and care because we all deserve to treat ourselves! Here are our top tips on how to add a little more self-love in your life!


It’s okay to enjoy being by yourself sometimes. It’s okay to pause from the world read that book, take that nap, or lounge on the couch all day. It’s also okay to wear comfy clothes, go make-up less, and embrace your messy hair. That’s what I’m trying to tell myself all this year…


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As a mom I rarely get a chance to practice self care! But when I do, I try to squeeze in a lunch time yoga class, any chance to shut my eyes and not have anyone ask anything of me is always helpful. Any time that I can spend with girlfriends is always good for my soul! Be in a few minutes on the phone, a quick coffee or the rare night away, a girl always needs her girlfriends and being with them will always reset your spirit!


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Sometimes it’s ok to let yourself off the hook. There’s only so much one person can do, handle, and manage. Treat your “self” as you would treat a friend – be kind, forgiving, and understanding. Remember that you cant get everything done in one day – and that’s ok because you did your best!


District Bliss Vendor Social Networking Event with Chris Ferenzi Photography and Sincerely Pete by Sarah Petersen Rizzi
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Whether you’re sitting in your car in traffic, sitting at home cleaning or cooking, commuting to work/school, take at least 5 minutes out of your day to be grateful for what you already have. Often times we get so caught up complaining, wishing, or stressing that we don’t have enough things we think make us happier. Look at the life you already live! That in itself helps you love yourself more!


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Every now and then, we all deserve a pamper day! That can include getting a mani/pedi or your hair done or just treating yourself to your favorite meal! After a long week of school, I love to pick up sushi and it automatically boosts my mood. Life can get super crazy so it’s important to take the time, even if it’s not that much time, to fit in something that you love.


We hope everyone has a wonderful Valentine’s Day filled with with lots of LOVE! Remind the special people in your life how much you care about them and remind yourself how much you matter as well!

Enjoy a night of networking fun! Our DMV Vendor Social is only a month away!

District Bliss Vendor Social at The Lightbox Studio

Our Vendor Social is a happy hour where creatives + entrepreneurs can take a night off, celebrate their hard work, and make quality connections. We want everyone to feel welcome while having a great time!

We’re seeking rad creatives to join in on the fun! Want to participate? We’d love to work with you! Click here for more info.

Everyone is welcome!

Join a fab group of creatives, makers, entrepreneurs, start-ups, artists, wedding + event vendors and more! Help us to create a supportive community of creative entrepreneurs! Woohoo!


Admission, complimentary beverages, treats, fun activities & giveaways – rad entrepreneurs & quality connections – and a great time!

About the Venue: The Lightbox Studio

The Lightbox Studio is a creative & collaborative space located in the heart of the Annapolis Arts District! This unique natural light space is the perfect spot for a variety of uses! Its crisp white walls and distressed white wooden floors serve to create the perfect “white box” for photoshoots. Its also the perfect spot for business meetings, professional events, and workshops!

What you can look forward to



The Lightbox Studio | Venue

The Balloon Zoom | Balloon Decor

…more to come! Want to participate? Apply here.


17hats | Business Management

Black Sheep Bride | Ecofriendly Wedding Inspiration

Six Degree Society | Curated Networking Events

Creative Successful Entrepreneurs | Creative Business Coaching Services


– What can/can’t I bring to the event? Yourself! Business cards, if you’d like to do some networking.

– Is my registration/ticket transferrable? You may not transfer your ticket without the permission of District Bliss. Additionally, tickets are not transferrable between vendor categories.

Please be sure to RSVP in the correct category. We strive to be fair to all vendors. Thanks!

Have questions about District Bliss DC Vendor Social | Event + Creative Entrepreneurs ? Contact District Bliss LLC

Calling all brides! Join us at Aisle Savvy Bridal Experience this weekend!

Are you a bride-to-be? Are you just looking for something fun to do? Well join District Bliss at Springfield Town Center this Sunday, January 21st for Aisle Savvy Bridal Experience!

Aisle Savvy is a one of a kind wedding experience. A distinctive collection of bridal resources including:

  • Apparel
  • Transportation
  • Jewelry
  • Planning & support
  • Florals & décor
  • Technology
  • Invitations & stationery
  • Catering, cakes & confections and more!

Attendees can sample hors d’oeuvres from our catering vendors, sip creative contemporary cocktails and enjoy a decadent cake tastings. Guests leave with gift bag packed with products and special offers and our sleek planning tool.


Don’t leave the boys at home!

Bring them to our Gentlemen’s Lounge to enjoy munchies, local craft beers, papering and shave products, and more!

District Bliss Vendor Social Networking Event with Chris Ferenzi Photography and Sincerely Pete by Sarah Petersen Rizzi

VIB Access

Are you a VIB? That’s Very Important Bride, and of course you are!

Through our exclusive GROUPON deal – VIB ticket holders will enjoy early access to the event, special gifts, complimentary brunch themed food and beverage and be automatically entered into our Dream Wedding Giveaway!


District Bliss Vendor Social with PriscillaM Beauty Lash Bar


A value packed offering from our exhibitors offering over $10,000.00 in services for YOUR big day! Available to VIB entrants ONLY!

Demos and DIYs

The TECHIEbride demo area will feature products, programs and Apps for the planning process, the DIYWed center series, sponsored by District Bliss, will show off exhibitors specialties through hands on how-to presentations – lead by experts through the day attendees can sign up to create their own big day detail pieces just like the pros and head home with their handmade florals, favors and more!

Our talented friendor, Serena Martin of Serena Martin Design will be there leading a watercolor workshop & our very own Blissbassador Tracy Leaman of Events to a T and Sara Alepin of District Bliss will be there to share information about selecting each wedding vendors//staying within your budget//planning your ideal wedding day, and more!

District Bliss Vendor Social Networking Event with AR Workshop Alexandria DIY Workshop

This event is FREE but you must RSVP! Click here to join in on the fun!


Happy Martin Luther King Jr Day!

“We will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.”

Photograph by Ron Cogswell

Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day! Martin Luther King Jr. Day is observed every third Monday of January and this year it falls on his actual birthday! King would have been 89 years old.

While MLK is most famously known for his historical “I Have a Dream” speech, which was delivered at the March on Washington on August 28, 1963, here are some other things you may want to know!

  1. Dr. King was the president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference or SCLC.
  2. Dr. King was jailed almost 30 times. (But that didn’t stop him!)
  3. Dr. King attended Morehouse College in Atlanta at age 15 (AGE 15!) (Source: Biography)
  4. Dr. King was assassinated in Memphis, TN on the balcony of his motel by James Earl Ray.
  5. The Martin Luther King Memorial is right here in D.C and was sculpted by Chinese artist, Master Lei Yixin.
Source: Wikipedia

Today, we honor a true civil rights hero. MLK was a figure of hope, leadership, and peaceful protest, which paved the way to life-altering legislation such as “the creation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965” (Source: Biography). In a time of segregation, racial injustice, and inequality, MLK dedicated his life to activism and fighting against discrimination. 

Unfortunately, these issues are still far from resolved despite the progress our country has made. We still look to the words and actions of MLK as we continue to combat against racial injustice and inequality. We must keep moving forward, NOT backwards. We are all human and should treat each other as such. In these divisive times, we must stand together.

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Dr. King at the March on Washington (Source: Wikipedia)

In the words of MLK, “I say to you today, my friends, that in spite of the difficulties and frustrations of the moment, I still have a dream.”

We hope everyone has a great day off and takes some time to reflect and honor a man whose life was dedicated to bringing equality and peace for all.


Happy New Year! Cheers to 2018!

Happy New Year party peeps! We’re a week into 2018 & we hope everyone is having a great start to the new year! Thank you so much for all the support in 2017 and we can’t wait to show you what we have in store for this year! Like all new years, many of us make resolutions or goals that we SWEAR we’re going to stick to. Even if you’re guilty of already breaking that resolution, no worries! Keep on pushing and keep on fighting to reach your goals. So whether it’s eating healthier or getting that dream job, shoot for the stars! Dream big, work hard, and take a chance! Anything is possible.

Read all about what the DB team wants to accomplish this year!

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My New Years resolutions:

  1. Spend more time with people that have a positive influence on my life.
  2. Purge unnecessary clutter.
  3. Making time for exercising.
  4. Trying new recipes!

-Brittany, VA Blissbassador

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My New Years resolution is always to strive to do better than the year before, whatever that may mean…have more fun, enjoy my work more, work harder, smarter and network more!

-Tracy, DC Blissbassador

To paint the mural in my office and bring the outdoors in! It’s bringing the outside in and it will have sort of a nod to the Great Wave with a combination of abstract combination of water, land/mountains, and clouds/sky!

-Sara, Co-Founder

Chris Ferenzi Photography

My New Years Resolution is to try and stay more present. I think I get over stressed about things that are going to happen in the future or get stuck in the past, which is not healthy for me both physically and mentally. I am hoping to stay more aware with what is currently in front of me and appreciate these instances and people who are there supporting me!

-Cassie, DIY Blissbassador

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My new years resolution is to do more squats, get into grad school (fingers crossed!), and work towards landing my first full-time job!

-Melanie, Assistant + Unicorn

Happy New Year! What are your new years resolutions?

We’re getting all the winter vibes from our DMV Vendor Social! Relive the evening and check out the full gallery!

On December 5th, we kicked off the holiday season with a DMV Vendor Social! The event took place at the cozy DIY boutique, AR Workshop Alexandria, where we were joined by our talented premier vendor, My Sweet Array, and featured vendor CharmCat! Guests got mix + mingle while sipping on some holiday spirits and snacking on delicious homemade treats from My Sweet Array! (Not to mention enjoy the visual satisfaction of their paper floral background)!

CharmCat created all the winter inspired signage including our adorable plaid-patterned name tags! Of course, we couldn’t have a vendor social in a DIY space without a DIY activity! Thanks to our awesome venue, AR Workshop Alexandria, guests got to decorate wooden ornaments with festive pre-made designs to take home for the holidays! Nothing like a little crafting to get into a holiday spirit.

We hope everyone had fun & made some quality connections! A huge thank you to our participating vendors for all your hard work & for making the evening a hit! Now instead of reading about the event, see it for yourself. Our very own Sara Alepin from Photos from the Harty captured all the awesome moments and details! Feel free to share photos on social media and tag us at @districtblissevents and give photo credit to @photosfromhart on Instagram and Twitter, and Photos from the Harty on Facebook. Check out the full album + download link below!


My Sweet Array | Dessert


AR Workshop Alexandria | Venue

CharmCat | Designer


17hats | Business Management

Black Sheep Bride | Ecofriendly Wedding Inspiration

Heartful.ly | Charitable Registry

Six Degree Society | Curated Networking Events

Creative Successful Entrepreneurs | Creative Business Coaching Services


Meet the sweet duo behind My Sweet Array!

Meet My Sweet Array!

Meet Maria Drakos & Irini Zhupa, the sweet sister duo behind My Sweet Array! My Sweet Array offers baking and design services on all things pretty and sweet! They specialize in gourmet dessert buffets and giant paper flower backdrops.

They use organic ingredients and high quality chocolate (YUM!), and support local farms! All their décor elements are designed and hand assembled by their team, and everything is prepared with the outmost love and care.

They’re the perfect team to go to for parties, birthdays, and more! Not to mention, their treats are the perfect gifts for your friends and family with a sweet tooth! They were our amazing premier vendor at our, DMV Vendor Social at AR Workshop Alexandria! Keep on scrolling to read all about Maria & Irini and see mouth-watering pics!

How long have you been in business?

1 year!

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How did you come up with the name ‘My Sweet Array’?

Coming up with the right name was a big challenge, because our company has such a wide range of services.

Why did you decide to start your own company?

It all started with a passion for cooking and hosting family events. We come from a large and very tight knit Greek family, and there is always some reason to celebrate. Every event had to be bigger and better than the one before, and we quickly fell in love with that process. We each have a diverse background, Irini is a designer and Maria is a baker, so together we had the right balance of skills for this business. Being sisters definitely helps, because we have spend our whole lifetime learning how to get along and work together! There’s really no one else we’d each rather run a business with.

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Do you have a favorite part of what you do?

The planning stage of every dessert buffet is definitely our favorite part of this process. Coming up with the right combination of delicious treats that will satisfy all tastes, and pairing that up with all the right décor elements is definitely our favorite part!

Do you have a favorite story related to your business that you’d like to share?

Maria was featured on WBOC for a one hour special on her delicious macarons.

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Is there anything you’d like our readers to know about you personally?

We are both very hardworking mothers (Maria has 3, Irini has 1), so we are constantly trying to find the right balance between work and family.

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Is there anything else you’d like us to share with our readers?

We offer rentals of our pre-made flower backdrops.

Get Social! Stay up to date with My Sweet Array

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‘Tis the season! Our DMV Vendor Social is TOMORROW!

District Bliss DMV Vendor Social | AR Workshop Alexandria | 12.05.17 | 6-8:30PM

AR Workshops hosts District Bliss Vendor Social | Unique Networking Events for Creatives, Small Businesses, Wedding + Event Vendors, Entrepreneurs, etc

The holiday season is here and we want to kick it off with you, our friendors, fellow entrepreneurs, and creatives! Join us at AR Workshop on December 5th for a night of drinks, treats, special giveaways, mixing + mingling, and of course – FUN!!

If you’d like to be a participating vendor, click here


Our Vendor Social is a happy hour where creatives + entrepreneurs can take a night off, celebrate their hard work, and make quality connections. We want everyone to feel welcome while having a great time!

Everyone is welcome!

Join a fab group of creatives, makers, entrepreneurs, start-ups, artists, wedding + event vendors and more! Help us to create a supportive community of creative entrepreneurs! Woohoo!

District Bliss | Washington DC Networking Event | Professional Photography
Edward Underwood Photography

A little bit about AR Workshop Alexandria

Owned by Katie Ngyuen Wells, AR Workshop Alexandria belongs to a franchise created by Maureen Anders and Adria Ruff. This cute boutique offers mixed media workshops for home decor, parties, design and styling skills!

Leveraging her corporate recruiting background in technology consulting and start up environments, experience running her own event styling business, Petite Social, and a creative eye and love for DIY, Katie brings a great blend of business sense, creativity, and entrepreneurial spirit to her new role and we’re so excited to have her as a participating vendor!


Admission, complimentary beverage, sweet treats, fun activities & giveaways, rad entrepreneurs & quality connections – and a great time!

If you are interested in making a donation to The Women’s Employment Networkplease head to our Splash page and purchase your ticket. A portion of our ticket sales go towards this worthy cause. See you at our event!

District Bliss Vendor Socials | Networking Events for Creatives, Wedding + Event Vendors, Small Businesses, Entrepreneurs | Join the Community!
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What you can look forward to

District Bliss Vendor Social | Networking Events for Professionals, Entrepreneurs, Photographers, Wedding + Event Professionals, Small Businesses, and more!
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Ornament Decorating Station

Take home a festive wooden ornament from AR Workshop Alexandria! Decorate it with pre-made holiday designs!



AR Workshop Alexandria | Venue

CharmCat | Designer

My Sweet Array | Dessert

Would you like to be a Participating Vendor? Click here!



17hats | Business Management

Black Sheep Bride | Ecofriendly Wedding Inspiration

Heartful.ly | Charitable Registry

Six Degree Society | Curated Networking Events

Creative Successful Entrepreneurs | Creative Business Coaching Services


– What can/can’t I bring to the event? Yourself! Business cards, if you’d like to do some networking

– Is my registration/ticket transferrable? You may not transfer your ticket without the permission of District Bliss. Additionally, tickets are not transferrable between vendor categories

Have questions about District Bliss DC Vendor Social | Event + Creative Entrepreneurs ? Contact District Bliss LLC

DIY RECAP: DIY Biz Branding + Holiday Decor Workshop with AR Workshop Alexandria!

AR Workshop Alexandria is a boutique DIY Workshop offering hands-on classes for creating custom home decor in a cozy lounge style atmosphere. Customize beautiful signage and home decor with colors and designs of your choice and enjoy a fun and crafty night out! District Bliss DIY got to team up with the talented Katie Nguyen Wells to host a DIY Business Branding + Holiday Decor workshop and it was amazing!

Read all about the experience from the District Bliss team plus check out photos of all the DIY-ers and our rad new decor!

Luckily, we get to return to AR Workshop for our DMV Vendor Social! If you missed out on the DIY, join us December 5th to check out this cute space, mix+mingle, plus participate in a fun mini DIY!

How was your experience at the DIY Workshop?

It was awesome! I didn’t really know what to expect, but everything about it was fun; if it was a challenge, it was exciting. If it was easy, it was fun. There were so many options that it was difficult to choose – and I loved everything everyone else created so much that I kind of wish I could take everything home haha

-Sara, Boss Lady/Co-Founder

The DB DIY Décor Workshop with AR Workshop was really fun! For me, it was a difficult decision in terms of what I wanted to create because of the number of options that were available. Since District Bliss does work with many small businesses within the DMV area,  we wanted the option for these businesses to create their business logos on their projects. Katie Nguyen, the owner of AR Workshop, was really great to work with. From start to finish, she was so accommodating and provided so many different suggestions to everyone in our group for ways to create our project. It was a three hour class which seems a little daunting but because everyone was talking with each other, it went by so fast. Plus, AR Workshop has a little shop you can peruse around while you’re waiting for your project to dry, which is a great added bonus when taking the workshop!
We can’t wait to work with Katie again for hopefully a next DIY Workshop!
– Cassie, DIY Blissbassador

I started out overwhelmed by choosing what project to do and not being a DIY kind of gal I was worried I might be overwhelmed all night. My need for rules and control also gets in the way of me enjoying  crafts (wow, I sound SO fun!!)! However, none of that was the case! I was given exactly enough instruction not to get overwhelmed and I had lots of rules to follow so I could make it exactly like it was supposed to look! There  is no chance of you coming away with a Pinterest fail! Phew! It was fun with little stress over messing up! I loved it!

Tracy, DC Blissbassador

This was a really enjoyable class, where everyone had the opportunity to create a unique piece for their home. I really enjoyed the hands on aspect of it all and how you got to build your piece from unfinished pieces of wood. I chose the round lazy susan with a monogram and my last name because I wanted a timeless piece that would work with a wide range of decor in my home.  In addition to the design of the lazy susan being universal, I choose a more neutral stain & paint combination, too. There were so many amazing color choices, this part was the hardest for me!
What I really liked about this unique DIY workshop experience is that it’s something you could easily do solo or with a group of friends, coworkers, family, etc.  I’m excited to continue spreading the word about AR and signing up for classes in the future!

-Brittany, VA Blissbassador 

Unfortunately, I couldn’t be there but I’m so glad the team had a great time! The workshop looked like so much fun! Crafting with friends is always 100x more fun!

-Melanie, Assistant + Unicorn 

Thank you Katie for being an amazing workshop leader!

Happy Thanksgiving from District Bliss!

‘Tis the season of giving! Happy Thanksgiving!

We’ve been waiting for this day all fall. We all know we’ll be letting out a knot on our belts and unbuttoning our pants after all the stuffing and mashed potatoes! Above all the parades, turkeys and pies, Thanksgiving is ultimately about coming together with the ones we love and care about and giving thats for all that we have in our lives. This season is also a great time to give back to those less fortunate through volunteering or donations!

District Bliss is so grateful that we not only have a kick-ass team of ladies, but such awesome friendors who support and inspire us everyday! Keep on reading to find out what our team is they’re thankful for!

(FLASH SALE: In the spirit of giving, we’re giving you 10% off your ticket to our DMV Vendor Social! Use the code ‘DBGIVE10’ (Valid (11/23-11/26)) 

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What are you thankful for?

I’m thankful that I have such an incredible support system. It’s not easy to run a business (or two) and I am so grateful that I’m surrounded with so much positivity. I’m thankful that I’ve found a solid work-life balance – and that my friends and family understand when work takes over life for a little while during super busy seasons. I’m really just thankful for everything and everyone around me. I think I’m pretty lucky to have you all!


A few of the things I am thankful for are:

  • All of the creative people I get to work along side, especially the awesome DB team!
  • An encouraging family that supports my endeavors.
  • Valuable connections I’ve made over the past year.


So much to be thankful for! My family most importantly! Also; I’m thankful to be in a place where I have the opportunity to meet so many different people and grow both professionally and personally.


I am thankful for:

  • My amazing friends and family
  • Coffee
  • I’m graduating in May and I can finally have my own classroom!


I’m thankful I can work for myself in a job I enjoy and that allows me the flexibility to also be with my children!


I’m thankful for my loving & supportive friends and family and the District Bliss team! I’m about to graduate from college and I feel so lucky to have inspiring boss ladies to look up to as I decide my future career path!


Stay thankful and throw kindness around like confetti!