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


‘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!
Chris Ferenzi Photography

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

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!

Happy Veteran’s Day!

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Happy Veteran’s Day! Veteran’s Day is a national holiday where we recognize and honor all who have served in the US Armed Forces. We thank you for your service and all you have done for our country. You have put your lives on the line to answer the call of duty to serve our country and protect our freedom. We’re forever grateful.

To those currently serving, we send you much love and support and thank you for everything you’re doing!

Lately, times have been trying and tensions are high. We must remember that veterans and those currently serving today have fought and are still fighting so that we may have a voice. What we do with our voices is up to us. Use it for peace, use it for kindness, and use it to speak up. Speak up against injustice, unfairness, and speak up for those who are not able to be heard.

Have a great Veteran’s Day and if you see a veteran, be sure to thank them for all they have done!

Get crafty with AR Workshop Alexandria! Meet the rad venue of our upcoming DIY Workshop & Vendor Social!

Meet 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. You can customize beautiful signage and home decor with colors and designs of your choice and enjoy a fun and crafty night out!

This adorable and unique space the spot for our next District Bliss DIY Workshop AND DMV Vendor Social! Katie Nguyen Wells, the rad owner of AR Workshop Alexandria, is an all all-around rockstar! Katie has been in the business for 8 months now and brings a great blend of business sense, creativity, and entrepreneurial spirit to her new role.

We want you to join us in this rad space for a night off!

Click here to get crafty with us!

Click here to mix & mingle at our Vendor social!

Why did you decide to join this company?

People are seeking unique experiences and community and I wanted to offer a space in Old Town where friends and family can gather to relax, create, mingle, AND leave with a piece of art that they proudly made themselves. AR Workshop offers hands-on classes for creating custom home décor in a lounge style atmosphere. In the heart of Old Town Alexandria, our charming loft-style lounge is the perfect venue for a fun and unique Girl’s Night Out, Corporate Team Building Activity, Fundraiser, Birthday Celebration, Date Night, Moms Morning Out and Kids Parties and Camps. Our class offerings include customized wood plank or framed signs, lazy susans, wood centerpiece boxes, canvas pillows, and canvas wall hangings, and so much more! Our retail shop offers a selection of on-trend home décor gifts and accessories.

What is your favorite part about what you do?

I love wearing all the hats and having my hands in every aspect of my business. From growing our brand and meeting and partnering with other local businesses, to teaching workshops, to curating and buying products for our retail shop. I also love our cozy studio and being in the heart of Old Town Alexandria. There’s a lot of good vibes, energy, and laughter coming out of these walls and seeing the happy and proud faces (of all ages) and projects leaving our studio will never get old.

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

We are a part of the Old Town Boutique District, which features over 30 unique shops showcasing one-of-a-kind items and hard-to-find brands. We recently participated in the District’s Shop & Stroll event where shoppers visit each boutique to win prizes and the grand prize winner gets a HUGE shopping spree, along with a 50% off coupon to use at ANY boutique. Of all the boutiques the winner could choose to spend their 50% off coupon, they chose AR Workshop. Having only opened our doors 8 months ago and being a ‘newbie’ to the District, that was a great compliment and honor.

Does your company provide additional services that you’d like people to know about?

We are hosting many different creative workshops at our studio and creating a community where you can learn a new craft and skill — Upcoming workshops include Hand Lettering, Watercolor, and Floral Arranging. All being taught by other local DC Artists. So many more to come….

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

I’m a corporate mom turned creative entrepreneur and small business owner in her 40’s. It’s a daily struggle to balance being a mom, wife, and business owner. It’s chaotic, it’s not pretty, it gets done, it takes a village. But, I’ve never been more professionally fulfilled and happy. I’m doing what I’m supposed to be doing right now.

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