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Unlike most of my #wcws, I have not actually met Sophie of Rosé Media yet, but I’ve been hearing about her for years. The first time it was from this guy who was telling me about Guest of a Guest and his friend who used to work for them and he wanted me to meet her. Then Diana from Lust Local featured her on her old blog. After reading about Sophie from Diana, I wanted to get to know her and didn’t even make the connection that they were the same person until I went to add her on Facebook and our mutual friend was that guy. Funny how that works out- DC is so small!

In Sophie’s own words:

I used to be a writer/blogger. I was the DC Editor of Guest of a guest for three years, and taking photos of everyone at every party is how I got to know so many people in the district. The DC site got allllmost a million hits a month by the time I was leaving. Now I think you know me just as the founder of Rosé Media, which manages social media profiles and designs websites for small DC businesses in the luxury space. I carved out this niche and it was a little weird at first because I had to explain to people that I absolutely did not do any PR, just social media.

In my words: Sophie is the kind of woman I aspire to be. She’s well connected, a self-starter, a boss. Plus, she’s gracious as all get-out. Like I said, we’ve never met but when I asked her for a question regarding a small business, she answered immediately and then gave me some advice for getting to where I want to be in my career (aka- running shit.) “Just do what I do and make it your side hustle before making it a full time thing.” Welp. That kind of gave me the kick I needed to ask Dani about being the community manager of Bubbles & Bloggers, getting my feet wet with a community organization in a fun way that also applies to what I want to do.

Plus she has an amazing style and a cat who went on a ride-along to Taco Bell sooo…

10 songs for a perfect sound track

Here Comes the Sun by the Beatles

Short Skirt Long Jacket by Cake

24k Magic by Bruno Mars

This Must Be The Place by Talking Heads

Stand Back by Stevie Nicks

Gooey by Glass Animals

Peanut Butter Jelly by Galantis

Suit & Tie by Justin Timberlake

How Deep Is Your Love by Calvin Harris

Bad Blood by Taylor Swift

9 words to describe you

Honest

Healthy

Happy

Opportunistic

Resourceful

Social

Creative

Persistent

Cynical (told you I was honest)

8 reasons that you love your life

I have friends and family who love me

I have the best fiancé in the world

I am healthy and love my body

I live in my favorite city in the world – Washington, DC

I live in an incredibly interesting time – 2017 is wild!

I can afford to enjoy experiences and eat well

I can let go of things and people that are not good for me more easily than most other people

I can sleep as much as I want!!! (I wish everyone could have my schedule!)

7 essentials in your closet

Red patent leather high heels

Dark jeans

Tory Burch flats

Little Black Dress by Project Gravitas

Kate Spade purses

Cashmere Brooks Brothers coat

VERY comfy and sometimes ugly things to lounge around in

Jumpsuits of all colors

6 non-electronic things you can’t live without

Sparkling water

The two quilts my mom has made me over the years. I figure if I am in a situation where I won’t have electronics, those will comfort me nicely.

My new house!!!

My bed

My cat, Noodle (note from Caro: I had to do some back-stalking but this picture of Noodle makes me CTFU)

Micron pens

5 people who have impacted your life

Both of my parents

Amy Argetsinger at the Washington Post

My fiancé

Reed Landry

4 places you’d like to visit

Marrakech, Maldives, Singapore, Santorini

3 unpopular opinions you have

I was madly in love with DC’s most hated bar, Smith Point, for about a decade (another note from Caro: I once fell off a table there)

I hate almonds, both their texture and flavor

I LOVE baby photos on social media. Post away, moms and dads!

2 things that scare you

Aging and cosmic insignificance

1 quote to live by

Everyone is dealt a hand of cards in life and we must play them as best as we can. It does you no use to be jealous of someone else’s better cards, nor does it if hold yourself back because you feel guilty about your strengths you were born with or worked hard to achieve.

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Marisa (or Maris or Reeses, as she appears in my phone) has been in my life since we were 14. You know how certain part of your life happen in slo-mo? The first time I saw Maris it was my first day at St. Andrew’s. I barely knew anyone, and I was kind of taking it all in. Then she came running like a hurricane over to this kid I was kind of checking out and threw her hands over his eyes. He guessed who she was by her watch, she complimented his Lilly Pulitzer tie, gave him a hug, and off she went.  I have no idea why I remember that specific moment, but I do.We were in different advisor groups and, at the time, different friend groups, so I didn’t give her a whole lot of thought until I heard rumors that she was dating my ex after he broke up with me later that year. I didn’t like her because of that because I was 15 and terrible. I don’t even really know if it was a true.

I’m not sure how it happened but she and I slowly became friends, and I’m so glad we did! (So are my parents- they always loved her!) I think it was because we were in Les Mis together but I really don’t remember. All I know is that the older we got, the closer we got, the weirder we got together. She went from ultra-preppy to boho and beyond. It was kind of fun pushing the limits of our dress code- there were a lot of peasant skirts involved I can tell you that much. We listened to a lot of Panic! At The Disco and she got me into Boys Like Girls. One time, she literally ate all of the cheese in my house. On a more serious note, at a moment when I was really scared, she drew a cute portrait of me including labels to make me smile and laugh and know how much she was behind me.

We lost touch in college, but she was a solid part of my original crew. We reunited at our friend Casey’s wedding last year, and I have loved watching her business blossom. Dirty Hippy Swag is so freakin’ Marisa and I love it! I mean… did you see my awesome pants yesterday?

I’m so happy for my courageous, creative, beautiful inside and out friend, and I cannot wait to see what Dirty Hippy Swag has in store for her!

10 Songs For A Perfect Sound Track:

  1. Bad and Boujee, by Migos feat. Lil Uzi Vert
  2. Online, by Danger Incorporated
  3. Diamonds, by Danger Incorporated
  4. Classic Man, by Jidenna
  5. Instinct, by Roy Woods feat. MadeinTYO
  6. Bounce Back, by Big Sean
  7. Chanel, by Frank Ocean
  8. Antidote, by Travis Scott
  9. L$D, by A$AP Rocky
  10. Left, Right, by YG and DJ Mustard

In all honesty, the entire Danger Incorporated album Are you Afraid of the Danger Boys? Is already my perfect soundtrack.

9 Words That Describe Me:

  1. Bold
  2. Creative
  3. Fearless
  4. Funny
  5. Ambitious
  6. Courageous
  7. Respectful
  8. Determined
  9. Thoughtful

8 Reasons I Love My Life:

  1. Working for myself has been incredibly fulfilling because all the company goals come from my heart and my motivation to succeed is infinite.
  2. My boyfriend, Frederick has completely transformed my human experience. Since childhood I’ve had Major Depression and PTSD an it wasn’t until Frederick and I fell in love a couple years ago that I began to discover the joys of being alive.
  3. Living in the forest. We live in the middle of the Redwood Regional Park and our tree house is by far the most beautiful pad we have both ever lived in. I love living in the forest because I literally wake up to the squaws of Eagles. No joke, when I first moved in I thought my neighbor had an Eagle sound as a text message alert because I couldn’t fathom a real Eagle actually squawing in my yard.
  4. Animals. I’ve been volunteering and feeding an 18 year old horse named Tosca once a week for a few months now. One afternoon, while feeding Tosca on the top of these bright green rolling hills I saw a family of deer, several adorable rabbits, 1 curious coyote, 3 newts, 2 wild turkeys, 1 bald eagle, 2 hawks, and the herd of 14 horses Tosca is apart of. Nothing beats that!
  5. Friends. I’m lucky to have incredibly down to earth and creative friends.
  6. Art and Design. I love painting, beading, laser-cutting, modeling, photography, graphic design, web design, and everything art and design. I love designing screenprints and jewelry for Dirty Hippy Swag and always have a blast laser-cutting the wooden pendants.
  7. Food. I’m obsessed with food. My favorite thing to do is eat.
  8. Living in the Bay. The Bay Area is filled with opportunities to go on epic adventures, work for great companies, meet interesting people, and make dreams happen. I love living here!

7 Essentials In My Closet:

  1. Sweatpants
  2. Dirty Hippy Swag white hoodie
  3. Quantify Thy Sad black hoodie (I literally wear these top 3 things every single day. it’s hard to get me out of sweatpants and my Dirty Hippy Swag hoodies)
  4. Sports bras and bralettes. I’ve been boycotting underwire bras for years now.
  5. Sterling Silver heirloom hoop earrings from my Aunt Candy and my fake gold triple hoop earrings from Goodwill.
  6. Slip on black sneakers
  7. Summer dresses

6 Non-Electronic Things I Can’t Live Without:

  1. Eggs
  2. Extra-sharp cheddar cheese
  3. Coconut Oil. I use coconut oil every day to moisturize my body and monthly to deep condition my hair.
  4. My Passion Planner is honestly the most amazing non-electronic thing I own. It’s a calendar planner customized for the dreamers.
  5. Pooh Bear. I might regret publicly admitting this, but I’ve been sleeping with my teddy bear since I was 10 years old.
  6. Crayola markers. They make to-do lists a party on a piece of paper!

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5 People Who Have Impacted My Life:

  1. Don, my dad, a fountain of eternal love and my greatest inspiration
  2. Jocelyn, my sister, my rock and my best friend
  3. Frederick, my boyfriend, my oak tree and my soulmate
  4. Candy, my aunt, my soul sister, my greatest role model
  5. Brian, a saint, my hero who taught me everything I need to know about operating an animal sanctuary.

4 Place I Want To Visit:

  1. The center of the earth.
  2. Outer space.
  3. An alien spaceship.
  4. Any beach in Greece.

3 Unpopular Opinions I Have:

  1. I don’t believe in the popular saying “seeing is believing” because I’m 100% positive aliens exist. I’m just impatiently waiting for them to appear above me one day.
  2. I believe that most animal species should be legally recognized as sentient beings.
  3. Equal rights equal fights. (gender equality)

2 Things That Scare You

  1. Spiders for sure. A couple years ago I called Frederick at 10:30pm terrified, crying and begging him to drive (30 minutes) to my house to discard a massive spider from my bedroom wall. He came.
  2. Heights. I am absolutely terrified of heights.

1 Quote I Live By:

“One love and fuck you.” – Diabolic, Self Destruction (Outro)

The first time I heard Diabolic say “one love & fuck you” became the last time I ever felt misunderstood. In essence, this is how I truly feel on the daily: every single living being on this planet deserves unconditional love and kindness, but I also need to set strong energetic boundaries between myself and the outside world in order to protect myself.

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Like most of my friends in the DC area at this point, Marisa, a Stylist/Personal Shopper at  DC Style Factory, and I were following each other on Instagram before we ever met in person. We officially first met at the District Darlings’ Relaunch, but she truly made an impression on me when I got a chance to talk to her about my personal style at the Streetsense Streetmarket. I think of myself as a little clunky and awkward so having a stylist tell me a I had a cute shape/ style actually meant a whole lot to me.

At subsequent events, I could honestly just sit and talk to Marisa for hours! Both DC girls, we’re familiar with the local nuances and quirks. (Landon- BOO! Boat shoes- ALSO BOO IN THEORY BUT GIMME!) The last time I saw her, she was wearing the cutest shirt dress with bright right high top sneakers. And you know how I love a good sneaker! She’s also a wonderful mom, setting a great example for her two little girls doing a job she loves and balancing that with their school activities- her stories from volunteering crack me up!

One day, when I have the funds and the time to clean my closet first, I would love to have her over to help me with a closet audit. Although she told me that I could never be one of those capsule wardrobe girls, I would love to know that she thinks my wardrobe is lacking and see how she’d put some of my funkier pieces together. If you’re looking for styling services yourself, check out some of the many services offered by DC Style Factory- and tell them Caroline sent you. 😉 You can contact Marisa directly at: Marisa@dcstylefactory.com!

– 10 songs for a perfect sound track:

1) Superstitious – Stevie Wonder

2) Kiss – Prince

3) Higher Love – Steve Winwood

4) Time After Time – Cindy Lauper

5) Lonely Boy – Black Keys

6) Paint if Black – Rolling Stones

7) Vision of Love – Mariah Carey

8) Callin Baton Rouge – Garth Brooks

9) The Rain – Missy Elliot

10) We Found Love – Rihanna

– 9 Words To Describe Me:

1) Determined

2) Ambitious

3) Loyal

4) Sarcastic

5) Funny

6) Independent

7) Caring

8) Impulsive

9) Protective

– 8 reasons I love my life:

1) Family

2) Friends

3) Faith

4) My Job

5) Modern Technology

6) I love being from the DC area and living here  (true city girl)

7) Free Time (whenever I can get it)

8) Wine

– 7 essentials in my closet:

1) Black skinny jeans

2) Black boyfriend blazer

3) Hermes scarves

4) Black pencil skirt

5) Timberland Boots

6) Green moto blazer

7) Ripped boyfriend jeans

– 6 non-electronic things I can’t live without 

1) my copies of To Kill a Mockingbird and Pride and Prejudice (they’re tied as my favorite)

2) French Coffee Press

3) Dior Blackout Mascara

4) Nail File

5) High heels

6) Bike

– 5 people who have impacted my life

1) My Parents

2) My own family

3) My Boss

4) Audrey Hepburn

5) My Junior year High School English teacher Ms. Sidebotham

– 4 places I’d like to visit

1) Jackson Hole

2) Paris

3) Bora Bora

4) London

– 3 unpopular opinions I have:

1) I’m a conservative

2) Drake is the male equivalent of Taylor Swift

3) Chipotle isn’t that great

– 2 things that scare me:

1) Being Buried Alive

2) Clowns

– Quote I live by:

“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view…Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.” – Harper Lee, To Kill A Mockingbird

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Sarah of District Damsel was there the day that Bubbles & Bloggers was born. We got closer when a few of us had a girls’ night that started at her apartment, and she became on of my best friends the day we got up at the crack of dawn to shoot fall clothes in 90 degree weather for Whistle & Wild. Over champagne, in her rooftop pool, we traded crazy college (and post-college) stories, compared our seemingly equally fabulous grandmothers, talked fantasy future weddings, and then split a veggie pizza. It was the perfect Saturday afternoon.

I also think she has the coolest job with Streetsense, and even though she’s slightly younger than I am, I truly look up to her. Her style is definitely more daring than mine (I can’t do plunging necklines, no matter how many times Kendall tells me I might be able to) but I totally dig how she can make budget pieces look like a zillion bucks.

photo by Dave Mentzer

10 songs for a perfect sound track

I don’t know how well these truly mesh together, but I will never tire of these songs!

Closer – The Chainsmokers

Wasted – Tiesto

Beautiful Smile – The Afters

Sorry – Justin Bieber

Body Language – Jesse McCartney (wow, I am a basic bitch)

Clarity – Zedd

Single For The Summer – Sam Hunt

Any of the hour long mixes by Kap Slap (It’s my favorite running music ever!)

Takeoffs and Landings – The Ataris

Papercuts – ILLY

9 words to describe you

Dog-lover, polite, outgoing, foodie, shopaholic, strong-willed, sassy, creative, and fashion-forward

photo by Dave Mentzer

8 reasons that you love your life

All of the people in my life who support and believe in me

That I live in a country where I have freedom to express myself without consequences

The recent “women supporting women” movement that I’ve been lucky enough to witness firsthand

I’m employed by a creative company whose work I feel a strong sense of pride about (and that lets me wear whatever I want to work!)

I’m dating and living with my best friend

I can support myself financially enough to live an urban lifestyle

Dogs and their unconditional love exist

7 essentials in your closet

Bodysuits, Converse sneakers, my moto jeans from Top Shop, black Steve Madden OTK boots, ankle strap heels from Lulus, an absurd fur vest from H&M, and my (p)leather skater skirt from ASOS

6 non-electronic things you can’t live without

The manfriend, puppies, urban life, chips & salsa, cheese, and family

5 people who have impacted your life

My parents, my blog squad, the manfriend, my business frat Pi Sigma Epsilon, and my colleagues at Streetsense (that’s like 500 people, but you get the idea!)

4 places you’d like to visit

Charleston, SC, Dubai, anywhere in Italy (I’ve been to certain parts before, but would go back in a heartbeat!), and Thailand

3 unpopular opinions you have

I’m a vegetarian, so meat-lovers tend to think I’m crazy! This might depend on who you ask, but I believe that dogs are better than cats (although kitties are growing on me.) I truly don’t get the hype about Snap Chat – maybe because I’m terrible at taking selfies?

photo by Dennis Turbeville

2 things that scare you

Not making an impact on the world and losing a loved one.

1 quote to live by

“Be the person your dog things you are.” I’M A CRAZY DOG LADY AND I DON’T EVEN HAVE MY OWN DOG!

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Roxanne of Glass of Glam and I met through Instagram. I had something posted about Bubbles & Bloggers and she commented that she would like to be involved and I directed her to Dani. We actually met in person the night a little group of us went to Sax for a GNO. Since then, Rox has become one of my closest friends.

Her “polished boho” look, as I like to call it, is always feminine, never stuffy- mirroring her beverage-themed blog! She has the cutest features, such as Weekly Refreshment + Friday Fizz. I get a kick out of her updates about her kitties, Jakey and Elwood, two of the fluffiest diva-boys in DC. She’s game to play dress-up with me, and even went pastel workout gear for an 80s dance party at Mason for a double date with our dudes. Speaking of working out, she also makes a great yoga buddy! (And a great friend!)

10 songs for a perfect sound track

Just Ten!? Okay this is really hard. I love so many songs but here are some I am loving right now. Here’s the link to the Spotify playlist.

Paris – the Chainsmokers

Beautiful People – Chris Brown

The Ocean – Mike Perry

Shape of You – Ed Sheeran

Love Foolosophy – Jamiroquai

3×5 – John Mayer

Junk of The Heart – The Kooks

Speechless – Lady Gaga

Satellite – Guster

How Deep Is Your Love – Calvin Harris

9 words to describe you

Funny, loyal, stylish, mature, generous, hard-working, articulate, determined…female?

8 reasons that you love your life

I moved to DC kind of randomly and got to meet amazing babes like Caro!

I’ve gotten to travel to some amazing places that inspire me! Israel is probably my favorite place.

My husband, who I met when I was 14, is the best man in the whole wide world. I pinch myself every day that I found him so early in my life.

My kitties (Jake and Elwood) even though Elwood is a diva and has a resting bitch face. (She’s not wrong.)

I get to have my own style blog, which I’ve always dreamed of.

I love that I know how to cook and that I can follow recipe pretty flawlessly. That’s something I feel like people take for granted.

The most supportive and loving family.

My health!

7 essentials in your closet

Distressed denim, a great coat, neutral cross body bag, comfy pointy flats, lace up heels, an oversized sweater, workout leggings (preferably from Lululemon or Fabletics)

6 non-electronic things you can’t live without

Dan, Jake & Elwood (my kittens!), coffee, mascara, and my water bottle

5 people who have impacted your life

My grandmother, My husband, Mom, and Dad (so boring! but true!), My second grade teacher Mrs. Friedman.

4 places you’d like to visit

Abroad: Bali, St. Petersburg, Copenhagen, Tokyo

Stateside: Seattle, Alaska (kind of stateside?), New Orleans, Harry Potter Land.

3 unpopular opinions you have

I don’t eat gluten and I think it is the devil.

Cats are the most amazing lovely creatures!

I was raised by a stay at home mom, and I think choosing mom-dom as your career is nothing to scoff at. It is hard AF.

2 things that scare you

Being alone

How time flies

1 quote to live by

My favorite quote is from a Hebrew song. “The whole world is a very narrow bridge; the important thing is not to be afraid.” -Rabbi Nachman of Bratslav. It basically means that life is daunting, and it is important to take care. But you’ll never get across the bridge if you submit to the fears of your own making.

Thank you Roxanne for being my #wcw! All pictures were used with her permission.

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