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About the Blog:  It began in 2008, then called Designer Deal Diva, this blog is still the same just with a new name. It's a lifestyle blog, where I share my passion for fashion, shopping, decor, diy, music, inspirational quotes and DC happenings/lifestyle. I originally created my blog (Designer Deal Diva) as a way to help frugalistas (like me) find luxury designer labels on a shoestring budget. You see, I have sort of a love for designer labels (i.e. label whore lol) but I NEVER pay retail price. Not only because I simply can't afford it, I would rather save those dollars to invest in my family and my future. I believe most of us are trying to find ways to stretch a dollar. Whether you're looking for a way to get the look for less, trying to copy your favorite celebrity's style or finding a creative solution for fashion or decor, maybe you will find something useful here on the District Gems blog.

About Me:


I’m KK, a Washingtonian, a Quirky DC Creative and I run Gems and District Gems.
When I am not working with the group at Gems doing graphic design and marketing, I’m crafting jewelry, creating art (digital & other kinds), making and upcycling furniture or working on something new, artistic and creative. The name DISTRICT GEMS, is a tribute to my love for DC (the District) and being born under the zodiac of a Gemini.

A self-professed shopaholic and I love supporting local DC unique and resell boutiques. Check some of my absolute FAVORITE Local Boutiques in the right-hand column. Recently, I've been trying hard to be a minimalist so I'm always selling some great items from my closet on Poshmark.

But wait there's more...
- I'm a TRUE believer in empathy and kindness.
- I'm obsessed with Designer Vintage especially Ferragamo (we have the same birthday) & Chanel (of course)
- My favorite color to wear is ALL BLACK or Black & White but you can also find me in neutrals like grey and tan.
- I'm a naturalista (just big chopped the 3rd time - 3/2017) & I rock Senegalese Twists at most times, because I can braid them myself.
- I love music (worked at Tower Records DC for several years. Rest in Peace Russ Solomon) and I have been in a several local bands - reggae, rock & electronica and have also written songs for other local artists.

My favorite quote: 
BE KIND, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard internal battle that you know nothing about. 

Thanks for checking out District Gems! Please bookmark, come back & enjoy.