WCW: Candy Washington-Renaissance Woman

Happy Wednesday Folks! I am starting my WCW (Women Crush Wednesday) series again J Those not familiar with the WCW series, it will include women who inspire me and inspire many.  They work in various fields, but they all have one thing in common: DRIVE.  I am happy to have my dear friend, influencer and actress Candy Washington be this week’s WCW!

I met Candy in 2011 at a trade show I was working.  She was covering trends for Fashionedits.com.  We kept in touch online, doing the typical “let’s grab a drink soon”, then we ended up running into each other at the same events, and since we both lived in Brooklyn at the time, we ended up being each other’s plus one becoming great friend’s in the process. 

Candy is a true Renaissance woman.  She attended Georgetown University in Washington, and the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts.  She’s worked at the Louis Vuitton public relations department and the merchandising department at Urban Outfitters, Inc.  She has showed off her acting chomps on MTV, TBS, and FUSE TV, performed on-camera fashion segments with top industry influencers including Teen Vogue’s Elaine Welteroth, NBC’s fashion and style expert Lilliana Vazquez,  and has appeared on ABC 7 as a film and entertainment expert.

She is also the founder of a popular lifestyle website  - Actress with Style - a site targeted to the wants and needs of millennials, the Billionaire Blogger Society, and her recent secret project (even to me): 1214 by candy washington.

Being a Renaissance woman as you can see, doesn’t happen overnight.  It takes drive and dedication.  With a 3-hour time difference and our busy schedules, we managed to set up this lovely interview for all the modern Renaissance women out there!

1. What inspired you to become an actress? I've always loved storytelling and creating characters. Becoming someone else always fascinated me and being able to connect with others on such a creative level gave me a rush. It's my favorite way to escape while creating a meaningful experience with others. 

2. When was your first role as an actor? My first role was when I was a little girl and did plays at church with my family. My first paid acting gig was an industrial for Pepsi. I booked it my first year in NYC.

3. What character was the toughest for you to change into? I played this super ghetto fabulous yet strong and funny woman named Nu'Mani in a web series called, "The Ratchet Pack." She was so unlike me that I literally created a new speech pattern and physical mannerisms for her. She was awesome to play and really stretched me as an actress. 

4.Who is your favorite actor? Steve Buscemi. He's a chameleon and just captivates me. He's a force as a character actor but also seems like the leading man in every scene. I'd be honored to work beside him one day.

5. You took a risk moving from the east coast to the west coast. What was the inspiration behind that? I was ready to live my dream. I had a moment where I realized that I couldn't wake up in 20 years and just be in a bigger cubicle living someone else's dream. I owed to myself to try. I now have a very specific vision for my life, which includes being on a TV show and in films, and the opportunities are greater here in L.A. to realizing those goals. I take inspired action everyday to fulfill my destiny. 

6. What does a typical day in your week look like? I wake up around 7:00am, make coffee, meditate for a bit, check my emails, go for a run, and then I come home and make breakfast. If I have a blog campaign due, I'll write my blog post, take photos, and then post on my blog and social media sites. Then I'll pitch and research for an hour or so and then its lunchtime. Next, I'll connect with my manager and see what I need to do acting-wise from going to a class, working on a scene for an audition, or submitting for auditions. I usually have an event at night, so I'll meet up with a friend and head over to the event and then home for a later dinner and unwinding with a book or my ultimate guilty pleasure, reality TV shows on Bravo.

7. You recently started the Billionaire Blogger Society. Please tell us about that. What made you start it? The Billionaire Blogger Society is a way for me to share insights, tips, and tricks on blogging and personal branding that I've learned over my career as a professional blogger, actor, and entrepreneur. It's also a way to inspire other people to live creative lives. There's a library of free resources for bloggers, grab them here, and there's an e-course coming soon on how to create a branding blueprint as a blogger or creative professional. 

8. What advice would you give to bloggers starting out now? Besides joining the Billionaire Blogger Society ;)  To just start, not to worry about being perfect, be yourself, don't hate on other bloggers - learn from them and collaborate with them, don't get discouraged, and forget about stats - it's all about engagement. Focus on what makes you happy, charge what you're worth and let the "no's" slide off of your back. There are thousands of brands out there, don't let one steal your joy.

9. What's the one wardrobe essential you can't live without? My black leather jacket and black leggings.

10. What made you want to start your blog? I was bored at home over a holiday vacation and was inspired by Fashion Toast and Alexa Chung. I literally started on Blog Spot and I haven't looked back since. I started my blog before Twitter was invented. 

11. Do you have any specific goals for the rest of this year? Booking a big TV role. That's my number 1 goal for the Fall. Hopefully on ABC or the CW. I really respect David Rapaport, so I would be honored to be on one his shows. I also have so much respect for Linda Lowy, so anything on Shondaland would be amazing. Felicia Fasano, Venus Kanani, Lesley Wolff, Gayle Pillsbury, and Nancy Nayor are also casting directors that I respect and admire. I also have a pretty awesome manager, Brandon Cohen of BAC Talent. 

12. What's the biggest difference in your life post-blogging? I'm still blogging and I love being a blogger and a social media influencer. I've shifted my focus back to acting as well, I'm happiest when I doing both. So I guess I'm just living my most authentic life possible and hopefully I'm adding value to the lives of others in the process.

13. What's next for you? Can you tell us about 1214 by candy washington? It's my baby! 1214 by candy washington is my new collection of super comfy t-shirts, tanks, and sweatshirts. The designs are literally inspired by my Instagram feed. The collection is designed to make you laugh, think, and feel empowered. I can't wait to really promote it and create more designs. 

Below are two of my favorite styles from the 1214 collection! There’s always room for a sweatshirt or tee in my closet and yours too!  

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Catbird Fever

Whenver I get off the Bedford Ave L stop, I CANNOT walk pass Catbird. It's one of my favorite boutiques in the city. And that is saying a lot as this gal likes to shop online ;)


Catbird sell's the most unique jewelry (engagement rings too, hint for my future husband out there), beauty, and homegoods. The boutique is now a E-tailer as well for you folks that are not able to head to Williamsburg! 

My favorite piece from their store so far is the baby serpent earrings, handmade right in Brooklyn! A rad Christmas gift from momma! I wear them all the time:

By. Brooklyn designer Leo Black, lovely isn't it?!

By. Brooklyn designer Leo Black, lovely isn't it?!

Since then I started to have a "thing" for snakes :) Really more snake designs from Catbird:

I highly recommend paying a visit to Catbird, try going on a Thursday or Friday if you can! Weekends are slammed :)



NYFW SS17 Recap#1: Erin Fetherston, Collina Strada, Rubin Singer

Hey guys!

NYFW ended last week, it was a blast! A lot of designers are taking more risks again instead of playing it safe: making political statements, all natural make up, and art instillations are a few of the risks brands took this season.  This is the first of three recaps,  woot woot!

Erin Fetherston Spring 2017 Collection

"This collection is not just 'Spring 17', or my ten-year anniversary collection, but more like Chapter One of what I hope will be a very long novel, " says fashion designer Erin Fetherston of her long awaited designer revival.

Model’s sporting an all-natural look, paid an ode to the feeling of seeing the NYC lights shine on a summer day.  The dresses had a similar shimmer, while white and blush tones followed by pops of neon and denim.  To add to her signature dress look, Featherston added tailored pantsuits to the collection.  

COLLINA STRADA Spring 2017 Collection

While catwalk diversity has been in the spotlight especially with the controversy embedded in the Yeezy Season 4 casting call.  Collina Strada designer Hillary Taymour took matters into her own hands this season, with a presentation that called attention to diversity by casting all black models.

"I was tired of just seeing that token black girl," Hillary told attendees at the presentation. "It's our duty to acknowledge this at a time when Americans are taking to the streets to remind us that Black Lives Matter. We need to amplify those voices and use our collective influence to push for change." She added.  Wow, glad someone called it out “token black girl” I personally dealt with that.   

Ruffles were a common theme in the presentation seen in a denim jumpsuit, floor-grazing pants and sweeping hems.  Wearable and directional at the same time. 

Rubin Singer Spring 2017 Collection

Rubin Singer became a household name when Beyoncé wore his designs at the Superbowl in 2013.  I actually remember working next door to the their design office in the garment district, the team would stay way past regular hours to get designs executed.

The Spring 2017 presentation took the route of an art installation. No runway, no models! It hit me why the presentation was 4 hours long!  The all-day installation allowed a larger attendance in media and buyers.  Not to mention, it cuts the costs of models and all their issues (ubers to the next show, make up, meals, etc). The collection entitled, “Into the Deep”  took on an outer galactic solar system motif, with dreamscape music in the background. Gowns were displayed on risers! “‘Into the deep’ is an exploration of new proportions, new materials and a voyage to a new world,” says Singer. 

Have you guys been following the shows online? I believe London is happening right now :)