Nuvany Ni’ce x Rachel Mara Giveaway WINNER!!!

Sorry for the delay in announcing the winner, I was away in Virginia for the holiday weekend! Hope everyone enjoyed their weekend like I did! So the winner is Rochelle from MA, thanks to everyone for entering and please subscribe(top right side of the site) to stay up on new giveaways and features!

The giveaways are finally back and I plan to bring you many more! Rachel Mara has graciously offered to sponsor this giveaway. Up for grabs this v-neck Splatter t from Rachel’s Spring 09 collection. Here are the rules for the giveaway: Visit and tell me what your favorite piece/s are from her current Spring 09 collection. Send an e-mail to with your answer/s,location and age and your in! Do you have a fashion blog, if so re-blog this giveaway and an additional entry will be placed on your behalf :)(remember to e-mail the link to ensure your bonus entry). A winner will be chosen at random next fri. May 22, 2009! Please check out the recent Fresh N Fierce feature we did with Ms. Mara and don’t forget to visit to shop the new web store!


ITS ON SALE: Rachel Mara Jessica Dress

Orig. $235 Sale $99

When I laid my eyes on this dress, I fell in lubbbb! Im such a fan of vintage-esgue styles, cuts etc. and this dress has all the elements of a vintage dress. From the print to the style, which makes it timeless. You can wear this forever! We just featured amazing designer Rachel Mara, be sure to check the feature. This dress retails for $235 and is on sale for $99, but thanks to the folks over at Goldyn if you input the code:MEMORIAL you’ll get an additional 40% off(valid May 22-25). Now if that’s not a sale, not sure what is! So go on scurry over to Goldyn and snatch this beauty up, you can show your appreciation later! CLICK HERE TO BUY OR GAWK 🙂

GRINDING: Rakiyt Zakari

1. Name/Alias:
RAKIYT the Rak aka David’s Mom

2.Where are you from/ Where do you currently live?:
I’m from Norfolk I live in the DC Metro

3. Where did/do you go to school and your major?:
Howard University 03 Grad. BA Fashion Merchandising

4. What is your Grind?:
The Grind: hustling shirts, hand stitched tees, custom work, designing dresses, alterations, web designer, graphic designer, consultant, international arms dealer

5. How did you get into what your doing now?:
I’ve always loved fabric and color and creating. I got started in the fashion game in 2001. I began making dresses and doing shows locally and selling to boutiques. In 04 I started showing my women’s line in Miami. A year later I developed The Original David brand. Since 05 this has been the main hustle.

6. When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?:
I wanted to be Uncle Traveling Mat from the Fraggles. I wanted to just be a world explorer and an inventor. I was always creating little things, building stuff, dismantling things and what not.

7. What are some contributing factors that shaped the life you live now?:
Stubborn resistance to all things conventional pretty much is to blame for my current status. I love and hate what I do and can’t seem to do it through traditional means. Another contributing factor could be that I spend a lot of time in my head, thinking things up, cooking up concepts and looking for outlets. I couldn’t do this at a regular 9-5, most ppl never get the chance to shine in a confined space.

8. Any specific people that mentored or helped guide you to your current path?:
My mom’s love of patterns and fabric stores scarred me for life, so I made sure I didn’t do things the way she did. Her love for sewing rubbed off on me, but my twist is being uninhibited in my approach to design. My cousin Jimmy was another influence. He could draw and he was the coolest cat in the neighborhood. I wanted to be just like him. I started drawing (and perfecting my cool) at a young age to sort of imitate big cuz.

9. What motivates you?:
I’m motivated by greed. Simply put, I just want to eat and feed my kid, and this is the only way I know how. I don’t want to do anything else so I have to make this work.

10. Your favorite author and why?:
I don’t have a favorite. I read a lot of books some of my fave’s are Thomas Friedman, Brad Meltzner, Anne Perry, Seth Godin and they’re all kinda all over the place subject wise.

11. What are 3 goals you want to achieve within the next year?:

Health Insurance.
Build Web Presence
Create an Animated short for The Original David

12. One person that continuously inspires you and why?:
David my son. He is the inspiration. He’s the coolest and has the best one liners.

13. 3 Indie brands you LOVE to rock?:
Covet, Saint Y’acque, Suno

14. What annoys you the most?:
I’m most annoyed by masturbators: people that get off on themselves. celebrities with crazy ego, ppl that just talk and talk and talk to try to be profound.

15. Your best quality?:
Best quality is rolling with what comes my way. My life undulates in weird patterns and I’m pretty good at just handling stuff and adding my own brand of sarcasm to lessen the insanity of it all.

THINGS I LUV: Dangling Beaded Earrings

photo credit Greg Kramer

One of my must haves for this summer are dangling beaded earrings. This picture reminded me of an etsy shop that I stumbled on not too long ago. Fantasybeader offers a wide variety of handmade beaded earrings. Many different styles and colors to choose from. Click here to browse the shop!


Orig. $180 SALE $90

Everybody loves a sale right, I know I do! So I thought to myself why not share some of my really dope indie finds with you all. Once a week I’ll post a great sale find that I come across. Lets start it off with this lovely Hamptons bikini from Jo De Mer. I’v been on the hunt for an upgrade for the summer season and think I found it. I’m lovin this twist on the leopard print and the sexy side ties seal the deal for me. Are you diggin it too, head on over to Mick Margo and add it to your cart! CLICK HERE TO BUY OR GAWK 🙂

Archetype Sample Sale

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Steven Alan Sample Sale

Boos & Besito + More!!!


$1, $5, $10 BINS- NOTHING OVER $20-*Right across + walking distance from Sunday Fairfax/Melrose Flea Market!!!

Come out and enjoy live music, scenery,food/ drinks while shopping ^_^ !

*Open to public
*Rotating DJS weekly
*Rotating food/ drink sponsors
*Free event



♥VANESSA CHIUU from Insight (personal & vintage being sold)

♥LINDA LOVEMADE (personal & vintage being sold)

♥MARY TROUNG (vintage)

♥STEVEN SHEIN (jewelry)

♥BOOS&BESITO (vintage +new accessories/clothing)



♥SHADOWSCENE (clothing + accessories)

♥UBIQUITY RECORDS (music + clothing)



+ MORE!!!



Great opportunity for spring cleaning, sell your designs, and/or get rid of some inventory in a community and fun atmosphere!


Sellers are welcomed to sell items ranging from Clothing, Shoes, Accessories, Music, Gadgets, Electronics, Collections, food/drinks and books new or used/vintage


NN- It seems that Fashion design is only one of your many talents! Can you give us a little background on yourself?

RM-I studied fine arts and advertising design as well as spending some time with photography. Like most creative people I’m insatiable when it comes to creating. There is always something that can be made better or different.

NN-Your roots run very deep in Fashion. Moule is a small chain of boutiques started by your Mother in the late 80’s. Did this influence your desire to delve into fashion in any way?

RM-It had the opposite effect, I avoided it for quite some time. I thought fashion was too girly or fluffy. I grew up wearing a “girl’s lib” t-shirt and being a proud tomboy, I thought I needed to do something more serious in order to be taken seriously.

NN-You’ve been designing your line Rachel Mara since 2002. Explain how your design process has evolved?

RM-The process hasn’t really changed for me. I still dive in head first and hope it all comes together.
What has changed is that I’ve gained experience and knowledge and that is what evolves the collection. I have the courage to take more risks.

NN-I read in another article that your Spring 09 collection was inspired by “The Warhol-Sedgwick” relationship. Can you explain this more in depth?

RM-The collection was inspired by artists, their process, their muses, and their mess. The stroke of inspiration for anyone can be so personal, random and fleeting.
As the viewer we are so intrigued by trying to understand how someone comes up with an idea. And when that inspiration comes from another person or a “muse” it results in this magical essence that beholds the artist and the viewer.

NN-What are two things that people would be surprised to know about Rachel G. the designer?

RM-1) I hate pets.; 2) I secretly always wanted to be a comedian.

NN- Do you have any specific aspirations for your line this year?

RM- Perfection. Fortunately it’s unattainable or else I’d have to move on and find something else to do.

NN-Portland or Marrakesh for shopping and why :)?

RM-Nothing beats the Medina in Marrakesh, you’re transported to another time and place.

NN-Fashion has been apart of your life for some time now. I’m sure you have encountered obstacles as well as triumphs along the way. Can you share a few valuable lessons that you have learned and live by?

RM-I think I’m finally learning that the most important voice to listen to is mine. And as long as you keep trying to do great things you eventually will.

Original David May Day Sale

The Original David is having a major 40% off sale, click here to peep the goods!