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Curating Events

I love a good social scene. I also love a great curated space. What does curating events involve? It’s a Read more

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Make it Everlasting!

I have been away from this blog for a few months now. Between business transitions, having my site compromised and Read more


Curating Events

I love a good social scene. I also love a great curated space. What does curating events involve? It’s a focus on creating an experience for the people who take the time to attend your event. It’s all about the surroundings, the people and the little details.

My husband, brother and his girlfriend started noticing that we all have a true love for curated social settings. Getting the right people in the right place at the right time for the right event. When my brother started hosting his monthly Open Mics at Metropolitan Kitchen and Lounge in Downtown Annapolis, we all jumped on board with helping him promote them. We realized that each of us had a strong-suit in this event business and eventually created a brand that focuses on curated events for artists and musicians called The Conglomerate. As The Conglomerate we have one solid goal:

To create an outlet in the Annapolis, Maryland area for independent creatives to showcase their talents through curated events.

Annapolis is such a great place for us to provide these events. In a town that already widely celebrates the arts and music, we fit right in.

Our first major event is coming up and we could not be more excited. It’s a 3-day music event called The Dig; open mic, Jamla showcase w/ 9th Wonder, Rapsody, Heather Victoria and special guest Gods’illa, followed by a record fair and rooftop after party w/ DCs own True School Corp.! WOW! Our meetings in the kitchen have really paid off!

Can’t wait to share with you all what else is coming just around the corner!

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If You Keep Thinking About It…

…it’s probably time to do it!

I am constantly thinking about designing; designing clothing, bags, mugs, pillows, scarves, everything! I’m thinking about finding cool vintage treasures and customizing them. I’m thinking about buying an industrial machine and learning how to make bags. I’m thinking about hand painting typography. I’m thinking about collaborating w/ some of my favorite designers someday. I’m thinking! The problem is…I’m not doing! What’s the hold up? Over-inspiration? Lack of confidence? I’m not sure.

My company 19FIFTYTHREE will be making some creative transitions soon and “Just Do It!” attitude will be steering the ship of transition. So, where should I start? What is the first step? For me, it’s having no fear! This is what created my previous brand LITTLE by Darin Michelle. This is what created 19FIFTYTHREE and this step is what will expand my creativity and open my mind to getting up and doing and not just thinking.

If you’re moving into your ‘Just Do It’ season, what is your first step?

And now, for my personal theme song:

Make it Everlasting!

I have been away from this blog for a few months now. Between business transitions, having my site compromised and running into a number of other issues, I have had a major set back. So much has happened and changed w/in these last few months and I can’t wait to have that reflect on the Darin Michelle site. As usual, I’ve been taking in all the inspiration I can get on Pinterest, constantly creating w/ 19FIFTYTHREE and am now happy to be working w/ an Annapolis agency who offers both creative and marketing < more updates on that later!

There are some exciting projects in the making and a huge but awesome transition happening for my company and brand 19FIFTYTHREE. Last year I became a mom (Success). The presence of my daughter has pushed me more to reach out for my dreams, to create positive goals and to make classic work. There is something admirable about people who follow their true passion and style and don’t get caught up in trends and over-saturated media hype. For the last few months my theme song has been ‘Everlasting’ by Rapsody. As creatives and artists, it is our duty to create honest, everlasting work w/ integrity. Thank you Rap for making a song that can and will speak to me for years to come! “Make it everlasting!”

In & Around Annapolis

I’m excited to get back to blogging. I always struggled with content, but then realized that the one constant in my life is gathering inspiration. This is an every day, non-stop part of my life. I decided to star sharing what I’m inspired by with you on a regular basis. There is no better place to start than at home; in and around my house.


Walking around my mothers neighborhood has always been one of my favorite things to do. Growing up on a peninsula and being surrounded by water was amazing. Every now and then, when my husband and I need a good walk and some fresh air, we head down to the neighborhood, plop the baby in the stroller and go for a nice long walk. We found these beautiful flowers along one of our walks. They were so tall and beautiful and the soft gradients found in each flower were so perfect! Such a good way to start the week.




Inside my home, I can always find three of my favorite things: beautiful pillows, my black leather jacket and all black shoes. These things never go out of style for me. I totally forgot about these pillows until I decided that the perfect accessory to my girlfriend and I’s night drinking Tequila in my backyard were some comfy pillows. This, my friends was a great idea and a nice little addition to the middle of the week.


A few days later, this beauty was waiting for my husband and I downtown Annapolis. I never get tired of all of the beautiful docked boats. There is something magical about a beautifully built boat. I am thankful that these are here to greet me almost any day of the week.


Converse Chuck Taylor 1970S Hi “Floral”

If you know me, you know there are a few staples in my life: funnel cake, cotton candy and Converse! Some people can’t leave the house without makeup, or their favorite hat or lipgloss, mine are my all black Chucks. In my opinion, they go with everything!

Today I was made aware of the Converse Chuck Taylor 1960’s Hi “Floral” (thanks Rap)! They are perfect. It’s almost like they were made…for me! I don’t think I have ever met a more perfect shoe.


My first thought when I saw them was “how much!?!” I found out how much and realized that though they may not be had now, they will later – maybe as a birthday present to myself. I am already thinking of the outfits I can wear with them and becoming very happy!



Uptown Funk

The musical marriage between Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson is, shall I say…SPECTACULAR! With all the busyness of the holidays, work and baby, it took a little while for me to get hip to ‘Uptown Funk’ by this marvelous duo! I am beyond happy that I did. The song and video are a perfect nod to the vibes of the late 70’s and 80’s funk sound that was happening at that time.



You can hear a little bit of Prince and a little bit of The Time and a whole lot of awesome! Mark Ronson continues to prove that he is a magic man in the studio and Bruno Mars and his crew always bring that extra bit of joy and funk to everything they touch. I’m so happy I finally got hip to this song!