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Fall 15 Style

Every season I get a little inspired to clean out my closet and get some new threads. I get excited Read more


Sounds: Dave Matthews Band

When I was in high school, my favorite bands were Sublime, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Incubus, Jamiroquai and Deee-Lite. There was no bad talk about ANY of those bands! I own almost every album for all of them and if I was able to see them live, I did. When one of my high school besties suggested that we go see Dave Matthews Band live, I was like “Don’t you know who I listen to?!?!? I don’t think DMB fits in there!” I was wrong! I went with her to DC’s RFK Stadium to see DMB outside in the rain and loved every moment of it! The energy was amazing and being in the crowd was like being at a huge party with a bunch of brand new friends. I was in love and DMB soon became one of my favorites to listen to when I needed a little pick me up!

Today I had a very pleasant surprise when I turned on Annapolis’ own WRNR 103.1 – Dave Matthews Band. Not only DMB but one of my favorite songs by them. I was so excited that I sung my little heart out with the windows down and then thought “I should blog this tonight!,” so here we are! Enjoy:



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Fall 15 Style

Every season I get a little inspired to clean out my closet and get some new threads. I get excited about the seasons changing and am always interested in finding a few key pieces to go along with the season. My style is typically comfy wrapped up in cute & leather. I like cute things like polka dots and bows paired up with leather and heavy accessories. My Fall 15 style board is full of comfy but definitely more inspired by leather (the cute will still makes it’s way in, I’m sure). I believe that everyone should have a go-to accessory. Mine are my all black Chuck Taylors. For me, they go with everything! My second favorite accessory is my Mossimo leather jacket. Pairing that with a big comfy scarf is the style definition of Fall for me. Seeing these images of a good leather jacket with a scarf makes me want to order my vanilla Americano and walk the streets of Downtown Annapolis; watching the leaves fall from the trees!

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There’s no doubt that I’m a jacket girl! Fall is my favorite season, so having a good jacket is a must. Second to a good leather is a good hooded button-up jacket; lightweight but super warm. I’m a sucker for a jackets’ inside design and these two are my favs. I love the pattern on the navy jacket and the large stitched in label on the forest green jacket. It’s all about the detail!

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This Fall I want to experiment a little more with necklaces and nails…The two N’s! I haven’t been much of a nail person and when I do get my nails done I either opt for a nude color or glitter (here’s where the cute comes in). I am in love with these black and gold nails below. Pair those nails with a simple tee, good jacket and some layered necklaces…PERFECTION!

Can’t wait to add a few new pieces of clothing and accessories to my closet.

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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 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.