Kara Reade Gomez is a resident of Fairfax. Together with her Husband, Jo, she owns Reade Enterprises, an international marketing company. They coach many people all over the US how to be successful business owners. Together with her mother, Susie, she founded their beauty division, Best Face Forward- Skin, Makeup and Hair Artists. BFF is an on-site team of 20+ beauty pros from Maryland to Northern NC with over 100 years of collective experience in these fields, providing services from everyday lessons, to weddings and events. Commonly referred to by friends as “The Skin Whisperer,” Kara personally has a love for the science of skin care and loves mentoring other entrepreneurs. She loves being a step-mom to 15 year old Sebastian.
I've always been drawn to the creative but instead of completing a music major I chose science. Science pays the bills, but if I could, I'd spend my day behind a camera lens or a sewing machine while listening to a copious variety of music. Creating things is what makes me tick. So does literature, poetry, and opera. I'm a stoic romantic lost inside a hypothesis driven reality.
Emily Gonzaga is a hands-on mom of a very active little boy and an avid artist. She is the owner and creative director of D’Milikah – Brazilian Fashion House. Emily uses her background in Kinesiology as well as her native country Brazil to inspire her designs. With a spirit of entrepreneurship, Emily is involved with fashion consulting and mentoring for variety of up and coming brands helping others to reach their full potential. With a heart for charity she is often involved in working with groups that empower women building their careers and businesses in Brazil. Here in the U.S., Emily volunteers for numerous charities such as We Will Survive Cancer and Single Mom Assistance Org. She loves to travel and meet new people, but dance is her passion and cooking is her therapy. Her motto is: Do not leave for tomorrow what you can do today!
After many years working in the biotechnology start-up world at companies developing therapeutics for the treatment of HIV and Gastroparesis, Kimberly jumped into government life in the Office of Ethics at the National Cancer Institute (NCI). For the past 6 years she has been one of many responsible for ensuring that employees and special government employees adhere to all applicable rules and regulations in order to avoid potential conflicts that could hinder any of the work done at the NCI. Kim is a proud wife and mother of one, who is very active in her church and in supporting her daughter’s passion for soccer.
I am 40 years old, a wife, and mother to two wonderful boys (Owen, age 10 and Gabe, age 8). My husband and I are both very active with our sons' extracurricular activities, attending countless soccer practices and games, piano lessons and cub scouting activities. I have been Owen's den leader in scouts for the last 4 years, which can be both challenging and also immensely rewarding. I have worked at the Food and Drug Administration for over 20 years; 16 of which have been spent working with Oncology drug products. In my free time (which admittedly I don't have much of) I sing with the Frederick Chorale and play the piano. I also enjoy reading and traveling. And okay, I'll admit that maybe I also like to watch Project Runway on TV and fantasize about being a fashion designer myself someday.
Wendy Pittman has been a sales executive for more than 15 years. Consistently recognized for her sales and leader8ship success, including the prestigious President’s Club award, Wendy is also known for her professional presentation and passion for improvement. As Executive Business Development Manager with Allergan, Inc., and previously as Account Manager with United Parcel Services Inc., Wendy has launched and managed major national sales campaigns, trained and managed hundreds of sales professionals and raised the bar for sales performance. A University of Maryland graduate and current Maryland resident, Wendy is dedicated to serving her community by working with local and national charities including Courage for Kids where she currently serves as Vice President and previously, United Communities Against Poverty (UCAP) to which she served as a Board Member and Treasurer.
Never slowing down, in 2011 Wendy flexed her entrepreneurial muscles with the development, launch and continued growth of My Bougie Baby, a boutique clothing line of stylish and tasteful looks for young fashionistas. She proudly remembers, “It was under my dad as a young girl that I first learned the art of negotiation and sales.” Today, Wendy relies on those talents to make professional success personal.
I’m Monica Byrd, a wife, Haute Mom, creator of Fashionista Flea Market, The Haute Experience: Roundtable Discussion Featuring Hair, Beauty and Style Brands and Bloggers, The Haute Collection: Fashion, Style, Decor and Home Living Gifts, Bump in the City Stationary Collection, Baby Bash and Bling Expo & Show featuring Bump the Runway.
Monica Byrd.com offers style advice, tips to fashion moms, product and book reviews, lifestyle journey and exclusive access to signature events and more! Monica Byrd.com connects readers with established brands to show an everyday life approach by giving the brands’ consumers new ways to love and trust their brand.Monica Byrd.com helps brands penetrate the area’s fashion market through social platforms, media coverage online and style events.
Gorgeous smile and sparkling personality is one way of describing this New Orleans, Louisiana native. In the presence of this charming southern bell, you definitely feel that southern hospitality shines through. As an experienced fashion and style professional, Monica’s passion and experience in bringing fantastic venues and beautiful people together to create sophisticated and spectacular events. She has worked in various fashion-related events including shopping parties, style events, fashion forums and trunk shows.
Monica is also a contributing writer for the Washington Post, the Examiner and fashion trend reporter for various fashion and lifestyles magazines, fashion blogs and style newsletters. As well as contributing writer for Foodie.com, writer on Tend.com, style writer for Glam.com, writer for the Spa Week’s Hot Mom Squad; Monica works to develop stories and layouts, featuring new trends in both fashion and accessories. She is extremely passionate about her craft.
Monica Byrd Brands
Dedicated to chronicling experiences of how pregnant women can maintain their sense of style while toting a baby bump – Baby Bash and Bling Expo & Show is an interactive lifestyle expo celebrating expecting moms, new moms and everyday moms featuring Bump the Runway and the Beauty and Bump Bar – nearly three years since its creation our past expos in cities from Washington, D.C.; Dallas, Texas; Atlanta, Georgia; New York City; and most recently the creator’s hometown, New Orleans, Louisiana and we will continue to embrace pregnant women from all cities and states!
Fashionista Flea Market (FFM) is an outdoor open-air flea market bringing together fashionable women, bargain shoppers and fashionistas. With the success of FFM, we’ve started an FFM Affiliate Program for the new year where interested fashionistas can bring bargain shoppers together in 2015, build their own following and have an FFM business of their own in their city – from Colorado Springs, Colorado to Houston, Texas. The FFM season starts March through November yearly – and held twice a month on the same dates in various cities.
Additionally we have carved out signature ‘Haute Experience’ events – roundtable of Beauty, Fashion and Lifestyle bloggers and brands – to connect fashion, beauty and lifestyle bloggers, vloggers and enthusiasts to network, to have open discussions and shared experiences.
During our New York City show held during NY Fashion Week, we presented “Bump in the City” The limited edition stationary premiered in NYC with the fabulous celebrity mom, Nicole Ari Parker. Continuing in the theme of celebrating the expectant mom, I created a line of stationary bearing a custom illustration of 3 fabulous pregginistas. These notecards make a wonderful personal touch for sending thank you’s or personal notes to friends and loved ones.
And recently launched in 2014, The Haute Collection: Fashion, Style, Decor and Home Living Gifts.
I'm a mom (two great teenagers, I love my kids so!) and an entrepreneur. I own an environmental engineering firm that specializes in cleanup and revitalization of contaminated properties. I'm a lector at my church, first vice president of the Chantilly HS PTSA, and food coordinator for the Chantilly Showstoppers show choir. I've got a big family whom I love to visit, and a super active social life. I adore live music, reading, movies, cooking and hanging out with friends and family. I travel often for business and fun. Carpe diem is my motto!
Awele is a wife, mother of two and a risk professional at a leading financial services company in the country. She has a spirit which embodies ambition, determination, humility, persistence and pure laughter. Since 2004, Awele has pursued volunteerism in her free time lending her expertise as a member and executive to organizations such as The African Women’s’ Cancer Awareness Association and Global Associations of Risk Professionals and Mentors, Inc. Awele believes that success is eminent to anyone willing to pursue and work for it. She lives with the words of the Great Nelson Mandela in mind, “Do not judge me by my successes. Judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again”