Quintessential Chic is the blog formerly known as Designer Deal Diva (Est. 2008) is a personal fashion and lifestyle blog where I share my passion for fashion, decor, music, inspirational quotes and finding the VERY best for less. I originally created Designer Deal Diva as a way to help in finding luxury designer labels on a shoestring budget because I can be a bit of a label whore but I would much rather save those dollars to invest in my family and my future. I believe we all are trying to find ways to stretch a dollar; so whether you're looking for a way to get the look for less, trying to copy your favorite celebrity's style or finding a creative solution to add to personal style, hopefully find something useful on my blog.

About Me:
I'm the child of United States Army parents and grew up in NW, Washington, DC (Uptown Uptown).
I am an artistic/creative enthusiast. I design, build and up-cycle furniture; create mix media artwork & paint acrylics; design & create jewelry; I create websites & graphic design; obsessed with fashion & decor and I buy & sell fashionable & designer goods. I am a self-professed shopaholic. You can usually find me at Consignment Shops, Estate Sales, Thrift Stores, Yard Sales, Eastern Market, pop-up shops & boutiques in the DC Metropolitan Area.

A few additional tidbits about me:
- a Washington DC Original (Uptown Baby!)
- favorite colors are black, white and grey
- a naturalista & I rock Senegalese Twists at most times
- a blerd & a womanist
- have been in a few local bands - reggae, rock & electronica
- like most girls, I love sparkly things from crystal chandeliers to diamonds but I prefer silver over gold
- And... Although I'm a creative person, I do however have an ordinary office job during the day because I've got bills to pay y'all (LOL).

My favorite 3 quotes:
1. Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.
2. Life isn't about finding yourself. It's about CREATING yourself.
3. Being well dressed is a beautiful form of politeness.

Thanks for checking out the blog! Please bookmark & enjoy.

 XoXo, Kelly Kayla


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