As we prepare for our WOMEN + DENIM fundraiser (proceeds of which will go to N Street Village, a DC-based organization that empowers, protects, and supports DC homeless women), we're spotlighting the local, woman-owned businesses that will be participating in the event.
Holley Simmons was one of my first DC #girlcrushes when I started getting involved in the creative/arts/food scene. At the time, Holley was the lifestyle editor for Washington Post Express, occasionally writing DIY pieces that made me wish -- for the first time in my life -- that I knew how to sew. Under the name Sill Life, she became the succulent queen before succulents were the "it" plant, and her terrariums have spread across DC homes and shops like so much beautiful ivy. Find a pretty terrarium in a vintage bowl? It's probably one of Holley's. Gold-painted dinosaur with a succulent sprouting out of its back? Definitely one of Holley's.
She founded local studio/workspace The Lemon Bowl in 2015 along with surface designer Kathryn Zaremba and fiber artist Linny Giffin, and together they are a bombshell trio of smart, witty, and totally inspiring babes bringing the magic of crafting to the people of DC through workshops hosted by makers of all trades and a retail space full of eye-catching, locally-crafted goods. Their newest endeavor, Lemon + Aid, was fueled by the current political climate as a way to inspire community giving and enact change.
Though Holley won't be able to make it to WOMEN + DENIM (as per her usual envy-inspiring fabulousness, she'll be doing some traveling -- follow along at your own risk on her Instagram, here), she has graciously offered to donate a gift certificate to one of her terrarium classes, which we will be raffling off the day of the event. A donation of $10 and/or a pair of jeans size 16+ at the door will entitle you to a raffle ticket.
All raffle proceeds will go directly into our N Street Village donation jar, to help support their programs that empower and protect DC homeless women.
The event is T O M O R R O W and we're so excited for everything to come together. I hope to see you there!