Think Pink: It’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Tickled pink. Pretty in pink. In the pink.

Pink is good. It’s the color of birthday cake frosting, little girls’ dresses, newborn piglets and that hilarious panther. It’s also the color of breast cancer awareness ribbons.

While says 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point, that figure is dropping. The organization said the incidence of breast cancer had been growing for 20 years, but in 2000, that number started to fall.

One of the best ways to keep that number dropping and help fight breast cancer is to do self-checks.

Cancers caught early are more easily treatable. Thus, every ad, every event, every story and every ribbon contribute to decreasing the spread of this potentially fatal disease. The more aware everyone is of the danger, the better their chances of avoiding it.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Consider donning your pink T-shirt and participating in one of the activities listed below.

  • The Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K walk will be held Saturday, Oct. 18. Participants meet at the Tidal Basin. The opening ceremony starts at 9:15 a.m. and the walk follows at 10. Sponsors stress this is not a race and everyone walks together, stopping whenever necessary. You don’t have to complete the walk to participate. For faster check-in, register ahead online.
  • The same organization is partnering with Odyssey Cruises for a Go Pink Brunch Cruise from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Oct. 13. Wear pink, drink pink mimosas and hear inspiring stories from breast cancer survivors. Tickets are $69.99, and $12 from each ticket will go to Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.
  •  A Breast Cancer Awareness Walk will be held in Alexandria on Saturday, Oct. 13, at the Oakland Baptist Church, 3408 King St. Registration will be open during the pep rally starting at 8:30 a.m. The 3-mile walk starts at 9 a.m.
  • 2for2 Boobs, a nonprofit dedicated to providing breast cancer awareness, is hosting Line Dance for a Cause from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at Glenarden Community Center 8615 McLain Ave., Glenarden, Maryland. This fun event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Come learn from top area line dance instructors. Get inspired by listening to the stories of doctors and breast cancer survivors — celebrate life! Raffles and silent auction.


Wilkkommen to Oktoberfest in D.C.

One thing that’s great about living in the U.S. is that our melting pot culture allows us to celebrate all the most fun holidays from everyone else’s culture. Cinco de Mayo. St. Patrick’s Day. Oktoberfest.

Are you seeing a pattern here? If the holiday involves alcohol and partying, we’re down for it!

If you missed last weekend’s Oktoberfest merriment, don’t worry, the revelry continues for two more weeks.

Where can you go this weekend and next to partake in the fun and have your beer delivered by a dude in lederhosen or a Fraulein in a dirndl and fake braids?

  • District Oktoberfest — Don’t miss this popular daylong drinking celebration Saturday in Dupont Circle. Buy tickets on Eventbrite and claim them between noon and 3 at Buffalo Billiards. You get a beer when you check in and select beers and shots for $4 each at participating bars through 9 p.m.
  • Wunder Garten — This beer garden and event space is celebrating Oktoberfest all weekend long, Sept. 28-30, with traditional German music and food, Bavarian Olympics and beer, beer, beer. On Sunday, dogs are invited to attend as well and participate in a dog costume contest and talent show. (All dogs welcome, not just dachshunds and German shepherds.)
  • Sauf Haus — Oktoberfest kicks off here tomorrow, Oct. 3, featuring 14 special beers and “a blind taste test with prizes and swag.” Dress in traditional German clothing on Saturday, Oct. 6, and get the chance to win a prize.
  • Café Berlin — This elegant Capitol Hill restaurant is celebrating Oktoberfest in a slightly more proper fashion, with a special menu featured through Oct. 21 including wiener schnitzel, spätzle, bratwurst and strudel. At 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, Café Berlin is hosting a pig roast, complete with traditional sides and beer. Stop by at 3 p.m. Monday, Oct. 8, to hear traditional German music under the tent in the biergarten.

It’s likely your local bar or restaurant will also feature some Oktoberfest specials, but these just might include discounts on beer and two-for-one hot dogs, so hit an authentic party.

Elegance and Excitement on the Catwalk during DC Fashion Week

DC Fashion Week has come and gone again, leaving in its wake a trail of feathers, sequins, glitter and excitement.

Those lucky enough to get tickets to one of the sold-out events over the weekend were in for a treat — these designers’ styles delivered a healthy dose of haute couture to stuffy D.C., home of the ubiquitous uniform of navy blue suits and crisp, white shirts.

What did we get to see at this exiting bi-annual event showcasing emerging designers from across the U.S.?

A half-pint-sized model about 10 years old strolled down the runway in a beautiful evening gown with a rich lace collar and a long, frilly black bustle-skirt. The average 5th-grader might not have the patience for such a frilly garment, but Agape Kidz Couture clothes are for special occasions.

Politically motivated brand a-OF-g (absence of government) dressed its models in pale, faded blue shirts with logos and colorful, messy-looking, semi-sheer mini-capes. These uniquely designed clothes stood out, especially beside extravagant evening gowns.

Fashion Week founder Ean Williams’ magnificent collection included models adorned in flowing, elegant dresses. The first looked absolutely stunning in a sweeping, skin-tone gown with a swirling dark-green pattern and a collar made of shining black feathers. Atop her head she wore an antler-like headdress. The second model wore a long, black-and-tan dress with a layered tulle bustle and a slit up one side. She, too, wore a birdlike headdress. The third wore a glittering, large-skirted gown of black, green and blue.

A Dahjay Renee’s model wore a brightly colored, wildly patterned, Ziggy Stardust-like jumpsuit with sky-high (though thick) black heels with thin ankle straps. Another model wore a black gown with a large, floating skirt and a rosette-covered train trailing behind her. Her shoes were much simpler.

Philanthropic brand Designs by BJHNSN (“trying to change the world, one garment at a time”) showed off a model in a sheer, neon yellow raincoat with a tight black teddy underneath. She wore patent leather stilettos, large sunglasses, red lipstick and a blank expression. According to the designer — a Michigan native making his DC Fashion Week debut — the outfit represents the Flint water crisis, hence the raincoat.

Ethereal and Grace’s collection is targeted to curvy girls. Their first model wore an elegant black jumpsuit with a high neck and gray trim. The second wore a sweeping, V-neck black gown a lacey, silvery pattern with a fitted waist. According to the designer, these outfits are meant to help plus-sized girls “look and feel beautiful.” I think she succeeded.

ModCloth (motto: Vintage Made Modern) dressed a model in a dark blue jumpsuit with minimal trim. Another wore an elegant, cranberry-colored minidress with a matching jacket. This year’s September collection — cleverly called “Getting Her Master’s” — is all about professional wear. According to the well-dressed representative, “Everything at ModCloth is vintage-inspired, with a modern twist.” They’ll be opening a store on H Street Northwest.

Sierra Mitchell, a designer who likens her technique to a sculptor, dressed her models in stylish crop-topped outfits, one adorned with gold, black and red sequins, the other more plain. Yet both looked truly elegant. Mitchell herself is a west-coast designer making her DC fashion week debut. She says she tries to help women of all body types “feel their very best,” no matter where they’re going.

Statement Made Apparel showed D.C their line of eye-catching bathing suits. The first suit featured was a one-piece, made of a vibrant red fabric with glittering, bronze trim. With it the model wore a pair of black high-heeled ankle boots. So … not exactly beachwear, though still stylish. The second wore a brightly colored, wildly patterned bikini and a pair of shiny, strappy gold shoes. This brand makes suits for all body types.

The steamer trunks are packed up and the glam of the weekend is little more than a memory — until next spring.



Glam, Glitz & Glitter at DC Fashion Week

Just when you thought the only fashion we had in D.C. was navy blue suits and wing tips, DC Fashion Week is back with trending styles by local and international designers.

Held twice a year, the fall show kicks off Wednesday, Sept. 19, with a media-only sneak peek at the new collections. Fashion Week opens to the public on Thursday with a networking party at The Living Room DC. Admission to this event, scheduled for 6 to 10 p.m. with a fashion show at 7:30, is free and open to the public. Stop in for a drink and mingle with models, photographers, designers, hair stylists and more.

The second fashion show, held the following night at 8 at Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum, is sold out. The 29th Emerging Designers Showcase will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. with a fashion show at 7 on Saturday in Crystal City. Front-row seats to this event are sold out, but general admission seats are still available for $50 plus a $3.50 processing fee.

Fashion Week wraps up with on Sunday with the 29th International Couture Collections Show at the Embassy of France from 5 to 8 p.m. with a fashion show at 6. See spring and summer collections from designers from around the world. VIP tickets for this event are sold out, but general admission tickets are still available for $70 plus a $4.50 processing fee. Proper dress required.

Welcome to Bhlen

The idea for Bhlen came from three fun-loving guys who travel a lot and found it difficult to discover the best places to go in new cities or when attending major events.

Finding a good bar to get a beer post-game, the perfect place for martinis after a business function or the go-to spot for after-hours celebrations can be time-consuming and overwhelming. Whether you live in a big city or are just visiting, crowds, misinformation and inflated prices for special events often lead to frustration and early, disappointing nights.

In creating our site, we focused on making travel more fulfilling and entertaining, allowing everyone to socialize like locals.

Lauded as the first of its kind,’s innovative mobile app connects travelers, promoters, event organizers and venue owners in the DMV with the goal of making sure no one is late to the party. We take the stress out of navigating the social and nightlife scene by making it effortless to find out where to go, when to go and how to get there. No matter the type of venue, whether you seek to find a rooftop bar, Tex-Mex restaurant, LGBTQ spot or a cigar lounge, you can find it all with Bhlen.

Bhlen is also a platform for organizers and promoters to list activities and celebrations around major events, helping to boost attendance and form connections to an untapped audience that is otherwise difficult to reach.

For more information, or to submit an event for our site, visit Bhlen on the web at or email Follow Bhlen on Facebook, Twitter @bhlen_info and Instagram @bhlen_info


September Fun in the DMV

Labor Day – the last blowout weekend of the summer. It’s the last official holiday with guaranteed warm weather and it’s right around the corner. Soon pool parties, beach days, and hot rooftop nights will be replaced with firepits, Halloween parties, and pumpkin everything.

But it’s not time to throw in the (beach) towel just yet. It’s still hot and sunny outside, and you might be trying to figure out how to make the most of the long weekend in and around the Washington DC, Maryland, and Virginia (DMV) area. Bhlen has you covered.

No need to spend precious, if dwindling, summer minutes scouring websites for the best local festivities and places to be. Just visit us at, add your search details to the top, and you’ll find a comprehensive list of local Labor Day specials, parties, and events at your fingertips.

If you’re not in town for the long weekend, you can check us out when you return. We aren’t just limited to holiday weekends. Coming soon in mid-September, Bhlen will have your go-to local events associated with the Congressional Black Caucus.

Want to submit a festivity or venue to reach our audience? Click Submit a Festivity at the top of the page and send us the information. Not sure what you need, where to click, or who to talk to? Just visit the Contact Us page on our website and we’ll do our best to help.