Let’s just say I don’t go “out” a lot. It’s dinner at home and bed at 10 p.m. (OK, sometimes 9:30) at the Pipkin residence most nights. I like to say we’re old souls trapped in our mid-20s. So when the fabulous founder of LipstickRocks.com, a social networking site for women relaunching very soon, asked me to go to “Sip with Socialites,” I had mixed feelings. I confessed to Cate, half jokingly, that I am not a fashionista who would just blend into that sort of thing, and that I had worn my only cute outfit to a meeting with her (Lo and behold, I had at least one other one to wear).
But I put on my big girl heels (though I’ve lived in DC just long enough to know not to wear them during the half-mile hike from the U Street metro to the Penthouse Pool Club) and went to the party. Of course, I didn’t know a soul when I walked in, though I had names of people I was supposed to meet. But after the first of many handshakes and good conversations that evening, I was fine — having fun, even! I reminded myself that this was a networking event, of sorts, so it’s perfectly acceptable to walk up to strangers and introduce yourself (knowing they were all vetted at the front door).
The venue was gorgeous, on the rooftop of a fitness center with views of the moon and Washington Monument and a pool in the center of a club-like arrangement of swanky sofas and lounge chairs, with fire pits here and there. And I had a fabulous time meeting people like the reigning Miss DC, Sarah Hillware, who has a heart for improving children’s health and fitness; and Tahera Zamanzada, one of the dozen or so “socialites” who arranges monthly events like this one, often with a fundraising focus. I also met a Naval-trained dentist, a fellow freelancer in the marketing field and a venture capitalist, to name a few.
The cocktail-hour event this Wednesday night benefitted Blessed Haven, Inc., a nonprofit that helps transition foster care youth into successful adults by providing resources and, most importantly, mentors. Founder Danielle Jennings, a former foster child herself, gave a heartfelt speech about the nonprofit that may have garnered some new mentors from the event (my heartstrings were tugged).
So what is someone who blogs about affordable organic food and pet-friendly cleaning products doing at a swanky event like this? Oh, just saying yes to the opportunities and seeing where they take me. I would highly recommend it.
Besides, I had more than one conversation about organic, sustainable, etc. food. So there you go.