About

About the Blog: 

Established in 2008 as the blog Designer Deal Diva, this blog has evolved under a new name. When I first started this blog, I was pretty obsessed with designer and luxury brands. My friends and I would shop in high-end department stores, only to end up purchasing only one (although fantastic & stylish) expensive item. Once I started finding similar items by the same high-end designers for SUPER cheap at discount stores, at local consignment /thrift shops and even on sales racks at the same high-end department stores, I said never again!!! So, this blog began with the desire to help women like me, who love designer labels and luxury items but not wanting to pay retail prices.
The Blog’s original name and slogan was,
Designer Deal Diva – Enjoy the FINER things in life without the HEFTY price“.

Living in DC, the cost of living has skyrocketed in the last 10 years. Everything has gotten a little pricey. There are more restaurants, music venues, and fashion boutiques opening everyday. Which means, there’s so many things to do. But enjoying DC doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg. There’s so many affordable options for date-night, to eat, enjoy the arts and to hang out with family and friends; that is, if you know where to look. That’s where District Gems comes in. I find so many hidden GEMS in DC, just by looking for affordable places to go. Here, I share with you all my finds!

So, whether it’s finding the look for less at your neighborhood consignment or thrift store; finding a great place to eat on the cheap, or finding fun places to hang out on a shoestring budget, I hope you find something helpful here on this blog.

About me:

I’m Kelly Kayla, a forty-something native Washingtonian, who grew up in Uptown DC. By day (9-5), I’m a marketing coordinator in the real estate industry. But, just like many in blogosphere, I also have several side hustles outside of my 9 to 5; including web administration, marketing & graphic design at GEMS, artisan jewelry design at District Gems and consignment boutique owner on poshmark.
I’m also obsessed with Designer Vintage; especially Salvatore Ferragamo (he has the same birthday as me) and of course, Chanel, the woman who reinvented herself as a Fashion Icon.

My favorite quotes by Michelle Obama

Real men treat the janitor with the SAME RESPECT as the CEO.
Just do what works for you, because there will always be someone who thinks differently.
When they go low, we go high.

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