It is surreal how much I feel time slipping through my hands (btw great start to a future Mariah Carey song, dontcha think? I heart you Mimi!). In all honesty it seems like just the other day, I alongside a group of beautiful and talented ladies served as judges for the selection of models for Oneofakind Baton Rouge Fashion week season 3.
Today, OBRFW 3 is rolling onto its second day showcasing BARE, a sexy take on fashion that introduces an array of edgy, exotic, looks for your eyes to feast on. Tickets for tonight are sold out but if you want to “dip it and do it,” like my fave talk show host Wendy Williams does in the club, you can still get tickets for “The Big Night” here. “The Big Night” is when all the fashion kids come out and play, and “Yaaasss honey Yaassss,” I will be there to say “How you doing?”
Baton Rouge Fashion Week returns to Baton Rouge for a third year, thus calling this comeback season 3. It’s visionary force and creator, Brandon Campbell, plans to outshine previous years by fusing a diverse mix of fashion concepts. Campbell consistently fosters an inclusive event that showcases and features local, national, and even international talent when it comes to designers and models.
And speaking of models, on Friday January 22nd and Saturday January 23rd (see below for times and details) Baton Rouge Fashion Week is having a model search. I am returning as a Judge for my second year and cannot wait to see all the aspiring models that will walk the catwalk, werk it, and most importantly OWN IT ! Confidence is key.
Top: Macy’s // Pants: Express // Necklace: Stella and Dot // Hat: Leith from Nordstrom //Shoes: Isola from Head Over Heals
Don’t you just love the Fall? The weather changes, people tend to be in better moods (generally), and you can layer and wear those cute knee high boots boxed somewhere in your closet. It truly is the most wonderful time of the year. I will waste no time and tell you my predictions for hot fall trends: fringe, floppy hats, culotte pants, and covers that simulate ponchos.
I was waiting to publish this post hoping that it could go along with yesterday’s story about local fashion bloggers in LSU’s The Daily Reveille. Thinking back, not knowing the exact publishing date of this article was the best thing.
The lovely Brittany Hagoort interviewed me three weeks ago and ever since then I was stressing about the when, the how, and the what. When would the story come out, how will it look, and what would people think once they read the article. Everyday I walked by the stands worrying about this soon to be not yet existing article. Yesterday’s front page headline was “They see me rolling,” which happens to be one of my favorite tracks (I also imagine President Barry O rolling out of the White House to this song..just FYI) And later that morning a tweet from The Daily Reveille took me by surprise. I played it cool, went to class and on my way back picked up a copy of the paper. Only to pick up ten more copies from two different stands later that day. And there I was. It’s an amazing feeling to see your story on paper, it really is. No press release to announce that I have blog, and come January 2016 it will be four years!!! Time flies when you are having fun.
So now I get to freak out and say in my Oprah voice “I’m in the REVEILLEEEEEEEEE!!! You get a paper, you get a paper, and you get a paper!” You can read the full story here.
Special thanks go out to Brittany Hagoort for doing such an amazing job creating this article quoting a few of my favorite fashion ladies in the area, and Nicholas Martino for being the photographer who saved the day! And my readers, wherever you are and whoever you are THANK YOU!!!
Until the next post!
Nordstrom Rack will officially open its doors to the public tomorrow, October 1st at 9:00 a.m., just off the Mall of Louisiana exit in Baton Rouge. And the much anticipated “Rally to the Rack” is on!
There will be music, breakfast treats, and giveaways to celebrate the grand opening of Nordstrom Rack in Baton Rouge. They will have a traditional raffle in which 30 lucky customers will have the opportunity to win $100 nordstrom gift card, and one lucky customer will win a $1,000 shopping spree!! Need I say more?? Plus the first 1,000 customers to make a purchase will receive a complimentary Nordstrom Rack tote as a gift.
This store will be a total game changer in the Baton Rouge community offering popular and luxurious brands at 30%-70% off regular retail price. Hellerrrrrrr!!! No brainer! I already visited the store and it’s pretty amazing. Honestly, I did not know where to start. I had a plan of what I wanted to scope and when I walked in I completely forgot.
So be there or be square!
Until the next post,
Dress: June by June Ambrose (HSN) / Shoes: DSW/ Necklace c/o: La Clé / Clutch: The Ant Hill by Anthony Ryan
Well folks Spring is a done deal yet I find myself everyday scouring through HSN (The Home Shopping Network) obsessing over the Spring and Fall collection of my favorite stylist June Ambrose. She is a fashion QUEEN in my book. I am pretty sure Jay Z (HOVA!) has her on speed dial, and she is responsible for styling Missy Elliot’s super fly video back in the early 2k’s.
Anyone on HSN can really sell me anything but June can sell me all her clothes. She uses her slogan “styled by design,” and catchy phrases like “glamoflage,” meaning using glamorous design tricks to accentuate your curves and make you look thinner. Yes Please! And I know I am not the only one stalking her collection as most of the small sizes in her spring collection are pretty much gone. Yes Spring! Because honestly her pieces can be worn year round. As shown above. I LOVE this scuba dress. It was sold out but sometimes if you pray hard enough to the fashion gods they listen and grant you a wish. The black and white panels and the overlapping floral motifs are perfection to the upteenth degree.
And speaking of HSN can we give a round of applause to the multi fashion millionaire Jessica Simpson for successfully selling her new fall fashion collection DRUNK on air yesterday. Now that’s what I call multi tasking while having fun, and making money honey! You can watch this cash train wreck (btw loved that movie! Bill Hader swoon!I watched it twice!) here by clicking on the video that shows the live presentation.
In this post I am collaborating with La Clé . I found this awesome jewelry company on instagram. They repurpose old keys and coat them in different colors. Each color has a different meaning. For example, I chose gold which stands for worthy and valuable (umm…Yes I am!). As the color of your key fades you are said to have absorbed the energy of those words that represent your key’s color. Additionally, if you post your “naked key” on any social media platform using the tag #nakedkey” La Clé will make make a donation to the charity of your choice. How awesome is that!
If you want a free key just go to www.shoplacle.com and click on “Free Key” Share with your friends, they get $5.00 off their purchase and you will get a free key when your friends shop! Awesomesauce! FYI- The Oxford Dictionary has put awesomesauce (meaning “extremely good;excellent”) in the dictionary so it is a legit word!
I was honestly not expecting to write this much so if you made it to this part congratulations! You win at allowing me to ramble in my thoughts! Gotta love you for that!
Until the next post!
Oneofakind Baton Rouge Fashion Week’s “Big Night” did not disappoint. The mere fact that the event was completely sold out was a great indicator of how well the Baton Rouge community supports, welcomes, and embraces the fashion industry.
Igor Matkovic was our host for the night. Matkovic, who is also the host of his own television program called “Style Savvy,” presented the 2015 Fashion Icon Award to the beautiful and talented model, actress and radio show personality Ms. Chenese Lewis.
Collections from brands such as Little Rock’s “Miss Smitty” featuring fun pieces for young girls, and Cupani Fashion by Lacie Cupani who presented amazing crocheted pieces were among the many that made their mark on this “Big Night.” Local designers such as Peyton Simms presented her line of printed t-shirts called “Perfectly Taylored,” and LSU School of Textile and Apparel Merchandising students also debuted their collections.
It was a great and amazing night. I wore red, had fun, ate amazing food from our local star Chef John Folse, and as my favorite TV personality Wendy Williams says: I was “dipping it and doing it” in the afterparty.
This was an amazing experience that I embraced with open arms and what did I get from it? I met beautiful people and got to hang with friends that I don’t get to see that often. I am looking forward to next year and to be so lucky as to be offered the opportunity to participate in Oneofakind Baton Rouge Fashion Week again I will be there in a heart beat. Brandon Campbell did an amazing job in coordinating an event of this magnitude and he had an amazing team of young ladies that helped him put this event together. SO BIG KUDOS to them as well!!! Their work does not go unnoticed.
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From left to right: Leslie Presnall from Southern Flair Blog, Ebony Warren from Classy Quties Social Club, Faith Laureles, Elle Marie from Elle Marie Brand, and me!
Last Friday January 30th and Saturday January 31st hundreds answered the call for OBRFW’s 2015 model search. Beautiful people came from places as far as Tennessee to strut their stuff at the Louisiana State Capitol Museum in downtown Baton Rouge.
I sat as a judge alongside five other fabulous trend setting ladies in the Baton Rouge community. One of them being a fellow Baton Rouge fashion blogger, Leslie from Southern Flair Blog, whom I have know for some time now. Leslie served as a judge last year so it was such a great experience to sit with her this year.
But let me tell you, not only was it fun to serve as a judge it was also tough at times. Everyone I saw walk down our “runway” had something very unique and special about them. Confidence was key and rocking that walk counted!
Wishing best of luck to all the models! And I look forward to seeing some of their faces on OBRFW‘s big night on February 28th!
Until the next post!
Oneofakind Baton Rouge Fashion Week returns for a second year and I could not be more excited. First, I am PSYCHED to announce that I will serve as a judge in their model search this year alongside other fabulous and amazing judges. Second, this event is so much fun to attend and I am thrilled that Baton Rouge has it’s very own fashion week!
If you ever wanted a chance to walk down a runway (much like me) now is your chance ladies and gents! Above is all the information you may need but you can visit the OBRFW website for more information.
I will be posting more information on this fabulous event in the coming weeks. Until the next post!
Dress: Odelyne // Belt: Express // Shoes: Jessica Simpson
All these festivals in the last couple of months have really inspired the bohemian side of me to come out. From crochet tops and denim shorts to lace dresses, I am all over the place wanting all these pieces.
I first saw this dress on Ashe from Dramatis Personae (I feel like Khaleesi saying this out loud) blog, and she looked absolutely stunning. After a compliment on twitter and a few words with the lovely Kelsi from My Style Smith! the impossible happened, I had the dress in pink!
It’s a lot of material but wearing it as Ashe wore it, with a belt, and these pumps took the dress to a whole different level. I wore it for a graduation and I thought I was overdressed yet I received compliments on it. So not a bad move. The best part is that you can also wear it with sandals and still look fabulous.
From the print to the material this Odelyne dress does not disappoint.
Until the next post!