April 2011 archive

TFAS Weekly Round-Up

KENTON magazine’s “Uptown Daydream”

KENTON magazine keeps rolling out these impressively beautiful editorials. This light and airy spring editorial was shot in London and features fantastic props, clothes, and the perfect model. You can find the rest of the editorial here. Also don’t forget about KENTON magazine’s party tonight!

"Kenton Magazine" "Uptown Daydream""Kenton Magazine" "Uptown Daydream"

PHOTOGRAPHER: Charlotte Bibby
STYLIST: Jamie Wilson (http://www.jamie-style.com)
EDITOR: Alexander Liang
EDITORIAL DESIGNER: Terica Walton
BEAUTY: Roisin Kinch
SET DESIGN: Harry Riley
ASSISTANT STYLIST: Jay Bentley
ASSISTANT SET DESIGN: Edward Frith
MODEL: Amelia Thomas @ Bookings
With thanks to Ivan Leah

DIY Trench Coat and NYX Eye Pencil and Milani Glitzy Gloss Review

Today I am bringing you a video where I talk about how I made a sleeveless trench coat, which is very chic right now, and I review some beauty products I bought. I  recently bought the 3D Glitzy Glosses from Milani Cosmetics and the Jumbo Eye Pencils from NYX Cosmetics. Check out the video to see how I liked or disliked them.

For the Trench Coat- You can take a trench coat from anywhere. I just happened to buy mine off of Ebay. You can either cut the sleeves off or use a seam ripper like I did. Seam rippers are cheap. Also make sure you buy some fray check from Walmart or any craft/fabric store. This will help you keep the frays in check.

 

Shoe of the Week-Giacomorelli At Luisa Via Roma

Shoe of the WeekGiacomorelli Leopard Print Pony Skin Flats At Luisa Via Roma

 

 

I am in love with the Giacomorelli Leopard Print Pony Skin Flats from Luisa Via Roma. At $426.50 I can’t afford them, but that doesn’t mean I can’t fantasize about them. Can’t you just see yourself traversing around Rome on a scooter with these hot flats on you feet? I can! Photo from Luisa Via Roma.

Olivier Rousteing Is The New Designer At Balmain

Olivier Roustieng Balmain

Congrats goes to Olivier Rousteing for becoming the head designer of Balmain. I am so excited to see a person of color heading a major fashion house! This is big, big, big news! I can’t wait to see what he brings to the table. Are you as excited as I am? Do you think Rousteing will keep up the rocker chic look Balmain had uner Decarnin?

From The New York Times:

The new era at Paris’s sex-charged fashion house Balmain is beginning to take shape, with Olivier Rousteing being tapped as the label’s new designer. Rousteing, who joined Balmain in 2009 and is currently in charge of women’s wear, replaces Christophe Decarnin, who left earlier this month due to strategic disputes with chairman Alain Hivelin. Before joining Balmain, Rousteing worked for five years at Roberto Cavalli, which should serve him well in delivering the decadent rock-inflected glamour that became the label’s trademark under Decarnin. Photo from NYT.

Trend Report: Pattern Mixing

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Pattern mixing is making a come-back for the fall/winter season, but this time around it’s simply not enough to mix two patterns such as florals and polka dots, but rather it’s all about mixing the same pattern within one ensemble. Whether it’s polka dots, stripes, tartan, or florals, the trend is to wear the pattern head to toe.

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Crafty Feast 2011 and Sweeteeth Chocolates

I am so behind the times with this post, but I have been so busy with school. Two Saturdays ago late I went downtown  to brave the rains and hit up Crafty Feast 2011.  It poured down rain as soon as I got there, but the rains soon let up and I got my shop on.

I bought the decadent Sea is for Caramel bar from the Sweeteeth booth. The lovely Laura from Fool 4 the City bought this same dark chocolate with sea salt and caramel bar in Charleston during fashion week. Laura you were right. It was so divine. Ahhh!

I had such a blast visiting all of the designers, artists, and crafter’s tents. I am going to make sure I make it back there next year. I have so much to tell you about Crafty Feast that I decided to do a weekly post introducing you to the fun and creative people that I met that day. Be on the lookout for those posts, and while you are waiting…go get you some Sweeteeth Chocloate.

P.S. Sorry for the grainy webcam picture. I am having technical difficulties.

Sweeteeth Chocolate

 

Of Note…Iman

iman

Photo from Retro Fit.

Iman was born in Somalia in 1955 to a diplomat and doctor,. She moved to Egypt as a child and later went to college in Kenya. While in Kenya she was spotted by photographer Peter Beard. That moment helped jump start her modeling career. On the set of her first job, which was also her first job with Vogue, the makeup artist asked her if she had brought her own makeup. At the time models of color brought their own makeup because there weren’t a lot of shades out there to match them. That moment would inspire Iman to start a multimillion dollar cosmetics empire two decades later.

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Style Exhibition 2011

Another event that I went to last week was the Style Exhibition. It was put on by 3Jay Productions here in Columbia, SC. It was a three day event, but I could only attend one day. I went to the networking event expecting to meet some of the designers who were showing in the fashion show the next day. I got to meet two of them and speak with some vendors.

michi knitwear

Michi Knitwear

The two designers I met were Valeri Reaves from MyMyApparel and Michele Walden from Michi Knitwear. Both designers make straight and plus sizes, so you know I got excited when I heard that. Both designers were also wearing their wares, so check out the post pictures for a looksee. I also met Gloria Qualls who makes Earth 2 Earth natural beauty products from scratch.

 

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Trend Report: Thigh High Slits

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A twist on the maxi skirts we’ve seen in the past year, designers were injecting a dose of sex appeal back into the demure length with thigh-high slits. This look is a sexy alternative to the mini, where you still have a chance to flash a length of leg but still keep a decent amount of coverage. No fear of flashing here!

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Partnered Post: ShopNBC For Beautiful Jewelry

When you think of NBC, you think 30 Rock and SNL, not gold jewelry and bracelets. Well guess what I found… jewelry on ShopNBC. I had been on the website in the past, but I forgot about it. I actually strolled the website a few more times in the past, and then moved on yet again.

I was quite surprised by what I found. They have some pretty gold jewelry from brands like Charles & Colvard. This brand is perfect for wedding jewelry with their pretty platinum bands. After all wedding season is right around the corner. The heart shaped earrings, for $307.49, were a personal favorite.

ShopNBC also has some really cute bracelets. I see some that my jewelry fanatic mother would love. Which could only mean one thing… I think I have some idea for what I want to get her for Mother’s Day. Mother’s Day is only next month and she could use this Multi-Strand Celebration Bangle Bracelet for $148 because it could go with anything in her closet. The jewelry at ShopNBC is perfect for a gift, a wedding, or for yourself. Check out the website today.

USC Fashion Week Fashion Show 2011

Last week I went to the USC Fashion Board’s Fashion Week Fashion Show. It was the third annual fashion show and the second one that I have attended, and I can honestly say that is was great. I love the 701 Whaley building with all my heart. It is the perfect place to hold an event, and Marquis Bias and all of the other Fashion Board members really know how to produce a great show.

Usc Fashion Week, The Shop Tart

I got to see some of my friends like Shay from Sheen Magazine, Quinn from Viva la Qbee03, and Eb from Make Me Over Eb. I also got to talk to Keisha from Makeup By Kei Kei. Check out her beauty videos on Youtube for great tips. I also got to see the ladies from Flock and Rally and Alicia Barnes from WOLO. I also want to thank The Shop Tart for taking this lovely picture of me and Dwaun from Shopping Savage. I haven’t spoken to him in like 4 or 5 years.  In the picture I am wearing my flatforms that you can’t see, my Gap maxi dress that I need to dye because it is fading, and my Topshop Kimono. If I got to talk to you and I forgot to mention your name, I’m really sorry.

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Shoe of the Week-Payless Kutie Knot Platform Pump

Payless Kutie Knot Platform Pump

The Kutie Knot Platform Pump from Payless is the perfect Easter shoe, and because it comes in three versatile colors ( Sand, Pink, and Black) , you can wear it to work or somewhere else after Easter is over. Get it now for $26.99 $19.99. Photo from Payless.

This fabulous and versatile peep-toe is a must-have this season!! It features a rich faux suede upper with a classic pep toe, a pretty knot detail on the vamp, a lightly padded footbed for comfort, and a durable outsole with a trendy 4″ patent-wrapped cone heel and .5″ platform. Manmade materials.

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