I’ve wanted to go to the see what Motor Supply Company’s Make Your Own Bacon Workshop or the awesomely titled #baconrumpus was about for so long. I missed the event so many times I thought that I would never get there, or they would cancel it before I could find time in my schedule to go. A lot of people myself included say that there is nothing to do in Columbia. For the most part, this is true…but things are changing. When in the last decade have you heard of a make your own bacon event with complimentary cocktails and appetizers in Columbia?
This weekend was the sixth annual Style Exhibition. The Style Exhibition is a local fashion event put on by 3 Jay Productions every spring which showcases fashion designers from all over the country. The first night is a networking mixer, and then the last two nights are full of fashion shows. This was my third time attending the events, and I have written about it in the past. Because I have seen the event improve every year, I was really excited to see the designers that they had showing during the two nights of fashion shows.
Yesterday I finally got a chance to go to the newest shoe boutique in town – Gwen Rawls. Most of the items in the store are not sold anywhere else in this state. Gwen Rawls only sells Italian designers, whom you may or may not be familiar with. The one designer you may be most familiar with is Roberto Cavalli.
On Sunday, I along with Make Me Over Eb and XO Gallivanting Boy went to the Who Got Flava Hair Show at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, and we had a BLAST!!! It was a far cry from the hair show last week. This show was more along the lines of a Bronner Brothers type hair show event. I mean you know the salons had to bring it if they were going to win $10,000!
Tonight was the finale of the first annual Columbia Style Week! I had a fun time meeting a ton of new people like Mike Kelton of Us Weekly, and hanging out with old friends. The event turned out great, and the finale outside at Sakitumi was really pretty. Note to the CSW crew for next year… more lights in the front and back if you are going to be outside and definitely more chairs.
This morning I got up early and went to the Columbia Style Week Bridal Show. I saw a lot of cool vendors, and met up with some of my friends. I also met a few new people. That is what I love about a good fashion event. You will always meet a new person or two. Inside the runway space, which was held at the Tapps Building, the lighting and scenery were very beautiful and had that classy wedding reception feel to it. Anyway I saw some great bridal fashion for the groom, ring bearer, bridesmaids, and of course the bride. Five local bridal companies along with the help of Weddings 101 put together a great show. The only problem was this…
Columbia Style Week rolls along with night four. The crowds are heavier and the photo pit is jumping. It is so good to see people embrace fashion in Columbia. I know that I’ve covered local events in the past, but fashion in my hometown in very much nonexistent, so the fact that people are showing out for a 5 day fashion event is HUGE! Check out the designer reviews below.
Night three of Columbia Style Week is going strong and the house aka 701 Whaley is getting more and more packed. First up was Gigi Couture with flirty tanks and t-shirt dresses. Riot on the Runway was CSW’s attempt at a joke. They put out horrible looking swimwear on purpose, but I think the joke was lost on most. Continue Reading
Tonight was round two for Columbia Style Week. Held at 701 Whaley, this was also the night where the actual fashion shows started. The designers up tonight were Nelson Arrington, Mary Michaels, Columbia 12, Nancy Crowell Designs, and Alta-cation. Check out the review below.
Tonight was the very first night for Columbia Style Week. The event featured a pre-party with vendors at the Tapps Building. Later Wink Magazine’s 25 Most Beautiful People were announced, and there was an industry panel featuring Katie Kern, Anthony Simmons, Alicia Zeigler, Sonya Barnes, Sonia Hendrix,and moderator Nathalie Gregg.
Last week I had the pleasure of attending the 3Jay Style Exhibition. I say “pleasure” because last year I wasn’t too pleased with the event, but this year…..MAHJAH improvements were made. Continue Reading
Last night I was lucky to attend the Women in Philanthropy’s Power of the Purse silent and live auction fundraiser. I want to thank Staci Rutherford from the Handbag Report for inviting me to the event. It was set atop one of the highest buildings in Columbia at the Capitol City Club. As the ladies dined on hors d’œuvres and looked out onto a scenic view of the city, purses lined the room.
Last night I went downtown to A Devine Night Out. It was Columbia’s version of Fashions Night Out and I had a blast. Every store on Devine Street was open and full of people. Shop owners served drinks and snacks as shoppers perused racks of clothes, and restaurants stayed open to provide people with warm food. I wish I had stopped in one of those restaurants. Everyone looked so warm and toasty, but I stuck to the shops. There was also a nice raffle with great prizes from local spots. Continue Reading
Last night I had the pleasure of attending DeLibel Boutique’s one year anniversary, and I had a blast. Models showed off the boutiques new fall pieces and my friend Marquis introduced me to Sue and Lyndsay from DeLibel. They had lots of chocolate covered strawberries, mini eclairs and creme puffs, Spanish wines, pink lemonade, and lovely hor d’oeuvres.
The clothes at Delibel were really nice. I was really impressed because they managed to mix one-of-a-kind pieces with some trendy classic clothes and accessories. The store’s aesthetic works well. One thing you have to check out when you are in a rush for a great cocktail outfit is The Dress Boutique. It is a back room full of wonderful dresses and don’t forget the jewelry.
Last night Eb and I went to the Nickelodeon for the Mad Men Finale party. It was a blast watching the show with everyone and screaming at the screen with everyone. It was amazing. The best part is that most of the people dressed the part as well. Check out the pics of these lovely folks. You may see a familiar face or two.