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Runaway Runway 2013

runaway runway 2013

Over the weekend, I went to the Columbia Design League‘s annual green fashion show Runaway Runway.  It is a design competition where all the clothes must be made out of recyclable items and trash. If you remember the last time I went to the event, I wasn’t impressed. This year was different. I went to Runaway Runway at the Township Auditorium because a friend of mine had entered the competition, and I wanted to support her.

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Night in Paris Hair Show

Tonight I went to the Night in Paris Hair Show. I’ve been to hair shows in the past, and it had been a while, so I was excited to attend.

The show was very interesting. It was held at the Columbia Metropolitain Convention Center. There were a lot of vendors and attendence was great. There was a lot going on though.

The show didn’t seem as organized as it should have been. The DJ had to start the music over for several different acts. We couldn’t hear the mic over the music. The lights kept turning on and off at the wrong time.

The motivational speaker had a great message, but the message was lost because people were looking for excitement not a business sermon. The barber competition was more exciting. I loved looking at the barbers create designs in under 14 mins.

Chris Benz and EdVenture’s Girl’s Night Out Was A Blast!

Last night I went to 701 Whaley For EdVenture’s Girl’s Night Out! It was so much fun. I met fashion designer Chris Benz, who is extremely nice in person. I also saw a friend perform with Unbound Dance Company, and saw the designer’s Spring 2012 collection. If you want to meet him too, don’t fret. He will be at Coplon’s on 4825 Forest Drive for a trunk show tomorrow from 10-6 and on Saturday from 10-3.

Women In Philanthropy’s Power Of The Purse

Power of the Purse

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.

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A Devine Night Out Was Amazing

A Devine Night Out

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.
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Community Events

New Shoes Up At TFAS Shop!

 Brittons
Christmas in July Brittons Fish Fry
July 24 10am-6pm
Bring in canned goods for Harvest Hope Food Bank 
10% discount on clothes


Shoestring Diva
 Swap Event Promotes Community Service and Fabulous Clothes
Live life to the fullest, but on a budget at Columbia’s first cocktail swap event, Diva Swap 2010. 
Diva Swap is a fun, charitable way to swap your gently used items for new-to-you items.  Items to be swapped include clothing, accessories and shoes.  Join Columbia’s most fashionable women on August 6, 2010, from 5:30pm to 8:30pm, at the Embassy Suites as they swap the night away with live music, delicious food and free swag bag gifts. 

Diva Swap is not your ordinary swap event.  It’s a fabulous way to network and give back to the community.  Diva Swap is the perfect reason to de-clutter those closets for charity.   Swap attendees are encouraged to bring more than one item to swap so that additional items will be available for donation to local charities and shelters.   

Diva Swap swag bag partners include Yogen Fruz  in Village at Sandhills and Aloette of South Carolina.  Both companies have signed on to provide free coupons and products for all swap attendees.  Tickets are available online via http://divaswap.eventbrite.com.  For more information, visit www.shoestringchronicles.com or email [email protected]  

FFS 
RSVP for the 2nd Annual A GLAM AFFAIR today!

2ND ANNUAL A GLAM AFFAIR FASHION SHOW
101-105 COLUMBIA MALL BLVD
COLUMNBIA, SC 292223
(BEHIND COLUMBIA PLACE MALL, ACROSS FROM MACYS IN THE CAPITOL CENTER)

FREE GIFT BAGS FOR EVERY TICKET HOLDER!

RUNWAY WILL FEATURE MODERN SPINS ON THE 20’S 60’S 70’S AND 80’S!

LOCAL VENDORS FEATURING FASHIONABLE MERCHANDISE!
-IMAGINE THIS HANDBAGS LLC
-JOOELRE.COM
-AVON BY DORIS WALKER
-MARY KAY BY EBONY LOONEY
-MY THIRTY ONE BY MICHELLE JOHNSON
-TWEEDLEBEADS
-SC EXOTIC CREATIONS

AND MUCH MORE!

TICKETS ON SALE TUESDAY-SATURDAY AT WELLA PROFESSIONALS SCHOOL BEHIND TRAVINIA’S OFF CLEMSON ROAD

OR ONLINE AT www.ffsaga2.eventbrite.com

OR AT THE DOOR!

CALL 803-728-7997 NFOR DETAILS OR VISIT

WWW.FORTRESSFASHIONSHOWS.COM

TFAS Interviews: FFS COLUMBIA!

I was able to interview Alicia from FFS in Columbia, SC. I was happy that she wanted to do this. I hope you all like this interview.

What is FFS, and how did you decide to start a company like this in Columbia, SC? We aren’t really known for being a fashion capitol.


FFS began as Fortress Fashion Shows. I put on my first show at the South Carolina State Museum to raise funds for 2 of my favorite charities, and had over 300 people in attendance and participation. After the show, the models continued to call and email, requesting help with their modeling careers as there aren’t a lot of options in South Carolina and they enjoyed working with our team. This birthed FFS Model and Talent Agency which now humbly boasts 65 models signed to our talent roster.

 
What services does FFS offer the modeling / entertainment community?


Fortress Fashion Shows offers the community another option for fun trendy entertainment. There are a handful of reputable fashion event planners in Columbia and we are just proud to be one of them. Our fashion shows are a way for people to meet, exchange contacts, have fun, purchase trendy merchandise from great vendors, and see our models in action on the runway.

 
FFS Model and Talent Agency offers aspiring and current models an opportunity to practice their craft in a safe and creative environment. Many of our models have come to us with horror stories such as:“eye candy” agencies, adult or night club promoters masquerading as modeling agencies, “modeling farms” that charge the models hundreds of dollars up front for photos and instruction and the models never book a single job with those agencies or even hear from them again after paying their money.

 
We pride ourselves on offering necessary services at extremely reasonable rates, and actually booking our models paying assignments in the Southeast. Taking a lot of pictures is fun, but it doesn’t pay the bills. Our models are carefully trained, well equipped, and given lots of one on one attention. My models can reach me directly any time day or night.

 
Your company produces fashion shows. How many do you usually do a year, and do you invite the public?


We have at least 4 fashion shows per year on our calendar (1 per quarter). We do invite the public as well as the friends and family of the models. We encourage anyone interested in fashion to attend our shows to learn about modeling agencies and fashion shows on a local level. We also encourage the general public to attend as a fun and relaxing form of recreation in Columbia SC.

 
What do you think about the fashion community in Columbia and South Carolina?


My personal and professional opinion is that it is very divided. I believe there are some wonderfully talented people in this state that love fashion. I also believe that due to a few bad apples, we have become territorial and afraid to unite together for projects and events. If some of the brilliant fashion designers, organizers, planners, photographers, MUA’s, boutiques, vendors, etc got together and really worked as a team, we could have a fashion presence in SC that would make major metropolitan areas envious of us. I think Columbia has a long way to go as far as unity, but I do believe we have a fantastic abundance of talented beings in Columbia.  

 
As far as the rest of the state, I believe the trendsetter has got to be Charleston! Ayoka Lucas and Charleston Fashion Week are truly South Carolina’s claim to fame in the fashion world. They give Columbia something to strive for and admire.

 
I know you are having auditions and a makeup workshop soon. When is that, and how can people that are interested in modeling or are looking for an agent get in contact with you?


We are having an open modeling call this Saturday on June 26th, 2010 at 1pm at the Sleep Inn on East Exchange Blvd off of Garners Ferry Road and a Makeup Application Workshop (taught by Make Me over Eb’s Ebony Looney) that same day and location at 12 noon. Anyone that is interested in participating in either event may contact us through our website: www.ffsmodelandtalentagency.info or by phone: 803 7287997 or by email: [email protected]

 
Thanks for the interview.


Thank you so much! I appreciate you taking the time to do so! Have a wonderful day!

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It Is Too Freakin’ Hot

You would think I would be used to heat since I was born and raised in the South, but I can’t take it. I just can’t. If you read my questionnaire the other day, you would know that I like dressing myself in the cooler months. You can layer and be more creative with what you wear. When I went into the American Apparel store downtown a few weeks ago, I saw the perfect items for my fall wardrobe. I can see myself wearing these pieces daily. I plan on buying them in August.

The Two Pieces I Can’t Wait To Wear:

  • Unisex Bat Wing Hoody- $39.00

It comes in various fabrics and colors, but I am leaning toward the thicker Black/White Composition one. It looks like it would keep me warm for days.
Unisex Bat Wing HoodyUnisex Bat Wing Hoody

  • Unisex Matte Faux Leather Hoodie-$60.00

There is something so bad ass about a leather jacket. It reminds me of a motorcycle gang or the boys from Justice. Either way this hoody looks hot, and I am going to rock it to the fullest.

Unisex Matte Faux Leather HoodieUnisex Matte Faux Leather HoodiePhotos From American Apparel.

P.S. I got a job working at the Urban League doing PR and things of that nature. I had my first day on Monday, and it was pretty good. School is also kicking my butt, but I will get over it. Wish me luck! I also haven’t been on Looklet in awhile. I had to ween myself off of it. BWAHAHAHAHAHAH!