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Check Out Me And Local Bloggers In The Midlands Red Carpet Review

Eb from Make Me Over Eb came up with the idea for doing Columbia’s version of the Fashion Police for the 2011 Golden Globes with the Midlands Red Carpet Review. I had a lot of fun doing this. I hope we can do this again since we all had such great chemistry. Check out the review here.

The panel included:

  • Teowonna Clifton –  She is a blogger (thatteowonna.com) and events reviewer, seen  weekly on MyMetroTV on WACH Fox 57, every Saturday at 5:30 am.  Otherwise, catch her ‘out and about’ as she experiences all the MetroCity has to offer!
  • Anne Postic – She is a local blogger for TheShopTart.com.  She may not want to borrow your dress, but she will defend to the death your right to wear it.
  • Brian Maynor – He is a stylist and wardrobe consultant,  and host of  “QuickChange” an online video series dedicated to changing Columbia’s wardrobe and reflection, one woman at a time.   He is also the creative director for (covet), an online magazine.
  • AND ME!!!!!!!

USC Fashion Board Fashion Forum

I went to the USC Fashion Board’s Fashion Forum Thursday night and it was amazing. I think the best part about it was the fact that the forum consisted of shop owners , designers, a photographer, and a fashion blogger.

I was able to meet so many people and hear them say some wonderful things. Lucky Levinson spoke about his store, Brittons, which is a Columbia shopping institution. I remember shopping there as a child with my mother. The store is over 60 years old. I also met Perry Lancaster from the store as well. He invited me into the store, so I went the next day. It was just as neat as I remembered. I actually bought my mom some earrings from Brittons on Friday. I can’t wait to go back.

Don Oates and Diane Stephenson spoke about the clothing company, Southern Tide. I love this company because it is based right here in South Carolina, and it really showcases “Southern Prep” style. Ralph Lauren has nothing on them. They really focus on the quality of their products. It took them almost 2 years to design the perfect pair of pants, and almost a year to make the perfect tee. Diane’s son founded the company only a few short years ago and now they are in over 400 stores around the country. I truly see them getting big in the next few years. Oh and did I mention they put Lycra in their signature polos and use fabric that is hard to shrink with every wash?

Then my friend Anne Postic from The Shop Tart spoke about blogging as a business. I gained some wonderful insight from her. The thing that really struck me was the fact that she made her blog into an LLC. I had seen other bloggers do that too, so I have been thinking about turning The Fat and Skinny into a LLC operation for some time. I think she lit a fire under me.

Annabelle Cain from LaRoque also spoke about her clothing line, but I don’t want to get into too much detail. I had to interview her for class on Friday, and I want to blog about my experience in her studio.

Travis Teate was the next panelist. He is a fashion photographer based right here in Columbia and is very passionate about fashion and art. It was amazing to hear him speak with such enthusiasm. He is a great guy. Hopefully I can work with him in the future.

Last but not least was Melissa Blanchard from Van Jean. She owns several stores here in the Midlands, but her store Van Jean is her store that sells awesome new designers like 3.1 Philip Lim, Doo.Ri and Tory Burch. The clothes and accessories are amazing. I went to the store on Friday and tried on a Kenneth Jay Lane bracelet that was fab. I also checked out a Philip Lim wallet that converts into a wristlet and can hold your blackberry. Who doesn’t love a store with leopard carpet?

I also want to thank  Marguis Bias for putting on a fabulous fashion week at USC. The events were great, and it was amazing reconnecting with him again. We go way back to Governor’s School for the Arts in high school. He played the flute and I played the cello. Tee Hee!

Charleston Fashion Week Day 2

Hello everybody! I am still in Charleston enjoying the festivities. Last night I met the lovely Candace from Dollface Style Scoop and The Shop Tart. I really enjoy meeting the people I talk to online because it so so so cool to put a face to the name. The fashion show last night featured different brands and boutiques. Plus Project Runway alum Mychael Knight debuted his first full collection since the show last night.

* Please note that my videography skills suck as always, and there is another sideways video section, but it is my fault this time because I thought the video would know to switch it back. Oh well. I’m learning! :)*



Monkee’s of Daniel Island-
The eclectic boutique blend funky rock and roll chic with a soft, feminine edge. I love the yellow eyes and lips on the models. I might actually try that. You can find them at www.monkeesofdanielisland.com.

Banana Republic-
This classic store showed the equally classic looks that it is known for. Ladies it you are looking for a great button down, some khaki pants, or a great spring sweater. Check BR out in a mall near you.

Sucker Jeans-
I was a little skeptical of this local line when I first heard about it, but being from the South I automatically love seersucker. I’m happy to say that the line didn’t disappoint me at all. Buy a pair for yourself or your favorite guy before summer starts. Check them out here.

Thera M-
This Daniel Island boutique showed some crazy cute girly pieces from Leifsdottir, Mara Hoffman, Ali Ro, and Anlo. Check them out at www.shoptheram.com.

House of Sage-
House of Sage is a new boutique that features laid back, yet really stylish clothes from brands like French Connection and Mavi. The clothes reminded me of LA or SoHo in NYC. Visit House of Sage here.

Palm Avenue-
Palm Avenue is a Lilly Pulitzer shop. I love Lilly Pulitzer clothes. One of the things I like to do with this brand is search for the word Lilly written in tiny letters that they hid in the fabric. It is like searching for Waldo. I really like the Palm Beach feel of the clothes. The store even features a Lilly print with skulls on it. Super cute! Shop here.

Mychael Knight-
Last night was the first night he debuted his full collection since PR and it was worth the wait. While I think he did a good job on PR, I think he still had a ways to go to improve his skill and taste level. Yesterday’s collection, entitled Carte Blanche, showed a new Mychael Knight. One that you didn’t see on Project Runway. One that had the power to show whatever he wanted to show. The striking white and black collection was full of elegant architectural pieces and jackets and leggings to die for. It was very space age and futuristic. I wish him much success.