A Tribute To My Tiny Photog…

I hired a new assistant.  She’s six, so she works for snacks and candy.  It’s working out well.  She’s a wizard with the Nikon…

Caitlin Photog Dreamy Memory

Here are some samples of her work behind the lens…

Fashion Week Favs

Outfit 1:  Cacharel top & Bloch flats (Deborah Kent’s), Lil skirt (closet), Nine West handbag (DSW)
Outfit 2:  Naked Zebra jumper (JC’s Boutique), Humanoid silk jacket (Deborah Kent’s), MaxStudio.com heels, Total Betty Society necklace
Outfit 3:  Bellatrix shirt (Nordstrom Rack), Tart sequin pants (JC’s Boutique), Vince Camuto booties (Nordstrom), vintage purse strap as necklace, MaxStudio.com leather cuff

Tampa Bay Fashion Week 2013 Runway Presentation

Wow!  What a week!  The 6th Annual Tampa Bay Fashion Week was a whirlwind of stylish receptions, designer and model parties, vendor and exhibitor boutiques, a blogger conference and fashion shows… the proceeds from which will benefit Shoes for the Cure.  There were so many opportunities to learn about the local fashion scene as well as brush up on everything from the history of fashion to kid couture to what’s hot in bridal wear… literally something for everyone.

As always, my favorite part of any fashion week are the runway shows.  Tampa Bay Fashion Week’s presentation of the 2014 Spring/Summer Collections at the Hilton Tampa Downtown did not disappoint!  I went as a guest of my friend Emily from Deocapac Designs, one of the sponsors of the event.  Though we had great seats (there wasn’t a bad seat in the house), I quickly positioned myself on the front lines, at the very end of the runway, a few feet from the models, camera in-hand.  I just couldn’t help myself.  Here are some of my favorite looks from the show…

TBFW SW8 Clothing

TBFW Lolodaisy

TBFWAudrey Pat McGhee

TBFW IADT Students

TBFW Monstuosite

TBFW Sandra Hagen

TBFW Elizabeth Racker

TBFW k.hendrix

For more info about Tampa Bay Fashion Week and a full list of participating designers visit fashionweektampabay.com.  Stay tuned for my next blog post about the St. Pete Art & Fashion Week runway show!

~XOXO

Ball Gown, Meet Biker Jacket…

There’s something so intriguing about the unexpected combination of lady-like refinement and rough-and-tumble naughtiness!  I love pairing a soft, feminine gown or dress with something dark and tough like a leather biker jacket.  It says, “Would you care for some tea… or perhaps a knuckle sandwich?”

Biker Chic ModelsOn a recent visit to Neiman Marcus at International Plaza, I had the pleasure of styling my own ‘Biker Chic’ vignette with the help of models Sue and Erika.  I had a blast scoping the floor and pulling looks… landing on my two favorite ‘ladies with attitude’ ensembles.  I totally want to go wherever these gals are going…

Biker Chic Models Cluster

The shoppable ‘Biker Chic’ look below is a great way to experiment with the juxtaposition of a black leather jacket and a soft, flowy chiffon gown.  Let’s say you have a bride’s maid dress and you’re not sure why you’ve kept it… NOW is why!  Add a girly statement necklace and drape the biker jacket over your shoulders for a more delicate look…

Biker Jacket Ball Gown Ensemble

1. Erickson Beamon necklace, $625, farfetch.com
2. Alexander McQueen gown, $3440, alexandermcqueen.com
3. Z Spoke Zac Posen clutch, $395, couture.zappos.com
4. Red Valentino biker jacket, $1065, farfetch.com
5. Saint Laurent sandals, $1195, luisaviaroma.com

So, I went to Rehab…

My name is Michelle, and I am a fashionholic.  I recently went to Rehab…

Rehab Collage-Storefront Inside
photos: Rehab Exchange St. Pete, owner Amber Dees, inside the store

… a trendy designer consignor boutique that opened it’s newest location in Downtown St. Pete this past weekend.  Rehab Exchange buys, sells & trades modern & vintage designer apparel, shoes, handbags & accessories… with an edge!

I pulled a few dresses from the ubercool suspended racks to show one of my clients…

Rehab Cluster- Dresses

A little pre-fashion show action…

Rehab Cluster- Preshow
photo: Nicole Roach from Intuition Salon & Spa did the models’ hair and makeup

Rehab’s Grand Opening Fashion Show gave a glimpse into their naughty side, featuring a few overexposed avant-garde looks like assless chaps and chain bralettes.  The runway portion of the event was held two doors down from the boutique in an outdoor courtyard.  Apart from the drizzling rain, the show was fun and energized.  Rehab’s own Lauren Hubbard moderated onstage in a gorgeous gold leather cocktail dress while the beautiful amateur models (friends of Rehab) rocked it out and looked like they were having a blast!  They danced down the runway with so much energy my camera had a hard time keeping up.  I picked a few of my favorite dresses for this PG-rated post…

Rehab Runway- Cocktail Dresses Rehab Runway- Long Dresses

Has anyone ever told you that you need to go to Rehab?  Well trust me, you do!

Worth New York Summer 2013 Trunk Show

My friend Denise and I recently paid a visit to the home of Angier Miller where she and fellow Worth New York rep Julie Sargent are showing the latest Summer 2013 collection from this classic and feminine designer label.  The show is only going on for a couple more days so be sure to contact Angier at amiller@worthnewyork.com to schedule your appointment.  These fabulous dresses and separates are perfect for work or play and deliver immediately!  It’s totally Worth a visit!
Pop of color by Worth New York
Great looks for work by Worth New York
Trunk Show Space

Spring Trend: The Camouflage Jacket

Spring 2013 Trend- Camo Street Style
street style photo: luckymag.com

Inspired by military fatigues, the camouflage print has been a huge trend this season.  It’s not uncommon to see a camo print jacket worn over black or white tees with jeans and flats.  I’ve also seen a lot of camo print pants paired with tees and blazers.  The 2013 spring season has offered more feminine injections to this classic trend with the addition of high heels and bold colors. I love the idea of mixing dressy and casual, so I found this combination of camo and coral to be quite refreshing!

Spring Translation: Camouflage
1.  Camouflage Jacket, $44, dorothyperkins.com
2.  Athe by Vanessa Bruno Crepe Silk Dress, $176, brownsfashion.com
3.  Aviator Sunglasses, $25, solesociety.com
4.  Jeffrey Campbell Nude Sandals, $130, nastygal.com 

The Power Suit

Spring 2013 Runway Trend- Monochromatic Pant Suits
runway photos: style.com

Hail to the almighty power suit!  Nothing says “Bring me coffee, minion!” like a sleek, monochromatic pant suit.  Command attention this Spring in a navy blue ensemble like…

Spring 2013 Translation- Monochromatic Pant Suits

1. Navy Suit Jacket, $58, wallis.com
2. Navy Slim Suit Trousers, $50, shop.mango.com
3. Navy Camisole, $9, dorothyperkins.com
4. Navy Leather Purse, $40, topshop.com
5. Navy Ellen Tracy Pumps, $69, lordandtaylor.com

Runway Translation: The Printed Pant Suit

Spring 2013 Runway Trend- Printed Pant Suits
runway photos- style.com

The Spring 2013 runway shows provided plenty of androgyny in the form of power suits and pant suits.  Designers like Mary Katrantzou, Yves Saint Laurent & Balmain (among others) kept it feminine with form-fitted craftsmanship and soft fabrics in matching prints.  The skinny pant was a key component for achieving a powerful, yet lady-like look.  For a casual daytime suit, I like the look of seersucker.  Here’s my take on a classic Spring ensemble…

Spring 2013 Translation- Printed Pant Suits

1. Striped Seersucker Blazer, $79.99, shop.mango.com
2. Striped Seersucker Trousers, $54.99, shop.mango.com
3. Midnight Floral Tee, $45, jcrew.com
4. Lime Curve Tote Bag, $74, riverisland.com
5. Charles by Charles David Espadrilles, $82.49, heels.com

 

Runway Translation: Sheer Fabrics

Sheer Runway Spring 2013
runway photos: style.com

Sheer, lightweight fabrics graced the runways of Roberto Cavalli, Akris, Donna Karan, Tom Ford, Rick Owens, and many other talented designers.  And what better way to represent the Spring season than to show some skin? But if being scantily clad is not your style, try pairing a semi-sheer dress with a jacket and you’ll still turn heads…

Sheer Translation Spring 2013

1. Helmet Lang Asymmetric Sheer Dress, $160, theoutnet.com
2. Warehouse Biker Jacket, $88, houseoffraser.co.uk
3. Blu Bijoux Beaded Hoop Earrings, $17, maxandchleo.com
4. Apple Crinkle Clutch, $74, Debenhams.com
5. Asos Holland Leather Heeled Sandal, $127, us.asos.com

One Thrifty Find, Four Stylish Looks

Catherine Malandrino Citron Silk Dress
I recently scored four designer dresses at a local thrift store for $4.95 each!!!  This Catherine Malandrino citron silk dress ($200-$400 retail value) is one of them.  I was so excited to photograph it that I haven’t yet dry cleaned the dress… which is my #1 THRIFTING RULE: ALWAYS CLEAN YOUR FINDS! Anyway, I love the look of a girly dress layered with a blazer or jacket and paired with great shoes and accessories.  Here are four ways to wear this very versatile dress, one for each possible phase of my day…

PHASE ONE: Kid drop, coffee shop and dry cleaner…

CM Citron Silk Dress Day Look

PHASE TWO: Meeting with a potential retail partner…

CM Citron Silk Dress Work Look

PHASE THREE: Date Night with the Hubs (2 options)…

CM Citron Silk Dress Evening Looks
*all items pulled from my existing wardrobe