I’m always looking for opportunities to use my skills as a fashion stylist to help those who need it most. In the past I’ve been called upon to share my knowledge in multiple ways, from teaching a group of at-risk youth the art of fashion illustration, to working with drug rehabilitated women, helping to prepare them for reentry into the workforce by styling them for job interviews and court appearances. Recently, through my involvement with The Junior League of Tampa, I was approached to volunteer with a very special group of young ladies living at Joshua House for a project called Girl Power. For this event, ‘The Power of Pampering’, I would be styling a group of girls ages twelve to seventeen as they experience a very rare day of pampering which they certainly deserved. Each girl received the royal treatment, having her hair and make-up professionally done, selecting beautiful pieces of clothing from a custom pulled rack of new frocks, and then sitting for a glamorous portrait with a photographer…
Hair and make-up sessions were provided by
Kim Davis Arbonne, Emily Fitch, Tribeca Salon, and Paul Mitchell.
Fashion and accessories were provided by
Rehab Boutique and Princess Boutique.
Photography provided by Pilar.
During the event the girls decorated picture frames which would
be used to house their very own fashionable photographs.
As I spoke to each of these young women, imagining what they must have gone through in their short time here so far, I realized how much they truly appreciated this gift of pampering. I am humbled to have been a part of this event, and it reminds me just how simple it is to give a little time to help make a person smile.
In the immortal words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., I leave you with this…
“Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”
Find out more about The Junior League of Tampa here.
Find out more about Joshua House here.
I’m in the mood to post some pics from my new favorite designer for Spring. Check out these images from Zimmerman’s Spring runway presentation. This Australian label, known mostly for it’s innovative and stylish swimwear, made it’s New York Fashion Week debut back in September. I cannot wait for this collection to hit the stores. Here are my favorite looks from the show…
(photo credit: style.com)
XOXO~ Runway Translator
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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…
Here are some samples of her work behind the lens…
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
“Really elegant but weird; almost nerdy but perverse.”
~ Photographer Juergen Teller describing the Celine Fall Collection
My top three looks from the Celine Fall Collection had several key elements in common. If you’re a fan of the simple, elegant, mid-century modern made contemporary looks above, and you’d like to give it a go, be sure to include the following elements in your ensemble:
Color- Soft and monochromatic. Top and skirt should be solid and matching in color.
Texture- Every piece should want to make you touch it! Go for wooly, cozy, furry, etc.
Shape- Boxy on top with a fit & flare skirt that falls below the knee.
Booties- Find one that hits below the mid-calf and fits like a second skin.
Check out my shoppable translation below…
1. Leather Box T-shirt, $190, topshop.com
2. Deadly Ponies Handbag, $839, farfetch.com
3. Sabine Skirt, $295, toryburch.com
4. Robert Lee Morris Cuff, $98, bloomingdales.com
5. Louboutin Daf Booty, $1395, christianlouboutin.com
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…
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!
How lucky am I that this is what I do? I get lots of calls for blogging ideas… well, not lots, but a few… once or twice. Anyway, when Worth New York- Tampa Agency Owner Angier Miller called about her Fall collection hanging on freshly set-up racks in her South Tampa showroom, I got that warm and fuzzy fashion feeling. Worth New York is a couture-quality line of separates… I own one of their dresses and it’s timeless. As I learned while styling a few of my favorite looks, these pieces are not only luxurious and well-made, this year’s Fall collection is deceivingly lightweight, which rocks for this Florida girl.
The tapestry pencil skirt above is much lighter than it looks, and I love the overdose of prints in this work-perfect ensemble. Below, the clever cape blouse and animal print slim pants serve as the backdrop for a bold pop of color. And the long sleeve chiffon shirt dress with sheer panels spoke to me. It said, “I’m here. Where’s my martini?”…
The Worth New York 2013 Trunk Show is going on now through Wednesday, August 21 at the home of Angier Miller. Call 813.368.1561 , email email@example.com, or Facebook message Angier to schedule a time to preview the collection.
Vogue, point of view, July 2013 Issue:
The average American closet is a creative cauldron. Who would we like to be this morning- a preppy in shrunken blazer and driving loafers? An haute hippie, trailing handkerchief hems along with the sound of bangles? An eighties rock-‘n’-roller in black lace?
Standing out as an individual is what we all want and need. The key is to home in on your own distinct look- and then write your own rules around it. Forget what anyone else says or wears- this is the true soul of chic.
The word independent means ‘not subject to control by others: self-governing.’ Independence Day fashion is not about how many variations of red, white and blue we can combine to create a patriotic ensemble. It’s not about wearing an American flag or the strategic drape of its stars and stripes. To this fashion-obsessed lover of the U.S. of A., fashion on Independence Day represents the nature of who we are as a nation; self-governing. I am inspired by the independent thinkers of fashion, the mavericks who break the mold and push the envelope like those pictured above. I love the motorcycle jacket with flat sandals and a girly skirt… and how about the floor length skirt with a flannel shirt? Brilliant! I was so inspired by the middle look that I styled a shoppable evening version…
1. Plaid Chiffon Shirt, $15, delias.com
2. Silvia Silk Maxi Skirt, $210, reiss.com
3. Saint Laurent Leather Cuff, $595, ysl.com
4. Bottega Veneta Clutch, $1393, farfetch.com
5. Stuart Weitzman Silver Pump, $335, zappos.com
Leather in spring? Absolutely! Designers Derek Lam, Monique Lhuiller, Belstaff and others (Proenza Schouler, Alexander Wang, Holmes & Yang) certainly thought so when they sent their models down the runways in lightweight, ladylike leather dresses, skirts & ensembles. Nothing says luxury like a lady in a leather dress, especially if she’s rockin’ it with a pair of stilettos and a chignon! Whether your personal style is classic or modern, this trend is sure to stand the test of time so do consider investing in a great leather dress or top & skirt combo… your wardrobe will thank you!
1. French Connection Leather Wrap Dress, $428, frenchconnection.com
2. Ben Amun Spike Earrings, $80, couturecandy.com
3. French Connection Leather Dress, $498, frenchconnection.com
4. Miss Selfridge Leather Peplum Top, $210, missselfridge.com
5. Vintage Red Leather Skirt, $128, nastygal.com
6. MIA Black Leather Sandal, $149, jildorshoes.com
7. BCBG Envelope Clutch, $78, bcbg.com
photos: stylebistro, 14 shades of grey, glamour
Got denim? Sure you do. Who doesn’t? Got leopard print flats? Well, if not then you’re missing out on a huge opportunity to expand your wardrobe options. Animal print (in small doses) is a great neutral… in other words, it goes with just about everything! A pair of leopard print ballet flats can be worn with solids (red, coral, turquoise, royal blue) or with prints (stripes & floral). The combination of a denim bottom and these classic shoes will serve as a blank slate on which any number of trendy tops can be worn to create a cohesive look…
1. Linen Camp Tee, $49.50, madewell.com
2. Silk Peplum Top, $108, madewell.com
3. Striped Tee, $42, misselfridge.com
4. Topshop Skater Skirt, $40, nordstrom.com
5. Denim Pencil Skirt, $59.90, zara.com
6. Current/Elliott Boyfriend jean, $225, net-a-porter.com
7. Leopard Print Flat, $50, nastygal.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule your appointment. These fabulous dresses and separates are perfect for work or play and deliver immediately! It’s totally Worth a visit!