It’s Getting Haute In Here…

… So Take Off All Your Clothes!  Just Leave On Your Accessories!

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Haute Accessories Week 2014 came and went through Tampa Bay, leaving in its wake a throng of salivating fashionistas fanning ourselves and wondering “what the world” just happened.  Thank you for that Lacey Smith!  He and his team at The Fashion Movement know just how to leave a gal wanting more!  Though I was not able to attend every fabulous Haute event around town, I made it a point NOT to miss the runway presentation at Hunter’s Green Country Club which was, as usual, A-maz-ing!  Oh what fun!  I love an event where it’s not all about the superficial and the material, though let’s face it, that’s what fashion tends to be.  I love this event in particular because it’s always such a feel-good experience… I bounce in and am welcomed with open arms by a group of genuinely supportive and mutually respected professionals who simply have fun doing what they love.  That’s rare people.  Maybe it was the atmosphere, maybe it was the jewelry, maybe it was the free-flowing Peroni, whatever the reason I had a wonderful night.  Here are some pics of my favorite looks and my favorite peeps…

Haute 2014-Baglanti Set
Baglanti Collection

Haute 2014-Eric Green Set
Eric Green Collection

Haute 2014-Shola Designs Set
Shola Designs

Haute 2014-Naje Designs Set
Naje Designs

Haute 2014-Tenique and JFH Collection
Tenique Designs (1& 2)  JFH Collections (3)

Haute 2014-Malchijah Hats 03B

Haute 2014-Malchijah Hats Set
Malchijah Hats

Haute 2014-Me and Shola and Lacey
With Designer Shola Yusuf and Haute Producer Lacey Smith

Haute 2014-Me and Mayra Jose Gomez
With the Event’s Host Mayra Gomez and Lighting Innovator Jose Gomez
Both from Christian Fashion Week

Haute 2014-Me With Farrah and Sari
With Farrah Estrella from Estrella Fashion Report and Sara Famiglietti from Mira TV

Haute 2014-Me and BloggersWith bloggers Genelle Frazier from What’s More Important Than Fashion?
and Natasha Bernard from Fashionably Fabulous

The proceeds from Haute Accessories Week benefit Joshua House, a safe haven for abused, neglected and abandoned children in Tampa Bay.  Sponsors for this charitable event included Brandon Mitsubishi, Peroni Beer, Above Promotions, Cerulean Blu Boutique, and Viktoria Richards Chocolates, among others.  To find out more please visit the Haute Accessories Week Facebook Page. Stay tuned to learn more about upcoming events from The Fashion Movement; the ever popular Bow Ties & Clutches and the inaugural Bloggers’ Ball.

What I Wore:  Steve Madden silk print dress and Banana Republic belt, both from Fresh Threads Boutique.  Vince Camuto mile high platform wedges from Dillards (long ago).  Oversized faux crocodile envelope clutch gifted to me last year by the folks at Tampa Bay Fashion Week.

What I Scored:  See that long necklace with the spikes in the top pic?  You know, the pic with the shirtless model.  I was especially drawn to that one so I bought it after the show… the necklace, not the model!  I don’t think he was for sale.  I got to meet designer Nancy Ranalli of NaJe’ Designs whose hand-crafted pieces are truly works of art.  I also purchased a really cool pair of one-of-a-kind silver drop earrings that I can’t wait to rock!

Photo Credit:  Tasia Hron Photography

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Coming Soon!!!  New blog posts about Tampa Bay Fashion Week, City Fashion + Art Event at the Tampa Museum of Art, and the St. Pete Fashion & Art Runway Presentation!


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