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
This September my fashion festivities began with a designer accessories runway show for a good cause. HAUTE Accessories Week is an annual series of events in Tampa produced by Lacey Smith and his team at The Fashion Movement. It’s an exclusive platform for accessories designers that has gained a lot of traction over the last several years. In keeping with Smith’s ‘give-back’ philosophy, proceeds from the HAUTE events benefit Joshua House, a safe haven for abused and neglected children. With local celeb Holley Sinn as the night’s MC, the runway presentation at Hunter’s Green Country Club was the place to be last Friday night…
Eleven designers showcased their eclectic collections for this show. Everything from jewelry to handbags to bowties found it’s place on the catwalk. If I had to pick a favorite, I’d say the provocative works of Maria Soranaka of Twist’D Artisan Jewelry Designs captured my attention and held it like a trance. Her design aesthetic is intricate, detail-oriented, and totally twisted with a tribal princess meets badass warrior vibe! (see middle pic below)
What I wore…
Since berry is all the rage for fall, I chose this Max & Cleo number from my cocktail dress arsenal (circa 2011, from Marshall’s). The handmade flower feather clip is from Deborah Kent’s, as are the Marianne Homsy earrings. The nude pumps are Gianni Bini.
What I scored…
After a couple of complimentary Peroni beers I dove right into the shopping portion of the evening. Check out my fabulous new necklace from Total Betty Society and my crazy cool Vogue Magazine clutch from Aphrodite’s Jewelry Box…
Next on the docket: Fashion Week Tampa Bay… Stay tuned!
1. Sophie Hulme floral print silk dress, $101, net-a-porter.com
2. Farhi by Nicole Farhi linen trousers, $92, my-wardrobe.com
3. Coach leather flight bag, $228, coach.com
4. Golden Morning sandal, $60, modcloth.com
Did you know that it’s perfectly acceptable in fashion to wear velvet during the spring and summer months? Just the word “velvet” makes me feel warm… why would I want to wear velvet when it’s hot outside? Because burnout velvet can be paper thin and super soft… it breathes, drapes and wears well, whereas velvets of yore tended to be thick, heavy and stiff. I just bought this lovely gold and grey striped burnout velvet dress for a steal at The Poppy Boutique. I added a gold wide leather tie belt and bohemian statement necklace and wore this ensemble to my Junior League’s annual dinner… otherwise known as a cocktail dress competition where we all win!!!
I was recently on the prowl for some new jackets for my back-to-work looks when I stumbled into a huge sale going on at Deborah Kent’s. For those of you in South Tampa who are into fashion, you are probably aware that Deborah Kent’s has been around for over thirty years and is widely touted as being the pinnacle for where to find special European and American designer pieces. I have worked with Deborah over the course of many years and am always impressed with her ability to cater to such a wide variety of customers. Admittedly, I cannot afford a lot of what she’s selling. Somehow I do manage to own a sizeable collection of her offerings, mostly because I spend a fair amount of time admiring pieces from a distance… and if I’m lucky, they go on sale. But just getting to see and touch theses designer garments is half the fun for a gal like me! It’s an education I like to pass on to my friends and clients. I can go there and sip champagne while I sit on her vintage couch and try on a lovely pair of Pedro Garcia pumps, just to see how they look on my feet. Who wouldn’t love to spend an afternoon hanging out like that? But on this particular day, I was on a mission to find jackets!
I dove right into the sale racks, fingering through, piece by piece. It didn’t take long before I had chosen and tried on three great jackets! What amazed me most was not the fact that I found three perfectly awesome jackets on the sale rack, but rather that they were all marked down to 75% OFF!!! I could feel my heart racing with excitement when I started adding up the total in my head! I was thinking about how proud I’ll be to come home and tell my husband about how much I had saved at Deborah Kent’s… and I imagined he would take me out for a romantic dinner to celebrate my triumph!
Anyway, I ended up spending a grand total of… wait for it…
$116!!! Yes… for THREE jackets at Deborah Kent’s!!! I was riding on that cloud for a good two days straight! Oh, how I do love a good find! For me, that means scoring a fabulous piece with quality craftsmanship that fits beautifully and looks great on my body… for a price I can brag about!
If you have the time, I highly recommend you swing by Deborah Kent’s for a look-see. I guarantee, you won’t be disappointed.
…for dinner with a girlfriend:
London Times dress from Marshalls
Orange beaded gold necklace from Deborah Kent’s (long, but wrapped)
Black crochet & leather belt borrowed from another dress
Tried and true gold braided leather sandals from Bandolino
…for a lunch meeting with a fellow volunteer:
Tribal silk top and cotton skirt from Banana Republic
Military belt from Salvation Army
Necklace by local jewelry designer Pour Toi
Bronze cork wedges by Mia