CRAVE Atlanta Meet & Greet

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Top- Thrifted Animal Print Cardigan (B & R Thrift Store)/ Skirt- Black Pencil Skirt (Express)/ Shoes- Gianni Bini (Dillards)/ Watch- Michael Kors (Macys)/ Legwear- Textured Tights (Marshalls)

Last night I joined the ladies of Pretty Girls Rock Dresses at the CRAVE Atlanta Meet and Greet. The event was held at the House of Adrene Boutique in Castleberry Hills. It was a great night of networking with stylish Atlanta entrepreneurs.

The hosts of the evening included (from L to R) Dea Winfrey of Pretty Girls Rock Dress, The Crave Company, Adrene of House of Adrene, Camille Hollisworth of The Crave Company and Carla Foster of Carson Bryce Trading Company.

Of course I met up with my two of my Fashionable Atlanta blogger family- Kerrie of VirtuousStyls and Eboni of Fashionista Next Door.
Most importantly, I was able to pick up a jar of Fresh Lemonade Body Scrub from Carson Bryce. That stuff is so addictive. Geesh!!  Especially with this fall weather, my skin is craving this product. Click HERE to see more pictures from the event.  

Below are a few pictures of what I wore to the event. I actually went straight from work, so this is my work to evening look. 

I was so excited when I thrifted this animal print cardigan last week at my fave thrifting spot B & R Thrift Store. It's so perfect because animal print is such a hot trend right now. 

So Stylish: Ashaine Briscoe

Monday, November 28, 2011

This week's So Stylish Spotlight is Ashaine Briscoe of Ashaine Briscoe Inc. located in Atlanta, GA. Ashaine has been in the fashion industry for many years working as a wardrobe stylist, makeup artist and accessories designer. I had the pleasure of meeting her at the Blogging and Beauty event at J.Mont Studios. She contacted me recently to share some exciting news about her new role in the movie industry, and I am so excited to bring the interview to you first.

Here's our interview:

Tell us about Ashaine Briscoe?
Ashaine Briscoe is All Things Glam. My strong desire to create and share and my natural ability to fascinate people upon first impression is what began my brand. As The Glam Goddess, I have been able to package all of my talents to create a line of accessories and provide services as a make-up artist and a wardrobe stylist.

How does it feel that you are now adding writer, producer and director to your brand?
PHENOMENAL!!!  I've always secretly desired to write and direct movies, but I convinced myself it was so far-fetched that I wouldn't even allow my mind to exercise the thought. But I always knew when the time was right, I could do it. I credit my years of experience as a wardrobe stylist and make-up artist because it let me learn first-hand how to visualize & direct every aspect. I not only know what I want to see, but I know how to clearly communicate my vision, as well as instruct my crew on how to achieve it.

What inspired the storyline for your movie Roadside Assistance?
The storyline was built around the characters first. For example, Nick’s character was based upon my experience working in the fashion industry with tons of male models. And Ava’s character was based upon my interaction with women in different social settings. Both characters maintain a facade opposite from who they are and what you can see.

What do you hope your audience will walk away with after watching your movie?
I want the audience to walk away with four things: to realize that things aren’t always what they seem; a good laugh; a conversation starter and an issue to dissect and become enlightened about.

What was more exciting- filming the movie or seeing the finished product?
This is a tricky question. I would say both. The challenges that come with filming had my adrenaline pumping and energy levels sky high. It was a great feeling, almost like that of an athlete. Then the finished product had me feeling accomplished, proud and invincible. Especially speechless, like that of a mother of four and all four children are extremely successful citizens

Do you have any advice for women who want to enter into the movie industry?
My advice would be to find people in the industry and work with them in any capacity. Also be consistent because consistency is the key! Lastly, divorce all excuses and re-marry determination.

What is the release date for Roadside Assistance? What should we expect in the future from Ashaine Briscoe?
Roadside Assistance will be released by February 2012. Make sure you go out and watch it.
Click on video below to hear from Ashaine Briscoe as she talks about what we should expect from her in the future.

I love it when our ladies are doing big things! It inspires me to move forward and work on my goals, because with hard work and determination they will be accomplished. What is last thing you have checked off your bucket list?

Happy Thanksgiving & Black Friday Thrifting

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!! I am so grateful to all you for visiting, reading and commenting on my blog. I truly appreciate it. I hope you have a great day, spending time with family, friends and your loved ones. 

What are you doing tomorrow? While most people will be hitting the malls and other large retailers, I will be out thrifting and visiting a few consignment shops. Hopefully I can scratch a few things off of my wish-list. You can follow my shopping adventure on twitter using hashtag #blackfridaythrifting. Maybe I can pick up a few things for you too.

I will visit GoodwillValue Village and of course one of my favorites- B & R Thrift Store
With their Black Friday Specials, I can't wait to see what treasures I come home with.

I have always wanted to stop by Back by Popular Demand consignment. They have two locations- Lilburn and Marietta and they have ONLINE shopping too. And with over 11,000 cosigners plus 20% off regular prices and some items will be 50%off, I'm sure I will find some fabuless deals! Click HERE to check out their Black Friday Specials!

I will be stopping by Stylish Consignments in Lilburn to shop for one of my clients. She just cashed in her consignment account and with the entire store BOGO 50% off, I can get her a few great pieces for her wardrobe. Plus I can take my receipt to the IHOP located at 5000 Jimmy Carter Blvd to get a FREE Stack of Pancakes with purchase. Click HERE for other Black Friday Specials!

Are you thrifting or consignment shopping on Black Friday? 
If yes where? If no, why not?

What to Wear on Thanksgiving

Sunday, November 20, 2011

With all the planning for Thanksgiving dinner, we often forget one important detail-- the Thanksgiving outfit. Since spending time with family to meeting your future in-laws for the first time, now means several Kodak moments posted to Facebook or shared on Twitter, you want to make sure you look your best for the occasion. 

I start the day at my mom's house, then visit with friends and eventually end my day at a house party. So if you, need something casual chic but stylish enough to take you from day to evening, here are a few suggestions:

These Sweater Tops will keep you warm and cozy, plus roomy enough for you to get several servings of turkey and sweet potato pie. As far as accessories, I suggest keeping it simple, with arm candy and an infinity scarf.
BCBG Cowl Neck Sweater, ZARA Batwing Top & PiperLime Sweater Dress

Can you tell my favorite fall fashion item are Boots? Yes, either one of these three will look savvy with your top. They will definitely make a style statement. Comfy?? Maybe not, but you can take them off for a while if needed. You will be around family and friends, so get comfortable. Just remember to wear matching trouser socks. 
Steve Madden Booties,  Charlotte Russe Slouchy Boots & Chloe High Heel Riding Boots

Then lastly your Pants should be leggings, jeans or textured tights. They will have just the right amount of stretch and spandex, so I promise no matter how much you eat, you will feel slimmer throughout the day.
Express Faux Leather Leggings, Forever 21 Skinny Jeans & Avenue Textured Tights
What are you wearing to Thanksgiving dinner?

Tim Gunn's Lucky Brand Fashion Show

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Skirt and Scarf- Thrifted (Value Village)/ Crop Jacket- (TJMaxx)/ Boots- Gianni Bini (Dillards)/ Purse- LV Speedy 30(Gifted)

This weekend I meet up with Eboni and Breck to attend Tim Gunn's Lucky Brand Fashion Show at Perimeter Mall. The fashion show promoted Lucky Brand's fall collection. When Breck called me early Saturday morning to invite me to the show, I was ecstatic because I heart Tim Gunn, but I was amazed that I didn't know about this event. I must be sleeping under a rock. But I'm rarely at the mall because I am too busy thrifting LOL. 

Me with Fashionable Atlanta Bloggers, Eboni & Breck

Here are a few pictures from the show.

After the show, attendees who spent $100 or more at the Lucky Brand Store in Perimeter Mall, stood in line to get their personalized autographed copy of Tim's book and a professional photo with the style guru. 

Breck, Blaine & Tami
We ran into Talking With Tami too. She took the stylish pictures of us. You can check out her blog for more pics from the fashion show.

So Stylish: Spoiled Diva

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Chakiva Felder of Spoiled Diva

This week's So Stylish Spotlight is CL Felder of Spoiled Diva located in Atlanta, GA. Chakiva is very near and dear to my heart. She was my one and only vendor at my very first Swapnista event. Although we had a very small attendance and did not generate any profit, she reminded me that the seeds I've sown will manifest into something bigger and better. Those encouraging words and optimism kept me going strong. She is the epitome of a business savvy woman. Her one of kind handbags and accessories will bring out the Spoiled Diva inside of you.

Here's our interview:

(1) Tell us about CL Felder. Originally from Kansas City MO. I've always had a "thing" for fashion and always knew I wanted to design. I studied fashion design and marketing and after graduating, I moved to New England for my first "real" design job. I started out working for a company that designed and manufactured sleepwear for major retailers. I was responsible for technical and creative design / fit approval for the Victoria's Secret Stores, Lane Bryant and Fredrick's of Hollywood accounts. After a few years I moved on to work for Reebok International were I was responsible for the technical development of men and women's branded apparel.

(2) Why did you start Spoiled Diva? I wanted to establish a brand of trendy and super cute handbags and accessories for the ultimate glamor goddess! We want our designs to be the conversation starter. After all, what better way to spice up the little black dress than with a super sexy handbag and earrings.
(3) Who is your target customer? 
Fashion forward women with an appreciation for original designs. What types of products do your carry? We design handbags, wristlets, clutches, earrings and bangles. Our handbags are a juxtapose mix of sassy fabrics ( we absolutely love animal prints) and glitzy trims like rhinestone chain links, beautiful glass beads, up-cycled leather, feathers and more!  Our jewelry is an extension of our bags and are designed to be a compliment. We love, anything shiny and sparkly so expect to see lots of Austrian and Swarovski crystal, radiant beads, chain link and feathers.

Blossom Hobo Bag from The Starlet Collection
(4) What is the price range for your products? Wristlets $42.00, Clutches $60.00, Handbags, $79.00. Jewelry ranges in prices from $29 - $49. How can we shop with you? Spoiled Diva is available online at ONLINE on ETSY and at various trunk shows. Our next trunk show is Shecky's Girls Night Out on Nov 14 and 15 at the Biltmore Hotel in Atlanta come check us out! We also have several retail partners in various cities. Ooh La La Boutique in Atlanta GA, Ragz Design House in Kansas City, MO.  and Fashionista's Boutique in Dallas TX. We're looking forward to adding lot's more boutiques!
(5) What sets you apart from other boutiques? Spoiled Diva is an original brand. In a world full of replication and knock-offs, Spoiled Diva is a breath of fresh air for those ladies who really want to stand out from the crowd.  All of our designs are made individually, one at a time by hand. The craftsmanship is what mainly sets us apart from others. All stitching is neat and clean finished...we pay attention to the small details just like the larger luxury brands

Spoiled Diva Trunk Show Display
(6) What's HOT at Spoiled Diva? Clutches and wristlets are really hot now. With the onset of the holidays, ladies are looking for smaller bags to wear to cocktails parties and holiday events! Spoiled Diva will be a vendor at the upcoming Shecky's Girls Night Out on Nov 14 and 15 at the Biltmore Hotel in Atlanta. Please come check us out. We're offering a free gift, with any purchase of $25.00 or more! 

What do you think about Spoiled Diva? It's been a pleasure sharing my So Stylish friend with all of you! Be sure you send her your love on Facebook and follow her on Twitter too.

Loving Leather

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Boots- Gianni Bini (Dillards)/ Leather Skirt- (Thrifted)/Blazer- Ann Taylor(Thrifted)/ Purse- Vera Wang (Thrifted)/ Accessories- (Thrifted)/ Watch- Michael Kors (Macys)

I'm loving my leather so much this season. It brings out the inner vixen in me. From my skirt to my knee high boots, I'm definitely overloaded. I had to add this tailored blazer to tame her down a bit...LOL. So be warned, I have a couple of other pieces to show you real soon. But I have yet to find some leather shorts, so I am on a mad hunt to find a pair.

What leather pieces are you loving this season?

So Stylish: Funky Flair Boutique

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Welcome to my first installment of So Stylish! I decided to start a weekly feature to spotlight stylish people, places and events. It's my way to share with you my style inspirations, stylish friends, fashionable events and more. They say sharing is caring right? So I am only doing the right thing. Be sure to make your way to my blog every Saturday to see who will make the So Stylish Spotlight!  

Kesha Denise of Funky Flair Boutique

This week's So Stylish Spotlight is Kesha Denise of Funky Flair Boutique located in Atlanta, GA. I had the pleasure of meeting Ms. Funky Flair almost 4 years ago when I made my entrepreneurial leap of faith into the Atlanta fashion scene. She carries the most affordable pieces to update your wardrobe stylishly and on a budget. Her bubbly personality and a contagious smile matches her super cute trendy style, that I could not help but fall in heart with her and I'm sure you will too!

Here's our interview:

How would you describe Kesha Denise? 
Kesha Denise is a fashion junkie! I eat, sleep, and live off being fashionably fly. Growing up in the land of "LaLa" (Los Angeles), I became interested in the world of fashion at the tender age of two, the day my mommy took me to the LA Downtown Fashion District to purchase my very first pair of patent leather Mary Jane shoes. This visit became my inspiration for Funky Flair Boutique.

Why did you start Funky Flair Boutique? 
I started Funky Flair Boutique because of my love and craving for fashion. I adore colors, materials, prints, and fabrics and it just made sense to me. Also, I hate mall shopping - why would I want to look like the Macy's or Neiman Marcus mannequin or like every other woman out and about in the city. Boutiques have unique pieces and I consider myself that way too! 

Who is your target customer? What types of products do your carry?
My target audience is a woman 18-45 who loves fashion and seeks an edgy look. She is a sexy mom, a business professional or a socialite. I carry everything that she would need: apparel, jewelry, handbags and more. Most importantly, my pieces can be worn to the office and transitioned to a night on the town.  
Kesha Denise at Atlanta's Swapnista Day Party

What is the price range for your boutique? How can we shop with you?
I pride my boutique business on being very affordable! My accessories start at $12 and apparel under $80. You can shop with me ONLINE or at a local trunk show. 

I love this Shredded Sleeve Top from Funky Flair Boutique!!
What sets you apart from other boutiques?
I give phenomenal customer service!! Additionally, the merchandise that I carry is handpicked by me. It has tons of personality and ranges from chic, casual, funky, or couture. So whatever your mood, I've got you covered.

What's HAUTE at Funky Flair Boutique?
Everything is HAUTE at Funky Flair Boutique, especially the exceptional affordable prices. Come to my upcoming trunk show during Shecky's on November 14 & 15 at the Biltmore Ballrooms, 817 W Peachtree Street Atlanta GA 30308. Please stop by my booth, I would love to meet all of you! 

Isn't she a doll? I am so happy to share my So Stylish friend and soror with all of you! Be sure to send her love by liking her on Facebook and following her on Twitter too.

Shabby Apple Giveaway Winner

Thursday, November 3, 2011

The winner of the Ski Bop Dress is comment #52--- Stacey Kay of Goodwill Huntingg. Please contact me with your shipping info so we can get this dress sent to you! I can't wait to see how you will style this style.

Shabby Apple Ski Bop Dress

Thanks to everyone that entered my Shabby Apple dress giveaway. I appreciate your support! And of course a big KUDOs to the folks at Shabby Apple for such a great opportunity.

Holiday Party Dress Code

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

November is the official kick-off to the holiday shopping season. Which means those holiday parties are right around the corner along with those invitations each with their own dress code.
Here are some general guidelines to help you decide what to wear (plus these dresses are all $60 or under):

Dressy Casual- This is step above casual, a much more dressed up version. Wear a dress or dressy slacks with a blouse.

One Shoulder Dress from Funky Flair Boutique $45

Festive Attire- It can be dressy or casual, just add a bit of sparkle to put you in a festive mood.

One Shoulder Sequin Dress from Nordstrom Rack- $59.97

Cocktail- A dress, like the LBD, is always appropriate. Wear a dress that is at least knee length or something fun and flirty.

Black Dress from Dillards- $44.80

Black-Tie Optional or Black Tie- This is still a formal event but with a little bit more flexibility. Choose between a cocktail dress or long formal gown. 

Win this dress from Shabby Apple! Contest ends today at 11:59 pm EST!

White Tie- Think of this as red carpet worthy attire. Wear you most formal floor length dress.

Off-White One Shoulder Dress from Fashion Envy- $45 3-day rental
These dress codes can be a bit confusing, but when in doubt always shoot for being overdressed. You will always fit right in! 
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