Happy Halloween

Here is it, time to get dressed as your favorite cartoon character, celebrity, or whatever your creative mind desires. I love Halloween! It’s time to wear something fun and crazy and be able to get away with it. It also takes you back to childhood when you ran around in costume getting loads of candy, how I miss that time.

But anyway who will you be this halloween?

Goodwill of Greater Washington’s 2012 Fashion of Goodwill Runway Show and Gala

I was kindly invited to the Goodwill of Greater Washington’s 2012 Fashion of Goodwill runway show and gala. This event was held at the Italian Embassy which is just gorgeous! I entered and was greeted by a few people that Goodwill has helped to get back onto their feet with a job and a way to start over. I never knew Goodwill helped so much with everyday people, I just thought it was a thrift store. I was surprised and even more impressed with Goodwill as a company.

There was a Pop Up Shop that was sponsored by Studios Architecture. They had tons of pieces and at great prices. I snagged a shirt for $5, now that is a bargain! They also treated us with heavy hors d’oeuvres, Italian beer and wine.

Their was a handful of bloggers there so I felt right at home. I was also able to meet quite a few people working in the corporate world of many businesses throughout DC which was a change of scenery that I enjoyed.

The show started off with their wedding collection which actually had some amazing pieces. I was very impressed with the selection they showcased on the runway. If ever in search of a wedding dress Goodwill might be a place you would like to look.

They showcased various pieces that they make in house at Goodwill as well as pieces that were donated to be sold in store. It was a great fashion show and the models were amazing. I thoroughly enjoyed myself.

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New Color Riche Nail Art

The new Color Riche line for L’Oreal is pretty amazing especially with these new nail art features. I never have to go get a manicure again but pedicures I can’t quite do as perfect. LOL!  Color Riche is also offering some rich, lightly hued lip glosses which I am a fan of and want more colors. I think L’Oreal is moving in a great direction with lipglosses and nail products. I am excited!! What do you all think of the new prints?

Geek to Chic

The annual runway show benefitting the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurshiip (NFTE) is back this year. On October 24th, you’re invited to attend Geek 2 Chic: DC at Bloomingdale’s Chevy Chase. From 6:30-8pm, enjoy complimentary cocktails and hors d’oeuvres while watch the stylish “geeks” strut their stuff down the runway. All proceeds from ticket sales and 10% of Bloomingdale’s sales the day of the event will benefit NFTE. Buy your tickets.

(Info via DC Scout)


NYFW Day 4 Part II

This was the last show I was able to attend before departing from New York City. I attended the Nolcha group runway show which showcased various collections. I was highly impressed with the collections that I saw. There were also shoes apart of one of these collections that were to die for!

The collections that were shown were Mariana Valentina, Studio 6th Sense, Priti by Design, Arrum Lily, and Adolfo Sanchez with shoes by Kate Ferguson.

Before these shows me and a few bloggers went on a hunt to find food and found a restaurant at one of the piers. We took pictures and enjoyed the water. It was just serene and peaceful. I almost felt like I wasn’t in New York but that is what I love about New York. I was also able to catch up with a good friend of mine, we took tons of pictures per usual. 😉

Enjoy the pictures!

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Day 4 of Fashion Week Part I

On Wednesday, September 12th, Nolcha Fashion Week: New York presented their runway shows at Pier 59. This was located in Chealsea on the water. It was beautiful! The show showcased 4 runway shows which I will be splitting into two posts since they are so picture heavy. The first set was menswear which included designers, PrettyGreen, FireTrap (with shoes by Cat Footwear), Bolongaro Trevor, and Richard Smith Prêt à Porter.

My favorite line was the Richard Smith collection. It was well made, ready to wear, suits. The models looked great and the suits looked great on the models. There was even one untraditional model that killed it! The designer was very nice in person as well and very thankful for our appreciation for his collection.

Here is a bio from http://www.nolchafashionweek.com/ about this designer since I liked this designers collection so much:

 Designer Name: Richard Jonathan Smith

Label Name: Richard Smith Prêt à Porter

Website: www.richardsmithbespoke.co.uk

Origin: Manchester, United Kingdom

“It has been my ambition to launch a label that may one day be showcased during New York Fashion Week. Nolcha has facilitated this ambition, as the perfect platform to exhibit my collection.”

Background: Smith is a bespoke gentleman’s designer currently based in the UK. Having trained with the Giorgio Armani brand for 10 years, he branched out to create his own label, combining the craftsmanship of Savile Row tailoring with the design and flair of Italian high-end couture. This has created a highly unique design proposition, differentiating Smith from his peers who often conform to traditional, quintessentially English interpretations of bespoke attire.

Vision: My guiding principles are to create a new proposition in terms of Savile Row tailoring, moving away from the established British heritage style towards the aspirations of a more modern European gentleman. My design templates are to streamline the body silhouette. This emphasizes a sharp, crisp look not widely characterised by the New York market.

Signature style: Check, check and more check….

Influence: My inspiration is London. It epitomizes our unique street style, which combines the cool flair of the British male with the regionalized look of each district – very similar to New York. For example the London Shoreditch look, which incorporates neat, short jackets and slim trousers is typically seen in Chelsea and Greenwich. These are the influences of your New York designers such as Thom Browne, who has recently launched here in the UK.

Brand philosophy: Prince of Wales meets Tom Ford.

Making it happen: My greatest challenge was self belief – leaving my established Armani heritage and starting a label to compete with Savile Row peers.  The overwhelming support I receive daily from my friends, family and clients inspires me to overcome this.

Celebrity crush: I would personally like to dress Michael Fitzpatrick, aka Fitz, from Fitz and the Tantrums. As a musician he has natural confidence and flair that is reflected in his dapper style. I’d love to see him in one of my delightfully fitted check suits….

What does New York City mean to you? To me New York is about ambition. This is one of the few cities in the world that embraces ambition and drives success. To me therefore, it is the perfect city to launch my Prêt a Porter collection, as I’m confident the New York market will embrace my design philosophy.  To quote Peter Shaffer, “If London is a water colour, New York is an oil painting.”

The shows were presented by Rusk which means all of the models hair were styled with their products. I was also able to take a few products with me to try. I am currently putting them to the test. 🙂

Enjoy pictures from some of the collections:::