Hey Loves, I feel like I've completely neglected the blog over the past month between being super busy with family and just life itself, I really haven't had the time to blog as usual. Things are starting to calm down so be on the look out for some great upcoming post about Summer fashion, my Summer vacays, music festivals etc. A few months back I did a post on a beautiful crop top and midi set that had been gifted to me from Eshakti! I wanted to share some candid's I took in this adorable set. I actually haven't worn it out as a set yet, but I did mix it up a bit by wearing the skirt and pairing it with a black crop top, which made for a really cute look. I'm waiting for the perfect time and place to wear it to as an actual set, so please believe you will be seeing a lot more of this little outfit before Summer is all said and done with. For right now here's a little sneak peak! Ladies please make sure you check out Eshakti.com they have lots of amazing affordable pieces that can be tailored to your size and shape! Their prices are wonderful and they offer a great selection of classic vintage inspired pieces!
Last Friday kicked off the start of this Summers RVA Grooves concert series, Ms. Chrisette Michele was the first artist to grace The Hippodrome Stage, all I can say is that this woman put on a hell of a show! Of course I was already a fan of her music, the unique tone of her voice is simply beautiful! Her energy and aura are absolutely amazing, she has such a personable demeanor, which is one of the things I love about her. She sang lots of her classic hits like "Girlfriend", a snippet of "Aston Martin Music" and lots of other material from her previous albums. Throughout her entire set she interacted with the audience, told a few personal stories, and right when we thought the show was over she came back to the stage and began singing classic Jazz melodies like "God Bless the Child" then she began scatting, which at that point she blew me away! Chrisette Michele puts on such a great live show, this woman can truly sang,yes sang! The ambiance of The Hippodrome (which is one of RVA's most popular and historic theater's) makes it the perfect venue to host artist such as her, its intimate feel and classic vibe provide a great backdrop for musicians like Chrisette. Folks if you live in the Richmond area or surrounding cities please make sure you come out this Summer and support the RVA Grooves concert series! Artist such as El Dabarge, Raekwon of the Wu- Tang Clan, and Kelly Price will also be gracing The Hippodrome Stage. So come out enjoy some great food, a cocktail, and unwind its the perfect way to kick start your weekend.
Photos by: David Lowell
For more info on the RVA Grooves concert series check out rvagrooves.com
Now that I had the chance to share my looks from RVA Fashion Week with you guys, I'm now going to actually do a little recap of all that went down. My friend/ photographer David Lowell arrived just in time to capture some great moments from last Friday nights show at The Broadberry, I must say out of all of the events I attended that was probably my favorite! I cant say this enough the energy in that room during the Designer Showcase was absolutely amazing, the host for the evening was Ms. Kelli Lemon a fellow Richmonder who is well known for hosting lots of events around town, she was a perfect fit for this event. Saturday nights Boutique Showcase at The National was great as well I loved being able to see what pieces local boutiques are carrying this season, and Sundays City Skyline Trunk Show at City Hall Observation Deck closed out the week. Its always great to be around so many like minded creative individuals, I really enjoy being able to network and build relationships with fellow bloggers and lovers of fashion. I love the fact that Richmond is really making a name for itself when it comes to art and creative individuals putting life back into this city. So many galleries, boutiques, and fresh new designers have emerged over the past few years and I find it to be so refreshing! To all my Richmonders please make sure you're coming out to support local businesses, designers, galleries etc. so that it can continue to flourish!
The Designer Showcase at The Broadberry
Boutique Showcase at The National
Love this dress!
Bike races were also going on the same weekend as RVAFW, great back drop for a photo : )
City Skyline Trunk Show at City Hall Observation Deck
So, as you most likely already know if you're one of my regular readers, or you follow my Instagram I had the honor on being on board this year as one of RVA Fashion Week's badged bloggers. This gave me VIP access to all of the events that were being held all week long. Unfortunately with my busy schedule I wasn't able to attend my first event until Friday night, which was the Designer Showcase which was held at a new venue called The Broadberry! The energy in that room was absolutely amazing the show including designs from Chilalay, Abigail Mpofu, and lots of other wonderful local designers! When I arrived to the venue the line was already halfway down the sidewalk, so I knew this was going to be a pretty dope evening! I had access to a lovely VIP lounge that was lined with white sofas, I sat down for a few minutes but with a good DJ, drinks, and a room full of energetic souls I ended up standing for most of the night. My look for that night was something fun and light I ended up going with my leopard dress and faux leather vest, which I actually wore to VA Fashion Week last year. Yes, I'm definitely a repeat offender, I mean why buy something if your only going to wear it once or twice, its so funny because I have friends that are like "I cant wear that again I've already posted pictures on Insta with me in this outfit", I am definitely not that girl! If anything I love showing how to create various looks utilizing the same pieces. So, anyway I paired it with my Timbs, which were perfect being that I was on my feet all night. I went with a bit more dressier looks for that other events I attended over the weekend which were the Boutique Fashion Show, which was held at The National and the City Skyline Trunk Show at City Hall Observation Deck. On Saturday night I went with my white crochet H&M dress, wooden cut- out LuLu's platforms, and my favorite yellow clutch from Anne Taylor, and on Sunday I decided to go with my vintage yellow beaded top I purchased from Fan Tastic Thrift, high-waisted pip- lined black pants from H&M, and my ASOS heels! Here are some amazing shoots captured my my good friend and photographer David Lowell!
Designer Showcase at The Broadberry
Boutique Showcase at The National
As soon as I walked up to the venue I saw my Dress Twin and fellow blogger from River City Uprising! She looked so pretty and was really sweet so of course we had to take some pics together!
My bracelet was actually hooked on to my dress at this point lol!
Excuse my wind blown expression its super windy atop 20 stories, I did the best I could : )
I ended up running into an old co worker/ friend of mine whom I've known for many years and fell in love with her super edgy cut!
This is when I actually took advantage of the wind per the direction of my friend/ photographer it made for some really dope shots.
Stay tuned for more to come on my experiences at RVAFW coming later this week, have a wonderful week folks!
Ok, I just want to start this post by saying I'm head over heals in love with this two piece bralette and skirt set that was gifted to me by eShakti.com. The company reached out to me about styling one of their pieces and sharing it with my readers, I was able to pick from lots of beautiful dresses, and of course I just had to pick this retro two piece set. I'm so loving the crop top and skirt trend that seems to be on the rise since the weather broke, and this little number fits perfectly in line with my summer wardrobe! eShakti has tons of vintage and retro inspireddresses, that are custom to tailor fit your body, to add to that their prices are amazing and definitely budget friendly. You can choose from various neck and hemline options, as well as the length you want your skirt or dress to be which I found to be a plus. When making my selection I was also asked to select my height so that my pieces would be a perfect fit. I was really impressed by the selection of unique beautifully designed pieces they had to offer, and the different options they offered you to customize your piece! Stay tuned to BarclayINC to see how I style this amazing set from eShakti and please check out their website especially if you're a lover of vintage inspired pieces such as myself!
RVAFW is literally right around the corner, all festivities kick off next week and I am super excited to be on board this year as one of RVA Fashion Week's badged bloggers! Whether you're an artist, designer, blogger or just simply a lover of fashion, please come out next week and support the fashion movement in RVA by attending some of RVAFW's many events. Attending any of RVAFW events will put you in the presence of some amazing individuals, I'm a huge fan of networking and I cant tell you the number of great people and contacts I've made by attending RVA Fashion Week events. See you there!
So, for the past few months I've been posting info on the Dress for Success Rock Your Red Fashion Show, I attended the event last week and was really amazed by the mission of this organization. As I had stated in previous post Dress for Success is an organization that provides professional attire to women looking to get back into the workforce. During the fashion show one of the recipients of such services actually spoke to the audience, and explained how Dress for Success assisted her by providing her with a beautiful suit and apparel to interview with when trying to make her way back into the working world! I was really touched by her sincere appreciation for the role that Dress for Success played in helping her get back into the work force! I also got a chance to meet the event organizers and other key players with the Dress for Success organization, they're some absolutely amazing women that encompass such a genuine and compassionate spirit for what they do. Here are a some pictures and special moments that I captured during the Rock Your Red Fashion Show!
Mary Kay Vendor
Was greeted with the program and a bottle of OPI polish
This was during a segment in which the ladies were modeling some not so professional attire that had been donated to Dress for Success. (I thought this was a really fun segment)
A client of Dress for Success sharing her story of how the organization assisted her in making her way back into the workforce.
So mad this picture came out blurry but these are some powerful business women in RVA, there's Marshe from Rumors Boutique (2nd to the right) and Ranee Kamens of Simplify Me (2nd to the left)
Announcing the winning designers of the show!
Special birthday surprise for Melissa!
Loved my goodie bag, it was packed with tons of Sephora, Michael Kors, and other great products!!
Special thanks to Melissa the Dress for Success Fashion ShowCoordinator she was my point of contact throughout this event, she really welcomed me upon us meeting the actual night of the fashion show (after communicating through email for months), she introduced me to everyone and really made me feel like I was part of the team!