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Showing posts with label fashion show. Show all posts

peace couture fashion show

Well paint my front door red & call me Elizabeth Arden!

Friday night, I was invited to attend the Peace Couture fashion show at the lovely Italian Club in Ybor!

What is the Peace Couture? This is from their website:
Peace Couture is a multi-media event highlighting local fashion designers, artists and musicians. The latest local fashions will be spotlighted in a spectacular runway show, featuring a live performance by Zulu Wave. The event will also feature a "pop-up" retail area with some of Tampa's most unique vendors of clothing, accessories and jewelry, as well as a "nail art" bar. The featured artists will create site-specific installations in the Italian Club Theatre. After the runway show join us for an after party featuring a performance by GUILTMAKER.
Since my birthday was the day before, I figured it could be a fun little "girl's night out". So I made Emily go with me - kicking & screaming that she had to be seen with me :)

 The Spring of Tampa Bay hosted the event. Here's some information on The Spring taken from their website:
The mission of The Spring of Tampa Bay, Inc. is to prevent domestic violence, protect victims and promote change in lives, families and communities. Since our founding in 1977, The Spring has provided sanctuary and services to more than 60,000 abused adults and their children.
Since the fashion show portion did not begin until 8:30pm, Emily & I browsed the "pop up" boutique portion of the event. Loved it!

Some of the paticipants were:

Stella & Dot - which was funny because when I explained to MattyB that I was asked to cover the event, he was like "oh, for your Stella & Dot biz?" - - I had to then remind him that at a relatively not too long of time ago, I was a fashionable blogger that everyone was vying for. No?

A & A Boutique - cute little "repeat" boutique. Here's where I plan to take all my Louboutins & Blahniks when I tire of wearing them. Wait a sec, what am I talking about? I mean, when I actually OWN a pair.

Creme de la Creme - Tampa's "cutest little gift shop"! Emily was ecstatic to see Tyler candles on their display! I was oogling over their fun cocktail napkins, especially this one...

Bella Faccia Med Spa - they sponsored a "nail art bar". We spent a rather long time here :) I can tie in a quick review of Sally Hansen's Nail Effects here, right? Great. While I didn't actually apply the stickers, they appeared to go on rather easily & turned out fab! And let me just say, the esthetician that was running this fun little nail art bar, has a deeply kept beauty secret. She looked to be about 25....when in fact she was turning 40 the next day! She wouldn't tell me her secret.

my red nails & leopard art, Emily's metallic nails

i was just a wee bit obsessed with how it turned out :)
ring is Sidewinder by Stella & Dot

There was also a silent auction going on, with paintings & a scultpure done by local artists. I have never been good at interpreting art. So how would you have interpreted this piece?

So 8:30pm rolled around - we made our way to the 3rd level of this beautiful building.

The fashion show consisted of 4 local fashion designers, a boutique in Ybor and then the Spring Boutique. I was actually really excited for this portion because I had missed our Tampa Bay Fashion Week event, and these designers showed there.

First up was Spathose...."wearable sculpture" - INDEED!

Second, Sandra Hagen

Third, Monstruosite by Dolly Donshey - made me want a blinged out eye patch!

Fourth, Wicked Betty Designs

Fifth, La France which is a vintage boutique in Ybor.

and the show closed with the Spring Boutique

The Spring Boutique portion featured local celebs like Miss Florida, and the lovely Serina Farzan from our local ABC News.

Something informative that was done, a gal came out in between each different designer with an alarming statistic painted on to the back of the canvases that were being auctioned off.

Photos by Kyle Fleming Photography

When the events came to a close, I had the munchies (naturally - shopping does that to you). So we walked next door to the tasty La Creperia Cafe and chowed down!

Shockingly, this was my first experience with Nutella. It was good in the crepe, but I'm not a huge fan of it by itself. Then again, what's not good in a crepe?

Medina Bib necklace by Stell & Dot
Photo courtesy of Kyle Fleming Photography
So I never ever claimed to be a good photographer....check out some legit pics of the event here:


Ha, did you sing that title? No, go back & sing it!

Here's a fun pic of Matteo & I with the birthday girl last night! We had such a great time celebrating with the family!

Thanks Aunt Suz for sending me home with the guac! I'm TEARING IT UP right now as I blog...I'm addicted.

My Saturday was another early morning. I have a love / hate with early mornings. I always feel so accomplished by noon for getting up early, but the waking up part just KILLS me. Especially when Matty & Dexter are sawing logs next to me.

Well, I met my girls Emily & Nickie at 7am for our Nordstrom Spring Trend Show! We were greeted at the entrance by Nordstrom personnel who gave us our cute little tote bags with goodies inside. The first part was a "beauty bash" where we were able to have coffee and light refreshments, while we waited to be let in to the store where the show would take place. It got crowded real quick!

There were giveaways during this time as well...and even though the lady was using a microphone to announce the winners...other ladies still felt the need to push in front of us. Um, rude.

Since Nickie was the one in flats, I gave her the pep talk of "take no prisoners". Run like in a race, & use that Gucci bag to pummel anyone who tries to push in front of you....(since seating was first come, first serve). 

Nickie was ready to fight!

So finally the countdown began, the barricade was removed, and every woman in Tampa rushed to the escelator. I had to remind myself NOT to be unkind and trip people or kick them in the shins with my wedges...but it kinda reminded me of my last 5K. There were walkers in front of me who just needed to move. Walkers to the back please!

We made it to our seats and had a little photo shoot....

Yes, anything "free" does excite me this much.

My horrible attempt at getting the stage

The show was really energetic, and I really enjoyed the styling choices. However, most of my focus was on the clothing...but with this show, we're supposed to be more focused on the cosmetic side of things. I was more interested in this girl's shoes:
Horribly blurry, sorry...the model just would not cooperate with my shutter speed

And then this fun number came out & I immediately wanted the entire outfit. Very Sex & the City, in my opinion...
Sparkles & feathers?! Yes, please!

Don't misunderstand, I did pay attention some to the cosmetics ~ but to be honest, I felt like the demographic was a bit more mature this year. However, MAC kept it really playful with this cutie:

We learned in years prior to leave the fashion show a few minutes before the end in order to hit up the cosmetic counters downstairs before they are BOMBARDED and sold out.

It eventually got insanely crowded...

I should mention that I DO NOT deal well in crowds. Hords of people, standing in one spot, shoulder to shoulder, not moving, kinda stresses me out a bit. I wasn't entirely unfriendly to every other shopper, but I definitely gave out several looks of "what the heck are you doing?" with a side of "get out of my way!".

Luckily, I was able to purchase everything on my list before the products sold out. (Yes, I had a list ~ I made it during the show; and yes, things sell's INSANE).

Here's my purchases:
CHANEL polishes, Mimosa & Blue Satin
Yes, that's a yellow shade on the left, & I can't wait to wear it.
Well, actually, it's still on my thumb ~ I demo'ed it while waiting for a sales associate. Then I demo'ed a gold that's on my index finger, and the Blue Satin on my middle finger (which I showed that last one off as much as possible....KIDDING!)

My MAC goodies! I'm a MAC girl.
Skin Brightening Serum (a primer but with more skin nourishing ingredients), tinted moisturizer, bright pink lip glass, and Sheen Supreme lipstick (which they have been sold out of every time I've tried to buy)

Once we all got our goodies & found Emily, after she got distracted and wandered off to purses (that's why we're friends)...we packed it up and headed out for a gorgeous afternoon, basking in the sun!

this is why it's called the sunshine state
pretty, huh? (no I wasn't talking about my feet, but I'm totally diggin' my current polish choice!)

Emily tried copying my picture, but got photo bombed big time
rude dude needs to understand photo taking don't walk in front of active photo op's

Nickie & I enjoying the Pina Colada popsicles that Emily's hubby, CaseFace Casey brought us! Holler!
He even chillaxed with us for a bit!

Cutie Emily

Presently, I'm bathing in aloe due to mis-use of the spray sunscreen. There were horrible winds when I was trying to apply it & now, thanks Banana Boat, I have splotches & streaks of white & red. (Hey, if I change my polish & use my new Blue Satin polish I'd be VERY patriotic!) 

I'm thinking a turtleneck will be required for the next 3 days to hide the white streak that runs from my the shoulder of my left arm, to my wriist. I'm dreading Matty's reaction when he sees me....especially if it's anything like Casey's...which was "HA HA HA!", followed by "that wasn't a joking laugh!"

How was your Saturday?!?