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Trotting around town is easiest in comfortable clothes. On a busy day of running errands, I live in a cute jumpsuit. Easy, lightweight and adorable; perfect summer uniform.

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jumpsuit: Wet Seal

heels: Jessica Simpson via Dillard’s

hat: Vintage

clutch: Francesca’s

sunnies: Claire’s

bracelets: Nordstrom

Project Ethos

Happy Monday! How was your weekend? Saturday marked another amazing spring Fashion show. This time held at my favorite hotel in Scottsdale, The W, and it was the most fashionable backdrop for Project Ethos this year. Project Ethos is a fashion, music, and art event held once a year, bringing together talented artists and designers. Quite a few local brands represented at the show and Phoenix based SouTheory performed after a meet and great at the Living Room. The event was held on the Wet Deck and we mingled with the most fashionable of Az. Stay tuned for this weekend’s Eat, Drink and Be Pretty event during the Scottsdale Culinary Festival.

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Get Cheeki Swimwear

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Shop Ethos Pop Up Shop

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Project Ethos red carpet

on Janee: dress- Macy’s, heels- Jessica Simpson. on A Fashion Fiend: dress- Guess by Marciano, heels- Michael Kors

 

 

Phoenix Fashion Week- Spring into Fashion Show 2014

I love supporting local talent and when we were invited to cover Phoenix Fashion Weeks “Spring into Fashion” event kick off featuring my good friend and stylist, Rochelle York, we were stoked! The show was based on 5 top stylists in Arizona and their outfit picks from local boutiques. The runway show was awesome, of course and spring trends were in abundance. Janee sat front and center as the models strutted each stylists looks down the concrete catwalk. The show was a great way to kick off Phoenix Fashion Weeks 2014 events. Be sure to check with us often as we will keep you posted on all the events and happenings in and around Phoenix and Scottsdale.

Here are Rochelle’s amazing styles featuring Clothes Minded Boutique.

Spring into Fashion host, Brittany Brown

Spring into Fashion host, Brittany Brown

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Kim Kendall. owner of Clothes Minded boutique and Rochelle York

Kim Kendall, owner of Clothes Minded boutique and Rochelle York

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Other favorites from the evening

YK Studio- Fashion Styling and Image Consulting featuring Allie Ollie

YK Studio- Fashion Styling and Image Consulting featuring Allie Ollie

7 Diamonds Styling featuring Chic and Disheleved by Jessica Hunter

7 Diamonds Styling featuring Chic and Disheleved by Jessica Hunter

Vanessa Renee Wardrobe Styling featuring Fresh Start Treasures

Vanessa Renee Wardrobe Styling featuring Fresh Start Treasures

Jenesis Styling featuring Allie Ollie Boutique and Dolcessa swimwear

Jenesis Styling featuring Allie Ollie Boutique and Dolcessa swimwear

Janee and intenational recording artist YASMEEN!

Janee and international recording artist YASMEEN!

Rochelle York and Janee

Rochelle York and Janee

top & earrings - Forever21 skirt -Ann Taylor, cuff - Aldo heals - Jessica Simpson

top & earrings – Forever21 skirt -Ann Taylor, cuff – Aldo heals – Jessica Simpson

 

*photo credit- Almanza and Steve Yap photography

 

Scottsdale Polo Championship and Party!

November 1st marked a day of horse and rider, fall and fashion at West World in Scottsdale. As an equine and fashion lover, this event marriages my two favorite things beautifully. Being deemed “a rich man’s sport”, I am always in aww at the outfits worn to the matches. The women always look so well put together with their big hats and the dapper men are not to be over looked. Jadapa had the privilege of attending the Ferrari -Maserati themed event and fashion show after day one of the polo match. Hosted by Phoenix Fashion Week and styling by Dillard’s and My Sister’s Closet, riding boots were a big hit on the runway. Emerging Designer, Doux Belle, also made her mark pairing the outfits with her gorgeous, one of a kind hats. Another amazing show put on by the Phoenix Fashion Week team!

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photos by Melissa Fossum, Phoenix New Times

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Jadapa with Doux Belle designer, Rachel Wagner

Jadapa with fellow fashion blogger, Audree of Simply Audree Kate.com

Jadapa with fellow fashion blogger, Audree of SimplyAudreeKate.com and Chloe Bosmeny. photo by SimplyAudreeKate.com

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What Jadapa wore: hat- off Saks 5th Ave, dress (old)- Nordstrom, shoes- Jessica Simpson

Phoenix Fashion Week: Night 3, Finale and After Party

On the final night of Phoenix Fashion Week 2013, I turned to two more Emerging designer favorites for show stopping looks, to dazzle us on this last night of fashion. I was not disappointed. The two sisters behind the label, struck our heart strings when we met them at the Emerging Designers showcase back in June. Jadapa and I were immediately drawn to the duo being that we too were sisters working together. We have kept in touch with the sisters through the 4 month designer bootcamp, and we cheered them on all the way to Fashion Week.  Check out our recap of Ja’ires journey.

Ja’ire international Couture started the show with a performance by none other than Ja’ire Hattley herself! The show held the audience in awe as we watched the models prance down the runway in designs perfected by the ladies that created “the walk-away”.

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Ja’ire and Nekia at the end of the show!

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with Nekia and Jai’re of Jai’re International Couture

Trang Nguyen hit the runway next with her reds and floral dominated collection. Her feminine touches make each piece’s style ranged from fancy ball gown to business casual. Layers of chiffon did not take away from the classic look of some of the other less showy items. We are huge fans of Trang’s sleek lines and vast attention detail.

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with designer, Trang Nguyen

with designer, Trang Nguyen

The Emerging Designers then took to the stage for the announcement of this years winner. And the winner is…

Katya Leoncio, designer Dolcessa swimwear

Katya Leoncio, designer Dolcessa swimwear

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With Dolcessa swimwear designer, Katya Leonio

With Dolcessa swimwear designer, Katya Leonio

We spoke to Katya the designer behind Dolcessa as soon as she exited the runway after her win. “I am thrilled and honored to be a part of this whole process with Phoenix Fashion Week and we elated to have won.” Her $10,000 prize will go to further launching her swimwear line. Katya’s collection made a “splash” on the runway Thursday night, presenting as the first emerging designer to hit the stage at Talking Stick Resort.

Dolcessa Swimwear

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The grand finale was a presentation of the in depth mind of Filipino designer, Rocky Gathercole. Rocky described his style as “feisty, unapologetic and at times, controversial” -Metrovelvet 2011. Rocky’s unbridled mind creates for the most unique fashion experiences. All of Rocky’s pieces are custom, hand-made and entirely individual. These marvelous outfits may have concluded Phoenix Fashion Week 2013, but left us with urning for more fashion.

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modeled by Joy Linton

modeled by Joy Linton

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Second nterview with FameAzTv

Second interview with FameAzTv

Finally after all the fashion and interviews, we celebrated with a concert by International recording artist Yasmeen! She brought the house down with her smooth and soulful vocals. A crowd favorite! We were stoked to hang with her back stage after the show. We love you Yasmeen!

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What we wore: Jadapa- top and shorts- Winsor, heels- Jessica Simpson
A Fashion Fiend- crop top- TJ Maxx, skirt- forever 21, heels- ALDO, earrings- Foreign Exchange, equestrian charm bracelet- Ann Taylor

Huge thank you again to Brian Hill, Abbei Marquis, Lauren Pfingstag, Christina Ziegler, Brenna Moses and the entire Phoenix Fashion Week team! 

Phoenix Fashion Week: Night 1

Phoenix Fashion Week night One

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What we wore: Jadapa Dress- TJMaxx, Shoes- Michael KORS, Earrings-ALDO
A Fashion Fiend Dress- Urban Outfitters, Booties- ALDO, Clutch- Tory Burch

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Brittany Dawn Brannon starting the show!

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We quickly caught up with Joanna de’Shay of Black Russian Label to discuss her looks and what went into preparing for this event. Joanna was most excited about participating in Phoenix Fashion Week again. As the 2009 Emerging Designer winner, this half Nigerian, half Russian designer held nothing back. This 2013 collection made use of contrasting grays and blacks as well as wearable designs with leather and lace trims. Joanna used cultural inspirations for all over the globe. Joanna says”A Black Russian woman likes to be seen and wants her clothes to make a statement every time she enters a room.” -Black Russian label, redefining the face of fashion.

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Black Russian Label designer, Joanna de’Shay

I also chatted with Sam Mascaro and Clary Jeffrey behind Loin Cloth LA as they excited the runway. The dudes said they were stoked about the show turn out and would do the designer bootcamp again in a heart beat. Their “where struggle meets success” line featured laid back Cali looks with style. The brand motto ” a penny and a plan” refers to how the boys got started with -$143 in the bank and a dream. You can really see the passion in the looks the guys created. The pocket details and floral prints are a huge hit with the brands’ followers. I asked the guys what was next for these two, Clary answered ” we go back to the grind.” These two guys’ dedication and hard work truly show in their amazing Summer 2013 collection. Thank you. Sam and Clary for taking this risk, you guys are awesome.

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Sam and Clary. Co-founders, Loin Cloth LA

Media Day and Fashionably Pink Charity Fashion Show

October 1st kicked off Phoenix Fashion Week with  media invitational breakfast hosted by PhxSoul. Later that evening PhxFW held their Fashionably Pink Charity Fashion Show featuring local celebrities and breast cancer survivors. Held at Domus luxury apartments homes in Phoenix, Arizona and catered by GiGi’s Cupcakes. Holly Rose founder of Don’t be a chump! Check for a lump! organization, donates wigs for cancer patients, as well as providing mammograms and spreading the message to get checked for early detection. Holly and other survivors  shared their inspirational stories and donations were collected throughout the evening for wigs and mammograms of cancer patients.

Media Day Breakfast hosted by PhxSoul.com

A Fashion Fiend at Media Day breakfast

A Fashion Fiend at Media Day breakfast

Fashionably Pink Charity Fashion Show

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Arriving on the “Pink” carpet

What we wore: Jadapa-Peplum top- Forever 21, Skirt-Target, Slingbacks- Jessica Simpson, Necklace-Q

A Fashion Fiend- Top-BCBG, Shorts- Forever 21, Shoes- ALDO, Bracelets-TJ Maxx and H&M

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Holly Rose, Founder of “Don’t be chump! Check for a lump!’

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Fashionably pink breast cancer survivorsThe Bachelor, Arie, from and JadapaThe Bachelorette season 8, Arie Luyendyk Jr. and JadapaWith Sam and Clary of Loin Cloth LAWith Sam and Clary of Loin Cloth LA

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JohnJay from 104.7Kiss fm after jumping in the pool on the runway!

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With sponsor, Tremaine Jasper, founder of Phxsoul.com

 

Phoenix Fashion Week and Emerging Designers 2013

Jadapa and I attended the Emerging Designers Showcase held at Toni & Guy in Scottsdale, Arizona on June 14. And how lucky we were to see a Fashion Show of the up-and-coming designers that will be competing throughout the next few months for a spot in the Phoenix Fashion Week 2013!

The evening started off with drinks and mingling with the designers themselves followed by the Fashion Show, where each designer displayed one look in their upcoming line. We were blown away with the amount of talent we saw throughout the evening. All of the designers were amazing, but a few really stood out. Ja’ire International Couture, Trang Nguyen, Herbert Victoria, and Loin Cloth, a mens brand, were our chosen favorites. Each of our favorite designers brought forth their own creative pieces while staying true to their original message as a brand. After the designers presented, a brief Q&A session allowed the media to ask them questions about their style and about themselves.

All attendees made our way over to Spanish Fly Lounge Mexican Beach Club for the after party hosted by Phoenix Fashion Week. I am so excited to see what else the designers bring to the table in the next few weeks, and to see the winner in October at Phoenix Fashion Week!

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On A Fashion Fiend- dress: Rebecca Taylor, belt: Michael Kors, shoes: Aldo. On Jadapa- top: H&M, skirt: Forever 21, shoes: Jessica Simpson

A Fashion Fiend is wearing – dress: Rebecca Taylor; belt: Michael Kors; shoes: Aldo
Jadapa is wearing – top: H&M; skirt: Forever 21; shoes: Jessica Simpson

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Toni & Guy Stylists doing updo’s!

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Jadapa and Phoenix Fashion Week Creator, Brian Hill
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Jadapa and designer, Herbert Victoria

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Jadapa and the beautiful sisters, Ja’ire and Nekia of Ja’ire International Couture

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A Fashion Fiend and Jadapa with designer, Trang Nguyen

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My Best Designer Ballot

My Best Designer ballot

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Designer, Michelle Hebert and her model

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Designer from Dolcessa Swimwear and her model

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The guys behind Loin Cloth Menswear and their model (center)

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After party at Spanish Fly Mexican Beach club

The Groves

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A Fashion Fiend: Dress- Rebecca Taylor, Shoes- Guess, Necklace- Forever 21, Bracelet- (Not To) Worry Beads, Makeup- MAC
Jadapa: Top and Shorts- Forever 21, Shoes- Jessica Simpson, Makeup and Hair- Dolce Salon and Spa

Spring Break was wonderful as usual in Arizona!!! The weather was warm, the sun was shining, and the orange blossoms were in full bloom. One of Jadapa’s friends is a local photographer and offered an impromptu shoot one day while I was in town. We journeyed over to The Groves in Mesa, where acres of orange trees reminded us of our frequent trips to the area while growing up. The weather was perfect and the trees provided the perfect backdrop for the pictures. Thank you to Monica Johnson Photography!