A Fashion Fiend // Lady G

Taylor and I enjoyed Lady G in H-town last night. Her style and fans never cease to inspire me. She is everything.

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crop (similar): Nasty Gal

skirt (old): Divaz Boutique

heels: Sheik

sunnies: Buffalo Exchange

ear cuff: Urban Outfitters

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crop: Foreign Exchange

skirt: Forever 21

wedges: A’GACI

lashes: random drugstore

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Mix It Up

Just another Monday. Welcome to the week, guys. I’m fully back to it. I’m excited to be back in the thick of the blog, it has after all, my home.

I’m totally caught up in mix and matching prints. I love having the option to put so many different items together and having a great outfit. I chose a similar color palette for all my pieces to ensure a smooth transition throughout my ensemble. Perfecto!

In recent news, my little sister, Mootz, has moved to Hawaii over the weekend to start a new chapter in life. We’ll be adding her adventures and island styles to our site. We are so thrilled and excited for her!! Have a good week and please let us know if you have any ideas or places Mootz should visit in Oahu! #amootzinhawaii

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top (similar): Forever 21

tank: JCPenney

shorts: Express

shoes: Sheik

purse: H & M

earrings: francesca’s

ring: Dillard’s

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Phoenix Fashion Week: Night 2

Friday afternoon I was fortunate to attend a seminar with Style and Pepper creator, Jessie Artigue. She got up bright and early Friday to host “The Business of Blogging” seminar after strutting her stuff on the runway, wearing a Dora Yim designed dress, in the Fashionably Pink Charity Fashion Show, Thursday night. Her discussion on blogging as a brand was so insightful and very informative. I was really impressed with the way Jessie not only captured our attention but held it while also having us contribute in an open discussion type of forum. She answered all of our questions with real world examples and relative information. So happy that I got a chance to hear from the best!

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Jessie in Fashionably Pink Charity Fashion Show
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With Blogger, Jessie Artigue of styleandpepper.com

Night 2 started off with just as much luster and enthusiasm as the previous evening. Gents featuring Googleglass hit the runway first showcasing its dapper, futuristic look. We were super excited to see last year’s emerging designer winner, Bri Seeley, take the stage with her Silence Collection. Bri’s color palette, feminine A line’s and open back dresses made this collection so stylish and delicate. Bri’s most recent work on The Silence Collection., benefits Step Up Women’s Network, a nonprofit membership organization igniting women and girls to fulfill their potential. Great job, Bri!

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Gents featuring Googleglass

Bri Seeley ~ Silence Collection

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Bri Seeley collection photos by Melissa Fossum, Phoenix New Times

With designer, Bri Seeley

With designer, Bri Seeley

Hitting the runway next was Dallas based designer, Dora Yim, presenting her collection D.P.C. by Dora Yim. Living in Houston, I have been following this Texas Designer mix business woman with style and quality. Dora’s D.P.C. collection can be worn in the boardroom as well as out to lunch. The versatility of the line provides women with affordable pieces that are stylish and made to last. “Wear it today, treasure it always” D.P.C tagline.

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D.P.C. photos by Melissa Fossum, Phoenix New Times

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photo by Dan Tabar

With designer Dora Yim

With designer Dora Yim

Next the emerging designer, Herbert Victoria took to the stage. We were lucky enough to chat with this San Fransico based designer on the show and collection. Herbert’s African West line incorporates a cut and sew style, embodying bold prints and tribal influences. I asked Herbert his inspiration for such brave pattern choices. “In Africa, class and station are demonstrated through the prints and patterns in their clothing.” Herbert’s line presents a designer that is not afraid to stand out. He truly makes beautiful, one of a kind pieces.

African West by Herbert Victoria

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photos by Melissa Fossum, Phoenix New Times

With designer, Herbert Victoria

With designer, Herbert Victoria

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**Check out my interview about Herbert with FameAztv**

We caught up with International recording artist, Yasmeen, in the Pinnacle Aviation lounge at Talking Stick. She said she enjoyed the show and was super excited about performing tomorrow at the after party.

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What we wore: Jadapa- jumpsuit- Urban Outfitters, Heels- Bakers, earrings- Forever 21 A Fashion Fiend- Top-TJ Maxx, Skirt- boutique closed ;(, Heels- ALDO, Headband- TJ Maxx

What we wore: Jadapa- jumpsuit- Urban Outfitters, heels- Bakers, earrings- Forever 21
A Fashion Fiend- headband and top-TJ Maxx, skirt- boutique closed 😦 Heels- ALDO, Bracelet- Nordstrom

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