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Saturday, June 27
Here in Atlanta, professional athletes are everywhere and just love to be seen. Fashiona was out last night at the Buckhead W covering the Fairways and Highways' Red Carpet and of course some athletes were there. Sis ,who knows all things sports related, kindly informed her that NFL training camp is starting soon and the players were enjoying their last moment of freedom before the season...like Fashiona was supposed to know that.
Now Fashiona was already aware of the recent NBA draft and then her friend Mr. Air who is really 6'5" sent her ESPN's video of the top 10 worst fashion faux pas of past years. Umm... thankfully their sense of fashion has vastly improved since they were drafted.
This year, the draftees seem to have got it right with no fire engine red zoot suits in sight.
Photo Credit: Jim McIsaac/Getty Images
Fashiona fully agrees with Fern Mallis, James Harden takes the best dressed award of the night by far. Harden's Summer suit choice is great from the color to the cut to the whimsical bow tie. Commissioner David Stern isn't too shabby himself.
Photo Credit: AP Photo/Seth Wenig
Now can someone please send a memo to Magic's Headcoach Stan Van Gundy...that rumpled jacket with a polo look is NOT working...on any level.
Perhaps her peanut gallery full of personal trainers at work will send him a petition for repeated fashion violations!
Thursday, June 25
Photo Credit: Epic Records
Although Fashiona never ever got a Jheri Curl or donned the red jacket or a rhinestone glove, but she remembers seeing those jackets in pint sized versions everywhere...even in Europe where her family moved shortly after Thriller was released.
Photo Credit: Reuters
And yes the Prince vs. Michael battles of the 1980's. Fashiona grew up loving Michael and then Prince and then both. She was in high school when Remember the Time was released. Fashiona and her sis came in her parents' room to watch the world premiere of the video...still one of the best videos of ALL time. Fashiona's fascination with all things Egypt tripled at that very moment.
Smooth Criminal is Fashiona's very close second favorite MJ video but her absolute favorite fashion wise...and seriously who could forget that famous lean!!
Photo Credit: Epic Records
Fashiona wants to know what your favorite Michael memory is?
Rest in peace Michael.
Monday, June 22
These Johnson Agnes Silk Jumper numbers are just...well freakin' teeny and have the gall to retail for over $300! Someone PLEASE explain why any woman besides Paris Hilton would wear these in public...anyone??
To Miss Fashiona they are just too infantile...but if someone could send her a detailed memo, she will at least read it...before she laughs out loud.
Now jumpers Fashiona like...since to be able to walk and sit without flashing any unnecessary information is a basic requirement in any clothing purchase she makes.
Photo Credit: FreePeople.com
Photo Credit: ShopBop.com
Sunner Florent Jumpsuit
Saturday, June 20
Wednesday night, Fashiona and her navigation system found the historic Castleberry Hills District. Her ultimate destination: The Glam Bar for their grand opening... thanks to her invite from The Garner Circle.
The color story of the night was pink, pink and more pink.
The dress code of the night was black, white and pink...shocker Fashiona chose black as did the caterer for the night, Tatyana Benton from CakesbyTatyana.
Left Fashiona, Right Tatyana Benton
Sabrina Peterson ~ The Glam Bar owner.
Sabrina, the owner of The Glam Bar was decked out in a studded cleavage bearing white bustier with a black patent leather belt and platinum blonde hair. Glamor is her game but drama is not; she has a no gossip policy in her salon. The Glam Bar, a full service hair salon is a nod to old Hollywood and resembles a dressing room.
All Photos by Catherine Tolbert.
Wednesday, June 17
However since Topaz is in New York by her lonesome, she just might stopover to Bloomies tomorrow. Why...because Thursday June 18, Hanky Panky is having an exclusive customization event from 12 noon to 8pm.
If you are in NYC on Thursday drop on by. You can choose from an array of neutral colors or much bolder ones.
Fashiona does urge you to attend this event but warns to you to customize wisely..."hanky panky" is good...unnecessary drama not so much.
Tuesday, June 16
Ralph Lauren, himself often leverages his megabrand to campaign good causes. The Pink Pony program is one such program. The program highlights early diagnosis, education and treatment of cancer and is committed to improving cancer care to underserved communities. Ten percent of proceeds from all Pink Pony products benefits the Pink Pony Fund.
Photo Credit: Ralphlauren.com
Breast Cancer is not just a woman's issue-it affects all of us: the brothers, husbands, fathers, children, friends. Pink Pony is our effort in the fight against cancer. ~Ralph Lauren
David Lauren, Ralph Lauren's son, hosted a breakfast two weeks ago in part to celebrate 9 years of the Pink Pony program and unveil new Pink Pony looks that will be available this Fall.
Shop all Pink Pony Products at www.ralphlauren.com.
Monday, June 15
Wednesday June 17th
10:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Thursday June 18th
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
231 West 39th Street
New York, NY 10018
Between 7th and 8th Avenues
Shoshanna Wallpaper Floral Double Strap Cami Top
Was $275.00 - Now $75.00
Shoshanna Bone Waistband Detail Short
Was $198.00 - Now $75.00
Shoshanna Marrakesh Embroidery Strapless Dress
Was $375.00 - Now $150.00
Topaz, Day and Dina... Fashiona expects text updates and pictures of your finds.
Friday, June 12
All Photos by: Catherine Tolbert
Alicia aka "Fashiona"...prior to her Slushee mishap.
Who's who of Atlanta's Entertainment scene descended on Atlantic Station for this Father/Daughter night. The dress code was "family friendly" and for the most part everyone complied. The kids were really the stars. The little girls seemed to relish dressing up, wearing their hair "down" and spending quality time with their Dads.
Fashiona was able to snag a few words with Roger Bobb, Producer of Tyler Perry's movies and his cutie pie daughter Renée:
Alicia aka "Fashiona": Thanks for talking with me.
Roger: My Pleasure.
Alicia aka "Fashiona": You obviously have a close relationship with your daughter. How do feel President Obama's relationship with his family is impacting the state of fatherhood in America?
Roger: President Obama has "raised the bar" for black fathers. He has shown us a modern hip example of a man who is intelligent, a faithful husband and a great father who has time for his daughters... all while leading the nation. He has eliminated excuses for absentee fathers.
Alicia aka "Fashiona": I fully agree with you. Turning to Renée: What is your favorite thing you like to do with your Dad?
Renée: (Giggling)... Swimming.
Alicia aka "Fashiona": I like to swim too. Can you do the crawl stroke?
Renée: Looks to her Dad for help...she says Yes!!!
Alicia aka "Fashiona": Wow...with no floatees?
Renée: Blushing: Yes!!
Alicia aka "Fashiona": How old are you?
Renée: Six (Fashiona gives her a high five).
Alicia aka "Fashiona": Thanks so much Roger and enjoy the movie.
Roger Bobb and six year old Renée Bobb.
The surprise celebrity host.....Q (Quinnes) Parker from R&B group 112. Just prior the film starting, Q wished all the fathers in attendance Happy Father's Day and talked about the virtues of being raised in a two parent household and called all brothers to step up and be fathers to their children.
Q (Quinnes) Parker and family.
Fashiona, for one can't wait, until the retirement of the obnoxious phrase "Baby's Daddy".
All photos by the fabulous Catherine Tolbert. See more of her work on her website at www.adoreamore.com.
To see stills from Imagine That, click here.
Wednesday, June 10
On the style front, the new Axe commercials are like a train wreck in slow motion from which she can't turn away.
During her media roundup today, she discovered that L'Oréal Professionnel is launching a new line for the men who have graduated from the mayhem of their teens and early 20's. Unlike the Axe products, these upscale products are used by professionals in men-friendly places called Homme (French for Men) Centers.
Actually the "man place" is a section in selected unisex salons. This is certainly a departure from the typically macho barber shop experience.
L’Oréal Professionnel Homme items
Fashiona wonders what the peanut gallery at work will have to say about this one....
Tuesday, June 9
Today's topic: the crew (Ice, Dreads, Big Common, EZ and Lil Brotha) wanted to understand why Fashiona doesn't wear shorts in public...anymore. Now Ms. Splitz , one of two other ladies working there, understood exactly why not even before Fashiona had to address the firing squad...God bless her. Almond Joy, the only lady trainer wasn't there to witness the spectacle.
Long story short: Fashiona's curves are too much for shorts. They work well in dresses, skirts, jeans and even capris. But shorts for her... ummm ride up and are uncomfortable. Unfortunately too many women in Atlanta pack themselves into shorts anyway... despite the "bootydo"...a technical term for a woman's tummy poking out more than her behind does.
This picture from massiveunderstatement.com sums it up best:
After two rounds of discussion, the men seemed satisfied to go back to discussing the playoffs again...until tomorrow.
Monday, June 8
Fashiona has only been in Atlanta for a little over a month she is slowly getting out and about. Last week, she met Janelle from Urban Suite Entertainment and her new sparring partner, Mr. Daniel Dickey from The Garner Circle. Between the two of them and Fashiona's natural curiosity, Fashiona's Summer is filling up quickly and she will be crisscrossing Atlanta's social scene. Thanks to Col. Dad, who lovingly drove her car down and her trusty new navigation system...Miss Fashiona will be all over Atlanta.
Later this week she is attending a film screening for Eddie Murphy's "Imagine That" hosted by a surprise celebrity couple...yes the couple is still a surprise for nosy Fashiona too.
Friday, June 5
One drink in and only one, Fashiona was sparring with the charming Mr. Dickey, Janelle pulled her aside to interview Ms. Reeves
Fashiona: So thanks for talking with me tonight.
Skylar: Thanks for coming to my event.
Fashiona: What got you interested in photography?
Skylar: I grew up in a boarding school in Maryland and was bored to death. My roommate was into photography and she used to sneak me into the dark room to keep her company. I was hooked easily on photography, but I was kicked out of boarding school shortly after that.
Fashiona: It happens. What happened after you got the photography bug?
Skylar: I went to Brooks Institute and then Portfolio Center here in Atlanta.
Fashiona: How would you describe your approach to photography?
Skylar: I am very visual. I love fashion but not labels. If it appeals to me and I shoot it. I like to infuse satire and humor in my pictures. I don't shy away from controversy.
Photo Credit: Skylar Reeves
Fashiona:Which photographers do you admire?
Skylar: I like Michael Thompson and Annie Leibovitz and photojournalists in general.
Fashiona: What are your future plans?
Skylar: I am looking forward to branching out to California and New York.
Fashiona: I certainly wish you luck. Although I'll warn you from one Southern girl to another who lived in NYC for 10+ years, your Southern charm will be shock to some jaded New Yorkers.
Skylar: I have to be myself (laughing).
Fashiona: I certainly respect that. As we close and you get back to your guests, can you share some words of wisdom to younger photographers?
Skylar: First learn the traditional art of photography. Spend as much time in the darkroom as possible and learn the mechanics of film and then learn digital.
Fashiona: Great advice and thanks again for your time.
To see more of Skylar's work go to her website at skylarreeves.com
Wednesday, June 3
In the June 8th issue, there is an excellent editorial about Condé Nast's: S.I. Newhouse Jr., chairman of Condé Nast, written by Steve Fishman.
The premise of the article is the rise and apparent downturn of the "luxury industries". Newhouse's father bought Vogue for his wife as a present. He believed that magazines in general were for "ladies who lunch". Of course the Internet and rise of the upwardly mobile middle class has leveled the fashion playing field..much to the chagrin to the old guard. They would prefer to cling to the days of yesteryear where the fashion game was a elite, members only club.
Fashiona has been breaking down doors since her youth and getting into the true fashion game was no exception. She is of the mindset if that you have the talent and drive, you deserve a chance to pay to play. Fashion bloggers and twitterers pop up by the day see fashion as fair game and are a thorn in the old guard's cashmere.
Speaking of old guard, Fashiona thinks this the best picture of Anna Wintour ever...looking younger and fresher than in 1995....do tell!!
Anna Wintour, 2008.
Tonight Fashiona is off to the Thrive Lounge to see fashion photographer Skylar Reeves.
Monday, June 1
Now Miss Fashiona is off on Fridays and Sundays so yesterday she went the Mall. After her last Lenox Square experience in March, she gave Cumberland Mall a chance. Fashion was really there to window shop. Let's set the scene:
- The church folk were there with their church lady hats and kids in tow.
- Several women of all ages had "their girls" as their shopping partners.
- Men were there..watching the women...and some cases getting elbowed by their watchful wives.
- Droves of teenagers finally out of school were happy to be free to wonder aimlessly.
High Heels Galore:
Grown and Sexy Dresses:
Denim is back: