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Thursday, July 30
Verdict~ Fashiona likes it and will continue her "all things Obama" vigil.
Speaking of which... Danbury Mint produced a visually stunning porcelain version of Michelle Obama on Inauguration night. The artisans did a beautiful job immortalizing everything about her that night from her glowing complexion to the now über-designer Jason Wu's dress that he created for her. Snag yours at www.danburymint.com/collectibles.
Photo Credit: Danburymint.com
Monday, July 27
Photo Credit: WireImage
Rachel in her own design at the 2009 CFDA awards.
So Fashiona was excited to learn that (according to Women's Wear Daily), Rachel Roy is debuting a pop-up store in trendy Soho during September's New York Fashion Week. The pop-up store will feature Rachel's Rachel Rachel Roy collection and stay up for about 10 days.
Fashiona has every intention of visiting the store and many of her favorite stores during her September Fashion Week visit...her very first visit since she moved to Hotlanta.
Sunday, July 26
- Fashiona first picked out wash and the silhouette that she wanted- Women's Flare Jeans in Stone-washed Blue
- Next Thimbler has pictures help describe your shape in the thigh, seat, and tummy areas. Ladies the more honest you are, the better your jeans will fit. So ask your best friend... not your significant other.
- Accurate measurements are the next step. Again, a girlfriend's assistance is very helpful here.
- Finally complete the sign in process and add any other customized features that you want. Fashiona asked for the waistband to be cut on the bias and Thimbler honored her request.
Almond Joy, kindly took her picture... and yes Fashiona is in the boxing ring and no she does not work as the "ring girl".
Now to be totally honest Fashiona lost a few pounds since she sent her measurements in and the fabric had a bit more stretch than she expected. Her advice take an 1/2" off the waist, seat and thigh measurements.
The male trainers otherwise known as the peanut gallery, already voiced their opinion and umm those comments are not bloggable. Having that said Fashiona wants to know what you think about her customized jeans.
Have your own Thimbler experience at www.thimbler.com
Thursday, July 23
Fast forward a few decades..Fashiona is living in Atlanta...where she learning that "Hotlanta" is a descriptive nickname on many levels. Yes the temperatures are high and when young women go out here...they are often as legally naked as possible. Fashiona has left her half naked days in her 20's...and will of course deny they ever existed to her yet unborn children.
Ironically cover-ups are big business these days being that it is peak Summer vacation time. Check out these lovelies from TJ Maxx (Left or top)and Marshalls (Right or bottom). They can take you to the beach and to dinner afterward
...umm skip the heels for the beach part.
Monday, July 20
Jenny Salimi was so miffed by bra straps escaping, she created the Brazzle.
"The concept first came to me in college (about 10 years ago). I always thought it was so tacky when I saw bra strap peeking out of a girl's tank top or thin-strapped dress. However, we all know how uncomfortable strapless bras are and how they usually end up around your waist. A built in bra is even worse by giving the effect of a uni-boob...not flattering! About 2 years ago, I finally decided to go for it! After a long and arduous process to get here, the Brazzle is born!"
Photo Credit: Brazzle.com
Brazzles were designed to be added to either the front or back bra straps and looks like a sparkling accessory. Functional bling...Fashiona loves it. Get yours at www.thebrazzle.com
Saturday, July 18
According to WWD, companies from Polo Ralph Lauren to Net-a-porter to Victoria Secret to CVS are offering mobile shopping; iphone, Blackberry and other smartphone owners are flocking. Mobile stores, in theory, work in the same way as their original web stores, they are just specifically designed to be more user friendly to the mobile shopper. Fashiona cautions that only shoppers with secure access and a high budget venture forth.
Photo By Courtesy Photo
Ralph Lauren was one of the first designers to offer mobile shopping.Even if Fashiona had a better performing cell phone, she still would not be ready to embrace mobile shopping... Mr. Numbers is rejoicing at this news flash. While she is a bit concerned about the safety of mobile transactions, she is more concerned about the impulsiveness of it all. At least when she is shopping via a web store, she has thought about her budget and purchases and ....the wrath of her overworked accountant the lovely Mr. Numbers.
Fashiona wants to know what her readers think about mobile shopping, please comment away!
Wednesday, July 15
Photo Credit: PeopleStyleWatch.com
Eva(L) and Padma (R) both wearing Halston
Although the one who looks "better" in the outfit always feels better about the situation...yes women are that catty. Fashiona votes for Padma in this case.
For the rest of the world that does not operate on the "wear only-once philosophy" they would rather not wear the same ensemble around the same crowd too often. There is where MyClothingCalendar.com comes in.
A New Jersey based husband and wife team developed an ingenious website, allowing you to:
- Upload pictures of your outfits.
- Record WHERE you wore them.
- and most importantly WHO saw you in them.
How fantablous is that? Absolutely perfect for dressing for wedding season, office parties, interviews....umm dates. Best of all it is free...woohoo... good times.
To check out how it works, please see the website at www.myclothingcalendar.com
Monday, July 13
While cellulite (the bane of even Tyra's existence) is still a hot topic in spas, gyms, beauty salons, book clubs or wherever women hold their gab fests, eyelashes are the latest craze. There are a zillion mascaras on the market, tons of false eyelash brands and even the option of having professionally applied lash extensions.
Very recently, we have the lovely Brooke Shields as the spokemodel for Latisse, a prescription that stimulates eyelash production for the suggested price of $120 for a three month supply.
A print ad for Latisse featuring Brooke Shields.
At $120 a pop...Mr. Numbers (Fashiona's accountant) will be pleased to hear that she is content to just comment on Latisse rather than actually try the novel product herself. Her natural lashes are pretty full although Col Dad has the best set of lashes in the entire family...a trait that Mom, Sis and Fashiona are quite envious of.
For dramatic flair, Fashiona loves, loves to wear false eyelashes for special occasions to better bat her eyes with ...but she is simply flabbergasted by the women that go the gym and supposedly work out in full make-up and lashes...her work peanut gallery of personal trainers (especially Ice) who love looking at women all day don't get it either.
Sunday, July 12
Photo by Courtesy Photo
Looks from Life/After/Denim, launching this fall
Co-founders Alexis Fray and Michael Choi, both from fashion industry families have targeting the new LA based line toward young men post college. These military inspired classics offers young men a great middle ground between college gear and conservative suits. Urban Outfitters and Nordstrom are said to have picked up the new line set to launch this fall.
Of course as Fashiona celebrates the mere thought of young men dressing up more, she is eagerly awaiting her "free" custom made designer jeans from Thimbler.
Tuesday, July 7
One of Fashiona's personal favorites: What is that ...velvet? If you are looking at Dolce and Gabbana's D&G Spring 2010 line... then yes, yes it is.
Photo By Giovanni Giannoni/WWW.com
D&G Men's Spring 2010
American cowboy meets British Gentry was the theme for their Spring 2010 collection as shown in Milan.
Photo By Giovanni Giannoni/WWW.com
D&G Men's Spring 2010
Fashiona sincerely hopes that this brings the demise of the detestable skinny jean for men.
Sunday, July 5
While all merchandise sold with the Hanky Panky label is made in the USA...Fashiona doesn't have to remind you that "real" hanky panky takes place across the world.
Dinner is at 7pm and the show starts at 9.
Please e-mail email@example.com for table reservations.
Cipriani Wall Street is located at 55 Wall Street between William and Hanover St.
Friday, July 3
After finally parking, she met Terrance at the posh Purple Door Salon in the Edgewood section of Atlanta.
After settling into a comfy chair with her glass of water and pen in hand, she and Terrance had a lovely conversation about all sorts of things on and off the record. Here is what was on the record.
Fashiona: Thanks for having me. So why nails?
Terrance: Every artist has their canvas and mine is nails. I actually started out in make-up but found I was really good at doing nails.
Fashiona:: Where did you receive your training?
Terrance: I went to the International School of Design and Technology in Detroit and Sally Esser School of Beauty in Dearborn Heights, Michigan. More recently, I attended a workshop by Crystal Wright.
Fashiona: So you are from Detroit, what brought you to Atlanta?
Terrance: Atlanta has the distinction of being the "Black Mecca". I knew that if I came here, I could practice my craft and also do some entrepreneurial things. By freelancing rather than exclusively working for a salon, I have much more flexibility to have some broader experiences.
Fashiona: As a freelance style writer, I can fully appreciate the freedom that you referenced. Freelancing is great but very competitive. How do you gain an edge?
Terrance: Although I am currently in Atlanta, I brought my Detroit hustle spirit with me. I am always networking and looking for ways to maximize my nail artistry. For example, I am of the few nail artists that are certified in the Minx Nails technique.
Fashiona: Minx Nails?
Terrance: You have seen them. Rihanna has recently been photographed wearing gold nails. They look like actually paint rather than nail polish.
Fashiona: Yes, I do remember seeing them in the glossies.
Terrance: While there is a lot of skill in applying the color, it is very fast for the client and perfect for the "text message" generation that craves instant gratification.
Fashiona: What celebrities have you worked with and how is working with the stars different from working with us mere mortals?
Terrance: They are human too but still crave their privacy. Discretion is the key. The biggest difference is that I go to them. Recently, I have worked with Fantasia, Keisha Cole and Chilli.
Fashiona: Every successful artist has a motto or something of the like. What is yours?
Terrance: "Your look isn't complete without a manicure." In fact you need a top coat right now.
Fashiona: Tis true!! What is your advice for aspiring nail technicians?
- Go to a reputable beauty school.
- Perfect your craft.
- Aspire to be a nail artist rather a manicurist.
- Create a professional portfolio...emphasis on professional.
- Know your work speaks for itself and good work results in word of mouth marketing
- Finally...invest in ongoing training. There is always something new to learn.
Experience Terrance's work by appointment only:
Also see his latest work at http://www.myspace.com/terranceterry
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- MINI MANICURE AND PEDICURE $30
- $5 off OR
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Wednesday, July 1
MTV and CNN were there and ALL spotlights were on BET. Did they stand up to the pressure?...in Fashiona's opinion...kinda sorta.
Red Carpet Favorites:
Amber Rose looked stunning as always. Kanye... has thankfully given up that afro-mohawk.
Photo Credit: PictureGroup/BET.com