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Sunday, November 28

Social Sunday: CNN 2010 Heroes Red Carpet

CNN has a Thanksgiving tradition that Fashiona adores.  For the fourth year, CNN has honored "everyday" heroes that have made it their life's work to better the world of others.  Celebs and the recently rescued Chilean miners were invited to the taping of the show that aired on Thanksgiving day.

The Red Carpet highlights on the men's side included: CNN's always dashing Anderson Cooper, Adam Rodriguez, Common and Gerald Butler.

Well dressed women included: Jessica Alba wearing Rachel Comey, Marisa Tomei, Renee Zellweger and Shay Mitchell wearing a dress by Laundry.

Anuradha Koirala(seen below), a social worker in Nepal, whose group has rescued more than 12,000 women and girls from sex slavery  was chosen by the public as the CNN Hero of 2010.  See the complete list of top 10 CNN Heroes.

Photos by © Adriana M. Barraza / WENN/http://www.aceshowbiz.com

Anderson Cooper

Adam Rodriguez


Gerald Butler 

Jessica Alba

Marisa Tomei

Renee Zellweger

Shay Mitchell

Tuesday, November 23

Halle Berry dazzles in a white Pamella Roland dress

Halle Berry certainly "keeps it moving" so to speak. A few months after calling it quits with her longtime boyfriend  Gabriel Aubry, she is dating again (Olivier Martinez) and back on the Red Carpet.

Last week she  hosted a special screening in New York of her latest film Frankie and Alice.  Her hair is cropped...again after wearing it long for a few years and she is wearing a strapless white dress from Pamella Roland and Christian Louboutin shoes.

Halle is starring in the movie and she is the leading producer...way to keep it moving Halle!!

Photo Credit: Marion Curtis/Starpix

Frankie and Alice opens everywhere Feb 4, 2011

Monday, November 22

Fashiona takes on the Best and the Worst Dressed at the 2010 AMAs

Fashiona didn't watch the AMAs from start to finish but she was kept up to date with Talking with Tami's tweets...she doesn't miss a thing.

Clearly Jada Pinkett Smith believes in Fashiona's "Fashion hurts and no pain no gain motto"...wearing a gold dress with a METAL bodice...there is no way it could POSSIBLY be comfortable.But darling Fashiona thinks she looked fab!

Now generally Fashiona loves Fergie and her style but THIS Falguni and Shane peacock dress looks like a CHER  wardrobe reject...please never again.

Fashiona was very pleased to see Fergie redeem her fashion icon status by wearing Zuhair Murad later in the show.

Jesssica  Alba looked lovely  in Cushnie et Ochs

Normally a bit  racy... Katy Perry was pretty in pink in Badgley Mishka

Kesha looked a hot mess and earned Fashiona's Train Wreck Award.

Rihanna shocked the paparazzi with her suddenly long RED hair and a long red Elie Saab dress...easily earning the best dressed on many websites and this one too.

See what  Fashiona thought of the 2009 AMA's .

Fashiona interviews Andrea Kelly, dancer and choreographer

The world of dancing is very much in the spotlight with tv shows like Dancing with the Stars. 
Andrea Danyell Kelly…yes R Kelly’s ex-wife  has experienced dance from elitist world of ballet to the overexposed  “video vixens” and is sharing her journey with the younger set through her school, Andrea Kelly Dance Theater.

Andrea plans to open a dance school in Atlanta in Spring 2011. Between teaching masters’ classes in Atlanta, she weighed in on the state of the dance industry.

Alicia “aka” Fashiona: How has the dance show reality trend helped or hurt the professional dance industry?

Andrea: I don't think that it helped or hurt the professional dance industry. Some of the most talented dancers are the ones without formal training. They should change the name to "So you think you can show me technique". But the reality trend did expose the insular dancing world those who would never dance.  

Alicia “aka” Fashiona: For women who like to dance and want to get in better shape, what type of dance is a better calorie burner?

Andrea: Dance in general is a great calorie burner, because you use every muscle from the top of your head to the bottom of your feet. The fact that you are constantly moving keeps your heart rate up therefore burning calories at a constant rate.

Alicia “aka” Fashiona: Dancewear has to be functional and pleasing to the eyes what lines do both well?

Andrea: I love Capezio, the line is classic and many of there pieces are timeless and ageless. As far as shoes I perfer Sansha.

Alicia “aka” Fashiona: Sterotypically young dancers are prone to eating disorders. Is that changing for the better now the "curvier" figures are more accepted by the norm?

Andrea: I think that it is changing for the better, but there is still a lot of work to do because the images that are shown constantly are not real. Models’ flaws have been air brushed and photoshopped so the person appears to be perfect… but we all know that perfection does not exist.

Of course, there are dance teachers that push their students or company members to achieve a dangerously thin body that is not healthy for the dancer and I was one of them. A former instructor told me that I would never be a dancer because my "BUTT" was to big/round. My genetics has nothing to do with my ability to dance nor my love and passion for the art. A passion for dance is neither taught nor does it come in a certain body type, it lives in the heart. As a teacher, I look for the heart of the dancer and that often determines who will make it in this business.

Thursday, November 18

Fashiona at the Atlanta Harry Potter Deathly Hallows Part I Screening

The Atlanta premiere of the much anticipated Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 was on Tuesday night and excitement was in the air.

This event put on by Liquid Soul Media wasn't about WHO was going to be there so much as how happy they were to get a first look. Teen ambassadors were deployed all over the city to share their love and knowledge of all things Harry Potter.  At the screening they were encouraged to wear dress up and dress up they did:

She started with a purple snuggie....

Of course VIPs were in attendance.  Allen Anthony, an up and coming singer/songwriter, was gracious enough to don a Harry Potter "sorting" hat as the gushing teens informed Miss Fashiona.

Harry Potter Deathly Hallows Part I comes out everywhere Friday November 20, 2010.

Monday, November 15

Jewelry Boxes from SHOPNBC...the perfect gift for a vanity table

People always say it is the thought that counts…which is true but there is a lot to be said for presentation…the presentation ranks VERY high in Fashiona’s world.

If you already taken the time to select a special gift of jewelry, whether it is a necklace, a stack of bracelets, a lovely ring… then take another few moments to select some pretty packaging too. These jewelry boxes from ShopNBC keep silver and gold jewelry in tip top shape and will demand prominent display on any vanity table or jewelry armoire.

For the woman who has always wanted a Faberge egg:

Faberge-Inspired "Abalone Shell" Hand-Painted Musical Egg & 24K Stand

For the princess in your life:

Decorative Royal Keepsake Box:

The purple and gold-tone color combination jewelry box remind her of girlhood dress up days.

For her most special pieces:

Imperial Red Egg w/ Crystals Handcrafted Limoges Porcelain Box:

Handmade from fine Limoges porcelain, the egg-shaped box features a vivid red background, the piece is decorated with 24K gold detail and sparkling Swarovski  crystals.

Thursday, November 11

Emerlyn and Ester Boutique: Where Class Meets Style

As the cliché says...money can buy you a lot of things but class isn't one of them.  Lucky for the style inclined in Atlanta, Ne-Yo's significant other Monyetta Shaw has class, money and an eye for fashion.

Last Friday, Fashiona was invited to a private media preview (Courtesy of the Garner Circle) of Emerlyn and Ester.

Ms. Shaw told her that Emerlyn and Ester were the name of her grandmothers and they had very differing but equally memorable senses of personal style.  She remembers them as 
being proper Southern Belles, wearing gloves and hats...very much ladies.

The dominant color in the shop is pink...what Ms. Shaw has coined "Jealousy". 

The feeling of true exclusivity is in the air. All under the same roof you can find lingerie from Hoff, jeans from Marc and Allison Jeans and rosaries from champion poker player turned jewelry designer Chris Akin's 13 Crown;  who is also donating a portion of his proceeds  to the Compound Foundation.

As soon as Fashiona walked into the Buckhead  establishment...she felt instantly transported to a couture shop in Milan or Paris.

The store is open by appointment only...how exclusive is that! Call them at 404-848-8494.

All photos: David Barrack

Tuesday, November 9

MillerCoors presents the Inaugural T.A.P. Awards

What event can you possibly be at that combines beer, men, prestige and money....with a touch of class...well in Atlanta last week you would have been at the inaugural MillerCoors T.A.P. Awards.

VIPs, style makers, media and of course beer lovers congregated at the Mason Murer Fine Art Gallery for the tasteful gathering. T.A.P. stands for "Taste, Appreciation and Prestige".

Radio One personality Ebony Steele of the "Rickey Smiley Morning Show" was the hostess with the mostess.  She looked lovely in her animal print dress, accessorized with a long feather earring and chunky bracelets.  She shared with Fashiona that she went to Caché for her look.

Photo Credits: Jae Walker III

Radio Personality Ebony Steele

 MillerCoors 2010 Premium Influencer of the year Yung Joc

FAMU Alum, co-founder of ONE MusicFest and  MillerCoors 2010 Promoter of the Year, J. Carter

 Radio Personality Ryan Cameron (L) and Steve Canal (R)
La Bella Vie owner Jason Scott and his models

Radio personality Ryan Cameron and voice of the Atlanta Hawks wore a yellow suit jacket and his signature bald head and his winning smile.

Highlights of the night included signature beer cocktail recipes developed by mixologist Tasha Branch (Let's Make A Drink) exclusively for MillerCoors, amazing giveaways including box seats to Atlanta Hawks and Atlanta Falcons games, a  generous donation to 100 Black Men of Atlanta  and of course awards.

Award Winners:

The Tavern at JR Crickets - MillerCoors 2010 Sports Bar of the year

Cafe Circa - MillerCoors 2010 Restaurant/Lounge of the year

J. Carter - MillerCoors 2010 Promoter of the Year

Munson Steed - Business Visionary of the year

Gidewon Group - MillerCoors 2010 Platinum Seller award

Yung Joc - MillerCoors 2010 Premium Influencer of the year

Bobby V.- MillerCoors 2010 Sound of the City Award

*Courtesy of The Garner Circle PR*

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