Thanks for stopping by. "Fashiona" is my alter ego who is obsessed with all things fashion and has a running commentary on just about everything.

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Tuesday, December 28

Fashiona remembers Teena Marie

Fashiona was at a birthday party when she was catching up on Twitter and saw the news via CNN of Teena Marie's passing...she was so shocked she blurted out the news to the guests.  They were all stunned...especially those who had tickets to see her on her next tour date.

Fashiona never had the pleasure of seeing Teena Marie in concert but she did love her music and her fighting spirit even more.  Pint sized Teena made history as Motown's first White artist signed to their label but she also waged a legal battle to be released from her contract.   

In doing so she paved the way for artists like Robin Thicke, Joss Stone, Leona Lewis, Jon B, Amy Winehouse and others to be accepted based on their "pipes" and artists in general to have greater control over their careers.  Teena Marie also known as Lady T,  refused to be pigeon holed  and wrote and arranged most of her own music from 1980. 

Teena Marie always chose integrity in her signature look and her sound over commercialism...a trait that Fashiona truly admires.

There are so many songs that  Fashiona loved but Portuguese Love, full of love, pain and passion....all equal parts of Teena Marie.  

Tell Miss Fashiona... what your favorite Teena Marie memory or song is?

Saturday, December 25

Merry Christmas 2010 from Fashiona

I want to wish my readers, followers, "cheerleaders", photographers, designers, fellow bloggers and anyone who helps me keep this blog going a very Merry Christmas.

Christmas 2009,  I reminded my readers to remember the reason for the season.  This year,  I am happy to say that the people that I have encountered for the most part  especially at White House Black Market are focusing more on family and friends and the thoughtful gift rather than the budget busting one....yay!!

Please enjoy Christmas and cherish this time with your family and friends.


Alicia "aka" Fashiona

Monday, December 13

Heel Condoms, a brilliant invention by Sandrysabel Ortiz

Fashiona gets all types of press releases and the one about the heel condoms was the most entertaining in quite some time.

Heel Condoms...no Fashiona did not go "there", she thought they were some type of plastic cover for the heel to possibly protect it from the elements.  Not quite...but what they are is simply genius.

Sandrysabel Ortiz, a stiletto lover, found  a way to extend the "looks" of her favorite heels.  Her theory...you can always find a new pair of heels but it is tough to find a pair that are chic as they are comfortable.

Surprise: the "three" black stilettos you see above...are all the same shoe! Think of the heel condom as a heel stocking, a stocking you put on to COVER the heel of your shoe rather than on your leg. Each pair of stockings look different therefore changing the look of each shoe. The instructions per the inventor: simply place the elastic under your foot to keep in place and no one will notice it's there!

Fashiona loves the concept of  Heel Condoms.... what are your thoughts?

Tuesday, December 7

Social Sunday: A Night of Glamour by Rashan Ali's Sporty Girls

Thursday night Fashiona went to Atlanta's Blendz Hair Salon for A Night of Glamour to support her fellow FAMUan Rashan Ali and her Sporty Girls foundation. The radio personality started Sporty Girls in 2006 to help young girls increase their performance in "non-traditional" sports with the ultimate goal of receiving a college scholarship. The funds from Thursday night's event will help fund a sleep away camp in the summer.

Some of the elite fashion and beauty consultants who attended in support of Rashan Ali and Sporty Girls included: fashion designer Mychael Knight, lifestyle specialist Dwight Eubanks, celebrity wadrobe stylist Kim Maxwell, celebrity hair stylists Val Hamilton, Paula Britt and Nataki Minix, manicurist Terrance Terry, make-up artists Keka Heron and Tiffany Walker, Sleeve accessories by Lena Danielle, True You Cosmetics, celebrity personal trainer ShaNay Norvell and several others. Other special guests included Ebony Steele of the Rickey Smiley Morning Show, Wanda Smith of the Frank and Wanda Morning Show on V-103 FM and author Tracy Nicole Prather.

Between the lovely Rashan posing for pictures with fellow radio personalities Elle Duncan, Wanda from  The Frank and Wanda Show, designer Mycheal Knight,  Fashiona was able to grab her for a interview.

All photos by Jae Walker III

Rashan Ali
Alicia "aka" Fashiona: So when did you  graduate from FAMU?

Rashan: In 1997.  I went to school on a 4 year swimming scholarship.

Alicia "aka" Fashiona: Very nice! So tell me about Sporty Girls and what prompted you to start the organization.

Rashan:  I have been swimming competitively since I was 5 and still love the sport.  When I was going to college I saw that minority girls were missing out on athletic scholarships for sports other than basketball, volleyball and track. In 2006, I started Sporty Girls, for girls from all walks of life who really enjoy sports and have to the drive to pursue an athletic scholarship.

Alicia "aka" Fashiona:  Besides swimming what sports do you promote at Sporty Girls?

Rashan: Soccer, golf and tennis.  Every summer we have a free 1 week long sleep away camp (Camp Elite) where girls from 10 to 16 are given a glimpse into the life of a college athlete.  They live in a dorm setting, many for the first time. Their days are divided into blocks of time where they study, practice for their various sports, attend class and of course have free time.  Proceeds from tonight's event help raise funds for Camp Elite.

Alicia "aka" Fashiona:   A worthy cause indeed.  I know that the ultimate goal is to obtain an athletic scholarship but what other life lessons do you focus on.

Rashan:  We really try to teach life skills. Sporty Girls is open to girls from all levels of the socioeconomic ladder. Typically these girls run in different circles but they get along surprisingly well and learn from each other.  Their love of sports is a common bond.

Alicia "aka" Fashiona:   I love it. It is so good to see so many stylish people out to help raise awareness and funds for Sporty Girls. Thanks for chatting  with me. 

Celebrity manuicurist Terrance Terry

Alicia aka Fashiona getting the facts with her White House Black Market bag

Mycheal Knight posing with Rashan

Rashan Ali, Founder

Jen Price, Executive Director

Sporty Girls, Inc.

P.O. Box 4390

Atlanta, GA 30302

Ph: 404.806.7352

Em: sportygirlsinc.org@gmail.com

Wednesday, December 1

Get Kate Middleton's engagement look

Fashiona was happy that Prince William and Kate Middleton finally announced their engagement and was touched that he proposed to Kate with his late mother Princess Diana's sapphire engagement ring.  She said yes to the ring but no to the wedding dress. Fashiona can't blame her for that....the ring is timeless...the dress (was a hot wrinkled mess) not so much.

Photo Credit: People Stylewatch.com

Like the ring...Helzberg has sapphire rings.  Here is Fashiona's favorite.

14 karat white gold ring with an oval sapphire and round brilliant cut diamonds weighing approximately 3/8 carat TW  Price $1,249.00

Kate does have an impeccable sense of style and imitation is proven once again the sincerest form of flattery.  Her royal blue engagement dress designed by Issa was sold out  in record time.  Causing many including Fashiona to believe that the London-based label will design her wedding dress.

Photo Credit: Samir Hussein/WireImage

Like Kate's blue dress...knock-offs sprung up before the photos hit the Internet. UK's Tesco has one of the best.

The low key couple is reluctantly braving the oh so bright spotlight and sharing details with the eager public.  The ceremony will take place on April 29 and reportedly will be broadcast in 3-D.

Will Fashiona be watching...but of course.

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