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Must-Have (Practical) Accessories for the 4th of July

In Events, Fashion, Trends, Updates on July 1, 2017 at 3:37 am

When a holiday like Independence Day comes around, you have got to prepare for the celebration! For foodies, it is the barbeques. For explosive enthusiasts, it is the fireworks. For fashion lovers, it is everything else. Bags to carry fireworks and a lipstick that a napkin cannot dab away.

In typical Florida fashion, there is a 50% chance of rain and partly cloudy at night this Independence Day but whether it’s rain boots or sunglasses, Tampa Bay Fashion Week has the must haves accessories that are going to help you bring in this 4th of July in style…rain or shine!

Keeping in mind that fashion is a lifestyle ~ one must first decide what they are going to do before they dress for the outing. If you plan on eating to (or over) your fill and then blasting fireworks into the night, here is what you are going to need:

Knapsacks recently emerged into the mainstream again as attractive, go-to bags to carry what we need. Their multiple pockets organize our stuff and prevent messy situations like lipsticks mixing lotions. It is also perfect for carrying the fiery goodies and to-go plates.

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Lippies to keep in mind are Smashbox, Colour Pop Ultra Matte and Sephora Cream Lip Stain in Always Red. Unless you rub your lips in virgin coconut oil and water, these lippies will not come off leaving you to eat, joke and laugh without a care.

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Also, a cute cap works no matter the weather. It blocks the sun rays from your eyes and is your first line of defense from a scattered storm.

We don’t know what to expect weather wise this upcoming holiday but we do know with these accessory tips you will bring it in, in style.

Until next time folks,

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Happy 4th of July!

Signature Looks & Tees

In Designers, Events, Fashion, Trends on June 29, 2017 at 5:11 am

What keeps us feeling cool and light on hot, Tampa Bay summer days? Can be dressed up or down? And can be worn by everyone from newborn babies to senior citizens?

Signature or graphic tees!

Signature or graphic tees can give us the simple luxury of throwing an outfit together without having the ‘thrown together’ look. They allow us to be lazy and look fabulous while doing so!

Simple and expressive, signature tees’ versatility are what makes them so great.

Paired with sandals and linen pants, signature tees make a casual-cute, summer look.

Paired with an A-line skirt, tights and slingback flats, signature tees are dressy and can be worn at any cocktail hour.

We had the pleasure of attending the Flora 2017 fashion show, and we saw some hot statement tees from the House of Gam.

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Power

The shout out to world-renowned designers or powerful (no pun intended) stand-alone messages are simplistic yet eye-catching.

Signature tees’ uncanny ability to communicate messages to the world around us is why it’s so fashion forward and a staple in our closet.

It allows us to be (read: imagine) where we want to be:

And impart life lessons like this one:

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Easy Come, Easy Go Cotton Tee (Neiman Marcus)

And become new fans of world famous bands:

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Junkfood KISS Concert Tee, Nordstrom

(By the way, all three aforementioned tees can be found at International Plaza and Bay Street, Tampa Bay Fashion Week’s trend-setting sponsor!)

Signature tees are a great way to express yourself, so invest in a few that represent you. Not only will it expand your outfit choices, it will tell the world a little about you.

TBFW 2016 Event Highlights & Recap

In Designers, Events, Fashion, Trends, Updates on September 29, 2016 at 2:47 pm

First things first, we want to thank everyone who joined us during Tampa Bay Fashion Week! We drank wine, ate sweets, saw some beautiful clothes and truly partied into the sunset.

If you couldn’t make it, do not feel left out because we’re going to fill you in on all the deets. For those of you who did, let’s bask in that week again together.

Fashion Week Tampa Bay 2016 officially launched Wednesday, Sept. 21, with the Sip & Shop Soiree.

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There were some fantastic accessories brands and a few designers from this year’s show selling exclusives at The Hideaway ~Downtown Tampa. We shopped and sipped the night away and woke up just in time to attend Fashion Photos & Prosecco the following day, Thurs, Sept. 22.

Located at the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts, fashion photos illuminated the room as we enjoyed lovely red velvet Sprinkles cupcakes with Prosecco and listened to a presentation with Leslie Joy Ickowitz, VERTICAL Tampa Bay’s founder and editor-in-chief.

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We also saw the Jerry Uelsmann: Undiscovered Self photo exhibition, whose use of negatives captured the eye. The exhibit is still there so if you get a chance, check it out!

We spent the night at NOVA 535 for the Swanky Soirée. It was a beautiful night, filled with food and drinks to benefit Brookwood Florida.

Our first fashion show was Friday, Sept. 23 and showed in this order:

· Pandora opened the show and reminded us of the infinite ways we can wear jewelry. They literally lit up the runway.

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· Lilly Pulitzer was colorful and flirty. Their new line was full of pinks, blues, and cream colors and everything was Florida-sun ready. Definitely a brand to explore!

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· Free People is for the free-spirited and unique. They made beautiful use of earth tones and gave many of us ideas of what to wear (and who to wear) this season.

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· Floridita is for the mermaid in you. These intricately designed swimsuits caught everyone’s attention, along with the custom-made accessories. Beautifully-made designs, they definitely made a statement!

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· Sanford Brown –IADT School of Design Student Showcase featured students Smyrne Charles, Joshua Duck, Lakesha Johnson and Rachel Ternival who all proved the talent brewing in Tampa Bay can not go unnoticed. Each student had their own niche, making it an eye-catching showcase.

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· Elizabeth Carson Racker closed Friday night’s show with a fashionable, socio-political statement. Every article of clothing represented a facet of America’s population and assigned labels. With Beyonce and Kendrick Lamar playing in the background, there was no way you could miss this stylish call for unity.

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The following day, Saturday, Sept. 24, we showed:

· Ally B. Swim whose hand-made, vintage swimwear are made for you to be one with the water, in style. The lace, mesh and pattern combinations are bold and appropriate for every shape and size.

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· Athleta provides stylish active wear for the high-performance woman. Their ensembles can be worn in and out of the gym, perfect for the active, on-the-go woman. Truly athletic wear for she!

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· Madame Adassa by Marsha Vacirca was very sensual and feminine. Each garment was intricately designed and made to stand out. Created to exude the confidence every woman possesses, these dresses brought Madame Adassa’s passion to life.

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· Banana Republic reminded us of the beauty of contemporary classics. Very versatile, these pieces let us endlessly mix and match. Each look captures the modern day woman and man, and reminds us why we love Banana so much.

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· Tracy Negoshian patterned dresses embraces women’s natural curves. The garments fell beautifully on each diverse model on stage. Comfortable enough to be worn anywhere and sophisticated enough to be noticed everywhere, these dresses were made for everyone.

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· Neiman Marcus closed our second and final show of 2016 and they were scorching hot! Every article of clothing was a stand alone piece, yet Neiman’s found a way to put them all together flawlessly. Absolutely stunning and definitely gave us a reason to stop by the store.

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The whole week was absolutely fantastic. And we couldn’t do it without the participation of all you! We thank everyone who came out to support us and everyone who took a part in the 2016 #TBFW event!

Shout out to the designers, brands, models, and hair/make-up who brought beauty to the runway, and all of the volunteers who helped to bring it all together. The sponsors who supported us throughout the whole event, we appreciate all of you and can’t wait to do this whole thing again next year!

Until next time,

~Jessica

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