Stylista Files: Victoria Yore

Meet today’s featured stylista, Victoria! I met her while out and about at fashion events in Tampa. (Check her out on our past posts for the Discreet Elegance Fashion Show here and here.) She’s an awesome model who has some great personal style going on! I love how several pieces in her photos below are thrifted. As I always say, you don’t need to spend a million bucks to look like it. Plus, thrifting is so much fun and you can find the most unique items. Aside from that, I love how Victoria’s personality shows through all of her looks. I appreciate you for being a well put-together, elegant young lady, Victoria! Style on, girl :)

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Photography: Minh Insixiangmy
Dress: Thrifted
Belt: Guess
Shoes: Payless

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Top: Sourpuss Clothing
Capris: Thrifted
Heels: Payless
Jewelry: Thrifted
Hair Bow: The Girl that Ate Suburbia

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Photography: Daniel Garber
Top: Sourpuss Clothing
Skirt: Forever 21
Necklace: Littman Jewelers

If you’d like to be a featured stylista, please email us- knickknackerblog[at]gmail.com

Say Hello to Caite

Caite x Kyla Seo_6Every so often, we stumble upon little treasures that we never knew were in our own backyard. These treasures are so great that you almost feel bad that you didn’t know they had been there all along. That’s how I felt when I first learned about Caite, Inc. This awesome company is practically right in my backyard in Tampa.

Caite, Inc. is a women’s apparel line headquartered in Tampa. The company has found tremendous success within the last 5 years with their signature product lines. Their products can be seen in catalogs and online sites, such as Soft Surroundings and ModCloth, and over 1500 specialty stores nationwide. Caite, Inc. has gained notoriety, especially on their original embroidered collection both in knits and wovens.

The company’s “Caite” line features their signature knit fabric, rayon lycra, which is the most flattering and buttery soft fabric! When it is embroidered with their beautiful artwork, each piece becomes a piece of art itself! The “Kyla Seo” collection boasts colorfully embroidered and silky wovens, along with many unique and affordable prints. Each piece is cleverly designed for a comfortable, yet fabulously feminine look!

I had the hardest time choosing an item to review because all of the pieces are so beautiful, but I finally settled upon the “Abby” tunic in ivory from the Kyla Seo collection. When I first opened the package out of the mail, I fell in love with the way the tunic felt. The silky fabric is incredibly soft. I almost wanted to just wrap myself up in it! I LOVE the print, the fit is great (I’m 5’10” and 130 lbs., wearing a size small), and the black tassels add such a fashionable flair to the garment. Since it has been a little chilly in Tampa, I threw on a cami underneath the tunic and wore a cape over it. I love how the wide yellow borders showed past the cape sleeves. Take a look at my photos below. If you love this top as much as I do, be sure to check it out along with many other beautiful, comfy pieces on the Caite website. (Keep scrolling to the bottom, there’s a surprise. :) )

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Now, are you ready for the best part of this post? Caite will be holding a warehouse/sample sale from November 17th to the 21st, at their warehouse located on North Dale Mabry Highway in the middle of Bearrs and Fletcher. Caite products retail from $64 to $168, but at the warehouse/sample sale, everything is on sale for just $15 each! You can’t beat that! I hope you stop by and share your finds with us on Instagram @theknickknacker and @caiteinc. Be sure to ‘like’ Caite on Facebook.

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(Knick Knacker disclosure: Financial compensation was not received for this post. The Abby tunic was gifted from Caite, Inc. Opinions expressed here are my own.)

Metamorphosis

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Dress by Lydia Anne Clothing

This past Sunday, O and I attended the 2nd Annual Fashion Expo produced by The Fashion Executives (TFE) at USF entitled “Metamorphosis.” It was held in the ballroom inside the Marshall Center. The ballroom is HUGE, and the whole room was full of people! I always love going to college fashion shows because it reminds me of my days at SCAD. It’s awesome to be surrounded by youthfulness and energy.

This fashion show was a bit different for me because I went to not only blog but also to share a vendor table with Sky Unikue’s Elegant Clothing Boutique since I sell Chloe + Isabel jewelry now. It all worked out, though. Thank God O was able to capture the majority of Metamorphosis on video- best husband ever! I had time to enjoy the show and also had time to tend to customers… while also being a customer myself, ha! (Check out these boots that O bought me from Sky Unikue’s- Jillian Boot.)

The entire show was great! It was really well organized and ran smoothly for the most part. The hosts did an excellent job of keeping the audience engaged. The designers and boutiques that sent their looks down the runway were all incredible, and the models looked stunning. They really worked the catwalk! Owwww! I won’t make you read too much of what I thought about the show, take a look for yourself :) (Catch me dancing around 00:45 lol)

Be sure to visit everyone online:

The Fashion Executives at USF

Lydia Anne Clothing

All Brides 2 Be

Dress Over Heels

Sky Unikue’s Elegant Clothing Boutique

Psychotic Legend

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Congrats to TFE for producing a wonderful show! View TFE’s official Metamorphosis photo album here.

Bogelund-Jensen

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It’s amazing who you can meet on LinkedIn these days! A few weeks back, I connected with a designer, and she shot me a message about her brand. I was blown away! I knew I had to share this fashion goodness with the American people (lol), so here goes nothin’!

Signe Bøgelund-Jensen has since childhood been inspired by her surroundings to create and be playful with her designs. She was born and raised in 1969 in Kenya by Danish parents. Since then, her curiosity for expression has led her to work at the John Galliano studio, Paris, where her talent for drapery was discovered through her work and hence made ideas for the Dior Haute Couture shows.

“Experimental timelessness” are defining keywords in all of Bogelund-Jensen’s designs. Signe has an amazing vision and ability to create designs, but most importantly, she understands how to reach the inner beauty in every woman. In 2006, Signe founded Atelier Bøgelund-Jensen based in Copenhagen. Today she sells in Denmark, Germany and Norway.

Her new feminine S/S ’15 collection portrays “the feminine shape” and “casual controlled sophistication embracing the theme “Fire”. It’s characterized by subtle playfulness in her draping, colours, textures and silhouettes, creating a contemporary style. This results in a refined French feel and casual sophistication. The collection presents a beauty with an edge and techniques applied with the same rigor as the masters of the 1950´s. It sculptures the female body beautifully and has notable features of “Fire.”

The S/S ’15 collection consists of exclusive and casual dresses, jackets, trousers, blouses, shirts, skirts and a reversible cardigan–jacket. Check out the lookbook below! Buyers, you need this merch in your stores. :)

Be sure to ‘like’ Bogelund-Jensen on Facebook!

 

Stylista Files: Baydian Girl

Today’s featured stylista is a Barbadian hailing all the way from Circleville, Ohio. Her name is Tamara, and I think her style is awesome. Might I add, this girl can really rock a scarf! You absolutely have to visit her blog, Baydian Girl, to check out all of the different ways she styles her scarves. Be sure to shop them in her online store here (I promise you won’t be disappointed by these hand-painted scarves). The best part about Tamara’s favorite outfits shown below is that all of these looks can easily transition into Fall. Read more about Baydian Girl’s looks by clicking the links below!

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Leave us your positive comments below on today’s Stylista Files: Baydian Girl :)

Style Icon of the Month: Valentino

For October, we’re going to switch things up a bit in light of the Spring 2015 runway shows that are taking place right now. We’re going to spotlight a designer of whom our previous Style Icon of the Month Jackie O. was a loyal customer and friend.

vgaravani_21jun68_v_9may12_rex_bValentino Clemente Ludovico Garavani (or Valentino as we know him today) was born in Lombardy, Italy, on May 11, 1932.

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At age 17, he moved to Paris to pursue his interest in fashion. He studied at Ecole des Beaux-Arts and at the Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne.

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In 1962, Valentino showed a couture collection for the first time at the Pitti Palace in Florence. This was seen as a breakthrough, and he soon became the go-to guy for dressing the “glitterati.”

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In 1967, Valentino was awarded the Neiman Marcus Award for his infamous “no-color collection” in which the designer chose to ditch the trend for decadent color palettes and opted instead for beige, white, and ivory hues. The ubiquitous “V” became Valentino’s trademark through this collection.

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In the same year, Valentino designed the dress Jackie O. wore to marry Aristotle Onassis.

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In 2006, Valentino made a cameo in the movie The Devil Wears Prada. By the way, I LOVE the book and the movie.

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After announcing his retirement, the designer presented his final collection during the Spring/Summer 2008 fashion week in Paris.

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Valentino’s legacy lives on today, as we are graced by beautiful designs that float down the runway each season. Our lives are also brightened a little more by the designer’s signature “Valentino Red.” Here are my favorites from Valentino RTW Spring 2015, the fluidity of the fabrics is quite beautiful:

To view the entire slideshow and read the runway review, visit WWD.

Article Reference: Kilcooley-O’Halloren, Scarlett. Valentino (2012, July 6). http://www.vogue.co.uk/spy/biographies/valentino-biography

I hear red is going to be a hot color this Fall! How will you be rocking it? Catch ya next time ;) xoAndra

Haute Accessories Week 2014 Runway Show

Last week ended with a bang on Friday night at Hunter’s Green Country Club with the Haute Accessories Week 2014 runway show! Everyone was dressed to kill. I was feeling rather presidential myself when I saw a seat reserved with my name on it, I’m not used to that type of VIP treatment. More than that, I felt great because I was surrounded by soooo many beautiful people who came together in the name of fashion to support emerging accessory designers and Joshua House. There was a wonderful energy in the air. I am so glad I was finally able to make it to an event produced by The Fashion Movement. I also must say, Above Promotions did a fantastic job with marketing the event!

Our emcee for the night was the beautiful Mayra Gomez. She kept me cracking up all night! The models all looked stunning as they strutted down the runway in dresses sponsored by Cerulean Blu and their makeup done by artists from Paul Mitchell The School Tampa. I was really just blown away by all of the accessories. I’m not sure what I expected, but my expectations were greatly exceeded. If you haven’t read my prior posts, the participating designers were Shola Designs, Baglanti, Eric Green Collection, JFH Collections, Naje Designs, Tenique Designs, and Malchijah Hats. Tenique Designs was the lucky winner of the online poll for Haute this year, so she closed the show. At the end of everything, Chief Executive Producer Lacey Smith came out to say a few words and received a standing ovation for the first time in 23 years. That must have felt amazing :) Check out our video recap shot by my wonderful husband below, and to view the photos we took at the event, please like us on Facebook!

Thank you to the entire team of The Fashion Movement for having O and me! As Lacey mentioned at the close of the show, it’s because of this Haute Accessories Week that accessories are no longer an afterthought. I can’t wait until Haute Accessories Week 2015, but in the meantime, stay tuned for the next TFM event- Bow Ties & Clutches on December 6th.

xoAndra

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(Perfect Fall floral pant suit and booties from my favorite department store, JCPenney)

Azede Jean-Pierre RTW Spring 2015

Let me tell you something, I had a major fashgasm when I saw images of garments with floating leaves begin to surface from the Azede Jean-Pierre RTW Spring 2015 show. I attended SCAD-Atlanta with Azede, and I am so glad I had the chance to work with her and walk the runway in her garments for her senior collection in college. The girl truly is a genius. In fact, she recently dressed FLOTUS Michelle Obama for the cover of Essence magazine. I will never understand the intricacy of the patterns that Azede draws up (then again, I studied fashion marketing, not design). The Spring 2015 collection is by far my most favorite since AJP started presenting shows at NYFW a few seasons ago. The way she interprets elements in nature is just amazing. The leaves on some of the garments are so strategically and perfectly placed that it makes me feel like the wind is blowing, and the leaves daintily fell upon the clothing. I had a hard time choosing my top favorites since I’m so in love with all of the leaves, leaf veins, shiny and sheer fabrics, clean lines, beautiful cuts, and fluidity (I know that was a lot, ha!), but here they are:

Photo credit and full slideshow: WWD

By the way, long-time AJP supporter Solange Knowles put together an awesome playlist for the models to strut their stuff to, listen here.

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What’s your favorite look from the collection? Sound off in the comments below! xoAndra

HAUTE! Opening Night Style Mixer

The first event for HAUTE Accessories Week 2014 took place tonight with the Opening Night Style Mixer held at Spain Restaurant in downtown Tampa. I always love these types of events because all of us fashion bloggers, photographers, designers, marketers, and overall fashion lovers get the chance to come together to relax, have some drinks, and get to know each other. As I was mingling, the conversation about the vast opportunity here in Tampa kept arising. I come from a city where the market is so saturated that it can be a bit difficult to get yourself out there, but Tampa is so unsaturated that we all have a better chance of growing our brands. We have so much talent in the bay area, and I think it’s awesome because those of us who are going out and staying “in the loop” are going to be the pioneers of a wonderful fashion industry here in Tampa in a few years.

Moving right along, last night I shared with you the seven accessory designers who will be presenting this week. I am so glad I met some of them tonight at the style mixer! It was great seeing my other fashion buddies as well. Take a peek :)

Opening Night Style Mixer_001 Three of my fav Tampa fashion bloggers! (From left to right: Farrah of Estrella Fashion Report, Genelle of What’s More Important Than Fashion, and Natasha of Fashionably Fabulous)

Opening Night Style Mixer_002 TFM Chief Executive Producer, Lacey B. Smith, greeting Jamaal McKnight of Studio 94

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Opening Night Style Mixer_004Farrah (left) with Shola of Shola Designs

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Opening Night Style Mixer_006Nancy of NaJe’ Designs

Opening Night Style Mixer_007I modeled for Dali of House of Dali (middle) during Christian Fashion Week this year, so it was nice bumping into her as well as video guru Joi Banks (right)

Opening Night Style Mixer_008Tristan of Tristan Richards Styles, best pants of the night!

Opening Night Style Mixer_009Lillian Chor of Baglanti Jewelry

Opening Night Style Mixer_010Fashion blogger Misha E. of Fashionista Circle (left) and Nicolette of Tenique Designs (right)

We will see you all on Friday night at the runway show! Purchase your tickets before they are SOLD OUT. You won’t want to miss a thing! xoAndra

HAUTE Accessories Week 2014

 

HAUTE Accessories Week 2014

Hey Tampa, we’re back! Sorry we’ve been gone for a while, but O and I were busy moving into a new place, and I had to end up buying a car in the process as well. Thank God all of that stress is over! Now, we’ve got some exciting news to share with you all- it’s HAUTE Accessories Week 2014! This wonderful event-filled week is thrown by The Fashion Movement (TFM). I’m super stoked because I met Lacey B. Smith, Chief Executive Producer of TFM, a few months ago, and the timing has finally worked out in my favor to attend one of his awesome events.

This is the 4th season for HAUTE to benefit Joshua House, a program of the Children’s Home Society of Florida. HAUTE spotlights the contributions that accessory designers make to the fashion industry. Seven independent and emerging accessory designers will be featured in the show this year: Shola Designs, Baglanti, Eric Green Collection, JFH Collections, Naje Designs, Tenique Designs, and Malchijah Hats. HAUTE is getting the viewers involved in a major way this time around by letting us decide who closes the runway show on Friday night. You can vote here.

The week kicks off tomorrow evening with the Opening Night Style Mixer. We hope you all RSVP’d, and we’ll see you there! (To view the entire schedule for this week’s events and to buy tickets, click here.)

HAUTE2014_Opening NightBe sure to follow The Fashion Movement on social media:

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