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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


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



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!

#3_1Colors That Never Fail

#3A Little Michael Jackson Inspiration

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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.


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.


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.”


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.


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

Valentino Spring 2008 Finale

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

Valentino Red

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).

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.


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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

Opening Night Style Mixer_003Inside Spain Restaurant

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

Opening Night Style Mixer_005Gotta love a man in a great suit!

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.)

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Chloe + Isabel Botanica

The new Chloe + Isabel Botanica Fall 2014 collection debuted last night, and I definitely had a few jewelrygasms over the new pieces. The statement necklaces are so beautiful that I almost don’t know what to do with myself. Just take a look at the video below to see for yourself. To shop Chloe + Isabel with the Knick Knacker, click here and click on the picture that says “Botanica” to view the collection.

Introducing Botanica from Chloe + Isabel on Vimeo.

Feel free to leave us a message through our contact page if you have any questions about this gorgeous jewelry. We are looking for wonderful hostesses to help us throw awesome Chloe + Isabel pop-up shops. These can be a girl’s night out, swap party, bruch, online pop-up, or whatever else you have in mind. If you’re ready to have a good time and earn some free jewelry of your choice, we want to hear from you! Ciao!

Idia Models 2nd Annual Grand Gala Fashion Show

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On Sunday, August 17, 2014, I attended the Idia Models 2nd Annual Grand Gala Fashion Show held at the Tampa Garden Club on Bayshore. Idia Models was started by Gwen Nanna, model and makeup artist, etiquette and runway coach. The agency is established on the values of integrity, honesty, love, dedication, respect, attention to details, gratitude, ingenuity, and creativity. Idia Models strives to prepare models for runway, print, and all other events in which models are required to meet the demands of national and international companies.

All of the values mentioned surely shined through the models and Gwen herself. The young women and men walked down the catwalk with confidence and grace. Gwen’s speech at the end of the show was very inspiring in the way that she talked about how it does not matter if you are short or tall or what skin color you have, we are all important. She is doing something truly great to empower the next generation.

Speaking of doing something great, the show also benefitted the Joshua House foundation. Joshua House cares for children who have been victims of abuse, abandonment, and neglect. The foundation aims to keep siblings together since siblings become the only family children have after the parents are gone. A raffle was held and over $600 was raised. The grand prize winner took home a 4-day, 3-night trip to Puerta Vallarta!

Moving on to the fashion, the show featured collections from Tristan Richards Styles, Darci Alicea, All Brides 2 Be LLC, and The Platinum Zipper. Some of the vendors and sponsors included Mary Kay, Dazzlin Designs, Foco Latino, Orange Theory Fitness, Origami Owl, Sweet Treats Cakery (their cake was SOOOO good!), and MundoFox Tampa. Some of the images from the Idia Models 2nd Annual Grand Gala Fashion Show are below. To see all of the photos, please like Knick Knacker on Facebook and view the album here.

I really enjoyed this event and am looking forward to the next one!

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