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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Street Style Trend Alert: August 2014

Plaid Fall 2014 Runways (Featured from left to right- Band of Outsiders, Kenneth Cole, Creatures of Comfort, Vera Wang, Timo Weliand)

I’m always looking at what people are wearing whenever I’m out since I’m a street style lover. Lately, I’ve noticed three prominent trends: plaid, button-up tops tied around the waist, and the half up bun hairstyle. As seen in the collage above, plaid was all over the Fall 2014 runways. The look has surely trickled down to the streets. As Fall approaches, I expect to see more plaid outerwear. For now, I am mostly seeing plaid button-ups being worn around Tampa and Atlanta. The collage below shows photos of plaid and the shirt around the waist trends in the streets of Paris.

Plaid Street Style 2014

(Street Style Photos by Tommy Ton- Style.com)

Last but not least, we have the half up bun hairstyle. I’ve been seeing this a lot on ladies who have long hair or are wearing box braids.

Half Up BunHere’s how I rock the trends-

Knick Knacker Does Plaid

How do you rock the latest trends? Share with us on Instagram using hashtag #KnickKnackerFall2014.

xoAndra

 

H&M Fall 2014 Sportswear Collection

So, let’s just talk about how much I need every piece of the new H&M Fall 2014 Sportswear Collection in my closet! The collection just debuted a couple of days ago, and I would really like to get my hands on it. I love working out and looking fashionable while doing so, so some of the pieces from this line would make great additions to the gymwear portion of my finally tame closet (it’s never too late for some Spring cleaning!).

They’d make great additions to all of your closets as well, especially since all of these fashionable pieces are under $40! Not only are they fashionable, but they are also functional. The pieces feature wicking fabric, anti-chafing seamless cuts, and more. I love the play on black and white with the pops of bright color within the collection. It’s totally my style. Here’s a collage of how I’d style my favorite pieces:

HM Fall 2014 Sportswear Collection

(Shoes shown: Adidas Springblade)

Read up on the collection more and shop the slideshow on Refinery29.

For those of you who are gym lovers like me, happy working out! Remember, pain is simply weakness leaving the body.

Chloe + Isabel | Papillon Nocturne

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Two days ago, Chloe + Isabel debuted its limited edition Fall capsule collection called Papillon Nocturne. The jewelry in this collection is so beautiful and feminine. I love how the company incorporated Pantone’s color of the year 2014, Radiant Orchid, into the collection. The quality of this jewelry is just amazing. Take a look at this video to learn about the inspiration behind Papillon Nocturne-

Introducing Papillon Nocturne from Chloe + Isabel on Vimeo.

To shop this beautiful collection with me, follow this link and click on the Papillon Nocturne icon once there- https://www.chloeandisabel.com/boutique/andrarichie

All jewelry is nickel-free and lead safe and comes with a 30-day money back guarantee and lifetime replacement plus free shipping for orders over $100. You really can’t go wrong by shopping with Chloe + Isabel! If there’s a piece of jewelry you love but don’t know what to wear it with, feel free to shoot me an email for advice. If you’re in the Tampa Bay area, I would LOVE to have you host a pop-up shop with me! Hostesses can earn $100s in FREE jewelry. Email me at knickknackerblog@gmail.com if interested. I promise we’ll have a great time :)

xoAndra

Roberto Cavalli – Just Cavalli

It’s Fall fashion 2014 campaign season! Check out our favorite images from Roberto Cavalli’s latest Just Cavalli campaign!

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Shot by photographer Michel Comte in Los Angeles

Read more about the campaign and view more images on WWD.

Style Icon of the Month: Jackie O.

This wonderful lady’s 85th birthday was 4 days ago, so to celebrate, we made her our August Style Icon of the Month!

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Jacqueline Bouvier by David Berne, 1935

Jacqueline Lee Bouvier was born in Southampton, New York in 1929 to parents John “Black Jack” Bouvier, a Wall Street stockbroker, and Janet Norton Lee, the daughter of a real estate tycoon.

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Jacqueline adored her dashing, high-living father, who set the glamour bar high: “Style is not a function of how rich you are, or even who you are… It’s what you are. It’s your essential self- it’s what makes you a Bouvier,” he told her.

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Jacqueline became quite the lady growing up. She attended Paris-Sorbonne University and fell in love with art history. After graduation, Jacqueline turned down a Vogue editorship to become a camera girl for the Washington Times-Herald after pressure from her mother.

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In 1953, she married John F. Kennedy. During Kennedy’s presidential campaign, Jacqueline fell under scrutiny by the American public for her Parisian wardrobe that contained the likes of Givenchy, Balenciaga, and Chanel. She was forced to abandon her Parisian wardrobe and consulted Diana Vreeland on a selection of American designers.

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“Mrs. Kennedy approaches the subject of clothes with the same qualities that gained political success for her husband—confidence, individuality, a mind of one’s own, and a knowledge of the issues,” reported The New York Times.

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On the day of Kennedy’s inauguration, Jacqueline wore a Cassini trim greige coat with Halston’s news-making pillbox hat and a little sable circlet and muff. She appeared on the cover of Time, wearing her signature three-strand pearls in an illustration during the week her husband took office.

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Jacqueline was heralded by the public for starting two fashion trends- (1) the pillbox hat that rested over her flipped bouffant and (2) the oversized sunglasses.

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Jacqueline Kennedy later on became known as Jackie O. after her second marriage to Aristotle “Ari” Onassis, a Greek shipping tycoon.

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Our August Style Icon of the Month, Jackie O., was truly a phenomenal woman. After Ari died, Jackie settled in New York and became a book editor. She also played an active role in the arts community, working with the American Ballet Theatre, the Municipal Arts Society, and more. Thank you Jackie for blessing us with your ever-so-graceful style!

Reference:
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.(2014) Retrieved from http://www.vogue.com/voguepedia/Jacqueline_Kennedy_Onassis

Nene by Nene Leakes

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When I first heard that Nene from the Real Housewives of Atlanta was working on a new clothing collection with HSN, I was rather anxious to see the end result. I think Nene dresses very well in clothing that compliments her body type. Her new collection Nene by Nene Leakes is a direct reflection of her personal style. The 20 piece collection runs in sizes 2-24 and features tops, bottoms, dresses, jackets and cardigans. The price point is $39 to $139. If you can’t pay for a piece all at one time, don’t worry. HSN offers payment plans!

I particularly love the mix of fabrics within the collection. The varying textures, patterns, and colors work well together. The cuts and draping on the garments are also well executed. All of these elements work together to create beautiful silhouettes for women who have casual to business casual styles of dressing. Here are my favorite pieces from Nene by Nene Leakes:

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Click here to shop the whole collection.

Let us know what you think about Nene’s new collection in the comments!

Della x Urban Outfitters

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Hey, Tampa Bay! There’s an awesome new collaboration in town! I’ve teamed up with Della to get the word out about the clothing line’s newest partnership with Urban Outfitters. I had never heard of Della before I was contacted to do a collaboration but after hearing what the company is all about, I couldn’t resist. I love the empowerment of women, and I especially love spreading “good” to all people.

Here’s what the Della x UO press release has to say:

Della, a Los Angeles-based fashion line handcrafted in Ghana, West
Africa, is proud to announce their second partnership with Urban Outfitters. Beginning the first week in July 2014, Urban Outfitters will be a “carrier of change” by launching an exclusive Della clothing collection both in-store and online.

A boho-chic collection, including cami dresses, flutter shorts, skort rompers, and paper bag pants, was designed exclusively for the collaboration. “I am thrilled to continue our partnership with Urban Outfitters. We are confident that our mission and style will connect with younger generations, and we look forward to spreading awareness about responsible fashion through our vibrant products,” said Della Founder and Creative Director, Tina Tangalakis.

In Hohoe, Ghana, Della’s products are each uniquely handcrafted by Ghanaian seamstresses who work directly with local vendors and fabric makers. Della is committed to the long-term advancement of the Hohoe community. Its latest venture with Urban Outfitters furthers its mission to build the foundation for Ghanaian women’s economic independence.

ABOUT DELLA: In 2009, Tangalakis volunteered in Hohoe and discovered how to infuse social consciousness into the design world. The local culture, people, and textiles instantly captivated Tangalakis. Hoping to initiate positive and sustainable change, she founded Della: a socially responsible fashion line that provides steady jobs, fair wages, and education, skills, and literacy training to Ghanaian women. Tangalakis not only proved that “doing good” can be synonymous with “doing well,” but also showed the U.S. market that West Africa can produce high-quality products when driven by a genuine care for humanity. Currently Della has a team of over 55 employees in Ghana, and positively impacts the lives of over 250 men, women and children in the local community per year.

Now you see why I couldn’t pass up this opportunity to spread the word, right? Della is doing something incredible for the world, and the fact that beautiful clothes are a product of the greatness is just icing on the cake for me!

The good stuff doesn’t stop there, though. For every purchase that you make from the new Della x UO collection, you will receive a Della change purse or headband. All you have to do is forward your confirmation email to nandi@dellala.com after you’ve made a purchase, and tell Nandi that Knick Knacker sent you to receive your goodie. How awesome is that? Not only will you become part of an incredible movement, but you will also receive a token for your support.

Check out the beautiful pieces from Della x Urban Outfitters below. I love the fluidity and relaxed fit of the garments, they are perfect for Summer. (Shop them here!)

I look forward to seeing pics of you all in your new Della x UO outifts! Share them with us on Instagram using hashtag #iLoveDellaxUO.

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A huge THANK YOU goes out to Nandi with Della for reaching out to me!!!

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