Fashion Week Minnesota

YES, there is such a thing.

I rep hard for creatives in this city and-trust-there are SOOO many. The culture here in the Twin Cities is amazing, and Fashion Week MN is routinely on point.

I was honored to be a show attendant as well as a show HOST this year! FGI MSP’s Fall:Into Luxury fashion show featured looks by local designers and stores. This was by far my favorite look of the night:

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Photo courtesy of FGI MSP Instagram

Hosting duties were split between me and Sarah Edwards, who really seemed to enjoy my late-in-the-day coffee fueled dancing.

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Photo courtesy of FGI MSP Instagram

The evening was a success! I didn’t get to try out any jokes but I didn’t stutter, so I gave myself a B+. Adequate, but left room for improvement.

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Photo Courtesy of Hita & Hill Instagram

That following evening, I attended Envision’s 10 year anniversary show. As you can see, I really get into an era inspiration when autumn rolls around. Maybe it’s the browns and yellows, but I gravitate toward late 60s early 70s looks about this time. I don’t believe in leaving white after Labor Day or whatever-the-hell fashion rules, so I don’t go by the rule of keeping pastels in spring either. My style motto: I don’t give a fuq, do whatever you want. (I just made that up. Let’s use it, shall we? #IDGAFDWYW) I also have an aversion to matching, so I tend to go the rainbow route and throw a few different colors on the easel.

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SERIOUS

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Quiet before the fashion storm

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By far, my favorite looks of the night came from Cliché in Minneapolis. Everything worked for me, the coats, the dresses, the socks and platforms and…THE METALLIC HEADDRESSES. I wouldn’t shut up about them, so naturally I was gifted the biggest one by the owners. I think I’ll wear it to work.

And so ends another Fall Fashion Week MN. I’ll be front row again next spring!

Dresses: (Green maxi) Asos, (Pink mini) Lipsy London

Head Wraps: gifted and thrifted (Purple) from a freind (Yellow) Arc Value Village – Richfield

Shoes: Target

Earrings: (White tassels) Get Flaunted (Gold leaves) b. Resale

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Black Widow

 

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This particular evening called for all black, accentuating one stunning, glittery woman turning 30 (Hey Ash!) But while putting this outfit together, I recalled having far more black in my closet some years ago for such occasions. Similar look, but one very different reason I kept it: I used black to blend in while accompanying my husband Chris at events.

The field of fashion can be elitist, and as the wife of an editorial photographer, it was all very intimidating. I didn’t feel I belonged, and I was afraid to express my own style because of it. As I grew to love myself more, I understood how clothing can be an outlet of pride in myself.

Black isn’t a neutral, it’s straight up bold and elegant (as anyone could see in my previous BEY-centric post).

Of course the new and improved me hinted through (hence the bold lip, the wrap, and that lettermen jacket that keeps popping up-get used to it-fall is here and I’m obsessed).

 

 

Head Wrap-thewraplife.com

Earrings- H&M

Necklace-Thrifted (Arc)

Top-American Apparel

Black Denim- Asos

Shoes-Steve Madden

Purse-Express

 

 

 

 

Day Made

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Some days need to be made. I woke up on a Saturday and told myself I was going to make it a good one. I’m an optimist, but like anyone else, I get those long, insufferable weeks that are hard to bounce back from. I said screw it. I deserve to feel good about myself and be happy. So I beat my face, put on a fabulous mini skirt and I sure did walk into the grocery store with not one care in the world.

Let me tell you…I gave my all on a regular, degular day and it felt like walking on air. I implore EVERYONE to take a moment and do this!!

 

Head Wrap- Arc’s Value Village

Shades, Arm Cuff – Asos

Tank Top- Forever 21

Mini Skirt – b. Resale

Shoes – H&M

Nine…Four….Eight…One…BEYDAY

 

Hello and HAPPY BEY DAY! As the leading member and slay queen of EVIRA once told me (more about *us* later), “Bey is not an interest or a hobby; Bey is a lifestyle”. To commemorate the queen’s 35th birthday, I thought I’d throw it back to May 23rd 2016, when Beyonce Giselle Knowles-Carter graced the Twin Cities with her presence.

Much like the rest of BeyHive that evening, I decided to get into Formation and wear head to toe black. I needed to go against the grain of course, and I did with a velvet/satin head wrap AND a huge floppy hat. The end result was early Janelle Monet realness which in all fairness, felt quite fitting.

I don’t give in to a lot of cleavage anymore, so the transparent bodysuit was a bit daring for me, personally. I was surprised to have it come off as demure as it did. And because I had a specific look in mind, my head wrap was the only item I obtained by thrifting.

Minneapolis braved the storm for our Queen Bey and looked flawless doing so! Cheers to another year and more slayage, Bey!!!!

 

 

Hat, earrings and Shoes -H &M

Bodysuit, chocker, rings and high waist denim – Asos

Headwrap -Arc’s Value Village-Richfield