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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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

Upperclassmen

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Statement Pieces. I love a good head wrap, a stunning coat and fussy dresses.

Sometimes, I like to put all of my favs together and see the outcome. It occurred to me after looking at this photo, that I have some serious preppy angst I’m still trying to overcome. I’m positive I just made it up, but it still runs deep. And when I say I gave all my teenaged earnings to Ralph Lauren….

Also, I don’t want to brag, but I put this look together feverishly the night before, then rushed, having to put it on in the backseat of my car after a grueling day with eighteen 4 year olds.

Honestly, nothing about this should look as calm and cool as it does. Kudos to my photographer.

 

Head Scarf-Thrifted (Arc’s Value Village)

Dress-Asos

Letterman Jacket-Forever 21 (Thrifted from Arc)

Belt-Vintage Coach (Thrifted)

Summer

Summer

 

This dress has been in and out of my ‘TO GO’ thrift box for almost 2 years. I can never bring myself to make up my mind about it. Strange, since it’s a great statement/knock around summer staple from an Urban Outfitters visit nearly 5 years ago. I loved it so much, I even paid FULL PRICE, and it’s safe to say I’ve received ever penny worth. It can be a bit cumbersome for a girl like me, rollin’ on D’s; The cutouts on the sides have a way of moving, exposing the bra you worked so tirelessly to camouflage (but not well enough). Though, I can’t let go of what is still well stitched and effortlessly cool (for UO..everything else I bought since lasts one season at best).

I call it my Keith Haring dress, so the attachment is obviously still there. Kanye shrug.

 

Silence and Noise Dress

low top Converse in Tiffany Blue

Arc Value Village-Richfield scarf turned head wrap

b.Resale earrings

 

Photo by Chris McDuffie

 

What is style?

Honest to hell and back, I don’t know. It’s overly presumptuous to say I, or anyone else has it. Like most people, I see something I like and determine whether or not it’s something for me. It’s a fact that I take my philosophies on life from movies in television. In the theory of style and fashion, I refer to Ratatouille: Anyone can cook? Anyone can have style! If you love it, and you’re confident in it, than it’s yours and you’re good at it (It’s the Millennial in me).

I have a hard time taking style and fashion seriously, as you can see. More often than not, I’m low-key cosplaying, and no one’s the wiser. I love cartoons and offbeat movie characters. I’m quoting Clueless in my head 80% of my day. But I’m still the shy girl who wore all navy blue to blend in, but secretly adored the ‘weird’ kids in capes. I was one of them in my heart but didn’t have the nerve to unleash it.

It’ll sound cliche, but with age comes major self-confidence. I’m almost 30; I will be who I want to, critics be damned. Is it still scary sometimes? Hell yeah. Growing up, I made a point to come early to class, so I’d never have a set of eyes on me as I walked through the door. Now, I make an *Entrance* as often as I can. Not for the crowd. For that little girl who didn’t know she’d grow to be a queen. I express myself through clothing, because it’s what she wanted, and most afraid of. There’s no person in my world I want to make more proud.

She’s the stylish one. I’m just paying her homage.

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