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Supermodel ;)

And if you believe that I’ve got a bridge in Brooklyn to sell you.   I was a model this past weekend for a digital art and fashion magazine which was shooting the designers of the future; designers from schools both local here in Columbus, Ohio and from other parts of the country.  This whimsical skirt I’m wearing was designed by local designer Camille Witt.  The eye wiggles but unfortunately I still cannot figure out how to upload the little video clip of me wiggling in it to make it move.  You’ll just have to use your imagination😉

It really was a fun skirt and so soft!

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Scenes from Black Friday – The East Coast, South East and Midwest Edition

Black Friday is over and soon it will be Cyber Monday – just how much shopping can we stand?  Of course I’m being facetious but shoppers were out there in droves this past Friday.  There were bargains, there were sales, there were percentages off, and there were gift cards.  What did you stand in line for (or not depending on the crowd)?  Some parking lots were overflowing while others looked as if no one was coming.  Now perhaps that was due to some stores opening up late on Thanksgiving day or maybe by the time I and others got there their wave of shoppers had come and gone.

I did not see nor hear of any carnage from Black Friday shopping like people getting trampled or fights breaking out; maybe I just missed that news.  But here are some scenes from Black Friday shopping from some lovely friends and family who sent me their experience.  Represented here are Ohio, North and South Carolina, the D.C. metro area, Minnesota, and New Jersey.  So tell me, did you go out and what’s the best deal you scored?

Britt from South Carolina and My Big Beautiful Life deserves a medal for her Black Friday performance!  Not only was she up before the crack of dawn, she hit several stores and the gym before heading back home by 10am.  I salute you, Britt.  Here she is at Walmart, Belks, JCP and a cute shot of her head bow.

 

Shanticka from Minnesota and Spoon Full of Sugar sent in this photo of the snow and parking lot of her Best Buy.  I think they were a bit busy!

My nephew (no blogger he) sent me this picture from Staples in New Jersey taken at 4:52 in the morning.  Was that not a wild crowd standing in line at the door?

Karen from the D.C. Metro area of Your Stylist Karen shared the haul she was getting from the places she hit up:  Macy’s,  F21,  H&M and Loft.  Nice sweater there and did you fill up that sparkly shopping bag?

And Ashley from North Carolina of FabEllis shared mugging for the camera with her boyfriend while they stood in line for “less than two hours” at Belks in order to capture a $100 gift card for herself while boyfriend only scored a $10 gift card.  How did he get short changed?

And last but not least, yours truly did a few drive by shots of other stores here in Ohio before she hit her targeted mall and shopping spots (one in particular – Saks – to be featured soon).  These three had practically full lots by the time I drove past between 7 and 7:30 am.

   

Now just how many shopping bags could this person put in here?  I don’t think that big screen television is going to fit 😉

Welcoming Rebecca Minkoff to Saks

On November 7th, Saks Fifth Avenue at the Polaris Fashion Mall in Columbus, Ohio welcomed designer Rebecca Minkoff to its store.  It also welcomed hundreds of women to the store who either had her bags, were getting a bag for the first time, or were getting more of her fantastic handbags.  And as always, when Saks throws a party – they throw a party!

The entire center atrium area of the first floor was transformed into Minkoff land.  There were more of her handbags and accessories than I had ever seen before along with some of her ready to wear clothing line.  Her bags come in multiple sizes and materials from cute little petite bags ideal for the woman who doesn’t wish to carry a lot or for that special little lady’s first designer purse up to and including larger bags and totes.  Her line is about accessible luxury in her handbags, shoes, apparel and accessories.  Fun and fashionable go hand and hand; just enough edge to make it trendy but not overly so.

Her clothing showcased for the event included pants, tops, jackets and dresses including this one very hot body hugging number.  There were also some very cool accessories there such as  iPhone cases and this one phone “headset” which resembled an old fashioned telephone handset.  That just totally fascinated me – loved it!  Those two would make excellent stocking stuffers for the upcoming holidays in my opinion.

Saks really pulled out some stops for this personal appearance party.  Besides the bar with the wine, martinis and Shirley Temples; besides the servers handing out the delightful tidbits to eat including those too cute chocolate purses; besides the DJ playing tunes that had some women dancing pumping their Minkoff bags in the air – they also had beauty stations for all in attendance to try out.  There was a hair braiding station by Sleeq Salon where you could get your hair braided; that was a very popular station with the younger set.  Desdemona’s Designs was there creating some very beautiful and intricate henna tattoos.  Even though I did not get a chance to get one, it was just fascinating to watch her work.  Saks beauty associates provided a nail polish and smoky eye bar for guests and last but not least there was some informal modeling showing Rebecca’s latest designs.

Yes! There was a party going on but there was also a charitable side to the night.  Saks partnered with the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Columbus.  Lynda Pomeroy, Executive Director, gave a little speech about the association and a thank you shout out to Saks who contributed a percentage of the evenings sales to the MDA.  Thank you, Saks, for giving back to the community.  So, what about the nights special guest?

Rebecca Minkoff is a charming lovely woman with a ready smile and laugh; a real person who showed me a cute picture of her little one in his skeleton Halloween outfit.  As she does at all of her appearances, Rebecca went on stage to announce a handbag giveaway.  You were to take a picture of yourself with your favorite Minkoff bag and tweet it with a certain hashtag for a chance to win a bag.  There was a massive flurry of iPhones and Android phones right after that announcement!

By then a line had formed for those wanting Rebecca to autograph their handbags and wallets.  Ladies had bags hanging from their shoulders, in their hands, and in bags they brought with them.  Many went directly from the register to standing in line with their new item to have it signed .  It was a very busy and excited line with Rebecca chatting, autographing, and taking pictures with her many admirers.  Everyone enjoyed themselves very much that evening.

It was a great night and a great party that Saks threw with many a fan of Rebecca Minkoff going home with a smile and a new goodie.  Saks events are just so much fun to attend.

(Coming up next, my interview with Rebecca Minkoff)

The Speedy Retrospective party at Louis Vuitton

The doors were closed early to the public as the staff inside began preparations for the evenings event.  The Speedy handbag displays were set up while the catering staff from Cameron Mitchell restaurant put the final touches on the evenings offerings.  With everything and everyone ready,  invitees names were checked off at the door and the event began at the recently opened Louis Vuitton store at Easton Town Center in Columbus, Ohio.  And what a night it was!

This was a combination event;  to welcome customers to the new store and to honor a Louis Vuitton icon – the Speedy – in its many incarnations.  And does it ever have multiple incarnations!  There were two display walls of different Speedies; some still available, some rare classics, and some were just incredible.   LV has collaborated with artists in the past and this year is no exception with the stunning Yayoi Kusama bags and accessories that were in the store, but we will talk about that in a later post.   There was a Speedy made of ostrich skin,  that fantastic denim bag that they no longer make (darn), and the one $20,000.00 mink Speedy pictured below.  Well, fur is a fall trend after all.

LV staff members gave the guests a tour of the store and a history of each Speedy bag that was on display.  Such a wealth of information was provided…who knew!  Impressive.  There was even a lady there who showed you how they make the bag handles.  Now I assumed that the handles were entirely machine made.  Guess who was wrong?  The handles – filled with a material called toron –  are machine stitched up to a certain part; the very end of the handles.  It is at that point that they are hand sewn, afterwards a certain dye is rubbed over the raw edges which gives them that iconic burnt umber color and then those edges are rubbed down to complete the look.  It was amazing to watch the demonstration and for the rest of the evening I looked at the handles on the bags differently; as works of hand craftsmanship.

    

The guests were served champagne, a very refreshing mint water, and a cocktail called the “Sweet Speedy” – get it – a Louis Vuitton custom made drink.  Ahi tuna and polenta triangle appetizers,  just two of the many yummies served, were accompanied by charming smiles and real napkins.  No paper napkins for this soiree!  The attentive servers were constantly moving about making sure everyone had what they wanted and if you didn’t they made sure that you received it quickly.  Even though I did not have any, white chocolate truffles were served as dessert.  Truffles and champagne? How elegant is that!

Guests busily perused what new purchases they wanted to make from the vast assortment of bags, scarves, jewelry, belts, and accessories while the people from Columbus Photo Booth began to take souvenir photos of the guests .  At first people were a bit hesitant to have their pictures taken but when the word got out that there were staff people available to assist you in creating the ensemble you wanted  – holding or wearing anything in the store for your souvenir photo – the fun quotient was kicked up a few notches!  It was adult play dress up time with some very nice items.  Your photo was printed in color or black and white upon request, available on the spot,  and given to you in a LV monogrammed paper folder.  All in attendance had a grand time and quite a few left with some new treasures.

    (photos taken by Columbus Photo Booth)

Thank you, Louis Vuitton, for a marvelous time.  The new store is just gorgeous.  Would you consider doing this again for the holiday season?

Fashion’s Night Out @Saks – Part 2

This time we are going to take a look at the Men’s and Women’s Contemporary collections from Fashion’s Night Out at Saks in Columbus, Ohio.  The jewel toned colors trend is so so pretty and my fave!  Now turn up the music Mr. DJ and let’s get this show started!

    Alice & Olivia

Skirt by Milly.  I so want this!

Skirt by Rebecca Taylor

               

A new kind of tie rack courtesy of Mr. Living Statue.

Fashion’s Night Out @Saks – Part 1

Fashion’s Night Out is that special night when the stars, models, fashionistas, designers, and bloggers all across the country come out for fun and fashion.  I hope you were able to partake in this event wherever you are because yours truly had a great time attending hers at Saks at the Polaris Mall in Columbus, Ohio.  FNO, in its fourth year, is like a coming out party for falls fashion trends.  I love parties and Saks here definitely knows how to throw a bash, but let me back it up for a moment.   FNO is not just about what will be hot for the new season it is also about contributing to worthy causes.  In the case of this Saks, a portion of the nights proceeds went to the Ovarian Cancer Alliance of Ohio (OCAO).

Saks really put out the food and entertainment for the night.  There were two DJ’s playing music  along with the charming young men from Brio Tuscan Grille passing out glasses of wine that complimented the nibbles being served throughout the store by local restaurants California Pizza Kitchen, Cantina Laredo, Eddie Merlot’s, Brio and Hilton Polaris.  Another bit of entertainment was the living statue guy of Joy Unspeakable.  I must say the man is very talented and truly fascinated (and scared) some of the shoppers that were in attendance.  He was good!

        You just never knew where he would appear and what he would be doing.

The night began with the hostess,  local news person and former Miss Ohio, Monica Day, who was wearing a Saks ensemble from designer Aidan Mattox.  She thanked everyone for attending; reminding all that a portion of the nights proceeds would be going to the OCAO.  Chris Gillespie, the OCAO President & CEO was introduced then and gave a brief talk about their organization.  As with other charaties who have a color to represent their mission, the OCAO’s color was teal which was shown on their bracelets and by some of the clothing worn by the models.

Monica and Chris Gillespie

Skirt by Pauw

The fall season must haves included the trends of mixed mediums, embellishments, jewel tones, the color burgundy/bordeaux, and leather.  I’m really loving the leather trend.  Layering was also shown with scarves and furs along with the menswear for women look; elegance was definitely on parade.

All in all it was a great night and Saks, you held a fantastic Fashion’s Night Out.  Now let’s look at the fashions shall we?

Styles from the Designer & Wear Now departments.

9/15 SFA   BCBG   Peplum top by Tahari

I want this Tory Burch bag!

Up next, styles from the Men’s and Women’s Contemporary collections.  See you there!

Fashion’s Night Out – Preview

Last night was so much fun @Saks in Columbus, Ohio.  Chardonnay, so much good food, music, fashion (and that included some of the crowd), dancing, and the cutest baby English Bulldog ever!  Yours truly was rocking a semi-smoky eye and her FNO tshirt that was the envy of the crowd because I was the only one with the long sleeved grey one.  Score!

Cya later with more.

           Awesome fashion.

  Baby George.

Guess who in her FNO official tshirt and Tory Burch sparkly flats 🙂