Archive - February 2013

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Blue Glue Bikinis "Passport to Bali" Event @ The Domain
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Paige Denim X Sea of Shoes Event at Co-Star Austin
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Stitch Factory Opens in Downtown Las Vegas

Blue Glue Bikinis "Passport to Bali" Event @ The Domain

Despite the dreary weather, people flocked to The Domain- one of Austin’s premiere shopping malls, for a “Bali-themed” party at one of the mall’s newest boutiques- Blue Glue Bikinis. Blue Glue Bikinis is a French brand with socially responsible and holistic ethics that launched in 2002 and is based in Bali. The non-mass produced swimwear brand offers suits that are like a “second skin” on their wearer. The fabrication of the eco-friendly swimwear consists of {88% recycled bottles}, 88% micro-polyester and 12% spandex. The fabric is buttery soft and is a deterrent for sand. The suits are handmade by the locals at the headquarters in Bali. With over 15 franchises globally, Blue Glue Bikinis Austin is the first franchise to open up in the U.S. Boutique owner- Elizabeth Stevenson recently opened the boutique in December 2012, bringing island style to Austin.

The “Passport to Bali” event showcased the tropical-inspired suits that are offered in three collections: ‘Glam,’ ‘Chill,’ and the ‘Mix n’ Match.’ The ‘Glam’ collection focuses on edgy styles with signature hardware, suits with laser-cut detail (my fave) and embossed fabrics. ‘Chill’ focuses on prints and solid colors at a lower price point. ‘Mix n’ Match’ consists of over twenty different cuts for women to create their own look. The boutique also carries beachy accessories, such as: totes, embellished and laser-cut sandals, statement necklaces (LOVED the laser-cut necklaces!) and other fun jewelry, cover-ups and pareos. Price points for the swimwear range from $40-150 for a set. Again, all items are environmentally sustainable in that they don’t use any animal-based products and the leather looks are created using cotton wax. Models showed off a few looks throughout the night and there tropical drinks and sweet treats from Hill Country Cakery. Henna artist- Niki Pham was on hand to provide Indonesian-inspired Henna tattoos to guests. Stylist Thea Wood provided fashion advice and helped guests put together trendy looks for the upcoming beach/pool weather. Brilliant Imports provided Balinese pillows and other themed decorative items to display at the event. 10% of sales from the evening were donated to “You Are Good Tees”, an organization that helps promote and protect children who have been abused or neglected.

Be sure to stop by Blue Glue Bikinis Austin (located in between Burberry and Tommy Bahama- 11506 Century Oaks Terrace Suite 108 Austin, TX 78758 PH: (512) 833-9113 ) to get a total Summer swimsuit and accessory makeover!

Paige Denim X Sea of Shoes Event at Co-Star Austin

South Congress boutique Co-Star Austin co-hosted an event with Paige Denim and blogger Jane Aldridge of Sea of Shoes. I donned a pretty vintage semi-sheer Diane Freis dress and highest heels and skedaddled over to the boutique to check out the event. Co-Star had recently begun carrying Paige Denim and since they got their new Spring styles, they wanted to create an event to help spread the word that Co-Star can now be the go-to boutique for the denim. They brought Jane on board as co-host because her sense of style is pretty spot-on with the Paige Denim consumer. I felt pretty honored when Jane took my picture during the event. She’s a real sweet girl and looked quite fetching in a pair of skinnies, coat with vintage fur collar and cute booties. I browsed the collection, checked out the catered light bites from Buenos Aires Cafe and mingled with friends. Jane spoke to the guests, styled them and gave out fashion advice.

Huge thanks to Co-Star Austin, Paige Denim, Buenos Aires Cafe, Jane Aldridge.

Stitch Factory Opens in Downtown Las Vegas

I love it when it’s in the cards for me to attend an event while on I happen to be on vacation. This was the case on my recent trip to Vegas last month (sorry for the delay guys…work got in the way). My friend from Vegas, a local designer with an amazing line that I’ve seen during LAFW- Ermelinda Manos– broadcasted that there was a major event happening during my stay in Vegas that she was participating in. It was a grand opening of a local hub where designers and other like-minded people could come together to work on their projects and so on. The space (also part of the Downtown Project) is called The Stitch Factory- located in the up-and-coming historical downtown section of Vegas. The Stitch Factory was created by Jennifer Taler and Meghan Boyd-Mossler on a basis that folks in the Las Vegas fashion industry can come together, be inspired by one another, work on projects, etc. It is a huge warehouse-type space with mannequins, working tables and industry sewing machines. They also offer services such as: product development, retail consulting, pattern making, sampling, events, and trend services. They have a wide variety of sewing classes and studios – at both the beginner level and more advanced classes geared toward designers. They will be launching a Stitch Factory Speaker Series in March as well. “Our dream is to help recruit new and retain local design talent and to see more Las Vegas designers in the national spotlight,” Meghan stated.

The Grand Opening event was themed 1940s and ‘Old Hollywood Glamour.’ Guests donned their vintage or whatever came close to 1940s day and evening wear. Lite bites were passed around and there was a cash bar. The fashion show was lovely and included models done up in 1940s pin-up inspired hair and make-up and featured looks from: Again Apparel, Flint and Tinder, Winnie Schao, Rachael Grande, Claudia Chavarria, Trishawna Alexander, Tainted Laundry, Polly Weinstein, Robyn Carter, and Nicole Daniels. I LOVED the vegan fur vest, neon separates, mint flowy skirt from Again Apparel. The students designs were fun, with some of my faves being: a light blue tank dress that was simple in front, but when the model turned around, I was blown away at the multi-colored knotting and menagerie in the back. I also loved the two evening gowns that sashayed down the runway with the fabric manipulated into loads of ruffles. After the show, Sabriel performed while guests listened, mingled and networked.

I’ll let Meghan summarize realize her dream when she first moved to Las Vegas: “I am originally from Georgia, but I relocated to Las Vegas from New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. When I first arrived in Las Vegas, I stayed with a local news anchor who was a friend of a friend of a friend. One night, he announced on the news that I needed a job in fashion merchandising or design in order to be able to stay in Las Vegas, and an employee at Zappos emailed him the job openings. Zappos is an amazing company with an incredible culture, and I worked there for almost 6 years. It truly is a family. I feel incredibly lucky the winds blew me west, and I now call Las Vegas home. Las Vegas has always been a place where dreams come true, and I am no exception!”

Huge applause to Jennifer and Meghan, so glad to hear something like this has opening up in Vegas! (Now I have a place to hang and do work when I’m in town.) Check out stitchfactory.com for further deets. Great styling Ermelinda!

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