Vintage@Intermezzo, Jacob Javits, NYC

Article/Video/Photos by Jovanna Reyes  www.jovannareyes.com

January 7th-9th, UBM Fashion introduced a second season of Vintage@Intermezzo at Jacob Javits, NYC.  Les Femmes Vintage NYC, Another Man’s Treasure and Muneca Mullins Studio were just a few of the many vintage apparel exhibitors to share their designs and curated treasures.  If vintage accessories and handbags are your vice, Bella Bag of Atlanta, GA, featured an extensive selection of “pre-loved” luxury vintage items to choose from.  Their 13-point inspection guarantees authenticity and the best quality.

Check out our video interviews with several featured vintage vendors answering the question, “Why Vintage?”.  Vintage@Intermezzo is open to the public with ticket purchase and free to exhibitors and retailers.

 

 

When Love Kills: The Falicia Blakely Story, starring Lil Mama, Tami Roman, Lance Gross and Floyd Mayweather

Domestic violence movies can be gut-wrenching and difficult to watch.  When Love Kills: The Falicia Blakely Story makes you flinch while watching and knowing it was a true story made it even more uncomfortable. Niatia ‘Lil Mama’ Kirkland(CrazySexyCool:The TLC Story) delivers a moving and believable portrayal of Falicia Blakely.  The teen mom who fell hard for a local Atlanta pimp named Dino, played convincingly by Lance Gross(House of Payne).  His mental and physical abuse and her need for love led her to a life sentence at the age of 19.  Tasha Smith(For Better of For Worse) directed and produced this intense and touching film.

Tami Roman(Basketball Wives) plays Falicia’s mother, a hypersexual alcoholic.  Ms. Roman brilliantly displays the emotional range of a neglectful mother watching her child fall into the fast lane and life of crime.  The brutality and pain Falicia suffered was stomach-turning to watch because of the frailty and desperation Lil Mama delivered on screen.  It was a moving performance and a must see for women of all ages.

Big Freedia, Lil Zane, Walter Fauntleroy, Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Tiffany Black are all cast members of the Falicia Blakely Story.

The New York Premiere held at the AMC Empire NYC with red carpet appearances by MAAD, Yandy Smith, Amanda Stephen, Maino, Ty Hunter, Bre Scullark and members of the When Love Kills cast.

When Love Kills: The Falicia Blakely Story airs August 28 on TV One 9pm/Eastern.

 

 

Girls Night Out(DC) by Shawn Yancy

Girls Night Out by Shawn Yancey is a party with a “purpose”!  G.N.O. was held this year at the American University’s Katzen Arts Center and featured Indie designers, vendors and many D.C. celebrities.  The always enigmatic and fashionable Paul Wharton, hosted alongside Sarah Fraser of Fox 5 DC.  Celebrity sightings of Traci Braxton, Allison Seymour of Fox 5, Julie Wright, DJ Charity, Erin Como, Annie Yu, Toni Perkins and more.  This year the party’s “purpose” benefitted the Safe Shores DC,  an advocacy center that supports children of sexual and physical abuse.  Attendees were also asked to bring a backpack for donation along with the ticket purchase.  The vendor aisle was full of amazing wares from granola to African print apparel, it was the place to update your wardrobe.  Fave moment:  Sarah Fraser trying to auction off several of the handsome servers(I added a photo for you below) titillating the crowd.

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FashionEASTa, Harbor East’s 6th annual style event and fashion show

The iconic waterfront neighborhood, Harbor East, was the fashion destination in Baltimore. FashionEASTa, the annual fashion event held in the center of the shopping district, showcased Spring/Summer collections of participating Harbor East retailers. Catherine Pugh, the Mayor of the City of Baltimore introduced Free People, Amaryllis, lululemon athletica, Blanca Flor Silver Jewelry, Anthropologie, Allen Edmonds, White House Black Market, Under Armour Brand House, South Moon Under, Handbags in the City, Christopher Schafer Clothier and Sassanova.  DJ Jon Boesche of MIX 106.5 had everyone feeling the beats throughout the event. Harbor East is the perfect destination for your weekend fashion excursion with top retailers and the best of places to nosh during shopping intervals.  BIN 604 Wine Sellers, Gordon biersch, The James Joyce Iris Pub and Restaurant, Lebanese Taverna and The Oceanaire are just a few of the top notch restaurant for cocktails and edibles.

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If you have the time, take a roundtrip ride on a Baltimore Water Taxi or hop on the Charm City Circulator for a free bus ride around the Waterfront.  Walk along the Waterfront Promenade after shopping and dining to enjoy the Waterfront views.

Hair for the fashion show was provide by About Faces Day Spa & Salon, DK Salon & Spa and Avara’s Academy.  Makeup was provided by MAC Cosmetics.  Styling provided by Stephanie Bradshaw.

Dress For Success Baltimore collected donations at their booth during FashionEASTa.  A portion of the VIP tickets sold was donated to the non-profit organization by Harbor East.

 

 

 

Eloquii announces permanent store in Fashion Centre at Pentagon City, VA

ARTICLE AND PHOTOS BY: JOVANNA REYES  @jovannareyesphotography

Earlier this year, Eloquii, the go to online retailer for sophisticated Curvy shoppers, opened a Pop-Up shop in Fashion Centre at Pentagon City, VA.  Last night at a private event for bloggers and supporters of the brand, Alexandra Amarotico, Social Media Manager for Eloquii, and Dani Axelrod, Director of Store Operations, announced Eloquii is placing permanent roots and moving into a larger space two doors down.  Eloquii chose to open their first brick and mortar location in DC over New York City or Columbus, Ohio due to the strong sales in Washington. Pink champagne and Georgetown cupcakes were served to attendees, along with a gift bag filled with Eloquii goodies.

The permanent location in Pentagon City is opening early August 2017.  The Pop-Up will remain open while construction of the new store is underway.  The group of influencers were escorted to the new location and Ms. Axelrod described what Eloquii customers can expect.  “Our new location will have more space for product, a larger fitting room area with champagne fridges.  It will be really special”.  She had me at “champagne”!

 

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ABOUT ELOQUII(AS COPIED FROM THE ELOQUII.COM SITE):

ELOQUII IS A PRIVATE COMPANY BASED IN NEW YORK AND COLUMBUS, OHIO THAT DESIGNS AND SELLS FASHION APPAREL IN SIZES 14-28.  THEY SHIP TO THE U.S., CANADA AND OTHER INTERNATIONAL DESTINATIONS.  EMAIL ELOQUII AT CUSTOMERSERVICE@ELOQUII.COM FOR MORE INFORMATION OR CALL 1.844.693.5678.

 

Bubbles and Bloggers at Via Umbria, Georgetown

Bubbles and Bloggers hosted by the lovely Dani Sauter of www.Blondeinthedistrict.com was created to for top influencers to meet and network in the DC, Virginia and Maryland area.  This month’s event was held at the Italian eatery, Via Umbria on May 18, 2017.   Via Umbria graciously allowed the use of their Art Gallery on the second floor of the their Georgetown location.

Bloggers from all over the district attended, Glass of Glam, The District Darlings, Joy of Curves and so many more fashionistas.  WUSA 9 Newscaster, Ellen Bryan, was also in attendance.  The predominant colors of the evening, were soft pastel peach/pink, seen on Ms. Ferris of The Daring Darling and Betsy Eves of Java Cupcake. Mrs. Sauter, Ms. Bryan and Laura of Mom in Manolos rocked bright jewel tones.

The bloggers were treated to a varied selection of wines, compliments of Via Umbria. The adorable owners of Urban Jungle DC, Cody and Juan Carlos, taught the ladies how to make and sustain a succulent plant.  Portraits by Jovanna Reyes Photography captured the beauty of all the bloggers in attendance.  Make sure to click on their links and visit their sites!

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#ModelSpotlight Actress and Model, Anaya Toppin

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Anaya Toppin, of Palmdale, California(a desert suburb in the outskirts of L.A.) is an actress and model featured in several short films and plays.   She’s played Maggie in The Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Lois from A Dance on Widows Row, Linda from The Death of a Salesman.  She also is a lifestyle model and looks forward to continued work in the fashion industry.

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PHOTOGRAPHY: IVORY JACKSON WWW.LUCIVORY.COM @lucivoryphotography

MUA: ALFENA WILLIAMS @AW_MUA

STYLIST: APRIL SHARI @APRILSHARI

MODEL: ANAYA TOPPIN @ANAYADIVINE

 

BLONDE IN THE DISTRICT, Dani Sauter in Gatsbylady London/UK

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THIS PAST WEEKEND, WE HAD THE PLEASURE OF PHOTOGRAPHING THE ONE AND ONLY, “BLONDE IN THE DISTRICT” OF THE DMV AREA.  WE MET DANI SAUTER AT THE ELOQUII GRAND OPENING EARLIER THIS YEAR.  AS SOON AS WE SAW HER WE KNEW SHE HAD TO GRACE THE PAGES OF CURVYSTA.  HER SIGNATURE PLATINUM BLONDE HAIR AND RED LIPS STAND OUT IN THE CROWD WHEREVER SHE GOES.

MS. SAUTER BEGAN BLOGGING TWO YEARS AGO, AFTER LEAVING A JOB AND NEEDING INSPIRATION.  SHE TURNED TO THE ONE LOVE SHE HAD SINCE CHILDHOOD, FASHION AND BLONDE IN THE DISTRICT WAS BORN.  HER BLOG REPRESENTS EVERYTHING SHE LOVES AND HER LIFESTYLE.  MAKEUP, HAIR AND TRAVEL DIARIES ARE ONLY JUST A FEW THINGS SHE’S SHARED WITH HER READERS.  HAPPILY MARRIED, DANI LOVES HER CAT, CHLOE AND HATES CHIPPED NAIL POLISH!  HER PASSION OUTSIDE OF THOSE MENTIONED PRIOR ARE THE ROARING 20’S AND ANYTHING GATSBY, SO IT WAS KISMET TO BRING THE BLOGGER AND THE BRAND, GATSBYLADY LONDON, TOGETHER.

GATSBYLADY LONDON NEW SPRING PIECES ARE REPRESENTED ALONG WITH PERMANENT DESIGNS YOU WILL CONSISTENTLY FIND ON THE WEBSITE.  THE NEW ITEM THAT TOOK DANI’S BREATH AWAY WAS THE RHINESTONE AND GEM ENCRUSTED NUDE SHOES HANDMADE EXCLUSIVELY FOR GATSBYLADY LONDON.  OUR FAVORITE IS THE BLUSH RHINESTONE BEADED TOP PERFECT FOR SUMMER EVENINGS OR PAIRED WITH JEANS AND HEELS FOR A HIGH END CASUAL LOOK.

VISIT WWW.BLONDEINTHEDISTRICT.COM TO SEE WHAT MS. DANI SAUTER IS UP TO NEXT AND MAKE SURE TO ATTEND HER BUBBLES AND BLOGGERS EVENTS.  A MONTHLY MEETUP GROUP SHE CREATED TO BRING LIKE MINDED, PROFESSIONAL AND FASHION LOVING WOMEN TOGETHER.

PHOTOGRAPHY AND CREATIVE DIRECTION: JOVANNA REYES

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SHOES AND CLOTHING: GATSBYLADY LONDON

CIGAR HANDBAG AND JEWELRY: MODEL AND STYLIST’S OWN

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Eloquii Shop is open for business!

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Eloquii, the brand known for its great selection of Plus clothing for women sizes 14-28, opened its first Brick and Mortar/Test Shop(they don’t want to call it just another pop-up) at the Fashion Centre in Pentagon City in Arlington, Virginia.The location is on the second level next to Macy’s.  Why DC?  Mariah Chase, CEO of Eloquii stated “DC is our number-two market,” Chase says.When we found a great space at Fashion Centre at Pentagon City, it was more a question of ‘Why not DC?’” as told to  of the Washingtonian.

“Our customers have been asking us for a physical location since we relaunched Eloquii nearly three years ago,” chief executive officer Mariah Chase said to WWD. “We’re excited to test what our business’ offline experience will mean to our customers at Fashion Centre at Pentagon City. D.C. is one of our best markets and we hope to become a worthy component of our D.C. customers’ offline lives, understand their omnichannel behavior as well as generate many new long-term Eloquii community members.”The store is offering iPads for digital signage and styling tips.”

eloqui2The event hosted by Ms. Chase and Creative director, Jodi Arnold was a tremendous success with tasty cocktails, appetizers(by Gina Cherservani of Buffalo and Bergen), gift bags and amazing guests.  The shop had bloggers from all over the U.S. including top fashionistas from the DC area(make sure to follow them on the links below!).  The faves of the evening? Anything denim, of course!  Their bird embroidered denim jacket will live on through many seasons and their cotton ruffled blue and white striped dress was a hit amongst the bloggers.  Click here to see it on Dionna Humphries of MadeMePretty and posted below.

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