My Cuppa Tea!

Published October 16, 2018 by TheFashionWordsmith

In England they say that you can’t have a true cuppa tea without milk…. In my world, a cuppa tea just isn’t complete without a whole serving of FASHION! Fashion Week Columbus kicked off their 9th year this past Sunday with all of that and more! The FWC High Tea event was held at the Columbus Museum of Art and once again it was absolutely exquisite.

The event featured fashionable foods with perfectly paired teas from Zen Cha Tea Salon to compliment each of the 3 courses. There was live art, still models, vendors, a beautiful dessert table (by @chocolatet_614) and of course CHAMPAGNE!

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The highlight of the afternoon was the runway show which was delightfully rich in culture. The 3 designers included: Mexican style genius Gerardo Encinas (@encinasdesigns) , Peruvian powerhouse Juan Jose Saenz Ferreyros (@ferreyroscouture) and Indie designer Koudre by Anushka (@koudrebyanushka) . Rich fabrics, detailed embroidery and elaborate designs floated around the room gracefully as we enjoyed our tea and snacks…

The afternoon was PERFECT! I am looking forward to seeing what the rest of Fashion Week Columbus has in store for us. CLICK HERE to view the complete 2018 FWC event schedule.

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Until Next Time, Stay Fashionable!
~The Fashion Wordsmith~

10 things every Stylish woman should own!

Published October 3, 2018 by TheFashionWordsmith

Perfect pair of jeans– This is specific to your style, needs and body type. “Perfect” for every woman is different but we ALL have that one pair that we feel our absolute BEST in! I found my perfect pair of jeans at Express.

A fancy pair of shoes- For some ladies designer is the only way to go but for others comfort is key. My favorite and fanciest pair of shoes are my Christian Louboutin Black Leather Pigalle Follies pumps. They are classic with the perfect designer dash of style for me. At 100mm, they are just the right heel height and add a flare to anything they are paired with.    thDAGVS125

A classic handbag- When I think of a classic handbag, only one thing comes to mind… CHANEL! Unfortunately, not all of us are in the “Chanel” part of life just yet (myself included) LOL! However, you can still find a great classic Chanel style handbag alternative in the interim. Kate Spade offers numerous classic style options without the hefty price tag.

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A great t-shirt- A great t-shirt is 4 things… A. NECESSARY. WARDROBE. STAPLE ! The best thing about a great tee is that there are so many options to choose from to fit your personal style and body type. Forever XXI is my GO-TO place to snag cheap tees in every color!

 

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A classic blazer – This is essential to making any look stylish and professional. Throw on your classic blazer with your perfect jeans,  great t-shirt and fancy pair of shoes and you are READY to kill any occasion.

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Signature piece of outerwear – Fall is upon us and this is definitely a must have for your wardrobe! My preference is my black leather motorcycle jacket. I definitely encourage you to get creative with the patterns, textures, lengths and fabrics. Thank me later!

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A go-to cocktail dress – Imagine this, you’re at work on a Friday afternoon and you get a call about an event that you just have to attend… There’s no time to go shopping but….. you have your PERFECT LPD (Little Party Dress) ! It’s your perfect fit, style, length and color for ANY occasion! Most women prefer a LBD (Little Black Dress) but some of us LOVE color opt for a LPD instead. Always keep your LPD locked and loaded, you never know when you may need it.

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A NO fail makeup look – Or your no fail Make-up artist. ( I have 2, LOL! Look them up on Instagram @the_headturner and @Seoul_sister ) My no fail makeup look includes: Foundation, a dab of concealer, voluminous mascara, eyeliner and a bold red lip (My personal FAVORITE is Ruby Woo by MAC). 15 minutes or less and I’m out the door.

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A perfect piece of jewelry that is so YOU – I am a self-proclaimed accessory whore (hangs head in shame). So sometimes it’s hard for me to pick just one perfect piece. But if I had to narrow it down, I would always choose a perfect pair of hoops. To me, hoops are so classic but add the best stylish flair.

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A hairstylist that you trust – As far as I am concerned, this is the GOLDEN rule for womanhood! I believe that if your hair looks good, everything else will fall into place. Your hairstylist should accentuate your very best features with their work. My trusted hair stylist can take my vision from great to EPIC with the flick of his wrist and I trust Duwayne Turner with every strand on my head.

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What are some of your style staples?

Until next time, STAY FASHIONABLE!

~ The Fashion Wordsmith~ 

 

 

Basically Fabulous!

Published July 2, 2018 by TheFashionWordsmith

Most new moms would agree that getting adjusted to motherhood while trying to get back to yourself after you give birth is tough. Getting dressed takes on a whole new meaning. There’s new time restraints for yourself (you’ve got to start earlier to get out the door ALMOST on time) and have another helpless little person to get ready while trying to prevent baby from throwing up on their clothes! 🤣 Not to mention the struggle of finding something half way cute that fits and still makes you feel somewhat sexy but also hides your new “problem areas.” I Know I’m not the only one!

Well, On my journey to getting back to me I take every opportunity that I can to get dressed up. That includes work and play. My most recent date night gave me the perfect reason to do so.

My advice to ALL women, especially new moms, is to stock up on your BASICS! Sounds weird to tell you to be cute and sexy but tell you to buy Basics, right? Well, let me explain.

Basics include but are not limited to: tees (all variations), jeans with stretch, a fitted blazer and a good pair of heels. These things are relatively easy choose from so you can throw them on and be out the door fairly quickly. I am always an advocate for accessorizing the hell out of the most basic look, adding color and voila! You’ve got yourself an easy, sexy, fun look that will translate throughout the day. Take my advice, when in doubt always keep it simple, add color, accessories and be on your way! 😉

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Until Next Time, Stay Fabulous

~The Fashion Wordsmith~

Brunching with JaeLuxe

Published June 29, 2018 by TheFashionWordsmith

This past weekend, I had the privilege of attending a fabulous brunch. The event was hosted by JaeLuxe Shoetique located at the Greene in Beavercreek, Ohio. This was the first of their entrepreneur event series and I was honored to be a part of it! April Polk, owner of JaeLuxe, had a vision of promoting and supporting entrepreneurship by offering a series of events where small business ownership can be inspired, developed and nurtured.

The agenda included: Cocktail hour, Brunch catered by Richtaste of Dayton, Ohio and a panel of experts. Polished Girlz founder 18 year old Alanna Wall, Mr. Barry Peele of the Small Business Administration; and serial entrepreneur Carneka Green, owner of Koko Bella Lash Bar. The panel discussed everything from securing start-up costs to business professionalism. The afternoon ended with each guest developing a vision board. By the time it was over, I felt inspired and ready to get back to work!

Koko Bella Lash Bar owner Carneka Green (Front) and JaeBrunch guests

As I previously mentioned, this was the 1st of the JaeLuxe entrepreneur series and I am definitely looking forward to the next one!

Until next time, Stay Fabulous!😉

~The Fashion Wordsmith~

Back to Business

Published June 21, 2018 by TheFashionWordsmith

As many of you probably know by now, I took a hiatus from the fashion world. While you may have noticed my lack of posting and fashion adventures, you are probably wondering why I left and more importantly where have I been. Well, recently I had a BABY! So I took the time needed to focus on that and being present in my journey into motherhood. I had a beautiful son on May 10, 2018, I am so blessed and overwhelmed with joy at this time in my life. While I am ecstatic to have had my gorgeous baby boy, I am SO missing my fashion! I miss the scene, the clothes, the accessories, the high energy, the events and believe it or not I even miss the SHADINESS of it all! Lol!

Not only did I carry and birth a baby boy, I also birthed my very 1st fashion business during my break! Already in the making for well over a year, my fashion baby, The Phoenix Collection was launched in November 2017. The Phoenix Collection is an online boutique that caters to the sexy, sophisticated, yet somewhat edgy fashionista. From dresses to joggers, we have just what you need to help you shine. Great customer service, high quality merchandise and moderate pricing sets us apart from the competition. There’s something for everyone, including YOU! So quit reading this and CLICK the Link to shop NOW!

My son is officially 6 weeks old. Today is my first day back to work at my 9-5 and I am going through an array of emotions. While I am missing my baby terribly and feeling some sadness due to separation anxiety. I also feel empowered knowing that I literally JUST gave birth a month ago and I am able to get back to work. Even though I haven’t had much rest, I feel kind of energized by the rush of getting my life started with my new family. Finally! I get to be the Fashion forward mommy that I’ve always dreamt of being, running around with my son in mommy and me inspired outfits and such. Also I get to THROW myself back into my business so that it can thrive the way that it was created to.

I am excited for the future of both my family and my fashion! I mean seriously, who else do you know carries their breast pump to work in a Vogue bag? Needless to say.. GUESS WHO’S BIZZACK!?

Until next time, Stay Fashionable and Fabulous!

~The Fashion Wordsmith~

Heart of it All Fashion – ELEVATE

Published October 17, 2017 by TheFashionWordsmith

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ELEVATE: A Fashion Experience was brought to life by the aptly named organization,  Heart of it All Fashion (pun intended). Right in the middle of Fashion Week Columbus (FWC) 2017 a brand new collaboration was born! On Wednesday October 11th, the Columbus fashion scene experienced something we’ve never quite experienced before. ELEVATE was a combination of Midwest edge with a twist of New York ambiance. The artists, designers and the venue were RAW with a slight sophistication. From the industrial setting with exposed brick to the illuminated clouds to the strategically placed graffiti, the guests were definitely ELEVATED. The event hosted the very best of the Columbus fashion world, fashionistas, FWC supporters, designers, vendors and models all filled up the Strongwater Gallery last Wednesday night. My ABSOLUTE FAV of the whole night was the Tongue and Cheek booth. Their whole vibe was outspoken and in your face, just like yours truly!

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ELEVATE Planning Committee Member Mr. Bobby Couch (Follow him on IG @bobbycouch) and Myself 

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Artist Percy King (Find him on IG @artbypercy) shares his vision and details of his Shaolin Wood Technique with Makeup artist Drew McKinna (@youbydrewmckinna)

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Caught a local artist in his creative zone

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Stylist and Fashion Week Columbus Show coordinator Erin Maloney (IG: @erin_cutrone) and myself 🙂

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Views from the inside

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Tongue and Cheek model. Shop on Instagram @_tongueandcheek_ 

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A local artist captured this beauty and all her details in real-time during the show.

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I caught up with one of my FAVORITE Designers Gerardo Encinas! Follow his work on Instagram @encinasdesigns 

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Everyday is a lookbook! Me and my Makeup artist Drew McKinna didn’t come to play!

All in all Elevate was a show to remember and I am looking forward to attending more Heart of it All Fashion (Follow @heartofitallfashion on Instagram) events in the future.

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I had to get one last picture against the Sprite backdrop made especially for Fashion Week Columbus! #AuthenticFWCbus ***OUTFIT DETAILS: Jacket Vintage Balmain, Skirt by Designer Nia Grain (@niagrain on IG), SWAG by the Creator 😉

 

Until next time, STAY Fabulous and Follow me on Instagram @thefashionwordsmith !

~The Fashion Wordsmith~ 

 

Haute Food featuring Jahi Designs

Published August 3, 2017 by TheFashionWordsmith

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This week I attended a fashion brunch. Fashion brunch is fairly new to the Columbus scene but it has become very popular with the city. Hosted by Haute Food and Fashion Week Columbus, fashion brunch is an all around great experience that not only feeds your belly and also provides you with a couture fix. This installment of the brunch was held on Sunday July 30th at Denovo on the Park. It featured looks from Jahi Designs by local designer extraordinaire Akili Cooper.

The food complimented the collection to perfection and the event brought out the cities most fashionable. The 3 course meal was inspired by the Goddess Collection from Jahi Designs.

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Menu Starter

The beautiful starter included: Dragon Fruit, Golden Beets, Whipped Goat Cheese, Yellow Tomatoes, Candied Nuts and Papaya Vinaigrette. Followed by an entrée of Tender Beef Cheek, Parmesan risotto, Roasted Yellow Grape Tomatoes, Shaved Parmesan and Fennel.

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Entree

The finale was a spread of Blueberry Stilton Cheese, Brie, Golden Delicious Apples topped with Blueberry compote and local honey. The menu also included a Sparkling Lilac Sangria signature libation.

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To Finish

Overall the Fashion Brunch was a success! Everyone came dressed in their best to impress and ready to eat. The food was a HUGE hit and the fashion was of course to die for. You can see more of Jahi Designs by Akili Cooper at his 50th ENCORE Fashion Show! The event will be held at The Westin Columbus on August 13th, 2017, CLICK here for tickets and more info!

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Until Next Time, Stay Fabulous!

~The Fashion Wordsmith~

 

The Mannequin III- April 2, 2017

Published April 4, 2017 by TheFashionWordsmith

Signature Couture events is a heavy hitter in the Columbus area for innovative and fashion forward events. The Mannequin Runway show is one of the best known shows to attend in Central Ohio. This was the 3rd and FINAL installment of the Mannequin series for Signature Couture events. While I am sad to see it go, I am excited for what’s to come in the future of Signature Couture.

The Mannequin III featured designers from Cincinnati to Detroit. Any and everyone into fashion was covered in this show. Men, women, every body type and various style preferences. Bright colors, bold designs and regal attire graced the runway from start to finish. The show was filled with high energy and cutting edge fashion, there was literally something for everyone!

Doors opened at 5pm. and the show started at 6pm. The itinerary included: red carpet, music, cash bar, vendor tables with fabulous clothing and accessories inspired by this years hottest looks and trends in fashion.

Singer and co-owner of Signature Couture events, Ev Jones was a gracious host

Some of the designers of the evening included but are not limited to:

Fly Ty 24 Hour Creations, Joan Madison, The Kingdom Fashion, Designs by Ti Marie, Modest Bravura,   Jahi Designs, Misti Leigh and so many MORE!
*Images for the evening captured by: DW pictures

Click HERE for more information about upcoming Signature Couture events!

I was privileged to be adorn in a custom made Nia Grain gown, designed by Ronnette Porch!

Until next time, STAY FABULOUS! 

~The Fashion Wordsmith~ 

Wine with The Wordsmith Spring 2017

Published April 3, 2017 by TheFashionWordsmith

 

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A few years ago I came up with the idea to host an event of my own. I needed a catchy name for it, one that would incorporate my writing alias ‘The Fashion Wordsmith’ and tie in the theme of the event. So I came up with ‘Wine with the Wordsmith’. This event was important to me for a number of different reasons. The main reason is BRANDING. As an artist, I am constantly transforming and re-branding myself. Having a signature event is a great move for me to further extend my brand and myself as a fashion writer and influencer.

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I hosted the first installment of Wine with the Wordsmith at Camelot Cellars, a boutique winery located in Columbus, Ohio in a swanky area of town known as Olde Towne East. It was held on Wednesday March 29, 2017 from 6-8pm. Ticket prices included: A custom wine tasting, Tuscan food selections and an entry into a raffle to win a FREE item from the winery! Guests were adorned with a “FASHION NAME” upon entry to the event and took on that fashion persona throughout the evenings activities. Everyone was there from the editor-in-chief of Vogue magazine, Anna Wintour to Spanish fashion designer, Cristobal Balenciaga. Guests participated in an intense game of Fashion trivia and the winner even walked away with a Starbucks gift card. At the end of the night the winner of the raffle was announced for a FREE bottle of wine with a custom-made Fashion Wordsmith label! As a thank you, the guests were each awarded a pretty pink swag bag with a mini bottle of wine as a gift to take home.

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The WINNER of the raffle took home a Bottle of Wine with a Custom Fashion Wordsmith label!

All in all, my debut event, Wine with the Wordsmith was a huge success. I appreciate ALL of the love and support that I receive from my followers, family and friends. I am truly BLESSED beyond measure and my gratitude runs deep for each and every one of YOU! Keep checking back on www.thefashionwordsmith.com for updates on all of The Fashion Wordsmith activities and for future events. Click HERE to view pictures from the 1st Wine with the Wordsmith event!

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Akili Cooper of Jahi Designs and Ronnette Porch, designer of Nia Grain came out to support!

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Until Next Time, STAY FABULOUS!

~The Fashion Wordsmith~

Oscars 2017

Published February 28, 2017 by TheFashionWordsmith

These are my TOP TEN picks for Best Dressed from the 2017 Oscars Red Carpet!

Jessica Biel in Kaufman Franco

Jessica is serving up Oscar statuesque realness head to toe in this fitted Kaufman Franco dress. It is the perfect fit for her figure and her statement necklace sets the entire look completely off!

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Janelle Monae in Elie Saab Fall 2016

It’s no secret that Ms. Monae has been habitually setting red carpets on FIRE lately. This Elie Saab creation looks great on her from the mesh top with beautiful, strategically placed  applique really makes this look unique.

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Viola Davis in Armani Prive

And the WINNER IS…. MISS VIOLA DAVIS in Armani! The red fabric against her chocolate skin is just the right contrast. Her short haircut, with the halter neck and draping shoulders are the perfect combination. Fitted with a train is ALWAYS a winner in my book. Congrats Viola!

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Robin Roberts in Badgley Mischka

Gold at the Oscars is a right of passage for most celebs. Robin Roberts AND her Booty did Badgley Mischka proud in this sequined number.

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Chrissy Teigen in Zuhair Murad Spring 2017 Couture

With each Red Carpet moment, Mrs. Legend is fast becoming just that A Fashion LEGEND. This Zuhair Murad design was perfect for her long limbs and lean frame. You can’t go wrong with a dramatic split and legs for days!

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Taraji P. Henson in Alberta Ferretti

It’s “Miss Henson” when she’s SLAYING 🙂 Taraji is giving us Old Black Hollywood Glamour in this floor length velvet gown, statement making diamonds on her neck with a split and train in tow…. YASSS!

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Zuri Hall in Uel Camilo

Fellow Ohioan and E! News correspondent, Zuri Hall gave me life in Lilac. From top to bottom, this Uel Camilo gown was just right on her. The slightly risque, fitted sheer top accompanied with the full bottom with train was a great balance.

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Hailee Steinfeld in Ralph and Russo Spring 2017 Couture

Ralph and Russo never disappoints. This design powerhouse brings out the ethereal beauty in anyone who wears the label. Hailee looks simply perfect in this barely there, hand-painted gown with floral embellishments.

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Mahershala Ali in  Ermenegildo Zegna Couture

When gambling, the #1 rule to Winning BIG is…Always bet on black! Detail and texture are very important when choosing a monochromatic look like Mr. Ali is rocking. The black and white checkered pocket square set off the total look with the black tux, shirt and bow tie.

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Emma Stone in Givenchy

Emma was also a winner on and off the red carpet in Givenchy. This custom, handmade  embroidered lace gown was embellished with Swarovski Crystals. It was made by a total 11 people over 1750 hours.

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What were YOUR favorite Red Carpet looks from The 2017 Academy Awards?

Until Next time, Stay Fashionable!

~The Fashion Wordsmith~