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! 😉
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
JaeLuxe owner April Polk (R) and JaeBrunch guest
L to R – Polished Girlz founder Alanna Wall with JaeLuxe owner April Polk
Ohio State Grads showing spirit at JaeBrunch❤
As I previously mentioned, this was the 1st of the JaeLuxe entrepreneur series and I am definitely looking forward to the next one!
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!?
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!
ELEVATE Planning Committee Member Mr. Bobby Couch (Follow him on IG @bobbycouch) and Myself
Artist Percy King (Find him on IG @artbypercy) shares his vision and details of his Shaolin Wood Technique with Makeup artist Drew McKinna (@youbydrewmckinna)
Caught a local artist in his creative zone
Stylist and Fashion Week Columbus Show coordinator Erin Maloney (IG: @erin_cutrone) and myself 🙂
Views from the inside
Tongue and Cheek model. Shop on Instagram @_tongueandcheek_
A local artist captured this beauty and all her details in real-time during the show.
I caught up with one of my FAVORITE Designers Gerardo Encinas! Follow his work on Instagram @encinasdesigns
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.
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 😉
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.
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.
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.
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!
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:
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.
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.
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!
Akili Cooper of Jahi Designs and Ronnette Porch, designer of Nia Grain came out to support!