Buy your StyleFixx tickets for a fun girl’s night out!

StyleFixx is a fun shopping event that’s been in Boston for years.  Go with your friends to shop independent designers, taste food samples, have some drinks, and get a grab bag!  This year the event takes place October 24th and 24th from 5-10PM at the Boston Center for the Arts.

Buy your tickets here and let me know if you do because I’ll be there.

Enjoying Boston Fashion Week

Yes, Boston has a Fashion Week. Of course it’s not as major as NY or London but it’s something and I’m glad the city is supporting the art of fashion.  Last week and weekend were runway shows in The Tent at the Mandarian Oriental/Prudential and this week there are events going on around the city.  Here’s how I’ve been enjoying Boston Fashion Week!

I wrote a little about The Launch runway show last week in my sneak peek.  I attended this show in The Tent on Sunday and was really impressed by the work of these recent graduates!  Below are a couple of Tatiana Cueva’s pieces.  These pictures don’t do them justice though.  Stop by Copley Place October 5 – October 12 to see the collections from all 5 designers in The Launch.

Then today after work I stopped by City Hall where a few fashion trucks are parked until Friday from 11AM-7PM.  I love the personality that goes into each of these little trucks/buses!  Of course, I bought something at both of the trucks I went into.

This shirt is from ARTichoke..a fashion bus started by 2 sisters.  They screen print designs onto soft t-shirts, dresses, tanks, etc.  They had a lot of cute Cape Cod inspired designs.  I bought this fishing boat t for my boyfriend.

I bought this necklace for myself from Lola’s Urban Vintage.  It’s a truck with mostly accessories like jewelry, bags and shoes that are a mix of vintage, new and handmade. The necklace I got is new.

Check out the full schedule of Boston Fashion week events and let me know which you’ve enjoyed!

Exclusive interview with Boston Fashion Week designer, Tatiana Cueva!

It’s Fashion Week here in Boston! It’s an exciting time for events around the city and runway shows at The Tent in the Back Bay.  This Sunday in The Tent is The Launch, a partnership between Boston Fashion Week and Fashion Group International of Boston, where five up-and-coming designers share collections in a runway show.  One of those designers is Tatiana Cueva, a recent graduate from the School of Fashion Design.  Check out this exclusive interview with her and a sneak preview of her collection!

How did you become a fashion designer?
I always liked fashion. Since a very young age I started thinking about the possibility of being a designer but I did not formally pursue it until after high school. I have always liked styling, clothes, mixing textures and colors.
What’s the inspiration for your clothing line?
Mexico – my roots are always a big influence.  I’m also inspired by women’s strength.  I like highlighting how in our nature we are both resilient and nurturing; I use contrasting materials to highlight this duality.
What are you most looking forward to for Boston Fashion Week?
I’m looking forward to connecting with other designers and to sharing my work with the Boston community.  It is a very exciting time for fashion in Boston!  We are already a very sophisticated city, but I think that Boston’s fashion sense continues evolving and getting more and more defined.

BCAE “To the Nines” exhibit

Last Friday I went to the Boston Center for Adult Education for a reception kicking off their latest exhibit featuring Boston street style photos from the lovely Martini’s blog, Beyond Boston Chic. First off, if you haven’t been to the BCAE, I definitely recommend you check it out.  I attented a fashion writing seminar there last year and was very impressed by the facilities and by all of the affordable classes they offer. Back to the event..Martini shared with us how she got the idea for the blog one day, which combines her passions, photography and fashion, into one blog to show people that Bostonions do have style!

50 of her photos are on display at the BCAE until April 20th, so stop by to see them all in person!  This is one of my favs:

It was also great to see Jaime from La vie..J’aime and Kristen from The Boston Fashionista again.  And to meet Martini, Melissa and Natalie from Boston Day Book, Sami from Glimpse of Glamour, Najeema from A Stylized Hysteria, and Becky from the BCAE!

 

Blog Better Boston recap

I had 2 blog resolutions this year:

1) Better manage the amount of time I spend on my blog (it can takeover your life if you let it)

2) Attend events and meet bloggers in person

Well yesterday’s Blog Better Boston was the first in-person blog event that I have attended and it was a lot of fun!    Amy from Stylish Year and Alana from The Good Girl Gone Blog organized the whole thing and they did an amazing job!  It had a great mix of panelists, good location, tasty food, amazing swag bag, and was organized and professional.  I hope this is first of many Blog Better Boston events from those girls!

I really enjoyed the Monetize Your Blog, Working with Brands, and Building a Community panels.  These are a couple of my favorite quotes from those panels:

“Do what you do.” (said by Mary Jane from Shoeline) – This was in reference to working with brands.  This panel talked a lot about finding your niche and sticking to what you’re good at and like.  As you long as you stay true to yourself, brands will be interested.

“If you can’t find the community your looking for, create it.” (I believe Renee from Eat.Live.Blog. and Boston Brunchers quoted this from a convo she had with someone from Real Simple earlier in the day.)

I also liked the Photo Editing workshop. I know nothing about photography, so that workshop was super helpful.  Kristyn Ulunday ran the session and was so enthusiastic and knowledgable. Check out her photography and videography!

And the whole point of attending events like this is to meet new people.  It was great to meet Jaime from La vie…J’aime and Sarah McManus aka Boston Stylista, who I had known from Twitter for awhile.  I also met new people and found new blogs to further keep my Google Reader always full, like Jeff from Dress Code Boston and Alison from Long Distance Loving and Boston Bloggers.

To add to all of this, the swag bag had a bunch of items I’m really excited about – the latest issue of Real Simple, a gift certificate to INDI custom jeans and In Pink jewelry, Tazo tea, pouch from Stephanie Johnson and a lot more!

Thanks again to Amy and Alana and great meeting everyone!

Attention designers in San Fran! NBC is casting a new fashion series!

Are you a fashion designer in San Francisco looking to get your big break?  NBC is casting for a new fashion series from the producers of the original Project Runway. They are looking for local designers in San Francisco with any experience level – amateur, professional, work from home, DIY, etc.  The winner from the show will get their entire clothing line launched in a major retail store across the country!

If you’re in the San Fran area, go to the open casting call this Friday from 12-3 at the Art Institute of Califorina at 1170 Market St.

Good luck!!  And let me know if you go!

Attention Boston bloggers: fashion writing class April 4th!

I just found out about this fashion writing class April 4th at the Boston Center for Adult Education.  I have looked at classes through the BCAE a few times, but my old work schedule made it hard for me to commit to something that starts at 6PM.  But, this one night only class “Line by Line: Fashion Writing Basics” sounds like a fun and interesting night!  It’s taught by editorial director of STUFF Magazine, Erica Corsano, and the coolest part of the class is that one student’s work will be published in the next issue of STUFF!

I just signed up for the class, so if you sign up too, let me know!   Maybe see you there!

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VIP tickets giveaway for Boston shopping event!

get your girls together next Wednesday and Thursday for the StyleFixx premier shopping event where you can:

  •  join Boston’s most fashion-forward women for two nights of dream shopping, featuring over 55 cutting-edge independent designers and brands
  • pamper yourself with complimentary massages and spa treatments
  • get hair treatments by Enzo Milano® and Dellaria Salon®
  • score a StyleFixx Swag Bag (with new totes!)
  • sip DonQ Mojitos, Stella Artois®, Barefoot® Wine & Champagne

VIP tickets to the event are valued at $30, but i have 5 pairs of tickets to give away to the clothing menu readers!  the tickets include VIP event access, open bar, and swag bag totes stuffed with amazing beauty products and samples! 

 to enter, you can do any of the following:

  • post a comment on this post about who your favorite independent designer is
  • tweet: I just entered to win a pair of VIP tickets to @stylefixxevents boston through @theclothingmenu
  • become a fan of the clothing menu on facebook

 details:

  • 5 people will get 2 tickets each
  • enter by midnight EST this Sunday, October 3
  • winners will be announced Monday, October 4
  • event takes place October 6 and 7 from 5PM to 10PM at the Boston Center for the Arts at 539 Tremont St.

wishing i was in chicago: Lara Miller queen of hearts sale this sunday

sustainable indie clothing designer, Lara Miller, is having a fun sale this sunday in chicago at 931 w cornelia ave (entrance will be through the alley behind cornelia ave, in between sheffield and halsted).  this queen of hearts themed sale sounds like a lot of fun!  either pull a card, roll the dice, or pick your poison for a chance to win an additional discount:

pick your poison: purchase 3 items or more and choose any one item at 10% off.
roll the dice: get between 3-12% off your entire purchase. even better, roll snakes eyes and get 20% off your entire purchase!
pull a card: get between 2-10% off your entire purchase. pull a queen of hearts and get 20% off your entire purchase! (sorry, ace, jack and king don’t mean a thing).
custom orders are brand new and are often one-of-a-kind so they will be full price, but they’re joining in on the fun and the sale games will apply to your custom orders too!

check it out if you’re in chicago, good luck, and let me know what you get!  and if you’re not in chicago, you can still buy Lara Miller’s perfect-for-any-occassion clothes in her online shop.

a taste of paris in boston TONIGHT!

what better way to treat yourself on a hot hot summer day in boston than to attend an event in boston from paris independent jewelry website, ICU in Paris.  visit the grand opening of their boston showroom tonight, 7/6, in the SOWA district (450 Harrison Ave, studio #305) for a trunk show of some cool jewelry by indie designer Fiona Paxton, cocktails by Halo, and exclusive videography of parisian street and lifestyle.  maybe i will see you there!  and if you can’t attend the event, you can browse the rest of the ICU in Paris jewelry selection at their online shop

 here’s the invite for tonight:

 and here’s a sample of Fiona Paxton’s jewelry, available on the ICU in Paris site: