Events to Know About This Thursday Jan 31st

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There are 3 great events going on this Thursday, January 31st that all RVA bloggers should know about:

What: 6th Annual Valentines Day Wishlist Event and Fashion Show

When: 6p-8p

Where: Eurotrash, 3009 W. Cary Street

Details: Stop by Eurotrash for a fashion show featuring the latest from some of the brands they carry including Marimekko, Oxmo, Covet & Yoana Baraschi. You can also fill out a “wishlist”, enjoy treats and there will be complementary valet parking.

For more info go to: https://www.facebook.com/events/317053618400561/

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What: Richmond Thread Lab Trunk Show

When: 7p-10p

Where: Modern Artifacts, 3039 W. Cary St.

Details: Stop by Modern Artifacts in Carytown  for a trunk show featuring Richmond Thread Lab and a few other local designers and makers.

For more info go to: https://www.facebook.com/events/507003302672261/

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What: RVA Blogger Happy Hour

When: 6:30p-9p

Where: Tobacco Company, 1201 East Cary Street

Details: Stop by for an informal meetup with local bloggers. Enjoy complementary cocktails and appetizers in the Victorian Room at Tobacco Company downtown while you network and connect with other RVA bloggers. To RSVP please e-mail Shannon at ssiriano@gmail.com.

For more info go to: http://virginiabloggers.com/2013/01/25/rva-blogger-meet-up-announcement/

Tuesday’s Top Ten: Week 4

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This weeks top 10 includes some great outfit posts, a video haul, an interview with a local designer and more!! Check them out below and make sure you follow all these great bloggers!!!

A Girl Named Leney: http://agirlnamedleney.blogspot.com/2013/01/a-winter-wonderland.html

Fashion Recon: http://fashnlvr.blogspot.com/2013/01/january-houndstooth.html#axzz2JLIZjqjV

Fashion Trends and More: http://www.fashiontrendsmore.com/2013/01/layering-ideas.html

Fashionista Jenn: http://fashionistajenn.blogspot.com/2013/01/college-fashionista-article-princess-of.html

Fizz and Frosting: http://www.fizzandfrosting.com/2013/01/classic-work-navy-blue-tweed/

Gaptooth Diva: http://gaptoothdiva.com/2013/01/25/gaptoothdiva-com-official-rva-fashion-week-blogger-putting-my-passion-for-creativity-to-work/

Her Late Night Cravings: http://herlatenightcravings.blogspot.com/2013/01/forever-21-haul.html

Hole in Jean Pocket: http://holeinjeanpocket.blogspot.com/2013/01/fashion-is-instant-language-prada.html

In my Fashion: http://inmyfashion.blogspot.com/2013/01/style-maven-haider-ackermann.html

Mosaic Union: http://mosaicunion.tumblr.com/post/41459191898/spotlight-richmond-thread-lab

 

Saturday Spotlight: Kelli Neché and Chynesha Patterson of Notorious Styles

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Blog Name: Notorious Styles
Blog URL: www.NotoriousStyles.org
Your names:Kelli Neché and Chynesha Patterson
Facebook: facebook.com/notorious.styles1
Twitter: https://twitter.com/NotoriousStylez
Instagram:@NotoriousStylez

Where are you located?
Located in RVA of course!!!

Tell us a little about yourself:

Chynesha: My name is Chynesha Patterson but I go by Chy. I am a student at J. Sargent Reynolds working toward becoming a veterinarian. I am a fashion stylist. I’ve been in love with fashion since I was in high school and I would test my style on myself and my friends. I want to travel around the world and do fashion shows and work my way up to be a designer.

Kelli: My name is Kelli Neché and I’ve been writing since the first time I watched Harriet the Spy. Ever since I could hold a pair of scissors, I’ve been into fashion. I used to cut up my clothes and put together things that people normally wouldn’t. I used to cut out magazines and post the photos on my wall because I LOVED their outfits. It all became second nature.

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When did you start blogging?

C & K: We began Notorious Styles in March of 2012 sitting in Chy’s living room while watching Project Runway re-runs.

 

Where are your favorite places to shop in RVA?

C: My favorite places to shop in RVA are ANY thirft stores, I am a true thriftier not just clothes but anything. I like Short Pump, the outlets at Williamsburg, and Target as well.

K: Top three places to shop: Rumors (of course), Goodwill and ShopRunwayCouture.

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Top 3 favorite blogs to read?

C: My top three bloggers to read is Kiss My Fashion, DIY, RVAfashion girl.

K: Top three blogs: Kiss My Fashion, Return of the Curls, RVAFB (duhhhhh)

 

How would you describe your personal style?

C: I would describe my style as bold, unique and sometimes on the edge. I am obsessed with pants, especially different colors and patterns. I like to dress down with a pair of kicks or flats but when I want to dress like a girly girl I like to wear a skirt and tights. I like to dare myself to be different and think outside of the box. I want to step in the room and I want people to be like who’s that girl.

K: I dress how I feel, which always tends to be slightly hippie and sometimes sexy. Kind of like a modern day radial black panther. Angela Davis and Pam Grier’s love child.

 

Who is your style inspiration?

C: My style inspiration is hard to pick just one person but I adore Solange Knowles, her style is mind blowing she can wear a gym sweater and make it look fashionable. I love Rihanna’s style not only the way she changes her clothes but hair too. She is not afaird to express her feelings through her style because regardless she’s going to do what she wants.

K: Solange is definitely my go to for fearless fashion choices as well as Lisa Bonet via the Cosby Show. Her style was SO amazing.

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If you could give any advice to other bloggers what would it be?

C: I would tell another beginner blogger to just do it and don’t stop. Blogging is a lot of work because viewers want to see different posts not the same thing. Plan out how you want to start off, write down what you want to write about and search other bloggers and network. Go to as many events as you can until you are well known. Be hands on when people want to work with you, be open minded but also make wise choices. Keep a positive idea on your end and always stay professional.

K: Young and Upcoming bloggers should become a one stop shop! Pray and know what you stand for!!!! Also, have a PLAN! Are you just blogging to be blogging or are you trying to use your blog as a ladder.

Tuesdays Top Ten: Week 3

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Below is this weeks top 10 including some super chic outfit posts, a photo shoot, a DIY post and more!! Check them out:

A Ring to It: http://aringtoit.com/2013/01/07/party-time/

Bella Styles: http://bellastyles.com/2013/01/16/ootd-at-the-end-of-the-rainbow/

Chic Stripes: http://chicstripes.wordpress.com/2013/01/14/31-day-style-challenge-week-2/

Dayi’s Sense of Style: http://www.dayissenseofstyle.com/2013/01/classic-stripes-with-dash-of-pink.html

Julia Topaz: http://www.juliatopaz.com/2013/01/diy-cocoon-cardigan.html

Mosaic Union: http://mosaicunion.tumblr.com/post/40792445164/mu-photo-shoot-2013

RVA Fashion Girl: http://rvafashiongirl.blogspot.com/2013/01/blue-suede-shoes.html

River City Chic: http://www.rivercitychic.com/2013/01/the-beginning-of-end.html

Vision Venom: http://visionvenom.wordpress.com/2012/12/21/real-talk-vol-10-a-non-professional-in-the-fashion-world/

Worthy Style: http://www.worthystyle.com/2013/01/my-input-on-golden-globes-2013-looks.html

Also stay tuned to this blog for lots of information and updates about RVA Fashion Week 2013!!!

Saturday Spotlight: Sydney Page Lester of Chic Stripes

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Blog Name: 
Chic Stripes

Blog URL:  http://chicstripes.wordpress.com/

Your name:  Sydney Page Lester

Twitter: https://twitter.com/chicstripes

Instagram: @chicstripes

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Where are you located? I currently live in the Forest Hill area of Richmond, Virginia in a 1950s era home with my husband and two cats.

Tell us a little about yourself: I am a lover of clothes, coffee, my husband, God and Richmond (in no particular order).  Have two masters’ degrees and want to pursue a PhD.  I sometimes like dressing eclectically just for the reactions. Hate the sound of shoelaces tying together. Wish I could be one of those cool DIY persons. Can’t draw to save my life. Love a good game night with friends. Am a voracious and fast reader. Have way too many photos on my iPhone.

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When did you start your blog? I started my blog way back in 2009.

Why did you decide to start blogging? Somehow I stumbled on the now infamous blog of Rumi Neely, Fashion Toast, and loved her sense of style, her freedom to wear what she wanted (which was more often something teensy tiny or sheer!), and while I couldn’t see myself ever wearing some of the things she did, I was intrigued by this notion of documenting what you wore as a means of inspiration for yourself and others. Living in Richmond no doubt fueled my experiment of blogging and dressing, as I can truly say that Richmond is accepting of anyone’s sense of personal style, and there is freedom in that, especially as so many of us are still exploring what exactly is our own “signature” look or personal sense of style. I started my own blog as I felt I had something to offer the blogging/fashion world that was different. I’m still figuring out some of what that is, but am always excited, open and pursuing new opportunities.

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Where are your favorite places to shop in RVA? Well, seeing as how I’ve taken a pledge to shop 2nd hand 1st in 2013 (Shoot me an email at chicstripes@gmail.com if you want to join me!), I am loving Finicky Fox in the West End. Also on my most shopped at list are B-Sides (Carytown), Goodwill (on Broad/Paraham) and Baggio (West End). For non-2nd hand stores, I am a huge fan of Eurotrash and Fabrik in Carytown and who doesn’t love J. Crew?

Top 3 favorite blogs to read? In no particular order, Wardrobe Oxygen, Upperlyne, Extra Petite.

How would you describe your personal style? I like classic looks with just a little bit of edge or vintage vibe. Things that have a bit of feminine with a touch of masculine; like stealing my husband’s watch and wearing it with heels and ruffles.

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Who is your style inspiration? There are SO many options for style inspiration out there. I tend to either look at people who dress very well for every day looks or look at people whose styles are crazy or out there.  Then it’s a matter of choosing aspects of their style that appeal to me to fuse it into my own. Just a few are: Juley of Upperlyne and Jean of Extra Petite (total wearable, every day styles), Sharee of It’s not that deep…  and Beth of B. Jones Style (fun, vintage style), and Sarah Jessica Parker (is this cliché? The real SJP, not Carrie Bradshaw. SJP’s everyday look is fab).

If you could give any advice to other bloggers what would it be? Just go for it and don’t give up.  Make nice and find friends in the blogging world. Work with other bloggers, well known or not. Cross blogging lines (fashion, food, lifestyle, home). Market your blog and purposefully seek out opportunities. Never take no for an answer. Make it work!

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