Third RVAFB Meetup and Networking Event 03/08 @ Shocke Denim!!!

Join us Friday, March 8th for the Third RVA Fashion Bloggers Meetup and Networking Event!! This meetup is being held at Shockoe Denim, a premium denim manufacturer located in Richmond’s Shockoe District. They make and sell their jeans at their awesome showroom so you will be able to check out their products as well as where the jeans are made.  This is going to be a really awesome opportunity to meet each other, network and shop!! Please RSVP to

Who: All RVAFB members and any Richmond area fashion, style, and/or beauty bloggers who would like to be apart of the group.

When: Friday, March 8th from 6:30p-8:30p.

Where: Shockoe Denim, 13A South 15th Street Richmond, Virginia 23219
Make sure you check out Shockoe Denim on Facebook:
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Tuesday’s Top 10: Week 8

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This weeks Tuesday’s Top 10 features lots of new RVAFB members including B Types, Elle and Em, Emily Hudspeth, Imitating Kia, Kennedy Holmes, and Virtual Mutt as well as some original members so make sure you check out all these great blogs and show them some love!!!

B Types:

Corks and Caftans:

Elle and Em:

Emily Hudspeth:


Imitating Kia:

Kennedy Holmes:

Notorious Styles:

Virtual Mutt:

Worthy Style:


Check out the newest members of the RVAFB group!!!!

We added 18 new awesome fashion, beauty and lifestyle blogs to our blog roll recently, check them out below:

1. B Types

2. Barclay Inc

3. Cateyes and Chaos

4. Elements Beauty Shop

5.  Elle and Em

6. Emily Hudspeth

7. Fashion Junkies United

8. Imitating Kia

9. Keenya Kelly

10. Kennedy Holmes

11. Knotty Girl Times Two

12. Melina B

13. Retro Kiidd

14. River City Fashionista

15. Simply Marvelous Hair Care

16. The Catts Meow RVA

17. The Little White Collar

18. Virtual Mutt

Saturday Spotlight: Tiffany Elam of Shoes and Champagne

Blog Name: Shoes & Champagne     

Blog URL:

Your name: Tiffany Elam


Instagram name: @ShoesChampagne


Where are you located? I live in the Museum District and work in Midlothian.

Tell us a little about yourself: I’ve lived in different parts of Virginia my entire life. I obtained a Bachelors of Arts degree in Communication from Virginia Tech. I moved to Richmond a year and a half ago to work in property management, but most importantly, I’ve always had a passion for fashion. I dream of living in NYC doing fashion PR. I always have a slew of fashion magazines and articles in tow to keep me busy when I’m not working.

When did you start your blog? I started my blog almost two years ago on my 23rd birthday.


Why did you decide to start blogging? I had been reading numerous personal style blogs for over a year before I decide to bite the bullet and start my own. I had just graduated college and didn’t believe in spending tons of money to achieve stylish outfits. I wanted to share with readers it’s possible to have style on a budget.

Where are your favorite places to shop in RVA? Although RVA has tons of cute local shops, I generally stick to department stores. Right now I’m obsessed with TJ Maxx, The Limited and Target. If any of you would like to go shopping, let me know!

Top 3 favorite blogs to read? J’s Everyday Fashion, Bows & Sequins and Fashionably Lo.


How would you describe your personal style? Edgy-conservative and very feminine. I love all things sequins, chiffon and colorful.

Who is your style inspiration? Courtney Kerr because she’s always dressed to impress. She’s not afraid to take fashion risks and she just seems so down to earth, not to mention, her shoe collection is insane!

If you could give any advice to other bloggers what would it be? Treat every trip outside of your home like a runway. Nothing’s worse than running into someone who reads your blog when you’re dressed down. Everyday is a fashion show.


RVAFB’s New York Fashion Week Favorites

New York Fashion Week is always an exciting time for bloggers. Whether we are running around the tents or sitting at home watching livestreams the week always provides us with lots of inspiration and content for our blogs. The RVAFB group has a really diverse group of bloggers, although we all mostly blog about fashion our blogs and views are very different so we thought it would be fun to hear a few opinions on which collections were the best. Check out these 10 RVAFB members NYFW favorites:

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1. Sydney of Chic Stripes: Marissa Webb and Tibi

I like my clothes wearable, so it’s no surprise that while I oohed and ahhed with everyone else over the stunning collections that were Donna Karan and Oscar de la Renta, my top two runway shows this season at NYFW were Marissa Webb and Tibi.

I started following Marissa Webb’s Instagram feed sometime after the last NYFW and I love seeing the everyday progress that her line is making. Her feed is more than just glamor shots of herself posing in outfits, but rather it’s comprised of the sewing, the models being fitted, and the nitty gritty work that goes into design. Her F/W13 collection uses materials and layers to perfection. Being a former J. Crew girl, it’s no surprise, but her layers work in an urban way, not as overly preppy. Even her most urban, slouchy looks retain a sense of refinement and polish while her more feminine looks keep a touch of edge – the key to a great and functional wardrobe.

Tibi offers something a little more edgy with an emphasis on sportswear: velvet brushed sweatshirts; solid, textured and printed sweaters; structured dresses that scream “layer me;” and just the right amount of color where it counts. Amy Smilovic, the woman behind Tibi, concentrated on layers for any season with detachable collars, hoods, and turtlenecks (actually, dickies – never thought you’d hear that in conjunction with NYFW did you?). The results? A cool and collected series of outfits that can take you straight from August to February – an absolute win in my book.

Check out more on her blog:

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2. Owen of The Style Whale: 3.1 Phillip Lim and Reed Krakoff

My 2 favorite collections from NYFW were 3.1 Phillip Lim and Reed Krakoff. Lim’s collection stayed on trend for the season with the use of leather and fur. The collection was very biker-chick inspired and was nothing of a surprise to avid fans of his edgy, high fashion collections. His use of color, along with the typical neutral tones for fall mixed well together in this urban-chic collection.

Reed Krakoff is urban-chic at it’s best! The focus on minimalism is something I love about a good collection, and that is definitely what Krakoff had in mind; perhaps he was inspired by the Queen of Minimalism, Jil Sander. His focus on tailoring and a dark color palette is what caught my eye at first. He keeps on trend with the use of leather and some fur, and even some crocodile print pieces. Overall, this is easily one of my favorite collections from NYFW.

Check out more on his blog:

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3. Jenn of Fashionista Jenn: Betsey Johnson and Marc Jacobs

Marc Jacobs did it for me once again! He rocked New York’s Fashion Week with a breathtaking sepia-tinted inspired light show. Jacobs didn’t use your typical vertical runway. He created a round runway, orb-like with a dim yellow glow in the crowd as if the sun was setting. It was very cinema like. The LA Times described the collection as full of “Chic sleepwalkers, relaxed elegance, larger-than-life, silver screen nostalgia.”I couldn’t agree more with that depiction. The collection portrayed what would be a night in the shoes of glamorous woman. I love how he topped off the looks with fur stoles on several of the outfits. I’m a sucker for fur jackets and pencil skirts, and the looks were like a modern day 50’s woman, which is my favorite era.

Betsey Johnson always ceases to amaze me with her youthful, fun spirited attitude that always transfers into her collections. I’ve always admired her imagination and creativity. If the Spice Girls as a group were to be a fashion brand, her collections would be the image, but this particular season would be the Sporty Spice edition. Her current line was presented less as a runway show and more as party. The designer featured body-con and sheer flowing dresses, but styled with biker jackets, faux fur vests and coats adorned with her signature mark.  You can tell the models were having fun and I wanted to be there to enjoy it with them! It also featured a workout routine led by Betsey herself, but the highlight of the show was when she did her signature splits after the final walk. She’s 70 and she’s still go it, so looking forward to her new reality show coming up!

Check out more on her blog:

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4. Yolanda of Fashn-Ad-Dict: Diesel Black Gold and Proenza Schouler

NYFW was quite exciting with an offering of great trends to look forward to this fall. When it comes to my style, I’m a huge fan of simplicity. Sure – sequins, embroidery and electric colors are great, but black and white is what makes me scream with girlish glee. Therefore, you can imagine how pleased I was to see Diesel Black Gold and Proenza Schouler offering modern and minimalist collections! Diesel Black Gold’s inspiration came from the girlfriend’s of bikers, so there was plenty of leather, sharply tailored pieces, and studs. Proenza Schouler wasn’t quite as badass, rather, much more subtle. The collection featured plenty of black and white with touches of gray, woven leather, tulle, and ostrich feather skirts that added a touch of flair and femininity. If you love strong, confident, tough-girl designs, then these two collections are for you.

Check out more on her blog:

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5. Paula of Skirt Bouquet: Oscar de la Renta and Jenny Packham

My favorite New York Fashion Week collections were Oscar de la Renta’s and Jenny Packham’s. Oscar de La Renta always wows me! His collection was all about feminine silhouettes with a lot of glamour. The prints were very eye-catching. As usual, I wanted every piece in his collection, though I’m not sure how the models could see where they were going with those hats. Jenny Packham’s collection had two things I’m crazy about: color and shimmer. This combination might easily get too loud, but the metallic color pallet made the dresses very subtle and elegant. The bright gowns really stood out in the midst of the all-black collections of Jason Wu and Marc Jacobs.

Check out more on her blog:

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6. Tiffany of Shoes and Champagne: Alice + Olivia and Rachel Zoe

My two favorite collections from NYFW were Rachel Zoe & Alice + Olivia. Zoe’s collection features three trends I’m obsessed with- fur, leather & sequins. The camel colored pieces mixed with cream made my heart melt. Gorgeous! Of course A+O never fails me, I love all of their collections. The pieces were super feminine with the use of lace, sparkly brocade & a little hint of feathers. Both collections were fabulous and I can’t wait to see what each designer brings to the table come September.

Check out more on her blog:

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7. Anett of Frsh Squeezed: Diane Von Furstenberg and Prabal Gurung

This time around New York Fashion Week brought many outstanding collections with it, including my 2 favorite collections Prabal Gurung and Diane von Furstenberg. Prabal Gurung’s Fall 2013 RTW collection most likely caught my eye because I am still mesmerized by his collaboration with Target. I was lucky enough to get my hands on some of those pieces, and I cannot wait to wear them! His show last week in New York had a completely different look to it, including harnesses and cut-out chunky knit sweaters. I love the fact that he continued this year’s trend of military green, but this time he combined it with peplum silhouettes in almost every piece of clothing: coats accessorized with belts by the waist, highly structured blazers, even dresses with peplum details. My favorite look from the show was a military green jacket with a huge fur collar and black leather trimmings – I would love to have that as my statement piece next fall!

Diane von Furstenberg had some huge patterns printed on bright colored dresses, but in her collection the busier patterns caught my eye the most, especially when she paired it with the red. What I adored most about DVF’s collection was the high number of printed jumpsuits that walked down the runway. I am falling in love with thiS trend of onesies and I cannot wait to try it out this spring! Oh and Diane, could you please send me one of those red cloud print dress shirts with the shiny hot pink pantsuit please?

Check out more on her blog:

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8. Larissa of RVA Fashion Girl: J Brand and Kate Spade

There were so many amazing Fall/ Winter 2013 collections shown at NYFW earlier this month but 2 that really stuck out for me were Kate Spade’s and J Brand’s. I have a bit of a split personality when it comes to my style so the J Brand collection really spoke to my “edgy chic” side and my love of “girly glam” was why I loved the Kate Spade collection.

Most people automatically think denim when thinking about J Brand but after launching their apparel line a year ago I have kept my eye on them ever since. This season was their first time presenting at NYFW and they did not disappoint. I can’t get enough of the leather trend so I really loved their loose leather pants and cropped motorcycle jackets especially in white and blush. I also really liked the chunky knit sweaters paired with skinny pants and the sexy black jumpsuit.

My second favorite was Kate Spade’s NYC inspired collection.  I loved the obvious nods to NYC like the taxi inspired shoes and was mesmerized by the bright pinks, oranges, and yellows that popped up through out the collection. My other favorite elements were the of splashes of leopard print, the lipstick printed pants, the chic structured bags, the fun hats, and the beautifully embellished coats. If I could I would wear this entire collection head to toe!!

Check out more on her blog:

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9. Alicia of River City Chic: BCBG Max Azria and Jason Wu

The whirlwind known as New York Fashion Week came and went this year in the blink of an eye. After two seasons of volunteering and being backstage during NYFW, I was a little disappointed that my hectic class schedule prevented me from traveling to NYC to be a part of the action. However, with Twitter, Instagram, and, I was transported to the runways and didn’t miss out on any of the stunning collections.

My first favorite collection was from BCBG Max Azria. With the exception of the thigh-high leather leggings paired with every look, the BCBG fall 2013 collection was refreshing and incredibly wearable. The grunge-inspired layered looks and bold use of prints gave the mid-range label a high fashion feel. BCBG even managed to make beanies look glamorous, which is a trend that my hair and I can totally get with.

My second favorite collection was by Jason Wu. While Wu is best known for outfitting our exceptionally sophisticated First Lady, his Fall 2013 collection definitely had a sexier, edgier feel. The graphic black and white color palette with the pops of red gave this collection a luxe, glossy attitude. Wu described this collection as “extreme femininity,” and with flowing pleats, fitted silhouettes and prim details, he certainly brought the glamour.

Check out more on her blog:

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10. Kiara of Mosaic Union: Alice + Olivia and J Crew

The hustle and bustle that is known as Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week has faded away however, the fashion imprint left by this event is far from a memory. J Crew never disappoints for me. These colorful separates prove that print and pattern are here for another season and it’s all about how you put the pieces together. These game changing separates are bound to create some of the season’s hottest looks the fall. As the focus was not completely on innovation, creativity and quality are what will make these simply crafted pieces shopping favorites. The pairing of old things in new ways proved to be a win, as layering and print mixing were staples in this collection. Consistency is key and J Crew is one line that will excite me every time.

The Alice and Olivia presentation soothed my soul with bold statement pieces all encompassed in a neutral palate. While opposite of the previous line as print and pattern are concerned, texture was definitely toyed with in creating some of these looks. There was a little something to please every fashionista in this collection. Leather was a prominent player throughout, while fur, tulle, and a few knitted pieces made an appearance as well.

Check out more on her blog:

Tuesday’s Top Ten: Week 7

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It’s getting harder and harder to pick only 10 blog posts every Tuesday because so many of the RVAFB members put together awesome posts every week!! Check out this weeks top 10 including a post from our newest member Cara of The Little White Collar!!

A Girl Named Leney:


Chic Stripes:

Fizz and Frosting:

In My Fashion:

Mosaic Union:

RVA Fashion Girl:

Sophi Chic:

Street Sophisticato:

The Little White Collar:


If you live in or around Richmond, VA and blog about fashion, style, and/or beauty we would love to have you join the RVAFB Group!! Email us at and let us know about your blog!!

Saturday Spotlight: Larissa Wisniewski of RVA Fashion Girl

Blog Name: RVA Fashion Girl       

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Your name: Larissa Wisniewski


Instagram name: @rvafashiongirl

  IMG_8170 Where are you located? I live in the Carytown area of Richmond.

Tell us a little about yourself: I am a 22 year old blogger, freelance writer, and fashion enthusiast. I have worked a range of different jobs in the fashion industry and have learned that I really love the blogging and social media side of things and hope to do that professionally in my life. In addition to managing, I am also the Digital Media Manager for RVA Fashion Week as well as the Creator of the RVAFB group and manager of this blog!!


When did you start your blog? I started RVA Fashion Girl in May 2012.

Why did you decide to start blogging? I had been blogging for a couple of years on and off but decided to become more serious about it in 2010 when the store I was working for closed. I wanted to stay current with fashion news and trends while I wasn’t working so I started reading a lot of different blogs and thought it would be fun to start my own about my personal style and opinions on fashion and really commit to it. I wound up getting rid of my old blog once I started working full time and later started over with the blog I have now, RVA Fashion Girl.


Where are your favorite places to shop in RVA? I love shopping in Carytown specifically at Clementine, Ashby, Need Supply, Indigo Avenue and B-sides.

Top 3 favorite blogs to read? It’s hard to pick just 3 but if I have to I would say I draw the most inspiration from,, and


How would you describe your personal style? My motto is I dress for the fabulous life I hope to lead one day. I would say my style is feminine with a hint of vintage glamour and a little edge. I love to wear heels, anything black, lots of statement jewelry, and all things vintage.

Who is your style inspiration? I really love and appreciate people with eccentric and bold style and like I said before I love vintage style so I look up to people like Angelica Huston, Elizabeth Taylor, Audrey Hepburn, Jane Birkin, Bridget Bardot, and lots of others. I also think Anna Wintour and Grace Coddington are impeccably dressed women.


If you could give any advice to other bloggers what would it be? Go with your instincts and have fun with it!! Don’t be afraid to go out of your comfort zone and try new things. A couple of years ago I used to be so shy that I couldn’t imagine doing half the things that blogging has lead me to do and because I pushed my self I have had some really great opportunities.


Tuesday’s Top Ten: Week 6

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This weeks top 10 includes some outfit posts, a giveaway, a Valentines Day gift guide and more!!! Also make sure you check out the post by new RVAFB member Anett of Frsh Squeezed!!


Fashionista Jenn:

Fashion Trends and More:

Frsh Squeezed:

Gaptooth Diva:

Her Late Night Cravings:

Hole in Jean Pocket:

River City Fashion Uprising:

Shoes and Champagne:

Worthy Style:

Saturday Spotlight: Owen Payne of The Style Whale

Blog Name: The Style Whale

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Your name: Owen Payne


Instagram: @owen__matthew


Where are you located? I currently live in the west end of Richmond, Virginia.

Tell us a little about yourself: I am a 20-year-old junior at VCU studying Fashion Merchandising. I currently work for Nordstrom selling women’s shoes. I’m from Spotsylvania, VA (but that’s not important). My interest in fashion started to develop when I was in middle school and grew through my high school years. I now plan to pursue a career in fashion publication, ideally at a magazine like W or V working as an editor or (eventually) a creative director. The things I love most about fashion publication are the editorials and photographs. That’s what I want to do with my life. Nothing inspires me more.

When did you start your blog? I started this blog in the Summer of 2012.

Why did you decide to start blogging? I have been blogging since I graduated high school in 2010. A friend of mine got me into the idea of it and I have been addicted ever since. Blogging is an excellent creative outlet and a great way of expressing myself, through all of my likes and interests.

Where are your favorite places to shop in RVA? I feel Richmond is a terrible place to shop for taste because it’s a small, conservative city. I find things at H&M, Gap, and Nordstrom mostly. I also love ordering pieces from Topman.

Top 3 favorite blogs to read? – He is a fashion design student at SCAD and his work is amazing. He is very talented and successful for his age. He and I have a lot in common as well. – Brian is such a great street style photographer and person.

Another site I’m always on, although it is not really a blog, is I love reviewing runway collections, reading about fashion news, and so on.

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How would you describe your personal style? I would say clean-cut with a touch of edge. For example, one day while I was at work, I was wearing a sweater. While I was talking to someone, my sleeve rose a little and some younger girls saw part of one of my tattoos on my arms. They gasped and said how awesome it was of me to have so many tattoos because they would never expect it, because of the way I dress and present myself. So I like having that impression on people.

Who is your style inspiration? I do not draw inspiration from one person in particular. I can draw inspiration off of many different people, by the way they act and behave and dress. I get a lot of inspiration from photographs and street style. I may see something that catches my eye and go, “Oh, I have something similar to that in my closet. Let me try that out tomorrow.”

If you could give any advice to other bloggers what would it be? As cliché as this sounds, be yourself. Being a blogger, especially a fashion blogger, you’re going to feel intimated by blogs that are a lot more successful and popular than yours. These people may make you want to change what you do; don’t. Now when I say, “don’t change”, I mean don’t change who you are as a person, because I have definitely reinvented myself through blogging. Stay focused on your goal, you never know who might be looking and reading. I have received several job offers based on people just reading my blog before even meeting me. People have said, “This kid is talented and knows what he is doing,” before even meeting me in person. That is something that I really appreciate, because I do put a lot of time and work into my blog. This brings me to a second piece of advice: DON’T STOP! So many people give up after a certain amount of time because they get discouraged or don’t make it a habit/daily routine. You’ve got to keep it going!

Who are some of your favorite designers/design houses? I am very much a fan of European high fashion. My favorites are Miuccia Prada, Coco Chanel, Jil Sander, Raf Simons, Givenchy, Ricardo Tisci, Alexander Wang, Marc Jacobs, Valentino, Maison Martin Margiela, and Lanvin.

Meet the Maker: Apolis Nomad Market this Friday 02/08


When: 6p-8p

Where: Need Supply, 3100 W. Cary Street

Details: For Need’s 9th Meet the Maker event they will feature Los Angeles-based brand Apolis’s traveling installation, the Nomad Market. The pop up shop will showcase an exclusive product collection along with interactive stories and films from Apolis Global. Stop by to check out the installation as well as enjoy food, drinks and giveaways.

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