Don’t Miss the RVAFB Clothing Swap 04/13

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When: Saturday, April 13th from 12:30p-3p

Where: Tastebuds American Bistro, 4019 MacArthur Ave, Richmond VA 23221

Details: This event is open to any fashionable ladies who would like to swap, not just RVAFB members. In addition to the swap you will be able to purchase Stella and Dot jewelry from Sydney of Chic Stripes and items from A Girl Named Leney (etsy.com/shop/agirlnamedleney) to go along with your new swapped items!!! Of course there will also be treats and refreshments provided.

Swap Rules:
– Everyone must bring at least 5 items.
– You can bring clothing, shoes, and accessories (jewelry, scarves, sunglasses, belts, etc). No underwear, lounge wear, work out clothes or swimwear please.
– All items should be spring/summer/all season items that are lightly worn and in style (no old t shirts, nothing too worn, nothing with holes and rips, nothing with stains etc).
– Make sure all items are clean, and wrinkle free.
-Everyone will have an hour to arrive and the swapping will start promptly at 1:30p so don’t be late or you will miss the good stuff!!
– At 1:30p you will have 10 min to “window shop” everyone’s items, after the 10 min everyone can start swapping, you aren’t obligated to switch with everyone.
– You can decide what works for you as far as swapping (example: if you have a really nice pair of shoes you would like to swap for 2 necklaces go for it, whatever works for you and the person you are swapping with) however we ask that there be no money transactions, only trades.
– At the end there will be a donate box for anyone who wants to donate any items they didn’t wind up swapping. All items will be donated to the Goodwill, but you aren’t obligated to donate.

For more info check out the Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/571968209494191/

Please RSVP to rvafashionbloggers@gmail.com ASAP. Hope to see you all there!

Saturday Spotlight: Bella Styles of “Trendy Curves” by Bella Styles

Blog Name: “Trendy Curves” by Bella Styles

Blog URL: www.bellastyles.com

Your name: Bella Styles

Facebook: facebook.com/bellastylescompany

Twitter: twitter.com/bellastyles

Instagram: instagram.com/bellastylesva

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Where are you located? Richmond, Virginia

Tell us a little about yourself: Bella Styles is a wardrobe stylist, fashion blogger with Lucky Magazine and the Executive Fashion Editor with Skorch Plus-Size Magazine. Since 2005, Bella’s career has included plus-size modeling, hosting countless workshops, seminars, fashion shows & model calls,  interviewing celebs, judging pageants and traveling near and far to gain experience in her field. Her styling work has been featured in numerous publications such as Ebony Magazine, Richmond Magazine and on CBS “Virginia This Morning”.

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When did you start your blog? Bella Styles created her blog, “Trendy Curves”™ by Bella Styles,  in May 2010 to keep ladies up to date on current runway trends, styles and all the happenings in the fashion world. 

Why did you decide to start blogging? I started this business as a fashion stylist and blogger because of various compliments I would receive from everyday people on my attire. I’ve always taken risks when it comes to fashion. In my spare time I read all the latest fashion and entertainment magazines and I keep up with the fashion week shows every season.

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Where are your favorite places to shop in RVA? Nordstrom, Macy’s, Dots, Ross, Ashley Stewart and Dillard’s.

Top 3 favorite blogs to read? YBF, Red Carpet Fashion Awards & In Their Closet.

How would you describe your personal style? Trendy with a touch of class.

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Who is your style inspiration? Rihanna and Michelle Obama.

If you could give any advice to other bloggers what would it be? Never give up on yourself and your dream. You never know what doors may open up for you or whose life you can inspire just from writing about your passion. But most of all  support one another. 

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Support 2 RVA Bloggers in the i.e.* Start-Up Competition!!!

Many of you may have heard about the i.e.* Start-Up Competition but if you have not it is a competition for new RVA businesses to have a chance to get some start-up help. Here is what they’re competing for:

– A $10,000 cash prize
– Six months of free office space at New Richmond Ventures
– $3,500 worth of IT strategy and implementation services from Imagine Simplicity
– Mentoring from 804RVA
– Also new this year, one finalist will be named the People’s Choice Award Winner and receive $2,500 from First Capital Bank!

You have until 11pm tonight to vote for one of these RVA bloggers great start-up ideas!!! Learn a little about each ones business below and don’t forget to vote!!!

Sydney of Chic Stripes for Chic Stripes Styling:

-1Richmond has become synonymous with creativity, local businesses, and entrepreneurship. We can co-work, order organic and locally grown produce from our computers, and share information faster and better thanks to a lot of our very own local talent.  i.e.* is a product of the Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce and their twitter “about” sums them up best: “a collaborative community initiative to support and accelerate cross-industry creativity & innovation in the Richmond region.” To do this, they’ve started the i.e.* Start-Up Competition, now in its second year, and this year I’m a competitor!

I started Chic Stripes three years ago because I wanted to help people build quality wardrobes. My business cards even read “personal shopper” – and now I’m working to make my early dreaming a reality.  Three years later, that early idea is still going strong, only now I’m focused on helping people build quality wardrobes from a 2nd hand point of view.

The competition is based around public voting, American Idol style, and it starts TODAY! Each person can vote once per day March 26-28, 2013. A total of 15 contestants will be chosen for a live, in-person pitch where one winner will be picked by a panelist. That winner will receive start-up money to the tune of $10,000, IT help, office space, and more.

Your vote for my dream business means the world to me and is all too easy: 1) click this link: http://www.ie-rva.org/contest/start-up-competition-2013/ , 2) scroll down until you see “Chic Stripes Styling”, 3) vote!  Feel free to tweet me (@chicstripes) and i.e.* (@ie_rva) to announce your vote! Thanks RVA!

Shannon of Thirsty Richmond for Boho Cycle Studio:

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My new business, Boho Cycle Studio, has been entered in a Start-Up Competition through the Richmond Chamber of Commerce and needs votes to get to the finals. Unlike big gyms that offer indoor cycling, we dedicate all of our energy to making every class an exceptional ride. We have created a format that is a full body conditioning experience, geared to riders at every fitness level. There are no contracts or commitments required as we operate on a pay per class model.

We are dedicated to giving back to our community by promoting a healthy lifestyle. We provide discounted rides to students, fundraising rides for local charities, and healthy resources to riders and neighbors. Riding at Boho is not just a work out. It is an experience. A party on a bike! Clip in. Let go. Enjoy the ride. Here is what you have to do to vote.

1. Go to http://www.ie-rva.org/contest/start-up-competition-2013/
2. Click to vote and select Boho Cycle Studio
3. Repeat once a day for three days
4. Imagine me high fiving you in amazing gratitude and thanks!

RVA Fashion Week Blogger Meetup and Event Preview 04/03

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What: RVA Fashion Week Blogger Meetup and Event Preview

Where: The Tobacco Company, 1201 East Cary Street

When: Wednesday, April 3rd 6p-9p

Details: All RVAFB members are invited to the Tobacco Company for a bloggers meetup and preview of the RVA Fashion Week events happening April 28th- May 4th!!! The RVAFW team will be sharing a little preview info about each of the events, info about how to apply for a press pass and answer any questions you may have about RVAFW. Stop by and enjoy some light refreshments, learn about RVA Fashion Week and network with fellow bloggers!! Please RVSP ASAP and if you have any questions email digital@rvafashionweek.com.

For more info check out the Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/618365118177459/?ref=ts&fref=ts

Tuesday’s Top Ten: Week 12

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This weeks Tuesday’s Top 10 features some great outfit posts, a video haul, some advice and more!!!

A Girl Named Leney: Spring Cleaning Sale

Chic Stripes: i.e.* Start-Up Competition – Voting Starts NOW

Fashion Junkies United: Junky OOTD: She’s a Man Eater

Fizz and Frosting: Pattern Mixing for The Office

Her Late Night Cravings: Massive Collective Spring Haul

Melina Bee: Goldenrod Sweater, Stripes and Peacock Feather Print Tights

RVA Fashion Girl: That Time I Met Rebecca Minkoff

Shoes and Champagne: OOTD: Maxi & Faux Fur

Steel and Heels: Winter Weather, Spring Hair

Simply Marvelous Hair Care: So, You Want To Go Natural… A Series.

3 RVA Fashion Events Happening This Week

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What: Lela Rose Fall 2013 Trunk Show

Where: Roan, 3142 West Cary Street

When: March 25th & March 26th

Details: Stop by Roan today or tomorrow and shop the Lela Rose Fall 2013 collection at their exclusive trunk show!! Appointments are preferred but not necessary, call 804-288-3699 or email info@roanshop.com for more information. Also check out their Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/543383585683117/

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What: Everybody’s Doing It: A Fashion Affair with Lindsay Ess

Where: The Gallery at UNOS (United Networks for Organ Sharing) 700 North 4th Street

When: Thursday, March 28th from 7p-9p

Details: Check out this great fashion show for an even greater cause!! Thursday 03/28 local fashion show producer, Lindsay Ess will be putting on a fabulous show to benefit UNOS, United Network for Organ Sharing, which runs the nation’s transplant system, matching organs from deceased donors to patients on the national waiting list. The proceeds from this event will support UNOS’s lifesaving work, including organ matching and transplantation education programs. Fashions will be provided by 707 Men’s Shop, Lex’s of Carytown, Harry Trinh and more!! For more details check out the Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/510845122291245/

To purchase tickets go here: http://everybodysdoingitunos.eventbrite.com/

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What: Angela Bacskocky Ghost: Spring 2013 Exhibition

Where: Middle of Broad Gallery, 205 E Broad Street

When: Friday, March 29th 7p-9p

Details: This Friday Angela Bacskocky will present her newest project titled “Ghost”. The presentation that merges fine art and fashion will include photographic works, paintings, and sculptures as well as spring fashions. Stop by Middle of Broad Gallery to view this great collaborative project among local artists. Learn more about “Ghost” here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/angelabacskocky/angela-bacskocky-ghost-spring-2013-conceptual-fash

Saturday Spotlight: Anett Farkas of FRSHSqueezed

Blog Name: FRSHSqueezed

Blog URL:  www.frshsqueezed.com

Your name: Anett Farkas

Facebook: facebook.com/frshsqueezed

Twitter: twitter.com/frshsqueezedoj

Instagram: @frshsqueezed

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Where are you located? Richmond, Virginia or at home in Budapest, Hungary.

Tell us a little about yourself: I am a Fashion Merchandising major at VCU graduating this May. I am passionate about the fashion industry and have hopes to work with a leading company as a Social Media Marketing Specialist or as a Buyer. Originally I am from Budapest, Hungary and I still go home every winter and summer break. What brought me to the States was volleyball; I played for 13 years and I am proud that I finished my career as team captain at VCU.

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When did you start your blog? January 2013

Why did you decide to start blogging? When volleyball season ended I had to face a situation that was unknown to me: no one held me responsible to get up and work out at 6:30 am or go to practice every day. As an athlete these activities were the most natural things to me and suddenly I had all this time I couldn’t fill. Then I thought I could channel my energies into something else I had an interest and passion for. I really like styling, forecasting and cutting edge designers. Dress up has always been my secret way to escape. As a Hungarian my style has a European flavor to it and I felt like I had something unique to say and show. Blogging was a sudden idea but I am loving it as well as the fact that I have something that is completely mine to build and use as an outlet for my creative expressions.

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Where are your favorite places to shop in RVA?

Fantastic Thrift – I discovered thrift shops in the States and they have become one of my favorite places to treasure hunt.

Shop Pump Mall – Where I go to find my European brands and style, somehow makes me feel at home.

Target – I always buy my music here and it was only recently that I discovered how awesome there clothing department is, both women’s and men’s. Not to mention their amazing collaborations!

Top 3 favorite blogs to read? The Blonde Salad, Kayture, and Gary Pepper Girl.

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How would you describe your personal style? I would say it is adventurous and expressive of my home country which is a mélange of many influences from around Europe. This then meets the American in me. The energetic and captivating style of the US has definitely influenced my dressing in the past four years I have spent here. I try to bring my style from off the beaten path, I always mix trends that fit my personality with one of a kind pieces. When dressing up in the morning I am always looking for a surprising twist in my outfit that will make my day.

Who is your style inspiration? First and foremost my mother. I still find it hard to shop without her, her input and ideas are always refreshing and surprising. I got my sense of style from her, no argument there. As for everyday inspiration I love to look at my favorite bloggers and the latest editorials.

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If you could give any advice to other bloggers what would it be? Get out and meet with other bloggers for networking and mixers. Find out what is going on not only in your community, but also in major cities nearby. Wear heels. And always error on the side of overdressing, not underdressing!

Tuesday’s Top Ten: Week 11

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This weeks Top Ten includes a look at some Spring 2013 trends, local event coverage, and a couple of great videos!! Check it out:

Barclay Inc: http://barclayinc.blogspot.com/2013/03/topshop-unique.html

Brian McDinosaur: http://brianmcdinosaur.tumblr.com/post/45650854547

Cat Eyes and Chaos: http://cateyesandchaos.blogspot.com/2013/03/need-supply-co-presents-topshop-unique.html

Dayi’s Sense of Style: http://www.dayissenseofstyle.com/2013/03/bright-yellow-skirt.html

Fashionable Flavors: http://fashionableflavors.wordpress.com/2013/03/19/spring-2013-the-best-beauty-trends/

Frsh Squeezed: http://frshsqueezed.tumblr.com/post/45670010083/the-nationally-recognized-shirting-local-company

Julia Topaz: http://www.juliatopaz.com/2013/03/young-frankk-ss13.html

River City Fashion Uprising: http://rivercityfashionuprising.com/2013/03/14/rva-fashion-bloggers-meetup/

The Little White Collar: http://thelittlewhitecollar.blogspot.com/2013/03/rain-rain-come-my-way.html

Skirt Bouquet: http://www.skirtbouquet.com/2013/03/closet-staples-6-ways-to-wear-white.html

Saturday Spotlight: Chance and Aba of Virtual Mutt

Blog Name: Virtual Mutt

Blog URL:  www.virtualmutt.com

Your name: Chance Llanes & Aba Mfrase-Ewur

Facebook: www.facebook.com/VirtualMutt

Twitter: www.twitter.com/virtualmutt

Instagram: @virtual_mutt

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Where are you located?

Richmond, Virginia. One (Chance) in coliseum lofts, surfing on a friends sofa, and the other (Aba) in GRC. But we recently signed our first lease together!

Tell us a little about yourself:

Chance: I’m an 18 year old fashion design student at Virginia Commonwealth University with a passion for pizza. I work at Waffle House and dabble in creative writing, photography, film, dance, tattooing, and music.

Aba: I’m a 19 year old creative advertising student at Virginia Commonwealth  University with french and art history minors. I’m addicted to carbohydrates. I’m a model, a fervent football (“soccer”) fan and smooth operator . I love sleep, corny jokes, and most importantly: pizza.

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When did you start your blog?

The blog started back in June, 2012.

Why did you decide to start blogging?

Chance: I started with the simple goal—blogging about things that I liked in regards to fashion and music. When I met Aba I didn’t immediately think of bringing her onto the team. It was more like of one of those “Aha” moments. We were sitting down at a friend’s dining room table discussing her goals and aspirations and it just clicked. I had to have her. From then on we wanted to bring music, fashion and cultures from all over onto one online outlet; Virtual Mutt. It’s online, thus being “Virtual”. “Mutt” originated from the fact that I have so many cultures and origins mixed in too.

Aba: That’s exactly right. When I first met Chance I was immediately mesmerized by how passionate he was. It was so impressive to see someone with so much talent , in so many different fields, really try their hand at everything and be successful. The thought of joining Mr. Llanes in this endeavor hadn’t even entered my head. It was more of a wishful thinking sort of thing. When he asked me, I was floored. But we clicked and I firmly believe we’re on the same warpath…to defeat the Huns. But in all seriousness, I could have said no and where would I be now? I really started blogging because Chance really believed that I could and that made me sure of myself. That is an awesome feeling. To have someone believe in you and your ability so much that it renews your confidence.

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Where are your favorite places to shop in RVA?

Chance: Need Supply (more so window shopping, but one day), American Apparel, and when all else fails Short Pump Town Center, which has H&M, Urban Outfitters, Crate & Barrel, etc.

Aba: Bygones is my dream store, complete with all the vintage gems I could ever ask for, but for now I can only window-shop. I love H&M because they have the softest sweaters. Urban Outfitters has really cool stuff… when it’s on sale. Fantastic Thrift always gives me a little more than I bargain for too.

Top 3 favorite blogs to read?

Chance:

www.kayture.com

www.iamgalla.com

http://www.christophwho.com/

Aba:

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Beautiful Geneva!

Although, it has been a while…

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How would you describe your personal style?

Chance: I have always described my style as that of a Chameleon, way before Lana Del Rey came out with the video for “Ride”—not that it matters. I’m still in the chameleon stage; adapting, transforming, and slowly figuring out what exactly my style is.

Aba: The real issue is Chance took my answer. I always say eclectic because that’s what other people have always said but I’m on an adventure to find a better word. For now I’ll say it really varies from day to day. How I’m feeling, who I’m going to see and what music I’ve been listening to always has an effect of how I dress myself. Some days I just can’t seem to get it together though. On those days, I just go for comfortably and usually black. All black everything.

Who is your style inspiration?

Chance: My style inspiration(s) come from all over, whether it’s bloggers, designers, musicians or whatever else you can think of. I don’t have just one because I don’t like to limit myself. For instance, Adam Gallagher (of I Am Galla) is a very dapper young gent who has pretty much mastered the art of making the suit and tie a casual ensemble. Whereas Christoph Schaller (of Christoph Who) not only has this minimalistic style aesthetic, he also does film and photo works that are truly inspirational. Then you have your big designers like Marc Jacobs and Kenzo, among others, who produce pieces that spark inspiration for me. Yoann Lemoine, more popularly known in the music world as Wood Kid, is definitely a big style inspiration for me as well. I could go on and on, but in short I draw inspiration from many aspects of life.

Aba: First off, I love menswear. I gain so much inspiration from the texture and simplicity of a men’s blazer. Everything is very traditional with a bit of a twist as not to overwhelm you. That is something I really appreciate. This is not to say that I don’t experiment. I don’t like to limit myself to just one look. It would be cool to have a signature look but I am not Karl Lagerfeld. Secondly, I really love vintage well-made things. Marilyn, and Audrey and the Nanny Fran also give me a lot of inspiration. Although, what Chance said is right. We both gain inspiration from everything. Music, nature, cinema; it truly is all around us. More recently, I’ve been inspired by Alexander Wang and his ability to spurt perfection. He might be the only person I envy.

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

Chance: Don’t give up. There are days when I wake up and think that the world doesn’t need another blogger. Then I realize how silly that sounds. The world actually needs more bloggers. It’s a way for us to connect and share our travels, thoughts and experiences. We’re all pieces of a bigger picture and through blogging we’re allowing others to grow with us, to travel places one could only dream of, among many other things. Don’t strive to be someone else, because you’re main goal is to blog as an individual and to build an audience that loves your exclusivity. As cliché as it always sounds, be yourself.

Aba: Do everything. Brandon Viney, art director at Wieden+Kennedy, told me that once and it stuck with me. Lack of inspiration can kill your vibe and as Kendrick Lamar has pointed out, that is never a good thing. As an Ad major, I have to constantly be creative and when I’m not inspired my work is not good.  As it goes, when you’re not doing anything, your blog becomes mediocre. This is not to say that at all moments in the day you should be feeding baby penguins, or painting, or composing a sonata. This is saying that taking the chance and doing something different can be amazing for you. Whether or not the first time you try something new or different you have a good experience doesn’t matter. You now have a story to tell that’s yours and no one elses. That is what truly matters. Stay inspired by yourself and impress yourself by pushing your own boundaries of comfortability. You’ll be pleasantly delighted with the outcome or at the very least have that hilarious story to tell.

Ledbury Relaunch Party Tomorrow 03/15

RVAFB members, don’t miss Ledbury’s relaunch party for their newly renovated retail shop tomorrow, March 15th, from 6p-10p!!!  Stop by for great tunes, snacks and drinks from Rappahannock Restaurant, Goatocado, and Hardywood Park Craft Brewery and of course great menswear!!!

For more info and to RSVP check out their Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/435855646497380/

For more about Ledbury check out their website www.ledbury.com