Saturday Spotlight: I’esha of GaptoothDiva

Blog Name: GaptoothDiva

Blog URL: www.GaptoothDiva.com

Your name: I’esha GaptoothDiva

Facebook: www.facebook.com/GaptoothDiva

Twitter: twitter.com/GaptoothDiva

Instagram name: instagram.com/GaptoothDiva

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Where are you located? Richmond, Virginia

Tell us a little about yourself: I’m a wife, mother of 2 boys, and the Queen of Flawsome. I own my God-given flaws and stray from conformity. I’m silly and positive, that’s what people love most about me. I enjoy the arts and those that are creative. I’m all about beauty on a budget and keeping it 100%. I love with all my heart and I learn by finding out on my own, not copying others. Sarcasm is the period after most of my sentences. 1366767917803

When did you start your blog? I started my blog in 2007, then I made it official in 2009.

Why did you decide to start blogging? I initially started to blog to promote the people I was working with and around, and share silly stuff I saw or received in my inboxes. However, it later evolved into a blog documenting my own experiences, what I do, and my opinions on issues, projects, and events. I’m passionate about motivating and inspiring people like me who never really fit into any one box, so I use my website to reach that particular audience. I use my personality to entertain them.

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Where are your favorite places to shop in RVA? My favorite places to shop are the thrift stores, and yard sales.

Top 3 favorite blogs to read? Among my favorite blogs are Madame Noire, Refinery 29 D.C Edition, and Fashion Bomb Daily.

How would you describe your personal style? I would describe my style as being funky and eclectic. I take old and mix it with new; I redesign and refashion the craziest things into everyday wear. If people knew that jacket was a bathrobe, they would kill themselves. I don’t pay much, to slay many. It’s unique, like me.

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Who is your style inspiration? No one, I’m inspired by pieces not people. People are dressed in the clothes that I like, usually by professional stylist. Therefore, I’m inspired by the pieces they are wearing, not who is wearing them.

If you could give any advice to other bloggers, what would it be? Cliques are for kids. Always be yourself. You can never do anything wrong if you’re doing it your own way, unless you’re only doing it to be famous.

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2 Fashion Events Happening This Saturday 04/27

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What: Tea & Trends’ presented by The Fashion Media Arts Council of America, Inc.

Where: 12042 W. Broad Street

When: 11a-1p

Details: Tea & Trends is a presentation of the Spring/Summer & Pre-Fall 2013 Fashion Trends from the runways of New York, London, Milan and Paris. The event includes a multimedia presentation by FMA’s founder, Janel St. John, plus a fashion, beauty and accessory showcase by a number of special guests. More info here: http://www.fashionmediarts.org/publicity.htm

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What: Ten Thousand Villages Fair Trade Fashion Show

Where: 3201 W Cary St, Richmond, Virginia 23221

When: 4p

Details: Ten Thousand Villages in Carytown will introduce their new spring/summer Fair Trade clothing lines for men, women and children from producers in Ghana, India, Indonesia, and Nepal this Saturday. More info here: https://www.facebook.com/events/356260064480694/?fref=ts

RVA Fashion Week Starts This Sunday 04/28-05/04!!!

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For those of you who don’t know RVA Fashion Week begins this Sunday 04/28!!! The week of events are a good time to network with fellow bloggers so we hope to see lots of RVAFB members there!! Check out the schedule of shows below:

Sunday 04/28:
Kick-Off: City Skyline Trunk Show
Observation Deck @ City Hall 3p-7p
FREE EVENT!!! Sitting above City Hall, this unique event takes place at the Observation Deck overlooking Richmond’s famous skyline. This event is an ultimate trunk show, presenting more than 40 vendors and participants including independent jewelry and accessory designers, local artists, restaurants, hairstylists, and more.

Tuesday 04/30:
Warehouse Fashion Show
Scott’s Addition @ 7p
This event represents the nitty gritty appeal and familiarity of modern day Richmond. Showcased in the Warehouse District of new Richmond’s Scott’s Addition, featured looks will be presented in various scenes ranging from Urban, Vintage, Hawaii 5-O, and others! Purchase tickets here.

Wednesday 05/01:
Trina Turk @ Saks Fifth Ave, Stony Point
9214 Stony Point Pkwy  Richmond, VA 23235Saks Fifth Avenue, Stony Point 1p-4p
FREE EVENT!! Trina Turk is making only one in-store public appearance this spring and it’s here in RVA. Come meet this designer, who launched her brand in 1995. Ten percent of sales throughout the store that day will be donated to help preserve the Valentine Richmond History.

The Artful Wedding w/Style Me Pretty
VMFA 6:30p-9p
The Artful Wedding, hosted by Richmond Bride magazine, will feature the founder and editor of the country’s most popular wedding blog, Style Me Pretty. Come hear Abby Larson share some advice, get her new book signed, see the latest looks on the runway from Bella Rosa, possibly win a grand prize and meet some of Richmond’s most innovative wedding experts. Tickets are $15 and must be purchased in advance. Buy tickets here.

Thursday 05/02:
Carytown Fashion Showcase
Cary Court
Pre-show Cocktails at Can-Can Brasserie: 5:30-7pm
Show Start: 7pm
FREE EVENT!! Guests get to experience all of their favorite boutiques of Carytown with a complete runway show set up in Cary Court, followed by access directly to those featured boutiques for purchase. Cocktails/Networking at Can Can immediately following the show.
Featured boutiques include: AlterNatives, Glass Boat, Champagne & Shoes, Pink, Fab’rik, Ciao, Lex’s of Carytown, The Phoenix, Roan.

Friday 05/03:
Designer Showcase
Plant Zero 0 E. 3rd St, Richmond, VA 23234 @ 8p
Presenting local Richmond designers. Each up-and-coming designer will showcase their own custom line, presenting it on the runway, portraying their individual designs, style, and expression. Check out the list of designers here: http://www.rvafashionweek.com/category/designers-2/
The show will also be showcasing local independent designer success lines including 707 Fine Clothing, Ledbury & Shockoe Denim. Purchase tickets online here.

Saturday 05/04:
Valentine Richmond History Center, Costume & Textile Gala
1015 E. Clay Street, Richmond VA 23219 @ 6p
Please join RVAFW for a black tie celebration of the History Center’s World Class Costume and Textile Collection. Premier pieces from the collection will be on display during this elegant night of dinner and fellowship. To make your reservation, please call (804) 649-0711 ext. 302 or go here: http://www.richmondhistorycenter.com/node/358

Tuesdays Top Ten: Week 16

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This week’s Top Ten includes some great style advice, outfit posts and some news about local events. Check them out!!

Bella Styles: Event Alert: “The 5th Annual RVA Fashion Week”

Emily Hudspeth: NYX Cosmetics Haul

Fashion, Trends and More: 3 Up-And-Coming Models to Watch

Hole in Jean Pocket: Puma: Get Sky High

Julia Topaz: Well That Was Fast

Mosaic Union: The Sneaker Bar – Soft Launch

Skirt Bouquet: My First Clothing Swap

Style Goonie: The Great Gatsby: 1974 and 2013

Virtual Mutt: Thrifting Adventures Vol. 2

Worthy Style: Donna Karan on 5 Key Pieces for Women

Saturday Spotlight: Bevin & Alayna of Hole in Jean Pocket

Blog Name: Hole In Jean Pocket

Blog URL: . www.holeinjeanpocket.com

Your names: Bevin & Alayna

Facebook: facebook.com/holeinjeanpocket

Twitter: twitter.com/holeinjeanpocke

Instagram names:

instagram.com/listentob

instagram.com/ki_wang

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Where are you located? Richmond, VA

Tell us a little about yourself: We are both graduating college students. We started the blog 4 years ago our senior year of high school as a cool hobby. We love food, traveling, fashion, style and natural hair.

Why did you decide to start blogging? When did you start your blog? The blog overtime became a way of expression for us both; sharing our adventures, new discoveries and personal style. We love pictures, which is why our blog is really photo-heavy.

Where are your favorite places to shop in RVA? Our favorite places to shop in RVA are Need Supply, Clementine and Pink!holeinjeanpocket2

Top 3 favorite blogs to read? We love Style Pantry, Song of Style and Curly Nikki

How would you describe your personal style? We both have eclectic styles, mixing classic looks with hot trends!

Who is your style inspiration? Currently some of our style and beauty inspirations are Dorothy Dandridge, Jackie O. and Tracee Ellis Ross.

If you could give any advice to other bloggers what would it be? Our advice is to network on other blogger social media networks and to connect with as many people, with similar interests, as possible. Other tips: quality content over quantity, share new ideas and strive to inspire.

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3 Events Featuring Local Designers This Saturday 04/20

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What: Spring Bada-Bing Craft Show

Where: Hardwood Brewery, 2408 Ownby Lane

When: 11a-5p

Details: Spring Bada-Bing, presented by the Richmond Craft Mafia, is an annual indie craft show in Richmond that showcases over 50 of the best indie artists and crafters from all over the country. For more info check out their Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/340972506008259/?ref=ts&fref=ts  or their website: springbadabing.com

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What: Spring Trunk Show Featuring Academy Jewelry and Emerald Grippa

Where: Quirk Gallery, 311 W. Broad Street

When: 11a-4p

Details:  Quirk Gallery will be hosting a trunk show for 2 local designers, Academy Jewelry by Rachel Albright and Emerald Grippa Scarves by Emerald Grippa. Stop by April 20th from 11a-4 p and check out their Spring 2013 jewelry and scarves!! For more info check out the Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/304721462988238/

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What: Elaine B Jewelry Trunk Show at

Where: Modern Artifacts, 3039 West Cary St

When: 1p-4p

Details: Jewelry designer Elaine Butcher will be selling her jewelry for 10% off Saturday at Modern Artifacts!! More info check out the Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/455110724570267/

Tuesdays Top Ten: Week 15

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This weeks top ten includes a couple outfit posts, some photo shoots, a little preview of RVA Fashion Week, and more!! Also make sure you check out the post by new RVAFB member The Blvd Paradigm!!

A Girl Named Leney: Brian McDaniel

Fashion by Darius Burnette: Winding Dorothy Editorial for UCE Magazine

Fashionable Flavors: Star Style: Coachella

Frsh Squeezed: Tim Gunn at VCU!

Melina B: 5 Things I Like: Favorite Lipsticks Edition

Notorious Styles: Drum Roll Please….

RVA Fashion Girl: Icy Mint

River City Chic: Spring Shoe Guide

River City Fashion Uprising: RVA Fashion Week Press Preview

The Blvd Paradigm: Look of The Day!

Tuesdays Top Ten: Week 14

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This weeks Tuesday’s Top Ten includes lots of spring style inspiration, outfit posts, some videos and more!! Also make sure you check out the post from new RVAFB member MANology Fashion!!

Barclay Inc: Montego Bay, Jamaica

Brian McDinosaur: At Home with The Spotted Fawn

Corks and Caftans: Happy day of birth, Roberto!

Dayi’s Sense of Style: Day to Night

Fashion Breakout: Behind the Scenes editorial- MWITU Pastel

Her Late Night Cravings: NYC IMATS: Vloggy Style

MANology Fashion: A Moment at Maymont

The Little White Collar: Saving in Spring

Virtual Mutt: Street Style Vol. 6

Worthy Style: Dress to Flatter You

Tuesday’s Top Ten: Week 13

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This week’s top ten includes lots of spring outfit inspirations, some local event recaps and more!! Check them out:

Bella Styles: PLEASE VOTE FOR ME, I’ve Been Nominated for the Fashion Awards MD

Bright Bold Beautiful: Stylish Home Office

Fashion Trends and More: 22 Spring Break Essentials

Fashionista Jenn: Emerald City: Pantone Deems Color of the Season

Frsh Squeezed: FRSHSqueezed @GHOST: Video

Hole in Jean Pocket: Minty Fresh

Kennedy Holmes: Spring Dream

River City Chic: Shes’s a Lady

River City Fashion Uprising: GHOST Exhibit: Fashion Meets Art

Vision Venom: With Spring On My Mind…