Tuesdays Top Ten: Week 20

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This weeks top ten includes some fabulous outfit posts and some summer wishlists!! Also make sure you check out our new members blogs Classy Ladies and Simply Yvonne!!!

Chic Stripes: Friday Chic: Streamlined

*NEW MEMBER* Classy Ladies: Summer Dress Code

Dayi’s Sense of Style: Mint and Yellow

Fashion, Trend and More: 3 Reasons Why Clutches Dominate

Frsh Squeezed: The Dream Skirt

Her Late Night Cravings: Friday’s Fancies: A Relaxing Weekend

Julia Topaz: sandals

RVA Fashion Girl: Seeing Spots

Shoes and Champagne: The Experience Tour- All That Glitters

*NEW MEMBER* Simply Yvonne: Lookbook: Orange Chevron

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The RVAFB Group was Featured in RVA Magazine!!

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The Late Spring 2013 fashion issue of RVA Magazine hit stands last week and the RVAFB group was lucky enough to be featured!!! We are beyond excited and proud to be recognized by this great publication. Check out the article on page 50 and learn more about the group and what we do as well as more about some of our bloggers including Brian of Dirty Richmond, Owen of The Style Whale, Anett of Frsh Squeezed, Larissa of RVA Fashion Girl and more!!! Pick up a copy or check out the article online HERE.

Saturday Spotlight: Jennifer Burchette of Fashionista Jenn

Blog Name:  Fashionista Jenn

Blog URL:  fashionistajenn.blogspot.com

Your name: Jennifer Burchette

Facebook: facebook.com/stylistfashionistajenn

Twitter: Personal: twitter.com/FashionistaJenn or Blog: twitter.com/FashionBlogJenn

Instagram name: instagram.com/fashionistajenn

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Where are you located? Virginia Beach native, studying at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA

Tell us a little about yourself: I am a 21 year old Senior Undergraduate student at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) just trying to graduate and pursue my long beloved goal of a career in fashion. When I’m not being a student, I’m a Style Guru for Amy Levin’s CollegeFashionista.com. It requires me to scout and report trends on the school’s campus. I’m also the stylist for an upcoming urban brand DIRGY. awesomton (71)worked

When did you start your blog? Thanks to my mother’s great advice, I started my blog last November actually.

Why did you decide to start blogging? I really wanted a way to document and share my progression into my career. It’s great to look back at old posts and see how much I’ve accomplished. Plus it’s a great way to show others your ability and competence in the industry. I get such a thrill from seeing others interested in my passion and sharing the same excitement from something I’ve posted.

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Where are your favorite places to shop in RVA? Although I’m an admirer of Richmond’s fashion I barely shop within the city. The only place that takes most of paycheck would have to be Rumors. I love how close it is it to me and the great finds that I discover.

Top 3 favorite blogs to read? Independent Fashion Bloggers (heartifb.com) is great! I love a blog about blogging. It really helps me organize and get my ideas out in my posts the way I want to.  I also enjoy reading GirlWiththeFlower.com. I love the blogger’s personal style. She is very creative and ha a great theme to her blog. I also am a fan of theblvdparadigm.blogspot.com. Janelle Reid may be new to blogging but you wouldn’t be able to tell. Her blog reminds me a lot of how mine started.

blackfashionHow would you describe your personal style? Ugh this question always gets me, because I like to try so may new things it’s so hard to pin point the actual words for my personal style. I will say I’m a master at layering and recreating. Just when I want to throw something out I find a whole other way to wear it and you would think that it’s brand new. Some people have no idea how long I have certain items in my closet but make it look new. I guess you could call me a “Creative Re-creator,” or maybe just a creative way for saying hoarder because I never like to let things go! You never know when it may come back into style. Therefore I tend not to follow trendy items and stick to the more classic ones that will be appreciated from season to season.

Who is your style inspiration? My style inspiration contains three ingredients. It contains a hint of Carrie Bradshaw’s closet, mixed with a dab of Lauren Conrad’s creative DIYs and career drive, and a hint of fierce from Ms. Tyra Banks herself to add confidence to any outfit I decide to rock. Each one has had a huge influence into why I do what I do. They have not only inspired me in fashion but in life as well.

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Tuesdays Top Ten: Week 19

top ten 19This weeks top 10 includes some outfit and beauty tips for spring, some outfit posts, and event recap and more. Also make sure you check out the post by new member Joanna Avant!!

Fashion Recon: Phoenix Rising

Fashionable Flavors: Beauty Tip: The Best Looks For Summer

Fizz and Frosting: Bathing Suit Trends for 2013

Gaptooth Diva: Runway Couture Fashion Forward Shop and Sip Fashion, Style, Networking and Fun

Hole in Jean Pocket: Little Trinkets: Dana Blair Designs

*NEW MEMBER* Joanna Avant: The Long and Shorts of It

River City Chic: Post Grad Goodies

Skirt Bouquet: Black on black: 3 Outfits inspired by New York

Virtual Mutt: XXIX – The Return

Worthy Style: Fun and Inexpensive Items for Spring 2013

Saturday Spotlight: Stormy Holt of Mosaic Union

Blog Name: Mosaic Union

Blog URL: mosaicunion.com

Your name: Stormy Holt

Facebook: www.facebook.com/MosaicUnion

Twitter: twitter.com/MosaicUnion

Instagram name: instagram.com/__stormyy

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Where are you located? RVA!

Tell us a little about yourself: I am a military kid who who fell in love with culture of the world. I went to VCU for my undergraduate and graduate degree, which I feel, pushed me even further towards my love of all things “right-brain.” Currently, I am trying to carve my mark in this beautiful realm as I fall closer to 25. Eek!

When did you start your blog? I started Mosaic Union with my best friend, Kiara, last September. I am in awe at how far we’ve gone in nine months. We took a chance at something we loved; and seeing the impact we’ve made so soon is very inspiring.

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Why did you decide to start blogging? Kiara and I have always loved fashion, that is something that has always been a part of us. In addition the rich cultures of both RVA and Nashville, where she is currently, are something that demands attention. I love exploring the works of talented people around RVA. There are so many thinkers here! Not only that, but RVA has a certain style that I love and I feel is unique to Virginia and Kiara felt the same way about Nashville. So one day while I was visiting her in TN, over a glass of wine of course, we decided that we should “record” or blog about the awesome things happening in these two cities. Of course we don’t restrict ourselves to RVA and Nashville, but due to our current residents in the cities, our blog is majority RVA and Nashville.

Where are your favorite places to shop in RVA? Honestly, I would have to say Fantastic Thrift, Diversity Thrift, Rumors and any other thrift or consignment shop. Anyone can shop trends, the real fun is taking the old and tweaking it for today.

Top 3 favorite blogs to read? I love to read and scroll through LateBoots, Who What Wear, and Hole In Jean Pocket. Hey, Bevin!

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How would you describe your personal style? My style is tricky. I love to try new things just about everyday. But no matter what, my style is polished. However, if I had to silo myself, I would say my style is relaxed, chic fun. I never try to hard to make something work. I just go with the flow. A lot like my personality actually. Haha.

Who is your style inspiration? Other than my mother, I would have to say Rachel Zoe and the Olsen twins. Everything they do id so effortless, comfy but cute. I love it.

If you could give any advice to other bloggers what would it be? This is your dream, so own it. Never be afraid to take chances and think outside the box. A blog is your perspective, so always be yourself. People will love you for it.

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Special Edition Tuesdays Top Twelve: Week 18

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This week we are doing a special edition Tuesday’s Top Twelve with all recaps from RVA Fashion Week!!! A few RVAFB members attended the week of events and have lots to say about the shows, trends and street style. Check out the posts below:

Anthrofashionist:

RVAFW Skyline Event, kicking off the week….

the girls on the runway in Cary Court…

the grande finale…

Barclay Inc:

RVA Fashion Week Has Arrived!!

RVA Fashion Week Rewind…

Bella Styles:

Bella On The Scene at RVA Fashion Week: “Carytown Boutique Fashion Show”

Dayi’s Sense of Style:

Functional Splurge & RVA Fashion Week

Fashionista Jenn:

Launch Party: Vizcaya Swimwear

Fashion Junkies United:

Junky Presents: RVA Fashion Week Kick-off

Junky Recap: RVAFW at Cary Street Court

Junky Showcase: RVA Fashion Show at Planet Zero

FRSHsqueezed:

RVA Fashion Week Carytown Fashsion Show

RVA Fashion Week Skyline Trunk Show

Mosaic Union:

RVAFW – Trunk Show

RVAFW – Networking at Tobacco

RVAFW – An Artful Wedding

RVAFW: Carytown Fashion Show

RVAFW: Designer Showcase

River City Fashion Uprising:

RVA Fashion Week Kicks Off with City Skyline Trunk Show

RVA Fashion Week 2013: Carytown Fashion Showcase

RVA Fashion Week 2013: Designer Showcase

Shoes and Champagne:

RVA Fashion Week: Carytown Boutique Fashion Show

Style Goonie:

One of a Kind Accessories at The City Skyline Trunk Show

The Artful Wedding- Richmond Bride

Carytown Fashion Showcase- RVA Fashion Week

The Blvd Paradigm:

RVA Fashion Week Carytown Showcase

RVA Fashion Week: Designer Showcase

Catalyst 2013 , The VCU Fashion Show

3 Shopping Events Happening This Weekend

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What: Dolls in the City “The Experience” Tour

Where: Art6 Gallery, 6 E. Broad Street

When: Friday May 10th  6-930p

Details: This beauty and shopping event hosted by Leslie Marie aka the fabulously chic Doll.  The event is that perfect blend of all things beauty, wellness, fashion, and eclectic art. Stop by for a night filled with excitement, pampering, cocktails, tastings, shopping, memories and the coveted “Doll Tote”. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. More info here: http://www.iheartpuckercake.com/#!events

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What: Halcyon Vintage Rummage Sale

Where: 117 N. Robinson Street

When: Friday May 10th – Sunday May 12th, 11a-5p on Friday & Saturday, and Sunday 12p- 5p

Details: The annual Halcyon Vintage Rummage sale will take place this weekend!! They will be selling grade “C” clothing and accessories for 75% off original prices.!! In addition Goatocado and Pedal Pops will be vending on the street and Deep Groove will be selling boxes of records on the street at $.50 each. Partial proceeds to benefit Friends of James River Park. More info here: https://www.facebook.com/HalcyonVintage?fref=ts

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What: Carytown Fair Trade Crawl – World Fair Trade Day 2013

Where: Carytown

When: 05/11 12p-5p

Details: The Fair Trade Crawl is an opportunity to visit different stores in Carytown that will be selling Fair Trade products and featuring special events to celebrate World Fair Trade Day! The participating vendors are listed below (from the top to the end of Carytown):

Ellwood Thompsons: Fair Trade Chocolate Tasting! Also, A Fair Trade World will be displaying and selling fair trade merchandise from around the world!Starbucks: one of the featured brews will be the Fair Trade Italian Roast.Carytown Teas: tea sampling; all teas are Fair Trade

Dunkin’ Donuts: selling lattes made with Fair Trade espresso.

The Artisans Shop: TBA

Franklin Goose: List of Fair Trade items & special display

Alternatives: artist demonstration; items in store are fair trade.

Carytown Bistro: Fair Trade Coffee to buy

Ten Thousand Villages: World Fair Trade Day Photobooth, all items in store are fair trade.

World of Mirth: special display of fair trade items

Capital Coffee and Desserts: selling fair trade coffee

Bev’s Homemade Ice Cream: especially for this day, making icecream with fair trade vanilla.

Also stop by these businesses that carry select Fair Trade products: 7-Eleven (Ben & Jerry’s ice cream), Kroger, Martin’s Food Market, Fresh Market, & For the Love of Chocolate (select chocolate brands). More info about the event here: https://www.facebook.com/HalcyonVintage?fref=ts

Thrift Crawl with Sydney of Chic Stripes This Saturday!!

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Love shopping? Do you especially like thrift shopping?? Well check out this awesome thrifiting event hosted by Sydney of Chic Stripes this Saturday May 11th:

Message from Sydney: Like most of you all, I love thrifting and find it’s 10x better to do it with fellow thrifters! The Group Shop Events are simple: we have a set itinerary of a few different thrift or 2nd hand stores that are grouped relatively close together and are similar in the type of store they are (thrift, consignment, etc). We meet up at the first, shop, head to the next, and shop some more! As needed/wanted, I encourage carpooling as it’s not only eco-conscious, but you can get to know your fellow thrifters.

This trip will feature 3 City Thrift Stores and I’ll be on hand to give style/consulting advice, as will all of the other fabulous fashion bloggers, of course. 😉 See below for all the details!

Date: Saturday, May 11, 2013
Time: 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Locations: City Trip – Fantastic Thrift, The Clothes Rack, Diversity Thrift
Met Up Place: Fantastic Thrift, Richmond, VA @ 1:30 PM
RSVP:  chicstripes@gmail.com

Tuesdays Top Ten: Week 17

TOP 10 WEEK 17

This weeks top ten includes some beauty advice and trends, some great outfit posts, local event info and more!! Also check out the post by new member Tiny Pockets!!!

Barclay Inc: Dolls In The City “The Experience” Tour

Bright, Bold & Beautiful: Build Your Brand

Chic Stripes: Friday Chic: Blues

Fashionable Flavors: Beauty Tip: Aqua Liner

Her Late Night Cravings: Mothers Day Gift Guide

Kennedy Holmes: The Living Room

Manology Fashion: Top 13 Looks Of Met Gala 2013

RVA Fashion Girl: Hair Chop

* NEW MEMBER* Tiny Pockets: Covergirl’s Clump Crusher vs. Maybelline Colossal XXL

Vision Venom: Clean Your Face with Into The Gloss

 

Sunday Spotlight: Whitney Jones of Worthy Style

Blog Name: WorthyStyle

Blog URL: www.worthystyle.com

Your name: Whitney Jones

Facebook: facebook.com/worthystyle

Twitter: twitter.com/WorthyStyle

Instagram name: instagram.com/WorthyStyle

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Where are you located? Goochland, VA

Tell us a little about yourself: I grew up in Rockbridge County, VA – over in the mountains – on a beautiful farm. My Dad is an executive for a Fortune 500 company and he has always been meticulous about his appearance for work. My Mom was in the fashion industry for 30 years, she ran a boutique in Buckhead, a wealthy suburb of Atlanta for years, and when she returned to Virginia she started to work for different fashion companies.

I am really close to my parents, we talk all the time, so when I talk about myself, I feel like I have to discuss them as well as they are so much a part of my identity. I have always loved fashion thanks to them. I have worn both of their vintage clothes throughout my life – Dad’s Levi denim jacket and wool plaid pants, Mom’s silk bow blouses and vintage clutch purses. They hand things off to me – as long as I ask – as they know I take care of them. Their pieces make my wardrobe look timeless and I can always pull something out on-trend without necessarily going to a boutique to buy it new (but that does not mean I don’t enjoy shopping!).

I went through a horrible awkward phase in middle and high school, and struggled with manic depression during my teen years. Writing has always been a way for me to make my life feel more balanced! When I was at Randolph-Macon for undergrad, I double-majored in Political Science and Environmental Studies, which required a lot of writing. Now that I am married, my husband encourages me to write more as my 9-5 job is a high-tension environment and he can tell I feel less stressed after writing for a few hours.

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When did you start your blog? I started working on my WorthyStyle blog back almost five years ago next week. I was still in college so it was a fun outlet for me. I had read that blogging was a popular thing, and it cracked me up as I was not new to the experience, just the latest platforms of it (Blogger, WordPress). I wanted to do something casual, nothing really full-time (as you can see in my archives, I write quite sparingly). I only write what I want to and things I actually care about. It is fun to look back because there are so many things I used to be interested in and they have fallen by the wayside in the past couple years (Lilly Pulitzer is not a full-time obsession now). I just have diverse tastes and enjoy sharing them with people! Finding like-minded people, globally, through blogging is a blast.

Why did you decide to start blogging? I started blogging when I was in high school – back when LiveJournal was the only forum for “blogging.” My boarding school actually made me delete my first ‘blog’ which was on LiveJournal from back in 2000. The most recent version of it is from 2003 or so. I wrote in that for years. It was a way for me to keep the phone bills down and to keep in touch with those boarding school boyfriends, classmates, and friends from summer camp. Remember, that was when AOL Instant Messenger was such a huge deal but you could lose yourself on it for hours. In contrast, a post on LiveJournal could reach out to everyone at once which was nice. That tapered off as my priorities changed, and I only used it for a creative outlet for more experimental writing as I got more mature.

My WorthyStyle blog is a lot more off-the-cuff and fun, although obviously if something serious happens in my life that I want to share with my readers I never hesitate in doing so! I just wanted a fun way to use some of my spare time.

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Where are your favorite places to shop in RVA? I actually worked at a Nordstrom in Maryland when I took a gap year off from college. I worked in the lingerie department and it really made me fall in love with being aware of your body as a woman and how what you wear underneath is a foundation for the rest of your wardrobe. So, I think Nordstrom at Short Pump, Derriere de Soie, Blythe at the Shoppes at Westgate, and Saks Fifth Avenue are my favorite places to shop here in RVA.

Top 3 favorite blogs to read? Her Late Night Cravings, Phi Phi’s Blog , and Cherries on the Hill .

How would you describe your personal style? I would say I am pretty classic… Ralph Lauren/Calvin Klein/Oscar de la Renta. I am quite hourglassy so I have a fair mix of WASP-y looks and 1940s/50s glamour for special events/evening. I go for suits and pencil skirts for work and then dresses and silk jersey for eveningwear. A skinny jean, pair of Fryes, and an oxford shirt are a favorite weekend wardrobe look.

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Who is your style inspiration? I am inspired by a mix between Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy, Katharine Hepburn, and Scarlett Johansson. All are style icons in their own way.

If you could give any advice to other bloggers what would it be? Firstly, make sure you mark your ‘brand’ and keep things consistent from Twitter to your blog name, that way if you are Google searched everything pulls up and it is you! Cheap Vista Print business cards are wonderful to have when speaking with stores and meeting up with other bloggers.

Also do not ever lose touch with who you are as an individual. Be sure to not give in to trying to make yourself more popular by writing about what everyone else is covering. Cover your interests, and your agenda. Find brands that respect that and go with it, eventually it will work in your favor (yes, it could take a few years)!