Saturday Spotlight: Amy of Tiny Pockets

Blog Name:  Tiny Pockets

Blog URL: http://tiny-pockets.blogspot.com

Your name: Amy

Facebook URL: https://www.facebook.com/TinyPockets

Twitter URL: http://wwww.twitter.com/amesplaza

Instagram name: http://www.instagram.com/amesplaza

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Where are you located? Richmond, VA (for now! I’m applying to grad school in the UK for the fall.)

Tell us a little about yourself: I have a BA in Creative Writing from Longwood University and moved to Richmond a year after graduation for a job. Right now, I work from home as a freelance writer so I have lots of time to play with makeup.

When did you start your blog? July 2013

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Why did you decide to start blogging? I started blogging about makeup because my boyfriend got tired of hearing me talk about makeup so I figured I’d just write it all down in a blog instead. I also wanted to create a blog that talked about buying tons of makeup and doing great makeup on a really small budget because while a lot of beauty bloggers do “drugstore makeup looks” every now and then, all of us can’t realistically spend $19 on a tube of lipstick (as much as I would love to be able to.)

Where are your favorite places to shop for makeup in RVA? Ulta, Target,  and Etsy. I’ve got my eye on some Indie brands on there that I’m DYING to try. I wish I could say somewhere a little trendier.

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Top 3 favorite blogs to read:

– My Subscription Addiction (mysubscriptionaddiction.com) makes me want to subscribe to all the beauty boxes ever.

– Essie Button (http://www.essiebutton.com/). I love her blog because of all of her product reviews. She also crossed the pond to the UK so I love seeing UK brands that I’ll be able to buy while I’m over there.

– A Beautiful Mess (http://www.abeautifulmess.com/) because I love their DIY ideas.

How would you describe your makeup style? I wear a lot of black and a lot of makeup. I’m currently obsessed with wearing bright/dark colored lipstick and bare eyes. I also cannot live without black liquid eyeliner.

If you could give any advice to other bloggers what would it be? Ha! Don’t stop blogging for 6 months at a time like I do. Whoops!

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Support Local Fashion: The Love This Airstream Shop

We love supporting the local fashion community so when we heard about this awesome local brand and what they were doing we knew we had to share. Love This was started by Amber Lantz and Rupa Singh and their goal is to sell unique and stylish products from socially conscious brands that create “fashion for good.” They currently sell their collection at festivals, corporate campuses, and Love This Gatherings (house parties) but with the help of an Indiegogo campaign they hope to raise enough money to expand their shop to a 1969 Airstream. To learn more about them and what they are doing and to donate check out their campaign here: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/love-this-airstream-shop

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Saturday Spotlight: Olivia Ruffin of All Those Little Things

Blog Name: All Those Little Things

Blog URL:  all-thoselittlethings.blogspot.com

Your name: Olivia Ruffin

Instagram name: @olivebarrett

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Where are you located? Richmond, VA of course!

Tell us a little about yourself: I am really into fashion (obviously), music, singing and such. I am a student who has a serious chocolate chip cookie addiction and obsession with all things glittery and gold!

When did you start your blog? About a year ago, December 26th, 2013 was my blogs first birthday! I made it a little video, it was fun.

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Why did you decide to start blogging? I started blogging when my friend showed me all of the fabulous blogs she followed, and I have always been in love with being both behind and in front of the camera, so I gave it a shot!

Where are your favorite places to shop in RVA? Hummm… I am a HUGE thriftaholic, so I’d say, any thrift store… I loved B-Sides, but sadly… they closed. I absolutely ADORE Rumors, they have such cool clothing! And it’s all vintage or second hand, and totally local.

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Favorite blogs to read?

  1. Bri from The Secret Life of Bee
  2. Keiko from Keiko Lynn
  3. Elsie and Emma from A Beautiful Mess
  4. Olivia Shutey from Olivia Taylor La Voyageuse

How would you describe your personal style? Always evolving. I move from quirky 1950’s girly, to grungy all black, oversized coats and Doc Martin’s, to super simple and comfortable, bohoesque… the list goes on for miles. It’s always changing! But I really love that, why stick to one “style” when there are so many options to explore especially when you know that it only matters to you what you look like… I don’t feel like I need to dress to impress others, because I dress for me, what makes me happy.

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What has been one of your favorite experiences blogging has lead to? Honestly, anything like this… When I can see that I actually have people looking at my blog and they want it to be published somewhere else. Like for instance, when I was asked to be a Teen Vogue fashion blogger, or a Lucky Magazine style consultant. I also just love getting comments, even if they are a simple, “cool!” or a descriptive, “wow I really like this, it reminds me of this one time when I…..” comments mean a lot to me.

If you could give any advice to other bloggers what would it be? I think probably just stay confident. Starting a blog can be tough, especially trying to get the word out and getting followers/viewers etc. Be creative and unafraid to try new and weird things. Honestly, while we are still staying semi-sane, the strange and unusual, yet cool and clever, spark peoples interests in taking a look! Most importantly have fun doing it! If you don’t love LOVE blogging… don’t blog, do something you really love, find your special thing.

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RVAFB Meetup at Ashby Wednesday October 9th

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It’s time for another meetup!!! The next meetup will be Wednesday, October 9th from 6:30p-8:30p at Ashby, 3010 W. Cary Street. Ashby is a resale and accessories store in Carytown primarily buying and selling gently used, trendy womens and menswear. They sell second hand clothing, shoes and accessories and new jewelry and accessories all mostly under $30. All RVAFB members as well as any other RVA fashion, beauty or lifestyle bloggers who would like to join the group are invited. Stop by for some networking, after hours shopping and refreshments. Please RVSP to rvafashionbloggers@gmail.com.

4 Fashion Events this Thursday 09/26

There are 4 fall fashion events happening this Thursday that would be great for RVAFB members to attend!! Details below:

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Elieen Fisher Fall Fashion Preview:

Time: 6-8p

Where: Saks Fifth Avenue in Stony Point Fashion Park, 9214 Stony Point Parkway

What: Check out Eileen Fisher’s Fall 2013 line during a fashion presentation at Saks starting at 6p and meet InStyle National Correspondant, Tai Beauchamp. Seating is limited so please RSVP to RichmondRSVP@saks.com or call 804.320.6960 ext 5328. to make a reservation.

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Carytown Fashion Feeds The Byrd:

Time: 6-8:30p

Where: The Byrd Theater, 2908 West Cary Street

What: The Carytown Merchant Association will host Carytown Fashion Feeds the Byrd (CFFB), a fashion show set to celebrate the glamorous history of the Byrd Theatre Foundation. Carytown boutiques, Bygones Vintage Clothing, Champagne & Shoes, Pink, Lex’s Of Carytown, Fab’rik Carytown, Alternatives Boutique Carytown, West Coast Kix, The Artisans Shops, Eurotrash Carytown, and GlassBoat will showcase vintage and modern looks. Seating is limited so visit http://www.showclix.com/event/CarytownFashionFeedstheByrd/tag/online to buy tickets.

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Fashion Lovers and Bloggers Party Hosted by Baggio:

Time: 6p-8p

Where: Baggio, 9734 Gayton Road

What: Baggio Consignment is hosting an after hours party for bloggers and fashion lovers! You will be able to shop for the latest in fall fashion and enjoy light refreshments. Please RSVP here: http://www.evite.com/event/03A266NL6YZJYINMIEPDCPYOR24GYA

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RAW Fashion Showcase:

Time: 7p-12a

Where: Canal Club, 1545 East Cary Street

What: RAW:natural born artists is an international independent arts organization that hand-selects and spotlights independent creatives in visual art, film, fashion, music, hair & makeup artistry, photography, models and performing art. RAW events are multi-faceted artistic showcases, and each event features a film screening, musical performance, fashion show, art gallery, performance art and a featured hairstylist and makeup artist. These artists are all local, hand-picked talent who have been chosen to feature at RAW. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. More info here: http://www.rawartists.org/richmond/translations

Tuesdays Top Ten: Week 30

tt 30This weeks top ten includes some great fall looks, some local event coverage and announcements, a thrift haul and more!! Check out the posts below:

Bailey Jo: Sheer Panel Dress

Chic Stripes: Monday Chic: Urban

Cobblestone Couture: Ledbury Pop-Up Coming to Stony Point

Glitter in my Latte: 2nd Hand First Project Outfit

Hole in Jean Pocket: Toro, Toro! BULLdozing All Doubt

Joanna Avant: INTERPRETING A TREND: WINTER WHITE

Lilly Rose: Thrift Haul from Diversity Thrift, Second Debut, and Ashby

River City Fashion Uprising: Steven Alan Debuts Fall 2013 Collection at Need Supply Co.

RVA Fashion Girl: New Do’

The Wanderful Life: Updating Your Wardrobe

Tuesdays Top Ten: Week 29

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This weeks top 10 features some gorgeous outfit posts, a couple fall trend previews, some DIY nail design tips and more!!! Check out the line up below:

Barclay Inc: Von Vonni Transformer Dress

Classy Ladies: Back-To-School Cool : Kelly Weems

Emily Hudsepth: How to DIY Cool Nail Art

Fizz and Frosting: Three Ways to Wear a Maxi Dress

Joanna Avant: TRANSITION: 5 WAYS TO MAKE SUMMER ITEMS WORK FOR FALL

Kennedy Holmes: H&M and me

Lilly Rose: Celebrity Look for Less

Notorious Styles: Are you READY!!!!!!!……By Chynesha

Skirt Boutique: Take your maxi skirt to work day

Virtual Mutt: In the 212

Ledbury Sample Sale Today thru Sunday!!!

Starting today and through Saturday from 12p-5p, Ledbury will be hosting a sample sale featuring one-off shirts, the last of discontinued styles and other treasures.  Shoppers can expect to find a multitude of shirts, some accessories including ties and socks, as well as a limited number of blazers.  Prices will be low so make sure you get there early to have access to the best selection!!! Don’t miss this awesome sale event!!
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Saturday Spotlight: Courtney Skunda of Cobblestone Couture

Blog Name: Cobblestone Couture

Blog URLwww.cobblestonecouture.com

Your name: Courtney Skunda

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/CobblestoneCouture

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/cobblecouture

Instagram: http://instagram.com/cobblestonecouture

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/cobblecouture/

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Where are you located?  Richmond, VA

Tell us a little about yourself: I have been in PR and Community Relations in RVA for over 10 years now.  I am currently the Director of Community Relations and Communications for the Virginia BioTechnology Research Park.  I also work for a company called The Nearby, based out of Charlotte and do freelance writing for various publications around town.

When did you start your blog? 2009

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Why did you decide to start blogging? My friends in PR urged me to start the blog back in 2009 because there wasn’t much in the way of a fashion blog community in RVA.  That has changed tremendously, especially because of the students coming out of the Fashion and Merchandising program at Virginia Commonwealth University.  I was also incredibly tired of writing science, health and biotech articles all day for work and needed a creative outlet.  So, Cobblestone Couture was born one weekend during a winter snow storm.

Where are your favorite places to shop in RVA? There are so many! I like Roan, The Shoebox, Pink, Wardrobe Richmond, Ruth and Ollie and Fraiche.

Top 3 favorite blogs to read? The Cut Blog, Capitol Store Blog and Atlantic Pacific.

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How would you describe your personal style? Big.  Everything is oversized.  The dresses, the bags, the accessories.  I am extremely petite and small and I feel like I try to compensate for that with my clothes.  I love a long dress or caftan.  The bigger the bag the better.  The larger the jewelry, I say go for it.  And I never wear a flat…ever.

Who is your style inspiration? Rachel Zoe, Lee Radziwill, Stevie Nicks, and the Olsen Twins.

What has been one of your favorite experiences blogging has lead to? My blog has actually lead me to a really cool part time job working for someone that I really admire.  I have been a huge fan for many years of Laura Vinroot Poole.  Laura has literally transformed the fashion scene in Charlotte, NC.  She owns two stores, Capitol and Poole Shop.  They are known all over the US and Laura is known all over the world for her fashion sense.  She and her team recently found me through my blog and references to work on a new cool ecommerce app called The Nearby.  It allows you to shop local boutiques all around the US from your iPhone.  It helps promote the entrepreneur or small business owner.  I’m really excited to be working with her and the Nearby team.

shoesIf you could give any advice to other bloggers what would it be? Write what you’re good at, not what you think people want to read.  I struggled with that at first.  Everyone wanted me to write “Look for Less” posts or “What to Wear to Work” articles.  But, that’s not me.  I write about my ridiculous obsessions with high fashion and couture.  I also write about my travels and what’s inspiring me, music or otherwise.  I try to stay true to who I am.

Pop Up Shop Featuring RVA Locals Ledbury and Shockoe Denim TONIGHT!!

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Today, Friday August 2nd, and tomorrow, Saturday August 3rd check out the “High Water Pop Up Shop” featuring goods from Shockoe Denim, The Odd Couple, Release the Hounds, and Steady Sounds hosted by Black Iris. The shop will feature Ledbury shirts and accessories, jeans from Shockoe Denim, vinyl from Steady Sounds, and furniture and other goods from The Odd Couple. Black Iris Gallery is located at 321 W. Broad St. and the shop will be open from 5-10pm on Friday and 12-5pm on Saturday. Stop by and support RVA fashion!!!