RVA Fashion Week Fall Fashion Weekend Oct. 24 & 25

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RVA Fashion Week will host it’s First Annual RVA Fashion Week Fall Fashion Weekend starting tomorrow, October 24th & 25th at Haxall Point. This 2 day event will showcase some of the best of Richmond’s local fashion designers, artists and jewelry designers.

Friday will be the Art and Jewelry Showcase at 7pm at Haxall Point where you will be able to view and purchase jewelry and art from local makers. In addition there will be a fashion show where RVAFW models will show the jewelry designers pieces. Jewelry designs by Surface, Brittanny Chanel Jewelry ,Styledentity, and Sassy Jones Boutqiue!! Stop by for a fabulous evening of art, cocktails and music. This event is FREE and open to the public.

The next event will be the highly anticipated Designer Show Saturday October 25th. Doors at 7p, show starts promptly at 8p, designers who will be showing their fall collections include:
– Angelia Cooper, Angelia’s Couture
– Markie Colden, PLV
– Nikki Fisher, Nkiba
– Ivy Stewart, Part 2 RVA
– Jevin Kinard, Child Rebel
– Corlette Dixon, Tough Cookie

Tickets for Saturday are $20 at the door and $15 in advance.

Check out rvafashionweek.com for more details.

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Meet The Maker Clare Vivier at Need Supply 4/4

1978729_10152001153465869_1351976690_nThis Friday from 7-9p Need Supply will host their 13th Meet the Maker event featuring LA based handbag designer Clare Vivier. Stop by to meet Clare Vivier, shop an exclusive Need x Clare Vivier clutch, and enjoy custom cocktails from Saison. To RSVP email clarevivier@needsupply.com

For more info check out Need’s blog: blog.needsupply.com/2014/03/21/meet-the-maker-clare-vivier

Saturday Spotlight: Kayci and Ali of Not So Billionaire Girls Club

Blog Name: Not So Billionaire Girls Club

Blog URL: notsobgc.blogspot.com

Your name: Kayci Graham and Ali Bolster

Facebook URL: facebook.com/notsobillionairegirlsclub

Instagram name: instagram.com/notsobgcunnamed-1

Where are you located? Richmond, VA

Tell us a little about yourself:

Kayci: As a fashion merchandising major, I aspire to be in fashion show production or own my own lingerie store. I have an obsession with online shopping…more like an addiction. A typical snapshot of my day would be me jamming out to Lana del Rey cuddled up with my laptop, working on our blog.

Ali: My athletic roots have made me the unique combination of fashionable and sporty. I often find myself torn between going to the gym and taking off my thoroughly planned outfit or socializing and displaying my creation for the remainder of the day. I also love to draw, paint, or simply create things.

unnamed-4When did you start your blog? January 2014

 Why did you decide to start blogging? We felt that a blog would be a good way to get our names out there and both demonstrate and practice our fashion-related talents. The blog was also a way for us to publish our creative styling techniques to the young fashion world.

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Where are your favorite places to shop in RVA? The two of us tend to vary in how we style items, but together our favorite places include American Apparel, Need Supply Co., and RVA thrift shops.

Top 3 favorite blogs to read?

Kayci: “…cos it’s The Bee’s Knees,” “River City Chic,” and “Song of Style

Ali: “Frsh Squeezed,” “Mr. Kate,” and “The BLVD Paradigm

How would you describe your personal style?

Kayci: Feminine grunge with a focus on intricate accessories.

Ali: Tomboy/androgynous, street style. sat spotWhat has been one of your favorite experiences blogging has lead to? The two of us were at a social event and a stranger began to express his admiration for us. We were puzzled at first until he identified us as the Not So Billionaire Girls. The fact that we were being recognized and acknowledged for our hard work meant a lot to us. We love our followers!!

If you could give any advice to other bloggers what would it be? You never know what you can do until you try! We always had the idea of a blog in the back of our minds but finally taking the initiative to create our vision was the biggest and most important step. Overcoming your fear of failure will always lead to success.

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RVAFW and Cinderella Dreams 2nd Annual Prom Dress Drive TONIGHT

1800373_10152007310359912_79172239_nHave an old prom dress or accessories that you no longer need and would like to donate? If so check out this great event TONIGHT Wednesday night, Feb. 26th, at F.W.Sullivans Canal Bar & Grille (1001 Haxall Point, Richmond, Virginia 23219) from 6-10p hosted by RVA Fashion Week in support of Cinderella Dreams!! Cinderella Dreams helps to “shoulder the financial burden of attending this formal event by providing gowns and accessories for free to any girl who, like Cinderella, needs help obtaining a gown for the ball.” Donate a dress or accessories and enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres, extended happy hour specials and be entered to win a VIP ticket to RVA Fashion Week 2014!!!

More info about the event here: www.rvafashionweek.com/calendar/cinderella-dreams-dress-drive

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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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!!!