Personal Style: Weekend Casual

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Since my job is in retail marketing, generally during the work week I like to dress up…like really dress up.  Like 90% of the time I look like a walking Kate Spade bag.  In a complete turn of events, on the weekends I like to dress like an angsty teenage boy- some form of black skinny jeans, a graphic tee, and a jacket.  Probably all black and with some form of camo thrown in.

That’s the look that we have here.  My trusty LOFT jeans, Rise Collaborative tee, Express camo jacket, and black booties.

But this post isn’t as much about my emo outfit as it is about this stunning mural.

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This mural was a partnership between the Buffalo Center for Arts and Technology and the Albright-Knox Art Gallery located on Main Street in Buffalo. Students in the art program collaborated with well-known Brooklyn muralist Alice Mizrachi to create this colorful masterpiece that reflects Buffalo’s ongoing revival and nods to the Harlem Renaissance of the early 20th century. (source)

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Check out this mural as well as other pieces of public art on my Buffalo Public Art page, where I roam around the city, take photos of beautiful art pieces, and post their locations so you can check them out for yourself!

Queen City Fashion Week: The Designer Show

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Check out my post on the Boutique Show HERE!

After the Boutique Show and a short intermission, the Queen City Fashion Week Designer Show was ready to begin.  The designers included B Layne, Vingt Cinq Rashaad, Noey Sunday, Dovi & Girls, Anna Dusza, Bureau and Franci Jewelry.  I absolutely loved that all of the designers showcased were local.  This is just a testament to all of the incredible talent that we have in this city!

Before I get into the beautiful fashions, I just have to give a shoutout to the emcee of the evening, Crista Botticello-Cimino.  She was the perfect person to do the job as she has a long history of being in the Buffalo fashion industry.  She looked gorgeous and did a fantastic job!

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Now, the moment that you’ve all been waiting for…here are some of my favorite looks from the designer portion of the evening!

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Insane, right?  Now you see just how incredibly talented these Buffalo designers are!  I loved all of the pieces, but I was DYING over that maroon coat from Bureau…I would wear that in a heartbeat.  Also, all of Franci Jewelry’s pieces were so stunning.  I would rock any of those with a sleek black dress.  SO GOOD.

Thank you again, Rachel and the Queen City Fashion Week team for having me at the event.  I am so impressed with both shows and I can’t wait until next year’s event!

Queen City Fashion Week: The Boutique Show

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No matter how many local fashion shows that I attend, large or small, each and every one makes me so excited to be a part of something huge in this city.  Generally when someone thinks of Buffalo, fashion is not the first thing that comes to mind.  Well, I am proud to be a witness to the explosion of the fashion industry in Buffalo, and the main runway show at Queen City Fashion Week showcased this beautifully.

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With the help of their amazing team, Queen City Fashion Week was the made possible by Rick Warne and Rachel Good.  After a few years without a fashion week, this was just the thing that Buffalo needed to showcase some of the incredible boutiques and talent that this city holds.

The show was held at The Foundry Suites on Elmwood. It’s such a beautiful location…I’ve been there a few times and it was the perfect space for this event. The mixture of the industrial ceiling, the beautiful lighting and stunning clothing created the perfect fashion storm.

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There were two parts to the show:  The Boutique Showcase and The Designer Showcase.  The Boutique Showcase included Atelier, Blush, Second Chic, Village Designs, Turnstyle, Visualeyes, and Half & Half.  Here are some photos of my favorite looks from the Boutique Show!

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Major props to all of these wonderful boutiques for putting together these looks!  If you enjoyed these fashions, stay tuned to my next post where I will be showcasing the incredible designers whose looks graced the runway…you are going to be impressed!

Queen City Fashion Week 2016

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I’m excited to say that after a few year’s hiatus, Fashion Week is BACK in Buffalo!  Last time Buffalo hosted their own Fashion Week was 2013…you can read one of my posts about the main runway show HERE!  Still one of my favorite events to date so I am hoping that this year’s will be just as exciting!

Queen City Fashion Week 2016 started this past Sunday with the Coronation Photoshoot, and the next event is happening tonight.  Join us at the For the Love of Fashion Industry Mixer at 6pm at the Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum.  There will be food, drinks, and some great speakers.

The Crown Runway Show is the main event which is happening on Thursday.  Tickets are still available and can be purchased HERE.  If you are interested in the fashion scene in Buffalo, you definitely won’t want to miss this show.  They have some amazing shops and designers lined up to show some of their best looks!

I’ll be at both events, so if you see me, stop me and say hayyyyyy!

The Buffalo Blogging Network

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I started my blog in February of 2013.  I was working a job that wasn’t really my thing, didn’t have a lot of hobbies, and was in a bit of a funk and didn’t know how to get out.  At that time I was reading a lot of blogs, mainly fashion & lifestyle blog, and was hit with an idea- what’s stopping me from creating my own blog?  I had a lot that I felt I could share with the public:  recipes, fashion and styling tips, and beautiful photos and stories about this amazing city that I call home.

I did a bit of searching and found that Buffalo did not have a lot of bloggers, which made me want to start my own even more.  So I decided on a name, decided on a platform, but then had to decide what the heck I wanted to write about.  I had initially thought that it would be fun to do a straight fashion blog, but I had so much more that I wanted to talk about, like a bomb ass recipe for blueberry pie or specific events happening in the city.  Finally, after a lot of thinking, the life & style blog Nickel City Pretty was born.

I thought that this blog was just going to be a little bit of a hobby, and that pretty much only my friends & family would be reading it.  Little did I know that blogging would change my life.  I’ve made some incredible friends and worked with some amazing businesses and even was hired to work at my dream job….all from my teeny little blog!

Over the years, I’ve noticed that so many more blogs are popping up in Buffalo.  Whether it be fashion, food, or travel, people have something to say and it’s exciting.  Most recently I had an idea to create a hub for Western New York bloggers and social media influencers where we could all come together and share ideas, projects that we are working on, and form friendships with one another.  See, the thing that I love most about Buffalo isn’t the wings or Shark Girl or Canalside, it’s the sense of community and love that everyone has for each other.  It’s not a competition to see who can have the biggest blog, it’s the mutual love for what we do and for our city which brings us together.

This past August I decided to start the Buffalo Blogging Network.  If you visit the site, you will find a “Bloggers” tab at the top of the page which lists all of the bloggers which I either have known about or who have shown interest in joining the network.  Right now we are over 30 bloggers strong and counting.  I never could have ever imagined that our community would be this large, and new bloggers are reaching out to me all the time to join the BBN.  We had our first meeting last week and it was amazing to see all of these creative minds joining forces and starting friendships.  I have to give major props to Ashley from Morning Glory and Jessica from Tracing Paper for running the Buffalo Bloggers Facebook page…the three of us make a great team!

If you are interested in learning more about Buffalo or the BBN, please check out our website and all of the great bloggers listed.  We are all different and that’s so important. I can’t wait until our next meetup and all of the exciting things that we will be doing in the future!