Buffalo State Runway 10

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This is the BIG YEAR for Buffalo State’s Runway Fashion Show!  Ten years is a huge milestone, and they are pulling out all of the stops for this one.

This year’s show is going to be held in the Sports Arena, a gigantic leap from their “smaller” shows of the past, and I’m so excited to see the designs this year.  Each year, the students have to design around a specific theme.  This year’s theme is Remember/Imagine.  This theme empowers the fashion students, both current and past, to remember where they’ve been and imagine what the future of fashion holds.  If you are curious about last year’s show, you can check out my post about Runway 9 HERE.

This year the Buffalo Blogging Network is the official sponsor of the Press Pit, and I am so thrilled to be working with the Runway 10 team!  We will have a bunch of bloggers from our network in the audience covering the show, so make sure to check out social media for a peek at the amazing designs!

Tickets are still available on their website, so make sure to get yours today and join us for a night of fun and fashion!

Locations: The Event

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People.  This is exciting.

A few weeks ago, I attended a pop-up creative party that was held at a local super artistic Airbnb in the city.  Local photographers and models were hanging out, listening to music provided by an awesome DJ and taking some killer photos.  The collaborations and connections that happened during this event were insane, and the vibe throughout the entire place was electric.

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This party sparked the creation of Locations.co, the brainchild of local photographers Brandon Lua, Ryan Kell, and Alexis Bandera.  According to their Facebook page, Locations is a new and exciting collaborative experience coming to Buffalo where models, photographers, stylists, and creatives of every industry are invited to mix, share, and bare witness to live photo shoots in unique settings.  Nothing like this has been done in Buffalo before, so this has been getting a LOT of attention.

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Their first event is being held at MES Lounge on April 9th.  Tickets can be purchased on their Eventbrite page and early bird pricing is on now through April 1st.  If you are planning on attending, definitely take advantage of that!

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I’m honored to be involved in such a groundbreaking event.  Follow the Locations Instagram account for updates.  We hope to see you there!

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Buffalo Black Book Magic Release Party

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It’s no shock to any of you that I go to a lot of events…and by a lot I mean a metric shit ton. You’ve seen me post about everything from art festivals to fashion shows to store openings.  I always say that if there is an event, any kind of event at all, GO TO IT!  It doesn’t matter if it might not seem of interest to you in that moment. Just go.  You never know who you will meet!  I’ve met some of the best people and really networked my ass off this way.

If there is one event in the city that you should definitely attend, it’s absolutely the upcoming Buffalo Black Book release party!  You might remember that I posted about the last party in September, and it was one of the most fun events that I’ve been to.  It also was the very first time that I connected with Elizabeth, the creator of the BBB.  Just a reminder that you can read her Nickel City Gritty interview HERE!

This party is celebrating the recent launch of their second issue Magic (still available to purchase on their website).  This issue is brilliant, and full of some of my favorite people!  If you are in Buffalo, near Buffalo, or just feel like coming to Buffalo for the weekend, join me at Hydraulic Hearth this Saturday to celebrate Elizabeth and Buffalo Black Book.  It’s going to be an awesome party!

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The 90’s Rise Again!

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Happy Halloween!

Remember the 90’s?  If you are in my age range (early 30’s ish) then you will probably deem the 90’s as the BEST DECADE EVER.  Seriously… the fashion, music, celebrity, movies, etc.  I’m so nostalgic right now it’s not even funny.

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This past weekend, Rise Collaborative threw a huge 90’s bash at The Waiting Room.  Of course, being the huge 90’s fanatic that I am, I was so excited to go!  Of course the problem was, what the heck do I wear?

Of course, my friend Angela and I had to bring the “As If!” realness and dress up as Cher and Dionne from Clueless.  Nicholas and Michael were two different versions of Forrest Gump.  I was actually surprised to see that there we a few of the “running” Gumps at the party… such a great costume idea!

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This was my first time at The Waiting Room and it was the perfect venue for this party. Even though the event sold out (yay!) I never felt like I was cramped or couldn’t move.  It was such a great crowd and everywhere you looked, everyone was dressed to kill and having an amazing time.

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We rocked out the entire night to the amazing Kurt & The Loders.  It was my first time seeing them live and the put on a fantastic show of the best 90’s alt songs including No Doubt, Smashing Pumpkins, and The Presidents of the United States of America.  So good!  Like I said, the 90’s was the BEST decade for music.

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On the second floor of the Waiting Room, DJ Crespo Beats got the entire room shaking their asses thanks to a little bit of Nelly and a little bit of Mystikal…yep, that happened and it was GLORIOUS.

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We had SO much fun and I really hope that Rise continues to keep the party going every year because I’ll definitely be there!

The 90’s definitely rise again!

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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!