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I’m going on tour?? // how to be truly happy :-)

One city after the next, hotel to hotel, getting to meet your fans all over America. The Jam Tour (also known as the Social Jam Tour) seemed like everything I wanted. It actually WAS everything I wanted. Especially getting to meet you guys. I’ve had the privilege of meeting some of you randomly in North Carolina, Georgia, and South Carolina. As much as I wanna travel to every city and every state FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE, I can’t. I was emailing back and forth with the tour manager, Ann, who’s the sweetest woman. This opportunity was everything I’d dreamed of. The Jam Tour has featured stars such as: Taylor Caniff who now has his OWN tour, Sammy Wilk who now spends his weekends with the Kardashians, and LohAnthony who starred on Jimmy Kimmel. The tour was created for young people who got their start on social media whether they’re singing, dancing, or maybe it’s just their presence. Starting in October they’re hitting Florida, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Chicago, Nashville the list keeps going.

As Ann asked me what cities I was interested in, my mind wandered to what I was ACTUALLY interested in. There’s so many goals I have, like teaching people about the bible. Traveling with my friends and my family. Getting to truly know myself. You get what you put into, so if I knew I wasn’t gonna put 100% into this tour then it wouldn’t be fair to myself to invest in it. As a new graduate I need to take time to expose & explore the world around me right now. It still sucks to see my friends I met online go on tour & getting to do all this cool stuff. Honestly, it was an honor to even be considered. But for future notice, if any of you guys ever wanna check it out I’ll put the link here.

I kinda just wanted to share my real life example for anyone who may be going through the same thing. Even though I don’t plan on spending my entire life in the same place, I know that the time will come but now’s just not that time. There’s gonna be so many things trying to distract you from what you want to do. ONLY YOU KNOW WHAT YOU WANT TO DO IN LIFE. All this awesome stuff is gonna happen but if it’s doesn’t go along with what you see in your life & your future, you can’t go along with it. You were blessed with the opportunity to do what ever you put your mind to. I needed someone to tell me that, so hopefully I can be that person for someone else. You are amazing & you are truly one of a kind. It sucks doing life, but it sucks a little less to have things & people in your life that make you genuinely happy.

“YOU ARE NOT STUCK.” -unknown

Summer 16′ Jewelry Must-Haves: Guest Writer

Hey guys! I’m insanely excited to introduce the gorgeous, the talented, my latest guest writer: Beth Pembrook. She’s an incredible freelance writer and a student in London. (You can contact her at bethany.pembrook@gmail.com and/or @bethanypembrook.) Can’t wait for you guys to read her article and fall in love with her as much as I did.


When it comes to buying jewelry, I’m a bit of an addict. I make purchase after purchase – because I see so much out there that I absolutely love! The problem is, I usually end up spending so much money on individual statement pieces and then hardly ever wearing them! That’s why this summer I decided to carefully pick of a few stand out pieces that I could wear day in, day out. I wanted styles that wouldn’t get bored of, but also that I could wear day and night.
If you’re keen on doing the same, here are a few tips I have for selecting for Summer 2016 Must-Haves.
Don’t over-do it with the Ear Bling

I am self-confessed earring addict. I have more pairs than I like the think about to be honest. But really, with so many styles and varieties out there – it’s hard not to be! So my advice for this summer is to not go overboard when buying yourself some new earrings. Select a pair that you can wear straight from the office to a festival somewhere, like these super cute Theo Fennell Yellow Gold Bee Earrings (which I’m obsessed with).

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Or these Topshop Tortoiseshell Semi Circle Earrings which really make a statement without going over the top.

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Go for a Dainty Necklace


Don’t get me wrong, I love a statement necklace as much as the next girl, but Summer 16’ is all about the more delicate neckwear. A dainty necklace can be worn every day, but will also add an extra sparkle to an evening outfit. They really are designed to look as good with a plain t-shirt as they do with a LBD. Take a look at this pretty rose gold hexagon twist necklace from River Island – a must have necklace for this summer in my opinion.

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Alternatively, a new trend I’ve seen around is to actually buy loose pendants, stones or diamonds online, in order to create your own unique necklace! You can get a rope chain, like this Rope Necklace from ASOS, for day/festival wear, and a gold or silver chain for more formal occasions – 2 necklaces in 1!

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Sterling Silver Rings

I for one have spent hundreds and hundreds of pounds in the past on statement rings that I’ve only worn a handful of times before they’ve turned my finders green – (yuck!). So my advice to you this summer is to go for the (slightly) more expensive sterling silver variety. These are still on budget, but will last a lot longer then any other costume jewelry. I love, love, love these stacking rings from Accessorize. They’re so cute and will go with ANY summer outfit – guaranteed.

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I hope these tips help you select the best pieces for you this summer. The general idea for this season is to get over the larger-than-life statement bauble earrings, and huge gem-stone rings, by downsizing for some prettier alternatives.

Featured Shop: “Ball Cap Shack” ft. Ayron Webb

So there’s this online shop from Florida called “Ball Cap Shack. I’m so excited to show you guys because I’ve been getting a lot of compliments on them & I think they’re super trendy! The shop is super lowkey & their hats are really chill, so I chose a model (Ayron Webb) who fit the aspect. You can check out the shop here.

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They don’t just have baseball caps, they also have beanies. You can get different colors and patterns while doing minor customizations!


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I received two “Do Nothing Club” hats: one in white and one in black (featured in pictures). You get the option of picking out the lettering and the colors. I also received a “Plain Green Camo” hat which is featured as well. The camo cap comes in pink as well and you can request your own lettering! I dropped some more pictures below & I hope you guys check it out! Much love xo

Style Appreciation Post: Cole Sprouse

Hey guys! This is my first Style Appreciation Post, but I plan on doing many more in the future 🙂 So, recently I’ve been seeing Cole Sprouse all over Twitter for his latest distinct style. Can we just take a minute to soak in the fact that even though Cole’s not doing any huge projects right now, he’s still taking the internet by storm.

If you don’t recognize the name, you’ll recognize the face. Cole & his brother played Zack and Cody on the hit Disney Channel show “The Suite Life of Zack and Cody”. Ladies and gentleman: welcome to my official Cole Sprouse appreciation post. Cole’s been combining vintage and modern trends to create the most chilling looks.

 

This is hands down one of Cole’s most popular photos. The way the overalls put the entire piece together inspires the shoes. Oxfords and loafers go great when you’re trying to create something vintage. If you look closely you can see the accessories: a ring on his thumb and a watch.

This is hands down one of Cole’s most popular photos. The way the overalls put the entire piece together inspires the shoes. Oxfords and loafers go great when you’re trying to create something vintage. If you look closely you can see the accessories: a ring on his thumb and a watch.

This is one of my favorites just because it looks like something right out of an old movie. I feel like Aubrey Hepburn could step right into the scene. Cole’s classic look includes a skinny suit but no accessories. If he did have accessories they’d probably take away from the “classic” vibe that’s going on. There’s another picture from this particular shoot where he leaves the button up unbuttoned, giving it a California feel.

This is one of my favorites just because it looks like something right out of an old movie. I feel like Aubrey Hepburn could step right into the scene. Cole’s classic look includes a skinny suit but no accessories. If he did have accessories they’d probably take away from the “classic” vibe that’s going on. There’s another picture from this particular shoot where he leaves the button up unbuttoned, giving it a California feel.

This next look was interesting because he pieced together a raw denim shirt with blue jeans. Cole is the first guy I’ve ever seen to pull this look off. Usually denim on denim comes off tacky but the way he matched it with the jacket comes together almost effortlessly.

This next look was interesting because he pieced together a raw denim shirt with blue jeans. Cole is the first guy I’ve ever seen to pull this look off. Usually denim on denim comes off tacky but the way he matched it with the jacket comes together almost effortlessly.

This. I saw this and LITERALLY sent it to like five of my friends. Cole's glasses are very peculiar. The aged look seems to be his best. I kinda got a young Leonardo Decaprio vibe.

This. I saw this and LITERALLY sent it to like five of my friends. Cole’s glasses are very peculiar. The aged look seems to be his best. I kinda got a young Leonardo DiCaprio vibe.

Well that’s all for my first Style Appreciation Post, but I’ll leave some pictures below. Thanks for reading guys! If you know of anyone you’d like to nominate for next time, please feel free to comment!

Sheen Magazine’s Legendary Weekend

During April 29th through May 1st, Sheen Magazine had their Legendary Weekend Event “Celebrating A Decade of Beauty Cultivation.” First off, I’d like to thank Sheen for letting me cover the event while being so accommodating to my aunt Ivy & I. I’d also like to thank Uber for getting us through Atlanta safely! If you don’t know what Uber is: download their safe app. No matter where you are, you can get a ride completely cashless. In fact, Joe Jones is an Uber driver in LA! Sign up with my invite code {mikaylah263ue} to get your first ride completely free!

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Ivy & I arrived to the Atlanta Marriott Marquis during the Women’s Panel. The popular hotel was packed! We pulled up to valet. Since there were so many people, the valet wasn’t able to accommodate us so we had to find a parking garage near the hotel. I’d done some research the night before and as it turns out, Mockingjay Part 1 & 2 were filmed right in the middle of the Atlanta Marriott Marquis. Anyway, when we walked in the panel was being hosted by Kim Chapman. Mrs. Chapman is the sole publisher of Sheen Magazine. There were some truly inspiring panelists, my favorite being Mushiya. If you haven’t heard of her, I STRONGLY encourage you to look her up. I recorded her entire speech word for word. To paraphrase, she has a TV show called Cutting it in the Atl. She brought out how she started her salon “The Damn Salon” with a comb, a chair, and a goal. her goal was to make natural hair beautiful. As she cleverly put it, don’t waste your time having a dream when you should be having a GOAL. The fashion icon definitely made her mark. I promise you this, she left everyone in that room inspired.

After the women’s panel came the men’s panel. Between the two, this one had the most celebrities. I had the priveledge of sitting front row. “What a Man Wants” was hosted by Sammi Haynes the editor & chief of Sheen. The panelists consisted of Christian Keyes (Saints & Sinners, Beauty and the Beast, Madea Goes to Jail, Diary of a Mad Black Women, etc), T.W. Dawson (motivational speaker, author), Pastor Adrian Davis, Tre Chapman (Chapman Founder Chair as well as Mrs. Chapman’s son) and Andre Braxton (Braxton Family Values, author). When I saw the pictures of the panelists I did an instant double take. I KNEW TRE CHAPMAN. I work at Banana Republic where he and his gorgeous girlfriend are two of our favorite customers. I had planned to go up to him after his panel, but I was surprised to see him appear right beside me! “You work at Banana Republic right?” I couldn’t believe he’d never brought up that his mother owned a magazine, but I realized that I never brought up I was a blogger. I’m always nervous when covering events, but the fact that I knew a familiar face settled my stomach. After the men’s panel I got to meet the rest of the panelists. All the women seemed to make a beeline for Christian Hayes. The highlight of that panel was after my selfie with Mr. Braxton. He asked for one of my business cards. While my aunt & I mingled, I received a few business cards myself. The creator of Lyne Cosmetics from lynecosmetics.com was so intriguing. She makes her own cosmetics and hires her own models. Her products have made celebrity appearances on Nickelodeon, participated in Ryan Seacreast giveaways, and were featured in the Water Mercedes Benz Fashion Show. A portion of each purchase is donated to end violence against women. Then, the CEO of Wrighteous Entertainment offered me his card. He manages not only his daughter, but many young actors/singers in the Atlanta area. Last but not least, Nelson-Merritt Productions. They’re an incredible photography & videography business that I encourage everyone to look in to. Especially since it’s wedding/graduation season.

The Men’s Panel

We called an Uber & headed to Lenox Square since we had a few hours before the Black Tie Gala started. The shopping mall was packed, but we managed to find everything we needed. I picked up a few graduation gifts & Ivy threw herself into the clothes. As I walked into Urban Outfitters, I checked my phone to find multiple text messages from a friend in Atlanta. I had known Beyonce was in the area because she had a concert at the Philips Arena the next day. Thanks to her, I discovered that it was rumored Beyonce was in Lenox at that exact moment. So I did what any fan would do. I got on Twitter… & as it turned out, the term “Lenox” was trending #1 worldwide because of the superstar. I still don’t know for sure if Beyonce was there while I was, but the fact that we shared the same city that day made all the difference.

As we Ubered back to the hotel, our driver passed the hotel drop off spot twice. I was so frustrated because the Gala was supposed to be the main event. Thankfully when we got to the red carpet, none of the honorees had arrived yet. I quickly found a spot in the mob of press. I was probably the only one who wasn’t from the Atlanta area. As the honorees started arriving, the commotion started getting bigger. Security was perched at each door while pressed workers rushed to get everyone in their seats. The honorees & special guests were Kelly Price (six time Grammy nominated singer), Margaret Avery (American actress & singer), Judge Glenda Hatchett (featured on The Tyra Banks Show, The View, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, CNN, etc), Renee Lawless (Tyler Perry’s The Have and the Have Nots), Angela Robinson (Tyler Perry’s The Have and Have Nots, Law and Order: SVU), Cocoa Brown (Ted 2, The People v. O.J. Simpson, Breaking Bad, The Single Moms Club, ER, Austin & Ally, The Arsenio Hall Show, etc), Towanda Braxton (Braxton Family Values, The Wendy Williams Show, BET Awards 2001, etc), Joseline Hernandez (Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta, BET Awards 2015), Jasmine Burke (Saints & Sinners, Ride Along, TVD, Meet the Browns, etc), and many more. The neat thing is, a couple days before the event, Margaret Avery commented on my Instagram picture. We had a small conversation, so when she arrived at the end of the red carpet I was so pumped to tell her who I was. Unfortunately, her manager whisked her away.


Most if not all of the special guests were located in Atlanta, although Sheen Magazine is located in Fountain Inn. The entire Gala was amazing. Under the dim of the lights and the shimmer of the dresses, I felt like I was under the stars. I’ll leave Sheen’s website here. They have events like fashion shows so often & I definitely encourage you guys to check them out. Until next time Atlanta!

“Fashion fades, only style remains the same.” – Coco Chanel

 

Simon’s VIP Shopper Night

 

I’ve been meaning to write this post for a while. I’m not sure if it’s procrastination or I’m still in shock. I’m so honored to have been invited to do a style session for Simon’s VIP Shopper Night. It wasn’t my first appearance as a writer but, it was my first time talking about what I love in front of all my wonderful friends and family. I picked “UrbanWear” as my theme because living in a small town, it’s what I see less of. Individuality.

I chose 3 models: Adayzha James, Alex Webb, and Kaylee Jeffries (Miss Young Teen Greer). They were kind enough to let me dress them up, huge thank you Banana Republic for the clothes. (You can explore their website here.) As we arrived, the velvet ropes were going up and the vendors were setting up.

Adayzha: Her gorgeous shaded black hat matched perfectly with the floral romper. The green army jacket fitted effortlessly with the brown belt fastened. When you’re thinking urban, green is definitely a must. If anyone could’ve rocked this outfit it was HER.

Kaylee: The first outfit that I chose for her was stunning, but she has such a radiant personality that we got more creative. Black and white stripes will NEVER disappoint. In fact, I think it was her idea. We threw a blue jean jacket over it to create the most amazing combination. Green pants? I think yes.

Alex: Alex’s look wasn’t very difficult. As much as I hate to admit it, guys usually rock the urban look without even trying. The pattern on the button-up coordinated along with the blue shorts and tan jacket. When you’re thinking urban, think solid colors with patterns.

 

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I’d like to thank Brave Relations, Simon Properties, and Banana Republic. Can’t wait until next time!

“Don’t be into trends. Don’t make fashion own you, but you decide what you are, what you want to express by the way you dress and the way to live.” —Gianni Versace

Menswear in the Women’s Closet: Guest Blogger

 

It’s my delight to introduce a guest blogger Paige Callahan of Locating LifeStylePaige is an artist, photographer, and fashionista. Although her specialty is fashion, she blogs about just about everything. She’s incredible and without further ado, here’s Paige!

By: Paige Callahan


 

Lately I’ve been really inspired by menswear, and the idea of women taking pieces from the mens section and wearing them on a day-to-day basis.Today we are going to break menswear into two categories: Casual & Dress. I’m going to give you a few images of the women I find inspiration in concerning menswear, talk a little about what they are wearing and how its menswear inspired, and give you all some tips on how to incorporate menswear into your wardrobe.

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Erykah

Erykah Badu and Zendaya Coleman are two current women that are rocking this style and they are the two we will be focussing on today. They each have a very different take on the style, and that’s why I chose them. While Erykah stays true to her funky, excessive but put-together style, Zendaya goes her more more streamline, smart, and street-chic approach. We’re going to start with looking at each of their takes on bringing casual menswear into the woman closet and then move right on into the semi-formal outfits!

Casual:
The star piece in this outfit I would have to say are the overalls. The piece itself gives for a more tomboy feel, and the distress adds to the relaxed vibe of the outfit. Like always Erykah’s accessories are a key piece in the outfit and a way she stays true to her style. The way she has layered necklaces that have a single piece on a more bulky chain feeds to the idea of a chain a man might wear. I think it’s important Erykah pulls her look together with a trench style coat and black high-healed booties. The red studded accessory at the top of the booties allows for a smooth transition between the contrasting footwear and denim overalls.
Pulling inspiration straight from a man’s closet, Zendaya is seen in this picture wearing a flat bill NY hat and a fitted white tank. She has also played on the distressed looking denim adding to the tomboy look. The black high-healed boots and trench are used here again to streamline the look for a more put together feel while staying relaxed. The gold hardware seen on her boots and her hoop earrings are more of a metal that would also be seen in the men’s fashion world.

 

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Dress: 
Once again Erykah has taken inspiration from menswear by styling a set of leather overalls with a fur cuff at the ankle, a streamlined trench, and the simple statement necklaces that could resemble a man’s chain. One of the new menswear pieces that stands out in this piece for me is the top-hat. This is something I have seen Erykah wear multiple times and she never fails to rock it. Her bold frames also add to the more masculine side of the outfit. The whole idea of limited color in her outfit is very reminiscent of what most guys are comfortable with in their own wardrobe.
Zendaya slayed this plaid two piece suit. It’s clear to her see the menswear inspiration in the outfit through the colors, patterns, and fact structure of the suit. By using a white t-shirt Zendaya was able to let her primary colored plaid set stand out even with her flashy gold accessories. I love how the tone of the metal accessories bring out the glow in her skin tone. The whole outfit works together in a way that creates a chic woman in power vibe while still being playful and young!.

Tips Styling Menswear
1.) Stay simple in regards to pattern, color, and accessories.
-Stick with earth tones and maybe a splash of reds and blues. Patterns should stay manly by wearing geometric prints such as plaid, and vertical and horizontal line. Accessories should also be simple and not have too much bling or color.
2.) Look for more classic pieces.
-Pieces such as a tapered trouser and a simple white tee can instantly create a blank menswear template for you to add your own touch too.
3.) Raid your dad’s closet.
-Finding inspiration in men around you is one of the best ways to find your own take on the menswear trend. Using pieces from your dad or brother’s closet makes for a great place to start trying things out.

Charleston Fashion Week: I sat across from Fern Mallis??

CHARLESTON FASHION WEEK WAS ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE. Huge thank you to the staff for providing our passes. On Saturday March 19th, I had the honor of covering this event with upcoming designer/close friend Makaila. You can check out her shop here and I’ll put her social media here. She’s also an upcoming photographer from Atlanta who kindly agreed to come along and photograph the event.

First of all, just being in Charleston was fascinating. Although it wasn’t my first trip, getting to explore on our own time was such a breathe of air. The palm trees gently brushed against a nearby Urban Outfitters, while the smell of food intoxicated the air. For those who don’t know, most of the movie The Notebook was actually filmed on King Street in Charleston. Plus, even though the fashion show was in Marion Square, we were walking distance from Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. Passing the church where so many innocent people were killed was eery, but inspiring. Just another addition to a life changing night.

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The Youngest Models of the Night

 

On arrival of the event, we headed to the media section to pick up our press passes. I was literally shaking with excitement. Fern Mallis was the lead judge of the show, who traveled all the way from New York. As Creator of New York Fashion week, she leads fashion shows worldwide including Miami, Los Angeles, and Moscow. Fern was a host of 92Y Fashion Icon series with guest such as Tom Ford, Marc Jacobs, and Dian von Furstenberg. She appeared on Project Runway, America’s Next Top Model, She’s Got the Look, and The Fashion Show. I actually read an article before the show from September. Fern was offered a front row seat at Kanye’s Yeezy Season 2 collection but Kanye was a little upset that she didn’t show up. You can read the article here.

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Makaila (right) and I

The lavishly furnished tents reeked of preparation for what lie ahead. Security guards and policeman surrounded the tents. There wasn’t a model in sight, just eager guests waiting to see what the designers had in store. (You can watch my video of the BELK tent here.) I arrived to my seat early. Sparking VOSS waters comfortably sat on each chair. The seats on my row were all labeled media. I was seated on the second row mid stage.

During the show countdown, I noticed a lot of commotion on the other side of the runway. It turned out, all the designers and special guests were right across from me. Including Andrea Serrano. She arrived in a stunning red dress, gracefully greeting the guests around her. Andrea wasn’t only a weekly judge, she’s a popular fashion blogger in the Charleston area. Not only did she do the costume shopping for Army Wives, she also worked with national brands such as Refinery 29, Williams Sonoma, Macy’s, QVC, Maybelline, Sony Records, and more. You can check out her blog here.

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Fern Mallis (middle) acting as Lead Judge

I was fortunate enough to acquire press passes to the Emerging Designer Competition. (You can watch my videos of the other lines hereherehere, and here.) Everyone’s lines were so unique but the one that really stood out to me, and apparently the judges as well, was Destani Hoffman’s line. She expressed her emotions in her pieces which were dark, leaving everyone hopelessly mesmerized. As the winner, she received $10,000 as well as an internship. You can see the clip of her line I got here.

After the show we skipped the after party and headed back to the hotel. Some locals informed us that even at such a late hour, most of the restaurants on King Street were still open. So we headed into a taco shop. Thankfully they had a vegetarian menu. On our way back to our car, I noticed there was a women behind us trying to get through. I moved to the side and she noticed my swag bag from the fashion show. “Were you guys at the show?” she asked. We explained that we were press and she introduced herself as ONE OF THE JUDGES. There we were. Walking down King Street with Karen Lee Grybowski. She served as the director of scouting for Wilhelmina, Pauline, and Elite Model Management, as well as traveled the globe looking for new faces. In 2009 she started the Karen Lee Group, a scouting firm that places models with amor agencies around the world. (You can check out her website here.)

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Andrea Serrano (left) and Karen Lee Grybowski (right)

As we walked down the dimly lit street, I jokingly asked her if Makaila and I had any chances at becoming models. She stopped in her tracks and immediately studied us. Although Makaila didn’t reach the height limit, she said that I had an interesting look but I needed to get in shape. She proceeded to give me her phone number and encouraged me to shoot her an email. I was dumbfounded.

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The BELK Tent

As we made our way to the car, tacos in one hand and swag bags in the other, we both silently knew that what we experienced that night was so rare. Everyone on that runway was stunning and I’ll never forget how fortunate I was to be in attendance.

“Clothes mean nothing until someone lives in them.” -Marc Jacobs