Amanda Valentine/Margaret Ellis Jewelry

Amanda Valentine/Margaret Ellis Jewelry

If you're a fan of Project Runway you already know that my friend Amanda Valentine came oh-so-close to winning it all with her Fall 2014 collection. So close that the majority of viewers felt her designs should have garnered the grand prize. But Nashville knows a good thing when it sees it. Valentine has really found her point of view as a designer and her voice as one of Music City's creatives. She collaborated with fellow Nashvillian McLaine Richardson, owner of Margaret Ellis Jewelry, to create the Roman Holiday jewelry collection. 

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The Long Goodbye

The Long Goodbye

This is not the blog post I wanted to write today. It's the holiday season, and I want to help you get into the spirit and share all of the great Nashville-based goodies that should be on your wish-lists or under your trees. Instead, I'm cuddled up with my oldest dog, Sasha, watching her go through what appears to be the last stages of liver cancer. Praying that I won't lose her over the holidays (and knowing I likely will).

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Gothic Circus

Gothic Circus

I didn't don a costume for Halloween this year. Instead I dressed up for a very special event. It was a dark and stormy night - really, it was - perfect weather for the Gothic Circus sponsored by 12th & Broad and hosted by Abrasive Media.  A celebration of Nashville's growing community of circus artists, the evening's performances included "awe-inspiring aerialists, fire artists, burlesque dancers and graceful acrobatics— blended into narratives, creating a dramatic, sophisticated mash-up of theater, live performances and the body as art." 

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Any Old Iron Fashion Show

Any Old Iron Fashion Show

When you think of Nashville's fashion scene you don't necessarily think of punk. That is, not until now. British-born Andrew Clancey has relocated Any Old Iron, his punk-inspired UK designer clothing boutique, from the Big Apple to Music City. I'll bring you a feature on the store very soon. Right now I want to show you some highlights from Any Old Iron's debut fashion show in Nashville's East Ivy Mansion.

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Janska Clothing That Comforts

Janska Clothing That Comforts

Wouldn't it be great if you could find outerwear made right here in the USA that's as comfortable as it is stylish? Let me introduce you to Janska Clothing That Comforts. The premise is simple. Create vibrant, comfortable, disability-friendly clothing using classic lines and lightweight fabrics, and manufacture the entire line in America.  

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SUNNYbands Giveaway

SUNNYbands Giveaway

Have you ever met someone whose name suited them perfectly? Meet Sunny Fitz, creator of SUNNYbands. SUNNYbands are whimsical, beautiful headgear for any and every occasion you can imagine. Sunny is the quintessential example of the kind of creative trailblazers that are fueling the entrepreneurial environment in Nashville these days. Her one-of-a-kind hair accessories have graced red carpets, photo shoots, and fashion runways, and she's expanding her line to include crochet bands, hippie headbands, baby bands, dog collars, cat ties - did I mention she's forward-thinking?

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Gwynnie Bee

Gwynnie Bee

Have you heard of Gwynnie Bee - the clothing rental company that carries sizes 10-32 and lets you select garments to try for as long as you like? Gwynnie Bee has been on my radar for a while now. The concept of renting clothing for a monthly fee through the mail and then having the opportunity to buy pieces you love would be ideal for me and any woman who has time or transportation constraints. Last month I finally signed up for a 30-day free trial. Here are some of the highlights.

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Fall Fashion Bash

Fall Fashion Bash

A few months ago I was contacted by Sunny Fitz, owner and creator of  the Sunnyband empire. We've become fast friends, and I'll bring you and in-depth interview with her in a few weeks. I promise it'll be worth the wait, because Sunny and I are going to give you a chance to win one of her whimsical pieces. In the meantime, let's have a look at some of her fabulous headbands and fascinators. 

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World Cerebral Palsy Day

World Cerebral Palsy Day

I don't really talk about my disability very much, but October 1st is World Cerebral Palsy Day and October is Disability Awareness Month, so I'm going to address some disability-related issues all month long. Don't panic; I'm still going to write about fashion, and I'm going to link-up like crazy. In return, I ask that you indulge me by reading what I have to say (even though I know sometimes I don't get to reciprocate), sharing copiously, and commenting thoughtfully.

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Germantown Cafe

Germantown Cafe

Twice a year, Nashville Originals - a select group of eateries that belong to Music City's Independent Restaurant Association - participate in Restaurant Week. During that time they offer up exclusive menus at reduced prices to entice Nashvillians to visit and taste their wonderful food.

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