We all know that Nashville fashion encompasses so much more than five days in April. The 5th annual Elegant Ladies Spring Into Fashion Show took place last night at Rocketown. Elegant Ladies Foundation is a local non-profit whose mission includes assisting three deserving Tennessee high school graduating seniors with preparation from high school to college. Here are some highlights from the evening.Read More
It's been a little over three years since I started writing spashionista.com. Within that period of time the fashion-bloggersphere has expanded exponentially. That's not necessarily a good thing. Often bloggers get so caught up with the trendy, upscale aspects of fashion that they end up being exclusionists. It can be difficult to stay true to your message, especially if it garners a niche following that doesn't necessarily bring in the big numbers. I want to foster and empower every woman reading Spashionista to be confident in their beauty and exude their own sense of style. Because fashion is for every body.Read More
I generally don't post on the weekend but there's a fabulous event taking place in Nashville right now that I just had to share.
Yours truly and my better half had the honor of attending the preview gala for Art2Wear. Artists and artisans from all over the country presented their hand crafted jewelry, apparel, and accessories to be sold during the Grand Showcase today and tomorrow. We were treated to cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, serenaded by strolling musicians, and treated to an ever-changing runway of models wearing some of the items available for sale.
Not only did I get to peruse a myriad of truly gorgeous merchandise, I also spoke at length with many of the artists. Their skill and passion for their work really inspired me. The evening went by so quickly that it caught us by surprise when we literally shut the place down. In the coming weeks and months I will be introducing you to some of these wonderful people and talking about the uniquely beautiful things they create - all of which are meant to be worn.
In the meantime, if you live in the Middle Tennessee area I strongly encourage you to go and see the showcase for yourselves. It's being held at the Student Life Center on Vanderbilt campus, 310 25th Ave. S. from 10-6 today and 11-5 on Sunday. Tickets are $10 in advance and at the door. They can be purchased here.
I'll leave you with some of the video highlights from last night. You can expect many more photos, interviews, and vendor information in the future.
Linking up with BonBonRoseGirls for Monday Mingle.
Birthday cake, of course.
It's been a crazy week. I've technically been on vacation, but found myself dealing with important issues that I hadn't planned on for a good chunk of my time. My apologies to my fellow bloggers for my absence in reading your posts last week, but I was determined to have a little fun, too. After all, it was my birthday and I wanted to celebrate in style.
Here you see wardrobe elements I've always loved. Polka dots, low-cut, body conscious frocks, retro shoes and jewelry. What puts them out of my comfort zone is whether my beloved wardrobe choices still look good on my 50+ body.
I purchased the Mlle Gabrielle dress for less than $20 and had it altered to fit me perfectly. I know I'm very curvy and 20 years ago I would've availed myself of some serious control top action to try to look less round - but I am round and no longer feel compelled to hide it. The shoes are Chelsea Crew Sofia Mary Janes. My skull clutch from Shi is making a return appearance. The lavender pearl bracelet was a birthday gift, as was the turn-of-the-century amethyst necklace.
These photos were taken inside the beautiful Opryland Hotel where I was treated to a fabulous dinner by my better half. I think we look pretty good together, if I may say so myself. In the future I'll be sharing my strategy for healthy eating - but not today. No, not at all. On one's birthday it's only fitting to eat cake. Specifically, a humongous slice of dark chocolate layer cake no sane person would ever attempt to finish in one sitting.
Call me crazy; I didn't leave so much as a crumb on the plate.