Tuesday, July 24, 2012

All About Style: Wedges

Posted By on Tue, Jul 24, 2012 at 9:07 AM

Our resident StyleMayvin T. Strong brings another episode of All About Style, where she talks about the glory of wedges.

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Monday, July 23, 2012

Green Jeans Consignment hosts style battle

Posted By on Mon, Jul 23, 2012 at 12:57 PM


I am forever a fan of boxing. Yes, I know that's a little strange as a fashionista, but it's just something about getting in that ring that excites me. Then again, who doesn't love a good battle? Well, what about a fashion battle?

To launch the new location for Green Jeans Consignment sale in SouthPark, co-owners and sisters Cindy Williams and Dana Degan will host their very first "Style Challenge." It's a wonderful opportunity for three lucky stylists to raise awareness for their favorite charity as well as to show off their styling skills.

On Thursday, Aug. 2, just before the Green Jeans Consignment pre-sale begins, challenging stylists will be granted one hour to create a head-to-toe look for their models. The catch? The ensemble cannot cost more than $100. Shopping on a budget? Now that's my kind of shopping.

The lucky stylists for this "fashion battle," Christine Nelson (Simply Sassy), Marguerite Rupar (Doncaster Charlotte) and Whitley Hamlin (The Queen City Style) will rise to the challenge no doubt, as these ladies will have more than 20,000 items to choose from. I'm talking thousands of brand names on everything from shoes to accessories and dresses to, of course, jeans.

And, you can play a part in this "battle" too. It's time to pull out your judging pen: the Green Jeans fans will serve as the judges. The stylist with the most votes will win $100 toward the charity of her choice, and her model will be given the winning outfit. This is an event jam packed with fun, all while you shop and since it attracts over 1000 shoppers each season, it's one you certainly don't want to miss!

Southpark Green Jeans Consignment Event
Queens Sports Complex.
2229 Tyvola Road

Style Challenge:
Thursday, Aug. 2, 3 p.m.-4 p.m.

Shop the sale:
Friday, Aug. 3, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 4, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 5, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. (Most Items Will Be Half Price!!!)

T. Strong is a TV personality, personal stylist and fashion journalist who contributes commentary on Creative Loafing's Klepto blog in addition to writing for several other national media organizations. To learn more visit www.StyleMayvin.com or follow therealtstrong on Twitter.

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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Styleascope: Cancer

Posted By on Tue, Jul 17, 2012 at 11:05 AM

Cancer (June 21-July 21)

Styleascope is a lighthearted horoscope that puts a spotlight on local fashion. Believe it or not, Zodiac signs say a lot about a person. They speak to an individual's strengths, weaknesses, romantic attractions, values, desires and ... fashion sense? Yep! The stars can serve as a personal stylist, too. No sign is alike, so your wardrobes shouldn't be either. My aim is to blend fashion and the cosmos by providing a guide to show you what's in store at local boutiques (and why your sign is telling you to wear it). Instead of the runway, I'll use the stars as my guide. So, what's your sign?

Name: Amy Ingraham
Birthday: July 14
Age: 23
Do you read your horoscope? “I don’t go out of my way to read it ... My mom had my whole star chart made for me by an astrologist when I was a baby but none of the 'life events' have ever come true. I guess if it's written in the stars, I’ll rewrite it."

  • Jackie Rodney

The Cancer is definitely a feeler — possessing impressive intuition and strong emotions. Known for their big hearts, compassion and sensitive nature, Cancerians are also often prone to having mood swings.The crab can wake up introverted and shy yet by the end of the day, could be the life of the party. Fashionably, Cancers are known to literally wear their hearts on their sleeve. Thus, Cancerian fashion is forever changing. But more often than usual, the loyal Cancer will stick to their traditional style. In correlation with their traits, women Cancerians are drawn to feminine silhouettes with lots of soft detail. They also tend to stick to soft colors like silver, pearl white, cream and pastels. Because of their sentimental nature, they favor clothes that tell a story. If an article or accessory is vintage or handmade, it’s all the better in a Cancer’s eyes. Silver is the Cancer's metal, whereas pearls are their sunstones.

All pieces found at Lotus, 1111 Metropolitan Ave Suite 140

Blouse: $76
Shorts: $78
Shoes: $66
Earrings: $38
Bracelets: $46

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Monday, July 16, 2012

Move over Magic Mike: Save the Date for BRIEF! A Fete For Fashion

Posted By on Mon, Jul 16, 2012 at 11:32 AM

Magic Mike, move over. Ladies, save the date, clear your calendar, and grab your girlfriends. Promising “the hottest male underwear on the hottest male bodies,” BRIEF! A Fete for Fashion is back in the buff on Aug. 11.

BRIEF! is a male underwear/swimwear fashion show, paraded down the runway on fine specimens of male eye candy. Channing Tatum may have the moves, but BRIEF’s got the dudes. 24 of them, to be exact, all showing off down-there designs from Calvin Klein, Hugo Boss, Ralph Lauren and others.

  • http://clclt.com/klepto/archives/2010/09/01/show-me-the-underwear-at-brief-a-fete-for-fashion

Save your dollar bills and put it toward a greater cause. BRIEF! benefits the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. In years past, the event has raised more than $50,000 for Cystic Fibrosis. Now in its third year, Dan Mauney, the mastermind behind it all, hopes to exceed that amount and have even more in attendance.

Sponsors and donations of runway-ready underwear are being accepted, and VIP tickets are available for purchase. Here’s hoping the show isn’t brief as well. In anticipation of the upcoming event, here's a quick clip to get you hyped.

The event will be held Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012 at Extravaganza Depot, located on 1610 N. Tryon St.

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Friday, July 13, 2012

Backstage Vintage Summer Sale

Posted By on Fri, Jul 13, 2012 at 11:12 AM

The world is your stage, and all the men and women merely extras. If you tap to the beat of your own show tune, it’s time to dress the part. Backstage Unique Vintage Apparel, Costumes, & Antiques is holding their Sizzling Summer Sale this month. For the entire month of July, save up to 25 percent off selected merchandise.

Located on Central Avenue, this vintage haven houses flapper dresses, costume jewelry, and fabulous furs so you’re ready for your close up. For the dapper gentleman playing your main man, Backstage offers an array of bowties, military jackets, top hats and more.

  • http://clclt.com/klepto/archives/2012/02/01/backstage-opens-for-the-vintage-inspired

“The whole theme of Backstage is a tribute to the performing arts through vintage clothing, costumes, antiques and collectibles,” owner Judith Beverly Craycraft told CL when the store opened in January.

Whether Broadway or the big screen, or just to play dress up, Backstage Vintage Apparel is your one-stop shop back in time. Be sure to stop Backstage so you can save on your costume change before the month is up.

Backstage is located at 2005 Central Avenue, next to Tommy’s Pub.

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Thursday, July 12, 2012

Target taking It to the next level

Posted By on Thu, Jul 12, 2012 at 1:13 PM

As if it weren’t already hard enough to walk out of Target without spending money, the retail store recently announced the debut of a holiday collection, in collaboration with department store Neiman Marcus.

The partnership will feature 24 designers, among them Council of Fashion Designers of America sweethearts Brian Atwood, Diane von Furstenberg, Marc Jacobs, Proenza Schouler, and Tory Burch. The collaboration marks the finale of the CFDA’s 50th Anniversary celebration.

Target is no stranger to designer collaborations. Their GO International collection, launched over five years ago, has featured prominent designers at affordable prices. Erin Fetherston, Thakoon, Zac Posen and Rodarte have all offered their designs to the collection.

  • http://www.neimanmarcus.com/blog/womens/neiman-marcus-target

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Monday, July 9, 2012

Photo shoot: Men In COLOR!

Posted By on Mon, Jul 9, 2012 at 11:55 AM

Summer is in full gear, and while we agonize over (or take inspiration from, you choose) the latest Men In Black film in local theaters, we present to you, Men In Color. Those with both X and Y chromosomes, take note, as there are appropriate ways to add a little zing into your wardrobe outside of the black, blue and beige.


Army fatigue hat: Stylist's own.
All wardrobe: Social Status.
Sneakers, Model's own.


Straw hat: Stylist's own.
Bracelet: Model's own.
Wardrobe, Eyewear, Whistle Necklaces: Social Status.

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Thursday, July 5, 2012

All About Style: Checking out the new Blush Boutique

Posted By on Thu, Jul 5, 2012 at 1:08 PM


Have you been to one of the cutest new boutiques in Charlotte - Blush? Well, we have and even though the boutique owner was a little camera shy, we still got the exclusive. Our very own T. Strong for "All About Style" always gets her story.

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Friday, June 29, 2012

All About Style: A visit to Lipp Boutique

Posted By on Fri, Jun 29, 2012 at 9:36 AM

Lipp Boutique's first location opened in January this year, but we've got the scoop on a brand new location ... already! Can you say growing by leaps and bounds?

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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Wrist candy in the Queen City

Posted By on Thu, Jun 28, 2012 at 10:07 AM

The art of mixing and matching bracelets and watches is the trend of the moment for your wrist, with sizeable stacks gracing the arms of celebrities such as Mary-Kate Olsen and Lauren Conrad. The goal is to strike a balance between cleverly chosen and seemingly effortless, for a look that makes as much of a statement as your outfit but still seems like an afterthought.

Pastels and neons, though at opposite ends of the spectrum, are on point right now. Not into the colored denim trend, or too hesitant to try a flashy neon shirt? Adding a pop of color to a monochromatic wrist is a great way to introduce these colors into your wardrobe. Accessories are the best way to make a big update on your outfit, but a small impact on your wallet. Here's where you can build your stacks on stacks on stacks.


Francesca's Collections, in Blakeney or SouthPark Mall, is accessory overload. They carry the latest trends in jewelry, so you'll find it hard to stop stacking.

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