Memphis College of Art students turn typical apartments into stylish living spaces for the “ReStore for More” design contest. A collaboration between the Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis ReStore, The Venue Apartments, and Memphis College of Art, the contest features three teams tasked with creating the best redesign of a 1-bedroom apartment in Midtown's The Venue Apartments. They were asked to use pieces from the Habitat ReStore and even build their own furniture and built-ins with reclaimed material. With a tight budget of $650, the students learned hands-on how to be creative in a real-world environment.
The last open house is tonight from 4-7pm where you can tour the 3 redesigned apartments and cast your vote to help the students win cash prizes and a chance to live in their winning space rent-free for 6 months. First, let's introduce the teams.
"I started the kind of fashion blog that wasn't out there yet and the blog I wanted women like me to have." — Bekah McDuffie
When Memphis blogger Bekah McDuffie gave her style tips and forecasts in the New Year post, she keyed in on patterns and experimentation, so her outfit for this Style Session is quite fitting.
Readers of her style blog Matters of Merrymaking know she has no fear of color or bold patterns. They may not be able to tell, though, that in person she stands a good 6 feet tall, yet has a very soft and well, merry, exuberance.
"When I walk into a room, I stand out already so why not stand out in a good way?" she says.
As a self-confessed "blogging rarity," she understands how to be fashionable on a budget and how to dress a full figure with confidence. Posting at least twice a week, Bekah affectionately refers to her readers as her little chickens, and lets them in on her life as an aspiring stylist and as a single young woman living in a city she loves. Peer in and see her day-to-day outfits, style finds, and fashion giveaways. You'll be charmed.
Dress, ASOS. Tights, We Love Colors. Shoes, Barefoot Tess. Clutch, Navoh. Necklace, Dots. Rings, Silpada. Bracelet, gift.
Bar Louie and Overton Square.
After moving from the North Chicago suburbs 8 years ago, Charlisha Renata has quietly made her mark in the Memphis fashion world. Beginning as a model, Charlisha soon found a fascination with the other side of the lens shooting fashion and portrait photography. Her keen eye and innate sense of style then led her to pursue a fashion merchandizing degree from the University of Memphis. She then began Memphis Fashion Group, her PR firm focused on promoting local emerging designers and retailers in the fashion industry locally and globally.
“Memphis fashion isn’t different from other cities. Our talent can be and is as good as New York City designers,” she says. Her list of Memphis talent and designers to watch include Prep Curry, Terial Lee, and Derrick Gooden of Urbandel.
“I want to build Harbor Town as a daytime destination.” — Alexandra Rushing
When the former Rando Salon space next to the Ivory Closet became available, Alexandra Rushing seized the opportunity to convert the 1,300-square-foot space into two new retail concepts that catered to both residents and visitors on Mud Island. The front half facing Harbor Town Square would become The Cedar Room, a men’s apparel and accessories shop. The back half would become the satellite location for Pageboy Salon providing cuts and styles for both men and women by owners April Rankin and Rod Henson and make-up by none other than Alexandra herself.
Looking back at all the style sessions this past year, I'm struck by how every person I highlighted elevated the topic of style. Their personal style confidently embraced their identity, and their optimistic outlook on style often reflected their outlook on life, which for me became very inspiring. I’m grateful to have gotten to meet them, and it’s truly a pleasure to be able to showcase them to all of Memphis.
In the New Year, I want to build on that dialogue and connect further, so I've invited a few of Memphis' most avid style bloggers to share their advice to take into 2014.