Friday, July 24, 2015

Lauren Carlson of Question the Answer Launches New Jewelry Collection

Posted By on Fri, Jul 24, 2015 at 2:37 PM


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Memphis artist Lauren Carlson began her jewelry line Question the Answer in 2011 exploring materiality and creating artistic adornments with incredible detail. Lauren began hand painting skull pendants she shaped from wood and detailed with ink. A statement piece, she calls the “sugar skull,” can be considered her signature design after catching the attention of many in the local fashion community.

The name Question the Answer is her nod to material exploration as a means to unveil new perspectives. Continuing to question the answer, she has produced various collections of wood and metal - intricate yet simple in form. Now Lauren is launching a new collection using gemstones that is meant to be minimal as well as versatile.

“The gemstone collection is very minimal; simple pastel stones are set without any type of ornamentation or pattern. I really love the versatility of this type of design; it works for so many different women,” she says.

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Thursday, July 16, 2015

Beauty How To - Getting Nude (Lips That is)

Posted By on Thu, Jul 16, 2015 at 2:58 PM

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Today, makeup artist and hair stylist Jennifer Ralda shares her steps to getting lips appear nude. Specifically, how she got my naturally dark purplish lips to appear nude for the spring Style Sessions photo shoot a couple years ago. Ever since, I haven’t been able to craft the same finished look, unaware of a key step - applying foundation. By making the lips go understated, other features or highlights such as the smoky eye effect stand out without competition. 

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Thursday, July 9, 2015

Favorite Find - Boutonne Leather Laptop Case

Posted By on Thu, Jul 9, 2015 at 8:20 PM

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Protecting your high tech machinery inside this handmade rugged leather case will make a beautiful statement. This case by Boutonne, one of the lines carried by City & State, holds a 13 inch laptop precisely. Other sizes are designed for a 15 inch laptop or iPad. 

As I hold it like a clutch in the first photo, I imagine it would be used well beyond its design as a tech accessory.

Thanks to Steven at City & State for the first photo.

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Friday, June 26, 2015

Street Style - Keeping Cool at the Levitt Shell

Posted By on Fri, Jun 26, 2015 at 3:18 PM

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Last night's outdoor concert at the Levitt Shell drew in quite the crowd despite the sweltering heat. Embracing the Memphis summer with style are several locals who kept cool with lots of personal flair.  


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Friday, June 19, 2015

Fave Finds for An Outdoor Weekend

Posted By on Fri, Jun 19, 2015 at 3:19 PM

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There isn’t a shortage of outdoor activities in Memphis this weekend. Whether it’s celebrating Father’s Day at a camp-out or enjoying outdoor music at the Levitt Shell, the best things truly are not things, but the meaningful experiences we share with people we love. Objects we grow to love are those that enhance those experiences. With that in mind, here is another list of favorite finds that can easily become meaningful heirlooms, all brought to Memphis by City & State.

1. Hat made from recycled and salvaged materials by Yellow 108.
2. Tote by Yield Design Company, perfect for a trip to the farmer’s market then packed for a picnic.
3. Picnic blanket with leather strap by Pendleton. 
4. Skateboard by Salemtown Board Company. 

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Friday, June 12, 2015

A Look inside Oxn - A New Men's Clothing Store

Posted By on Fri, Jun 12, 2015 at 3:35 PM

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In an unexpected part of the South Main district, 4-foot tall white letters “OXN” cover the glass of a previously empty storefront to mark the presence of new men’s clothing and lifestyle store. Oxn was recently launched by Zac Woolfolk as part of MEMShop’s latest initiative to activate a portion of the proposed Heritage Trail route with small business retail on South Second Street.

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Friday, May 29, 2015

Moms with Style - Mother and Daughter Design Duo Myra and Elly Deyhle

Posted By on Fri, May 29, 2015 at 10:22 AM

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Style is more than just a look. it’s a demeanor.
My mom has taught me to treat not just my clients like royalty but everyone I encounter. “Be polite and cordial always. It’s a very small world, so you never know who you are going to work with again down the line."
- Elly Deyhle

About four years ago, Elly Deyhle launched her first collection of handbags using classic textiles designed by renown architects. When we featured her handbags in 2013, we touched on her influences from architecture and her mom’s role in the design. Today, we find out more about her greatest influence, her mom Myra, who essentially encouraged the leap into owning her own business.

“My mom is a huge part of my life! She is definitely my best friend and we talk every day. She really inspired me to work for myself; in fact she insisted! When I see something as a challenge or a problem she doesn’t see it that way, she always offers a great solution,” says Elly.

“I left my job in marketing/communications for the American Institute of Architects and people thought I was crazy. I knew I had to devote myself full time if I wanted to make this business successful. When I started selling products to boutiques for every yes I had two no's. However, I truly believed in the product and knew it could be successful. With every no I found a way to improve what I was doing and eventually turned no's into sales. My business is constantly evolving and it is so important to be open to change but also stay true to our original classic style.”

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Friday, May 15, 2015

Moms with Style - Alexandra Nicole and son Jack - The Ivory Closet

Posted By on Fri, May 15, 2015 at 6:05 PM

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Life hasn’t slowed down for Alexandra Nicole this past year after opening her third boutique in Memphis. Nope, not even close.

Since the Cedar Room opened in Harbor Town, Alexandra has styled the fashion spreads of Click Magazine, created an online store for The Ivory Closet, and launched her own lifestyle blog, while simultaneously working on a Masters degree and planning her wedding this spring, not forgetting probably the most significant addition to her life — baby Jack.

Even other working moms would want to know how she successfully does it all, and in this particular series, how she does it all while maintaining her sense of style.

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Friday, May 8, 2015

Meet the Artist Behind Vashti's Jewels - Q & A with Carole Manley

Posted By on Fri, May 8, 2015 at 4:18 PM

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If you’ve visited MUSE boutique downtown, you might have noticed a local line of handmade jewelry they feature – Vashti’s Jewels. In fact, a couple of the heirloom quality necklaces from that line were included in the Style Sessions Favorite Finds list earlier this year. Today, we have the pleasure of meeting the artist behind Vashti’s Jewels - Carole Manley. Carole’s attention to the jewels she incorporates, the decorative fasteners, and special crafting techniques are what make the pieces such great heirlooms.

See some of her current pieces below, perfect gift ideas for Mother's Day.

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Thursday, May 7, 2015

Moms with Style - Laura Boswell and daughter Leighton - Walking in Memphis in High Heels

Posted By on Thu, May 7, 2015 at 2:41 PM

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For Laura Boswell, author of the style blog Walking in Memphis in High Heels, the inevitable change is a positive one. As the first in the Moms with Style series this month, Laura shares her experience as a new mom while managing in the fun of fashion and life she’s always had.

Followers of her blog have been guided through Memphis by her warm smile that enhances her appeal as a pioneer of sorts, confidently exploring new trends. Candidly documenting her outfits during the week, readers get to discover real ways to enjoy the challenge of work wear. Her exploration of new trends begin to make work wear more chic and feminine.

Now a new mom to 6-month-old Leighton, Laura finds a way to incorporate comfort with style and, of course, includes baby in on the fun.

“I wear high heels most everyday, especially for work, but when I am out and about with Leighton (at the zoo for instance), I always pack a pair of sandals. I tend to go for rompers, jeans or shorts instead of dresses and skirts since I am bound to end up on the ground playing with Leighton at some point during the day.”

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Friday, May 1, 2015

Style Week with Vera Stanfield - Look 5 - On Stage with the Side Street Steppers

Posted By on Fri, May 1, 2015 at 2:05 PM

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Today, we go from the porch to the stage to spotlight Vera and the Side Street Steppers, a band she founded with her husband Christian. According to their website, their music hasn’t been easily described. They play music from a historically large range of time they used to describe as pre-war. They cover many genres — “blues, jazz, country, hokum, jug band, fiddle tunes, and more.” The chosen description in short is “Vintage Music.”

“Vintage Music is old music, but not just any old music. Vintage Music is timeless, as exciting to listen to today as it was when first performed. This is the music of America, of all the people who have come and gone and contributed a verse to our national song. Collectively, it tells the story of who we are and where we have been—what we have endured and how we got through.” — Excerpt from Side Street Steppers website.

Recalling Vera’s story about falling in love with this style of music through dancing, there seemed to be a connection to dance through the band name the Side Street Steppers.

“So it seems like almost all the bands who play this style of music have band names based on the formula 'The Something Something Something-ers.' For example, The Asylum Street Spankers, the Jake Leg Stompers, the California Feet Warmers, and the Cheap Suit Serenaders. So, since Christian and I met and love dancing, we took Steppers. And because this music is a little off the beaten path, we decided Side Street, as opposed to Main Street.” Vera confirms.

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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Style Week with Vera Stanfield - Look 4 with husband Christian

Posted By on Thu, Apr 30, 2015 at 3:09 PM

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Today, we finally meet Christian, get a look inside their home, and find out how many Trashy Diva outfits Vera actually owns. The butterfly dress worn in today’s series was originally owned by her friend Wendi Hardage, who worked at CrazyBeautiful. Vera explained that the older Trashy Diva dresses are very collectible and, as evidence of her obsession, has joined a Facebook community called Desperately Seeking Trashy Diva. Today’s dress is Trashy Diva, of course. The butterfly print is highly sought after.
“I love bold, happy prints — the busier, the better. And the bangles were given to me by Christian for Christmas. He gives seriously amazing gifts!” says Vera about her husband and bandmate.

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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Style Week with Vera Stanfield - Look 3 at Home - The Romper

Posted By on Wed, Apr 29, 2015 at 5:55 PM

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Today, Vera welcomes us to her home, explains what led her to Memphis, and how her collection of vintage clothes began. She has had a longtime love for classics and history, starting with her obsession with Egyptian culture as a little girl Huntsville, Alabama. In fact, she received her degree in Classics from the University of Alabama. She moved to Memphis the day she graduated in December of 2008, quickly decided after meeting her now husband and Memphian Christian Stanfield. “Love at first sight,” she confesses. (More about that story later.)

“I loved Memphis from the moment I got here. The city's musical history was a draw, but also Memphis is so alive today with all the revitalization projects and Choose 901 movement. There is so much culture here — culinary, music, art. I feel like there is so much to do here all the time that I can't possibly take advantage of all that this city has to offer.”

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Style Week with Vera Stanfield - Look 2 - Denim Overalls and Flannel

Posted By on Tue, Apr 28, 2015 at 1:39 PM

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"This look is sort of inspired by the Rosie the Riveter look of the 1940s working gal, what with the head scarf and sneakers and all."  -Vera

How wonderful that Vera describes this as her "dressed down" look. Even with denim overalls and flannel, she effortlessly keeps up a high level of style and creates a beautiful interpretation of Rosie the Riveter with the addition of the bomber jacket and bottle cap earrings.

Right across South Main from Red Velvet Vintage is Love Pop soda shop where Vera was grabbing a six-pack of assorted sodas to take to her family in Huntsville, Alabama, her hometown. 
"We did the same thing for them at Christmas, and it's becoming something of a tradition now whenever we visit."
And according to Vera, it was just a "happy coincidence" that she wore the bottle cap earrings to an old-fashioned soda pop shop. 

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Monday, April 27, 2015

Style Week with Vera Stanfield - Look 1

Posted By on Mon, Apr 27, 2015 at 3:15 PM

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Today, we're going to go back in time, literally and figuratively, to properly introduce you to Vera Stanfield, boutique manager of Red Velvet Vintage. Back in February, we featured a peek into Red Velvet and some of the vintage and vintage-inspired items they carry. Certainly a signature fixture of the boutique is Vera herself, dressed in vintage attire and completed with the perfect red lips. That day, she stood as the living example of the 1920s to 1950s era the boutique sought to honor. Saying that Vera dressed the part would be inaccurate.

"I get asked a lot if I really wear these clothes. If this is really me," Vera laughs. "It really is who I am." 

As mentioned before, she naturally became the boutique manager partly because she was one of Red Velvet owner Eryka Smith's best vintage clothing customers at CrazyBeautiful.

"My personal style philosophy is never to be afraid to mix retro and modern. I'm not a purist about vintage fashion. This outfit, for example, has the metallic silver and gold penny loafers - a great modern take on a classic style. I love true vintage pieces as well as vintage inspired new styles."

After learning this, it was hard to only feature Vera once in just one outfit. For the past two months, I've been photographing her around town, on stage with her band the Side Street Steppers, and at home with her bandmate/husband Christian. I have gotten to see that this is indeed the true Vera. So stay tuned this week as each day features another great outfit and a deeper look into her everyday life. 


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