Friday, May 6, 2016

Spring Moods and A Salute to Motherhood

Posted By on Fri, May 6, 2016 at 7:40 PM

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This past week has been bittersweet as I assemble this spread for my final Style Sessions post. Choosing to say farewell to this endeavor has developed from shifting priorities and reflecting on life as a whole.

Over the past 3 years, the blog has given me a chance to meet an amazing variety of people. It was my hope to tell their story and capture their genuine style. The greatest joy was giving them images they were proud of and seeing their excitement for being spotlighted, particularly on a well-regarded platform like the Memphis Flyer. The Flyer’s cool factor proved to be universally known. I would be remiss if I didn’t take get a chance to express how forever grateful I am for this experience.

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Friday, April 15, 2016

Memphis Fashion Week EMDP Show Highlights

Posted By on Fri, Apr 15, 2016 at 3:25 PM

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Memphis College of Art was a fitting atmosphere for Saturday night’s Memphis Fashion Week runway show featuring designs filled with artful crafting and detailing from the city’s emerging designers. Collections from sixteen Emerging Memphis Designer Project (EMDP) participants, with many debuting their work on the runway for the first time, were met with warm applause and supportive cheer from the audience. Two winners were chosen that night by judges Augusta Campbell and Andra Eggleston along with votes from the audience. Congratulations to Zoe Vu and Mary Ambrose, this year’s winners in the singles and mini collection categories respectively.

Concluding the night was the newest spring/summer collection by former EMDP designer and winner Tara Skelley of Dilettante Collection. Continuing her love for travel, the “Del Sol” collection draws inspiration from Central America elevating familiar native patterns and symbols tassel and sugar skull, all designed with absolute vibrancy. 

See some highlights from this past Saturday after the jump.

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Friday, April 1, 2016

2016 Memphis Fashion Week EMDP Emerging Designers

Posted By on Fri, Apr 1, 2016 at 10:21 AM

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As Memphis Fashion Week (MFW) celebrates its 5th year, the Emerging Memphis Designer Project (EMDP) continues the cultivation of local talent with more designers than any other year — 16 selected from almost double the submissions than last year.

“This year’s group has blown us away,” MFW director Abby Phillips says. “The age demographic is the most diverse that we’ve had, as is the experience level. All designers have worked hard to learn and become better at their designs and the sewing. The part that impresses me the most this year is how many designers are creating their own textiles through dying, painting, and weaving unconventional materials.”

These emerging designers will show their custom designs on the runway at the Memphis College of Art Saturday, April 9th at 8 p.m. Former EMDP designer/winner Tara Skelley of Dilettante Collection will also show her spring collection following the EMDP show.

MFW supporter and stylist Augusta Campbell will be this year’s guest judge along with designer Andra Eggleston of Electra Eggleston. They’ll decide which designers will receive a scholarship to the Memphis College of Art Continuing Education classes.

Tickets to this runway show and other MFW events can be purchased at www.memphisfashionweek.org.

Learn more about each designer below.

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Monday, March 21, 2016

Styling the Work Week with Mary Cashiola

Posted By on Mon, Mar 21, 2016 at 4:51 PM

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"This may be paradoxical, but I'm always interested in a more-with-less approach. The people who have 16 pieces in their wardrobe and make it work? Or the woman who wears the same white blouse and the same cut of black trousers every day to work? I am humbled and fascinated by that." Mary Cashiola on her style inspiration.

Mary Cashiola, creator of Style Sessions, returns. This time as our special guest.
Mary began the blog in 2009 while a senior editor at The Memphis Flyer, but in the years following has taken on several roles in Memphis, currently settling in as the managing editor of the Memphis Business Journal while taking on the special role as mom with ease. Here she shares her ingenious take on managing work wear for the busy working woman.  

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Friday, March 11, 2016

Spring Fashion with Leah-Claire Friddle Grawemeyer

Posted By on Fri, Mar 11, 2016 at 2:23 PM

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I’m so thankful to have worked on the cover feature story and fashion spread this week. To follow the spirit of many of the style sessions I’ve posted here, the spring fashion spread shows fashion through the portrait of a person and their true style. Twenty-something Memphian Leah-Claire Friddle Grawemeyer portrays herself in familiar and favorite places in Memphis, the places she grew up in. Here, we learn more about Leah with additional images to supplement the original spread.

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Friday, February 19, 2016

Office Style - Sam Tweddell of Sullivan Branding

Posted By on Fri, Feb 19, 2016 at 3:02 PM

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This week, instead of scouring the streets for street style I look within the place I work in everyday to meet fellow creatives with a knack for effortless style. Meet Sam Tweddell, graphic designer with Sullivan Branding, a brand-development and advertising agency based in downtown Memphis. In Sullivan’s newly renovated space in Toyota Center, the non-traditionally designed office is more collaborative and energetic in order to cultivate creativity. Today, we get to know a little more about Sam as she shows real work wear in an environment where comfort, professionalism and creativity has to strike the right balance. 

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Friday, February 12, 2016

At Coco & Lola's - Midtown's Lingerie Boutique

Posted By on Fri, Feb 12, 2016 at 4:29 PM


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“No one is really doing what we are doing,” says Glenna Rohrbacher about her Midtown lingerie boutique Coco & Lola’s. Even Glenna was surprised Memphis didn’t have a boutique that carried vintage-inspired lingerie or lingerie in “real-women size.” It was a discovery that helped launched her business in Cooper-Young. 

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Monday, February 8, 2016

Memphis Fashion Week Model Casting and 2016 Event Tickets Now Available

Posted By on Mon, Feb 8, 2016 at 1:26 PM

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This April, Memphis Fashion Week will be celebrating its 5th year of bringing together the local fashion community. The full week of events returns to some familiar venues that includes the Cadre Building downtown and the Memphis College of Art, each hosting a night of runway shows. The Emerging Memphis Designer Project (EMDP) also returns this year with 17 local designers. Events are held April 4-9, 2016, with runways shows on the last two nights.

Tickets are available for purchase on the MFW website here.

A model casting will be held this Friday, February 12th from 4-6 pm at Ballet Memphis. Find more details here.

Keep up with the latest updates through the MFW social media outlets below:
Instagram @memphisfashionweek
Twitter @memfashionweek
Facebook MemphisFashionWeek

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Friday, January 29, 2016

"Embrace Your Inner Memphis" Shirts by Eso Tolson - Favorite Find

Posted By on Fri, Jan 29, 2016 at 2:12 PM


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The beautiful hand lettering created by designer and creative director Eso Tolson captures attention in and of itself, but when the message that the letters form are just as rich, the artwork reaches a whole new realm. Eso has taken one particular message and wears it boldly on a shirt: “Embrace You Inner Memphis.” As a Memphis transplant, Eso helps show that pride is also about where you are and not just where you come from.

You can purchase these t-shirts exclusively at Stock & Belle on South Main or follow him on Instagram or Facebook to keep up with upcoming pop-up shops.
See more of his work here.

If you have a shirt, feel free to tag a photo of yourself showing your pride with #embraceyourinner, and you could be chosen to be a part of the growing collection of fans on the “embrace your inner” instagram feed, which includes some familiar faces like Moziah Bridges of Mo’s Bows. I purchased a shirt at Stock & Belle for my brother John (pictured here) to represent Memphis in Singapore.

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Monday, January 25, 2016

Author Megan Mottley of The Glamour Girl Movement

Posted By on Mon, Jan 25, 2016 at 2:44 PM


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Author and motivational speaker Megan Mottley has started a movement, encouraging women to embrace beauty holistically. Adding depth to the sometimes superficial term “glamour,” Megan hopes she can inspire positive change with what she calls The Glamour Girl Movement.

“A Glamour Girl exudes ‘true glamour’ and she possesses both inner and outer beauty. False glamour is having a boatload of outer beauty but not having one ounce of inner beauty. It's pointless to look all pulled together on the outside but unsure of your purpose thus carrying around bitterness, jealousy, and lack of vision on the inside. True Glamour leads to freedom, peace of mind, and a bold walk of purpose and integrity,” explains Megan, as a model of “true glamour” herself.


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Friday, January 15, 2016

The New Pavo Salon in Midtown with Scot Robinson

Posted By on Fri, Jan 15, 2016 at 12:32 PM


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Pavo Salon has settled into a prominent retail corner in Cooper-Young, reviving a former boutique space into their second salon in Memphis. Here’s a glimpse of the renovation as we get to know Pavo co-owner Scot Robinson even further.

“Memphis is seeing some good growth currently and we are excited to be a part of that! I began my career in Midtown so it was a coming home, so to speak.”
-Scot Robinson about the decision to open a location in Midtown.

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Thursday, January 7, 2016

At Home Style with Scot Robinson of Pavo Salon

Posted By on Thu, Jan 7, 2016 at 3:35 PM


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As stylist and co-owner of Pavo Salon, Scot Robinson has built a reputation for creating beautiful hair in an environment that gives attention to design and hospitality. It’s not surprising his own home does just the same.

In the comfort of his home, we introduce a more personal side of Scot before introducing his professional side. Here, we’ll see just how easily his sense of style carries through many aspects of his life.

“Style is a great way of saying who you are without speaking. I would like to say that mine says classic, bold, confident, comfortable, and relaxed. Whether it is selecting art, a piece of furniture or choosing something to wear, these characteristics always seem to show,” he says.

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Friday, December 4, 2015

A Look at Kendra Scott

Posted By on Fri, Dec 4, 2015 at 1:51 PM

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National brand Kendra Scott is the newest store to open in The Shops of Saddle Creek’s south expansion. Here is a look at their soft opening a few weeks ago.

The Kendra Scott jewelry brand is known for their use of natural stones in unique shapes, but as part of their business model they team up with local and national charities to give back to the community. This past Tuesday, they teamed up with Mo’s Bows to benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis. This Saturday, December 5th, they join local blogger Laura Boswell of Walking in Memphis with High Heels to support Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital. Between 11 am to 2 pm, 20% of sales will benefit the cause.

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Saturday, November 21, 2015

Boutique Peek: Soft Surroundings Opens in Saddle Creek

Posted By on Sat, Nov 21, 2015 at 11:06 AM

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Last week The Shops of Saddle Creek welcomed its newest store Soft Surroundings, a multichannel retailer based out of St. Louis that began as a catalog company in 1999. As the brand's name alludes, the merchandise focuses on softness from the clothes that touch your skin to the sheets on your bed, with fabrics they rate by softness. It was natural that they soon became a brick and mortar shop so that the shopping experience became tactile and the comfort of the materials could be conveyed firsthand. 

Entering the store, a luxurious bedroom surrounded by softly lit curtains reads as clearly as their entry signage "Soft Surroundings." A array of women's apparel from casual wear to holiday party line the walls. Mixed in are pieces of French-inspired furniture and gifts for kids and jewelry. Towards the back is one of the key unique offerings -  a beauty and make-up consultation space with staff always on hand. Products are curated skincare and make-up lines that are quality tested. They also offer perfumes and scents only found at Soft Surroundings.

The styles they offer do appeal more to middle-aged women but they also offer items that appeal to younger women. Particularly for this fall and winter, there were faux fur lined jackets, chunky scarves, knit hats, and dramatic jewelry.

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Monday, November 9, 2015

Meet the Women Behind the New Socially Conscious Brand Lesouque

Posted By on Mon, Nov 9, 2015 at 9:48 AM

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Beautiful, unique, quality-made, and above all socially conscious – the goods that lifestyle brand Lesouque has carefully sourced represent an awareness that shopping can truly make a positive impact.

Lesouque founder Gokben Yamandag and co-founder Penelope Fisher launched their online store of these ethical goods this past summer, introducing up-and-coming designers to consumers around the globe. As with most retailers by this time of the year, they are promoting the start of the holiday shopping season but in quite a different way. This year, they are encouraging us to “Break up with Black Friday.”

“Think about the madness of Black Friday where you will probably buy things you might not need. The holidays are about family. Breaking up with Black Friday is saying, ‘stop and take a breather,’” explains Penelope, while also pointing out how in the end it helps you enjoy the holiday season.

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