"In middle school, I was very shy," Fenise says. Pulling together an outfit was a way for her to express herself. This view of fashion-as-identity aligns pretty closely with the nonprofit Dress for Success where Fenise has volunteered her styling talent. For women from low income backgrounds, fashion conveys strength and optimism, and Fenise's philosophy is that when you feel confident in how you look, there's no telling what you can accomplish.
Just a quick peek at her collection below reveals the strength of Fenise's vision. Bold colors, cultural patterns, and flattering cuts exude confidence.
McDaniel's modern yet rustic style draws inspiration from classic American and Scandinavian mid-century design. You can take a peek at her latest collection on Etsy, but make sure to also come out to the event this Thursday, August 1st to see her collection in person and support Memphis' local talent. See you there!
A Hip Little Pop-Up Shop with Paper & Clay
Presented by Hoot + Louise
August 1, 2013
Noon- 8 p.m.
Hoot + Louise, 109 GE Patterson, South Main Arts District
Good music and refreshments (Ghost River beer, y'all!)
You can RSVP through the event link: here.
With their I Love Mi-Me line, Gil and Liz are focused on affordable luxury and great customer service. If you need a special formula, they are all ears. And just like the personal beauty advice they gave me, they have an open invitation to anyone to ask them questions on Facebook or Twitter.
You can purchase I Love Mi-Me products at Miss Cordelia's, Allie Cat Arts, and K'Presha Boutique. For more information, visit ilovemime.com.
Elly Deyhle, www.ellydeyhle.com
It’s no secret the South Main Trolley Tour provides the perfect opportunity to scout great style. On the last Friday of every month, Trolley Tour is a great excuse to go out in your favorite outfit and make that extra effort to style your hair and apply a touch of make-up. In just the brief half hour I had to tour the crowd, I found two captivating ladies with perfect style.
See you at the next trolley tour!
Yoo hoo! Models! Tonight, from 6-7 p.m., we'll be hosting the third installment of our open casting call for models at the Peabody rooftop party. Select individuals will be given the opportunity to participate in our annual fall fashion shoot, and have their beautiful mugs splashed across the pages of the Memphis Flyer. Is it the chance of a lifetime? We like to think so. Come join us at tonight's rooftop party!
I wasn't the only one checking out Latosha as she stylishly milled about on Main Street. She was turning heads left and right, and I when I asked to photograph her look, it was probably fairly overwhelming for her. She was a good sport, though, and posed for a couple of shots, but had to rush on before I was able to ask all my questions.
Jazzy Boutique, 72 Union, 579-2263, @JazzyBoutique
If you pick up the latest issue of the Memphis Flyer, you'll see some of my favorite summer trends. Here's a longer list of what I'm loving this season.
Indigo, The Shops of Saddle Creek, 7509 Poplar, 755-6909
Spruce, 5040 Sanderlin, 682-5513, spruceshop.com
Designer Selena McAdams opened the shop on Sanderlin in 2009 as a retail counterpart to her interior design business. Don't just categorize Spruce as a home decor shop, though. Of course, the selection of modern home decor piqued my interest, but I was even more delighted to discover a handpicked selection of stunning jewelry, handbags, and even clothes for women and girls. After shopping Spruce for myself, I would describe it as a designer's personal collection of everything awesome.
In the photo below, store manager Meg models her favorite necklace from Brave design showing just how much of a visual statement it can make. I left that day with a pair of lightweight summer pants for my mom and the perfect tote to fashionably haul around my laptop. The oversized tote by Shiraleah is made of eco-friendly vegan leather. Look for more about this tote next week, when I'll share my list of summer must-haves.
Find out more about them including their latest deals through the links below.
Langford Market: Classically feminine clothing including swimsuits, jewelry, handbags, and shoes.
2155 Central Avenue
Memphis, TN 38104
Facebook: Langford Market Memphis
Pinterest: Langford Market — Memphis
Addison: Upscale clothing, handmade jewelry, handbags, and shoes.
2153 Central Avenue
Memphis, TN 38104
Ph: 901.274. 4071
Facebook: Addison Memphis
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Wish: Whimsical and eclectic clothing for women and men, jewelry, handbags, and shoes.
2157 Central Avenue
Memphis, TN 38104
Facebook: Wish Cooper-Young
Instagram: Wish Memphis
Pinterest: Wish Cooper-Young
Special thanks to store manager Carrie Vreeland.
The Look: A classic 50's style cotton midi dress is perfect for Tia's Sunday transition from church to a downtown brunch date. She makes it her own by adding key details like the yellow skinny belt and other great pops of color, such as pastel sea-foam blue nails and gold bangles from Cambodia. By the way, this dress has pockets, which are admirably practical, sure, but also such an interesting style boost. Simply by putting her hands in her pockets, Tia can't help but look confident.
"Casually sophisticated. I usually tend toward more classic pieces because they never go out of style, and that's what I'm most comfortable in. I prefer to be effortlessly stylish, and most importantly, comfortable and not overly done-up."
Her favorite places to shop?
"Almost anywhere and everywhere. To be more specific, Ross, Ann Taylor, Target, TJMaxx, and a few random consignment shops in Memphis. You can really find some treasures in there. I once found an Escada couture pencil skirt in perfect condition for only $7!"
Now that it's spring, and actually feels like spring, my shoulders and legs reunite with the sun, and my all-black wardrobe gets injected with a few brightly colored tops, floral fabric heels, and bold geometric accessories.
Investing in key pieces to add to my wardrobe is a long, thoughtful process that usually involves discovering new local designers and boutiques that offer custom handmade items or limited collections. In a city like Memphis that breeds entrepreneurship, those indie designers and boutiques are emerging more and more. Finding them is the hard part, so here are some feature items from up and coming designers and my favorite local boutiques.
522 South Main, Memphis
3536 Walker Ave, Memphis
1645 Union Ave, Memphis
Hair and Makeup by Jennifer Ralda
Photography by dirk olsen
This Memphis location marks the 50th store for the company, which opened its first in Dallas in 2006. The younger sister of the preppy color splash that is J. Crew, Madewell is more subdued, a little more casual, and a lot more pared down.
There are pops of color, to be sure, but denim is the dominant hue of this chic store modeled after its 1937 manufacturing namesake. Chambray, dark wash, distressed: The denim bar features every cut and color you can imagine, and for an $8 fee, any pair can be sent off to be hemmed by the nearby Webb's Tailor Shop.
Madewell, The Shops of Saddle Creek, 7509 Poplar Ave., 309-4759, www.madewell.com