Friday, February 28, 2014

Weekend Wear - Countdown to Spring

Posted By on Fri, Feb 28, 2014 at 4:23 PM

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I'm feeling the itch for warm weather, so the nice sunshine last weekend was just enough to lure me outside with some spring wear. With the cold breeze reminding me that winter was still around, I mixed the high-split floral dress with a cropped sweater, leather biker jacket, and boots. My go-to solution until the weather decides to make up its mind. Have a nice weekend.

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Outfit Details

Dress, boots and sweater, CrazyBeautiful. Jacket, Free People.

www.crazybeautifulclothing.com

Condomonium 2014 Fashion Preview

Posted By on Fri, Feb 28, 2014 at 11:45 AM

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"Gucci. Prada. Armani. TROJAN."

This line from a series of clever ads for this year's CONDOMONIUM reminds us that safe sex is always in style. The CONDOMONIUM fundraiser hosted by CHOICES - Memphis Center for Reproductive Health is back after a successful inaugural event last year promoting such a sensitive topic in an entertaining, unconventional way.

“Memphis has very high rates of HIV, STI’s and unintended pregnancies. Condoms are an effective way to prevent all these things. CONDOMONIUM helps to reduce the stigma of buying and using condoms. Plus it’s one fun party,” says Rebecca Terrell, Executive Director of CHOICES.

Part of what makes the event so unconventional is the one-of-a-kind fashion presented in this Saturday night’s fashion show. Local artists and fashion designers will showcase how they can turn condoms into couture apparel and accessories. “The event is innovative and forces you to push yourself creatively. I mean, you are designing garment out of CONDOMS!” says participating designer Andrea Fenise.

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Friday, February 21, 2014

Style Session with Elle Perry

Posted By on Fri, Feb 21, 2014 at 4:00 PM

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"Modern women are homemakers, corporate executives, entrepreneurs, artists, and more. We are women who have to balance a number of things that take a great deal of energy."

Elle Perry helps high school journalists in her role as coordinator of The Teen Appeal, but she finds time to volunteer with the Women's Foundation for a Greater Memphis on their committee for the Modern Day Woman's Conference. Heavily involved in launching the event last year, Elle predicts that this year's conference will have just as much positive energy.

"This conference is a way to take a little time for ourselves and come out renewed, refreshed, and energized." she says. "Women should go to the conference to meet women in all stages of their careers: to just starting out to more seasoned. And to meet like-minded women from various sectors. Networking is important, but so is simple fellowship."

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Friday, February 14, 2014

Local Trends — Introducing the Ellen Anchor Brand

Posted By on Fri, Feb 14, 2014 at 12:06 PM

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Alexandra Nicole's first designer line Ellen Anchor captures the spirit of her grandparents Ellen and William, the line's namesakes. Since Alexandra's childhood, her grandmother Ellen had been described as William's rock and he as her anchor. They still stand as models of strength to her family. This strength is what the brand signifies in the line's quality and enduring style.

I got a first-hand look at Ellen Anchor’s first product —a reversible tank — during a recent photo shoot with local photographer Amanda Hill, AM Photography.

Both versatile and classy, this reversible tank might easily become an instant staple to every woman's wardrobe. As a personal stylist and owner of two women's boutiques, Alexandra gained an inside perspective on the clothing market. The concept of the reversible tank offers a simple solution to everyday dressing - a scoop neck on one side and a V-neck on the other. Also unlike many basic tanks out there, the length of the bodice and quality fabric will act as a control top. With its flattering shape, the tank can be styled and layered for a variety of looks.

The reversible tank can be ordered through www.ellenanchor.com or purchased at local retailers The Ivory Closet, The Attic, and Cardio Barre in Overton Square. They are $22 each in 5 available colors. One size fits most.

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Special thanks to Amanda Hill, who specializes in pin-up and boudoir photography. She has also photographed many of the look book photos for The Ivory Closet and The Attic. Her photography studio AM Photography has a fairly new home in the Broad Avenue Arts District.

Read more about the Ellen Anchor story on at www.ellenanchor.com
Ellen Anchor on Facebook
Photography by Amanda Hill, AM Photography
Models: Alexandra Nicole, Paris Chanel, Joelle Pitman, Jenny Williams, and Addison Fant.
(All images of models and Alexandra putting on make-up by AM Photography.)

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