Friday, April 10, 2015

Stock&Belle and Salon 387 - Boutique Peek

Posted By on Fri, Apr 10, 2015 at 2:57 PM


Now open on South Main is the newest store concept by CrazyBeautiful owner Eryka Smith and Chad West reflective of their partnership and love for style beyond clothing.

“His. Hers. Home. Hair.” – Chad’s latest idea for the Stock&Belle tagline. The two-story building at 387 South Main houses men’s and women’s clothing, shoes, and accessories; furniture, lighting, and home goods; and a salon and barber. 

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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Favorite Find - Antonello Luxury Eco-conscious Handbags

Posted By on Wed, Apr 1, 2015 at 10:28 AM


How often do you find the words luxury and eco-conscious used to describe a fashion accessory?

These bags by Antonello are superbly those things plus oh so chic. Handcrafted in Italy, these totes are available locally at Joseph. The bright colors and patterns they carry will take you right into spring and Easter weekend. 

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Memphis Fashion Week Opening Party at Joseph

Posted By on Wed, Mar 25, 2015 at 4:17 PM


Memphis Fashion Week kicks off with a fitting mix of cocktails and shopping to highlight local fashion and international brands. Joseph, a name in Memphis fashion for 85 years, co-hosted the opening night party with Memphis Fashion Week this past Monday at their Laurelwood boutique. Carrying lines such as Diane Von Furstenberg, also one of this year’s featured designers presented by Joseph, the semi-shopping event benefitted the Memphis Fashion Fund and Emerging Memphis Designer Project.

Left: MFW Director Abby Phillips and mom Beth Elzemeyer  Right: Joseph team Katie Mulrooney and Barrie Wurzburg with Abby and Beth.
  • Left: MFW Director Abby Phillips and mom Beth Elzemeyer Right: Joseph team Katie Mulrooney and Barrie Wurzburg with Abby and Beth.

Just as exciting as the incredible fashion hanging on the racks were the styles worn by the attendees. See a few that capture a range of unique and refined style in the slideshow below. To see more coverage of the event, click over to Memphis lifestyle blog KP Fusion

A list of events for Memphis Fashion Week are on their website: 
A complete list of events including more local shopping events on Saturday are included in the MFW app.

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Thursday, March 19, 2015

The Women Behind the Wedding Dress Ball Event

Posted By on Thu, Mar 19, 2015 at 1:03 PM




On April 18th, Memphis will host the first Wedding Dress Ball in the U.S. Known and held overseas in the United Kingdom, the trademarked event is a party where, simply put, women get an excuse to wear their wedding dress again.
“All of the fun, great food, dancing; none of the pressure,” says Brittney Andres-Rossi of Over Easy Events. When describing the origin of the idea before finding anything of its kind, she explained, “I was attending a friend’s wedding admiring her wedding dress with a table of ladies – the details, the buttons. We then talked about our own wedding dresses, continuing on for almost an hour. If we talked that long about them, I thought, ‘Why not wear them again?’”

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Thursday, March 12, 2015

Memphis Fashion Week's 2015 Emerging Memphis Designers

Posted By on Thu, Mar 12, 2015 at 1:32 PM


This year’s selection of emerging Memphis designers presented by Memphis Fashion Week

On Friday, March 27th, these 10 designers will present their custom designs at this year’s Memphis Fashion Week (MFW), after months of designing and crafting for that significant moment - a chance to share their hard work with the Memphis fashion community. The experience will also help them explore their craft and even shape how they see their future in fashion.

“The designers this year have a very clear vision of their design aesthetic, which has been fun to see brought to life through fabric and construction,” says MFW Director Abby Phillips about the designers mentored through this year’s Emerging Memphis Designer Project (EMDP).

Proceeds from Memphis Fashion Week support this project by giving the selected designers the funds for materials and the one-on-one mentoring needed to navigate that process of bringing their vision to life. Here, each designer stands with a model wearing their spring/summer piece created specifically for this year’s runway.

The night of the show, the EMDP designs will be judged partially by a panel of judges and partially by Audience Choice. The judges will be designer Pat Kerr, musician Grace Askew, and costumer Bruce Bui. First place winners for the Singles and Mini Collections each receive a scholarship to the Continuing Education Fashion Design classes at Memphis College of Art, a gift card to online retailer Spoonflower to create custom-printed fabrics, and an automatic acceptance into the EMDP next year. Second place will receive a $50 gift card to online retailer Spoonflower to create custom-printed fabrics.

“Memphis Fashion Week is a wonderful opportunity for emerging and established industry professionals to share their creative insight, connect with other talented individuals,” says EMDP designer Maggie Dandridge. “It serves as a springboard for catapulting Memphis into mainstream fashion.”



  • Years designing: 7
  • Occupation: Fashion Designer and Entrepreneur
  • Inspirations: My faith, people, and music.
  • Fabrics/textiles used: Poly-spandex blend, mesh, and woven spandex blend.
  • Memphis fashion has evolved from the Southern traditions that have shaped our style and creative influence.



  • Years designing: 7
  • Occupation: IT Help Desk Technician\Struggling Designer
  • My collection is a combination of a love for modern comfort, design, technology, and the fairy princess in everyone. 
  • Fabrics/textiles used: Jersey knit fabrics, emerald green and white, 4-way stretch cream lace, stretch sangria purple chiffon, and metallic silver, green and gold threads. 
  • Favorite local boutique: K'PreSha Boutique
  • Memphis fashion is whatever we say it is. 



  • Years designing: 1 -1/2
  • Proudest accomplishment: Winning 3rd place in the 2014 Memphis City Beautiful Trashion Show. 
  • Where did you learn design: My mom taught me sewing basics, but the rest is self-taught.
  • Fabrics/textiles used: Nylon lycra, chiffon, and satin.
  • My collection is graceful.



  • Years designing: 4
  • Occupation: Real Estate Development/Project Management
  • Favorite local boutique: Muse and Hoot & Louise.
  • Memphis Fashion Week is very much needed.
  • Proudest accomplishment: My daughters 
  • Inspirations: Nature and Old Hollywood
  • Fabrics/textiles used: Sateen cotton, rayon/poly blend.



  • Years designing: 6
  • Occupation: Student
  • Fashion indulgence: Embellishments and leather
  • Memphis Fashion Week is an amazing opportunity for the growing fashion community in Memphis.
  • My collection is all about the details.
  • Fabrics/textiles used: Laser-cut leather, silk chiffon, stretch taffeta. 



  • Years designing: 26
  • Occupation: Artist, Instructor at the Pink Palace
  • Where did you learn design: My dad and most recently the Memphis College of Art Continuing Ed Fashion Design Class by MFW.
  • My collection is elegant but easy, with a nod to traditional crafts.
  • Inspirations: My biggest inspiration is Memphis itself - its people, places, culture, and uniqueness.
  • Fabrics/textiles used: Handwoven textiles, handmade twine, yarn, beading, hand-dyed linen.



  • Years designing: 4
  • Proudest accomplishment: Graduating from University of Memphis 
  • Fashion indulgence: One-of-a-kind garments and accessories.
  • Favorite local boutique: Sache
  • Inspirations: The Mad Max movie franchise, particularly Mad Max Fury Road
  • Fabrics/textiles used: Mix of linen, cotton, denim, twill and faux leather.



  • Years designing: 22
  • Occupation: Attorney
  • My collection is classic with a modern twist.
  • Inspirations: Nature and architecture
  • Favorite local boutique: Sachi
  • Memphis fashion is classic Southern charm with a modern edge.
  • Fabrics/textiles used: Lace, wool suiting, and silk.



  • Years designing: 2
  • Occupation: Ballet Teacher
  • Proudest accomplishment: Walking the New York Fashion Week runway for designer Stevie Boi 
  • My collection is elegant with clean lines and daring fabrics.
  • Fabrics/textiles used: Blue and pink jacquard for the jumpsuit and a fuchsia chiffon for the headwrap.



  • Years designing: 2
  • Occupation: High school student
  • Memphis Fashion Week is an opportunity to experience fashion before I study it further. It has given me the freedom to explore a big-city industry in my own hometown.
  • My collection is an infusion of traditional Greek dress with modern influences
  • Inspirations: The laid-back atmosphere, architecture, and history of Mykonos, Greece.

Memphis Fashion Week is March 23rd-28th at various locations. For more details on the designers and all events, download the MFW app or visit them online at
Tickets are on sale now.


Shoot Location: Memphis Zoo. Models: Joe Schmulian, Peyton Couch, and Mckenzie Jones with AMAX Talent, and Jazzmine King. Hair and makeup by Faizah Husniyah. Sketches by EMDP designers. 

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Friday, February 27, 2015

Inspiring Women of Style - What our T-shirts might say.

Posted By on Fri, Feb 27, 2015 at 2:40 PM


Earlier this year, I spoke at the New Year Inspirational Media Brunch organized by fellow blogger Tamera Sutton. I presented this photo of me, gazing optimistically, with a quote by Nelson Mandela.
“May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears.”
The words cover me like a suit of armor.  Hopeful words that could fight my fears. I flourished in those words and also realized they were meant to be shared and help others flourish. Words can be powerful and often imprinted on T-shirts to test their power. With all the graphic tees out there, I still wanted to design a few myself.


With the help of some inspiring women in Memphis, here are three other quotes as three imaginary t-shirt designs that personally keep them motivated.

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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Red Velvet Vintage - Boutique Peek - Winter 2015

Posted By on Thu, Feb 19, 2015 at 3:46 PM


Before Red Velvet Vintage became a full-scale clothing boutique, owner Eryka Smith's concept of vintage and retro clothing was just a few racks in the CrazyBeautiful store. She slowly curated more pin up couture as the demand increased.

Eryka opened Red Velvet Vintage last May carrying specialty items of past eras. Fits and cuts boldly accentuate a woman’s features with class. Accessories are adorned with feminine details like flowers and lace, and yes, indeed, Red Velvet carries petticoats. 

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Friday, February 6, 2015

Favorite Find - The ValleyBag Handbag Organizer

Posted By on Fri, Feb 6, 2015 at 3:18 PM

Kerris Easley of CCK, a local handbag accessories company, understands what women want – more time and less stress. “For the Luxury of Time” is the CCK slogan.

The ValleyBag, though designed to look great as its own handbag, works its magic when inserted into a purse or tote as a handbag organizer. A variety of compartments keeps a wallet, phone, make-up, or keys in place. Like most inserts, the ValleyBag is made to help you move your essentials easily from one designer bag to another. Whether the transfer happens often or not, the ValleyBag is designed for durability with leather corners adding strength and luxury.

You can order them online at or if you’d like to see them in person, visit Langford Market tomorrow at the next ValleyBag Pop-up Event.

Saturday, February 7th, 1-5pm
Langford Market in Cooper Young

Images courtesy of The ValleyBag.

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Friday, January 30, 2015

Style Session with Designer Katherine DeLacey

Posted By on Fri, Jan 30, 2015 at 3:17 PM


“Why would you want to move to Memphis?!”

That’s the frequent question that perplexes Chicago native and recent New Orleans transplant Katherine DeLacey, who usually laughs it off.

Asked as a joke or not, there’s still curiosity in how Memphis is viewed by a newcomer, especially by one with a designer’s eye. Katherine is a graduate of Tulane University’s Master of Architecture program and now works as an architectural designer with Looney Ricks Kiss Architects.

“Memphis has great bones. Downtown Memphis has domineering buildings that could rival those of any American City. While the handsomeness of the city was instantly obvious, its dynamics were not. Memphis operates differently than the other cities I have lived in, it has a small town feeling in a big city, and that is extremely charming to me,” Katherine says of her first impression of the city.

A downtown resident of only five months, she has already been a part of one of the most anticipated redevelopment projects in Memphis – the Tennessee Brewery. 

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Friday, January 23, 2015

A New Look for Memphis Fashion Week - The MFW Logo and Its Fashion Counterparts

Posted By on Fri, Jan 23, 2015 at 5:01 PM


Memphis Fashion Weekend launched in 2012, testing the waters of the Memphis fashion scene as a two-day engagement.

Over the last three years, the event has gained momentum, and this year, it officially transitions into Memphis Fashion Week

With this move comes a new logo, created by local firm Inferno

When selecting the shape of the logo mark, creative director Michael Overton sought a modular element that could build upon itself and thus feel kinetic, which helps communicate “how broad fashion is.”

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Friday, January 16, 2015

Style Session - Tamera Sutton of Tamera’s Closet Lifestyle Blog

Posted By on Fri, Jan 16, 2015 at 2:42 PM


A quick look at Tamera Sutton’s blog Tamara' Closet will have you gushing over her latest handbag obsessions or admiring the emerging style icons.

Dedicated readers recognize that Sutton thrives when sharing her reflective posts to inspire a better life. The type of inspiration that permeates much deeper. Deep into the soul, as she would describe it, calling her almost-weekly series “Soulful Sunday.”

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Thursday, January 8, 2015

Classic Elvis Outfits Styled by Lansky Bros.

Posted By on Thu, Jan 8, 2015 at 2:26 PM


Elvis' 80th birthday celebration is in full swing, and there are many paying tribute to his influence in music and film as well as his undeniable sense of style.

Lansky Bros
., the original clothier to the King, has continued to dress not just Elvis fans but also the modern man in pieces inspired by Elvis. 


Today, owner Hal Lansky pulls together two classic outfits that you may recognize from Jailhouse Rock. The first outfit features the striped sports coat Presley wore on the Jailhouse Rock album cover, a vintage pick stitch sport shirt, Elvis' favorite pink and black argyle socks, and black and white loafers with matching belt. The second outfit features the "Jailhouse Rock" sweater and black and white loafers he wore in the movie as he danced poolside with his collar flipped up.  

Even without the cultural context, these pieces are still a staple for men of all ages. Collar up optional. Though Hal may disagree.


Visit Lansky at the Peabody or Lansky Bros. Clothier to the King next to the Hard Rock Cafe or shop online at

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Friday, January 2, 2015

Favorite Find - Handcrafted Necklaces from Vashti's Jewels

Posted By on Fri, Jan 2, 2015 at 2:47 PM


When seeking great finds, I try to look past the trends and find things that will be adored for years and years. Such is the case with Vashti's Jewels by local artist Carole Manley. She handcrafts each piece from semi-precious stones, including stones that she finds from her international travels. 

"I seek the unusual and rare finds. I have been designing all of my life. My mother was a diamond buyer for DeBeers Diamonds, and her spirit has been my true inspiration." Carole says, also giving credit to the encouragement of Lisa Doss, owner of Muse Inspired Fashion, one of the select places that carries Vashti's Jewels.

Shown here are two necklaces found at Muse that, for me, would surely become heirloom pieces.


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Friday, December 19, 2014

Street Style - Sarah Beth's Winter Style

Posted By on Fri, Dec 19, 2014 at 2:53 PM


There are two things that Sarah Beth has mastered in this outfit - piecing together a stylish yet oh so cozy winter outfit and looking like a million bucks with a balanced mix of luxury items and luxurious-looking affordable pieces. The jeans, sweater, and riding boots is a common thread to many winter outfits, but the fur infinity scarf is the star of the outfit.

I might have gasped a little when I found out that the scarf is actually faux fur and now around $16 from Target

Outfit Details:
Necklace from Turkoyz. Michael Kors bag. Gianni Bini boots. Fabulous faux fur scarf from Target.

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Friday, December 12, 2014

Ornamental Jewelry for Your Holiday Outfit

Posted By on Fri, Dec 12, 2014 at 1:39 PM


Following up on yesterday's post on sparkling holiday attire is a round-up of ornate necklaces that can instantly make any outfit fit for a party. Click or scroll below to see the local selection of beaded bibs and dramatic chain necklaces from Peridot in Cooper-Young, CrazyBeautiful and The Attic in Overton Square, and Muse downtown. 

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