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30 Apr

Fashion Week Recap Post

The fashion presence in the Midwest is real and this organization works to make sure we are recognized in this space. I attended my first Midwest Fashion Week show in October last year. It was amazing to see these young designers displaying their creations on a runway. I kept thinking "How cool that they've envisioned this, sketched, created it, and brought it to life on this runway." This year, I had the opportunity to be a small part of the planning process. Berny Martin, founder of Midwest Fashion Week, contacted me after the show in October to share a little bit about his story. He also shared his passion for generating an understanding of cultures and places through style. I thought that...
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30 Apr

MY FIRST FASHION SHOW EXPERIENCE

On March 17, 2018 (St. Patrick’s Day) I took a trip to Chicago to meet the directors of Midwest Fashion Week in hopes of simply getting a press pass to blog about the show. Being an influencer at Fashion Week was one of my goals I set out for the year back in January. Little did I know I would be meeting Berny Martin, founder of the organization. Weeks passed, one thing led to another and I ended up not only receiving my press pass but becoming a member of the media team and hosting both shows on the @officialmidwestfashionweek account! Because of this I was able to share this experience with some of my fellow bloggers and very best friends!...
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10 Apr

Beautiful Difference | Diversity in Midwestern Industry

When you think of the Midwest, wholesome images of sprawling farms and quaint towns with small, family-owned businesses likely come to mind. But the truth is, there are a number of thriving cities with booming businesses, exciting nightlife, luxury lifestyle and niche industries–and fashion and beauty are no exception. And as diverse as these niches are, so are the people who dominate them. Far from the coasts which are typically known for diversity, the Midwest has also become a melting pot of race, ethnicity and heritage, creating a culture that is solely Middle America. So, what better way to showcase that than through self-expression–hair, makeup and personal style? From fashion bloggers and beauty vloggers to stylists, designers and models, diversity is...
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2 Apr

Spring 2018 Showcases

Midwest Fashion Week Announces Holiday Heroes and International Marketplace Coalition as Charitable Partners for Spring 2018 Showcases Region’s most prominent fashion event returns to Chicago and Indianapolison April 14 and April 20, respectively CHICAGO (March 27, 2018) — With the spring season right around the corner, many Midwesterners are anticipating the return of the region’s most prominent fashion event, Midwest Fashion Week. A showcase of the latest seasonal trends by some of the industry’s brightest up-and-coming designers, this series draws hundreds of influencers, local celebrities and general public, with proceeds going to a designated charitable organization. Today, the Indianapolis-based production company is releasing details regarding dates and not-for-profit partners. The schedule will be as follows: The...
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25 Mar

Defining Your Personal Style

Personal style is elusive, and ever-evolving. Besides I’m sure, if you are like me, you also appreciate a handful of different styles. But which one truly speaks to you? That’s where this simple guide comes in. I share some steps to discovering the particular look that speaks to your most fashionable self. 1. What words would you use to describe your style? (Examples: quirky, polished, bold, experimental, cheerful, comfortable, sleek) Take a moment to think about the overall vibe of your style. What are some descriptive words that come to mind? For example, if my daughter, Emma were to answer this, her answers might look like this: “quirky, playful, colorful, athletic, and casual.” These words will help you recognize an overall theme or feeling...
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25 Mar

Authenticity is the new chic.

​“In order to be irreplacable one must always be different.” -Coco Chanel In a City saturated with so much energy, vibrance, and inspiration sometimes it’s easy for your own creative energy to get lost in the noise of it all. How do you stay relevant, and stay true to yourself at the same time? If you’re in the creative industry like me, you know this struggle is REAL and it’s a never-ending battle you’re going to have no matter what. This is one reason I love expressing myself through fashion. With fashion, the possibilities are endless. You can take the trends and bend them to your favor--using them as guidelines to create something totally new and different and so you. I’ve...
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