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December 10, 2013
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The End of Beale Street Chic

I started this blog close to four years ago because I wanted to combine my love of writing with my love for fashion. Throw in love for the city of Memphis and you've got Beale Street Chic in a nutshell.

My first hesitation wasn't if I thought I could actually pull it off, it was if I felt I could maintain it.

And maintain I did. For a very long time I posted several times a week. Sometimes Often more than once in a single day. This slowed a little when I got accepted into graduate school and started working part-time as a graduate assistant. 

But since I haven't even updated this blog since August, I think it's time for me to step away. 

I blogged not because I wanted income or notoriety but because I loved doing it.

This blog has become a wonderful part of my life. (It's even on my resume lol).

I've made great connections through it. I've gotten to attend wonderful events in the city gratis, meet some amazingly talented folks associated with the city's local fashion industry, go behind the scenes of some cool boutiques, and model in few fashion shows, among other things. 

It has truly been great. All of the hours I put into this site were well spent.

I've seen the fashion industry here blossom and am excited about what will come in the future.

Two of my girlfriends are Memphis fashion bloggers that are doing awesome things. Events, street style, photo editorials, pop up boutiques, and great collaborations. Their enthusiasm and creativity is inspiring.

My love for Memphis, fashion, and writing still remain. This blog just won't.

So when you see me out and about, say hi. :-)

Thank you,
Elle Perry

August 21, 2013
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Upcoming Events: Luster you Be-Natural Launch Party, Cashmir Passport Collection, 2Unique Boutique Grand Opening

Hi ya'll, just wanted to give you a heads up on a great few fashion/beauty events happening locally.

If you have or know of something that you'd like to see featured on Beale Street Chic, please drop a comment below or send me an e-mail.

First up, is a free event by the Luster hair-care company called the you Be-Natural Launch Party. It will be held from 6-10 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 27 at Minglewood Hall, 1555 Madison. Featured at the event will be a DJ, goodie bags, mini-manicures, chair-massage, mini-makeovers, cash bar, and food.

Attendees are asked to RSVP "Yes" to YouBeNaturalParty@gmail.com.

Next will be the 2Unique Boutique grand opening. The launch will happen from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Living Word Outreach Ministries, 974 J.W. Williams Lane, Memphis, TN 38105.

During the summer of 2013, students helped design and organize the store from scratch.  Working in 5 day/5hour shifts from June 10th- July 28, student interns, ages 16-21, will work hands on to impact households in our community which are in need of clothing, household goods, etc.

The 2Unique Community Salvation Foundation first developed the concept of the career skills training project in late 2012. Stocked by donations from local businesses as well as individual supporters, The 2Unique Boutique is a student run entrepreneurial venture focused on youth and youth adults.  It focused on students with an interest in developing and fine tuning their skills in customer service, retail and business management while simultaneously generating revenue to support nonprofit operations in their communities. 

You can RSVP on Facebook

Last, but not least is the debut of the Cashmir Clothing Passport Collection.

Hosted by Eric Evans of Sace, this event will be held 5-7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 1 at Ink Restaurant, 984 S. Cooper St. in Cooper-Young.
This event is free and will feature performances by Angelique Morris, Juju Bushman, Kari Fleskes, and more.

June 19, 2013
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Saturday: Product Photography Workshop at Indie Style Market

Indie Style Market, 2487 Broad Avenue, will be hosting a workshop on product photography. The workshop will be 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. on Saturday, June 22nd.

Tracy Clinton, owner of Memphis Flash Photography, will be leading Picture This! The Art of Product Photography, which is designed to help Etsy, Ebay, and other online sellers get the most of their photographs showcasing their products. It's designed to teach inexpensive ways to create great photos with as little as a smartphone.

Rather than be a technical class, this workshop focuses on the art of taking a good product photo.

The class includes

  • A 30-45 minute presentation and Q&A
  • A 5 minute product photo session
  • A high resolution digital photo of one item from the inventory of the attendees

Participants are asked to bring

  • A notepad and pen
  • One product for the 5 minute photo session after the class
  • A camera or smartphone (optional)

Event coordinators ask that attendees purchase tickets in advance of the workshop. The cost is $20.

June 18, 2013
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Tonight: Marketing in Memphis (free workshop for biz owners)

Tonight from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Accion is hosting a is hosting a free workshop for small business owners to get personalized advice from experts on how to market their business better. The event will be held at Crosstown Arts, 427 North Watkins Street.

Coaching topics include: 

  • Grass Roots Marketing: Converting Customers into Believers with Kerry Hayes, Doug Carpenter and Associates LLC 
  • Made in Memphis: Putting the Local in Your Local Business with Abby Miller, Mayor's Innovation Delivery Team
  • Turning One Customer into Two: Quick ways to gather customer insights to grow your business with Justin Entzminger, Hyphen Market Solutions 
  • Turning your Website into your Greatest Salesman with Steve Phipps, Lunaweb 
  • Getting Savvy with Social Media with Kerry Crawford, I Love Memphis Blog 
  • You've Got Mail: Tips on Email Marketing with Beth Spencer, Magnetic SEO 
  • How to Get Ink for Your Small Business with Joel Halpern, Loaded For Bear 
  • Accessing Capital for your Marketing Budget with Nathanial Owen, Accion 

Doors open at 5 p.m. and light hors  d'oeuvres and Ghost River will be served. 

Register here.

June 12, 2013
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Enter Garden & Gun magazine's "Made in the South Awards"

From Garden & Gun magazine comes their fourth annual contest for makers in the South.

Garden & Gun is a national lifestyle magazine that covers the sporting culture, food, music, food, literature, ideas, and people of the South.

Any Southern artisan or business with a product that will be available through January 2014 can enter the contest. Products must made in the South and fall into category of food, drink, outdoors, style & design, or home.

Click here to view last year's winners.

Editors and a panel of judges will select one winning entry and several honorable mentions in each category. Their stories will appear in their a feature article in the December 2013/January 2014 issue of the magazine. Each winner will receive a $500 cash prize.

Entry fee is $75. Entry deadline is August 1st. Finalists will be notified in September.

The application is here.

More information: mis@gardenandgun.com.

June 12, 2013
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Coming Soon: The Battle of Beauty and Fashion Event!

This event promises to showcase local talent, fashion professionals, and other artists from the Memphis area. Dubbed The Battle of of Beauty and Fashion, the event will forgo the standard fashion show format. Instead, there will be teams throughout the venue bringing the backstage production right to the audience.

Art and fashion professionals are allowed to form their own teams. 
Teams must be composed of a photographer, makeup artist, hair stylist, and wardrobe stylist/designer.

Selected teams will be paired up with selected designers to create two of their submitted looks.
Each team will be required to submit their portfolios with a $20 submission fee by July 5.

The event will take place over two days and consist of two events: the batlle on the first day and a fashion party hosted by The Memphis Fashion Foundation (the benefiting organization) on the second day.

With cash prizes of over $3,500, this event offers an opportunity for area fashion and art enthusiasts to expose their skills, along with winning some dough.

An Industry Mixer will be held at 6 p.m. on Sunday, June 23 at K'Presha Boutique, 323 S. Main St. The event is a networking one for designers, MUAs, Wardrobe stylists, Hair stylists, photogs. Information about the fashion battle will be provided to attendees. 

The event committee is also seeking area businesses that want to support the local fashion and arts community while gaining visibility for their products and services through sponsorship. Sponsorships benefits range from a presenting sponsorship to a team sponsorship. Money raised for this event will provide monetary prizes to the fashion and arts community, as well as benefit The Memphis Fashion Foundation. (The organization is is a non-profit organization created to support the Memphis fashion community through educational programs, workforce development initiatives, and networking and mentoring opportunities for aspiring fashion designers and other fashion professionals and entrepreneurs).

For sponsorship and other information, contact K'PreSha owner imberly Taylor at 901-523-2433 or by email at info@battleofbeautyandfashion.com. You may also visit www.battleofbeautyandfashion.comfor more information about the event.

June 11, 2013
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Celebrity Watch: Valisia LeKae at the Tony Awards

Memphian Valisia LeKae was nominated for a 2013 Tony award  for Best Actress in a Leading Role for her role as Diana Ross in Motown the Musical.
The 67th annual Tony Awards took place on Monday, June 10th.

June 06, 2013
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Featured Boutique: Spanky P. Vintage (in Minglewood Hall)

After hitting up the University District yard sale last Saturday morning (We beat the downpour!), my friend Ari and I headed to 1555 Madison Ave. in search of all things vintage.

And boy were we pleased with what we happened upon.

Housed inside a front room of Minglewood Hall (until the end of this month) is Spanky P. Vintage. 

Curated by Tara, this vintage pop up shop contains reasonably priced vintage men's, women's, and children's clothing, as well as super cute housewares and larger furniture (dining room set, several couches and a bed).

There are also handbags, accessories, scarves, and shoes.

Oh, and vintage luggage:

Ari scooped up a fetching vintage designer bracelet and a sweater, while I bagged a high waisted acid wash denim skirt (!!!!!!) and a cute mod-style, mini dress.

(Pics to come. :))) )

 

The shop's hours are noon to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Payment forms accepted are cash, Pay Pal, and credit card, and local delivery is available for furniture.

May 29, 2013
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Diesel Alert: 5 Female Models Sought

Hi all,

I received an email from a local photog who is looking for five female models for work on his portfolio and website.

Requirements: Must be 5 feet 7 inches or taller.

For more information, you can email him at denzelmcarthur@gmail.com.

April 22, 2013
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New Store Openings: Madewell and Therapy Boutique

Hey guys, two new store openings on the horizon.

The first, Madewell, is happening tomorrow at 10 a.m. 
Madewell, the little sister brand to J.crew, is located in Shops of Saddle Creek, 7615 W. Farmington Blvd., Germantown.
The grand opening party will be happening from 5-8 p.m. tomorrow. Nashville fashion blogger and Media Director for Imogene + Willie, Pennyweight, serves as cohost.

Customers will get a limited-edition polka dot clutch with their first purchase tomorrow (while supplies last). According to the Shops of Saddle Creek Facebook page, the the first 25 shoppers will receive gift cards ranging from $25 to $250!

And Therapy Boutique in Carriage Crossing will have a soft opening next Monday. 
Therapy Boutique will carry brands such as Basically Me, Judith March, Esley, Audrey Ann, Blu Pepper, Pretty Angel, Lovestitch and Pink Polka Dot.

The boutique is located at 4674 Merchants Park Circle, Suite 701 (next to Dillards), in Collierville.

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