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February 29, 2012
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On-Trend: Belk's Top 10 Spring Trends for Men

1. Colored Bottoms -Look on the bright side and go beyond the blue. Say, “Yes!” to a wide range of bold palettes for spring. Add the wow with denim and other textiles in the most happening hues. Nantucket red is a favorite.

2. Striped Knit -Ready to give your look a fresh fix in no time flat? Bar none, these very “on-trend” patterns will do the trick. Multis, bi-color, almost any combo will do. The time is just ripe for stripes.

3. Bright Plaids & Checks - Don’t skimp on style. Indulge in an amazing array of prints and patterns to recharge your look. Color counts and grid lock is not an issue.

4. Prepster Sportcoat -Want to raise your cool quotient? Wear this seasonal jacket desk to dinner—workplace to weekend. The fit and fabric will feel so right.

5. Flat Front Short -Own it. Chic and simple, this warm weather staple will give you a smart start in pulling your off duty wardrobe together. Getting comfortable never looked so good.

6. Oxford Shirt -This all-time classic is back with a vengeance in a range of captivating tones. Softly crinkled or pressed to please, this shirt works as hard as you do.

7. Cool Tee -Our best in class tee shirts stand out as essential spring weekend gear. Check out vintage graphics, washed down hues and easy-fit silhouettes. Laid back looks better than ever.-more-

8. Novelty Neckwear -Check out ties in seersucker, linen, spring plaids and a bounty of beautiful shades. Stand out from the crowd in ties that take you from okay to, “Oh, wow!” in a fashion minute.

9. Straw Fedoras -For the perfect balance between elegance and ease, try a hat that harnesses your modern manpower. You will look sharp and stylish.

10. Preppy Footwear -Step it up. Prepare to prep in shoes with an emphasis on the Ivy League. The message represents authentic American style. Madras plaids, tri-color boat shoes and, yes, saddle oxfords say it all.

February 28, 2012
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Photos: Katori Hall's "Hurt Village" Opening Night Party in NYC

Memphis-native Katori Hall's (above) play "Hurt Village" premiered Feb. 27 at the Signature Theater in NYC.

Joaquina Kalukango

Marsha Stephanie Blake

Lois Smith and David Margulies

Mekhi Phifer and Dule Hill

Lloyd Watts, Nicholas Christopher, Charlie Hudson, Ron Cephas Jones and Corey Hudson

James Houghton, Edward Norton, Katori Hall and Patricia McGregor

 

February 28, 2012
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Penny Hardaway Shoes Causing Pandemonium

Memphis-native and Memphis Tigers and NBA legend Anfernee 'Penny' Hardaway released the 'Galaxy' colorway of his Nike Air Foamposite Ones sneaker series which has sparked long lines and even riots for the $220 pair of shoes.

(Photo source: Kicks on Fire)

The 'Galaxy' version are the latest incarnation of the Foamposite series, which was released in 1997, according to BallerStatus.com. These shoes actually glow-in-the-dark.

Hardaway himself wore a special, white version ("Shooting Stars") of the shoes during last week's NBA AllStar Game.

(Photo Source: Sneaker News)

(Photo Source: Sole Collector)

There was riot in at Florida Mall in Orlando and long lines and people camping out in New York City. The shoe's release in Maryland was canceled due to safety concerns.

The shoes are all over Ebay at exorbitant prices (including a $70,000 sale attempt that has been removed and $2,500 bids). One fellow in New York even offered to trade his 1996 Chevy Cavalier for a pair.

MTV's RapFix got Hardaway's comments on the chaos and you also listen to audio from Power 105's The Breakfast Club (audio via Hip Hop Wired) interview with him.

 

What do you think about the Galaxy Foamposite shoes? Do you plan on purchasing a pair?

 

(H/T: My Beau)

February 28, 2012
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On-Trend: Belk's Top 10 Spring Trends for Women

(Belk is a North Carolina-based, Southern department store chain. No stores in Memphis, but there are stores in Oxford, Miss. (The Galleria) and Conway, Paragould and Stuttgart, Ark.)

1. The Long Skirt - The fashion world is fascinated with new longer lengths. Edgy or ethereal, pleated or trim and tailored, this piece is just waiting for your personal stamp of approval.

2. Striped Dress - Stripes are all the hype, the bolder the better. Bring it on with bi-color and multi-color patterns that deliver high impact and straight forward style.

3. Boxy Top - Shape says it all. East/west silhouettes, exaggerated sleeves and uneven hems are just a few of the architectural details that define this pared down, very modern sportswear item.

4. Openwork - Punctuate any look with something delicate, light and airy. Choose eyelet, crochet or macramé. Bring lace or anything lace-like front and forward. These peek-a-boo textiles may go rustic or refined but rarely take a back seat to any other warm weather fabric.

5. Colored Bottom - Denim goes full spectrum. Optic shock? Absolutely not, but bottoms in bold blues and other hues like red, Kelly green and pink take the lead and fashionistas are following.

6. New Cardi - Style-savvy insiders agree. The cardigan is still fashion’s favorite completer piece. Longer lengths, new shapes and elegant open work refresh this important mainstay.

7. Color Block - Wonderfully modern blocks of color enhance and update any look, any garment. This graphic message magically makes its way to tops, skirts, dresses, shoes and handbags.

8. Wide Leg Pants - Inspired by a romantic 1970’s mood, this bottom invites you to play with new proportions. Count on an away-from-the-body silhouette to marry style and comfort.

9. Fashion Wedge - Find your footing. With unexpected embellishments, material mixes and a range of heel heights, your feet are issuing a fashion alert. The wedge is the shoe that will entice you to buy new.

10. Statement Neck - Spring fuels your passion for fashion with an exquisite array of face-framing necklaces. Magnificent metals, 3-D flowers, tribal inspired beads and baubles--that’s the long and short of it!

February 27, 2012
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Celebrity Watch: Ginnifer Goodwin at the 2012 Vanity Fair Oscar Party

WEST HOLLYWOOD: Actress Ginnifer Goodwin arrives at the 2012 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter at Sunset Tower on Feb. 26.

 

Dress is by Peter Som.

 

February 27, 2012
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Featured Makeup Artist: FACES by SEVEN

Seven Moore, a Memphis-native, is a professional makeup artists and has worked his magic on stars like Eva Longoria and Hillary Swank.
BSC: How did you begin your career in the beauty world?
SM: I think I've always had a passion for beauty! I remember watching my mother doing her m/u and thought she was the prettiest woman in the world, but I wanted to draw her eyes brows on for her, lol - I just knew I could do a better job! :) However, It wasn't until college that I started to realize that I had a real "talent"! I started doing brows out of my dorm room, that lead to me trying different eye "beats"(thats what we industry call make-up), and then I found myself doing entire faces. Some of my friends started to post their before and after pictures of when I did their m/u and thats how "Faces by Seven" was born. From those pictures I gained interest from cosmetic giant, Laura Mercier Cosmetics- launching me into the "professional" arena.

BSC: How long have you been a makeup artist?
SM: I've been doing makeup since I was 16, but I didn't get my title [Makeup Artist] until I was 20, so about 8 years now! (Geez, I'm getting old.) :)

BSC: What are some of your favorite makeup products?
SM: Now you know this is such an unfair question to ask a makeup artist!  I have so many favorites! :)  It totally depends on the client and skin type. However some of my favorite products are not makeup at all, but skin care -- my motto is that "great skin care is the best makeup". A few of my personal favorite makeup products that I'd recommend to any woman or man have to be:

(1) Chanel Inimitable Mascara- It has these little rubber thingies that separate lashes and its truly build-able!
(2) MAC Studio Sculpt Concealer- a little of this stuff goes a long way. Its a pretty thick formula, so don't forget to use a good eye cream.
(3) Laura Mercier Lip Glace - everything from the scent to the texture is just right on!

BSC: What do yo enjoy most about being a make up artist?
SM: Hands down I enjoy the way I make people feel! There's no greater feeling than to know you've touched someone's life; or boosted one's self esteem by showing them how to conceal blemishes and help them bring out their best features. I enjoy editorial and creative shoots, but I absolutely love weddings. Just being apart of such a special, blissfumoment in a woman's life is just soul-stirring! It's those moments that make it all worth it!!!

BSC: What are your thoughts about fashion and beauty and the city of Memphis?
SM: I've heard many say that Memphis is late and is at least 5-10 years behind in the fashion category; I BEG TO DIFFER! I feel that Memphis has it own fashion identity, just as every other metropolitan city! Memphians are stylish and fashion forward! We appreciate fashion and interpret our own creative blends of trend & style! With that said, I do feel that we lack in the fashion retail department, although a couple retailers have come into the city, but its not nearly enough! As for makeup, I'm often inspired by my clients tenacity to step outside of the box. They are always up-to-date with the latest makeup looks and wear them well! GO MEMPHIS!!!

BSC: What drives you?
SM: I had a very rocky childhood and experienced a lot of things that a child should never, ever have to endure. Makeup is my therapy and is moreso a conduit to my life's purpose -- to help children! The backside to my makeup line is that a portion of proceeds will go to The FACES FOUNDATION for Inner City Youth Enrichment & Education. This project means more to me than any accolades that I have or will ever receive!

BSC: What is a basic beauty tip that could help any woman?
SM: So many women don't wear makeup because they've never worn it before or don't know what they're doing! This is crazy to me-- How can you learn if you never try! SO my best piece of advice is NOT to be afraid to mess up! Start with a concealer, mascara and lip gloss then start to customize your own makeup wardrobe to fit your specific needs!

BSC: Who is someone that you would love to collaborate with? (If you don't mind saying).
SM: I would love to callab with two of my makeup idols Pat McGrath and Sam Fine! I would love to work with Adele on her next album cover! Lol :)

For bookings, you can contact Seven via e-mail.

February 27, 2012
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Beale Street Chic <3s The Awkward PopUp Shop Vol III

February 27, 2012
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Recap: The Awkward PopUp Shop Vol III

I had the pleasure of attending the third edition of the The Awkward PopUp Shop, presented by Clarence Simpson, on Friday night.

The event, held at Marshall Arts Gallery, included live painting, (great) paintings for sale and an open mic.

In addition to previously featured Dare Threads Vintage, there was also clothing for sale from vendors

Nonprofit SoGiv

Heartless & Co. by Najee Strickland. (This turned out to be a robot.)

Black & White Collection by (photographer) Mario Kristian

Question the Answer (by Lauren Carlson), which includes beautiful handcrafted jewelry and shirts.

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A Thrifty Steal, consisting of vintage men's and women's clothing with bold colors and bright prints (leaning towards 80s-early 90s).

The runway show consisted of clothing and accessories presented by six stylists or designers (not listed in order of appearance): Dominique Foy, Whitney Michelle, Darnell Henderson, Lauren Carlson, Jess Jackson, Lauren Keys and Jenil Askew.

(I love the Jeffrey Campbell 'Lita' booties!)

It was a great event and I definitely recommend you attend the next one!

You can follow updates on Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr.

February 27, 2012
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Steals, Deals, Giveaways and Promotions

Sample Sales:

  • Ideeli: Monday on Charles Jourdan and Coach. Tuesday on BCBGMAXAZRIA. Wednesday on Tom Ford, CZ by Kenneth Jay Lane and Vivienne Vivienne Tam.
  • Gilt Groupe: Monday on Belle by Sigerson Morrison. Tuesday on Cynthia Rowley, Molton Brown, Via Spiga and Seychelles. Wednesday on Giambattista Valli and Camilla Skovgaard. Thursday on Thread Social.
  • Rue La La: Monday on Tom's, Tom's Men, Hogan and Hogan's Men. Tuesday on 7 for all Mankind, 7 for all Mankind Men and Pink Tartan. Wednesday on Technomarine, Cesare Paciotti, Via Spiga, Marc by Marc Jacobs and Badgley Mischka fashion and shoes.
  • Haute Look: Monday on William Rast, Enzo Angiolini and Mario Badescu. Tuesday on London Fog, Miss Sixty and Anne Klein Trenches. Wednesday on Biatta Intimates.
  • PLNDR: Monday on Amongst Friends and FRESHJIVE.
February 26, 2012
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Top 10 Looks from the 2012 Academy Awards

Milla Jovovich in Elie Saab

Jane Seymour

Berenice Bejo in Elie Saab

Stacy Keibler in Marchesa

Glenn Close in Zac Posen

Ellie Kemper in Armani Prive

Gwyneth Paltrow in Tom Ford

Jennifer Lopez in Zuhair Murad

Cameron Diaz in Gucci

Emma Stone in Giambattista Valli

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