Archive | February, 2013

Spring 2013 Trends – Part One

23 Feb

It has been an exciting and very busy week!  I was honored to be the guest speaker for a Women’s Ministry Retreat this past weekend at Carson Springs Retreat Center in Newport, TN and was able to spend three days with some wonderful, beautiful women from Manley Baptist Church out of Morristown, TN.  If you are planning a retreat for your women’s group and are looking for a speaker on Fashion and Faith, I hope you will keep me in mind.

After spending the week before in Tampa, FL for Christian Fashion Week and enjoying the high 70’s weather, it has definitely put me in the mood for Spring!  I am really getting excited about seeing some of the bright colored spring fashions in the stores now as they are starting to come in.

Last month I was invited to attend the Belk Spring 2013 Fashion Tour in Charlotte, NC and was privileged to hear firsthand about the newest trends for this Spring season.  I am going to share with you five of the top ten “most wanted” trends in this week’s post and the other five with you next week.  If you have been shopping recently you may have already started to see some of these trends in the stores.  (All of these come from Belk Department Store)

Sassy Skirt-

Polished and figure flattering, the skirt is a spring staple. Full, flounced or a-line, this pick is feminine and fashionable.

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Something Lacy-

Sweet and sophisticated, effortlessly elegant, lace is easily one of spring’s most elegant essentials.

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Fancy Pant- 

Sleek and slim or full and flowy, the patterned bottom will definitely raise the cool quotient of your spring wardrobe. Be dazzled by beautiful brocades and breathtaking jacquards. (If you remember the pants I wore at CFW, they were of this trend!)

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Spring Jacket-

Call it a comeback.  The jacket has re-emerged as an all-important trend piece. Blazers, boxy and sporty bring a casual sophistication.

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Novelty Knit-

In lively prints or simple solids, trend-right knits have a knack for easy wear and easy care. New shapes and refreshed finishes call the shots.

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Watch for next week’s post with the other five most wanted trends for this Spring!

Christian Fashion Week

14 Feb

Christian Fashion Week was AWESOME!  My friend Shari Braendel and I had such a wonderful time in Tampa last week. (You can see pictures of what I wore below.)  Check out the printed black and white pants that are one of the latest spring fashion trends.

The weather was in the high 70’s and  not only was the sun shining but the Son was shining too!  I know God must have been proud of these 4 amazing people (Jose & Mayra Gomez and Wil & Tamy Lugo) who had a vision for putting a Fashion Week together where designers were challenged to design entire lines for His people.

The VIP Reception on Friday night was a great opportunity for us to meet these 4 visionaries who had worked so hard, with many other volunteers, to put this event together as well as meet Designers, Media Representatives and other Stylists in the the fashion industry. Some of which I am Facebook friends that I got the opportunity to meet in person.

The Runway Show on Saturday night was a spectacular showing of various fashions from 8 designers.  These included swimsuits, menswear and a bridal collection in addition to some very creative feminine designs.  The designs were much like what you would see at New York or London Fashion Weeks but with modesty kept in mind  –  proving you can be very fashionable without showing a lot of cleavage.  While many of the styles were probably a little more “creative” than what the average woman may wear, it proved that high fashion designs can be beautiful and modest.  You can check out the Christian Fashion Week page on Face book http://www.facebook.com/ChristianFashionWeek?fref=ts  to see photos of all the designs and festivities of the weekend.

I also had the opportunity to meet and spend time with Sara Cribbs from Zondervan  while I was in Tampa.  Zondervan was a major sponsor of CFW and they had sponsored a contest for a lucky applicant to win a $500 shopping spree.  How exciting it was to meet Lanee’ Nye, the winner of the contest, and be able to assist Shari as we shopped for a new wardrobe for her!  I can’t think of a more deserving winner. With her $500 we were able to purchase 6 pair of pants, 8 tops, 2 pair of shoes, 3 necklaces and 3 pair of earrings.  Do we know how to shop or what!

Zondervan also has a line of very Fashionable Bibles from their Style Line Collection that is the perfect accessory for every woman.  I have the silver clutch one below that is very convenient for me to carry when traveling. They also can fit in your purse with ease.

Christian Fashion Week was a wonderful and exciting experience and thanks to over 30 Media Representative that were there, it is receiving quite a bit of attention proving Fashion and Faith can coexist.  I will leave you with a quote from the printed program for the evening:

“If we are going to let our light shine, we might as well look our best doing it.”

I hope you are shining brightly this week!

 

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Heading to Tampa!

6 Feb

Hello!

I’m so excited you have decided to follow me on my new Blog!  My goal is to post here once a week and share information with you that I hope will be helpful and informative to you in some way even if it just makes you laugh at some of the craziness in my world.  Nothing is more beautiful than a woman when she smiles!

This week is a very fun and exciting week for me!  I am headed to Tampa, Florida with my dear friend, Shari Braendel, for Christian Fashion Week.

Check this out:

‘The vision of Christian Fashion Week ® is to create the world’s first series of fashion shows and events around the idea of fashion with a Christian worldview, considering Christian values such as modesty, boldness, and true style. We aim to create a viable forum for fashion designers and industry professionals to network and increase awareness of a values-based fashion industry that has always taken a back seat to the world’s more risqué sense of style. Christian Fashion Week ® is a mission to stand for dignity on behalf of our communities, families, and fashion consumers.”

How cool is that?!

As an Image Consultant, I am so excited to have the opportunity to be a part of this inaugural event and have the opportunity to see all the spring styles these awesome designers have to showcase and I can’t wait to share it all with you next week!

My first Blog Post!

2 Feb

Well I guess it’s official….I’m now a Blogger!  Welcome to the first official post on the Faithfully Fashionable Blog.  I am so happy you have decided to follow me and I hope you will stick with me and learn some fun things along the way.  While I will still post helpful tips and share important information about Workshops and Specials on the Faithfully Fashionable Face Book page and through Twitter, this blog will allow me to be able to take it a bit further and share information with you, my followers, about different topics each week.

Two of my favorite words are “Organize” and “Accessorize” so you will see various posts about how you can be the most Fashionable and Organized person around.  My most favorite word in the dictionary is “Joy” so I hope that whatever you choose to do in your life you are able to find joy in every day!

Nehemiah 8:10 says …”the joy of the Lord is my strength”.  The joy in my relationship with Jesus Christ has certainly been my strength through the years and has enabled me to get through many challenges along the way.  I hope that through my posts on this blog you will also be able to see that nothing I do would be possible without that relationship I have with Him.

I feel so honored and blessed to be able to do what I do and fulfill my passion for working with women of all ages and helping them create a life of less stress and better self-image! Whether you choose to hire me to speak to your women’s group, attend one my workshops, work with you one on one, or just follow me on these blog posts, I hope you will learn things that will help you look and feel your very best and gain the self-confidence you deserve!

Thanks for being one of the first to follow me and I hope you will share with your friends so they can follow me too!

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