Apr 18, 2014

Life Lately: Family. Food. Fun

|I'm totally here for all of these things!|
|Especially this handsome little guy|
|A little Starbucks refresher and a comfy pair of flats|
|Of course you know that I live for some good eats|
|The calamari at Capital Grille is the BEST.com|
|And I live for a good happy hour every now and then|
|Stopped in at a local fabulous bath & body works boutique Cleanse Apothecary|
|Outfit Details: Top: BCBG * Sandals: Nordstrom * Skirt: Etsy * Necklace: Etsy * Bag: Michael Kors * Sunnies: Aldo|
"Plant your own gardens and decorate your own soul,
instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers.”
- Jorge Luis Borges

Apr 15, 2014

Model Watch: Just Byrd

Meet Erika---better known as Just Byrd. Fabulous mom, Massage Therapist and runway and editorial model amongst many other things. I first encountered the slender 5'9'' chocolate complexion beauty at a local fashion event where she walked as one of the models in the show. I remember tapping the person sitting next to me asking..."do you know the name of that model" and they casually replied, "that's Just Byrd" as if I was a total moron from a long forgotten planet. It later dawned on me that this gorgeous face was one who frequently graced the runways at local shows and was a favorite amongst the Tampa fashion crowd. Let it be known that this beauty is much more than a killer body and a stunning face; she is a beautiful soul with such a down-to-earth spirit that makes her a pleasure to work with. I totally believe that she has a bright future ahead of her and I'm here to garner support in any way, shape, form or fashion. I chatted recently with the gorgeous beauty from the D (Detroit) about life as a model, beauty and her future aspirations. You can contact and see more of Erika's work here.

"Always make time for mascara! Your eyes are the window to the soul!"

Q: Where are you originally from?
A: I was born in Detroit, MI and raised in Saint Petersburg, FL. 

Q: Who was your role model as a child and how did they influence you to become a model?
A: I had an obsession with Tyra Banks. Just her drive and determination really inspired me. Beauty comes in all shades, shapes, and sizes.

Q: How did you feel when you did your first ever fashion show or photo shoot?
A: I had mixed emotions of course. I was excited that it was finally happening, but nervous. I was a model for a makeup class. I was very stiff and not sure how to pose; but that experience opened many doors for me.
Q: What are your guilty pleasure food(s)?
A: I honestly do not have any. I eat whatever I am in the mood for and never feel guilty about it. A few of my favs are cheese cake and pizza!
Q: What artist or choice of music is playing in the background when you are working with the glam squad to get photo shoot fresh?
A: Anything upbeat and exciting is okay with me. Something to push the energy and creativity in the room. I really like Chris Brown and Miley Cyrus.

Q: What beauty tips do you swear by?
A: The ones that I do on a daily basis are: 1) eyebrows make the face. Mine are thin, so I always fill them in with a little powder. Nothing too harsh though. It always gives my face life. 2) I put a tiny bit of gold eye shadow in the corners of my eyes. It makes your eyes look bright and gives them a pop! 3) Always make time for mascara. Your eyes are the window to the soul. Make your windows noticeable!

Q: Name one designer that you would love to rip the runway for?
A: I would give anything to be a Victoria Secret model.

Q: Favorite clothing item in your closet?
A: I have a very comfy over sized sweater that I love. I just throw it on and go.
Q: Sweet potato pie or Pumpkin pie?
A: This question is funny because I LOVE both. I can not decide between the two.

Q: One misconception about models that you would like to clear up?
A: Even though there are plenty to choose from, I think the misconception that is the most annoying is that "model" size is not a real size. I am naturally thin. I do not deprive myself of certain foods or work out 7 days a week. This is my body, even after having a baby. My measurements are realistic for me just like yours. I do not push anyone to be anything other than themselves. Being me includes my 32-24-34 size. And I Love it.
Well I'm certainly here for it all Miss Byrd. Be Bold. Be Fabulous. Be You!

Apr 13, 2014

Fab Event: Eye on Fashion Stylist Competition

Lacey B. Smith, the man behind the movement, creative visionary and curator of The Fashion Movement events will host his second annual EYE on Fashion: Fashion Stylists Competition; a platform for Wardrobe/Fashion Stylists to promote, market and establish their brands. For one night, Stylists will compete for a grand prize and bragging rights as the one with "The Eye on Fashion". Stylists will present various looks to an independent panel of judges who will select the ultimate winner based on the total scoring in various point categories. It's no secret that Wardrobe Stylist play an intricate part within the fashion industry. From consumer education and consultation, personal style development to personal shopping services; they are the unsung heroes behind some of our favorite and fashionably stylish celebs. Many Stylists have taken their profession to new heights. Notables like June Ambrose, Nini Nguyen, Rachel Zoe, Ty Hunter, the late L'Wren Scott, Petra Flannery, Mel Ottenberg and Macaela Erlanger have left their mark on the industry while styling their celebrity clients for the part. Step out for a fabulous evening in style and decadence to enjoy live music, light hors d'Oeuvres and cocktails; all while in the best company that Tampa and Orlando has to offer. 

 _____________________Event Details_______________________
What: Eye on Fashion Stylist Competition
When: Saturday, May 3rd 2014 7PM - 11PM
Where: The Vault: 611 N. Franklin St., Tampa FL
How: Tickets can be purchased here on Eventbrite

|Check out a couple photos from last year's event|
Photo Credit: Ruslana Studio

Apr 10, 2014

10 Menswear Fashion Staples

“Clothes and manners do not make the man; but when he is made, they greatly improve his appearance.”
-Arthur Ashe

The Crew Neck Tee - A modern day versatile staple that is suitable for a casual night out on the town--- to bedtime. Surely any fit or style of t-shirt would work, but there is something about the crew neck fit that just makes any dapper dime stand out in a crowd. Throw on a fabulous tailored suit jacket with a pair of dark denim jeans, a casual pair of loafers, a great pair of Ray Ban sunnies and you'll be sure to garner the attention of many. 

Brown Pointed Toe Shoes - Long gone the days of the squared toe dress shoe. Thank heavens! Nothing screams elegance than a fabulous pair of slim, contoured shoe with a rounded toe, a modern classic that will literally never date.Torn between the colors brown or black? Opt for a brown, it's more versatile. Don't forget to look for excellent craftsmanship during your selection; even if it means spending a little more. It's an investment worth having. Shopping designer discount online stores like yoox.com, bluefly.com or theoutnet.com can allow you to score some fabulous quality finds at exceptional deals. 

White Button Down - There isn't much to say about this classic and powerful staple. It's classic. It's fabulous. It's versatile. It's powerful. It just works. If you don't have one in your closet, add one now. It's one of my must-have staples. You can dress it up with a suit and tie or you can simply dress it down with a fabulous jacket and a pair of dark blue denim jeans. 

Navy Blue Suit - If you don't own one, shame on you. Every man should own a suit. Even if he never wears it often. There will be a need for one on many occasions ;an extravagant dinner, a wedding, a funeral or an interview---to name a few.  

A Tie - Whether you're suiting up for the office or putting together a look for a night out on the town, a tie will certainly bring color and texture to your look allowing you to tie together all of those fabulous elements. It's the small things. The attention to details that puts the 'S' is swag. It's what makes the dapper dime in you. 

Dark Blue Denim Jeans - A dark rise pair of jeans is classic and will serve you right for many years to come. Opt for a straight-cut or tapered leg. It compliments the classic darker wash. Whether you opt for a pair of True Religion or Levi's, you'll always be in style with a dark blue wash. 

Great Pair of Sunnies - One of the most important fashion accessory is none other than a fabulous pair of sunglasses. While rocking an awesome pair of specs speaks confidence about your style; they do serve a more practical purpose too. They protect from harmful UV rays. They protect from debris. They remove excess glare; but who really cares about these secondary benefits right? LOL. We're here for the fashion. Not sure what frame type best fits your face shape? Check out my previous article on this topic here.

Casual Loafers - These beauties allow you to stay stylish comfortably. These are a favorite go-to for my hubby. He wears them dressed with jeans or in the warmer months---he rocks them sockless with a pair of fabulous cargo shorts and a graphic or colored crew neck tee. Which ever you choose, rest assure that you'll be rocking these in both style and comfort.

Wallet - Every man should own a great quality wallet. Whether you use it to store your business cards, cash or that American Express black card---it is uber stylish to whip out a fabulous leather wallet that is in tact and is not falling apart. So if you are carrying one that has seen its worst days, it's time to upgrade. You can find some fabulous options at your local Marshalls or TJMaxx. 

Brown Leather Belt - This will complement those leather brown pointed toe shoes fabulously. I love to see a man color coordinated with his belt and shoes. The color brown is so versatile that it can be worn with practically any color of choice. My favorite color combo for men? Navy and brown. Throw in some mustard and uh uh uh (shakes head in pure pleasure). For menswear fashion inspiration, visit my Dapper Dime board on Pinterest here.