Yesterday, I got the opportunity to ride in the limo that picked up Kwame Jackson. This Harvard grad, worked at P&G, was on The Apprentice and is now pursuing a career in the fabulous world of fashion. I was in the limo with a few other select bloggers to get to know him, learn about what he’s in town for (a tie trunk show June 9 & 10), and find out what he’s working on for the future.
He was a really interesting person. Not only is he truly brilliant and clearly accomplished but he’s also down-to-earth, and approachable. Oh, and of course very fashionable. He was wearing a crisp button down, with his sleeves casually rolled up, a green bow tie and spring colored buttons. A breath of fresh spring air.
We had a great conversation about how we use fashion to boost confidence, brighten your day, and “dress for the job you want, not the one you have” because you never know who you’ll run into or get the opportunity to wow with your wardrobe. There’s so much truth to that, and coming from such an accomplished guy, I really take that conversation to heart.
I’m excited that he is here in Cincinnati and I hope you all take the opportunity to come see him while he’s in town. Check out the video below to learn more about his appearances this weekend!
You wont want to miss the Corwyn event if you’re in the market for new ties. He’s doing a 50% discount on all neckties from his Spring 2011 collection!
Below is a video from when I went on Fox19 to highlight some new menswear trends! Enjoy!
One of the things I didn’t get to focus on much is the “swazer” the last model was wearing. It was a blazer, but it was more of a soft, sweater material. It even had a detachable quilted, leather trimmed neck under the lapel, which I thought was interesting. So, it gives a more relaxed look to a blazer if you want it, or need the extra protection (with style) from the elements. Here’s a close up pic of the swazer. I got it at Nordstrom Rack for $129.
A fashionable fundraiser for the American Heart Association on National Wear Red Day
When: Friday, Feb. 4, 9 p.m.-midnight Where: Tonic on Fourth 125 W. Fourth St., Cincinnati OH 45202
What: Swag bags for first 150 RSVPs, freeze modeling of the latest fashion trends, music by Storm Bennett, specialty red cocktails and a spectacular silent auction – 100% of the proceeds will benefit the American Heart Association!
Dress: Cocktail chic… red attire preferred!
Tickets: Pre-registration tickets are $10 per person. Swag bags will be given to the first 150 RSVPs! Click here to RSVP and get more information. This event sells out every year, so get your tickets early!
The countdown is on one hand now! We’re five days away from the Nov. 6 Seasonably Chic Showcase! Here’s a sneak peek of some of the vendors you’ll see there, and my favorite things they offer!
Miss Selby’s Soap A couple months ago, a friend of mine and I tried to make lavender soap with lavender I grew in my garden. It was a major disaster, and I have a new-found respect now for this vendor who will be at the showcase: Miss Selby’s Soap. The creator, a local gal, Renee Selby makes soaps that use all natural ingredient and essential oils from the comfort of her own home and sells them from her online store. Some stand out scents are Fresh Lavender and Eucalyptus Lime. Or if you want your soap to reflect your holiday mood try the Natural Cinnamon or Christmas Cookie! Make sure you pick up a bar of Pet Shampoo for your furry friends!
The Longaberger Company with Kim Artmayer
I remember when I learned how to weave baskets in elementary school. And as much as my mother, who kept many of my art projects, would argue – mine cannot compare withThe Longaberger Company with Kim Artmayer. These baskets are a beautiful way to decorate your home or they would make a memorable gift for the holidays. They even have a holiday collection full of woven baskets that are inspired by the colder weather and holiday cheer! Be sure to look at their sort and store baskets that will inspire you to make your New Year’s Resolution of “getting more organized” a reality! But my favorite is the sort and store make-up basket.. I can already envision a perfect sport for it in my bathroom!
For all of those men out there who need a little – or even a lot – of assistance in the style department, this men’s fashion line will be sure to help. Artfully Disheveled is geared towards that man who wants to stand out… in a good way! They specialize in ties, bow ties and pocket squares that will be sure to transform your man’s outfit into something sexy and sophisticated without looking like he’s trying too hard! I met Chris Berre, one of the founders, recently for coffee and he showed me some of the items they’ll soon have online. The patterns are what stood out the most for me – like this silverware pattern – how unique is that? Artfully Disheveled is in the process of launching their online store, so stopping by this booth at Seasonably Chic Showcase is a must!
Corwyn Apparel We’ve written about Corwyn before in Cincy Chic. I even suited up all our groomsmen in his ties for our wedding. But if you haven’t heard about Corwyn yet, you certainly will know who he is after the showcase. He’s bringing some star power to the event! Kwame Jackson from NBC’s “Apprentice” will be at his booth decked out in the latest Corwyn Apparel fashions. And this isn’t the first time, Corwyn as rubbed shoulders with the rich and famous. These neckties have been seen on many red carpet events such as The Grammy’s, Golden Globes and The Academy Awards. Corwyn Apparel knows that image and attitude are the defining accessory. So if your man’s tie collection would use a face lift, than look for further!
The Seasonably Chic Showcase will be on November 6th at The Pheonix downtown from 10 am to 3 pm. This event brings 40 of the Tri-State’s best boutiques and vendors–for women, men, children, and pets–all under one roof for one day of spectacular shopping! The best thing about it? It’s free to get in! Just bring a canned good for the Freestore food bank! Click Here to RSVP!
PS thanks to my intern, Holly Hoover, for helping me put this blog together