A Night Among the Stars: FGI Rising Stars Award Show

Hello hello, my loves, and Happy Snowy Studded Collar Saturday (boy, is that a mouthful…) Yes, I have been absent from the blogosphere for much longer than I would ever have liked, but being a full time student and having such a demanding schedule really takes a toll! But I promise to be a bit more consistent from now on. (:

What better way to get back into the groove of things than to share with you my experience at my very first award show?

IMG_5930I had the pleasure of being invited to and attending the Fashion Group International Rising Stars Award Show in Dallas this past Thursday, and what a show it was! For those who do not know, the Rising Stars Awards are granted to those in the art and fashion industry who have truly made their mark in their area of expertise. These fields include art, photography, jewelry, beauty, interior design, and, of course, fashion. It was so humbling to be in the presence of such hard workers who have really made a name for themselves, and I was honored to be among them that evening.

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Along with the award shows, the night also included a series of fashion shows from big-name brands like Macy’s, BCBGeneration, Karen Millen, Nordstrom, Belk, and Aftershock London. Here are some shots from the first show by Macy’s.

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I loved the vibrancy of the collection. In every piece color was incorporated and each caught everyone’s eye. In all honesty, there were some looks that were a little too busy in color for my liking. However, each piece within those ensembles was gorgeous and we must remember that not every outfit is ready to wear off of the runway- some are merely meant to inspire!

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This is my favorite look from the Macy’s show because it displays a cute way to dress up a tee-shirt dress that can also easily be dressed down. The pop of color in the shoes was a great choice by the stylist- not too overwhelming, but easily makes a statement.

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Next came the BCBGeneration show. This collection was a stark contrast to the previous of Macy’s- here we were shown a gorgeous compilation of spring pieces in neutral tones with some sparse, light additions of color every so often. The color scheme was made of black, blue and white and the outfits themselves were not at all structured. I think that BCBG did a wonderful job of capturing the carefree and loose aesthetic of spring while maintaining a chic and put together collection. Bravo!

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The romper on the left is so cute. I love the balance of the full-length sleeves with the shorts. A great piece to own for Spring and an even better addition to purchase for Spring Break! *heart eyes*

More runway shows ensued from brands like Karen Millen…

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and BCBGIMG_5939 IMG_5992 IMG_5987 IMG_5958

Can we take a moment to appreciate how flawlessly BCBG combined two of the top trends right now- Leather AND Fringe??? Way to make it to my heart, darlings. *swoon*

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The awards were given in a staggered manner, so after every few runway shows, a few awards were given. The lovely Mrs. Shay Geyer, IBB  Designer and Good Morning Texas Design Expert was the emcee of the evening and did a fantastic job hosting the night. The first awards were for the Rising Stars in Beauty, Jewelry Design, and Art.

IMG_5850Congratulations to Dr. Nalia Malik, the Rising Star in Beauty…

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Megan Thorne, Rising Star in Jewelry Design…

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And Shayema Rahim, the Rising Star in Art!

I would love to also extend my congratulations to the Rising Star in Photography, Brandon Lyon, and the Rising Star in Interior Design, Brant McFarlain.

Besides seeing the awards and watching the shows, I did have my fair share of fun and met/ reunited with some wonderful people!

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It was such an honor to meet the lovely designer Lucy Dang who was also in the running for a Rising Star award in Fashion. I am in love with her designs and beautiful execution, and she was just as sweet in person as I thought her to be. (:IMG_5926

I also had the honor of meeing co-founder and Editor of DFW Style Daily, Leah Frazier. She was so fun to chat with and it was so great to speak to someone as accomplished as her- I gained quite a few key lessons from her. Go check out her online publication, DFW Style Daily, if you haven’t already!

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Fellow bloggers Cydni of It’s Her Strut, Ty Jones of Words and Wardrobes, and I hit it off and had some fun with the photo booth. (: They’re funny, sweet, and incredibly smart. Go feast your eyes upon their blog goodness!

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While chatting it up with others in the biz like Alex Young of Eat Style Dallas, photographer extraordinaire Stephanie Drenka of Geek Glam, and Velma Puente of VP Cosmetics, I would see men in police uniforms walking around the venue. My first thought was, “Wow, security is pretty tight around here if they’re mingling among the guests!” Then, later in the evening I saw the two officers looking at me from behind their cop glasses (BTW: the technical term for “cop glasses” is Aviators. Please remember this…) and they stopped me in my tracks. They asked if I was having a good time and I responded saying of course I was! Then they said that after inspecting me for a little bit they were going to have to give me a citation- my first citation!!! “Oh gosh, a citation for what, officers?” I responded with a light laugh and a smile.

“A citation… for being Fashionably Fierce!!!”

No, these were not your every day police officers.

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These were the Fashion Police.

The Fashion Police prowled the venue throughout the evening and gave out “citations” to some of the best dressed of the evening. Needless to say I was quite flattered and was more than excited to receive my first positive citation from the (Fashion) Police.

I even got to take my first “mugshot”!

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The last award of the evening was the most exciting one- Rising Star in Fashion! The nominees were Lucy Dang, the designer I had the pleasure of meeting earlier that evening; Esé Azénabor, a friend of mine and newly showcased designer at Spring/ Summer New York Fashion Week 2015; and Binzario Couture, who shared a gorgeous bridal collection.

Here are a few shots of the amazing talent. First up- Lucy Dang.IMG_6012 IMG_6014 IMG_6020 IMG_6024 IMG_6025 IMG_6076 IMG_6097

Next we saw Binzario Couture.IMG_6112 IMG_6163 IMG_6191 IMG_6192 IMG_6227 IMG_6233 IMG_6185 IMG_6189 IMG_6237 IMG_6241 IMG_6244

And last, but by no means least, Esé Azénabor

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After watching all three shows, I think everyone can agree that it was anyone’s game. All three designers were equally deserving of the award as they and their designs were absolutely phenomenal- out of this world!

In the end, Lucy Dang took home the award and now holds the title of Rising Star in Fashion. Congratulations!

After the show’s finale, I met up with dear friend and designer, Allison Mitchell, who looked fabulous as usual. I also got to chat with Esé for a bit afterwards and she, too, looked flawless and was just as warm and bubbly as ever.

IMG_6437IMG_6438Allison and Esé showed at NYFW together, pairing Esé’s clothes with Allison’s purses, and they put on quite a show! Check out both of their websites for more details regarding their work and products.

It was a dream of a night and I still feel humbled to say I laughed and danced among the stars, rising and risen. Thank you, FGI, for such a memorable night!IMG_6441

That’s a wrap! Thank you so much for reading, and I hope you enjoyed this article as much as I did writing it. Don’t forget to follow me on my Instagram and Twitter, and like my Facebook page to keep up with me when I’m not blogging! If you have any thoughts, feel free to comment below, or, if you have any questions, shoot me an email at thestuddedcollar@gmail.com (:

Stay Fab, darlings,

Kay B xx.

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March Lovelies

Hi everyone!

Well, it’s been settled- I’m an awful person. I’m sorry, I just… give me a minute.

Ok. I’m back.

I know I promised to do monthly lovelies every month, but here we are, on April Fool’s Day, the first of the month, and I skipped my February lovelies. I’m sorry everyone. I wish it were an April Fool’s joke, but this is the hard cold truth…

But we can’t cry over spilled milk, right? We just need to clean up and move on… to my MARCH LOVELIES!

*P.S- I’m doing a different format than January’s post, but let me know which you like better: the images made on Polyvore, or my own photos? Or possibly a mix of both? Just tell me what you’d like to see (:

Gel Nail Polish

This is was my first gel manicure- got them done for my birthday and absolutely loved them!

This is was my first gel manicure- got them done for my birthday and absolutely loved them!

The story behind me getting a gel manicure is actually a funny not-so-funny story… I decided to experiment with stick on nails the day of my sixteenth birthday party. Of course, as all last minute tasks end, it was a disaster. The tips of my fingers were coated in the stinky adhesive and I was about to have a hernia at the thought of my nails being amputated on my birthday. My sweet mother calmed me down and booked a last-minute-rush nail appointment with her nail tech and she worked her magic! My nails looked gorgeous, and the polish lasted and shone for a good 2 1/2 weeks! (Until I managed to pick it all away due to nerves… of course I would manage to do that…) If you want a mani that lasts, go for the gel! Note to all: STEER CLEAR OF STICK ONS!

Rose Gold Jewelry

I have a necklace like this, but rather than an infinity symbol, it's a jewel encrusted cross

I have a necklace like this, but rather than an infinity symbol, it’s a jewel encrusted cross

I’ve always preferred silver jewelry, but one of my best friends bought a rose gold necklace for me as a 16th birthday gift, and I’ve loved Rose Gold ever since. I’ll post a picture of it in my birthday haul, but it looks like the necklace above, but the infinity sign is replaced with a horizontal cross. It has little diamonds on it, and is strung onto a rose gold chain. I absolutely love it and I wear it every day. I know most believe that gold is an outdated colour, but look closely– honey, that’s not gold. It has a rosy tint to make the yellow tones less harsh. This modernizes the material and it’s just as popular as silver.

Colour Smart: If you have fair skin or even an olive tone, this will look best on you as opposed to silver. You’re tone will look warmer and more vibrant.

Wristlets/Money Purses

I actually have this same wristlet... sorry the picture isn't as artsy :-/ #ohwell

I actually have this same wristlet… sorry the picture isn’t as artsy :-/ #ohwell

I just recently got two wristlets, and I usually don’t use them because I prefer crossbodies, standard purses, or totes- they’re practical, stylish, and carry everything I need! I will admit, though, that I’ve been using the wristlets a lot, especially to school. Carrying a tote or any other large purse with a backpack and other miscellaneous items is not that easy… They’re really great to hold my keys, various cards, cash, etc. and they have just as much style as the next bag! I recommend this mainly to students because we are constantly on the go, and when you are going out more leisurely, then grab that handbag and work it, darling!

Nail Polish

When my nails are on point, my life is on point. Enough said.

When my nails are on point, my life is on point. Enough said.

No one wants to walk around naked. Well, neither do my nails. I must always have my nails done, and if they aren’t done, then I feel like a part of me is missing. If you’re laughing to yourself alone in your room right now at the fact that this crazy British girl thinks her nails are naked when they’re not done, then stop. Right now. It’s a serious matter. Anyway, I’ve been trying some different colours that I wouldn’t normally use, like Metro Chic (a gray colour) by Sephora, and I’ve been loving them. I just love how my nails look once they have a fresh coat of nail polish, because when they’re done, I have my whole life together. Same goes for my hair. Moving on.

8tracks

It's like Pandora and Spotify combined. It's magic, pretty much.

It’s like Pandora and Spotify combined. It’s magic, pretty much.

Alright, here is a non-beauty/fashion related lovely- 8tracks! I’ve been using it for a while now, but I just recently got really into it. Basically, it’s a free internet music radio service in which you select a mood, genre, or artist, and it will generate/ pull up playlists that match your selections! When using it on the computer, you can have up to three selections, and on your phone you have only two. Depending on how you look at it, that could be a pro or a con. To me, it doesn’t ever matter because, I kid you not, the accuracy of the music they pull for you is incredible! If you’re happy and want to get pumped in the morning, they have the perfect playlist for you. The best part- you can create your own playlists with the music you want. Add some tags depending on the feel of your mix, and others can listen to it! It’s truly amazing, but don’t take my work for it, try it for yourself!

Flappy Birds

 

No description can do this game justice. You could say we have a love/hate relationship.

No description can do this game justice. You could say we have a love/hate relationship.

I have no description for this but that this game… has truly tested my emotions. All I ask is that you don’t judge me because I know we have all been emotionally invested in this game at one point or another.

 

Well, those are all of my Monthly Lovelies for March! If you guys have any of the same favourite items, or want to share yours with me, please feel free to comment down below! I promise I’ll post more regularly from now on (both in the Monthly Lovelies and everything else, haha) Don’t forget to check out all of my social media, you can find them under “Contact Me” in the Menu Bar! Until next time, my loves…

Stay Fab,

Gigi xx.

January Lovlies

Hey everyone, HAPPY NEW YEAR!

This is my first post in my Monthly Lovelies Series, and I know it’s coming two days too late, but better late than never, yeah?

The first month of the New Year brought me new things to start absolutely L.O.V.I.N.G. Of course, I just have to share them with you!

Favorite Baby Lip Flavors

 

I don’t think I have come across someone yet who doesn’t like chapstick. It’s hydrating, it makes your lips feel good… what more could you ask for? Well, ladies, if you like chapstick, you will LOVE Baby Lips. It’s basically like chapstick, but it’s instantly hydrating, and, wait for it… it acts just like a lip stain or lip gloss!! There are clear options, of course. If you’re looking to add some color to your lips, though, as well as hydration, then Baby Lips is for you! I use Baby Lips, and within a week of using it, my lips were noticeably softer.

Favourite Mascara, January

 

My number one makeup piece that I could never live without is mascara. My mum bought this for me last month and asked me to try it, and boy did I see instant results! The mascara really lives up to it’s name. I usually apply two coats of mascara (for good measure), and with this, I only needed one. My eyelashes are pretty long compared to the average lash length, and this lengthened and thickened my lashes. I highly recommend this for anyone looking to lengthen their lashes!

My favorite app right now!

 

Ok, if being addicted to Polyvore is wrong, I don’t want to be right. Polyvore is an amazing website that allows you to put together high quality images of outfits, home decor sets, and more. When I say high quality, I mean High-Def. HD. Almost real. It’s amazing.  (I actually made these images on Polyvore!) In addition, you can search and shop for apparel, shoes, beauty products and more from all of your favourite stores in one place! Membership is absolutely free, as well as their iPhone app. You can check out my Polyvore account @thestuddedcollar. I’ll be doing some contests there, so be sure to check it out!

My loves, Infinity Scarves

 

Infinity scarves are absolutely amazing. It’s the classic scarf revolutionized. I’ve been wearing these so much during these winter months. If you know England, then you know our cold, dreary, and rainy weather. I despise the cold with a burning passion, (if laughed at that unintentional oxymoron, I applaud you) so I wear these often. Their so cute, and I just… gah I just love them. Cream an maroon are my favourite colors for them… I have too many of them to be honest….

Favourite Shoes of January

 

BOOOOOOOTS boots boots boots boots boots boots boots. I think you get the point.

I’ll be honest, wearing leather riding boots is not easy in a frequently rainy country, but I’m Gigi Parrington… I find a way.

Go to Cable Knit Sweater

 

Last, but certainly not least, cable knit sweaters. I mentioned these in my Back To School bit earlier last year, but I fell in love with them more recently. I’ve worn these with leggings, jeans, trousers, skirts, anything. They’re so warm and vintage but so stylish.

 

There you have it, my 6 January Lovelies! I’ll be back at the end of the month with my February lovelies, and I can’t wait to share them with you! I think I’ll do a contest with this for February…

In the mean time, comment below what you were raving about last month! I’d love to know and learn about some new things to try (: Check out my Polyvore, Instagram, Twitter and other social media to keep up with me. Until next time my darlings…

Stay Fab,

Gigi xx.

Hi I live in the UK as well and I know that most schools wear uniforms, so I was wondering how this would help me? I know some schools get rid of the uniform when you reach sixth form. Are you in sixth form? Where are you from in England? – Gemma Anne

Hey girls!

Yesterday, I received some questions, and this one stood out to me…

“Hi I live in the UK as well and I know that most schools wear uniforms, so I was wondering how this would help me? I know some schools get rid of the uniform when you reach sixth form. Are you in sixth form? Where are you from in England?”  – Gemma Anne

First off, congrats to Gemma Anne; you’re the first to have your question answered in ‘Ask Gigi’! Well, to answer your question, I live in Reading, Berkshire. It’s about an hour from London. I’m not in sixth form quite yet, I’m fifteen going on sixteen this academic year, so I’m in Year 11.

A picture from when I went to Forbury Gardens in Reading, Berkshire

A picture from when I went to Forbury Gardens in Reading, Berkshire.

My school wears uniforms as well, so I can’t always wear the outfits, clothes, and other items that I discuss during the week (unless we have a free dress day.) However, the trends, outfits, accessories, styles, and others of the like that I post here can be worn outside of school! Don’t think that, for instance, clothes I talk about in a Back to School segment are for school alone. Feel free, as I do, to rock these looks out of school. At an athletic match, out with friends, to grab a bite, and anywhere you feel is appropriate for you! In short, these articles can help inspire your fashion choices, and guide you to what to wear during every season and for particular types of occasions! (:

If you want your own question to be featured and answered here, follow me on twitter (@studdedcollar), on Instagram (@studdedcollar) or like my Facebook page! (The Studded Collar) You can post your questions there for me to see. In the meantime ladies…

Stay Fab,

Gigi xx

Ask Me, Gigi!

Hi ladies!

When I made this blog, I wanted to make it interactive so that it could be more of a conversation. That’s why I made this section, ‘Ask Gigi,’ because I want to hear from you! Here’s how it’ll work. You can follow me on twitter (@studdedcollar) and tweet me any questions you have about fashion, beauty, styling advice, my blog, myself, and really anything else under the sun! If you don’t have a twitter, you can email me your questions to thestuddedcollar@gmail.com. Then, I’ll choose a few to answer and feature on the page that day! If I feature your question, I’ll notify you the day that I answer. Don’t worry if your question isn’t answered; I’ll do my very best to answer a few every day! I look forward to reading your questions!

Stay Fab,

Gigi xx