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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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

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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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Aero Now VIP Launch Party

Hey everyone!  Aeropostale released their Aero Now line, and they are bigger, edgier, and better than ever. They say we’ve changed, so they’re changing too.

I had the amazing opportunity of attending Aeropostale’s VIP Launch Party as I was invited by Aeropostale!! *squeal* I know, I flipped out too! I met some really fun people, checked out their awesome new, edgy style, and got to talk to some people there!

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Here’s my outfit for the party!

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*I’m not sure of what the specific model of my purse is, but it’s from Guess (:

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The DJ’s tracks were on point through the whole event, and what’s better than good music and great shopping? *heart eyes*

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The store set-up was so cute and definitely matched the overall transformation- cool, edgy, fun, and inspired.

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I had the chance to talk to the event host, Mr. KB (we’re twins), and I asked him what three words he would use to describe the new Aero line.

“That’s a toughie!” he said, “I would say young, unique, and impactful.

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I talked to three girls, Bella, Mariana, and Destiny, about the Aero Now launch, and here’s what they had to say!

Me: What do you like best about the Aero Now line?

Bella: Definitely the skirts.

Mariana: I love everything!

Destiny: I really love the shoes.

Me: What do you think is different about this line compared to the last one?

B: Definitely their style, I would say it’s edgier whereas the last one was more girly.

M: Yeah, I have to agree

D: I think the style is different, and it’s a lot more trendy now!IMG_9524IMG_9500

Everyone was raving about the new jewelry; I wanted to take every piece home!

What else was all the buzz at the Aero Now Launch Party? Bethany Mota’s new line, of course! 18-year-old Bethany Mota, or MacBarbie07 as she is known on YouTube, has released her new Fall collection as well as her first perfume just in time for the Back-To-School season. The YouTube star turned designer has impressed me yet again with her edgy yet feminine pieces.

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One of my favorite ensembles from Bethany’s new line. I couldn’t keep my eyes off of it!

I had an absolutely amazing experience at the VIP Launch Party, and I want to say a huge, huge thank you to Aeropostale for the invite. The new clothes are to die for and remind me that we are the Now Generation. I couldn’t have asked for a better time. (:

I also want to thank all of you guys for your immense love and support! I get emails, DM’s, tweets and more full of so much love and kindness and it means the world to me! Without you all, I wouldn’t be here doing what I love to do. (:

So, as a thank you, I have some gifts for you! From now to August 1, use the code “Her Campus” at the checkout for Aeropostale and you’ll receive 30% off of your purchase. In addition, I have four awesome song downloads for you guys! Just go to http://www.dropcards.com/aeronowvip and enter the code “aeronowvip.” You only have until August 1, so go now!

Be sure to stop by your closest Aeropostale and shop the AeroNow line! Until next time, my darlings…

Stay Fab,

Kay B xx

#AERONOW: Are You Who You Were a Year Ago?

Good evening, my lovelies! Hope you’ve been having a great day so far!

Now, you probably guessed from the title that this post a little more special, and I’m so excited to finally share this with you all.

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Aéropostale is totally relaunching their brand- their stores’ design, their clothing, and everything in between, tomorrow! They say that we’ve changed over the years, so they’re going to grow with us. Tomorrow, Aéropostale stores around the country are going to relaunch their stores with a whole new, fresh face and they want you to be part of the fun!

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Their campaign, #AeroNow, is going on now to build up the excitement for this awesome event! The theme is, “Are you who you were a year ago?” and I can definitely say that I’m not and I’ve changed (for the better, of course!). Aéropostale is better than ever with fresh new clothing designs and an ultra cool vibe that will make you feel as confident as ever wherever you are.

The world is your runway and if you’re sporting some Aero threads, you’re sure to turn heads. (I did not intend for that to rhyme, but hey, it was meant to be..)

BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE! IT GETS BETTER!

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I am so psyched to announce that I’ve been invited by Aéropostale themselves to their VIP Launch Party tomorrow for Aero Now! I’ll be covering the event and everything that goes down as we celebrate a fresh new start for the brand we all know and love. To keep up to date on all the buzz and find out how YOU (yes, you!) can take part in all the fun, follow me on Instagram and Twitter (both @studdedcollar) and like my Facebook page (The Studded Collar) and stay tuned tomorrow for all the updates!

Thank you guys so much for your support, and I can’t wait for you all to come along with me for this exciting event. As a thank you gift to you all, go to Aéropostale starting at 6pm tomorrow only, and you can get 30% of anything in the store, my treat. (:

Make sure you check out their new line, launching tomorrow, July 28, 2014, and tell me in the comments below if you are the person you were a year ago or what’s changed! In the mean time…

Stay Fab,

Kay B xx.

Trend Report: Au Naturel

Hello, darlings! Hope you all have been doing well since I last spoke to you all (which was actually two days ago…).

I’ve been looking at a lot of artwork recently, and I read a comment from an art critic somewhere and he said that minimalism and simplicity are braver, bolder, and at times more beautiful than some more elaborate art pieces. Fashion and everything about it is art, and it looks like the minimalist’s art movement has reached the hair and makeup department in the fashion world.

Today I come to you with a Trend Report about hair and makeup, and it may the simplest one yet.

A Governors Ball attendee rocking the "no-makeup" makeup look and laid back tresses.

A Governors Ball attendee rocking the “no-makeup” makeup look and laid back tresses.

A casual chic lady roaming the streets of Paris during Paris Men's Fashion Week. Doesn't her natural look leave her glowing beautifully?

A casual chic lady roaming the streets of Paris during Paris Men’s Fashion Week 2014. Doesn’t her natural look leave her glowing beautifully?

Two ladies in Paris during Paris Men's Fashion Week looking effortlessly cool with their effortless makeup and hair looks.

Two ladies in Paris during Paris Men’s Fashion Week 2014 looking effortlessly cool with their effortless makeup and hair looks.

What do these ladies have in common? Their makeup! Yes they are in fact wearing makeup, but it’s the minimal, barely-there, natural glow makeup look that is steadily but surely making its way around.

I think that stepping out au naturel in regards to makeup and hair is a great beauty move, especially in the summer. Wearing tons of makeup and constantly styling your hair can really take a toll on a girl during the warmer months. Not to mention that lots of makeup can tend to look a bit washed toward the end of the day (if you don’t use the right products, that is.)

Her dress may be bold, but her makeup is anything but. A sweet face spotted at the Governors Ball allowing her natural wavy locks to rest on her shoulders.

Her dress may be bold, but her makeup is anything but. A sweet face spotted at the Governors Ball allowing her natural wavy locks to rest on her shoulders.

Sure, go ahead and wear more makeup when stepping out for some nicer occasions if you’d like, that is still a-ok! Personally, I slightly prefer this natural makeup + hair look this summer because to me…

a) you’ll look like you just came from the beach, glowing (or is that just me and my imagination?)

b) it takes a lesser toll on your face and hair, leaving them healthier (they will thank you!) and…

c) beyond a summer trend, it lets more of your natural beauty shine through, rather than stay hidden behind foundation, concealer, eyebrow tint, primer, eyeshadow, liner, mascara, blush, the works!!

Spotted: Blogger and Photographer Berta Bernard making simplicity look as chic as ever from head to toe.

Spotted: Blogger and Photographer Berta Bernard making simplicity look as chic as ever from head to toe.

There is something very chic about this trend and I’m excited to see how and where it goes. Actually, I may do some posts for no-heat hair styles, a “no-makeup” makeup tutorial, and maybe one about great products to use during the summer. Let me know if you want any of these posts to go up and any other suggestions you may have! I have been writing up a storm, so you will most likely hear from me again soon… (:

Stay Fab,

Kay B xx