In With the New + Kendra Scott!

Hello friends, and happy Thursday!

This is a bit of a different post for you all, but as I said before, I have some new additions coming to TSC, and slowly but surely you guys are going to see (and hopefully love) the changes.

Here’s the first order of business…

I’m super excited to announce the launch of The Studded Collar Youtube channel! I had a channel before, Days With Kay, which was strictly for vlogs. On this blog’s channel, I’ll be sharing daily vlogs as well as lookbooks, Q&A’s, lifestyle & beauty videos, fashion videos, interviews, and so much more. I can’t wait to bring some of my ideas to life and share them with you all!

I also want to hear what you guys have to say! Be sure to follow all my social media links (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and now Youtube) so that we can interact with each other and I can chat with you all! I want to know what videos you would like to see as well as any questions you may have. I love staying in touch with you guys as my viewers, readers, and friends, so don’t be afraid to reach out to me!

Today I’ve posted my first ever TSC video, and I want you guys to see it! The first vlog that I’ve decided to upload is actually from a little while back, but I chose to upload today for a special reason. Yesterday, Kendra Scott released their Summer 2017 collection, and it’s absolutely gorgeous, as always to be expected from the brand. I had the chance to visit their headquarters in Austin and tour the office, which was such a cool opportunity that I had to vlog it to share with you guys! I also got to see the new Summer collection a few weeks early while I was there, which was awesome.

I’ve gone ahead and linked the video below, so go ahead and watch it on the new channel! Don’t forget to subscribe, as this is where all my videos are going to be uploaded from now on- I know you don’t want to miss out. (:

Thank you all so much for reading (and watching), having your support means a lot to me! I love you guys bunches, and can’t wait until next time…

Kay B xx

Kicking it at Kick Pleat

Bonjour, mes amies! Kay B here with another article for you all. I hope you all are feeling more rested than I am at the start of the new week- I feel like I have been on the run every day since last week, and this weekend was no different.

On the bright side, I was kept busy with lots of fun and exciting activities- one of them being going to Kick Pleat in Austin to interview designer Miranda Bennett!

Photography by Angelica C.

We had a great chat together, and you can read all about that interview here.

For those of you who are don’t know, Kick Pleat is a women’s clothing, shoes and accessories store with an airy aesthetic and clean design that will transport you to the finest of high-fashion dreams.

The exterior and interior design of the store speak to the vibe of the clothes and accessories that grace the racks and shelves of Kick Pleat. A woman will walk in through their doors and immediately feel empowered to breathe life into her unique persona through the many ensembles and pieces that Kick Pleat has to offer. I had so much fun looking around and venturing through the shop.

Each section of the store has its own voice and speaks to each customer uniquely and individually. Just as every woman has her individuality, you won’t find anything like what you will discover within the white mod walls of Kick Pleat.

My favorite parts of the store were the dressing room and the shoe stadium, by far. Can we just talk about this stadium for a minute? Goals, without a doubt.

Of course, I want to share my outfit with you all from my Kick Pleat visit. It was a daytime event, so I decided not to dress up too much while keeping it light and classy on sweltering spring day. (Seriously, “spring” in Texas is in the upper 80’s…)

Top: Candie’s | Shorts: H&M | Booties: | Coach | Sunglasses: Aldo | Purse: Mix No. 6

It was such a beautiful day outside, though I’m almost certain that Texas skipped the spring season and went straight for summer. So I wanted to wear light and loose garments while still looking put together. I chose for my makeup look of the day to be a light one as well, in regards to color tones as well as application. The Mac Pro Longwear foundation is my holy grail on beating hot days such as Friday. Let me know if you want to hear more about my makeup and skincare routine!

Can you tell that I was (and still am) obsessed with this shoe stadium? I can’t get over it- and don’t believe I ever will…

My outfit for this  day was pretty neutral in my blouse and booties, so I brought a pop of color to my ensemble with my cinch waist shorts from H&M. I love these because while they are a longer pair of shorts, they’re loose and airy enough to wear on the hottest of day. Not to mention, the cinched waist is not only a beautiful addition of detail, but is also very flattering. When worn with a loose shirt tucked in or even a fitted blouse, it draws attention to your waistline and makes it look smaller in your mid-section

If that doesn’t win you over, then you should know that these shorts have pockets. AND a drawstring bow. You’re welcome.

I had so much fun visiting Kick Pleat, interviewing Miranda Bennett, and shooting for this article. I’m so happy to be back on the blog and can’t wait to share even more with you guys. Look out for some exciting new additions and changes around here soon… I think you guys will like what I have in store for you all. (: Don’t forget to keep up with me on all my socials (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook) and very soon we’ll be adding YouTube to the mix! Also, big thanks to Angie for the photography- go ahead and check out all of her photography here.

Sending lots of love to you all, and wishing you a wonderful rest of your day or night! Until next time, lovies…

Stay Fab,

Kay B xx

On the Radar: Madison Patrylick of MadJewels

Hello, hello, hello, loves! I’m baaaack! Boy, have I been absent lately. You can hear those crickets chirping loud and clear… and let’s clean those cobwebs out of here, please! Geez Louise, I have to dust off this keyboard, too…

Oh, but all jokes aside, I have been insanely busy lately. As a student, school is a huge priority for me, and junior year has been anything but a cakewalk, but I’ve gotten to a point where I can return to my pink Studded Collar throne and grace my bloggy kingdom with my presence once more. (:

Now, I’m very excited to return with this article. Late last year I met a sweetheart of a designer named Madison Patrylick.

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Madison is the driving force, founder, and designer behind the company MadJewels. From designing safety-pin bracelets for her grandparents at the age of eight, to the launch of her vibrant jewelry company in 2011, Mrs. Patrylick has come a long way in her career. MadJewels specializes in hand crafted jewelry using gorgeous, high quality, natural materials and gemstones. I had the opportunity to interview Mrs. Patrylick about her company, her business advice, and some of her fashion must-haves. Keep reading to learn more about the face of MadJewels!

Kay B: How would you describe your brand? What sets your jewelry apart from others and makes it unique?

Madison Patrylick: Mad Jewels is bohemian chic and very bright. I think jewelry should bring out the brightness in your personality, and is really is a way of further expressing who you are as a person. Mad Jewels is unique compared to many other jewelry brands because it is BRIGHT. I am not afraid to use color, and I really love a good piece that pops.

Kay: Take me through a typical day in the life of a jewelry designer.

Madison: Oh gosh, every day is different! The to-do list is always a mile high; we are busy working on shipping out web orders, filling orders for our retail stores, heading to market to restock on supplies, designing new styles for upcoming collections, photographing new pieces, putting them into catalogs and lookbooks, marketing, social media, accounting, attending trade shows all over the country, and so much more.  There are so many business aspects separate from actually designing and putting a piece together, and most people don’t realize that!

Kay: What do you prefer about working for yourself versus working under someone? What are the pros and cons?

Madison: PROS: Love being able to spend time with my husband and daughter on a regular basis. She is the most important thing I have done in my life and always my priority. Working for yourself also allows you to be able to work when you feel most inspired or most productive, rather than being chained to a desk 8 hours a day.

CONS: I 150% miss receiving a regular paycheck, a Christmas bonus, and healthcare benefits. It’s way more expensive to be self-employed. I am now in charge of employees, so I have to make sure they come to work on time and do what they’re supposed to, so that the company isn’t losing money.

Kay: What has it taken to develop your brand into what it is today?

Madison: Blood, sweat, and tears…literally. I have stayed up until 3 am some nights completing orders, and have ended up with bloody fingers at the end of some days after making so many pieces of jewelry. It is very trying at times, and I have to constantly find the tenacity and will to keep going – and not throw the towel in.

When I have to travel for trade shows, it’s really difficult being away from my family and young daughter, but it has allowed Mad Jewels to meet so many new buyers and grow our rapidly expanding boutique stores that carry our line.

I have also made a lot of mistakes, and you have to quickly learn from them, get up and keep moving forward. But, as the saying goes: “Nothing worth while ever comes easy.” I can honestly say that I am doing what I love, so most of the time, it doesn’t feel like “work.”

Kay: It must be nice to be your own boss and manage your company- what advice do you have for young women who want to follow that path and start their own business?

Madison: It is great to be your own boss, but you have to be very disciplined! I would say be extremely organized; this is something I still struggle with. I am constantly reorganizing each and every day and finding new ways to stay “put together” within our office. Time management is a MUST. I have a detailed calendar and tend to certain business aspects at specific times during the week, such as planning out our collections, etc.

I also would advise anyone who is interested in running their own business to research in depth what type of costs up front they should expect, as well as save up money or have something else on the side to be able to live off of.  In new business ventures, the first few years are “startup” years, and most businesses put just about every dollar earned back into the business without paying themselves in order to continually grow.

Kay: How did you get the name for your company, Mad Jewels?

Madison: My dad called me “Mad,” short for Madison, growing up – so it fell right in. I do have to say though, when I am out or people say, “Oh, there’s Mad about Jewels,” it drives me craaaazy. It’s Mad Jewels, just like a first name and last name.

Kay: What is your favorite collection that you’ve created thus far, and which piece is your favorite overall?

Madison: Honestly, I would say our upcoming Summer Collection is probably my favorite. The La Dulce Vida collection for summer has neons and brights, paired with neutrals and everyday gems – so it really does have something for every occasion. Oftentimes, to get through working nonstop, I keep my head always “at the beach,” so I associate this collection very much with me being on a beach in my cute baubles and a bikini — rather than stuck in the office working. 🙂 My favorite pieces are the Serenity bracelets; they’re bone, freshwater pearls, hematite and quartz. Quartz is a great healing stone, and these are just neutral enough you can wear with a t-shirt and jeans or paired with brighter bracelets and a fun outfit.

Kay: Do you have any fashion, style, or beauty trends that you’re really liking right now?

Madison: I LOVE FRINGE! Leather, suede, lace – all of the textures done in more feminine ways are so hot right now. I am also loving the combat boots look for cooler temps. I own several pairs of gladiator sandals, too; I bought my first pair when I lived in Spain in 2006 before they were a “thing” in the States. To me, gladiators can take your typical sundress into something amazing.

As for beauty trends, I’ve been rocking purple lips lately! Its a very bright purple, and so fun for summer; I feel like it makes my blue eyes really pop!

Kay: If you could only keep 3 items in your purse, what would they be and why?

Madison: Burt’s Bees Chapstick (because I’m always chewing my lips when I’m deep in thought), my wallet (duh, I might need to buy stuff!), and a camera to snap pics of my cute little nugget…. I would love to not have to carry my phone around and be able to “disconnect” more, actually!

Kay: What is your favorite item in your closet, and what staple item do you believe every girl needs to have in her closet?

Madison: I recently purchased a vegan leather jacket that has a slightly wider shoulders, which balances out my hips! I am really loving pairing it with just about everything for an edgier look. I think every girl needs a cozy white and black v-neck, a well fitting pair of jeans, and a pair of killer gladiator sandals. AND OF COURSE, TONS OF MAD JEWELS!

Kay: From where do you draw inspiration for your designs?

Madison: I find inspiration all over the place! My daughter inspires me quite often; she’s so young that she makes me really take a step back sometimes to enjoy my surroundings and notice the little things in life a bit more than I ever have.

I also love getting color inspiration from my travels all over the world. Japan (and Asia) is probably where I’ve drawn most inspiration from, because they are a very vibrant culture and even their landscapes seem to have so much more color to me than many other places in the world. For example, our Belissima Hoops were inspired by the cherry blossoms that are a specific shade of pink; the labradorite ovals pick up so many hues of blue and iridescence that can be seen in the ever changing sky.

Kay: What do you hope for the future of Mad Jewels?

Madison: My long term goal is to be a household name! Ultimately, I want to have retail storefronts where anyone can come in and dress themselves up in our jewels, or send their man (or woman) in for sweet little gifts from the heart!

Kay: Have you faced any hurdles as a female business/company owner, and how have you overcome these obstacles?

Madison: Honestly, off the top of my head, I cannot think of any obstacles I have encountered just from being a woman. There are a lot of powerful women out there today, and so much of the fashion industry is run by strong women, I think I would be surprised if I did. My biggest obstacle in general as a business owner, is people underestimating all the things it takes to run our company; I don’t just sit at my desk and make jewelry to sell…it’s so much more than that.

Kay: What are the most important lessons you have learned in business and do you think these are applicable in everyday situations?

Madison: What a great question! Always listen to your gut, always. If it doesn’t feel right, it’s probably not.  On the contrary, if you feel like its right, then don’t let anyone try to convince you otherwise.

Don’t get caught up in the bigger picture, and work on everything a little bit at a time — Rome wasn’t built in a day.

I also need to learn how to not be so hard on myself. I am my biggest critic, so sometimes I get caught up in things that maybe I haven’t been able to accomplish yet, and have to sometimes take a step back to regroup and say “Wow, I did that!” I think absolutely any “life lesson” overflows into a good business model and vice versa. At the end of the day, YOU are your business when it comes down to it. So how you treat your customers, employees and how you handle everyday situations is basically the same for your business.

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I don’t know about you guys, but I think Mrs. Patrylick seems like a pretty remarkable and fun lady! Her personality definitely shines through in her accessories and designs. Her current spring 2015 collection of necklaces, earrings, bracelets, and hair accessories are so fun and vibrant- there’s a great style for everyone! Go ahead- click here to feast your eyes upon some her amazing pieces!

Also don’t fail to check out the Mad Jewels social media! (Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter)

If you’re already hooked on MadJewels, head over to the website to check out more of Mrs. Patrylick’s accessories! I’m sure you won’t want to leave emptyhanded.

I hope you guys are all doing well, and are enjoying some warmer months! Don’t forget to like, comment, subscribe, follow my social media, you know the drill. (: Also, if you want to ask me some questions or share something with me, hit up my email on my contact page! Until next time, darlings…

Stay Fab,

Kay B xx

Sweet Valentine: Daytime Look

Hello, hello, hello my darlings, and Happy New Year!! I apologize for being unable to ring in the new year with you all and for the low supply of new posts, but you know well enough that I am never far from you and return as quickly as possible. (: I hope that 2014 holds fond memories for you all and that new ventures, lessons and sweet times lie ahead in 2015.

Welcome to my first post of 2015! (cue the confetti) With the first major holiday of the year already a month behind us, we have Valentine’s Day to look forward to. Yes, even if you do not have a significant other you can still expect to have fun on V-Day! Whether you will be spending the day with your lovie or taking on the town with your best girl friends, you can still look killer while doing it.

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Dress: H&M | Shoes: Steve Madden | Jewelry: Charming Charlie | Nail Polish: Maybelline ColorShow

Valentine’s Day dawns the most pink, red and white than any other day of the year, but you do not necessarily need to put together an outfit that makes you look like you covered yourself in glue and frolicked through Hallmark’s Valentine’s Day isle. I’ve put together a daytime look that is perfect to wear while with your girls or your boyf and it includes the festive colors in a more wearable fashion. (:

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Note that my dress is not all red, white, or pink, but within the pattern, pink is the predominant color. I accented my look with neutral-toned, gemed jewelry to add a touch of formality. The look is sweet, feminine, and is perfect for a fun day with your special loves.

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Believe it or not, this is my first bubble skirt purchase (a bubble skirt is one that comes out at the dress’s waist line and has a rounded figure), and I really like it! I appreciate the placement of the waistline- dresses that have their wait’s seam at your natural waist are some of the most flattering as opposed to an empire wait that makes your torso, at times, appear smaller and your mid-section wider (depending on your body type).

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When wearing a dress as busy as this, it’s best to choose a solid colored shoe. That’s not to say that the shoe itself can’t make it’s own statement. These suede, ankle-strap, open toed platforms from Steve Madden are simple in their neutral tone, but don’t fail to stand out with its thick straps and heel.

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I opted for a soft, romantic look since this is a daytime outfit. I love how the muted fuchsia lip pops but doesn’t appear harsh with the other softened makeup features. A light rosy blush and a soft smoky eye married beautifully with this ensemble. Like this post and comment below if you want to see this make-up tutorial!

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Just some candids of me being… well, me. (:

Well, my darlings, that’s all I have for you today! I hope this inspired you somehow and that you enjoyed reading this as much as I enjoyed putting this together for you. Remember that regardless of whether or not you have a Valentine, you should show some extra love to others- it’s what keeps our world moving after all!

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Stay Fab,

Kay B xx.

“One Day You’re In, the Next You’re Out”

Good Afternoon, darlings, and happy Tuesday! I hope you all are doing well and enjoying the holiday season and are just as excited for the holidays as I am. I know I typically do not post on Tuesday afternoons, but I felt like doing a ”

I know I typically do not post on Tuesday afternoons, but I felt like doing a “Tossback Tuesday” post to one of the most memorable nights- Fashion X Dallas 2014. If you haven’t seen my recap of the event, you can check out my write-up here!

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It was an amazing experience that I could never forget, and one of the most memorable parts was meeting the designers whose designs graced the runway. I had the chance to chat with them a bit backstage and interview them. I thought it would be fun for us to reminisce together, so I’m here to share a few of my chats with some of the designers with you. (:

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MELISSA FLEIS

Kay B: “If you can tell us before everything goes out on the runway tonight, what inspired this collection and what is the story behind it?”

Melissa Fleis: “I guess the story is that it’s a collection. It’s a collection of past works styled together. So I took pieces from Project Runway, I have pieces that are from my most recent collection, pieces that are brand new for the collection- it’s just kind of like a mashup, which is awesome because I’ve never done that! You always build a collection, and then you show the collection together, but I said, ‘Let’s just view this from new eyes.’ I like how everything goes together no matter what season it is and that’s how I try to sell to my clients.

KB: That’s such a cool concept, really!

MF: Yeah, I believe that if you buy a piece then you should be able to extend the life of it throughout so many years.

KB: Speaking of seasons, what would you say is your favorite trend right now for Fall, if you do believe in “trends”?

MF: Ok, this is inevitable to be a trend- last night I was in a crowd of so many women and I just saw blood orange lipstick everywhere! Also, you’ll flip through a magazine and it just instantly pops into your head and it’s weird, even with designers, how people are so in sync with things.

KB: So true.

MF: So I don’t wear ponchos, but that is a complete trend! *laughs* I also love how people can wear socks- like, over the knee or a little bit higher. I think that’s really cute and I may try that. Booties are my favorite, I’ve been wearing them for years, and I think they’re just now starting to become a trend which I love!

KB: Me too, everything you’ve said is on point! Now, major question- Fringe: Yes or No?

MF: Yes, I- Yes! I have something fringe for the show tonight- leather fringe!

KB: I already love it, yes! Now, that’s good- combining two great trends, leather and fringe, together is a golden combination! My final question for you is this: what advice do you have for aspiring designers or anyone who wants to make it in the fashion industry?

MF: I would definitely say to start creating. Start thinking. Whether it’s drawing, whether it’s sewing something, just become familiar with it first-hand.  Go take an internship, go study with someone, go take a class- learn! Then you can harness those skills and become- you know you want to become an expert in your one area. Not all designers can cut, sew or for patterns… some are just straight designer and they can sketch and they’re done, which is fine! So you want to really know your skills, know what you’re good at.

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MYCHAEL KNIGHT

When I spoke to Mychael Knight about his inspiration for his collection and presentation, here’s what he told me.

Mychael Knight: I really wanted to embody femininity without  being matronly. We found a floral print from an old couch we saw and I fell in love with it. It was gorgeous, floral and looked a bit lacey, but the colors we dated; I used that print in bright, fluorescent colors against white to make it more youthful and create what you saw this evening.

Kay B: What is something that you are always mindful of when designing women’s wear.

MK: I just keep the woman in mind. I want to design clothes to capture the femininity, confidence and beauty that all women have so that they can feel confident, beautiful, even sexy when they wear my clothes.

KB: What is one word that you would use to describe your experience on Project Runway

MK: Wow, there are lots, it was such a whirlwind! But I definitely found it humbling. I had never worked so hard and with so many other incredible, hard-working people. It really opened my eyes to so many things. Also, it made me so thankful because I would not be where I am today, I would not have presented my collection today, I would not have been standing here talking to you today if it were not for all the support, love and people I’ve been surrounded by during this experience.

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MICHELLE LESNIAK

Kay B: The esthetic of your clothing is so unique, I haven’t seen anything like it before!

Michelle Lesniak: Thank you! I really like how the pieces came together to make something so out of the ordinary but visually captivating.

KB: Your collection was definitely one of the grandest to walk the runway. It almost reminded me of what I see at New York Fashion Week- the difference was that your collection was a lot more wearable! What did you do to achieve that?

ML: I definitely appreciate how artistic fashion can be, but I wanted to make something that women can wear. When everything is put together, it looks very much like high fashion, but the key is layering. When you take each individual piece, you can wear it on a day to day basis and style it as you please.

KB: Speaking of that, do you have any tips for layering during the fall and winter season?

ML: My tip- started with the thinnest layer and work your way up! Also make sure that the layers you wear together can be worn individually as well. Once you’ve done that you have a successful, killer outfit for the season.

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LAURA KATHLEEN

Kay B: I absolutely loved watching your show. I noticed that you used a lot of color blocking- what made you want to use that route in your designs?

Laura Kathleen: I like that you noticed the color blocking! I used that technique a lot in the collection because I wanted my substance to be in the textures. If you look at the blue jumpsuit that I opened up with, you’ll see that it looks blue from afar, but up close, there’s kind of a reptilian print. The textures not only add visual appeal, but also substance and body.

KB: That blue jumpsuit was probably my favorite item in the entire collection- I just can’t stop thinking about it!

LK: Funnily enough, the blue jumpsuit is my favorite in the entire line! I really wanted to incorporate a jumpsuit because it’s such a versatile piece; it can be dressed up with a statement necklace and some heels or dressed down with flats and simpler jewelry. Also, the waistline on jumpsuits is really flattering.

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I’ll never forget what a wonderful night FXD 2014 was- I’m so grateful for everything that I learned and all the wonderful people that I met. I’m really looking forward to next year’s events and everything else that is yet to come.

Speaking of events on the rise, I have an exciting holiday article for you guys coming really soon! This post is going to be a little different and even more special than my others because I’ll be getting YOU involved! To stay in the know, make sure to follow all my social media links for Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, and don’t forget to subscribe to the blog either! (It’s in the bar on the right of this page (: ) I’m off for now, but Happy Holidays, my loves!

Stay Fab,

Kay B

The Fashion X Dallas Experience

Happy Studded Collar Sunday, my loves! I hope you all are doing well and having a lovely day. This past weekend, from November 6-8, Dallas had the first annual Fashion X Dallas event- a weekend full of stellar fashion shows, intriguing gallery displays, and some of the most influential people in the fashion industry from Dallas to Los Angeles and anywhere in between. Fashion X was founded by the man behind Austin Fashion Week, Matt Swinney, who has already succeeded in making Austin the southern fashion capital as well as making Austin Fashion Week one of the top fashion events within the southern United States. With this and more under his belt, I predict only great things in the future for Fashion X Dallas. img_0233 Now, you’re probably asking what this has to do with me. Well, I had the honor of being invited by one of the designers displaying at FXD to attend the first ever Fashion X Dallas, and I attended the show on Saturday. Each day showcased different designers and Saturday, the finale, was the day for the Project Runway alum and All Stars to share their passion and talent with us. These designers have now made a name for themselves and are making it big in the fashion world- it was so humbling to watch their shows! I walked the red carpet, kicked back in the VIP lounge, went backstage and met some wonderful figures (including the designers themselves!) This was such a great event, and I want to share every moment with you so YOU can fully grasp it (this is why this post is longer than usual articles).As they say, a picture is worth 1,000 words, so let me show you just how amazing of an experience Saturday night was. img_0193

Blouse: BCX | Skirt: Forever 21 | Reptile Skin Pumps: DSW | Tote Purse: Charming Charlie |

Bracelet and Pendant Necklace: Charming Charlie | Earings: Swarovski

I walk on carpets almost every day in my life, but none of them have held as much prominence as the red carpet. I will never forget my first experience walking down Crimson Way.

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As we walked into the event, Allie, my photographer, and I had some photos snapped of us.

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While waiting for the shows to begin, I relaxed in the VIP Lounge and chatted with other attendees.

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A big thank you to Amika for the wonderful demonstration and gift wall! If you guys are looking for a volumizing texturizer spray or dry shampoo, then definitely take a look at Amika’s selection. Both products spray on clear, smell divine and are incredibly light. I highly recommend  them to anyone with any hair type.

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I had the pleasure of meeting and interviewing designer Melissa Fleis backstage before her runway show and she and I had a fun conversation about her collection, her favorite trends, and a golden piece of advice. To see the entire interview, stay tuned for another post coming soon. (:

Kay B: “If you can tell us before everything goes out on the runway tonight, what inspired this collection and what is the story behind it?”

Melissa Fleis: “I guess the story is that it’s a collection. It’s a collection of past works styled together. So I took pieces from Project Runway, I have pieces that are from my most recent collection, pieces that are brand new for the collection- it’s just kind of like a mashup, which is awesome because I’ve never done that! You always build a collection, and then you show the collection together, but I said, ‘Let’s just view this from new eyes.’ I like how everything goes together no matter what season it is and that’s how I try to sell to my clients.”

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Next stop, the second floor. This is where the shows took place as well as where The Gallery resided. It was great to see all the products and meet the designers behind the magic.

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The founder of and designer for Consuela, Conni Reed, had these beautiful handbags on display that are absolutely to die for- the handcrafted, genuine leather already knocks it out of the park, but the floral designs are laser printed onto the leather for a flawless finish. Consuela also specializes in accessories and shoes. Go take a look at their website for a full view of her breathtaking products.

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Such a pleasure to finally meet the talented and charmingly relatable jewelry designer, Kristin Miller. All of her beautiful jewelry is made here in the USA with hand cast brass and custom cut stones. I’ve always loved her jewelry- it can be worn in any way possible and speak to each individual. If you haven’t already checked out her lines, I strongly encourage that you do. Right now.

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Madison of Mad Jewels caught my attention in the gallery with her vibrant, colorful display of handmade jewelry. When I asked her why she opted for such bright colors in the fall season among all the neutrals and darker colors, she told me that every season needs a little color, and every outfit needs a little pop of vibrancy. Honestly, she couldn’t have answered my question any better than she did. It’s her vibrant products that made her unforgettable, and if you want to be just as memorable, definitely look into Mad Jewels.

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With the lovely foundress of Mona Jain Jewelry. I was so taken by the perfect combination of  traditional eastern design with a modern esthetic. From the largest pendant  to the smallest drop earring, each piece is beautifully crafted and undeniably captivating.

IMG_0244 IMG_0241 IMG_0240img_0635 Allison Mitchell’s larger than life clutches are sure to turn heads, and they definitely caught my attention (Ever since I laid eyes on them I can’t seem to get them out of my head!) These clutches are made from genuine animal hide and velvet and are, as Allison told me, a blank canvas. The designs, colors, and everything in between are the first step- all stylings after that are up to the wearer, and that’s what set’s Allison and her product apart from other handbag companies. Simple yet revolutionary- I applaud you, Ms. Mitchell.

Show Time!

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The genius behind La Miniature, Jeffrey Sebelia, thanks the crowd.

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Laura Kathleen is all smiles after a successful showing of her edgy, feminine fall collection. Rightfully so- everything looked amazing! I love her use of textures as opposed to patterns

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Daniel Esquivel wows his audience yet again with his Parisian-esque line. It is certain that he had everyone’s attention when he sent his collection down the runway.

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Mychael Knight’s fun personality was more than evident in his colorful line of women’s wear. When talking with him after the show, he told me about his use of  an 80’s floral print and eventually modernizing it with neon colors is an appealing move. His collection definitely celebrated  today’s modern young women.

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Korto Momolu does it again, creating a collection of women’s wear with an elegant, classic flow and a timeless design. I definitely need this blue number in my closet pronto! Bravo, Mrs. Momolu.

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Melissa Fleis’s line was just as phenomenal as I anticipated it to be. It had all her edge and personality as well as the wearability she strives for. Congrats on another success, Melissa.

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Michelle’s line was absolutely genius. I loved the inspiration she got from the 1930’s- she turned a time period in which the US was in an economic depression into a collection that struck my interest, kept me wanting more, and made me anything but depressed. When I asked Michelle about the layering, she told me that it appears outlandish at first sight, but each layer is wearable in daily life, so no one should feel overwhelmed. Her tips for layering? Make sure you can wear each one individually somehow and start with the thinnest apparel item.

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Anthony Ryan Auld closed the show with a beautiful collection of a beautiful geometric and organic melange. I love that his pieces made me feel more than “That looks really cool,” and made me yearn for each and every item that graced the runway. What an artist, well done.

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Mychael Knight and I in the VIP Lounge after his flawless show and our laughter-filled interview (the full interview will be released in a later post 🙂 )

img_0822Michelle and I caught up after her show in the Lounge as well and talked about her line, her Project Runway experience, and fashion tips for the season!

img_0624img_0620 img_0630 img_0628 I had the chance to go backstage and chat with Laura Kathleen about her line after her show and the inner workings of the fashion industry. She also gave me a closeup look of one of her favorite pieces, the blue jumpsuit that opened  the show, and shared her thought process behind the piece. Besides being such an amazing talent, Laura Kathleen is such a sweet lady and is so fun to chat with.

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I had the pleasure of running into one of my favorite fashion bloggers and “Fashion Blogger Pen-Pals”, Ellen Flowers of The Perennial Style. Such a sweet individual who is sure to lift your spirits. Go check out her own fashion blog and see what she and her sisters are up to!

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One of my highlights of the night was meeting the one and only Courtney Kerr, one of my fashion inspirations and role models, favorite fashion bloggers and personalities, and not to mention quite the renowned fashion icon. She was just as sweet as I thought her to be and just as gorgeous in person as well. (Can we talk about her boot/dress combo? On point, but I’m not surprised.) Ms. Kerr’s bright, warm and fun personality made me feel at ease, and the funniest part of our meeting was that she initially thought I looked 25! Far from it, I revealed my tender age of 16 and she couldn’t believe me (: Her own website is just as memorable and captivating as she, so I highly recommend that you check out her own blog! Thank you, Courtney for being so receptive and kind to me when we met, I’ll be in touch soon. :*

There you have it , folks. This is the end of my full documentation of the first annual Fashion X Dallas. All full interviews with the designers will be posted shortly, so stay tuned. It was such an honor to be invited to this event and to be in the presence of such prominent and accomplished individuals. Thank you to everyone who made this experience so memorable, and a huge thank you to my photographer and friend, Allie Burns, for the wonderful photographs. This is just the beginning of the fun, so stay tuned with me on The Studded Collar, my loves. Until next time…

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Stay Fab,

Kay B xx