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PROJECT RUNWAY AT BENICIA FASHION WEEKEND SEPT. 25-26

Benicia Fashion Weekend

Calling all the Bay Area fashionistas! Come socialize in the most fashionable crowd with actual Project Runways stars! I went to Benicia’s Fashion Weekend last year and it was seriously the best way to meet and network not just with Project Runway alum, but other fashion gals and guys in the area.

Benicia, Calif. (August 20, 2015) An ensemble of six designers from the Lifetime series “Project Runway” will be presenting their ready to wear collections on the catwalk during Benicia’s Fashion Runway Weekend, held September 25 and 26.Attendees will get the chance to sip wine and mingle with celebrity designers at one of the most talked about fashion events in the Bay Area. This year’s designers include: Richard Hallmarq, Melissa Fleis, Bert Keeter, Stanley Hudson, Ari South, and Emily Payne.

Benicia Fashion Runway Weekend Schedule

Friday, September 25, 2015, 6-8 p.m. 

Ticket Price: $30

Benicia Fashion Runway Weekend kicks off with a special evening of behind-the-scenes stories by “Project Runway” designers. It’s a rare opportunity to hear first-hand what it’s like to be on the reality fashion showwith Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn. The event is 6-8 p.m. at The Rellik Tavern, located at 726 First Street in Benicia.

Saturday, September 26, 2015, 6-10 p.m.

Ticket Price: $40

This includes all day in-store trunk shows, style demonstrations, and special guest appearances.

6-7 p.m.:Preshow reception, wine,and fashionable tastes. Held at the Treasury of Commons on First and East D streets.

7-8:30 p.m.:Grand Finale Runway Show and Auction, presenting the collections of each  of the six designers and Christina S.

8:30-10 p.m.:Shop the night away after the runway show, as stores stay open for the ultimate shopping experience.

Tickets are available at the following locations: Christina S Fashion Destination, 370 First Street; Studio 41, 700 First Street; Benicia Main Street, 90 First Street, and online at www.beniciafashionrunway.com.Or see www.facebook.com/beniciafashionrunway.

Benicia Fashion Runway Weekend is sponsored by Christina S Fashion Destination, with a portion of the proceeds benefitting Soroptimist International of Benicia and their efforts to build a women’s shelter. A donated piece from each designer will be raffled off at the Grand Finale Runway Show.

Project Runway Designers in the Bay Area!

Fashion Stars Come to Benicia

Hey dolls! I’m crawling out of my study cave to tell you about this upcoming Bay Area fashion event!  Four Project Runway/Project Runway All Star designers will be in Benicia on the 28th of this month. For anyone who a fan of the show ( and I mean, who hasn’t tried saying “Auf Widersehen” like Heidi?) this will be a fun day of shopping the collections of the designers and having the rare chance to the meet the designers.

Anyone have a favorite out of these designers? I’m excited to meet them all!

Let me know if any of you dolls are going to be part of this fashionable crowd! xoxo

 

DIY: Fa-La-La Crop Top

 

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Merry Christmas, loves! As much fun as it is dressing for specific holidays, I’d much rather splurge on items I can wear year-round than something I can only wear one month a year (which explains the lack of “ugly” Christmas sweaters in my closet but the surplus of wedges and boots… Holiday sales always get the best of me-and my wallet!). Luckily creating festive pieces can work on a college-friendly budget, like this “Fa-la-la” crop top! With three easy steps, this DIY will leave you looking festive WITH extra money in your budget to hit the after-Christmas sales.

Creating your own “Fa la la” crop top is as easy as saying Ho-ho-ho! (more…)

College Fun: Benicia Runway Weekend

The hills of Benicia were alive with the sound of dance music this past weekend as fashionistas from all over the Bay Area answered to the call of style to take part in the annual Benicia Runway Weekend.

For local fashion enthusiasts who are unfamiliar with the small city, Benicia is a location to mark on the map as it’s becoming quite the local fashion hotspot. The city hosts a weekend-long fashion extravaganza featuring fashion events and a runway show once a year to benefit the local state parks. This year’s featured designers were Richard Hallmarq and Emily Payne, from Project Runway Seasons 11 and 13, and PATRICIA FIELD. Yes, that’s P-A-T-R-I-C-I-A F-I-E-L-D.

Any fashion lover knows Patricia Field and incredible styling goes together like Carrie Bradshaw and Manolo Blahniks. She was the woman responsible for bringing fashion to the forefront on TV shows by dressing the women we grew to know, love, and take style cues from on “Sex and the City”, as well as styling for “The Devil Wears Prada.”

Friday’s event, “Film, Fashion, and Cosmos”, was hosted at the Rellik Tavern an Ultra Lounge on First Street and featured a Q and A session with all three featured guests as well as a sneak peek of House of Field designs for the Saturday runway show. Not only was there fashion but also Cosmopolitans, courtesy of the sponsor Absolut Vodka. Sipping on my Cosmo with my best girlfriends made me feel like I was living my own episode of “Sex and the City”.

Things only got better when we met Patricia Field! (Many thanks to the Christina Strawbridge, owner of Christina S, for giving us this opportunity!) She was so sweet and kind as we went on thanking her for the impact she’s had on fashion. What a legend! We were also able to chat with both Richard and Emily.

Saturday evening was the runway show and energy was buzzing both before and after the show. Featured styles from Christina S, Be Chic Boutique, Emily Payne’s label Leather Tongue, Richard Hallmarq, and of course House of Field, were put on display as fashion bloggers and fashion PR gals  were snapping and Instagramming photos of the event.

This was my first year attending the Benicia Runway Weekend, but it won’t be my last. What’s great about these events is that you get to meet and experience high fashion in an intimate setting.  I never would have had the chance to meet such a fashion icon, as well as meet others in the fashion industry, without attending these events. All local fashion gals, mark this event on your calendar!

Here’s my roundup of photos from the Benicia Runway Weekend!

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It was a night for Cosmos and leopard print

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The woman of the hour, Patricia Field

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David Dalrymple, Head designer for House of Field

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Emily Payne and Richard Hallmarq answering questions

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With Emily Payne, who was so kind!

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With PATRICIA FIELD and my own “Sex and the City” crew

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My runway show look: leather leggings, black tank top, faux fur vest, statment necklace, and my chain link Betsey bag. Hair in a topknot, of course!

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Claudine Wong, an Benicia native,  from KTVU Channel 2 news was the emcee.

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The ACTUAL dress from the opening credits of SATC was on display

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One of my favorite looks from Christina S. Backpacks are a strong trend this season!

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The opening look from House of Field. Obsessed with it! And YES, that is Lluvy Gomez from ANTM Cycle 4. (She was my favorite of that season so it was exciting to see her model in-person!)

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House of Field

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House of Field. (Notice the face design on the bag?)

With Patricia Field as the featured guest for this year’s Benicia Runway Weekend, I’m extremely excited to see who’s coming next year! While it might be another year for the next fashion weekend, Benicia is still a fashionable location to visit for a weekend or even for a day trip. Be sure to check out Christina S, where you can find Richard Hallmarq designs, and Be Chic Boutique . After head over to the Rellik Tavern for a drink! (PS Their Champagne Cocktail is my faaaavorite)

Party Time: A Coachella-Inspired Night

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I’ve never personally been to Coachella, but for a summer party the musical festival is the perfect  inspiration. The floral crowns, eclectic environment, and a “dress-as-you-please” mentality are the perfect elements for a fun night-whether it’s in Indio California, or your own backyard. This past weekend I hosted a girls night with Coachella as the main inspiration. So throw on your festival outfit and check out Bay’ella!

(Sorry no Tupac hologram included)   (more…)

College Eats: Review of Off the Grid/ Streatery

Yesterday, I got to enjoy the sun and some girl time with two of my best friends at Off the Grid in Pleasant Hill. For those unfamiliar, Off the Grid is a “roaming mobile food extravaganza” where a bunch of different food trucks that a serve a range of different foods set up in one location across the Bay Area. It’s the fun of getting food from a food truck without the slight paranoia you might be also be getting a case of food poisoning.

The trucks at the location change each week. This week offered a selection that included hot dog, curry, frozen custard, kabobs, and noodle trucks. The truck we ate from was called Streatery with a mission to serve real food made from scratch (and oh my goossh instant obession started).

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The truck itself is the cutest to look at, with lanterns and chalkboard menus it’s like a hipster wedding on wheels and once you taste the food, it’s instant love.

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The first thing that caught my eye off the menu was the Lemon Ricotta Doughnuts, and was a driving factor that went into my ordering the special which included the sandwich and Lavender Lemonade- but I was not disappointed with one single thing. At first I wasn’t sure about the jam on the sandwich, but it provides the perfect kiss of sweetness without clashing with the rest of the savory components. Also, THIS LEMONADE. Everything in my life needs to be lavender infused after drinking this. It wouldn’t be fair for me to try to describe how refreshing this is on a hot day-just promise me you’ll try it. I also wasn’t prepared for the adorable cup made from recycled paper that my doughnuts came in and the goodness that these doughnuts brought.

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Here’s the menu, in case you’re wondering what else Streatery offers. My friends got the Spicy Peasant Rice with Pork Patties and the Spicy Fideo Noodles (which is like hybrid of rice and chow mein without the usual greasy texture). What’s great about the Off the Grid is that the trucks offer different specials, of which the proceeds benefit a local school. It’s a perfect way to support these small businesses and local schools all while enjoying new foods that might become your new favorites! Check out offthegridsf.com to see if there’s a mobile food truck parade coming to your town and gostreatery.com

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