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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.

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)

DIY: Cow Skull Statement Necklace

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Happy September, everyone!  As fall approaches there’s so much to be excited for:  a new start at school, sweater weather, pumpkin spice lattes, and accessorizing! If you’re like me, most of your statement jewelry has stayed in storage during the sweltering summer months and it’s almost time to break them out again! This necklace takes inspiration from all the gypsy-chic styles I’ve been seeing lately (anyone else a Gypsy Warrior fan?)  Whether you wear it peeking out under a collar shirt or a vest, you’re bound to make a statement with this piece.  (more…)

STYLE SHOUTOUT: Hanna Beth

For a college girl, the best style looks are the ones that are effortless to throw on, yet reflect a strong sense of style (because as much as sweatpants feel like heaven they’re completely void of any personality-much like your teacher’s voice droning on during a lecture).  Hanna Beth has been a style icon of mine for a quite awhile now and is the perfect muse for effortless looks. Once known as “Barbie Beth”, she’s a dark-haired, tattooed beauty, and has made her way as a model. Even out of the camera’s eye she’s always picture-perfect embodying the perfect blend of glam-rocker with dark lips and lots of layers.  For translating her style in your own wardrobe start with a wide-brim felt hat, which is completely on-trend for this fall, and a slouchy beanie. Also, pick pieces that are unique like a studded bag, or faux fur coat. However you mix your pieces then, it will look effortless but will be completely “you”.

Take a look at some of Hanna Beth’s look for this Style Shoutout.

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To get more inspiration from this style icon, check out her Buzzfeed blog by clicking here, and her Instagram account @barbiebeth. (All photos on this post are from Hanna Beth’s Buzzfeed account)

Happy Styling!