Last Saturday a really cool thing happened. I hosted my first fashion event here in the Mid-Ohio Valley. I called it MOV Fashion Hop. The purpose of this event was to share two of my passions with the area; fashion and the options we have locally as far as shopping small businesses. I love when I have the opportunity to promote fellow entrepreneurs. This also gave me the chance to demonstrate any styling advice I can provide to clients for a personal wardrobing consultation such as personal shopping, curating one’s own style, coordinating clothing for group photos, or anything else along the wardrobe spectrum.
I mentioned that my passion was fashion, but it means so much more than the vain connotation that can come with it. I love making people feel confident and that is what fashion does for me. Many times we get in style ruts or think we can’t wear or “pull-off” certain styles because of our age or the area we live in, “we live in a small town, I would look silly wearing that HERE!” I’ve heard it all. I always like to refer to my next statement as “the psychology of fashion.” We get inside our own heads and create this doubt, or lack of self-worth when we are shopping for clothing. Just because we live in a small town doesn’t mean we have to stick to wearing a certain style of clothing and put ourselves in a made-up box.
Also, Mama Bears (yes, I’m talking to you) you work super hard on making sure you’re taking care of your family and that is amazing and kudos to you! But don’t forget to celebrate yourself and remember to allow yourself to feel beautiful and confident. I can speak from experience, especially with another one on the way. I care about fashion because of the way it makes me feel. I HATE not feeling good about myself so I take the extra time in the morning to take care of me; coordinate an outfit, do my make-up and curl or straighten my hair. Do I wake up earlier? Yes, because it’s worth it to me. Do I think everyone should feel this way? No, but if you feel crappy about yourself when you look at other women, then I highly recommend taking the time but only if it’s for YOU. If you don’t care about fashion, that’s okay but I’m assuming you at least care a little since you’re reading my blog. I highly doubt it’s my mediocre writing skills that draws you in (LOL).
The next images that I’m sharing are from MOV Fashion Hop. This shows you a glimpse of what I can teach you personally, amongst other things. These are still images of videos that were taken during the event. If you’re interested in watching you can view them here.
In each of the videos I’m teaching different ways to wear things. In Peyton & Peppy Boutique I showed how to wear a flutter sleeve and mix different, unexpected tones to create a polished look for a day-to-night look. When we went into Schafer Leather I went over how to wear ponchos and capes along with not being afraid to wear a hat. I can’t get over how many people feel silly wearing a hat simply because of where we live. Be bold and go for it! 🙂
At Wit & Whimzy I taught how to accessorize and layer jewelry with neutral tones by using clothing from Sabela Chic. Another lesson was sharing how to mix patterns in a subtle way while I was in Emleigh’s and Mama B’s.
While in Sugar Maple Boutique I shared my love of leopard print, my favorite neutral pattern. I also demonstrated how to wear a different style pant along with a vest that had fun colors and how to pair it with a less obvious choice for a pant. Next up was Teri Ann’s, a staple fashion destination here in Marietta. I taught how to wear a printed pant and pairing the perfect top and layering piece along with not worrying about getting the perfect match of colors as long as things blend nicely.
Lastly, we ended our tour at Dad’s Primitive Workbench which is one of my favorite places to find unexpected fashion pieces. I taught how it’s okay to kick outdated fashion rules to the curb like “not mixing blue and black.” It’s perfectly acceptable to do so as long as you pair the right things together.
I hope if you didn’t get a chance to attend this year’s MOV Fashion Hop that you get to next time. I plan on doing this every fall season but people have already asked me to do it again in the springtime, so who knows? Stay tuned and make sure and follow me on my facebook page so you can watch for other Ran.dom.o.si.ty 7.4.0 events! Also, if you’re interested in my personal wardrobe consultations, hit me up!
Your Faithful Dreamer,