Wednesday, December 30, 2009

New Year's Eve Fashions

It's that time of year where we gather together to ring in the new year, and if you're anything like me, you agonize over what to wear. In this time of casual dress codes we are often left confused about what we should seek out for our New Year's Eve celebration.

Luckily, this year sequins are trending and you can't brouse though a store without finding several styles. Check out this simple top we found at The Limited (right).

Women are also reaching for assymetrical necklines, whether in simple tops or cocktail dresses. They are bound to turn heads and help you feel festive. Check out the fabulous dress (right) found at the Shops at the Greenbrier Resort.

If you're truly daring, you may want to opt for a playful cocktail dress. Color, lace, feathers and florals are all in style this season! Check out this dress (left) found at Elizabeth Michaels in Parkersburg.

No matter what you choose to wear for the last night of 2009, we wish you the best in the coming new year!!!!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

WV LIVING's Kim Parrish on ShopNBC

Hello fashion lovers! It's Jess, filling in for Kim! I hope you're following WV LIVING's very own style editor Kim Parrish on ShopNBC! The Kim Parrish Collection was featured this morning as the Sunrise Special on ShopNBC. One of the fabulous items is this gorgeous Ruffle Trim Wrap Top and get this - it's only $27!! The top is designed with a cute ruffle trim that frames the face, giving the piece a feminine touch. For the ladies out there with a closet full of clothes and nothing to wear, shop with the KP Collection for classics that will never go out of style! If you missed the morning show visit

How did you like WV LIVING's latest Winter issue? The fashion spread includes items from all over the Mountain State. Now sold at Wal-Mart, pick up a copy today, for YOU and a friend!

Alright, I'm off to Beckley for a day full of shopping! I'll keep you updated with my fashion finds!

Friday, October 30, 2009

Don't shoot the Messenger

Want to make a statement and still remain practical. You need the hottest look in handbags this season- the messenger bag.

Check out the latest looks in fringed bags at Tanner's Alley in Morgantown. For more than 30 years they have provided quality, function, and durability in classic leather styles at a reasonable price, and they make each piece one at a time so you can be assured of quality workmanship. They specialize in handmade leather briefcases, book bags, backpacks, satchels, travel bags and purses.

Model: Jessi Pierson, former Miss WV USA and WV native.

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Thursday, September 24, 2009

Sue Wong- So Right!

Sue Wong is an exceptional designer specializing in cocktail attire and evening gowns. Yesterday, I experienced a shopping explosion when visiting Elizabeth Michaels Store on Grand Central Avenue in Vienna.

Armed with a list of events, and knowing I needed several new items for the Fall season I headed to one of my favorite boutiques in search of the right dresses and accessories.

I was so lucky to find a Sue Wong Lace Overlay Dress with a dramatic bell sleeve. Lace is so popular this season with designers as we feel a strong resurgence of the styles of the 1940's on the scene. The owner, Jane Engelke, exclaimed "that's a Kim dress!" and I knew I must have it for an upcoming wedding party.

Next, I needed a conservative dress for a rehearsal dinner event. I headed over to the Nicole Miller rack and sifted through several fabulous dresses, eventually finding the perfect dress. It was a geometric print dress with lots of gathering to create a perfect 1940's old-hollywood shape.

Check! Now that I've checked those two items off the list what's next? Well, I headed back over to the Sue Wong rack and grabbed everything in my size. After careful consideration of my conservative image and attire Ifound myself taking a walk on the wild side as I yelled "ring it up" and shoved a leopard print tribal dress on the counter. The global trend has been strong for a couple seasons but I also can feel safe in knowing that leopard prints never go out of style.

I thought I had done enough damage when Jane let me know the Whiting and Davis Handbags were on sale. 75% off!!!! I fell in love with a little elongated fringe number but option for the conservative black beaded bag, afterall I was already taking a personality risk by decking myself out in a wild leopard dress.

Ring Me up! What a fabulous shopping excursion. I love it when I can visit one shop and get everything on my list.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Leggings, a global phenomenon!

I just returned from London with a new-found love for leggings. Sure, I can be easily pursuaded and have been know to give into peer pressure a time or two but this trip caused me to fall in love with the leggings trend.

The women of London are incredibly fashionable, wearing the trends so well. They embrace the archetectural designs of the top designers with ease and typically leave the basics for others while they embrace the latest fads.

The leggings were everywhere and on everyone! From 16 to 60, the trend was unescapable! Now, as a fashion designer myself, I've been working and reworking this trend for two years, searching for the perfect fabric with the right amount of coverage for me to feel good in this trend.

So now I challenge everyone to give the trend a try. At first, you might feel a little exposed, but by the end of the day you'll be searching for more leggings in various colors and patterns.

Jessi Pierson, Miss WV USA, wearing leggings from the Kim Parrish Collection and a top from Express.

Sunday, September 13, 2009


Parkersburg, WV, September 2009---Trans Allegheny Books located at 725 Green Street in Parkersburg, West Virginia will kick off their monthly “Kids Club” event with former resident, Kim Parrish, and her newly released children’s book called The Snapdragon Princess on Saturday, September 26th. The event will start at 1:00 PM with a reading of the book followed by an opportunity to have the book signed by the local author. The event is open to the public.

“I’m excited to launch the book at my favorite bookstore in my hometown,” said Parrish. “I’m looking forward to meeting children in the area and introducing them to a story that was inspired by my grandmother while growing up in the Mid Ohio Valley.”

National television host Kim Parrish and best-selling children’s book author Deb Landry came together on this project to explore how role models can be found in our ordinary, everyday lives. The Snapdragon Princess (Bryson Taylor Publishing, ISBN 978-0-9773738-6-4) is available nationwide.

The Snapdragon Princess, for ages 6-11, revives the legacy of a real princess in a delightful intergenerational story of family treasures, enchantment and cherished times gone by. McKenzie is an astonishing young girl who dreams of becoming a princess. With the help of her grandmother, she embarks on a journey and discovers that being a real princess is much more than crowns and dress-up.

Each month, Trans Allegheny will host a “Kids Club” featuring a reading from a local author as well as an autograph signing event. Among the 500,000 titles of used books and 1,000 new West Virginia titles, vintage wooden cases located throughout the building hold rare and collectible items.

The Snapdragon Princess will be available at numerous local bookstores including Trans Allegheny in Parkersburg as well as other online retailers. More information can be found at

Sunday, August 30, 2009


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Thursday, August 27, 2009

Snakeskin can't escape my closet

Snakeskin shoes from BCBG available at

Snakeskin inspired shirt from Nanette Lepore available at Shetown Divas in Shepherstown.

Snakeskin inspired bag and belt available at the Greenbrier in Lewisburg.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Not Your Daughter's Jeans at Hornor and Harrison

Ask women across America what their number one problem area is, and the response will overwhelmingly be "my belly!" What woman doesn't want to look slimmer and sexier in their jeans? Look no further, Not Your Daughter's Jeans® are here to flatten your tummy, lift your butt and allow you to wear one size smaller.

Women with real curves everywhere are discovering that these three little things are just the ticket to look and feel their best. Not Your Daughter's Jeans® challenges women to try them on and not look and feel their personal best.


Not Your Daughter's Jeans available at in Parkersburg, West Virginia.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

From the WV Living Blog by Nikki Bowman

Generosity Knows No Borders--Building Schools in Afghanistan

Since returning to West Virginia to launch WV LIVING, I've met some amazing people doing extraordinary things. One of those people is Parween Mascari, an attorney at Jackson & Kelley in Morgantown. I swear Parween must have super powers--not only is she one of the state's leading attorneys (just look in her car--boxes of briefs are stacked to the ceiling), she co-founded Generation Morgantown, serves on numerous boards and committees--and is the mother of four children. Parween is also an Afghan-American born in Parkersburg. She jokingly calls herself a "halfghan." And she is one of the proudest and vocal West Virginians I know!

Parween recently met with some Afghan judges and lawyers in D.C., who spoke about the need for chairs in Afghan schools. Chairs. The schools have no chairs so the children stand the entire day, making learning difficult. How can a child concentrate on learning when her legs are tired and aching? And even more amazing is the fact that these schools are open air schools held under trees, which makes it difficult in even the best circumstances, but impossible in inclement weather.

Parween was so moved by the experience that in response she created a company called Sultan's Daughters, and she has been selling beautiful pashmina shawls to benefit the construction and furnishing of schools in Afghanistan through the Nooristan Foundation. She has already raised enough money to build 20% of a school in a village called Pagisam. This past Friday, she held a fundraiser in conjunction with Generation Morgantown at Cafe Bacchus and raised $2,200 to further her efforts. It only takes $16,000 USD to get a school up and running!

I am never more proud to be a West Virginian than when I'm in the company of good people doing great things. Because it isn't easy. Inertia is a powerful thing. There are so many demands on our time, it is easy to say, "I wish I could..." It is a different story to say, "I will do." For those of you who read the magazine, you know that my favorite quote is from Ghandi--"Be the change you wish to see in the world." And my friend Parween exemplifies that. It makes me so proud when I meet "Do-ers" that I want to scream from the top of a mountain, "LOOK at what West Virginians are doing! We are changing the WORLD!"

To help Parween build schools in Afghanistan, please visit please visit or email

Friday, August 21, 2009

Spring 2010

I've just completed a whirlwind traveling schedule visiting Manhattan's Garment District several times preparing for spring fashions. Yes- I said spring. I know, we've barely worn our current spring fashions and haven't even purchased for fall and yet designers, stylists and buyers are all searching for the hottest looks. What can we learn from this early planning? We can learn that many of the styles from this spring will continue into fall and still remain strong in 2010.

So what's in style in 2010? The 1940's will still remain an influence in the early part of spring. We'll see fitted, structured suits and a definite menswear influence continuing through fall and into the early part of the new year. We'll also see the Greek Goddess style consistant in this year as well so don't throw out your draped tops and gladiator shoes. Another trend I absolutely love is the Global Influence and it will transition slightly into an Exotic flair with rich colors and an island influence for summer 2010.

So what can we gain with this knowledge for fall 2009? Well, it's safe to wear your fitted suits, harem pants, draping tops and rich, bold colors. They will be right on trend! If you haven't purchased gladiator sandals, maxi dresses and beaded tunics- run, don't walk to the sales rack and stock up for spring 2010!


Sunday, August 2, 2009


I love a sale! I just noticed that She-Town Divas, in Shepardstown, is having a HUGE sale on their JENNIFER REALE DESIGN apparel. It's up to 40% off. This brand is so cute, boasting a mixture of bold colors and classic 60's prints in styles that are fit for a woman's figure.

At these prices you can easily stock up on tank tops and sleeveless blouses that normally scream spring. The trick is layering them under blazers and cardigan for a transitional look.

Now run, don't walk to the sales racks and collect these fantastic layering pieces and make that bold statement in your wardrobe.

Friday, July 31, 2009

Jean Ann's Fashions

Hey guys it's Jess, filling in for Kim! Jean Ann's Fashions in Beckley is a new boutique that you don't want to miss. From designer dresses to the hippest accessories, this locally owned gem will not disappoint. Maybe you need a cocktail dress for a Summer wedding or black tie dinner party. If so, Jean Ann's is the place for you! Labels like Cire, Splash, Night Moves, Evening by Allure, and Faviana New York will keep you looking stylish. And what outfit would be complete without accessories? Jean Ann's offers a beautiful selection of jewelry by Cristal D'Or, so your new little black dress won't be missing that sparkly finishing touch. There is something for everyone! Located on South Oakwood Ave. in Beckley, stop by Jean Ann's to see what they have for you!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009


Tampa, Florida, July 2009---National television host Kim Parrish and best-selling children’s book author Deb Landry explore how role models can be found in our ordinary, everyday lives. The Snapdragon Princess (Bryson Taylor Publishing, ISBN 978-0-9773738-6-4) launches in August nationwide.

The Snapdragon Princess, for ages 6-11, revives the legacy of a real princess in a delightful intergenerational story of family treasures, enchantment and cherished times gone by. McKenzie is an astonishing young girl who dreams of becoming a princess. With the help of her grandmother, she embarks on a journey and discovers that being a real princess is much more than crowns and dress-up.

“Discovering that ordinary people can do extraordinary things, The Snapdragon Princess encourages us to look within our own families and communities to hear stories of inspiration and find our real life role models,” said Kim Parrish, co-author. “I wanted to write this book because I’ve seen too many people seeking role models in all the wrong places. Celebrities and athletes shouldn’t be the only ones inspiring our children - we should be their inspirations also.”

Featured in dozens of articles from TV Guide to The New York Times, Kim Parrish is a familiar face to millions who welcomed her into their homes throughout her eight years as a popular television host on QVC. In 2005, she took aim at America’s closets with the launch of the Kim Parrish Collection on HSN, her signature line of classic wardrobe basics noted for their innovative, updated twists. The collection is now featured on televised shopping channels in Canada, Europe and the United States.

Parrish says she’s most proud of her involvement, which has spanned nearly two decades, with the Miss America organization. Currently, she is the president of Miss America’s teen competition, Miss America’s Outstanding Teen, which has made available more than $3 Million in college scholarships over the past four years.

Parrish says she teamed up with parenting coach Deb Landry after extensive discussions on where young girls were finding inspiration in today’s society.

Deb Landry is the author of the best-selling children’s books, Sticks Stones and Stumped, Yankee Go Home, and the co-author of The Comfort Zone with Meline Kevorkian Ed.D., and Robin D’Antona, Ed.D. She is a parenting coach specializing in social awareness behaviors and character education and has authored several interactive children’s mentoring plays on character education, social awareness, and bullying prevention. She was also part of the team that authored the Maine State Best Practices in Bullying and Harassment Prevention Manual and lobbied for the new legislation in the State of Maine. Landry also runs the Miss Maine’s Outstanding Teen competition as the executive director.

The Snapdragon Princess will be available at, and other local booksellers in August.

Labels in Lewisburg

It's Jess again, filling in for Kim! If you're in the Lewisburg area visit downtown and stop by Wolf Creek Gallery where you'll find eclectic clothing & fashionable footwear, fine leather bags, unique jewelry, bath & beauty products and one of a kind gifts. Then head to Yarid's for a fabulous selection of fine footwear with labels like Juicy Couture, Burberry, and BCBG. Locations also in White Sulphur Springs (The Greenbrier) and Charleston. They carry some gorgeous handbags and accessories as well. Right now I'm working with Kim down in Tampa - I can't wait to come home and compare WV fashions to those in the sunshine state! Happy shopping!

Monday, July 27, 2009

Living in Style - Literally!

Hi all! It's Jess (filling in for Kim). I wanted to share with you my latest find in the Beckley area. I'm always looking for fashionable items, not just to wear, but for my home as well! Chateaux Interiors on Eisenhower Drive is the perfect place to keep your home stylish and modern. They are a "one-stop" interior design service that specialize in furniture, rugs, lamps, paintings, and custom window treatments. So when planning your next dinner party, make sure your home is living in style - just like you! Visit Chateaux's Website at

Sunday, July 19, 2009

A peek at Fall Fashions

Check out Miss WV USA Jessi Pierson sporting a summer top from Vance's Blues in Morgantown. She paired it with a simple blazer and scarf.
By coupling a few layering pieces with the tank it allows us to wear our flirty lightweight tops year round.

More fabulous photos from our fall fashion shoot coming out in the next issue of WV LIVING.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

So Mod- So Now

The 60's have left their mark on Summer 2009 and we can't get enough of their modern prints, bold colors and structured styles.

Check out this top I found at She-town Divas in Shepherdstown! Jennifer Reale is one hot designer and you can visit to see the collection. You can find quite a few of her designs at She-town Divas!

The easiest way to wear this look with with a hint of minimalism. If you're going bold on top then keep the bottoms classic. A simple black pencil skirt or white pant will work perfectly to allow the top to do the talking.



The team got together once again this past June to shoot fall fashions for the upcoming issue. What fun we had as we welcomed Miss WV USA, Jessi Pierson, to the studio in Morgantown. Jessi was voted the Miss Photogenic winner in the Miss USA Pageant so we knew we were going to get some great photos.

Taking the lead was photographer Rebecca Devono. Also working to create magic was Jane Engelke-stylist, and Jessica Schueler-assistant style editor. Jane was able to create 7 different looks by changing out the hair and makeup styles on the model effortlessly. She also had a hand in styling the clothing supplied by various vendors, manufacturers, stores and boutiques.

All in all, it was a successful day. Keep an eye out for the next issue to hit the stands.

No Stress Searching for Distressed Jeans

I can't get enough of distressed denim this summer. Call me a rebel- but I love the ragged look of these lived-in, washed-out classics. Every denim brand is showcasing their style, but I found some cool denim capris in Shepherstown. I was pleased to see this refreshing take on an edgy new style.

Check them out at She-town Divas!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Southern Style

Hi everyone, it's Jess filling in for Kim! I have to share some fabulous finds from the Southern part of the state…

Visit the Schwabe-May store at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs. Whether you’re looking for a classy cocktail dress or a splash of color for the summer, you can find it here! Carrying lines like Badgley Mischka, this boutique is truly every girl's dream (especially if you're trying to channel your inner Audrey Hepburn). Retro-inspired threads with impeccable bead work are a must here. So, if you want to stand out or simply be fashion forward, I recommend this shop for your next purchase.

Next time you're in Fayetteville, be sure to stop by Wisteria's Gifts for an unbelievable selection of gourmet food, handmade jewelry, and so much more! Pick up a pair of Switch Flops for the summer. Yes, you read correctly - Switch Flops! These sandals have interchangeable straps, so you can switch up your style for every outfit you own.

Style is everywhere - in our homes, in our closets, and even in our hairstyles. If you're in need of a “girl’s day out” visit Image Makers Salon in Beckley. Then, head over to Cranberry Station to find the latest in fashions for your home and for you! CoCo Chanel said it best, “Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.”

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

It's a Fashion Battle Zone

.....and in any good battle you must be properly attired in Gladiator Sandals- the hottest footwear this season!

Through all my fashion travels from New York to London, the one look that seems to be holding steady is the Gladiator Sandal. I've seen variations of this style, from a watered down version available at Banana Republic to a trend-embracing look available at THE FINERY in Morgantown. In fact, WV LIVING's editor Nikki Bowman recently welcomed this trend into her closet with the purchase of a metallic gold pair of Gladiator Sandals she purchased at THE FINERY located at the Seneca Center and she couldn't be more pleased.

If you're looking for a new pair of sandlas this year and you want to step out of the box, then try this look. Visit, for directions, style stips and more information about this wonderful boutique loaded with style.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

She-Town Divas so Chic

If you're in the Shepherstown, WV area make sure to plan a trip to the chic boutique called She-Town Divas. Clothes range in price as well as needs but you'll surely find something for any ocassion no matter your age or income level.

More information can be found on She-Town Divas in the Spring issue of WV LIVING available in stores now. Go to for a list of locations currently selling the magazine. For more details on She-Town Divas, visit

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Pamper Me

While traveling on business this week to Miami I had a private tour of The Setai, an exclusive hotel that caters to the rich and famous. When I heard of the luxuries and pamperings that are offered to those who can afford them I wondered if I would ever see such pampering in my lifetime. And then, I ran across a wonderful handbag collection that custom makes bags by request. What? A bag made just for me!
I love it! I want the whole collection! So I studied their website wondering how the items were so affordable and yet they could make me feel so special.

Founded in Fall 2006, Scigliano Designs is a fresh and fast-growing business that caters to the individual and allows for designs that capture personal uniqueness. The company offers 12 original styles, and is custom made to preference with hand-crafted pattern work and high-quality materials. A positively unprecedented and novel purse is the culmination of this collaboration.

Gina Shields, the sole proprietor, designer, and seamstress of Scigliano Designs, is much more than a designer-she is a passionate artist with the foresight to see a finished masterpiece while examining fabrics on the roll. She founded the business with the intent of deviating from the mainstream icons of fashion and allowing customers to be part of the process and create their own designs to reflect individual "purse"onality.In addition to her lifelong zest and admiration for the world of fashion, she has compiled qualifying credentials. Gina graduated with a degree in Fashion Design and a minor in Business. Further studies included a stint at the world renowned school of fashion Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti located in Milan, Italy.

Inspiration for Scigliano Designs stems from the everlasting little black dress that travels from season to season, year after year, molding to the ever-changing fashion trends. Like the little black dress, the Scigliano purse will be an enduring design.Fashion is universal...the challenge is to create a design that confers homage to the past while remaining awake to the present, and adding a unique stamp or footprint on the future. Spanning generations, the purse will be timeless- fashionable today...and tomorrow.

So you want to know my favorite? Go to the website and check out Gia. (left) I weep just looking at its simple beauty. Could this be true love?

The products are constructed only after the ordering process is complete. Construction may take between 2 and 5 weeks, depending on the detail of the product. All products are handcrafted in the United States.
To find out more visit,

Fall 2009 has spoken

A couple weeks ago I visited Coterie, one of the fashion trade shows that take place each year in New York where brands can showcase their products to retailers. This year the economy slowed the traffic but the booths still managed to wow the crowds.

What did I see? Lots of Bohemian. Gypsy. Global. Flowing tunics. Colorblocking items with detail. Maxi dresses. Peace love and the 70s. Sparkle and shine. Upscale tie-dye. Peasant tops. Geometric prints with 60's inspirations.

What brands really stood out? Ella Moss and Sky had packed booths with hundreds of people milling through their racks. The Michael Stars booth looked like a modern bar scene with simple tees in a rainbow of colors all being scooped up by the line of retailers seated in chrome stools belly up to a long working table. And the Milly booth didn't disappoint. It was upscale with a video running from their latest fashion show.

I was happy to see Custo Barcelona, a hip line of scarves, accessories and clothing with a real global influence in prints. I'm wondering if any stores in West Virginia have begun to carry this brand. I recently became acquainted with it while attending the NFL Wives fundraiser in Tampa. I was excited to see a bold scarf in their goody bags and have loved it since I got it!

As for shoes? Ballet flats still dominate. Gladiator sandals were also still commanding attention through the end of the year.

What was surprising? Ripped to shreds leggings, jeans and skirts. I'll leave that look for the younger generation.

I did notice that the smaller, lesser known brands were being swallowed up by the big brands and wondered if it was possible for them to complete with the brand giants.

All in all, it was a wonderful day of fashion and I'm looking forward to seeing the trends emerge in the stores.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

The KPC and a touch of local Boho

Bohemian fashions are very strong for Spring/Summer 2009 and jewelry plays a huge hand in this trend.

During a recent shopping trip to Hornor and Harrison in Parkersburg,, I found some fantastic jewelry at great prices. I picked up two sets of bangles for less than $20 and two necklaces with matching earrings for less than $20 each as well.

I loved the bangles so much I haven't stopped wearing them! I coupled the brown set with a bracelet I bought from and sported them during my last 3 shows on HSN. You can check out some of the videos of the presentations when clicking on the more recent items. Or check out the necklace right here!

When looking to update your wardrobe with a Bohemian influence look for items with natural beads, crystals, wood and a handmade flair. Necklaces are varying in length this season with long necklaces being the most popular. Attention is also placed on the wrist and layering is important to remember when dressing. Stack bracelets of varying styles, thicknesses and colors. A missmatched look works perfectly for this trend. Also, pull out some chunky rings with large gemstones. Earrings are going bold as well so don't be shy! Earthtones natural gems round out the Boho feeling!

You can also see this necklace and the bangles up close and personal in the next issue of WV LIVING magazine.

Sunday, March 1, 2009


Make sure you subscribe to WV LIVING magazine by Tuesday morning to receive the Spring issue in your mailbox!!!

Not only will the style section feature information on all the hottest trends but we'll tell you where to find them, affordably priced, in the mountain state. Jessica Wedge, Miss WV USA 2006 was our featured model wearing hot looks from numerous stores and boutiques from across the state.
Subscribe today!!!

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

News and Updates

Just returned from Coterie, a fashion trade show, in New York. So much fashion to report, so little time! Keep an eye out this month for numerous updates.

Also, check out the Sunday edition of the Dominion Post. They featured a wonderful article on WV LIVING.

I met with fashionable buyers from London last week and I'm anxious to report the hot trends moving forward for Fall of 2009. Yes- designers are already buzzing about Fall and I have yet to sport my global fashions hot for spring!

So much fashion so little time!!!!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

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Monday, February 9, 2009

First Fashion Photo Shoot a Success

The first fashion photo shoot took place at Price Portraits in Charleston for WV LIVING and the end result was unbelievable! Model and former Miss WV USA Jessica Wedge sported 6 different looks in front of the camera and stylist Jane Engelke made sure the hair and makeup complimented each outfit!

I had a blast pulling clothing from various stores around West Virginia and Jane put the finishing touches on each outfit by adding the appropriate accessories. She's got a gift for fashion!

Rounding out the TEAM DIVA was Jessica Schueler, former Miss WV's Outstanding Teen and future fashion magazine editor. Our fearless leader, Nikki Bowman the creator and publisher of WV LIVING, also served as photographer.

What will you find in the spring issue? Items from Horner and Harrison, Geraniums, Eggplant, Elizabeth Michaels, Target, Vance's Blues, Payless and many more great stores from across the mountain state.

When does the magazine come out? March! But don't miss it- go to http://www.wvlivingmagazine.conm/ to subscribe today.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Meet the Assistant Fashion Editor

Jessica Schueler is currently a senior at Concord University studying Public Relations and Business Administration. Jessica writes for Concord’s weekly newspaper, the Concordian and has had her own radio show on WCUR Concord University Radio. She is on the committee for Relay for Life and works in the Public Relations Box Office. Jessica enjoys studying the latest trends and fashions and hopes to one day have a career as a Fashion Editor.

Jessica was selected as the first Miss West Virginia’s Outstanding Teen in 2004. During her year she promoted her platform SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) throughout West Virginia and traveled to Missouri, North Carolina, and Florida representing the Miss America Organization. Jessica also developed the Mentor Princess Program and raised over $5,000 in scholarship money for the Miss West Virginia’s Outstanding Teens Scholarship Organization.

Since holding this prestigious title, Jessica placed as a Semi-Finalist at the 2008 Miss West Virginia USA Pageant and a Finalist at the 2008 Miss West Virginia Association of Fairs & Festivals Pageant.

Welcome Jessica!

Fab Jewelry Find!

I stopped into an "old favorite" yesterday. It's been a few years since I've shopped at Hornor and Harrison on Grand Central Avenue in Parkersburg. I've always enjoyed their selection and service.

While shopping, feilding emails, texts and phone calls I managed to focus on finding some fantastic jewelry. I picked up some metallic bronze and green bangles and two necklaces! The prices were unbelievable and I couldn't say no!

I also noticed they had several wardrobe fixers like the Hollywood Tape. I'm an avid collector so I bought extra for our shoot on Saturday.

I started talking with a very friendly staff member and she let me know they're the only retailer in the area that carries Seven for All Mankind jeans and they're quite popular. I also noticed an interesting pair of jeans that guarantee to give you an instant tummy tuck! Love it!

When I asked the salesperson what the hot seller was this month she replied "the sweaters on sale!" I agreed, it's still too early to think about spring fashions.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Are you on My List?

Calling All Stores!

I want to know what fashionable women in the mountain state are buying. Tell me the must-have items you can't keep in stock. Send me photos of your favorite shoes, bags and clothing!
Make sure you include your name, store name, and location in your email. Please send all emails to

I'd love to feature your items in the next blog or article.... I'd even love to shop in your store. Tell me about it!!!

Look for Vance's Blues of Morgantown, Elizabeth Michaels and Hornor and Harrison of Parkersburg and Geranium of Charleston in my style article in the next issue of WV LIVING.

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See you in WV STYLE!

Casual, or Too Casual?

When is casual too casual?

I spent yesterday leisurely enjoying an afternoon at my favorite bookstore, Trans Allegheny Books in Parkersburg. (Okay, that's a personal fantasy as I haven't had a "leisurely day" in years but I can dream, right?) Walking into this book store I feel a sense of calm wrap around me; years of history and shelves of knowledge slowly transport me, even momentarily, into my own personal Zen.

Yesterday was a day of fun and relaxation; a casual time to enjoy my hometown. I'm a people watcher so of course I'm always checking out what people are wearing and what they're doing. I'm amazed by the amount of sweat pants and sweat shirts sported by the majority of the passersby. I understand it's 20 degrees outside but let's unleash our inner Style Diva and slap on some lip gloss and a trendy oversized sweater with a pair of skinny jeans in lieu of gym attire.

Oversized knits are quite hot this season. Banana Republic, Macy's, Gap, and every other major retal chain has numerous styles currently in the sales bin. Why not pick up an end-of-the-season-find?

Let's take an oath as stylish women of the mountain state to collectively burn our gym clothes, afterall, when was the last time we had time to go to the gym?

Go Style Diva!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Can't Get Enough Scarves!

It's official- the word is out! Scarves will remain popular through Spring of 2009. I guess it doesn't take a rocket scientist or fashion forecaster to predict this news. All you have to do is look around. They're in every store, in every price range!

I recently visited Tamarack, a fabulous store boasting a compilation of various items all made in the mountain state, and came across a rack of handmade scarves. They were fabulous! Some had been knitted while other were woven but each and every one had its own distinct personality. That's the beauty of a handmade item. Prices ranged from $30-$50; well worth it since it also comes with a great story of it's origins!

Stop into Tamarack on I77 and see what you can find! Also, ask for your copy of WV LIVING magazine. They carry it!

Items on the model are from the Kim Parrish Collection available at HSN and

Friday, January 30, 2009

When in doubt, wear black!

I'm off to an NFL Wives Charity Event/Fashion Show this morning. After what seemed like hours in my closet I realized I was over-thinking my goal. I wanted to look chic and stylish and I was trying too hard. What's wrong with my simple black dress. How many years have I preached the need for a simple black dress!?!

So here I stand, in a fabulous yet casual little black dress appropriate for a fashion show event, and feeling great!

Take a look at a few ways you can change up your little black dress simply by changing out the accessories.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Tony Bowls Gowns in West Virginia!!

Miss Indiana, Katie Stam, wore custom Tony Bowls gowns for the evening gown and talent competitions at the Miss America 2009 Contest.

The Tony Bowls Collection is available at The Crowning Touch in Buckhannon and Elizabeth Michaels in Parkersburg.

I had a chance to spend a few hours with Tony at the Miss America Pageant last week. He was showcasing his latest gowns and dressing numerous celebrities for the event. I saw a lot of styles similar to the tropical maxi dress with wide straps, plunging necklines and bright floral prints. I also adored the gowns with empire waistlines and fly away chiffon splitting in the center.

As for color, anything goes, from brights to neutrals. Tony has a way of celebrating a woman's curves and the shades of champagne, nude, and light bronze enhanced his designs and created an appealing look. Numerous contestants chose evening gowns in these hues and glowed from the Las Vegas stage located at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino.

With twenty years of retail experience, Tony applies firsthand knowledge of what the fashion-forward customer is looking for to the designs of these extraordinary brands. For the greater part of the last twelve years, Tony owned and managed his own retail outlet. He actively promoted and sold prom, pageant and formalwear collections. During his time in retail, Tony also designed for Miss America and Miss USA contestants.

Tony has graciously offered to send gowns for our first photo shoot for WV LIVING in Style. We love Tony!!

Photo, above, from

Congratulations Miss WV!

I had a chance to visit with Miss West Virginia during the recent Miss America Pageant. Kayla Lynam looked so beautiful and represented the state well at the competition in Las Vegas.

Numerous clothing sponsors from across the mountain state donate gowns and cocktail dresses to the winner each year as part of the prize package to prepare her for the national pageant. If you're interested in donating to the scholarship program, please visit for more information.

I love shopping for cocktail dresses and have found numerous boutiques across the state with fabulous finds. Of course, we all know I love to shop at Elizabeth Michaels in Parkersburg. Leah Lasker Summers, Miss West Virginia 1991, tells me she's found some fabulous dresses at Coni and Franc in Morgantown for numerous cocktail parties.

Other sponsors who have helped wardrobe Kayla for her competition and year of service are The Bridal Suite, business/interview wear from Coni & Franc's, casual wear/rockin jeans from Vance's Blues, and swimwear from The Queen's Choice.

Pictured (above) are former Miss West Virginias Candy Reid, Leah Summers, and Kim Parrish along with Kayla.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Show Me Some Style

Calling All Stores!

I want to know what fashionable women in the mountain state are buying. Tell me the must-have items you can't keep in stock. Send me photos of your favorite shoes, bags and clothing!

Make sure you include your name, store name, and location in your email. Please send all emails to

I'd love to feature your items in the next blog or article.... I'd even love to shop in your store. Tell me about it!!!

Friday, January 16, 2009

Calling All West Virginia Models


If you would like to be considered to model in an upcoming issue of WV LIVING magazine, please send the following information to

Contact info

Please, attach a headshot and full length photo. Professional photography is not required for submissions. Deadline for the Spring issue is January 25th.

See you in WV LIVING magazine!

Sunday, January 11, 2009

It's all in the Detail

In economically challenging times stores tend to stock their shelves with wardrobe-building basics but in this tough economy women are demanding more! More sequins, embroidery, bows and zippers! The last thing we want is a boring basic.

So, when you head to the stores to grab a sale item or collect a few "must-haves" for spring remember to look for something with interest, drama or detail. You'll feel great about your purchase and look fabulous too!

Item #328-393, Kim Parrish Collection on HSN and

Friday, January 9, 2009

Shoe Search

I'll be the first to admit, I love designer shoes. I weep for Jimmy Choo, adore Manolo Blahnik and feel that Stuart Weitzman must truly know my soul, but my budget doesn't allow for too many frivolous purchases.

Luckily, I've fallen in love with a shoe I found at Elizabeth Michaels Boutique in Vienna located on Grand Central Avenue. This strappy little sandal accents my femininity while the four inch heel lets everyone know 'I mean business!' The best news- they're only $39.00. Can you believe it!

To check them out go to Too cute! My toes are ready for spring!

Welcome to WV Living.... In Style

I'm so excited to sign on as the Style Editor at WV LIVING magazine! I'm so proud to say I'm a West Virginia native, and although my career has taken me to other parts of the country, I can truly say my heart will always remain in the mountain state.

So let's talk about fashion, shopping, handbags and boutiques. I feel like I was born to talk about those subjects, and in fact I've been doing it professionally for almost 15 years!!

After logging more than 6,000 hours of live TV appearances as a shopping host on QVC, crisscrossing the country working with designers, celebrities and fashion icons, I discovered a universal dilemma that held true for me, my audiences and even the celebrities I interviewed…women want a limitless wardrobe on a limited budget! That's why I developed my own clothing collection, The Kim Parrish Collection available on HSN and

I can't wait to share the secrets I've learned and are continually discovering about wardrobe building, creating memorable looks and boosting confidence in your closet one garment at a time!

So let's shop, share and explore some of the hottest boutiques in the state! Let's clean out our closets together and dare each other to think outside the box when trying new trends! Most importantly, let's have fun with fashion!!