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 Kim@WVLIVINGmagazine.com

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.

Not a subscriber? We can fix that! Log onto http://www.wvlivingmagazine.com/ to get your subscription!

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 HSN.com.