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!