Caroline Marx Talks Costume Design for Queen Sugar

Let me start by saying that as a fashion person, I always look and notice when the fashions of a show are on point. After the second episode of OWN's Queen Sugar, which is directed by
Ava DuVernay, I fell in love with the true and simple Louisiana style that each character portrays.

From the eclectic, boho chic style of Nova to the chic and sophisticated style of Charley, Queen Sugar delivers the true essence of a family living life through the clothing that each character wears.
The costume magic is pulled together by costume designer Caroline Marx. Marx, who got her start as a costume designer for In Living Color. Marx has styled and designed for shows and movies to include High School Musical 3, Gilmore Girls, and Star Crossed.

Take a look below as Caroline discusses the style of each Bordelon on the show. 

Kendrick Lamar for GQ Magazine

Kendrick Lamar has paired with GQ Magazine to give us a look at the hottest coats and jackets for winter 2016. I most say I really LOVE Kendrick as a model. Could we see Kendrick inking a few campaign deals with designers in the future?

Coat, $11,500, (made-to-order) by Dolce & Gabbana

Coat, $2,295, by Burberry | Denim jacket, $840, by Tom Ford, silk shirt , $550,

Coat, $4,950, by Gucci

Coat, $2,995, by Michael Kors 

oat, $8,150, by Berluti | Cardigan, $2,930, by Berluti, shirt, $310, by AMI Alexandre Mattiuss

Kandi Burruss's Son Has a Product Line.

If nothing else, Kandi Burriss knows how to make a buck. The money making talent has been passed on to her son Ace, with the launch of his very own product line Raising Ace and the launch of his shoe line, Ace Wells Shoes. Raising Ace will include products with will carry teething necklaces, onesies, and much more. 

Check out the announcement Kandi did via the Raising Ace Instagram page.

5 Quick & Easy D.I.Y. Halloween Costumes

1. Scarecrow

Grab a pair of jeans, a plaid flannel shirt, a hat, flowers, and a little makeup,and you will be the most fashionable scarecrow ever.

2. Medusa
A quick search of your closet for a solid color maxi dress and a trip to your local dollar store's toy section will turn you into an elegant modern day Medusa. 

Got purple or green balloons? Blow them up, attach a piece of greenery from an artificial plant to your head and wallah..the perfect grape costume. 

4.Animal Face
Are you a skilled makeup artist? If so, break out those brushes and creative your favorite animal.

5. Christmas Tree
Got a little extra tulle laying around the house. Wrap yourself in it, add Christmas ornaments and you are a singing Christmas tree. 


Power of the Purse 2016

The Power of the Purse™ Auction combines silent and live auctions featuring designer purses, jewelry, restaurants, and entertainment and travel packages donated by local businesses. Join the Women's Foundation for a Greater Memphis for an evening of fun, food and fashion and celebrate the impact the Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis has in our community.
Thursday, October 27, 2016
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
The University Club of Memphis
1346 Central Ave | Memphis, TN 38104
General admission tickets are $50 | VIP tickets are $75 each.

Check out a few pictures from last year's event.


Photos via Women's Foundation for a Greater Memphis Facebook Page.

Dress for Success- Little Black Dress Event

Memphis Botanic Garden

750 Cherry Rd, Memphis, TN 38117

Join Dress for Success on October 13, 2016 from 6-8pm for an evening where women can showcase their most darling little black dress and exotic shoes, while the men display their favorite tie. There will be entertainment, wine & delightful foods, and a silent auction donated from local businesses to benefit Dress for Success Memphis.

Tickets can be purchased at Dress for Success

Halloween Events in Memphis!

Sept. 30–Oct. 29 – Spooky Nights at Shelby Farms Park – Fridays & Saturdays 7-10 p.m.
  • Haunted Trail (AGES 12+): $12/person
    • The Pine Forest of Shelby Farms Park is transformed into the only haunted trail in Memphis! Are you brave enough to handle a mile of scares?
  • Zombie Paintball Hayride (ALL AGES): $20/person; $25 for Zombie Truck
    • Climb aboard a trailer that is specially outfitted with paintball equipment and try to conquer zombies! Don’t worry–the zombies aren’t coordinated enough to use the paintball equipment, so you’ll have the upper hand!
  • Headless Horseman Hayrides: $8/person
    • Take a family-friendly hayride through the Park, but be on the lookout for the legend himself!
  • Phantom Zorbs: $10 Zorb Ride; $5 Knockerballs
    • Don’t miss this new addition to Spooky Nights! Knock down zombies and monsters as you roll down the haunted hill in the glowing phantom zorb.
  • Pumpkin Decorating: $7/large pumpkin; $5/small pumpkin

Fri/Sat/Sun on Oct. 21-23 & 27-31 – Le Bonheur Zoo Boo – 5:30 p.m. – $10-15/person
Zoo Boo is an all ages event, and this year there is eight nights of fun throughout October. Each Zoo Boo night will have trick-or-treating stations, crafts, hayrides, entertainment, and kids activities. Costumes are encouraged, and check out the rules for the Virtual Costume Contest

Sept. 30-Oct. 31 – The Mid-South Haunted Maze – $12/maze; $5/haunted hayride
The Mid-South Maze is open the entire month of October, but it’s only haunted on the weekend. Take your best shot at escaping the maze, and don’t forget to jump on the haunted hayride for even more scares. This year, the design is the Grizzlies beloved Mike Conley.

Saturday, October 22nd, 1-4pm
3:15pm - Canine Costume Contest
3:45pm - Costume parade around Central Park
Mark your calendars for Carriage Crossing's annual Pawfest!
Enjoy a fun day filled with trick or treating around the property, music from DJ Infinity, train rides, bounce houses, balloon twisters, face painting, and more!
This event IS Pet-friendly, for dogs who are well-behaved and on leashes. Be sure to enter your furry friend in the Canine costume contest at 3:15pm & stick around for the costume parade around Central Park at 3:45pm

Saturday, October 22 at 10 AM - 1 PM

Stop in for a spell and see who's saying "Boo" at the CMOM Spooktacular of Stars. No tricks are allowed, but some "surprise" characters are passing out treats! Who are they? A silly sponge or a pre-school pirate? You must come to see! The Snow Sisters and their silly Snowman are striking a spooky pose for pictures, there's face painting, Halloween crafts and a costume contest at 1 PM. Be sure to stick around and enter the contest to win one of three cash prizes or 5 CMOM family memberships.

Tickets are included with regular museum admission and can be purchased at the door. Members are free and non-members are $15. Mummies, don't forget your cameras!

Saturday, October 22, 7pm | South Lawn | 21 and up
The Dixon Gallery and Gardens will heat things up once again with its biggest night of the year, Art on Fire 2016! All are invited to gather on the Dixon’s South Lawn for a festive fall party with a roaring bonfire,fabulous food, live music, a silent auction, and much more.

Saturday, October 29 at 7 PM - 2 AM
AND IT IS BACK!! Join The TaKeOver as they host the hottest Halloween party in the city! Get your costumes ready because it will definitely be a night to remember! Costume contests, food and libations all night long! See you on Saturday October 29th at Side Street Grill!
31 Florence St, Memphis, Tennessee 38104

Memphis Fashion Design Network &The Flicker Street Art District

Join MFDN and The Lab, a fashion design incubator located in the heart of Memphis as they present an open house for the fashion savvy.

Friday, October 14th
5:30-8:00 PM
64 Flicker St.
The Lab by Memphis Fashion Design Network
+ Flicker Street Studios
+ Urban Earth Garden Center
Open houses with drinks, appetizers, art, music, and shopping!

T I E N A                                                            
Tiena Gwin is the Creative Director of TIENA.                                              
Tiena Gwin is a wife and a stay-at-home mom and has
dreamed since childhood of starting her own line.  TIENA was
created as a result of the Emerging Memphis Design Project
at Memphis Fashion Week. Feminine, memorable,
sophisticated, and long-lasting pieces are at the heart of what
TIENA expresses to the world.  Tiena embodies clothes that pull
at your heart strings and evoke the spirit of expressing your most
feminine self.  

Clothes are designed in Memphis, TN and made in the U.S.A.
by a sustainably produced small batch process

Beg and Borrow
Monte Stewart launched a successful custom clothing company for men in 2010.  The wives and girlfriends of his clients often wished they too could choose from the hundreds of available fabrics to design their own clothes and the Beg & Borrow Apparel shirtdress was born!
  • Design the fit and length you like
  • Choose from hundreds of beautiful fabrics
  • Create your own unique style by selecting features such as pockets, monograms, epaulets, collar type, and cuff options
  • Embellish your dress with an embroidered name in the collar
  • Enjoy an easy to wear style and dress it up or down with accessories

Solange- Don't Touch My Hair

Solange's A Seat at the Table has been receiving rave reviews, and now she has hit us with the visuals! The entire album is full of mellow, eclectic, empowering tunes, and the visuals are just the same. A Seat at the Table is Solange's  first album in four years and does not disappoint. Take a look at the visuals below.

Balmain Spring/Summer 2017 Paris Fashion Week

It is Fashion Week in Paris and honey the glory of fashion is shining bright! Balmain's collection has by far been my favorite so far. The flowing fabrics, the color scheme, the jewelry, the shoes, basically everything. Take a look at the show in it's entirety below.

Kim Kardashian was on the front row at Balmain to see her friend Olivier Rousteing’s latest collection. Did I mention she wore a piece from the collection as well?!

Trend Corner- Olive Green

The hottest color for fall and winter 2016 is green, but to be more specific...Olive Green! This beautiful shade of green is popping up on the runways and in boutiques everywhere. Don't miss the trend! Shop this trend at the following boutiques:

The Shredded Dress from JustNTyme $49.00

Olive You Dress from Style by L. Thomas $35.99

Long Sleeve Jumpsuit from Major Pieces Boutique $28.00

Karin Jacket from Renee's Armorie $28.00

Saddle Up Top from BEV $25.00

Oxygen's Strut- A Look at The World's First Trans Modeling Agency

The new original series Strut, premiers tonight on Oxygen. The show will follow the lives of transgender models Dominique Jackson, Ren Spriggs, Laith De La Cruz, Isis King, and Arisce Wanzer as they break into fashion industry. The models are managed by Slay Model Management, the world's first exclusively transgender modeling agency these models. Whoopi Goldberg, the show's executive producer commented, "This show is important right now because for all of the positive advances the community has made and continues to make, transgender is still a hot-button word that gets people hysterical. People tend to focus on the stereotype instead of the person, and this series will give viewers a unique opportunity to spend time with real people who are struggling with the same challenges we all face as we make our way through the world."

Meet the Cast:

A New York native, Laith De La Cruz launched his career with a monumental Barneys New York campaign photographed by Bruce Weber, making his debut as one of the first transgender male models to ever appear in a national campaign. A graduate of Fairfield University, he majored in psychology with a concentration in religion, law and research. Laith began his transition over two years ago and has discovered that being a model forces him to confront himself in ways he never imagined. Currently holding down the fort as the only male model at Slay Management, Laith continues to grow in his confidence day-by-day as he becomes more comfortable in his skin. Extremely close to his family, Laith values the tight knit love and support from them, especially his mother.
From walking the runway during New York Fashion Week to gracing the pages of Vogue Hommes, Laith’s career has swiftly sky rocketed and he recently quit his day job to pursue modeling full time.

Isis King is a vivacious fashion model and designer with big dreams and the ambition to make them a reality. Originally from Maryland, Isis studied fashion design at the Art Institute of Philadelphia and moved to New York following graduation to pursue becoming a fashion designer. While working as a background model on a shoot, Isis caught the attention of supermodel Tyra Banks and was selected to participate in ‘America’s Next Top Model,’ becoming the first transwoman to compete on the show. Isis used the opportunity to bring national attention to issues facing LGBT homeless youth, gender transitioning and gender expression but shortly after the show ended, she decided to take a break from modeling to chase other dreams.
Finally ready to get back on the catwalk, Isis has returned more determined than ever to jumpstart her career and pick up where she left off. Gracing the pages of Seventeen Magazine and Out Magazine amongst others, Isis is also the first transgender person to model for American Apparel. Between modeling, hosting and acting, Isis has become a triple threat with a successful multi-platform career. Recently relocating to Los Angeles to pursue acting and modeling full time, Isis is determined to follow her dreams, but on her terms. Forced to start fresh in a new city without a backup plan, does Isis have what it takes to make it to the top?

Persistent and resilient, Dominique Jackson has been modeling for over 20 years. Appearing on the pages of prestigious publications including Vogue España, Dominique was born and raised in Scarborough, Tobago before moving to New York City to follow her dreams of being a fashion model. Overcoming memories of a dark childhood, Dominique self-published the hurdles, hurts, revelations and triumphs of her journey in an autobiography titled “The Transsexual from Tobago.” Dominique is a LGBT and human rights activist who wants to encourage those who need hope and inspiration.
Married to her partner of eighteen years Al, Dominique recently decided to embrace a new chapter in her life and move to Los Angeles for an exciting opportunity. With vast experience in the industry, Dominique serves as a mentor to the models at Slay who are waiting for their big break and is always willing to provide helpful advice. Determined to take the LA scene by storm, will Dominique be able to balance new career opportunities, fierce competition and a long distance relationship?

Stunning and fearless, Ren Spriggs is fresh to the fashion industry, but isn’t letting her limited experience get in the way of becoming the next big thing. Born and raised in California, Ren is one of the newest models to join Slay Management and her striking looks have already captured the attention of casting directors. Often described as a “gorgeous tomboy,” Ren is a rebel at heart and was initially reluctant to model. Although she did not receive a lot of support from her family during her transition, Ren remains hopeful that modeling will give her the opportunity to reconnect with her distant father and confront their complicated relationship once and for all.
Between working a part-time job and attending casting calls, Ren has her hands full. As the modeling gigs continue to pour in, can she balance all the opportunities that await her and evolve into the
confident model that everyone sees in her?

Outspoken and unapologetic, Arisce Wanzer is a fashion model and the ultimate go-getter. Not only has she graced the pages of Vogue, Vogue Italia, Forbes and Purple Magazine, she has also walked the runways during New York, Los Angeles and Miami Fashion Week. A fashion enthusiast at heart, Arisce attended the Art Institute of Miami where an agent spotted her during an internship and signed her, leading to impressive bookings for Opening Ceremony campaigns and the opportunity to shoot with Patrick Demarchelier.
Arisce decided to fully transition at the age of nineteen and has always been thankful for a strong support system of family and friends in her corner. Although extremely proud of whom she is, Arisce doesn’t want to be defined as only a trans-model. Strong and independent, Arisce has learned the importance of protecting her heart and refuses to be vulnerable with others, especially when it comes to her love life. Navigating her dating life provides an opportunity to expose her vulnerability and Arisce is excited to see what awaits her when it comes to finding love.  When she isn’t jet-setting around the world to high-fashion shoots, Arisce works to balance her personal reinvention, having fun with friends and enjoying the Los Angeles party scene.

Cecilio “CeCe” Asuncion is the Director of Scouting and Development at Slay Model Management. Cece began his involvement with the transgender community a few years ago while directing "What's The T?"— a documentary that explores the challenges, successes and lives of five transgender women and was the recipient of the outstanding Filipino American award for LGBT advocacy in 2012. His critically acclaimed work has been featured on a series of platforms and has been awarded at some of the most prestigious film festivals highlighting LGBT focused creative. Combining his eye for talent and love for fashion, Cece decided to embark on a new adventure and founded Slay Model Management where he discovers and develops transgender talent in the Los Angeles area. Serving as both a mentor and boss to the plethora of models represented by Slay Model Management, Cece is relentless in encouraging the models to reach their full potential.

Strut premiers tonight on Oxygen 9/8c.

The Weight is Over Fashion Show

It's that time of year again!
Ashley Dean presents the 7th annual The Weight is Over Fashion Show.

Come out  and enjoy the latest plus size fashions from some of the industry’s top designers and   boutiques that will include Lane Bryant, Style by L. Thomas, Eloquii, and of course Dean of Fashion. This year's models will be socialites, business owners, and women who are making a difference in the Memphis community. This year's show will be hosted by celebrity stylist GOO GOO.

 General Admission $20.00
VIP $40.00 Front Row Seating, Swag Bag, & VIP reception before the show
Location: Clark Opera Memphis 6745 Wolf River Pkwy, Memphis, TN 38120

To purchase tickets visit The Weight is Over Fashion.

Christian Siriano Spring/Summer 2017 Fashion Show

Mercedes Benz NYFW is wrapping up and the net is flooded with pictures and videos of spring/summer 2017 fashions to come. I have viewed quite a few collections and I must say Christian Siriano and his collection definitely caught my eye. The bold colors, the flowing fabrics, the cape dress...I absolutely loved it. Christian was also praised this season for featuring plus size models on the runway this season. I personally think the plus size designs were an afterthought. They didn't flow with the collection effortlessly as the other pieces did. Take a look at some of my favorite pieces from the collection and the show in it's entirety below.

Savvy & Chic Business Corner- The Brow Bae

Eyebrows frame your face. When shaped, tinted and defined, a good set of brows can change your entire appearance. With that in mind, it is important to have the prefect brow technician to maintain your brows. Tique Boyd- The Brow Bae, a licensed cosmetologist and brow enthusiast, specializes in the cutting edge technique of 3D brows also called Microblading. The Brow Bae researched for years to find a technique that would give clients a more permanent solution, but not a lifetime commitment as a permanent tattoo. She wanted to provide something that her clients could maintain and wake up not having to worrying about brows as part of their morning routine. She came across the 3D brow technique, which is still fairly new in the U.S. and originated in Asia, and the rest is history. 

 "3D Eyebrow Tattooing is unique for its most natural look in shape and color, especially its hair stroke effect, which really matters significantly in defining an individual’s face, and changes a person’s entire look", the Brow Bae states. The procedure is painless and takes about an hour to complete in most cases. There is no bleeding, swelling, and no downtime due to the fact that the handheld blades do not penetrate the dermis layer of the skin. 3D brows/Microblading is semi-permanent tattoo procedure which lasts 10 months to 2 years.

When asked what are the key elements of a good brow, The Brow Bae states" brows are composed of 3 main components: the head, arch, and the tail. A healthy brow head is full but not as full as the middle or arch of the brow, it's kinda wispy, reaching to the middle of each nostril. The arch is what gives you your lift, and it emphasizes your expression. The contents of it should be full of hair. The tail is where the brow drops off and its placement is determined by measuring diagonally from the side of the nose to the outside corner of the eye."

When asked the do's and don'ts of getting your brows done, The Brow Bae states,"the only DO is to let me do them! I'm really serious. The only other do would be anything that promotes hair growth such as, rubbing castor oil on the brows and to brush them with a brow brush when getting 3D brows.
DON'T go to the nail shops! Most times they are not licensed in esthetics, so they don't know the basics or what guidelines to follow when assessing the brows and even if someone is licensed, just make sure they have an eye for a good brow shape. Get referrals. DON'T shave all of your brows away and draw new ones. When doing the 3D brow technique I use EVERY strand of hair, even the baby hairs on the ends! DON'T go to the brow salon too often. Every 3-4 weeks should suffice when getting your brows shaped. Having the brows shaped to often runs the risk of the brow artist removing more and more of what needed to shape the brow. Once the hair has been getting removed often it doesn't come back as fast, but again if you have super thick brows just gage it, but still no sooner than 3 weeks."

In addition to giving women and men a boost of confidence from simply having full and beautiful brows. The Brow Bae also offers this service to individuals who suffer from alopecia and other hair loss causing conditions.

The Brow Bae will be giving a live demo on brow maintenance and microblading at the Behind the Chair Beauty Symposium on November 6th from 8a.m.- 4p.m.
Tickets can be purchased at

To book brow session with The Brow Bae simply click HERE! In addition to 3D brows The Brow Bae also offers facials, lash extensions, lash tint, underarm waxing, as well as full service hair salon services.

Memphis Fashion Week- Emerging Designers Application Deadline

Memphis Fashion Week is looking for designers ages 13+ at all skill levels to submit between 1-5 complete looks for a chance to showcase their designs on the runway with professional models, hair and makeup. Looks should be created for Spring/Summer 2017. All looks must be new designs created for this specific season. Designers applying should not gross more than $50,000/year as a fashion designer. Those designers grossing more than $50,000/year should apply to be shown as a fe...atured designer.

Submit your designs Monday September 12, 2016 for S/S '17. Memphis Fashion Week will be held Spring 2017.

TEENS: Designers ages 13-16 years old may submit 1-2 looks to be a part of the EMDP Teen Showcase. Looks do not have to be a cohesive collection, but should be fashion forward designs for Spring/Summer 2017
SINGLES: Designers may submit between 1-3 looks to be a part of the EMDP Singles Showcase. Looks do not have to be a cohesive collection, but should be fashion forward designs for Spring/Summer 2017.
MINI COLLECTION: Designers should submit 5 cohesive Spring/Summer 2017 looks to be applicable for the EMDP Mini Collections Showcase.

Once chosen, each designer will receive $50 per look to purchase materials and complete their garments. Through out the designing process designers will have mandatory check-ins with MFW, giving each designer one-on-one mentoring.

One designer from each category will be chosen as the Judge's and People's Choice designer. The winner will receive a VIP goodie bag from Memphis Fashion Week, a scholarship to the Memphis College of Art Continuing Education fashion program, a secured spot in next year's Memphis Fashion Week and a membership to The Lab by Memphis Fashion Design Network.

We look forward to receiving your applications!
Please email any questions to

Recipe of the Day- Oven Roasted Potatoes

6-8 red potatoes
1 large yellow onion
parsley flakes
garlic powder
vegetable oil

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
2. Roughly chop potatoes and leave the skins on.
3.Roughly chop onion.
4. Combine potatoes and onions in a bowl and season to taste with salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
5.Sprinkle flour lightly over potatoes and onions evenly.
6.Coat bottom of baking pan with vegetable oil thoroughly.
7.Place potatoes and onions in baking pan and make sure vegetable oil coats each piece evenly.
8.Sprinkle parsley flakes on potatoes and bake 30-45 minutes.

This dish pairs perfectly with steak, baked chicken, or is great as a snack on it's own!

Steve Harvey Handbags

Steve Harvey is known for his talk show, comedic talents, Think Like a Man books and movies, and now he has added handbag designer to his resume. Steve, along with his wife Marjorie, have been working on the Steve Harvey handbag collection and the results are fabulous. With designs featuring  snake print, croc, studding, and of course the classic tote, the bags are made to accent the classic style of any women. Here are a few of my favs from the website.

INDEPENDENT Structured Satchel

Regular price $119

DIVINITY Snake Stripe Satchel

Regular price $119

PRECIOUS Tote with Turnlock Closure and Pyramid Studs

Regular price $119

BOLD Snake Print Satchel with Frontal Zipper

Regular price $119

Shop the handbags HERE!

Willow Smith for Chanel's 2016/17 Eyewear Campaign

Willow Smith was hand picked by Karl Lagerfeld a few months back to be the new face of Chanel. Well the promo pics and videos are in and I must say I love them. Many over on the Chanel Facebook page don't feel that Willow, at 15 years old, represents the level of style and sophistication that Chanel is known for. Willow brings a vibrant vibe of youth, endless boundaries, and the essence of being yourself to Chanel with this campaign. What could be more elegant and sophisticated than that? 

Take a look and judge for yourselves.

Photos and vidoes were shot by none other than  Karl Lagerfeld himself........Magical! 

Faces by Seven Workshop

Join Seven Moore as he hosts a one of a kind pop up makeup workshop at Joseph's. Simply bring your makeup bags and questions as Seven will be giving out complimentary advice and makeup techniques to enhance your beauty. 

Location: Joseph's in the Laurelwood Shopping Center

Date: Wednesday August 24th

No appointment needed