Real Style: Sorry I’m Fresh

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Allentown, KC You There new office space

{Our office space is the third brownstone down}

What I Wore// Leather jacket: American Rag // Button down: Converse for Target // Jeans: Forever 21 // Boots: Steve Madden (I’ve had these since my sophomore year of college. I can’t part) // Hat: New Era Cap // Bag: Vania and David c/o

C & I recently went for a stroll around the new office neighborhood. I was in a dress-down mood, so I through my hair up in this fantastic New Era cap and through on my all time favorite boots. We’ll be in the Allentown area of Buffalo. A super cute neighborhood filled of amazing restaurants, bars, people watching and only a few blocks away from The Elmwood Village (with tons of shopping!). If you can’t tell, we’re a bit excited. 

Photos by Curt Rogers. Location, Allentown.

Karina

Boutique. Bridal. Party.

Boutique Bridal Party

Guests at the Boutique Bridal Party

Last Thursday I attended the first Boutique Bridal Party at the gorgeous Hotel Lafayette in Buffalo, NY. Founded by creative minds Ali Eagen of Anatomy and Erica Eichelkraut Zilbauer of City Lights Photography (with help from fellow event organizer Shannon Lach of PEAR Planning) I knew it was going to be an amazing event! I had avoided bridal shows up until this point, but I knew this would be a completely different vibe and full of vendors who “got” my style. I was also lucky enough to win a bridal portrait session from Onion Studio! Scroll through for photos from the event and a chat with Ali Eagen.

Party on Brides

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Bella Belle Shoes

Buffalo based Bella Belle shoes

Rust Belt Love

My invitation designer: Rust Belt Love

How did the Boutique. Bridal. Party come about?

Ali: Erica Eichelkraut Zilbauer (owner of City Lights Photography) and I planned a photo shoot together to portray the New Buffalo Bride. It’s a concept that exemplifies the emerging individual woman who won’t settle for the typical wedding. We agreed that there was a real need for a more distinctive and independent gathering of the talent that Buffalo has to offer the wedding industry, but stressed the need to stand out from any other bridal event. Hence the “party!”

What do you hope brides took away from the event?

Ali: We hope that brides found everything they are looking for to create the most personally unique wedding possible. From table settings to head pieces and favors, our goal is to provide the highest standard of quality in the locally made products and services found at the Boutique Bridal Party. We want every bride to leave feeling inspired.

Ali Eagen Anatomy

Ali (in her own design) and Erin

What aspect do you feel is the most important part of planning a wedding?

Ali: A wedding is a celebration of two people’s love for each other bringing them to the next step in their lives together. A celebration meaning a party! I believe the most important aspect of wedding planning is staying true to the bride and groom’s love and creating the best event for your friends and family to celebrate and have a great time.

Anything else?

Ali: All of the proceeds from the event are going to support the Compass House Youth Shelter. The shelter gives troubles youth a place to feel safe and support to help them through the tough situations they unfortunately face. The children that come to Compass House are supported by the caring staff and volunteers through counseling and activities. We are overjoyed that we can help support their efforts and extraordinary work.

Anatomy

Anatomy designs

Boutique Bridal Party

Boutique Bridal Party inside the Hotel Lafayette

Boutique Bridal Party

LeeAndi’s Purple Roses Accessories

Stay tuned to KC You There tomorrow for a post on the live wedding on the CW that K & C planned (in 2 weeks!).

Erin

Real Style: Bright Winter

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Sweater: Target (on sale in stores!)  // Chambray button down: Gap // Polka Dot Pants: Old Navy // Military Jacket: Old Navy // Beanie: H&M // Booties: Steve Madden // Bag: Coach // Bracelet: Coach

I’m constantly traveling between New York City and Buffalo, so I try to keep my wardrobe bright for the Winter seasons. Brights simply make me happy even if the weather is cold, snowy and windy. Next week C & I are off to Florida for business and a little sun.

Photos taken by Curt Rogers. Location, River Walk, Buffalo.

This post has been submitted to IFB’s Winter Accessory Essentials.

Cause for Mass Appeal 2012

Karina, Lindsay, and I were excited to score an invitation to Cause for Mass Appeal, one of Buffalo’s top fashion events. It brings together Buffalo’s fashion designers, boutiques, and artists, all for a great cause: Evergreen Health Services.

Our favorite collections were Once Vintage, designed by Molly Hoeltke (see our spotlight on this collection here); Anatomy, designed by Ali Eagen,  Second Chic, a vintage boutique curated by Vanessa Ron; and the Wearable Art category, where artists/designers were partnered with local businesses to create unique concepts incorporating their business.

VIP Lounge pre show

Second Chic models in vintage pieces and fur collars.

Anatomy by Ali Eagan

designed by Dyan Burlington, modeled by Allie Hartwick (photo by Wendy Sanders)

The wearable art collection was incredible! The dress above was made entirely of roofing material. I spoke with Erin Habes, creator and producer of Mass Appeal, who said “I wanted to include more of the Elmwood Village, as the event kept on growing throughout the years. To me it was about representing Elmwood as a whole, giving light to boutiques, local designers, and now extending our mission to the great artist community in Buffalo. Focusing on the creative partnership with artists, retail, restaurants, cafes, sponsors etc. that might not sell conventional clothing or accessories, but still speaks to the roots of the Elmwood Village.”

Once Vintage

Sai One

Funktional dress | Matt & Nat bag | via Anna Grace

Sai One

End of show

Before the show we shot some of our favorite looks!

Erin in Floreat via Anthropologie

Nneka in BCBG vest, Urban Outfitters dress, H&M necklace

Giana & Paula in Zara

Erin | Top: Funktional; Pants: BlankNYC; Clutch: Vintage (Clever Foxes Vintage); Necklace: Jessica Matrasko | Lindsay | Blazer: H&M; Pants: H&M; Top: via TJ Maxx; Clutch: H&M |  Karina | Cape: Darling c/o Anna Grace; Dress: Urban Outfitters; Clutch: Tory Burch

Cause for Mass Appeal: Spotlight on Once Vintage

I spoke with Molly Hoeltke, creator/designer of Once Vintage, a sustainable fashion company that specializes in handmade high end clothing, using vintage and deadstock fabrics. Karina and I had worked with Molly a few weeks ago when we had met for the Buffalo.com styling segment, and couldn’t wait to see her collection.

“I had met a woman from India and she had a lot of vintage saris that she was willing to give me for fabrics. Since it fit the concept I had sketched, the collection took off from there. I named by collection Daughters of the King.  I’ve been working doing a lot of volunteer work through church and thinking about a women and a girls worth. When you work with human trafficking, when you work with such sadness, you really need to focus on the positive and thinking about how to make a woman think they are worth something.”

“I decided to use a lot of rich gold fabrics and brocades. The cool thing about the saris is that there’s a lot of hand embroidered design already on it that I was able to work with it and redesign it. It fits with the bohemian spirit that I always use, stuff that feels very earthy and very natural.

“I partnered with Elise Lazikcas, the accessories designer behind Felise Marie, who designed all the necklaces, bracelets, food adornments, used recycled metals, and Marisa Schindler, creator of Reign, who made the recycled leather floral headpieces. It was a nice collaboration as we are all sustainable designers. The styling completes the concepts.”

Once Vintage

Look for my full recap on Mass Appeal this week! ‘Til then,