WHAT TO WEAR to a Nashville Fashion Show – #SpringTrends

If you live in Nashville and you love fashion, then get ready for Nashville Fashion Week! Nashville Fashion Week kicks off Fashion Season in Nashville. From April 2nd until the beginning of June, you’ll see announcements for fashion events happening all around town. People are always surprised when I tell them that Nashville has a bustling fashion scene filled wit amazing designers, awesome businesses, and supportive fashion organizations. We are more than cowboy boots and sequins, although we do sometimes wear our cowboy boots with our sequins!

Now, if you are a Fab Glance reader, I know I’ll see you out & about at a fashion event this spring. If you are invited to a fashion event, I’m sure you are wondering “What to Wear?”. You know I got you! From fiercely extra to classically chic, these Spring 2018 trends will have you looking front row fly! Get into it:

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#WhatToWear: Fashion Show . . . FAB!

The first look is for the girl who never met a trend she couldn’t rock! Distressed Denim, Skinny Sunglasses, and logo-mania are all the rage this spring! The look I pulled mixes all these trends in a uniquely stylish way. People will have their eyes on you because you have an eye for trendy fashion!

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Now, for my classic ladies out there (I’m raising my hand), this look is runway chic and classically fly. The trend? High Waist wide-leg pants and tassel earrings are the rage for spring 2018. Y’all know I’m fan of a good crop-top. My plan is to add more structured crops in my wardrobe this year and maybe rock this to the Elegant Ladies Fashion Show on April 7th. What about you?

#WhatToWear: Fashion Show . . . Classic!

Our last look is for that elegant affair you may be invited to attend. I selected this Jason Wu look as a nod to the Symphony Fashion Show coming up on April 17th. But you can surely wear it to Nashville Fashion Week too. The trend: Daringly Detailed Mules and embroidered accessories. Seriously, if you don’t have a pair of mules you are gonna feel so left out!

So, now that you are inspired to be front row ready, what event will you attend? And what look will you rock? Follow me on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter as I attend the seasons hottest fashion events! Say ‘hi’ when you see me, let take a picture!

A fashionable brunch for Nashville Fashion Week 2018!

The 2nd annual Nashville Fashion Week Blogger Brunch was amazing! Thank you to the team at Nashville Fashion Week for asking me to co-host this event. I’m always excited to see my blogger baes out and about and for the start of the fashion season in the city. Let talk about what we did and what I wore:

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The Blogger Brunch, held at the Thompson Hotel’s L.A. Jackson rooftop restaurant, was a great time to network, take photos, and learn more about what’s gonna happen at Nashville Fashion Week 2018. Seriously, make your way to this boutique hotel, the restuarants are so fly. It’s a bit of fancy right in the middle of the city.

Nashville Fashion Week, 2018, is gonna be pretty freaking amazing, so you better get your tickets soon. The best change is that the event will take place in one place, OZ Arts Nashville. This allows the team and production staff to transform the space into a different vibe, EVERY NIGHT. Also, it makes it easy on attendee: More accessible parking, location recognition, affordable pricing.

Also, I have to mention the increased DIVERSITY in the show. From designers, to models, to marketing, I see NFW really making an effort to include more people of color in the production. We know, black and brown people are underepresented in the fashion industry, so it’s always good to take note when postive changes are being made.

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So, what did your girl wear? LISTEN! I had to stunt on them real quick with this embroidered a-line bomber from Eleven60. Y’all this jacket is amazing. I chose to wear it with an ivory body-con dress and sandals. This is the type of item that speaks for itself and needs no help!

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Y’all! Get into it! Seriously, I felt like a trendy princess. I loved the length too! Being 6ft tall, I barely get items that are as long as they are on the model. And the embroidery is to die for! So beautiful and so detailed.

All the blogger baes, shot by Searcy Studios

Once again, thank to the team at Nashville Fashion Week for inviting me to be a co-host for the annual Blogger Brunch. It was amazing to see all these hardworking & stylish individuals combine our powers for sartorial success and supporting Nashville’s independent fashion creators. We are officially in the mix for fashion season in Nashville. Get ready to see more coverage of Nashville Fashion Week pre-events. Hope to see you at the event!

 

(feature photo by Leah Harrington)

Nashville Celebrates Wakanda!

GAWD, PacFest, Fellavision, and The E.E.O.G. teamed up to bring Nashville the most immersive advanced screening of Marvel’s Black Panther. This Black Carpet event was complete with paparazzi and everyone SHOWED OUT in royal attire and melanin influenced t-shirts! I was so happy to be invited to cover the event, see the movie, and be immersed in amazing authentic blackness!

For my first viewing of Black Panther, I came in the style of the Black Panther Party of the 1960’s. Complete with my fave beret, black bodysuit, and amazing afro, I was ready to work the red carpet and enjoy the festivities. Listen y’all, I know the movie has already premiered, but don’t feel bad about dressing up for the event. Don’t be afraid to boast in your blackness.

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It was surely a homecoming!

I’ve never seen Opry Mills mall so black! When I walked into the theater it was like a family reunion. I didn’t know everyone, but it felt like we were apart of the same family. That’s the power of the Black Panther movie! It’s bringing people together through comics, great movie making, and amazing storytelling. I’ll spare you a long drawn-out thinkpiece. You can search the internet for more, check out Awesomely Luvvie’s post. But, girl it was SO good and I already saw it two times. In addition, it’s the FIFTH highest grossing movie EVER! EVER! Go see it!

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But, let’s get to the royal carpet event in Nashville. Y’all made me proud. The team at Black Antiquity made the event feel like a real affair! We took over three theaters, there were african drummers, and just a party atmosphere. I was proud to see everyone being happy. And we looked GOOD!

Look at all these amazing outfits, awesome tapestry, and colorful collections. From afro-futuristic and comic book inspired looks to traditional dresses every part of the diaspora and the interests of the Black Panther movie. Like I said, don’t stop dressing up to see the movie. It’s Black History month, let’s represent.

So, did you go see Black Panther? What did you think? What did you wear? Let me know in the comments!

Still need Black Panther outfit inspiration? Check out my post!

MY STYLE: ‘Come and Talk to Me’ -#JodeciAppreciationDay!

I know you see the date and, yes, I am posting this on Valentine’s Day. But, on fabglance.com it’s Jodeci Appreciation Day! About three years ago, I decided that the r&b group Jodeci should get way more love than we give them. I mean, if you were a black teen in the 90’s, did you NOT play ‘Forever My Lady‘ on insane levels? Did you NOT lose your biscuits when Diddy dropped the ‘Come and Talk to Me – Remix‘? And remember when a pregnant T-Boz (from TLC) made a cameo in the ‘Love You 4 Life‘ video? Ok! So, they deserve a day, and Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to show Jodeci some love!

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Top: Asos, Bra: Lane Bryant, Skirt: Torrid, and Shoes: Torrid (all old)

Last year’s #JodeciAppreciationDay song was, ‘My Heart Belongs to You‘. I dedicated it to all my Fab Family! I’m so happy to have readers and supporters who are interested in this #BloggerLife and support my endeavors. This year’s song selection is, ‘Come and Talk to Me’, and it’s dedicated to my crush. Y’all, I have a crush and it’s driving my banana-sandwich!

I’ve been watching you
For so very long
Trying to get my nerve built up to be so strong

I’ve never been very bold when it comes to love. I’ve never been afraid off a job, an idea, or even a clothing selection. But, ooh girl, bring up a love interest and I recoil like a scared turtle. It’s the fear of rejection that gets me! And, I know that we ALL get rejected sometimes, and ‘what God has for you is for you’. But, girl, listen, don’t nobody want to deal with a broken heart like that.

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But, my word for the year is ‘courage’, and sooner (rather than later) I will get the nerve to tell ol’boy my feelings. I mean, I’m a catch, I know this. I just have to get over the fear-factor. I could be missing out on the love of my life due to some temporary embarrasment! That would be crazy!

I wish I could grab you
Tell you what it means to me
To see you walking by my way
It really makes my day

This leads to a deeper conversation; what would you do if your weren’t afraid? I know this is a Valentine’s Day post, but it’s a word for everyone. Even those of you in relationships, are you holding back on loving your partner because of fear? You trying to take your situationship to the next level? You thinking about marriage? Or, are you ready to leave? What’s stopping you? Don’t let fear be the reason why you don’t succeed.

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My friends, let’s all agree to live boldy! Go and talk to that person you’ve had your eye on. Go for that job you think you can’t get. Take a scary step in your life and watch your life change. Good or bad – you’ll always learn!

Song: ‘Come and Talk To Me‘ – Jodeci

Oh yeah, I’m giving away a free download of my bookJack and Ahlia, for the next 24hrs! Happy Valentine’s Day Fab Fam!

Nashville Fashion Week: Blogger Brunch 2018

You are invited to the 2nd Annual Nashville Fashion Week Blogger Brunch on Saturday, February 24th at the Thompson Hotel in Nashville! I’m excited to be a HOST for the second time in a row for this fun brunch celebrating Nashville’s most exclusive fashion experience. Click here for tickets!

You know #BloggerLife is SO important to me. I often get questions asking how to be a better blogger and how to get more support in your city. The answer I always give is to SUPPORT local events. As a fashion blogger, supporting Nashville Fashion Week is the perfect way to be ‘in the know’ to all things FASHION in Nashville. The annual Blogger Brunch is the best time to meet your peers, look CUTE, and make those important community connections. Click here for tickets.

Nashville Fashion Week is one of my favorite events of the year. As a fashion and lifestyle blogger, I’ve always been happy to support the NFW team as the bring the excitement and design to Nashville. As Nashville grows, our fashion community grows too. Being a blogger, it’s always great to support local designers as they create amazing looks. It’s a great way to give back to our local economy and support small businesses.

I better see you at this year’s Blogger Brunch! Tickets are going fast! Don’t miss out on a great networking opportunity filled with brunch bites, tasty mimosas, a pop-up shop, and an amazing gift bag!

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Behind the Scenes: #StyledbyFabglance

When I took my hiatus from the corporate world, it gave me more time to explore the world of Fabglance. When I started this blog, I wanted to do more than write about fashion. I wanted to teach people how to be more fashionable. It took a little while to get started, but over the years I’ve styled models, local celebs, and working women. I just want women to feel amazing.

This summer, I was hired to style a new client, Jasmine. She turned 40 and wanted to WOW her friends and family. She trusted Fabglance to do the job. But I knew I had to do more than a quick mall run. I bought in Dewayne Richards, aka Dr. Beauty, for hair and makeup. Listen, the man is genius and can SLAY some hair and makeup. Then, I called Patrick Webster, one of my favorite photographers. Together, we gave Jasmine an amazing birthday photo shoot.

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Oh yeah, can’t forget using local boutiques to style our FAB FORTY year old. The sequin dress came from Limonada Couture and her business professional look came from Runway Boutique. My goal is to use as many local retailers and entrepreneurs as possible. I am proud to say that this entire job was Nashville based.

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Needless to say, the shoot went well. Jasmine was so pleased with her looks and the experience. I was pleased that my client was happy. Styled by Fabglance hit it out the park!

Do you wanna get Styled by Fabglance? In 2018, I’ll offer Complete Style Packages on my sales page. Right now, I’m doing my Closet Reorganization services. Click here to book a style session today.

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REVIEW: High Tea and Healing at the NEW Thistle Farms Cafe

Last week, the wonderful staff at Thistle Farms invited me to enjoy high tea and learn more about their newly renovated restaurant. I was so excited to dine with the team, learn more about the organization, and drink fancy tea! Before we get into it, I just need y’all to go ahead book your girl’s lunch at The Cafe at Thistle Farms. It’s sure to become a popular lunch spot! Let me tell you more:

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Thistle Farms is an organization that supports, empowers, and employs women who are survivors of trafficking, prostitution, and addiction. The organization allows women to stay in their facility for up to two years. Residents and graduates of the residential program are employed in one of the divisions of our diverse social enterprise, including a natural body and home product company, the Café at Thistle Farms, the Studios, and Thistle Farms Global. It’s great to know that every bite you take at the cafe is helping a woman find a new life. 


In addition to the wonderful tea and treats we were given a tour of Thistle Farms NEW factory where they make their candles and body products. Walking through the halls smelled like heaven, and knowing that every purchase helps is even better. Thistle Farms is making a global impact by partnering with worldwide organizations that help women find a better quality of life. In addition, you can find the Wonder products at Whole Foods, nationwide. 


Guests were given one of Thistle Farms soy candles. We were reminded that each time we light the candle we are lighting the way home for a woman in need! That’s more than enough reason to support this amazing organization.


So, make Thistle Farms Cafe your next lunch time spot. They also have space available for meetings, events, and corporate retreats. 

VLOG | Nashville Parade of Homes 2017

Last week, I was invited by California Closets Nashville as a VIP Guest to the Nashville Parade of Homes! The Parade of Homes is an annual event that allows guests to see the latest home design trends created by the regions best builders and interior designers. California Closets created a $45,000 closet for one of the homes, and were the first to view the creation. Y’all! These homes were more than amazing. They were dream-worthy.

The tour definitely gave me some GOALS to think about. I want to build a home so that I can host my friends and family. The Nashville Parade of Homes introduced me to interior design trends I hadn’t seen before: Bunk rooms, Digital Spaces, and Embroidered Walls! Can someone just give me one of these houses, fully furnished? No? I gotta work for it? UGH!

Well, take a look at my Million Dollar Home Tour VLOG from last week’s visit. Make sure to comment, share, and subscribe if you haven’t!

 

Nashville Life: Visit the Murals on Jefferson Street

Nashville has become the ‘it’ destination of the south; from hipsters to entrepreneurs, Nashville is gaining new residents everyday. We have professional sports, a huge convention center, upcoming and improved neighborhoods, and brand new street art. I decided to take a walking tour of one of Nashville’s most historic neighborhoods to view the newest addition to the Nashville mural scene. The Historic Jefferson Street Murals are more than visual fodder or pretty presentations, the Jefferson Street murals are filled with the history that makes this city amazing. Take a look below to view the amazing art available in our city:

This amazing mural is on the side of the Pride of Tennessee Elks Lounge on Jefferson Street. Nashville’s tourists tend to think that the reason Nashville is called ‘Music City’ is because of the country music scene. That’s not true! Music City got it’s name from the music scene that started on Jefferson Street, specifically at Fisk University. This beautiful mural celebrates the jazz & blues scene that was prevalent on Jefferson Street. This mural is huge; I can look at it all day. I love the vibrant colors and the large scale.

The Elks Lounge mural is more than 30 feet long and showcases more than the blue’s guitar players, the mural trails off to a visual choir of musicians and singers that have passed away. Such a great visual representation of Nashville’s musical history.

 

The next mural on the Jefferson Street trail is the R&B mural painted by Thaxton Abshalom Walter, owner of the Art History Class Lifestyle Lounge &a Gallery. This electrifying mural is a homage to the crooners who make music mesmerizing. The piece features Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and others.

 

The most amazing piece on the Jefferson Street mural tour is one of the most amazing large scale pieces. This one, I like to call “The History of Jefferson” features seven panels across the corridors of the Jefferson Street underpass. It’s really a great area, completely re-developed unused urban thruway now a monument to the city’s Black History and the Civil Rights movements in the city.

 

So, I hope you take a walk down one of Nashville’s most historic pathways. The vibrant art and bold stories will make you more proud of the city than you’ve ever been. It’s always important to remember the contributions of Black Americans through our history. With so many black men and women being unlawfully shot by police, it’s easy to get caught up in rhetoric and forget the beauty. Don’t forget the beauty.