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    KREWE du optic



    If you’ve been keeping up with NOLAFW, you probably noticed something in common in some of this season’s presentations… the inclusion of sunglasses. And not just any sunglasses – the same styles from the New Orleans brand KREWE du optic were seen on models in presentations like Hazel & Florange and Pret a Porter. So what’s the big deal? The deal is that the three classic styles are popping up everywhere and on the faces of influential bloggers across the internet.

    The Saturday morning of the Shop Your City Day, KREWE du optic hosted all of the guest bloggers participating in the event with a brunch and sunglasses session. We tried on the current styles as well as the new styles coming out in November (so, so good). The first collection includes the Calliope, The Fly and Toulouse. Literally, at least one of these styles will look flattering on your face. Somehow, Stirling, owner and creative behind the brand, has developed a first collection that is just extremely universal.

    I can’t even talk about the November samples that I tried on. Stirling and I sat and talked on the balcony while I wore one pair, and I think he thought I was going to try to leave with them. Okay, I probably would have tried, but he called me out before I had the chance… No, Stirling wouldn’t let me take his sample, but I did get to leave with a pair from the current collection. So be looking for more sunny goodness from KREWE du Optic coming up in this week’s outfit post. 🙂

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    Shop Your City Day Recap


    Here are some of the photos from Saturday’s Shop Your City event. I was finally able to check out Andi’s Hazel and Florange location as we stopped by there first. Racks of vintage and Andi’s own designs sat in the most quaint and lovely corner of the room. Guests noshed on macaroons and sipped on champs. Julia of Gal Meets Glam was there to pick out her favorite items and greet shoppers. We chatted about my jealousy of her San Francisco layering weather and her recent vacay to Hawaii. Such a sweet girl with amazing style, so make sure to check her out.

    Our next stop was Haute on Magazine Street to see Liz of Sequins and Stripes and Mackenzie of Design Darling where we ate more desserts got to sit down and pick these ladies’ brains. We discussed the special friendships they’ve made with other bloggers and how they normally handle in-store events in their respective cities. Super disappointed that we didn’t get to stay longer with these girls, but it was time for us to head to the next stop.

    We also went by Hattie Sparks to check out the trunk show by Camilyn Beth who also showed her spring collection in NOLAFW the very next night, but more on that coming up soon!

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    Avenue Rouge Runway Recap


    A few snaps from the Avenue Rouge set where Jenn and I hosted the live coverage of the event. 


    Okay, so first of all – I have to say that I am not comfortable at all with seeing or hearing myself on video camera. I will probably never be able to bring myself to watch the two sets of video from Thursday night, but I just wanted to say THANK YOU to everyone who streamed the footage and watched the event live and even afterwards too. All your positive feedback helped my anxiety significantly…

    It was a really positive learning experience in that I was forced out of my comfort zone (and had to improv without sounding like a fool). It’s an area where I’d definitely like to improve, and this was the perfect opportunity to help me start doing that. So thanks to 225 Magazine and InRegister for giving me that chance!

    I also need to thank Abi Ferrin for the fantastic dress that I was wearing, Rigsby Frederick for my hair and Ashley Sievert Beauty for my makeup application. Lots of help went towards getting me camera ready, so even if I sounded terrible, I at least looked the part. 🙂

    I haven’t been able to get my hands on any of the photos of the actual show yet, but if I can, I’ll be posting those later this week for you!

    Photos by Kaela Rodehorst and 225 Magazine.

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    Gearing Up for Fall Fashion Shows


    I hope everyone is ready for two weeks of fashion heavy
    posts. Somehow the planets aligned and the Avenue Rouge Runway Show and NewOrleans Fashion Week events all start this week. SO wow, I’ve got a lot to
    cover for you guys!

    Quick reminder about ARRunway – if you haven’t submitted a
    photo to the #DiscoverYourColor contest, you’ve only got two days left to win
    two tickets to the show. A winner will be notified on Wednesday. AND if you
    aren’t able to make the show, we’re super excited to be offering live coverage
    this year with the help of Launch Media! Check in with us at 7 p.m. on Thursday
    for interviews and inside scoop. The runway show will start up around 8 p.m.
    And of course, I’ll have a recap for you next week. J

    For the second year in a row, Jennifer and I will be correspondents for NOLAFW Shop Your City Day this Saturday afternoon. Check in
    with us on Instagram and Facebook for coverage throughout the day from the
    participating stores. This year an exciting group of guest bloggers has been
    invited to host at each participating boutique + designer Camilyn Beth is
    hosting a trunk show as well. Here’s the lineup:

    Hattie Sparks – 714
    Adams Street

    Amy Havins – Dallas Wardrobe

    July Le – Upperlyne

    + a Camilyn Beth Trunk Show

    Mimi – 5500 Magazine
    Street

    Molly & Sally Miller – A Piece of Toast

    Haute – 725 Magazine
    Street

    Mackenzie Horan – Design Darling

    Liz Schneider – Sequins & Stripes

    Hazel & Florange

    Julia Engel – Gal Meets Glam


    I am so so excited to mingle and shop with these
    girls – some of my favorite ladies on social media. Come join us this Saturday,
    I’d love to see your faces! But if you can’t make it, remember to follow along
    on the A Pinch of Lovely Facebook page and on Instagram – @KrystalBennett. I
    can already tell this is going to be the best season of
    NOLAFW yet!

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    Ashley Sievert Beauty Event Recap


    If you missed out on yesterday’s beauty event with Ashley Sievert, here are a few snaps of all the makeup fun. Ashley booked consultations in foundation matching and demonstrated full makeup tutorials at Posh Boutique. I got to watch her work her magic on two clients, and the finished look was flawless on both!

    Ashley just launched her brand new product line of foundation, concealer and powder – which I got a sample of yesterday and can’t wait to try out. The other products like blush, eyebrow pencils and lipwear are all tested and given the seal of approval by Ashley before she uses them and carries them to sell.

    I get to finally have Ashley work her makeup magic on me next week for the Avenue Rouge Fashion Show! I’m super excited to share some before and after photos with you guys. Stay tuned for that coming up very soon too.

    If you want to learn more about Ashley and her new makeup products, check out her Facebook page – Ashley Sievert – Makeup Artist!

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