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My Fashion Week Tampa Bay Show Experience

tampa bay fashion week tent

As you know, last week I attended the Fashion Week Tampa Bay show here in, well, Tampa. HAHA! My mama, my girlfriend Annelis and I got all dolled up and headed downtown for a fun, fashion filled evening. Since, I had my press  hat on I didn’t get to sit with my ladies, but I did make friends with a very interesting fella decked out in head to toe African garb. I could kick myself for not getting a photo of him. He looked awesome! Not only did I get to sit next to my African friend, but my seat was in the VIP section. A girl can’t complain about that!

Seeing as my last fashion week experience was New York Fashion Week, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I mean it was Bryant Park after all. I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised. From the lineup of seven designers, there were several that I would definitely want to score pieces from…and I walked away from the night with much inspiration!

For instance, one of my favorites from the show, Kimberly Hendrix of K Hendrix, had me completely salivating over her sequin pieces. I was sequin shrug obsessed a couple of seasons ago and that obsession has resurfaced! You KNOW how I feel about sparkle! One of those bad boys thrown over a Hanes mens tank and skinnies would be such a killer fall/winter look!

kimberly hendrix

Speaking of killer looks, Nina Verklas of Bambina by NV rocked the house with chain embellished pieces galore. So, I’m a stay at home mama of a toddler…That doesn’t mean I don’t wanna look bad arse from time to time. And I could definitely achieve a bad arse vibe with Ms. Verlas’ designs. One particular multi chain belt drew a gasp from moi and the rest of the crowd.

bambina by nv

Although I was drawn to the designers I mentioned above the most, that’s not to say that I didn’t thoroughly enjoy other designs. The uber bright cut out swimsuits from J Cagua were fabulously fun

j cagua

and the feminine, yet edgy designs from Essence flowers have me dreaming of adding more nude and grey hues to my wardrobe.

essence flowers

Let’s not forget the plaid explosion that came from Pat McGhee of APM Images. Her military inspired styling definitely made for an interesting show!

apm images

Overall, the Fashion Week Tampa Bay show was a pleasure to attend and I’m looking forward to going again next year. And, I promise, next year I’ll bring a photographer, so you get pics a wee bit better than what my point and shoot produced. HA! Hopefully, this lovely experience will tide me over until my Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week trip in February!

  • stacy

    SEX-AY stuff!
    Can’t wait to see you in NYC in Feb!

    September 30, 2010 at 3:44 pm Reply
  • tonia

    lucky you!!!niceee..


    September 30, 2010 at 3:53 pm Reply
  • Jaime @ La vie...J'aime

    How fun! Looks like you had a great seat too 🙂

    September 30, 2010 at 3:56 pm Reply
  • krystal/village

    oh goodness, that looks so fun!

    September 30, 2010 at 3:57 pm Reply
  • betsy

    looks like a fun show!

    September 30, 2010 at 4:20 pm Reply
  • Heather

    Looks like fun! I love the first two looks-the sequins are fab!

    September 30, 2010 at 4:26 pm Reply
  • Katie

    Looks like so much fun!

    September 30, 2010 at 4:31 pm Reply
  • Betty Manousos

    Wow, that looks a sheer fun!
    Those pictures are absolutely great , Kristin. 🙂

    Hope you’re having a wonderful day!

    B xx

    September 30, 2010 at 4:33 pm Reply
  • Shelley

    that cut out swimsuit is so pretty! i love the color!

    September 30, 2010 at 4:36 pm Reply
  • Leeann @ Join the Gossip

    Awesome! Looks like you had great seats! That sequin shrug does look pretty amazing!

    Hoping I get to go to LA Fashion Week this year.

    September 30, 2010 at 4:54 pm Reply
  • blueviolet

    What a fun experience! I’m glad you got to go!

    September 30, 2010 at 4:55 pm Reply
  • Jude

    Ooo, what fun – thanks for the peek into your fab night out! It’s not much good in London, DC or NY, but I *do* like that cutout swimsuit 🙂

    September 30, 2010 at 5:59 pm Reply
  • taylor @ undomestic momma

    how fun!!!!

    September 30, 2010 at 5:59 pm Reply
  • ThiliBlooms

    So fun!!
    Hi I`m new here 🙂 there`s a lovely giveaway this week on my blog I think you might like, you are very welcome to stop by!!
    xo, Thili

    September 30, 2010 at 6:00 pm Reply
  • Grace

    Sounds like a fun event! I like the last two looks best.

    September 30, 2010 at 6:16 pm Reply
  • Casee Marie

    Fantastic post! We had a fashion week here in Omaha recently, but alas I didn’t go. (New in town, very shy, all that jazz.)

    September 30, 2010 at 6:24 pm Reply
  • Josie

    Oh, I’m SO jealous! I’m loving anything sequined right now.
    xo Josie

    September 30, 2010 at 10:36 pm Reply
  • Jenny

    Fun!!!! I wish I could go to NY fashion week, the closest I ever got was watching them set up from my office :o(

    September 30, 2010 at 10:40 pm Reply
  • Scientific Housewife

    Fantastic photos!

    October 1, 2010 at 11:05 am Reply
  • Joey @ Big Teeth & Clouds

    Very cool!

    October 1, 2010 at 12:21 pm Reply
  • Nancy

    Clearly fashionably delayed on comment – but, what a fab recap of Tampa Bay Fashion Week! : )

    October 15, 2010 at 11:32 pm Reply

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