Styling Nick Silverstein At The Humane Society Of Charlotte



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Clothing provided by: Belk, Blank Canvas, Silverfly and Taylor, Richards & Conger,

I reached out to some of the best in Charlotte's menswear for this comical and fun photo shoot styling Nick Silverstein at The Humane Society of Charlotte.  Photographed by the wildly talented young chap, Zach Alston, along with makeup and hair styled by Deme Fourtounis, Nick's exotic smoldering good looks deemed a perfect pair for our morning on set with our kittens and pups.

Check Out This Awesome Neck Candy

One of my favorite web based landing spots for taste makers and all things stylish and chic is The Coveteur. There is almost never a featured fashion icon whose style I don't absolutely love and whose home I don't want to invite myself over to for coffee and dress up with for hours on end.  Anna Dello Russo, Linda Rodin, Natasha Goldenberg, and of course, the super chic and always polished Miroslava Duma are among some of my make believe best friends.  They don't all dress with a completely unapologetic sense of craft.  Some of them do, others a little more restrained, but they all do their own thing better than anyone else.  Which leads me to, Mignonne "Maggie" Gavigan, the creator behind the the above pictured insanely intriguing scarf necklaces.  

I have not met Maggie, but she totally reminds me of one of those Coveteur gals.   So you can imagine my excitement when I was invited to a trunk show tomorrow, Tuesday, April 15th 11-2pm and 6-9pm, where she would be selling her gorgeous works of art. To attend and get directions to tomorrow's show taking place in the Myers Park area of Charlotte, send your RSVP to KINSEY@MIGNONNEGAVIGAN.COM.

PS--Here's as shot from my Couveteur- inspired interview with Charlotte's own FOUR Magazine, whose intention is to "reflect a collaborative fusion of provocative and unapologetic design, fashion, art, and culture".  I think I need some Mignonne Gavigan in my closet STAT.  Don't you? 

Hope to see you there!

My Love For Running + Run For Your Life

Many of you know about my love for the sport of running.  I was a competitive runner in high school and ran some road races in college and after that.  I put it down for several years, then picked it back up after Precious Peanut #1 was born, when a couple of girlfriends talked of the idea of running a half marathon to work off the baby weight.  In high school, the one and two mile events were considered long distance, and the longest I had ever run was a 10K.  I ran the Kiawah half marathon with my girlfriends, and it was so much fun.  I continued to run some through my next pregnancy, but after clumsily breaking my pinkie toe, I took a break from it. The baby weight from Precious Peanut #2 seemed so much more, well, GROSS, than the first, and I wanted to do something about immediately.  I heard about running groups at Run For Your Life, for all ages and speeds, so I joined.  Through this group I met some really great people who shared my passion for running, or physical fitness, or determination... for so many things.  THIS is when I caught the bug, and my running mates are some of my closest friends.

While running is a means of physical fitness, it is so much more.  It is something you can do almost anywhere.  Just strap on your shoes and go.  When I decided to take a step back from my previous business, running became my channel for personal accomplishment.  Nursing a baby for a year, whilst a toddler running circles around me was definitely a challenge, and as much as I loved my new role of mommy to two children, I needed more for ME.  What started out as a means of accomplishment truly became a best friend for me.  At the end of the day, whether it was good or bad for me, running was always there.  It is my time to decompress, think about the day behind or think about the day ahead of me.  When I run alone, it is a time that allows for creative thinking. I think about my styling my next photo shoot, what I will write for my next article with Charlotte Parent, or what I will write here.  If I've had a bad day, within minutes of hitting the pavement, the stress is gone.  And when I run with friends, it is therapeutic. Runners come from all different backgrounds, but everyone shares the same passion for this one thing.  Everyone is supportive of each other, regardless of your pace.

To learn more about the Run For Your Life training programs, click here.  Now that you've seen how much fun running can be, (or in this case, dancing) I'll be back next time with David for some helpful demonstrations and talk about the important of stretching.

Happy Running!


Hangin' With Paris

Shirt: J. Crew. Skirt: ASOS. Shoes: Cole Haan from Constance Consignment. Clutch: Vintage. Earrings: JewelMint. Bracelets: blydesign, Chelsea Charles, J. Crew. Cuff from Sloan Boutique. Cocktail Ring: Melinda Maria. Hair by: BLo ouT.

Such a fun impromptu meeting with Paris Pullen on the streets of Noda.  He'll probably want to kill me for saying this, but how adorably hip is this fresh prince of the Queen City?  Check him out four yourself at Higher Citizen. Untanned legs aside, I could not be more ready for spring!

Styling Allison Dunavant



Photography: Kristia Knowles and Doug Brooks.  Lighting: Carl MillerModel: Allison Dunavant. Wardrobe: Se Moi. Hair and Makeup: Deme Fourtounis. Videography: Kenneth Quiller II 

Without question, this is one of my favorite shoots ever.  It was an all star weekend jammed packed with models, clothes, make up, accessories, flashing lights, flying clothes, laughter and creativity just pouring from everyone on set. When I look at these pictures of model Allison Dunavant, the first thing always on the tip of my brain is Those Eyes.  She reminds me of Jodie Foster in Taxi Driver.  Is it just me?  See it all go down here.  Gaaahh! Those eyes!!