5 Reasons You Should Visit @ncartmuseum “Inspiring Beauty” Exhibition #NCMAebony #Fashion

Leslie Heigh, Founder of SobeSavvy.com at Media Preview for Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair | North Carolina Museum of Art

A few days ago I attended a media preview for a brand new exhibit at North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh,NC and decided to dedicate a “Five for Friday” post sharing with you my 5 Reasons You Should Visit NCMA “Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair” exhibition. The exhibit, which starts October 28, 2017 thru January 21, 2018, is the first Fashion exhibit at NCMA and is making its last stop here in Raleigh. You do not want to miss the opportunity to see an extraordinary level of creativity and innovation that this amazing exhibit shows and participate in the upcoming events. Here’s why: 

  1. The HISTORYThe exhibition explores the 50-year history of the Ebony Fashion Fair (1958-2009), an unparelled charity fashion show event that redefined the concepts of beauty, style and empowerment for African Americans. Learn about the dynamic Eunice W. Johnson, who was determined to show fashion is for everyone and revolutionized how Black women are seen in the world of fashion.

    Eunice Johnson at work, 1970, Photo courtesy of Johnson Publishing Company, LLC

  2. The FASHIONSee 40 stunning ensembles by designers such as Pierre Cardin, Vivienne Westwood, Givenchy, Bob Mackie, Patrick Kelly, Yves Saint Laurent, Christian Dior and many more! The fashion selections from the exhibiton are innovative, glamourous, colorful,revealing, bold, sassy, dazzling and powerful works of art. To see the attention to detail up close is a beautiful sight to behold! 

    Emmanuel Ungaro, Bridal Gown, Haute couture, fall/winter 1996-97. Photograph by John Alderson, Chicago Historical Society

  3. The JOURNEYInspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair takes you on a journey thru five decades and explores “..the impact on African American identity, style, and success,” explains Jennifer Dasal, NCMA associate curator of contemporary art and co-curator of the exhibition. The traveling Ebony Fashion Fair grew out of the pages of Ebony magazine, which the exhibition includes archival photographs and memorabilia from both the magazine and fashion show.
  4. The MISSION

    Linda Dougherty, exhibition co-curator and NCMA chief curator and curator of contemporary art

    Just like the original fashion show that inspired the exhibition, this exhibition has been traveling around the country for the last 5 years. NCMA is the last and final venue, so this is your last chance to see it! Linda Dougherty, the NCMA’s chief curator and curator of contemporary art and exhibition co-curator says, “we hope that by hosting the exhibition, we continue the mission of positive change and community empowerment and encourage our visitors to rethink their own concepts of beauty.” 

    Bloggers with NCMA’s Public Relation Manager, Kat Harding (3rd from left) enjoy the Media Preview of Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair

  5. The FUNTrying on clothes can be fun but especially when it’s haute couture right?! Step into the Virtual Fitting Room, one of the in-gallery experiences, which allows you to have some high fashion fun. I jumped into a ready-to-wear Cocktail Dress designed by Fabrice and was ready to celebrate! Ebony Fashion Fair was a true agent of change and its legacy continues to inspire beauty. That in itself deserves to be appreciated and celebrated by everyone.

 

SobeSavvy Tip:  In November, plan a Friday night group outing to the exhibition and save! Every Friday evening ( 11/3,11/10, 11/17, 11/24) Buy three tickets and get a fourth ticket free!  

I hope you are inspired to go see this fabulous exhibit because I plan to tell everyone I know to go! Be sure to follow @SobeSavvy, @NCartmuseum and share your experience on social media using hashtag #NCMAebony. I am excited to attend Opening Night festivities tomorrow and will share some Fashion Show highlights with you. Stay tuned and remember to support the arts!

North Carolina Museum of Art

East Building

Meymandi Exhibition Gallery

October 28, 2017- January 21, 2018

#FashionFriday Tip: Find #FallFashion Savings with @Groupon + @TorridFashion 

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I recently had a chance to enjoy a Mom’s Day Out, which included brunch and a chance to attend a “Blogger Collective: Pop &;Shop Experience” Fall Fashion Shopping Event, hosted by KikiSol at Torrid. That was my first time in that store and I discovered not only do they offer stylish fashions for sizes 10 to 30, but also great deals. As an online shopper, I immediately checked to see if this retailer was on Groupon..and YES, they are! I found some amazing Groupon Coupons for Torrid that I wanted to share with you so you can do some Fall Fashion shopping and save some money!

If you have not tried Groupon yet, you must check out the website. Right now there are 34 coupons available offering deals, sales, promos and in store offers for Torrid. With these coupons from Torrid, you can find feminine party-ready outfits, sophisticated work attire and trendy looks that are casual for women size 10 thru plus sizes to 30. Also available to buy are lingerie, jewelry and accessories,(which is my shopping weakness), so it is important for me to save BIG before shopping. Thanks to Groupon, I easily saved money at Torrid and purchased some items, like this bell sleeved dress, perfect for the fall season:

SobeSavvy Tip: Groupon is FREE and so simple to use! There are so many money-saving offers from a variety of merchants that your Fall Fashion shopping needs will be covered. I highly recommend downloading the app right on your mobile device for convenience.

Find Torrid Fashion Savings on Groupon

Thanks for reading! Happy Shopping and Happy Saving with Groupon!

#FashionFriday |My #Beyonce Inspired Lemonade/Hold Up Primrose Yellow Dress for #YellowBatDay

When I saw that today was National “yellow bat ” Day, I immediately thought I can finally get my Beyonce’s “Hold Up” video on and do a fun shoot using my daughter’s plastic yellow bat. Well friends, after further research, see here >>>https://www.nationaldaycalendar.com/national-yellow-bat-day-april-21/ , today is not about that kind of yellow bat. However, I did not let that stop me from playing dress up and showing you this cute dress.(which happens to coordinate with the bat..get it!?) 

I love Beyonce. I think she has amazing talent, I respect her artistry and admire her ability to balance family and work. I have had the chance review her concerts ( ICYMI opening night of Formation World Tour in Miami review) and share with you here on the blog how iconic she is as an entertainer. When I saw this dress at Burlington Coat Factory at the low price of $16.99, I immediately thought Hold Up.. Beyonce ..Lemonade..let me buy this and pay homage to Queen B! I know, I know..it’s not Halloween and I’m no biter ( that’s 80’s slang for copying someone’s style) but this dress was a great price! Plus, I’ve always loved the color yellow, which happens to be one of the top colors of Spring Fashion 2017.  

PANTONE 13-0755 Primrose Yellow

By contrast, Primrose Yellow sparkles with heat and vitality. Inviting us into its instant warmth, this joyful yellow shade takes us to a destination marked by enthusiasm, good cheer and sunny days.          

 

Next step in my Beyonce ‘Hold Up’ Lemonade transformation was the makeup. I found this easy to follow tutorial on You Tube and voila… I was transformed.

Jealous/Crazy Face on..Ready..Now lets go smash some windows, shall we!

My hubby grabbed the camera and we hopped in the ride and started bumpin that Jay Z +Bey ’03 Bonnie & Clyde’..🎵Uhh uhh uhh….You ready B? Let’s go get ’em..

Look for me! Young, B

Cruisin down the westside – highway
Doing what we like to do – our, way 🎵

Lol..oh gosh , dont let my wig fall off before we get to location😂

I just required a few things to get this fun photo shoot started: 

  • BAT✔ 
  • Yellow Dress✔
  • Mean Mug✔
  • Sunshine✔
  • a Car to destroy✔
  • Fire Hydrant✔ 

Let’s Go!

As you can see, like Bey says in the “Hold Up” song, I like to keep it sexy and fun in my almost 18 yr marriage and I’m always down to ride.

Check out my fun video montage here on my You Tube channel! Comment below if you have ever been inspired by Beyonce style and do you have Primrose Yellow in your Spring Fashion Wardrobe✌💛🍋😁😚

#Twinning with #outandaboutAva for #LookAlikeDay in #LulaRoe #MommyandMe Leggings

April 20th is Look Alike Day , so I decided to have some fun with my little one by dressing alike in one of our favorite brands for Mommy & Me fashions, LulaRoe. Last time, I shared in a Fashion Friday post about how simply comfortable and stylish LulaRoe leggings are and today I feel the same way! This time we are trying a pair in a fun print perfect for Spring!

Leggings size S/M-her, Tall &Curvy-me

My LulaRoe Fashion Consultant, Kim Breton provides great customer service and surprises me & my lil one with special notes on the packages. Kim, like LulaRoe, combines fashion and fun perfectly! When her mail comes it feels like Christmas since we are always pleasantly surprised. I love the personal touch. Thank you Kim 💗

I hit up Old Navy to find matching tanks for me and #outandaboutAva ‘s new Lularoe leggings because I knew they would have something affordable and cute. I found a “Girls Rule” graphic tee for her and was looking for a “Moms Rule” tee because that’s the real deal in our house but alas there was no graphic tee for me. I did find this matching color tank that was fine for our look alike look. 

Enjoy the twinkle in our eyes-no filter, just sparkle and love 💖

Ever since my life has changed from being a Sahm to working full time and returning to school, I miss the frequency of our Mommy and me moments. Now that she is in kindergarten, I know the time is ticking of when the whole dressing alike will not be cool anymore. At this moment, she still finds it fun to dress like Mom. I’m thankful that LulaRoe provides these stylish leggings like these that we can enjoy together!

If you are looking for LuLaRoe matching looks for Moms and little girls, be sure to contact Kim Breton , 978-732-4530 lularoekimbreton@gmail.com                     IG @lularoekimbreton

GIRL MOMS – do you wear LuLaRoe with your mini me? What other ‘Look Alike’ brands do you wear with your little one? 

Please share below..and Thanks for reading!

#FashionFriday ‘Red & Black’ #Amiclubwear #ValentinesDay Look and SALE !

Disclaimer: Product from Ami Clubwear featured in this post was sent complimentary to facilitate this review. The opinion of SobeSavvy will always stay honest and true for our readers. 

Ladies, be prepared this Valentine’s Day with a dress that will make you feel flirty and fun! AMI Clubwear has a variety of dresses that will look great on you no matter what plans you have! This affordable and show stoppin’ line will get you excited to strut your stuff on Valentine’s Day! I’m attending a black and red affair this weekend and knew that a dress from AMI Clubwear would be the perfect place to shop online for a V-Day style. Here is what I ordered:

Sexy Red Black Glitter Mesh Paneled Short Sleeve Bodycon Party Dress Rock this eye catching dress for a date night out! Featuring; two tone, glitter, round neckline, short sleeve, mesh panels.

I love how comfortable and fun this dress is.The back is sheer so be prepared to strut your sexy when you turn to walk away. Whether you’re going out on the town with your sweetheart or having a girl’s night, AMI Clubwear’s got you covered and has something for every woman including plus sizes. Make sure to check out their selection of sexy shoes to add the finishing touch to your Valentine’s Day look, like these hot heels!

 Strappy Open Toe Platforms: Strut your stuff in these classy pumps, featuring a bold strappy design, open toe and back zipper closure. Match it with your favorite little black dress and your date will be loving your look!

Savvy Tip: Today only, use code RED55 and take advantage of their RED HOT Friday sale! 

Go out and get your perfect Valentine’s Day outfit all from AMI Clubwear! With all their seductive heels, platforms and boots, you can match it with just about any outfit. Get ready to make everlasting memories with the one you care most for while looking more desirable than ever. To shop for the perfect Valentine’s Day vibe, visit https://www.amiclubwear.com.

~Here’s a special Valentine from me to you~

What plans do you have this Valentine’s Day weekend and what do you plan to wear? Please share below and thanks for stopping by! 

With Love, SobeSavvy.com 💋

#FashionFriday, #Twinning with #outandaboutAva in #LulaRoe #MommyandMe #Leggings

Leggings are a staple in my wardrobe. Whether I am in a pair during my #GetLovelyFit yoga practice or out and about with my daughter Ava, I enjoy wearing them. That’s why when Kim Breton, a LulaRoe Fashion Consultant , asked me if I would be interested in trying a pair of LulaRoe leggings, I said YES! I heard about the fashion brand and the comfort of their clothing and could not wait to see for myself.

Not only was I going to be able to get leggings for myself but also for my now 5 yr old daughter as LulaRoe offers “Mommy and Me” fashions! The leggings came in the mail in a pretty pink package and was addressed to my daughter. She really got a kick out of that! There was also a handwritten note inside wishing her a happy birthday. I was impressed by the customer service and thoughtfulness of Kim.

Purple is one of our favorite colors, so we chose one of the solid mommy and me sets in lilac/heathered purple. There are many beautiful colors to choose from and I am very excited to try other pieces! LulaRoe leggings are such a stylish staple and as the motto says “Simply Comfortable”. The one size leggings (00-10/12) were a great fit. I liked how super soft they felt and the stretchiness of the fabric. I decided to pair it with a denim shirt and gold flats for both her/I…..and Voila …we were twinning! Here are some pictures from our “Casual Cute PhotoShoot”. Enjoy!

Photographs of @Funkshionfw @shopstylemafia #funkshion #StyleMafia Recap by #SobeSavvy

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On November 5 – 9, Funkshion Fashion set up its tents between 21st and 22nd Street Collins Avenue, Miami Beach for its tri-annual five day event !

Funkshion Fashion Week Miami Beach  is known for providing an intelligent innovative platform for progressive, established and emerging designers to showcase their collections to media, celebrities, international buyers and select style makers. The shows are geared towards designer diffusion collections and innovative lifestyle brands.

SobeSavvy.com was able to go behind the scenes as Style Mafia prepared for its Fall 2015 Runway Presentation, which was shown on Friday November 7, 2014.

Enjoy these photos from the show!
Photo Credit: Barry Heigh

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