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I just love the winter time!  With the holidays and cool weather, you can't help but be in a happy mood.  There's something so nostalgic about bundling up in front of the fireplace with a hot cup of cocoa and layering up with your favorite chunky sweater to brave the chilly outdoors temps during this time of year.  Comfort food is also high up on the list when the weather is cooler!  So much so, it can be pretty easy to pack on a few extra pounds when you've got layers of clothing to hide behind!  To help me stay on track during the winter, I love eating lettuce wraps.  They are guilt free, low in carbs, and high in flavor.  You can add just about anything you want to them.  The possibilities are limitless!  What's even better is that they are quick and easy to make.  For this recipe I used Curly's Pulled Chicken to make my lettuce wraps!  They were amazing and on the table in less than 20 minutes.
~Here's What You Need To Make BBQ Pulled Chicken Lettuce Wraps~
* Curly's Pulled Chicken
* 2 Cloves of Garlic (minced)
* Sesame Oil (2 TBSP)
* Butter Lettuce
* Shredded Carrot Sticks
* Green Onions (Thinly Chopped)
It is amazing how easy it is to make these bad boys!
Heat sesame seed oil in a skillet and add garlic to brown lightly.
Add the Curly's Pulled Chicken, Carrot Sticks, and Green Onions to the skillet to heat through.  This will take no longer than 5 minutes.  Stir continuously.
Separate lettuce and add 1-2 spoonfulls of the mixture into the wraps.  At this point you can add more green onions and carrot sticks.  Ladies and Gentlemen...that is it!  This quick and easy meal will be a BIG dinner time favorite.  If you have any mixture left over, adding it over a bed of jasmine rice or using it to make a quesadilla would be delicious!  This mixture goes a long way and will taste great any way you slice it!
 Curly's has some of the best, authentic, hickory smoked BBQ which adds so much flavor to any dish.  You can find their products in the refrigerated meat case of your local grocery stores!  If you like this recipe, you'd also enjoy more delicious recipes by watching videos made by Curly's Kitchen & Chef Clara.  Just visit RoadTripEats.com/videos and a new tasty favorite will be one click away!  You've got to give these Curly's BBQ Pulled Chicken Lettuce Wraps a try!  You and your entire family will love them.  
As always thanks so much for stopping by!  
XOXO

Disclosure:  This post was sponsored by Curly's BBQ.  I was given the product used to make this recipe but my opinions are my own. 

BBQ Pulled Chicken Lettuce Wraps

I just love the winter time!  With the holidays and cool weather, you can't help but be in a happy mood.  There's something so nostalgic about bundling up in front of the fireplace with a hot cup of cocoa and layering up with your favorite chunky sweater to brave the chilly outdoors temps during this time of year.  Comfort food is also high up on the list when the weather is cooler!  So much so, it can be pretty easy to pack on a few extra pounds when you've got layers of clothing to hide behind!  To help me stay on track during the winter, I love eating lettuce wraps.  They are guilt free, low in carbs, and high in flavor.  You can add just about anything you want to them.  The possibilities are limitless!  What's even better is that they are quick and easy to make.  For this recipe I used Curly's Pulled Chicken to make my lettuce wraps!  They were amazing and on the table in less than 20 minutes.
~Here's What You Need To Make BBQ Pulled Chicken Lettuce Wraps~
* Curly's Pulled Chicken
* 2 Cloves of Garlic (minced)
* Sesame Oil (2 TBSP)
* Butter Lettuce
* Shredded Carrot Sticks
* Green Onions (Thinly Chopped)
It is amazing how easy it is to make these bad boys!
Heat sesame seed oil in a skillet and add garlic to brown lightly.
Add the Curly's Pulled Chicken, Carrot Sticks, and Green Onions to the skillet to heat through.  This will take no longer than 5 minutes.  Stir continuously.
Separate lettuce and add 1-2 spoonfulls of the mixture into the wraps.  At this point you can add more green onions and carrot sticks.  Ladies and Gentlemen...that is it!  This quick and easy meal will be a BIG dinner time favorite.  If you have any mixture left over, adding it over a bed of jasmine rice or using it to make a quesadilla would be delicious!  This mixture goes a long way and will taste great any way you slice it!
 Curly's has some of the best, authentic, hickory smoked BBQ which adds so much flavor to any dish.  You can find their products in the refrigerated meat case of your local grocery stores!  If you like this recipe, you'd also enjoy more delicious recipes by watching videos made by Curly's Kitchen & Chef Clara.  Just visit RoadTripEats.com/videos and a new tasty favorite will be one click away!  You've got to give these Curly's BBQ Pulled Chicken Lettuce Wraps a try!  You and your entire family will love them.  
As always thanks so much for stopping by!  
XOXO

Disclosure:  This post was sponsored by Curly's BBQ.  I was given the product used to make this recipe but my opinions are my own. 
Hi Dolls,
They say leopard print is neutral so it can pretty much go with anything!  Works for me!  It was the perfect neutral to go with this buffalo plaid top I wore recently!  Buffalo plaid is super on trend right now and is great to rock during the holiday season.  I think the two prints compliment each other...plus a little mixing of prints never hurt anybody! 
I remember last year I went on a mad hunt looking for a buffalo plaid one-sie to wear around the house during Christmas... I can't believe it's almost Christmas.  

I swear, the older you get the faster time moves.  This year flew by!  I find myself saying that every year but it's so true.  Or maybe it's perspective.   I'm sure there are some people who feel like this year will never end.   In my case, it's a gentle reminder that life is short and we should spend it with the people we love and care about, doing the things we love and are passionate about.
2017 was a pretty awesome year for me!  I won't get into all of the details but, I'm very blessed and thank God for finding favor in me.  I'm looking forward to all the exciting things in store for me in 2018!
So let's get back to this look, shall we?
I kept it pretty casual but it's amazing how a few items can take your casual look up a notch or two.  
I think leopard print will add interest to any look so I added the leopard print booties and clutch.  The weather in Florida has finally dropped below 50 so it's safe to say we're pretty much freezing haha!  I whipped out my leather moto jacket and put it over my shoulders and BOOM!  A look!
Alternative Styling:
When I rock this buffalo plaid top again, I'm going to dress it up more!  I think I may wear it to a Christmas party I'm going to soon with a black leather skirt, black tights, black booties, and a black vest.  Ooooh and maybe even a black hat!!!  I can see it in my mind!  Super cute!
Jacket:  Forever 21 (similar)  ~Buffalo Plaid Top:  Old Navy (here) ~ Pants: H&M ~  Heels:  Just Fab ~ Clutch:  Gift
(Shop Similar Looks Below)

What do you think about the mixed prints?  Buffalo print and leather?  I'd love to know what you think.  Leave a comment below and as always, thanks for stopping by!  Have a great day!
XOXO

Buffalo Plaid and Leopard Print

Hi Dolls,
They say leopard print is neutral so it can pretty much go with anything!  Works for me!  It was the perfect neutral to go with this buffalo plaid top I wore recently!  Buffalo plaid is super on trend right now and is great to rock during the holiday season.  I think the two prints compliment each other...plus a little mixing of prints never hurt anybody! 
I remember last year I went on a mad hunt looking for a buffalo plaid one-sie to wear around the house during Christmas... I can't believe it's almost Christmas.  

I swear, the older you get the faster time moves.  This year flew by!  I find myself saying that every year but it's so true.  Or maybe it's perspective.   I'm sure there are some people who feel like this year will never end.   In my case, it's a gentle reminder that life is short and we should spend it with the people we love and care about, doing the things we love and are passionate about.
2017 was a pretty awesome year for me!  I won't get into all of the details but, I'm very blessed and thank God for finding favor in me.  I'm looking forward to all the exciting things in store for me in 2018!
So let's get back to this look, shall we?
I kept it pretty casual but it's amazing how a few items can take your casual look up a notch or two.  
I think leopard print will add interest to any look so I added the leopard print booties and clutch.  The weather in Florida has finally dropped below 50 so it's safe to say we're pretty much freezing haha!  I whipped out my leather moto jacket and put it over my shoulders and BOOM!  A look!
Alternative Styling:
When I rock this buffalo plaid top again, I'm going to dress it up more!  I think I may wear it to a Christmas party I'm going to soon with a black leather skirt, black tights, black booties, and a black vest.  Ooooh and maybe even a black hat!!!  I can see it in my mind!  Super cute!
Jacket:  Forever 21 (similar)  ~Buffalo Plaid Top:  Old Navy (here) ~ Pants: H&M ~  Heels:  Just Fab ~ Clutch:  Gift
(Shop Similar Looks Below)

What do you think about the mixed prints?  Buffalo print and leather?  I'd love to know what you think.  Leave a comment below and as always, thanks for stopping by!  Have a great day!
XOXO
Hi Dolls, 
B Street Eats, recently opened on Edgewood right next to their sister restaurant, Maple Street Biscuit Company.  The casual Latin restaurant moved to Jacksonville from St. Augustine and is bringing a nice Latin feel to the Murray Hill area. I had the pleasure of attending an Influencer dinner there last week and got to sample a lot of the items from their menu. Upon my arrival, I was immediately drawn in with the Latin music playing outside their establishment.  It was fun, welcoming, and made me want to dance!
I'm not sure if this will be an ongoing thing but I certainly hope it will.
 Because B Street serves food inspired by Latin and South American flavors, I was slightly surprised with their choice in interior design.  I was expecting colorful decor synonymous with Latin culture but we didn't get that at all.  However, I have learned to expect the unexpected and I actually really love the wood walls.  It's different, pristine, and interesting.


 The dining space is very open with exposed brick walls, an open ceiling, and a spacious outdoor patio with heated lamps.  It definitely has a fun and casual ambiance.  It's also nice to note that they serve alcohol!  However, this particular evening I enjoyed the Cucumber Refresher, lightly sweetened fresh cucumber water, infused with lemon and lime juices, and mint leaves.  It was refreshing indeed!
~THE FOOD~
To be honest, I wasn't quite sure what to expect as I had never been to the B Street that was in St.  Augustine. Knowing that the same company who opened up Maple Street Biscuit Company would be over B. Street, I was expecting tasty food, nonetheless!  Overall, I was pretty satisfied.  Everyone I spoke to before attending the event told me I had to have the queso and that's exactly what we did first!
El Doble de Maiz (Double the Corn)
This appetizer was very fresh and flavorful!  This creamy corn dip served with house fried corn chips are sure to be a crowd pleaser!
Three Cheese Queso
Affectionately known as liquid gold, this stuff can easily become addictive.  Made with Pepper Jack, White American Cheese, and Cream Cheese, it is definitely a MUST TRY!
Tostones Picante (Fried Plantains)
I'm usually not a fan of tostones but I have to admit, these little babies were pretty good.  Perhaps it was the fact that they were bite size medallions or perhaps it was the signature dipping sauces:  Smoky Ancho Chipotle, Spicy Jalepeno (my fav), or Plum Chutney.  Whatever the reason, they were really tasty and I truly enjoyed them.
Izquierda y Derecha (Rice and Beans)
When eating Latin cuisine, it would be remiss if black beans and rice weren't included.  This dynamic duo packed a punch full of flavor!  The jasmine lime rice was super fragrant and with the black beans, it felt like my tastebuds were having a party in my mouth!
Cerdo Con Queso ( Cheesy Pig)
This was an interesting sandwich.  It consisted of  3-day marinated Caribbean pork, romaine lettuce, house-made plum chutney, brie and havarti cheeses, and pickled banana peppers, on a toasted French baguette.  I was a little confused with the sandwich I got based on the name. It had all of what was mentioned but it wasn't very cheesy.  I was expecting a ooey-gooey, melty sandwich but I didn't get that.  The flavors were great but I think the cheese needs to be meltier to live up to its name.
Salsa de Vida (Spice of Life)
This was my favorite of the evening.  It consisted of coconut marinated all-natural grilled chicken, romaine lettuce, house-made pickled red onions, fresh avocado slices and house made mango mayo on a toasted French baguette.  The mango mayo was unexpected and very tasty.  It was perfect with the creamy coconut marinated chicken.  I definitely will be back for this sandwich!
Overall, I am pretty pleased with B Street Eats!  They definitely add some flavor to the already hip Murray Hill community.  Everything that we tried was very flavorful and the location is fun!  I look forward to trying more off of their menu and I'm sure you are as well so I will be giving away a $20 gift card for that very reason.  Simply comment letting me know what you'd love to try and I will announce a winner via Instagram stories on Friday, December 8, 2017!  
As always, thanks so much for stopping by!
XOXO

B Street Eats opens in Murray Hill

Hi Dolls, 
B Street Eats, recently opened on Edgewood right next to their sister restaurant, Maple Street Biscuit Company.  The casual Latin restaurant moved to Jacksonville from St. Augustine and is bringing a nice Latin feel to the Murray Hill area. I had the pleasure of attending an Influencer dinner there last week and got to sample a lot of the items from their menu. Upon my arrival, I was immediately drawn in with the Latin music playing outside their establishment.  It was fun, welcoming, and made me want to dance!
I'm not sure if this will be an ongoing thing but I certainly hope it will.
 Because B Street serves food inspired by Latin and South American flavors, I was slightly surprised with their choice in interior design.  I was expecting colorful decor synonymous with Latin culture but we didn't get that at all.  However, I have learned to expect the unexpected and I actually really love the wood walls.  It's different, pristine, and interesting.


 The dining space is very open with exposed brick walls, an open ceiling, and a spacious outdoor patio with heated lamps.  It definitely has a fun and casual ambiance.  It's also nice to note that they serve alcohol!  However, this particular evening I enjoyed the Cucumber Refresher, lightly sweetened fresh cucumber water, infused with lemon and lime juices, and mint leaves.  It was refreshing indeed!
~THE FOOD~
To be honest, I wasn't quite sure what to expect as I had never been to the B Street that was in St.  Augustine. Knowing that the same company who opened up Maple Street Biscuit Company would be over B. Street, I was expecting tasty food, nonetheless!  Overall, I was pretty satisfied.  Everyone I spoke to before attending the event told me I had to have the queso and that's exactly what we did first!
El Doble de Maiz (Double the Corn)
This appetizer was very fresh and flavorful!  This creamy corn dip served with house fried corn chips are sure to be a crowd pleaser!
Three Cheese Queso
Affectionately known as liquid gold, this stuff can easily become addictive.  Made with Pepper Jack, White American Cheese, and Cream Cheese, it is definitely a MUST TRY!
Tostones Picante (Fried Plantains)
I'm usually not a fan of tostones but I have to admit, these little babies were pretty good.  Perhaps it was the fact that they were bite size medallions or perhaps it was the signature dipping sauces:  Smoky Ancho Chipotle, Spicy Jalepeno (my fav), or Plum Chutney.  Whatever the reason, they were really tasty and I truly enjoyed them.
Izquierda y Derecha (Rice and Beans)
When eating Latin cuisine, it would be remiss if black beans and rice weren't included.  This dynamic duo packed a punch full of flavor!  The jasmine lime rice was super fragrant and with the black beans, it felt like my tastebuds were having a party in my mouth!
Cerdo Con Queso ( Cheesy Pig)
This was an interesting sandwich.  It consisted of  3-day marinated Caribbean pork, romaine lettuce, house-made plum chutney, brie and havarti cheeses, and pickled banana peppers, on a toasted French baguette.  I was a little confused with the sandwich I got based on the name. It had all of what was mentioned but it wasn't very cheesy.  I was expecting a ooey-gooey, melty sandwich but I didn't get that.  The flavors were great but I think the cheese needs to be meltier to live up to its name.
Salsa de Vida (Spice of Life)
This was my favorite of the evening.  It consisted of coconut marinated all-natural grilled chicken, romaine lettuce, house-made pickled red onions, fresh avocado slices and house made mango mayo on a toasted French baguette.  The mango mayo was unexpected and very tasty.  It was perfect with the creamy coconut marinated chicken.  I definitely will be back for this sandwich!
Overall, I am pretty pleased with B Street Eats!  They definitely add some flavor to the already hip Murray Hill community.  Everything that we tried was very flavorful and the location is fun!  I look forward to trying more off of their menu and I'm sure you are as well so I will be giving away a $20 gift card for that very reason.  Simply comment letting me know what you'd love to try and I will announce a winner via Instagram stories on Friday, December 8, 2017!  
As always, thanks so much for stopping by!
XOXO

Hi Dolls,
I will never forget what bae's mom told me one day...she said "Katrice, God made you so unique.  When you walk into a room, people notice you.  They may not say anything, they may only stare, but they definitely notice.  Your uniqueness is a blessing, people will want to know who you are.  It will open doors for you. Some people will dislike you because of it, but you just keep being you because what God has for you, is for YOU!  You will be a blessing to others."  She always has the most encouraging words!  When she shared this with me, it was seemingly out of the blue and I received it humbly. She told me this years ago before I started blogging and her words were brought back to my remembrance recently.   
"People may not always tell you how they feel about you,
 but they always show you.  Pay attention."
This quote is two-fold.  
I always try to do right by people.  It's not in my nature to be mean or rude.  I love to see people happy.  Sometimes that works out in my favor, sometimes it doesn't.  Either way, I treat people with respect and show common courtesy.  I've learned as an adult, that no matter what you say or do and no matter how great your intentions may be, some people will rock with you and some won't and at the end of the day, it's totally okay as long as you stay true to yourself.
Staying true to you applies to fashion as well.  
When I'm asked what my personal style is,  I always say it's trendy- chic.  Honestly, I wear what I feel comfortable in and what makes me feel FAB whether it's trendy, classic, boho, etc.  but it's always going to be chic.  Two things I have always loved is faux fur and leopard prints.   When I saw both the booties and faux fur sleeved blouse I'm wearing in this post, I was smitten immediately!  I mean the gold in the leopard booties!!!  Can you say "Ga-Ga!"?  
Alternative Styling
I had completely different ideas in my mind about how I would rock both items when I bought them but when I decided to get dressed, I put this look together and it worked!  That's the beauty of fashion!  You can rock what you love, however you want to.  Remember when I said Fashion is applied Art!?!   That's what makes your style, your style!  Trust me,  you guys will see both of these items again!  
This is how I plan to change up the look later.  
Faux Fur Blouse:  To dress up this gorgeous blouse, I'd love to wear it with a pencil skirt or high-waisted trousers, a clutch, or quilted black purse the next time around.
Gold Leopard Print Booties:  The possibilities for these baddies are endless.  I like the look with the skinny pants but next time I'll rock them with a moto jacket. graphic tee, and dark sunnies!
Faux Fur Blouse:  Zara ~ Black Pant w/ Gold Stitching: TJMaxx~ Gold Leopard Bootie:  ShoeDazzle (here)
~Shop Similar Looks Below~

Thanksgiving is tomorrow and I have so much to be thankful for! To name a few, I am thankful for my life, my family, a great guy in my life, good health, friends who support me, and a good spirit!  
Have a wonderful holiday, continue staying true to yourself, and don't spend too much on Black Friday!
As always, thanks for stopping by!
XOXO

Be True To You...In Leopard Booties and Faux Fur

Hi Dolls,
I will never forget what bae's mom told me one day...she said "Katrice, God made you so unique.  When you walk into a room, people notice you.  They may not say anything, they may only stare, but they definitely notice.  Your uniqueness is a blessing, people will want to know who you are.  It will open doors for you. Some people will dislike you because of it, but you just keep being you because what God has for you, is for YOU!  You will be a blessing to others."  She always has the most encouraging words!  When she shared this with me, it was seemingly out of the blue and I received it humbly. She told me this years ago before I started blogging and her words were brought back to my remembrance recently.   
"People may not always tell you how they feel about you,
 but they always show you.  Pay attention."
This quote is two-fold.  
I always try to do right by people.  It's not in my nature to be mean or rude.  I love to see people happy.  Sometimes that works out in my favor, sometimes it doesn't.  Either way, I treat people with respect and show common courtesy.  I've learned as an adult, that no matter what you say or do and no matter how great your intentions may be, some people will rock with you and some won't and at the end of the day, it's totally okay as long as you stay true to yourself.
Staying true to you applies to fashion as well.  
When I'm asked what my personal style is,  I always say it's trendy- chic.  Honestly, I wear what I feel comfortable in and what makes me feel FAB whether it's trendy, classic, boho, etc.  but it's always going to be chic.  Two things I have always loved is faux fur and leopard prints.   When I saw both the booties and faux fur sleeved blouse I'm wearing in this post, I was smitten immediately!  I mean the gold in the leopard booties!!!  Can you say "Ga-Ga!"?  
Alternative Styling
I had completely different ideas in my mind about how I would rock both items when I bought them but when I decided to get dressed, I put this look together and it worked!  That's the beauty of fashion!  You can rock what you love, however you want to.  Remember when I said Fashion is applied Art!?!   That's what makes your style, your style!  Trust me,  you guys will see both of these items again!  
This is how I plan to change up the look later.  
Faux Fur Blouse:  To dress up this gorgeous blouse, I'd love to wear it with a pencil skirt or high-waisted trousers, a clutch, or quilted black purse the next time around.
Gold Leopard Print Booties:  The possibilities for these baddies are endless.  I like the look with the skinny pants but next time I'll rock them with a moto jacket. graphic tee, and dark sunnies!
Faux Fur Blouse:  Zara ~ Black Pant w/ Gold Stitching: TJMaxx~ Gold Leopard Bootie:  ShoeDazzle (here)
~Shop Similar Looks Below~

Thanksgiving is tomorrow and I have so much to be thankful for! To name a few, I am thankful for my life, my family, a great guy in my life, good health, friends who support me, and a good spirit!  
Have a wonderful holiday, continue staying true to yourself, and don't spend too much on Black Friday!
As always, thanks for stopping by!
XOXO
Hi  Dolls, 

Is fashion simply an applied art?  

I would agree it is.  Art is expression and every day we get dressed is another day to express ourselves through the clothing we wear.   I recently had the distinct honor of attending the ArtRepublic Fashion Design Gala at the Prime Osborn Convention Center.  There, was an exhibit by Jacksonville photographer Toni Smalajic and the black-tie occasion contributed to the notion that fashion is an applied art.  The event was sponsored by Estee Lauder and the honorary fashion designer for the evening was New York City's own, Alex Vinash.   It was definitely a riveting evening of fashion design and flashing lights.  
My only complaint would be the hideous wrist band we had to wear that took away from our lovely evening gowns.  At least it was blue so it sort of matched but if you're reading this Art Republic, no wrist bands next time. :)
But any who, I grabbed my bestie and we painted the town, or shall I say, the Prime Osborn, red together! 

 ~THE COCKTAIL PARTY~
Before the fashion show, guests, dressed in their best, mixed and mingled over hors d'oeuvres and cocktails sponsored by Glenfiddich.  I ran into Tracie Franklin, ambassador for Glenfiddich, who I had the pleasure of meeting last spring at a Glenfiddich Whiskey tasting and she was just as pleasant as I remember. 
 My two favorite Glenfiddich cocktails for the evening were the Madame X and that really pretty pink drink, The Kiss.   The drinks were pretty strong but they were good and perfect for sipping whilst mingling. 
The specialty hors d'ouevres for the evening were these delicious chicken and waffle bites.  They were some what deconstructed because they didn't look like chicken and waffles but they definitely had all the flavors of the iconic dish.
Of course there was an Estee Lauder step and repeat.  It was great seeing such a reputable brand as the title sponsor for the gala.
 In a press release, Estee Lauder Sales and Education Executive, Valerie Fazzingo mentioned "I couldn't be more pleased with the partnership between ArtRepublic and Estee Lauder."  "Through our fashion event and social media campaign, we will work to showcase the strength and beauty behind modern trends, and shed light on the fashion and beauty community in Jacksonville."
Her statement resonates with me as a fashion blogger because there are lots of great things happening in the fashion and beauty community here in Jacksonville, that people need to know about.
Now you already know, I had to get in my photo op on the red carpet honey!!!

~ESTEE LAUDER BACKSTAGE EXPERIENCE~
The backstage experience was intended to give sponsors, partners, and VIP attendees a closer and more intimate engagement with the designer.   I spent a great majority of the evening mingling during the cocktail party but I made my way into the backstage area right before the fashion show began.  Make-up artist Gregory Lawrence was already done making up all the beautiful models and guests of honor, but I was able to catch a glimpse of this make-up chart he "beat"!
Luckily Alex Vinash was still backstage getting in pictures with some of the models and of course I slid on in there for a picture as we all were being directed to the main room for the show.
We took a picture together and I even got a few giggles out of him while I was at it.  
I also met this lovely young lady who was rocking the heck out of this pant suit.  This was one of Alex Vinash's designs and I believe it was made just for her.  It takes a certain someone to pull off this look elegantly and I think she did it perfectly.

~THE FASHION SHOW~

I was pretty excited to have a front and center view of the fashion show.  I felt like I was at New York Fashion Week in my own back yard.  Reminds me that I need to get my plane ticket to New York for February.  I'm not sure if it was my excitement but I loved everything that came down the runway!  All of the pieces from the collection aren't pictured but these were some of my favorites.  You can see a little more of his collection from the show in a short clip on my Instagram page (here).
For this show, Alex Vinash revealed his 2018 spring collection.  As I mentioned earlier, I loved everything.   For every look I uttered "I'd totally rock that!".  His new collection features handmade textures and feather accents.   
I adored this gold and green dress.  It was so pretty!

  I loved the feather detailing down the left side of the dress.  Beautiful!
Oh...one thing I did notice is that a lot of the pieces in Vinash's collection are cheeky!  Like I mentioned earlier, the right person can pull it off flawlessly.
Of everything that evening, I truly enjoyed the fashion show the best! Alex Vinash is extremely talented.  He is definitely on the rise.  In a press release he mentioned "I am thrilled to be participating as the lead designer in ArtRepublic's Fashion Design Gala."  "I am honored to get the opportunity to work with Art Republic and I am impressed with how their incubator program helps designers obtain exposure and to gain access to the fashion marketplace.  ArtRepublic is an important resource that helps emerging designers to reach the next level." 
I definitely wish him the best of luck.  I won't be surprised to see him in an even bigger light soon.  His clothing are phenomenal.  
I''m really excited about what ArtRepublic is doing.  First the Techism exhibit, then the Fashion Design Gala, and I can't forget to mention all of the incredible murals that have been going up all over town.  I am definitely impressed by what they're doing in the art community and I'm certainly a fan! 
As always, thanks so much for stopping by!
XOXO

ArtRepublic Fashion Design Gala

Hi  Dolls, 

Is fashion simply an applied art?  

I would agree it is.  Art is expression and every day we get dressed is another day to express ourselves through the clothing we wear.   I recently had the distinct honor of attending the ArtRepublic Fashion Design Gala at the Prime Osborn Convention Center.  There, was an exhibit by Jacksonville photographer Toni Smalajic and the black-tie occasion contributed to the notion that fashion is an applied art.  The event was sponsored by Estee Lauder and the honorary fashion designer for the evening was New York City's own, Alex Vinash.   It was definitely a riveting evening of fashion design and flashing lights.  
My only complaint would be the hideous wrist band we had to wear that took away from our lovely evening gowns.  At least it was blue so it sort of matched but if you're reading this Art Republic, no wrist bands next time. :)
But any who, I grabbed my bestie and we painted the town, or shall I say, the Prime Osborn, red together! 

 ~THE COCKTAIL PARTY~
Before the fashion show, guests, dressed in their best, mixed and mingled over hors d'oeuvres and cocktails sponsored by Glenfiddich.  I ran into Tracie Franklin, ambassador for Glenfiddich, who I had the pleasure of meeting last spring at a Glenfiddich Whiskey tasting and she was just as pleasant as I remember. 
 My two favorite Glenfiddich cocktails for the evening were the Madame X and that really pretty pink drink, The Kiss.   The drinks were pretty strong but they were good and perfect for sipping whilst mingling. 
The specialty hors d'ouevres for the evening were these delicious chicken and waffle bites.  They were some what deconstructed because they didn't look like chicken and waffles but they definitely had all the flavors of the iconic dish.
Of course there was an Estee Lauder step and repeat.  It was great seeing such a reputable brand as the title sponsor for the gala.
 In a press release, Estee Lauder Sales and Education Executive, Valerie Fazzingo mentioned "I couldn't be more pleased with the partnership between ArtRepublic and Estee Lauder."  "Through our fashion event and social media campaign, we will work to showcase the strength and beauty behind modern trends, and shed light on the fashion and beauty community in Jacksonville."
Her statement resonates with me as a fashion blogger because there are lots of great things happening in the fashion and beauty community here in Jacksonville, that people need to know about.
Now you already know, I had to get in my photo op on the red carpet honey!!!

~ESTEE LAUDER BACKSTAGE EXPERIENCE~
The backstage experience was intended to give sponsors, partners, and VIP attendees a closer and more intimate engagement with the designer.   I spent a great majority of the evening mingling during the cocktail party but I made my way into the backstage area right before the fashion show began.  Make-up artist Gregory Lawrence was already done making up all the beautiful models and guests of honor, but I was able to catch a glimpse of this make-up chart he "beat"!
Luckily Alex Vinash was still backstage getting in pictures with some of the models and of course I slid on in there for a picture as we all were being directed to the main room for the show.
We took a picture together and I even got a few giggles out of him while I was at it.  
I also met this lovely young lady who was rocking the heck out of this pant suit.  This was one of Alex Vinash's designs and I believe it was made just for her.  It takes a certain someone to pull off this look elegantly and I think she did it perfectly.

~THE FASHION SHOW~

I was pretty excited to have a front and center view of the fashion show.  I felt like I was at New York Fashion Week in my own back yard.  Reminds me that I need to get my plane ticket to New York for February.  I'm not sure if it was my excitement but I loved everything that came down the runway!  All of the pieces from the collection aren't pictured but these were some of my favorites.  You can see a little more of his collection from the show in a short clip on my Instagram page (here).
For this show, Alex Vinash revealed his 2018 spring collection.  As I mentioned earlier, I loved everything.   For every look I uttered "I'd totally rock that!".  His new collection features handmade textures and feather accents.   
I adored this gold and green dress.  It was so pretty!

  I loved the feather detailing down the left side of the dress.  Beautiful!
Oh...one thing I did notice is that a lot of the pieces in Vinash's collection are cheeky!  Like I mentioned earlier, the right person can pull it off flawlessly.
Of everything that evening, I truly enjoyed the fashion show the best! Alex Vinash is extremely talented.  He is definitely on the rise.  In a press release he mentioned "I am thrilled to be participating as the lead designer in ArtRepublic's Fashion Design Gala."  "I am honored to get the opportunity to work with Art Republic and I am impressed with how their incubator program helps designers obtain exposure and to gain access to the fashion marketplace.  ArtRepublic is an important resource that helps emerging designers to reach the next level." 
I definitely wish him the best of luck.  I won't be surprised to see him in an even bigger light soon.  His clothing are phenomenal.  
I''m really excited about what ArtRepublic is doing.  First the Techism exhibit, then the Fashion Design Gala, and I can't forget to mention all of the incredible murals that have been going up all over town.  I am definitely impressed by what they're doing in the art community and I'm certainly a fan! 
As always, thanks so much for stopping by!
XOXO
Hi Dolls!

Cheetohs?  Yes!  Snickers?  Yes!  A new Corvette?  Huh!?!?  
Yep, that's right!  You can now get all of these things out of a vending machine.  Well not the same vending machine, but you get what I'm saying.  Carvana has made buying a car a completely seamless and memorable experience with the new car vending machine concept!  Ya know...16 year old kids have really got it made these days!  Their first car experiences are about to be lit!
THE CAR VENDING MACHINE EXPERIENCE
If you have driven up and down I-95 over the last couple of months, there is no way you've missed the massive glass tower of cars with that gorgeous blue glow at night!  That is the new Carvana car vending machine.  Actually it's the first car vending machine in the state of Florida, right here in Jax!  With 8 stories of sparkly and fully detailed used vehicles and 4 delivery bays, the fully-automated, coin operated beauty is the new way to purchase a used car.
I was invited to an exclusive behind the scenes look at how Carvana vends fresh cars, daily, and it was pretty cool.  First and foremost, the car buying process is done completely online.  From browsing their 7,000 + inventory of certified vehicles, to completing financing paperwork, you can purchase your new car within minutes from the comfort of your home.   No haggling and no middle man!  You can then have it delivered to your driveway or pick it up via the car vending machine experience!  Of course, I would totally opt for the latter!   They also have a 7-day money back guarantee so once you pick up your car, you have a week to truly decide if it's for you with no worries.
During our sneak peek we got to take a little ride up the car lift for a closer look at the cars and how they are maneuvered down the vending machine!  It is a pretty cool sight!  You  even get a life-size coin to drop into the slot.  Then Yahtzee!  Here comes your shiny new whip, ready for you to drive off in!
IT'S A CELEBRATION
As I mentioned earlier, this is the first car vending machine to be built in Florida so there's definitely need for celebration.  During our sneak peak, we got to nibble on Sweet by Holly cupcakes which are so sinful!
They always amaze me with the variety of flavors they offer.  You've got to watch out for those little cuppies.  You can't eat just one...or five. 
We also had wine!  Lots of wine because what's a celebration without an adult beverage!?!
The Rose was on point!
We also got goodie bags with lots of Carvana swag! 
WHAT'S THE CATCH?
Well there's no "catch"  to the Carvana car vending machine!  It's everything I mentioned and an experience you have to add to your bucket list.  What's the Catch, the food truck, was what was for dinner!  They were in the building to make sure we didn't go hungry after such a cool ride.
I've had tacos from them once before a long time ago and after this night, I'm kicking myself for not having indulged more since.  Their tacos are amazeballs!
~BAJA TACO~
This was the day's special!  Made with blackened Mahi on a bed of lettuce topped with black beans, corn salsa, tortilla sauce, and their signature slurry sauce.  This taco was BOMB!!!  So good I had to get another one before leaving!
~ISLAND SHRIMP TACO~
Made with fried shrimp over lettuce with pineapple-mango salsa, pico, and Peruvian sauce, this taco was equally BOMB!!!
Overall, we had a really fun time at the Carvana behind the scenes tour!  There's nothing like seeing something cool that piques your interest and then being able to experience it for yourself.  It was fun for me and I wasn't even shopping for a car. I can only imagine the excitement one will feel going to the Carvana car vending machine to pick up their new vehicle.  It is definitely sure to be a worthwhile experience.  Plus any event with wine, food, and cupcakes gets an A+ in my book!  If you're in the market for a new car, check out Carvana! This may be just the experience your looking for.
As always, thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a great week!
XOXO

Carvana Car....Vending Machine

Hi Dolls!

Cheetohs?  Yes!  Snickers?  Yes!  A new Corvette?  Huh!?!?  
Yep, that's right!  You can now get all of these things out of a vending machine.  Well not the same vending machine, but you get what I'm saying.  Carvana has made buying a car a completely seamless and memorable experience with the new car vending machine concept!  Ya know...16 year old kids have really got it made these days!  Their first car experiences are about to be lit!
THE CAR VENDING MACHINE EXPERIENCE
If you have driven up and down I-95 over the last couple of months, there is no way you've missed the massive glass tower of cars with that gorgeous blue glow at night!  That is the new Carvana car vending machine.  Actually it's the first car vending machine in the state of Florida, right here in Jax!  With 8 stories of sparkly and fully detailed used vehicles and 4 delivery bays, the fully-automated, coin operated beauty is the new way to purchase a used car.
I was invited to an exclusive behind the scenes look at how Carvana vends fresh cars, daily, and it was pretty cool.  First and foremost, the car buying process is done completely online.  From browsing their 7,000 + inventory of certified vehicles, to completing financing paperwork, you can purchase your new car within minutes from the comfort of your home.   No haggling and no middle man!  You can then have it delivered to your driveway or pick it up via the car vending machine experience!  Of course, I would totally opt for the latter!   They also have a 7-day money back guarantee so once you pick up your car, you have a week to truly decide if it's for you with no worries.
During our sneak peek we got to take a little ride up the car lift for a closer look at the cars and how they are maneuvered down the vending machine!  It is a pretty cool sight!  You  even get a life-size coin to drop into the slot.  Then Yahtzee!  Here comes your shiny new whip, ready for you to drive off in!
IT'S A CELEBRATION
As I mentioned earlier, this is the first car vending machine to be built in Florida so there's definitely need for celebration.  During our sneak peak, we got to nibble on Sweet by Holly cupcakes which are so sinful!
They always amaze me with the variety of flavors they offer.  You've got to watch out for those little cuppies.  You can't eat just one...or five. 
We also had wine!  Lots of wine because what's a celebration without an adult beverage!?!
The Rose was on point!
We also got goodie bags with lots of Carvana swag! 
WHAT'S THE CATCH?
Well there's no "catch"  to the Carvana car vending machine!  It's everything I mentioned and an experience you have to add to your bucket list.  What's the Catch, the food truck, was what was for dinner!  They were in the building to make sure we didn't go hungry after such a cool ride.
I've had tacos from them once before a long time ago and after this night, I'm kicking myself for not having indulged more since.  Their tacos are amazeballs!
~BAJA TACO~
This was the day's special!  Made with blackened Mahi on a bed of lettuce topped with black beans, corn salsa, tortilla sauce, and their signature slurry sauce.  This taco was BOMB!!!  So good I had to get another one before leaving!
~ISLAND SHRIMP TACO~
Made with fried shrimp over lettuce with pineapple-mango salsa, pico, and Peruvian sauce, this taco was equally BOMB!!!
Overall, we had a really fun time at the Carvana behind the scenes tour!  There's nothing like seeing something cool that piques your interest and then being able to experience it for yourself.  It was fun for me and I wasn't even shopping for a car. I can only imagine the excitement one will feel going to the Carvana car vending machine to pick up their new vehicle.  It is definitely sure to be a worthwhile experience.  Plus any event with wine, food, and cupcakes gets an A+ in my book!  If you're in the market for a new car, check out Carvana! This may be just the experience your looking for.
As always, thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a great week!
XOXO

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