Avant Garb: Fashionistas & Frippery

Avant Garb: Fashionistas & Frippery

A few weeks ago, I attended one of the Cake & Whiskey Baltimore meet-ups hosted by Stephanie Bradshaw and her team. These events are always fun and an incredible way to network with other ambitious and talented women in the Baltimore area. It’s also a place where women dress up and show their personal style. The room was filled with tons of incredible looks and beautiful women, with an incredible setting to match. One of the looks that really caught my attention was what Jasmina Venecia was rocking.

It was a full-out sequin look that she picked up from Hot Miami Stulea. Underneath she paired it with a mesh top that she got at Free People. The suit fit her well, making it look very professional yet full of personality and flare, while the mesh top added some serious sex appeal and evening-ready elegance.
I also loved her patent leather closed-toe heels. They are still shiny, but in a subtler way that really allows you to focus on the suit. They complement it well and look high-end and elegant. This outfit is styled well for the event and sends the message that Jasmina is confident, creative, and unafraid to stand out.
Jasmina calls her everyday style as “bohemian chill.” “I love flared jeans, crop tops, and anything flowy. On a night out, especially during the holidays, I love sequins! I gravitate toward anything shiny, sparkly, the more glitter the better,” she told me. Me, too! Around the holidays, I love to wear gold, and anything with a little sparkle to it.
Jasmina was exuding confidence and individuality in this look. She looks professional and the outfit goes great with the mission of the event – to motivate and spark women to dream bigger, reach higher, and achieve greater things.
While attending a work holiday luncheon I ran into Jeannine. Jeannine and I have worked together for years and she always has at least one accessory or aspect to her outfit that grabs my attention. In this case, it was her boots. I had to know where she got something so unique.
Jeannine said she bought them at a Turkish boutique in Provincetown Massachusetts about 10 years ago. “I love handmade things and ethnic things. I fell in love with these boots a decade ago and had to have them. They are goatskin suede, super soft, and made in Turkey,” she told me. These are incredible. I love the bold use of colors, the height, and the embroidery. Totally unique and so mesmerizing, they truly are the star of her outfit.
FOUND: For Christmas this year, one of my dear friends Jennifer – who’s fun, on-the-go and the life-of-the party – picked me up this adorable and multi-functional bracelet.
Yes, it’s a sparkly accessory, but when you unscrew the crystal-encrusted bauble, it also doubles as a flask. She found this item at Urban Outfitters and knew I would appreciate it. While it’s a fun conversation piece, it’s also a quite lovely accessory. It’s pretty, fun, and functional. What’s not to love?!
Elizabeth Massing

One look at Elizabeth Massing and you see her fabulous sense of style and artistic self-expression. She combines old and new, classic and trendy, luxurious items and vintage steals.  “Fashion and what you wear should be a statement of who you are and how you feel. You shouldn’t be scared to take risks. It should be fun and make you feel good, no matter your budget or fashion experience,” she says. For Elizabeth, fashion is a way to tell her story.  “I like my stories full of fun and excitement, history and romance, and - from time to time - a little drama. Bold fabrics give me a thrill. Couture makes me swoon. Daring pairings are a magnetic force I cannot overcome,” says this B-more native. Elizabeth also loves to see the “stories” other people tell, which may come from her work in publishing and media as HR Director for The Agora Companies, where - she says - creativity and originality is always encouraged. Now, she’ll be relaying some of those stories to us in her column, “The Haute Find.”  “It’s about finding style on the street, in homes, and out-and-about. It’s an adventure looking for textures, fabrics, and how people add layers of details and interest to their wardrobe.” So, ramp it up, Baltimore. Maybe Elizabeth will be “telling” your story!

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