Phoenix Fashion Week- Model Announcement 7/11!!

This Thursday, July 11th at 7pm, held at The Mint No. 7 Cosmetics will be hosting Phoenix Fashion Week’s Top 40 Model Announcement. Please come out and check out the fresh new faces for the show this year, that will be competing in various challenges until October for the grand title of PHXFW Model of the Year 2013 and will be signed to Agency Arizona!!



INSTAGRAM: @phxfashionweek
Official Event Hashtag: #ModelAnnouncement2013
Eventbrite Page Link

The Fashion Hub

The Fashion Hub

Yesterday Jadapa and I had the privilege of touring the brain trust behind Phoenix Fashion Week. We met Brian Hill, Executive Director of Phoenix Fashion Week at the Emerging Designers Challenge back in June. Mr. Hill was gracious enough to invite us to take a tour of the Fashion Week Headquarters, which the Fashion Week team refers to as “The Fashion Hub”, and learn more about the show this year.

I was elated when we arrived his afternoon and A Fashion Fiend was across the board in their conference room! Miss Abbei Marquis, the Designers and Buyers Leader, showed us around the suite – each office space, the work stations and photography studio. She explained the different work spaces and the benefits of each. She even hooked us up with some full size samples from a new make up line from Europe, No7, that will be debuting soon in Phoenix. The office has it all. Whether you’re a designer, photographer, model or blogger, The Fashion Hub is the perfect place for Fashion ideas to come alive and grow.

We were able to spend the afternoon discussing our blog and this year’s upcoming Phoenix Fashion Week with Mr. Brian Hill and Abbei. The Phoenix Fashion Week’s team is truly inspirational. All of the hard work and diligence that each member contributes is amazing, and they make it look effortless. A special shout out to Brian Hill, Abbei Marquis, Miss Dominique and everyone on the Phoenix Fashion Week Team – we love what you do and thank you!





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Scavenger Hunt – with an Awesome Prize!!

Boutique of the Week Scavenger Hunt

Phoenix Fashion Week is holding a city-wide scavenger hunt called “Boutique of the Week” beginning Monday, July 8th and running until the 31st. PHXFW will feature one boutique each day where the participants will find the hidden PHXFW T-shirt, put it on and accessorize it with any items in the store! They will then submit a photo of their finished look to Daily boutique winners will be announced on the following morning of the submitted look. Each winner will be added to a pool from which the PHXFW judges will pick the grand prize winner.

GRAND PRIZE – The winner will receive the Ultimate Phoenix Fashion Week VIP Experience for two to the Shop Garment District, an overnight staycation at the Saguaro Hotel in Old Town Scottsdale. The prize also includes two front row seats at Shop Garment District Show; a VIP ride to and from the Garment District, provided by Uber car service; and an intimate meet and greet with all of the emerging designers. ($500+ value)!

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Phoenix Fashion Week and Emerging Designers 2013

Jadapa and I attended the Emerging Designers Showcase held at Toni & Guy in Scottsdale, Arizona on June 14. And how lucky we were to see a Fashion Show of the up-and-coming designers that will be competing throughout the next few months for a spot in the Phoenix Fashion Week 2013!

The evening started off with drinks and mingling with the designers themselves followed by the Fashion Show, where each designer displayed one look in their upcoming line. We were blown away with the amount of talent we saw throughout the evening. All of the designers were amazing, but a few really stood out. Ja’ire International Couture, Trang Nguyen, Herbert Victoria, and Loin Cloth, a mens brand, were our chosen favorites. Each of our favorite designers brought forth their own creative pieces while staying true to their original message as a brand. After the designers presented, a brief Q&A session allowed the media to ask them questions about their style and about themselves.

All attendees made our way over to Spanish Fly Lounge Mexican Beach Club for the after party hosted by Phoenix Fashion Week. I am so excited to see what else the designers bring to the table in the next few weeks, and to see the winner in October at Phoenix Fashion Week!


On A Fashion Fiend- dress: Rebecca Taylor, belt: Michael Kors, shoes: Aldo. On Jadapa- top: H&M, skirt: Forever 21, shoes: Jessica Simpson
A Fashion Fiend is wearing – dress: Rebecca Taylor; belt: Michael Kors; shoes: Aldo
Jadapa is wearing – top: H&M; skirt: Forever 21; shoes: Jessica Simpson
Toni & Guy Stylists doing updo’s!
Jadapa and Phoenix Fashion Week Creator, Brian Hill
*Sorry phone pic!
Jadapa and designer, Herbert Victoria
Jadapa and the beautiful sisters, Ja’ire and Nekia of Ja’ire International Couture
A Fashion Fiend and Jadapa with designer, Trang Nguyen


My Best Designer Ballot
My Best Designer ballot
Designer, Michelle Hebert and her model
Designer from Dolcessa Swimwear and her model
The guys behind Loin Cloth Menswear and their model (center)


After party at Spanish Fly Mexican Beach club

Emerging Designer Challenge AZ

Thanks to Brian Hill, the founder of Phoenix Fashion Week, this Friday, June 14th, A Fashion Fiend will be attending the Emerging Designer Challenge 2013. This pre-Fashion-Week event will reveal the Top 12 Designers that will be competing for Phoenix Fashion Week’s Designer of the Year. We are so excited to see what the new and veteran designers have in store. It’s always such a pleasure to network with the other fashion industry individuals, especially in my home state, Arizona!! Come if you can! Tickets are available at Eventbrite-Emerging Designer Challenge. Going to pick some outfits for Jadapa and myself! Check our instagram, @aFashionFiend, for Designer Challenge coverage!

The following press release comes from the Emerging Designer Challenge 2013:

For More Information, Contact:
Melissa Rein
The Brand Consortium PR

Phoenix Fashion Week (8) City Tour Ends with the Next Twelve (12) Emerging Designers

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (May 24, 2013) – Phoenix Fashion Week is hosting their 5th annual ‘Emerging Designer Challenge’ on Friday, June 14th, 7pm at the TONI&GUY Academy in Scottsdale. This official announcement highlights the fall 2013 Emerging Designer line-up, along with a trunk sale by this year’s accessory designers presented for the first time to the public.

This year, Phoenix Fashion Week is introducing 12 new Emerging Designers to show at fashion week in the fall. These designers have the opportunity to launch their brand at the ninth annual Phoenix Fashion Week at Talking Stick Resort, October 1-5, 2013. This year’s Emerging Designers were discovered following Phoenix Fashion Week’s successful eight- city tour of the United States, including Phoenix, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, St. Louis, Chicago and New York. These next “IT” designers will compete for a $10,000 (value) prize package consisting of goods and services to help launch their brand. The Emerging Designer Challenge is supported by TONI&GUY Hairdressing, Balluun, and Zappos. An after party will directly follow the event at 10pm and is open to the public.

Past Emerging Designer contest winners Joanna de’Shay of Black Russian Label (2009) and Bri Seeley (2012) will be special guests at the event. Both winners of this impressive award will be available to share their perspective to guests and some best practices to the next (12) Emerging Designers for fall 2013. “If you look up the definition of challenge, it’s a competition or contest. That’s exactly what the Emerging Designer Challenge has become, acting as a launch pad for the best emerging designers the nation,” Executive Director Brian Hill said.

Zappos: There have been amazing success stories that have stemmed from Phoenix Fashion Week’s Emerging Designer Challenge including last year’s winner, Bri Seeley, who has opened a studio in Los Angeles and is currently selling her line on Zappos.

Also, 2012 Emerging Designer finalists, Jlynn Hausmann of JHaus based out of Beverly Hills and Paulie Gibson of St. Louis are being carried by Zappos and have exciting projects in the works. For the last two years, Zappos has traveled to Phoenix Fashion Week in search of the best emerging designers. Each year, the Emerging Designer Challenge has led emerging brands to one of the largest fashion e-commerce platforms in the world, Zappos.

Follow Phoenix Fashion Week on Twitter @PHXFashionWeek. We encourage followers to use Phoenix Fashion Week’s official twitter hash tags #phxfashionweek and #designerchallenge2013.

Become a fan of Phoenix Fashion Week on Facebook to stay up-to-date with future events.

Phoenix Fashion Week is the leading fashion industry event in the Southwest. The organization’s mission is to bridge the gap between national and international designers and premier retailers and prestige fashion media. Phoenix Fashion Week’s ultimate goal is to garner global exposure for Arizona’s fashion industry. Through educational fashion seminars, year-round fashion events, and charitable partnerships, Phoenix Fashion Week is gaining rapid acclaim for its community-service efforts and for infusing world-class innovation into the Southwest. For more information please visit Phoenix Fashion Week.

TONI&GUY Hairdressing is an international icon synonymous with fashion and quality. TONI&GUY Salons and Academies offer unparalleled service and education. For more information, visit TONI&GUY.

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Trend Spotter Summer Series: Event One!

The Trend Spotter Summer Event Series began last night, May 21, 2013, at Macy’s in The Galleria. The evening kicked off with tasty treats and wine, and DJ Fanci mixing some beats. Our swag bags were filled with Clinique samples, a Houston magazine, and Macy’s and Krayon catering coupons! The fashion show had men’s and women’s summer styles, dressed by Chelsea Alexa. Many Houston Fashion Bloggers were present and a few Houston Dynamo Players were there as well!! All of the Trend Spotters were styled to the 9’s, and the Dynamo guys were so sweet! I had the chance to show off my custom dress made by up-and-coming Houston designer, Delmonicole. I received so many compliments on this dress’s color pattern and design. This event was so much fun, and mingling with the other Trendy Fashionistas in Houston was such a great opportunity to see what this summer’s styles will be! I can’t wait for the next event on June 25!

DJ Fancy
DJ Fancy


A Fashion Fiend with fellow HFB, Heather
A Fashion Fiend with fellow HFB, Heather from
Dress- Delmonicole, Bag- Tory Burch
Houston Dynamos
A Fashion Fiend and Houston Dynamos, Warren Creavalle and Kofi Sarkodie


Model Hosea
A Fashion Fiend and Houston Dynamo player, Mike Chabala
A Fashion Fiend and Houston Dynamo, Mike Chabala

Style Icon- Zoe Saldana


I was inspired after seeing the midnight showing of the new Star Trek movie to share one of my longest style crushes. I have been a fan of Zoe since her days as a harsh and abrasive ballerina in Center Stage back in 2000. The 34 year old beauty has become one the best actresses, and is  truly making a name for herself with her unforgettable roles in so many great movies. Zoe has played characters in Pirates of the Caribbean, Avatar and recently the film Star Trek: Into Darkness. Not only does she always look comfortable but her slender frame just makes clothes look so good! Her acting blows me away but her off duty outfits as well as her red carpet looks are a few of the reasons she has been a style inspiration to me.

Trend Spotter Summer Series

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Houston Style Magazine hosts The Trend Spotter summer event series
with Macy’s Sage Galleria Houston

Houston (Thursday, April 25, 2013) – The Trend Spotter summer event series is a platform for Houston Style Magazine and Macy’s Sage to provide an awesome set of events to our city’s bustling demographic of young adults looking for the next cool thing around town. Expect a unique fashion industry experience jam packed with light snacks/drinks, good music, networking, styling tips and an opportunity to support local community initiatives and organizations. Our first date highlights the nonprofit, Team Gini. Team Gini provides engagement with the youth in creative ways (remixes of popular songs rewritten with positive messages, theatrical performances, community support by hosting donation drives for other organizations) to help participants discover their purpose through “edutainment” (educational entertainment).

Dates: May 21, June 25, July 23, August 27
Time: 6:00-8:30pm
Location: Macy’s Sage, 2727 Sage Rd, Houston, TX 77056
Number: (713) 968-1985

The Trend Spotter Host Committee is a diverse group of progressive individuals, organizations and companies pioneering their way to success in their respective fields here in Houston. Keagan Noelle Stylist, Feyi Omodele Stylist, Jon “Cabby” Caballero The Class Room Men’s Boutique, Phillip Adesulu JPR Styling, The Houston Fashion Bloggers, Zoe Jackson-Jarra Stylist, Chigozie Anaele Designer Kachi Designs, DJ Fanci, Ahrif Sarmui Writer/Contributor Huffington Post, Chris Huston R&B/Pop artist, SoutherNewyorker Kavachi, Chris Manfredi Futurist & CEO Connect Strategies, Brittany Sweetnam Stylist, Southern Gents’, Shalanda Turner Live Life in Style Blog, Marquis Trill MC/YouTube Personality, Nadia Palacios Lauterbach & Gabriella Aliberti Mon Venin.

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The Groves







A Fashion Fiend: Dress- Rebecca Taylor, Shoes- Guess, Necklace- Forever 21, Bracelet- (Not To) Worry Beads, Makeup- MAC
Jadapa: Top and Shorts- Forever 21, Shoes- Jessica Simpson, Makeup and Hair- Dolce Salon and Spa

Spring Break was wonderful as usual in Arizona!!! The weather was warm, the sun was shining, and the orange blossoms were in full bloom. One of Jadapa’s friends is a local photographer and offered an impromptu shoot one day while I was in town. We journeyed over to The Groves in Mesa, where acres of orange trees reminded us of our frequent trips to the area while growing up. The weather was perfect and the trees provided the perfect backdrop for the pictures. Thank you to Monica Johnson Photography!

Versatile Blogger Award


Missed you all! So much has been going on behind the scenes, and so much exciting news!! Thank you to Vera, creator of the blog Avec Veritas, a blog about Vera’s beauty advice that documents the marvelous places she travels to; we have been nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award!! Thanks to this honor, A Fashion Fiend has been contacted by and collaborating with many different brands and gaining tons of followers in Houston! Lots coming up so stay tuned!

The rules, so that I can officially be called a Versatile Blogger:

  • Thank the person who gave you this award.
  • Include a link to their blog.
  • Select 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly.
  • Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award.
  • Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.

My nominations for their Versatile Blogger Award are:

* Kenya L Fashion Blog

* Just kink in it

* Neo Soul Sistahs

* Cristina Martinez

* Fashion and a Fellow

* Style for Breakfast

* The Fashion Reign

* Sylvie’s Fashion Secrets

* Wear and Paperback

* The Do not Enter Diaries

* Beauty and the Booty

* Beaus and Bows

* The Black Cape

* Petite Daughter

* Inside the Mind of a Ghetto Genius


1. We have 3 completely different styles.

2. A Fashion Fiend is 6 inches taller than Jadapa and Mootz Mouth (same parents!).

3. Mootz Mouth loves animals and has 4 dogs and 2 cats (it’s ridiculous).

4. We have an older brother and 3 younger siblings (big family).

5. “I didn’t choose thug life. Thug life chose me.” – A Fashion Fiend

6. We’ve been called the three witches, on more than one occasion…

7. We love, love, love our grandparents!

w/ Grandmom

Thank you again, Vera, for nominating A Fashion Fiend. It’s an honor and we are so very grateful.