Coverage From My Two-Year Blogiversary Fashion Show and Celebration at Ashley Stewart


On Saturday, May 26, 2012, I held  my two-year blogiversary fashion show at plus-size retailer Ashley Stewart in Richmond, Virginia. Oh what a celebration it was too if I must say so. After weeks of doing fittings and countless hours of styling models, all of my hard work paid off. The theme of the show was called “Bella’s Blogger Fever for Summer” and I presented a fashion show with three scenes that included ‘Memorial Day Wear’, ‘Bella’s Night Out Wear’ and the last scene was called the ‘Color Blast Collection’. Ashley Stewart Store manager, Danielle Davis, brought this idea to my attention last month and after we brainstormed on it,  it was decided to celebrate my blogiversary at the same time as me styling their fashion show. It was a match made in heaven. I got to express my creative styling side through nine models and two hostesses. I put together about 25 outfits in total that included bold, bright-colors, curve hugging dresses and items that are in with the current trends. I purposely kept black out of my show, except for one bodycon dress, just to emphasize that plus-size ladies CAN wear vibrant hues and that they don’t have to hide behind basic black all the time. I must thank my models who came from as far as Virginia Beach to Maryland to be apart of this show. Many thanks to the make-up artist Manaya Latrice and Obadiah Augustin. Not only was it a fashion show but a party all in one. DJ Cash Money kept the crowd hype with a mixture of oldies but goodies, uptempo gospel and a little hip-hop all in one. He timed it just right so that when I was introduced at the end he was playing “Go Get It” by Mary Mary. (That is my theme song at the moment and it inspires me so much). My models even gave a line-dance after that to “Wobble-Wobble” which was the perfect finale. (Video to come soon).  But the show wouldn’t have been complete without my wonderful commentator, Derek Lett, who is also coincidentally an Ashley Stewart employee. He literally came through for me at the 11th hour when my original commentator became ill the morning of my show. Everything happens for a reason though because Derek personally knew the customers in the crowd,  he was passionate about his job and best of all, he sold the clothes right off of the models backs. I mean literally the lines were long and customers left with multiple bags that were full.  I had people calling me the next morning commending my commentator, the DJ and of course my styling of the show. I am literally on cloud nine right now. But enough talking, just take a look at the pics to see for yourself……………

Models Dutchess and Ciara , Dress $50

Model Shareema in the black one-shoulder body-con dress, Beaded Clutch and Bracelets all by Ashley Stewart

Model/MUA, Manaya, in the white pleated jumpsuit, $50, necklace and bracelets all by Ashley Stewart

Model, Shelby, in the Flyaway Pattern Dress, $59.50 by Ashley Stewart

The High Low Ruffle Hem Dresses, $49.50

Me thanking the crowd, with DJ Cash Money and Commentator, Derek Lett, after the show

Some of the models dancing to “Wobble Wobble” during the finale

Ashley Stewart Store Manager, Danielle

The cake was so beautiful that I almost didn’t want to eat it but it was soooooo good, yummm

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Professional Photography done by Jamie Patterson of A Hidden Exposure Photography

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