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During my undergraduate studies at Kent State University in Art History a focus was Latin American art. Of course drawn to the bright colors and fancy wardrobes the artistic pair Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera were amongst my favorites. While none lived during my lifetime their legacy did and through museums and film live on for the coming generations.

I was excited to see that Diego Rivera’s collection of Frida’s clothing that he locked up is finally being released to a museum for display. Sadly, this museum is in Mexico City but I hope sometime the garments may go on “tour” and include the USA. Frida’s clothing are truly a splendor of color and design whether in feminine or masculine form.

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Viva, road trip to Mexico City! (I wish…I’ll have to wait for it to get across the border)

More details visit the Messy Nessy Chic blog!

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One thing that you don’t put a lot of thought in till possibly either your purse drops to the ground, is crushed or has food dropped on it is where to hang it in a restaurant.  Well, why not hang it off the bottom of the table from your purse hanger?  At first I thought these hooks of metal were kind of funny till I found myself utilizing them when I go out for those very reasons I listed!

While you can truly find them in any store including Macy’s or even Target; I like to support local artists that I can find at crafts show or on Etsy.

Here’s some of my favorite hangers/hookers found locally:


Art Glass Fusion – Kent – $15


Silverhooks – Columbus – $12.99

There are many styles and they easily it into a purse and no bigger the size of a half-dollar folded up, like the lower image!

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Summer will be around the corner before we know it and while we are done shoveling snow for the year many of us are sprucing ourselves up for warm weather including haircuts, tanning, body toning and much more.

Here are some favorite haircuts from OhioFashionista.com followers:

Straight & Curly Versatility – Marhya (Akron)

Brilliant Red – Devon Anderson (North Canton)

These fashionistas look great in their new looks!  If you have a favorite look post a comment or drop us an email!

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Graduation is around the corner and Kent State’s Fashion students are geared up and the show is this weekend!  Did you get your tickets yet?  For ticket information or to purchase your ticket visit here a website provided by the school.

Writer Stacey Thomas (Blog:  Goodwill Huntingg) has provided a lot of details to The Examiner which can be found here on The Examiner website.  Hope to see you there!

Here’s some pictures from Kent State University from last years collections:

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While the country still mourns the death of Elizabeth Taylor I think that truly enough time has gone by of seeing the classic ET photos.  What about all the photos from the past 20 or so years?  At least my age group any pictures we seen it was truly like watching a slow train wreck of what was once considered a fashion goddess.  During the week here’s some pictures and a blog I came across that many of us may remember her for:

From Vinnie Rattolle’s Blog

A few random images I found on the World Stars Hollywood blog…

Love the dog!

And because we just want to preserve “eternal beauty” forever she dipped herself into some gold leafing for a photo opportunity with Michael Jackson.

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Looking for some fashion advice for your prom fashions this year? Join local designer Lisa Malanij for a talk on this years fashions.  This is the first of a 3 part series to be held at the library.  I think this is a great opportunity for students to have a fun ‘hands-on” fashion lesson from one of the top local designers.

Details from the press release on Cleveland.com:

Fashion designer Lisa Milanij will present “Upcycled Prom” at 2 p.m. March 26 at the West Park Branch of the Cleveland Public Library, 3805 W. 157th St., in Cleveland’s West Park neighborhood.

Milanij will discuss historical prom trends. She will show teens how to personalize new or gently used prom dresses.

This is the first of three free programs on proms.
Part 2, at 2 p.m. April 9, will show participants how to make accessories for the prom and part 3, at 2 p.m. May 7, will feature teens modeling their creations.

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Where were these great deals when I was back in high school and prom dress hunting?  Granted it wasn’t that long ago that I too was looking for my prom or just any old high school dance dress but definitely didn’t know of these great promotions to help offset the cost of fairly expensive single-use dresses.

This is information from the Cleveland area so I recommend contacting your local department store even if mentioned here to see if they are participating.  If you know of a store in your area not mentioned here – comment and let us know!

From Cleveland.com…one of my favorite local publications that has a great ‘fashion’ department!

• Take your gown to any J.C. Penney location through Saturday, April 2, and receive a 20-percent-off coupon to use on a regular or sale-priced prom dress. Donated dresses will go to local after-school charities and be shared with girls in the community.  *call your local J.C. Penney if not in the Cleveland area

• Lakewood Public Library will have dresses and accessories available for free from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 25 and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 26 at the library’s main branch, 15425 Detroit Ave. To donate an item, call 216-226-8275, ext. 140.  *What a great opportunity if you have a dress laying around bring it in and swap it for something new – help others enjoy prom too!

• My Fairy Godmother accepts gowns, shoes, jewelry and handbags that are less than 5 years old and in excellent condition. Drop off at the Perfect Bride (19126 Old Detroit Road, Rocky River, 440-331-5113) or call Wendy Jones at 216-355-9710 to schedule an appointment at My Fairy Godmother in North Randall (4652 Warrensville Center Road, Suite 2, upstairs). The store is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays through prom season and sells new/gently worn formal gowns and accessories at a reduced price to low-income girls and their families. It will have a special sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 2, with dresses for $25 and shoes for $5.

Contact your local consignment shop as there are many great deals locally and sometimes even charity events that may be in the local paper.  And have fun, prom prep is a great time!

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Make up ideas…I love search youtube for fun looks and tutorials!

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What a whirlwind weekend it was had a lot of fun being around peddling “wears” (literally) with my mom this weekend at a local show.  While we didn’t rake in millions it’s a lot of networking that really pays off in the end; alpaca products are something that takes a lot of education for a customer to truly understand the benefit of in the long run.

BUT in other big news I’ll be NYC for Fashion Week in a few weeks!  I’m excited, as it’s part birthday treat and part for school being at the Academy of Art runway show and classes.  I truly view New York City as the Mecca for those of us in fashion, while I probably would truly say that about any of the big four (Milan, Paris, London, New York) it’s a the least the closest.  I’m very excited to go and research new ideas and share them with other Ohio fashionistas.

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I’ll be honest I love finding fun pics of Marc Jacobs that I just had to share.  Bringing charisma to the fashion world, he is quite a character and always brings his own unique sense of style and personality to everything he does.

Here’s a fun picture of Marc Jacobs, in drag on the latest Industrie cover.

Enjoy!

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