The Fashionista Meets A Power Ranger

What happens when you get a Power Ranger (yes, from the hit TV series) on the phone with a fashion blogger? The unexpected, of course. I had the chance to speak to Walter Jones whose character was Zack on the show. What I wanted to know: What is he up to now? What does he know about Milwaukee? And most importantly: Is he a Packer fan? Fashionista: How long were you a Power Ranger? Walter Jones: two years and a few episodes of the third season. I was the original black Power Ranger, known as Zack Taylor. F: At your time…

BVEN Boutique Closes Its Doors

Photo from BVEN Boutique. After more than 9 years of business, Saturday is the last day BVEN Boutique on Brady Street will be open. But from 10 a.m-7.:30 p.m. today, take advantage of an amazing sale. How amazing? Today, everything is $1.  BVEN Boutique will still be available on 6 online stores and trunk shows.  Why is BVEN Boutique closing? Owner Heidi Calaway explains that she has built up loyal client relationships that allow her to do a lot of business online and through trunk shows, so much that she’s at a point where she doesn’t have a need for…

Q&A with Actress Chuti Tiu

Photo by Michaela Ristaino of Ristaino Photography. I’m sure you’ve seen previews for the latest Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson movie, The Internship, but a fun little fact is that a Milwaukee native, Chuti Tiu (pronounced Judy) has a supporting role in the movie out this June. I was thrilled to get a hold of Chuti via phone to speak about her role, as well as give us a few tips.  Fashionista: Tell us about growing up in Milwaukee? Chuti Tiu: In retrospect, there were ups and downs as every child has. I feel lucky though to have grown  in West…

Alfred Dunner Fashion Show

Photo by Lyneé Ruiz. Boston Store is never short on fashionable events. Next Wednesday (May 1),  an Alfred Dunner fashion show will commence at two locations: one at Boston Store Southridge at 10:30 a.m. and one at Boston Store Mayfair at 2 p.m. Both take place in the Misses Sportswear Department hosted by Alfred Dunner fashion expert Rita Schoeller, who will update everyone on the latest spring trends, and then help you shop the looks after the show.  While you’re there, you can also register to win a $250 gift card. That could buy quite a few shoes. Alfred Dunner…

A Day with Good Housekeeping

I don’t often write about my own styling adventures but this was too fun not to share. Last summer I was signed with New York agency Artists by Timothy Priano as a hair and makeup artist. Signing with an agency can be really cool if you’re ready to work hard and travel. The agency setting gets you out of the salon and into studios doing hair and makeup for editorials, advertising, TV and more. While a lot of my work has been in Chicago, I recently started accepting work in New York.  This past week I was there working for…

Opening Day Fashion

Photo by Lynee Ruiz. While it’s pretty hard to stay chic at opening day while you’re dodging full cups of Miller and trampling over peanut shells, we kept our eyes peeled for the best looks in the crowd. The trend? The bolder, the crazier,  the better. And instead of fashion, the apparel du jour was closer to costumes – wacky, yes. But delightfully celebratory as well. Enjoy some of our favorite finds below.  Photo by John Grant.  These adorable ladies bopped around with antennas and Brewers t-shirts, sending quite the fashion mixed signals. Photo by John Grant.  We’ve had cheeseheads…

Finding the Perfect Size

Images by Tom Nardini. The first time I walked past the Me-Ality booth at Mayfair, I stood gawking at it with the rest of the crowd, wondering just what the machine was. It’s located right outside Swarovski and Coldwater Creek stores on the first level, and it looks a bit intimidating if you aren’t sure what it’s for. So, what is it? Its name stands for “Measured Reality,” and it’s a virtual fitting room. The machine takes thousands of body scans with radio waves lasting about 10 seconds, and tells you your exact size at participating retailers. The point? It…

Haute List Wrap-Up

All images by Lynee Ruiz.  Tickets were sold out days before the Art Institute’s first student fashion show, appropriately titled “The Haute List.” Held at the Art Museum on Saturday, I was pleasantly surprised to walk in and see fashion-lovers dressed formally, funky and free as locals expressed their love and support for the arts. I took great pleasure in witnessing a middle-aged professional woman in a ball gown give advice to an aspiring stylist in ripped stockings, and men in tuxedos graciously greeting men with shaved heads and tattoos. As ticket holders filtered in, bloggers, photographers and press snapped…

The Haute List

This Saturday, the Milwaukee Art Museum is hosting the Art Institute’s first student fashion s how that they’re calling “The Haute List”. The show begins at 8:30 p.m. and doors will open at 7:30 p.m. Art Institute students will be displaying their raw talent by creating one-of-a-kind fashions that will strut down the runway. A panel of five local fashion professionals will critique styling, design, detail and construction.  Local fashion influencers such as Bjorn Nasett (hair styling god and Fashion Farmboy blogger  along with Michael Damond (publisher of online Fashionable Mags) and blogger Corleen Heidgerken of Barely Practical will be among many at…

Winner’s Circle

Back in October, we decided to hold a fun community competition dubbed “The Style Games”. The rules were one model, one salon, one boutique and one photographer put their best feet forward in producing one amazing photograph depicting their skills. After nearly 8,000 votes, an Editor’s Choice win was handed out, as well as a People’s Choice. Want to know a little more about these style leaders? First up, Editors Choice! GG Collections Boutique and NNI Salon and Spa Photographer: Scott Detweiler. Model: Heather Stern. Hair & Makeup: Valbona Zejneli. How did this team come up with the winning look? Both…