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HOW TO: Dress for Phoenix Fashion Week

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Fashion week is such an exciting time; mingling with bloggers and designers, seeing the latest trends, and the best excuse to debut your most fashion forward new clothes! Fashion shows are the perfect time to show the world your creative side, and to just have fun with the art of dressing up.

However, over dressing and under dressing are equally as bad. Stylist Candace Carter advises, “some people want to be extremely extravagant, but it is best to dress ‘in the middle.’” If you overdress, it might take away from the designer’s clothes and can be disrespectful.  If you under dress, you will give off the impression that you don’t care, also seeming rude.

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This is a time to wear something different from your everyday work and play clothes.  Wear that elegant dress you’ve been dying to show off. Keep it simple and then add a statement necklace or a flashy set of heels. Are you friends with a designer who is showing? Show your support and wear their brand! If you are coming to fashion week to network or represent your brand, dress a little more conservative and leave the sexy at home. If you are there to have fun and be with your friends, experiment and let your personality shine through the clothes.

Since Arizona is still rather warm this time of year, opt for weather appropriate, yet chic choices.  Open-heeled booties, silk button downs, and midi skirts are great choices.  A great way to ease into the fall season is to choose a warmer color palette when selecting outfits for the event.

Check out the pictures to help get your creative juices flowing. See you on the catwalk!

Article by Jennifer McCoy – Meshey for Phoenix Fashion Week

“The Resource For All Things Fashionable”

How To: Upside Down Braid Bun

This heat! We’re in Arizona, and it’s one of the most important factors in choosing our everyday styles. Wearing your hair completely down during the day is almost impossible without feeling a blanket over your neck, so most of us choose up-do’s during this time of the year. Best one that I’ve come across would be the upside down French Braid.

It’s quite easy to do, and it’s great for a casual day or even a fancy night event. If you know how to French Braid, this should be no problem for you, and if you’re new to French braids, that’s okay! I’ve come up with an easy step by step how-to for you!

Things that you’ll need:

  • A brush
  • Tiny elastic hair tie (matching your hair color)
  • Regular elastic hair tie
  • Bobby Pins
  • This look works best with hair that isn’t freshly washed, so 2nd or 3rd day hair work best


  1. Flip your head upside down and brush through from the nape of your neck to the end of your hair
  2.  Separate a section of your hair from the nape of your neck into 3 equal pieces

Now you can start French braiding!

  1. Take the left piece and pull it over the middle piece, so that the left piece is now the middle piece
  2.  Now, put the right piece over what is now the middle piece.
  3. Add in more hair to what is now the left piece
  4.  Put the left piece, plus the added hair over the middle piece, so that it is now the middle piece
  5. Do the same with the right side, and continue up to the crown of your head
  6. Once you’ve reached the crown of your head, gather the braid in the small elastic hair tie

The hard part is over, now you can make your bun! You can do a teased messy bun, or an elegant sock bun look to top off this upside down French Braid. Either looks work fine.

  1. Put remaining hair and the tail of the braid into the large elastic hair tie
  2. Wrap your hair into a bun, and bobby pin the loose ends down to your head.

Here are some photos of the steps I went through, and my finished product!


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Article by Tiffany Hopkins for Phoenix Fashion Week

“The Resource For All Things Fashionable”