Took my cowl neck sweater and turn it into my getting ready look.
Our "model mama" Candice, do all the last minute touch ups from hair curling to lip color, if you needed it, she had it for you<3
Thursday March 14, 2019 marked the first annual spring fashion show in Fayetteville called "Spring Into Fashion." My friend Anna, who is the sweet lady behind Dressedandblessed.com, and Jessica of Lallier Event Designs, banded together and made this special night come to life. They planned, gathered vendors, and donated all proceeds to Family Promise of Fayetteville. Family Promise is a company dedicated to ending family homelessness. They do wonderful work improving the lives of families that are struggling to help them achieve independence from poverty. I could not have been more please when I was asked to participate.
Numerous local boutiques came out and had their Spring fashion lines represented in the show including White Gold, Fabulous Finds, Off The Rack, High Cotton, Sami Anne, Epiphany Boutique, Pure Barre, and a few more! The range of style was from comfy conservative to sexy chic as each look was carefully curated by the shop owners for each model. I tried to include pictures of all of my looks, but I am only missing one, the Lily Pulitzer look from High Cotton I wore in the beginning of the show. After seeing what was brought to the show, it is apparent that I will be shopping around town at more boutiques because these shops brought out all of their cutest spring styles that pulled at my fashion loving heart strings. My favorite out of the runway lineup would have to be White Gold because of it's simple, flirty, whimsical vibe, it spoke to me the most and what I like to see myself in so I know I will be shopping there a lot!
When they asked me to be in the show I was a little nervous because I am absolutely a "plus size" model and am not really comfortable in pants at the moment (hence the many posts in skirts and dresses), and having to wear outfits not styled by me always gives me an uneasy feeling. I'm told by everyone around me that I have "my style" and there is no one else they know that has a wardrobe and pieces items together like me. So I was curious to find out what I would be wearing and who the other models were. It turned out that I knew a couple of the girls also modeling, and I met some beautiful new friends. When we got to talking some of the girls new people I knew and we bonded over our love for fashion, beauty, and well, just being girls! Backstage with these beautiful ladies was such a fun time and I loved every minute of it.
I know Anna and Jessica worked so hard on putting this event together and I feel like to say it was a success would be an understatement because, number one it sold out two days before the show (SO AWESOME), two I don't know of anyone that did not thoroughly enjoy themselves, and three I discovered so many local boutiques and vendors I never heard of, which other than donating proceeds to Family Promise, advertising for these locally owned shops was another major success of the evening. It was such a great place to come and mingle with local business owners, find out more about their shops or services, and shop their product. I picked up so many cards I could start a scrapbook with them all!
Fashion has always held a special place in my heart and I love finding women who share that same passion. I was so happy to have my grandmother in the audience watching because as I have grown up, she has always been my shopping partner and fellow fashionista. She knows what looks good and appreciates great style and has my "Nicki" style all my life. From mall modeling when I was little to Putt Putt Golf commercials when I was in middle school (yeah bet you didn't know that about me :D), she's always been there cheering me on and I love her so much for that.
That night was a huge building full of women sharing that same love and excitement for one thing. and I could feel that. As I had women after women pull me aside after the show to tell me how wonderful it was, I truly felt like Anna and Jess had done something great there. There are many people who don't feel the same about fashion, but for me, fashion is my artistic expression which is a major reason I said yes to being in the show. When it comes to fashion, curiosity could be it's own line for me, so I'm always anxious to see new designs or new places to shop.
I hope this is an event that continues annually in Fayetteville and only grows from here because it is the perfect night to grab your girls and go. See a great show, sip on something yummy, and shop some really unique styles from places all over Fayetteville and the surrounding area. If you made it to the show I hope I got to meet you, please leave me a comment below and let's keep in touch! If you did not make it this year, keep an eye out for next year's show and get your tickets early! Maybe I'll see you there. :)
My post-show look:
Shoes: Christian Siriano
Hair: Split Ends Salon | Jordan and Lauren
Makeup and Spray Tan: Sunshine Beauty and Bliss | Brittany