Monday, August 4, 2014

Alabama International Fashion Week: High concentrated, non-watered down, RAW talent

Happy Monday to ya!!

 I had the pleasure of covering Alabama International Fashion Week this weekend! It's the first year for the event and I would say the 1st of many! Below is what I wore....

Of Course it's thrifted! $2.99 find from a local thrift shop here! But the color alone screamed BUY MEEEE!!!  

I've been looking for dresses/skirts that have a split or a place where I can add one. This dress had both! The original split wasn't as high so I cut it a bit!

I added my chain belt (yes, I found it) and my new favorite, comfy shoes! I would have worn my leopard print but I wasn't sure how much walking/standing I'd actually be doing, so comfort won!

But enough about me! Let's get to the designers! There were five on Saturday night: 

I appreciated everyone's are on the runway, but there were a few that stood out to me! There lines included Vibrant, Original, Everyday wear pieces! I found myself screaming YASSSSSSSS! A good part of the night! So glad to be exposed to more of the talent pool that  Birmingham has to offer! There is nothing like High concentrated, non-watered down, RAW talent! I love!  Below are just a few of my favorite pieces! I'll definitely be inviting these designers to be apart of LIVE.LOVE.STRUT 2015.

@My_Designer_Life : Insta Handle
"Kaysia J. Designs", a diverse brand that caters to fashion lovers of Chic Couture to Dope Urban Wear!

@splashedbydkg: InstaHandle
 Splash'd By DKG is bold with the mission to create fashionable pieces that can be appreciated by consumers of all ages and both genders.
Camille- Anthony Swimwear 
Tailoring designs for the woman unencumbered by the archaic rules of modern fashion, Camille Anthony revolutionizes the term swimwear.

Now, seeing that I am a plus size blogger, the only thing that was missing to make the night complete, was PS fashion! Other than that, I enjoyed myself, and look forward to next year! I may even be the Designer to fill that void! =) #isupport! 

Have a great work week! 

Love you! 


Thursday, July 24, 2014

Thrifty Thursday: With Pain comes strength

Good Morning!!! Happy Thrifty Thursday!! 

I'm so glad I can see things for what they can be vs. what they are presently! Similar to how God views us! This dress was thrifted from a local thrift shop,Jimmie Hale Mission. I loved the print and the colors! I figured with a few touch ups, I'd be able to pull it off! I removed a sleeve, and was going to make it shorter... But I liked it long too!

I originally had planned to pair it with a gold chain belt and some cognac booties that I have! Well, I have no idea where the belt is at this time! So, this was option two! But I KNOW that Brown would have really set it off!! *Sigh* 



In conjunction with seeing Beyonce' we were celebrating, Natarra's Birthday! She got her 1st Tattoo... "With Pain comes Strength" We're all a little stronger wouldn't you say!

Happy Thursday! 


Love ya! 

E. Louise

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

OOTN: Werking at the Car wash...On the Run tour... NOLA

Let me just say that this concert was the most entertaining concert that I have EVER been too! I mean, I've seen Beyonce' and I've seen Jay-Z, but together... Man, I think it's just a testament to the power of marriage! If' it's coming to a city near you, GET THOSE tickets, you will not be disappointed. 

OOTN: DIY-Destroyed Denim, DIY- Lace Crop Top, Leopard print wedges- GoJane Sz-11

I challenged myself this weekend, and can appreciate my growth in style. There is always an extra feeling of power when you create it yourself. In browsing through different pictures, I was inspired when I saw some "car wash" destroyed jeans, a light bulb went off and I had to try that look. The first pair didn't fit right! Why didn't I try the jeans on before I did all the work, I do not know! (Give- away coming soon) 4 pairs of thrifted jeans later... We have a winner!

I knew I wanted a clean look because my jeans are the focal point. I always visioned a white top, but  was so busy sewing for others, that I forgot to find a shirt for myself! I had some scrap fabric from a dress a few weeks back and sewed this top together using another shirt as an outline...  

The shoes was a treat from, the site is becoming my new addiction! So far I've bought about 4 pairs and they all fit really good!! They have a pretty decent selection of size 11's! 


I had a blast this weekend! Today is my Monday, so my head is back in the sand! Have a great work week! 


Love ya! 

E. Louise

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Oriental feel.... Happy thrifty Thursday!!

Good Morning!! 

Happy Thursday Everyone!! I hope your week has been moving right along for you! 

Guess who's making time for the things that makes her really happy!! The constant struggle of an organized artist boiiii I tell ya! God Blesses order, so that will forever be the goal!

I love this dress, but the tag said 14... If you know me you know that has never stopped me before! I snatched it! It was a $3.00 buy from a local thrift shop here, the Foundry to be exact. It gave me an oriental feel...

Dress Thrifted
Shoes: Shoe Show 

I absolutely LOVE these booties and they were also on sale... $12.00! Yep, this entire look was less than $20.00!
I'm going on the run this weekend... With BEY and JAY! NOLA here we come!
Be on the look out for my DIY looks! I'm wearing nothing but creativity *Wink*


Luv E!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Mood: Neglectfull, But HAPPY Friday!!

Time Flies when you're having fun.... of living life! Happy Friday Guys!!

I have been so neglectful when it come to blogging! So many great things and opportunities have been coming my way in this season. I'm trying to remain balanced, and that means I don't have time for everything!

I did want to stop in today tho. This skirt is sooooo Blog worthy! I got a few quick pics in this morning before work! of Course its THRIFTED! So is the belt and the DIY blue jean vest. Shoes are from Rainbow, and was a $7.00 find!

Hopefully you'll following me on Facebook, InstaGram, and Twitter!! Handle: @ShapleyLouise, I'm much better at keeping those updated!

I hope Life has been treating you good!! Have a great Weekend!!

E. Louise


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