From Dream Duo to Nominated Duo: Charm City Top Knots

1 Oct


Looking Back Series 2014

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When it comes to award season within the Baltimore fashion scene, Fashion Awards MD is our Oscars. Talented fashion talent from the DMV area put on their best garments and gather to celebrate the evolution of  Maryland fashion. In the large crowd of FAMD attendees, there were two friends day dreaming about seeing their art on stage, working with models backstage and hoping to be nominated some day.


“We went last year to the Fashion Awards MD for the first time,” Aubrey Schneider said. We were like next year we going to work the show and be nominated. Those words came out of our mouths. And, we are accomplishing our goals. Even if we don’t win, it’s just exciting to have that honor.”


The duo of Aubrey Schneider and Molly Mummert will forever be known as Fashion Awards MD nominated artists because they earned a spot on FAMD Emerge ballot…

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A Sassy Sewer Building A Fashion Empire: Yetunde Sarumi

24 Sep

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While growing up, Yetunde Sarumi watched her mother embark on a sewing journey. She even learned how to hand sew at age 8. Her first clothing product was creating skirt that was literally sewn by hand, without a sewing machine. Unfortunately, her sewing passion slowly dissolved over the years. Well, until a fashion mishap in 2011.
“It actually started when I gave a tailor some fabric and my design idea to sew, but I ended up receiving a dress that looks nothing like I designed,” Yetunde Sarumi said. Being disappointed, I decide that I needed to learn how to sew so that I can bring my ideas to live exactly the way I pictured it.”
Sarumi sewing comeback involved searching for the perfect sewing school.Her research lead her to a website called After submitting an email, the website sent her information about Baltimore’s own sewing school, The Sassy…

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A Charm City Fashion Pioneer Always in Progress: Monster Lou

17 Sep

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Back in September 2007, two friends, Pam Haner and April Camlin teamed up to put on the first ever Baltimore Fashion Week. One of the rising stars of this historic fashion week happened to be a 23 year old, Lindsay Michael of Monster Lou. She debuted her design point of view at their Ready to Wear showcase at Red Maple.

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Since joining the ranks of Charm City fashion pioneers, Monster Lou has remained a timeless brand in Baltimore. Michael continues to create Harajuku fashion kids inspired clothing in her house studio packed with fabric, patterns and two sewing machines.

Monster Lou to me, is like a 50’s diner in Tokyo and The Cramps are playing,” Michael said. First word that comes to mind of a girl that wears Monster Lou is fun. I usually get the feeling that most girls that buy my clothes probably have a lot of…

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Ms. Charm’s Chic + Side Dish Mobile “End of Summer” Giveaway

14 Sep

OMG, Ms. Charm’s Chic has teamed up with Side Dish Mobile to bring you the . . .



What you could win?

A Side Dish purse, earrings and a headband!

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How do you enter to win?

Guess what! There are two ways to enter! 

FACEBOOK  (Must like Ms. Charm’s Chic and Side Dish Mobile Facebook Pages)

Leave a comment on the Facebook post featuring the graphic below telling me: why your summer 2014 was the best yet?  Use hashtag #mccsdgiveaway.



OR, INSTAGRAM  (Must follow Ms. Charm’s Chic @mscharmschic and Side Dish @sidedish_mobile on Instagram)

Share one of the three giveaway graphics below on Instagram and leave a comment telling me: why your summer 2014 was the best yet?  Be sure to @mscharmschic and @sidedish_mobile  and use hashtag #mccsdgiveaway when leaving comments for Instagram entry. 


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 The giveaway will start on Sept. 14 and end on Sept 26.


Good luck everyone! And a special thanks to Side Dish for making this giveaway possible.

XO Ms. Charm


P.S.  Here’s the small print about the giveaway… You must like Ms. Charm’s Chic and Side Dish on Facebook. You must follow @mscharmchic and @sidedish_mobile. This contest is open to US residents. Winners will be contacted via message on Facebook or by email. If our team does not hear back within 24 hours, a new winner will be selected in your place. Limit one comment per entry. Multiple comment entries will not be considered.

Looking Back Series 2014 Introduction

10 Sep


“Looking Back Series 2014″ will start next week and last until November 19, Ms. Charm will be re-featuring some of the best stories of the year.



Besides that, Ms. Charm needs the next three months to prep for some amazing things for 2015! Hello, Ms. Charm’s Chic turns 5 in February 2015.

Also, look out for a very special surprise for all my chic readers next week!!!!

MICA Fashion Star Spotlight: Christy Chong

3 Sep

It has been a tradition since 2010 for Ms. Charm to share the story of recent MICA, Maryland Institute College of Art, graduate. Some alumni featured on Ms. Charm’s Chic include: Erin Sudeck, Jordan Matthews, and Skylar Wilson to name a few. 

This year, I picked Christy Chong.

“I came into school with the intentions of pursuing fine art, drawing and painting in particular, but I was also really interested in exploring fibers, textiles, and garment design,” Chong said. I decided to major in General Fine Arts. It gave me the freedom to explore all of these areas of interest. During these past four years, I have been trying to find a way to combine all of my interests together.”


At MICA’s UNMARKED: 21st Annual Benefit Fashion Show, Chong showcased her a collection that mixed fiber, painting, drawing materials and techniques to create garments with a fine art touch. However, her fondest memory of show was familiar yet entertaining.

“I remember all of my friends and I eating all sorts of burritos, sandwiches, and chips while doing our hair and make up right before the show,” Chong said. They were supposed to model but were stuffing their faces right before we got on stage. It was really funny. The food was really good, and we were all bloated afterwards.”


What are your top three favorite wearable art designs you have made so far? Why?

  • This piece below is one of my favorites from my collection during my junior year. The garment was inspired by the patterns of traditional Korean architecture that I had seen while I went abroad during Fall semester of 2012. I worked on this piece all throughout my spring break when I returned to the US and was so sad that I couldn’t do anything else, but the time spent was worth it because I loved the way that it turned out! I really like the colors and silhouette and remember all the time and energy that I spent on it because I colored everything in with markers, so I guess that is why I’m so attached to it!


  • I also like this piece below from my most recent collection. It was the ending piece to my “More than Mundane” line because it depicts what I want my future everyday to look like. Although putting the image around the womb area was not intentional at first, it now kind of symbolizes a birth of a new dream for for me.

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Raw Baltimore: AXIS on Oct. 2

3 Sep

On Thursday, October 2, next Raw Baltimore event is AXIS, taking place at Creative Alliance located at 3134 Eastern Ave., Baltimore, Maryland from 8 p.m. to midnight.  


 We are nearing the end of our third season, and you will definitely not want to miss this one!

We have exciting new talent as well as some familiar faces from our first and second seasons!

With Hostess Christine DeCarlo and DJ James Nasty!

We are also thrilled to welcome back Gogo’s Retread Threads vintage clothing bus, which will be parked right out front and open during the showcase!

This Event is 18+ to attend
Cocktail attire/dress to impress
Tickets are NOW available online 15.00 in advance,
20.00 (cash only) at the door!

The Creative Alliance
3134 Eastern Avenue

Scope out some of our Featured Artists!

Visual Artists:
Rayford Wofford
Ann Lyneah Curtis
Theodora Payne
Paige Orpin
Kc Cowan
Cynthia A. Protzman
Roger Walkup
Livia Caterina Fiorio
Kirstie Stachowski
jerome chester
Amelia Ariella Letaw Levin

Queen Teirra
Jennifer White-Torres
Tim Prendergast
Atondra Hall

Marlee in the Mixx

Makeup Artist:
Giselle Melrose

Hair Designers:
Charm City Top Knots

Fashion Designers:
Charm Performance
Saint Bastard
Verron Cromartie
Heady Thready
Nikkuu Design
Aurora Clothiers by Allen Gale
Diamonds by Sonja

For more details and to buy tickets, please click here.


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