The Tale of a True Fashion Hustle: Andrea Tomlin of MimiDre

16 Nov


Looking Back Series 2014

Originally posted on Ms. Charm's Chic:

Remember the days when Artscape embraced fashion with their annual runway shows and fashion design competitions. In 2010, Artscape presented the “Sew Your Inner Green” contest where participants had to make garments using at least 75 percent of non-traditional materials. One of the top five finalist happened to be Andrea Tomlin, who was fresh out of fashion school.


“[The dress] was made with fabrics from IKEA,” Tomlin said. My aesthestic hasn’t changed too much since then actually. If you look at that collection and what I do now, you see some of the same silhouettes. The greatest difference will be in the styling with the addition of the t-shirts. The looks are a lot more funky now.”

Combing her passion for graphic design as well as fashion, the MimiDre clothing line consists of T-shirts with a street edge and one of kind garments sewn in her studio. Each new piece that…

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Musically Chic: Robert McFreshington of FREEState Workshop

9 Nov


Looking Back Series 2014

Originally posted on Ms. Charm's Chic:

When I have the time to enjoy live music (of course, I had more time to do this during my college years), I am always on the search for the next group of musicians to feature for my annual “Musically Chic” series.  I admit I have been wanting to feature Robert McFreshington and his crew that makes up FREEstate Workshop for a few years now. 


FINALLY . .. the interview is here with a man some call Fresh or Fresh Competition! The British born EMCee began his journey with the Maryland music scene back in 2006. It was in October 2009 that he established FREEstate Workshop, an audio, video production, promotion and clothing line company all wrapped into one.  Just this year, FREEstate broke one million views on Youtube. Besides being the mastermind behind a company that supports local music, he’s gets killer style points in my book. 



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2 Nov

On Thursday, December 4, last Raw Baltimore event of 2014, HOLIDAY RAWK  , taking place at Creative Alliance located at 3134 Eastern Ave., Baltimore, Maryland from 8 p.m. to midnight.  




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


Musically Chic: Josephine Olivia of Blacksage

2 Nov


Looking Back Series 2014

Originally posted on Ms. Charm's Chic:

Who is Josephine Olivia?

She is a musician that performs Baltimore and in Annapolis in two major bands including Blacksage. Her original tunes are often described as creepy sexy lullaby jams from Baltimore. Peep her debut EP “Sixtape”. 


What do you remember about your first live performance as a solo artist?

“I used to play music down by the docks in Annapolis Md with friends, but that was some years ago,” Olivia said.  I stopped playing for a couple years and about last year picked it up again but with more drive than before. I played my first show back at Two Boots in Baltimore- totally acoustic- I was mortified. My nerves are still pretty bad even though I play pretty frequently.

I remember thinking that I had 30 minutes to an hour worth of material, but by the time I actually got there and started playing, I realistically only had about 15…

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Ms. Charm’s Chic Exclusive: Private Jewelry Showing with Freda Mohr

26 Oct

A few weeks ago, I received an email from Freda Mohr inviting me to a private showing for her jewelry line. Of course, I was extremely excited! We had been Instagram BFFs for a while and I have always been a big fan of her unique take on jewelry.



For some reason when I woke up yesterday, I felt like dressing up as a socialite. So, I grabbed my most animal printed dress and threw a crazy good black not fur coat on. And, I was on my way to Freda Mohr’s lovely home.



When I arrived, I found a parking space in no time (I love when you don’t have to pay for parking!). I walked up to her house and Freda opened the door with a big smile. Also, Freda looked highly fabulous with a printed dress on matched with a one-of-kind necklace handmade by herself and finished off with purple stockings and cute grayish boots.



The moment I met her I knew that we were totally destined to be friends.

After a warm welcoming, Freda showed me to her beautifully lighted showcase of her jewelry. The thing I love about Freda’s jewelry is it is something I do not see everyday. Each piece is stunning and threaded by hand. It’s a new take on the idea of tradition knitting and crochet being transformed into a wearable accessory.

For hours, Freda and I talked about rules of dating, public transportation tales, Baltimore Fashion Alliance fashion show and so much more while slipping on wine and eating cheese with crackers. Even one of her endearing cats took a liking to me and had a quick nap on my lap.

Before I left this inspiring private jewelry trunk show, I had to buy something.

You can’t be a Baltimore fashion blogger and not shop local or support fashion artists. DUH!

 I re-visit her jewelry and I could not keep my eyes off this crochet lace motif pendent wrapped in a gold chain.  I am happy to say it has a home in my wardrobe now.


Holiday season is here! I believe someone in your life deserves an unique, personalized gift.

I invite you to visit Freda’s shop:

Become a fan of her jewelry here:

The fabulous Freda Mohr

The fabulous Freda Mohr


“Buying a handmade piece is a statement that you care about a person’s livelihood. Which is beautiful, and transcends fashion trends.” -Freda Mohr

A Designer’s Dream Come True: The Moon Life Clothing

26 Oct


Looking Back Series 2014

Originally posted on Ms. Charm's Chic:

Nate Gonzalez always had a dream to start his very own clothing company. In high school, he teamed up with a few of his skateboarding buddies to create designs for a line inspired by skateboarding companies and punk rock. While at Towson University, Gonzalez spent most of his time working on projects for classes and working full time outside of school. Therefore, his clothing company endeavor went on the back burner for a little bit. It took one class to put him back on track.


“The idea of The Moon Life [clothing line] came in a summer digital design class I was taking when we needed to make a catalog and poster design advertising something,“ Gonzalez said. Two years later, once I graduated, I drove across the country, came back and knew it was time to do it, for real. The first piece of clothing I designed for the brand…

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Ms. Charm’s Chic Throwback Edition: What I Would Bring Back From The 90s?

19 Oct

Not being typical has been a part of my DNA since the moment I was born. My motto of not fitting in was evident during my “elementary chapters” also known as 1990s.

Like most children, I enjoyed watching my favorite cartoons like Rugrats. On the other hand, I could not miss an episode of my fave fashion TV shows that included Fashion Files, House of Style and any opportunity I could see Joan Rivers commentary on the red carpet.


Yep, that’s me around 4 years old. Totally having a “Clueless” moment before the movie came out in ’95.

The latest 90s trends were showcased by top Supermodels like Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss, Tyra Banks, Linda Evangelista and the list goes on.


Source: Pinterest


I watched how the 1990s fashion scene went from embracing preppy chic to hip hop streetwear to dark grunge days to every trend in between.

So, what would I bring back from 90s?

Sweater Swag.


Before you go “Huh, are you on some crazy juice?, let me explain why this phenomenon needs a comeback.

What's the Dillo with Sweater Swag? Zach from Saved by the Bell Source: Rebloggy

What’s the Dillo with Sweater Swag?
Zach from Saved by the Bell
Source: Rebloggy


In 2014, the following statement is consistently associated with sweaters:

“Almost that time of year to find the most gross vintage sweater for the Ugly Sweater party this year”


Back in the day, the sweater was about making a statement no matter how eccentric it looked or how un-functional it appeared.

It’s the one piece of clothing that transcend through all fashion trend groups of the 90s. Bill Cosby, the 90s sweater trendsetter, introduced sweater swag. His sweater wardrobe consist of geometric zig zag designs, bold visual scenes embedded in knits, and thousands of patterns as well as countless colors on one sweater.

Source: Collector's Weekly

Source: Collector’s Weekly



Source: Dr. Jays Live Blog

Source: Dr. Jays Live Blog

The Coogi sweater become a garment of status in the hip hop community thanks to legendary rapper, Notorious B.I.G. and other rappers in the 90s.  In the preppy world, the movie “Clueless” brought the fuzzy cropped sweater and cropped sweaters in general into the fashion scene forefront.

Source: Pinterest

Source: Pinterest

Even, Kurt Cobain could be seen in worn out, hole striped sweaters conveying the grunge lifestyle. Fresh Prince of Bel Air’s Carlton made tying sweaters around your neck popular. Blossom’s Joey made tying sweater around your waist cool.

Source: johndeboercustom blog

Source: johndeboercustom blog


Now, my 90s sweater fashions were of course, handpicked from my mom. Call me a weird child. The best part of back to school clothes shopping was finding my new signature knit for the year.

Yep, I'm in the middle. Rocking a sweater vest with colorful buttons. So, The Bomb! Right?!

Yep, I’m in the middle. Rocking a sweater vest with colorful buttons. So, The Bomb! Right?!

My own 90s sweater swag.

My own 90s sweater swag.

I spent much of my childhood well, in sweaters. Even on an 80 degree spring day, I would be outside playing with my buttoned up sweater on. Hey, this was before I developed sweat glands so totally fine. Right?!

An elementary school class photo could not be complete without me sweater-expressing myself.


Look at all the 90s fashion trends in this one class picture.

Look at all the 90s fashion trends in this one class picture.

Let’s stop giving the knitted wonder a bad name with these ugly Xmas sweater parties. Once again, let us all embrace the sweater as the powerful feel good garment it is. And, Yadda Yadda Yadda.

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