A Charm City Fashion Pioneer Always in Progress: Monster Lou

17 Sep

Originally posted on Ms. Charm's Chic:

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.


Jordan Matthews Presents The #Werqroom

31 Aug

As you may already know, Ms. Charm has been covering MICA’s annual experimental fashion showcase since 2010. It is one of her fave events of any year. One of the fashion stars of the class of 2013 was indeed, Jordan Matthews


Ms. Charm's outfit for the Jordan Matthews' WERQROOM!

Ms. Charm’s outfit for the Jordan Matthews’ WERQROOM!

When I heard she would be putting on her own production aka The WERQ ROOM, I knew I wanted to be in the front row to view her latest creations.  I admit I arrived maybe a bit too early, however I ran into Valeska (I remember it like yesterday when I met her at the first MICA experimental fashion at North Ave. I thank her so much for allowing me to cover the event year after year). 

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The always fun, Valeska.


Before the show even began, the scene at Jordan Matthews event was so chic and fierce that I became a street style blogger and captured some stylish locals on camera. 

The definition of chic are these stylish ladies at the WERQROOM!

The definition of chic are these stylish ladies at the WERQROOM!


Peep these shoes!

Peep these shoes!

OMG! For Rent Shoes owner, Daniel. Shoe game is always on point!

OMG! For Rent Shoes owner, Daniel. Shoe game is always on point!


OMG! Giselle Melrose, make-up artist you should so know about! Just fab!

OMG! Giselle Melrose, make-up artist you should so know about! Just fab!

The show began with an introduction by the so dapper, Anthony McVigger. The fashionable crowd took our seats for the show. 


Oh, hello Anthony McVigger.

Oh, hello Anthony McVigger.


Crazy Good front row at the WERQROOM including Lana Rae, Giselle Melrose, Daniel of For Rent Shoes. :)

Crazy Good front row at the WERQROOM including Lana Rae, Giselle Melrose, Daniel of For Rent Shoes. :)

Peep a short video of Jordan Matthew’s THE WERQROOM collection below. 

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First runway look at the WERQROOM!


So proud of Jordan Matthews for putting on this show and I can’t wait to see what she does next. 


Bottle of Bread Connection : Becky Jane Sews

26 Aug

There is something about that red and white building on Fleet Street. The array of plants right outside on a bench with a mannequin always nicely dressed. When you walk inside, you can get lost in the visual art from local artists hanging on the wall. It’s a dream zone filled with vintage clothing, home furnishing and Baltimore based designer’s work. Say hello to Bottle of Bread.

It was around two months ago when I spotted a 50’s style floral printed dress in front of Bottle of Bread and I wondered who created this classic silhouette. Suddenly, I discovered Becky Jane Harrington’s “Becky Jane Sews What” site and I knew I had to find out more.

Photo by Molly Jean McCracken

Photo by Molly Jean McCracken

“Morissa [Rothman-Pierce] of Bottle of Bread is actually my old roommate in SF’s little sister, Judith designer of Rusty Cuts,” Harrington said. When Mo was opening the shop she asked me if I would be interested in selling, and of course I was. I started off giving her a few baby outfits and dresses and skirts.”

IMG_0370 When Ms. Harrington isn’t dropping off her latest designs to this trendy boutique, she works at a vintage shop called Venus on Half Shell in Fredrick, Maryland. Also, she does a lot of freelance, custom work, alterations, mending and even teaches sewing lessons.

When did you realize you wanted to venture into fashion design?

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