Halloween is that one day a year where you can get eat as much candy you want and take fashion to another level.
Okay, Ms. Charm’s recent history of Halloween costumes have been pretty basic, lackluster . . . a FBI agent, a wannabe WWE Diva and the list goes on.
This year, I want to put a little more effort into my costume with the help of a few amazing people aka my readers!
From now until October 8, you will vote for what Ms. Charm should be this Halloween. VOTE BELOW!
DONYALE LUNA – FIRST BLACK MODEL TO APPEAR ON VOGUE
ASA (Shahs of Sunset)
AUBREY O’DAY (Dumblonde)
Be sure to check out my IG and my Facebook Page for updates on my Halloween journey: from shopping for the costume, to figuring out hair and make-up and well to figuring out what Halloween event I should attend.
This post was originally published in May. It is the first installment of “Looking Back Series 2015”. Since publishing this article, Caprece Jackson Garrett’s event raised $5,000 to help rebuild For Rent Shoes, Entropy Ink & Boutique and Flawless Damsels. All businesses are open once again.
On Monday, April 27, the city that I was raised in became national news. I understood the anger and through it all I could not help to think that I need to do something.
I felt compelled to write this post to share ways you can give back to Baltimore in fashionable ways.
“We would like to thank everyone for all their phone calls, emails, comments, DMs, and posts for uplifting and rebuilding of this business. We are in awe with all the love we have received since the incident. We are not discouraged and are remaining positive. We have faith and hope that we can reopen bigger and better than what we were before. We plan to remain on Monument street and plan to take everything one day at a time to rebuild a better business for our supporters. Keep my business and all the other in your prayers that were affected during the riots and please continue to pray for Baltimore and the Freddie gray family. Some of the supporters of the store started a GoFundMe account to help with the rebuilding of the business. Any amount of donations is greatly appreciated.”
Jordan Matthews, local Baltimore designer, is raffling off a Custom Jersey Jacket in order to raise funds to rebuild Entropy Boutique. The raffle is $5 and the winner will be announced on May 5th!
a benefit for the American Breast Cancer Foundation in partnership with the Johns Hopkins Breast Center
returns on October 26!
The purpose of this event is to highlight the importance of early detection in breast cancer survivability and to raise funds to help cover the costs of breast cancer screenings and testing for uninsured people regardless of age, race and gender. The models on the runway will include breast cancer survivors from Johns Hopkins Bayview Breast Center, local celebrities, Baltimore City police officers/ firefighters, news anchors and professional models.
3rd Annual Fashion Saves Lives Charity Gala
Date: Monday October 26, 2016
Time: 7PM – 10PM
Location: The Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. 1212 Cathedral St, Baltimore
More information about how to purchase tickets will be coming soon!
There is more to Tracey Beale than being a social media force behind one of Charm City’s popular shopping event, Boulevard of Chic (BOC). By day, she is figuring out social media marketing strategies for the BOC brand. By night and weekend, she is committed to something she can’t even shake if she could.
“It’s funny I never really decided to pursue jewelry,” Beale said. I feel like it found me and I’ve never been able to shake it. It’s kind of like a man meeting the love of his life and no matter how many times she turns him down he continues to pursue her, until she says yes. That’s the connection I have with jewelry. It feels like it constantly pursues me. In art school I learned about the cultural and historical significance of jewelry and that fascinated me but, it wasn’t until years later that I made my first piece. Even then I thought it was just a one time thing.”
Beale has been married to metal and jewelry making for more than 15 years. Her brand is simply called Tracey Beale Jewelry was started when she had the task of creating a custom birthday gift for a coworker.
“It was a long, beaded necklace with a large, gemstone pendant that I’d wrapped in silver wire,” Beale said. She loved it and so did everyone else. Next thing you know I’m making custom necklaces. Even though people were buying jewelry from me I didn’t consider it a business or a jewelry line. It was just something I did. That was over 15 years ago. Throughout the years my style has evolved into mostly metalwork. One thing that hasn’t changed is my unconventional approach to design and construction. I like to try new things and I embrace ‘mistakes’.”
The Twisted ring, Effected bangs and most of the leaf style earrings have become some of her favorite pieces to make. As the
fall fashion season is quickly approaching, Beale wants to explore new techniques and methods for producing her work.
“I think artists are some of the most courageous, and craziest people in the world,” Beale said. I’m proud to be member of the tribe.”
A dreamer, a rebel and a visionary fascinated by shapes and colors. Her interests were developed in art classes through sketching and sculpting. However, there was something about playing Barbie doll with her best friend and upstair neighbor, Lisa that sparked a fashion designer spirit.
“She always had the latest doll, doll house, doll clothes and accessories,” Evette Monique said. I didn’t have as much as she did being raised in a middle class blue collar house hold so it was always a treat and privilege to play Barbie with her. One day I was watching the Oscars with my mom and I was amazed at all the wonderful colors and textures the actresses wore on the red carpet. I wanted to own all of those gowns.”
A few months later, Evette Monique was visiting her Great Aunt Velma, a seamstress. Her place was like a small downtown dress shop with customer ordered lined up and ready to go.
“I remember having my Barbie with me and asked me about her,” Monique said. I said that I love playing dress up with her but I didn’t have a lot of clothes for her. Aunt Velma smiled and said “Hunny you know the women of this family always make a way out of no way.” Then she handed me a few scraps of fabric and said, you can make what ever you want Barbie to wear out of this. From that point on I knew I wanted to design beautiful garments for everyone.”
Evette Monique is a sought after fashion designer known for her unconventional designs and Baltimore dressing women that mold our fashion scene, Caprece Jackson Garrett. But, her first piece of clothing went through a trail and error process.
Caprece in a corset made by Evette Monique.
“The first item I made was a bustier it was horribly constructed, one cup size was smaller than other and the fit was all wrong,” Monique said. There was even a part of the garment that I used hot glue. I eventually step by step how to properly create clothes. One week I would just study looking at patterns and how to piece them together. Another week studied different fabrics. Then I practice sewing simple garments and gradually moving on to more complex pieces.”
Some of Evette Monique’s favorite garments she has designed so far includes a lace wedding gown, a red jersey dress with a plunging neckline and a sculpted mesh corset. When she isn’t designing her next masterpiece, she is a mother to two daughters. Currently, she is working on new pieces for Fall 2015.
“What inspired me to pursue fashion design is that fashion tells a story about an era of life,” Monique said. It paints a paints a picture of what people are going through at that decade. The 30’s was the prohabition era which the Flapper dress was born. The 70’s had disco were Bell bottoms were all the rage. Fashion can invoke a feeling for instance if you put on a frilly skirt you would probably feel flirty and fun. If you put on a suit then you would probably feel like a CEO of a major company. To be able to create something that can make someone feel happy or important is what motivates me to pursue.”