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Ms. Charm Adventures: Wear It Out Baltimore! Best of Baltimore (B.O.B.B.) Part One

23 May

Thursday was truly a magical night in Charm City as funds were raised to rebuild three boutiques: Flawless Damsels, For Rent and Entropy & Ink Boutique.

Wear It Out: Best of Baltimore event showcased what the Baltimore fashion scene is all about: giving back, giving our fashion artists the chance to shine and helping to embrace the idea of supporting local fashion artists as well as boutiques.

The event started with the three boutique owners: Taylor, Harrison, Remy/James talking about how the funds from the event would help them rebuild their businesses.

Owner of For Rent Shoes and Flawless Damsels

Owner of For Rent Shoes and Flawless Damsels

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MIMIDRE BY ANDREA TOMLIN 

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Ms. Charm Adventures: Wear It Out Baltimore! Best of Baltimore (B.O.B.B.) Part Two

23 May

Thursday night was truly a magical night in Charm City as funds were raised to rebuild three boutiques: Flawless Damsels, For Rent and Entropy & Ink Boutique.

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Wear It Out: Best of Baltimore event showcased what the Baltimore fashion scene is all about: giving back, giving our fashion artists the chance to shine and helping to embrace the idea of supporting local fashion artists as well as boutiques.

JOHN TILLERY 

SEHAR PEERZADA – URBAN MARSALA 

MICA GRADUATE SHOWCASE – AQEEL MALCOLM and MOON CHOI

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Quick Q’s with Nyasha Dixon of Save A Homeless Homie

23 May
Who is Nyasha Dixon?
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Some may know her as being a sought after model in the Baltimore fashion scene working with artists like Glenford Nunez, Sean Scheidt and Bishme R. Cromartie.  Some may know her for her community efforts working for organizations like Americorps, Youth Empowered Society (YES) and Hope Forward.
“I, Nyasha Dixon, am Baltimore based social enterprise entrepreneur,” Dixon said. I foster a plethora of talents and interests ranging from within the arts to the sciences such as, but not limited to: (i.) entertainment & media concepts, ideas, screen treatments, strory lines, plots, characters; (ii.) grant proposals, research and development, designs, specifications, interactive features, content sharing models; (iii.) business models, revenue sharing strategies, operating policies and procedures, and marketing strategies.”

Earlier this month, Nyasha Dixon was illegally evicted by the City of Baltimore from her dwelling she called home.  Now, she is raising funds in order to support other homeless youth and young adults in Baltimore City: Save A Homeless Homie.  She wants to raise $62,000 to purchase a tiny house from Tiny Heirloom. Once housed, she would like to be able to tell the stories of various homeless youth as well as young adults in order to create awareness and raise funds to get those individuals housed.

What inspired you to start Save A Homeless Homie?

My inspirations in life come from that which I’m passionate about.  I’m passionate about love. Love is the root of all that’s beautiful in the world. Regardless of the type of work I do or who I do it for I want my work to become a part of our history, to enter our collective memory and our collective consciousness. I hope to serve reminders of our past tragedies and encourage every day people to stand for something.

 

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I’m specifically passionate about serving homeless youth and young adults because I believe like Kofi Annan that, “Young people should be at the forefront of global change and innovation. Empowered, they can be key agents for development and peace. If however, they are left on society’s margins, all of us will be impoverished. Let us ensure that all young people have the opportunity to participate fully in the lives of their societies”.

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Quick Q’s with Jennifer Culpepper of Bmore Love

23 May
It was a few weeks ago when I was researching content for my Baltimore UpRising: Fashion As a Force for Good feature that I came across Bmore Love. I was instantly intrigued by Bmore Love mission to connect fashion and community enrichment. Luckily, I was able to get in contact with Jennifer Culpepper, the owner of Peppermill Projects and a visionary behind Bmore Love.
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Photo by Bishop M Cromartie

1. What inspired you to start Bmore Love? 
We originally struggled with what to say on our social media accounts during the Baltimore protests.
We felt sad for the city. We wanted to say or show something positive and uplifting. We first designed an animated gif to share on our social media platforms, but we felt that just wasn’t enough. After some brainstorming, we decided to do something to raise money that would be used help rebuild and heal the city and its citizens.
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We were inspired by the way Humans of New York raised money for the Mott Hall Bridges Academy by showing the inspiring work they did. We wanted to build a community for artists and designers to create something in order to participate and make their voices heard.
 

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Creative Impulse: The Art Trilogy at the Downtown Cultural Center on June 13

16 May

Ms. Charm has a secret to reveal . . .as a little girl I had dreams of being a dancer. I thought I was going to be the next Janet Jackson. I would spend hours in my room learning dance steps from music videos.

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Of course, as I grew up other interests like fashion and writing took over. Deep inside, I can never let go of my love for dance.

When I heard about Creative Impulse‘s The Art Triology, I knew I had to be involved and attend!

Now, I am one of the official THE ART TRIOLOGY BLOGGERS!


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WHAT IS THE ART TRIOLOGY?

On Saturday, June 13th at the Downtown Cultural Arts Center, 401 N. Howard St. as Creative Impulse and friends present The Art Trilogy: A Day of Dance, Music, and Fashion.

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There will be 1-2 fashion scenes and 7 dance performances. There will also be numerous makeup artists, models, dancers, photographers, entrepreneurs and artists.

 DANCE, MUSIC and FASHION all in one!

WHY SHOULD YOU ATTEND? 

This special presentation is geared to spread awareness while helping to raise money for the many programs Creative Impulse provides to local youth and the community.

Besides celebrating arts through our various performances, they want to also bring light to the current events that have been happening in our city.

To show our support for the families of the victims affected by police injustice in Baltimore City, they will choose a different family to donate to after each event we host. This year, they will give a portion of the proceeds to the family of Freddie Gray.

TICKETS ARE $15 and can be purchased here: https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/m?oeidk=a07eazf3tb0fbb41668

Boulevard of Chic Returns on May 30!

16 May

Boulevard of Chic (BOC) is back! Experience the greatest outdoor shopping event in Baltimore! Spend the day with you pals outside while you shop some of Baltimore’s best Mobile Boutiques – including Go Gorgeous , Mobile Hobo and Side Dish along with dozens of pop-up shops from local designer’s and artist -3 Clothing, Clovers & Pearls , Bumble and Bear, C&L Consignment and more!

And admission is FREE!!!

 

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 WHAT IS HAPPENING AT BOULEVARD OF CHIC? 

Jewelry Artists featured

A new online consignment shop C&L consignment will be there- they feature pre-owned new and nearly new women’s and juniors clothing sizes 0-18+ .

We have a new jewelry designer on Side Dish this year Bruce Wilson– hand crafted sterling silver jewelry with Native American influences from New Mexico.

Hobo Bags will return for the 4th time with their truck Mobile Hobo.

A beauty bar where you can treat yourself to nail designs by Treasure Nothing Better Nail Studio or get an new Do and Mini Make Over by some talented Hair and Make-up Artists. You can even participate in a mini photo shoot!

Sweet Tea, Corn Bread and Dessert Fantasies will be hanging out together in our food area where you can sit and share all your goodies from your shopping excursion with your bestie over some yummy treats. Also, you can sample Mikes Hard’s new product Palm Breeze!

CBS Radio will be broadcasting live!

There will be fashionable face painting for all the mini mes and a wonderful children’s designer Bumble and Bear.

 

 

MOBILE FASHION: Urban Pearl Mobile Boutique

16 May

With Boulevard of Chic returning to Pierce Park at the end of this month, Ms. Charm is taking some time to introduce you to some of Charm City’s top mobile fashion trunks.

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Next up is Urban Pearl Mobile Boutique . . .

 

 

Tell me a little bit about yourself.

I’m a born entrepreneur and I love to shop,” said Lynn Boone. Over the course of my life I’ve only worked in a “typical office” setting once for 2 years.  I’ve started businesses or worked in sales where I was out on my own the rest of my life.  I love to travel and I’m very creative. I can’t sit still or stop thinking ahead.  I’ll probably be starting new things until the day I die.”

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What inspired you to start your mobile fashion business? 

“I saw an ad on line where some ladies in Calif were doing it,” said Boone. About 25 years ago I had my own cottage business creating and selling women’s clothes and I was thinking about getting back into the selling part, but not the designing part.  When I saw this type of business it was perfect. I needed my freedom when I started 2 years ago so that I could travel because my husband and I were living out of the country at the time.  I need to be busy and creative.”

 

Where was the first place that Urban Pearl made a stop at? What do you remember the most about your first time you opened up your mobile boutique to the public? 

“There were actually 2 places,” said Boone. They were Hemphill’s Garden Center in Fallston, Harford County, and outside the place that did our logo on the truck in Bel Air, Allsigns. I remember that quite a few people came and I was very happy about that.  People were curious and had been following us on facebook since we started posting about our adventure in early May. We opened for a private weekend the end of July, then to the public August 1st. By that time I think people really wanted to see what it was all about!”

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How did you come up with the outer/inner designer for your mobile boutique? 

“The outer design we just wanted something simple and intriguing,” said Boone. We didn’t want something too girly but wanted to concentrate more on a signature color.  We wanted it to have an Urban Edge, yet be beautiful. Playing along those same lines, we wanted it to be very clean lines and classy looking inside. So Urban on the outside but like a Pearl in an Oyster, beautiful inside.”

What are your plans for Spring 2015?

“What events will you be participating in or stops will you be making in May, June, July or August?,” said Boone. We’re very hopeful that this summer will be crazy busy! Last year was our first full year on the road and we learned so much and met so many great people.  We hope to do many more events with our other Baltimore and DC fashion truck friends.  Particularly a group of five of us truckers who have gotten very close. We call ourselves The Five That Drive and are always looking to work together at events (Tin Lizzy, GoGo’s Retread Threads, SOGH – Shawn Theron Art Truck and Charm City Mobile Boutique).  We’re looking forward to planning more fashion shows for organizations and doing many fundraisers. We’ll continue to make stops at our friends at The Painted Mill Vintage Tag Sales the last weekend of every month, Elizabeth and Co in Westminster the last Wed of every month, Wtmd’s First Thursday’s in Canton Park, Hillendale and Towson Golf and Country Club events, Elementary and High School Spring fairs, A few Gatherings, definitely Art and Fashion Block at Artscape…the list could go on and on. Of course we have a few home parties scheduled.  We depend on people contacting us with their ideas for Truck stops and events.”
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Anything else you like to share? 

“I’d just like to say that the absolute best part of this job, besides meeting the customers and helping them choose styles for themselves, is the relationship I’ve formed with other ‘truckers’, ” said Boone. Without their friendship and camaraderie this would be a lonely, even tougher job than it already is.  It looks glamorous but in the end, we drive big trucks.  Hot in the summer, cold in the winter, no radios. It’s almost impossible to hire help, we break down, racks come down when we drive, we learn more about diesel’s than we ever wanted to and we’re looked down on by many clothing retail stores.  So having friends in the business means everything to me.

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Learn more about this fashion trunk here: http://shopurbanpearl.com

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