Michigan fashion event 1st Michigan Fashion Summit

Michigan fashion event 1st Michigan Fashion Summit

2016 petite spring fashion street style H&M white shirt + Moschino black dress + Aldo lace-up heels + red Louis Vuitton bag + Ray Ban sunglasses
2016 petite spring fashion street style H&M white shirt + Moschino black dress + Aldo lace-up heels + red Louis Vuitton bag + Ray Ban sunglasses

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Two weekends ago, I had a super busy day on Saturday, 4/16. That day I was at this 1st Michigan Fashion Summit, and then in the same evening I was one of the guest speakers at the FASHION HOUSE OF F.A.B 1ST YEAR ANNIVERSARY GALA.

2016 petite spring fashion street style H&M white shirt + Moschino black dress + Aldo lace-up heels + red Louis Vuitton bag + Ray Ban sunglasses
2016 petite spring fashion street style H&M white shirt + Moschino black dress + Aldo lace-up heels + red Louis Vuitton bag + Ray Ban sunglasses

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Are you heavily involved with your local fashion industry? I am. Since last fall I decided to use my blog as a platform to promote our local talents and charity events. I have interviewed many designers and been a part of many fashion shows and events. But it was my first time to conduct a workshop and also be a member of a fashion panel. And I have to say, it was exciting!

2016 petite spring fashion street style H&M white shirt + Moschino black dress + Aldo lace-up heels + red Louis Vuitton bag + Ray Ban sunglasses
2016 petite spring fashion street style H&M white shirt + Moschino black dress + Aldo lace-up heels + red Louis Vuitton bag + Ray Ban sunglasses

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This event was hosted by Michigan Fashion Week. There were more than 200 people who attended with the goal of learning something to help them with their fashion specialty. I wasn’t sure what to expect and was a bit worried that no one would be interested in hearing what I had to say but as it turned out, every workshop breakout session was full. And I mean standing room only and they wouldn’t let anyone else cram in because it was a fire safety hazard kind of full! I wanted to attend a styling workshop, but they had to shut the door. But that was OK. I attended another workshop that was run by a local T-shirt designer and that was great too. It seems that I am often pleasantly surprised by what I see in the Detroit fashion scene and I was so impressed again with how many talented people are in Michigan in general, and in the Detroit area in particular.

2016 petite spring fashion street style H&M white shirt + Moschino black dress + Aldo lace-up heels + red Louis Vuitton bag + Ray Ban sunglasses
2016 petite spring fashion street style H&M white shirt + Moschino black dress + Aldo lace-up heels + red Louis Vuitton bag + Ray Ban sunglasses

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Our workshop was a bit different. As most of you know, my husband is also my photographer and we conducted our presentation together. Of course we had the required technical difficulties. First, there was a little trouble getting the projector to talk to our MacBook. And then my husband found out he might just possibly have left our presentation on his flash drive. Which was home. On our dining room table. Anyway, we found a pdf file that he had saved and were able to improvise! After all the drama and panic, our workshop went very well. I was asked to talk about “How to run and maintain a successful blog”. Honestly, I never consider I am successful. There are so many things I am still learning. So instead, I just gave them the real data about my page views, followers, sponsors and so on. The organizers guessed that there would be 10 -15 people in my workshop, but it turned into more like 35 people! We had some handouts but I ran out of the materials that I printed.

2016 petite spring fashion street style H&M white shirt + Moschino black dress + Aldo lace-up heels + red Louis Vuitton bag + Ray Ban sunglasses
2016 petite spring fashion street style H&M white shirt + Moschino black dress + Aldo lace-up heels + red Louis Vuitton bag + Ray Ban sunglasses

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It felt very good to connect with more local bloggers and feel the same pain and discover that a lot of us were going through similar challenges. As you probably know, I am not a native English speaker, so I tend to avoid impromptu speaking situations. I worked on my workshop for a week before and was pretty happy with my preparation. But being a member of the fashion panel was a whole different experience. I really didn’t know what the live audience will ask. And after I looked into the other panel member’s backgrounds, I was like, “Wow, they are amazing.” I was so honored to be sitting side by side with those great talents. And it took some of the pressure off. I figured with these experts to go to, probably nobody will ask me any questions so I just decided to wing it. 😉

2016 petite spring fashion street style H&M white shirt + Moschino black dress + Aldo lace-up heels + red Louis Vuitton bag + Ray Ban sunglasses
2016 petite spring fashion street style H&M white shirt + Moschino black dress + Aldo lace-up heels + red Louis Vuitton bag + Ray Ban sunglasses

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1st Michigan Fashion Summit
1st Michigan Fashion Summit
1st Michigan Fashion Summit
1st Michigan Fashion Summit

It turned out I am pretty good at winging it. And I received a few questions after all. 😉 Anyway, I learned a lot that day too. Here are some quick notes to share with you:

1. Instagram is number one to attract sponsors.
2. The main income stream for most bloggers are affiliate programs, not sponsored posts.
3. Use Snapchat to engage your followers and share deals or product reviews to make more money.
4. The average time frame to make blogging into a full time job is about 4 or 5 years.

2016 petite spring fashion street style H&M white shirt + Moschino black dress + Aldo lace-up heels + red Louis Vuitton bag + Ray Ban sunglasses
2016 petite spring fashion street style H&M white shirt + Moschino black dress + Aldo lace-up heels + red Louis Vuitton bag + Ray Ban sunglasses
2016 petite spring fashion street style H&M white shirt + Moschino black dress + Aldo lace-up heels + red Louis Vuitton bag + Ray Ban sunglasses
2016 petite spring fashion street style H&M white shirt + Moschino black dress + Aldo lace-up heels + red Louis Vuitton bag + Ray Ban sunglasses
2016 petite spring fashion street style H&M white shirt + Moschino black dress + Aldo lace-up heels + red Louis Vuitton bag + Ray Ban sunglasses
2016 petite spring fashion street style H&M white shirt + Moschino black dress + Aldo lace-up heels + red Louis Vuitton bag + Ray Ban sunglasses
2016 petite spring fashion street style H&M white shirt + Moschino black dress + Aldo lace-up heels + red Louis Vuitton bag + Ray Ban sunglasses
2016 petite spring fashion street style H&M white shirt + Moschino black dress + Aldo lace-up heels + red Louis Vuitton bag + Ray Ban sunglasses

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I am running a giveaway featuring $125 worth of Nicole Lee products. This is only for residents of the USA. You just need to follow Nicole Lee’s IG, My IG, leave a comment below and retweet or repost. Please tag me when you do so. 🙂

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Fashion House of F.A.B. 1st year anniversary gala Harlem Nights

Fashion House of F.A.B. 1st year anniversary gala Harlem Nights

Last Saturday night I was invited to be a guest speaker at the Fashion House of F.A.B. 1st year Anniversary Gala. The theme was Harlem Nights. Honestly I had no clue what that was all about. I was not born and raised in America so don’t have the same historical reference. But thanks to super powerful internet and Google, I got everything I needed and just shopped within the comfort of my own closet.

2016 spring petite fashion harlem nights style yellow derby hat+ yellow vintage coat+ off white flappers dress + pearls necklaces + red Louis Vuitton
2016 spring petite fashion harlem nights style yellow derby hat+ yellow vintage coat+ off white flappers dress + pearls necklaces + red Louis Vuitton

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For this outfit, I started with my flapper dress and my new yellow derby hat to focus on the Harlem Nights theme. By the way, you can read here for the inside story on the designer who is behind this fabulous hat. Next, I added the nude heels. I recently bought this yellow vintage coat and it just so happened to work perfectly with my hat. Of course, that was my plan all along. It’s not like fashion just happens by accident! Then the finishing touch? Simply add pearls, lots and lots of pearls. 😉

2016 spring petite fashion harlem nights style yellow derby hat+ yellow vintage coat+ off white flappers dress + pearls necklaces + red Louis Vuitton
2016 spring petite fashion harlem nights style yellow derby hat+ yellow vintage coat+ off white flappers dress + pearls necklaces + red Louis Vuitton

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Don’t you love those fabulous women? The beautiful lady in the middle is the reigning Ms AWB US Sherlyn Fox.

Fashion House of F.A.B. 1st year anniversary gala Harlem Nights
Fashion House of F.A.B. 1st year anniversary gala Harlem Nights
Fashion House of F.A.B. 1st year anniversary gala Harlem Nights
Fashion House of F.A.B. 1st year anniversary gala Harlem Nights

Below is the photo featuring me along with another guest speaker and sister blogger, Leah from Beauty and The Muse and Fashion House of F.A.B. president Cortney Hopkins

Fashion House of F.A.B. 1st year anniversary gala Harlem Nights
Fashion House of F.A.B. 1st year anniversary gala Harlem Nights

I was asked to talk about the Detroit fashion industry as I see it. Below is a part of my speech.

“As my blog grew I realized I actually had a chance and ability to use it to promote Detroit area designers, models, charity events and non-profits. I believe life is fuller and more meaningful when I serve. Detroit has been down for a long time but it’s not out. More and more, I am proud to call the D my new hometown. I’ve had the chance to talk to and work with many people in the greater Detroit area and think I have started to get some insight about the fashion industry in Michigan. I’m a great believer in the SWOC (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Challenges) system and will use that to share my thoughts.”

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2016 spring petite fashion harlem nights style yellow derby hat+ yellow vintage coat+ off white flappers dress + pearls necklaces + red Louis Vuitton

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“The Strengths I see are – a creative, passionate fashion community. You people are everywhere! I think I hear of at least one Fashion event a day. And many times there are several. I just don’t have the time to go to them all. I have met so many local talents. And just like you don’t need a special license to be a blogger, it’s also a pretty easy process to become a designer or model.”

2016 spring petite fashion harlem nights style yellow derby hat+ yellow vintage coat+ off white flappers dress + pearls necklaces + red Louis Vuitton
2016 spring petite fashion harlem nights style yellow derby hat+ yellow vintage coat+ off white flappers dress + pearls necklaces + red Louis Vuitton

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“The Weaknesses to me are – too many people are short sighted about the future. Someone once that told me the life you are living right now is a result of decisions you made 3 years ago. I believe that. But I see a lot of people in this industry that are only looking at today. So many people want to run fashion shows but they didn’t prepare, and there was very little attention to detail or quality control. Also I see a lot that is totally money driven. Local labels want to sell more products so they cut quality to get the price down. You will not be able to compete with Forever 21, Walmart or Target.”

2016 spring petite fashion harlem nights style yellow derby hat+ yellow vintage coat+ off white flappers dress + pearls necklaces + red Louis Vuitton
2016 spring petite fashion harlem nights style yellow derby hat+ yellow vintage coat+ off white flappers dress + pearls necklaces + red Louis Vuitton

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“The good news is that Opportunities are plenty – The area’s needs are not being met for high quality products. I have heard so many people talk about not being able to find good quality, unique designs made locally. So they had to spend more at a fancy mall. Michigan’s economy is coming back. Don’t believe me? Try finding a parking spot at Somerset Mall on any weekend! People have money and are willing to spend. I’ve visited a few high end boutiques but they seem to aim at traditional old style buyers. We need labels with a modern twist and more personality.”

“But there are Challenges – I know of no single source for all the resources we need. For example, where would you go for training to become a designer or model? There are some organizations out there but they are not always easy to find. It just seems to be a lot harder than it should be. It’s hard to find someone to help point out the way. We need more mentors and internships. I’ve seen the downside of this. The result of lacking a support system is that a lot of local talent has left the area to pursue dreams somewhere else.”

“I’m happy to say that things are starting to turn around. With the help of great organizations like the Fashion House of F.A.B. we can keep the momentum going. Thanks very much for your time and enjoy your evening!”

I think the Fashion House of F.A.B. is going to be around for a long time so plan now to attend the 2nd anniversary!

I am running a giveaway featuring $125 worth of Nicole Lee products. This is only for residents of the USA. You just need to follow Nicole Lee’s IG, My IG, leave a comment below and retweet or repost. Please tag me when you do so. 🙂

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Nicole Lee giveaway worth $125

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