Art on the Runway


Some artists work with paint. Some work with clay. Chin Wayne works with fabric. And thread. And imagination.

He has worked with Armani, Kenneth Cole, Claiborne for Men, Ann Taylor and Dillard’s.

He opened the Loft store in South Park.

15 years in the fashion business paved the way for the launch of his own line….Chinó Arté by Wayne.

I was invited to attend the debut. And I was in awe of his work

I’m always drawn to the smallest of details and I had plenty to admire in this show.

The lace trim on these shorts added a pop of elegance.

The button detail on these lend a tailored, retro vibe.

The models skin played a sexy game of peekaboo through the subtle exposures in several of his women’s designs.

His asymmetric designs and use of textures were an attention grabbing addition to his collection.

The detail of the sleeve of this top was one of my favorites and is a perfect representation of Wayne’s work.

The night was a classic and beautiful return to elegance.

The show was hosted at Extravaganza Events and Depot. We were also treated to a lovely reception in the train car and patio area.

The evening was a huge success. It was truly one of the best shows I’ve attended.

Not only is this designer extremely creative and talented, he’s also a witty, down to earth, humble man.

I felt as if I were in an art gallery.

The models were the canvas….

The runway was the frame…

And Chin Wayne was the Artist.

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Work Hard, Brunch Harder


Brunch: The socially acceptable excuse for day drinking.

The Prosocialites recently organized the Charlotte Brunch Festival.

The Queen City’s finest brunch spots assembled under one roof at The Fillmore.

Attendees got to sample from their favorite places while discovering some delicious new fares.

Blackberry and Basil pop tarts from Baked Well and Fried Pepper Jack Grit Balls from Chef Anthony we’re definite favorites!

Uncle D’s Donuts and Hubert’s Lemonade took me back to my childhood summers. My grandmothers kitchen had an unending supply of this snack combo.

We got to make our own mimosa at Jus’ Taste Catering. I also made a mess. I REALLY shouldn’t be allowed to pour my own alcohol…..sorry Jus’ Taste. But it was soooo good!!

The long lines at Caswell Station, The Yolk and Babalu were worth the wait.

Babalu featured an avocado toast that was almost too pretty to eat. I said ALMOST! I love a good avocado toast.

Fahrenheit offered a crowd pleasing Cap’n Crunch pancake. And they made this Diva a bacon free Smoked Gouda Biscuit that was to die for!

I was so excited to see my buddy Chris Soto serving up some of my Flying Biscuit favorites.

If you’ve never had their biscotti you’re not really living your life right!!

Not that you have to save dessert for last (brunch has no rules). A couple of my favs Hey Sugar Shop and King of Pops were there. And I discovered some new sweet spots.

Christine’s Konditorei and Cinnaholic were a treat for my sweet tooth.

Good music, good friends and good food.

Thank you Lorri and Winston for putting together this fabulous event!!!

Viva La Brunch!!!

The “F” Word


As I grow older I’ve never even questioned whether I’d still be fashionable.

Not everyone has nailed the ‘Fifty and Fabulous’ phase of life yet.

Some struggle with The ‘F’ Word…..FRUMPY!!

Last week my friend Teri and I found ourselves surrounded by a group of some of the most elegant ladies in Charlotte.

SouthPark Mall personal shopper Suzanne Libfraind and The O Report Publisher Olivia Fortson hosted Stay Sassy, Stay Chic, a fashion seminar for women 50 and up.

We were first treated to a Sassy Suzanne Cocktail and lunch provided by Reid’s Fine Foods. Then cupcakes from Nona’s Bakery.

As each model came out we learned how she appeared so put together.

When mixing patterns we should pull tones from the largest pattern into the smaller pattern. Notice how this audience member pulled the yellow from her floral pants with her striped top.

Arm coverage is a must. Let your jacket or wrap be the focal point instead of just something to hide under.

Let your accessories pop! Don’t be afraid of statement pieces.

Use opposing shapes in jewelry. Allow them to compliment rather than compete with each other.

Have things fitted to avoid that ‘F’ word.

If you don’t want to give up your high heels then try a chunkier heel. It provides stability while elongating the leg.

Don’t be afraid to wear color!!! Just because our hair is grey doesn’t mean our wardrobe has to be!!!

Small narrow stripes are our friend.

Always have goto pieces in your closet for any event. This avoids the panicked shopping trip where we settle for something we don’t like and can’t afford.

Create a waistline. Belts or ties can give the illusion of a waist. Always tie on the side or in the back.

Be aware of your hemline. If you have to question it then the answer is NO!

Yes we can wear suede year round.

Before purchasing anything think of five ways to wear it. Buy finer, higher quality fabrics.

Keep your necklaces above or below the breast. With the skinnier ones hitting below and the bigger statement pieces above.

Thank you Suzanne and Olivia for showing us we’re NOT over the hill….we’re on top of the world!!!