B.Shigley Custom Bags available for the holidays!

Order your Custom Designed B.Shigley handbag or gift certificate for the holiday season! I am coming out of retirement to create unique one-of-a-kind bags for the women in your life (or for YOU!).

There are 2 ways that you can order this gift. 
1) Order a gift certificate that will be either mailed or given to you. This gift certificate will include a design consultation so I can listen to the desires of the handbag heart. Together, with the recipient of the bag, we will create the dream bag.

2) Tell me what you want in a bag and I will create it for you and have it ready by the time the holiday arrives in time to be shipped or delivered to you. There are limits and restrictions though.

b.shigley designs gift certificate

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B.Shigley Designs History

Many of you may know, Fashion Denver was inspired and created from my experience as a handbag designer with my company b.shigley designs. As  a young girl, 8 years old to be exact, I was obsessed with making paper purses and I would create paper wallets to go in my paper purse and a paper ID to go into my paper wallet. I’d bounce around at recess calling myself the Paper Purse Police. Little did I know that that little passion would turn into a full on business!

My original paper purse drivers license from 3rd grade and some of my bags I made while living in San Diego.

I launched my business in 1999 and within a year, was selling my handbags in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, London and Paris. I ended up moving to San Diego in 2002  and was submersed in the action sports world and fashion world. I’d make trips up to LA and San Fran to participate in fashion markets and really see what the design world was about. In that time, I had the opportunity to design handbags for an opera in Paris. While I was there, I sold my bags in a boutique in Montmartre (3 doors down from where Amelie was filmed).

Brandi Shigley, founder of Fashion Denver and creator of B.Shigley Designs
Designing my first handbag after coming out of retirement for the holiday season.

With that inspiration under my belt, I moved back to Denver after 2.5 years and started Fashion Denver. Here we are in 2017 and my heart is wanting to go back to my roots to make some more handbags, just in time for the holiday season.

A couple of weeks ago, my artist, builder and creative instigator friend Michael Williams, designed me a place to get back to work and design! Since then, I have a cupboard full of fabric, fresh inspiration and ideas, and am ready to design up a creative storm!

Brandi Shigley's design studio, Boulder Colorado

Brandi Shigley's design studio
Design studio created by Michael Williams. Thank you so much for creating me a space to create!

Order your custom designed bag or gift certificate today!

How to Find Your Individual Style

Style. A word of many meanings. What does it really mean though? According to its technical definition style is “a distinctive appearance, typically determined by the principles according to which something is designed.” When applied to fashion it is normally a means of categorizing the way that someone dresses by using one word to describe the typical clothing pieces they wear. I always think that this is an unfair way of describing style. Individual style is so much more than one word but how does one find their personal style? Sometimes it can be confusing and hard to try and categorize your style under one word because it doesn’t have to be just one word. Though I feel like I haven’t necessarily “perfected” my individual style, I have learned a lot about myself and the way I choose to express myself over the past few years. (Side note: there is no way to perfect a style, the only way is to feel comfortable and confident with your own!)

The first and easiest way to get you on your path to finding your personal style is getting inspiration.

Whether that is a celebrity you’ve eyed for months or a distant college friend, finding someone that inspires you and your outfits is important. It gives you guidelines to work off of and if you see an outfit on Instagram you love, you can think of ways to recreate it while adding a personal touch. That way you have an idea from someone else but it still screams YOU!

Patterns! No, not the patterns you like most on your favorite pair of trousers (ok maybe that too) but the patterns of what you wear the most. What do you constantly find yourself reaching for in your closet? Is it that pair of sneakers from 3 years ago that might just be a LITTlE worn on the sides or is it that tight little black dress you can wear with anything? Personally, I am always pulling out my perfect pair of black jeans. They fit me like a glove and I know when they are finally too worn to wear anymore I will probably cry. I also know that I can create a thousand different outfits with that one pair of jeans. Whether I want to go for boho girly or trendy chic that day, I know that my favorite pair of black jeans will never fail me. If you like to wear leggings the most, create your style incorporating them instead of wearing things you’re not comfortable in because that’s just not you.

Another question to ask yourself is what trends you like most. I know that when I see a trend I really like, I think about how I can mix that piece or trend into my closet and make it my own. Just because I see a beret on a blogger doesn’t mean I style it the exact same way she does. I take a universal trend and I put me into it. I make it me. Because while millions of other people might be wearing that piece, there is only one you wearing it.

One word: Accessoriesshoesbagshats. Accessorizing your look is KEY. One thing I have focused on improving over the past year is how I style my looks outside of just the clothing pieces themselves. Adding a cute bag and throwing on a hat may not only distract from that stain on your pants or cover up your bad hair day but it also levels up your outfit. From just a t-shirt and jeans, adding a belt, cool hat, bag, funky shoes, and a few pieces of jewelry instantly changes the entire look. But hey, some people like simple and that is ok too!

I just figured out I am not simple and simple is not me when it comes to style.

One of the absolute hardest things about finding your personal style is figuring out what flatters your body and what you feel most comfortable in. Because we are constantly being shown other people on the internet, we don’t realize that what may look amazing on them doesn’t do us much justice. Many times this lets us down. But what we also have to understand is that the t-shirt we wore yesterday flatters us more than it would that girl on Instagram. It is all up to each person’s body and what they like and feel comfortable in.

CONFIDENCE IS KEY! This is definitely the most important one. What you feel most confident in is what you are going to look the best in. Period. Wear what you love. Often we forget that what we love the best is going to give us that confident glow. It’s going to make people wonder what moisturizer your using or what supplements your taking – vitamin U! Being confident can be the stem of your style and the roots of your happiness.

It is safe to say that personal style is not figured out over night nor is it ever perfected. Fashion moves so quickly and what you love is always going to be changing. You’ll see your child wearing the same things you wore when you were their age. Point is, style is up to you. It is your own interpretation of self expression and you are your own artist. I hope these tips can help tap you into your inner fashionista!

-Sydney

 

Black Friday Savvy Shopping Tips

Black Friday is the time of the year to score awesome deals, buy new things, and maybe get in a few fights along the way. The only thing you need to know is how to appropriately shop and find the deals that are ACTUALLY good deals. Here are some tips I have come up with over the years:

  1. Prioritize your list and create a budget – Decide which places are most important for you to stop at first and make a list. Having a list of things makes sure you stay on track and know what is of most significance to you. Having a budget is a smart shopper word of advice, especially when there are deals on deals on deals.
  2. Allow yourself to get off track… A LITTLE BIT – Though this seems to contradict the prior tip, it is another pointer I’ve found to help get the best deals of the day.  Black Friday is a universal day across the nation where almost all stores put on deals so if there are things you have been wanting for a while, allow yourself to buy them.
  3. Go earlier OR go later – Black Friday has turned into Black Friday Week/Weekend. Most deals these days start at the beginning of the week and run all week and weekend long. A lot of people start waiting in line early afternoon of Thanksgiving day to secure their shopper’s spot. Sometimes it’s even better to go later Friday or through the weekend because stores want to keep consumers in the stores all weekend.
  4. Bring a friend – Not only is going with a friend or two more enjoyable but you can divide and conquer. Get your friend to take on one section of the store while you get the other.
  5. Wait for Cyber Monday – Cyber Monday may arguably be one of the best creations of the internet era. There are many perks of waiting until Monday: being able to stay in PJ’s, easier to navigate the sites, and you don’t have to deal with other angry shoppers.
  6. Other occasion shopping – Many times when I go Black Friday shopping I try to think of any and all upcoming occasions that may require gifts. This time is good for birthdays, Christmas, and other celebrations so you can get discounted gifts that are still nice.
  7. Not everything is really a deal – I have seen this personally many, many times. Just going on one of my favorite online shopping stores, Nasty Gal, they are claiming to have awesome Black Friday deals (50% off) when they actually have that deal almost every other day of the year. People who never go on this website might think that this is a score when in reality it’s their usual discount. Shoppers be weary.
  8. Be prepared for a marathon shopping day – If you don’t prepare yourself for a day full of shopping, if that is your plan, you might find that you get tired out quickly. Shopping is a SPORT people. You have to be prepared to be quick, be smart, and last long.
  9. Reward yourself – This may come off as a silly trick but it is one that often gets over looked. After a long, hard day of shopping like Black Friday, make sure you provide yourself with a good meal and a good nights sleep.

Black Friday is one of the craziest day of the year and you must prepare yourself for what may lie ahead. Hopefully these tips and tricks come in handy and you find yourself heading home with a car full of goodies!

-Sydney

Red Ball wrap up

November 19, 2017 – Red, the color of the night. All different hues swept down the runway on Sunday evening. Put on by Denver Colorado AIDS Project and Howard Dental Services at the EXDO Event Center in Downtown Denver, this was an event of the year. Exquisite and innovative local designers, hairstylists, and makeup artists helped transform the event into a sparkling success.

All photos taken courtesy of Christen Weaver of Weaver Photography.

The show opened in a unique way, bringing student designers from the RMCAD (Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design) to the stage to show off their individual creations.They proudly glided down the stage with their models showcasing their hard work in what seemed like a moment of pure happiness.

Bringing on the start of local designers, Zeljka Sladovic’s designs hit the runway. In what seemed like a bridal affair, ivories, golds, and champagnes took over. The gowns were gorgeously draped and structured to fit the model’s bodies perfectly. My favorite piece from this collection was an elegant peach colored, loosely fit gown with a gold beaded halter top strap. The color was exquisite and a bold choice but looked dashing under the lights as it danced across the stage. The head pieces complimented the gowns perfectly to create the ultimate princess effect courtesy of Fleur Salon. 

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Denver Fashion Weekend Night 2

November 11, 2017 – 303 Magazine’s Denver Fashion Weekend was among us. From luxurious fur coats to carefully constructed designer loafers, each person’s individual style carried such a unique presence. This is what fashion is all about, the ability to express one’s self through clothing. As a rookie, I couldn’t wipe the beaming smile off my face. This was everything I expected it to be… and more. Truth is, fashion is my passion and I was truly in my element. This was where I was meant to be. National designers and brands featured their work on the runway Saturday night, curated by the amazing boutique Garbarini (located in Cherry Creek North). From Paris to Australia, each designer’s unique brand stood out in a multitude of ways.

All photos taken by Christen Weaver of Weaver Photography.

Byron Lars out of New York took the stage first. I have to say, he started the show off with a bang. Metallic beaded pants and skirts flashed under the light to be paired with simple, contemporary styled black tops.

The two piece blazer co-ord was structured so well and sat beautifully on the body, not to mention the elegant similar toned pattern subtly printed on the set. Bryon’s designs were the perfect blend of timeless business woman and trendy standout lady.

Milly took over for the next set and opened up with a gorgeous snug patterned dress that blended two toned floral patterns with a hot pink palette. Following that outfit came one of my favorites of the night: the florescent pink turtleneck tucked into black high waisted trousers. The fit of this outfit was flattering and elegant, the pants cinched the waist at the perfect point and gave a beautiful shape to the model.

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303 Magazine’s Fall DFW 2017

This season 303 Magazine returns to Exdo Event Center (1399 35th St, Denver, Co 80205) November 9th, 11th and 12th.

303 Magazine’s Denver Fashion Week(end) is going to be bigger and better than ever.

“We are delighted to team with old and dear friends as well as stunning new talent this season at DFW — from the metal work of Jesse Mathes, iconic hair brands such as Redken TIGI and L’Oreal, to the legendary Denver boutique Garbarini. There will be something for everyone — everyone who loves  fashion and beauty that is!” said Denver Fashion Week(end) runway producer Charlie Price

DFW by Kyle Cooper
DFW by Kyle Cooper

“As we gear up for DFW’s 10 Year Anniversary in Spring 2018, we’ve customized DFW Fall ’17 and changed the format. The goal is to create a new and more invigorating show. Come see for yourself, “ Mr. Aharonian, Denver Fashion Week(end) producer

Doors are at 7 p.m. where there will be a red carpet and cocktail reception, doors close at 9 p.m. with the show starting at 9:30 p.m.

Featured designers/boutiques for November 9 include:

– Jesse Mathes Metalwork / Denver, Co

– Royal Outerwear / Denver, Co

– Nuorikko / Denver, Co

– Velvet Wolf / Denver, Co

– John Paul Ataker / NYC – Istanbul

Featured designers/boutiques for November 11 include:

Garbarini Presents:
– Byron Lars / New York fashion designer

– Zadig and Voltaire / French fashion designer

– ADD Down / Milano fashion designer

– Smythe / Designed by Canadians Andrea Lenczner and Christie Smythe

– Trina Turk and Milly / California fashion designer

– Diane Von Furstenberg / New York fashion designer

– Theory / New York fashion designer

– Haute Hippie / New York fashion designer

– Camilla / Australian fashion designer

Featured salons and designers for November 12 include:

– Beauty Underground – Ansley Meredith / Misha Belfer / Tiaja Pierre  / Sara Brentano

– 12 Benefits – James Mucker / Kia Sterling  / Keva S Davis

– L’Oreal Professionnel – Ron Lopez

– Scruples – Katie Renshaw Nielsen

– We Salon – Kim Herman

– Chrystalline – Goldie & Bob / Artemis & Birch / The Look / Georgia Tournai

– Charlie Price

– Redken – Ellen Lawlor / Jill M Leitz

– TIGI – Eric Gomez

– Vanity Dollz – Cha Cha Romero

– Obsidian presents – Hailey Hodapp & Rachel Marie Hurst / Hannah Werling & Duane Topping / Stephan Lauren & Kotomi Yoshida / Bri Bird & Tyne Hall / Alicia McQuilliams & Marie Margot

The SeeNowBuyNow Denver Designer Open House

Saturday, November 4 at 11 AM – 4 PM
Brooks LTD
1616 14th Street

Shopping. Makeup. Jewelry. Wine. All local, all handcrafted.
The SeeNowBuyNow Denver Designer Open House is an evening of fantastic, sophisticated fun showcasing three Denver-based designers. 
Women’s clothing designed and produced by Brooks LTD
Limited edition Brooks LTD original tunics for any and every outfit. Brooks has specialized in custom wear for decades. Here’s your chance to get custom-made quality at a ready-to-wear price.

Makeup by LipBar Custom Cosmetics
Complete your fall look with the Fall 2017 cosmetic collection from this local makeup artist/designer. Try on, get some tips, and wow at your next event with these fabulous colors.

Jewelry by Nikki Nation Jewelry
Modern, yet organic forms. All pieces are handmade using traditional metalsmithing methods. Conflict-free gemstones and recycled materials.

See the handmade products, buy, and take them home that evening. Support local business and look great while doing it!

Hosted by Brooks Luby, owner of Brooks LTD, at her atelier in Lodo. Please RSVP and bring a friend! Receive a special gift with a purchase from Brooks LTD for those that attend.

Wine tasting provided by ONEHOPE Wine. Wine tasting courtesy of Kaz Aylott with viaONEHOPE Wine. ONEHOPE is a Napa Valley Winery inspiring others to do good, with every wine having a built in social impact through partnerships with good causes.

A portion of sales from the event will be donated to the Cancer League of Colorado.

 

Black & Gold – 2017 Lion’s Gala Masquerade

When: Friday, December 8th, 2017
Time: 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Location: The Ranch Country Club
11887 Tejon St.
Westminster, Colorado

The Lion Project invites you to be bold for good at it’s 4th Annual Lion’s Gala. Wear your finest black and gold and enjoy special cocktails, gourmet food, live music, awesome drawings, and incredible community. Along with all the fun, we will reveal our four selected non-profit missions for 2018 and help them launch into the next level of growth and impact.

Attire: Formal, Black & Gold, Mask Encouraged


The Lion Project activates businesses and creatives to accelerate the growth of 4 non-profits every year. We do that in two ways:
  1. We pool the resources of businesses and the storytelling capability of of creatives to create a promo video for the non-profit.
  2. We create a large service day for our business partners to come serve that meets tangible needs within the nonprofit so they can serve more or better serve their clients.
The Lion Project is hosting it’s 4th annual gala to celebrate the work it’s done and the vision of what could be in 2018 to continue accelerating the growth of non-profits in Denver.

WACOAL & SUSAN G. KOMEN LAUNCH FALL SEASON OF FIT FOR THE CURE® EVENTS IN THE FIGHT TO END BREAST CANCER

MAKING AN IMPACT: WACOAL & SUSAN G. KOMEN LAUNCH FALL SEASON OF FIT FOR THE CURE® EVENTS IN THE FIGHT TO END BREAST CANCER

Fit for the Cure Denver, CO Events
           Thursday, October 5th – Dillards at South West Plaza
           Friday, October 6th – Dillards at Flatiron Crossing
           Friday, October 6th – Dillards at Park Meadows
           Thursday, October 26th – Macy’s at Park Meadows
           Friday, October 27th – Macy’s at Cherry Creek

–17 years of complimentary bra fittings to help women look good, and do good–

WHAT: Make an impact by joining Wacoal in their mission to help end breast cancer with Fit for the Cure®!  

This Fall, help Wacoal reach the goal of fitting 1 million women for a new bra, and donating over $5 million to Susan G. Komen®, by attending one of over 600 events across North America.

For 17 years, Wacoal has dedicated their efforts to educating more than 820,000 women across 411 cities in the US and Canada about the importance of bra fit, foundation and overall breast health. Through Fit For The Cure, Wacoal and Susan G. Komen® strive to provide the single most effective tool to reduce breast cancer: access to high quality breast cancer care.

Throughout September – November 2017, do something good for yourself, while contributing to a worthy cause.  Receive a complimentary bra fitting at a local Fit for the Cure® event conducted by a Wacoal fit specialist. When you show up and participate in a free bra fitting, Wacoal will donate $2 to Susan G. Komen®, to benefit breast cancer research and community health programs. Wacoal will also donate an additional $2 for every Wacoal bra, shapewear piece or b.tempt’d bra purchased at the event, with a guaranteed aggregate minimum donation of $250,000 to Komen in 2017.

Participants in Fit for the Cure® events are also encouraged to partake in Wacoal’s #IGotFit social media campaign. For every woman who shares a photo with the Wacoal “I Got Fit®” sign on social media, an additional $1 will be donated to Susan G. Komen®.

WHY:          

Health:

Wearing a bra should not be even slightly uncomfortable. Research shows that 8 out of 10 women are wearing the wrong sized bra.  Women should be professionally fitted for a bra at least once a year to ensure their bra size has not changed as a result of natural fluctuations in their body.

Philanthropy:

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in American women age 40-59 and accounts for nearly 1 in 3 cancers diagnosed in the U.S.  By taking less than 15 minutes to meet with a Wacoal fit expert, you are helping to contribute to an important cause.

Making an Impact:

Susan G. Komen® is the largest provider of breast health funding, after the US government. Aside from groundbreaking medical research, Komen also provides vital support services directly to women and their families dealing with breast cancer.  These services include family and personal support in the form of child care and meals, interpretation services, transportation to and from treatment and patient navigation services for those considering treatment options. By participating in a Fit for the Cure® event, you are helping to support these women and their families in the fight the battle against breast cancer.

 WHEN:          To find an event near your visit fitforthecure.com

To learn more about Susan G. Komen® or breast health information visit komen.org

 

WranglerXPeterMax Collaboration Comes to Denver

WranglerXPeterMax Collaboration
Park Meadows Mall
Now through early 2018

For as long as I can remember, Wrangler has always been that go-to company for quality jeans that will last, pretty much forever. My dad grew up on a farm and wore his Wranglers. I remember as a kid hanging out with my dad in the garage as we’d work on cars, and he’d be in his Wranglers, still… years later!

Peter Max and Wrangler come together for an anniversary celebration on multiple levels! This photo of Peter Max is from the Wrangler website.
Peter Max and Wrangler come together for an anniversary celebration on multiple levels! This photo of Peter Max is from the Wrangler website.

Flash forward to 2017 when the brand that’s been forever strong, collaborates with pop artist Peter Max!   For those of you who don’t know who Peter Max is, we’re pretty sure you’ve seen his artwork. He is the master of the psychedelic print! To celebrate both the 70’s anniversary of Wrangler and the ‘Summer of Love’s 50th, this collaboration was created! The first collaboration with Max was in the early 70’s and this current collaboration still has the same boldly colorful, upbeat feel.

WranglerXPeterMax Collaboration Comes to Denver
WranglerXPeterMax Collaboration Comes to Denver at Park Meadows!

It was so much fun to get to experience and learn more about this collaboration when I stopped by the Park Meadows store. What I absolutely LOVE about all of the styles of this collab is the old school flavor, pop of colors and the way that all of these pieces fit. There’s a certain vintage flair paired perfectly with the modern fit.

A big giant THANK YOU to Alonzo who gave me a little history lesson in fashion as I learned about Wrangler and Peter Max!

WranglerXPeterMax Collaboration Comes to Denver
Alonzo gives me the tour of the Wrangler store and teaches me about the history of Wrangler and this collaboration with Peter Max.

I headed on into the dressing room to try on this collection. Something about trying all of these clothes on was SOOOOO MUCH FUN!!!

Brandi Shigley has some fun in the Wrangler Store!
Having some fun at the Wrangler store trying on the Peter Max collection!

I absolutely fell in LOVE with the way the pockets are accented! These white cords with purple pockets… SWOON!!!!! The denim on denim pieces are beautiful as the original Wrangler feel is very much alive.  Not to mention that they are so well made, I could work on  my car and then ride a horse and they’re going to be just fine.

Even though fall is here, I’m still going to rock the heck out of the shorts! Yesterday, I paired them with high over the knee socks and my red cowboy boots to keep with the Wrangler feel. And, because Peter Max’s awesome artwork is on the inside of the jacket, I flipped it inside out throughout the day. Both sides of this jacket are super cool! I’m going to bring” inside out day” back!!

Brandi Shigley rockin' Wrangler and the Peter Max collaboration
Pretty sure I found my staple outfit. Nobody will mind if I wear this every single day, will they?

It was so much fun to get to learn more about Wrangler and this collaboration! My own personal style is very much in line with this too… classic, throwback, colorful and fun!! YES PLEASE!!!

Swing on by the Park Meadow store! This collaboration will be featured in store until early 2018. And, keep in mind, these pieces are limited edition!! Ohhhhh yeaaahhhhhh!!


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