I’ve been following Denver Style Magazine since they launched and it’s safe to say I’m a teeny bit obsessed with the brand. They offer tons of services including access to their photography studio, brand consulting, trunk shows and also networking events for Denver’s fashion and beauty lovers. From the chic details of their logo to the flawless production of their events, Denver Style Magazine really embodies what all of us fashionistas picture Denver style to be.
So I was really excited to go to one of their networking events with the fabulous Glamour Bar last Thursday. I finally got to see the brand in action and help out with Glamour Bar’s custom lipstick and lip gloss bar at the same time.
The first vendor I met was Anna from Anna Festa and we had a fabulous conversation about her designs, her dreams for the future of fashion and her plans to present at Denver Fashion Weekend’s Non-traditional model night. Anna has a sincere passion for changing the way fashion is presented on the runway and to showcase that, she makes her designs in sizes 2-24. She has worked with brands like Zac Posen in the past and though she appreciates her fashion roots, she was very quick to tell me she became very uncomfortable with sending too skinny models down the runway and perpetuating an ideal that is often unattainable. So she started her Anna Festa line as well as a tennis collection because “all women want to feel pretty when working out!”.
I asked her about the qualifications for non-traditional model night and how she chose her models and she laughed, telling me that “plus-size” is technically size 6 and up. And “mature” is over 30. To which I replied, “So I’m technically a plus-size, borderline mature woman!?”
OMG. I’m so on board with Anna’s mission to change the way we run the runway. And just a little hint: her models and designs totally rocked non-traditional night. But that will be a post for next week!
Then, I headed over to MKCollab and immediately fell in love with the most fabulous cape ever. It was a bit out of my price range, but I tried it on anyways and let the ladies take a few photos for their insta. Because why not? I felt fabulous in it! I also loved a lot of the jewelry on display. Gorgeous statement necklaces, which are totally my thing! And then they informed me that a lot of the Real Housewives wear these necklaces and I JUST HAD TO take pictures for my stepmom. We are honorary Real Housewives… like literally, I bought us shirts that say so.
Probably my favorite booth was Pink’s. Their style was so me! What first caught my eye was a blue sequined mini. And then a graphic tee that said, “Good things come to those who hustle”. And then another shirt that said, “Perfect is boring”. And then a turquoise necklace. I’ll take it all, please! They girls running the booth were so sweet and I really enjoyed chatting with them about our mutual love of fashion and all things sparkly and fun!
Besides those fabulous vendors I spoke with, I also got to take part in the Glamour Bar’s custom lipstick and lip gloss bar. Roxy rocked out some gorgeous custom colors for women attending the event and it was so fun getting to watch the process in action. Very mad scientist feeling! The nerd in me who thinks she’s a secret chemist was just loving it!
There was also a great DJ playing some of my faves, the ladies from BootayBag (who I worked with the week prior to style models for their launch party), some reps from Denver Style Magazine and the infamous Patterns & Pops Mobile Boutique out front. Overall, it was an amazing night getting to know some of Denver’s fabulous fashionistas. I already can’t wait for the next Mix & Mingle coming up this month on the 19th!