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Check out 1/2 of Craze: Destinee Swindell and Cheylin Parker as they sit down with The Driven Spot created and produced by Tiffany Giles to talk about their company and being young, black, female entrepreneurs.
Hosted by: Tre Banks @TreBanks on Twitter.
Fellow Bison and Hampton, VA native Tanzania Bridgett is also featured! She talks about her clothing line, music, tv show and her entertainment company. @tazmaniashow
Check out her line: http://www.AnceztazClothing.com/
Craze Spotlight: Rumors Boutique
Every time the Craze ladies visit Richmond, stopping by Rumors Boutique is always a must! It’s one of our fave boutiques and they always have one-of-a-kind and stylish pieces. The store has such a cool and unique atmosphere with hype music and crazy decorations.
We had the chance to sit down with the owners and they’re just as cool as their store! We met inside this cute little pub right down the street from the store for drinks and food.
Casey and Marshe
Here they are in front of their store =)
They met in 2003 at a party and the next day had a lemonade stand to make enough money for Chinese food. They ended up becoming best of friends and after graduation decided to live off of pretzels and white rice to save up for their boutique.
They opened in 2007 and started out as boutique selling independent designer clothes from several different countries. They had lines from South Africa, Belgium, Finland, Tokyo and France. They would have real live bands play in their store and even sleep there sometimes. They would also throw parties and have fundraisers.
But after still being broke months later, the owners decided to revamp and transform the store into Richmond’s first thrift boutique. It was a success! They added consignment to the mix and Rumors Boutique became a HUGE hit for a shopping spot in Richmond.
Needless to say, their story is unique and quite similar to ours. We are all close friends and are willing to do anything and everything to bring our dreams to life. They gave us some great tips and advice to improving our business and making it successful.
Sitting down and picking their brains a little was great inspiration for us to keep working hard and keep our friendship and business strong.
If you’re ever in Richmond, VA, check out Rumors Boutique at 404 North Harrison St.
& Follow them on Twitter @rumorsboutique
Get The Look For Less
Today on CNN, CNN Newsroom anchor Carol Costello had on this beautiful pink tie-neckline blouse, which is totally in this season.
We couldn’t catch Carol in this blouse but we did find a similar blouse:
REPORT CARD: 84th Annual Academy Awards
Last night marked the 84th Annual Academy Awards ceremony and of course there was fashion EVERYWHERE.
As always, we had to give you our report card on who we thought deserved an A for best dressed and who deserved a… well, you know.. not an A.
GWYNETH PALTROW in Tom Ford: GRADE A
Our girl showed up and showed OUT in a stunning white Tom Ford dress with a classy, yet unique cape. We love her classic and simplistic wrist wear and pulled back ponytail. Sometimes, less really is more. We love it Gwyneth!
EMMA STONE in Giambattista Valli: GRADE B
Miss Emma looked gorgeous on the red carpet in a Giambattista Valli gown. We absolutely love the large bow and how nicely and shapely the gown flows. But we honestly think it would’ve be a knockout A in emerald green.
VIOLA DAVIS in Vera Wang: GRADE C
We love us some Viola Davis but we had to give this dress a C. We fell in love with the color and silhouette and the asymmetrical bottom part of the gown BUT the breasts and sequin embellishments gave us TOO MUCH and not enough all at the same time. There’s nothing wrong with a little cleavage but the girls were sittin’! We know you still got it girl.
LOUISE ROE in Black Halo: GRADE D
Louise had us until… the bottom of the dress came into the picture. The color was amazing on her and we love the blazer like top as it transitions into an asymmetrical design but we think a plunging neckline would’ve done Louise more than justice, along with a simpler bottom half.
SANDRA BULLOCK in Marchesa: GRADE F
Let’s just get down to it… Sandra could’ve done better. A lot better. Although S.B has never really had the best award dresses, we thought she was almost there last year at the Golden Globe Awards in her Bottega Veneta gown. Yes to the train-like bottom and drop back. NO to the embellishments. Not to mention, does the top seem to fit a little strange to anyone else? But don’t get it twisted… We love you S.B!
This is something that we’ll ALL be going crazy for… BEADS BYAREE FOR CRAZE coming soon to Craze Boutique!
We got a chance to link up with Beads ByAree designer, Areeayl Goodwin, to pick out some unique pieces and designs especially made for Craze and chosen by the Craze executives.
Check out a sneak-peak!
prices range from $6-$20
We love them. How about you? =)
Best Dressed People’s Choice Awards
Last night America tuned in to watch the People’s Choice Awards. Twitter was set on fire with tweets of everyone’s favorite looks on the Red Carpet. Here is a quick list of some of our favorite People’s Choice Awards Red Carpet ensembles.
Best On-Trend Color:
Demi Lovato former Disney star showed up in a peach Marchesa gown. We think Marchesa makes some of the most delicate, princess-like dresses and if we had known better in high school, prom may have been a different story! Demi made a great choice wearing this dress because the fashion head honchos predicted pastel to be big in spring, and from the looks of it, it is. The beadwork on the front is fantastic and gives her a very regal Greek goddess flair. Here’s a super cute pastel Craze piece that you can add to your winter wardrobe!
Best White Dress:
Miley Cyrus wore a David Koma dress. The V-Neck mesh made the seemingly innocent white dress a little sexiness and the rainbow lining at the bottom gave it a really funky twist. If you like a jazzed up white piece.. Craze has just the thing for you! Click here to check it out.
Lucy Hale from Pretty Little Liars wore a really vamped up version of a little black dress. A really good look from her, we suggest taking style cues from her character Aria on PLL as well! Here a snazzy black piece that could double as a dress from Craze.
Nina Dobrev arrived at the award show in an emerald green Elie Saab dress. The lace and sheer material gave the already stunningly colored dress interesting detail. The Emerald is so in right now! Are you green with envy? Get some EMERALD here at Craze.
Skipped The Black Friday Craze? Be On Time For Cyber Monday!
Let us all admit that the Black Friday shopping fiasco was ‘hell in a handbag.’ Never have I experienced such a nightmare as I have on every Black Friday I’ve participated in. Between the early hours, mad dashes to the merchandise, arguments and the occasional scuffle (That I’ve only witnessed of course) I’ve had enough! I promise, I won’t be going back next year and neither should you.
Let’s get to the meat of the matter, fashionistas! On Monday, Craze Boutique will be having a Cyber Monday sale. Cyber Monday is the Black Friday of the internet if you weren’t informed before reading this. Craze merchandise will be marked down, maybe the piece you’ve been saving up your spare change to buy will be less than what you planned on paying!
Enjoy a 25% discount on items such as
Watch The Throne
& much more!
Use Promo Code: CYBERMONDAY
Craze takes Hampton University by storm!
Hey Craze fans! We’re back again with yet another inside scoop, this time from Hampton University’s Homecoming Fashion Show! Hamptonians arrived in their most fashion-forward attire strutting their stuff on and off the runway. Models ripped the runway walking to artists such as Beyonce, Kanye, Jay-Z and local artist such as John Eley and Landon. Though multiple designers were featured in the show, Craze definitely stood out among the crowd. Imagine our Native Beauty dress with a bad pair of blue suede pumps… can you say LOVE? But we can show you way better than we can tell you so enjoy!