Style/Fashion

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Clipper Combat Barber Competition

Posted By on Thu, Dec 1, 2016 at 3:18 PM

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  • Manny Vidal
Calling all barbers, stylists, and overall hair enthusiasts: It is that time again for the Annual Clipper Combat Barber Competition. The southwest region original was created by local barber Manny Vidal just three short years ago. But, since then the competition has grown to one of the largest barber competition in the southwest and it truly is a testament to the hard work put in by Vidal.

Vidal, who has been a barber in the Tucson community for 10 years, currently cuts at HiEndTight Barber Shop (2926 E. Broadway Blvd.) but every year he takes time out of his regular schedule to plan and host this competition.

Clipper Combat was created to to give both barbers and stylists a platform to showcase their talents and gain exposure to the greater public. They are also able to win awards and prizes based upon their efforts.

The competition is open to all ages and will take place at the Tucson Convention Center (3750 E. Irvington Road). The event runs from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and will not only feature hair competitions, but also food and the opportunity to shop around at the different vendors that will be in attendance.

Don't miss out on one of the best barber competitions in the southwest! Click here to purchase tickets!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Clothing With A Purpose

Posted By on Wed, Nov 30, 2016 at 10:01 AM

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  • Fortin de las Flores

On the corner of Fifth Ave. and 31 St., stands a building. It’s not elaborate, it doesn't draw much attention, and it could easily be overlooked. But, despite the unadorned physical appearance, Preloved Chica Clothing has made a name for itself for what happens on the inside.

The mission of Preloved Chica Clothing is to create a positive impact in the lives of women through reselling used clothing.

It was created by four women who care deeply about women issues and the wellbeing of women in the South Tucson community: Maritza Broce, a union organizer and administrative manager; Lorena Howard, a domestic violence counselor; Leatanya Koppa, a high school counselor; and Rosalva Fuentes, a human and civil-rights advocate for immigrant communities founded Preloved Chica Clothing in 2011.

The boutique was built upon the principle to stray away from a typical non-profit model, but still have the ability to make a difference in the South Tucson community. Most non-profit organizations are built by using the grant method, but with this method if the grant is lost or if the supporters shift their focus, the organization is put at risk. Preloved Chica Clothing is founded upon the product sales model, meaning that the product that they are giving back is donated to them. With this model, the organization is able to be self sufficient.

Preloved Chica Clothing is a local resale boutique that not only provides a clothing outlet for the community, it makes a conscious effort to touch the lives of women in the South Tucson community in a positive way. The boutique is using clothing as a common ground to foster community and improves the lives of women in South Tucson.

The original idea for the clothing store was to provide gently used clothing to women who are re-entering the workforce. The idea was to provide these women with low cost, but quality professional attire. Since then it has grown to affordable clothing for all different aspects of a woman’s life, including clothing for children.

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Saturday, October 15, 2016

Tucson Fashion Week: Answering the Community Craving for Fashion

Posted By on Sat, Oct 15, 2016 at 7:05 PM

Models walk the catwalk at Friday night's Tucson Fashion Week at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tucson. - DANYELLE KHMARA
  • Danyelle Khmara
  • Models walk the catwalk at Friday night's Tucson Fashion Week at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tucson.

I feel something akin to culture shock when I walk into Tucson Fashion Week on Friday night. The showroom and patio at the Museum of Contemporary Art are full of bodacious babes with mega hair and clothes that are too cool—even for Buffalo Exchange.

The three-day event, which began Thursday, Oct. 13, featured different venues, designers, music performances, food and drink each night.  Maybe it’s from living too long in this laid-back desert town, but I’m out of place. The only thing I have that I can relate this scene to is Sex and the City. (Yes, I’m a child of the ‘90s.) So I just imagine I’m Carrie and dive in. Although the lights, the music, the heels and the clothes that seem to defy gravity are unlike an average Friday night downtown, the fashion week’s roots are all Tucson.

“Hopefully we can spread the love a little bit and bring a little awareness around fashion to our community,” says TFW co-director Paula Taylor, who’s worked in fashion for 20 years. “We have this incredible community with so much talent here, and nobody gets to showcase it.”

Taylor and her cohort Melanie Sutton curated the show with local and national talent.
“We’re actually a really international city, and I think we’re starving for content,” Taylor says. “If we provide the platform people will actually come.”

Four years ago, TFW founder Elizabeth Denneau was running the show as a small artsy production. Taylor and Sutton bought it and turned it into the national production it is today.

One of Friday’s presentations features the designs of Tucson-born Quinlan Wilhite. Founder of the fashion company Qmulative, Wilhite began sewing only three years ago when he had an idea for a shirt and asked his grandmother to show him how to sew.


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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Join the Body Revolution for a Pop-Up Clothing Swap

Posted By on Wed, Mar 2, 2016 at 4:00 PM

My life every morning. - BIGSTOCK PHOTO
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  • My life every morning.

Time to start clearing out your closet: the Body Revolution called, and it wants you to attend a Pop-Up Clothing Swap this weekend.

Never been to a clothing swap? The basic idea is this: Go through your wardrobe and pull out the gently-used clothes you never wear these days—you know, the clothes you're always surprised to see Buffalo Exchange pass on. Bring 'em to the exchange, go through somebody else's former favorites and come home with a bunch of new-to-you goodies. 

Typically, clothing swaps are events organized between friends. The Body Revolution is taking it to the next level.

For starters, they're emphasizing inclusivity: clothing of any size or style, and the event is open to all genders. 

In addition to whatever clothes people bring to swap, local designers and retailers will be hanging out in a Pop-Up Shop. Among them will be Erin Cox of Southwestern Belle Alterations & Design and Elizabeth Denneau of Candy Strike—our first and second place 2015 Best of Tucson finalists for Best Local Designer. 

Cox is bringing something different to the mix—live alterations.

"That way, if you find something that doesn't quite fit, you can make some quick adjustments and still take it home," says Erin Jaye, one of the people leading the Body Revolution in Tucson. 

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Saturday, February 27, 2016

Hijabi Makeup Artist Creates Amazing Disney Looks

Posted By on Sat, Feb 27, 2016 at 7:33 AM

Like most children, I loved watching Disney princess movies and trying to dress up like them. But incredibly talented and creative Malaysian makeup artist @queenofluna takes classic dress-up to a whole other level.

"Using only her hijab and killer makeup skills, she gives herself the face AND the hair of our favorite princesses, and even a few fierce villains," said Lauren Gordon in an article for Revelist.
Get a look at some of her creations (assuming her account isn't private when you see this—it's been going back and forth since she got noticed)

Check out her Ariel! She even includes one of those "dinglehoppers!" 

Her Jasmine is absolutely gorgeous.

And my all time favorite, Mulan!


Go follow her on Instagram. It is well worth your while. @queenofluna

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Thursday, February 25, 2016

Get Your Vintage Fix For Cheap

Posted By on Thu, Feb 25, 2016 at 3:00 PM

Old Pueblo thrifting-gem Desert Vintage will host a three-day winter sale starting tomorrow, Feb. 26 at their store located at 636 N. 4th Ave. 
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Expect deals 20 to 50 percent off normal pricing and lots of cool, Vogue-esque vintage finds. Get a feel for Desert Vintage's fashion aesthetic online here, or check out their Instagram page. 

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Thursday, June 11, 2015

Buffalo Exchange's New Sister Debuts Online

Posted By on Thu, Jun 11, 2015 at 3:00 PM

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  • The Vintage Buffalo

Local, resale fashion favorite, Buffalo Exchange, is welcoming a new member to their family-run business. The clothing store, which started in Tucson in 1974, fulfills their commitment to environmental conciseness by recycling clothes from one fashionista to another. Like their physical locations, their sister store, The Vintage Buffalo, also offers customers used clothing for reasonable prices.

The Vintage Buffalo is their new, online fashion boutique, specializing in vintage finds from our past. The pieces do not, like the stores, come from customers for trade or cash. They are instead carefully curated by a buying team spread throughout the United States. These skilled searchers utilize their eye for fashion to look through estate sales, flea markets and antique fairs for one of a kind looks.

Marketing Director Stephanie Lew says creating an online collection was a logical route for Buffalo to take.

“We’ve seen this is where the resale industry is going and we wanted to be a part of it,” she says. “While there are plenty of vintage resale stores online, we wanted to create a vintage store with a unique collection.”

The collection includes dresses from the '40s to '70s, tops, bottoms, “world culture pieces,” southwestern styles, decor, jewelry and accessories.

“Customers are offered one of kind and rare styles you won’t find in your average vintage store,” says Lew. “While prices reflect the value of the pieces, The Vintage Buffalo has worked hard to make sure they won’t break the bank.”

The Vintage Buffalo team will add new items to the website weekly to supply customers with a constantly revolving door of special pieces colored with the looks of our past.

To browse through the collection and find your next look, visit thevintagebuffalo.com. You can follow them on Instagram @thevintagebuffalo for promotions and new arrivals. Currently, shipping is not offered outside the U.S. or to Alaska and Hawaii.

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Friday, May 1, 2015

Keep My Face Fashionable: Where Are the Best Glasses in Tucson?

Posted By on Fri, May 1, 2015 at 2:00 PM

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  • Flickr/Anne Worner

When I meet new people, they either comment on my name ("Are your parents musicians?" No, no they are not) or on my glasses (because they're really good). I've had these frames for almost two years now and they're just starting to show signs of distress. As someone who wouldn't be able to wouldn't be able to recognize her own mother from 10 feet away without her glasses on, it's pretty important to find a frame before the glasses I've got now wear out. 

So, fill out your Best of Tucson® ballots! And make sure one of the (minimum 30) categories you fill out is Best Eyeglass/Optical Retailer!

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