A Blooming Affair Fashion Show in Review

Happy Thanksgiving Canadian readers and what a gorgeous weekend it’s been in Waterloo Region. I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank all of YOU for following the blog and sharing your shopping stories with me. It’s truly been an amazing year, and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed meeting many of our wonderful shop owners, reporting back to you on our local shop spots. This week I had the pleasure of kicking off Oktoberfest season in style at the 2015 A Blooming Affair Fashion Show, held at Bingemans Ballroom.

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There was certainly plenty of eye candy at this year’s event, organized and run by a talented committee of 13 community members. The show drew a mixed crowd of young women, sophisticated women and the occasional male companion, all looking for the latest in fall and winter fashions. The styles were hot, with some new fashion features in the show like Gadsby’s Clothing Co. Inc in Cambridge, Plato’s Closet in Kitchener, and Grace the Boutique from Stratford. While La Crème in St Jacobs always puts together a gorgeous collection, this year I thoroughly enjoyed the styles from fb and me, with their youthful and colourful, yet sophisticated designs. It’s definitely worth a visit (especially now) if you’re looking for some new fall items.

Along with the eye candy on stage, attendees were invited to shop till they dropped at Most Magazine’s Boulevard of Boutiques. With some vendors also being featured in the fashion show, it was a great way to bring a piece or two home with you, after checking them out on stage. There weren’t too many familiar faces this year in the Boulevard, an area which I feel could be improved to better showcase our fabulous fashion community. Style may be the focus of the event, but it also does good, benefiting a local charity with a portion of the raffle proceeds. This year, that partner was Lutherwood, a wonderful organization which provides mental health, employment, housing and family support services to thousands of individuals in our community.

Overall, it was a fantastic night, thoroughly enjoyed by attendees and an excellent start to an eventful Oktoberfest season. If you’re already looking ahead to next year, be sure to mark October 5, 2016 (at least, that’s when I think it is) in your calendar for the next A Blooming Affair Fashion Show. Hope to see you there lovelies.

Literacy and Local Fashions – That’s A Blooming Affair!

October truly is my favourite month of the year. There are always fabulous events and holidays to look forward to…. like Thanksgiving, Halloween, Oktoberfest, and of course, the A Blooming Affair Fashion Show! This premiere Oktoberfest event “kicks off” the fun-filled Bavarian festival, showcasing the many local retailers that call our Region home. And yes, I had the opportunity to attend!

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Each year, the event attracts hundreds of women (and a few men), for a fabulous night out. There’s a boulevard of boutiques for shopping, amazing door prizes, and a bar or two for the non-designated driver(s). Some of our favourite “fashion folks” were in attendance, including Stylfrugal, More Than Half, and fb and me, who have particularly amazing items for fall (trust me, I got a peak last night :)).

The boulevard was packed with lovelies strutting their stuff and picking up a fall piece or two…Even this year’s Mrs. Oktoberfest was there for the fun! I was lucky enough to run into this stunner, and good friend Vanessa, who was also a contestant in this year’s Mrs. Oktoberfest competition! We sure have style here in Waterloo Region.

This year’s fashion show line-up featured many local retailers including: Nantucket, Unique Boutique, Taya, La Crème, Gloss and fb and me, just to name a few! Models from Expressions by DSK took the runway to showcase the hottest fall looks. Looks that definitely inspired some “outfit envy,” from those in the audience.

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A wonderful part of the event is always their support of a charity, providing half of the raffle proceeds to an important cause. This year, the selected partner was Strong Start, a  local children’s charity that helps young children learn to read through its early literacy programs.

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Promoting literacy is one hot topic in today’s society, with celebrities like Usher and Taylor Swift  joining the rally to inspire young learners to “pick up a book.” Ralph Lauren’s Fall 2014 Children’s Fashion Show was even in support of the designer’s literacy program. Check out the video here:

Overall, the A Blooming Affair committee pulled off a wonderful event, showcasing local fashion and literacy to attendees of all ages. With the Oktoberfest season finally upon us readers (yay), it’s time to don those dirndls and of course, drink responsibly.

Enjoy the festivities.