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My Night Out With Fashion

FNO – a celebration of shopping and fashion for one night only. Created by Anna Wintour, editor in chief ofVogue magazine, the event that began three years ago in NYC is now a worldwide success, offering attendees a chance to mix and mingle with celebs, designers, and bloggers. This night was but a dream to every fashion-obsessed individual out there, but now…it is a reality!

Short Pump Mall Fashion's Night Out

I have attended FNO in New York in years past, and to be honest, I was quite disappointed. It’s marketed to be such an approachable and available event. Sadly, it is everything but. Maybe their marketing is too good, if there is such a thing?  If nothing else, the experience had me craving a local FNO to get involved with. Having won Short Pump Mall’s firstProject Style event, they asked me to be a part of Richmond’s first FNO! Excited? Ummm… yeah!

I mean really, how many times can one say, “Today I’m channeling, Anna?” Like literally, not just kind of. I wore my FNO shirt (which got SO MANY compliments, make sure to get yours for next year!) and dressed it up with a bling necklace and a full on arm party. And I get to hang with celebs for the night – in a mall? Sign me up.

Jammie

Not only was there so much going on with fashion shows, giveaways and shopping, I (yeah… just little ol’ me) got to spend the entire evening hanging with amazing people and judging this year’s Project Style. What a gig! My co-judges were Melissa Chase of 103.7 (A total local celeb I have wanted to meet forever!) and Alexis Bellino of The Real Housewives of Orange County. These ladies were amazing, funny and gorgeous. Eric Sean of HOT 100 was our MC of the night. The four of us had a blast.

The judging for project style was a tough job. Each contestant was amazing at showing trends as well as personal style. But we ladies agreed on one thing… THE RED PANTS that Larissa wore knocked it out of the park. On trend and so hot! Congrats Larissa, a job well done indeed.

I can’t thank Kelly and Short Pump Mall enough for making this a night to remember and part of a dream come true! If you have dreams of making it in this world of fashion, enter Project Style next year! You never know… it could be you! Fashion dreams really do come true!

I’d love hear about your FNO and Project Style experience! Tweet me at @VAFashiongirl and also check out my Blog: Faithfullyfabulous.tumblr.co

red carpet

Myself, Eric, Alexis and Melissa. We made quite the team.

Short Pump Town Center will be hosting a night of FASHION, FUN & FABULOUS EVENTS!

The Project: Style Style Off, hosted by HOT 100.9, will kick off the event. Richmond’s fashionistas competed all summer long for a spot in the final Style Off, and five lucky finalists will be put to the ultimate fashion test. Each of the finalists will be given a $200 Short Pump Town Center gift card and one hour to shop and put together an outfit to present to our panel of judges. The judges, including last year’s Style Off winner Jammie Chasteen, Alexis Bellino of the Real Housewives of Orange County, and Melissa Chase of 103.7 The River, will select one of our five finalists to win $1000, a spread in the October issue of Belle Magazine and ultimate bragging rights as Richmond’s Top Trendsetter!

After the Style Off, attendees will have the opportunity to Meet & Greet with Alexis Bellino of the Real Housewives of Orange County and watch as VCU’s School of the Arts Department of Fashion Design and Merchandising puts on a fashion show in the Main Plaza featuring pieces designed and sewn by their students. Going on throughout the evening, enjoy mini-makeovers, watch fashion presentations from Short Pump retailers, Text to Win awesome prizes, pose for the “paparazzi” and MUCH MORE!

Short Pump Town Center will be hosting a night of FASHION, FUN & FABULOUS EVENTS!

The Project: Style Style Off, hosted by HOT 100.9, will kick off the event. Richmond’s fashionistas competed all summer long for a spot in the final Style Off, and five lucky finalists will be put to the ultimate fashion test. Each of the finalists will be given a $200 Short Pump Town Center gift card and one hour to shop and put together an outfit to present to our panel of judges. The judges, including last year’s Style Off winner Jammie Chasteen, Alexis Bellino of the Real Housewives of Orange County, and Melissa Chase of 103.7 The River, will select one of our five finalists to win $1000, a spread in the October issue of Belle Magazine and ultimate bragging rights as Richmond’s Top Trendsetter!

After the Style Off, attendees will have the opportunity to Meet & Greet with Alexis Bellino of the Real Housewives of Orange County and watch as VCU’s School of the Arts Department of Fashion Design and Merchandising puts on a fashion show in the Main Plaza featuring pieces designed and sewn by their students. Going on throughout the evening, enjoy mini-makeovers, watch fashion presentations from Short Pump retailers, Text to Win awesome prizes, pose for the “paparazzi” and MUCH MORE!

My first photo shoot in front of the camera! I’m usually the one directing the models and styling the shoot but I had a lot of fun with this!