Shopping Planner: African Fashions, excess inventory sale and more
Fit For A Queen: African Fashions Pop Up
Has anyone else noticed daishikis everywhere lately? I’ve certainly noticed an influx of beautiful African fabric clothing, and my Pinterest board can prove it. I’m excited about the African Fashions Pop Up in Tampa on Saturday. Based in Oak Park, Mich., African Fashions design and create stunning apparel using intricate, colorful African fabrics. The branch of Motherland Fabrics travels around the country to hold events with apparel and fabrics for sale, local accessory vendors and a fashion show. Yemisi Bamisaye is the designer behind African Fashions who transforms the exquisite fabrics into even more stunning pieces of wearable art. I love her modern take on the daishiki, which gets an update by having a hood. Structured dresses, regal maxi skirts, chic capes and head wraps are other favorites. Prices are reasonable, and if you have a business, they offer wholesale pricing. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Hall at Seminole Heights, 4205 N Florida Ave. facebook.com/african.fashions.
More For Less: DFS Excess Inventory Sale
Last year, I told you about the Excess Inventory Sale, held by Dress for Success, the nonprofit organization that provides interview attire and job skills assistance to women in need. It’s a chance to expand your wardrobe on a serious budget; you’ll find clothing and shoes as low as $5, accessories and purses for $2 and suits for $10. Proceeds help the organization buy much-needed plus-size business attire and larger-size shoes, and will help with boutique expenses. Modest folks may want to wear leggings and a camisole, as there are not individual fitting rooms. 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Bayshore Baptist Church, 3111 W Morrison Ave. Cash is preferred, but credit cards are accepted with purchases $25 and above. All sales are final and they ask that you don’t bring children. Can’t attend the sale, but still want to contribute to Dress for Success? Donate at tampabay.dressforsuccess.org.
Bear Hugs: Teddy Bear Convention
I’m going to admit something that could be embarrassing: I still sometimes sleep with a teddy bear. “Barry” is so cute and soft, and my husband detests him. But I don’t care. I love teddy bears. Apparently I’m not alone, or this event wouldn’t be happening. About 45 award-winning teddy bear artists will display thousands of bears and other fuzzy critters at the Crowne Plaza Westshore from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. There will also be workshops and accessories for sale, and the first 50 attendees will receive a free teddy bear. $6, $2 for children. (502) 423-7827.