I love thrifting, I love vintage, and I love DIY and collecting unique items. I love it so much that the Hubs had to ask me to scale back on the haul videos, because he didn’t want me to look like a hoarder with a shopping disorder, his exact words. Lol. Despite having a passion for something, I’m not going to front and pretend I wasn’t scared just a little. Now, don’t trip, because my faith is strong. Nevertheless, like anything you love and appreciate, you want to see it succeed.
Therefore, I’ve created DashA’veri, named after my two boys (and my motivations) which is a Vintage and Thrift Shop online, for the bold, creative, quirky, and fierce. I understand that I’m putting it out there and that you’ll either love it or you won’t, I just hope that the creative side in you, finds something that you want. If you don’t… we do customize and bring YOUR old items back to life as well. So regardless, you can utilize DashA’veri for all your thrifting, vintage, and creative styling needs. It doesn’t just stop with clothing, we are venturing in accessories, and home décor as well. So you can understand why I’m running around like a chicken with my head cut off. So while I’m still blogging, writing, doing interviews, reviews and more, I will now have an online vintage and thrift shop for you to shop for creative and quirky pieces.
I love this, though. I can’t deny that this rush of venturing into online retail is making me feel some kind of good. It’s something about being fearless and presenting your secret love to the world to see, to judge, to critique, and/or admire that makes me feel stronger. Whether I want it or not I know some people will hate, but I’m not talking to them. I’m talking to the people who supported me, that understand that I’m trying to promote the way WE think. That everything beautiful is NOT trendy, name brand, or perfect. That fashion is a lifestyle of creativity and individuality, to be beautiful to those that can receive and understand your purpose, not the majority. DashA’veri will represent that. My online store is for those that like wearing something different. The people who enjoy feeling creatively inspired and love color, prints, funky embellishments, etc. My store is for the girl who saw that weird sweater and wanted it, just because. Moreover, the great thing is I keep it cost-effective as well, because we all are trying to make something amazing with little to no way of doing it. By making broke look chic, we throw caution to the wind and dress how we want.
Check out the video from my very first model call/shoot with photographer Amor Jay. It was awesome!
I can’t wait to debut the store to you all and I look forward to sharing new creations and items with you here, on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Youtube and everywhere else. I want you to know that your style isn’t constructed out of a bunch of rules and regulations; it’s as limitless as your creativity. DashA’veri is here to support that.
Tune in for the link and more information to come
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Last year when I did my first haul video, I enjoyed myself so much. I wasn’t sure if people would like it or not, part of me didn’t care. I just wanted to share one of my passions, which happened to be thrifting. Most girls do their fashion haul videos and it’s consisting of stuff bought from all the major retailers. I don’t think that’s interesting at all. In my opinion, it’s easy to go to Forever 21 or Charlotte Russe, and just pick up the latest trend and take it home. Then these girls sit in front of the camera as if they did something amazing. They did not.
I think it takes more creativity and courage to post a video of stuff you found at a thrift store or flea market. Not everyone else can see the potential in thrift store treasures. In addition, more people are pretending as if they are too high class to shop at thrift stores. With today’s economy and my eclectic personality, I can’t see why anyone wouldn’t. I love it, with no trepidations I shop until I drop. That’s why I’m almost complete with my challenge of “At Least 90% Thrifted”, where I only where items that I either already own or I’ve thrifted. I can’t buy new retailer items, unless it’s cosmetics or accessories.
So look forward to me sharing new stuff… and try to see the potential. I dare you!
Melody Short and Adrienne Cole did it again, with another spectacular edition of Artisan Café. I’m so blown away how I honestly feel like I’m somewhere else in the world at each rendition of this event. This brought my summer in right, especially since my options these days are so rare. I was scheduled to attend another event the same day and the same time, however it was so hard to pull myself away once I was in the building.
The energy is electrifying and contagious, like a wave of support just gushes over each person involved. I love seeing the smiling and happy faces networking, almost in a vibe and connecting, each making lasting impressions on one another. It’s amazing! The vendors transcend the level of retail that we come to expect from average events and touch on our sense of sight, touch, hearing, sound, and even taste. There is no table of half-ass marketers only looking for you to buy, but sections of people wanting to call you family. “Check out my art, but let me tell you a story”, words pouring from a vendor into my ears. I love it. Even if your pockets are small, you still enjoy the atmosphere of eclectic style and so much love. Artisan Café is definitely the place I want to be every time.
I was pleased to see familiar faces like Wild Child Dzigns and Jay Sharpe. I was even more pleased to see new faces on the creative and retail platform, like newcomer Melanie Wade of Modgyrl. I was so proud that she was able to participate and sell her beauty products (which we all adore).
There was also an incredible performance by BlackRVA, which was so amazing that you really had to be there.
See more pictures on my Facebook Fan Page - www.Facebook.com/gaptoothdivaonline
There is no question the level of success that comes from this event, which is why I did not hesitate to support them immediately. They still need our support as they compete in the The Entrepreneurial Trilogy/i.e. Start-up Competition this Thursday June 21, when their Start-Up competes for the title of the Region’s Next Best Start-Up and $10,000 in cash!
I really want them to win! It would change the game for artist, entrepreneurs, and creators all over RVA if they did.
Go to Facebook:
Help the ARTisan Cafe to become the Region’s Next Best Start-up!!! http://www.facebook.com/#!/events/484942991532066/
From the event’s page: “The ARTisan Cafe is a Finalist, and we would love to have you attend! We want to pack the entire theatre with our supporters and loved ones who have experienced the Cafe and would like to see us take it to the next level of a consistent weekend market for business owners to do commerce in Richmond, VA.
We are excited, and now we need you to be pumped up! Bring yourselves, your friends, your kids, spouses, and parents. This will be a fun event…and we NEED your support through attendance.
The judges will collectively decide the winner, based on our presentation and reviewed materials throughout the competition. However, there will also be a Crowd Favorite Award based on the electronic votes from the audience that night!! Again, we NEED your support through attendance!!
Lastly, we encourage you to get in the spirit and make signs, and posters, and other fun gadgets. We are rounding up at C’est Le Vin (15 N 17th street) on Wednesday, June 20th from 5:30 – 7:00 to create some posters. Let us know if you plan to join us!!
Thank YOU for all that you have done so far. We couldn’t have done it without you!! Now let’s spread the word and get our networks to this event! The ARTisan Cafe is a Finalist, and we would love to have you attend! We want to pack the entire theatre with our supporters and loved ones who have experienced the Cafe and would like to see us take it to the next level of a consistent weekend market for business owners to do commerce in Richmond, VA.”
Attending the event is FREE, you can register here -
Location: Richmond’s CenterStage – 600 East Grace Street Richmond, Virginia 23219
Let’s support something bigger than ourselves for a change, something not associated with making any one person the star. Let’s stand behind a positive movement in our culture that will turn around the face of what we see everyday, something to be proud of. I’m so excited and I pray that I can get you excited as well. Let’s help Artisan Café!
Shoegasm – The peak of a plateau phase during a visual response when viewing a shoe displaying beauty, originality, and/or fierceness.
Yes, you read that correctly. That good ‘ole feeling you get when you want to yell out in ecstasy after seeing that shoe of your dreams. Nicole and Bennika have defined it right and created a business after it. Shoegasmgallery.com is the premier website to purchase the perfect shoe for your personality. Do you want creative? Want stylish? Or do you want something that will make all of your office haters, hate you more? Check out this site and tell the owners what you think.
I was livid with myself when I got too sick to attend the launch party for these entrepreneurial mavens on Saturday, May 14th at the ultra chic Aloft Hotel in the Short Pump Area. Everything I heard about the event was what I expected. Words like fabulous and amazing were thrown in the air by many of Richmond’s fashionable and chic. All you had to do was check the wire for updates on this event. What was more special, were the encouraging words of support to Nicole and Bennika that many don’t have the luxury of receiving. These young ladies are truly blessed to have such an awesome support system behind them as they embark on taking over the world of retail shoes, by providing women a creative option to shop online.
Reaching out to Nicole to apologize for my absence, I got a quick quote from her:
“The event was a huge success. Despite the weather a lot of people came out to support us, both male and female. The site is completed and fully functioning. We have a wide variety of styles and price points, including shoes that were hand made in the European country of Bulgaria just a week before the launch. We are excited for what is to come in the future, including launch parties in Atlanta and DC.”
- Nicole Tyler
Girl, so are we!
By creating a fabulous boutique online, Bennika and Nicole save on overhead and are able to provide their customers a more personal online experience. Although they just launched this weekend and there isn’t a huge assortment of shoes on their website (thousands of shoes) at this time. They still do offer a wide range of styles to choose from, that will fit any Divas lifestyle. From flats to super high platforms, you can register online to receive updates on new arrivals directly from the website.
These ladies know that presentation is everything. With a sleek website design and fully functional links, minus a few kinks here and there. We are all going to be amazed when these savvy ladies take shoe shopping by storm. They understand that finding the perfect pair of shoes is much like finding love… Always staying ahead of the fashion curve, their mission is to help you find your SOLE mate! I know for sure I got some lost loves somewhere on that site. I’m feeling Alexander at the current moment, so back up ladies. Just kidding. Be sure to add them to your favorites bookmark, because I’m sure Nicole and Bennika have a few more tricks up their fashionable sleeves.
Check out – www.Shoegasmgallery.com
Email: Info@shoegasmgallery.com for more information
“Standing 6 feet tall, and the picture of grace, style and finesse, Sharice has the looks of a fashion model and the voice of an angel. Her music is about passion and empowerment, mixing the traditional sounds of soul with contemporary flavors. Her goal: to reach audiences, touch their hearts and make a difference in their lives — just as her talent and faith lead her to make a difference both on and off the stage.”
On January 25th, 2011 GaptoothDiva Radio interviewed the beautiful singer/songwriter about her career in music and her plans to evolve her sound and audience while maintaining her passion for the Church and philanthropy, while interviewing Ms. Styles she also promoted her new fashion accessories boutique, Red’s Boutique located right her in Richmond, Virginia.
The GaptoothDiva Team decided to stop by this weekend to check out some of her merchandise and find out what the R&B sensation is up to in this point in her career.
Sharice is in the process of building her clientele and shopping around for boutique space at the moment, which is why she is located in The Big Flea Market location off of Williamsburg, however she is also the example of just how entrepreneurship can be easily attained if you think smart, instead of big. Her influence in the community and her tactical marketing skills, allows her the opportunity to save money on overhead by renting out space at the Williamsburg Flea Market while also proving that opening your own retail location is just too easy not to.
In Red’s Boutique, you’ll find unique and interesting pieces for all occasions for the fashionable and trendy. Most of the pieces are from New York and many of them designed by fashion stylist that Sharice has worked with in her music career, who she felt had designs influential enough to be sold in her new boutique. We were amazed at the affordable prices of the merchandise considering many of the jewelry and handbags looked custom and one of a kind. When I mention affordable, I’m not speaking in terms of you can probably leave with 1 or 2 key items, I’m stating that I’m ready to walk in, get my shop on, and leave with several bags full of items without even breaking the bank. That’s right folks, affordable!
I loved the unique clutches and the huge handbags with unique designs. I also loved the affordable and often hard to find chunky necklaces that are currently hot right now. I looked at the prices tag and wanted to scream, because while some of us give up on searching for that perfect bib-styled necklace, I will search high and low for one that is not only inexpensive but extra fancy. Well, I probably won’t have to look any farther thanks to Red’s Boutique.
If you are the type who loves sunglasses and extra cute belts, I assure you won’t be disappointed in her selection., Although the day before, Sharice made an abundance of sales, she still had plenty of desirable merchandise available for us to look through, which to me is an indication that all of her accessories are hot and not just a few scattered here and there.
The goal is to not only find key pieces that stylish women would love and appreciate, but to also motivate some of them to also seek their own niche in this world, by possibly entering into the world of start-up retail entrepreneurship. Sharice sets a great example at how easy the entire process can be, if you are willing to put in a little hard work and become a little more open-minded. Although we would all love a huge retail location in a shopping mall or on a busy street corner, with the prices of building space and the uncertainty of any individual endeavor, less risk is involved when starting out the way that Sharice has done. Coming from New York, this has to be one of the smartest moves ever, and with little over-head cost, she can focus more on purchasing more products rather than keeping the heat on and the security system in check. So with that said, she is willing to give back by providing more information to anyone interested in starting their own retail shop within the Williamsburg Road Super Flea Market, in the hopes to inspire other individuals and motivate her community leaders to get into entrepreneurship that is virtually recession proof.
“I have a very strong relationship with God in my day-to-day life, and it’s always structured around what I feel my spirit is being led to do,” she says. “I have never left the church, and to this day I still work in the church. I do a food pantry with my team every other Saturday, and if I’m out of town I make sure that someone will be there to bag the food. Otherwise, I’ll be out of town thinking about the people who need their food. Doing this keeps me grounded. Everyone should understand that they could fall one day and need a rescue place.” – Sharice Styles
Red’s Boutique is very much a treasure where most would think there would be none, but I for one, see abundance and success when it comes to this shop. It’s classy, stylish, and very inexpensive, and I can’t wait to see what exclusive and fashion-forward jewelry and accessories she will have available next.
So who is this talented, striking newcomer who can lay down the beats for the dance floor, then turn around and break your heart with a ballad, & sell you a fantastic pair of shades and a hot handbag?
“I describe myself using that old bridal saying: ‘Something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue,” she says. “I do some old-school, but I’m still new. I borrow from my experience and make it my own. I can sing some blues. And I bring anything that’s needed. It’s a fresh start of a new sound.” – Sharice Styles
Contact her www.ShariceStyles.com
Red’s Boutique 3302 Williamsburg Rd. Richmond Virginia 23231 in the Williamsburg Super Flea Market
Open Friday through Sunday from 10am to 6pm
Call (804) 212-4995 for more information
For more information about becoming a vendor contact Sharice Styles at (804) 212-4995 for more info. They have 10×10 space available for only $25.00* a weekend, which is great way to get your feet wet in retail just to see if you could handle entrepreneurship.
Check out my latest review of urban fashion retail location Sports Zone, located at 7108 Midlothian Turnpike Richmond, Virginia.
Ladies take your man to this spot for the latest in low-priced fashion for the nightclub, out with the fellas, or just a one-on one date for the two of you.