March 22, 2012

Blogger Inspired Fashion Week - Featuring Bessie: Bravoe Runway

Hey Dolls!!

We are deep into Blogger Inspired Fashion Week.  Today’s Feature is Bessie of Bravoe Runway.  I LOVE Bessie and her Polished and Classic style.  We connected because we are both Fashion and Finance girls.  I look forward to her blog posts that feature her Corporate Attire.  With her living in Chicago, I get a chance to see her dress for all 4 seasons, a luxury I’m not afforded to living in Florida but I’m not complaining, LOL!!!

As soon as I logged on Bessie’s Blog, I was hooked.  I went back and read every post from the beginning.  One of the things I look forward to the most on Bravoe Runway are her weekly  Trunk Shows.  

On Sundays Bessie provides her readers with teasers of the week’s upcoming outfit posts.  Isn’t that the coolest idea?  I love it and I try and guess how she is going to incorporate each piece into her looks.  Bessie also had access to a beautiful vintage hand bag collection of her Mother’s that I drool over every time she rocks one.  This red one is my favorite. 

Bessie and I interact through Blogging and Twitter and she is always posting links for unbelieveable deals and steals on Fashionable items that can be easily incorporated into everyone’s wardrobe.  What more of Bessie?  Check out my Interview with her below:

Name:  Bessie

Age:  1+30

Full Time Career:  Corporate Finance

Tell Me and My Readers a little bit about yourself and your background.
Oooo the elevator speech!  I’m Bessie, lover of fashion, finding bargains, with a quirky sense of humor, and a self proclaimed high/low mixologist.

How would you describe your signature style?
Classics with a twist infusing high-end items with bargain finds!

How do you go about creating an outfit or look?
I usually look through magazines to see what colours, silhouettes, lengths of hems are in style.  Then I go through my closet to see what I have and start putting the outfit together.  Once the outfit is assembled, I select my accessories, followed by my handbag, and then shoes. Since it is winter in Chicago, I select the perfect coat to go on top at the very end.

What is your FAVORITE Feature to accentuate?
I guess my legs…..

Do you have any Fashion Challenges?
I have a hard time working with brights, very feminine silhouettes such as fuller skirts and romantic blouses, and non-traditional blazers. 

What are your FAVORITE places to shop?
I am an equal opportunity shopper.  You can always find great quality items for reasonable prices if you shop through the racks, I love Forever21 as much as I love Saks.

Who are your FAVORITE Designers and/or Clothing Brands?
If I had a trust fund, I’d furnish my closets solely with Dolce & Gabbana and Gucci.  I don’t have to try on their pieces because I know how it’ll fit me and the cut and sizing is precise, everytime!

Is there a Spring trend that you’re dying to incorporate into your wardrobe?
This is going to sound odd, but I really want to try out the athletic look infused with edge!

Why Blogging?  What turned you on to the Blogosphere?
I’ve always been “that friend,” you want to take shopping and ask your fashion questions to.  How do I restyle a dress?  Will this outfit be too over the top for this occasion?  What shoes should I wear with this outfit?  My friends always encouraged me to do something with fashion so here I am…11 months into the blogging world.

Where do you see your Blog a year from now?
In a year from now, I’ll be blogging for almost 2 years so I hope to have collaborated with more brands and also overcome my styling challenges.  I would love to become a member of the Vogue Influencer Network, or the Lucky Collective.  I do also hope to attend a few conferences as well.

Name 3 Bloggers whose style you just live for.

As you know, my blog is geared towards FASHION and FINANCE, so tell me in what ways you combine the two. 
Things always go on sale so be patient.  Patience is also a virtue when it comes to bargain hunting, if you really scour through the racks at discount stores such as TJMaxx and Marshall’s you can find many great items heavily discounted.  G is definitely a master of thrifting which I’ve yet to try, but she is definitely inspiring me to give it a go!

What advice would you give to up and coming Fashion Bloggers?
Blogging is hard work, it takes time and dedication.  Figure out what is your niche, and go with it.  Wear what exudes your own personal style, and always give your readers your best content.

Doesn’t she give great advice?  I LOVE that she dubbed herself a "High/Low Mixologist", LOL!!!  I can also, see her being “that friend” that you need to take on your shopping trips.  Now, All I have to do is get her into some Thrift Stores so she can add that to her Fashion Resume, LOL!!

Now, choosing one of Bessie’s looks was something I thought would be easy for me.  Boy was I WRONG.  Well, it wasn’t hard, but I just kept changing my mind so many times.  She has so many to choose from.  And they all have a great deal of variety in them from look to look.  But I did FINALLY settle on this one here:

 So…….How did I do?  Bessie, do you like it girl?

As ALWAYS Dolls…

Love You for Following,



  1. G, you did an awesome job! This look is perfection, love the leopard blouse, the tan blazer, and the necklace is fab! Absolutely well done, and thank you for featuring me!

    1. Thanks Bessie! I'm so glad you liked it. Girl, you had me spinning my wheels over here over which look of yours to try. I had so much fun and you were an incredible feature!


  2. Great feature! I love Bessie's energy and personality!! Only 11 months, now that's inspirational..!

    1. Me Too!!! Isn't she so cool, and so fly! Her 11 month results are phenomenal. Definitely, something to aspire to.


  3. Very cute. I like her style a lot. You rocked it. You're hair is getting long.

  4. Thanks Sis! I love Bessie's style as well. And yeah, I'm letting my hair grow out for now. But you know its nothing for me to pull the scissors back out! :)


  5. I love both looks! You have been nailing the inspirations all week.

  6. Girl, your outfit is smoking! I love it! With the leopard and the LV Speedy. Great for work and on the go.


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