Fall 2019 Black Fashion Week MN Lineup

September 10, 2019


The two weekend  event of the season is almost here. Black Fashion Week MN Fall 2019 is approaching fast and the official events are slowly trickling in. This year’s fall fashion event lineup will include the highly anticipated, Opalescent brought to you by Tim+Thom, as well as  hometown favorite Black Man Magic. A newbie to BFWMN, Full Fashion Panic showcasing creations inspired by cosplay, manga, and anime. Be prepared to expect the unexpected with fashion inspired from all over the world. There will definitely be a something for everyone.

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Be sure to check back for updates!

For the record, I am not officially or unofficially associated with Black Fashion Week MN (BFWMN) in any way, shape or form. I just happen to be a black and brown woman that will be in the right place at the right time. You can follow me on social media @maina.reyes on IG and Snapchat, @MahinaReyes on Twitter & Periscope  while I take this online personality thing to the next level.

As always I am forever looking for events, businesses, and brands owned and run by POC to promote if you got something or know something please share! 

miss mahina

Fall 2019 Black Fashion Week MN returns!

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Black Fashion Week MN will be returning to the Twin Cities Fall 2019 and I’m living for it!

What’s Up

Rumor has it Black Fashion Week MN (BFWMN) will be back in the Cities this fall and it's going to be an event to remember. While stalking the BFWMN social channels I have discovered the following: 

  1. .The was a model call on August 23 and everyone is talking about it

  2. Houston White, Natalie Morrow,  Manou Maimounata Effi, and Andrés Pérez are about to tear it up

  3. From what I’ve seen so far from conversation and images from behind the scenes, we are in for some thangs

Someone correct me if I’m wrong...

This past spring was the first time that I had a chance to attend Black Fashion Week MN (BFWMN) and I loved every moment of it. You get access to  the newest designs, exposed to amazing entertainment, and Minnesota POC come correct and dressed to impress. The majority of designers, models, vendors, and attendees are Black, it is Black Fashion Week Minnesota after all.  But you can expect to see designers, models, vendors, and attendees from a variety of backgrounds showcasing and showstopping in this inclusive parade of fashions. The Twin Cities BFWMN is a two-weekend event is not to be missed if you are a true fashion lover. 

Predictions

I’ve been doing predictions pretty consistently for the last few years for different shows worldwide, and #BFWMN is not an exception. I anticipate the opposite reaction from what we've seen when it comes to participation this season.  While the Big Four Shows are cutting small sizing and going private, I predict that BFWMN will bring double the attendance and representation with sold out shows. I also predict underrated fashion designers will be making a debut and some unexpected collaborations are going to bring some major attention to the Twin Cities. I have no doubt that we can expect BFWMN shows filled with a mishmash of colors and textures walking down the runways just in time for the seasonal changes that goes hand in hand with life in the Midwest.  

This next prediction is pretty much the same prediction that I foresee in shows for the Spring 2020 Collections being showcased this season.  I foresee spurts of political fashion making its mark and being seen on and off the runway. I believe that we are going to see a lot of cultural inspirations and nods to iconic trailblazers. There is going to be a lot of sustainable fashions and forever wear and versatile pieces on display. 

So this is more wishful thinking than a prediction, but I’m crossing my fingers in hopes that we will see designers that have true plus-size clothing lines available.  

Be Prepared

This time around I am pulling from the budget I usually save for FWMN and shifting my dollars and lewks to prepare to attend BFWMN.  It should go without saying, but just in case you didn’t know BFWMN is a dress to impress situation and tickets move fast. Front row is always the first to get filled so if you want to make sure you and your party get the seats. Be sure to visit Black Fashion Week MN online and check their Facebook Page early and often to get first picks.  

For the record, I am not officially or unofficially associated with Black Fashion Week MN (BFWMN) in any way, shape or form. I just happen to be a black and brown woman that will be in the right place at the right time. You can follow me on social media @mahina.reyes on IG and Snapchat, @MahinaReyes on Twitter & Periscope while I take this online personality thing to the next level.

As always I am forever looking for events, businesses, and brands owned and run by POC to promote if you got something or know something please share! 

Miss Mahina

5 Takeaways from the NEXT Connect MN Brunch: Pancake, Bellini's, and PJ's

August 13, 2019


I attended the sold-out Next Connect MN Brunch: Pancake, Bellini's, and PJ's and I unearthed 5 Golden Nuggets of Wisdom

NEXT Connect MN is an organization that uses its platform to create a network of opportunities and support to build a community of wealth for WOC in business.  Pancake, Bellini's, and PJ's brunch event gave attendees the opportunity to meet, eat, shop, and get some advice from the ladies behind the brand.  

The event started with an unstructured networking and shopping set. The list of vendors for this private included:

Once we had our shopping fill, food and drinks were served in a buffet-style brunch with a variety of breakfast items. Hot food and an assortment fruits/veggies were provided by Kyla’s Catering while the pastry items and drinks were provided by the venue (Moxie Minneapolis, Uptown). Once brunch started wrapping up the group of ladies headed upstairs for an intimate gathering of meditation and panel conversation. The event wrapped up with questions and advice from attendees. The women on the panel presented their ideas with sincerity, and didn’t hold back with some humor.  Entertainment, food, and women of color just being their dope ass selves made This was one event I’m glad I made it out to and can’t wait to attend the next one that these ladies have to offer. Here are just a few takeaways from the Pancake, Bellini's, and PJ's NEXT Connect MN Brunch.

Not all money is good money.

Not all money is good money.

Not all money is good money.

All money is not the same. The energy behind the money can mean the difference between good business and bad business. More often than not you can sense early warning indicators that are telling you to end things before you get sucked into a situation you don’t want. Read and trust the signs. As a business owner you have the option to let your client know that your business may not be the best fit for what the seek and refer them to someone else. You have to set boundaries and sometimes that means you have to tell customer/client no.

I failed a billion times, but I lived, learned, and got back right up and tried again.

I failed a billion times, but I lived, learned, and got back right up and tried again.

I failed a billion times, but I lived, learned, and got back right up and tried again.

People “fail” all the time. There isn’t a successful person that hasn’t fallen flat on their face or learned something the hard way. “Failures” are teachable moments that we learn from. Failure doesn’t mean the end, it means a shot at another opportunity to do even better than before, lessons learned. So if you are true to your cause and you want to succeed it’s absolutely necessary that you get up and try again.

Being creative is exhausting.

Being creative is exhausting.

Being creative is exhausting.

Creative minds are constantly running, thinking, visioning, and creating. There’s no stopping even when you try to tell yourself you’re on a break. Bringing your vision/project to life is exhausting. Your creations are apart of you that comes from your very being. While everyone sees the final product, what you see is the the process of sleepless nights, relationships tested, headaches, tears and a vast array of emotions that you went through to create a product 4 times out of 10 that others can actually understand and appreciate. The process is exhausting and creatives must take much needed breaks for their own well-being.

We are too good at making excuses and creating roadblocks for ourselves.

We are too good at making excuses and creating roadblocks for ourselves.

We are too good at making excuses and creating roadblocks for ourselves.

If there is one thing that we as WOC do and do well it’s make excuses and create roadblocks in the form of focusing on other people and their needs. We have the solutions and support others, but have every excuse in the book not to apply wise words to ourselves. We have a toxic habit of expecting pure perfection from ourselves, putting ourselves down, not taking credit for our potential and taking actions to win. The overcompensating excuses and roadblocks are a generational and inter-generational legacy we have to learn to overcome.

If you’re gong to start a business or try a new project it’s now or never.

If you’re gong to start a business or try a new project it’s now or never.

If you’re gong to start a business or try a new project it’s now or never.

It’s simple enough, yet we often find excuses as to why we can’t get our projects and businesses started. We straddle on a fence of self made justifications as to why we can’t start our businesses or new projects here or right now. If we keep saying later now will never come. Make the declaration and put a date stamp on it. Say you’ll do it and make sure you follow through now, not later.

For future events make sure you are following NEXT Connect MN on Instagram.

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006/365: Cultivating Plants For the First Time

August 06

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Being a plant parent for the very first time. Watching my plants grow throughout the summer has been a major highlight of my summer. I’m nervous how the winter will switch things up, though.

005/365: Refreshing Sheet Mask Right Out The Cooler

August 05

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No matter the season skincare is a neccesity.