What a packed and fun month!

It all began with Fashion’s Night Out at International Plaza…red carpet, chocolate bar, mingling and of course, shopping!kid couture runway

Then…here’s where things get a little crazy and we’re going to rattle a few things off quickly…Sept. 15, 2012 marked the first event day for Tampa Bay Fashion Week, starting with Kid Couture at the Glazer Children’s Museum. By the way, they had the cutest runway EVER! Decked out in multi-colors, mini-chairs and even a bean bag VIP section!

FWTB 2012 ~ Runway to Reality hosted by Working Women of Tampa Bay

FWTB 2012 ~ Runway to Reality hosted by Working Women of Tampa Bay

Then the rest of the week brought us Cocktails & Couture at The Ritz Ybor (Sept. 16); Runway to Reality Style Seminar (Sept. 17) hosted by Working Women of Tampa Bay (thanks, Jessica!) and featuring Sara Stonecipher, MISRED Outfitters plus stylists Wendi Braswell and Lisa Ford, along

was the signature FWTB Model Behavior Cocktail Soiree…phew! Wait, there’s still more…

Karma, The Shops at Franklin (Sept. 20) was up next – a pop-up shop in The Vault. A collaborative partnership between Tampa Bay Fashion Week, Elan Event Studios and Tampa Downtown Partnership with a goal of promoting shopping in the downtown Tampa area. We had the privilege of handling the PR outreach and Karma had a successful run until Sept. 22

when it was time to close the doors until next year. And finally, the designer runway shows and FWTB Boutique (Sept. 21) at The Ritz Ybor. Now that was just fashion fun and you can see all kinds of pics here. Stephanie Hayes of the Tampa Bay Times Deal Divas, is a fashion tweeting, instagraming machine. She was right there with us for all event days! The fashion pull-out section they did…be sure to hold on to that little memento, we do believe it to be worthy of an award or few.

And speaking of awards, Tampa Bay Fashion Week won “Best Event To Get Dressed For” in Creative Loafing‘s Best of the Bay. That little award ceremony was held on Sept. 19…notice the overlap? See where things were getting a little crazy. Right now Tampa Bay Fashion Week is up for Tampa Bay Business Journal’s Readers Choice Awards for “Favorite fundraiser event/program/daytime event” –  category 17. Please vote!

On Sept. 26, the 83 Degrees “Not Your Average Speakers “series was a huge success. The event featured Mayor Bob Buckhorn (City of Tampa), Ken Stoltenberg (Principal of Mercury Advisors), Dr. Karen Holbrook (SVP for Global Affairs & International Research/Professor of Molecular Medicine at University of South Florida), and Tim Baker (Principal of Baker Barrios Architects). Smart conversations with some of the Bay region’s movers and shakers – it was great! Check out an article here.

That same day, Mariska Breland of Fuse Pilates flew into Tampa and did an interview at Studio 10. Later that evening she held a small preview class at Yogani Studios. The feedback is that the backsides are sore…therefore, the method is effective! Check out the studio interview here.

And finally, even more cool happenings this month…Kimberly Hendrix of khendrix is going strong with her fashion line and is also launching a new business, kravitz+hendrix! More to come on that front.

Lots of good stuff and fun going on! We hope that September was a positive and full month for you. If for some reason things didn’t go as planned in September (it happens, what can  you do?), then get yourself ready to kick the door in to October and make it a great one!

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