Perfect Fall Weekend by Adrienne Yancy

This weekend was both fun and productive for the ArielSimone team. We started our day with delicious muffins, breakfast wraps, parfait, tea and coffee from SIP before heading across the street for our morning shoot!  We always have a great time with our models! Today we used three beautiful Minneapolis models Sarah Mraz, Lucie Jane and Abbie Meyer, and shoot a few of our fall items. We’re so excited to be working with a new photographer, Mirza Nizamuddin, and so excited for you all to see the photos!
After the shoot we headed a few blocks away to the Casket Arts Building for a Fashion Photography Lighting class, put on by Tim Davis. We walked in to the soulful sounds of artist Chris Thompson, and realized that the entire building was open from 12-8 that day, with hundreds of artists showing their work and music between the three buildings! We did snag a quick video of the great musician Chris Thompson that afternoon!
Needless to say, our Fashion Lighting Class was a bore… Tim was very difficult to talk to, and we didn’t get any of our questions answered. He basically just bashed all of the other great Minneapolis photographers…. so we left and spend our hours touring this amazing building and meeting other artists! We met with some AMAZING jewelry designers that we hopefully will partner with in the future. We plan on featuring our faves in an upcoming post so we won’t reveal too much except our absolute favorite piece of the day.
 
After the main building, we walked over to The Factory building where Nkechi found an amazing 1950’s vintage bowl from FindFurnish! I’m excited to see what she’s going to do with it in her fabulous place!
 Check out this vintage news paper! Gorgeous vintage fashion.
Lucky for me, while Nkechi was vintage shopping, there was a taco truck outside in the sculpture garden, and I helped myself to two delectable small beef, and pork tacos! MMMmm… which reminds me to do my food truck tasting before it snows! LOL. This building had hundreds of amazing vintage things for sale, and also a hands-on paper painting apparatus made by one of the awesome Franconia artists Jonas Lindberg! Unfortunately we didn’t get a photo of that. But I did of the show room. Modern + Vintage =Sweetness.
Finally, I headed over to the James Earl Brown Center in Brooklyn Park to walk as a local celebrity in the Fetch Ball Gala Fashion Show produced by Richard Moody. Some other local celebs included Colleen Kruze from 107.1, Keith Dorsett from Elsworth Menswear, and Bill Tamlyn, One Man Minneapolis winner 2010. I got to walk with Brinks, a very strong service dog! Now, I haven’t been on the runway like that since college, so I was glad I was able to hold on to Brinks!! What a great day!
 
by Adrienne Yancy
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