She’s Got Style by Lexie T.

When I opened up my e-mail and saw that Dan had sent me the photos from this shoot we did withOlivia and Jen, I jumped for joy!


Dan and I haven’t done a colorful shoot together recently and our goal is actually to get more out in the next month or two. The most recent colorful editorial we did was this one, back in May.



We added a little funk to this shoot by adding these glasses. Dan got really creative with that idea, hah! I really really love how this shoot captures Olivia’s personality. Some people think that models are really stiff and don’t like to have fun during shoots… but this girl, she’s got that good attitude.



Every shoot I style, I typically have a favorite look where I say, “WE NEED TO SHOOT THIS.” But, during this shoot, I liked it ALL. Part of it is because we all communicated really well as a team with what we all wanted. That’s what collaborations should be like, ya know?



These photos are amazing, needless to say and I can’t wait to show you what Dan and I have next for a fashion editorial 🙂 Stay tuned!

Photography by Dan Rappa
Modeling by Olivia Frischer-JE Models
Styling by Lexie Tiongson
Hair & Make-Up by Jennifer Toy 

KTWIN’s Friends of Fashion This Thursday!

Anheuser-Busch/Golden Light Presents….. KTWIN’s Friends of Fashion!

  • Day: Thu, May 3, 2012
  • Showtime: 9:00 PM
  • Doors open: 8:00 PM
  • Days until show: 3
  • Ages: 18 & Over
  • On sale now
  • Ticket Prices*: $20

The K-TWIN Friends of Fashion Event comes to The Brick in Downtown Minneapolis Thursday night, May 3rd! Only a limited number of tickets will be available for one of the most amazing fashion shows of the year. The K-TWIN Friends of Fashion Event features:

Local designers!

Christopher Straub, Realia By Jen, and ArielSimone.

Local Stores!

Bessie’s Boutique, Pink Champagne and more.

Local Performers!

Tim Mahoney and John Swardson- all wrapped in your favorite rock hits!


Tickets on sale now at The Brick box office and at the K-TWIN studios.

The K-TWIN Friends of Fashion Event brought you by: I Am Moody Productions, Jungle Red Salon Spa and Gallery, White Bear Lake Suzuki, DP Hue JB Hudson Jewelers and Golden Light. Go to for more info.

* Service and handling fees are added to the price of each ticket


Fashion Group International Fashion Show This Thursday!

We have a Fashion Show event this Thursday, 4/12 to share with you! Mingle and sip on fabulous Minnesota wine while watching 6 Minnesota designers show their collection on the FGI runway.

And guess what!? ArielSimone wil be there presenting some of our S/S12 collection. Plus, you won’t want to miss the unforgettable Warehouse Winery venue.

Place: Warehouse Winery, 6415 Cambridge Street, St. Louis Park
Date: Thursday, April 12th
Time: (change): 6:00PM wine tasting & open networking, 7:30PM Fashion Show!
Cost: $25 members, $40 Non-members (plus, bring a friend for FREE!)
Purchase your tickets here!

Event Info:

Place: Warehouse Winery, 6415 Cambridge Street, St. Louis Park
Date: Thursday, April 12th
Time: 6:00 PM Wine tasting & open networking, 7:30PM Fashion show!
Cost: $25 Members, $40 Non-Members (Plus, bring a friend for FREE!)
Purchase Tickets now!
A little about FGI
It all began in 1928 when 17 women, gathered by Edna Woolman Chase, Editor-in-Chief of Vogue, met for lunch in a modest midtown New York restaurant. They had three things in common: Each held a job of consequence in the business of fashion, each held all the others in high regard and together they held a belief that fashion needed a forum, a stage, or a force to express and enhance a widening awareness of the American fashion business and of women’s roles in that business.

The Fashion Group®, conceived at an informal luncheon in 1928 became an organization in 1930, with a place, a purpose, by-laws, officers and women eager to be members.

Some of those Founding and Charter members were:

Elizabeth Arden, Margaret Case, Eleanor Roosevelt, Helena Rubinstein, Julia Coburn, Lilly Dache, Jessica Daves, Nan Duskin, Edith Head, Eleanor LeMaire, Claire McCardell, Clare Potter, Virginia Pope, Dorothy Shaver, Adele Simpson, Carmel Snow, and Miss Tobé.

Their first office space was donated by Louis Fairchild in his Women’s Wear Daily building on East 12th Street. The second office space was at 572 Madison Avenue, donated by Harper’s Bazaar. Then in 1934, from the minutes of the Board meeting of October 18: Discussion as to how to meet the rent of the contemplated space in 30 Rockefeller Center included a Fashion Group party using talent within the membership lampooning fashion, to be known as The Fashion Follies™. Today, The Fashion Group® offers membership to both men and women.

We are lucky to have a Minneapolis/ St. Paul Chapter. Please come and join us this Thursday!!

ARENA Bikini Beach Baby Recap!

Well , we certainly had a fabulous time Saturday night at the Calhoun Beach Club. If you missed the 5th Annual Arena Bikini show on Saturday, you missed a great production! The Beach Baby!  themed swimwear show was awesome, and packed with well over 300 people! This year we really loved how each designer was given the same vintage theme with the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s as inspiration. It really helped in producing a cohesive show, even with the dancing. Mathew choreographed great dance segments that really highlighted many of the popular moves from those eras.

Our segment of six looks ran first, complete with three men’s and three women’s looks; the theme being vintage lingerie swimwear. We are still waiting for our photos in color, which we will upload to facebook. In the mean time, take a peek at a few b&w photos:

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I really wanted to show the different styles of that time but still mix in current trends. So we showed the white bridal one-piece as something a beach bride could wear today, and classic high waist that speaks of a past time, but I also still wanted to keep the ‘sexy’ aspect of lingerie with the garters and micro mini skirt!

Here is a video of the final walkthrough– would have been amazing if Corey had captured the begining since we were behind stage and did not get to see our models.

All of these styles and more will be available for purchase on our site in a few weeks, but until then feel free to contact Adrienne directly via email if you need one sooner:

{All photo and video credit goes to Corey Tenold Photography}

Chocolate & Couture

We’ve been gone for a while, but don’t fret we’re back! We missed everyone last week; we’ve been working on some pretty big things here at ArielSimone, and we wanted to make sure we kept you all in the loop…

As many have heard the story, last summer when I went to Italy I went on a grueling and life changing hiking trip through the Cinque Terre Mountains. Well, during that rigid hike and throughout the rest of my Italian escape I really got close with one of my great friends Jamie Greenberg Arlin of Cake Bite Girl.

This is us midway through the hike of our life. Don’t mind the sweat and exasperation/desperation.

And this is what Jamie truly looks like, with her delicious creations!

I haven’t seen Jamie since Italy, but I’m so excited that we’re now going to be doing a show together in Chicago. We’ll be rocking out in downtown Chicago for a spring fashion show featuring ArielSimone that will combine other stylish local designers, Jamie’s delicious desserts, and cocktails at Jbar on March 22, 2012 at 7-10pm. Tickets are available online.

Here are the details:

HOSTS: Schae Lewis & Bahar Partow, Mission 2 Organize, Jamie Arlin, Mixins-Chicago. 

FASHION DESIGNERS: ArielSimone, Shah Riaz and Richard Dayhoff


DESSERT: Cake Bite Girl

DRINKS: The Naked Grape 

RAFFLE PRIZES: 2 Shah Riaz ties, Ariel Simone top, $150 gift certificate towards a personal or business portrait photo session (Angela Garbot), 2 Chicago Chocolate Tours, 2 hrs closet organizing (Mission 2 Organize), Box of cake bites (Cake Bite Girl)

YOUR TICKET INCLUDES: Fashion show at 8:30pm, 2 Complimentary glasses of wine, Passed cake bites, Chance at 50 Gift bags, and a Raffle prize entry. Available online.

Here’s a little teaser of the Cake Bite Girl treats that will be at the show!

Red Velvet Trios – OMG YUM…

Salted Caramel Cake Bites – My mouth is watering

Blue Velvet Cake Bites – Red Velvet, but blue?? Ok, I’m sold….

Honestly, I can’t wait to try each and every option, so now I need to figure out how many pounds I’m willing to gain on this trip  😉

by Adrienne Yancy

Realia by Jen: A Look at what’s to Come

As you know, one of our favorite jewelry designers to partner with is Jennifer Scheffler of Realia by Jen. We loooooove working with Jen for anything fashion related– whether it be for photo shoots, runway shows or holiday parties!

We are so excited to be working with Jen this season for Minnesota Fashion Week and we wanted to take a moment to introduce her and her jewels. And that’s not all– We also think that  in addition to enjoying a sneak peak of the designs , you’ll also enjoy a snippet of an exclusive interview that we had with the designer herself! Photos include  the jewelry that Jen made for Avoid The Grey for our lovely model, Elle Lemler as well the three piece mini-collection that was created for sale! The full interview will be posted later this month with more images!

When asked what projects she is currently working on, Jen’s response is so perfectly timed with our post!

JS: I am in the process of pulling together my 2012 (spring/summer and fall/winter)
collections! As well, I am working with local designer ArielSimone on a mini-collection
for the upcoming Avoid The Grey show with Cliché. It is a beautiful and deliciously
sparkly mini collection with my favorite Swarovski crystals all over it! It is a pairing that
will take us all outside of the box! (pun intended…)

Allow us to take a moment to promote the said (and much anticipated) Avoid the Grey show, since it is not too late to purchase tickets!  It is THIS SATURDAY at 79 13th Avenue NE, 7 PM SHARP! Come and see the amazing work of  Realia by Jen paired with our very exciting and very bright ArielSimone Avoid the Grey garment. It will be fun to see what new jewels Jen has in store this season and a perfect time to consider what pieces you might want for Valentine’s Day or to pair with another special occasion on the calendar.

Obviously, you know where to get ArielSimone garments, but to purchase Jen’s jewels, visit Realia by Jen online. Stay tuned for our much longer feature on Jen, covering everything from her personal aesthetic to advice for up and comers!

Youtube and Twin Cities Live!

Hey everyone!  In the past week I have had two big developments occur in my design/blogging life!  I decided to start a channel to supplement my blogs each week.  I have posted two vblogs so far, I plan on posting more behind the scenes stuff starting later this week.  Be sure to check it out, and let me know what you think!


I also will be showing one of my pieces this Saturday at the MOA in the Red Hearts For Fashion event.  There will be two presentations at noon and 2pm, both in the Rotunda. Here is more info on the event!



And last but not least: I will be a featured designer on tomorrow’s segment of Twin Cities Live! I will be previewing what I will be showing in Saturday’s show as well as being interviewed.  I am super excited! It will air during the 3-4pm hour, be sure to tune in! Here is the design I will be showing!  No doubt, my model: the beautiful Lydia Mae, will rock it!

by Lucie Jane