Carlo Vontee’ Augo gave us an exclusive glimpse of his sought-after designer showcase entitled, “Journey” during Sacramento Fashion Week last month at the downtown commons.
Carlo created his collection with an amplitude of sincere emotions from a willingness to risk his life while serving in Iraq. “I was surrounded in a place of anger, war, depression and struggle. Black represented that. Black represent the darkness of the war, the sadness of it all. White was my faith relying on God,” Carlo explains.
Having been placed in a war zone unaware of what could happen next from suicide bombs and incoming gas attacks one thing was certain, Carlo never stopped thinking of pursuing after his dreams. “I want to see my couture designs make history all over the world,” he states.
Covering Sacramento Fashion Week for Gladys Magazine a luxury award-winning publication, I had a bird-eyes view of the entire audience while Carlo’s designs walked the runway; the energy that I witness can not be explained in words.
Each year SACFW continues to grow while bringing together emerging designers within the community to take the runway showing their love for the industry. To learn more about Carlo Vontee’ Augo and the designs displayed below please visit: carlovonteeaugo.com.
Images c/o SAC Fashion Week
What do Mary Tyler Moore, Mae West and Halle Berry have in common? Aside from being three of the greatest actresses of the 20th century, they have all struggled with diabetes behind the camera. Such an auto-immune disease comes with a feeling of both defeat and triumph. Being diagnosed as a type 1 diabetic for 47 years, Mary Tyler Moore explains in a 2010 television interview the beginning of her diagnosis and how she dealt with being in the public eye. Each word spoken and her fears were exactly in direct proportion to ones that I had at the age of 33. Moore’s courage to share her story, among many others, has a way of changing people and refashioning communities beyond measure. I have taken her optimistic charisma as a role model in my personal life refashioning how others perceive diabetes and creating something many have never felt or seen.
On November 17th during Diabetes Awareness Month I attended the annual T1D Nude Diabetes Advocacy Project Calendar Release Party in support of my debut as a nude model and on-going advocate. Having been surrounded by others that too deal with type 1 diabetes (T1D) brought me a feeling of warmth and reassurance that I wasn’t alone in this journey for a cure.
Shedding my clothes for diabetes awareness has brought a sense of empowerment that I literally can’t express in words, not to mention, to be Miss June 2018 showcases that nothing is impossible as we are possible to achieve what others believe to be impossible. T1D Exposed calendar creators, Tara Layman and Kat Reed have truly created something beyond any other diabetes project; it comes as an artistic expression in regards to the auto-immune disease that is much needed in society today.
For such an event I knew I had to support the cause by wearing the universal color, blue and what better dress boutique to wear than my good friend Cathy Lynn of Get Go Retro and featured designer for Gladys Magazine’s Love Issue releasing this February. After viewing her full inventory of day, suit and party dresses I came upon this custom Finding Dory Vested Pencil Dress in navy blue. Having exactly the classic cocktail inspired style I am often fond of, I instantly knew without a second thought this would be the perfect dress, for such an anticipated event.
At the end of each day, we must all understand the fact that in every unexpected occurrence in life we will always find truth and a high level of gratitude. If all you do is think of Every setback is the setup for the Glamour in Life ™ you are further ahead than the rest.Finding Dory Vested Pencil Dress c/o Get Go Retro. Bow Blouse EXPRESS (similar here, here & here). Vintage Brooch & Millinery, Etsy. Lucite Purse c/o Kooki De Lou. Beauty c/o Belleci Cosmetics.
I am often asked what I do on the weekends, well, I typically find myself travelling for a number of client projects, Pop-Up shops for Belleci Cosmetics, modelling, sponsorship blog posts, and of course attending various media events. I find myself connecting with some of the most inspiring individuals within the industry today. From San Francisco to Los Angeles, Palm Springs, Napa Valley and Las Vegas, lately I’m able to discover an interesting world of entrepreneurship.On a recent visit to Palm Springs, I met a gentleman by the name of Paul, a charming man in his late 60’s. I was at a local espresso bar reading the Compound Effect by Darren Hardy as he leaned over in his chair and stated, “Want to know the secret in life?” With a perplexed face I smiled and said sarcastically, “You know the secret of life, how much will it cost me to know?” I imagined he was a novice motivational guru looking to make a few extra bucks.
He turned his body completely towards me and explained who he was, his visit to Palm Springs and much more to my amazement. I found what he had told me to be quite interesting and the more I listened I felt myself rooted within the information he shared.
We ALL overthink our lives, manifesting everything we don’t want. Successful people are not lucky, they create luck in their life by focusing on what they want rather than the things they don’t. I found such truth to his theory as us humans tend to overthink the occurrences that arise in our lives and instead of letting it go we feel we must tell everyone we come across what just happened. Do you realize what we are doing in that moment, we are lowering our positive vibration to something of lack.
As many of you know I am truly aspired by the luxury of change (speaking on the topic at Sac Women Expo) as we are in control of our thoughts, feelings and the moment. At the end of our lengthy conversation and two espressos later he ended by stating, “What you want, wants you.” It truly makes sense as the things we speak are being broadcasted into a rich universe that only knows one command which is yes. Think about it, every bad relationship you’ve ever been in, you always declare what you don’t want and somehow you get the same thing again. Well like Paul explained it’s because everything that we want positive or negative wants us – it’s that simple.
This experience speaking with Paul and learning from a person that deeply cared about others was very fortifying. Life can be everything you want it to be if you simply take control of your mind and know that what you want, wants you.
Floral Tie- Neck Blouse c/o Banana Republic, Ivory Crepe Pleated Skirt by Kaersten Cooper (similar here & here), Vintage Brooch (similar styles found on Etsy), Kate Spade Pumps, Beauty c/o Belleci Cosmetics, OPI Red Nail Polish, Big Red Apple.