DOFW Day 5: 4 Young Nation Expo Booths You Couldn’t Afford to Miss

by Monica Michel and Mellissa Thomas


The Young Nation Beauty, Health & Art Shopping Expo featured Orlando’s premier entrepreneurs and businesses. Smooth Jazz 102.5 WLOQ spun the day’s tunes while patrons flowed in and enjoyed the day’s offerings.

Customers had three irresistible jewelry vendors to choose from:

  • Wendy Leininger, Independent Designer for Origami Owl Custom Jewelry and Style Advisor for Lulu Avenue Jewelry catalog
  • DOFW Participating Designer Totally Betty Society
  • No Frills Boutique

The expo was fashion heaven, offering not only jewelry, but dresses and great clothing from CCouture, and innovative sunglasses from Inno 25 Shades.


But no one skipped these four booths.

1. Mary Kay consultants were on the scene at the Young Nation Beauty, Health & Art Shopping Expo giving away goodie bags and providing useful tips on basic skin care.

Mary Kay consultant Laura and her colleagues at the Young Nation Beauty Health & Art Shopping Expo


2. After an evening of exciting shopping, what better way to unwind than a wonderful seated massage courtesy of the Florida College of Natural Health. Boy was it good!

Florida College of Natural Health students double team to offer free full-body massages


3. No Frills Boutique made this beautiful (and tempting) accessory spread, and stuck it out until after cleanup, and literally cleaned up. The No Frills Boutique ladies made the highest revenue there.

No Frills Boutique accessories table at the Young Nation Beauty, Health & Art Shopping Expo


4. Can’t forget the tasty food provided all week long by John & Shirley’s Catering. The food was delicious and the vibes great. Shirley (below, left) threw down some moves on the dance floor to the DJ’s tunes between servings.

Shirley and her colleague from John & Shirley's Catering at the Young Nation Beauty, Health & Art Shopping Expo


That’s all for now, but stay tuned for more highlights of this year’s 2013 Downtown Orlando Fashion Week. Stay beautiful!



Photos taken by Monica Michel.



Plus size blogger and stylist Monica MichelAbout the Author:
A southwest Florida native attending the University of Central Florida, Monica humbly welcomes the opportunity to encourage young women to step out of their comfort zone through her own plus size fashion blog, Bel Gumbo (Tumblr), and wardrobe styling. While disregarding fashion Do’s and Don’ts, she creates a style of her own.



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