Spring Xposure Rocked the Carlsbad Forum on Thursday

Spring Xposure Strutted Down the Runway!

Thank you to Sunfresh Flowers for the beautiful centerpieces!

Photos by Sydney Calhoun

On March 31st, FINE Magazine hosted the 5th Annual Spring Exposure Fashion Show. The event showcased fashion, food, and good company in an effort to raise money for Shelter to Solider, a charity that saves the lives of shelter canines by pairing them with veterans suffering from PTSD. Guests danced the night away to the musical styling of Daring Greatly, while enjoying a surplus of food, drinks, and runway looks. The Carlsbad Forum was surely dressed to the nines last night... fur coats, and all!

With the check-in line wrapped around the fence as guests clamored to enter, the festivities began early in the evening at 5:45. Guests were whisked away onto the red carpet where they posed for the paparazzi thanks to Selfie Station. Food and cocktails greeted our guests as they tried samples and wine tastings. A full list of our lovely food and beverage vendors is down below!

Participants mingled from booth to booth, finding their way to reserved VIP seats along the runway for an emotional speech given by Graham Bloem, the founder and president of Shelter to Soldier. Bloem introduced US Navy veteran Vic Martin, who shared his story about recovering from PTSD. Martin tugged at everyone's heartstrings with an emotional speech about how Shelter to Soldier helped save his life. This organization puts their time and effort into saving “two lives at a time," and we here at FINE magazine were so happy to support them with our Spring Xposure fashion show. Thanks to all of our wonderful guests, Shelter to Soldier successfully raised $7000.  

Nicole Miller Fashion

The performance of Daring Greatly and DJ Danny had people on their feet, and dancing until 10pmSegueing into the live auction was Steve Lewandowski from Veterans Research Alliance. Models then displayed the beautiful clothing auctioned off, prompting hands to be raised, and checks to be signed. The items auctioned off live include a SculpSure treatment from Dermacare San Diego, a handmade bag from Rich Freshman, and a necklace from Renzulli's Jewelry World. Spring Xposure also featured a silent auction. The full list of participants who donated items to the auction can be found down below.

Commencing the highly anticipated fashion show Bravua Sydney, who displayed their beautiful swimwear line. Haus of K2 then flaunted their lace inspired spring line. Following them on the runway was Chico’s light and breezy fashion. Bringing tropical vibes to the catwalk were, Cocoyana’s Columbian swimwear. White House Black Market and the Zaneta Owen Collection of handbags stunned the runway in chic stylings. Nicole Miller had the models adorned in Mulloy’s Jewelry, and Francesca’s in pastel and preppy patterns. Walking with a bohemian look was both Studio 1220 and Satori Designs. Delivering active wear and lounge pieces were Lululemon and Soma Intimates. Finally, JoS. A. Banks and Rich Freshman had people swooning over their premier suits and gorgeous menswear.

FINE would like to give a huge thanks to a number of people that made this event the amazing production you witnessed on Thursday! First, thank you to Outdoor HDTV for their amazing monitors and to Jessie Aguayo for streaming our fashion show live for our extensive crowd. A huge thank you to Solar Rain for keeping us continuously hydrated with their delicious water, and to David Davis from KUSI for being an incredible emcee.

Thank you to our Gold sponsor Schubach Aviation, our Silver sponsor American Porfolio Mortgage, our Bronze sponsors Staged Homes, Doctor D. Schwab, Backyard Vacations, Increased Energy, and the San Diego Chargers. Also thank you to our corporate sponsors Herca Solar and Ideal Match. And, of course, thank you to all of our generous vendors, stylists, sponsors, and donors for contributing to our best Spring Xposure yet!

Daring Greatly

If you would like to join FINE magazine for another fine and fabulous event, please join us on May 21st for our Tequila Classic at the Del Mar Plaza! Thank you again to all of our participants; keep an eye out over the next few days for more detailed recaps discussing the fashion, food, and alcohol vendors involved! 

Food Vendors: Ara Lebanese, BICE Ristorante, Buca di Beppo, Buffalo Wild Wings, Casa De Bandini, Huberts Lemonade, Illy Coffee, Jimbos, OH Juice, Panera Bread, Pernicano’s Ristorante, Red Oven, Rotisserie Affair, San Diego Cake Pop, Solar Rain, and Which Which.

Carruth Cellars

Alcohol Vendors: Bellamar Spirits, Carruth Cellars, Coomber Family Winery, Estate D’lacobelli Winery, Hess Brewing Company, Mediterrano Taste, Novo Brazil, Regal Wine & Jacksonville, and U4RIK.

Francesca's Fashion

Fashion and Beauty Vendors: Bravura Sydney, Chico’s, Cocoyana, Francesca’s Collection, Haim Ltd. Salon, Haus of K2, Headlines, JoS. A. Banks, Luluemon, MAC, Mulloy’s, Nicole Miller, Quattra Via Aveda, Rich Freshman, Satori Designs, Soma Intimates, Studio 1220, Ulta, Waatani Norris, White House Black Market, and Zaneta Owens Collection.

Sponsors, Vendors, and Donors: American Portfolio Mortgage, Backyard Vacations, CA Botana International Inc, Carlsbad Shores Dentistry, Couture by the Sea, The Daily Method, Daring Greatly, David Davis, DJ Danny, The Ideal Match, Increase Clean Energy, Moonsmilk Jewelry, Outdoor HDTV, Paper Source, Rejeuvine, Rodan & Fields, Schubach Aviation, Selfie Station, Staged Homes, Sunfresh Flowers, Tina Frantz Designs, Catamaran, San Diego Chargers, Renzulli Jewlery World, Pay It Forward, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Farima Fabrizi Realty, and Urban Plates.