Haute Swapping for a Cause Tickets on Sale NOW!




GLAM Academy was a Success!

A couple of weeks ago, I told you all about GLAM Academy. GLAM is the acronym for Girls Learning About Makeup. The day camp was developed by my client Contrecia Tharpe, owner of Makeup by Trecie. She created the camp for preteens and teen girls who were interested in learning about makeup application and the proper techniques to use.

The event was held this past Saturday, for more than 30 young girls a part of the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. The girls attended the four-hour camp with their “Big Sisters” and had a great time. Tharpe provided hands-on demonstrations, t-shirts, gift bags and certificates to the young ladies upon completion of the course. She also put together a Powerpoint that the girls were able to take home and reference for future use.

This event was so much of a success, that all parties involved have requested that she offer another, extensive, camp soon. I was very excited about the turnout. Channel 2 News, WKRN, also came out and did a segment on the event. It can be found on their website. And, I was able to secure gift bag donations from companies such as Carolina Pad, which was a true “hit” with the girls.

All in all, this was a great event for “Back to School” as most of the students had their first day of school yesterday. Look for more events from Makeup by Trecie SOON!

Today’s Outfit: (comes from the weekend)

Black Mini – Forever 21

Cropped Top – Wet Seal

Accessories – Old

Makeup – Makeup by Trecie ( Twitter: @makeupbytrecie)

~Stay Haute~

Haute Swapping for a Cause Tickets Now on Sale!

Ladies in Nashville, want to spend a day shopping the closets of some of  Nashville’s trendiest socialites and raising money for a local non-profit? Tickets for Haute Swapping for a Cause have gone on sale!  


The event will take place September 18 from 5 – 10 p.m., at the Velocity in the Gulch. There will be shopping, mixing, mingling and an opportunity to be treated to massages and facials in the Sephora Haute Lounge, sponsored by Cherubim Ink. Sephora will be featuring their new Temptu application, while Cheribum Ink makes over attendees.

There will also be a silent auction leading up to the swap as well as food and drinks provided by Emeri Pink Moscato and Vitamin Water Zero! There is so much more happening on September 18 – YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS OUT! More details to come in the future, however we are excited to announce that HER Nashville and the Nashville Downtown Partnership have sponsored this Haute event!

Click the link above to take you to the Eventbrite checkout.

The first 50 ladies will receive a Haute gift bag loaded to the brim!

We want to swap with you!!

~Stay Haute ~

Haute Swapping for a Cause is COMING SOON!

Ladies in Nashville,  if you love to shop but can’t seem to fit the increasing prices into your budget monthly we have a great suggestion that adds a twist to finding new threads.  Haute Swapping for a Cause.

Swap Parties are an alternative way for people to “shop.” Lots of women, and sometimes men, get together to swap items from their closet with others. Its more of a thrifting idea, but in a social setting. The night is filled with fashion, fun and in our case philanthropy. Haute Swapping for a Cause was created last year as a way for Haute Candy, Inc., to give back to the community.

As you know, I am one to shop cost consciously and thought that the idea would be a great way to get women together in the community who, like me, love finding fashionable deals. So, last year Haute Swapping for a Cause was held in Hillsboro Village and raised money for the YWCA Weaver Domestic Abuse Center. Local recording artist Casme’ performed, DJ Art provided the music, we had several fashion “booths” setup to give tips on styling, makeup and hair, and the Tennessean came out! We had A LOT of fun while raising money for a great cause.

This year, Haute Swapping for a Cause will be held September 18 at the Velocity in the Gulch. The event will raise money for the Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee. I am excited to say that planning is going extremely well! We have some Haute things happening this year. Our event is being sponsored by Debortoli Wines – Emeri Pink Moscato, Velocity in the Gulch, Smart Water Zero and HER Nashville!

While I won’t divulge ALL the details today, I will tell you that the silent auction is going to be HAUTE. Nicole Kidman has donated an item to our event as well as many others and the “Haute Lounge” is something you don’t want to miss! So, LADIES (sorry fellas) be on the look out for more information. Tickets will go on sale this month and the event is limited to 200 people. The first 50 ladies will receive a Haute Goodie Bag.

For more information email: info@hautecandy.org

Follow us on Twitter: @hauteswapping

Thanks to Green Turtle Marketing for developing our logo! Go Green!

~Stay Haute~

Is Making Up all that Its Cracked Up to Be?

I find it unusually funny that I never get excited about wearing makeup. I’m not one to spend hours upon hours in front of the mirror applying eye shadow, foundation and blush.  Maybe this “beautifying” flaw comes from a parental decision made by my mother.

Like every other girl, at 12 years old, I was excited about and anticipating my upcoming teenage years. I believed that turning 13 and then turning 16, were both going to be monumental moments in my life.  In my opinion calling myself a teenager at 13 and then be able to wear makeup at 16, one could not tell me I had not arrived.

When 16 came, I remember riding in the car with my mother and announcing that I could now wear makeup. This woman – that I love dearly, might I add – turns to me and says, “16? I thought we agreed you would start wearing makeup at 18.” Now, by this time in my life, I knew when to argue with her and I planned to save my arguments for something “bigger” than applying additives. So, I let it go.

By the time 18 rolled around, I had no desire or excitement to wear makeup. Yes, I apply a foundation daily to “even” my skin out. But, honestly I don’t need it. You see, I have freckles and in my opinion they sometimes look like pimples and on occasion I dislike them :(, so to cover them up, I wear a foundation.  Most, if not all, of my friends wear makeup and know how to apply it.  Because I have worked with a few photographers,  I have started wearing it more and learning how to apply it.  I now have a client who is a makeup artist, who has taught me a lot, and  has plans on teaching young girls much more than any popular teen magazine.

Makeup by Trecie, a Nashville body painting and makeup artist, has developed a first-of-a-kind makeup camp for young girls in Nashville.  Girls Learning About Makeup (GLAM) Academy is a one day camp, where Contrecia Tharpe, owner of Makeup by Trecie, and her team will teach 30 young girls (12-18 years old) about makeup application and techniques.  Contrecia developed the camp as her way of giving back to the community through an art form that she is very passionate about. GLAM Academy will be held August 14 for the “Little Sisters” of the Big Brothers Big Sisters program of Middle Tennessee.

Follow Makeup by Trecie on Twitter @makeupbytrecie and @hautecandyinc for more details.

Click here to read the press release http://bit.ly/bGvtlJ .

~Stay Haute~