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Michael Deininger-Bell
Bio:  Michael Deininger-Bell currently is finishing up his undergraduate at the University of North Carolina Wilmington and recently has begun archiving his love of fashion via blogging. With an immense love for traveling, Michael has picked up a passion for photography and now serves as a photography assistant and fashion photographer in the Wilmington and Triangle area. Fresh and Precious has become the perfect outlet to showcase his love for all things fantastic.
Michael recently moved to Williamsburg, Brooklyn and is currently pursuing his love of street fashion and blogging in the wonderful city of New York. 

Instagram: mdeiningerbell Twitter: @mdeiningerbell

Courtney McGovern
Bio:  Courtney McGovern is also finishing up her undergraduate at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.  She has recently begun using photography as a way of expressing her love for fashion and naturally it has become one of her favorite pastimes.  Traveling has always been an infatuation of hers, and pairing with Michael and creating Fresh and Precious has opened more doorways to exploring versatile styles of the world.  Courtney is holding it down on the East coast until graduation day when she plans on traveling slowly but surely across the United States and settling into the West coast fashion world.

Courtney also recently moved, pursuing her dreams and jumping coasts to San Francisco. Courtney is making a life in the Berkley sunshine and loving it. 
Instagram: quartmcgoo Twitter: @courtmcgovern

Star News- Wilmington, North Carolina 
Published: Wednesday, April 4, 2012 at 2:56 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, April 4, 2012 at 2:56 p.m.

Trip to England inspires student fashion bloggers, fashion show

After spending their 2011 spring break in London, Michael Deininger-Bell and Courtney McGovern, students at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, came back to the states hungry to work in the fashion industry.

Courtney McGovern and Michael Deininger-Bell pose fashionably in downtown Wilmington. Contributed photo.
Inspired by the looks they saw the Londoners sporting, the two decided to start Fresh & Precious (, a fashion blog highlighting fresh, creative, experimental looks with a vintage twist.
“We took what we learned and loved in London and translated that back to Wilmington,” said Deininger-Bell.
Fresh & Precious is photo-heavy, upbeat, and features fashion for both men and women. The blog has garnered more than 35,000 hits in the past few months and the bloggers are celebrating their success with a fashion show to benefit ill and disabled children.
Fresh & Precious will host a fashion show at Sputnik on Thursday, May 3.
The bloggers have partnered with Indo Jax, a local surf school that offers free surf camps to children with serious illnesses or disabilities.
Deininger-Bell said that they’ll continue with the coastal theme by featuring summer fashions for Wilmington’s seaside setting. And expect to see that trademark vintage twist. The fashion show will feature swimwear from local surf shops and looks for day and night from collectors and designers in Wilmington, Raleigh and Charleston.
Deininger-Bell said that while the clothes will appeal to a younger demographic, they are going to feature looks for all body types, not just the traditional model sizes.
Both Deininger-Bell and McGovern are seniors at UNCW. Now in their final semesters, Deininger-Bell is in communication studies and McGovern studies economics.
The two are excited to involve their friends and the Wilmington community in the event, giving everyone a chance to showcase their talents. Young, local photographers, videographers, and hair and makeup stylists will be on hand to help with the show.
Both of the bloggers plan to work in the fashion industry after they graduate in May. “We have a drive for fashion that hasn’t gone out,” said Deininger-Bell. “If anything, it’s gotten more exciting.”
The Fresh & Precious Fashion Show is 7-9 p.m. Thursday, May 3, at Sputnik, 23 N. Front St. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. There will also be a limited number of VIP tickets for $25.
Watch the blog at for details on how to purchase tickets.

Fresh and Precious is a male and female fashion blog based out of the uniquely-eccentric coastal town of Wilmington, North Carolina. Located on directly on the beach, free-spirited and individual fashion is encompassed on our street style fashion blog. Fresh and Precious has become a fun way for us to express all things wonderful in our lives as we surround ourselves in fashion.

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