A Fashion Fiend // My Woman from Tokyo

TGIF everyone, made it through another week of crazy events and trunk shows! Wore this little number to a boutique party and it was literally the talk of the evening. This dress is so damn chic, I instantly fell in love. I paired it with my my Michael KORS Hamilton, which was perfect because my camera fit in it when I needed to be hands free! No one can tell me not to wear white after Labor Day! Have a great weekend.







dress : Malia Mills

tassel necklace : Aldo

bag : Michael Kors (also seen here)

heels : Forever 21



Simple Dressing

Middle of the week and no appointments, the summer months are such a nice break. I’ve been practicing Mootz’s new life style “living aloha” and I am feeling good. Slowing down, in a simple white top and cut offs.







top (similar): Windsor

shorts: Levi’s

sunnies: Aldo

purse: Coach

shoes: francesca’s


From Day to Night

I’ve been living in these boots for the last two weekends and I have to share how much I love them. Boots are definitely a favorite of mine and I was lucky enough to get to style two looks for shoe company, DUO. I have really slim calves and I am constantly missing out on knee high boots because the “average” calf size is too big for me. This company shows you how to measure your feet and calves for precise fit and comfort, so each pair is custom fit for you. This makes for a more polished look whether you’re wearing them in the office or for a night out on the town. The style of these boots is so versatile and the comfort will have you wearing them from day and night.

Day- Brunching





sunnies – ALDO, top (similar)- Love Culture, skirt – Michael Kors via TJ Maxx, boots c/o – DUO

 Night- On the Town, Dance all night!




top - Nordstrom Rack, skirt -   DIVAZ Boutique, boots c/o - DUO, clutch - Tory Burch, accessories - Icing, belt - H & M

top – Nordstrom Rack, skirt – DIVAZ Boutique, boots c/o – DUO, clutch – Tory Burch via Nordstrom, accessories – Icing, belt – H & M

Bermuda, Bahama

Hello Monday! I hope everyone had a great long weekend and enjoyed it as much as I did! I recently went browsing through the back of my closet and came across these awesome bermuda shorts. Now, I usually steer clear from any type of “Mom” dressing but these long shorts are too damn cute. The metallic detail inspired me bust out my glittery heels for my lunch meeting that day. I love working in fashion so much cuz showing up in sparkly shoes with accented silver shorts is just another day at the office for me. Have a great week my friends.



top- JCPenney, shorts (old)- Guess by Marciano, heels- Aldo

top- JCPenney, shorts (old)- Guess by Marciano, heels- Aldo

#onthecusp at Neiman Marcus

Happy Monday, everyone! Last Thursday marked the Neiman Marcus’ CUSP department showcase and fashion show. It was a fun and busy night of Tom Collins drinks, cupcakes, and hor’duerves. The fashion show featured spring’s hottest trends and the whole floor showcased the CUSP designers and their latest pieces. As a member of the Houston Tidbits Front Row program, I was treated to a grade A swag bag and of course, a front row seat on the runway. Black and white is still ruling as a trend and headed right on into the warmer months. The night was so fun and it was I loved seeing the newest fashions.


Cutest straw in my Tom Collins drink!

Cutest straw in my Tom Collins drink!

Adored this black and white outfit

Adored this black and white outfit



jumpsuit- Nanette Lepore (old), wedges- Justfab.com, bracelets- Abercrombie, ALDO, the jewelry store, rings- Q, watch- francesca's

jumpsuit- Nanette Lepore (old), wedges- Justfab.com, bracelets- Abercrombie, ALDO, the jewelry store, rings- Q, watch- francesca’s


Chambray and Michael





op- Abercrombie, skirt- Wet Seal, heels- Aldo, earrings- Aldo, necklaces- Tiffany's, Things Remembered, bracelet- Agaci, bag- Michael Kors

top- Abercrombie, skirt- Wet Seal, heels- Aldo, earrings- Aldo, necklaces- Tiffany’s, Things Remembered, bracelet- Agaci, bag- Michael Kors

Happy Monday guys! My day was filled with meetings and quick lunches so I put this outfit together with comfort in mind considering I was in and out of my car and restaurants all afternoon. Chambray is super light and breathable, perfect for running around. My last winter white purchase was this Michael Kors Hamilton tote. I love this bags size and shape, it fits my files and iPad so easily. Have a great week!

Houndstooth in the Rain

The weather in Houston is so up and down and it seems like its impossible to look cute during a down pour. There is a rainy season in every season here in Houston so, when I had to get ready for a day of errands in the wet weather, I was so happy to find a cute and comfortable combo that would keep me dry and stylish while running around. Houndstooth is such a classic print and I adore it! I actually scored these rain boots on sale randomly at Target. I paired it with black skinny jeans and a knit sweater that kept me dry but wasn’t too hot. I threw on an oxblood colored scarf for a pop of color and to put around my shoulders if I got chilly. A perfect paring for the fickle weather in H-town.

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scarf- Aldo, knit- Aeropostle, jeans- Nordstrom’s Rack, rainboots- Target

Boot tights

I love the weather in Houston in October.  The humidity is bearable, the leaves change and the weather is cool and crisp. However this year, Houston had other plans. It has been in the 80’s and 90’s all month! This certainly makes my wardrobe transition extremely difficult, especially when it is cool in the morning and warm throughout the day. I am a big fan of wearing tights under skirts and shorts to move my spring clothes in to the fall.  I switched to Bootights last month when I received my first pair and I’m hooked. Bootights are tights with socks attached, so you don’t have the usual slipping around in your shoes with regular tights. I choose a pair with a funky pattern to bring a pop of color to my black peasant dress and booties.

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dress- Forever 21, tights- c/o Bootights, booties- ALDO, hat- Target, purse and necklace-Dillard’s, sunnies-Karen Walker

Phoenix Fashion Week: Night 3, Finale and After Party

On the final night of Phoenix Fashion Week 2013, I turned to two more Emerging designer favorites for show stopping looks, to dazzle us on this last night of fashion. I was not disappointed. The two sisters behind the label, struck our heart strings when we met them at the Emerging Designers showcase back in June. Jadapa and I were immediately drawn to the duo being that we too were sisters working together. We have kept in touch with the sisters through the 4 month designer bootcamp, and we cheered them on all the way to Fashion Week.  Check out our recap of Ja’ires journey.

Ja’ire international Couture started the show with a performance by none other than Ja’ire Hattley herself! The show held the audience in awe as we watched the models prance down the runway in designs perfected by the ladies that created “the walk-away”.

Ja’ire International Couture





photos by Phoenix New Times



Ja’ire and Nekia at the end of the show!

with Nekia and Jai're of Jai're International Couture

with Nekia and Jai’re of Jai’re International Couture

Trang Nguyen hit the runway next with her reds and floral dominated collection. Her feminine touches make each piece’s style ranged from fancy ball gown to business casual. Layers of chiffon did not take away from the classic look of some of the other less showy items. We are huge fans of Trang’s sleek lines and vast attention detail.

Trang Nguyen







photos by the Phoenix New Times

with designer, Trang Nguyen

with designer, Trang Nguyen

The Emerging Designers then took to the stage for the announcement of this years winner. And the winner is…

Katya Leoncio, designer Dolcessa swimwear

Katya Leoncio, designer Dolcessa swimwear

dolcessa winner

With Dolcessa swimwear designer, Katya Leonio

With Dolcessa swimwear designer, Katya Leonio

We spoke to Katya the designer behind Dolcessa as soon as she exited the runway after her win. “I am thrilled and honored to be a part of this whole process with Phoenix Fashion Week and we elated to have won.” Her $10,000 prize will go to further launching her swimwear line. Katya’s collection made a “splash” on the runway Thursday night, presenting as the first emerging designer to hit the stage at Talking Stick Resort.

Dolcessa Swimwear







The grand finale was a presentation of the in depth mind of Filipino designer, Rocky Gathercole. Rocky described his style as “feisty, unapologetic and at times, controversial” -Metrovelvet 2011. Rocky’s unbridled mind creates for the most unique fashion experiences. All of Rocky’s pieces are custom, hand-made and entirely individual. These marvelous outfits may have concluded Phoenix Fashion Week 2013, but left us with urning for more fashion.

Rocky Gathercole

modeled by Joy Linton

modeled by Joy Linton







photos by the phoenix New Times

Second nterview with FameAzTv

Second interview with FameAzTv

Finally after all the fashion and interviews, we celebrated with a concert by International recording artist Yasmeen! She brought the house down with her smooth and soulful vocals. A crowd favorite! We were stoked to hang with her back stage after the show. We love you Yasmeen!



after the show with Yasmeen


What we wore: Jadapa- top and shorts- Winsor, heels- Jessica Simpson
A Fashion Fiend- crop top- TJ Maxx, skirt- forever 21, heels- ALDO, earrings- Foreign Exchange, equestrian charm bracelet- Ann Taylor

Huge thank you again to Brian Hill, Abbei Marquis, Lauren Pfingstag, Christina Ziegler, Brenna Moses and the entire Phoenix Fashion Week team! 

Phoenix Fashion Week: Night 2

Friday afternoon I was fortunate to attend a seminar with Style and Pepper creator, Jessie Artigue. She got up bright and early Friday to host “The Business of Blogging” seminar after strutting her stuff on the runway, wearing a Dora Yim designed dress, in the Fashionably Pink Charity Fashion Show, Thursday night. Her discussion on blogging as a brand was so insightful and very informative. I was really impressed with the way Jessie not only captured our attention but held it while also having us contribute in an open discussion type of forum. She answered all of our questions with real world examples and relative information. So happy that I got a chance to hear from the best!

Jessie in Fashionably Pink Charity Fashion Show

Jessie in Fashionably Pink Charity Fashion Show
photo by Dan Tabar


With Blogger, Jessie Artigue of styleandpepper.com

Night 2 started off with just as much luster and enthusiasm as the previous evening. Gents featuring Googleglass hit the runway first showcasing its dapper, futuristic look. We were super excited to see last year’s emerging designer winner, Bri Seeley, take the stage with her Silence Collection. Bri’s color palette, feminine A line’s and open back dresses made this collection so stylish and delicate. Bri’s most recent work on The Silence Collection., benefits Step Up Women’s Network, a nonprofit membership organization igniting women and girls to fulfill their potential. Great job, Bri!

photo by Dan Tabar

Gents featuring Googleglass

Bri Seeley ~ Silence Collection





Bri Seeley collection photos by Melissa Fossum, Phoenix New Times

With designer, Bri Seeley

With designer, Bri Seeley

Hitting the runway next was Dallas based designer, Dora Yim, presenting her collection D.P.C. by Dora Yim. Living in Houston, I have been following this Texas Designer mix business woman with style and quality. Dora’s D.P.C. collection can be worn in the boardroom as well as out to lunch. The versatility of the line provides women with affordable pieces that are stylish and made to last. “Wear it today, treasure it always” D.P.C tagline.

D.P.C. by Dora Yim





D.P.C. photos by Melissa Fossum, Phoenix New Times

Dora Yim in teal dress

photo by Dan Tabar

With designer Dora Yim

With designer Dora Yim

Next the emerging designer, Herbert Victoria took to the stage. We were lucky enough to chat with this San Fransico based designer on the show and collection. Herbert’s African West line incorporates a cut and sew style, embodying bold prints and tribal influences. I asked Herbert his inspiration for such brave pattern choices. “In Africa, class and station are demonstrated through the prints and patterns in their clothing.” Herbert’s line presents a designer that is not afraid to stand out. He truly makes beautiful, one of a kind pieces.

African West by Herbert Victoria






photos by Melissa Fossum, Phoenix New Times

With designer, Herbert Victoria

With designer, Herbert Victoria


**Check out my interview about Herbert with FameAztv**

We caught up with International recording artist, Yasmeen, in the Pinnacle Aviation lounge at Talking Stick. She said she enjoyed the show and was super excited about performing tomorrow at the after party.

with Yasmeen

with Yasmeen

What we wore: Jadapa- jumpsuit- Urban Outfitters, Heels- Bakers, earrings- Forever 21 A Fashion Fiend- Top-TJ Maxx, Skirt- boutique closed ;(, Heels- ALDO, Headband- TJ Maxx

What we wore: Jadapa- jumpsuit- Urban Outfitters, heels- Bakers, earrings- Forever 21
A Fashion Fiend- headband and top-TJ Maxx, skirt- boutique closed 😦 Heels- ALDO, Bracelet- Nordstrom