A Fashion Fiend // David Peck-Fashion Meets Hospitality

I wore this oxblood monochrome outfit to David Peck‘s show debuting his Fall/Winter 2014 collection. I love the deeper colors that get incorporated into my wardrobe as the weather cools down. Monochrome is a tricky style for me as I’m always trying to pop in color. But when I saw this matching crop and skirt- I went for it!

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crop & skirt : Foreign Exchange

bag : ASOS (also worn here)

heels : Steve Madden (also worn here)

 

 

 

A Fashion Fiend // Lady G

Taylor and I enjoyed Lady G in H-town last night. Her style and fans never cease to inspire me. She is everything.

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crop (similar): Nasty Gal

skirt (old): Divaz Boutique

heels: Sheik

sunnies: Buffalo Exchange

ear cuff: Urban Outfitters

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crop: Foreign Exchange

skirt: Forever 21

wedges: A’GACI

lashes: random drugstore

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Out of Office

Hi! I took a brief sabbatical from life pretty much. I thought I needed to recharge but I really needed a complete reset. I’m glad I did. Back to the grind on Wednesday, til then I’ll stay poolside. Hope everything is going well in each of your lives!

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crop top: Foreign Exchange

bandeau: Forever 21

pants: Guess

sandals: Target

earrings: Francesca’s

Featured: Fashion and Fiats

This week I was a featured blogger at the Fall, Fashion and Fiat Networking event hosted by  Helfman Fiat and The Brand Elixir. Myself and 5 other Houston Fashion Bloggers talked to guests about cool weather styling and answered questions about trends. I wore an embellished sweatshirt and dressed it up with a cobalt blue skirt and heels. I love this cozy and chic trend that was reinvented this year during NYFW.

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ear cuff: Forever 21, sweatshirt: Forever 21, skirt: Nordstrom, heels: Forever 21, bracelet and rings: Foreign Exchange, bag: 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target

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Jennifer Nguyen, V. Darnel Thomas and A Fashion Fiend

Jennifer Nguyen, V. Darnel Thomas and A Fashion Fiend

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Featured Houston Fashion Bloggers (l to r) Darnel, Shasie, Me, Marcella, Tamara and Jeneba

We started the evening with lite bites and drinks. A DJ set a high energy vibe as we took in the beautiful artwork crafted by local Houston Artists, I was especially impressed with the work of  Elizabeth Cencini. Her romanticized paintings take everyday photos of real people and turns them into timeless works of art. I got a chance to talk with her and asked her what exactly was her artistic style. Elizabeth described her art as ” the way a woman is in love”. Soft lines and carefully balanced hues in each one of her pieces give her work a gentle, easy on the eyes view. I loved her take and understated changes in each of her paintings. She makes subtle changes small areas of the paintings like background and creates a piece of art that will last a lifetime.

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The fiats were the stars of the night. Their sleek body and array of features really made these cars a perfect addition to the fashion themed evening. Also on display was a Fiat we were all asked to sign and the Abarth convertible was a crowd favorite. The Gucci model is tribute to how perfectly chic these cars are and obviously, is my favorite.

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Fiat 500 we all signed!

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The Abarth Fiat

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Gucci Fiat

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The Gucci Fiat

Thank you to Helfman Fiat and Jennifer Nguyen of The Brand Elixir for including me in this awesome event!

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”.

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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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modeled by Joy Linton

modeled by Joy Linton

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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!

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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! 

Simon Fashion Now

Last Thursday marked the end of New York Fashion week, but here in Houston we had an amazing time at the Galleria hosted Simon Fashion Now fashion event. Myself and other select Houston Fashion Bloggers were invited to the Fashion Now preview event featuring the eight brands that would be showcasing in the Luxury Runway Fashion Show on September 5th. The event was held on the 21st floor of The Westin Oaks Galleria. There we were nibbled on h’orderves and sipped champagne as we watched the mini fashion show. Each brand displayed one look from their collection. A small Q & A followed lead by Simon Malls Style Setter Executive, Jacques Ellis and Stylist, Leslie Rivas. It was an intimate discussion about trend forecasting as well as the Hostess’ personal style favorites.

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Last year when I was first settling in Houston, I came across Fashion Blogger, Lynne Gabriel. At the time, she was Simon Malls Style Setter and was hosting a contest sponsored by Cadillac and the Houston Galleria. Grand prize was a week with a brand new Cadillac SRX,VIP treatments and a seat to the Simon Fashion Now Runway Fashion Show. To my surprise, I WON!! Here are a few pics from 2012’s experience.

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The Houston Galleria definitely did not disappoint in its effort to change the ice rink into a high fashion runway. While there was no contest this year however, I was all too happy to find myself seated next to Lynne, front row again. Thank you Cadillac, Dancie Perugini Ware Public Relations, Houston Fashion Bloggers and Simon Malls.

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Top and skirt: express, Shoes: Sheik, Accessories: Forever 21, H&M, Foreign Exchange

Top and skirt: express, Shoes: Sheik, Accessories: Forever 21, H&M, Foreign Exchange

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Headed to the afterparty with blogger friends, Lynne Gabriel, Beauty by LeRenda and Spoiled Latina

Headed to the afterparty with blogger friends, Lynne Gabriel, Beauty by LeRenda and Spoiled Latina