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The Power of Prints
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Soulcycle x Target Comes to Houston
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“Los Trompos” (Spinning Tops)
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Paging Rosie The Riveter!
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Kaleidoscope Houston 2016
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Lone Star Court – Austin, TX
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Alex & Afton Vintedge – Tyler, TX

The Power of Prints

Vintage Outfit, Photo Shoot

Vintage Outfit, Photo Shoot

Vintage Outfit, Photo Shoot

Vintage Outfit, Photo Shoot

Vintage Outfit, Photo Shoot

Vintage Outfit, Photo Shoot

Vintage Outfit, Photo Shoot

Vintage Outfit, Photo Shoot

Vintage Outfit, Photo Shoot

Vintage Outfit, Photo Shoot

** Images by Sofia Emm **

(Vintage Los Angeles “Postcard Print”Top- Revival Vintage Co, Vintage Pants- Top Vintage LLC, Green Beaded Necklace- Stella & Dot, Vintage Handbag- thrifted, Vintage Hat- thrifted, Vintage Ferragamo Heels- Deja Vu Resale, Oversize Sunglasses- Zero UV.)

I’ve been wanting to spotlight my “Los Angeles Postcard Print” vintage blouse I bought from the Instagram vintage shop- Revival Vintage Co, for awhile now and was glad when I was finally able to break it out and wear it for this post in collaboration with a few other Houston fashion bloggers. Since it was still rather chilly, I paired the top with my easy floral print pants to complement the look. Now, since it was all about print mixing, I did try to piece together several looks the night before, but this final one just “felt right.” I added my favorite green statement necklace from Stella & Dot (no longer available) and a bright vintage handbag I recently thrifted as added color bonuses.

This is my first style post collaboration with other bloggers. I was thrilled when I was asked to share my style point-of-view with five other lovely ladies, all with their own unique style personalities. The ladies with whom I collaborated with are:

Houston fashion blogger Sheela Goh

Sheela Goh

Her outfit details:

*Mustard & Black Plaid Hoodie Poncho – Forever21
*B&W Grid Sweater & Ombre Sunnies – Poshmark
*Brown Capris – Etsy
*Floppy Hat & Rings – Gifted
*Cuff – Lenora Dame
*Tribal Booties – Zooshoo

Check out her ‘prints’ blog post!

Dagny Zenovia- Houston fashion blogger

Dagny Zenovia

Her outfit details:

*Blazer: White House Black Market
*Blouse: New York & Company
*Skirt: Marshalls
*Earrings: Emma Bird Accessories
*Necklace: Forever 21
*Watch: Girl Talk

Check out her ‘prints’ blog post!

Wendy Perez- Houston fashion blogger

Wendy Perez

*Romper: Planet Blue
*Coat: Planet Blue
*Necklace: Dreamy Dwellings Boutique
*Shoes: Urban Outfitters

Check out her ‘prints’ blog post!

Dawn Darnell - Houston fashion blogger

Dawn Darnell

*Crop Top- Zara
*Black Lace-Up Cut-Out Heels- Lulus.com
*Statement Necklace- Mirina Collections.com

Check out her ‘prints’ blog post!

Brittainy perry Houston fashion blogger

Brittainy Perry

Top: Michael Kors
Pinstripe Button Down: Francescas
Boots: Steve Madden
Denim: J Brand jeans
Sunnies: Raybans
Watch: Michael Kors

Check out her blog!

Soulcycle x Target Comes to Houston

Image courtesy Soul Cycle x Target

** Image courtesy of Soul Cycle x Target **

In celebration of the New Year (and people’s ‘new year, new you’ resolutions), Target collaborated with Soul Cycle -the country’s leading contender when it comes to full body cycling workouts; to give people a wellness option unlike one they’ve never seen. The collaboration started this month with a 10-city tour, with stops in: Washington D.C., Houston, Seattle, Atlanta, Nashville, Denver, Miami, Chicago, Minneapolis and Los Angeles. Each stop included a special three-day weekend events, with complimentary 45 minute classes taught by certified SoulCycle instructors.

Last Friday, I had my first Soul Cycle class. Now granted, this was my first ever spin class- period, so I didn’t know what to expect. The Houston pop-up event was located at Off The Wall Gallery. Now, because of my style quirkiness, I donned one of my vintage leotards and paired it with my Matty M leggings for a ‘rockin cycling look’ without being too ’80s jazzercise.’

My Soul Cycle x Target outfit

As soon as I walked into the venue, I could feel the upbeat energy. The makeshift lobby was somewhat crowded, but everyone was lively and anxious to start the class. Also in the lobby was a pop-up boutique, featuring Soul Cycle x Target workout gear and wellness products and a photo booth.

When it was our class time, we put our stuff away in cubbies and threw on our special cycling shoes. The small, makeshift cycling room was enclosed with black cloth ‘walls’, with several rows of the bikes and at the front of the room, a platform with the instructor’s bike. Once at our assigned bikes, there were Soul Cycle attendants to help us first-timers into the bikes. The lovely Kaili helped me get my bike situated to my height and got my shoes ‘buckled in.’ I was also incredibly thankful for the complimentary towel and bottle water that they gave us as well.

Once class started, I actually had no problem keeping up with Ariel- our rockstar instructor. My adrenaline was rushing and the music just had my body flowing. For that 45 minutes, I had no worries… I was just in the moment. It felt GREAT! Now, when we did cycling and push-up combinations, I was somewhat uncoordinated…but that’s ok. My favorite part was when we weren’t sitting and cycling, as truth be told, there is no padding on those seats and my rump is STILL sore. Towards the end of the class, we did cycling while using two-pound weights, which helped to strengthen my biceps, triceps, etc.

When class was over, I was sweaty, but I felt fantastic. Upon walking out, we were given a Suja Juice and KIND Bar to refuel the major calories that were burnt. I’m so excited that Soul Cycle is opening a location in Houston in (rumor has it) April, because I will be taking more classes.

Thank you Soul Cyle x Target for the invigorating experience!

Soul Cycle x Target 10 City Schedule:

Jan. 22–24: Washington D.C., Houston, Seattle
Jan. 29–31: Atlanta, Nashville, Denver
Feb. 5–7: Miami and Chicago
Feb. 12–14: Minneapolis and Los Angeles

Here are my faves from the Soul Cycle x Target Pop-Up Boutique (all images via Target.com):

Image courtesy Target x Soul Cycle

** C9 Champion® Women’s Cami Sports Bra **

image courtesy Target x Soul Cycle

** C9 Champion® Women’s Performance Capri **

image courtesy Target x Soul Cycle

** SoulCycle Unisex Sweatpant **

image courtesy Target x Soul Cycle

** Merona Womens Reversible Tote **

image courtesy Target x Soul Cycle

** Aura Cacia Lavender Relaxing Essential Oil – 0.5 oz **

image courtesy Target x Soul Cycle

** Kind® Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate + Protein Nutrition Bars **

image courtesy Target x Soul Cycle

** Suja Essentials Organic Mango Magic Juice 12 oz **

image courtesy Target x Soul Cycle

** Yes To Cucumbers 5 floz Spray Soothing Face Mister Spray **

image courtesy Target x Soul Cycle

** CamelBak eddy Water Bottle – Palm (.75L) **

“Los Trompos” (Spinning Tops)

Los Trompos Spinning Tops

Los Trompos Spinning Tops

Los Trompos Spinning Tops

Los Trompos Spinning Tops

Los Trompos Spinning Tops

Los Trompos Spinning Tops

Los Trompos Spinning Tops at Discovery Green Houston

Los Trompos Spinning Tops at Discovery Green Houston

Los Trompos Spinning Tops at Discovery Green Houston

Los Trompos Spinning Tops at Discovery Green

Los Trompos Spinning Tops at Discovery Green

Los Trompos Spinning Tops at Discovery Green

Los Trompos Spinning Tops at Discovery Green

(Vintage Jumpsuit- Still for sale at Lone Star Vintage, Neckwear- thrifted, Vintage Heels- Born Again Vintage.)

** Photos by Sofia Emm (@itssofiaemm) **

Houston’s Discovery Green, a lush greenspace located in the heart of Downtown, offers numerous art installations throughout the year. The one that particularly caught my eye was the latest: Los Trompos or ‘Spinning Tops’ – a colorful interactive space that resembles the familiar children’s toy. It was created by Mexico City designers Héctor Esrawe and Ignacio Cadena and was inspired by nature and traditional Latin American design, architecture and folk art.

Earlier this week, I grabbed Sofia for an early morning shoot there. I chose to wear all black because I wanted to show the contrast with the vibrant art.

** Los Trompos can be accessed at the park’s Sarofim Picnic Lawn from November 14, 2015 – March 22, 2016. **

Paging Rosie The Riveter!

Houston Fashion Blogger Shoot

Houston Fashion Blogger Shoot

Houston Fashion Blogger Shoot

Houston Fashion Blogger Shoot

Houston Fashion Blogger Shoot

Houston Fashion Blogger Shoot

Houston Fashion Blogger Shoot

Houston Fashion Blogger Shoot

(Vintage Mens Mechanic Jumpsuit- Arbor Antiques estate sale, Vintage Loafers- thrifted at Cottage Shop, Vintage Hat- estate sale, Vintage Southwest Tote- Everything But The House.)

** Photos by Sofia Emm (@itssofiaemm) **

“Rosie the Riveter” became one of America’s most talked about campaigns during World War Two. The famous image depicting a woman- strong and fierce- clad in a red and white polka dot bandana and mechanic’s jumpsuit, exclaiming “We can do it!” became an icon for helping to recruit women to the munitions industry. The image is still to this day…an iconic part of our history.

I chose to wear my vintage mens mechanic jumpsuit that I found at an estate sale for brunch at the Kraftsmen Cafe in The Heights. I was meeting up with my friend Sofia, who is an amazing local photographer (find her on instagram @itssofiaemm) and Chasmine- blogger at The Glamazon.

After an amazing and tummy-satisfying brunch, we headed outside and did a mini photoshoot. The industrial and somewhat minimal setting outside the cafe resonated for a great photo backdrop. It was here that I showed that vintage mechanic jumpsuits are pretty badass, with or without heels.

Kaleidoscope Houston 2016

Kaleidoscope Houston 2016 Fashion Music Art

Kaleidoscope Houston 2016 Fashion Music Art

Kaleidoscope Houston 2016 Fashion, Music ,Art,

(Images and text below VIA Kaleidoscope.com)

KALEIDOSCOPE HOUSTON 2016 is a 3-day Fashion, Art, Music and Film experience presented by a creative collective of partners. The inspiration for creating Kaleidoscope is simple; bring the creative collective that is Houston and surrounding cities, then connect their talents to produce a show that is themed, multi-faceted, and within the city of Houston which will in turn help to boast Houston’s creative economy.

This inspiration led to the creation of Kaleidoscope which highlights and enhances the visibility of Texas established and emerging talent in the Fashion, Art, Music and Film industries.

As one of the nation’s fastest growing cities, Houston is the perfect blend of ambassador for arts & culture. Texas has emerged as an innovative and progressive cultural kaleidoscope.

Kaleidoscope focuses on the expansion of this culture by spotlighting the economic increase of fashion design, clothing merchandising, music influence, visual and performing art, photographic and cinematic film, and a variety of other art and entertainment.

Texas boasts a community of art and cultural assets that create a dynamic economic development in a multitude of national and international markets. Kaleidoscope connects the arts and culture sectors by bridging local firms to the community of artists, musicians, designers, performers, and film industry.

Bringing all of these dynamics under the umbrella that is Kaleidoscope is a step in paving the way to extraordinary through heavy local support. Please join the movement in the new revolution of creative. Kaleidoscope is an alternative consciousness of creative genius. 

For additional information on schedule, designers, etc… please go to Kaleidoscope.com.

To purchase tickets, go HERE.

Kaleidoscope Houston 2016 Fashion, music, art

Lone Star Court – Austin, TX

Lone Star Court Hotel Austin

Whether you call it “An Homage to Classic Americana” or “Rustic Quintessential Texas”… The Lone Star Court is definitely one of Austin’s (newest) and coziest places to stay. The boutique ‘motor court of yesteryear’ inspired hotel stood out when I had to pick a place for myself and “the boy” to stay while visiting friends because of it’s hip decor and retro vibe (and thank goodness for New Year’s specials). The hotel is built like a complex, with a free standing front office; three buildings that house the 123 rooms that surround an open courtyard that is complete with fire pit, lounge areas, pool area and nature; two food trucks and the restaurant/bar.

After the easy breezy check-in, we whisked ourselves to our room on the second floor. After the quick ride up the elevator, we walked down the long exterior corridor to our room. Each room is outfitted with a relaxed porch-like setting, which includes a small table and two rocking chairs. I loved how they brightened the wooden walls with pops of orange in the chairs and the baby blue door. The room did not disappoint in interior design. The bed frame and bedside lamps were very industrial chic, while the sitting nook maintained a relaxed retro feel (I literally could have slept on the couch… it was THAT comfy, in my opinion). Other additions to the room included a vintage full-size refrigerator (well stocked, but for a fee), a large wooden wardrobe, a sizable faux pull-down desk with director’s chair and LATHER body products in the bathroom.

In the morning, we partook of the complimentary continental breakfast that was held at The Water Trough. The hearty breakfast included biscuits and gravy, eggs, bacon, a variety of cereal, yogurt and fruit, plus coffee, juices and teas.

Overall, I enjoyed staying at Lone Star Court. I thought that the staff was friendly and attentive. The room was clean and met my needs (plus, can never go wrong with cable and wifi). Had the weather have been more cooperative, we probably would’ve enjoyed the patio, food trucks and courtyard more…however there will always be next time.

Alex & Afton Vintedge – Tyler, TX

Alex & Afton Vintedge

5304 Old Bullard Rd.
Tyler, TX 75703
PH:(903) 617-8933
HOURS: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 11-5pm
ONLINE

Alex & Afton Vintedge Vintage Shop

Deep in the heart of East Texas…in the bustling small city of Tyler, lies the only vintage shop in town- Alex & Afton Vintedge. It’s nestled in a converted old single-story home off Old Bullard Rd., complete with white picket fencing. It’s not hard to miss, as the signage is as clear as day and there are mannequins and other eclectic items on the porch, beckoning customers to come in.

Caitlin Brax is the shop owner and the shop’s Instagram model. She’s that bohemian spirited, cool gal who can easily also be your best friend. Her passion for vintage started when she was in high school. While living in Los Angeles, she worked at an upscale boutique. Her clients would always want what she was wearing (vintage). So that (and her love of working retail) got her creative entrepreneurial juices flowing and she opened up an Etsy shop.

Upon moving back to Texas, she made it a goal to never work for someone (at least in the town she was living in at the time). She gathered up her and her mother’s vintage collections and opened up a space in February 2012. The space outgrew itself and she opened the current location of Alex & Afton on November 1, 2013. She named the shop after her sister and her’s middle names. Her inventory includes pieces from the 1950’s to early 2000’s, however she personally prefers the 60s, 70s and some 90s (not so much the acid wash, but more like the minimal, Calvin Klein slip dresses 90s). The curated collection is meant to be non-costume-y, rather more ‘cool girl’-pieces that one can easily blend into their current wardrobe. “It’s easy, it’s cool…it’s not work,” Caitlin also refers to her buying aesthetic as a little rock n’ roll, some glam and some bohemian.

She also carries her mother’s Mod Melrose collection. The brand’s name is in homage to her grandmother- Jean Melrose. What started out with only caftans (and quickly sold out), has now expanded with jackets, tops, dresses and turbans. Her mother uses vintage patterns and fabrics whenever possible. The Mother-Daughter duo wants to “blow open any limitations that they had put on themselves for 2016” in terms of the brand. They also do custom orders!

So switching gears to the present, when I took a detour to Tyler to check out the shop (which I believe I heard about through Instagram awhile back). When I arrived, Caitlin showed me the ropes of the shop and told me to make myself at home (which is one thing I enjoy when I shop small/local shops). I still can’t get over the dressing room/lingerie section, which is housed in the home’s original 1950’s PINK BATHROOM, complete with built-in vanity (I mean come on, can the kitsch get any better?!). The curated selection of vintage is definitely very wearable for today’s consumer. Some goods offered that stuck out were: Kilim-esque Southwestern style accessories, caftans, a denim bar, cozy sweaters and knits, wall-hangings and various bric-a-brac. This is such a great little shop that I could probably hang out in for hours and chatting fashion and playing dress-up. So why not take a little detour to Tyler sometime…

Caitlin is extremely thankful for all the support that she’s gotten. “We know all of our customers by name and if we don’t, we get to know them. It’s like a beauty shop in here and that’s so important… You can come in here and make yourself at home… I love what I do and I’m so grateful that I can do it. I’m not a millionaire but I can pay my rent and that’s really all i need (and the occasional wine and dog food).”

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