Archive - June 2013

Press Event at Edward Sanchez Vanity Lounge- Houston
Woodbury University "Neo-Tribes" Fashion Show- LA
Macy's and HSM "Trendspotter" Kick-Off Event

Press Event at Edward Sanchez Vanity Lounge- Houston

I had the pleasure of attending a press event at the Edward Sanchez Vanity Lounge, located in the enterprising West Park Avenue neighborhood in Houston. It was an impressive evening, where some of Houston’s influential beauty and fashion bloggers got to mingle, taste palatable appetizers and macaroons by Petite Sweets and sample some amazing beauty products. Before I divulge in some of the highly-obtainable products offered at this exclusive lounge, let me fill you in on some history of the place…

The Vanity Lounge was launched by Edward Sanchez and his business partner- Diane Caplan about five months ago and has been on the radar of Houston’s social scene ever since. The space is quaint and with only six chairs and a small lounge where guests can relax with a light snake or beverage, it feels rather homey. They offer clients an array of beautifying treatments and sessions, including: makeup and eyelash application, eyebrow contouring, eyebrow threading, makeup classes, facials (using Bioelements skincare) and also offers on-location services. I was thoroughly impressed at the variety of products that are mostly imported but also not accessible at your local drugstore or Sephora. Below are a few examples of products that caught my eye…

FACE Aterlier

FACE Aterlier is made for the woman who “wants to put her best face forward.” It’s made to work with women who work hard, have busy schedules and don’t have time for their makeup to run, smear or get in the way- period. Founder Debbie Bondar, a mother of two grown daughters and over fifty believes ‘that women should not have to defy their reality and urges them to embrace it’. She is also ‘committed to helping women of all ages realize that there is nothing wrong with them as they are.’ This brand is favored by such celebrities as Madonna and Lady Gaga.

Rachel K.

Rachel K’s CC creams are one of the Vanity Lounge’s best-sellers and are sought after by top makeup artists in Hong Kong and Miss Universe beauty queens. The Singapore-based brand was founded by Rachel Kum (Miss Singapore Universe 2009) who devoted two years to perfecting mineral makeup for all types of skin. Edward Sanchez Vanity Lounge owns the bragging rights to being one of the first in the U.S to carry Rachel K CC Cream. Check out Rachel K (or the ES Vanity Lounge if you’re a local Houstonian) for all your skin improving needs!

Ellis Faas

Ellis Faas was officially launched internationally in February 2009 and is based in Amsterdam. The brains behind the brand is makeup artist- Ellis Faas- who’s career stems from stints at Clinique, Lancôme, MAC and L’ Oréal. The brand is known for the Human Colours collection, which every color is created based on colors that the human body produces naturally. This collection totally makes sense and I’m baffled as to way more cosmetic brands didn’t figure this out ages ago… but it not only helps when you go to match colors with their respectable foundations and such..but as Ellis Faas puts it, ‘what better way to highlight a great feature or mask an imperfection than with tones and hues that already exist in each of us?’ Oh and Ellis Faas is Only Tested on Supermodels.

That was just a few of the many products that Edward Sanchez Vanity Lounge has to offer! But to get the full VIP treatment, make a day out of it and pamper yourself by one of the friendly lounge artists. I know I’ll be in to get a facial real soon and maybe try some of that Bee Venom eye cream and mask

*HUGE THANKS to Edward, Diane, Blake, Holly, Cori and Kandace for having me and giving us a hospitable and fun evening!*

**PSST! And check out Live Life in Style for additional coverage of the night and pictures of me getting my makeup did by Cori.**

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Woodbury University "Neo-Tribes" Fashion Show- LA

My last night in LA (during my most recent visit) was fashionably eventful to say the least. I was invited to attend Woodbury University’s 49th annual fashion show. The theme for this year was called “Neo-Tribes.” The show was under the direction of Woodbury’s Chair of the Department of Fashion Design- Kathryn Hagen, while the students were mentored under such industry legends as: Jared Gold, Eduardo Lucero and Eddie Bledsoe (as well as the rest of the distinguished faculty). LA’s fashion maven- Lisa Kline was the honored guest of the evening (as well as the VIP viewing of the collections a few days before the public viewing…and I was in Phoenix…) It was held at Center Stage Studios in downtown LA and featured sophomore swimwear, junior collections, costume designs inspired by Bram Stoker’s Dracula, and senior collections.

From the moment the lights initiated the start of the show and the pulsating, energetic music, it was a constant “WOW, what’s coming next?!” moment. The sophomores swimwear featured futuristic silhouettes with geometric cut-outs infused with automotive graphics and bold colors. The juniors collection delved into contemporary and evening wear. The show then transitioned to the costume design portion, in which students had created stunning looks that marched to the beat of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. We saw looks from scenes spanning the timeline between 1462-1887. The scenes where the models acted were brilliantly executed and left us wanting more (and I have never wanted to don a Victorian gown and dance the walze so badly). Then we charge right into the highly-anticipated senior collections. I tell you, my brain has never been so visually impacted… The creativity just radiated from these students, whose inspirations ranged from: ‘Gothic Lolita,’ a range of eras, a variety of cultures, Alice in Wonderland, poets, etc. Seeing new silhouettes, futuristic designs paired with funky footwear (including a pair of sky-high Japanese-inspired geta or footwear that was made by one student) was like waking up on a beautiful sunny morning, going to the terrace and breathing in fresh air.

After the show, awards were given and the students were given a standing ovation. I left the venue feeling inspired and hoping to see more fashion shows like that.

Huge thanks to Jaime, Woodbury University, Kathryn Hagen, the students and models, hair and make-up teams!

Macy's and HSM "Trendspotter" Kick-Off Event

The creme-de-la-creme of Houston’s fashionable 20-somethings gathered at Macy’s Sage at one of Houston’s most exclusive malls- The Galleria for an evening of light appetizers/beverages, music, networking, styling tips and an opportunity to support local community organizations. The event was hosted by Houston Style Magazine, Macy’s, Houston Fashion Bloggers and the Houston Dynamo soccer team. This event is the kicker for a series of “Trendspotter” events that will be held throughout the summer at the Macy’s Sage Galleria location. Along with networking with some really trendy Houstonians, meeting the gorgeous (hey I ain’t gonna lie) members of the Dynamo team; we were introduced to Team Gini- an organization that engages with youth by using creative methods (remixes of popular songs rewritten with positive messages, theatrical performances, community support by hosting donation drives for other organizations) and enriches them to discover their purpose through educational entertainment. There was also a small runway show that showcased the latest trends that have recently hit Macy’s racks (I’d love to get my hands on the BarIII floral print palazzo pants). I’m really excited to see how the other monthly events pan out, as there was quite a huge turn-out for this first one.

Mark your calenders for: June 25, July 23 and August 27. Hope to see you there!

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