Archive - 2013

American Textile Recycling Services Hosts Open House
"Bloggers Night Out" at Carrie Ann Boutique- Houston
Simon Fashion Now Fashion Events @ The Galleria- Houston

American Textile Recycling Services Hosts Open House

The American Textile Recycling Services is America’s fastest growing textile recycling companies, with over 179 million pounds of textiles that have been recycled so far. Not long ago, they held their first open house in their newly renovated (in partnership with Steelcase) 80,000 square foot warehouse and headquarters and this blogger was in attendance. The event hosted city officials, property management reps and media to not only tour the facilities; but also partake in a delicious lunch from Coreanos Food Truck (their OG Burrito- ‘vegetarian style’ was pretty amazing) and some dessert from Crave Cupcakes. The event also included a pop-up upcycled fashion installation styled by Los Angeles stylist- Lehang Pedersen. Lehang was asked to fly in and style a number of looks based from clothing found in the massive piles that were being sorted and graded. “It was my dream job…This is a big, big closet. In the beginning, it can be overwhelming and a little bit messy, but when you get into it, you can find the best pieces for your wardrobe… When I came, I didn’t have a plan. I just went with the flow. The first pieces I found were in perfect condition..the details were there and I thought, well this is what I what I’m going to build from. I was surprised that {not just here} when you go to recycle places, that you can find amazing vintage in perfect condition that people basically just throw out and don’t feel like they have a need for anymore. This company does what they do because they believe that everything has a second life. We reuse it, we make it into new, and mix it with old and new stuff and combine with what we have to still find your own personality and I like that’s great!” Lehang explained. The exhibit featured twenty-six looks that were very Great Gatsby and 20s-inspired. It was amazing that she was able to dig through the mounds of clothing and was able to combine vintage and modern pieces to create pretty on-point flapper-esque looks for the gals and dapper looks for the gentlemen. “I love vintage and for me to use the word ‘vintage,’ it has to be thirty years old… I don’t watch TV a lot, but when I do, it’s always Turner Classic Movies- so black and white, Old Hollywood. My favorite time is 1920 and 1930. I did not expect to get so many pieces. There are twenty-six mannequins and they are all in that story…”

We were also introduced to ATRS CEO David Peganyee, who welcomed us and introduced key execs from their charitable partners Houston Area Community Services and The Arc of Greater Houston. It was so awesome learning about all the good that ATRS is doing for not only the community, but the nation. They provide free textile recycling solutions for the public (you know, those shoe and clothing donation bins that scatter the city) and job stimulation for the local communities here and abroad. So far, ATRS has donated over $4.5 million to local charities. They have eleven branches in nine regions, including: Texas, Florida, Michigan, Tennessee, Atlanta, Oklahoma, Arizona, Colorado, and Southern California. ATRS is committed to keeping textile waste from local landfills and promoting a greener tomorrow.

heathermarie_033's ATRS Open House album on Photobucket

"Bloggers Night Out" at Carrie Ann Boutique- Houston

Houston’s prestigious Uptown Park was the scene for a “Bloggers Night Out” soiree, held at Carrie Ann, a boutique located in the upscale shopping center. Guests of the event were able to shop the latest Fall fashions that were curated by some of Houston’s top bloggers: Fashionbillie, Style to Envy, From Prosecco to Plaid, Stylewise, Sugarlaws, and Sunday Beach. Guests were also treated to make-up, light bites, sangria provided by 1252 Tapas Bar and prizes.

It was my first time visiting Carrie Ann and I’ve heard so much about it through the blogosphere, so it was a treat to be able to attend their blogger event. Boutique owner and dog enthusiast- Carrie Sanders offers clients variety of unique pieces for themselves and their pooches. The boutique is pet friendly and clients are encouraged to bring their pets while they shop. You can shop numerous designers, including: Alice and Trixie, Yoana Baraschi, One Grey Day, Show Me Your Mumu, Plenty by Tracy Reese and Mink Pink. One jewelry designer that she carries and that I spotted that evening that I am in love with is J. Bird Collection. The fairly new local brand was founded by Jessica Bird in November 2012. She brings to the table her inspiration of nature and gold and then creates beautiful minimalistic designs. All her pieces feature organic elements and nothing is exactly alike. If you’re ever in the shop or online, definitely check out the J. Bird Collection!

If you’re ever at Uptown Park and are in need of a cute dress or top for yourself and an accessory for your pooch, check out Carrie Ann!

heathermarie_033's Carrie Ann Bloggers Night Out album on Photobucket

Simon Fashion Now Fashion Events @ The Galleria- Houston

The beginning of September marked the start of New York Fashion Week. While I wasn’t able to get to New York this year, I felt that a bit of it reigned down on Houston for a few days during the Simon Fashion Now events at the Galleria. I was able to attend two of the umpteen lot of events happening that week, which were the Press Preview and Luxury Runway events. Both events showcased the latest Fall 2013 trends from local mall shops. The ice rink on the Galleria’s lower level was transformed into a posh runway event venue, complete with live mannequins, passed light bites and an open bar. The Luxury Runway event was presented by Cadillac and offered shoppers a chance to purchase their favorite looks straight from the runway. The designer line-up that evening was: Saks, Max Mara, Tiffany & Co, Jimmy Choo, Ermenegildo Zegna, Fendi, CH Carolina Herrera, Ferragamo and Neiman Marcus. Now I’m not sure what the Houston Fall/Winter weather is like, but a few of the looks (while chic) looked quite uncomfortably warm for our weather but would be great for LA or New York. Expect to see a lot of black and white on apparel, shoes and accessories; as well as a variety of red hues. Fendi was the favorite of the evening for me, with rich colors, loads of texture and very “uptown” silhouettes. Those sculpted heels though….major! What stood out for me regarding the menswear category was a tailored floral brocade blazer paired with solid black vest, pants and silver bow tie. Overall, the show was high-energy, the models did a great job strutting down the T-shaped runway and twenty-something age crooners that serenaded the audience during the opening of the show with Justin Timberlake’s “Sexy Back” wasn’t bad either.

I also had the pleasure of meeting Same Sky CEO- Francine LeFrak, who also spoke at the very beginning of the show. Same Sky is an initiative that empowers women of war-torn Rwanda by providing them with jobs to help lift them out of poverty. These women are trained as artisans to crochet hand-blown glass beads into necklaces, bracelets, etc. for 15 to 20 times the average Sub Saharan wage. 100% of the net proceeds from the sales are then reinvested back to train and employ the women. For more information and to shop the collection, go to

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heathermarie_033's Simon Now Preview album on Photobucket

** Simon Fashion Now Press Preview Party **

heathermarie_033's Simon Fashion Now show album on Photobucket

** Simon Fashion Now Luxury Runway Show **

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