Archive - January 2014

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Kissue Trunk Show
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Francesca's Holiday Blogger Party
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"Everything Ice" Fashion Show

Kissue Trunk Show

Over the holidays, I was treated to a lovely trunk show and preview of a newly launched e-commerce boutique, based in Houston. The brand is called Kissue and was founded in August 2013 by sisters- Kailey and Kaygan Tissue (hence the name- Kissue). The young entrepreneurs eventually want to start a clothing line, but they felt that they first want to get their feet wet by testing out their esthetic in the online boutique realm. They pride themselves on hand-curating their merchandise that is well-made and distinguished in details, such as: clean cut, modern, sharp and fine lines. They carry a variety of brands that aren’t mainstream, though rather more specialty, like: Ark & Co., English Rose, Nameless and C. Luce (which are their favorite brands as well). They strive to find balance between their esthetic and the needs to their customer.

Their quaint trunk show represented what they currently have up online. Multiple clothing racks were set up in their private residence, which set the mood for a relaxed and intimate shopping experience. Clothing styles varied, ranging from casual to cocktail attire. Think faux fur vests to offbeat chic bright pink blazers to crop tops with fun cut-out detailing, tops with fringe, cute leather pants to flowy maxi dresses- Kissue has something for every fashionista’s needs. They also feel that it’s important to have solid garments at affordable price points. Prices range from $28 for leggings to a coat for $106. Be on the lookout for a flagship brick-and-mortar store in Houston sometime in the next few years. To shop the brand or for more information, check out kissuetx.com.

Francesca's Holiday Blogger Party

I’ve never really known about Francesca’s until I landed in Texas, where they are based. I was finally introduced to them when I attended their blogger party over the holidays at their location in the prestigious Highland Village neighborhood in Houston. Francesca’s opened their first store in Houston in 1999 and caters to the fashionista who loves whimsical hand-curated clothing not normally found in the major department stores. They also sell bright statement baubles, trendy bold accessories and fun, kitschy gifts. The brand is now located in 45 states and has over 350 boutiques, plus their online shop. The staff at the Highland Village store made me feel right at home during the party and were extremely helpful. Oh and did I mention how talented they are too? I LOVE how the visuals and mannequins were styled (without the use of a merchandising manual). It really gave us a lot of ideas on how to mix prints and textures, style the jewelry, etc., without looking too busy or minutes away from being a fashion disaster. The gifting table is just fantastic! I found an array of quirky items, such as Ryan Gosling books (I mean…100 Reasons to Love Ryan Gosling…I’m on that!), Etch-A-Sketches, red heeled iPhone stand and so much more! I’d love to also thank the store for having delicious light bites (extra kudos for the cucumber and cream cheese finger sandwiches), treats and cocktails. The night was such a nice way to enter into the holidays. I ended up getting a cute floral printed blazer with the gift card that the Francesca’s team so graciously gifted the bloggers, as well as a generous gift bag.

Thanks again for your hospitality Francesca’s and Francesca’s Highland Village!!

"Everything Ice" Fashion Show

Local Houston stylist Jazzlin Raquel is now delving into fashion design and is currently enrolled at Houston Community College and is on her way to graduating. Fashion design has always been a desire, but she was always being told that it takes money or that you have to come from money in order to be successful in the industry. She decided to break out and put on a small runway show to showcase her designing, sewing and styling talents and prove people wrong. The show was held at Elite Hair Salon in Pearland, Texas and was hosted by The Fresh Prince of ATX , with performances by Lana Fame and Mystro. Jazzlin named the show “Everything Ice” and pulled inventory from my shop- Lone Star Vintage and also pulled from her closet and designs. She felt her inspiration came from being at odds with everything…to be different…to wear something that you might not be comfortable wearing everyday. Since Jazzlin was one of the few key players in the show, her meaning of ‘everything ice’ goes from anything flashy and shiny, to confidence and that women who can walk into a room and be THAT woman (while everyone is whispering ‘YES’). The hair stylist- Brandi Parks’s ‘ice’ was “I’m sexy, I’m flashy…I’m whatever I want to be because I’m ice.” When Jazzlin asked the models what their ‘ice’ is, they had their own scenarios, such as what you feel, what you are, etc. Jazzlin felt that by asking all involved in the show, she felt that it was a great way to get everyone’s input. Since she loves everything sequins and flashy, she wanted to utilize those aspects and have them coincide with the models confidence and their personalities. This was no ordinary t-shirt and jeans fashion show, the models ‘werked’ the runway, exuding that confidence that Jazzlin so dearly wanted. One girl was wearing a vintage sequin dress-turned-blouse-and-skirt, other looks included vintage metallic dresses, chic jackets and vintage sequin tops paired tastefully with spanx and bras. The ladies rocked the clothes and their unique personalities shone through their dance-and-pose performance at the finale. Jazzlin made her entrance at the end of the show wearing a handmade black net headpiece, a signature sequin top, black pants and killer heels. It was her night and she did a great job showing her talents.

Congratulations Jazzlin! Looking forward to new designs and stylings!

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