Archive - 2017

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Houston Rising Fashion Show + Fundraiser
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Everything’s Rosy with Rosehip Essentials Skin Care
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Glamour and Romance of Oscar de la Renta Exhibit in Houston

Houston Rising Fashion Show + Fundraiser

The folks at FGI Houston recently held a fashion show and fundraiser, which included all local Houston designers, at the Norris Conference Center in CityCentre. Proceeds from the event went to Houston Furniture Bank and HGI Counseling, who are still helping with Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts. The evening was emceed by Casey Curry and Blanca Beltran. The showcase featured collections from up-and-coming, as well as established designers: Jamel Hawk, 86and90, Of Myth & Muse, Claire Drennan Knitwear, Steve Guthrie, Renegade Bridal, VCherie, Miles David, and Chloe Dao. Also featured, were local boutiques- Melodrama Boutique, MODchic Online, and Myth & Symbol. After the runway show, comedian Rob Mungle took the stage. Guests were also able to participate in a silent auction, with items donated by various sponsors.

View the slideshow below for the looks that went down the runway.

Everything’s Rosy with Rosehip Essentials Skin Care

Brittany Moore- owner of Rose Hip Essentials in Houston

I had first heard about Rosehip Essentials back when Pop Shop Houston had their retail space on 19th Street in The Heights. I was shopping around the store when I realized that my lips were extremely dry, and I didn’t have a lip balm on me. Luckily, the shop carried the brand’s soaps, lip balm, and assorted lip tints. I sampled the Citrus Cream Lip Balm, and my lips instantly just felt smooth and fulfilled. Let’s just say, from then on, I was hooked!

Several weeks later, I was able to meet the owner- Brittney Moore in person. She personally introduced me to her products, such as the French Clay Rosehip Mask, the Rosehip Seed Oil Facial Renewal Serum, Aromatherapy Mist, the Rosehip and Citrus Oil Cleanser, and the Rose and Lavender Hydrating Facial Toner.

Moore has been in the skin care industry for about ten years now, in some form; though skin care has played a major part throughout her entire life, since her mother worked as an esthetician. From a very young age, she was taught the age-old ritual of cleansing, toning, exfoliating, and moisturizing. In the better part of 2006/7, she studied holistic nutrition. Her ah-ha moment came when a woman who worked in the skin care industry came and spoke to her class about all the ingredients used in most skin care, which freaked her out. From that point on, she knew she had to do something about it. She started slowly, creating only a few items, then she took a soapmaking course. Soon after, she ventured to India, where she did yoga and studied the art of Ariveda and natural medicine, with focus on skin care, oils, herbal tinctures, and massages.

After returning home, her husband and she moved from Toronto to Houston. They had children, and she re-branded herself. Her business has been growing organically ever since. She officially launched the brand in 2015, with a focus on soaps, but in 2016, she rolled out the skin care line that we all know and love today.

Most of her products are derived from the rosehip seed oil, which is high in nutrients, vitamins, omegas, and antioxidants. Since the oil is cold pressed, Brittney recommends that the products be used within a six-month period. Nothing is artificially preserved, but instead is preserved naturally with vitamins that have been blended in. “Our skin care should be similar to our food- natural, fresh pressed,  organic, and also good for your soul. That’s where the essential oils come in, and that’s the time to just relax. That essential moment that we all need during the day,” Brittney commented.

Brittney recommends using a mask once or twice a week to deep clean and get all the gunk from the environment, and makeup out. Another nice thing to do is oil cleansing, instead of using soap. It’s gentle, and may help clear up the skin and regulates oil. She incorporates clay in almost all her soaps, and the mask. “Clay has been used for thousands of years and is amazing for your body and health. It draws out toxins in your skin, bath, body, and helps you if you’re feeling sick. Also, the hydrosols in the toner. It’s plant water, so what better way to nourish your skin than with pure water from a plant. I would encourage people to start using essential oils. They help you sleep, They help regulate your emotions, they help overall balance.”

Her favorite products from the brand? The Rosehip Seed Oil Facial Renewal Serum and the Mineral Lip Tints. “They are natural, so you can feel better about wearing lipstick. They are extremely moisturizing and have anti-aging botanical benefits.”

Rosehip Essentials can be found ONLINE, as well as at LAUNCH HTX (Nov-Dec), as well as upcoming markets: The Heights Artisan Market, HTX Bossbabes Holiday Market, and Pop Shop Houston Holiday Festival.

Blogger’s Notes: After using the serum, mask, lip tints, and cleansing oil for a couple weeks, I’ve really noticed a huge difference in how my face feels. It feels smoother, looks more radiant and young. My friends have also commented on how great I look. I also love how I’m putting ZERO chemicals on my skin. Plant-based is really the way to go in terms of leading a healthier lifestyle. I’m SO SO glad I was introduced to Rosehip Essentials. Brittney is a gem to the Houston localist community, and I shall continue to brag about her brand, and be a long term customer.

Rosehip Essentials, clay mask, natural skin care, Houston

Rosehip Essentials, clay mask, natural skin care, Houston

Rosehip Essentials, clay mask, natural skin care, Houston

Rosehip Essentials, clay mask, natural skin care, Houston

Rosehip Essentials, clay mask, natural skin care, Houston

Rosehip Essentials, clay mask, natural skin care, Houston

Rosehip Essentials, clay mask, natural skin care, Houston

Rosehip Essentials, clay mask, natural skin care, Houston

Rosehip Essentials, clay mask, natural skin care, Houston

Rosehip Essentials, clay mask, natural skin care, Houston

Rosehip Essentials, clay mask, natural skin care, Houston

 

 

 

 

 

 

Glamour and Romance of Oscar de la Renta Exhibit in Houston

“Fashion is about dressing according to what’s fashionable. Style is more about being yourself.

– Oscar de la Renta

Houston has recently celebrated the legendary designer’s clothing exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts, through various small events, such as a discussion of the designer between Culturemap’s editor-in-chief Clifford Pugh, and former Vogue editor-at-large Andre Leon Talley. I attended the discussion and was just so enthralled hearing what Talley had to say regarding curating the exhibit, as well as his personal friendship with the designer, which spanned over the course of fifty years.

Oscar de la Renta, Clifford Pugh, Andre Leon Talley, MFAH, Houston

It was said that Diana Vreeland created a standard for fashion exhibitions. Mr. Talley used that memory, along with his years of experience spent working with her and other fashion notables on various projects, to help with building this exhibit, which took over a year to plan. He wanted to have certain pieces tell a story. Such stories could tell the tale of that of a flamenco dancer in a total frenzy, or duchesses and grandees of Spain going to Good Friday ceremonies at the Grand Cathedral. These grandees would go on foot in their best black clothes, black suits, and high jewels, mantillas, and combs. He noted that he saw it in 1987, as well as witnessed the bullfighters, and how they dressed.

One of the things that Mr. Talley recalled, was that Oscar like to interact with people, instead of just sitting and sketching. Also, that fabric was the most important, and that it, along with textures, spoke to him. The designer loved exuberant color, and was often inspired by the colors of Spain- the sunshine, the outdoors, flowers. Oscar’s vision was usually simple silhouettes that paired with opulent, almost Rococo fabrics. Lastly, his wife Annette was his muse.

The exhibit is beautifully curated and features over 70 of the designer’s iconic pieces, including Amal Clooney’s wedding dress from 2014 (and the last wedding dress Oscar designed before he passed). Other pieces were sourced from the company’s corporate and personal archives, the Pierre Balmain archives, other private lenders, and the museum’s archives.

The rooms are also divided into sections, which highlighted his greatest influences: Spain, the Far East, Icons, and the Garden. The ‘Spain’ room offered gowns in rich reds, white, black; paired with the mantillas, combs, flowers, and decadent jewelry. The ‘Far East’ room had influences of Tolstoy, Anna Karenina, and War and Peace. The ‘Garden’ room featured gowns with floral print, a dress with the same print as Marie Antoinette’s bedchambers at Versailles, as well as iconic wedding dresses. The wedding dress portion of the exhibit features the dress worn by Oscar’s stepdaughter Eliza Reed in her marriage to Alex Bolen (now CEO of the company), Amal Clooney’s dress, and a dress that was never worn but was inspired by Jennifer Jones in Madame Bovary. The ‘Icons’ room paid homage to Oscar’s long list of iconic clients, such as: Kirsten Dunst, Beyoncé, Lynn Wyatt, Yvonne Cormier, Rose Cullen, Annette de la Renta, Karlie Kloss, former First Lady- Laura Bush, Penelope Cruz, Anna Wintour, Eliza Bolen, and Taylor Swift.

I currently own three vintage Oscar de la Renta dresses, and having attended this exhibit, now have a even greater appreciation for them. I won’t be parting with them anytime soon.

The exhibit goes until January 28th, 2018. Purchase tickets HERE.

Oscar de la Renta, exhibit, MFAH, Houston museum exhibit

Oscar de la Renta, exhibit, MFAH, Houston museum exhibit

Oscar de la Renta, exhibit, MFAH, Houston museum exhibit

Oscar de la Renta, exhibit, MFAH, Houston museum exhibit

Oscar de la Renta, exhibit, MFAH, Houston museum exhibit

Oscar de la Renta, exhibit, MFAH, Houston museum exhibit

Oscar de la Renta, exhibit, MFAH, Houston museum exhibit

Oscar de la Renta, exhibit, MFAH, Houston museum exhibit

Oscar de la Renta, exhibit, MFAH, Houston museum exhibit

Oscar de la Renta, exhibit, MFAH, Houston museum exhibit

Oscar de la Renta, exhibit, MFAH, Houston museum exhibit

 

 

 

 

 

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