Laura Tanzer Set to Open Atelier in Tucson on November 14th
Shop. Taste. Empower. VIP Blogger Preview Party – Holiday Edition
Houston’s Retail Market Goes Global with Souk Chic
El Paisano and “Twilight Bohemia”
“The World is Filled with Copycats. But Very Few Originals”
“Catwalks & Classrooms” Inaugural Event Hosted by Magpies & Peacocks
Debutante Clothing- Pomona, CA

Laura Tanzer Set to Open Atelier in Tucson on November 14th

* Photos courtesy of PHXFW and Laura Tanzer *

Fashion Designer- Laura Tanzer, who’s Spring 2016 collection “Les Rayuers des Fleurs” recently graced the runway at Phoenix Fashion Week, is hosting a Grand Opening celebration at her new atelier in Tucson on November 14th from 11am to 6pm.

Her clothing is proudly made in the USA. SHOP LOCAL!

(Historic Train Depot retail promenade)
410 N Toole Ave
Tucson, AZ 85701

For more information, be sure to visit Laura’s WEBSITE, FACEBOOK, TWITTER and PINTEREST.

Shop. Taste. Empower. VIP Blogger Preview Party – Holiday Edition

The Cottage Shop in Montrose invited local bloggers to attend their Shop. Taste. Empower. VIP Blogger Preview Party- Holiday Edition last night to shop the store and check out the newest arrivals before their big Shop. Taste. Empower. event on November 15th. Guests enjoyed sweets provided by Phoenicia Foods and sips provided by Topo Chico. A make-up artist was on hand demonstrating the By Terry cosmetics line. Francesca’s also generously donated items that we were able to pick 3 (necklace, bracelet or earrings, scarf or accessory) pieces as gifts, while the rest was available for purchase.

We enjoyed discounts on top of the already generous prices:

50% off regular clothing and shoes (Monday)
25% off vintage and boutique clothing
25% off jewelry and accessories

We mixed, mingled and of course… shopped. Proceeds from The Cottage Shop go to benefit The Women’s Home.

If you are local to Houston and would like to check out their actual Shop. Taste. Empower. event on Sunday November 15th from 1- 4pm, go HERE to register for tickets. The free event gives shoppers an opportunity to find incredible gifts, receive styling advice from Houston’s fashion experts- Dawn Bell, Becky Hollands and Joy Sewing and nosh on sweet refreshments provided by: Greenway Coffee Company, JodyCakes, Paulie’s, Topo Chico and Whole Foods. Most importantly, donate women’s winter clothing to those in need.

** The first 250 guests to bring a clothing donation to the event will receive a free swag bag! **

The Cottage Shop first opened its doors in 1971 and has been a gem in the Montrose area. It provides job training for the residents and generates 20% of The Women’s Home’s operating income. Since it’s most recent renovation, it now sells new and gently used clothing, accessories, furniture and household goods. There is also a designer and vintage boutique within the shopping area. The Cottage Shop is located at: 811 Westheimer Rd., Houston, TX 77006.

The Women’s Home was established in Houston in 1957 and built around the mission to help women in crisis to regain their self-esteem and dignity and empower them to return to society as productive individuals. Their programs are targeted to women in the Houston area who are homeless or on the verge of homelessness, with many residents suffering from addiction or mental illness, or both. With nearly 60 years of service, they have helped countless women through their long-term residential treatment program in Montrose and their permanent supportive housing program in Spring Branch. Both programs offer a solution to women who seek a safe, sober and drug-free community where they can recognize and reach their unique potential for success. For more information, please visit their WEBSITE.

HUGE thanks to Nikki, Bethany, Tina, Cherie, Chau and the The Cottage Shop for hosting us!!

Houston’s Retail Market Goes Global with Souk Chic

While Ashley Srouji was living and studying in Lebanon, she was amazed by all the local designers and brands there; most of which were not available in the U.S. These designers and brands were typically inspired by their surroundings and not by mass fashion. The concept of bringing pieces from abroad came to her and it wasn’t until after she returned and settled in Houston, that she decided to move forward with that concept.

Ashley officially launched Souk Chic May 2015 and has since held numerous pop-up shops at local businesses, as well as in her home. Think of Souk Chic as an international market, but in a more personalized setting (and without the hefty plane fare). Ashley has a keen eye for choosing styles for her inventory, which include divine Moroccan rug clutches, handbags by Lebanese-based Sarah’s Bag (including the ‘Tawleh’ style, which has been seen with Amal Clooney), Ukrainian vyshyvankas by Foberini, cheeky straw totes and hats by Caren Lola, Middle-Eastern inspired caftans by Biba & Marmise, handmade book clutches by p.s. Besitos, sandals from Greece and Spain and evil eye bracelets from Mono and Me.

Other brands include:

Aelia – Grecian handmade sandals.

BLTRX (Bellatrix) – leather handbags designed by Tamar Friedman. Each handcrafted bag is based on a take of a triangular shape, mixing 3 kinds of materials or textures, leathers and textiles.

Mola Sasa – clutches made with the traditional print by Kuna (indigenous communities of Colombia and Panama) women artisans.

KinaMania – founded by Kristina Zouein. The sandals are handcrafted in Spain and are based on the traditional Spanish sandal, the albarca.

The Souk Chic website is coming soon, but in the meantime, check out the FACEBOOK and INSTAGRAM to shop and get more information!

El Paisano and “Twilight Bohemia”

** Above Photos by Sofia Emm (@dydesigner) **

(Vintage Ethnic Top- loaned from Marci Rosenberg, Vintage Shoes- loaned from Marci Rosenberg, Vintage Gold Sequin Jacket- loaned from Marci Rosenberg, Vintage Ethnic Necklace- loaned from Marci Rosenberg, Leggings– C/O Matty M.)

In celebration of their recent launch at Costco last month, the kind folks at Matty M sent over a pair of leggings that are now available at the wholesale retailer. The durable and affordable leggings are made in the USA. I chose to take them on our adventure to Marfa, where I paired them with a vintage ethnic top and a vintage silver ethnic necklace. I also added a vintage gold sequin jacket and vintage evening heels for a more “twilight bohemia” look. The leggings fit like a second skin, while also creating a slimming waistline. Not all leggings are made this well, nor are you able to comfortably dress them up or down. Affordable, name-brand, good quality basics that are available at Costco?! Sign me up!

Purchase the leggings HERE.

** This is a sponsored post, however all opinions are my own.**

“The World is Filled with Copycats. But Very Few Originals”

(Repurposed Jacket- Born Again Vintage, Vintage Shorts- Big Bertha’s Paradise, Vintage Necklace- bought in Round Top, Sunglasses- ZeroUV, Jelly Platform Shoes- bought at a vendor in Santee Alley (LA).)

My good friend Bridgett Artise- the brains behind Born Again Vintage– lent me this awesome re-constructed jean jacket with gigantic billowy sleeves. So, for Mr. LAFashionsnob and I’s side trip to Terlingua Ghost Town, I paired the jacket with vintage leather shorts, black jelly platform shoes and used a vintage full slip as a top. The highlight of the jacket is the back, which Bridgett used part of a thrifted tee, mainly for its quote, which reads: “The World is Filled with Copycats. But Very Few Originals,” – The Diamond Guy. Whoever this ‘Diamond Guy’ was, he knew what’s up.

“Catwalks & Classrooms” Inaugural Event Hosted by Magpies & Peacocks

Houston’s only non-profit design house- Magpies & Peacocks, recently launched their inaugural Catwalks & Classrooms student design competition and showcase event. The event took place at JW Marriott in Downtown Houston. Twenty-five students, ranging from junior and college divisions from Art Institute of Houston to The Glassell School of Art and Fashion Camp; participated in the event. Each designer was given a material parcel, containing anything from funky 1980s prom dresses to a vintage Victor Costa for Neiman Marcus garment. They were then instructed to deconstruct and create a new contemporary collection, which was showcased at the culminating event.

The designers were placed with some of Houston’s most notable stylists, including: Dawn Bell (Fashion Camp/Houston Vintage), Lisa Power (StylePoint), Shelly Bishop (Curated Cotton) and Aubrie Layne (Lucky Cat Beauty) as the beauty director. Each vignette also had artwork by various local artists.

Magpies & Peacocks also selected a handful of judges who are prominent in the fashion, retail and design industries throughout the region. The impressive list included: Bridgett Artise (Author of Born Again Vintage and fashion designer), David Peck (#MadeHere fashion designer), Page Parkes (CEO of Page Parkes modeling agency), Sherry Eichberg (One Green Street) and Claire Carmichael (Wardrobe Boutique owner).

The winners:

1st Place- Ebony McCan (Stylist Lisa Powers, Artwork- Nicola Parente)
2nd Place- Shronda Hayes (Stylist- Lisa Powers, Artwork- Steven Silverstein, Handbag- JulieBeth Handbags)
3rd Place- Kenneth O’Veal (Artwork- Richard Blanco, Stylist- Shelly Bishop)
3rd Place- Kim Nguyen (Stylist- Maria Martinez, Artwork- Lyle Owerko)

Junior Division 1st Place- Christina Van Hal (Stylist- Shelly Bishop, Artwork- GONZO247)
Junior Division 2nd Place- Megan Siemann (Flowers- Paper Flower Artistry, Stylists- Dawn Bell and Sarah-Jayne Smith)
Junior Division 3rd Place- Tia-Rose Pezzani (Stylists- Dawn Bell and Maria Martinez, Artwork- Kelley Devine)

Meet the other designers: Shelena Shulterbrandt, Krystle Pinto, Caroline Ramirez, Averye, Tiffany Dilbeck, Tony Tran, Ayo Akorde, Shelbi Campbell, Krystle Rose and Caroline Raimerez.

Congratulations to the winners and everyone who participated!

For more information, check out Magpies & Peacocks HERE and on FACEBOOK!

Debutante Clothing- Pomona, CA

Debutante Clothing

351 S. Thomas Ave.
Pomona, CA 91766
PH:(909)235- 6462
HOURS: Tues- Sat 12-7pm

My dear friend and Vintagepreneur™- Sandra Mendoza, recently opened her first storefront- Debutante Clothing, in the heart of Downtown Pomona. She has been collecting vintage clothing from the 20s through the 90s for over twenty years. Eventually, her passion of hunting, finding and collecting vintage gems led her to start selling it online in 2005. Sandra mentions, “My passion for vintage glamour has led to me work on so many different aspects of vintage from selling to costume designers to writing for magazines. If it’s old and glamorous, I love it!”

Her new shop is housed in a registered historic building that was built in 1910. You enter through elegant old white French doors that once led into a reception area of a hotel that used to be above the shop. Debutante Clothing is more of a quaint boutique; with personable service, feminine black and pink decor and exceptional vintage. Multiple racks line the walls, while vintage accessories and other unique items lay strategically merchandised throughout the room. Sandra sells a variety of categories, ranging from some menswear to designer vintage and coveted lucite and metal handbags. She also sells some vintage-inspired pieces and a t-shirt of her own design that boasts: Lucite & Cherries & Leopard & Lipstick. I feel that she offers product that can fit practically any budget, yet the quality of everything is of the utmost highest standard. Most importantly, you can bet that when you shop at Debutante Clothing, not only are you getting amazing service from the owner (who is ridiculously knowledgeable about vintage), but you are also helping to support local and small businesses!

Check out Debutante Clothing on FACEBOOK, YELP and the WEBSITE.

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