Tag - Houston

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The Power of Prints
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Soulcycle x Target Comes to Houston
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“Los Trompos” (Spinning Tops)
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Paging Rosie The Riveter!
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Kaleidoscope Houston 2016
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The Vintage Contessa – Houston
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Heart of Fashion Closing Night

The Power of Prints

Vintage Outfit, Photo Shoot

Vintage Outfit, Photo Shoot

Vintage Outfit, Photo Shoot

Vintage Outfit, Photo Shoot

Vintage Outfit, Photo Shoot

Vintage Outfit, Photo Shoot

Vintage Outfit, Photo Shoot

Vintage Outfit, Photo Shoot

Vintage Outfit, Photo Shoot

Vintage Outfit, Photo Shoot

** Images by Sofia Emm **

(Vintage Los Angeles “Postcard Print”Top- Revival Vintage Co, Vintage Pants- Top Vintage LLC, Green Beaded Necklace- Stella & Dot, Vintage Handbag- thrifted, Vintage Hat- thrifted, Vintage Ferragamo Heels- Deja Vu Resale, Oversize Sunglasses- Zero UV.)

I’ve been wanting to spotlight my “Los Angeles Postcard Print” vintage blouse I bought from the Instagram vintage shop- Revival Vintage Co, for awhile now and was glad when I was finally able to break it out and wear it for this post in collaboration with a few other Houston fashion bloggers. Since it was still rather chilly, I paired the top with my easy floral print pants to complement the look. Now, since it was all about print mixing, I did try to piece together several looks the night before, but this final one just “felt right.” I added my favorite green statement necklace from Stella & Dot (no longer available) and a bright vintage handbag I recently thrifted as added color bonuses.

This is my first style post collaboration with other bloggers. I was thrilled when I was asked to share my style point-of-view with five other lovely ladies, all with their own unique style personalities. The ladies with whom I collaborated with are:

Houston fashion blogger Sheela Goh

Sheela Goh

Her outfit details:

*Mustard & Black Plaid Hoodie Poncho – Forever21
*B&W Grid Sweater & Ombre Sunnies – Poshmark
*Brown Capris – Etsy
*Floppy Hat & Rings – Gifted
*Cuff – Lenora Dame
*Tribal Booties – Zooshoo

Check out her ‘prints’ blog post!

Dagny Zenovia- Houston fashion blogger

Dagny Zenovia

Her outfit details:

*Blazer: White House Black Market
*Blouse: New York & Company
*Skirt: Marshalls
*Earrings: Emma Bird Accessories
*Necklace: Forever 21
*Watch: Girl Talk

Check out her ‘prints’ blog post!

Wendy Perez- Houston fashion blogger

Wendy Perez

*Romper: Planet Blue
*Coat: Planet Blue
*Necklace: Dreamy Dwellings Boutique
*Shoes: Urban Outfitters

Check out her ‘prints’ blog post!

Dawn Darnell - Houston fashion blogger

Dawn Darnell

*Crop Top- Zara
*Black Lace-Up Cut-Out Heels- Lulus.com
*Statement Necklace- Mirina Collections.com

Check out her ‘prints’ blog post!

Brittainy perry Houston fashion blogger

Brittainy Perry

Top: Michael Kors
Pinstripe Button Down: Francescas
Boots: Steve Madden
Denim: J Brand jeans
Sunnies: Raybans
Watch: Michael Kors

Check out her blog!

Soulcycle x Target Comes to Houston

Image courtesy Soul Cycle x Target

** Image courtesy of Soul Cycle x Target **

In celebration of the New Year (and people’s ‘new year, new you’ resolutions), Target collaborated with Soul Cycle -the country’s leading contender when it comes to full body cycling workouts; to give people a wellness option unlike one they’ve never seen. The collaboration started this month with a 10-city tour, with stops in: Washington D.C., Houston, Seattle, Atlanta, Nashville, Denver, Miami, Chicago, Minneapolis and Los Angeles. Each stop included a special three-day weekend events, with complimentary 45 minute classes taught by certified SoulCycle instructors.

Last Friday, I had my first Soul Cycle class. Now granted, this was my first ever spin class- period, so I didn’t know what to expect. The Houston pop-up event was located at Off The Wall Gallery. Now, because of my style quirkiness, I donned one of my vintage leotards and paired it with my Matty M leggings for a ‘rockin cycling look’ without being too ’80s jazzercise.’

My Soul Cycle x Target outfit

As soon as I walked into the venue, I could feel the upbeat energy. The makeshift lobby was somewhat crowded, but everyone was lively and anxious to start the class. Also in the lobby was a pop-up boutique, featuring Soul Cycle x Target workout gear and wellness products and a photo booth.

When it was our class time, we put our stuff away in cubbies and threw on our special cycling shoes. The small, makeshift cycling room was enclosed with black cloth ‘walls’, with several rows of the bikes and at the front of the room, a platform with the instructor’s bike. Once at our assigned bikes, there were Soul Cycle attendants to help us first-timers into the bikes. The lovely Kaili helped me get my bike situated to my height and got my shoes ‘buckled in.’ I was also incredibly thankful for the complimentary towel and bottle water that they gave us as well.

Once class started, I actually had no problem keeping up with Ariel- our rockstar instructor. My adrenaline was rushing and the music just had my body flowing. For that 45 minutes, I had no worries… I was just in the moment. It felt GREAT! Now, when we did cycling and push-up combinations, I was somewhat uncoordinated…but that’s ok. My favorite part was when we weren’t sitting and cycling, as truth be told, there is no padding on those seats and my rump is STILL sore. Towards the end of the class, we did cycling while using two-pound weights, which helped to strengthen my biceps, triceps, etc.

When class was over, I was sweaty, but I felt fantastic. Upon walking out, we were given a Suja Juice and KIND Bar to refuel the major calories that were burnt. I’m so excited that Soul Cycle is opening a location in Houston in (rumor has it) April, because I will be taking more classes.

Thank you Soul Cyle x Target for the invigorating experience!

Soul Cycle x Target 10 City Schedule:

Jan. 22–24: Washington D.C., Houston, Seattle
Jan. 29–31: Atlanta, Nashville, Denver
Feb. 5–7: Miami and Chicago
Feb. 12–14: Minneapolis and Los Angeles

Here are my faves from the Soul Cycle x Target Pop-Up Boutique (all images via Target.com):

Image courtesy Target x Soul Cycle

** C9 Champion® Women’s Cami Sports Bra **

image courtesy Target x Soul Cycle

** C9 Champion® Women’s Performance Capri **

image courtesy Target x Soul Cycle

** SoulCycle Unisex Sweatpant **

image courtesy Target x Soul Cycle

** Merona Womens Reversible Tote **

image courtesy Target x Soul Cycle

** Aura Cacia Lavender Relaxing Essential Oil – 0.5 oz **

image courtesy Target x Soul Cycle

** Kind® Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate + Protein Nutrition Bars **

image courtesy Target x Soul Cycle

** Suja Essentials Organic Mango Magic Juice 12 oz **

image courtesy Target x Soul Cycle

** Yes To Cucumbers 5 floz Spray Soothing Face Mister Spray **

image courtesy Target x Soul Cycle

** CamelBak eddy Water Bottle – Palm (.75L) **

“Los Trompos” (Spinning Tops)

Los Trompos Spinning Tops

Los Trompos Spinning Tops

Los Trompos Spinning Tops

Los Trompos Spinning Tops

Los Trompos Spinning Tops

Los Trompos Spinning Tops

Los Trompos Spinning Tops at Discovery Green Houston

Los Trompos Spinning Tops at Discovery Green Houston

Los Trompos Spinning Tops at Discovery Green Houston

Los Trompos Spinning Tops at Discovery Green

Los Trompos Spinning Tops at Discovery Green

Los Trompos Spinning Tops at Discovery Green

Los Trompos Spinning Tops at Discovery Green

(Vintage Jumpsuit- Still for sale at Lone Star Vintage, Neckwear- thrifted, Vintage Heels- Born Again Vintage.)

** Photos by Sofia Emm (@itssofiaemm) **

Houston’s Discovery Green, a lush greenspace located in the heart of Downtown, offers numerous art installations throughout the year. The one that particularly caught my eye was the latest: Los Trompos or ‘Spinning Tops’ – a colorful interactive space that resembles the familiar children’s toy. It was created by Mexico City designers Héctor Esrawe and Ignacio Cadena and was inspired by nature and traditional Latin American design, architecture and folk art.

Earlier this week, I grabbed Sofia for an early morning shoot there. I chose to wear all black because I wanted to show the contrast with the vibrant art.

** Los Trompos can be accessed at the park’s Sarofim Picnic Lawn from November 14, 2015 – March 22, 2016. **

Paging Rosie The Riveter!

Houston Fashion Blogger Shoot

Houston Fashion Blogger Shoot

Houston Fashion Blogger Shoot

Houston Fashion Blogger Shoot

Houston Fashion Blogger Shoot

Houston Fashion Blogger Shoot

Houston Fashion Blogger Shoot

Houston Fashion Blogger Shoot

(Vintage Mens Mechanic Jumpsuit- Arbor Antiques estate sale, Vintage Loafers- thrifted at Cottage Shop, Vintage Hat- estate sale, Vintage Southwest Tote- Everything But The House.)

** Photos by Sofia Emm (@itssofiaemm) **

“Rosie the Riveter” became one of America’s most talked about campaigns during World War Two. The famous image depicting a woman- strong and fierce- clad in a red and white polka dot bandana and mechanic’s jumpsuit, exclaiming “We can do it!” became an icon for helping to recruit women to the munitions industry. The image is still to this day…an iconic part of our history.

I chose to wear my vintage mens mechanic jumpsuit that I found at an estate sale for brunch at the Kraftsmen Cafe in The Heights. I was meeting up with my friend Sofia, who is an amazing local photographer (find her on instagram @itssofiaemm) and Chasmine- blogger at The Glamazon.

After an amazing and tummy-satisfying brunch, we headed outside and did a mini photoshoot. The industrial and somewhat minimal setting outside the cafe resonated for a great photo backdrop. It was here that I showed that vintage mechanic jumpsuits are pretty badass, with or without heels.

Kaleidoscope Houston 2016

Kaleidoscope Houston 2016 Fashion Music Art

Kaleidoscope Houston 2016 Fashion Music Art

Kaleidoscope Houston 2016 Fashion, Music ,Art,

(Images and text below VIA Kaleidoscope.com)

KALEIDOSCOPE HOUSTON 2016 is a 3-day Fashion, Art, Music and Film experience presented by a creative collective of partners. The inspiration for creating Kaleidoscope is simple; bring the creative collective that is Houston and surrounding cities, then connect their talents to produce a show that is themed, multi-faceted, and within the city of Houston which will in turn help to boast Houston’s creative economy.

This inspiration led to the creation of Kaleidoscope which highlights and enhances the visibility of Texas established and emerging talent in the Fashion, Art, Music and Film industries.

As one of the nation’s fastest growing cities, Houston is the perfect blend of ambassador for arts & culture. Texas has emerged as an innovative and progressive cultural kaleidoscope.

Kaleidoscope focuses on the expansion of this culture by spotlighting the economic increase of fashion design, clothing merchandising, music influence, visual and performing art, photographic and cinematic film, and a variety of other art and entertainment.

Texas boasts a community of art and cultural assets that create a dynamic economic development in a multitude of national and international markets. Kaleidoscope connects the arts and culture sectors by bridging local firms to the community of artists, musicians, designers, performers, and film industry.

Bringing all of these dynamics under the umbrella that is Kaleidoscope is a step in paving the way to extraordinary through heavy local support. Please join the movement in the new revolution of creative. Kaleidoscope is an alternative consciousness of creative genius. 

For additional information on schedule, designers, etc… please go to Kaleidoscope.com.

To purchase tickets, go HERE.

Kaleidoscope Houston 2016 Fashion, music, art

The Vintage Contessa – Houston

The Vintage Contessa

6222 Richmond Ave. #540
Houston, TX 77057
Mon- Thurs: 9-4:30, Fri- 9-noon…
ONLINE

The Vintage Contessa Houston TX

Imagine a website and showroom that sells only the best vintage and newer handbags, jewelry and accessories from the world’s most sought-after brands: Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Hermes and Cartier. Enter- The Vintage Contessa, owned by Donae Cangelosi Chramosta and her husband Rob. Awhile back, Donae worked for her family’s marble business. She would travel to Italy and France in search of not only marble, but fashion. After marrying Rob and while on their honeymoon in Portofino, she bought her first Hermes belt. Fast forward to when she was pregnant with her now eight-year-old daughter Bella, she was strolling down Madison Avenue with friends. They ventured into Hermes and it was there that she bought her first Birkin. She had always wanted one and had aspired to have that be one of her financial goals in life. It was not long after, that her husband’s jewelry and diamond friends were offering to buy the bag from her. That concept led her to start selling other bags, such as: Gucci and Louis Vuitton; later evolving into Chanel and Hermes as well. The newly-formed business was out of her passion and love for these coveted items.

The Vintage Contessa was launched in 2011. The name of the business was derived from her strong Italian heritage (her Grandparents emigrated from Sicily on a cattle boat and came through Ellis Island. Her Grandfather was a highly-skilled shoe cobbler.) Growing up, her nephews would always call her ‘princess’ and she thought that instead of using ‘princess’ or ‘queen,’ she thought that ‘contessa’ was a better fit.

So fast-forward to the end of 2015, when I had the pleasure of visiting the showroom one afternoon and found myself immersed in Hermes Birkin and Louis Vuitton Speedy bags. The showroom is a combination of Donae and her husband’s businesses. She mainly concentrates on the bags, some jewelry and accessories, while Rob sells watches, such as: Rolex, Cartier and Patek Philippe and designer jewelry like: Bulgari and Van Cleef and Arpels. The showroom features over thirty Birkin and Kelly bags, twenty/thirty Hermes bags, around one hundred Louis Vuitton and fifty Chanel bags. The oldest pieces in the showroom are a couple Louis Vuitton trunks date back to the 1890’s.

I really enjoyed my visit, as I was able to browse and take my time. The HUGE plus for me was when Donae said that I could actually get a Birkin from the shelf and hold it, etc. I mean seriously, who does that?! I know the Hermes retail store does not. Growing up, I’ve always seen and read about these bags in magazines, but to be able to actually HOLD and study the bags…just the icing on the cake! I also know that when I decide to buy my first vintage ‘Louie’ or ahem…Birkin… I will buy from Donae and Rob, because not only are they honest, kind folks running a small/local business, but they personally buy their vintage and newer inventory themselves from all over the world and they take pride in making sure that everything is 100% authentic.

To get more information (and to do some online shopping) on the boutique, go HERE. To purchase/get information on the book her co-wrote with her daughter called The Vintage Contessa and Princessa, go HERE. Be sure to also follow Rob via Instagram under “countdumoney.”

I love the pieces that transcend time, like the Chanel 2.55 bag, that was launched February 1955 and it’s still a bag in 2015… Another true test I believe for a great design is how sought after it is. No matter if a girl is 18 years old or 80 years old, she comes in and wants to carry a Chanel classic bag.”

– Donae Cangelosi Chramosta

Heart of Fashion Closing Night

The Heart of Fashion closed on a high note, with such notable designers as Peter Cohen, Houston’s own Inclán, Abi Ferrin and Ungaro.

Peter Cohen

Zimbabwean-born and now Los Angeles-based Peter Cohen has been designing for over twenty-five years. His luxurious, yet simplistic designs are in the closets of some of Hollywood leading ladies, including Angela Bassett and Ann Heche. Cohen is known for not making a huge fuss in regards to being in spotlight, nor will you see logos or signatures in/on his clothing. He dedicates his time to sourcing the highest quality of fabrics, such as four ply silks from Korea, Italian organza and French taffeta. The looks that were highlighted on the runway were simple and timeless, with light embellishment. He chose longtime friend and the legendary supermodel Carmen Dell’ Orefice to close the runway presentation. She graced the runway in a midst of a roaring applause from the audience.

Inclán Studio

Inclán Studio’s Paola Contraras was the only Houston designer to present her S/S16 work during the Heart of Fashion festivities.The designer stuck by her signature color/fabric blocking and chose a neutral palette, with bits of yellow popping up here-and-there. Her collection seems ideal for a summery island or warm getaway, with breezy, lightweight fabrics. Anorak-style jackets, tunics, capri pants and easy dresses trended the brand’s runway showcase. Find Inclán Studio HERE.

Abi Ferrin

Dallas-based designer Abi Ferrin presented her latest collection that seemed to have a bohemian inspired vibe. The brand, who’s motto is Fashion with Freedom and Purpose showcased designs that were relaxed yet sophisticated, while also catering to women of all body types. The models were accessorized with southwestern shoulder bags, hairpieces made of bouncy pom-poms and feathers and airy printed shawls. The brand is manufactured in the USA. For more information on Abi and The Freedom Project, go HERE.

Ungaro – Presented by Sloan Hall

Ungaro’s reigning designer- Fausto Puglisi wasn’t able to attend the show, however he did make an ‘appearance’ and addressed the audience via video. His very 60’s Mod “Flower Power” (along with basket weave and plaid prints)- inspired collection also celebrated femininity and the female form. Puglisi emphasized structured collared blouses with 3-D flowers and mesh ruffled details, chic capes and jackets and flirty dresses and skirts. He used striking pinks, blues and white as his standard palette, but added black as a useful accent to make some clothing details pop. While most of the collection remained subtle for a broad range of clientele, he also incorporated hints of edginess with patent leather pieces and midsection-baring crop tops with harnesses and dresses/skirts with harness-esque leg-baring stripes running down the sides. Check out Ungaro HERE.

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