Tag - Houston

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LUSH Grand Opening at Memorial City Mall
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Tootsies Kicks Off National Ovarian Cancer Month with Chic Cocktail Party
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Kissue Grand Opening at Memorial City Mall
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Brunching with Tagspire at Downhouse HTX
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HCC Students Create ‘Splendid’ Fashions Based on Hapsburg Dynasty
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Eado Vintage- Houston, TX
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Gap x Birchbox Arrives in Houston

LUSH Grand Opening at Memorial City Mall

LUSH Fresh Handmade Cosmetics was founded in 1995 by Mark Constantine, Liz Weir, Mo Constantine, Helen Ambrosen, Rowena Bird and Paul Greaves in Poole, England. The story goes that the group held a contest for naming the company. One customer suggested “lush,” which is defined as being fresh, green, verdant and drunken women. The name stuck and has been the household name for years. The first U.S. store opened in San Francisco in 2003. There are now over 200 stores in the U.S., which are being supplied by two cosmetic kitchens in Canada.

The environmentally green brand recently opened a branch at Memorial City Mall…well…more like re-opened, as they were originally in Macy’s. They opened up a larger space near the ice-skating rink to better serve their ever-growing clientele more efficiently. The Grand Opening event was rather crowded. The space was still small enough to where they could only let a certain amount of people in at a time. The first 100 people in line (and RSVP’d) received a limited edition tote bag. Associates handed out fresh juices from Juicy in the Sky, healthy energy bars and vegan snacks by Good Cravings to the guests anxiously waiting in line. Once in, I browsed the shelves of products in happy and naked packaging. I learned about their fresh face mask bar, which was definitely a new concept since the last time I had been in a LUSH store. The masks are made fresh daily and are preservative free. They also incorporate nutritious fruits, vegetables and the finest essential oils to soothe and rejuvenate the skin. The examples (clay with fruit) that they had for viewing only looked good enough to eat!

While there, I decided to get a skin consultation, where one of the expert associates gives you a one-on-one consultation on your skin and then chooses the best products that she/he thinks would be a great fit. Mary Alice was kind enough to help me and I enjoyed how she explained everything as she demonstrated each product she had chosen for me. The products chosen for my oily and acne-prone skin were: Ocean Salt facial and body cleanser, Coalface facial cleanser, Vanishing Cream moisturizer and Tea Tree Water.

It wasn’t a proper ending to an event without stopping by the shop’s photo booth! Say CHEESEEEEEEE!

Do you guys shop at LUSH? If so, what are your favorite products?

Tootsies Kicks Off National Ovarian Cancer Month with Chic Cocktail Party

On Wednesday September 16th, Houston’s foremost luxurious retailer- Tootsies– is kicking off National Ovarian Cancer Month by hosting a chic cocktail party.

September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month and Tootsies along with Megan Silianoff is hosting a cocktail party to celebrate the launch of the “Susan Scarf”, designed by Manoosh in collaboration with Susan Poorman Blackie Ovarian Cancer Foundation. The beautiful teal scarf (the national ovarian cancer color) features a painting by Houston-based abstract artist, Marilyn Biles, and was created in honor of SPB’s namesake and founder who passed away last year. After Susan lost her hair during chemotherapy, she wore colorful, artfully designed scarves that became a source of beauty and
strength through the rigors of cancer treatment. All proceeds from the sale of the Susan Scarf support ovarian cancer awareness and research and benefit the Susan Poorman Blackie Ovarian Cancer Foundation. Anna Wilson of Manoosh and Kathy Bracewell of Agate Ranch + Marfa will also be in attendance to present their Fall 2015 collections with host Megan Silianoff selling signed copies of her book. Kathy will create a “build your own” agate jewelry station where shoppers can add teal pieces to create one-of-kind necklaces. Guests can mix and mingle as they enjoy light bites and wine while
being live sketched by local fashion illustrator, Rongrong DeVoe. Shop for a cause as a percentage of the evening’s sales will be donated to the cause.

The event will take place from 5:30-7:30pm.

Tootsies is located at 2601 Westheimer (at Kirby)… Houston, TX 77098.

RSVP info is on the flyer.

Kissue Grand Opening at Memorial City Mall

Texas sisters- Kailey Tissue McCollum and Kaygan Tissue recently celebrated the grand opening of their flagship store- Kissue– at Memorial City Mall. I remember attending one of their trunk shows back when they were just selling online or out of their residence back in 2014 (you can read about it HERE). Now, you can shop their affordable hand-curated clothing and accessories that are distinguished in detail, such as: clean cut, modern, sharp and fine lines at their brick-n-mortar. They carry a variety of brands that are for the most part, from either Los Angeles or New York, such as: Ark & Co., English Rose, Nameless and C. Luce (which are their favorite brands as well). Their store’s mainly black and white decor stays true to their minimalistic esthetic, which I think helps to draw more attention to their products, which also now includes costume jewelry and the latest sunglasses styles from Quay Australia. When walking around the shop, I saw a small lounging area, complete with a Kissue lookbook and books on McQueen and general style; several dressing rooms; a crazy cool white room divider (perfect for spontaneous outfit shots) and black and white posters of a model wearing Kissue’s latest looks.

Kissue is located at 303 Memorial Way Houston, Texas 77024- Inside the Dillard’s wing of Memorial City Mall.

Below are photos from the event, including shots of my fave pieces!

Brunching with Tagspire at Downhouse HTX

Tagspire is the latest app to enter the blogosphere- let alone the overall “social media-osphere.” It recently launched in May 2015 in Austin, TX and was inspired by the need for a social media platform to support user-generated content for product recommendations and a direct way to buy from content. “Other social media giants are just now getting “buy now” buttons and only support brand advertisement. Our platform is built with a consumer-first approach that makes an individual’s content directly shoppable and discoverable in a trusted network among friends, family, and other trend makers. Plus, individuals are rewarded for sharing their recommendations and earn cash any time someone makes a purchase from their post,” Amy Chait – VP of Marketing- explained.

The brand recently invited Houston influencers to brunch at Downhouse, where we were able to learn more and try out the app. Below are some key take-aways that were provided by Amy:

* Tagspire is not only an app, but a community where you don’t have to fill out an application. It includes the tools to share outbound to other social channels and blogs as well. The brand built their own technology so that we don’t have to rely on other technology platforms to do our core business (i.e. how Pinterest took away affiliate links for bloggers and they are no longer able to directly monetize their Pinterest posts).

* Tagspire has other tags, including the video and link tag, that are not provided by others.The video tag allows you to include YouTube tutorials or reviews to compliment whatever you are promoting. The link tag is a convenient option if you are not able to find product in the database or want to link back your blog. Also, other bloggers have used the link tag for their ShopSense links since they don’t provide a pay-per-click program (they pay per conversion). The brand doesn’t mind if bloggers use their other affiliate links, but they can’t guarantee payout if they don’t use the Tagspire sell tag.

* Tagspire is transparent. You can see your balance dashboard to see clicks and sells. It will enhance the dashboard overtime. It always passes back 80% of the merchant commission back to the user.

So when it comes to monetizing apps, you may want to check out Tagspire, especially because it’s more accessible than other platforms that either require an application, are for influencers only or that require a minimum amount sold.

Huge thanks to Leah and Amy for inviting us and sharing the world that is Tagspire. Thank you to Downhouse for the wonderfully-good Russian Pancakes!

HCC Students Create ‘Splendid’ Fashions Based on Hapsburg Dynasty

In conjunction with the opening of the Hapsburg Splendor: Masterpieces from Vienna’s Imperial Collections, a selection of fashion design students from Houston Community College were chosen to design an outfit or two based on this era. The Hapsburg Dynasty began in Austria in the late Middle Ages and concluded in the early 20th Century. Houston’s Museum of Fine Arts is currently housing more than 90 works of art, including arms and armor, sculpture, Greek and Roman antiquities, court costumes, carriages, decorative-art objects, and paintings by Caravaggio, Correggio, Giorgione, Rubens, Tintoretto, Titian, and Velázquez.

The evening’s fashion presentation- “Fashion Fusion”- was where 20 garments went down the runway, blending edgy, yet contemporary views taken from the costumes and fabrics from the exhibition. The show was styled by Tamara Klosz Bonar, while the mile-high Marie Antoinette-inspired updos were fashioned by the talented Edward Sanchez and make-up was provided by Tre Spa.

Christian Le, Teresa Rangel, Samira Craig, Alfredo Saucedo, Judi Hallenback, Violet Navarro, Bridget Fizer were among the chosen designers to showcase their ‘splendid’ designs, ranging from ‘Gothic-esque Royalty’ to ‘a day at the races à la Ralph Lauren’ and ending with a magnificent finale of ball gowns.

The panel of judges, which included Fady Armanious, creative fashion director of Tootsies; Helga Aurisch, curator of European art; and Clifford Pugh, editor-in-chief of CultureMap unanimously crowned Christian Le 1st and 3rd place, while Teresa Rangel took home 2nd place.

Habsburg Splendor: Masterpieces from Vienna’s Imperial Collections exhibition will continue to be around until September 13th. For tickets and more information, go HERE.

Eado Vintage- Houston, TX

Eado Vintage
1123B Dumble St.
Houston, TX 77023
PH: (832)277-6570
ETSY
FACEBOOK

East of Downtown (Houston) or “Eado” as it’s referred to, has just gotten a wonderful new addition to the neighborhood- Eado Vintage. The shop is located at the corner of Polk and Dumble Streets. The owner, Jennifer Rowland has always been a fan of fashion and appreciates the better quality that vintage has to offer. She had gone to Houston Community College to do fashion design, but found that it wasn’t going to pay the bills. She met up with a friend one day, who introduced {Jennifer} to the world of Etsy. Jennifer soon realized that having an Etsy and doing local markets was working for her, so she built a small 12′ x 8′ shop behind her house to aid in spreading out her growing inventory. It wasn’t soon after, when she decided to get the space where she is now and delve into being a brick-n-mortar.

Eado Vintage offers a large variety of clothing and accessories options for women, men and children. Jennifer has a great eye for bright and unique pieces, as well as designer (such as: Oscar de la Renta and Zandra Rhodes).

When asked about her aesthetic, she explained, “I worked at HCC fashion collection for a couple of years cataloging and repairs. I have some things from late 1800s to early 1900s, but mostly I have 40s through 80s. The 90s is a trend now but I don’t really consider it vintage. I do have few things 90s just because I came across them. I feel like I shop for a world market so I look for interesting design, unusual fabrics, great construction. May not be something I would wear but I can see somebody wearing it. I love great vintage designer clothing. I really appreciate the quality and craftsmanship of the older clothes. Made to last…”

So not only can you find incredible threads that no one else has, you can also find some cool home decor and fabrics as well. Prices vary, ranging from $5 to $1,250, so there’s something for everyone!

Gap x Birchbox Arrives in Houston

Leading beauty and grooming retailer- Birchbox, has recently teamed up with the classic apparel brand- Gap and launched summer beauty shops within select Gap stores around the country. The eight week experience kicked off June 5th and will run through the end of July at flagship locations in New York City, San Francisco, Chicago, Los Angeles and Houston.

I attended the Gap x Birchbox launch event at Gap in the Houston Galleria. Guests were invited to experience Try Bars- where shoppers could get hands-on experience with hair, makeup, nail, body, fragrance and skincare. There were makeup artists also on hand for guests to get touch-ups. I got my makeup refreshed by local artist- Heather Nixon, who gave me a natural look. Dallas blogger-Courtney Kerr made a special appearance, meeting-and-greeting fans, while sharing her favorites from the collaboration. She looked “All-American Chic,” wearing a chambray denim cami and black high-waisted distressed skinny jeans, all from Gap. Her makeup of the evening included: Cynthia Rowley Lip Stain in “Poppy,” Parlor Sea Salt Spray and Cargo Bronzer.

Courtney shared her other favorites from Birchbox: Laqa & Co. Lipstick, Klorane Dry Shampoo, Whish Shave Crave Shaving Cream and Benefit “They’re Real” Mascara.

Customers can go HERE to find out more information on the Gap x Birchbox collaboration.

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