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Macy's and HSM "Trendspotter" Kick-Off Event
Houtopia 2013 Fashion Show
Last Call Neiman Marcus Blogger Event at Katy Mills

Macy's and HSM "Trendspotter" Kick-Off Event

The creme-de-la-creme of Houston’s fashionable 20-somethings gathered at Macy’s Sage at one of Houston’s most exclusive malls- The Galleria for an evening of light appetizers/beverages, music, networking, styling tips and an opportunity to support local community organizations. The event was hosted by Houston Style Magazine, Macy’s, Houston Fashion Bloggers and the Houston Dynamo soccer team. This event is the kicker for a series of “Trendspotter” events that will be held throughout the summer at the Macy’s Sage Galleria location. Along with networking with some really trendy Houstonians, meeting the gorgeous (hey I ain’t gonna lie) members of the Dynamo team; we were introduced to Team Gini- an organization that engages with youth by using creative methods (remixes of popular songs rewritten with positive messages, theatrical performances, community support by hosting donation drives for other organizations) and enriches them to discover their purpose through educational entertainment. There was also a small runway show that showcased the latest trends that have recently hit Macy’s racks (I’d love to get my hands on the BarIII floral print palazzo pants). I’m really excited to see how the other monthly events pan out, as there was quite a huge turn-out for this first one.

Mark your calenders for: June 25, July 23 and August 27. Hope to see you there!

heathermarie_033's Trendspotter Event album on Photobucket

Houtopia 2013 Fashion Show

Earlier in March, I attended the Sustainable Living Festival in downtown Houston. The free festival is also known as “Houtopia,” which focuses on some of the best (local) things to taste, touch, hear and experience that the city has to offer. The Style to Envy gals – Valerie and Nikki were styling the fashion show portion of the festival. They took the audience on a “tour of the city,” going through The Heights, Galleria/River Oaks and Montrose; while creating several looks from local boutiques that referenced Spring 2013 trends.

Hello Lucky (The Heights)

These boho looks were designed by the owner of Hello Lucky-Teresa O’Connor. Hello Lucky, located at 1025 Studewood (in the Heights) is a boutique that offers upcycled and one-of-a-kind creations for men, women and children, along with artwork for the home. Both looks that were featured on the runway were upcycled from reclaimed and vintage fabrics.

The Little Bird (River Oaks/Galleria)

The above looks were created from clothing from The Little Bird, located at 1735 Post Oak Blvd in the heart of the Galleria. The boutique offers unique, gently used and vintage designer apparel and accessories that mixes ‘Houstonian Socialite’ with a touch of ‘New York City Uptown.’ The first look, the model wears a white Jean Paul Gaultier halter top with Chanel tweed shorts and a Chanel fanny pack. For the second look, the model wears a metallic tank by Jason Wu, along with bold printed Pucci pants. The last look consisted of a dress from Valentino that served as a great alternate to the traditional “LBD.”

Fashion Plate Boutique (Montrose)

The last batch of looks comes from Fashion Plate Boutique, located at 4317 Montrose Blvd. Fashion Plate offers vintage, re-purposed and gently used clothing that the buyers specifically pick out with one thought in mind: that the new owner of the garment will love it like it’s brand new. All the looks in this group were comprised of vintage and re-purposed garments and accessories. The vintage straw oversized totes that were showcased definitely stood out for me as one of my favorite Spring 2013 trends.

Pictures from the rest of the event:

I love that Houston offers this fun, family-friendly festival that helps spread the word on environmental sustainability. I had the chance to view the local art/music/fashion/food/drink flare and witness some spectacular hola-hooping by two talented ladies. Huge thanks to comedianne Dusti Rhodes for emceeing the event, to event producer- Ahshia Berry of Zapatero Bucaram Public Relations and rest of the staff/sponsors who took part in the fest.

Last Call Neiman Marcus Blogger Event at Katy Mills

Huge thanks to the folks at Bitner-Goodman for the invitation to the blogger event at the Last Call by Neiman Marcus at Katy Mills, outside of Houston. Myself, along with maybe twenty of Houston’s most stylish bloggers gathered for an intimate preview of what’s trending for Fall. We were also treated to a light breakfast, goodie bags (including a $25 gift card to Simon malls), participated in a giveaway (and I was the lucky winner of a $100 gift card to Last Call) and tour of Katy Mills ‘Fashion District.’ We listened, took notes and pictures as the store manager-Phillip Wilson explained each of the thirteen trends and showed us some key pieces that went along with each trend: Color-Like a Box of Crayons, Singing the Blues, Green with Envy, Colorful Fancy Pants, Leather Leather Everywhere, Fur-Ever and Ever, Chunky Monkey, Horse Play and Jackets Required. He also explained that Fall’s ‘must-have’ accessories are: Big Statement Handbags, Tote Bags, Riding Boots, Pumps, Ballet Slippers, Jewel Tone-Colored Jewels, Dramatic Dangling Earrings and Brooches.

~Color-Like a Box of Crayons~

**Photo from LastCall.com**

Cashmere sweater basics from the Neiman Marcus Collection ranging in a variety of colors and styles were showcased. Prices range from $135-139.

~Singing the Blues~

Brands used include: Blue Tweed Dress ($129) & Black Ruched-Sleeved Jacket ($99) from MICHAEL Michael Kors, Blue Trench Coat ($175) from Marc New York, Charcoal/Black Leopard Print Top ($99) from BCBG Max Azria and Black Knit Legging ($59) from Romeo & Juliet.

~Green with Envy~

Brands used include: Army Green Drawstring Dress ($165) by Single, Givenchy Tarot Card Print Scarf ($225), Kelly Green Bell Sleeve Sheer Blouse ($49) by Romeo & Juliet, Black Oversized Tank Top ($39) by James Perse, Black Stretch Knit Skinny Pant ($69) by MICHAEL Michael Kors.

~Colorful Fancy Pants~

Brands used include: ‘Tyler’ Cigarette Jean ($89) by MEK Denim, Giraffe Print Skinny Jean ($119) by Rich & Skinny, Relaxed Fit Color Jean ($75) by JAG Jeans.

~Leather Leather Everywhere!~

By the way, I learned a new rule during this segment: It is now a faux pas to say “faux,” instead it is best to say-“Eco-leather.”

Brands used include: Black Leather and Knit Sheath Dress ($119) and Ivory Cashmere Turtleneck ($70) by the Neiman Marcus Collection, Olive Leather Motorcycle Jacket ($415) by Marc New York, Olive Heather Long-Sleeve Top ($69) by Vince, “Eco-Leather” Legging ($49) by Romeo & Juliet.

~Fur-Ever and Ever~

Another interesting fact I learned is that Houston is one of the biggest cities that has the highest fur sales.

Brands used include: “Eco-Fur” Vest ($149) by Neiman Marcus, Long-Sleeve Tee ($59) and Black Knit Pant ($99) from ISDA and Co., Royal Purple “Eco-Fur” Crop Jacket ($99) by Romeo & Juliet, Black Stretch Knit Pant ($119) by French Connection, Maroon Fur Vest ($1,380) and Fur Poncho ($1,680) by Leonard Gorski.

~Chunky Monkey~

Brands used include: Fawn Colored Cable-Knit Sweater ($69) and Missoni-Inspired Cardigan ($99) by Design History, Black Knit Legging ($59) by Romeo & Juliet, Camel-Colored ‘Fisherman’s’ Sweater ($119) by Design History, Shawl Collar Handkerchief Hem Cardigan ($95) by Neiman Marcus, Flared Leg Dark Denim ($139) by Hudson Jeans.

~Horse Play~

Brands used include: Quilted and ‘Branded’ Flat Soled Boot in Nigeria ($449) by Stuart Weitzman, Oakland Tmorro Boot with All-Weather Sole ($399) by Alberto Fermani.

~Jackets Required~

Brands used include: Black/White Geometric Print Trench ($269) and Black Stretch Dress ($199) by Diane von Furstenburg, Black Knit Bat-Wing Jacket ($99) and Black/Blue Sleeveless Knit Dress ($79) by Shelli Segal.

And photos from the rest of the event….

Including a group shot courtesy of Live Life in Style!

Huge thanks again to Bitner-Goodman PR, Phillip Wilson and the folks at Last Call Neiman Marcus at Katy Mills for the wonderful event! For more information on Last Call by Neiman Marcus services, including: special events, trunk shows, Last Call Rewards and great associates/stylists who will email/text or call you… go to LastCall.com.

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