Southern Chic Style

- Dressed to the 9s: A Roaring 20s Affair -

Well, last week was a complete whirlwind between the normal full time job, manager with me for a day, preparation for the Junior League of Houston Opening Style Show, and then the show itself… all crunched into 3 little days since Monday was a holiday. So, if you were wondering where I was hiding, chairing the JLH Opening Style Show was that rock under which I hid :) This is the anniversary of 90 years of the Junior League of Houston (1925), so “Dressed to the 9s: A Roaring 20s Affair” theme celebrated the milestone.

You may have kept up with the excitement on Instagram, but I wanted to share with you all the wonderful 1 day, 2 show event that I was so overjoyed to have been a part of. Local Houston boutique TOOTSIES provided the amazing Fall fashions for the occasion and hit it out of the park with makeup for the models provided by Vanity Lounge and hair by Azur Salon. See, the Junior League’s Opening Style Show consists of volunteer models that year after year rock the runway. Each of these ladies works (most full-time) and gives of their time to help further the Junior League of Houston’s mission. And, TOOTSIES did an incredible job of dressing each volunteer in outfits that flattered and were on trend from contemporary pieces to high end designer. 

For the evening show, TOOTSIES Creative Director Fady Armanious was there to show some of the Fall Trends before they hit the runway: 60s inspiration, Fur and Feathers, Knit Dressing, Bordeaux, Fringe, Metallics, Athletic Wear, Moto Jackets, Crossbody Bags, and Pointed Toe Pumps while guests received a “Fady’s Five Fall Faves” on their table to enjoy (complete with the most incredible small YSL crossbody bag in red).

My entire Special Events Team along with the Tea Room Director, Development Vice President, and Junior League President were all adorned in luxurious jewels from one of the Junior League of Houston’s Community Partners - Tenenbaum & Co. You can see the sparkling pieces I wore above which complimented the 20s theme perfectly! The platinum, emerald, and diamond tassel necklace was the first piece I was drawn to in the store which we layered with a platinum, black and white diamond necklace. The Art deco platinum and diamond bracelet (31.25 cttw) was a must for the roaring 20s affair next to an Edwardian platinum, emerald, and diamond bracelet to compliment the tassel necklace. Topping off the look were a 3.00cttw platinum and diamond ring and 6.80cttw Platinum and diamond chandelier earrings. I felt like a princess and was lucky to wear such unique pieces for the day! To top it off, Tenenbaum & Co will give 10% off to you and 5% back to the Junior League for any customer who mentions the Junior League of Houston. You don’t have to be a member! Just go shop (there’s even an ‘Under $2500’ section) and save!

For table decor, the 20s and the Great Gatsby were my inspiration. Working with Darryl & Co (who so graciously donated the majority of the the decor), we decided on the mirror boxes with flowers, feathers, and pearls, candelabras dripping in crystals, fresh hydrangeas, roses, and stock in julep vases, and skinny tea light lamps with black shades. It feels so good when your vision executes the way you saw it. It was a fashionable 20s dream!

And, how about the superbly 20s menus with black and white stripes and gold accents? Houston Junior League member and owner of Katie & Co created the marvelous menus!

Before I go on to what I wore (other than the stunning jewels), as I’m sure you love the looks on the models pictured, here’s a run down of the pieces you can find at TOOTSIES (top photo to bottom):

  • RICK OWENS LILIES brown wrap knit dress with VELVET BY GRAHAM & SPENCER brown shearling vest
  • J BRAND cognac leather moto jacket with ELIZABETH & JAMES ivory sweater and RAG & BONE fly-away blouse, DL1961 ivory skinny cropped jeans, & ELIZABETH & JAMES calf hair shoulder bag
  • AG PHILLIPS burgundy dress, JULIE COLLECTION jewelry, ELAINE TURNER leopard clutch
  • CATHERINE DEANE fuschia embroidered-back gown
  • HERVE LEGER rose gold bandage gown, EDDIE BORGO rosegold choker

Of course, I wore a little number from TOOTSIES, as well. McQ by Alexander McQueen’s lace trim dress has a little 20s flair but is modern and beautiful! My silver Saint Laurent Thorn pump played well to the sparkle of the Tenenbaum & Co jewels while being on trend for fall with both a metallic color and pointed toes. The talented stylists at Azur Salon and Vanity Lounge gave my hair a more voluminous look and made my face stage ready!

A HUGE thank you to everyone who helped make “Dressed to the 9s: A Roaring 20s Affair” the best style show yet! Including TOOTSIES, Vanity Lounge, Azur Salon, Darryl & Co, Katie & Co, Wendy Norwood Patterson; Swag bag contributors: GoldenThread Jewelry, Jouer Cosmetics, Petite Sweets, Paisley House, Briargrove Animal Clinic & Natural Paws, Sam & lilli, Tenenbaum & Co, & Mattress Firm; the Special Events Team Assistant Chairmen - Cherish Bradshaw and Katie Kildal; the entire JLH Tea Room and Front Office staffs; Tea Room Director, Development Vice President, President, and all Executive Board; and to all of the members and friends who came out for the show! Every single person contributed to the Junior League’s commitment to “Building A Better Community.”

- Safari Chic -

Don’t get me wrong… I have no plans of heading into the jungle and definitely NOT in heels, but this Robert Rodriguez dress has us thinking of taking a walk on the wild side. Both TOOTSIES's TTO sale finds, the shoes and dress were meant to be worn together!

The safari chic Robert Rodriguez shirt dress is super flattering with perfectly placed pleats, pockets, and sheer panels on the shoulders. The key is to find dresses with waists that hit you at just the right spot - for everyone that smallest part of your waist is different. This one worked for me and my long torso. Coupled with a Sam Edelman cage sandal, that gives the appearance of a sheer, the pair works together wonderfully.

I love an easy dress for summer and this one transitions into Fall giving you the chance to throw on a cropped leather jacket and tights for an edgy look. A challenge I always take on this time of year is shopping the huge sales and finding pieces that will surpass the current season. The booties are also an ideal transition shoe as we stay warm through October in Houston and my feet will appreciate a little breath-ability possibly even into November. 

SHOP Safari Chic Dresses and Cage Booties:

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                                                 THE LOOK:

                       Dress: Robert Rodriguez Blocked Shirt Dress

                       Shoes: Sam Edelman Aubriana Cage Bootie

                                                 Bag: Chanel

                                        Sunglasses: Versace

- 5 Valentine’s Hints for Your Honey -
Know that your guy is the type who waits until the last minute and needs a few ideas when it comes to gifts? You can help him out with options he can get before your Valentine’s Day dinner tomorrow locally in Houston or order online to give you later. Each is something special from under $100 to $350 to fit his budget. Send him the link to Southern Chic Style and you know you’ll get an amazing something tomorrow :)
- Lilahgabriel Heart Necklace: available in a few different colors as well as in lips, this pendant from a local jewelry designer is a piece you can wear year round reminding you how much he loves you. Available at SAM & lilli in West Ave - 2800 Kirby Drive, Suite A-133
- SHY by Sydney Evan Love Pendant Bezel Diamond Necklace: a necklace that says “I Love You” everyday… literally. And, the diamond touch adds a little sparkle for your Valentine’s Day. Available online or at Neiman Marcus $125
- Misela Istanbul Pochette: the line of canvas totes and other accessories has become a big hit with celebrities and other style seekers like you and I. The pochette is Valentine divine with touches of red. Available online or the tote at Atrium Ready to Wear - 2040 West Gray St., Suite 120. Pochette $145 and Tote $475
- Roni Blanshay Pave Crystal Ring: Swarovski crystals on a gold backing create a ring you’ll love to wear. Your love can’t go wrong with jewelry that sparkles! Available online or at TOOTSIES - 2601 WestheimerRd., #C100 - $350
- Be The Light New York Haitan Hibiscus Breeze Candle: the incredible collection of candles and accessories from supermodel Petra Nemcova is the perfect Valentine’s gift for the girl who loves to relax with candlelight or just enjoys beautiful scents. And, your beau will enjoy the pleasant travel inspired scents, too! Available online or at Cakewalk Style Shop - (new address) 3201 Westheimer - $98

- 5 Valentine’s Hints for Your Honey -

Know that your guy is the type who waits until the last minute and needs a few ideas when it comes to gifts? You can help him out with options he can get before your Valentine’s Day dinner tomorrow locally in Houston or order online to give you later. Each is something special from under $100 to $350 to fit his budget. Send him the link to Southern Chic Style and you know you’ll get an amazing something tomorrow :)

- Lilahgabriel Heart Necklace: available in a few different colors as well as in lips, this pendant from a local jewelry designer is a piece you can wear year round reminding you how much he loves you. Available at SAM & lilli in West Ave - 2800 Kirby Drive, Suite A-133

SHY by Sydney Evan Love Pendant Bezel Diamond Necklace: a necklace that says “I Love You” everyday… literally. And, the diamond touch adds a little sparkle for your Valentine’s Day. Available online or at Neiman Marcus $125

- Misela Istanbul Pochette: the line of canvas totes and other accessories has become a big hit with celebrities and other style seekers like you and I. The pochette is Valentine divine with touches of red. Available online or the tote at Atrium Ready to Wear - 2040 West Gray St., Suite 120. Pochette $145 and Tote $475

- Roni Blanshay Pave Crystal Ring: Swarovski crystals on a gold backing create a ring you’ll love to wear. Your love can’t go wrong with jewelry that sparkles! Available online or at TOOTSIES - 2601 WestheimerRd., #C100 - $350

- Be The Light New York Haitan Hibiscus Breeze Candle: the incredible collection of candles and accessories from supermodel Petra Nemcova is the perfect Valentine’s gift for the girl who loves to relax with candlelight or just enjoys beautiful scents. And, your beau will enjoy the pleasant travel inspired scents, too! Available online or at Cakewalk Style Shop - (new address) 3201 Westheimer - $98

- Nicole Miller: Gorgeously Dressing Women Since the 80s -


Designer Nicole Miller is a staple in American fashion cranking out garments women love year after year. TOOTSIES Houston brought the Texas born designer in for a trunk show of her Fall 2013 collection and to be a part of the Women of Wardrobe Soiree this year! Miller hadn’t been to Houston in over 10 years, so it was quite a treat :) With her Fall Collection in tow at TOOTSIES, Nicole Miller spent some Q&A time with me & I was able to play dress up in a few of my Nicole Miller favorites (in the photos above) with beautiful cutouts and sheers, leather, and feminine details.

Sitting down with Nicole Miller (pictured with me in her Fall ‘rocker chic’ and I in one of her peplum dresses) who was born in Fort Worth, Texas but raised in Massachusetts, the designer credits much of her success to her perseverance and truly being a “hands on” designer. Born to a Parisienne mother and an American father with an “engineer-like mind,” Miller explained that as a child her father taught her Morse code. Her technical abilities, which have benefited the designer in garment making and construction, stem from her father’s influence.

The self-proclaimed “fabric junkie” (believe it or not) never owned a Barbie! She always played with French dolls and was dressed by her mother in French influenced styles. Since becoming a designer, Nicole Miller has now partnered with Barbie for 2 different Nicole Miller designed Barbies - a fun opportunity to channel your inner child with the iconic doll as an adult!

When I asked who the woman is that she designs for, Nicole Miller quickly responded “all women!” This is evident to us all by the draping Miller has become known for - a product of her Parisienne training in draping fabric and classical couture. We’ve come to know the designer for her signature fabric manipulation. The curve hugging ruching happened by accident, according to Miller. She was working on a dress and had an idea to do an asymmetrical pleat… figured out the style was so flattering, like her dress here

With a design philosophy of “Break every rule,” Miller shared that she designed her own wedding dress in the 90s using black and white checkered dresses from the ‘91 collection for bridesmaids. Nicole Miller went on to say, “I always say ‘I’ll never do that,’ then I do!” - proving we’ll continue to see Nicole Miller designs that push the envelope from ordinary including the good girl/bad girl influences seen in her collections.

An American designer collection withstanding decades of changing fashion, Nicole Miller has expanded to bridal, shoes, sunglasses… even headphones. Shop all of the looks seen above at TOOTSIES as well as the rest of Nicole Miller’s Fall Collection - I could see each and every piece in my closet and am getting the leggings ASAP!

Thanks to TOOTSIES for the opportunity to spend time with Nicole Miller and to Nicole Miller and her fab team who were incredible between interviews, the trunk show, and a packed WOW Soiree!

Starts tomorrow at TOOTSIES Houston! Don’t miss the deals on brands you love.

Starts tomorrow at TOOTSIES Houston! Don’t miss the deals on brands you love.

- TOOTSIES Spring Shopping Soiree -

What a wonderful experience hosting the TOOTSIES Spring Shopping Soiree alongside friends/bloggers Monica of Classy & Fabulous and Julie of From Prosecco to Plaid with handbag designer Cornelia Guest. With an amazing crowd of beautiful faces (thanks to ALL who came!), we enjoyed sweets from Rustika Cafe & Bakery, drinks from SlimRitas, a great Cornelia Guest clutch giveaway, and a beautiful sketch by Monica as a giveaway. The very talented Megan Batson photographed the event (including all pictures here).

The fashionable ladies shopped gorgeous cruelty-free handbags from Cornelia Guest with Cornelia’s sweet puppy Olive enjoying the festivities! A portion of the proceeds from the night benefited PupSquad which was perfect as Cornelia is an animal-lover along with the three of us hosting. In 2011, Marie Claire reported that Cornelia owned 9 dogs, a tortoise, and a donkey! And, did you know the vegan designer also has a vegan cookie line and a vegetarian cookbook? Cornelia’s handbag line TOOTSIES carries provides an alternative to the skins and leathers we all know so well. The bags range from clutches, to top handles, to shoulder bags, and wallets with soft vegan materials including woven designs that are perfect for accessorizing your summer wardrobe.

Monica, Julie, and myself each styled a manequin in TOOTSIES fashions representing our own style paired with a fab Cornelia Guest bag. It was exciting when the white top handle I paired with a patterned Nicole Miller frock sold right off the manequin! You can still find most of the styles you see pictured above at TOOTSIES for your summer style.

A lovely evening and it was truly a pleasure to see so many of your beautiful faces! Click each photo above to see it in its entirety and maybe your face is in the collage!

*Special thanks to Kuhl-Linscomb, Jawda and Jawda, TOOTSIES, and all who contributed amazing items to the swag bag!

Join me with Monica of Classy & Fabulous and Julie of From Prosecco to Plaid Wednesday at TOOTSIES Houston for sips (including delicious SlimRitas), sweets (from Rustika), and shopping! Cruelty-free handbag designer Cornelia Guest will be there to meet everyone along with her beautiful designs. Swag bags for the first 50 to arrive & be sure to enter our giveaway when you get there! Don’t forget to RSVP! See you there :)

Join me with Monica of Classy & Fabulous and Julie of From Prosecco to Plaid Wednesday at TOOTSIES Houston for sips (including delicious SlimRitas), sweets (from Rustika), and shopping! Cruelty-free handbag designer Cornelia Guest will be there to meet everyone along with her beautiful designs. Swag bags for the first 50 to arrive & be sure to enter our giveaway when you get there! Don’t forget to RSVP! See you there :)

- Jewelry Designer We Love: Vincent Peach -

If you’re a fan of the tv show “Nashville” then you’ve probably seen the verstile jewelry of designer Vincent Peach more times than you know! Pearls, leather, longhorn, water buffalo… the pieces aren’t just fit for a country star. They caught this southern girl’s attention at pearls! This post is looooong overdue as Vincent Peach is now back at TOOTSIES this week for a trunk show (4-5 months after I met him! My sincere apologies for the delay).

Vincent Peach has a cult following in Nashville including country music stars Taylor Swift and Miranda Lambert. Sandra Bullock has been seen in Vincent Peach pieces, and he even styled CMT Insider host Katie Cook for the CMAs. How did Mr. Peach land the tv show “Nashville”? Well, the stylist from “Nashville” (also a VP customer) contacted Vincent to accessorize the stars for the show. And, you’ll most likely see at least one of his pieces every show.

All of Vincent Peach’s jewelry is handmade in Nashville, TN. He works with two different types of leather (kangaroo & the highest quality Greek leather) to create beautiful hand-woven leather necklaces and bracelets. The realtor turned antique exotic furniture store owner turned jewelry designer also uses different pearls from many amazing places (Indonesia, the Phillipines, Tahiti, The Marshall Islands) - tahitian pearls, south sea pearls, & fresh water pearls, as well as skins like python, alligator, & stingray, and even pave diamonds. Vincent and his business partner/girlfriend Michelle actually own the factory where the diamonds are set. The wooden link necklace above is made from wood and links created from the excess that must be removed from the horns of Texas longhorns. To speak to the quality of the jewelry wouldn’t be enough - you need to see and feel these pieces in person to fully appreciate the intricacy behind Mr. Peach’s creations. (And the presentation was amazing, too! Vintage Louis Vuitton luggage, light brown branches, and more.)

The best words used by Vincent himself to describe the pieces, “High end stuff you wear every day!” The pieces are timeless and created to be multifunctional. The woven leather and pearl necklace seen above on the bottom left can be worn a few ways - as a lanyard necklace like Vincent shows in the photo or as a shorter necklace and even wrapped around the wrist as a bracelet like he shows in the last picture on the bottom right or a belt.

A few other tidbits:

- Vincent uses ancient coins in pieces like the bracelet Michelle is wearing above to create the pieces in his Shipsmen Collection

- Michelle and Vincent met at Round Top Antiques Fair in Texas 6 shows from when I met the couple (Round Top holds 2 shows a year) and had been together for 4 Round Top shows

- Click here to see some celebs in Vincent Peach jewelry: http://vincentpeach.com/as-seen-on.html

*I truly enjoyed visiting with Vincent and Michelle and learning all about the boho chic collection!

So many outfit ideas swirling in my head with this great green Trina Turk skirt from a little TOOTSIES shopping this weekend! Work, play…. Pantone’s Color of the Year was all throughout Trina Turk’s Spring/Summer 2013 collection! (at www.southernchicstyle.tumblr.com)
Shop select TOOTSIES items online through FarFetch!

So many outfit ideas swirling in my head with this great green Trina Turk skirt from a little TOOTSIES shopping this weekend! Work, play…. Pantone’s Color of the Year was all throughout Trina Turk’s Spring/Summer 2013 collection! (at www.southernchicstyle.tumblr.com)

Shop select TOOTSIES items online through FarFetch!

Robert Rodriguez Trunk Show at TOOTSIES Houston this week

Robert Rodriguez Trunk Show at TOOTSIES Houston this week

- Theia’s Irish Designer Don O’Neill: Hard work, Passion, and Talent - 

Irish born and raised designer Don O’Neill is no stranger to hard work and determination. A humble upbringing to a father who worked in his father’s seaweed bath houses and living on the beach in west Ireland, Don discovered a fascination with fashion and beautiful garments early in his life.

Not knowing how he got there, one could assume the designer who has worked for Christian Lacroix in France, Carmen Marc Valvo, and Badgley Mischka to name a few easily stepped into the fashion world. I was able to sit down with Don (who has dressed celebrities like Carrie Underwood) during his Theia trunk show at Tootsies and learn all about what inspired his career, gorgeous collection (so elegant, chic, and pretty), and what made him the amazingly talented designer he is today. Read more to find how he came to say, “Christian Lacroix was one of the highlights of my career. Nothing that couldn’t be done with fabric & embroidery. Finest seamstresses, best embroiderers, etc.”

*I can’t tell you about Don without going through the details of his story. It’s worth the read :)

     Early on, Don was face-to-face with well-made clothing. His mother worked as a nanny in New York in the 60s for a very well off family who dressed her in fabulous clothes - from Bergdorf Goodman, etc. When she moved back to Ireland, she was the best dressed woman there! Seeing these wonderfully made pieces, Don developed an appreciation and fascination for the garments. “Mom was wearing these beautiful handmade couture suits.” tells Don.

     So, did that lead directly to fashion design? Nope!

    This Irishman loves to cook, and a stop at culinary school was part of his journey. Cooking is Don’s #1 hobby. The designer graduated high school at 15. He wasn’t sure if he wanted to do graphics or fashion at his art college and got home sick along with feeling as though he didn’t fit in (no drugs or alcohol for him). So, he dropped out of the art school. Don’s parents said he had to do something, and he liked to cook so he went to cooking school! After completing his training and was working as a chef, he saw a design competition in a national newspaper where second prize was a Michael Martel coat (one of the most well-known/top designers in Ireland at the time). Sweet Don wanted to win the coat for his sister! He ended up winning first prize, so he didn’t receive the coat. But, the win gave him full tuition to a fashion college (the Barbara Burke College of Fashion Design in Dublin). And, Don says his sister’s closet is even better now than it would have been with just the one Michael Martel coat :) The sister who works part time at a doctor’s office and is married to a dairy farmer now possesses a closet full of evening wear any of us would swoon over.

Fast forward - fashion design school, internships, big dreams, moves to Paris, works for Christian Lacroix - well, not quite the smooth transition from moving to Paris to Lacroix… a little stent at McDonalds is mixed in there.

     Just arriving in Paris with aspirations of becoming this great fashion designer, Don knew no one, had no money, and spoke no French. Apparently those things were pretty important being that he was in France, but he didn’t let that keep him down. Staying at a hostel, Don met and befriended a group of Americans who were living in Europe the year after graduating from college and working at different American restaurants. Part time work in Paris was almost non-existent, so Don was only able to find a part time job at McDonalds. The trained chef had to pay the rent, so McDonalds learning how to make a Big Mac from a kid was the best option. Learning the fast paced fast food biz in French (remember, he still spoke no French) was quite the adventure for the trained chef, but no one can say this guy lacks work ethic. He put in the work however he had to in order to make his dreams come true.

     Don finally finds a spot working with a costume designer in Paris and sets out to lie his way into interviews at some of the best fashion houses in Paris using his book of work from England. The fibs got the designer in front of just about everyone he tried including Dior. The woman Don met with at Dior said he should throw his book into the Seine River because it was too British, too safe. “That’s not what they did in France.” recalls Don. She suggested he redo his book then come back to see her. She recognized the talent. Fortunately, the costume designer he worked for set up the introduction for him at Christian Lacroix as she’d worked for Christian Lacroix. Dior and Lacroix both had Don work on projects to see if they wanted him. He was accepted into both houses to work on winter couture. When the woman at Dior heard he’d been offered the position with Lacroix, she said he HAD to go work for Christian (she’d discovered him) and that Lacroix had the finest couture house in France.

What an amazing turn of events in the aspiring designer from Ireland’s career!

     After his time in Paris with a robust resume of design experience, Don got his visa and came to the US. Working at Carmen Marc Valvo followed by Badgley Mischka led to his beautiful collection at Theia. Theia (thay-uh) is the Greek goddess of life - pronounced thee-uh means Aunt. So, “women would usually prefer to look like a goddess rather than their aunt, unless you have a goddess for an aunt!” Don shares. He didn’t want to use his own name at the start of the line (there’s an artist with his name as well as a CA company). I’ll say the name Theia embodies so much of what women want to be when wearing beautiful pieces, so the decision was a great one! Spring 2013 is inspired by the sunset/sky. Don elaborates that “Fall was very hard based on the goddess of war (Athena) and I wanted spring to be the juxtopasition of that - softer (colors, shapes), more femanine.” The designer’s brother (a movie producer) painted the sunset from the photo used in one of the fabrics in the line. The photo was taken on Christmas day at the beach on which they grew up. Simply stunning.

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A few fun facts from Don’s career:

Brush with an icon - while Don was at Givenchy interviewing in Paris, he was leaving down the grand staircase and there was a woman heading up the stairs with her head was down. He first noticed her really chic coat - chocolate brown, heavy cashmere, swingy - with matching opaque hose, crocodile shoes and crocodile purse under her arm, and hair pulled back in a chignon. Thinking how chic and completely French she was, he had to step aside on the stairs as they passed. The woman looked up and he realized it was AUDREY HEPBURN! She sweetly said with a little smile ”Bon jour!” to which Don in a state of shock as to who he was standing face-to-face with nervously responded “Bon jour.” As she kept going up the stairs, he stood there a little stunned thinking, “wow, that was Audrey Hepburn.”

Don had had the priviledge of dressing Carrie Underwood for the CMAs. She’s been wearing his designs since she was on American Idol - wearing the dresses while he was at Badgley Mischka then wore Theia just after he’d started it back-to-back on the red carpet for the CMAs and the American Music Awards. The short dress Carrie Underwood wore for the American Music Awards has been the one look on the singer that’s been featured the most of any designer she’s worn on Best Dressed Lists and more.

Don loves NYC because EVERYONE lives in New York. It’s a big melting pot with the best of everything - shows, museums, people…

Don and Theia have created the most beautiful and pretty bridal collection! They gave me a look through the lookbook full of beautiful embroideries, lace, soft fabrics, and more! And, the price point will surprise you! Much more affordable than I could have imagined for such gorgeous gowns!

I thoroughly enjoyed visiting with Don and Fran from Theia - great people!

- Ranjana Khan: Not Just A Designer’s Wife -

You may recognize Ranjana Khan from her appearances on Real Housewives of New York (showing the girls face yoga) or from her high end clothing designer husband Naaem Khan, but the former model who left India for the US to avoid an arranged marriage holds her own with her line of jewelry.

Just as I lost my audio from the interview with Kelly Wearstler when my iPhone had a panic attack, the same happened with my interview with Ranjana Khan at Tootsies in Houston, unfortunately. But, luckily I also took some notes. So, while you won’t be able to read all of what the jewelry designer shared, I’m happy to provide a little glimpse of Mrs. Khan and her story :)

One of 5 children, Ranjana Khan made her own clothes at a young age with inspiration from people like Jackie O. Now, her beautiful jewelry collection is heavily inspired by her Indian roots with hand embroidered pieces. Each piece of jewelry looks as though it would be heavy, but the line ranging from $100-$1200 is made up of light, very wearable beauties. For my own earrings, I’ve had to stray from heavy pairs that weigh my ears down, so the standout light earrings from Ranjana’s collection immediately got my attention! When looking at each piece, you see the designer’s design philosophy throughout - the soft with the hard (i.e. metal and cloth). Ranjana Khan’s creativity and experience designing her own clothing as a child coupled with a luxury clothing designer husband has given her opportunities to collaborate with him for occasions like the ABT Gala where she created her own gown. The two work in the same space, so organically, their collections often compliment - she sees a garment he’s created and says “I want [a piece] to work with this!” From materials to design inspiration, the couple finds inspiration in so many things including each other. What a lucky lady with a fab assortment of jewels and any garment she could ever imagine! She created the shorts she wore the day we met from material Naaem used in his collection and created a one-of-a-kind piece you can’t find anywhere else.

The latest Mayan inspired jewelry from Ranjana Khan can be found at Tootsies and will add excitement to any outfit! It was hard not to take the cuff I tried on above home with me that day! I hope to add it to my jewelry very soon!

*Find select items from Tootsies on farfetch.com from their constantly updated online boutique

Tootsies Big Sale finds today! Hurry before it’s all gone! Elie Tahari jacket & Alexander McQueen scarf… Couldn’t believe the great deals!  (at Tootsies)

Tootsies Big Sale finds today! Hurry before it’s all gone!

Elie Tahari jacket & Alexander McQueen scarf… Couldn’t believe the great deals!

(at Tootsies)

- Fashion’s Fresh Faces with Designer Kelly Wearstler - 


Houston’s annual Fresh Faces of Fashion held at TOOTSIES honors fashionable ladies who give back to the community, and this year included appearances by clothing and interior designer Kelly Wearstler and her collection along with well-known blogger Tina of the Bag Snob and her new denim line DL 1961. I had the opportunity to sit down with Kelly Wearstler (LOVE her!) and get to know her better. The well-known interior designer added Ready-to-wear to her portfolio including pieces like the leather pants she’s wearing in the picture with me above. Unfortunately, I lost the audio from the interview when updating my iPhone, but if by some miracle I recover it, I will post the interview for sure! Kelly was lovely and shared about her life, family, and inspirations for her designs.

The Fresh Faces honorees walked the runway along with models to show off the latest fashions to cheers from friends and supporters. This annual soiree is one Houston’s fashion scene looks forward to every year. Bubbly, delicious bites, fashion, and community all in one. Thanks to TOOTSIES and Houston Magazine for always sponsoring the fab event and for recognizing stylish women who gladly give their time to the community.

Crossing my fingers I’ll have Kelly’s interview to share with you soon!

You can now shop some items from TOOTSIES on farfetch.com, so those of you without access to a store, shop what is available online!

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WHAT I WORE:

Blouse: Miu Miu Sleeveless Bib Blouse

Skirt: Miu Miu Pleat Front Skirt

Clutch: Valentino Bow Clutch with Chain

Sandal: Valentino Studded Gladiator Sandal

SHOP SIMILAR:

Hot off the Fashion Houston runway from last night - CrOp by David Peck Spring/Summer 2013 collection today & tomorrow at Tootsies Houston! 

Drop by & order your pieces!

Read about the Eco-friendly line & the pieces and the charity you are supporting by purchasing CrOp pieces here: http://www.davidpeckcollection.com/?Click=1454

Hot off the Fashion Houston runway from last night - CrOp by David Peck Spring/Summer 2013 collection today & tomorrow at Tootsies Houston!

Drop by & order your pieces!

Read about the Eco-friendly line & the pieces and the charity you are supporting by purchasing CrOp pieces here: http://www.davidpeckcollection.com/?Click=1454