Southern Chic Style
HOUSTON:

Take in some amazing fashion & enjoy delicious drinks while supporting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society at Proof this Thursday! You won’t want to miss this stylish event while giving back. See you there!

HOUSTON:

Take in some amazing fashion & enjoy delicious drinks while supporting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society at Proof this Thursday! You won’t want to miss this stylish event while giving back. See you there!

- Join Us Today -
Join me and a handful of fab bloggers at Sam & lilli this evening for a SIXTWENTY Pop Up Shop! These tees, tanks, and blouses are super soft and wearable from casual day-to-day use to dressing up under a blazer. While you shop, enjoy champagne and delicious sweets from Petite Sweets! Angeli, SIXTWENTY founder and CEO, will be in store to help you pick out the best piece for you. And, we can help you style your SIXTWENTY finds with great Sam & lilli pieces! Hope to see you there!

- Join Us Today -

Join me and a handful of fab bloggers at Sam & lilli this evening for a SIXTWENTY Pop Up Shop! These tees, tanks, and blouses are super soft and wearable from casual day-to-day use to dressing up under a blazer. While you shop, enjoy champagne and delicious sweets from Petite Sweets! Angeli, SIXTWENTY founder and CEO, will be in store to help you pick out the best piece for you. And, we can help you style your SIXTWENTY finds with great Sam & lilli pieces! Hope to see you there!

- Mark Your Calendars -
Join me along with some other fabulous bloggers for a Pop Up Shop with SIXTWENTY and their high quality clothing at great prices - made and manufactured in California! One of the tanks came with me on my recent trip to Spain. You’ll want to check out these luxurious tees, tanks, and blouses. 
So, save the date, and we’ll see you there! 

- Mark Your Calendars -

Join me along with some other fabulous bloggers for a Pop Up Shop with SIXTWENTY and their high quality clothing at great prices - made and manufactured in California! One of the tanks came with me on my recent trip to Spain. You’ll want to check out these luxurious tees, tanks, and blouses. 

So, save the date, and we’ll see you there! 

- Fashion Houston 2013 -

Houston’s biggest week in fashion kicks off tomorrow presenting 19 designers over the 4 days (Nov. 12 - 15) of fierce fashion and parties! Be sure to buy your tickets at FashionHouston.net so you don’t miss out on designers from around the world like Yigal Azrouel, Nicole Miller, Catherine Deane, David Peck, and Bibhu Mohaptra. Tickets to the runway shows start at $29 up to $274 for VIP. 

Check out photos from last year’s amazing lineup and get your tickets to this year’s events at FashionHouston.net. Hope to see your stylish faces there!

Only 5 days …

Until the exciting CultureMap Social for young professionals! Get there early for the awesome swag & see bloggers in local retailers’ fab fall pieces. I’ll be in Atrium Ready-to-Wear. Can’t wait to show you what we chose! Be sure to get your tickets before they’re gone: 

Snag tickets: http://houston.culturemap.com/social

Only 5 days …

Until the exciting CultureMap Social for young professionals! Get there early for the awesome swag & see bloggers in local retailers’ fab fall pieces. I’ll be in Atrium Ready-to-Wear. Can’t wait to show you what we chose! Be sure to get your tickets before they’re gone:

Snag tickets: http://houston.culturemap.com/social
- Mark Your Calendar: Oct 22 -
October is a busy month in Houston! Go ahead and put October 22nd in your calendar for an event you DON’T want to miss! CultureMap has revamped their happy hour series with the first of the refreshed events featuring fashion bloggers and retailers in Houston including Southern Chic Style! Each of us will sport fall fashions from one of the featured retailers (I’ll be in fashion sanctuary Atrium Ready to Wear) and you’ll get fall style, beauty, and hair trend tips. Get your tickets to see what each of us choose. Tickets are $25 and includes cocktails and light bites. Keep up with the event on facebook and purchase tickets before they’re gone here.
What you want to know:


CultureMap editor in chief and resident fashion expert Clifford Pugh and local lifestyle and fashion blogger Julie Bortnick of from prosecco to plaidwill host the city’s top fashion bloggers and boutiques
The first 150 guests will take home coveted CultureMap Must Have Swag, presented by Beauty Now, that will have Houston’s social media mavens buzzing
Plus, learn about YTAC (Young Texans Against Cancer) and Houston Ballet’s Ballet Barre young professional programs
Space is limited. Snag your $25 ticket now. 
WHEN
Tuesday, October 22 from 6 to 9 pm
VIP Reception: 6 to 6:30 pmHosted by Clifford Pugh and Julie BortnickIncludes CultureMap Must Have Swag Bag for the first 150 guestsPlus, meet and greet with Houston’s top fashion bloggers and boutiques
WHERE
Saint Genevieve, 2800 Kirby Drive
OFFICIAL SPONSORS
Yellow CabBeautyNowfrom prosecco to plaid
IN PARTNERSHIP WITH
Ballet Barre, Young Professionals for Houston BalletYTAC (Young Texans Against Cancer)Bethany Buchanan, Southern Chic StyleIssa Chou, We Wear ThingsJulie Bortnick, from prosecco to plaidKathleen Jennings, Beauty NowKaty Atlas, SugarlawsLauren Mills, Sunday BeachLeigh Evans, Girls Around TownMagen Pastor, Magen PastorMishelle Echeverria, HoustonistalSmilebooth
MUST HAVE SWAG BY
BeautyNowAtrium Ready to WearCakewalk Style ShopCarrie AnnDrybarSam and LilliShop Six TwentyTOOTSIESWildBloom



Snag tickets:  http://houston.culturemap.com/social

- Mark Your Calendar: Oct 22 -

October is a busy month in Houston! Go ahead and put October 22nd in your calendar for an event you DON’T want to miss! CultureMap has revamped their happy hour series with the first of the refreshed events featuring fashion bloggers and retailers in Houston including Southern Chic Style! Each of us will sport fall fashions from one of the featured retailers (I’ll be in fashion sanctuary Atrium Ready to Wear) and you’ll get fall style, beauty, and hair trend tips. Get your tickets to see what each of us choose. Tickets are $25 and includes cocktails and light bites. Keep up with the event on facebook and purchase tickets before they’re gone here.

What you want to know:

  • CultureMap editor in chief and resident fashion expert Clifford Pugh and local lifestyle and fashion blogger Julie Bortnick of from prosecco to plaidwill host the city’s top fashion bloggers and boutiques
  • The first 150 guests will take home coveted CultureMap Must Have Swag, presented by Beauty Now, that will have Houston’s social media mavens buzzing
  • Plus, learn about YTAC (Young Texans Against Cancer) and Houston Ballet’s Ballet Barre young professional programs

Space is limited. Snag your $25 ticket now.

WHEN

Tuesday, October 22 from 6 to 9 pm

VIP Reception: 6 to 6:30 pm
Hosted by Clifford Pugh and Julie Bortnick
Includes CultureMap Must Have Swag Bag for the first 150 guests
Plus, meet and greet with Houston’s top fashion bloggers and boutiques

WHERE

Saint Genevieve, 2800 Kirby Drive

OFFICIAL SPONSORS

Yellow Cab
BeautyNow
from prosecco to plaid

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH

Ballet Barre, Young Professionals for Houston Ballet
YTAC (Young Texans Against Cancer)
Bethany Buchanan, Southern Chic Style
Issa Chou, We Wear Things
Julie Bortnick, from prosecco to plaid
Kathleen Jennings, Beauty Now
Katy Atlas, Sugarlaws
Lauren Mills, Sunday Beach
Leigh Evans, Girls Around Town
Magen Pastor, Magen Pastor
Mishelle Echeverria, Houstonistal
Smilebooth

MUST HAVE SWAG BY

BeautyNow
Atrium Ready to Wear
Cakewalk Style Shop
Carrie Ann
Drybar
Sam and Lilli
Shop Six Twenty
TOOTSIES
WildBloom

- Meet Dolce & Gabbana National Makeup Artist in Houston -

Tomorrow (Oct. 5 from 1-7 pm) join Dolce&Gabbana National Makeup artist Christian McCulloch and top Dolce&Gabbana make up artists at Saks Fifth Avenue to introduce the new Dolce&Gabbana Passioneyes Duo Mascara and Passioneyes Collection! Make an appointment with Christian and the team for your own custom makeup application inspired by fall Dolce&Gabbana beauty trends. I’m in love with their Fall eyeshadow palette!

Christian McCulloch has recently worked with: Scarlett Johansson, Kate Bosworth, Emma Stone, Katie Holmes, Olivia Wilde to name a few and major publications such as: Vogue, Vanity Fair, and Marie Claire. Catch his insider makeup tips and application techniques to get your own red carpet ready looks.

Saks Fifth Avenue
5115 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77056 
For appointments please call: (713) 627-0500 x5101

- TONIGHT - 

Looking forward to tonight’s event with Neiman Marcus’ Last Call Studio! Hope to see you there :) You can still RSVP if you’d like to join us. Made my fall favorites picks yesterday & there’s plenty of fab choices for your fall wardrobe in store. 

See you there!

- TONIGHT -

Looking forward to tonight’s event with Neiman Marcus’ Last Call Studio! Hope to see you there :) You can still RSVP if you’d like to join us. Made my fall favorites picks yesterday & there’s plenty of fab choices for your fall wardrobe in store.

See you there!

Join me October 3rd at Last Call Studio for drinks & bites, a special discount, my fall faves, and the chance to win a prize or gift card! Be sure to RSVP!

Hope to see you there :)

Join me October 3rd at Last Call Studio for drinks & bites, a special discount, my fall faves, and the chance to win a prize or gift card! Be sure to RSVP!

Hope to see you there :)

- Welcoming Autumn in Orange -

Fall is almost officially here! Monica of Classy & Fabulous and I had the honor of hosting a Fall Trends event at Atrium Ready to Wear showing off Atrium’s Fall pieces from Narcisco Rodriguez, Sally Lapointe, Jason Wu, Yigal Azrouel and more! For the event, I wore a dress I’d been in love with for a while - a wonderful Narcisco Rodriguez sheath dress with cutouts on the back and a great exposed zipper. Paired with vintage Chanel earrings and a Kendra Scott necklace, the outfit was a great way to feel like Fall, but still work for our hot weather. And, doesn’t orange in the fall just make you think of pumpkin flavored drinks and Fall leaves? It was summer’s new neutral that you can bring into your autumn attire!

THE LOOK:

Dress: Narcisco Rodriguez

Shoes: Miu Miu Platform Wedge (similar here)

Earrings: Vintage Chanel

Necklace: Kendra Scott Sam Black Necklace

HOUSTON - Check out West Ave’s Sam & Lilli tomorrow hosted by Julie of From Prosecco to Plaid! They carry brands like Nation Ltd, Gypsy 05, Sonya Renee jewelry & more! First 30 to arrive get a fun swag bag! RSVP today :)

HOUSTON - Check out West Ave’s Sam & Lilli tomorrow hosted by Julie of From Prosecco to Plaid! They carry brands like Nation Ltd, Gypsy 05, Sonya Renee jewelry & more! First 30 to arrive get a fun swag bag! RSVP today :)

Houston shoppers - TONIGHT (& tomorrow) meet Houston designer David Peck & shop benefiting Dress for Success at Cunningham & Co.

Can’t make it by? Shop CrOp by David Peck online!

Houston shoppers - TONIGHT (& tomorrow) meet Houston designer David Peck & shop benefiting Dress for Success at Cunningham & Co.

Can’t make it by? Shop CrOp by David Peck online!

HOUSTON: Join Bella Bridesmaids in celebrating their 5th Anniversary tomorrow - January 31st from 6-8 pm! Sip champagne, satisfy your sweet tooth with Petite Sweets, and enjoy an Amsale Trunk Show. Bring your friends!

HOUSTON: Join Bella Bridesmaids in celebrating their 5th Anniversary tomorrow - January 31st from 6-8 pm! Sip champagne, satisfy your sweet tooth with Petite Sweets, and enjoy an Amsale Trunk Show. Bring your friends!

- 7 For All Mankind with Sugarlaws -

A few months ago, Monica of Classy & Fabulous and I (dressed in bright spring/summer attire) attended an event at 7 For All Mankind hosted by our friend and fellow blogger, Katy of Sugarlaws. The denim colors and prints were endless! Fall/Winter was on the floor with colors like oxblood, emerald, and mustard as well as a leaf print, snake skin, brocade, and waxed denim options. Don’t think 7 For All Mankind only offers denim, however. There were great tops and jackets, too for men and women! I wore 7 For All Mankind’s Garden Party skinnies for the occasion with a tank and wedges. The look can easily take a warmer route if you’re in the mood for bright colors for your cooler weather with a great leather cropped jacket and closed toe pumps!

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WHAT I WORE:

Top: Alice + Olivia Y Back Tank (no longer available. Y Back Tank Dress here)

Denim: 7 For All Mankind Garden Party Skinnies

edges: Jimmy Choo Perfume Cork Wedge Slide

Handbag: Miu Miu Bow Glazed Leather Tote (find it here in brown)

Bracelets: Leather Studded Cuff & Chan Luu Single Bracelet (similar)

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SHOP THE LOOK & SIMILAR:

 
 
BRACELETS:
 
 

- Austin Based Jewelry Designer Opens 1st Houston Stores -

Spotted recently on Kathy Lee and Hoda along with Natalie Morales on the TODAY Show and Lisa Vanderpump from Real Housewives of Beverly Hills (of course hers were pink), Kendra Scott’s jewelry is seen gracing the wrists, ear, necks, etc. of everyone from celebrities to women at the office. The iconic Danielle earring has become the most recognizable and a signature of Kendra Scott’s collections, and Kendra’s Color Bar concept is a breakthrough in on the spot jewelry creating (read more about it below then shop pieces at the bottom).

Houstonians can now shop the jewelry designer’s beautiful hand-set pieces in Rice Village and City Centre! The jewelry company was started out of the 10 x 10 extra bedroom in Kendra’s home when she was put on bedrest while pregnant right after 9/11. She’d started a hat company before (The Hat Box - with two stores in Austin where she also made some jewelry) and knew she wanted to work in fashion and give back to the community. Growing up in Wisconsin then moving to Texas in her teens, Kendra considers herself a Texas girl. Little did I know before meeting her that she lived in The Woodlands when she first moved to Texas, so naturally, stores in Houston were a no-brainer! The mom of two boys, she still finds a way to balance opening new retail stores throughout the country and creating new pieces. Kendra explained to me that anyone who works with her knows that family comes first.

The Balinese inspired Spring collection was on display as a sneak peek at the Rice Village store for the interviews with the designer. And, Kendra (in her chic Victoria Beckham dress) took some time to show me how the amazing Color Bar works! You all HAVE to check this out! You can see the jewelry you create set by hand in the store after you create it, then you can take your custom piece home or even wear it out of the store!

Here’s how The Color Bar, who’s background colors change througout the day on the Danielle stones, works (third photo above shows Kendra at part of the Color Bar): on the bottom of the screen, anyone can scroll through the wide range of jewelry options from earrings, to rings, to bracelets and necklaces and choose which one you want to create. The price is even displayed at the top right so you know what you’re working with. Next, you can choose from a rainbow of stone color options on both sides of the screen. Pick one color and touch your finger to the spots on your piece you want to be that stone color. You can make every stone a different color, create a single color design, or any combination of the colors you want! The girls in the store are trained to then create that piece on the spot for you to take home. Shoppers can watch this take place while they wait. Such an innovative concept. Brides have reserved the Color Bar and taken their bridesmaids to the store and let each one pick a design they can create in the colors of the wedding (even on the Friday before the wedding as it’s made on the spot)! Girls can reserve it and get together and each create a piece of their own for a friend’s birthday celebration - don’t worry about the cake as the store provides cupcakes and champagne for parties planned at the store! What a great way to get together with your friends and have a fun afternoon of girl time! The cupcakes above were displayed on the “bar” area of the Color Bar used for parties. The Color Bar allows you to create jewelry for your favorite college team game day or even allows you to give personalized hostess gifts, birthday presents, even Christmas gifts.

When I asked Kendra about her favorite stone to work with, turqoise was the first mentioned which fits in with her Texas inspiration, but also the new grey cats eye stone she’s been working with! The cuff Kendra is wearing includes the gorgeous stone that can be worn as a neutral with just about everything.

Everyone who works for Kendra was so helpful and a visit to the store was a calm, easy shopping experience. I’m a big fan of the Skylar earring (looks like an arrow head) that I purchased in the white stone for myself which I wore in the game day post not too long ago and was gifted a beautiful green pair that I wore to an event last night! The timeless pieces can be worn season after season while Kendra continues to find new ways to keep our attention with her new creations. I want to plan a get-together with friends at the Color Bar just to use it! The jewelry possibilities are endless!

*Click on a photo above to enlarge

SHOP some of Kendra Scott’s collection below (and take some time to visit a store soon and check out the Color Bar!):

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