Lisa Powers’ Powerful Packing Tips for Paris

I love being a stylist and helping my clients with their specific fashion needs. This is the perfect time of year to travel to Europe. So, many of my clients are asking, “What do I pack for Paris?” This is one of the trickiest destinations to pack for because the weather varies and of course, you do not want to look like a tourist! This past week I was invited to some fabulous fashion shows and many of the looks the models were rocking would be perfect to pack in your bag for your spring trip for Paris and similar destinations.

Traveling to Paris in the spring means that you will need to prepare for chilly evenings, varying daytime temps and the occasional bit of rain. So, stylish layering is essential. A great trench thrown over your shoulders for evening will be all you’ll need to take a day look to evening. An off the shoulder anorak, puffer, or bomber jacket over a light as air turtleneck will serve up instant chic whether you’re touring museums and art galleries or sipping cappuccinos at a quaint outdoor café. For the cooler areas, an unlined wool coat in a neutral shade will do the trick, but be sure to check the weather before you make that commitment! And for sure, don’t forget multiple scarves in various colors and lengths to change up your look, which will save you from having to pack the kitchen sink!!!!

Essentials for your travel wardrobe are t-shirts in black/white/and a pop of color. Because temperatures will vary, bring tanks or short sleeves, and long sleeves for different temps. I love all of the “girlpower” graphic tees out there! Have fun and let your individuality shine as you layer! Okay, practical note. MAKE FOR SURE that these tees can stand on their own and never wear a bottom layer that you wouldn’t want to be seen wearing alone.

Be sure to bring your favorite jeans in a cropped and full length. Denim is so hot right now, fun embellishments, destroyed or distressed details add a bit of edge and can help re-purpose a look from one day to the next. A cool black or navy cropped trouser is also essential, as some venues don’t allow jeans. My favorite option for this would be the track trouser to be worn with sneakers as an alternative to jeans. I always suggest bringing your favorite LBD when traveling, even if you plan on keeping it casual-you just never know! Don’t get caught without, trust me on this!

Also, arm yourself with one of the seasons amazingly cool sneakers for day, and for a little lift look for one of the many wedge sneakers, think Giuseppe Zanotti or Isabel Marant. For the ladies who just don’t do sneakers, the “Borrow from the Boys” trend may be the perfect solution. Stella McCartney or Stuart Weitzman has this covered with varying heights in Oxford and brogue “flatform” shoes that could be worn from day to casual evening. Pack one dressy shoe to go with that LBD, a fabulous black strappy sandal will do the trick! Just make sure you stuff them strategically with tissue paper and place them in those sleeper bags that you’ve been saving, so they will keep their shape while packed.

As for jewelry, this is something that many disagree with me on. I say, keep it simple. A diamond stud, a gold hoop, silver hoop, one statement necklace, your favorite watch, and one statement ring is all you need. Jewelry is the one thing that is often overlooked when packing. So, be sure to think about jewelry when packing!

Get packing, relax and enjoy your spring trip! For more styling help check out my website, or follow me on Twitter @ stylepointlmp or Instagram at stylepointlmp.

Welcome Lisa Powers–StylePoint Stylist to Be Fashion Friends!

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Please welcome the Personal Wardrobe Shopper for the River Oaks Shopping District to Be Fashion Friends Lisa Powers! Lisa Powers for StylePoint is a full service brand dedicated to making women feel beautiful, empowered and chic from the inside out. With noted fashion stylist Lisa Powers, StylePoint is a full service brand that offers concierge styling services to her rapidly growing clientele in Houston and surrounding areas. Recently, Lisa accepted the position as the dedicated Personal Shopper for the River Oaks Shopping District, and you will be able to visit Lisa at an on-site Private Shopping Atelier in River Oaks Shopping District very soon!

Lisa began her career in fashion by working her heels up the luxury retail ladder as a style consultant and top sales producer. At that point, Lisa knew that she could carve her own brand in the fashion styling industry. Lisa is a native Texan–from Huntsville, Texas and was raised in Conroe, Texas. She now lives with her husband within Houston’s gorgeous Woodlands Community. Lisa has a degree in social work from Abilene Christian University, which explains her desire to give back to charities that are very near and dear to her. Some of her favorite charities include Jamie’s Hope, Recipe for Success, and The Women’s Home. For more styling help check out Lisa Powers’ website, or follow her on Twitter @ stylepointlmp or Instagram at stylepointlmp.

Haute Fashionistas VegOut at Neiman Marcus

On March 2nd 2017, Neiman Marcus was packed with Houstonians for Recipe for Successes’ Dress for Dinner event. This event was chaired by Tammie Johnson and her daughter Brittney Randolph. Houstonians packed Neiman Marcus on a Thursday evening for an evening of fun, food, art and fashion. The evening began with a cocktail reception of amazing appetizers by Chef Antoine Ware of Harold’s Restaurant, Bar & Terrace. Then, a lucky bidder won an extraordinary work of art entitled Manolo Blahnik Picnic, created by Bennie Ansell. The evening was followed by an incredible runway fashion show featuring Haute Hippie and a personal appearance by the designer Cady Vaccaro.

The evening continued for VIPs to a fabulous vegetarian dinner created by hot Houston chef, Henry Hopkes from Union Kitchen. During the dinner, Recipe for Success Founder, Gracie Cavnar, encouraged guests to download the VegOut app and eat 30 different veggies in 30 days.

All proceeds from the event benefited Recipe for Success Foundation’s efforts to teach kids healthy eating habits, to ensure that all Houstonians have access to affordable healthy food, and create a culture where nutritious food is shared, appreciated and celebrated. Volunteer, donate and learn more about Recipe for Success.

Who was in the Dinner Crowd: Recipe for Success founder Gracie Cavnar, Dr. Charles & Tammie Johnson, Brittney Randolph, Tracy and Harry Faulkner, Theresa Roemer, Lisa Powers, Stacey Lindeth, Duyen Nguyen, Dr. John Fisher, Steve & Elizabeth Bruman, Jacquie Baly, Dr. Rick Kline & Jennifer Dvorak, Brian & Lois de Armas, Taylor Minter, Anna Kaplan, Amber Elliott, Donald and Mary DeSimone and Anika Jackson.

Haute Fashion Show at Neimans March 2nd

Join Chairs, Tammie Johnson & Brittney Randolph at Neiman Marcus for an evening of fun, food and fashion. Beginning with a cocktail reception of edible jewels by Chef Antoine Ware of Harold’s Restaurant, Bar & Terrace, the evening is followed by a runway fashion show featuring Haute Hippie and a personal appearance by the designer Cady Vaccaro. The evening continues for VIPs to Dinner with the Designer created by hot Houston chef, Henry Hopkes from Union Kitchen.

Additionally, an extraordinary work of art entitled Manolo Blahnik Picnic, created by Bennie Ansell especially for the Foundation will be auctioned and Turn Up The Heat raffle winners will enjoy other scrumptious prizes.

All proceeds from the event benefit Recipe for Success Foundation’s efforts to teach kids healthy eating habits, to ensure that all Houstonians have access to affordable healthy food, and create a culture where nutritious food is shared, appreciated and celebrated.

Snag your tickets early for an invitation to a special VIP reception on February 9th! Find out more about the event and SAVE YOUR SEAT HERE:

Ticket Details: $150-General Admission, $199-reserved fashion show seats, $500 for VIP front row fashion show seating and dinner; $75 Special fashion show general admission price for patrons under 30 years old. Sponsorships begin at $5,000+
Raffle tickets are $25 or 5 for $100.

Click Here for more information about Tickets and Underwriting Benefits:

Houston Texans & Socialites Masquerade for a Cure-Jamie’s Hope 4th Annual Gala

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On October 23, 2015, “Old Hollywood Glam Attire” and masks were worn by guests who attended one of the most anticipated, celebrity packed, fundraising events in Houston- the fourth annual Jamie’s Hope Foundation Masquerade for a Cure Gala. The Jamie’s Hope team works year-round to support personalized medicine research at M.D. Anderson.

Upon arrival at the Corinthian, guests were greeted by a mob of paparazzi decked out in 1940’s attire and a duo of live Oscar statues flanking the grand staircase. Passed hors d’oeuvres and cocktails flowed as a solo artist entertained the crowd, a magician kept the surprises coming and Marilyn Monroe mingled with guests. The main event kicked off with The Richard Brown Orchestra welcoming everyone into the ballroom. Houston Texans football player guests included: Brian & Megan Cushing, Garrett & Ericka Graham, Chris & Jenny Myers, Chester & LaToya Pitts, Kevin & Caroline Walter, and John & Amanda Weeks.

Houston’s favorite weather girl, KHOU’s Chita Johnson, and former original Houston Texan, Chester Pitts, emceed the evening. Houston Texan’s former all-pro center, Chris Myers, took the stage as auctioneer and raised nearly $20,000.00. The foundation honored, 3-year supporter, Bob Allen who is battling a rare form of T-Cell Lymphoma. Jamie’s Hope presented Dr. Tsimberidou with a check for $101,000.00, displaying the funds raised in 2014 for targeted therapy research.

Who: Jamie’s Hope Founder Jamie Gilmore, Honorary Chairs Timothy Bedore, Pete Bell & Carrie Broussard, Jamie’s Hope Founders Garrick Glascock & Cindy Barnes; Executive Director, Amanda Abiassi: and Board Members Mark Levesque, Neera Patidar, Andrew Pidgirsky and Nancy Smith. The “Queen & King of the Ball” award was presented to John and Elizabeth Ehrman for their outstanding fundraising efforts.

In the crowd: Dr. Quang & Staci Henderson, Brian & Lois de Armas, Billy Frank and Yessica Quintana, Dr. Charles & Tammie Johnson, Dr. Roy & Raakhee Kumar, Angela Lipsey, Trey and Jessica McCreary, Brent Milam and Lara Bell, David Thomas and Lauren Thomas, Dennis & Andrea Thompson, and Lee & Seliece Womble.

Event sponsors: EnVouge Events, DJU Productions, Johanna Terry Events, Peli Peli, Security National Mortgage Company, Squeezed Juice, Bayview USA Holdings LLC, Southwest Infiniti, Glacier Pool Supplies & Spas, IW Marks Jewelers, Greenberg, Grant, and Richards, TCP Capital Partners, Lasher Consulting Services, ProActive Media Group, Brand New Media, Jackson and Company, House of Hough, EB Inc., For Heaven’s Cake, Mike’s Dance Floor Rentals and Signature Aspen Imaging LLC. Media partners included Absolutely Memorial Magazine, KHOU Channel 11 and Houston Modern Luxury Magazine. Photography sponsors; EarchPhoto, Quy Tran Photography, Omar Marcos Photo and Hung L. Truong Photography, and hair and makeup sponsors; Makeup by Wendy and Blush and Company.

The Jamie’s Hope team supports personalized medicine research at M.D. Anderson while helping those directly affected by cancer and raising awareness on cancer prevention and early detection. The success of Jamie’s Hope is credited largely to sponsors who lend their names and financial support. By participating as a sponsor, your organization can benefit from extended exposure through media campaigns and promotional efforts.

Do not miss Jamie’s Hope’s next event the Angel Tree Mission Project at The Capital Grill in City Centre on Wednesday November 18th. Help brighten Christmas for families struggling with cancer. Purchase tickets for only $50, which includes complimentary drinks, hors d’oeuvres, and a door prize ticket. Tickets are available at Jamie’s Hope Angel Tree Mission Project .

For small donations companies enjoy excellent exposure to an important segment of their target audience while helping Jamie’s Hope accelerate groundbreaking cancer treatments and aiding cancer patients in need. For more information on becoming a Jamie’s Hope sponsor, please contact Executive Director, Amanda Abiassi, at Be sure to purchase your tickets early next year for Jamie’s Hope’s 5th Annual Masquerade for a Cure Gala. This event always sells out, and it is an event you do not want to miss!

Staci’s Top 10 Stylish Tips

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Staci Henderson was recently nominated as one of Houston’s best dressed by CultureMap’s Stylemaker Awards. At Tootsie’s on October 14th, she won the loudest applause, which moved her to tears. Staci is not only stylish, but she also has a big heart. She dedicates a great deal of her time raising funds for various Houston charities including Houston Children Give Back, Love146, Jamie’s Hope, The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and Fresh Arts and Learn Grow Lead. In August, she rocked the runway to support The Women’s Home at their annual re-New and re-Do Fashion show.

Staci is also a long time Houston resident and graduated from the University of Houston with a degree in English Linguistics. Not only does she stay busy with fundraising, but she is also a fabulous wife and mother of five children. Staci manages to do all of these things and maintain a beautiful sense of style, which is always on trend. This is why I asked Staci to share 10 stylish tips.

Staci’s Top 10 Fashion Tips

1) Be yourself. If you don’t like skinny jeans, or if the high waist trend doesn’t suit you, feel free to opt out. Know your body and what looks good on you, and don’t let yourself fall prey to every trend.

2) Find a good tailor. The way clothing fits on your body (or doesn’t) says a lot about your attention to detail. Make sure things are the correct length and width. You can add ten ponds to yourself with bunched up clothing or visible undergarment lumps and bumps.

3) Lingerie with lace and bows is fantastic for your love life. Nude “no show” bras, underwear and shape wear are your friend.

4) Only flaunt one body party at a time. Great legs? Show them…but not with cleavage and a bare back as well. You can go from classy to trashy in a minute.

5) Work with what god gave you. Blessed with curly locks? Embrace them. Nobody wants to live in fear of humidity or spend $500 a month on blow outs.

6) Shop everywhere. Don’t restrict yourself to certain stores or designers. It’s nice to have “go to” places, but to have a truly eclectic wardrobe you should consider vintage, resale, and online sites.

7) Consider a pop of color. I like to wear shoes or carry a bag that doesn’t completely match what I’m wearing. The unexpected placement of a bright color in your hand or on your feet makes your outfit look fresh and fun.

8) Don’t go au natural. No matter how drop dead gorgeous you are, we all look better with makeup. You don’t have to paint on a full face, but you must have groomed eyebrows, eyelashes (natural if you are lucky…fake if you’re me), and some lip gloss. You’ll just look more polished and accentuate your beauty.

9) Invest in good shoes that look amazing and feel good. I hear so many women say they don’t wear heels because they are uncomfortable. If that’s the case consider and open toe, a wedge or a high block heel instead of a pointy toe stiletto.

10) Keep a fashion emergency kit on hand. Always have safety pins, double sided tape, and nude silicone pasties on hand just in case.

Hope you all enjoy, like and, share Staci’s stylish tips. Visit the blog next Friday for more glam tips. Wishing you all a fabulous weekend! xoxo

Fight Cancer with Fashion: Couture for the Cause

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My family has been personally touched by cancer. My mother was a breast cancer survivor, and my grandfather had prostate cancer. I truly understand how devastating cancer is for the individual who is suffering and the family. I support many charities: however, charities that raise money for cancer patients are very near and dear to my heart.

On September 24th, 2015, I attended a VIP kick-off party for Couture for the Cause, which was generously sponsored by Toni and Mike Baches, and hosted at Veritas restaurant in Sugar Land. This is the sixth annual event for this fabulous cause. This event is going to be amazing this year and is —“A White Haute Affair!”

What is Couture for the Cause?: The money raised for Couture for the Cause helps the American Cancer Society fund programs and services for cancer patients and their families, as well as cancer research. Couture for the Cause raised $255,000 for the American Cancer Society last year. The money makes a real difference to thousands of people in our community, and even more in the greater Houston area and the nation.

Who: The American Cancer Society and Wealth Design Group have joined together for this year’s 6th Annual Couture for the Cause.

When & Where: “A White Haute Affair” on Saturday, October 17, 2015 will be held at the home of Randy and Brenda Bartley.

The Event: The Couture for the Cause “A White Haute Affair” is a do not miss event. This will be a fabulous, fun and chic fashion show held over a swimming pool, which will be configured by The Phoenix Design Group. Lenny Matuszewski, who is a nationally renowned fashion show choreographer and producer returns as the runway show producer. Haute couture fashions from Dillard’s Post Oak will adorn models who have been touched by cancer. My favorite Salon, Milagro Salon, owned by Marc Anthony has generously offered to style the models.

Dress Code: Sizzling “white hot”–all white attire!

Sponsorship & Tickets: A limited number of sponsorship opportunities are still available–please call for details. And, tickets sell quickly…don’t wait until the last minute and miss this fabulous event! For information or to learn about available sponsorship opportunities, contact Valerie Marun at (713) 706-5684 or or visit the website at

A BIG Texas Thank You to Top Sponsors: Johnson Development Corporation- Tori Torres, Smile Texas – Rick Kline & Jennifer Dvorak, Host Home-Randy & Brenda Bartley, Toni & Mike Baches, Amy West – Event Co-Chair, Wealth Design Group – PRESENTING SPONSOR – Tara & Rick Ray, Methodist Hospital, Sugar Land – Amy Saenz & Diane Chambers , Julissa Duran – Event Co-Chair, Valerie Martinak – ACS Staff Partner

Helping Houston Sex Trafficked Children: Love to Give Back Affair

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On September 19, 2015, Staci and Dr Quang Henderson hosted Love to Give Back Affair in their beautiful home in Memorial. The event chairs included: Staci Henderson Bela Thacker, Amanda Abiassi, Angela Lipsey, Neera Patidar, Jean Wilson, and Chiara Casiraghi. Courtney Gilmore with KPRC served as the Mistress of Ceremonies.

Over 150 fashionable guests attended and came red-carpet ready in boho-chic attire. The guests enjoyed a lovely evening and came together to help end child trafficking and exploitation.

The amazing, generous guests opened up their hearts and pocket books to purchase auction items and raised over $20,000 for Love146. Although Love146 is an international 501 non-profit human rights organization to help end child sex trafficking, Love146 is focusing on Houston child sex trafficking prevention and awareness. Cristopher Grady who is a Strategic Partnerships Coordinator at Love146 spoke about the organizations’ involvement with Houston child sex trafficking awareness and prevention. Dr. Melissa Bailar, a Professor in the Practice of Humanities and the Associate Director of the Humanities Research Center at Rice University spoke on sex trafficking.

Sex trafficking prevention and awareness, especially with Houston victims is near and dear to my heart. As a recent graduate with a Masters of Liberal Studies from Rice University, I wrote my 100 page Capstone/dissertation on America’s Sex Trafficked Children: A Study of the Victim—Trafficker Relationship from Victim’s Responses. During my research, I volunteered in a safe house and personally worked with traumatized victims who were sex trafficked children. Sex trafficking in Houston is a huge problem, and I love Love146.

The Love to Give Back Affair hosted at Dr. Quang and Staci Henderson’s home increased awareness for Houston child sex trafficking and raised funds to help support this fabulous cause. Be sure to purchase your tickets early next year for the Love to Give Back Affair. You do not want to miss this event, and it will sell out! For more information, visit Love146’s website at

Shelia Ybarra’s Hot Makeup Technique: “Bake” Your Face in 6 Steps

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Sheila Ybarra is an amazing makeup artist with over 25 years of experience. Shelia has been the official makeup artist to the Houston Texan Cheerleaders for over 10 years, and her work is featured in Miss USA, David Tutera of My fair Wedding, MTV, and E!Online. Not only is she a talented makeup artist, but she is also incredibly talented with hair styling.

I have personally had private one-on-one makeup lessons with Shelia. Her makeup lessons are incredible! She is very detail oriented, patient, and video tapes the lessons. She showed me what color combinations looked best with my skin tone and taught me the proper technique to apply the makeup with brushes. Her makeup lessons have made me feel more confident and less stressed when I apply my makeup. I also love and use Shelia’s professional makeup line, luxury makeup brushes, and skin care products. Shelia has 6 tips that she shared on one of the hottest makeup techniques “baking.”

Have you tried the hottest trending makeup technique called “baking?”

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Don’t worry, we’re not talking about getting into the kitchen and making your own beauty products. Baking is the latest makeup technique to take over YouTube and Instagram. Actually, it is not a new technique at all, but rather a tried and true way to create a smooth, highlighted, creaseless finish. This technique is not for everybody. I would not suggest it on dry or flaky skin. If you have a normal to combination skin, this technique is perfect for you! Here’s how you do it:

1. Start with a flawless canvas by exfoliating and moisturizing the skin. Apply foundation all over the face with a damp beauty blender patted into the foundation. A matte finish foundation is the best to use for this look. Stipple the moist sponge all over the face to create a light finished coverage. Do not forget to blend down the neck and into the ears.

2. Next, apply and blend in a creamy highlight over your entire t-zone and under the eyes-Makeup by Sheila has the perfect shades to choose from. Remember this shade should be at least two shades lighter than your foundation.

3. Then apply a micro fine loose powder in Bamboo over where you highlighted to soak up any oils and add brightness. This yellow-based, warm-hued transparent powder will give you a beautiful summer glow, for tan or olive skin tones. For those with a fair to medium complexion, I recommend the Translucent powder because it doesn’t add color but helps enhance the natural highlights of the face.

4. Dip a flat face sponge into the setting powder and pack more loose powder onto where you have highlighted your face. This powder should be very loose and not pressed into the skin too deeply.

5. Let this all “bake” on your face for about 10 minutes. This allows your body heat to melt the makeup into your skin and set and highlight the areas where applied. Make sure to let it sit a little bit longer on your T-zone areas if your oily.

6. Using a blush brush, apply a small amount of powder to your brush, then dust away any excess powder as you blend any harsh edges. Make sure to powder and set the rest of the face.

Shelia’s Product Suggestions:
Matte finish liquid
Setting Powders for baking in bamboo and transparent:

Shelia is a sought after makeup artist for weddings and bridal parties, pageants, and special events. You can follow Sheila Ybarra on Instagram @ makeupbysheila and check out her website at Appointment requests can be made online, or by phone at 281-935-7000 or 281-253-3815.

Friday Glam: Taylor’s 5 Quick Makeup Tips

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Oldies but goodies… Some of the best makeup tips from the past you may have forgotten about. Refresh yourself and see if you have been following these simple makeup rules all along! I have also included some new tips to go along with them enjoy the read and be prepared for the next time you need these tips!

1) Puffy eyes no more. Reduce puffy eyes with cold water or applying cold compress (ice cubes in washcloth) 15 seconds on and 15 seconds off. This little tip has been around since October of 1987. A fresh take on this tip would be to put your makeup primer in the fridge and apply to your skin cold prior to makeup application for the same type of results. The cold primer will reduce puffiness around the eyes just like the cold compress or water would. You can also try the spoon in the fridge trick too.

2) Mascara that misses its mark. This is an old one, but easily forgotten. I still catch myself messing this up! DON’T lower your chin when applying mascara thats how it gets on your upper lid. This tip first surfaced in April of 1971 and I still forget to keep my chin up. A fresh take on this makeup tip from the past is a spoon behind the lashes held against the eye lid to block mascara from the eye or a small shield that they make just for this reason. I am sure you can pick on up at Sephora or just grab a spoon from the kitchen, your eyes with thank you one day!

3) Long lasting lips. To make lipstick last longer allow it to set for a few minutes after applying. Blot lips with tissue and dust with powder, then apply another coat. This tip first surfaced in April of 1963. I have had artists use this on me but they actually repeated and blotting and application process on more time through. So blotting twice and reapply 3 times. And now a days we even use eye shadows on the lips in shades of whites or golds to pop the lips or make them appear larger
than they really are!

4) Bleeding lipstick. To keep lipstick from bleeding apply a little canceler or highlighter around lips. This tip first came out not that long ago in October of 2011. But this tip will actually do two things it can make your lips look bigger depending on how you apply it as well as keep your lipstick from bleeding.

5) Fragrance much. Everybody likes to smell good but sometimes you can overpower the room. I have even had a perfume accident, spilling it all over me! No matter what the reason this tip is a good one to remember because you are bound to use it at least once in this lifetime and if you know this trick your friends will be impressed! If you overdo it with perfume, dab a cotton ball with rubbing alcohol on to your skin. The alcohol will cut the scent without altering it. This tip has been around saving us since September of 1992.

Hope you enjoyed this weeks’ blast from the past tips! Read, Enjoy and share!