Monthly Archive:: April 2015

How Does the Largest Closet in America Help Women?

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On April 16, 2015, Theresa Roemer who has the largest closet in America invited women into her home and closet to raise money for The Women’s Home. For over 50 years, The Women’s Home has been helping women who have experienced homelessness because of mental illness, abuse, or addiction. The Women’s Home provides residential treatment and transitional housing. Over 90% of women who participate in this program for six months or longer leave with income and housing.

Women brought their gently used high end and designer items to Theresa’s home to donate them for a runway show and shopping event that benefits The Women’s Home. This event is the 6th annual renew and reDo fashion show, which will be held on August 19, 2015 at the Wortham Grand Foyer. Mark your calendars this is an amazing opportunity to purchase fabulous designer clothes at deep discounts for a great cause. This awesome event is all about women helping women. Chau Nguyen is the Manager of Community Involvement at the Women’s Home and the event chairs are Sneha Merchant and Mandy Kao, and Theresa Roemer is recognized as the Fashion Icon.

Not only did Theresa open up her home and closet to help this cause, but she also geneously donated a $10,000 Oscar de la Renta gown, and 10% of her collection’s proceeds, True and Real, to benefit the cause. The Women’s Home is truly a great charity and this event at Theresa’s beautiful home will help many women who are struggling with homelessness, mental illness, abuse, and addiction. You can learn more about The Women’s Home at www.thewomenshome.com and check out Theresa Roemer’s fashion line at www.true-and-real.com .

Sexy and You Know It–Jio’Zei Collection: Interview with Jio’Zei

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I had the pleasure of viewing Jio’Zei Reyes collection at Omar Marcos’s—Runway For the Cure Houston on April 9, 2015. I absolutely love Jio’Zei’s suits, and I do not even wear suits. However, I would purchase suits from the Jio’Zei collection because they are sexy, sophisticated, and modern. They truly could be worn at a cocktail party, women’s luncheon, or at the office, which is a rare combination. In addition to gorgeous suits, Jio’Zei’s collection consists of beautiful dresses in striking colors, which present a modern feel. I am impressed with Jio’Zei’s unique, ability to create a stylish image with the use of color and fit.

After viewing the collection, I scheduled an interview with designer—Jio’Zei Reyes. I discovered that he was born in Hawaii, and he comes from an interesting background—Brazilian, and Japanese. He learned to sew from his mother who taught him how to create countless stiches with intricate design detail. In addition to inspiration from his mother, Jio’Zei Reyes’ has been inspired by various designers, which include Dior and Haider Ackerman. According to Jio’Zei, “I like to accentuate a women’s feminity with a modern twist.” Although, this is a difficult challenge, I believe that Jio’Zei has achieved this unique balance.

Jio’Zei is an accomplished designer: he received a Paris American Scholarship and studied Haute Couture in Paris. In addition, Jio’Zei is also an accomplished academic: he graduated from Rice University with a Toxicology and Environmental Science degree, and also has a Ph.D. in Pharmacology. For a brief time, Jio’Zei worked in pharmacology. However, he quickly chose to pursue his true passion—fashion.

Most importantly for the cost-conscious woman who loves beautiful, sexy pieces, Jio’Zei’s designs are custom and price points are reasonable—separate’s range from $175-$350, cocktail dresses range from $350-$700, evening gowns from $1000-$3500. For collection information, please contact jiozei reyes@gmail.com .

Incredible Demartini Collection-Interview with Breccia Demartini

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I had the opportunity to view the beautiful Demartini collection at the Runway for a Cure Houston on April 9, 2015. I loved the collection’s vibrant colors, and the very wearable, but also sophisticated-look. The Demartini Collection is versatile because separates can be easily mixed, and matched. In addition, Demartini’s collection also offers resort sophistication as well as designs for the working-woman with a modern twist. After viewing this amazing collection, I really wanted to get to know the designer—Breccia Demartini personally.

I had the pleasure of interviewing Breccia Demartini. She shared her personal background information with me, and the inspiration for her collection. Breccia Demartini’s passion for fashion began as a small child. Breccia grew up in the vibrant city of Houston, and has a strong Italian family support system that inspired her love for colors, and textiles.

Breccia’s love for fashion fueled her desire to move to Australia when she was 23 years old. While living in Australia, Breccia attended the School of Fashion and Textiles – RMIT University in Melbourne. In addition to her training at school, Nasia Vlassopoulos trained Breccia to become proficient in threading a needle without even looking, pattern making, and sewing with confidence.

In 2012, Breccia Demartini returned to Houston and decided to further her design education at the Art Institute of Houston where she is currently studying Fashion Design, and Fashion and Retail Management. This September was an incredible turning point for Demartini—Breccia showed her debut collection during New York Fashion Week. Shortly thereafter, Demartini and 3 other student designers from the Art Institute of Houston were showcased at the Wortham Theater Center. Because of all this publicity, Demartini’s beautiful creations have shown on many runways, and are adored by Houston fashion lovers.

I asked Breccia’s what her inspiration was for the Spring/Summer collection. She explained that during her travels to the Canary Islands: the beautiful water, architecture, people, and fabrics influenced this collection. According to Demartini, “I want to market to the everyday entrepreneurial woman, by taking masculine menswear, restyling it, making it sexy, and sophisticated without being boxy.” Demartini’s cultural influences throughout the years have greatly influenced artistic beauty in her designs. Demartini explained, “fashion is not about the cloths, it is about the journey the cloths create.”

I love Demartini’s personal philosophy, and style. Price points are affordable from $89-$1300. This makes her a great designer for the cost-conscious woman. Mark you calendars April 25th from 4:00-8:00 pm there will be a Demartini meet and greet and trunk show at Azuz’s boutique, 2401 Rice Boulevard. The Demartini Collection is also available at Rice Village’s Azuz’s boutique www.azuzboutique , and https://www.demartinifashion.com/.

Amazing Fashions at Runway for a Cure Houston

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The 4th annual Runway for a Cure Houston at Mr. Peoples Seafood and Steakhouse was a fabulous success on Thursday April 9, 2015. Big thanks to Omar Marcos—his selflessness is an inspiration to all of us. This annual event benefits the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and helps many people in need. In 2012, Omar decided to throw a big birthday party for himself that would raise funds for cancer research instead of just throwing a party. This year benefited the LLS Man and Woman of the Year campaign nominees: Lauren Finkelstein, Sheena Garner, Jentry Kelley, and Chris Lorenzo. This year donations were also made to Heart to Heart Animal Rescue. The amazing Houston designers included Inclan, Jio’zei, Demartini, J. Sanchez, Dibiasio, and DNC. Please look up Inclan, which was featured on a previous Be Fashion Friends blog post and look forward to blog post interviews with Demartini, and Jio’zei. The collections on the runway were fabulous! Be sure to mark your calendars for April of next year and attend Runway for a Cure Houston for a great cause to help us to get one step closer to finding a cure.

BFF: Houston We Have a Solution—Miss Houston Thamer Favor

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Twenty-six of Houston’s most stunning ladies took to the stage to compete for the title of Miss Houston on April 4., 2015. Nicole O’Brian Lassiter and Albert Soliz were the emcees for the pageant. The Miss Houston judges included: Dr. Charles Anders Johnson, Cicely Reid, Carmen Maria Montiel, Julie Pratz, and Erik Bechtol. Only one of the gorgeous ladies could take home the crown. The beautiful Thamer Kay Favor who is also well poised, intelligent, and articulate was crowned Miss Houston. She has competed in pageants for ten years, and graduated from Texas State University with a Public Relations degree and a minor in Leadership Studies.

I had the pleasure of interviewing the newly crowned, Miss Houston, Thamer Kay Favor. I asked what she was looking forward to the most as Miss Houston. Thamer, said, “I really can’t pinpoint just one thing I’m looking forward to. When I think of the entirety of the year I have just been given, the opportunities and possibilities overwhelm me with excitement. The title is a vehicle that allows you to do as little or as much as you are willing to do. I have a lot of energy and I want to hit the ground running and use the title as a springboard to bring more awareness to the different charities and organizations that I have been working with which include: Ronald McDonald House, Dec My Room and Crime Stoppers, to name a few. Now, that the shock of winning has started to subdue, I have started planning my schedule leading up to Miss Texas USA. I have been given the greatest gifts from the best sponsors in the entire world and I want to utilize them in my preparation for Miss Texas USA. It’s been a long time dream of mine to have ‘Houston’ across my sash while competing, and now that I do, I want to win it for Houston!”

Of course, preparing for the pageant requires a great deal of shopping and sponsorship. The fashion pageant sponsors included Tootsies, Elizabeth Anthony Collection, To The Nines Boutique, Muzzie’s Couture, Think Twice Fashions, Urban Rocks, Sakowitz Furs, and Rupa Kandial Alterations. The contestants have to look their best and Eric Vaughn of Estilo Salon and Spa keeps many contestants looking fabulous! Select Studios Photography captures the contestants best looks. Many contestants train with Nicole O’Brian Lassiter with Bee Your Best, Inc.: Nicole assists the contestants with modeling, poise, and presentation training.

During my interview with Thamer, I also asked her what suggestions she would give contestants who are competing in pageants, Thamer said, “I would tell them to be themselves through and through. This year I did exactly what I wanted to, and I left my heart out on that stage. Let me tell you, it was totally nerve wrecking to completely let your guard down and allow everyone to see you as you are, especially when you are in a pageant and you know you are being judged… but, it is a freeing experience. Whether I won or not, I knew I had done my best and I was going to walk away with absolutely no regrets. And because of that mindset, I allowed myself to relax. I enjoyed every second of that weekend, no sleep, and all. Let’s face it, pageants are completely subjective and only one woman can win, but if you do that, you will for sure walk away a winner. You will be crowned with your own invisible crown of confidence, and you will win the most invaluable prize that can never be taken from you!”

Thamer is definitely prepared for the Miss Texas competition. The titleholder becomes a representative of the pageant for one year, meeting many new people, participating in official charity and social events, potentially appearing on television, and gaining the education, and experiences to help her future career goals. The Miss Houston/Teen Pageant and Miss Kemah/Teen pageants are independently conducted, and produced by BayStar productions. Denise O’Brian is an official recruiter to Miss Texas USA and Miss Texas Teen USA. Denise is also the producer/director of the Miss Kemah/Teen pageant. For pageant information, contact http://misshoustonpageant.com/.

Make Brow Contact Before Eye Contact

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Eyebrows shaping is not just service for Cori Aston. It is her art. Cori is well-known throughout Houston as an amazing eyebrow expert, and make-up artist. Cori shapes my eyebrows, and shared 5 awesome tips with me.

1. Apply castor oil nightly to your eyebrows and your lash line, making sure it touches the hair follicles. Castor oil will make eyebrows thicker, stronger, and longer. Apply castor nightly and new growth will be noticeable within 2-6 weeks. This will save a great deal of money because the cost of castor oil is about $5 for a 8 ounce bottle, and the cost of brow and lash serums is about $80 – $150.

2, Always thread or tweeze eyebrows, Waxing can cause scarring, reduce hair growth, and cause wrinkles.

3. Thicker eyebrows frame the face and make the face appear more youthful. Be careful not to over-tweeze eyebrows.

4. Use 2 shades to fill in eyebrows. Use darker shade to fill any gaps in eyebrow. Under-eyebrow gets a darker shade and the top of the eyebrow gets a lighter shade. This will create impact without overpowering.

5. Use a Spoolie brush to brush the eyebrow, which will create a soft appearance. Then, spray the eyebrows with a small bottle of hairspray instead of brow gel, which will also save money.

Mention this blog post, and you will get 25% off a makeup application when you purchase an eyebrow service. Cori can be reached at www.coriaston.net and 713-907-1490.

Inclan Interview with the Amazing Designer-Paola

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On April 1, 2015, I attended an amazing fashion show “Pragmatic Posterity.” I loved everything that was shown on the runway. You will definitely see me wearing some of these pieces. I met the designer, Paola Contreras backstage after her fabulous fall/winter ready to wear, Inclan, fashion show. Paola is definitely an up and coming Houston fashion designer to watch. After the show, I did an interview with Paola. I am very excited to share with you information about Paola the designer who created these beautiful pieces on the runway.

Paola studied International Business at Merrimack College in Massachusetts. Then, she decided to follow her heart back to Houston and began attending fashion school at the Houston Art Institute in 2011. At the Houston Art institute, she was awarded 3rd place in the Houston “Little Black Dress Designer” competition. Paola says that the Inclan line has a “sporty-vibe for women on the go.” I love Houston and fashion and I was so impressed to discover that Paola wants to stay in Houston and help promote Houston as a fashion mecca. Go to www.inclanstudio.com to view her collection and purchase.

Fundraising Hollywood Style: Stages Repertory Theatre

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I wore a gown by Jovani and Niki wore Tarik Ediz

On March 28, 2015, Vivian Wise and Sandra Porter chaired Stages Repertory Theatre’s Hollywood and Vine a gala at the dazzling new venue, The Astorian, where Mario Ariza was honored. This year’s gala was an amazing party with a very cool theme, “Hollywood’s silent movie era.” Hollywood and Vine was a glamorous and theatrical charity event: movie sound-stages, aerialists poured champagne, Hollywood celebrity look-alikes, and an impressive silent auction. The after-party, In Technicolor was hosted by, fabulous chairs, Matt Burns, and Michael Pearce. Niki, and I enjoyed an amazing dinner at the “cool kids” table. The after party was awesome: socializing and dancing continued until the early hours of the morning. If you did not attend the event this year, purchase tickets for next year’s event. The Stages and Repertory Theatre event is a Houston must-go to event, and always sells out. Purchase your tickets early for next year.

For further information, please see http://stagestheatre.com/