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Nikki’s Style – Color Me All Over

Happy Springful Monday! Color, Color, Color is what I’m loving for Spring and Summer! From jewel tones to the bold and rich, I’m literally working on incorporating more color in my closet. The color was totally my inspiration for Today’s Style Post. I wanted to showcase how color can be the new black to spice up any outfit. From a colored vest to using pieces for just a pop of color of all black, I feel it can either add personality to what you wear or let some people see your wild side. (Hence the animal print) The best thing you can do for your wardrobe is given it a variety of color.

What I’m Wearing:

Graphic Tank – H&M
Cardigan Vest – Forever 21
Paperbag Pants – Forever 21
Animal Print Belt – Forever 21
Animal Print Clutch – Target
Suede Pumps – ALDO Shoes

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What did you think of Today’s colorful Style Post? Are you looking to add more or less color in your wardrobe this season?

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Val’s Style – Metallic Blues

Hola chicas and happy Tuesday!  So am I the only one that watched the NCAA championship game last night?!? Not a big fan of either team but love the inspirational story with Louisville after the unfortunate injury to a teammate.  Enough with the sports blab…on to my look all metallic light and blue.  A little fancy yet still comfortable with a relaxed top and tie waist bright blue pants.

I wish the pictures showed the detail of the blazer a little more it’s a creme background and textured gold fabric – like a jacquard – and adds a little luxury feel to the blazer.  Best part randomly found the blazer on clearance at Kohl’s when I was shopping for discounted workout gear and for less than $20 it was coming with me.  To finish the look I focused on playing up the metallics within the blazer and opted for metallic shoes and clutch.

Style tip – colored pants can make an outfit more fashion-forward and serve as an alternative to denim.  Yes, colored denim is a staple but when you want to dress a little nicer choose a bold colored pant for your look.

What I’m Wearing:

Top – Forever 21
Pants – Forever 21
Blazer – Kohls
Purse – Target/Neiman Marcus
Bracelets – Marshalls
Sunnies – Versona
Shoes – Jimmy Choo

So what do you think of this casual yet dressy look?  Are you adding a pop of color in your pants yet?

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Oscars Red Carpet – The Best, The Worst and The Rest

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Happy Monday Fashionistas! Were you like us sitting on the edge of your seats to catch the glamorous arrivals at this year’s Oscars? I know we were and for some reason the stars always begin their TOP fashion to the Oscars, always upstaging our red carpet arrivals we watch. So we compiled a few lists of the BEST, the WORST and the REST……

Charlize Theron gave a jaw-dropping arrival to the red carpet in Dior Couture, which was structured and crafted to showcase her sophisticated cropped ‘do. She accessorized the column dress with Harry Winston diamonds to add a touch of bling to the minimal look that was a favorite of the night.

Who says you have to wait to your wedding day to look like a blissing bride? Jennifer Lawrence not only won for Best Actress for her performance in “Silver Linings Playbook, but she won in this stunning Dior Haute Couture showered with diamonds by Chopard.

Zoe Saldana showcases her feminine side on the red carpet in an Alex Mabile Couture gown of an adornment or two that were a hit with or without. Topped of with Neil Lane jewelry and Roger Vivier heel, Saldana makes anything look fabulous.

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Don’tyou just love the innocence of Anne Hathaway on and off screen? But this dress was truly a NOT for the red carpet, more appropriate for a spring wedding. From the sheer panels that bared her sides to the noticeable darts, this pink Prada dress was surely a miss for the Princess Diaries turned Les Miserables star.

With a gown designed by her, Brandi Glanville decided that her dress hardly needed a top to go with it. This mermaid inspired flock was the WORST for us, from the topless bodice to the fabric choice this dress looks to be still in production. Help is surely needed.

Jennifer Hudson missed us with the styling of this fabulous Roberto Cavalli gown that showcased her slimmer figure. Accessorized with a Jimmy Choo clutch, Giuseppe Zanotti shoes and Sutra jewelry, we just want to see more than a powerful voice from JHud.

Michael Douglas could of wore a t-shirt and boxer briefs and still looked great next to the beautiful Catherine Zeta Jones in this baroque inspired gown by Zuhair Murad. Jones obviously just let the dress do all the talk with just a pair of statement earrings to accessorize this metallic masterpiece.

George Clooney looked dappered in ….but gal pal Stacy Keibler stole looks in her metallic studded Naeem Khan gown accessorized in Lorraine Schwartz jewels.

People’s Sexiest Man of the Year, Channing Tatum looked amazing in Gucci, while his beautiful wife, Jenna Dewan-Tatum showcased her bump in a laced Rachel Roy gown. All black never looked so good.

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Halle Berry arrived on the red carpet with an metallic neck plunging inspired Bond Girl dress created by none other than Versace. She always shows a little or a lot of skin tastefully and with grace. By her side was precious Quvenzhane Wallis dressed adorably in a gown by Armani Junior.

Who was the Best, the Worst, the Rest dressed for you on last night’s red carpet? Who was your BEST dressed on the night?

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Friday Feature – Fashionably Fit Lara Yunaska

Happy Friday, this week for our ’Fashionably Fit’ series, Style to Envy got a chance to chat with Lara Yunaska, Story Coordinator at Inside Edition, executive committee member of Eric Trump Foundation, former pastry chef, personal trainer and fitness inspiration.  This beautiful New York transplant is a southern girl and went to high school and college with our own Val and she is indeed Fashionably Fit.

Take a look at what we chatted about:

Q: How do you stay active on a constant basis?
A: To me, working out and staying healthy is a priority. I wake up during the week at 5 am in order to make sure I get in my exercise! (And trust me, in the dead of winter in NYC, that is NOT fun!) I always feel better afterward, so, it’s a MUST!

Q: How would you describe your personal style?
A: My personal style takes cues from a few different places – I really enjoy mixing styles.  I’m a big fan of mixing high-end and very affordable –  Target skirt or jeans with an expensive blazer or blouse.

Q: Who or what has been your greatest fashion influence?
A: I would like to say that my biggest fashion influence has been my friends. I have some very well-dressed friends and acquaintances! It’s also about knowing your body and what works. I have an athletic physique (especially my legs!), so, sometimes the skinny-cut Capri pants just DON’T work!

Q: Who or what has been your greatest fitness influence?
A: My greatest fitness influence has probably been my dad. He’s 65 and still manages to play 3 hours of basketball and go to the driving range EVERY DAY. Growing up, physical fitness was very important in our house and I attribute my love for sports to that!

Q: What is the exercise you ‘love to hate’ the most? It works you but you HATE every second of it!
A: Sometimes I workout with my boyfriend’s trainer and he makes me do these crazy jump squat drills – I want to DIE the whole time, but I know it’s working

Q: At the gym, are you fashionable or non-fashionable in your fitness attire?
A: Well, I’m obsessed with Lululemon, so, I guess that would qualify me as “fashionable”! I will say that I don’t EVER wear makeup when I work out (that’s a great way to clog your pores!).

Q: What’s your eating/diet habits (paleo, eat clean, cheat day)?
A: I’m pretty good most of the time. I grew up (thanks, mom!) eating lots of fresh fruits and veggies, so, that’s naturally what I gravitate towards. I’m not a huge meat eater – my favorite food is probably sushi. If I’m going to cheat, you will catch me with a jar of peanut butter and a spoon – YUM!!!

Q: Biggest fitness accomplishment to date:
A: I think my proudest moment was finishing my first marathon – there’s nothing quite like the high you have after it’s over!

Q: Favorite food treat (clean eating) and naughty splurge:
A: My favorite “clean” treat would have to be these carob and peanut butter-covered rice cakes that I get at an organic health food store. If I’m going all out, I’m eating Reese’s! (Yes, all about peanut butter – told you!)

Q: Fill in the Blank: People would be surprised to know that _____________________
A: I love escaping the city on the weekends; New York City is an amazing place to be during the work week, but, there’s nothing like waking up on Saturday morning in the country – I love it!

Lara is surely the picture of health and fitness and with her jammed pack schedule she makes fitness a priority and always looks elegant and chic.  To learn more about Lara and her healthy lifestyle, follow her on Twitter and Instagram.  To learn more about The Eric Trump Foundation benefiting St Jude Children’s Hospital like the Facebook page.

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Friday Feature – Fashionably Fit Maria Kang

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Happy Friday, this week we are excited about our ’Fashionably Fit’ series, Style to Envy got a chance to chat with Maria Kang, mother, wife, business owner and fitness inspiration.  We stumbled upon this California based fitness guru on Facebook and she is indeed an inspiration to all.

Q: How do you stay active on a constant basis?
A: I make it a priority to train intensely 5-6 days a week and complete it in the morning. If I need motivation I take a spin class, if I need more ‘fun’ I take a dance class, if I don’t want to go to the gym, I run on my home treadmill.  I have a lot of options.

Q: How would you describe your personal style?
A: In terms of workout clothes my favorite brands are Lululemon for capris and Nike for workout tops.  I love bright colors and to feel comfortable and fit to be flexible in my clothing.  In terms of regular clothes, I usually wear Miss Me jeans with a fitted top. In the summertime I love dresses. I’m very much a ‘girly girl’ I love flowers, lace, and hearts! (my engagement ring is even a heart!)

Q: Who or what has been your greatest fitness influence?
A: My mother first motivated me to exercise because she was in poor health when I was young. However, my biggest influencers were my first fitness manager, Jesus Sandavol and former boyfriend, Paul Hornick. They were both instrumental at a point in my life when I first started in the industry and had faith in my abilities as I was developing a passion for fitness.

Q: What is the exercise you ‘love to hate’ the most? It works you but you HATE every second of it!
A: I love/hate deadlifts and pushups. It’s a tie!

Q: At the gym, are you fashionable or non-fashionable in your fitness attire?
A: I would say I’m fashionable I like to stand out.

Q: What’s your eating/diet habits (paleo, eat clean, cheat day)?
A: I try to eat a whole foods, non-processed and somewhat raw diet. I consume 5 small meals a day and limit my carbs at night. I have a couple cheat meals on Saturday – sometimes on Wednesday also.

Q: Biggest fitness accomplishment to date:
A: Being fit after having 3 kids born in 2009, 2010 and 2011!

Q: Favorite food treat (clean eating) and naughty splurge
A: Clean Eating: Egg Whites and Black Rice – Naughty: any dessert

Q: People would be surprised to know
A: That I don’t use deodorant. I never have. I really don’t have a negative body odor!

Maria is surely the picture of health and fitness and always gives an encouraging word on her blogs and Facebook page.  To learn more about Maria and her tips for a healthy lifestyle, stop by her official website and like her Facebook page.

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Friday Feature – Fashion Designer Fotini

Happy Black Friday Everyone!

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For our first Friday Feature, Style to Envy got a chance to chat with NYC/Canada based designer Fotini who just showed her Spring 2013 collection at Fashion Houston last week. This designer is fashionably inspirational coming from a career in finance and marketing to truly living her longtime dream of being a fashion designer. Her collection speaks for not just one woman but every woman.

Take a look at our Q&A with Fotini:

Q: What made you make a career change from finance and marketing to fashion?

A: Fashion was always my original dream plan, but I decided to follow in my father’s direction of finance and marketing. It actually taught me the fundamentals of business, especially how to be strategic in business. My dream has always been fashion so I decided to pursue it.

Q: How long has Fotini the designer been in the fashion business?

A: I started in 2008 so my line has been around for 4 seasons. I spent about three years in Italy studying the construction of corsetry beside old world ateliers in Bologna, Como and Bergamo thinking that maybe the path in fashion I would like to take. I learned so much from living in Old World Ateliers, a lot of what you see in my collections. I even consisted having my business in Milan but decided to have it based in Canada and NYC since I’m frequently in both places.

Q: What type of woman or audience does Fotini create for?

A: I design for women who are confident, strong and embraces being a woman. A woman that loves being sexy and feminine.My woman can range from a CEO to a socialite to pageant girls and so on because my woman is every woman.

Q: So you just showcased your Spring 2013 collection here in Houston last week, what was the inspiration behind your collection?

A: My inspiration for my Spring 2013 collection was French inspired by the Gardens of Versailles. I was inspired by feminine prints, impressions and watercolor paintings that spoke of romance in France.

Q: What made you unveil your collection at Fashion Houston 2012 in your first full runway show?

A: In New York, I’ve only done presentations during Fashion Week, but Houston reached out to me about showing during Fashion Houston. They loved my brand’s aesthetic and wanted me to be a featured designer here to showcase my new collection. It was a great opportunity because the Texas woman is the woman I design for; she loves colors, being feminine and sexy while on the go. It was a great opportunity and I received a great response from my collection.

Q: What iconic designers or people have impacted your fashion career?

A: A designer that has truly impacted my fashion career would have to be Tom Ford, he has been a huge inspiration to me. Also, Victoria Beckham is a huge inspiration to me as well as others.

Q: Any words of wisdom for anyone chasing a dream or career change?

A: Nothing worthwhile in life comes without sacrifice. If you believe in it, it can happen. Just never give up on what you believe is meant for you.

Fotini is surely a designer to keep an eye on with her refreshing aesthetic to bring romance and femininity back into fashion. To learn more about Fotini and her collections, stop by her official website and follow her on Twitter.

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Fashion Houston Day 2 Recap – November 13, 2012

Day 2 of Fashion Houston was surely a fashion night of dreams come true….

Take a look at Fashion Houston’s Tuesday night show featuring collections from:

David Peck

The”Once Upon a Dream” collection from CrOp by David Peck is indeed any woman’s fantasy wardrobe. With vibrant bright colors, bold neutrals and the signature David Peck unique graphic prints, the looks ranged from workday chic to special event ready with everything in between.  Sport-inspired pieces were present in maxi dresses and utility shirt dresses along with floral pattern resort wear pieces in his reinvented rompers, dresses and jumpsuits.  This collection from CrOp by David Peck could easily be a complete wardrobe for any fashionista and proves yet again eco-fashion can have a true fashion-forward design aesthetic that still stands for a great cause.

Fotini

The Fotini collection showcased all things feminine with a bit of Greek influence with features like draping and solid white silhouettes.  The collections point of view on corsets and structured, tailored looks were equal parts of sexy and beautiful, which were surely created for the confident woman to showcase her inner goddess.  The collection showcased a mature usage of pastel colors and spring floral prints that could give a softening touch to even the hardest exterior. From dresses to menswear-inspired pantsuits to gowns, the Fotini collection can be summarized in three words: Polished, Seductive and Well-Tailored.

Bogosse

Proving fashion just isn’t for the ladies and guys have style too, Bogosse by Patrick & Fabrice Tardieu showed us what the men had to bring to the table with looks for all occasions   Tailored, modern suits were just the start, as the collection transitioned from formal to the sharp-dressed businessman to the everyday man to showcase men can transition their style as well.  A signature throughout the collection were the fresh takes on classic pieces from grouped button detailing on dress shirts to summer suits with ankle cropped pants, showcasing the reinvention how men can style themselves. To all of the fashion-forward man,  look no further than the designing sibling duo behind Bogosse to keep you on trend for Spring and many more seasons to come.

Zac Posen

The night ended with a show straight from New York Fashion Week with Zac Posen’s Spring collection, which featured pieces such as the dramatic and architecturally stunning January Jones’ Emmy’s 2012 gown.  With Posen’s signature workmanship and detailing, the collection featured vintage-inspired pieces with a twist as well as design features with gowns equally creative and beautiful as Emmy’s gown. His usage of jewel tone inspired color palettes along with the simplicity of construction could make any woman feel like a million bucks if given the chance to wear one of the coveted red carpet gowns or anything made by the hands of gold, Zac Posen.

We’re halfway through Fashion Houston and tomorrow’s show will continue with glamorous looks from Chloe Dao and Herve Lerger,  just to name a few.

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