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Event Alert – Houston Happenings This Week

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THE GALLERIA, GLAMOUR AND GQ TEAM UP FOR “LOOKBOOK LIVE,” PRESENTED BY CADILLAC, BRINGING THE ULTIMATE OMNI-CHANNEL FALL FASHION EXPERIENCE TO CONSUMERS

The Galleria, a Simon shopping center, will be holding LOOKBOOK Live presented by Cadillac, a fall fashion event taking place on Friday, September 12 from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. in collaboration with Glamour and GQ magazines. LOOKBOOK Live translates fall’s hottest fashion trends from the runway into real life and shares where to shop the trends. There are also print, digital and social media elements of the program.

The LOOKBOOK Live Event Series will bring the best of fall fashion to The Galleria via an interactive trend showcase, hosted by style pros from Glamour and GQ, and will include:

Live Lounge: Dedicated fashion space with his-and-hers style consultations and grooming stations, a selfie station, on-trend product displays and more.

Stage Events: Panel forums, trend presentations and styling challenges hosted by experts, including:

Style Q&A Expert Panel: Glamour and GQ’s expert-led panel discussion translates the season’s trends from the runway to real life for consumers in an interactive format.

Style Challenge: Engaging activity that encourages shoppers to vote for their favorite styles chosen by the area’s most fashionable bloggers and then compete in the challenge themselves.

He Said/She Said: Unique fashion presentation that showcases the hottest trends as seen through the eyes of the opposite sex.

#foundatsimon Challenge: Style aficionados will be selected in each market at the Simon LOOKBOOK Live Lounge to compete in an exclusive style challenge. After a special mentoring session, they will be turned loose in the shopping center with Simon Giftcards to shop for and then style their ultimate fall look, to be unveiled at the closing of the event.

· Giveaways and more: Contests, giveaways and sweepstakes offer attendees chances to win during the LOOKBOOK Live events along with the gifts and “swag” they’ll pick up. Retailers will also be hosting in-store events at LOOKBOOK Live locations.

Local style icons: Bloggers will share style advice and participate in LOOKBOOK Live events while providing up-to-the-moment insights and commentary to their followers before, during and after the events.

A special invitation-only VIP event will be held at The Galleria on Thursday, September 11, in conjunction with VOGUE and presented by Cadillac, to showcase luxury fall fashion trends to local insiders, media and VIP guests.

LOOKBOOK Live kicked off with nine pages of fall fashion trends in Glamour and GQ’s all-important September issues and continues online at simon.com/lookbooklive with his-and-hers in-depth videos on how to wear fall’s best styles. The program’s social component encourages readers to send a photo of their favorite fall look inspired by these trends using both #foundatsimon and #gcglamourcontestentry for the opportunity to win a $2,500 shopping spree at a Simon shopping center.

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Guest Post: The Fab Factor – Channeling your Inner Casual

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Happy Friday folks and I’m so happy to be here for my first fashion feature on ‘The Fab Factor’.  When Katie mentioned her week long jammed pack trip to the West Coast, of course her first question was “What the heck do I pack?”  While guys can pack a sportscoat, a few shirts and a pair of pants, we ladies require a little more work.

I was up for the challenage to help this corporate powerhouse channel her inner casual Cali style. The overall goal was to create a polished and professional travel wardrobe that could easily work for all day meetings and events. And the best part we didn’t spend a penny! I gave Katie a few tips and we created various look options using her current pieces. Yep we shopped her own closet and Katie rediscovered a few gems that she hasn’t worn in ages!

Take a peek at some of the looks we created….
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Of course we had to incorporate a few of Katie’s signature Hermes scarves and this tunic was just collecting dust but proves to be a great option for airport chic style.

Take a look at few other outfit options that Katie packed for her West Coast adventures.

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I had a blast with Katie and we certainly bonded while shopping her closet and giving a few old pieces new life! Until next time stay stylish and fab!

This post originally appeared on KatieMehnert.com. http://www.katiemehnert.com/2014/07/25/the-fab-factor-channeling-your-inner-casual/

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Event Alert – Nordstrom The Woodlands Opens Today

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Hola chicas time to celebrate for anyone living in North Houston the long drive to The Galleria is OVER!  Nordstrom at The Woodlands opens today, for more information you can also visit Nordstrom.com/Woodlands or check out our press room.

Store Opening Events:

Nordstrom at The Woodlands Mall: Opening Day Beauty Bash
Friday, September 5, 8-10 a.m.
Outside of mall entrance doors on level 1
Prior to the store’s 10:00 a.m. grand opening, Nordstrom at The Woodlands Mall will host a Beauty Bash for customers. Our team of beauty experts will share the inside scoop on new products and trends, along with tips and tricks during free consultations. For more information, please call (800) 689-1762.

Nordstrom at The Woodlands Grand Opening
Friday, September 5, 10 a.m.
Outside of mall entrance doors on level 1
Get to know your newest neighbor. It’s more than just the latest and greatest – it’s a new shopping experience.

Nordstrom at The Woodlands Mall: Isabella Rose Taylor Personal Appearance
Saturday, September 6, 1-3 p.m.
In the BP department on floor 2
Meet 13-year-old juniors clothing designer Isabella Rose Taylor as she presents her newly launched clothing line available exclusively at Nordstrom BP. She’ll be sharing the inspiration behind the collection and will also be in store to help style customers. For more information, please call Nordstrom at The Woodlands at (832) 562-4880.

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Thursday Tip – 10 Tips for Traveling to Dubai & the Middle East

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Hola chicas!  I went on the trip of a lifetime in April with some of my favorite girls on the planet and we did our best to live it up ala Sex and The City 2 in the Middle East.  We started our trip in Bahrain (Micheal Jackson used to live there) then traveled to UAE and spent most of our time in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

So without further ado I’m passing along my top 10 tips for traveling to Dubai and the Middle East:

  1. RESERVATIONS!

Book EVERYTHING in advance if possible if you don’t for popular destinations like the Observation Deck of the Burj Khalifa or At.Mosphere Restaurant & Lounge you will pay a premium about twice as much or you will be placed on a waiting list and possibly NOT be able to visit.

2.  Cash is king and AMEX is NOT everywhere…

I learned this the hard way, when I landed in Bahrain I only had my passport, my AMEX and a wad of cash. Thank heavens I had a pretty absurd (by my standards) amount of cash that I quickly converted.  Visa or MasterCard are the preferred credit cards in the region.

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3.  So, What Can I Wear?!?  Current yet respectful is key…

In Bahrain it’s best to err on the side of caution so ladies keep shoulders and knees covered otherwise you could be ‘solicited’.  In UAE, when we visited Dubai and Abu Dhabi pretty much ANYTHING goes but respect the culture no booty shorts or bare stomachs folks.

4.  Taxi, Charter Car or Metro

The drivers in the region are TERRIBLE to say the least…red lights are sometimes viewed as optional, merging lanes don’t mean much either so just take a deep breath and hold on tight for the ride!  Try to opt for the more upscale taxis cause a Lexus GS350 is a common option and the Dubai Metro is very clean, simple to navigate and pretty cheap!

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5.  Food is delicious and fresh!

Seriously some of the BEST food…everything was so fresh and the perfectly portioned sizes.  Yummy humus, salads especially fattoush, seafood, lamb, fresh juices (lemon and mint was my JAM) and for all the tea lovers the tea houses can’t be missed.  Another random fact, plenty of US chains are in the area…I got my Krispy Kreme donut fix and we even saw some ‘dead’ US chains like Shoney’s, Ponderosa and even a Sizzler!

6.  Alcohol is only served in hotel restaurants, clubs and bars…

Muslims don’t drink alcohol so you can only order adult beverages in hotel establishments and put your fears aside because each major hotel has a ton of eateries, lounges and clubs.

7.  Music brings us all together!

The one thing we all have in common is a love for music and a good beat that makes you want to dance!  The clubs were just like being back home, occasionally the DJ would mix a track with local flare but overall the vibe was just like Vegas or Miami minus the half-naked girls ;)

8.  Breaking stereotypes

Stereotypes are everywhere many of the people we met were SHOCKED 4 young ladies from The States would vacation in the Middle East especially with the media coverage of the region.  One of the best quotes of the entire trip was during our visit to a mosque in Bahrain.  Our guide Ali said, “Welcome to the Middle East how does it feel to be surrounded by terrorist?!?”  We all burst into laugher because people are people and humor is universal!

9.  Pack for the plane

Traveling that far across the globe isn’t an easy task and while the plane has the entertainment console be sure to have your iPad fully charged.  Take sleeping pills, wear comfy clothes and layering is key, an eye mask is your best friend and if you can book a flight with a connection in Europe to break up the 20 some hours of travel.  When possible UPGRADE always worth it!  Be prepared for airport security to consist of about 3 check points minimum – 1st all passengers, 2nd your specific terminal and/or airline and 3rd at your gate while you board the plane!

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10.  Things you HAVE to do

  • Desert Safari – sand duning, camel rides, henna, belly dancers, food and MORE all in one afternoon and evening.
  • Visit a Beach - Persian Gulf has the clearest water I’ve ever seen and you can wear a bikini just leave your g-string for Rio or Miami!
  • Bus Tour – catch all the major sites of new and old Dubai but be sure to eat a huge meal before and pack snacks otherwise you could end up HANGRY and want to cut the tour short!
  • Malls – EVERYTHING is in the mall and they are AMAZING!  The region is full of fashionistas and fashion lovers so expect to see some of the most stylish layering and abayas you can imagine.  Filled with not more than your average chains and luxury bands, top restaurants for days, an aquarium, ski Dubai, movie theater, grocery store, museums, a modern-day souk, dancing water fountains and MORE.
  • Palm Islands – full of resorts including Atlantis you are guaranteed to end up there for a little fun.
  • Ferrari World – home of the world’s fastest roller coaster…enough said.
  • Visit a Mosque – Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi is breathtaking and go right before dusk so you get picks during the day and at night when the mosque is all light up.

We made memories that will last a lifetime and the trip came just when I needed a change in my life and it was by far the BEST vacation EVER!  Hope these 10 tips for traveling to Dubai and the Middle East help out any future travelers.  If you have questions or want to know more about traveling to the area just ask in the comments below or shoot me a tweet (@styletoenvy)!

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