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September 20th, 2010 No Comments

Why do people tell you the picture looks good if it really doesn’t?  I just don’t get it.  Is it so hard to snap off a few just to be considerate.  When people ask me to take pictures, I always take multiple from a few different angles so they have a few to choose from.

And if it’s an issue of comfort, try taking pictures of yourself everywhere you go!

So, if you can make out my outfit, her’s what I wore today for two hours:

  • Ralph Lauren jacket
  • Assets cami
  • Tons of chains and pearls
  • Chanel shorts
  • Calvin Klein shoes
  • One of my favorite Houstonians, Jarrod Klawinsky

Here’s another thing that frustrates me: my outfits never look as good in pictures as they do in real life.  I look like an over-aged debutant which in my opinion is not what I looked like at all.  Several people complimented my little ensemble actually.

Ok, enough with this rant. Better pictures to come, hopefully.

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September 20th, 2010 No Comments

Pulling clothes from Tootsies for my photo shoot tomorrow. It’s time for new pictures and I finally settled on a day to do it (aka the last possible second to get them done for the new MTM layout).

Browsing through The Book for outfit ideas for tomorrow’s photo shoot.  Neimans is always a good source of inspiration when you’re looking to incorporate trends but not from the extremities of the fashion world.  I want these pictures to last a few years, so I’m playing it safe with my style choices….because l’ll be honest, I don’t want to produce another one of these days for a LONG time.  I’ll show up, but putting it all together is just not my idea of fun.

Craft service, breakfast. Check.

I’ve got Edward on my face, Mom on the iPhone, Morris setting up….t minus 30 to start shooting.

Remember my friend Edward Sanchez? Well, he happens to be THE BEST makeup artist in Houston (see my photo from the Opera Ball) and capitulated when I begged for him to block out a day to do my make up, hair, and help direct me in front of the camera. The man is a jack of all trades and permeates his positive energy to the whole crew.

Mason gets into the act!!

My girl has got some nice wheels (blogger Mom)

Morris has an amazing, undiscovered eye and is doing my shoot for his book. With all of the people I’ve worked with, I’m really impressed!www.MorrisMalakoff.com

Lookin’ good.

I really really really don’t want to take back all of these cute clothes to Tootsies.

Pieces left to right:

  • Alice + Olivia sequin jacket – $500
  • Robert Rodriguez black silk top – $265
  • Laundry dress – $285

That’s the difference in pulling from a store instead of a showroom. From a showroom you can actually wear the clothes for a week or so. But when you take clothes from a store it’s only fair to wear them for the shoot. Oh well, you guys liked my wardrobe for fall and winter last year right? Let’s see if we can reinvent it for another strut down the blog shall we?

Told you we got creative. Check out my inner model rearing her serious face. I wonder if I was “smizing?” Haha. These prop tricks either look really awesome or totally stupid. But when one hits, that pic quickly becomes your favorite. My verdict is still out on this one.


Final touches, one more quick change, and this shoot is done! I feel like we shot s whole catalogue…in a good way. Morris had some great ideas so we got creative. Edward made me look like (or at least feel like) a million bucks. And Mom just being here puts me in a good mood. Everything went so smoothly. Can’t wait to see the pics!!


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Hostess Head To Toe

September 19th, 2010 No Comments

Despite the fact I knew everyone was going to be in dresses and skirts for Beth’s birthday, I just wasn’t feeling the femme on Friday night.  It’s very unlike me to be more comfortable in jeans, but, you have to wear what makes you feel good.

  • Stila lipstick in “Natalie”*
  • Diamond huggies
  • Ralph Lauren cropped jacket
  • Necklace stolen from mom’s jewelry box
  • Crepe shirt
  • Assets cami*
  • Rock and Republic jeans**
  • Calvin Klein shoes
  • Faux python clutch from vintage store in the Heights

I pointed out the mauve lipstick  because it’s going to be my fall color (btw, I don’t think Stila even makes lipstick anymore).  I like it because it’s not too overwhelming like deep red, but still adds a little life to my face.

(Full disclosure: I received all items with * via PR.  The ** means those Rock and Republic jeans are one of my favorite perks of NYFW at the Robert Verdi suite that I won’t get this year because I didn’t attend!)

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Gavin’s Getting Creative With My Head To Toe

June 21st, 2010 No Comments

Gavin’s Getting Creative With My Head To Toe:

— Leifsdottir blouse from Tootsies

— Spanx cami*

— Mossimo shorts from Target

— Black sequin earrings from Aldo

— Sergio Rossi shoes

— Faux lillies from Marshall’s

We’re off to Cirque du Soleil. I was instructed to wear something “Cirquey” and reminescent of Paris. I think I pulled off the request without looking as weird as it sounds, right?!

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Back to the Big Apple :)

May 11th, 2010 No Comments

This trip might come as a bit of a surprise to you. But I’m so excited to be heading up back to my island home.

Here’s what my travel to get there entails:

5am CST – Pry eyelids open

7am – I leave on a JetBlue plane.

11:30am EST – Pry eyelids open again as plan reaches the gate.

11:34am – I set foot into the great state of New York.

1pm – Mani/pedi with Lucy at BB Nails (I haven’t had a mani/pedi since Sarah’s birthday, yikes!).  My love Adrien is joining me!

2:30pm – Meeting #1

4:30pm – Meeting #2

6pm – Drinks with a few of my favorite peeps (minus one new mommy).

7:30pm – Dinner meeting.

9pm – Pass the F out.

Obviously it’ a work trip, but I’m squeezing in a little me time.  And of course, spring hasn’t hit NYC yet so I’m forced to lug multiple pairs of boots across the country.  Whatever, the trip could yield some great partnerships, so keep your fingers crossed.

Below are pics with captions from my entire trip.


If you’re flying an airline that shares a terminal with Southwest, 9.5 times out of 10, the security line won’t border on obnoxious, it will be full blown ridiculous.

(This one at Hobby zig-zags and fills the entire terminal.)

Check it out. “That guy” who spilled half her bag in the security line pulled it together and made her flight.

Always my first stop in NYC: BB Nails on the corner of Lex and E 30th. Litterally I get off the plane and take a taxi straight here. Of course, I had to make the appointment with Lucy at least a week in advance. She’s that good! The number here is 212-689-1892.

How sweet is my Megs to come meet me to catch up?! I love this lady.

I’m off to meet G and Charlotte for lunch uptown. Trying out a new iPhone app for pics, what do you think? This effect doesn’t really fit the photo, but it’s my favorite thus far. More to come on this later.

I love surprising people with sweet treats. Usually I make them, but in NYC I have so many favorite bakeries, I pick one per trip and stock up to distribute to friends, people I take meetings with, etc. Such a simple gesture that always makes them smile.

The trick is to bring something people love and wouldn’t get for themselves (cupcakes from Sprinkles/Crave/Buttercup) or truly unique that people might not know about.

Today I picked up unbelievably delicious brownie bites from Bouchon bakery at Columbus Circle on my way to meet G. Another favorite is the cinnamon toast from Stumptown coffee. In Houston I go to Dapaco’s in the Heights for tres leches cake. As for LA, my go-to is Delucious cookies from Food+Lab.

I got my daily dose of Charlotte in person today. She’s such a good baby!!

For more of this precious face and tips from her beautiful mommy visit G’s blog www.georgiegirlnyc.com

The real deal in action.

G is quite a stylish mommy. She makes motherhood look so simple and glamorous! Love her Tory Burch shades and Steve Madden flats.

Maybe One Day Head To Toe:

— Marc by Marc Jacobs sunnies

— Yumi-Mazao trench from Encore

— Black leggings

— Fendi boots

— Faux snake clutch from vintage store on 19th street in Houston

I’ve always wanted a white trench, but it’s so impractical for New Yorkers who need outerwear that can look clean even though it’s embarrassingly dirty. For Houston and LA, a white trench will get a couple months of good use without looking worn.

As for a mommies, a white anything probably got pushed to the back of your closet. Just shows you the “Maybe One Day” isn’t necessarily around the corner for me.

After my last trip to NYC, I had put all of my boots away for summer. But never underestimate New York weather to throw a wrench in your plan. These Fendi boots have actually lasted through 3 years in New York, and with a little shine, look as good as new. (Side note: Did you see the video Adrien, Sarah, and I made on the roof of Gawker when Adrien was strutting his stuff in these boots? Too funny. Oh the memories!) Ok, he’s done. 10 minutes and 6 bucks later, these boots are ready to walk again.

Is it just me or is it true that the NY Times is a much better read in print than online? I lead a digital life, but you really can’t beat reading The Times (or WSJ or Vogue) in your hands. Some things just don’t translate. And it’s nice to go old school from time to time. Just my opinion.

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No, I’m Not Going To The Junior League Head To Toe

May 6th, 2010 No Comments

No, I’m Not Going To The Junior League Head To Toe:

Go ahead, get a good chuckle in first…..

  • Necklace from…??? I forget
  • Ann Taylor dress (found by my stepmom, you know I wasn’t in there)
  • Belt from forever ago
  • Bracelets by R.J. Graziano
  • Guiseppe Zanotti shoes
  • Chanel tote

I guess it could have been titled “Nothing New Here” Head to Toe.  But the southern Mommy style is so overwhelming I had to cop up to it.  Here’s the thing….I have no idea how to dress for an “office” setting because all of the offices I have worked in have always allowed jersey dresses and jeans.  So, now I’m just trying to fit in.  This outfit admittedly doesn’t, but it’s “conservative” and unoffensive.  Yesterday’s attire for my afternoon meetings was completely boring.  I’m just trying to find a middle ground between fashionable and corporate.

Today I have a lunch meeting at Grotto and then a few mini meetings with client employees.

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’m Off To The Office Head To Toe

May 1st, 2010 No Comments

I’m Off To The Office Head To Toe:

— Earrings from Mom

— Theory tank from Tootsies

— Adam tie dye skirt from Tootsies

— Michael by Michael Kors zipper sandals from Encore

— Chanel bag

Another outfit of nothing new, but when you wear bikinis and pj’s to work most of the time, you forget the rest of your wardrobe exists.

I spent the afternoon in meetings…in Houston, so I had to dress appropriately. It was actually fun to dress up again. Not that I love this outfit by any means, but it served its purpose: corporate enough and barely there so I wasn’t dying from the heat.

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June 23rd, 2009 No Comments

You guys seem pretty anti-harem pants.  I can understand that.  They aren’t the cutest trend by far, or easy to pull off.  And only men who appreciate fashion might consider them sexy. 

And as one reader put it, they don’t do anything good for your butt.

Not every piece of clothing has to be flattering.

Check out my outfit from the Into The Storm Screening and Charity Auction the other night.

Harem Head To Toe:

My ass does look flatter than a pancake in this outfit, but overall I think it’s a cute look.  And let’s be honest, I don’t have much to show off back there anyway.