Making a bold statement with Josie Natori

Natori coverA minimal look is a quick way for an easy win when it comes to fashion and staying cool in the hot Houston summers.  The sophistication a clean LBD or white blouse and jeans can provide you with an opportunity to kick it up a notch and add a pop to change your look from memorable to unforgettable.  When looking for a great balance between modern and sleek apparel paired with bold accessories look no further than Josie Natori.

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Last week Tootsies showcased some of the great looks Natori has to offer at their Designer Mix and Mingle.  The great things about meeting a designer and seeing their personal style is you begin to understand the story behind the work.  From her background as a successful executive in the financial world to a powerhouse in the fashion world she exudes not a quiet confidence and subtle chicness. Natori trunk show (4)Her vision is translated into pieces that allow you to quickly dress up and dress down while all embracing the shapeliness that makes us all women as well as the differences that make us all unique.  The enthusiastic shoppers pulling strong necklaces and earrings seamlessly paired with sleek dresses and jackets with a wide range of style aesthetics was a clear example of the commanding impact of the Natori brand.

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Some of my favorites for the trunk show were the strong bracelet and necklaces combination presented at the show.  Strong mixes of black, gold, and silver not just provide an accent piece for an outfit, but it also pulls together influences from all over the globe.  With ease an intricate gold showstopper or versatile black beaded necklace/belt hints at tropical or tribal cultures from miles away.  The great handmaid pieces were surprising light adding to their flexibility and ease to wear and flexibility when mixing and matching in your closet.  Natori trunk show (7) Natori trunk show cuff up closeWhen paired with Natori fashion basics you have an opportunity to blend the basic and ornate in a way that really works to showcase your personal style, vision, and personality.

Love’s in Fashion with Tootsies and Dec My Room

Love in Fashion me 2Me and ToroLove was definitely in the air on Wednesday night as Tootsies and Dec My Room as some of the cities hottest couples showed their love for each other and fashion as they took their turns down the runway.  The event effortlessly combined style with fun as guests not only got a sneak peek at some of the fresh spring fashions, they got an early glimpse into the sparks of Valentine’s Day with the couples fun and often loving struts of their fantastic fashions.

The event was a true celebration of love from the love of sweets and treats to fashion all inspired by an organization that is all about the love, Dec My Room.  The organization helps to bring a little bit of normalcy and vibrancy to kids who are hospitalized by giving them the opportunity to shop and decorate their rooms.  The hospital can be a gloomy place and their mission to assist in personalizing their patients rooms helps to bring a daily reminder of who they are and their life outside the hospital.  What better inspiration is there to continue their brave fight than the life they have to live outside of their sickness?


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The romance of the evening was kicked off in one of the best ways possible to kick off a great night… Libations and confections.  With offerings from Deep Eddy Vodka, Bite Macarons, SlimRitas, and Cacao & Cardamom the show started with everyone feeling the love.  The show was a mix of models in spring fashions as well as some of our cities favorite Philanthropist sweethearts.  Dec My Room MissionWhile the models gave a fierce showing of what is new and hot, the couples really gave them a run for their money.  There is nothing better than seeing a well-dressed couple and the outfit selections were killer.  From slits to backless to cutouts the evening highlighted some great looks to spice up the romance in any relationship.  To match the sexy appeal the ladies offered, the hunks showed just how hot a great suit could be.  With hometown hero’s like Debbie and Roger Clemens, Randi and Johnny Carraba, and Megan and Brian Cushing combining their forces a night of fun and fashion delivered on its promise all for a great cause!

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Weekend sales means the price is right!

The-Sale-Revised_112640With New Year’s resolutions in high gear chances are floating around in the mix is giving yourself a new look for the New Year.  The problem can be, however, after all of that holiday shopping your budget is not as eager as your mind in updating your wardrobe.  Thank goodness for sales that pile up towards the beginning of the year as stores sweep out the old and prepare for the new.  But old to them can be new to you and taking advantage of the sales is a great way to do a little wardrobe updating as well as not break your New Year’s budget.  Here are some great sales on for this weekend that give designer deals galore.

Tootsie sale Jan 2015Tootsies: This landmark River Oaks store always has fashions that high the mark and their sales are no exception.  With prices down as low as 70% of original price this is a sale where being an early bird goes a long way.  With a keen eye and some patience there are some great finds in outstanding designer pieces with prices that cannot be beat.

The Sale: Shopping for a purpose is always fun and The Sale, benefiting the Cure for Childhood Cancer, is a great mix of something for everyone.  The sale puts together boutiques from all over the city all in one location.  It is a great way to visit your old favorites and pick up some new ones and is a great way to spend a day with friends whose shopping taste vary.