11.26.2012

The Famous Skirt

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Shirt: F21 | Faux Leather Skirt: F21 (similar) | Pumps: Zara (Swoon!) | Bag: Aldo | Sunnies: H&M (LOVE these.) Lips: MAC Sweetie

Hey Dears! Hope you all are recovered from Thanksgiving and the madness during Black Friday. I said I didn't want to fight in the crowd for Black Friday so I sat on my couch and did ALL my shopping. Online shopping came in handy!

This skirt is the most talked about piece of clothing from my blog. I've been asked so many times where I've gotten it and so many compliments when I wear it. I can't wait to wear this skirt with tights and sweaters when it gets a bit colder here. (If it ever gets colder here. lol) I'll be showing you how I style this skirt more ways. This shirt has been sitting in my closet for a while. I adore the floral lace and "peter pan" collar. It's a dainty blouse that needs a bit of edge (hence the faux leather skirt).

It's Cyber Monday guys! What sales for Cyber Monday/Black Friday did you take advantage of?


11.23.2012

Fashion Houston 2012 Wrap-up

I am so excited to show you my wrap-up of Fashion Houston. Houston really impressed me with the designers of this year. I was elated when I saw that Zac Posen and Monique Lhuillier were coming and realized that Houston was definitely on the map for fashion.

I attended 3 days of Fashion Houston so this post will highlight my favorites. Tell me which you like the best!

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David Peck's Spring Collection was filled with bright hues and perfect for the everyday wear. I enjoyed his designs and appreciated the feminine looks.
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Bogosse gave the ladies a little bit (a lot actually) eye candy. The models fit the clothes very well. Menswear definitely was represented well.
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Zac Posen was definitely the cream of the crop. I was so excited to see his designs I've seen so many celebrities wear. These red carpet dresses have been worn by January Jones
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Zac Posen's marvelous dress always wow me. The color. The shape. It gives you the "Wow" factor!
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Remember seeing the black dress on her? Also, the oxblood dress was the finale and it was one everyone could never forget! Great job Zac Posen!

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Kevan Hall REALLY impressed me with his designs. They were colorful and sophisticated. 
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Rubin Singer is my new fashion crush! He amazes me with the architect of his dresses. They were bold and made a statement.

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Houston native Jerri Moore was also a hit. She showed you can have fun while dressing up and to wear what you love!
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And last but not least, the aquatic feel of what you would wear if you were really a mermaid -- Monique Lhuillier
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Monique Lhuillier's designs dazzled the runway and was perfect for the closer of Fashion Houston. She is truly a success and has talents like no other.

Hope you enjoyed my view of this fabulous fashion event. Can't wait until next year!

11.22.2012

Happy Thanksgiving 2012

Heeeeyyy! I've missed you all so much! What better time to come back and let you know that you all are greatly appreciated. Hello to the new comers and good day to my old friends!

Anyway, I wanted to stop by and tell you all that I hope you enjoy this day. Many may say today to  reflect on the things that you are thankful for and I challenge you to express that thankfulness. Tell someone that has helped you get out of bad times that you appreciate their concern or help. Tell someone that you are thankful for their friendship.
 I've seen a lot of friends on Facebook expressing everyday this month about what they were thankful for. This put into perspective that we have so much yet we are sometimes still unsatisfied. I am so guilty of this. This year was a bit tough for me and I realized that I was not thankful for what I had. So today is important to me. I know now what to be thankful for instead of complaining and worrying about tomorrow. I've learned to be thankful for the small things. We sometimes forget about those. Let's highlight those as well today!

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Thank you for your support! Be careful shopping for Black Friday and don't eat too much turkey!


11.12.2012

Fashion Houston 2012


It’s here! The most hyped fashion event in Houston of this year! Zac Posen, Monique Lhuillier, Herve Leger, BCBG Max Azria and more will display next season’s chic designs. The most fashionable people will be at Wortham Theater on today through November 15 to get a glance of bright colors and bold silhouettes that are Spring 2013 ready. In the mix of these designers, you will see our top local design creators Jerri Moore and Chloe Dao who have been featured for the past 3 years.  Fashion Houston Icon Diane Lokey Farb will be presented on the closing night showcasing her own designer gowns. I'm so excited to see these wonderful designers up close and personal. If you want tickets, check out www.fashionhouston.net for available tickets. I'll be live-tweeting during week, so make sure you follow me on Twitter and Instagram (brillianceblog)! Also, tweet #lookatyou to possibly be feature on PaperCityMag.com or PaperCityMag Facebook page!






11.09.2012

Embellish: Cher Lenay

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This series will feature all things that give your outfit that extra flare. From jewelry, hats, scarves, and other accessories, I will feature individuals whose passion is to adorn the everyday woman. They specialize in designing what you are looking for and how it can make your style speak volumes.

A couple of weeks ago at a jewelry trunk show at Willow Life + Style, I met an amazingly talented woman. She was personable and dressed very well. She introduced herself to me and we chatted the whole night when I was actually supposed to be working! She then mentioned how she made leather jewelry and even showed me some of her designs right in the store. Her styles are very classic and can be worn any season.

www.cherlenay.com

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*What inspires you to work in this industry?
 I am not a slave to trends. I simply believe style should be tailored differently for each individual. All women come in different shapes and sizes, and women deserve to own accessories that not only flatter their figure, but also allow them to feel confident before walking out the door. Unlike some clothing, accessories are versatile and can be re-worn throughout the week.  With CherLenay products, a woman can easily switch her look from casual to formal without doing a complete wardrobe change.  My goal is to help women create their own unique look without putting forth much effort.  I believe my products can provide this for all women.  In addition, all CherLenay products are designed locally and handmade in the United States – This gives all women a reason to proudly display their accessories!



*What was your first constructed piece? How did you go about choosing 
beads, colors, etc.?  
My first constructed piece, the Flo bag, was named after my grandmother, Flora.  My grandmother has always been an inspiration to me and I felt as though this bag mirrored her lively personality.  Boho meets country, with a little bit of flamboyancy; this bag truly says it all. 
All CherLenay bags are named after people in my life that I truly cherish.  The material is chosen separately from the bags.  I first pick the leathers that I love all on their own.  I adore the vegetable dyed browns as the nature created color makes them so rich. The wrinkles in the gray, the crackle in the patent, and of course the printed and embossed animal printed leathers make each bag so unique.  I think of the texture, the feel, and the quality of the materials, and then I ask myself: “Will this last a long time?”  Once I have decided upon the leather, I then begin to think of who the bag reminds of. 



*How long does it usually take you to construct a piece? What is your
jewelry making process?  
If I was to make my own sample handbag, it would take me 8 hours to design the pattern and then an additional 8 hours to construct the purse.  A majority of the time, I draw a concept sketch of the handbag for my manufacturer.  He then creates a sample and sends it back to me for approval.  Upon receiving the sample, I often times make additional changes until I am completely satisfied with the look and feel of the bag.  This process can take up to several months.
In addition, I also order the corresponding Italian hardware that matches each bag.  I currently have several leather suppliers in L.A. that send me swatches to choose from before making a final decision. I love doing my job and the distance hasn’t stopped me yet.  I hope to find a manufacturer here in Houston for the smaller products in my line.


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*Do you have big plans, new ideas or designs you will be exploring soon?  
I am currently drawing up new handbag designs. Considering the distance between Texas and California, these designs probably won't come to fruition until early next year.  I am continually designing new leather bracelets. These projects require little maintenance and take less time to create, approve, and manufacture.  I plan on continuing to acquire new stores in Texas. I love my Texas ladies just as much as they love my flashy products.  I am enjoying the colors that Texas flaunts, and I love working with leathers and prints that are a little edgy. These products are the most enjoyable to create, and my clients loves them as much as I do.

*What accessory do you mostly NEVER leave the house wearing?  
My grandfathers nugget pendant he bought when he was stationed in Alaska (airforce), it has the diamonds from his mother's wedding ring embedded in it, he was her only child, my husband wears the ring that matches it with the remainder of my great-grandmothers ring diamonds.

*Where can you designs be found?  
On the internet: cherlenay.com, on Facebook, at these locations: 

Houston:
Coquette -at 1848 Westheimer, Houston, Tx
Settlement Goods & Design -at 3939 Montrose, Houston, Tx
Fashion Studio Houston -at 1111 Westheimer, 
Willow -at 3201 Westheimer, Houston, Tx
Oh La La -at 833 Studewood, Houston, Tx

California:
Annie's Boutique - 326 S. Catalina Av, Redondo Beach, Ca
Artist Tree - 722 Yarmouth Rd, Palos Verdes Estates, Ca

Designer Cheryl Martin
What do you guys think of her designs? 
I'm in LOVE with them!





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