Tuesday, July 22, 2014



Personal Appearance by Black Halo Designer Laurel Berman Benefiting Dress for Success Houston

WHO:             Tootsies, Houston’s foremost luxurious shopping experience and a place to find the best-kept secrets.

Women of Wardrobe, (W.O.W.) is a young professional organization for young women who support Dress for Success Houston.

Chairpersons: Lindsey Zorich, Katy Mayell Ellis and Julie Chen

WHAT:           Join Tootsies and Women of Wardrobe for the 11th annual Sizzling Summer Soiree, an evening of haute fashions and cool entertainment. Designer Laurel Berman of Black Halo will personally debut her Fall 2014 collection at the event. Well known for its incredibly popular “Jackie O” dress, Black Halo features flawless construction and impeccable tailoring with beauty and modern-day style. Guests will mix and mingle their way through contemporary fall styles while enjoying cocktails and light bites by Jonathan’s the Rub and Green Plate Foods. A percentage of the evening’s sales will benefit lower income women through Dress for Success Houston.  

WHEN:           Tuesday, August 12, 2014

WHERE:        Tootsies
2601 Westheimer at Kirby
Houston, TX 77027
INFO:              Individual tickets are $45 for non-members and free for WOW members. One hundred percent of ticket sales will benefit Dress for Success Houston. For more information, contact Nikki Rosenberg at wow@dfshouston.org or 713.337.0888.

WHAT ELSE: Tootsies, Houston’s foremost luxurious shopping experience and a place to find the best-kept secrets, is at 2601 Westheimer at Kirby. One of the pioneers in specialty store retailing, Tootsies took Texas by storm more than 40 years ago and continues to do so today with an exclusive emporium of the most elite European and American designers, accessories and shoes. Tootsies is widely recognized as one of the finest and most elegant specialty stores in the country. Open Monday - Saturday 10am-7pm and Sunday noon-5pm. For more information, call 713.629.9990 or visit www.tootsies.com.

                         Dress for Success Houston promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.

Lyndsey Zorich is founder and president of the Youth Hope Association, a non-profit that focuses on improving the daily quality of life for pediatric hospital patients. She also regularly updates her blog, High Heels & Handlebars, writing about everything from fashion to motherhood.

Julie Longoria Chen, DDS and MSD, is a part of Houston Pediatric Dental Specialists, as well as a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, Houston Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, American Dental Association, Texas Dental Association and Greater Houston Dental Society. She also volunteers at The University of Texas School of Dentistry where she teaches in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry.

Katy Mayell Ellis is a WOW Executive Committee member and has worked in the Houston PR scene for several years. She currently works as an account executive at Dancie Perugini Ware Public Relations.

Thursday, July 17, 2014


More than a few of our Fashion & Beauty Bloggers will be in attendance at The Bridal Extravaganza show this weekend at George R. Brown Convention Center. We were invited to come and check out the expo and the fashion shows! Please see the below press release on the event! We hope to see you there! 

Houston’s Most Established Bridal Show Returns
with More Extravagance Than Ever and 
Features South Asian Fashion Show

The Bridal Extravaganza Show, Houston’s only two-day bridal event, returns to the George R. Brown Convention Center this year with hundreds of bridal vendors and prizes, including several major giveaways, 11 formal fashion shows and special guest Randy Fenoli, star of TLC’s “Say Yes to the Dress,” “Big Bliss,” and “Randy Knows Best,” Fenoli will take the stage on Sunday, July 20 at 10:45 a.m.

Over 17,000 expected brides, grooms, friends and family members will peruse the aisles and meet face-to-face with bridal vendors in over 40 categories and 700 displays. No matter what style or budget wedding, attendees will find a wide range of available wedding service options. 

The Bridal Extravaganza Show brings the excitement of New York’s choreographed fashion shows to Houston. In response to the growing number of South Asian weddings in the Houston area, the Bridal Extravaganza announces a fashion show featuring the bright colors and exciting music of this dynamic marketplace. 

Finally! South Asian brides have an event just for them at the largest Bridal show in the Country. The fashion show takes place on Saturday, July 19th at 3:30p.m. Everyone with a general admission ticket is welcome to view this exciting new event. 

New this year, the Bridal Extravaganza Show will offer wedding planning seminars by top trusted wedding planning sources. There will be 11 formal fashion shows,  

Top prizes include honeymoon vacations to Mexico, a weekend at Deer Lake Lodge, and many more wedding packages. 

General admission tickets and VIP passes can be purchased online at www.BridalExtravaganzaShow.com. General admission tickets may also be purchased for $15 cash at the door. 

For more information, visit www.BridalExtravaganzaShow.com

WHEN: Saturday, July 19, 2014
              10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
              Sunday, July 20, 2014
              11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (doors open at 9 a.m. for VIP ticket holders)

WHERE: George R. Brown Convention Center
                1001 Avenida de las Americas
                Houston, TX 77010

About Bridal Extravaganza Show
Since 1983, the Bridal Extravaganza Show has been bringing brides and bridal businesses together. Their founder and creator Linda Miller set the standard for bridal events in the US and beyond. Today, the Extravaganza carries out her vision – introducing the best bridal vendors to Southeast Texas brides. Catering exclusively to brides, grooms, and their families; the Bridal Extravaganza Show is a one-stop-shop bringing Houston’s top wedding vendors together in one location. Brides have more options, more choices and can make decisions and get down to the business of wedding planning.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014


HOUSTON, TX, July 10, 2014 – Simon, a leading global retail real estate company, is pleased to announce new retailers, renovations and expansions at the Houston Galleria.

“We are thrilled about the new changes at The Galleria” said Andrew Huang, director of marketing & business development at The Galleria. “Our new tenants are sure to enhance shopping and dining within the mall, and the relocations and expansions offer a fresh experience for shoppers.”

Name: Rolex
New Tenant – Now Open
: Rolex is world-famous for its performance and reliability. This is their first Texas store.
Exact Location: Galleria I, Level 1 between Trina Turk and Sony
Square Footage: 1,839
Website: www.rolex.com

Name: John Varvatos
New Tenant – Now Open
: John Varvatos unites old world craftsmanship and refined tailoring with modern innovations in textiles and a rock ‘n’ roll sensibility. This is the first John Varvatos chain store in Texas.
Exact Location: Galleria I, Level 1 between Ralph Lauren & Ermenegildo Zegna
Square Footage: 2,378
Website: www.johnvarvatos.com

Name: Chanel
Description: Chanel is a high fashion house that specializes in haute couture. The renovated store will better serve its Galleria customers who are looking for a one-of-a-kind experience.
Exact Location: Store is open and operating. Interior entrance is barricaded. Exterior entrance (near valet) is open and operating Location - Galleria I, Level 1 near Neiman Marcus
Square Footage: 6,028
Website: www.chanel.com

Name: Potato Corner
New Tenant
: Potato Corner has established itself as the premier vendor of flavored French Fries. Whether you choose to go with the loopy or the straight-cut variety, no fry will ever be the same once you add any of their patented spices – BBQ, Sour Cream n’ Onion, Chili BBQ & Cheddar.
Opening Date: Summer 2014
Exact Location: Rink Level next to escalators and Wetzel’s Pretzels
Square Footage: 578
Website: www.potatocornerusa.com

Name: Rajeunir Black Caviar
New Tenant
: Concept selling cosmetics, hair treatments and skincare products.
Opening Date: Summer 2014
Exact Location: Galleria I, Level 2 between Wet Seal & Abercrombie (old Gilly Hicks space – will be located next to PacSun & Bebe’s new location)
Square Footage: 698

Name: Bebe
: Bebe is the go-to destination for chic, contemporary fashion. The brand evokes a mindset-an attitude, not an age. It is designed for the confident, sexy, modern woman and is a global label that embodies a sensual, sophisticated lifestyle.
Opening Date: July 24
Exact Location: Galleria I, Level 2 between Wet Seal & Abercrombie. Temporary Location - Galleria 2, Level 1 near entrance on W. Alabama - will be closing on July 19 for relocation to new space.
Square Footage: 5,270
Website: www.bebe.com

Name: Nestle Toll House
New Tenant
: The heart of the Nestle Toll House Café experience is to enrich the lives of others and serve up the ultimate dessert experience through unrivaled service, superior performance and appositive impact on our community. The café will serve baked goods, ice cream, coffee, cookie cakes, frozen yogurt and more.
Opening Date: Summer 2014
Exact Location: Galleria V, Level 2 between Forever 21 and Payless
Square Footage: 800
Website: www.nestlecafe.com

Name: Subway
Description: Subway is the world’s largest submarine sandwich chain with more than 37,000 locations around the world. They are one of the leading choices for people seeking quick, nutritious meals that the whole family can enjoy.
Opening Date: Summer 2014
Exact Location: Rink Level next to China Mix
Square Footage: 865
Website: www.subway.com

Name: Peter Lik Gallery
New Tenant
: Peter Lik stands at the summit of landscape photography. His new Houston location joins galleries located all over the world.
Opening Date: August 2014
Exact Location: Galleria V, Level 1 near Cadillac Showroom. Temporary location is on Rink Level next to Cane’s.
Square Footage: 2,181
Website: www.lik.com

Name: T-Mobile
Opening Date: Summer 2014
Description: T-Mobile USA is a national provider of wireless voice, messaging and data services capable of reaching over 293 million Americans where they live, work and play. Around the country, our Personal Coverage Check gives customers a clear picture of their local coverage.
Exact Location: Galleria IV, Level 2 between Call It Spring and Oakley’s
Square Footage: 2,185
Website: www.t-mobile.com

Name: Kay Jewelers
Opening Date: Fall 2014

Description: For 90 years, Kay Jewelers has offered exceptional jewelry with great customer service. The new expanded location will be able to better serve the needs of Galleria shoppers.
Exact Location: Temporarily relocating to The Galleria Financial Tower, Level 3. New location in Galleria IV, level 2 near Lululemon and Macy’s
Square Footage: 2046
Website: www.kay.com

Name: J. Jill
Opening Date: August 2014
: J. Jill is a leading multichannel fashion retailer of women’s apparel, accessories and footwear. They have a relaxed approach to style: never complicated, always easy.
Exact Location: Galleria IV, Level 1 near Nordstrom
Square Footage: 3,898
Website: www.jjill.com

Name: Sephora
Description: Sephora is a visionary beauty-retail concept founded to bring a unique and ever-increasing amount of classing and emerging brands across a broad range of product categories including skincare, color, fragrance, body, smilecare and haircare, in addition to Sephora’s own private label
Exact Location: Galleria I, Level 1 between Zara & Trina Turk
Square Footage: 8,348
Website: www.sephora.com

Name: Trina Turk
New Tenant
Opening Date: September 2014
: Trina Turk is an iconic lifestyle brand that celebrates California style with eleven annual collections of chic women’s ready-to-wear and accessories, plus swimwear, recreation/activewear, a Mr Turk menswear line, and residential décor and textiles.
Exact Location: Galleria I, Level 1 between Rolex and Sephora
Square Footage: 1,400
Website: www.trinaturk.com

Name: H&M
New Tenant
Opening Date: 2015
: H&M is founded by a business concept of offering fashion and quality at the best price. The store will be the 4th in the Houston area and will offer men and women’s collections, accessories, lingerie and plus size options.
Exact Location: Galleria IV, Level 1 & Level 2 by Macy's
Square Footage: 22,773
Website: ww.hm.com/us

Name: Puma
New Tenant
Opening Date: Fall 2014
: For over 65 years, PUMA has established a history of making fast product designs for the fastest athletes on the planet, offering lifestyle products in categories such as Football, Running, Training and Fitness, Golf and motorsports.
Exact Location: Galleria I, Level 2 between Abercrombie & The Disney Store
Square Footage: 1,682
Website: www.puma.com

Name: David Yurman
New Tenant
Opening Date: Fall 2014
: Since the launch of the brand in 1980, the David Yurman Brand has created jewelry that is both a fashion statement and a work of art. The new store will better serve Galleria customers.
Exact Location: Galleria I, Level 2 near Saks Fifth Avenue
Square Footage: 1,682
Website: www.davidyurman.com

Name: Apple
Opening Date: TBD
: Apple designs, develops and sells consumer electronics, computer software, online services and personal computers. The new store will provide an optimized experience for shoppers at the Galleria location.
Exact Location: Temporary location: Galleria I, Level 2 near Saks Fifth Avenue, permanent location in Galleria II, Level 2 near Henri Bendel.
Square Footage: 9,017
Website: www.apple.com

Name: Bath & Body Works
Opening Date: October 2014
: Bath and Body works specializes in shower gels, lotions, fragrance mists, perfumes, candles and home fragrances.
Exact Location: Temporary Location: Galleria IV, Level 1 near Nordstrom. Permanent location – Galleria II, Level 2 near The Westin Galleria.
Square Footage: 22,773
Website: www.bathandbodyworks.com

Name: POLO Ralph Lauren
New Tenant
Opening Date: 90 Day
: Polo Ralph Lauren is a one-of-a-kind vision of menswear, combining time-honored casual style with classic refinement. The iconic polo player loco is recognized worldwide as a symbol of heritage and authenticity.
Exact Location: Galleria I, Level 1 near Louis Vuitton
Square Footage: 800
Website: www.ralphlauren.com

Name: Torrid
Opening Date: Will close current location on 8/3. Anticipated re-opening date is September 2014
Description: Torrid’s concept of trendy plus size clothing includes the latest apparel, lingerie, swimwear and accessories that is inspired by and designed to fit young, stylish women who wear sizes 12 to 28.
Exact Location: Galleria IV, Level 2 near Nordstrom
Website: www.torrid.com

Name: Wish Cake
New Tenant
Opening Date: September 2014
Exact Location
: Kiosk at Rink Level near elevator
Square Footage: 240

About Simon
Simon is a global leader in retail real estate ownership, management and development and an S&P100 company (Simon Property Group, NYSE:SPG). Our industry-leading retail properties and investments across North America, Europe and Asia provide shopping experiences for millions of consumers every day and generate billions in annual retail sales. For more information, visit simon.com.

*Press Release provided for distribution

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

JULY BLOGGER OF THE MONTH: Tiffany Nicole, Beauty Vlogger


Tiffany Nichole is a YouTube Lifestyle and Beauty Vlogger and amateur photographer. Originally, Tiffany started her personal YouTube channel as a R&B Soul Singer to show off her talents in February 2010. After uploading a couple of videos she lost interest in using YouTube as a platform to get discovered as a singer/songwriter. Singing and songwriting is still very close to her heart but she prefers not to make a career of it and realized she enjoys just being a part of the creative process of music when she can. After discovering the YouTube Beauty Community through Successful Beauty Vloggers like "Michelle Phan" and "Andrea's Choice" Tiffany and a friend started a joint YouTube channel title Best Face Forward in 2013. After realizing the two were going in different lifestyle directions the channel was deactivated April 2014.

Immediately Tiffany revamped her personal YouTube and started on her personal journey as a Lifestyle & Beauty Vlogger. As a Beauty vlogger, sharing make-up, skin care and fashion hauls are just the tip of the iceberg for Tiffany. She is building her following by connecting with people on a personal level as well as promoting living a positive lifestyle. She realized the importance of being true to ones self while encouraging others to do the same. As an amateur photographer Tiffany is apart of a freelance photography team with her husband which they've named JTM Media. Tiffany definitely loves capturing the beauty and essence of her subjects as a photographer. After being in front of the camera for so many years while she was pursuing singing as well as commercial modeling has given Tiffany the eye for capturing beauty in every person. For Tiffany a big part of life is the creativity and the expressing it in a positive way.

What is your vlog about and what are the goals for your vlog?
My vlog is mostly about make-up, hair, skin care and fashion tips but above all else, it's about living a positive lifestyle. I love taking care of myself and I vlog to provide beauty tips, while creating a positive and motivating aspect to my channel.  I hope to gain enough success from YouTube to use it as a platform to gain other successes and be able to reach young girls and women around the world. 

What's your favorite thing about being a vlogger?
Having an excuse to give my husband to shop for new make-up products and clothes! Ha! I love meeting other professionals and creative individuals. 

Why did you choose to join Houston Fashion Bloggers?
I joined Houston Fashion Bloggers because it's a diverse and respectable community of professional and creative individuals. 

You can find Tiffany and her vlog on the following social media sites:
: www.youtube.com/user/tcholesworld
TWITTER: www.twitter.com/tchole
FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/tiffanynicholem
INSTAGRAM: www.instagram.com/tcholesworld


The Houston Fashion Bloggers are proud sponsors of TBLE and their 1st Annual Woman 2 Woman's Conference and Awards Luncheon on August 2nd! Read the detailed information below and get your ticket today! Bonus Alert: When you register for the conference you can enter to win tickets to the Beyonce and Jay-Z "On The Run" Tour Concert in Houston on July 18th! 

Total Beauty Ladies Events Hosts
1st Annual Woman 2 Woman Empowerment Conference & Awards Luncheon

The Total Beauty Ladies Events’ is pleased to announce their first annual Woman 2 Woman Empowerment Conference & Awards Luncheon scheduled for August 2nd at the CWA Local 6222 Banquet Hall in Houston, Texas. The two part event will host an AM Conference from 9am-12pm composed of 3 workshops and a PM Awards Luncheon from 12-4:30pm.

This event will serve as the third event of their 2014 Fundraising for Hope campaign purposed to fundraise to provide free mammograms for women in need of healthcare assistance and offer Breast health for their attendees; sponsored in part by their campaign sponsors LAMIK Beauty, RL Studios, Live Life in Style, and Cabot Cheese. 

The W2W AM Conference Workshops are purposed to inspire and empower women through goal setting, teamwork, and vision building. Workshop 1: Goal Setting will be led by Key Note Speaker Alexis Herron, Workshop 2: “Working Together” will be led by TBLE founder Shunte Gamble-Davis, and Workshop 3: “Vision Board Building” will be led by CEO Shana Naylor. 

The W2W Awards Luncheon will host a gourmet lunch, panel talk session, awards ceremony, and vendors. The Discussion over Lunch Panel will be led by Dr. Shiree Berry, Fashion Blogger Shalanda Turner, Comedian Rayla Scott, CEO Arnaecia Aldridge, and mediated by host Shunte Gamble-Davis. Topics will address questions from our morning conference, submitted questions from attendees, and hot topics women face. 

The TBLE will award selected nominees their Power 10 Award and Leaders of Hope Award. The TBLE is proud to award Ms. Kim Roxie with their Woman of the Year Award. 

Guests are encouraged to attend the luncheon to network and support their female peers on their achievements. There will also be ongoing raffles, vendors to shop, and live entertainment provided by the event’s DJ.

The host for both portions of the event will be Shunte Gamble-Davis, Founder of the Total Beauty Ladies Events, and founder of their auxiliary Non-Profit organization My Beautiful Family Inc. Shunte is dedicated to providing community support through their Fundraising for Hope programs. These programs center on community outreach through volunteering, fundraising to support charities both local and statewide, professional development for small business owners and entrepreneurs, and social outings designed to empower and uplift. She is also editor in Chief of Beautifully Being U! magazine, a published author, blogger, and designer.

Annual Woman 2 Woman Empowerment Conference & Awards Luncheon will be held on Saturday, August 2nd at CWA Local 6222 Banquet Hall, 1730 Jefferson Street, Houston, Texas. Pre-Sale Tickets for this event can be purchased online from their website http://www.totalbeautyladiesevent.com/w2w-conference-tickets or from their online ticket page www.w2wconference.eventbrite.com. Door ticket sales for this event are not available. 
Media inquiries can be emailed to Shunte Gamble-Davis at sdavis@totalbeautyladiesevent.com