Tuesday, April 1, 2014

APRIL BLOGGER OF THE MONTH: LaShic, LaShic Mondrell Smiles

My name is LaShic Mondrell. I was born in Peoria, Illinois but raised in Houston, TX. Recently, I enlisted in the Army as an Ammunition Stock Control & Accounting Specialist and start basic training at the end of April, which I’m really excited about!! My goal is to either get into investment banking or retail buying once I complete my military contract and go back to school to earn my Master’s degree.

I’ve always loved writing. Originally, my blog was just a fashion, natural hair, and beauty blog, but I decided to write about other topics such as changing my career path, joining the Army, basketball, music, TV shows, and other things just to share more of my personality and silliness like I do on my social media outlets.

What is your blog about and what are the goals for your blog? 
The manifesto for my blog is:              
1. Destination for the starting over individual
2. Very unusual yet exotic name given by her mother at birth that shaped a destiny to celebrate life and style
3. Silly and/or fulfilling musings & aesthetically enriching images
4. In April 2012, Forbes estimated that there are 18.9 million blogs written by women. So it's safe to say this is about the 20 something millionth female written blog
5. possessing both Shic (eclectic, unique) and Chic (classy, sophisticated) style or S'Chic style

My goals for my blog are:
1. Increase comment and reader engagement.
2. Increase my own personal engagement with other bloggers.
3. Start an online message board and live chats for other starting over fashionistas.
4. My ultimate dream goal is to offer life classes where I invite guest speakers like something along the lines of what Oprah does on OWN but also incorporating fashion, beauty, and hair forums as well as addressing more serious topics!!

What's your favorite thing about being a blogger?
My favorite thing about being a blogger is helping someone with my story. Whether it’s letting someone know how credible a new online fashion store is, walking someone through the natural hair and loc process, or giving someone the inspiration to start over and go for his or her aspirations.

Why did you choose to join Houston Fashion Bloggers?
I chose to join Houston Fashion Bloggers as a way of to connect with other Bloggers on and offline.

Thursday, March 13, 2014


Houston’s Iconic Garden and Floral Celebration to Bloom throughout The Galleria

Spring will be in bloom inside The Galleria as it brings back the beloved tradition of Primavera, Thursday, April 10 through Sunday, April 20. Guests are invited to stroll the gardens throughout the mall created by professional landscape artists.

WHAT: The Galleria will welcome spring with the return of Primavera Thursday, April 10 through Sunday, April 20, 2014.

The event will boast a variety of living vignettes throughout the entire property, each a unique interpretation of spring with lush floral hues and breathtaking design. Visitors are invited to experience the floral transformation by visiting the gardens and floral installations created by professional landscape artists. During the weekends, amid the floral displays, visitors can enjoy live modeling featuring floral inspired looks from students at the Art Institute of Houston.
The judging is set to take place on Friday, April 11 with a panel of five judges from the Houston Federation of Gardening Clubs and various clubs, as well as one clerk.

Additionally, The Galleria has aligned with Houston Museum of Natural Science’s Cockrell Butterfly Center to create a living butterfly garden of more than 100 butterflies in The Galleria corridors. The living oasis will be on display for the duration of Primavera.

During the weekends, amid the floral displays, guests will enjoy action and entertainment featuring harpist performances, live mannequin modeling, make-unders and complimentary food samples from Galleria eateries.

COST: Free and open to the community.

WHEN: Thursday, April 10 through Sunday, April 20, 2014
Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Sunday, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

WHERE: The Galleria
5085 Westheimer Rd.
Houston, TX 77056

MORE INFO: Please call 713.622.0663, or visit www.galleriahouston.com. The Galleria is also on Facebook - area shoppers looking for the latest deals, contests and event information can visit www.facebook.com/HoustonGalleria.

Press Release Provided by DPWPR

Receive a complimentary bra fitting while helping find a cure for breast cancer

WHAT: Join Wacoal to help end breast cancer with Fit for the Cure®! Participate in a Fit for the Cure event and receive a complimentary bra fitting in Wacoal or b.tempt’d intimate apparel, from a Wacoal fit specialist. For every woman that participates, Wacoal will donate $2 to Susan G. Komen for breast cancer research and community health programs. Wacoal will also donate an additional $2 for every Wacoal bra, shapewear piece or b.tempt’d bra purchased at these events.

For over 10 years, Wacoal has swept the nation educating and fitting more than 604,000 women across 411 cities about the importance of bra fit and foundation and overall breast health. To date, through Fit for the Cure™ Wacoal has donated more than $3.7 million to Susan G. Komen.

In addition, this season Wacoal is teaming up with Hollye Jacobs, award-winning blogger, breast cancer survivor and author of the The Silver Lining: A Supportive and Insightful Guide to Breast Cancer in an effort to provide even more support for women dealing with the disease. In celebration of this partnership, Wacoal has created a limited edition silver strap, with all proceeds from sales being donated to provide copies of the book to women going through breast cancer in communities across the country.

Wacoal is also hosting a contest to win an exclusive trip to Los Angeles where one winner and a guest will have lunch with Hollye and receive $1,500 for a shopping spree in the city! Every woman who participates in a Fit for the Cure event can enter to win (contest ends May 31, 2014).

WHY: Research shows that 8 out of 10 women are wearing the wrong sized bra. Women should be professionally fitted for a bra once a year to ensure their bra size has not changed as a result of fluctuations in their body.

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in American women and accounts for 26% of all cancers among women. Conducting monthly breast self-examination is an important way to detect abnormalities at an early stage. Take 15 minutes to meet with a Wacoal fit expert while contributing to an important cause and sign up for a monthly reminder e-mail that could ultimately save your life.

WHEN: Thursday, March 27, 2014
Houston Galleria at Sage- Neiman Marcus
2600 S. Post Oak Blvd.
Houston, TX

Press release provided by LaForce + Stevens

Caché Belles
It’s time to start thinking about Prom! Caché is giving girls an opportunity to win the Prom look that matches their style. Girls have an opportunity to take a quiz to find out which look is their Prom style. Then, they can enter to win that look. The contest ends March 31, 2014.

Here’s where to enter: https://www.facebook.com/CacheStyle/app_621200667933335

Caché Sparkle Contest
Caché wants you to show us how you sparkle! Entry is open to anyone over the age of 21. The winner of this contest will win a trip with a friend to Las Vegas for a styling session with Louise Roe and Caché while also receiving a $1000 gift card. There are four ways to enter: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest. Plus, you can enter everyday on each platform! The more entries, the better the chances are of winning. The contest ends March 31, 2014.

Here’s where to enter: http://cache.com/contest/sparkle
Contest information provided by Factory PR

Monday, March 10, 2014

PRESS RELEASE: The Hanh Collection Trunk Show at David Peck USA


An Evening Filled With Posh Purses And High Fashion For A Cause
WHO: The Hanh Collection, a hand-painted handbag line from well-known Houston artist Hanh Tran.
WHAT: The Hanh Collection will be the main attraction at a kick-off event to the upcoming Heroes & Handbags luncheon. Each one-of-a-kind hand-painted handbag will be on full display in a variety of colors and patterns for purchase. Painting directly on each piece, Houston artist Hanh Tran maintains her trademark three-dimensional texture that can also be seen in her artwork. Twenty percent of the proceeds from the evening’s sales benefit Heroes for Children. 

PRESS RELEASE: Macy's Woodlands' Spring Flower Show Events

Macy's Celebrates Spring Fashion & More with Secret Garden Events

Friday, March 21 at 3pm, Home, Level 2
Join us for a special viewing of the Macy's Woodlands Bouquet of the Day and floral arranging party! The first 25 customers so make a purchase* of $75 or more in Home will take home their very own bouquet of the day!*

Saturday, March 22 at 2PM, Mall Entrance, Level 1
Join us for a runway show hosted by Lawrence Zarian, renowned fashion expert and TV personality! Following the show join us in Women's Ready to Wear and with your purchase of $75 or more in Women's clothing, receive a copy of his new book*, Lawrence Zarian's 10 Commandments for a Perfect Wardrobe, which he will autograph for you! Enjoy a tea party service and mini herb garden gift when you check in.

Saturday, March 22, 2:30PM, Women's Shoes, Level 1
Enjoy music and informal modeling of the season's hottest shoe trends while you shop. With your purchase of $75 or more, receive* a shoe travel bag and have your shoes personalized by our shoe engraver!*

Sunday, March 23 at 2pm, Kids, Level 2
Bring your entire family for a garden-themed family fun day! Enjoy our floral themed craft station and face painter.

All events subject to change or cancellation. *While supplies last. http://bit.ly/MacysFlowers

Press Release provide by Be Everywhere Society

Thursday, March 6, 2014


2014 marks the start of the 3rd year of Houston Fashion Bloggers! We are so thankful that the organization has become such a success and that our members enjoy being apart of our group. To kick off our meetups for the 2014 season, we started off with a networking meet-up at Cafe Express in Greenway Plaza.  We would love for more of our bloggers to make it out to our meetups, as we have close to 90 members in the group, but finding a day where everyone is available is impossible! We are very happy for the members that were able to make it! To kick off Taylor Brione, co-chair of Houston Fashion Bloggers, had everyone introduce themselves.  Introductions were to include their names, their blog names, what they blog about, and how long they've been blogging. After introductions we opened the room up for general bloggy discussions. Some of the topics we talked about: