I have found the best nail place and manicurist IN THE WORLD!!!! Paint Box caught my attention because of their really creative nail art. They have really trendy yet sophisticated options, no flowers and palm trees here. If you live in New York or are even here on vacation, you have to try them out.
My manicurist Elissa gave me the perfect Rhi, Rhi inspired pointy cat like claws. If you get your nails did on the reg, you feel my pain, as to how hard it is to get someone who can do this right. In fact, she shaped them so perfectly, I skipped the cracked gold overlay nail art and left them with the base coat only. Funny enough it’s called “I need a tan”, which I do. These are my real nails btw.
FashionBillie Bit: Make your appointment a few days ahead of time. They do book up.
Check out all of the cool styles at Paint Box- Click Here
I’m falling for fedoras, especially this navy wool asymmetrical style I found in a great hat shop in Soho. The slight swag of the hat is so Bonnie & Clyde prohibition gangster. It also really fits one of my personal style secrets… Sometimes showing less is more. The hat gives a bit of mystery. Not to mention you can be ready in a flash, dirty hair and all!!
FashionBillie Bit: High-waisted bell-bottoms have my heart and it just so happens they are on point with 2015 trends. The high waist conceals any of those trouble areas, while the cut of bell bottom or (flare) works at lengthening those legs! What’s not to love?
Navy Wool Asymmetrical Fedora, Delux (City Hats: In Store Only) – Click Here
Photos by: Tami Eiserer
I’m a huge fan of jumpers and rompers, anyway I can get out of the door quickly and looked polished is ideal. My colorful tuxedo jumpsuit today, is a complete outfit in one. Simply add the right shoes, jewelry and go! The snakeskin print has hits of blue throughout, so I added my cobalt pumps to make the subtle hues pop.
Cafe Habana- Yummiest Street Corn in NYC
Jumpers are also very transitional which is great for me running around the city. This is my look today during my commute.
Emma Jumpsuit, Flora + Mia – Click Here
FashionBillie Bit: Flora + Mia has tons of great looks online. Need a little help? Their showroom in Katy, Texas offers personal styling.
Photo Cred, Tami Eiserer
My snow day searching for the Dumbo Owls was quite an adventure!! We went over the river and through the woods, to find the amazing street artist Craig Anthony Miller’s Owl mural in Dumbo, Brooklyn. It was a blizzard outside which made it all the more exciting. There is something so exhilarating about the chilling wind on your skin, silence in the streets, the newness of it all.
Out of nowhere a white field covered in snow appears, shining brightly across the street we see the owls…
Camel, Cream and White all over:) The simplicity of these three pieces make them fit together effortlessly. It also makes todays look very easy for you to recreate with pieces you already have in your closet. Make sure to add your own flare with a statement shoe.
FashionBillie Bit: Cheetah vs. Leopard… Cheetah print is a solid black print. Leopard is the partially closed black print with brown spot in the center. I’m a leopard girl myself.
Thank You, Tami Eiserer
Just because I’m In New York doesn’t mean I’ve forgot about the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo!!! HLSR is like Christmas for Houstonians. Cook-off is Christmas Eve, lots of yummy B-B-Q and three nights of libation filled follies. Then comes Christmas with the big hitters in country and pop music. The HLSR takes over the month of March in Houston. So what’s a cowgirl to wear?
Recently I styled Sofia Collections Spring Collection. All of her pieces are handmade Italian silk and get this machine washable!! B-B-Q stains beware. LOL
FashionBillie Bit: Always go with versatile pieces when adding to your wardrobe. The Sofia Dress below can be worn as a flowing spring dress, belted, or throw it over some leggings and wear as a tunic top.
Black Romper, Sofia Collection Made In Italy- Click Here / White Sofia Dress, Sofia Collection Made In Italy- Click Here / Purple Sofia Dress, Sofia Collection Made In Italy- Click Here / Blue Sofia Dress, Sofia Collection Made In Italy- Click Here
Shop all Sofia Collection Made In Italy- Click Here
One of the many amazing things about New York is all of their yummy and diverse food. After a day of exploring I stumbled upon what I thought was a quaint cafe. To my surprise it was one of America’s most acclaimed and popular restaurants, Union Square Cafe!
Their Whole Wheat Pappardelle and Cara Cara Orange Salad is to die for!! They also make a mean Old Fashioned. The perfect drink to warm you on these cold New York Days. Make sure to check out Union Square Cafe while in the City, they serve American cuisine using local ingredients.
Union Square Cafe- Click Here
One thing I am learning very fast is… when it’s cold, you get creative. My original outfit today featured my fave Donna Karan metallic oxfords. They are so very comfortable, as all oxfords should be. However, as the snow began to fall I realized bare ankles were a bad idea.
For todays Central Park exploring outfit, I traded in my oxfords for my combat boots and doubled up my over the knee socks for a nice leg warmer. I dressed up my ROAR Chaser Brand T-shirt and wool J.Crew cap with an unexpected tuxedo blazer.
After the photos I quickly found my parka and ran to the nearest thawing area. He, he:)
FashionBillie Bit: Back in the day (a.k.a 17th century), men’s shoes were cut smaller than their feet to match the fashion of the time…. wait for it… wait for it… To have the appearence of smaller feet!!! No lie! So as you can imagine men’s shoes were not comfortable until the ol’ oxford came along! The oxford was one of the first comfortable men’s laced shoes.
I found my ROAR T-shirt on Rue lala where I get lots of great pieces for a steal. Click Here to get deals on Rue lala
Click Here to check out the Chaser Brand site for more cool graphic T-shirts.
Layers are key to survival in New York in February. Especially since I decided to move when it just happens to be the coldest February in more than a century!! A century people!! The last time it was this cold was the year of The Great Gold Crash, “Black Friday” and I’m not talking about the day after Thanksgiving midnight madness.
Now how does one stay warm and still be fashionably fierce?
1. Fleece Lined Leggings
Fleece keeps your stems warm while giving a sleek black base to build your outfit around.
2. Colorful Beanie
Pick a beanie that enhances your eye color or skin tone. This way you look stylish while covering your crazy strands. The weather and heaters do a number on your hair.
3. Fur Anything
A fur is perfect for stylish and multipurpose layering. Wear under your favorite coat for a touch of stylish warmth. Take advantage of coat check for your top layer and wear your fur over outfit when you arrive to your destination.
Hunter Boots keep your tootsies dry and warm while slushing through the melting snow. They are super comfortable for walking also, which is key in this city.
Fleece Lined Leggings, Silver Hooks- Click Here / Red Beanie, Nirvanna Designs- Click Here /
High Gloss Wellies, Hunter Boots- Click Here / Sunnies, Westward Leaning- Click Here
Happy Thursday!!! First I want to apologize for being on a bit of a blogging hiatus as my life has recently been a whirl wind of change. I’ve decided to leave my home in Houston and take a bite out of the big apple!!
Several years ago I started FashionBillie as a creative outlet from my job in advertising and also way to share my style tips and insights with all of you amazing friends. What started out as a little blog has led me to building my own styling business and finding my true calling. Exciting right?
I’m at the top of my career as an advertising executive for CBS-TV, have a great styling business and amazing friends….yet something was missing. In comes JJ Moses, (ex Houston Texans football player and now motivational speaker). JJ said something that was my ah-ha moment. He said, and this is not a direct quote, “sometimes when everything is going well, when nothing is broken, you need to break it”. To me this meant success can lead to complacency. Sometimes you have to break what’s going well, to get something better and continue growing.
After much deliberation I quit my secure job in advertising, sold everything I owned and decided to “break, what wasn’t broken”. I hope you will follow me on my journey!
photo cred: Magen Pastor
New Year, New Booty!! If you are like me and love working out or maybe just trying to stick to those New Year’s resolutions, then I have a treat for you. Two words… Class Pass.
I am one of those odd birds that loves working out but I also get bored very easily so love variety. I’m not talking legs one day, chest the next. Think fun workouts like Krav Maga, aerial yoga, going for a hike or maybe something simple like Pilates. Anything that keeps my body moving and has me looking forward to slipping into summer swimmies.
Class Pass does all of this and more by getting you into best fitness studios in Houston each month. Added bonus…They are already in New York, LA and the Bay, lol. Located in several cities across the U.S. Class Pass allows you to work out anywhere!
For my first Class Pass today I tried Rock Body Pilates. This is a reformer machine class, so low impact with maximum burn! LOVE
Click on my link below to skip the wait and join Class Pass right away!!
Class Pass- Click Here