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
Tomorrow night two of my favorite things come together, Fashion and Charity!! I’ll be joining Elaine Turner and The Young Friends of CanCare for their Winter Style Social. Come sip and shop while I let you in on winter styling secrets. EYEBAR Houston will be there as well, making sure you have that perfect holiday pout with Holiday makeup tips.
Did I mention 20% of the proceeds will benefit CanCare, Inc.? That means you can get the great outfit I styled below and help Fight Cancer With HOPE!! See you tomorrow!
The word “miracle” is often used to characterize any beneficial event that is statistically unlikely but not contrary to the laws of nature, or simply a “wonderful” occurrence.
This dress from Tres Chic Boutique, my CultureMap Holiday Pop Up Shop companion, is just that, a “wonderful” occurrence!
Standing in my dressing room I overheard a woman exclaiming, “This dress is a miracle! I haven’t felt this beautiful in ages!” I of course popped my head out of the dressing room and asked for one in every color. To my surprise this “miracle” dress was just what I was looking for as well. The fabric is forgiving, yet sexy, while the top asymmetrical overlay gives it a modern vibe.
So what makes this dress so miraculous? The woman and I had totally different body types and a age difference of about fifteen years, yet this dress was perfect on both of us! Talk about Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants!
Don’t believe me? Try the “miracle” dress for yourself this weekend at Tres Chic Boutique during the CultureMap Holiday Pop Up Shop.
CultureMap Holiday Pop Up Shop, Tickets- Click Here
(use code: fashionbillie to shop with me)
I’m proud to be one of the Official Ambassadors of the CultureMap Holiday Pop Up Shop presented by Lexus on December 7, featuring 25 of Houston’s best local retailers.
Want to be my guest? Click the link below and use my secret code fashionbillie to redeem your complimentary ticket.
Visit CultureMap Pop Up Shop Site- Click Here (don’t forget to use the secret code fashionbillie)
This morning I had the pleasure of meeting Trina Turk, at the preview brunch for her Grand Opening in Houston. Her designs are perfect for us Texas girls, bright and full of stylish patterns. I love the way so many of her pieces can go from work to play with simple additions. Today, I have a sneak peek for you and a invite to the boutique Grand Opening tonight!! Did I mention Trina Turk will be there? Enjoy!