White Hot Shoe Etiquette: Rules To Wearing White

Orange Solace London Dress

With Memorial Day on our heels, the question of  proper etiquette when wearing white always seems to arise.  The questions I receive are mainly about wearing white shoes.  Sooo…

What are the rules to rocking white shoes?

As my former #girlboss would say, “white shoes are never appropriate, ever”. While I agree on many levels, there are some exceptions, if you know the rules!

1. Grooming is key! Nothing makes a white pair of shoes look better than proper grooming. According to fashion designer, Michael Kors, “They look best with self-tanner and a good pedicure, preferably not red nails.” today.com

2. Pair with a bold outfit, like my electric orange maxi dress.  A statement making outfit will balance out the white shoe so they don’t walk into the room before you.  Have you ever heard someone say, “That dress wore her, she didn’t wear the dress?”  Same goes for white shoes.

3. Go with a strappy sandal or slip-on summer sneaker.  You don’t want anything too clunky that will distract from your outfit. I’m really into the jewel embellished sandal trend right now like in my picks at the bottom of the page.

Orange Cut Out Dress

Orange Solace of London Dress

Orange Solace Dress

Lauren Craft Collection Opal Ring

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White DVF Heel

Along with my white sandals today, I mixed a few of 2015’s hottest trends with this electric orange cut-out dress from Azuz Boutique in Houston, mirrored sunnies and turquoise opal bling!

No Beyonce fan needed today.  Mother Nature provided my wind blown look.  LOL Forgive the cray cray hair.

Electric Orange Holt Maxi Dress by Solace London, Azuz Boutique- Click Here / Turquoise Opal Jewelry, Lauren Craft Collection- Click Here (Available on Moda ‘Operandi Sunday)

Bonnie & Clyde Style Swag

City Hats Fedora FashionBillie

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!!

Bell Bottoms 70's style FashionBillie

Cliche Heart Shirt FashionBillie

City Hats Navy Fedora FashionBillie 2

City Hats Navy Fedora FashionBillie

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?

Bell Bottoms 70s Style FashionBillie

Navy Wool Asymmetrical Fedora, Delux (City Hats: In Store Only) – Click Here

Photos by: Tami Eiserer

WHOO…Owls In Dumbo, Brooklyn

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…

FashionBillie Dumbo Owls


Dumbo Owls 3

Dumbo Owls 2

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.

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Leopard HighTops

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.

Dumbo Owls

Thank You, Tami Eiserer

HLSR Rodeo Ready

Sofia Collection Made In Italy HLSR Rodeo

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?

Sofia Collection!

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

Sofia Collection Stylist Karli Gillum

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.

Sofia Collection Made In Italy

Sofia Collecction

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

Union Square Cafe

Union Square Cafe New York

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.

Pappardelle New York

Union Square Cafe New York

Union Square Cafe New York

Union Square Cafe New York

Union Square Cafe- Click Here

ROAR

Chaser Brand

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:)

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Central Park

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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
or
Click Here to check out the Chaser Brand site for more cool graphic T-shirts.

Billie In The City

LOVE New York

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!

XO Billie

Billie In The City

photo cred: Magen Pastor

Weekend Warmth: Day to Night

Weekend Warmth Fur Vest

Something about that chill in the air that makes Texas women pull out their fur!  No joke, I was at an event last night and every woman was wearing fur, in some form or fashion.  So with winter on her way I created the perfect Furrrr…. It’s cold out here, look for you today.

This weekend warmth look will take you from day to night, with multiple shoe options.  Black on black will streamline your look, while the leather detailing along the side of the leggings will elongate the leg creating a slimming affect.  Pearls play up the furs glamour element, while the structured ring gives the look a bit of edge.

FashionBillie Bit: A fur piece is a statement in itself. I suggest keeping the rest of your outfit simple, yet sophisticated.

Get the look- Click Here

Festival Fashion

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Free Press Summer Fest is upon us!  While I am a music baby it’s the fashion that really excites me.  This week I’ll have some fierce festival fashion for you.  

Festival Style 5

Festival Style 2

Festival Style 4

I would never wear a high heel to the actual festival however, half of the festival fun are the great parties!!  These knee high gladiators are all the rage this summer and nothing is more festival chic.  I paired my Penny Loves Kenny gladiators with this Gypsy 05 high low tie-dye dress from Carrie Ann Boutique.  The dress is the perfect length for lounging on the lawn or dancing the night away. It is also a very thin stretch cotton to keep you cool on those warm summer nights.  The festival vibe is all about accessories, accessories, accessories!  To complete the look I added this great headpiece and ring-bracelet by Gypsy Britt.

Style Steal: Gladiator Sandals, Penny Loves Kenny- Click Here

Tie-dye Dress, Gypsy 05- Carrie Ann Boutique Click Here (In Store)

Head Piece and Jewelry, Gypsy Britt- Click Here