Rocks Box

“I HAVE ENOUGH JEWELRY.”  -Said no one ever

Rocks Box

I couldn’t agree more!  Rocks Box is the perfect way to keep your jewelry game fresh.  It’s a bit like Rent The Runway but for bling.  Each month you receive a personalized box filled with great new pieces on loan.  Wear them as much as you want, mix it, match it or swap them for new sets at any time.  Find a piece you love, buy it for a fraction of the retail cost.  

I’ve teamed up with Rocks Box and have a special deal for all of my readers.  Just enter the code: fashionbilliexoxo and receive Rocks Box for a whole month FREE!!  Click Here

For my denim on denim look today, I styled a rugged vintage wrangler pearl snap with dainty ear climbers and a 2 in 1 bar necklace.  I think these Gorjana ear climbers are going to stay with me!

STYLE STEAL: Receive Rocks Box FREE for a month by entering code: fashionbilliexoxo

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How to: Layer With Style

How To Layer

Spring layering is not something I am accustomed to, being a Texas girl. It’s usually so hot in Houston, even thinking of layering is laughable. Also, for a girl I always felt layering adds layers, which adds size, which no girl wants. Being here in New York I’ve had more of an opportunity to experiment with layering and have found if done the right way, it can add a whole other fashionable “layer” to your style.

How to Layer

Floppy Fedora

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The key is to start with a great base. The lightweight undershirt in my look today adds dimension with it’s high-low cut, without adding bulk. I then layered with a robins egg blue cropped sweatshirt, white skinny jean and accessorized with a floppy fedora.
I’ve picked some great base tops below that will have you layering in no time!

Floppy Brim Fedora, Forever 21- Click Here / White Skinnies by 7 For All Mankind, Saks Fifth Avenue OFF Fifth- Click Here / Jewelry, Lauren Craft Collection- Click Here

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…

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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

Be My Guest – CultureMap Holiday Pop Up Shop

Culture Map Holiday Pop Up Shop

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)

Make it simple, but significant!

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Lighting was less than optimal for today’s impromptu photo shoot but I saw a heart shaped balloon and decided to run with it… literally! I am so obsessed with this classic silk dress by Tucker. I have only had it two weeks and I’ve already wore it twice!! Repeat offender here. It’s so simple and the classic style reminded me of my Mimi- The Billie in FashionBillie.

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Floral Dress by Tucker

STYLE STEAL: This Classic Silk Dress by Tucker retails for $324 but you can get it no Gilt today for $169! Click the link below.

Classic Silk Dress by Tucker, Gilt- Click Here

Hollywood Tape…A Girls Best Friend

Marilyn may say diamonds are a girl’s best friend… But I say, Hollywood Tape is a girl’s best friend!!

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Hollywood Tape won my affections after struggling to transform a leather top into a faux crop. I tried pinning, tucking and even double sided packing tape people!! I was on a mission to crop that top. As a last ditch effort I grabbed my Hollywood Tape. This tape is very thin, double sided and great to hold pieces in place. I normally use it to secure low cut shirts or delicate fabrics so didn’t expect much. To my surprise it secured my leather together like a pro! On top of that it stayed tightly fastened all night and in extremely warm weather.

This is a fashion secret I had to share with you! Hollywood Tape is safe on skin and fabrics. I’ve found it useful in securing those pesky wrap dresses, belts that don’t want to lay and even a client’s over the knee boot that just wouldn’t stay up. Hollywood Tape is extremely affordable and should probably be called miracle tape but I guess Hollywood will do.

FashionBillie Bit: Do your taping prior to putting lotion on your skin or hands for optimum stick!

Hollywood Tape- Click Here

Juicy In The Sky

Juicy In The Sky

From the deepest, darkest part of my closet, my leopard print scarf called to me this morning.  Fall was in the air but here in Houston so were 85 degree temperatures.  Bansri scarf necklace to the rescue!  I found this great piece on Haute Look. They usually have a jewelry sale each month where you can get quality, unique jewelry at half the cost.

Why is my drink wearing Bansri you ask?  Well this little veggie filled pick me up is from a local juice bar called Juicy In The Sky.  Beetles flash back “Juicy In The Sky WIth Diamonds…or Bansri” :)

Esmeralda, Juicy In The Sky- Click Here  / Haute Look- Click Here

Houston Gems

 This little island we call Houston has so many secret treasures to find!  While out shopping for a new client, I recently stumbled across a few gems to share with you!

First and foremost breakfast!!  A girl must gain her strength before shopping.  What better to do it with than “wings and waffles”, at The Breakfast Klub!

From the moment you arrive you are greeted with a smile and a “Good morning, Sugar”.    They might have the friendliest staff in town!  Almost like a hot new night club, you wait in a line outside until the “Klub” has a table ready for you.  We arrived early around 9a, so we only had about a 30 min wait.  From biscuits and gravy to French toast, every bite was delicious.  The Breakfast Club brings Houstonians from all walks of life together to enjoy two simple things, good home cooking and southern hospitality.   The Breakfast Klub is worth the wait!

 Only a few blocks away lies the eclectic Mid-Main.

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Here I found My Flaming Heart.

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They are localy owned and make a majority of the jewelry they sell, in store, while you shop!

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As soon as I find a French cuff shirt, these cuff links are mine.

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Racks, on racks, on racks of vintage cowboy boots.

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This red pair is perfect for my client!  STYLE STEAL at only $125

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After a full day of shopping, we stopped in to Double Trouble to reenergize.  They are known around Mid-Main for their iced coffee and cocktails.  I can vouch it is delicious!!

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Highlighting Houston, while rocking my Los Angeles tee.  Courtesy of Brandy Melville via my HOUBoo.

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Carolina Los Angeles Top, Brandy Melville- Click Here / Tumbled Leather Thora2 Sandal, Tory Burch- Click Here

The Breakfast Klub- Click Here / My Flaming Heart- Click Here / Double Trouble- Click Here

Casual Friday

Casual Friday, ‘tis the day to rest the tootsies!

Feeling like channeling my inner Audrey H this morning. I slipped on my woven Tory Burch flats, a crisp white button down and cool cotton/linen blend black skirt.  Then stepped out with my main man Ollie.  Simple yet chic!

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FashionBillie Bit: The Non-Iron Fitted Sateen Shirt from Banana is a amazing buy because it looks crisp all day.  No mid day wrinkles!

The Tory Burch Prescot Woven Flat I am wearing is currently unavailable.  Although I love the Kaitlin and Carlyle right now!

Kaitlin Studded Ballet Flat, Tory Burch- Click Here / Carlyle Flat, Tory Burch- Click Here /

Non-Iron Fitted Sateen Shirt, Banana Republic- Click Here

 

How To: DIY Cutoff Shorts

Festival season is upon us!  Crop your tops and shred your denim.  Festival Fashion is here!!

Free Press Summer Fest 2013 hit Houston last weekend.  I was in a mad dash to find some retro denim cut offs to complete my boho outfit.  Then I realized there is no need to rush out and buy a overpriced pair of cut off shorts.  I grabbed my favorite pair of old (high-waisted), worn jeans and made my own.  You can too!

Tip:  Find a pair that have frayed at the bottom or around the pockets.  This is a sign that they will give you the best frayed look when you cut them.

Before you go getting scissor happy here are a few rules to follow.

  1. Try your pants on.
  2. Measure and mark about one inch longer than you “think” you want your shorts.
  3. Start at the seam where your outer thigh would hit and cut diagonally down towards the inner thigh area. I like to then cut the front part of the short about a half inch higher than the back.  This is optional but avoids the mom jean look.
  4. Try them on again.
  5. When you have the desired length.  Cut tiny, tiny snips along the bottom of the shorts.  This will help with the fraying.
  6. Wash + Dry as many times as you want until you get the maximum fringe effect!

Free Press SUmmer Fest Outfit

Boho Leather Cross Body and arm band.

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Don’t forget your head piece and matching sunnies!

Free Press SUmmer Fest head pice

Not feeling so thrifty?

Urban Renewal Wrangler, Urban Outfitters- Click Here

Romana Fest Sandal, Free People- Click Here