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Monday, March 30, 2015

EVENT RECAP: Tidbits "Rodeo Ready" Party at Lucchese

Monday, March 30, 2015 - by Evelyn · - 0 Comments

Why is the Houston Rodeo over and when is it coming back? I don't think 20 days of the rodeo is enough and I'm sure the owners of Lucchese would agreed! Lucchese, since 1883, has specialized in boots, particularily cowboy boots. They also sell other western wear items from fringe handbags to belts.  Lucchese recently opened a new store in Houston's Highland Village area. It's with in walking distance to other stores To celebrate their opening and the rodeo coming to town, Lucchese partnered with Houston Tidbits, to host a private part for Tidbits' Front Row members called "Rodeo Ready". Guests received goody bags which included a $100 gift certificate for their store (pretty good during rodeo season!) and were treated to light bites, champagne and cupcakes from Ooh La La Sweets Dessert Boutique.
Guests snapped selfies and took pictures of the new store while trying on boots and apparel. During the event, Tidbits, hosted an Instagram contest which gave guests the chance to win free tickets to the Houston Rodeo. I was very impressed with the collection of vintage boots they had on display. They had boots that represented each of the 50 states.  The sales associate informed me that there was only one boot made for each state, so they are very exclusive boots, and Lucchese doesn't have all of them!  Overall, the event was great and it was fun looking at all the beautiful western wear they have available.
These were my absolute favorites. The gold tip was a great detail.

Who said western woman can't be fashionable? Who ever said that has never been to a Lucchese store.

Lucchese sells more than just boots. They also sell apparel

The men's section was more than amazing. They have so many different boots and clothing pieces that would go great together.

The store was very nice. Everything was organized in such a way that made it easy to shop.

The cupcakes from Oh La La won me over.
Around the store there were mannequins styled to show how to put several of their product offerings together.
Everyone enjoyed the event!

Can you believe there is only one boot for each state. These are definitely collector items.

Written by Evelyn Casas

Saturday, March 28, 2015

EVENT RECAP: Tidbits' It Girls of Instagram Party

Saturday, March 28, 2015 - by Shalanda Turner · - 0 Comments

Last week I attended the Houston Tidbits' It Girls of Instagram party at Neiman Marcus. Houston Tidbits is an online media outlet that covers local happenings in Houston. Don't live in Houston? Well Tidbits, has a version in the following major cities: Atlanta, Denver, Austin, Dallas, Charlotte, Minneapolis, Nashville, New Orleans, San Antonia and San Diego. If your city wasn't listed, don't fret! I'm sure it's only a matter of time before a tidbits pops up in a city near you! Anyway, for the last few years, Houston Tidbits has started a subsidiary program with their site called Front Row.  Front Row access is good for a year, and as a member you receive tons of perks! Perks range from free cupcakes and store discounts to exclusive invites to the best private events around town! It's well worth the price of $95. A new season of Tidbits Front Row kicked off last month and one of the first events was attending the It Girls of Instagram party. As a Front Row member we were invited to a pre-event cocktail reception with the 5 It Girl nominees. Unfortunately, I missed the reception because I was still at work, but I managed to make it just in time for the fashion show.

By now, you may be wondering what I mean by It Girls of Instagram.  I believe this is the 2nd year in a row that Houston Tidbits has done this, but they nominate 5 girls that have super fun instagram accounts and host a voting contest to crown the top It Girl. The nominees are announced in an article published by Tidbits with a voting link.  This year the It Girl nominees hosted an event at Neiman Marcus in which each girl styled 2-3 looks for the runway. During the runway, each nominee took to the mic to describe their outfit choices.  There was also a part 2 It Girl contest in which each nominee styled a mannequin, and the guests went old school with pen and paper to vote for their favorite mannequin. 

The nominees for this year's It Girls of Instagram were:
  1. Issa Chou, Houston Editor-in-Chief of Yellow magazine @issarocks
  2. Ashley Rose, DIY Blogger @sugarandcloth
  3. Caroline Harper Knapp, Fashion Blogger,  @houseofharper
  4. Kylie Held Mitchell, Food Blogger @immaeatthat
  5. Megan Birkel, Founder & Designer @willowcrowns
The winning It Girl was Caroline Harper Knapp, and the winner of the mannequin contest was Issa Chou! Check out photos from the event below!

Live Life in Style Intern, Evelyn Casas hard at work

With friend and blogger buddy, Tamara, Malibu Mara
Evelyn and I post fashion show!
Evelyn and her best friend and photographer Erick
What's an event without a group photo with my fellow Houston Fashion Bloggers! Thank you Erick for snapping the pic!
VISA was also a sponsor of the event, and you could spin the wheel (pictured below) to win a prize! I originally won a notebook, but I traded it for a coffee cup. I don't drink coffee, but I use those for water and other beverages!

A group of stylish ladies all in a row!

HFB Members, Karen Rock, Courtney Foley, Andrea Gallagher, and Alice Kerley

Here are the 5 mannequins! Which look is your favorite?


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