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Friday, October 31, 2014


Friday, October 31, 2014 - by Shalanda Turner · - 0 Comments

The night before the Fashion Houston Kick-Off Event, I headed to Proof Rooftop Lounge for the launch party of Houston's newest magazine; Celebrity Events Magazine.  I first took note of the magazine at Fashion Houston's Influencer party. There were CE Magazines placed around the party. To celebrate their official launch, they partnered with Fashion Houston to produce a runway show, and engage with their readers! I attended the event by myself, but realize that I was really close to my co-worker's house, so I called him up and invited him and his fiance to come join me! I also met up with some of the gals from Houston Fashion Bloggers! I was a little worried at the beginning of the night that no one was going to come. I should have known that since the event was from 6-10 pm, that people would stroll in around 8! The event ended up having a great turn out and the fashion show kicked-off a little after 8 pm.  My girl, Kim Dunn was the stylist for the show and styled the models in looks from Azuz Boutique! One of my new favorite male models, Bilal Zahran was also in the show, and he received a few extra whistles from me! lol. Check out scenes from the party and the fashion show below!

I invited my co-worker and his fiance Ashley out to join me at Proof! 
LIQS was the alcohol sponsor for the evening and provided ready to go shots for the crowd!
I snapped a picture with Miss Latina Houston and Miss Latina Sugarland.
I also snapped a photo with Rachel White, Miss Texas and Cover star of Celebrity Events Magazine.
I thought the catwalk for the models was really fun! However, I would have been afraid to walk on it!
We sort of took over this couch! HFB Members, Faith, Syretta, Cindy, Me, Harry, & Ashley!



Syretta didn't want to move up with the rest of us, so of course I had to snap her photo! 

With Houston Designer, Becky Hollands.
Take 1 - Just Me
Take 2 - Just me and Cindy
Take 3 - Paola photo-bomb! Lol!
Posing with Paola at the Step & Repeat, and Harry, literally sweeping his fiancee off her feet!

Ashley and I! Ashley's really cool! I'll be giving her a list of makeup artists, hair stylists, and photogs to choose from, from her wedding!
After leaving the Celebrity Events Party at Proof Rooftop Lounge, Harry and Ashley convinced me to go with them to Gage! It's a bar right below Proof. While there, the alcohol models came dressed in Halloween costumes! I had to get a picture, because the one girl was a cat! Meow!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

EVENT RECAP: Oprah's The Life You Want Weekend Day 1

Thursday, October 30, 2014 - by Shalanda Turner · - 0 Comments

A couple weekends ago, Oprah was in town for the Houston stop of her "The Life You Want" tour. A few days before the event, P&G brands, Tide, Olay, and Orgullusa invited me to attend the tour and the outdoor sponsors area, O-Town.  I hadn't planned on doing anything that weekend, so this was a nice surprise! I of course said yes and attended the first part of #TheLifeYouWantHou Friday night. I couldn't attend any of the events during the day that Friday because I was at work :-(, but I made it just in time for Oprah's entrance and first night speech. I was really moved by her talk, and learned all kinds of things about Oprah, that I didn't know. I didn't know she was raped and sexually molested. I didn't know she was pregnant at a young age and lost her baby a few weeks after he was born. She's been through so much, but I look at where she is today and I'm just an awe! If Oprah can overcome those circumstances, so can I and so can you! 

WATCH: The Life You Want Houston Day 1 Video (on YouTube):

The event was held inside the Toyota Center, and every guest received a Life You Want Weekend Bracelet that seemed to hold magical powers! The bracelet was practically the lifeline to everything that weekend! The first night I didn't arrive in enough time to receive my bracelet, so when Oprah came out and all through her speech the bracelets changed color and I felt left out! Ha! I told myself the first thing I'm doing on Saturday, when I return, is picking up my bracelet. The bracelets were gorgeous in the almost sold-out stadium.  

Oprah arrived in a fabulous long yellow dress that exuded confidence and a bright and cheery future for all of us! She of course arrived to a standing ovation and cheers!

Oprah took us through a timeline of her life. In this particular picture she told us how one of the assistant producers were telling her that her nose wasn't right and her hair wasn't right.
Oprah featured local Houstonians who had a dream when they were younger and grew up to fulfill their dreams, like Candice!

Oprah gave us the story of how she came to be in the movie, The Color Purple and even featured a clip from the movie. 

Oprah had an amazing closing statement and it gave me goosebumps! I was definitely ready to come back the next day and learn how to live the life I want! 

After Oprah's speech you could shop the O Shops around the hallway. I was way too tired to wait in the line to purchase something, so I also made the decision to return the next day and buy something! 

Toyota was also a sponsor of the tour and they provided motivational postcards for us to mail to our friends and family! They provided the postage stamps!
I thought this was an awesome shot of the stadium at the end of the evening!


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