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Sunday, August 30, 2015

EVENT RECAP: Robbins Brothers Annual Diamonds & Desserts

Sunday, August 30, 2015 - by Shalanda Turner · - 0 Comments

To celebrate the start of the Fall Wedding Season, Robbins Brothers Houston hosted there annual Diamonds and Desserts event. Each year the event is hosted by a media personality, and this year it was Fox 26 News Anchor, Melinda Spaulding. Proceeds & donations from the event went to Girls, Inc a local Houston charity, whose mission it is to inspire girls to be strong, smart, and bold. There was a lot to take in at the event! From yummy desserts, to a photo booth, and the ability to try on lots of bling!  One of my favorite DJs, DJ Ill-Set was on the scene keepin it moving. There was even a fashion presentation by Chloe Dao featuring 4 looks that could be worn at wedding events.  The 4 looks were modeled by other Houston news anchors. The looks ranged from wedding guest, bridesmaid, mother-of-the-bride, and rehearsal dinner. 

DJ Ill-Set
The representatives of Girls, Inc.
Donations from the guests.
Drink cocktails on the ready
I've been to Robbins Brothers several times, and somehow I missed this room off to the left where artisans were working on diamonds! I had to take a picture!

Members of Houston Fashion Bloggers hanging out at Diamonds & Desserts!
Tracey Lyles and I.

HFB Member Atem and her husband, ready to go into the photobooth!
Of course I had to go into the photo booth with Chiara and Natalie

Melinda Spaulding (L), Chloe Dao (R)

Coco Dominguez modeling a sexy Dao by Chloe Dao dress.

News Reporter, Maggie Flecknoe

KHOU News Anchor, Lily Jang

Every guest received a raffle ticket to win one of these two pieces of jewelry.

Two of my favorites! Zoe and Chloe!

I of course had to peruse the available bling! One day, I hope to have one of these beauts!

Friday, August 28, 2015

EVENT RECAP: Heart of Fashion Media Launch Party

Friday, August 28, 2015 - by Shalanda Turner · - 0 Comments

"A three-night party celebrating 12 fashion designers and their curated collections. An event that hosts over 2,000 people, raises spirits and awareness, and donates to help important causes. It's a party with a purpose you can't afford to miss" 

Those are the words printed in my media kit from the Heart of Fashion Media Launch Party, and an indication of things to come.  As I posted here, Houston has a new fashion week, titled Heart of Fashion and it's being run by Houston Socialite, Vivian Wise. To officially kick off the week, Vivian Wise, and her team hosted a media launch party a few weeks ago.   The Media Launch party was held at Firehouse #3 off of Houston Avenue. I arrived to complimentary valet and ushered doors. The firehouse was nothing like I expected. While I assumed it had been renovated from it's previous use, it was definitely more than I imagined and an amazing space.  I definitely want to host an event there one day! 

On the first floor there was an open bar, and models in glass boxes. To the right of the entry was the check-in table. At the table we were able to choose the charity that Vivian would donate $300 to in our name. The three choices were The Meals on Wheels Association of America, Legacy Community Health Services, and Epidermolysis Bullosa (EBMR Foundation). Heart of Fashion is heavily focused on philanthropy and these three charities will receive a portion of the proceeds from the Fashion Week via Vivian's non-profit organization, Texas Legacy Foundation. I ended up choosing Meals on Wheels. I think it's amazing that Vivian donated money in each person's name to the charities.  To the left of the entry way was a table with a pile of media kit folders, and black boxes wrapped with a pink bow. Each person in attendance received a folder and box. When I got home, I opened the box and it contained a paperweight that was etched with "Heart of Fashion - Patron". 

Table with Media Kit and Black Boxex.
On the second floor there were two more open bar stations, the DJ area, and posters promoting Million Air, Heart of Fashion, and the Texas Legacy Foundation. I spent most of my time upstairs hanging out with fellow bloggers Felice Simmons and Shanna Jones from Urban Swank.  

Spotted: Felice Simmons and Shanna Jones, the lovely lifestyle bloggers behind the blog, Urban Swank.

I still had my camera out when I went to pick up my car from valet, and the guys teased me about taking their pic, so I did! Ha! Don't tempt me. I will always snap you! 



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