Style Icon- Zoe Saldana

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I was inspired after seeing the midnight showing of the new Star Trek movie to share one of my longest style crushes. I have been a fan of Zoe since her days as a harsh and abrasive ballerina in Center Stage back in 2000. The 34 year old beauty has become one the best actresses, and is  truly making a name for herself with her unforgettable roles in so many great movies. Zoe has played characters in Pirates of the Caribbean, Avatar and recently the film Star Trek: Into Darkness. Not only does she always look comfortable but her slender frame just makes clothes look so good! Her acting blows me away but her off duty outfits as well as her red carpet looks are a few of the reasons she has been a style inspiration to me.

Trend Spotter Summer Series

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Houston Style Magazine hosts The Trend Spotter summer event series
with Macy’s Sage Galleria Houston

Houston (Thursday, April 25, 2013) – The Trend Spotter summer event series is a platform for Houston Style Magazine and Macy’s Sage to provide an awesome set of events to our city’s bustling demographic of young adults looking for the next cool thing around town. Expect a unique fashion industry experience jam packed with light snacks/drinks, good music, networking, styling tips and an opportunity to support local community initiatives and organizations. Our first date highlights the nonprofit, Team Gini. Team Gini provides engagement with the youth in creative ways (remixes of popular songs rewritten with positive messages, theatrical performances, community support by hosting donation drives for other organizations) to help participants discover their purpose through “edutainment” (educational entertainment).

Dates: May 21, June 25, July 23, August 27
Time: 6:00-8:30pm
Location: Macy’s Sage, 2727 Sage Rd, Houston, TX 77056
Number: (713) 968-1985

The Trend Spotter Host Committee is a diverse group of progressive individuals, organizations and companies pioneering their way to success in their respective fields here in Houston. Keagan Noelle Stylist, Feyi Omodele Stylist, Jon “Cabby” Caballero The Class Room Men’s Boutique, Phillip Adesulu JPR Styling, The Houston Fashion Bloggers, Zoe Jackson-Jarra Stylist, Chigozie Anaele Designer Kachi Designs, DJ Fanci, Ahrif Sarmui Writer/Contributor Huffington Post, Chris Huston R&B/Pop artist, SoutherNewyorker Kavachi, Chris Manfredi Futurist & CEO Connect Strategies, Brittany Sweetnam Stylist, Southern Gents’, Shalanda Turner Live Life in Style Blog, Marquis Trill MC/YouTube Personality, Nadia Palacios Lauterbach & Gabriella Aliberti Mon Venin.

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The Groves

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A Fashion Fiend: Dress- Rebecca Taylor, Shoes- Guess, Necklace- Forever 21, Bracelet- (Not To) Worry Beads, Makeup- MAC
Jadapa: Top and Shorts- Forever 21, Shoes- Jessica Simpson, Makeup and Hair- Dolce Salon and Spa

Spring Break was wonderful as usual in Arizona!!! The weather was warm, the sun was shining, and the orange blossoms were in full bloom. One of Jadapa’s friends is a local photographer and offered an impromptu shoot one day while I was in town. We journeyed over to The Groves in Mesa, where acres of orange trees reminded us of our frequent trips to the area while growing up. The weather was perfect and the trees provided the perfect backdrop for the pictures. Thank you to Monica Johnson Photography!

Versatile Blogger Award

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Missed you all! So much has been going on behind the scenes, and so much exciting news!! Thank you to Vera, creator of the blog Avec Veritas, a blog about Vera’s beauty advice that documents the marvelous places she travels to; we have been nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award!! Thanks to this honor, A Fashion Fiend has been contacted by and collaborating with many different brands and gaining tons of followers in Houston! Lots coming up so stay tuned!

The rules, so that I can officially be called a Versatile Blogger:

  • Thank the person who gave you this award.
  • Include a link to their blog.
  • Select 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly.
  • Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award.
  • Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.

My nominations for their Versatile Blogger Award are:

* Kenya L Fashion Blog

* Just kink in it

* Neo Soul Sistahs

* Cristina Martinez

* Fashion and a Fellow

* Style for Breakfast

* The Fashion Reign

* Sylvie’s Fashion Secrets

* Wear and Paperback

* The Do not Enter Diaries

* Beauty and the Booty

* Beaus and Bows

* The Black Cape

* Petite Daughter

* Inside the Mind of a Ghetto Genius

SEVEN THINGS ABOUT US:

1. We have 3 completely different styles.

2. A Fashion Fiend is 6 inches taller than Jadapa and Mootz Mouth (same parents!).

3. Mootz Mouth loves animals and has 4 dogs and 2 cats (it’s ridiculous).

4. We have an older brother and 3 younger siblings (big family).

5. “I didn’t choose thug life. Thug life chose me.” – A Fashion Fiend

6. We’ve been called the three witches, on more than one occasion…

7. We love, love, love our grandparents!

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Thank you again, Vera, for nominating A Fashion Fiend. It’s an honor and we are so very grateful.

HAPPY EASTER!

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So sorry I have been MIA! I started an awesome new job, and training has been taking up all of my time! On top of that, I have been attending events on the weekends so free time is non-existent! If you are in the Houston area, try to come out to this event tomorrow night! Contact me for discounts for dress rentals from newforthenight.com!!!

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Prabal Gurung for Target

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Sunday, February 10th, Prabal Gurung released their much anticipated line in Target stores nationwide. The launch was closely watched as Target’s last collaboration back in December, with luxury brand Neiman Marcus, was a total failure resulting in many sad and disappointed Target and Neiman Marcus shoppers.

The line was way too expensive for avid Target shoppers and seemingly too dressy. It was quickly ushered to the clearance racks and then removed from stores.

Nevertheless, Target learned their lesson, and I’m happy to say I’m very pleased with the job they did with Prabal Gurung. Not only are the pieces on par with the clothing prices at Target, but the line’s romantic feel with floral patterns, bright pastel colors, and flowy dresses are perfect for Valentine’s Day and the Spring.

I was sad to see that so many pieces at my local Target were already taken or not in my size, but I managed to pick up the long sleeve tee. It’s still chilly and rainy here in Houston, so the long sleeves are prefect. The fit is awesome and the material is so soft. A lot of the pieces can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion.

All-in-all, Prabal Gurung collection at Target is a hit!

Happy Valentine’s Day and a Movie Review

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Dress- Banana Republic, Shoes- ALDO
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Happy Valentine’s Day! Hope it’s lovely!

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Safe Haven opens today, Valentine’s Day! It’s a perfect date movie: it’s a love story (duh) but, honestly, not too sappy. A girl with a troubled past moves to a small town and is wooed by a fun-loving widower played by Josh Duhamel. The story line is very similar to the 1991 movie Sleeping with the Enemy starring Julia Roberts. Males in the audience were able to enjoy the psychological element and a little bit of action. For the ladies, Josh Duhamel is super cute and funny. He carries the movie and makes you fall in love. Pretty good for another love story by Nicholas Sparks.

Macy’s Support and Save

Celebrate. Support. Save.
in-store only. purchase a red dress pin for $2 and get 20% off*. sale, clearance & select regular-priced purchases. EXTRA 15% off select departments. exclusions apply.
To raise awareness and funds for the fight against heart disease, Macy’s is offering an awesome deal until Valentine’s Day. Purchase this cute pin for $2, and you get 20% off your purchase! Jadapa saved $16 on these little Jessica Simpson beauties.
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My Favorite Things: Drugstore Edition

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Products I’m loving right now that won’t break the bank.

1. 3% hydrogen peroxide – is there anything this stuff can’t do? I use it primarily as a mouthwash to whiten my teeth. You would never know about my coffee and red wine addiction! The beauty is that peroxide is the main ingredient in those expensive whitening treatments. Just dilute the HP with a bit of water and use everyday as mouthwash. Kills germs, bad breath, and whitens your teeth with no sugar, alcohol, teeth sensitivity, or the heavy price tag! Love this stuff!
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2. Pssssst! Instant Dry Shampoo – listen, I’ve tried them all. From the cheap to expensive and nothing has worked better than this one. What I especially like about it is that it goes on clear. I have dark hair, and every other dry shampoo I’ve used leaves my hair looking gray and dull. Also, it doesn’t stink! Which is a common problem I’ve run into. This shampoo absorbs excess oil, eliminates odor, and boosts volume. Great find!
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3. Iman Second to None Cover Cream – I’ve just accepted the fact that makeup is just not made for mixed chicks like us. My skin has such a yellow undertone, I almost always have to get my makeup custom blended. Well, imagine my delight when I came across Iman’s makeup line for women of color. Sand medium matches my yellow undertone perfectly. Shock and awe.
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4. Garnier Skin Renew Dark Spot Corrector – Another mixed chick issue I deal with: dark spots! Anytime I get a zit, even when it’s fully healed and gone, it leaves a dark spot. This product has a high concentration of Vitamin-C (which breaks up the dark spot) without breaking my budget.
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5. SinuCleanse Neti Pot All Natural Nasal Wash System – I really wish I had listened to those hippies when I was in college. I was plagued with sinus infections due to the cold and dry mountain air. Every Winter, like clock work, I’d have to get antibiotics from the health center for my chronic sinus infections. Since I’ve been using the Neti Pot as an adult, not one sinus infection. If I get a hint of a cold or sniffle, I wash my nasal passages ASAP. It’s been working for me. I’ve generally gotten sick less since using the Neti Pot regularly.
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Stay healthy and gorgeous!
xoxo

Chasing Beauty

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Thursday, January 31, 2013, I was invited to attend the movie premiere of Chasing Beauty, a documentary based on the stories of models in pursuit of making it big in the fashion/modeling industry. The movie focuses on the ups and downs that can come with the so-called “glamorous” lifestyle. The movie does a great job of depicting the downside to all of the glitz and glamour of the industry and the unrealistic, and often unhealthy, practices of some of the individuals attempting to be successful in this business. The movie documents well that the industry is not for everyone and that you cannot compensate for an unnatural body. Stay true to yourself and the industry can be extremely rewarding.

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A Fashion Fiend and creator Brent Huff’s wife, Shawn Huff

I loved this documentary. It showed both sides of the industry without persecuting it for the decisions, eating disorders, etc. that often come with the people in it. The personal choices that people make in order to succeed or advance at any job are entirely their own. I do not believe the industry should be held accountable for the decisions of others.

The movie was followed by a panel of people in the industry including creator Brent Huff’s wife and active model, Shawn Huff. Shawn answered many questions about shooting the film but mostly stressed that modeling can have its ugly side. You need to have thick skin in order to excel.

The industry has also been taken over by a host of actresses and celebrities. And the digital age is contributing to the immediate gratification that digital editing brings. The industry is changing; hopefully the models can keep up.