Great Day Houston Rodeo Fashionista!

In case you (somehow) missed it: I was one of five lovely models on Friday morning’s “Great Day Houston” showing off some fun Rodeo-inspired “western wear” options from amazing Houston-based stores Emerson Rose, Jubilee, and Erica DelGardo Jewelry Designs!

Indeed it was!

Indeed it was!

I woke up insanely early and met up with my fellow models at Jubilee to get ready! (They were even kind enough to provide donuts and kolaches!) So, at least I didn’t have to get up and immediately look great, there was time to get adequately gussied up. Then we carpooled to the Channel 11 studio, and headed into the Green Room!

Just chillin' in the Green Room for a moment.

Just chillin’ in the Green Room for a moment.

Since our segment was in the middle of the show, we were ushered upstairs, where we chatted and practiced our catwalks.

Since our segment was in the middle of the show, we were ushered upstairs, where we chatted and practiced our super hot catwalk strides.

The set was done up to look like a snazzy hoedown, and we (the models) basically lined up on one side so as to emerge front and center on cue!

See?! That's my "sexy cowgirl" walk!

See?! That’s my “sexy cowgirl” walk!

My look was described as "date night" or "romantic rodeo" because it involved that super awesome lacy dress!

My look was described as “Cowboy Sweetheart” or “romantic rodeo” because it involved that super awesome lacy dress!

Also I had some GORGEOUS jewelry to show off!

Also I had some GORGEOUS Erica DelGardo silver and turquoise jewelry to show off!

Plus that super cool purse!

Plus that super cool purse!

As you can probably tell, I had some fun with this.

Here's a shot from backstage! It really shows off the "behind the scenes" aspect!

Here’s a shot from backstage! It really shows off the “behind the scenes” aspect!

I had so much fun modeling these lovely clothes, and promoting some local shops! Everyone was amazingly kind, helpful, supportive, and my fellow models were/are all fabulous!

Don't we all look so great?! Deborah was also rockin' the suede fringe, and super hot boots!

Don’t we all look so great?! Deborah Duncan was also rockin’ the suede fringe, and super hot boots!

Check out the clip to see all these fab looks in action! I’m model #4, but each of these ladies looks is adorable, and seriously perfect for the Rodeo! (Pro Tip: DO NOT go into the Petting Zoo wearing fringe. You think it’s just the goats you’ve got to worry about, but they all want a yummy piece of that.) If you are looking for some Rodeo Houston inspiration, accessories, boots, or any beautiful items, hit up 19th Street ASAP because the fun officially starts tomorrow!

Are you going to the Rodeo this year? Do you know what you’re gonna wear?? Do you have a favorite/collection of a specific “Western wear” item(s)?

I Saw Bigfoot!

At least, I saw A Bigfoot. It was on display last night, courtesy of dedicated showman/Bigfoot murderer Rick Dyer, at the Alamo Drafthouse, at a sold out event that included a delightfully insane episode of the Six Million Dollar Man, and viewings of the beast!

Here's Hank! One of two "Bigfeet" killed by cowboy hat enthusiast and blatant opportunist Rick Dyer.

Here’s Hank! One of two “Bigfeet” killed by cowboy hat enthusiast and blatant opportunist Rick Dyer.

Obviously, this was a media-worthy event, and somehow I was featured on the Channel 2 Houston news coverage! Check it out!

While this has little to do (directly) with fashion and/or design, I was wearing a super cool skull scarf my friend Alicia made, AND there were some amazing Bigfoot themed shirts being sold last night. It was a night of silly scenarios, ridiculous Q&As, and suspended belief. WORTH IT!

Happy Birthday, Betty White!

One of my favorite acresses, and a truly wonderful lady, she’s turning 92 today! A red letter day, too, because it’s Michelle Obama’s 50th! Another fab lady who’s aging gracefully, and has made quite an impact during her tenure as First Lady! As amazing as our current FLOTUS is, however, she is no Betty White!

Gorgeous, talented, sweet and funny! This lady has it all!

Gorgeous, talented, sweet and funny! This lady has it all!

She started on the radio in the 1930s, and then proceeded to charm television audiences for decades! Her love of animals, and always perky, charming, slightly naughty attitude have endeared her into the hearts of the American public. The first woman to have her own tv show and to win an emmy, plus she’s been awarded (among the many others) the Screen Actors Guild Life Acheivement Award!

So sporty!

So sporty! Betty was rocking the monochrome and contrasting shoe look since the ’50s!

OMG, y'all. Seriously??? She's SO CUTE!

OMG, y’all. Seriously??? She’s SO CUTE!

Pretty sure no one else has ever taken a prettier picture with a flower.

I’m absolutely certain no one else has ever taken a prettier picture with a flower. I also adore her polka dot blouse!

Look at that dimple!!! She's literally the most adorable person ever.

Look at that dimple!!! She’s literally the most adorable person ever.

LOVE the dress, the mod sofa, the everything!

LOVE the dress, the mod sofa, the everything!

Again, the setting is fabulous, and she really was on top of tv.

The settings fabulous, and she really was on top of tv.

 

Her mildly-psychotic character, Sue Ann Nivens on The Mary Tyler Moore Show was a true original!

Her mildly-psychotic character, Sue Ann Nivens on The Mary Tyler Moore Show was a true original!

She even did guest appearances on Mama's Family!

She even did guest appearances on Mama’s Family!

Her start was really on the early TV game show circuit, where she met her late husband, Allen Ludden.

The Queen of Game Shows! What a woman!

The Queen of Game Shows! What a woman!

Obvs, I am a huge fan of The Golden Girls, and remain totally obsessed with all four fabulous ladies! Betty, as the last surviving member of this illustrious group, is definitely holding her own! She’s still on tv, was the oldest host of SNL, stars on both Hot in Cleveland, and the hilarious Off Their Rockers.

Rose Nylund was so silly, sweet, nutty, and delightful!

Rose Nylund was so silly, sweet, nutty, and delightful!

AREN'T THEY THE BEST?!?!

AREN’T THEY THE BEST?!?!

I could write about Betty forever, but since I’m going to see Elvis Lives tonight, this will have to do for the moment! Enjoy reading about this amazing lady, and being inspired this weekend by her many accomplishments and gorgeous/fantastic style!

Are you a Betty White fan? What’s your favorite character?? Who’s your favorite Golden Girl?

Random Fun Wednesday – Hats and Art!

Woo for mid-week! Since it’s still cold in places, and I obvs have a particular affinity, the first fab topic is hats! There are SO MANY options if you’re looking for a cute way to keep all that heat in your head this winter!

Bold color combinations aren't for the faint of heart, but I adore this bright look! You'll look even more glam against the grey/white backdrop of a winterized cityscape!

Bold color combinations aren’t for the faint of heart, but I adore this bright look! You’ll be even more glam against the grey/white backdrop of a winterized cityscape!

This chick is rockin' the military hat, and making a fab splash with the vintage-inspired sunglasses and bold red lips!

This chick is rockin’ the military hat, and making a fab splash with the vintage-inspired sunglasses and bold red lips!

As the recipient of a similar fur hat this past Christmas, I think this is GREAT! Her dark lips make this an elegant statement, and it's super funky!

As the recipient of a similar fur hat this past Christmas, I think this is GREAT! Her dark lips make this an elegant statement, and it’s super funky!

If you must wear a fedora, try this monochrome look! Pair with fun accessories to girl it up. The other option is totally bright!

If you must wear a fedora, try this monochrome look! Pair with fun accessories to girl it up. The other option is totally bright!

I don't do caps, partically because they usually make my ears look prominent and goofy, but this one is adorbs! Find one with a pompom ASAP!

I don’t do caps, partically because they usually make my ears look prominent and goofy, but this one is adorbs! Find one with a pompom ASAP!

If you need to cover those ears, a beanie is a great option! Coordinate with a classic/modern jacket and look totally put together!

If you need to cover those ears, a beanie is a great option! Coordinate with a classic/modern jacket and look totally bohemian chic!

HAHAH! I have no idea how she's doing it, but these ears are the cutest. I wouldn't recommend unless you're a badass, but if that's what you're feelin', by all means, do it!

HAHAH! I have no idea how she’s doing it, but these ears are the cutest. I wouldn’t recommend unless you’re a badass, but if that’s what you’re feelin’, by all means, do it!

Next up, some amazing artists who also happen to be ladies! The first, Hannah Höch, described as “the mother of photomontage,” her work was part of, and was also intentionally marginalized by her male peers, in the Dada movement. Despite the efforts of her critics, a new exhibit opening today at the Whitechapel Gallery in London highlighting her extraordinary work! Even seeing this small sample of her collages, I am intrigued, amused, and deeply impressed by her consistent ability to produce a single piece of art from multiple, totally unrelated images. Each piece conveys movement, unity, and a distinct element of introspective humor.

Aus der Sammlung: Aus einem ethnographischen Museum (From the Collection: From an Ethnographic Museum), 1929, Collage and gouache on paper, 26x17.5cm, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh Bequeathed by Gabrielle Keiller, 1995

Aus der Sammlung: Aus einem ethnographischen Museum (From the Collection: From an Ethnographic Museum), 1929, Collage and gouache on paper, 26×17.5cm, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh Bequeathed by Gabrielle Keiller, 1995

Ohne Titel (Aus einem ethnographischen Museum) (Untitled [From an Ethnographic Museum]), 1930, Collage, 48.3 x 32.1 cm, Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg Photo: courtesy of Maria Thrun

Ohne Titel (Aus einem ethnographischen Museum) (Untitled [From an Ethnographic Museum]), 1930, Collage, 48.3 x 32.1 cm, Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg Photo: courtesy of Maria Thrun

Flucht (Flight), 1931, Collage, 23x18.4cm, Collection of IFA, Stuttgart

Flucht (Flight), 1931, Collage, 23×18.4cm, Collection of IFA, Stuttgart

Für ein Fest gemacht (Made for a Party), 1936, Collage, 36x19.8cm, Collection of IFA, Stuttgart

Für ein Fest gemacht (Made for a Party), 1936, Collage, 36×19.8cm, Collection of IFA, Stuttgart

Um einen roten Mund ( Around a Red Mouth) c. 1967, Collage, 20.5 x 16.5 cm, Collection of IFA, Stuttgart

Um einen roten Mund (Around a Red Mouth) c. 1967, Collage, 20.5 x 16.5 cm, Collection of IFA, Stuttgart

Wrapping up the general “ladies being awesome” theme today, is artist/photographer Carrie Mae Weems. I recently stumbled upon an article about her latest photography project: The Museum Series. Along with a Three Decade Retrospective of her work on view at the Guggenheim, this series will be up in Harlem at the Studio Museum later this month. The idea behind The Museum Series is the creation of a visual/photographic display of the disconnect between minority artists (in Weems’ case, specifically female and African-American) and the traditional artworks highlighted in large, established museums around the world (almost exclusively white male).  “Weems invites viewers to contemplate instances of inequality, whether they be minor incidents in the home or a prejudiced construction of art history. In this series in particular, the artist asks viewers to meditate on museums not as pre-existing temples but man-made creations, in which some are included and others are not.” (via HuffPo’s Priscilla Frank)

Guggenheim Bilbao (from "The Museum Series"), 2006–present. Digital chromogenic print. Courtesy the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

Guggenheim Bilbao (from “The Museum Series”), 2006–present. Digital chromogenic print. Courtesy the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

The Louvre (from "The Museum Series"), 2006–present Digital chromogenic print. Courtesy the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

The Louvre (from “The Museum Series”), 2006–present Digital chromogenic print. Courtesy the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

Zwinger Palace (from "The Museum Series"), 2006–present Digital chromogenic print. Courtesy the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

Zwinger Palace (from “The Museum Series”), 2006–present Digital chromogenic print. Courtesy the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

Pergamon Museum (from "The Museum Series"), 2006–present. Digital chromogenic print. Courtesy the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

Pergamon Museum (from “The Museum Series”), 2006–present. Digital chromogenic print. Courtesy the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

Galleria Nazionale D’Arte Moderna (from "The Museum Series"), 2006–present. Digital chromogenic print. Courtesy the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

Galleria Nazionale D’Arte Moderna (from “The Museum Series”), 2006–present. Digital chromogenic print. Courtesy the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

Project Row Houses (from "The Museum Series"), 2006–present. Digital chromogenic print. Courtesy the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

Project Row Houses (Houston, TX) (from “The Museum Series”), 2006–present. Digital chromogenic print. Courtesy the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

I recently had a mini-moment at the Kimbell Art Museum in Ft. Worth when I realized that literally two of the pieces on display (in both the special exhibit and general collection) were artworks created by women. While I understand the cultural limitations and social pressures placed on females, and other minorities, over the course of history, clearly they were creating. Their exclusion from “premier” institutions and artistic societies is well documented, however, the continued effort to discredit/ignore/separate those works not only maintains outdated biases, but is inherently limiting for everyone. The massive loss of varied perspectives, techniques, and ideas cannot be condoned, especially in a culture aching to explore the “new” and “different.” Look no further than the traditionally disenfranchised, and get ready to escape your comfort zone!

Do you have a favorite winter hat and/or look? Have you tried pairing bold colors or monochrome? Are you interested in collage and/or photomontage? Are you interested in photography? Do you have a favorite artist who happens to be female? Do you have thoughts regarding the male-monopoly in traditional museums?

Golden Globes Frocks that Rocked!

Those of you who did not catch the 71st Annual HFP Golden Globes last night are likely being inundated with the results, flubs, and fashion today. While I do have intense opinions about some actors, hair and makeup, and the majesty that is Tina Fey and Amy Poehler together on stage being amazing, I’ll keep most of those to myself, and comment purely on the fashion-y aspects of last night’s alcohol-soaked celebrations.

They are so fabulous in all the ways.

As much fun as it would’ve been to hang out with Amy and Tina all night, there were other stars to see, and each and every one of them looked gorgeous. Yes, there were definitely some ensembles I would not have chosen (for them or myself), however, these people are confident enough to appear on live, internationally-broadcast television wearing whatever they chose, so everyone deserves an A+ for bravery! That being said, there were some absolutely breathtaking gowns this year, so enjoy:

Our outrageously gorgeous hostesses! They both looked incredible, stylish, and uniquely gorgeous!

Our outrageously gorgeous hostesses: Tina Fey and Amy Poehler! They both looked incredible, stylish, and totally unique in their elegance!

There were lots of black dresses, which is appropriate for a winter event, and each of them was lovely in a different way!

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Emma Roberts, wearing a vintage-inspired Rosemary Clooney throwback. LOVE this neckline!

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Jessica Chastain’s dress is gloriously beaded, with a corset-inspired bodice, and elegant sweetheart neckline.

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Julianna Margulies looking fabulous in her black and gold, with a plunging neckline for edgy-ness, and IT HAS POCKETS!

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Ok, some people are McHatin’ on Julia Roberts’ dress, and even though she has literally every choice in the world, this gown fits her nicely, and looks fabulous with her bouffant hair and makeup! Also, let’s face it, sometimes you don’t want to show off your arms, no matter who you are!

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LOVE THIS DRESS! Melissa McCarthy looks so simultaneously edgy and elegant! The collar is amazing, and I adore the beading! Fabulous dress on a fabulous lady!

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Sophia Vergara, always amazing, opted for black, with an serious bustier and statement necklace. It shows off her magnificent shape, while looking completely elegant.

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The incomperable Emma Thompson (while her shoes were still on) looks AMAZING! I love the lines of this dress; they are both slimming and elongating, and the material is so beautiful!

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It’s wonderful to see Elisabeth Moss looking so gorgeous! Her sheer, beaded gown is a piece of art, and her shoes are fabulous!

Cate Blanchett wore maybe the most beautiful black lace dress ever! The back was also completely stunning. Her hair and makeup completed the classic, old Hollywood glamour look, and it was perfect.

Cate Blanchett wore maybe the most beautiful black lace dress EVER! The back was also completely stunning. Her hair and makeup completed the classic, old Hollywood glamorous look, and it was perfect.

There were also lots of reds!

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Amy Adams was clearly recreating her American Hustle look, and accomplished it with absolute perfection. I love the contrasting reds, the fabric and the fit! Her hair and makeup are elegant and simple. She looks so lovely!

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Lupita Nyong’o chose this ravishing gown that is off the shoulder, and fitted, but not too tight, and the cape-y sleeves are WONDERFUL! She looks fantastic!

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Emma Watson is the coolest!!! She looks fantastic, and totally modern, but also chic and completely elegant! No idea how she does this, but I’m so glad we get to appreciate her!

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus is SMOKIN’ hot! She looks glorious, and her hair is pulled back in a beautiful ponytail, which makes the ensemble more playful.

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Modern Family‘s favorite “nerd” sister, Ariel Winter looks incredible!!! The color and draping of this gown is insanely flattering! It’s amazing/totally terrifying that she’s only 15!

A gaggle of silver and winter whites!

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Jennifer Lawrence looked elegant and edgy in her gathered gown, and completely badass hair!

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Kerry Washington glowed in her custom dress, and was totally adorable as always.

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Although we didn’t see much of her during the show, Michelle Dockery looked glorious! Her beaded gown is classic, and fits her like an elbow-length glove!

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Another “Downton” player, Laura Carmichael is rockin’ it! Lady Edith is, let’s face it, the worst, but this starlet looks fantastic!

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Robin Wright looks phenomenal! Her hair is completely awesome, her dress is gorgeous, and she looks super toned and confident!

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Naomi Watts wore a dress almost identical to Robin Wright’s, but her silvery sheath included some strategic cut-out patterning on the bodice!

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Rashida Jones managed to look completely incredible! I LOVE this dress, the beading and pattern are completely Hollywood-propriate, and her hair is perfect! Fun, flirty, West Coast elegance!

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Full disclosure: I have not seen (nor will see) Wolf of Wall Street, however, this emerging starlet, Margot Robbie looks gorgeous! Her dress is beautiful, with emerald and diamond beading, and her green shoes are icing on this delicious lady cake!

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One of my favorites from Game of Thrones, the dragon princess herself, Emilia Clarke looked gorgeous, as usual! Her dress is lovely, and looks like some kind of white dragon scales! Love the fit!

Also featured, bright colors, sequins and even more beads!

GGSandra

I adore Sandra Bullock’s dress! The fabric, fit and colors are gorgeous! I love the contrasting lining!!! Also one with sneaky side pockets! She looks so elegant in this fun mix of classic and modern!

GGReese

Well hello, Reese Witherspoon, you look FANTASTIC!!! This is a simple gown that is unbelievably flattering, the color is gorgeous, and her hair makes it a fabulous look all around!

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Looking a bit sad and uncomfortable, Lena Dunham went for a daring dress in an even more daring color, and it is an absolute win!

Another lady who slipped by for the majority of the evening, Lizzy Caplan wore a beautifully beaded gown!

Another lady who slipped by for the majority of the evening, Lizzy Caplan wore a beautifully beaded, Art Deco-inspired gown! It’s unusual, daring and fits her curves so well!

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Olivia Wilde is learning everyone about looking great all the time, no matter what, always.

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This gorgeous lady, Taylor Schilling, looks elegant in a dress that few could pull off at all. The color is great for her, and she looks so glamorous!

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Helen Mirren, my hero, and the woman I want to be when I grow up, also taking ravishing to a new level in a green beaded gown. Seriously, no one else could do this, but she looks amazing!

Not only were the Globes rife with laughs this year (even a magnificent vagina joke!), but these gowns are also fabulous inspiration! They were all so exquisitely made with such gorgeous material, it’s delightful to see the stylistic choices, and imagine even more possibilities. There were so many more dresses to feature, but these are some of my absolute favorites. (Check out some vintage faves, too!) Usually, I don’t go in for award shows, however, the combination of incredible hosts and fabulous fashion was impossible to turn down, and I thoroughly enjoyed watching!

Do you watch award shows? Did you catch the Golden Globes this year? If so, which dress was your favorite, and why?

Happy Birthday, Elvis!

On this day, January 8th, 1935, a poor little baby child was born in the ghetto of Tupelo, Mississippi. That child, Elvis Aaron Presley, grew up influenced by gospel and country songs, and eventually changed rock n’ roll music forever.

Happy birthday, you crazy, hip swingin' rock n' roll vagabond!

Happy birthday, you crazy, gorgeous, sultry, hip swingin’ rock n’ roll vagabond!

As I have mentioned, I super LOVE Elvis. His voice, and animal magnetism made him an incredible performer, and his unique style resonated with millions of people all over the world, not only his generation, but their children and grandchildren! I think it was his bold, totally unapologetic outrageous-ness that made him a mega-star. He was so completely confident in his vocals, costumes and persona, he still draws people in years after his death.

Look at this cat! NO ONE danced like this (especially not on tv) before Elvis.

Look at this hep cat! NO ONE danced like this (especially not on TV) before Elvis.

During my brief time at Graceland, I was fortunate enough to see some of his amazing jumpsuit/costumes in person! They are masterpieces of craftsmanship, and quite impressive in their own right, with or without an Elvis in them!

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The entire former racquetball court is now filled with awards and jumpsuits! It’s incredible.

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SO MANY SEQUINS! Also awards. You should know, he’s kind of a big deal.

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Up close they’re amazing! (They also weigh like 50 pounds each.) How many dudes can pull off a TIGER JUMPSUIT?!?! He was so great, y’all.

As a seamstress, and a lover of vintage things, it’s completely understandable that I am all about Elvis. He was an incredible showman, and continues to live as an enduring piece of the “classic” rock era. He also sings like a sexy angel, and was kind of a badass. I love a good theme, especially for Christmas time, so a couple of years ago I did an “Elvis Christmas!”

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The whole tree! Simple, but pretty! I did a silver and blue theme to support my awesome EPE-certified ornaments!

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Sexy blue jumpsuit!

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Amazing gold and purple! Look at those ‘burns! You can really feel the heat.

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So jovial with his guitar!

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PRETTY SURE I SAW THIS ONE AT GRACELAND!

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I bought this yard of fabric that was specifically an Elvis tree skirt!!! It also made two round ornaments!

A couple of years later, I was given another AMAZING piece of cross-cultural Elvis paraphernalia!

Of course he got decked out for Christmas, too!

Of course he got decked out for Christmas, too! I did a gold and white tree that year to match!

As you can probably tell, Elvis Presley continues to fascinate and delight, not only little ol’ me, but folks all over the world! His lasting legacy has endured because he was outlandish, original, sexy, talented, and a dedicated performer. His career included stints as a musician, singer, soldier, and actor. My favorite is Blue Hawaii!

It's so silly, but it's set in gorgeous 1960s Hawaii, AND Angela Lansbury's in it!

It’s so silly, but it’s set in gorgeous 1960s Hawaii, AND Angela Lansbury’s in it!

Although he was not a perfect man, he was an amazing talent, and remains an enduring icon of the 20th century. For his voice, his music, his performances, his sex appeal, and his over-the-top taste, I say: Thank you, sir, and I wish you a very happy birthday!

Are you an Elvis fan? Have you been to Graceland?? Would you like to go someday? Which Elvis hit is your favorite??

Winter Wonderland Wardrobe!

It’s (temporarily) winter time in Houston! It’s a good/ridiculous twenty-odd degrees colder than it ought to be, and Day After Tomorrow kinds of cold all over the Northeast and the Midwest, so let’s talk about flaunting those cold weather clothes that normally hide in the closet like little fabric hermits!

The high today is 34! Winter dun came already!

Ok, so I know there are folks dealing with weather much more intense and disruptive, but they are totally allowed to stay inside, hopefully by a fireplace and/or space heater, all curled up with a quilt while wearing pajim-jams. (Also, it’s gorgeous, apparently.) For those of us forced to continue being exposed to wind chill, we’ve got to wear something, and it might as well be fabulous.

So simple, elegant and timeless! Get the color you want and accessorize!

So simple, elegant and timeless! Get the color you want and accessorize!

There are seriously a million choices and styles. Go retro, super modern, classic, whatever your heart desires!

There are seriously a million choices and styles. Go retro, super modern, or classic! Add fur (or faux fur), belts, buttons, asymmetry, a flared skirt; whatever your heart desires!

One of these poofy jobs is great for rain and/or snow!

One of these poofy jobs is great for rain and/or snow! Plus the necklines are way fun!

If you don’t already have a coat, good grief I’m sorry, but it’s not too late to pick one up! If you’re on a serious budget, hit up the thrift stores near you! (The Salvation Army’s got half price clothing on Wednesdays and Saturdays!) Outerwear trends don’t change drastically, so you can almost certainly find something suitable. I was on the lookout for a trench coat, and found an awesome red one for $6! It has a super soft lining and everything! Originally, I wanted a gray one, and maybe someday that’ll happen, but clearly the universe had brighter plans.

See?? What a fun twist on a classic coat! If it's got a liner you can wear it almost any season, too!

See?? What a fun twist on a classic coat! If it’s got a liner you can wear it almost any season, too!

If you’re anything like me, and have a flare for the dramatic, you could also go with an AMAZING retro option: the cape! Not only is it classic, universally flattering, and excellent for layering, but you’re sure to make a glorious entrance into any building and/or event! My mother recently made a purple, floor-length, reversible, hooded cape for my aunt for Christmas, and there just happened to be enough fabric left over to make a slightly shorter, but equally gorgeous cape for yours truly! (I’ll have to post a picture in the coming days.)

Here are a couple of retro cape patterns I have! They are so incredible! The fabric and accent options are limitless.

Here are a couple of retro cape patterns I have! They are so incredible! The fabric, style, and accent options are limitless.

So, if you’re making a fabulous coat, shopping around, or revamping one you already own with fun scarves, hats and gloves, be sure you’re warm enough out there! Despite what those guys in shorts and t-shirts seem to think, being cold does not make you look like a badass. No one wants to walk around like Randy from A Christmas Story, but being miserable by choice is never a good look. (Btw, fellas, a man in a sweater and/or peacoat is a WIN every time.) Just dress for the season we’re in (or whatever “season” it happens to be outside), and you’ll look great, not ridiculous. Have fun with it! As we know all too well in Texas, it certainly won’t last long!

Do you have a favorite winter ensemble? Do you have a go-to coat? Is it brightly colored?? Do you rotate accessories, or stick to just one scarf/hat/pair of gloves? Which is your favorite winter weather clothing item??