RUNWAY THE REAL WAY AND ANOTHER FABULOUS JOHN ASHFORD EXPERIENCE!

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Left: Alexis wearing Authentic “Cheetah, Cheetah” thigh high boots made by John Ashford. Right: Kamille wearing Authentic “Lace Shoe Pants” made by John Ashford. Black Hoodie made by John Ashford.

I remember ages ago mentioning that I would love to attend fashion runway shows or to be able to have a dream job thats fashion related and I also remember stating that one day I would like to walk into the Yotel in Nyc and stay there for a week or a weekend. Staying there didn’t happened but I at least got to walk in and see what this hotel looked like inside, it was beautiful. Let me tell  you how this opportunity came about…

Last week my amazing friend Shoe Desingner John Ashford asked me if I was able to attend a Fall fashion show called Runway the Real Way hosted by Catherine Schuller. It was going to be held at The Yotel in NYC so of course I jumped on the opportunity to attend. It was Halloween weekend so I figured why not plus I would never pass up an invite to attend one of his amazing shows if its in my power to be there – trust me I will attend, LOL. I couldn’t wait to see what kinds of shoes John Ashford would feature at the show but I know that it would be a phenomenal show and the shoes would be on fire!

The event was called Runway the Real Way hosted by Catherine Schuller and I was excited because John Ashford’s models were wearing some his new never before seen handmade boots. The boots were beautiful, hot, and the models were looking sexy. I had the opportunity to style some of them and assist Mr. Ashford in any way needed. The Yotel NYC also provided us all with an amazing breakfast which I myself highly appreciated – Thank you Yotel. This event was quite an experience, I am beyond happy and I thank you, John Ashford, for trusting in my abilities to get the job done efficiently. Check out some of the pics from the show and our awesome sponsors below..

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These are beautiful – Authentic “Jimi” boots made by John Ashford

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Model (Love) on the left is wearing Authentic “Blu Nile” boots made by John Ashford. Model (Whitney) on the right is wearing Authentic “Crouching Tiger, Hidden snake thigh high boots made by John Ashford. Sheer and Leather top also made by John Ashford. Jewelry: http://www.shopmgboutique

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Authentic “The Skin I’m In” made by John Ashford

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Authentic “White Tiger Express” thigh high boots made by John Ashford

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 Shoutouts to our very lovely beautiful models for an awesome job on the runway – Left to Right: Kamille, John Ashford, Jasmine, Whitney, Kelly and Love! Jewelry by: http://www.shopmgboutique.com

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Thank you to Runway the Real Way and our host Catherine Schuller for allowing me to attend this amazing event!

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Thank you to Hubert’s Lemonade for the delicious refreshments provided – they were delicious! Oh and I love your lil Winky Lemon, so cute LOL!

As you can see these Authentic by John Ashford shoes are amazing and the models really made the boots on the runway look hot together with the amazing jewelry by Material Girlz Boutique, heck this event was pure sexiness. Theres no doubt that I will always consider myself an Authentic by John Ashford fan, his designs and shows are always different as you never know what he has in store for us ladies. The element of surprise and the anticipation of what kinds of shoes or boots he will break out at a show just makes attending his shows fun and exciting.

I would like to send a special thank you to the Yotel for providing the amazing breakfast and an awesome space to hold this event, Sponsors – Stylaga, Runway the Realway and host: Catherine Schuller – thank you for your sponsorship and of course John Ashford of Authentic by John Ashford!

If you haven’t attended one I highly recommend you attend one. His shoes are handmade so if you want a certain custom made shoe or boot, visit his site at www.authenticbyjohnashford.com. Send him a friendly email and order a pair today!

Happy Shopping my friends!

Photos: John Ashford

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THE AUTHENTIC BY JOHN ASHFORD EXPERIENCE…CHECK THIS OUT!

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My time in Nyc is winding down to the last day and I have to head back home but first I bring you one more fashion post to feast your eyes on. This one I guarantee your going to love and much as I do.

I had the opportunity to attend a photoshoot for my good friend shoe designer John Ashford from Authentic by John Ashford and it was awesome. The two models Mindy and Melinda from BMG Models were amazingly beautiful with makeup done by MUA Londone Trebor (he’s amazingly talented) and the Jewelry provided by Material Girls Boutique  was just fabulous. The location was in the heart of Nyc and I have never seen so many people take out their cameras and take pics of the actual shoot itself, I was seriously excited. The comments about the shoes were off the charts and I was so happy to have supported my fellow friends for this event. But don’t let me spoil this moment for you…check out the pics below!

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Shoe Designer John Ashford helping the model put on those amazing Authentic handmade “I do” wedding platforms!

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Need a makeup artist email Londone (his info is below), he’s just really good at what he does! The models look phenomenal!

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Take a look at those beauties, Ummm yeah I’ll take both pairs please! Left: Authentic “Ndeble Night” Suede Platforms handmade by John Ashford

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Mr. Ashford hard at work, working hard as always – he won’t stop – can’t stop!

This photoshoot was amazing – congrats to the jewelry stylist (Material Girlz Boutique), MUA Londone Trebor and both models Mindy and Melinda for a very creative awesome shoot. John Ashford, thanks for letting me tag along on this photoshoot! It was so exciting, and amazing!

 Shoe Inquiries: http://www.authenticbyjohnashford.com

Jewelry by http://www.shopmgboutique.us

Jewelry Inquiries:  Material_girlz94@yahoo.com

 Makeup by Artist Londone Trebore

MUA inquiries: LondoneTrebore@gmail.com

WHO PUT THE HOUTE IN BROOKLYN’S VINTAGE COUTURE?

Alison Houtte, owner of Houte Couture in Brooklyn, NYC

Alison Houtte, owner of Houte Couture in Brooklyn, NYC

I want to retell a story about an amazing lady that perhaps has been told over and over again by most that know who she is. But for those that don’t know her story or are not familiar with my amazing friend then you haven’t really taken a good look at the cover of most magazines and really paid attention to the runways in the much talked about fashion world. Who is she and why should you get to know her? Read on to learn more….

My story starts while on an impromptu trip to my brothers house in Brooklyn, NY. Flatbush Avenue to be exact and its known for its up and coming, forever-changing, storefronts. Today a coffee shop and tomorrow maybe a shoe store, the next week who knows. In my travels to Brooklyn, I had never noticed this as much as when I was there recently. I browsed through several storefronts looking for familiarity but I realized that the Avenue had changed or maybe I wasn’t paying attention as much as I thought I was. Getting off the train at the Barkeley Center and taking a leisurely stroll after a long and well thought out lower Manhattan trip (I love the subway) I slowly walked from one store front to another and there was one particular store that I had passed up the day before as I didn’t think I would like any of the merchandise inside. I happened to have the courage to go in to browse and on this day is when I met the store owner, Alison Houtte. She is an amazing lady with so much energy and happiness that not even the world can contain it – now thats amazing. Heres where I learned about her story and who she really was and quite the story it is!

Alison Houtte is the fabulous owner of an amazing store in Brooklyn called Houte Couture located at 321 Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn. Her store caters to mens, women’s fashions, and accessories that are vintage. Alison worked as a model for 10 plus years in Paris and Manhattan. She also appeared in such publications as Vogue, Marie Claire, and a Dr. Pepper Commercial just to name a few. Her amazing store has graced the pages of many publications such as WWD (Womens Wear Daily) and NYT (New York Times). Alison together with her sister Melissa Houtte who lives in Miami have co – authored a book called Aligators, Old Mink and New Money: One Woman’s Adventures in Vintage Clothing.  I haven’t read her book yet but from the reviews everyone loves the content and also state that its helpful in understanding how this idea of Vintage works. Most readers also love it because they would love to break into the field of Vintage shop ownership like her and this book helps them get things started. Now thats inspiration! I myself kinda knew what vintage was but didn’t really have a good grasp on it till I walked into her store and saw what the word Vintage really meant. As I browsed her racks upon racks and racks of clothing I thought – Good Lord, if this is what Vintage is all about then sign me up because I’m loving it.. I even winded up buying a short jacket and a scarf pictured below, can’t wait to wear them when I get back to work!

Short coat that I purchased at Houte Couture, I love the soft fabric!

Short coat that I purchased at Houte Couture, I love the soft fabric!

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This jacket looks blue above but its an actual pretty grayish color – love these buttons too! The fabric is a soft corduroy which I’m in love with!

Rounded Lapels...so vintage indeed!

Rounded Lapels…so vintage indeed!

Not sure what label this jacket comes from but who cares its beautiful - thank you Alison!!

Not sure what label this jacket comes from but who cares its beautiful – thank you Alison!!

Her store is amazing and if theres one place that I recommend to go browse and shop its called of course, Houte Couture. I guarantee you will find something you love there and you will be back for more. From the day that I stepped in this fabulous store, I was hooked and there was no turning back! Check out the pictures below of her amazing store, whats not to love about it – its just fabulous and her staff that works there are also helpful and kind. You won’t be disappointed and you like I will be asking yourself, why didn’t I know about this place earlier? More pics below….

Meet the beautiful Alison Houtte, owner of Houte Couture!

Meet the beautiful Alison Houtte, owner of Houte Couture!

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If you haven’t read this book, you gotta get it – the reviews on it are just amazing! I need to get my hands on a copy of this ASAP!

Jewelry, fabulous Jewelry - If your into Jewelry she has that too!

Jewelry, fabulous jewelry – If your into jewelry she has that too!

love the way this mannequin is accessorized!

Closer look at the half bust mannequin and you can see that her accessories are so unique! Again my urge to buy was really telling me spend, spend, spend!

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Cute top and accessories…God I love it!

You need sunglasses, she has that too!

You need sunglasses, she has that too!

She even has more than just clothes those hats are everything!

She even has more than just clothes, check out those hats aren’t they everything!

More accessories and watches!

Accessories, beautiful pearls and watches!

More shoes and accessories, I have so many shoes I had to resist the urge to buy!

More shoes and accessories, I have so many shoes I had to resist the urge to buy!

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Love those orange glasses, so chic!

Houte Couture is an amazing place and you will get lost in the immense amount of merchandise that she has on the racks and any little nook and space of the store. Don’t be afraid to go in and browse, take as much time as you need and don’t be afraid to ask for help. Her and her staff are friendly and they will help you as much as they can. So go ahead and stop by – oh and say hello to Alison for me and tell her that I sent you! Happy Vintage Shopping!!!

HOOTI COUTURE AND THE SILKY SIRENS SERVE UP BURLESQUE IN BROOKLYN!

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While on one of my walks window shopping through Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn, I never really realized how many amazing people you can meet by just stopping into a local shop and having a decent conversation with the shop owner. Thats what happened to me and I really wonder why it occurred this way, it was a true blessing.

One this day I met a shop owner called Alison of Hooti Couture located at 321 Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn. If you’ve never stopped in and met her yet, you gotta get there and say hello. She is a very smart, savvy, business oriented lady with an energetic, high spirited attitude which I truly love. She is beautiful! But we will leave the story about her and her store for another post. It will be amazing one for sure!

So on the day that I met Allison, I mindlessly browsed through her amazing store and had mentioned to her that I loved her merchandise. She excitedly handed me a flyer and invited me to her burlesque show. I was surprised because I had always wanted to attend one of these shows but in my neck of the woods these are far and few. I kindly thanked her and told her that I would happily attend and she stated that I would be her designated photographer for the day and we would meet and greet people at the door. Whoa, designated photographer LOL…I was in shock! How could a lady that just met me designate me a perfect stranger to take pictures of her most important event. My god, the pressure was on and I was happy to accept the invitation but was feeling the heat by the time I walked out the store!

When the day finally arrived and I saw a lot of friendly faces surrounding me. I also noted how smoothly Alison moved from guest to guest greeting and making conversations with everyone as she walked back and forth among the crowd. She was a true hostess and I truly admired her ability to make friends with everyone that walked through the door. I must admit I myself am too shy to even try to work a room like she did so flawlessly. This lady amazed me, for sure!!

In light of how the event went and how it was a huge success, I hope that these pictures below represent all that is Hooti Couture and The Silky Sirens! I’m your number one fan ladies!! You sure did represent Brooklyn really well!

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Sexy ladies and beautiful smiles!

Darlene looks like she's enjoying herself, she's all smiles!

Darlene looks like she’s enjoying herself, she’s all smiles!

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White looks like the perfect color for a day like today! Perfection!

Check out that jewelry, she sure is a sexy boss!

Check out that jewelry, she sure is a sexy boss!

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Nicole Cherry was displaying some of her jewelry for sale. I can’t lie I had my eye on a few of those pieces, they were so pretty!

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The Cherri Jewel Collection

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Rosie 151….She done outdid her sexy self, her performance was steaming up the place, Good Lord!!

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Ladies repeat after me – “Say SEXY” !!!

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Lola “Luscious” is dangerous….check out that mischievous face. Need I say more!

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These ladies are all about laughing and having fun, now I definitely got time for that!!

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Lola “Luscious” and Me – I told you all that Lola Luscious was dangerous … that face says it all!!

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Me and Sake Feva, I’m so happy to have finally met her…she’s amazing!

It was an amazing evening and I would highly recommend one of the burlesque events to all that are considering attending but have second thoughts. Its enjoyable and the performances will make you laugh. You will be in awe with all the talent and sexiness on stage. You won’t regret it. To my dear newfound friend Alison – you really did put together an amazing event, it was fabulous! Thank you so much for your trust in me and thanks to all the attendees that made me feel welcome on this day. I really appreciate it! It was so much fun, hope to attend another one soon.