5 Hidden Shopping Gems in Midtown

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Photo by Agsftw [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
You may be saying to yourself, "Midtown. What's hidden about Midtown?!" The slice of land sandwiched between Downtown, Museum District, and Montrose is teaming with activity, but there are a few spots on the not so beaten path. Fashion wise, the pickings are slim, but I have a few choices that may come as a surprise.

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Ultra 2015's Best and Worst Fashion Trends

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Photos by Marta Xochilt Perez
Best: Rave Disciples. "Leviticus 4:57 states that thou shalt turn up in the name of the Lord."

Written by Kat Bein.

There have been a lot of changes at Ultra Music Festival.

The audience is over 18 now. And many of rave culture's familiar accoutrements -- finger gloves, glow sticks, rage totems, etc. -- have been banned under the fest's new Prohibited Items policy.

There are those of adult age who still cling to the furry-boots-and-tutu combo (essentially the boring, basic Barbie costume of the EDM age), but lots of party people took some serious sartorial risks at Ultra 2015.

Some of these experiments proved adorable, some of them not so much. We prowled the festival grounds, camera in hand, looking for the best of the best and a bit of the worst.

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5 Houston Retailers Catering to the Newest Shopaholics...Men

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Photos by Cherise Luter
Field Refined pocket squares and tips. Some made of up-cycled men's ties.
I never knew I would see the day where this statement was true...men are taking over the fashion landscape. No longer relegated to five or six male models serving only as partners to the women, designers are paying just as much, if not more, attention to their male centric offerings. As always, anything happening on the New York runway will show up in the store fronts of Houston. Men's high end retailers like M Penner and Hamilton Shirt Co. have always had a presence here, but it members of the new guard that are responding to the call and bringing the trends from up North to down South.

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Make Bayou City Art Festival Your Weekend Fashion Destination

Categories: Fashion, Festivals

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Photo by Christina Uticone
Roman Knot Belt from Tom Thomas Leather Artisan is customized for length at the 2014 Bayou City Art Festival.
Among the 450 artists scheduled to appear at this week's Bayou City Art Festival at Memorial Park are designers who focus on helping us curate our most personal art collections -- our wardrobes. If you are always on the hunt for one-of-a-kind jewelry, conceptual handbags, cut-to-fit leather belts and other "no one else will have it" items, the Bayou City Art Festival is not to be missed. The festival is also an opportunity to meet and work with artists on custom couture and bespoke designs as well, according to Art Colony Association board member Bart Truxillo.

"We have an extraordinary number of artists in the show, from around the United States and the world, and the festival allows for a dialogue about art between the artist and the customer. Whether it's painting, sculpture, jewelry or other wearable art, a lot of our artists take commissions from those who want custom work during [the festival]."

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SXSW 2015 Festival Style Roundup

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Photo by Dane Deaner via Wikimedia Commons
SXSW, the small festival turned international music, tech, and everything else cool people are in to event, attracts people from all over the world and with that comes style of all kinds. If you took a stroll around Austin over the past week, you would have seen a veritable smorgasbord of, shall we say, unique fashion choices. I thought it would be fun to hunt down a few standouts and share with you fine people. Enjoy!

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The Best Fashion Trends for Spring (and Where to Find Them in Houston)

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Photo by Christina Uticone
French skincare line Clarins is building an impressive line of color cosmetics. The khol eyeliner is particularly versatile, and comes with an excellent built-in smudge brush.
Spring has sprung, and with it a whole new crop of seasonal beauty and fashion lines. It's been a very strenuous month of shopping, facials, and beauty counter makeovers, but it's finally time to present the top contenders for the season.

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Galveston Island Jeweler Making Waves in Hollywood and Beyond

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Photo courtesy of John Ford Jewelers
Access Hollywood host Shaun Robinson (right) wearing a Lightning Ridge Collection ring with Academy Award Winner Alejandro Gonzalez
To say that John Ford is just a jeweler would be the understatement of the year. The Galveston based designer http://www.johnfordjewelers.com/ has been making an impact on the fine jewelry market for more than 30 years and become the leader in a sector that, in the past, was a no-mans land for Americans. While Tiffany's, Cartier, and other well known brands overlooked the rare black opal, Ford has used it to carve out a successful niche resulting in a place on the international stage and, most recently, the Academy Awards Red Carpet.

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9 Instastyle Inspirations for Your Rodeo Houston Look

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Photo by ShopEmersonRose via Instagram

Rodeo Houston time has come to our fair city once again. Aside from the rides, concerts and carnival eats, all I hear people buzzing about is the fashion -- apparently even cowboys care about color matching and proportions. Because western wear is in this year, it won't be hard to find a few appropriate pieces in your favorite boutique or vintage store. Thanks to my good ol' buddy Instagram, I have found a handful of Rodeo looks that bring in the studs and spurs but stay far away from costume-y. You, too, can look at home on the range and normal walking down Westheimer in these ensembles.

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Nigel Barker Presenting Models of Influence at Brazos Bookstore

Categories: Books, Fashion

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Nigel Barker presents "Models of Influence" at Brazos Bookstore on Wednesday, March 4 at 7 p.m.
A photographer, television personality (The Face, America's Next Top Model), and former model himself, Nigel Barker is a man who understands the fashion industry. It's his insider's point-of-view and keen eye that make his new book, Models of Influence: 50 Women Who Reset the Course of Fashion so absorbing. You'll meet models you've never heard of, and learn about some of the most famous faces in fashion--all between the same two covers. Barker will be presenting Models of Influence on Wednesday, March 4, at 7 p.m. at Brazos Bookstore--an incredible opportunity for model-watchers and fashion fans alike.

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4 Hidden Shopping Gems in Montrose

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Montrose has that "off the beaten path" feel. The shops are a little worn around the edges, the buildings seem to have a story to tell, and anything shiny and new looks kind of out of place. The entire area is teaming with hidden gems, but I did my best to find a few that stood out among the old oak lined streets and coffee shops.

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