Combined Smashin' Fashion Show + Houston's Best Stylist Competition Promises a Double Dose of Fashion Fun

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For Houston image expert Sarah Shah, style happens from the inside out. "I help people bring out what's inside them, rather than just putting something on to them," Shah recently explained over coffee at Down House. "Most people in this business tell people what they should wear, and then get mad when [the clients] don't like it. My job is to figure out a person's natural style, their own innate sense of what they should wear, and I take that and go from there. I guess I go a little backwards!"

Now Shah is poised to make a splash with yet another makeover, and this time it's a big one. She's making over the entire runway on July 31 at the first-ever Smashin' Fashion™ Show--Houston's Best Stylist Competition, at The Art Institute of Houston.

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5 Small Towns Near Houston Perfect for Shopping Day Trips

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It is time to get out of town and give the credit card a workout.
Wanna get away? More specifically, wanna get away and shop?

As the summer barrels on, the idea of throwing caution to the wind, gassing up the car and hitting the road sounds more and more appealing. The great thing is, Houston is within driving distance of numerous charming small towns, many of which have great shopping perfect for a fashionable day trip.

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15 Fourth of July Fashion & Beauty Inspirations via Tumblr

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Are you still on the hunt for a Fourth of July ensemble worthy of Lady Liberty? Well I'm not sure you will upstage the lady in green, but I think a few of the looks below will get your mind a racing.

Happy Birthday America and happy shopping to you all!

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What's in Fashion: Juicy Couture Is Over and Highest-Paid YouTuber Is a Texan

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So long, farewell.
Lots of breaking fashion news hits the interwebs and I don't want you to miss one bit of it. So, I present some of the biggest headlines each week for your reading pleasure.

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A Leap of Style Lands on Solid Ground for Designer Karissa Lindsay

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Karissa Lindsay, founder and lead designer of A Leap of Style
When would-be designers imagine their success story, most see a life changing fashion show, followed by overwhelming press buzz, mountains of garment orders, and a cliff house in Fiji overlooking a private yacht harbor. But, the reality is quite different and when some are faced with the rough road, they head for the exit. So when I have the chance to speak with an emerging designer who has faced the giant and succeeded, I am left both amazed and inspired.

So it was when I meet with Karissa Lindsay founder and lead designer for clothing line A Leap of Style. Even after a beyond successful Kickstarter campaign, some serious media attention, and placement in her ideal boutique, she is still incredibly humble, thankful and fully aware there is much more left to do.

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Seeking Fun Summer Style? Grab a Kissue

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Sisters Kaygen and Kailey Tissue bring Kissue-issue fashion to Houston--and beyond.
Houston sisters Kailey and Kaygan Tissue don't believe in a lot of fashion rules. "When it comes to clothes, I don't have a lot of rules," said Kailey, with a glance at Kaygan, who nodded in agreement. "It's about wearing clothes that make you feel great. Part of that is knowing what looks good on your body, but fashion is about making you feel great--so you should wear what makes you feel great!"

Kailey paused, and then added, "Well--except for wearing leggings with short shirts. I'm all about leggings, but a little bit of modesty is good--leggings call for longer shirts!"


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What's in Fashion: Men's Trends & Underwire Thongs

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Lots of breaking fashion news hits the interwebs and I don't want you to miss one bit of it. So, I present some of the biggest headlines each week for your reading pleasure.

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Five Fast Ways to Be Wedding-Ready (Even With a Hangover)

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I am a lifelong Girl B. Even on my own wedding day.
There are two types of women in this world. Girl A is the type who will arise early on the day of a wedding to get ready, so as to arrive looking perfectly coiffed and gorgeous. And then there's Type B; the Type B girl stays up until 3 a.m. doing shots with the wedding party the night before, oversleeps, and ends up with one hour to get ready and get to the church.

Girl A usually has at least a couple of leisurely hours for her toilette, while Girl B has about 30 minutes. No matter which girl you are, we can have you ready for your wedding in five--FIVE!--easy steps.

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Best Social Media for Poking Fun at Ridiculous Fashion

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Most people who work in fashion take it very seriously. Being that it is a multi-billion dollar industry employing hundred of thousands of people, they should be to work on time, but let us not get too crazy. I myself am a faithful cog in the well oiled machine, but I make fun of the fashion world all the time - see here and here and I am not alone.

The medium of choice for some of my cohorts is, no surprise, social media. Tumblr, Twitter and Instagram are hotbeds of fashion hilarity and I have created a list of my faves.

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What's in Fashion: Jewelry Made of Hair, Shoes Made of Swords

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Photo Courtesy of www.strandedgold.com
Yes, that is human hair...from a real human.
Lots of breaking fashion news hits the interwebs and I don't want you to miss one bit of it. So, I present some of the biggest headlines each week for your reading pleasure.

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