Houston Stylist Shay Blaché's 'Hidden Closet' a Treasure Trove of Fashion

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Model/stylist Shay Blaché of 'Hidden Closet'.
Model and stylist Shay Blaché doesn't follow any fashion rules but one: every look should be unique. A social worker by day, this stylist is a fashionista around the clock. "I change my look all the time," said Shay, dressed in a chic, patterned sheath dress and four inch black heels. "My co-workers are never sure who to expect on Monday! Maybe blond, maybe dark; maybe straight, maybe curly hair. I change up my own look a lot. I don't ever want to go anywhere and have another woman wear something I am wearing, and I don't want that for my clients, either. That's why I call my business the Hidden Closet."

When it comes to styling clients, Shay's keyword is also change, and finds it her mission to push them out of their comfort zone--but not too far. "I don't want to dress clients the way I would dress--I want to bring out their personality in the clothes I choose for them," explained Shay, who sends clients a questionnaire before the first consultation. "I want to know if they have pierced ears, where they shop, and even clothing materials and colors--and I like to know why they like something, or why they don't; that way, I can introduce things to them in ways they [accept]."

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Five Fashion Books to Read Now

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Whether you're bored stiff with your current reading list, or getting a jump on your Christmas shopping, fashion fans will find a lot of delicious new literature at their local bookseller. We talk a lot about fashion, we watch a lot about fashion, and--according to celebrity stylist and Project Runway alum Nick Verreos--we should be reading a lot about fashion, too. After all, the history of fashion is a fascinating (and lovely) lens through which to view our world, past and present.

Although 2014 brought us dozens of new fashion and beauty titles, the following five each bring something special--a hidden backstory, a cautionary tale, an insider's peek--and deserve examination, and a place on your home bookshelf or coffee table.

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Five Don't-Miss Fashion Events in Houston in November

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The weather is cooling down just in time for fashion season in Houston to heat up! Clear your calendars (and your credit card balance) because in addition to this onslaught of fashion--Christmas is coming. You know it, I know it, and the retailers in the Galleria know it. (Seriously, the decorations are going up already).

The first stop on our November fashion tour requires fast action--you only have until Sunday, November 2, to pick up (and use!) your Houston Holiday Shopping Card. Purchase the card for $75 and start shopping: you enjoy 20 percent off of purchases at hundreds of area stores, and a donation will be made to the American Cancer Society for each purchase. The card is only valid through November 2, so get to it!

Now, let's go get us some fashion.

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Nick Verreos - Designer, Scholar, Gentleman - on Finding Your Style Muse and Looking Nice at Airports

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Nick Verreos
Last Saturday, fashion designer, Project Runway alum, and red carpet commentator Nick Verreos was at Macy's at the Houston Galleria presenting Fashion Rocks--inspirational fall looks based on the kind of strong, confident women that inform Verreos's own design aesthetic.

"I like that people are using celebrity muses. People can argue that it's good or bad, but my thing is strong women, and rock stars like J. Lo, Katy Perry, they are strong women," said Verreos before the show. "Strong women have always been a theme of mine; I design for strong women who don't mind using fashion as an armor of strength--just because my woman is fashionable, doesn't mean she is frou-frou."

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Fashion Houston Is a Go, Let Houston's Fashion Season Begin

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The rest of the fashion world is recuperating from September a.k.a. Fashion Month, but Houston is just getting revved up. Just this past week, the team at Fashion Houston hosted its official launch party at JW Marriott Houston Downtown. Local Houston designers, professionals, media, and fans gathered to celebrate the start of Houston's fashion season and the fifth birthday of Houston's most popular show.

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Project Runway: Threads Invites Teens to the Design Table, Brings Past Winner Christian Siriano Back Into the Fold

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Christian Siriano plus some other people on Lifetime's Project Runway: Threads.
The latest franchise from Project Runway is geared toward teens and tweens--but only as far as the contestant pool. Project Runway: Threads is a design competition for teen and tween designers, but if the first episode is any indication, they will still be charged primarily with creating adult fashions; kind of a bummer for those of us hoping to see how teens might design clothes for themselves. The show also brings back Project Runway's youngest-ever winner, and fan-favorite, Christian Siriano. After distancing himself somewhat from the franchise, and launching his own global fashion house, Siriano returns to PR to critique the designs and help choose a new winner each week along with judges from Seventeen magazine, and Internet fashion icon/YouTube sensation Ingrid Nilson.

Lifetime will air eight, one-hour episodes over the next two months, each featuring three different teen/tween designers and their assistants (all three designers on the premier episode chose a parent) as they navigate challenges and compete to win a $25,000 prize package. The adorable levels are off the charts, which more than makes up for the somewhat cheesy production value.

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Megamalls Are Allegedly Dying, But Simon Isn't Going Down Without a Fight

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Hilary Williams and Andi Valentine of Settlement Goods (two left) with Refinery29 crew.
Not sure if you have heard, but the megamall is in dire straits. Articles penned by USA Today, The New Yorker, and Business Insider have all prophesied the end of the shopping center as we know it. Blaming the economy, changing culture, and a population shift from the suburbs to the city for the decline, many industry insiders say the beginning of the end is near so get your food court fix in now! Usually when so called insiders herald the end of an era, many of us take it with a grain of salt and maybe an eye roll or two. But, a recent rebranding effort by one of the country's largest mall property owners may make you think otherwise.

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5 Hidden Shopping Gems Neartown/Westheimer Corridor

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Probably one of the most popular shopping strips in Houston, Westheimer Road is a main thoroughfare where we all have dropped a few hundred dollars during holiday season. Even though we all are very familiar with the strip, there are hidden spots that you may have never seen or heard of before. Tucked away on the side streets and in the shadow of The Galleria and West Ave are mom and pop shops with really great fashions and gifts for you. Here are five of my favorite off the beaten path Westheimer Road shops inside the loop.

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Simon Malls and Refinery 29 Shopping Block Party at Houston Premium Outlets

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You know who's kind of killing it in on the event front now a days, Simon Malls. I will wait for your shock and awe to wear off.......ok. Yes, the purveyor of mega malls like the Galleria and Houston Premium Outlets is changing it up in an effort to become its own destination for shoppers, specifically the twenty and thirty somethings everyone is after these days. First, they brought us the fall fashion extravaganza Lookbook Live and now comes The Shopping Block, a national collaboration with millennial favorite and online content juggernaut Refinery 29, on Saturday, October 11 at Houston Premium Outlets.

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Elizabeth Anthony Celebrates New Look, Here's Why You Should Check It Out

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Uptown Park boutique Elizabeth Anthony has had a serious facelift. To celebrate, the team invited a few hundred close friends, created a fashion week atmosphere, and hosted an Escada runway show. Now that's how you throw a party.

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