Upon arriving at Houston’s historical Wortham Center and stepping on to the red carpet, I instantly experienced a feeling that can only be described as a true Cinderella moment.

Amidst the glitz, glamour and flashing lights were scores of sexy women accompanied by their  equally attractive dates; and as I grabbed my glass of champagne and mingled with the crowd, there was no doubt that I was among the city’s elite tastemakers at Fashion Houston 5.

Per tradition, everyone grabbed their seats as the sold-out show began. The night’s proceeedings kicked of with a wonderful music number and Kristin Mills, who, accompanied by an upright bass and tambourine, provided a sultry intro into fashion.

Spring 2015 Bibhu Monohapatra served as the show’s opining line. A collection perfect for women in power, the designs were structured — but fun. I couldn’t help but note a lot of crisp white with pops of a geometric pattern: Think the stylings of the 1950s, revisited with a modern twist.

Blush also made an appearance this season. The monochromatic feminine tone was a nice contrast to the structure silhouette that graced the runway.

The models wore their hair pulled back in a tight chignon. The makeup was beautifully flawless skin with a pop of dark cranberry lip. His collection was a selection of waistcoasts, skirts, pant suits and cocktail dresses. It is a lifestyle collection that a woman could wear and look like Grace Kelly. Bibhu Monohapatra makes clothes for the woman that every little girl aspires to be.

Next up was Rebecca Minkoff. The models of hoer Spring 2015 collection had a fun and easy going bounce as they sashayed the runway to pop music. Her collection is flirty and youthful: The ideal for the girl on the town. They are effortless and can be dressed up or down with a pair of

heels while seeming easy going and relaxed. Many garments are off the shoulder and flowy.

Heads up: Crop tops will again be seen this season (so start doing those crunches now).

Minkoff seems to let the fabric design the garments for the “sex in the city” girl that wears her clothes. I eyed lush tones in her collection as well as as navy and sky blue. The models wore their hair down with loose waves. The makeup was very natural in the unprocessed trend.

My favorite piece? A sleeveless cream colored  jumpsuit in all lace with pockets and wide legs.

Jio’Zei Reyes collection is what runway shows are known for. His models stomped the runway with purpose to a dance remix of classical Beethoven. His designs are futuristic, with dramatic lines and angles. He dresses a woman who isn’t afraid of attention  … think bad girl. Think bitch. He opted for a darker color pallet than one would expect for spring — but then again when do you see a super villain wearing light pastels?

Many of his designs are belted to show off the powerful figure of the woman. Along with slits that say

“I’m sexy and I know it… and you know it too.”

The models hair had deep side part and pulled back, their makeup was dramatic with contoured cheek bones, smoky eyes and a dark vampy lip.

Jio’Zei Reyes designs for a confident daring woman  who is taking over.

Next up was Rolando Santana Spring 2015: A truly breath taking collection. Seriously, his clothing brought a little tear to my eye. His clothing looked like the models were draped in petals. They were bouncy, elegant and feminine. Teals, Kelly greens, and periwinkles made strong statements on the runway. His collection was a perfect balance of structure pieces and airy dresses. Just when I thought I’d seen it all,  this God-sent piece took the stage…it was a

teal fur coat over a chiffon knee length teal dress. I’m still dreaming about it. It was sensational.

The models walked as if they had no cares in the world..they strolled down the runway with their hair in slicked back straight pony tails. Their makeup was soft in light pinks and corals. His clothes were chic and looked expensive. It was confident without being overworked and showing too much. It was just enough sexy to keep you interested but had an element of innocence.

Rolando Santana designs for goddesses.

Chloe Dao closed out the show with her Spring 2015 collection. It was feminine, soft, and perfect. Chloe Dao’s understanding of a woman’s body is what makes her pieces so incredible. The mixture of structure and light fabrics works. She incorporated cut outs in a way that looks sophisticated and that all women can wear and look beautiful. Her collection featured navy, strips, magenta, and a water color inspired floral print. The models wore their hair in a loose, 1940′s inspired up-do. Their makeup was fresh faced and featured a soft pink lip. My favorite piece was a bustier topped long gown in that floral print with pockets! Super flirty and I would find somewhere to go in that! Her pieces looked regal and playful — a combination only Chloe Dao can achieve. I overheard women in the audience that would lean over and whisper “I want that; I would wear that; oh my that is amazing” to each piece that came down the runway. Chloe Dao is the designer for every woman. Period.

Photos – Wylie J Photography @ Wy2h2

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Beach Bride Boudoir — Hair and Makeup by Me!

by Jenni on October 17, 2014

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This shoot was sooooo much fun! Not to mention Channel 13 news came out to film us work! The theme of the shoot was a romantic bride taking a solitary moment in an estuary… and a focus on light was key…

the skin was kept dewy and luminous with a soft smoldering eye.sophia5

 

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I used soft brown, cork, ground brown, and sweet lust on her eyes.

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On her skin I used face and body foundation and cream concealers to highlight and contour.

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The hair had extensions placed to make the models hair super long. Her hair was then curled using a 1 inch wand and styled with Paul Mitchell’s Beach spray to give a wavy sea-mist texture.

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Hope you enjoy!

Photographers- Archetype Photography Koby Brown and Terilyn Brown

Model – Sofia Mihailoff

Hair and Makeup- Jenni Reed ( Allthingsjenni)

Extensions- Allthingsjenni

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photo 1Big beautiful hair is a must when you are trying to make a sexy statement. Another problem is making sure it last and stays just as voluminous as when you left the house! Here is how I keep my hair in Brigitte Bardot fashion and the products I use to achieve this timeless look!photo 2
First, I start with clean hair
then I apply Aveda Style Prep Smoother. This is a heat protectant and humidity control…volume does not mean frizzy! and Aveda Phemollient, this provides hold with out weighing down your hair!!
Blow dry hair
Next, use a 1 1/2 inch curling iron and curl hair in 1 inch sections
while each curl is still hot, coil in same direction and clip in place
Complete all over head
Once finished, spray with aerosol hair spray. I like Orbie hair spray
I usually do my hair first then my make up so the hair has time to cool off and “set” —Let it set for at least 30 mins
Take clip out of hair and lightly tussle curls
Use a smoother on ends of hair and on any fly-aways. My favorite is Moroccan Oil Frizz Control
I love when I do my hair this way! I feel incredible and I am confident my hair look amazing plus I get soooo many compliments! The nice thing is that is usually still looks great the next day too!photo (7)

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Archetype-17This shoot was SOOOOOOO much fun! It was shot on the S.S. Elissa docked in Galveston! I had a blast and got to spend the sunset evening with some amazing people! The hair was suppose to be wavy and romantic and the makeup bronzed like she lived a sun-kissed life! Bonus!!!!!! the work was featured on Green Wedding Shoes!Archetype-57

Her foundation- face and body

Bronzer- extra dimension

Eyes- crush metal pigment, brown script, embark, sketch eye shadow

lips- delectable lipstick, flusterrose gloss, cork liner

hair- pincurled with a 1 1/2 inch curling ironArchetype-56

VENDOR CREDITS:
Floral: Maria Maxit, http://maxitflowerdesign.com
Bakery: Cakes by Jula, http://CakesByJula.com
Invitation Suite/Calligraphy: http://NibandPixel.com
Ribbon: http://SilkandWillow.com
Makeup and hair: http://AllthingsJenni.com & http://MakeupTexas.com
Place settings, Linens & Table/Chairs: Vintage, from photographers’ personal collection
Gowns: BHLDN (the Vivienne in Cloud Gray) and Sarah Janks (the Delilah gown with an ivory overlay and antique slip) <-provided via BeInspiredPR
Accessories/Jewelry: http://BHLDN.com
Models: Michalah Caughey, Shamanda Kennerson
Photographers: Koby & Terilyn Brown, http://ArchetypeStudioInc.com

 

See Our Featured Work on Green Wedding Shoes

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Unprocessed- the new look of makeup

by Jenni on September 22, 2014

unprocessedThere has been a new trend that can be seen walking down the runway and gracing red carpets everywhere! oddly, it is the look of wearing NO makeup…just a perfected face with the focus on luminous skin. Barely there colors wash the lids and lips and a highlighted glow caress the cheeks. It might be a change of pace for some ladies…especially if you love the dramatic makeup that we see up and down our Instagram newsfeed…and don’t get me wrong I love it— I think a cut crease on a Wednesday is always a good idea! however, the fashion industry is saying the woman underneath all that highlight and contour is beautiful! I like this unprocessed natural look, I mean it works great on women that have that perfect skin…but unfortunately I am not one of those lucky ones… sooo what to do? how can I partake in this new trend and still feel confident? Let me get honest for a minute… and unmask what I look like before the discepticon transformation that my makeup allows me to do…The 40/40 Club 10 Year Anniversary Party - Inside I have acne scars… a few blemishes…freckles…discoloration, and of course under eye bags… not to mention I am oily which makes me naturally shy away from the whole dewy trend… this “unprocessed” au-natural trend goes against everything that I am trying to hide! Nevertheless, I attempted it and I gotta tell you, it felt great! Now, it isn’t something I would wear on a date night, or a special occasion, but I would defiantly wear it Sunday brunch, shopping, hanging out with my friends. I felt like me, just a more perfected me, like me with a filter… another benefit to this… I got ready SO much faster! You can vamp up this look, this is what you see most on the red carpet…like this perfected luminous face with a bold lip, or with a sexy smudgy liner. This makes this natural look more va-va-voom! Here is what I used for this trendy new look!

First- I moisturized my skin with strobe cream

Concealed blemishes with prolong wear concealer

C.C. Cream ( color corrector) on my areas of my face that have some discoloring.

Face and body foundation

Mineralized concealer under eyes

casual color on cheeks and lips

cream color base for highlight on cheeks, nose, forehead and chin

Mineralized lip gloss

teddy eyeliner

espresso eye shadow in brows

Mineralized mascara

translucent powder on my t zone to control oilunprocessedjenni

All these products are Mac… Hope you enjoy and I look forward to seeing how you enjoy this new Fall look!

 

 

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Summer Proof Makeup

by Jenni on July 28, 2014

With day parties, barbeques, and the beach calling our names this summer…we gotta make sure we stay looking flawless despite the heat!

Here are my favorite Summer Proof Products that can handle the weather and the fun!

Mac Face and Body Foundation- This is a great light weight foundation that is sweat and water resistant! faceandbodyfoundation

Mac Prolong Wear Compact Foundation- This cream foundation has a 10 hour wear on it! It holds up well especially for ladies who want oil control and a little more coverage!

Mac Prolong Wear Paint Pots- these little gems are cream eye shadows! They have 15 hour wear on them, water and sweat resistant plus they are crease proof!

Mac Point Black Eyeliner- this liquid eyeliner is truly water proof…like it aint goin no where…

Mac Splashproof Mascara- this ultra black mascara can with stand the waves and keep your eyelashes looking voluminous and sexy!macsplashproof

Mac Waterproof Brow Gel- these brow gels are water proof and come in a wide range of colors…they keep your brows in place! No more fear of your brows to disappear!

Duo Waterproof Eyelash Glue in Dark- this is my favorite eyelash glue…the dark color makes the lash line look fuller…plus the water proof aspect keeps your lashes on no matter what! the formula is strong but not harsh when it comes time to remove!

 

Have fun in the sun ladies and look good doin’ it! Hope this list helps! Here is a pic of me and my makeup at Jones Beach in New York after a day in the sun plus getting in the water and getting knocked down by waves! beachpic

 

 

 

 

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The Secret to Being a Bronzed Beauty- My Fav Bronzers

June 25, 2014

The sun is out and we are ready to be a golden goddess! Here is the scoop on bronzers that can get you that sun kissed look that is sure to turn heads! Matte Bronzers- these types of bronzers are usually powder and create a deeper tone with out any sparkle. They are great to [...]

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My Favorite Lipsticks for Weddings

June 5, 2014

With Weddings season in full swing I wanted to give ya’ll my top picks for lipsticks! These colors are perfect for the bride or for her bridal party! Brides always want to look their very best which means fresh, flawless, and of course beautiful! Crème cup by Mac- this color is a light creamy pink…it [...]

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Easy Ways to Look Thinner FAST-Just in Time for the Summer!

April 29, 2014

We all have had those occasions where we say to ourselves…I just need to drop  like 5 pounds fast! Maybe its for that new dress you just bought, a wedding you gotta attend, or you plan on running into your ex and you need to make sure you look amazing! Here are a few tips [...]

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My Favorite Spring Hair Trends- Runway Edition

February 13, 2014

My favorite time of year is upon us! Fashion Week   !!!! Spring time has blossomed and propelled beauty and fashion into light and airy abundance of floral notes and soft tresses. Here are a few of my favorite hair trends that have been sashaying down the runway. Low Pony Tail- Carefree and easy elegance is the [...]

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