Nov 062013
 

The Houston Fashion Bloggers were hosted by Macy’s in Memorial City Mall a couple weeks ago for our October Meetup and we had a great time!!!

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We got a chance to see the newest Fall/Winter Trends for this year.  Two members of the executive team put pieces together for us to preview.  The majority of the pieces put together cost less than $300.

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DSCF0654This green Ralph Lauren Dress was the 1st piece that caught my eye when I walked in the room. It’s priced at only $99 .  It comes in different colors (although I’d  prefer the green since it’s the Pantone color of the year) and would be perfect for holiday parties. :-)

DSCF0655This is a top by Rachel Roy. It can also be worn as a short dress. It’s definitely in trend using black and white (which is hot for fall/winter as well as the stripes).  The fact the the stripes are diagonal is a plus because they’ll compliment your shape a lot better than just vertical and especially better than horizontal. It’s priced at a great value of $59.

DSCF0659This Black Leather jacket by Free People was another eye catcher. It’s retailed at $158.

 

DSCF0658 This lovely black coat is by Bar 3 and retails for $298 ( the most expensive item shown)  . I love the accent on the sleeves. The printed tee under the Black Coat is by Denim and Design $39.50. It’s a fairly new brand that’s described as cool “military chic”.  It’s paired with jeans for a comfortable look that still makes a statement.

Here are some close up pics of the shoes that were paired with the clothing.

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I’d love to have these black and gold studded boots as well as these open toe/open heel booties for work. :-) The shoes below come in black as well.

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 This is Erica. She was our hostess for the evening. She’s in the Executive in Training Program and did a great job facilitating the Fall/Winter Meetup with us. 20131024_193028Here I am with our hostess Erica

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We also had a chance to win 2 door prizes.20131024_180820Guess who one a prize???? 20131024_193739

We learned that only a few Macy’s in the Greater Houston Area have personal shoppers and this location actually has one. Her name is Deyna. That’s pretty cool.  Whenever I think of personal shoppers, I think of very high end stores.  So nice to know it’s this service is available for the everyday shopper as well.

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Feb 222013
 

BeautyByLeRenda Gordon Parks exhibitMacy’s has really done well with recognizing cultural events. This is second year in a row that I’ve attended their Black History Month event. Last year they focused on Romare Bearden. This year they focused on Gordon Parks.

This event was held at the Macy’s Galleria on Hidalgo.  There was a nice set up displaying Gordon Parks’s pictures as well as a live musician.BeautyByLeRenda Macys Gordon Parks Panel backgroundBeautyByLeRenda in front of Gordon Parks background BeautyByLeRenda Macys Gordon Parks event musician

I missed the beginning of the event because I was booked to do makeup for an event at Qwashae Boutique. I got to Macy’s towards the end of the panel discussion.

BeautyByLeRenda Gordon Parks PanelEach member gave info about Gordon Parks and how he made an impact on their lives. In this picture Rebecca Briscoe is speaking on how inspirational he was to have been so successful despite the racial tension that existed during his era.

To the left of her is Ray Carrington, he spoke very highly of Gordon Parks and emphasized how his early mistakes led to him learning lessons that allowed him opportunities to leave a huge legacy. He discussed how important it was for Gordon Parks to get to know people before taking pictures.  Then there’s Joy Sewing. Unfortunately, I missed her speak, but I’m sure she gave a lot of good insight. She’s very intellectual and full of knowledge.  I look forward to seeing her at events. On the end is David Parks.

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Here I am with Rebecca after the panel discussion.  I’m so proud of her success.  We both grew up in the same home town of Port Arthur, Texas. Nice to see her doing well. :-)

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This gentlemen in the above picture was the host for the Gordon Parks event.

BeautyByLeRenda David Parks speakingAbove is David Parks, Gordon’s son.  He shared a lot of great background information about his father, including how he and his brother approached their dad for assistance in producing the movie Superfly.  He also spoke about how diversity is still an issue in the film industry.  He urged film makers to work together and explained why family and the community and are keys to being successful.

BeautyByLeRenda Macys Black History Month BackgroundThere was a great turnout for this event. :-)

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I got a chance to sit down and talk with David Parks. He ‘s so personable and approachable. He was very patient and took time to talk with everyone and took pictures.  He appeared to be just as happy to meet us as we were to meet him.  I’m so honored to have had this opportunity.

David Parks and BeautyByLeRendaThere was a reception following the panel discussion in which Macy’s provided light refreshments and drinks. BeautyByLeRenda Macys Wine list for Gordon Parks eventI’m so glad that I was able to attend this wonderful event. Kudos to Macy’s once again for putting on a fantastic showcase for Black History Month.

*I am a member of the Everywhere Society and Everywhere provided me with compensation for this post about Macy’s Black History Month. However, all thoughts and opinions expressed herein are my own.*

 

Feb 192012
 

 

Macy’s is doing it’s part to help celebrate Black History Month by honoring artist, visionary, and scholar Romare Bearden.  I attended an event sponsored by Macy’s in the Houston Galleria on Hidalgo on 2/16/12 with a few of my fellow Houston Bloggers Shalanda of Live-Life-In-Style, Imani of Fashion by Faith Seekers, Kourtney of Cheap Chic and Curvy, Crystal of P.S. Your Lovely,  Vernetta of Women are Game Changers, and Shanda of The Naturalista Glam.  This post will give you a glimpse of what a great event it was.

Below is a picture of the Macy’s Banner that was used to promote the event.  The artwork is by Romare Bearden.  It’s from his painting The Lamp.   It was actually featured on the U.S. Postal Stamp in 2004. :-)

Below is a picture of Kim, owner of Lamik Beauty in the green top, and one of the patrons.

It was well attended and the guests really seemed to enjoy themselves.

There was live entertainment provided as well.

There was even a bartender there to keep the party going. LOL! :-)

I’m so glad that we attended this event.  I’d never heard of Romare Bearden before Macy’s recognized him.  He played a major role in Art, Literature, and music.  For more info on Macy’s Celebrates Black History Month and Romare Bearden you can go to the Macys.com/events

Sep 092011
 

Tonight was the 2nd Annual Fashion Night Out.  It’s a day celebrated all over the country dedicated to fashion and the new trend for the Fall Season.  There were several shows and events dedicated to this day. I attended the Macy’s Galleria Fashion Nigh Out.  It was a lot of fun.

This was the setup inside of Macy’s Galleria Houston
Animal Print will be in this season.  These were from the Fall Rachel Roy collection.  The Macy’s associates spoke very highly of her.  She attended the FNO here at the Houston Galleria Macy’s last year and was very nice and down to earth.  According to the associates, Rachel stayed the entire time to make sure she met all of her fans.  That’s cool! :-)
I really liked these Karl Lagerfeld dresses.
They had a bartender and servers who provided quaint refreshments. :-)
They also had photographers taking pics of the customers with the FNO background. Sorry for the quality but it’s my cell phone camera capturing a picture of my printed picture. Ha ha!
You can get more info on Macy’s Fall 2011 Trends by clicking here
Jun 242011
 

Okay, so I intended to post this earlier and lost track of time so this was actually my look from yesterday when I worked at the Macy’s M.A.C. counter.

I added false lashes

The products used are listed below.  I purchased all of them unless otherwise specified:

Face
  1. Black Opal Foundation Stick Truly Topaz
  2. Queen Collection Brown Bronze Mineral powder
  3. Coastal Scents Sunless Body Art Bronzer Light (cheek highlight)
  4. Queen Collection Ebony Bronze Bronzer (contour)
  5. NYX Mosaic Powder MPB 10 Love (blush)
  6. Black Opal Oil Blocking Invisible Powder (finishing powder)
Eyes
  1. Black Opal Foundation Stick Heavenly Honey (concealer and base for shadow)
  2. Brown Highlight M.A.C. Naked Pigment
  3. Transition color M.A.C. Tete a Tint
  4. Crease M.A.C. Saffron/Sketch
  5. Lid M.A.C. Expensive Pink/Sketch
  6. Top Liner M.A.C. Boot Black
  7. Waterline liner Urban Decay Zero
  8. Lashline liner Milani Easyliner for Eyes Glitter Purple Quartz
  9. Smokey color through lashes M.A.C. Sketch
  10. Under eye concealer M.A.C. Select Moisture Cover NC45
  11. Mascara M.A.C. Zoomfast Black
  12. False Lashes The Creme Shop Lashes #12
Lips
  1. M.A.C. CB 96
  2. M.A.C. Lychee Luxe Lipglass