The Ladies Roundtable 2014

The Ladies Roundtable 2014
Join me and 5 top Dallas fashion bloggers on August 16, 2014 as we present "Fashion Talk" at The Ladies Roundtable empowerment conference.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Dallas Launch of Jouer Cosmetics at Blushington: Giveaway Included

Join me on September 24, 2014 from 6-8 p.m., as I venture off to Blushington MakeUp & Beauty Lounge for the official launch of Jouer Cosmetics in Dallas. This top French makeup brand has some of the best makeup products out on the market currently and they are going to be offered exclusively at Blushington. 

Jouer Cosmetics launch at Blushington in Dallas

Come join me for this French Fete and enjoy sips of complimentary French Rose' cocktails, petit fours, makeup touch-ups with Jouer Cosmetics professionals and photo booth fun! The best part--guests will also receive a gift bag, which will include a selection of full-sized makeup products! RSVP for this fantastic event today. (See info above)

Giveaway for my faithful readers:

Jouer Cosmetics Leopard IT bag


For the first three of my readers to show up at Blushington on September 24th, you will receive a Joeur Leopard IT bag, valued at $28.






Jouer Cosmetics Fall 2014 Collection Long Wear Creme Mouse Eyeshadows

For one lucky reader, I'll be giving away a full set of Long Wear Creme Mouse Eyeshadows as part of Jouer's new Fall 2014 collection, valued at $180 (includes 6 eyeshadows at $30 each). All you have to do is comment on this post with your email address for a chance to win!  It's that easy!  The winner will be notified on September 24th!






Mark your calendars and come out to Blushington on September 24th and celebrate with me! This will be an event you don't want to miss!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Mercedes Benz Fashion Week SS15: Haze Collection

Shades are the new black--and for those of us who may have a slight addiction to accessories (myself included), we are much aware that the perfect pair of shades can upgrade any outfit from drab to fab within a matter of seconds. I now introduce you to the Haze Collection--a collection that I was able to view during New York Fashion Week on September 5, 2014 at the Hudson Hotel.

Haze Collection Mercedes Benz Fashion Week SS15

While apparel is said to have its seasons and trends, the same can be said for shades or "sunnies" as the fashionistas would like to call them. Over the past year, there has been an upsurge in the aviator shades trend with the reflective and color-stained lenses. Hopefully this too will pass (aviators are everywhere!) but another overarching trend in shades have definitely been "the bigger, the better".

Haze Collection Mercedes Benz Fashion Week SS15

Although the Jackie-O oversized shades trend is one that I don't see dying down anytime soon, it does appear that lens sizes for shades in the future are slimming back down but the overall styles of shades are becoming even more grandiose.  Pops of colors in neons are in with even more selections of lens colors from bright gold hues to bright bronzes.

Haze Collection Mercedes Benz Fashion Week SS15

Whatever your preference may be, Haze has an assorted collection of sunnies that are perfectly matched with what you already may have in your wardrobe. From t-shirts and jeans to leather with an edgy flair, my current fashion obsession is definitely with Haze. Enjoy a sneak peek as to what you can expect from Haze for this upcoming spring and summer and dive even further by searching their current collection here online.

Haze Collection Mercedes Benz Fashion Week SS15

Haze Collection Mercedes Benz Fashion Week SS15

Haze Collection Mercedes Benz Fashion Week SS15

Haze Collection Mercedes Benz Fashion Week SS15

All images taken and to be credited by: Leah Frazier




Sunday, September 7, 2014

New York Fashion Week: What I Wore, Day 1

This was my first year to go to New York Fashion Week as a fashion editor and since it is always a mystery to those who see everything on television and want to really know the insider deets on what goes on, I'm here to give it to you straight.  Over the next couple of days, I'm going to give you all of the details from what I wore to designer shows to the notorious NYC street style.  So stay plugged in and get a first hand view on how it all went down for me at New York Fashion Week.

Leah Frazier Beauty4Ashes Dallas Fashion Blogger Karen Walker shades
Cab Ride to the Lincoln Center..Karen Walker shades are poppin!
Press Credentials to Fashion Week
Day 1 for me entailed 2 runway shows, 1 designer brand launch and 1 fashion presentation.  All in all, this included 2 outfits for me: one for the day events and another for the night events.  Here's how I decided to get into a New York state of mind.

Day 1 "day" outfit: NeoBantu Skirt, Freedom of Animals Veronika Tote, Karen Walker shades and Dolce Vita animal print booties

Leah Frazier Beauty4Ashes Dallas Fashion Blogger New York Fashion Week

Leah Frazier Beauty4Ashes Dallas Fashion Blogger New York Fashion Week
Day 1, "night" outfit: Diane von Furstenberg dress purchased at Clothes Circuit / worn to the launch of the luxury travel line, Andiamo

Leah Frazier Beauty4Ashes Dallas Fashion Blogger New York Fashion Week Haze Collection
Partying on the rooftop of the Hudson Hotel for the Haze Collection sunglasses SS15 presentation / Shoes by: Jessica Simpson

Leah Frazier Beauty4Ashes Dallas Fashion Blogger New York Fashion Week Haze Collection Hudson Hotel
Rooftop night view of NYC in the background on top of the roof at the Hudson Hotel...purely amazing! I feel so blessed to have seen the things that I have seen and to have traveled to where I have traveled over the course of my life!  To God be ALL of the glory!


Five Reasons Why Lysse' is a Must for Your Fall Wardrobe

Lysse' has been a brand that has been on my radar ever since I received a pair of their vegan leather ponte "riding" style leggings last year. The materials are high quality, the top band is designed to minimize the mid section "pooch" and most importantly the leggings truly flatter my figure.

Lysse', although recognizable for their leggings, is a brand that also has designer apparel from blouses to wraps to dresses that are also synonymous with comfort and flattering the feminine shape. I decided to try out one of Lysse's control tops and let's just say, I have never felt so comfortable and free. The built-in shaper/control top definitely flattened my stomach, slimmed my waist and allowed the top layer of the top to flow without any bumps or rolls in my appearance.

Leah Frazier Beauty4Ashes Dallas Fashion Blogger Lysse Fall Collection
Lysse Vegan Leather Ponte Leggings and Damaris Short Sleeve Top in Thistle
For those reasons, here are my top 5 reasons why you should invest in Lysse' for your Fall Wardrobe:
  1. Eco-Friendly: It seems like a wide range of brands these days are going for more eco-friendly and cruelty-free clothing options. With Lysse' they use vegan leather (which feels exactly like soft and smooth leather) which tends to be similar to the real thing, and affordable!
Lysse Leggings Leah Frazier Beauty4Ashes Dallas Fashion Blogger

2.  Comfortable with Stretch: Need I say more?  Every woman needs this!

Leah Frazier Beauty4Ashes Dallas Fashion Blogger Lysse Fall Collection

3.  Lined with Body Shaping / Control Top Materials: The Damaris short-sleeved top that I'm wearing in the pictures above is lined with a control top which I love. There are several blouses and tops with the Fall collection that have the control top feature and for most women who come to me for personal shopping and styling, this is the top requested item: especially for women who are battling post-pregnancy weight.

Lysse Leggings Leah Frazier Beauty4Ashes Dallas Fashion Blogger
Lysse Ponte Vegan Leather Leggings
4.  Perfect for Layering: The Lysse' collection tops are perfect by themselves or with a moto jacket layer on top or even a creative cardigan sweater. Whatever your preference, these blouses can mix and match with anything.

5.  Built-In Tummy Flattener: Need I say more? The blouses have control top shapers and the leggings have built-in control tops to flatten the tummy as well.  This is a brand after my own heart!

Leah Frazier Beauty4Ashes Dallas Fashion Blogger Lysse Fall Collection

Lysse' is available at Nordstrom's and can also be explored by visiting their site at www.lysse.com.

All images taken and credited to Thomas Garza for Thomas Garza Photography.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

All is S'well: An Insider's Sneak Peek Inside the V.I.P. Fashion Week Gift Bag

Have you ever wondered what's inside those swanky V.I.P. gift bags at all of the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week ("MBFW") shows? Admit it, we're all a little curious. Well, I've received some insider info on what will be in store for the V.I.P. guests at Fashion Week from September 4-11, 2014 and I must admit, I'm pretty stoked.

I'll be in attendance this year at New York Fashion Week and I can't wait to cover all of the designer shows and to attend some brunches and after parties. Hopefully I'll spot a celebrity or two...but since I will most likely NOT be V.I.P. (insert sad smiley face here), at least I'll know what's in those hard to get bags, huh?

Inside each of the V.I.P. gift bags at some of the designer shows will be these fashionable, limited edition S'well resuable bottles.  Of course, it wouldn't be V.I.P. unless it was a limited edition AND had an exclusive MBFW design by Richard Haines. The 9oz. bottles are available in Yellow Zinc, Silver Lining and Angel Food.

S'well bottles Mercedes Benz Fashion Week

Ok, so you're asking yourself...what's so special about these bottles?  S'well bottles are made from non-leaching, non-toxic 18/8 stainless steel.  That means that beverages can stay cold for 24 hours and hot drinks can be hot for 12. If you're a huge coffee drinker like me, these are really impressive numbers.

These lucky V.I.P.-sters will be taking these limited edition bottles home, but you can get one off of the website for the affordable price of anywhere between $25-$45.

This is only one of the many items that will be in the V.I.P. gift bags and as I find out more, you'll be the first to know. Make sure you stay tuned in as I travel to NYC and give you all of the insider deets on Fashion Week as if YOU are sitting front row.

Is there something you would like to see covered at New York Fashion Week that you would like for me to explore? Contact me through the blog, and I'll see what I can do.  XO ~ Leah

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Hermes Birkin Look-a-like: The Freedom of Animals Veronika Tote

The Hermes Birkin handbag is one of the top coveted handbags for women. It's a handbag that all of the Hollywood celebs carry but of course, one that the layman could only dream of affording. Birkin bags can be in the upwards of $25,000 to $30,000 depending on the materials, size and construction of the bag. You also have to be on a "list" to get the bag...you can't just walk into the store and order one.

                                       
                                           
(Kim K and Eva Longoria with their Birkin bags)

So now, let's just keep it real. If any one of us spent $30,000 on a handbag we would (1) have buyer's remorse and (2) would probably have to take out a second mortgage on our home. Just sayin.... So if you've been reading my blog posts long enough, you know that I stay on the hunt for the best look-a-like luxury designer bags at the layman's affordable price.

Welp, I found my "Poor Man's Birkin."  I walked into local boutique, Piermarini, about a month ago for something totally unrelated than finding a handbag...but when I saw the Freedom of Animals "Veronika" tote, I immediately fell in love.  It looked like a Birkin, had the class of a Birkin and just exuded everything indicative of luxury and class. Best part...it was approximately $480 and not $30,000.  I would say that that is quite the steal!

Freedom of Animals Veronika Tote Piermarini Boutique
The Veronika Tote by Freedom of Animals
After I got over my infatuation with this handbag, I dug a little deeper into this new-found luxury brand. The label is completely eco-friendly, and all about constructing cruelty-free products.  So while my handbag looks like leather, it is vegan leather but totally created for sustainability.There were only 2 of these available at Piermarini and I bought one, so you better get down there today if you're in Dallas as this bag won't be there for long. If you're not in Dallas, take a look at the collection here and order online today!  I receive a ton of looks and compliments when I'm carrying this bag.  Pair them with some fabulous shades and you will be envied by most.

Again, I've done all of the work for you finding the most affordable look-a-like..its up to you to purchase. You can thank me later!

Leah Frazier Dallas Fashion Blogger Freedom of Animals Veronika Tote Piermarini Boutique
I'm in love with this bag!!!!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Famed Fashion Designer Michael Costello Heads to Dallas to host The Crowned Brunch

Michael Costello, famed fashion designer and Project Runway alum will be headed to Dallas on September 28, 2014 to host an exclusive afternoon tea and champagne event for The Crowned Brunch entitled "Deeper than the Dress: An Intimate Conversation with Michael Costello" at the historical Dallas Adolphus Hotel

Couture fashion designer Michael Costello Dallas The Crowned Brunch
Couture fashion designer, Michael Costello
Costello, a highly sought after name in the fashion industry is most notorious for his recent work with Beyonce' and the designs he especially curated for the top-ranking musician for her On the Run Tour. Costello has also worked with the likes of A-list Hollywood celebs Paris Hilton, Selma Hayek, The Kardashians, Mary J. Blige, Britney Spears, Nicole Richie, Lindsay Lohan and Celine Dion just to name a few.

Khloe Kardashian Michael Costello
Khloe Kardashian in Michael Costello

Beyonce Michael Costello
Beyonce in Michael Costello
This event will be interactive between its guests and Costello as well as an invitation for both media professionals and guests to discuss everything from fashion to style with the designer in addition to gaining insight into Costello's journey as one of the top designers to the stars to date.

The Adolphus Hotel
The Crowned Brunch series, originally introduced and cultivated in Houston, is making its way to Dallas to inspire and empower attendees. Past hosts have included Massy "Mankofit" Arias and digital marketing manager for Beats by Dre, Karen Civil.

Dallas The Crowned Brunch Adolphus Hotel


The brunch will be from 1:00pm to 5:00pm and tickets are available to purchase at www.thecrownedbrunch.com.  For more information, visit the site. This is an event you will not want to miss!