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Diamonds and Desserts: Sparkling In H-Town!

Another fun evening of Diamonds and Desserts! This time, in Houston, Texas! Our Robbins Brothers Houston store hosted an evening of stunning bridal gowns, dazzling diamond jewelry, delicious desserts and bubbly champagne! We invited select few bloggers, fashion editors and wedding professionals to get a sneak peek at the newest collection of DAO Chloe DAO bridal gowns and bridesmaid dresses, designed by Chloe Dao.

Diamonds and Desserts Houston
Diamonds and Desserts Houston

Fashion Writer Michele Meyer

Diamonds and Desserts Houston

Sydney Dao (Director of PR & Marketing for DAO Chloe DAO) & Joy Sewing (Fashion & Beauty Editor for Houston Chronicle).

Diamonds and Desserts Houston

Taylor Brione Ballard (Co-Chair of Houston Fashion Bloggers & Creator of Pretty Pink Living).

Diamonds and Desserts Houston

Models showing off DAO Chloe DAO bridal gowns.

Diamonds and Desserts Houston

Models showing off Robbins Brothers engagement rings and diamond jewelry.

Guests snacked on delicious mini-cupcakes, cookies and tasty champagne!

Diamonds and Desserts Houston

The evening’s honoree was Girls Inc., where all handbags and accessories were donated to benefit young girls in their program. Girls Inc. provides more than 138,000 girls across the U.S. and Canada with life-changing experiences and real solutions to the unique issues girls face.  This specially designed program provides girls the right tools and support to succeed, including trained professionals who mentor and guide them in a safe, girls-only environment.

Diamonds and Desserts Houston

A lovely young lady modeling one of Chloe Dao’s purple bridesmaids gowns is even a member of Girls Inc.

Diamonds and Desserts Houston

 

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“Diamonds and Desserts” Houston Event Benefits Dress for Success

By guest blogger Michele Meyer, VIVmag’s Fashion Editor

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun! And it's all for a great cause.

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun! And it’s all for a great cause.

They had us at the invitation’s “Diamonds and Desserts.” But Robbins Brothers’ fashion blogger party went beyond temptations to a worthy cause – Dress for Success Houston.

Joyce Piedrahita (Robbins Brothers Houston) and Nanalli Johnson (Houston Fashion Bloggers)

Joyce Piedrahita (Robbins Brothers Houston) and Nanalli Johnson (Houston Fashion Bloggers)

The booming 15-year-old non-profit has a new location in an easily reached gorgeous building on the inner loop’s Eastside Street. There DFS not only garbs job-ready women referred by 175 local non-profits, but arms them with interview skills and confidence. After gals are hired – as many are – they can join a networking group that offers mentoring, scholarships, financial literacy and even a book club.

Robbins Brothers donated $25 per invitee. We arrived not only bringing handbags, clothes and new hose for the charity, but also to have fun.

Lauren Levicki (VP Dress for Success Houston) and Diane Ferraro (Director of Brand Experience and Marketing for Robbins Brothers)

Lauren Levicki (VP Dress for Success Houston) and Diane Ferraro (Director of Brand Experience and Marketing for Robbins Brothers)

And we did. It felt like a pajama party gone uptown as girls tried on door-knocker sized diamonds and sashayed down store-aisles-turned-runways. Hey, if we over indulged in wine spritzers, fudge cake pops and diamond-ring sugar cookies from A Fare Extraordinaire, that’s OK. The treats were delish and a diamond ring fits no matter your size!

Desserts and Drinks from A Fare Extraordinaire

Desserts and Drinks from A Fare Extraordinaire

Delicious Engagement Ring Sugar Cookies by A Fare Extraordinaire

Engagement Ring Sugar Cookies by A Fare Extraordinaire

Guests get giddy while trying on the bling!

Guests get giddy while trying on the bling!

Well...they say everything is bigger in Texas right?

Well…they say everything is bigger in Texas right?

If that weren’t enough, we had ringside seats as master jewelers worked their craft nearby, and Robbins held a drawing for three gifts, including gorgeous diamond earrings, sterling silver teardrop pendant and pearl strand bracelet. We all left with gift bags of ring key chains, glitzy nail polish, a rhinestone tennis bracelet and manicure set.

Each guest departed with a Robbins Brothers blingin' swag bag.

Robbins Brothers Blingin’ Swag Bag

Charming Robbins publicist (and all-important keeper of the jewels) Tracey Lyles led the festivities with co-host Joy Sewing, the Chronicle’s fashion writer. Sewing not only was passionate about the cause, but also bling. She smartly chose a portrait neckline just right to hang gorgeous gems she wore all evening. Alas, Chron’s ShopGirl Cinderella remembered to drop them off before departing!

Lauren Levicki (Dress for Success), Joy Sewing (Houston Chronicle) and Tracey Lyles (Robbins Brothers) take a moment to flash their lovely jewels from the Tacori Fashion Collection.

Lauren Levicki (Dress for Success), Joy Sewing (Houston Chronicle) and Tracey Lyles (Robbins Brothers) take a moment to flash their lovely jewels from the Tacori Fashion Collection.

Also sparkling were Fox 26 anchor Melinda Spaulding Chevalier (just as beautiful as on TV); Drama Scene Magazine editor Dahlia McCutchen (in diamante stilettos to match the baubles!) and hip We Wear Things blogger Melissa “Issa” Chou. Turns out diamonds look just as cute with comic-strip T-shirts as with cocktail dresses.

Fox 26 Anchor Melinda Spaulding Chevalier fell in love with a pretty cross pendant.

Fox 26 Anchor Melinda Spaulding Chevalier fell in love with a pretty cross pendant.

Dahlia from Drama Scene was all ears as Robbins Brothers associate explained the intricate details of her favorite Kirk Kara and Tacori designs.

Dahlia McCutchen from Drama Scene was all ears as Robbins Brothers associate explained the intricate details of her favorite Kirk Kara and Tacori designs.

Melissa Issa Chou (We Wear Things) and Maianh Phi (FifiPhi)

Melissa Issa Chou (We Wear Things) and Maianh Phi (FifiPhi)

One astute guest (we’re not saying who!) instagrammed photos of her left hand wearing five fave rings should her beau need ideas!

Memo to moi: Next time, mani first and diamonds second. And to guys: Don’t forget your credit cards!

Michele Meyer and blogger Bruce Westbrook

Michele Meyer and blogger Bruce Westbrook

In the meantime, the city’s fashion bloggers vow to spread good cheer, by donating business attire to Dress for Success so 7,000 women this year will be well-suited! We propose to you: Please join in our efforts at dressforsuccess.org and facebook.com/dfshouston.

Mishelle Echeverria (Houstonista Blog) and boyfriend browse rings.

Mishelle Echeverria (Houstonista) and boyfriend

Mishelle from Houstonista wants a cushion-cut diamond for her future engagement ring (the easy part). The hard part: Choosing the perfect setting. Ahh decisions decisions.

Mishelle from Houstonista wants a cushion-cut diamond for her future engagement ring (the easy part). The hard part: Choosing the perfect setting. Ahh decisions decisions.

Fashion Blogger Imani Talib's beautiful bright smile matched the sparkling bling she tried on.

Fashion Blogger Imani Talib’s beautiful bright smile matched the sparkling bling she tried on.

Social Networking at its best: As Imani Talib tried on one ring, she spotted another favorite and quickly snapped a photo to post.

Social Networking: As Imani Talib tried on one ring, she spotted another favorite and quickly snapped a photo to post.

BIO: Michele Meyer, fashion editor for VIVmag, was a stringer for trade pub Women’s Wear Daily for 11 years. She can be found at @Meyer_Michele and VIVmag.com.

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Perfect Places for Summer Romance in Houston and Dallas

For a memorable marriage proposal or even a romantic outing with just the two of you, here are some of our favorite places to visit in the Houston and Dallas/Fort-Worth Texas area. Spots where you can enjoy some serious quality time (including lots of hugs and kisses) with your significant other.

Houston

  • Williams Tower Water Wall
  • Reflection Pool and Japanese Garden at Hermann Park
  • Burke Baker Planetarium
  • Galveston Seawall
  • Marlfreless Bar and Lounge
  • Waugh Bridge
  • The Spindle Top Restaurant
  • Hotel ZaZa
  • Jasper’s Restaurant

    Hermann Park in Houston

Dallas

  • Dallas Arboretum
  • Celestial Park
  • Fort Worth Botanic Garden
  • The Mustangs of Las Colinas
  • Five Sixty by Wolfgang Puck
  • The Adolphus
  • Dallas Museum of Art
  • Place At Perry’s Restaurant
  • Dallas World Aquarium–Manatee Level
  • White Rock Lake
Five Sixty by Wolfgang Puck in Dallas

Did we miss any places? If your favorite spot is not on the list let us know and we’ll add it!

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