By guest blogger Michele Meyer, VIVmag’s Fashion Editor
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)
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)
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
Engagement Ring Sugar Cookies by A Fare Extraordinaire
Guests get giddy while trying on the bling!
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.
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.
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.
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)
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
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) 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.
Fashion Blogger Imani Talib’s beautiful bright smile matched the sparkling bling she tried on.
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.