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Meet Pablo!

Ladies and Gents, allow me to introduce to you a very special individual (insert trumpets and fanfare here) . . . Pablo!

Isn’t he adorable? My love and I had been talking about getting a dog for a while. We found a breeder in Kingwood, Texas which is just Northeast of Houston. In addition to being a Texan, Pablo is also a Virgo. He was born on September 9th.

He’s everything we wanted and hoped for! That is good to remember since he is a brand new puppy and obviously that means a lot of work. I am new here. I’ve never had a dog of my own before. So, I sought out some expert tips just to make sure I am on the right track. I found an article called “10 Tips to Help You Train Your Puppy” on TheSpruce.com. Besides the ten tips, the article has links to several other helpful resources like tips for first time dog owners. The Spruce offers home & living advice and inspiration for everything from entertaining and decor, to home repair and pets. I will certainly be leaning on the type of know-how they offer . . . especially since I just recently moved into a new house. I’m in a season of lots of “first” experiences. It’s exciting! Between the new place, my new little furry guy, and some tasty developments in my business (that’s a hint, details coming soon), there will be a lot of firsts for me to share with you here. For example, we recently took Pablo to his first Vet appointment – AND – got him to sit still enough for our first family photo, below. Hope you enjoy, and feel free to leave some comments about any fun firsts you are celebrating.

 

Hurricane Harvey Shoe Donation

When hurricane Harvey first hit the Houston area I was just getting back into town. I actually got stuck in the airport hotel for a few days, because streets were not safe to pass. one of the images that has really stayed with me was when I saw a young lady walking around the airport without shoes on her feet. I could only imagine that her family had fled their area after realizing that flooding was an immediate threat to them. They likely left in a hurry, carrying very little if any possessions. I wanted to help.

Shoes are my thing. I model footwear professionally for some big brands. I also call my motivational movement Follow My Feet, hoping to encourage people to create their own path and keep moving forward. So that image in my mind of the young lady in the airport kind of became a mission for me. I put together a shoe drive, to help people in need here in Houston and in my hometown called Baytown which is east of Houston and right on Galveston Bay. Thankfully, my friends at Keds were generous enough to join me in this. Keds donated boxes full of Women’s and Kids shoes to my shoe drive effort! It wasn’t easy to organize it all, and there were some bumps along the way especially considering several business and non-profits in the area were reeling while trying to deal with all the clean-up, relief, volunteering and donations going on after Hurricane Harvey.

Getting it all sorted out, and getting the shoes to those in need was important to me. I’m glad to say that mission has been accomplished. In Baytown, shoes went to an organization called Communities In Schools, as well as to some students at Lee College. In Houston, shoes were donated to the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Houston. I want to thank every person who dropped of a pair of shoes at one of our partner locations, who mailed in a pair, who helped share the info about my shoe drive or supported it in any other way, and especially the nice folks at Keds.
I sincerely hope to lead more giving back initiatives like this in the near future.

 

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Top 5 Reasons I Love Having A Podcast

I hope you already know that I host a Podcast. If you don’t, be sure to click on over and check out some of my latest offerings. It’s an outlet I really enjoy and I’m looking forward to growing my audience with varying topics, guests and giveaways. Here are a few of my favorite reasons for being a podcast person. 

  1. The Podcast World Is Booming – Everyone from major brands to media outlets known for more traditional forms of expression (Magazines, TV News, etc.) is starting a podcast these days. That is not a random thing. The growth of podcasting is hard to ignore. ConvinceAndConvert.com broke down the findings of a podcasting study. Their summary says that 57 Million Americans listen to podcast. That’s 21% of the country, which is the same percentage of Americans that use Twitter.
  2. It Feels More Personal – No boring statistics here (although the ones above are pretty impressive). I’m a talker. I prefer speaking to someone whenever possible. Blogging is fun, and great for links and visuals, but my podcast show feels more like a conversation. You never know where the conversation will end up and that is half the fun.
  3. It’s Easy – Listen, I love you guys. Anyone that takes time out of their schedule to tune in to something I have to say, whether it’s listening to a speech or reading an Instagram caption, I appreciate you. In real life though, I’m busy. It takes a lot to create all those messages and stay relevant. For me, podcasting is a fairly easy way to create content.
  4. It’s Current – Sometimes I’ll have blog posts scheduled far in advance. If I am working with a brand or an event, I know what i need to say well before it’s time to say it. There is a set plan and schedule. Having a podcast allows me to change the topic almost instantly. Whether I am recording or going live, if something important happens day-of, I can work it into my show. I can really make it my own, and connect with an audience in an authentic way.
  5. Feedback – Like I said, podcasting feels like a conversation to me. That means I also get to listen. Comments, topic suggestions, reactions to guests . . . anything my audience has to say i am down to listen. It helps me get even more excited about producing the content if I know it is something you asked for, suggested or are sharing with others. What’s your favorite thing about podcasts?

How NYFW Prepared Me For Fall/Winter

If you follow me on social media you probably noticed that I attend some events during New York fashion Week this year. I love going back to New York to visit, especially during NYFW, because between the fashion shows and the fashionable clothes you see on people in the streets you can really get a good sense of what styles are going to be the hottest. Since I like to stand out, it’s also helpful to pick up on those trends that have been flying under the radar a bit, but you can tell the fashion forward thinkers will be embracing them.

Here are some of the events I was able to attend during NYFW in mid-September:

Irina Vitjaz, The Gallery at The Dream Downtown;  Andy Hilfiger Presents ARTISTIX / STYLE 360 at Metropolitan W; The Torrid fashion show at Skylight; The TechStyle NYC event at The Lofts at Prince;  Eva Longoria Collection / STYLE 360  at Metropolitan West and the Tumbler and Tipsy fashion show by Michael Kuluva

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some of the trends that stood out to me were that big designers, and indie labels, were using refined methods for plaid prints. Usually plaid is a staple for Fall in things like scarves and vests. Calvin Klein and Balenciaga are using plaid currently in their higher concepts which, to me, sounds like a new more chic feel for the classic print. I also noticed a lot of florals. And not just haphazard, left of from Spring ideas but purposefully making floral prints a part of Winter looks. Metallics also seem to be making a comeback, after neutral matte and muted finishes had been prefered for some time now. Of course, the great thing about fashion is being able to make it your own. What you wear can be a big part of your identity. And while clothes are certainly not the most important thing, expressing yourself can be.