Month: Nov 2014

A Month To Remember

November has been a brilliant month. So many lovely things have happened. My cousin-in-law, Nadia, visited from Rome and it was such a pleasure to see her again. She’s a gem. We made little trips to San Antonio, NASA as well as Old Town Spring to show her the Texan side of things. I also got to meet Rebecca Minkoff on the 21st and that was fairly surreal. What an amazing encounter. In my past, having worked in the luxury fashion and lifestyle sectors, I’ve been privileged to meet many international designers and I must say that Rebecca takes the crown in terms of being the most genuine. No airs whatsoever. This month also marked my first fashion show since moving to Houston 🙂 I was fortunate to have tickets to Night 3 of Fashion Houston 5 and attended it (fourth row from the front) with Eve. Unbelievable. I do realise you may have seen some of these photos already but hey, when epic things happen (of Herculean proportions, I might add), they’re worth repeating, …

Angular

I’ve always been an accidental photographer but of late, I find myself reaching purposefully for the camera. Pointing and focusing steadily, with conviction, with passion. I like that feeling. My interpretation of Angular, a shutterbug gig organised by the Daily Post team. Your thoughts? Love, Sheela

My Morning At The Farmer’s Market

There’s very little else that comes close to starting your weekend with a trip to the farmer’s market. Such a sight for sore eyes. Ever since my man and I started working out in earnest, we’ve tried very hard to eat only organic produce and, once in a while, indulge in a spot of farm to our table purchases. I mean, let’s be honest. All things found in a farmer’s market are grossly overpriced compared to their grocery store counterparts but that (apparently) comes with the au naturel tag. Grimacing wallets aside, we began our little walkabout with some munchies, but of course. Out of that fluorescent green and orange food truck comes the world’s most delicious BLT, the Pork Belly. I know it doesn’t look like much (and fyi, my husband and child just made fun of it, grr face), but trust me when I say it’s orgasmic. Those quiches in the first few pictures? Delish. Absolutely delish. Entertainment in the form of a travelling, bare-footed, Franciscan-friar-habit-wearing guy. If veggies were colours, these would …

Hear Ye, Hear Ye

When I first began submitting articles to the Independent Fashion Bloggers (IFB) website for possible inclusion in its weekly round-up column, little did I imagine that three would be accepted, all in a row. I’m so thrilled and fortunate. This time, it’s the piece I wrote on imagination. Please have a read and let me know whether you agreed or disagreed with my viewpoints. It’s always lovely to have a conversation here 🙂 my article is #14 on the list but here’s a shortcut. Cozy & Chic For those of you in the US, Happy Thanksgiving! While we’re all laying around the house waiting for the turkey to come out of the oven, or rooting for their favorite dog to win the National Dog Show, or rooting for their favorite football team, or playing Just Dance on the Wii, just because we’re getting cozy today doesn’t mean we’re not chic. Cozy up to this week’s roundup and have a wonderful day! Links à la Mode: November 27th Anami Blog: How To Wear a Camel Coat …

Convergence

One of those mornings wherein couture meets high street. A Forever21 Jacket cum Sweatshirt with Hoody is the perfect foil for a stop-in-your-tracks-and-drool sunset-esque Helmut Lang tank. Throw in some leggings. Military Green Suede with Leather Buckles and Wood Wedge Heel Slouchy Boots. Some hardware on the fingers and wrist (the Rose Gold piece to the right is a gift from Eve and the Gold piece to the left is from my friend, Sheryl) and a smile or two. And that bold cuff? A a beautiful concoction from Leona Edmiston. It’s plaid fabric laidover with effervescent Orange Swarovskis. This was my ensemble for a tour of duty in the hardware store. You know what I mean, the Sunday Manday gig. We went home with several lamps, a few lights for the driveway and a brand new double oven stove. Bliss. I suppose it wasn’t just a man day in the end. Love, Sheela

Grateful Eats

With the onset of Turkey day, my consumption of Prilosec and/or Alka Seltzer tends to be on the upswing. I’m given to understand it happens to most, and to the best, of us during this time of the year. While that does nothing to placate the inner workings of my gastrointestinal system, it does make for some form of consolation. So what, you might ask, is my culinary strategy to surviving Thanksgiving 2014? This is when I go along the less is more route meaning let there be variety and a conservative hand when serving portions upon my plate. Here’s what’s on the menu tomorrow. The gastronomical orgy commences with cornbread stuffing and gravy (made way ahead cos that’s how we roll). A ménage à trois of pies is always sexy. This year, the line-up is comprised of Apple, Pumpkin and, making its debut appearance, Sweet Spud. Mac n Cheese makes an appearance every last Thursday of November because Eve is a huge fan. And she’s scary when her tummy rumbles. Happily adding to the calorie …

Meeting Ms Minkoff

Ladies and gentlemen, it was Friday the 21st. The time? Just five minutes shy of 1pm. The scene was Neiman Marcus at the Galleria (my first time, incidentally) and the occasion? An informal meet-and-greet with the designer post her Fashion Houston 5 runway show. Yes, I was in the presence of the one and only Rebecca Minkoff. Did I mention I was starstruck? I know I told her, yes, I did. Rebecca was so gracious about it, patting my arm like a BFF and telling me there was absolutely no need for me to feel that way #girlcrush I recall my initial impression being WOW. Was she the designer or one of the models? My mistake could be easily forgiven given that Rebecca stands 5’9″ in bare soles. Later, I would discover that her dream had been to be a dancer, but height got in the way. That her I Love New York tee shirt skyrocketed when Jenna Elfman wore it on the Jay Leno show in 2001. And that she would spend the next …

Going Monochrome

Ever since I started playing shutterbug again, I’ve been seeing the world with renewed zest. Through rejuvenated eyes, if you will. A weekend to San Antonio proved immensely prolific in terms of photo-taking and this is one of my personal faves. A tight, abstract architectural composition. Do you like it? Love, Sheela

Fashion Houston 5 – A Runway Recap

Our picture featured in the Houston Chronicle online the very next morning, woot woot!! Last Wednesday night, courtesy of Fashion Houston 5, I attended my very first live runway show with Eve at the ever glamorous Wortham Centre. Glitzy, posh and perfectly put together, the range of looks shown was, simply put, astounding. Several students from the Fashion Institute of Houston (a part of the Art Institute of Houston) opened the show. We were seated in the fourth row from the runway (so amazing) which meant we were able to both appreciate and discern. I must confess that, for the most part, I wasn’t impressed. Workmanship and finishing were not as they should be. Originality was lacking. I love that there are emerging talents in Houston but I don’t believe all of them came out to play that night. Having said that, I was very impressed by these two looks from Inclan and DAN. Fabulousness. Inclan DAN So fresh, so must-have. And there were these beautiful pieces from Rene Ruiz. More loveliness from Rubin Singer. …

Second Time, Super Stoked

You know how sometimes, everything falls neatly into place? That’s what just happened over at the IFB website. The piece I wrote on treating creativity as though it were a muscle has just made it to the IFB Weekly Round-Up.  To cut a long story short, and provide background information, so you understand what I meant with my opening liner, I never planned on writing that article. I never planned on submitting it.  And I never knew it’d made the Round-Up until this morning, when I started receiving emails with pingback notices. I went straight to the IFB website and lo and behold, there it was, Creativity As A Muscle. Serendipity. What’s your strategy when creativity goes MIA? Please do share. I’d love to hear from you and discover new ways in which I can rejuvenate those wells of inspiration whenever they take an unscheduled hiatus. Fix The Internet Sure, none of us can unsee the madness that KimK launched on the Internet… but we can certainly get on with our lives. Especially since the …