Posted on | April 20, 2010
WIN YOUR OWN CUSTOM HAT FROM SMARTHATS. Join our mailing list and add “SmartHats” in the notes field for your chance to WIN your own custom SmartHat. Deadline: April 23, 2010 at 11:59PM.
Headed to the Kentucky Derby or a Derby party or just want an absolutely fabulous hat? Let me introduce you to SmartHats my source for Derby hats, cowboy hats and many other amazing one-of-a-kind hats. I wore one of these amazing hats to last year’s Arlington Hall at Lee Park Conservancy Derby party at The Mansion and have this year’s hat lined up as well…though I can’t show it to you yet. Check out this amazing floral creation she made for a recent client.
Here is another one her fabulous creations which I wore to Fashion at the Park back in the day when Dallas still had it’s own version of fashion week.
So next time you are looking for a stand-out hat, dream up something amazing and go where the stars go, to SmartHats to have your dream hat become a reality.
Worried about pricing? Her stuff is an unbelievable steal…well you could spend a fortune if you wanted to I am sure…but this great black hat I wore to last year’s Derby party? Just $60.
Need a Derby party to attend? Join me at Arlington Hall at Lee Park. Buy Tickets Today HERE.
Posted on | April 14, 2010
Though it was 48 degrees outside in NYC when I landed this morning, the sun is now shining overhead, the temps have warmed up to nearly 70 degrees and it felt like summer when I walked into LOFT this afternoon. I was immediately surrounded by bright colors mixed with classic staples…it felt a little like a supersized version of my closet. Ha.
It feels like LOFT just revealed their Spring line— with my favorite accessory being this awesome gold cuff— and not only is Summer now in stores I’ll get to catch a sneak peak at their Fall line tonight! Note: this is one of the first times ever someone has given me a piece of jewelry I truly love. I’ve worn it quite a few times already!
Looking for basic staple tees and tanks for summer? I am ALWAYS ready to update my basic tees. It seems like every season I’m ready for a fresh set. The prices are perfect too. Tanks are two for $20 and tees are 2 for $25. Who can beat that? Check out the wide spectrum of colors available in a range of styles and sizes.
And one of my favorite accessories for it’s versatility? The ever-faithful scarf. The color selection is a little like a rainbow. These scarves feature a little bit of pattern and I (as always) suggest this is a great way to add a trend style or pop of color to your look for a minimal investment.
Looking for a great summer bag that will hold all your stuff, look amazing and not break the bank? Check out this stylish white hobo bag with contrasting platinum colored handles and studded accenting. RTV $148.
The store was overloaded with great merchandise, all ready for summer and priced almost entirely under $100. There was so much it was a little overwhelming. It probably didn’t help I was peeking around in their flagship store at Times Square, which is nothing if not enormous. Definitely drop by your local LOFT and take a look around so you can check things out for yourself.
And if you’re still thinking Spring (that line is awesome too) and looking for a deal check out the overflowing racks of all the great merchandise that was just drastically discounted 40% or more to make room for the new Summer collection.
Want to save even more? I have a special deal for you. April 20-25th utilize this incredible friends and family discount offer to save an additional 30% off your entire purchase. Enter Code #107020289.
Well I’m off to the LOFT Fall collection party to get a sneak peak at what’s in store for back to school season. Stay tuned for an update!
XOXO- Valerie Elizabeth, Society Stylist
Posted on | April 13, 2010
At Society Stylist we want to help you “turn your clothes into cash.” Our personal consignment package, provides our clients the services offered with the standard “The Ultimate Exchange” Personal Consignment Service Option and much, much more!!! Package details and answers to FAQs below.
Reserve your consignment consultation spot today!!!
…limited spots available
JUST WANT TO SHOP FOR AMAZING DEALS??? Check out the sale schedule here:
Society Stylist TUE Personal Consignment Package
Your package will include the following:
-We will pick up your items from you. Items need to be cleaned and you’ll need to let us know what is to be returned, if anything, and what is to be donated at the end of the sale.
-We will supply department store grade crystal clear hangers for excellent presentation.
-We will prep and hang your items.
-All items prepared by us will be tagged with a professional grade Society Stylist hang-tag identifying your items as one of our placed products.
-We will make sure your items are “Priced to Sell.” We have ten years experience in resale and our goal is to make sure your products sell. If you want a specific amount for certain items be sure to let us know at pick up otherwise we will price them at their fair market value. To find out more about pricing read our blog on “Fair Market Value.”
-We will input all pricing and product information in the TUE database, print your price tags and attach them with department store grade tagging tails for added pricing security.
-We will deliver your product to the sale at check-in and make sure it is placed on the racks and ready for sale.
-At the end of the sale we will handle pick up of your unsold merchandise, donate any items unwanted items (you will receive a tax deductible receipt for your donations as well as an itemized donation report) and return any items you may want returned. Or if you want the items gone, we will add them to our personal consignment inventory to sell online after the sale. You will receive 50% of the proceeds of any sales.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What percentage of the sales price will I receive for my merchandise?
A. 50% of the sales price (after TUE takes their cut) paid on or about May 15, 2010.
Q. Are there any upfront costs to participate?
Q. What other benefits will I receive as a consignor?
A. 2 Invitations to the VIP Pre Sale Event
Q. What is the consignment fee charged by The Ultimate Exchange?
A. A one time $15 Consignor Fee and a 30% of gross salesQ. How much does the Society Stylist Personal Consignment Package cost? A. TUE Standard $50 one-time fee+50% of proceeds from the TUE check.
Q. Can I prepare and process my items myself to receive an additional percentage?
A. Absolutely! If you have the time and patience to DIY, you can receive 65% of your gross sales.
Want to DIY? Check out the Society Stylist blog series “Talking Consignment” for a step-by-step guide on how to sort, prepare and price your clothes for consignment. You can set up your TUE account at The Ultimate Exchange. In the referral section be sure to put Society Stylist.
Posted on | April 12, 2010
Valerie Elizabeth is featured on ABC’s national style show “Mirror, Mirror” profiling the Society Stylist “Wardrobe Cleanse” of client Brittany Tiner.
Posted on | April 12, 2010
Wonder what we do when we aren’t covering fashion shows, traveling the world or updating the blog??? At Society Stylist we want to help you find the style that suits you, makes you feel good about yourself and let’s you look at your closet every day as though it was your favorite boutique. After responding to many inquiries concerning what personal styling services we offer, what our rates are and what we can do for our clients, we have put together a list and descriptions of our most commonly used services, including our start with what you have “Wardrobe Cleanse.”
Want to see a “Wardrobe Cleanse” from beginning to end??? Watch this 4 minute clip from ABC’s national style show Mirror, Mirror to see a brief overview of a recent “Wardrobe Cleanse” with one of our favorite clients, Brittany Tiner:
The first step to becoming a Society Stylist personal client is to set up an initial consultation. This gives you 90 minutes of focused time to go over your wants, needs and goals in working with us. The next step is to do a “Wardrobe Cleanse.” One of the primary things that makes our styling services unique is we start with what you already have. By going thru your current wardrobe it allows us to get a real feel for your style, find out your likes and dislikes and also gives both us and you insight into what is actually already in your closet— there is a lot of “Oh, I totally forgot I had that!” Another unique service we offer is the virtual closet that can be accessed from an iPhone or computer so we can see your wardrobe from anywhere in the world and assist with planned or last minute wardrobing needs.
Posted on | April 7, 2010
This inaugural event features five local fashion designers. Each designer will create one unique evening wear look as a part of a fashion design challenge. The designers will also showcase some of their current designs in the fashion show. A silent auction will also be a part of this event. The design challenge involves the creation of an evening wear look from non-traditional materials. At the reveal party at AMPM Restaurant & Lounge on February 2 the designers received D Magazines and Park Place Dealerships logos. Each look will be judged by a panel of local celebrities. One winner will be selected and announced that evening. All five unique creations will be displayed at Dillard’s in North Park Center for one week following the event. Designers/Contestants:Abi Ferrin, Oscar Fierro, Patti Flowers, Shemara Jeyarajah and Khanh Nguyen.
Who: Members, Friends and Sponsors of the JLD
What: “Rock the Runway” Fashion Show and Designer Competition
When: Thursday, April 8, 2010 ~ Event times subject to change 6:30 p.m. Cocktails and Silent Auction 8:00 p.m. Fashion Show and Competition 9:30 p.m. Closing of Silent Auction 10:00 p.m. Event Conclusion
Where: f.i.g. 1807 Ross Avenue Dallas, Texas 75201
Why: Showcase five local fashion designers in front of an audience of 700+ stylish members and friends of the Junior League of Dallas. Event raises funds to assist the 40+ agencies the JLD supports annually.
Attire: Rockin’ Runway Chic
Cost: $100 per person
Judges: Barbara Adelglass (Skintastic), Donnie Brown (Whose Wedding is it Anyway? Style Network), Stephanie Quadri (Fashion Stylist), Elaine Raffel (Stanley Korshak) and Shiriri Askari (Project Runway, Season Six)
Master of Ceremonies: Lisa Garza, The Next Food Network Star finalist, designer, caterer
Celebrity Models: Victoria Snee, Amy Vanderoef, Tina Craig, Tracy Rathbun
Professional Models: Campbell/Wagner Runway Agency
Posted on | April 6, 2010
It is not too late to get your ticket to see Sergey Ermakov’s amazing collection in Dallas, April 16, 2010. Sergey Ermakov is flying from Kiev to Dallas to premier 30 pieces of his haute couture collection to raise money for the American Foundation for the Blind, Center on Vision Loss. Sergey can only see 5% of what you can see and he is living proof that people can live successfully with vision loss – which is the theme of the event. Sergey lost his vision at the age of 11 when he developed diabetic retinopathy. His creations are inspired by art, literature, nature and history. He is a very hands-on designer and oversees every step of his creations. He designs using touch and sound to select the fabrics and still sketches on large paper what he sees in his minds-eye. His work is all hand-made and is worn by those who love fashion, the Ukrainian elite and celebrities.
For more information about how to get a ticket to either the Bruncheon and Runway Show or the Evening Runway Show & Cocktails, please contact Abi Erickson at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 214-438-5315. A portion of the proceeds will also fund the F2 scholarship program with local non-profit the Fashionistas, founded by Heidi Dillon. They provide scholarships for fashion students to shows, industry events and educational seminars.
Posted on | April 5, 2010
Just last night my husband and I were discussing what to do over the upcoming weekend. I, of course, have visions of fabulous and fun cocktails and appetizers. He has visions of low key. Ok, I can do low key. I mean, the economy is tight and I did just buy that awesome new YSL ring so perhaps low key is a better option than that $15 fancy cocktail, right? But somehow “low key” didn’t get my heart excited for the weekend. I followed his response with a “but…can we do something fun in our low key weekend?” to which he replied, “of course!”
Finding the fun in our low key-ness can be tricky. If we’re cooking in, that can be unglamorous and kind of boring. It we get take-out and stay in a little it’s better… but still kind of lacks glitz. I mean who looks forward to eating out of styrofoam containers. What I am looking for is a combination of low key fun with some glitz. I don’t need to always go out on the town, but can the town come into my kitchen? Can we add some pizzazz to our dining in and low key meals? Can our dinner parties be positively party perfect?
Elizabeth Scokin of Haute Hostess says YES! Yes we can be glamorous while dining in. In fact, how about we’re glamorous while we’re preparing the meals! It’s true. Elizabeth Scokin has designed the most amazing aprons (yes, aprons!) that I’ve ever laid my low key eyes on. They are fab. They are gorg. They are the ultimate “Little Black Dress in the kitchen.” Now while I am preparing a chicken casserole I can sip on a martini (why not!) and wear my fantastic apron and feel like I am out on the town. Better yet when guests arrive I can look put together rather than like I’ve been slaving in the kitchen all day. There are a few super sass collections that she has created – some that tie around the waist and other full body styles that tie around your neck as well. What’s her inspiration? You’ll LOVE this… it’s the cocktail dress! No more boring plaid aprons or aprons with apples and pies on them. Nope. Let’s get keen in the kitchen with these aprons!
From Oprah to Domino to Glamour to dozens of other hot magazines, Elizabeth Scokin’s aprons are everywhere. If you consider yourself a hostess with the mostess, you MUST pick up one of these fab finds asap! Check them out online HERE. Want to see them in person? Stop by the Haute Hostess trunk show at Stanley Korshak, this Wednesday from 11-2PM. Meet designer Elizabeth Scokin and take a peek at her fabulous creations.
Editor: Valerie Elizabeth
Staff Writer: Karen Yannacio Morse
5 DAILY FASHION TIPS:
1) Get creative with your music selection to set a dining-in mood music melody!
2) Boring dishes? Visit Kohls or Target to pick up some bold and colorful new dishes for a dash of diva!
3) Create a stylish looking menu for your guests for savvy sophistication at home.
4) Don’t stop whining – get a variety of bottles of great wine to start the conversations going!
5) Paper lanterns or decorative touches liven up your dining in experience!