For feminine and classic pieces, Milly is definitely one of my all-time favorite designers. Her prints and shapes are so perfect, and when it comes to shift dresses, Milly nails it every time. I love this new zebra-print dress I snagged recently. Though a zebra-print dress usually sounds a tad overwhelming, the green tones calm the print and give a sophisticated, yet fun, twist on the fabric. See how I styled mine below and click here to find it!
Her combination of nature and sparkle is just one of the many reasons why I adore Rory Ashton’shandmade jewelry collections. After her years at FIDM in Los Angeles, this Dallas native headed home to her roots to launch her jewelry line, most recognizably known for her crystal cluster, wire-wrapped hoops – a favorite of mine! Apart from her contagious personality and impeccable style, Rory’s talent truly captivates the mix of statement and everyday beauty through her signature pieces. The inspiration behind a designer’s collection always fascinates me, so I loved speaking with Rory recently about her newest collection launch, “Stained Glass”. Check out our interview below to learn more about Rory and be sure to shop her collections online here!
In Dallas, I recommend shopping my collection at Stanley Korshak, L. Bartlett, Flirt, Hemline, Bask & Mal Malouf. These stores usually have an up to date inventory of the latest designs. You can also purchase my pieces online here.
What was the inspiration for your latest collection?
I came upon these gorgeous, Italian imported rosary centers and was really captivated by their timeless beauty. I created the latest collection “Stained Glass” Fall/Winter ’14 with the elegance and depth of color found in the gorgeous churches around the world. Each piece is named after the cities and countries these churches reside in.
I am currently obsessed with Herbivore Botanicals, Luminous Body Oil in the Egyptian Jasmine.
What is your favorite part about living in Dallas?
It is actually something I think most people hate- I cherish the comfort the city offers. I love constantly running into people that I know. After living in LA and never seeing the same person twice, there is a unique warmth Dallas offers.
Jumpsuits have become one of my favorite styles to wear recently, and whether it’s the retro vibe or simply the ease of getting dressed, I keep catching myself stocking up on these onesies. Since I am on the shorter side (and like to fake off my height with 5 inch platforms), flared jumpsuits are definitely my preferred fit. A tapered leg can give such a sophisticated look, but for any jumpsuit rookie, I totally recommend a flared leg. I love this midnight blue one I picked up recently (similar: this or this), as the loose shape and fit is insanely comfortable and perfect for those “I have no idea what to wear” days. The next jumpsuit I plan on snagging is either this one or this one by DVF - hands down, the most flattering ones I’ve seen yet! See how I styled mine below and check out my list of favorites beneath!
Fabulous jewelry at an affordable price point is definitely one of my favorite finds, which is why Accessory Concierge is my go-to for fun jewels and statement pieces! Accessory Concierge has recently partnered with Ashlee Frazier, newest star of the hit show Bachelor in Paradise after her search for love on The Bachelor with Sean Lowe (did we mention she’s a fellow M&H girl too?), for the launch of their newest collab collection: Ashlee Frazier for Accessory Concierge. Ashlee’s boho style is clearly represented in the collection with heavy influences of turquoise, metals, and arrows with the Aztec inspired necklaces, amazing hand chains, and statement cuffs. Let’s just say, it’s pretty amazing!
One of my favorite aspects of being a Dallas fashion blogger is all of the wonderful people I get to meet in the industry! This past weekend, I was given the opportunity to interview one of my favorite TV hosts, George Kotsiopoulos, from E Fashion Police. George has partnered with Gap Factory this year to host fashion shows and styling events to help showcase all of the trendy clothes, as well as to help shoppers understand that you don’t have to spend a fortune to look chic. Courtney Kerr co-hosted the fashion show with George at the Grand Prairie Premium Outlets, which of course this duo led to ultimate entertainment! I had so much fun at the event and definitely found a lot of affordable pieces I need to add to my closet. Check out my interview with the fabulous George below:
Has it been a year? Yes, I think about a year now!
I love that you have partnered with the factory store. One of our favorite things to do is to show our readers how they can look fabulous, without breaking the bank.
I think a lot of people think factory stores are just castoffs from stores, but it’s not. It’s a completely different collection made exclusively for the factory store. It’s the same great quality, it’s just at a lower price. The jeans are great, and jeans can be tricky! I love the jeans. The white distressed ones are my favorite!
So tell us about this fashion show. Have y’all been to a lot of cities?
The collection is Summer and Fall. It’s mostly Fall actually. We were in DC, Jersey, and next we are heading to Houston and Chicago
I saw that you recently wrote a book! Tell me about that:
My book, Glamorous by George, is all about how to get to the movie star style on a regular gal’s budget. It’s just all about incorporating glamour into every element of your life, not just fashion, but there’s also hair and makeup. and entertaining and etiquette. I also talked about lighting, Lighting is very, very important. Lighting, packaging and presentation- It’s really all about presentation. It’s really not that hard, just put some lipstick on, like you did! I think it’s really all about just putting a little bit of effort in towards anything. Even on Fashion Police we can rag on people for dressing crazy, but ultimately it’s like, yes it may not be the most flattering choice on them, but at least they tried! If someone tries, I can’t fault them too badly. I mean, I can fault them for lacking refined taste, but you tried and put a nice little dress on. I appreciate that.
It will be four years in… Actually this month! This month is four years.
Thank you, it’s so crazy. It feels like… well it kind of feels like four years haha! And not in a bad way. It’s just, you know, I started out different than I am now.
How did you end up in LA from Chicago?
Well I moved to LA in 1990, and I started working in fashion. The TV thing just kind of happened. I didn’t move to LA to be an actor- that was not my goal. Shows like “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” were on, and I kept thinking “what are they talking about?”, so every TV opportunity I could take on, I did. And I thought there was another voice that needed to be heard. I just thought there were so many stereotypes of what a gay man in fashion was or what a gay man is, so I just thought I’m not that and I thought there was a different voice that needed to be heard. People would always say about me, “Are you sure he works in fashion, he’s not flamboyant enough?” because I wasn’t wearing all pink and throwing my hands up in the air saying “girrrl”, which I can do because that’s fun, but that’s just not me. I think that happens with any group of people, getting stereotyped.
Lastly, we hope you are enjoying Dallas! Did y’all do anything fun last night in the city?
No, we got in too late. I mean, I wanted to go out but thought nooo, I’m going to be responsible. I went to the Round Up last time I was here.
Oh the Round Up is so fun! Did you do any of the dances?
I tried, I can’t do any of that choreographed dance stuff. I mean, I try but then I just mess everyone else up. Like if I take any classes where they have any of those routines… I’m more of a free spirit! I like to free style! If you tell me how to do a move, I’m just like well… You move too fast, I gotta go!
Well I had so much fun getting to sit down and talk to you today about everything. Hopefully you will be back sometime again soon in Dallas!