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What's The White Man Got to Do with Shopping?

Posted on May 10 2016

Hey there.  

The past week has really brought about some interesting encounters, insights and connections. 

Front and center was the POLISHED event that the Houston Metropolitan Chamber put on at Sky House.

It was an amazing panel discussion and trade show that highlighted inner and outer beauty for women.

Sarah Shah POLISHED EVENTIt was unique being one of maybe three men who attended. It was especially poignant when I heard the words “the white man” as part of Sahar Paz’ talk on “Finding Your Voice,” and the challenges that women face living and working in a male dominated world. No need to worry though, it was an all-inclusive event, and Ms. Paz was right on point, empowering and stunning inside and out.

Other panelists included the wonderful Joy Sewing of the Houston Chronicle, Anita and Artee from Blush and Glow, and last but not least Sarah Shah.Sarah Shah Color Meaning Sarah, who is a colleague and friend, had a wonderful presentation on the impact of garment color on the wearer, and those we encounter. She highlighted, through actual examples of styled looked, the influences of a color, say red (think aggression), might have on our mood when we wear it, as well as how people we encounter might react. Definitely check her out at one of the upcoming events listed on her website or Facebook page.

Most of you know that I am a professor at Houston Community College.  Can I just say how amazed I am at all of the wonderful talent there?! Granted, I may be a bit partial, but I am always pleasantly surprised when I see our students on the runway. In a previous blog post, I spoke about the Fashion My Future career day event. tis event was no less impressive.

MFAH Sculpted in Steel: Art Deco Automobiles and Motorcycles, 1929 - 1940HCC also has the collaboration with the Houston Museum of Fine Arts called Fashion Fusion. coming up on May 19th. You don’t want to miss this because it is being inspired by the current exhibit Sculpted in Steel: Art Deco Automobiles and Motorcycles, 1929-1940. I saw it this weekend and it was AMAZING.


Now then, I also went to Flea Style Houston at Silver Street Studios this past weekend. Talk about a great shopping event.

Flea Style Houston at Silver Street Studios in Houston

It cost $5 but it was well worth it. The artist and designers there were top notch. I got a chance to meet and speak to a few of them. What’s great is a lot of them are designing and producing at home. Check out and support these designers and their great products: 

Joey and Jaime – Joey and Jaime

Ashley Srouji – Souk Chic

Kathrine Zeren – Kathrine Zeren Houston

Shoshannah Frank - FisForFrank

Vanessa Vaught – Hatton Henry (BTW- Vanessa is the most charming girl in the world. And she may OR may not be related to a certain Punk icon.)

It wouldn’t be a week without mentioning my FGI Houston crew. We got together for a movie night this week to see “The First Monday In May”. The documentary is about fashion as art and the ongoing struggle the art community has with fashion being considered more than decorative arts. The back drop is the Met Ball of 2015 and the China:Through the Looking Glass exhibit that led up to it. The fashion, art and celebrity appearances throughout the film make the film a wonderful journey through all things trendy, pop culture, and fashionable.

Last but not least, check out the Events section of the Steve Guthrie website. We are in the process of planning our upcoming schedule of events that allow customers to get up close and personal with our designs. Be sure to catch one of the upcoming pop ups / shows.

Have a great rest of your week. Be sure and let me know what you think about the blog by commenting below.



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