Where to find DESIGNER BRANDS 50%-75% off

If you have been following my blog you might have noticed that I love a great deal when it comes to shopping. I also love mixing a designer brand with vintage pieces. After being asked numerous times by followers and friends where I got my designer brands from, I decided to dedicate this post just to this topic.

Calvin Klein Denim Wrap Dress with Zipper
Calvin  Klein Pink Ombre Dress (Photo Credits: Jamisha Daniels)


I bought both Calvin Klein dresses at Ross Dress For Less they both retailed originally for $159  and I secured these two for just $49.99 each. I love Ross!!! I’ve also purchased several pairs of comfy Guess heels and booties during my shopping sprees at the discount retailer. I usually go to Ross on Tuesday or Thursday mornings when it’s not too crowded and when they just received new inventory ;-).

Michael Kors Stretch Matte-Jersey Slide Dress 

5 years ago I bought this Michael Kors dark blue Stretch Matte-Jersey Slide Dress at an Outlet Mall in Oklahoma City. I knew back then that this would be a timeless piece that could be worn throughout all seasons over the next years. International sales of this form-flattering garment climaxed to the point that last year, the fashion label re-launched this best-selling item with a larger belt for their pre-fall collection. You can find a detailed post on Michael Kors here. The relaunched jersey dresses retail for  $1395. I’m almost afraid to write down the amount of money I invested in this piece. But it was $39. I believe the store had to get rid of their inventory for new collections and literally threw everything out. In-between seasons is also the best time to secure amazing deals!!!

Stuart Weitzman Suede Boots

Right before New York Fashion Week I found these Stuart Weitzman Boots at Nordstrom Rack I believe I paid around $299 instead of $799. Again I purchased in-between seasons :-). Here I paired brand name boots with a $12.99 printed mini-dress from Ross.

Shop smarter not harder!!!


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Esé Azénabor creates a Night to remember

This past Tuesday, Nigeria born designer Esé Azénabor showcased her most elaborate Fall/Winter collection entitled “Venetian Dream”. The designer was particularly satisfied with this collection because she took her time and didn’t oblige to New York Fashion Week’s harsh deadlines.

Talented designer in the middle with her two last finale looks. Photo Credits: Thomas Garza Photography

The inspiration for this series of intricate designs originated from Azénabor’s desire of adding a Venetian flair to her home. Throughout her research on Venetian inspired homes, she became fascinated with the antique plaster work, dramatic moldings and the unique architecture. She successfully emulated those elements in her collection through intricate beading and embroidery. Core components of her collection include materials such as silk crepe, silk mesh and silk tulle. Known for her detailed beading and embroidery work, in this collection the designer utilized a combination of Japanese glass beads, sequins and Swarovski crystals. All garments were 100% hand sewn with custom fabrics exclusively created for this collection. The colorfulness of the last collection inspired by the Garden of Eden contrasts with the Venetian Dream’s whites, golds, and blacks. Again Esé Azénabor stepped into new terrain turning a vision into reality.

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Spring/Summer 2016 as showcased during NYFW. Photo Credits: Thomas Garza Photography
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Fall/Winter 2016 Collection. Photo Credits: Thomas Garza Photography

As most of Esé Azénabor’s events, the Venetian Dream showcase was tied to a local charity, Ally’s Wish, a DFW non-profit which grants wishes to young mothers battling terminal illnesses so they may create memories with their families that last a lifetime. Hostess Tricia Sims’ beautiful estate in Preston Hollow was filled with Dallas socialites, fashion lovers and local press. Even Neiman Marcus buyers could be spotted in the front row. Esé Azénabor’s FW16 presentation was one to be definitely remembered. Instead of following a traditional straight or L-shaped runway, models strutted (accessorized by D’Monti Hand Bags and Couture Rocks Jewelry) across Sims’ home reminiscent of Chanel’s outstanding Métiers d’Art Show of 2015.

Front Row from left: Fox 4 Anchor Dionne Anglin, Stylist Jeanette Chivvis, Neiman Marcus Buyers, and The Hair Bar Owner Gina Ginsburg. Photo Credits: Thomas Garza Photography

The ambiance would not have been complete without its Mistress of Ceremony LeeAnne Locken, a cast member of Bravo’s new hit show “The Real Housewives of Dallas“.

Mistress of Ceremony LeeAnne Locken, Photo Credits Thomas Garza Photography

Esé Azénabor’s goal is to empower women through the art of fashion. Any woman wearing this collection will stand taller, be more confident, and smile harder in the mirror. For more info on garments contact Stephania@eseazenabor.com or visit http://www.eseazenabor.com.


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New York Fashion Week Recap

As promised below you will read a brief recap of all the excited highlights I experienced during my hectic, yet fun 5 days spent during New York Fashion Week.

1. Fashion Shows

They were extremely stressful to attend not only because they were spread out all across the city but also due to the fact that at least 6 six shows were simultaneously taking place. That’s why it was crucial to have a concrete road map for each day (as mentioned in my previous blog). Once we managed overcoming the disgraceful cold, we had a blast at the different shows.

Highlight of all the shows I attended was the Vera Wang Show. After overcoming 4 security check points I was in the same room as  Editor in Chief of the American Vogue Anna Wintour, NM Fashion Director Ken Downing, Vogue’s Creative Director Grace Coddington, Kylie Jenner, Zoë Kravitz, June Ambrose and Beyoncé’s stylist Ty Hunter.

Front Row at the Vera Wang Show: Zoe Kravitz, Kylie Jenner, Jordyn Woods, June Ambrose, and Ty Hunter (from left to right) Photo Credits: Dynamically Branded
Ty Hunter and myself after the Vera Wang Show Photo Credits: Dynamically Branded

I was amazed by the magnitude of the production from lighting, to music to the extravagant runway. Top model and Keeping Up With The Kardashians Star Kendall Jenner opened up the show. The Vera Wang Collection was very simple yet elegant and feminine. I loved the maxi dresses and skirts with high slits as well as the sequin maxi dresses. If you would like to see the full finale please click here.

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My Favorite Looks: Collage created from pictures of Vera Wang’s Twitter

Project Runway Star Korto Momolu also showed out with her FW16 presentation taking place at the Manhattan Affinia Hotel as usual.

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Photo Credits: Victoria Shaw Photography

I was able to attend Dallas based Mahiri Takai‘s Men’s Fashion showcase. His line was predominantly black and white. I was intrigued by the clean lines and mixture of cottons and leather. He made maxi t-shirts and sweaters look super polished and elegant.

2. Fun besides the Shows

Since New York is the city that never sleeps I took advantage of several restaurants, after parties, art shows, thrift stores and elegant roof tops. I connected with several industry professionals that pointed me in the right direction of where the “cool kids” hang out after the shows and in general.

These were the hot spots: The Edition Hotel, The Standard (has a skating rink on the patio), The High Line Hotel, Sky Room, Up&Down.

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Amazing Brunch at Mogador Cafe in East Village
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Best Sushi of my Life from Alpha Fusion in Hell’s Kitchen
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Pizza from Artichoke in East Village

I really had a great time and admire anyone that had the endurance of attending 4+ fashion shows per day. If you need any advice on how to prepare for NYFW please leave a comment below. Also feel free to leave any comments or questions.


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