Runway Houston Fashion Show

Greetings!

I am enjoying the beautiful weather here in Katy right now.  The sun is out, the temperature is nice & cool in the 50’s, and the sky is blue & clear.  It is a perfect time for a run, something I did early this morning when the sun was barely up.

Well, I got to attend my first Runway Houston Fashion Show.  It was a great experience.  Omar and his team did a great job with the production & presentation.  Also, there were several designers with their different interpretation on fashion.  I enjoyed seeing the different ways fabric and design can express a personality.  It was so creative & fun!

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@sameerafaridi
Aries Milan @katekillspretty
@lololester
@engomichu
@artinstitutehou

I also learned the Fashion Show was an opening event for the Lamborghini Festival.  This made sense as to why there were Lamborghinis lined up all around the venue.

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The extra fun part is the people.  It is always nice to meet up with friends and see familiar faces.  Do you recognize any of them? I consider them all part of the Youtique Family 😊.

I am currently in editing mode trying to finish up the videos to my Fashion Show outfit, the A-line skirt & the bishop sleeve blouse.  This is in collaboration with Sew Much Fabric.  That will be coming out soon.  In the meantime, please enjoy your weekend!

Hugs!

Ann

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Accessories for the Fashion Show Outfit

Greetings!  I hope you are all doing very well.  The weather just dropped down to the 50’s in Katy, TX and I am loving the cold breeze.  If you are from Texas, you know it feels officially winter;). How is the weather where you reside?

This week has been a full week of fittings, sewing, and shopping for accessories.  I had a lot of fun with Roz – Sew Much Fabric.  She is putting my outfit together for the Runway Houston Fashion Show.  Because of my experience with the Blue Asymmetrical Dress, I gave her complete freedom & trust to put this together.

I fell in love with my silk A-line skirt when it was complete.  I was already imagining all the possibilities of how I can wear the skirt.  However, I’ll be honest, I wasn’t feeling the whole outfit when wearing the skirt with the Bishop Sleeve blouse.  It felt plain.  But of course, leave it to Roz to solve the challenge.  Using the accessories I already had, she gave me some inspiration ideas.  So we went shopping….

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I spotted a purse that had the colors of my wardrobe & I was drawn to it.  I thought it was fun – my kids called it the pumpkin purse.  Well, this mom is ready to have a little fun with my pumpkin purse – perfect for Fall weather;).  In conclusion, Roz made me fall in love with the outfit by the end of it all.  I am excited to wear it tonight.  For now, I will be putting some outfit ideas together for my lifestyle.  After that, I will prepare for the event tonight by doing my hair & makeup.  If you would like to get up-to-date happenings, feel free to follow me on my Instagram stories.

I did have to alter the necklace I purchased.  I will share that in the near future.  Feel free to watch how I DIYed my earrings for my Red Lace outfit below.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Hugs,

Ann Ngo, Youtique Bridal & Lifestyle

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New Sewing Projects & Fabrics

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I went to pick up my fashion fabric this past week for my bishop sleeve blouse and I can’t express how excited I am when I visit Sew Much Fabric.  I love fabrics! I love feeling the texture of fabrics, imagining the endless creative possibilities, and dreaming about the destinations I would go on with all my #memade clothes.  Also, Roz is amazing at envisioning how fabrics can look on a person depending on style elements, patterns, proportions, etc.  And that is why I am collaborating with her to plan my 2019 wardrobe.  You can read more here.

Well, I have a few projects lined up to complete.  Here are some of the fabrics for the fashion show project & for Fall weather sewing.  All fabrics available at Sew Much Fabric.

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My priority this week is to complete the outfit I will be wearing for the upcoming Runway Houston fashion show.  I will start with the A-line skirt.  The fabric below is gorgeous & breathtaking!  I love feeling the crinkle double face silk charmeuse…omgoodness!

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Below are the projects lined up…(1) Silk Charmeuse A-line skirt (2) Ponte Knit Bishop Sleeve Blouse (3) Diamond/Pleather Zipper front Skirt {Fall Sewing}

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I am also working on a new T-shirt pattern as well for my front Zipper Skirt. Below  is the Toile for my A-line Skirt & Bishop Sleeve.  IMG_0410

I can’t wait to complete it and share the final outfit with you.  Stay tuned & I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Hugs,

Ann

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Bathing Suit Coverup – Relax Ann! : Butterick 5746

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Reminiscing on when I got to take a quick getaway with my family and wore my #memade eyelet coverup😉.  I got to relax and enjoy the slow pace of life for a weekend.

Personally, I easily get caught up in the hustle and bustle of life and try to check off as many things as I possibly can in one day.  I tell myself that when my husband graduates, I’ll relax. When I finish saving for my children’s education, I’ll relax. When dinner is made, I’ll relax. When I finish putting my book together, I’ll relax. The list goes on.

I recently had a health scare that made me self reflect (nothing serious). It was a reminder that I will always have a long list of things to complete, but I have to learn to slow down and be in the moment.  Have you ever had to reevaluate your life’s pace?

I decided to take time in the car rider line to do prayer 🙏 and listen to podcasts, read books, or listen to audio books.  If you have any prayer requests, feel free to send them my way😊. So what helps you to be in the moment and relax?
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Btw, I highly recommend Butterick 5746 to get your personal fitting pattern. I made my red lace block pattern out of it. In turn, that block pattern allowed me to make my bathing suit coverup. I will now use the skirt portion of my coverup to make my fashion show skirt.

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I will also use the red lace block pattern to create a blouse. The possibilities are endless when you get a good fit on your basic block pattern.

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I will be attending Runway Houston on Oct 11 in which I will be collaborating with Rosalind at Sew Much Fabric.  I am excited!  Here is my toile for the outfit.

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Well, I hope you have a wonderful weekend and get to relax! 🤗😘

Hugs!

Ann

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In case you missed it, below is the video for sewing my Bathing Suit Coverup.

Guest Speaker & Teaching Classes

Greetings!  I hope you are all having a fabulous weekend.  I recently came across this photo below when I taught a Bow Tie Class at Francescas main office.  It made me reminisce about the times I taught classes or was invited to be a guest speaker.  I thought it would be fun to share some of the experiences.  Here are some photos along with the tutorials.

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The photo that started it all….


I had the opportunity to teach at Joann Fabrics and showed students how to make the Birdcage Veil & the Camryn Fabric Flower.  This was a lot of fun because I got to see students choose their own unique fabric to make the flowers.  They are so creative!


I got to speak at Elsik High School’s Fashion Department.  I shared how I started Youtique Bridal & all the hard work to make my dreams come alive.  The Fashion Design Students also learned how to create the Fabric Flowers.

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Elsik High School – Houston, TX


I was invited to speak to the Fashion Department of the Art Institute of Houston. It is always an honor to share my experiences of how I started my business.  This was actually around the time I started expanding to Lifestyle Designs.

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And below are the cutest students I ever had.  It was a Mommy & Me sewing session where the children learned how to make a little satchel.  Their mothers shared that some used it to carry their dolls and others their library books.  They were so darn cute!  I do not have a tutorial for the satchel but I had to share my youngest students;)

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Well, I hope you enjoy your weekend.  Take care & I hope you got inspired to create something EXTRAordinary! 😉

Hugs,

Ann

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Linda Herrington : Plan4YouEvents

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Greetings!

I hope you all had a great start to your week.  Well, it has been almost two years since I made a decision to step out of my comfort zone (the comfort of my studio) and expand my business into something beyond what I could imagine. I am so glad I did because I met some amazing people along the way.  People with amazing stories that you can’t help but want to be a better person because of them.  One of these people is Linda Herrington.

I got to watch her behind the scenes several times as she planned celebrations. I do believe she is an Angel.  She always go above and beyond.  I hope one day you can hear her story, but a new chapter is about to begin for her and I am excited to share the news.

She launched an event planning business specializing in Tea Parties and I wanted you to get a glimpse of her work.  She can transform a room and help plan your Tea Party Menu.  I did ask a few questions so you can learn more about her and her business.

  • Tell us a little about you Linda. I am a retired corporate event planner with over 20 years of event planning experience. I have traveled to several states throughout the United States, Canada and International to plan and coordinate events for my former employer. Now, I am utilizing those skills I have acquired and am focusing on the social side of the event planning industry.
  • What inspired you to start @Plan4YouEvents. I enjoy planning events, whether it be for myself or others. I love taking an empty room or any open space and bringing it to life with my clients thoughts and desires. The company’s name to me hits home because I will be planning events “for you”, my clients. Thus the name Plan4You Events. I want to make sure that your event is everything you want and more and I am always willing to go the extra mile in order to exceed your expectations.
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  • What type of events do you plan: Our team can plan a variety of social events. We do baby showers, wedding receptions, anniversaries, dinner and cocktail parties, bachelor and bachelorette parties, small-scale corporate events, and adult and children tea parties. Our company concentrates on the small to medium size event. At the moment, we are more focused on event sizes of 100 guest or less. We customize each event to make them special for each of our clients. 
  • Why tea parties? Several years ago, I had the pleasure of attending an Afternoon Tea at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in London. It has remained one of highlights in my travels and I thought that it would be fun and fascinating to plan them as an event. You can have different themes including, but not limited to, Easter, Mother’s Day, Ladies Luncheon, Baby or Bridal Shower, and a Child’s Birthday. Men can even host a tea party! Golf, Football or a Father’s Day Teas are some of the themes that can be arranged. For the men, the choices could be from a heavier selection of food items or more choices in each course. The fact that men can be included in a tea party too is great!
  • How is the menu chosen for the tea party? Each menu is customized around the client’s theme and culinary desires. After collaborating with our client, we work with our chef to come up with the food choices and design each course item from there. We do have sample menus to build from. Afternoon Tea is a light meal served between lunch and dinner, consisting of three courses. The first course consists of savory bites and tea sandwiches. Our second course is where we serve our scones with cream and jam. The third course is where we serve our sweets. The three courses are  placed on a three-tiered stand/tray and eaten with your fingers from the bottom of the stand upwards. We then suggest an appropriate tea to compliment your part.
  • How can we contact you Linda?
  • We can be reached through our website at www.Plan4youevents.net,
  • via email plan4youevents@yahoo.com, 
  • and on my cell at 832-574-5708.

Like I mentioned, I am excited for Linda.  She does great work so I encourage you to book with her.  Well, I hope you have a wonderful day!  May your event be something EXTRAordinary;)

Hugs,
Ann

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Royal Blue Asymmetrical Dress : Tootsies Summer Soiree

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Greetings!

I hope you are all doing well.  I wanted to share the journey of how this royal blue asymmetrical dress came to life in one week.  Well….

After the children returned to school, the chaos of school supplies shopping and school preparation settled down. I finally had time to think about an event I was invited to, the Tootsies Dress for Success fundraiser. It was a week away and I needed an outfit. So what did I do? I texted Roz @sewmuchfabric and asked for advice on a quick sew dress.

On short notice, she was able to meet with me to discuss pattern and fabric. Thank God for Roz’s fabric expertise and styling skills because she came up with the perfect pattern and fabric formula.  Feel free to watch the sewing process below.  Enjoy!

I want to thank the following people…

Thank you Claudia Reimann @ccreimann for the invite!

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Thank you Kim Henry for a wonderful evening at the Tootsies Summer Soirée! @shoptootsies

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Thank you Roz @sewmuchfabric for making all this happen in one week! You truly took the burden off me to choose a pattern and fabric. With your services & expertise, I was able to complete a fashionable & chic dress just in time!🤗😘

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Thank you everyone for joining me on this journey.  I don’t recommend last minute projects, but just in case…go with Ponte knit and call Roz! 😜

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Royal Blue Ponte Knit: RNL4725
Royal Blue Gutermann thread: 100m-260
Black Tricot lining: K7-Black

Pattern: Burda Style 163
Vogue 1162 Belleville Sassoon

Hugs!
Ann

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