Zelle Boutique Blogger Meet-Up

Yesterday I went to a pop up shop in downtown San Antonio for  Zelle boutique, an online boutique based in San Antonio who got chosen by PopUpSA to have a pop up shop downtown from December 11-19th.

Zelle boutique is owned by 2 twin sisters Michelle and Christine. They started their boutique a little over a year ago and already have a huge following base. You can find them on social media @ShopZelle and find their website at shopzelle.coChristine said although they had a huge online based following, they wanted to interact more with local bloggers. The pop up shop was the perfect opportunity to get us all together in the same place to network and of course do what fashion bloggers love to do, shop!

Right when I walked in I was greeted by the twin sisters and offered snacks that ranged from Macaroons, Poinsetta Punch, a variety of other cookies, and crackers with ham and cheese. The shop was set up so cute and artsy, you would think that they were permanently housed out of this location with the way everything was so beautifully set up. One thing I loved most about the decor is that most of it was hand made, Christine told me that shes very into crafts and she said she made a majority of the decorations. The shop was on the river walk with some stairs leading up looking into the shop so Christine made window decorations that were made out of white cone solo cups attached by fishing string and had letters from Urban Outfitters that spelled out “Z-E-L-L-E” as shown behind me in this picture.

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The accessories wall was definitely my favorite though with the string lights and the picture frames of different art work. They had a wide range of accessories from different styles of sunnies (one of which I bought), bracelets, necklaces, earrings, and fall accessories such as headbands and scarfs.

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I love that Zelle caters to everything you could want from all kinds of clothes, accessories, and shoes. They are a shop that offers it all! Many boutiques have very  cute clothes and jewelry but a majority of them are very over priced, I love that Zelles shop is affordable and everything is good quality! I got two tops, sunglasses, and a bracelet for around $5o, which is usually how much I would pay for one shirt at any other boutique!

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Sunnies – $15

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I tried on this top and absolutely loved how comfy and versatile it was! I can dress it up or dress it down and accessorize it in anyway. I originally had just purchased the black one but then I thought about it and talked myself into getting both colors because it was so hard for me to decide which color to get! The tops were only $20 which wasn’t bad at all! I think they will definitely be my go-to tops this winter.

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Gold spikey bracelet for arm candy – $10

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With the lovely Wong sisters, Christine (left) and Michelle (right) – Owners of Zelle Boutique

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Before leaving, I was handed a goodie bag which included free earrings, sunnies, a clutch, a coupon with 20% off my purchase, their business card, and a note pad tat says “Hello Holidays”.

Zelle is the place to shop, with two amazing sisters who are sharing their passion for fashion with all their products, they are so caring and easy to talk to and they love to talk fashion with you! One thing that really stuck with me was when Christine told me that they own this shop as a hobby, they aren’t trying to just make a profit from it but they truly care about their customer relationships and making people happy! If you’re in the San Antonio area be sure to check out their pop up shop until December 19th at 140 E. Houston St. Suite 40 , San Antonio, Tx 78249. Even if you aren’t in the San Antonio area I recommend you check their trendy shop out online, I’m sure you will fall in love with their collection!

Thats all for now, follow me on social media at @itsxoxoloriallison to keep up with what I’m doing and on snapchat @xoxoloriallison

Happy Holidays!

xoxo, Lori Allison

Fashion Week San Antonio

A week filled with fashion shows, glamour, fashion designers, after parties, models and all things fashion! Who wouldn’t love a whole week dedicated to all those amazing things? I wish the week could’ve lasted much longer but I am so happy to have experienced Fashion Week San Antonio 2015. Lucky for me, since I was an intern I was able to see all the behind the scenes preparation and able to take part in the planning and all the things that come into play when planning fashion week!

FWSA15 Designers:

Duquevelez by Jorge Duque Velez SS 2016
A’GACI SS 2016
Moda Next Showcase SS 2016
Anthony Ryan SS 2016
Samantha Plasencia SS 2016
Reuben Reuel Fall/Winter 2015
Celestino SS 2016

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Jorge Duque Velez had some of the most unique designs I’ve ever seen. He is a Colombia native and used a lot of mesh/jersey materials on his clothes and had a lot of unique colors, graphics, jewels, and accessories on his pieces. I didn’t get to take a picture of it, but he had tops made from wood as well and they were the coolest thing! He really knew what women were looking for when shopping and almost all of his dresses or skirts had built in pockets, which were my favorite! I worked behind the scenes with him steaming the clothes and getting to know him and he was the sweetest man ever and I was in love with all his pieces!

A’GACI

I’m not sure if many people know this, but San Antonio is where A’GACI’s headquarters are located. They’ve had fashion shows in our previous fashion weeks as well and who better to be in our fashion week than the top retail store that A’GACI is. I think its so cool that the corporate offices are here because it gives us fashionista’s a chance to work in the fashion industry by working for them and making our way up there. They had a lot of looks for the upcoming holidays and some casual wear.

Moda Next: Fashion’s Forthcoming

Moda Next featured 6 different designers from San Antonio: Joey Ramirez, Valerie Perez, Tessa Guerra, Christian Alonzo, Blanquita Sullivan, and Bruno Horwath. Instead of this event being a fashion show, it was a walk through showcase where they were all in the same room and people were able to walk around to see each of their designs. Bruno Horwath‘s (IG: @alaverbclothing) line was menswear and it included polo’s and button-up shirts with different colored pants. I liked his collection because it was colorful clothes for guys and they all looked so handsome! Christian Alonzo‘s (IG: @91authentic) collection was very Yeezy inspired and included all black colored clothes all paired with Adidas sneakers, I loved it! Tessa Guerra‘s (IG: @rueandme) collection was all clothes for little girls, she was inspired for her collection from her daughters. Blanquita Sullivan‘s (IG: @bonjourbiqui) collection was soo cute and included dresses and two piece sets. Her collection is perfect for a summer day at a park for a picnic. Valerie Perez‘s (IG: @boutiqueverseau)collection was very 80’s themed and was one of my favorite collections! All pieces included bright colored crochet garments with sunglasses paired with each and jellies for the shoes. I would honestly buy EVERYTHING from her collection! Lastly was Joey Ramirez‘s (IG: @jose_mariezsa) collection and his included clothing for women. His collection was AMAZING and included mostly wool pieces with fringe and one all white two piece outfit! This showcase made me so proud to be from San Antonio because all these designers were so amazing and talented!

Anthony Ryan

Anthony Ryan was from Baton Rouge, Louisiana is a designer from Project Runway winner from season 9. His collection was so unique and had some amazing designs for women and men. His boutique The Anthill is located in the Stone Oak area of San Antonio. His designs included jackets, ponchos, and lots of layering. Definitely be sure to check out his boutique!

Samantha Plasencia

Former project runway contestant Samantha Plasencia from season 13 and alumni of our very own Incarnate Word Fashion School. Her collection included street wear for women and men. The collection was a very comfortable but trendy feel, and the music during the fashion show was all hip hop and included music from Travis Scott and Kanye West.

Reuben Reuel

Reuben Reuel is a designer from Brooklyn, New York. His brand named Demestiks New York is all about colorful prints and different mix of African patterns from dresses and two piece sets. Beyoncé has been seen and photographed wearing his designs.

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Celestino

Celestino’s collection was all about evening gowns! The gowns were a little risque where they showed a tasteful amount of skin but also covered enough of the body to still be elegant. His designs were amazing and I would definitely wear some of the gowns to an award show or fancy event!

I love that San Antonio has been getting its name out there in terms of the fashion industry and is continuing to grow and put out city on the map.Throughout the years I’ve done some soul searching and learned more about myself and came to the conclusion that I want to have a career in something I’m passionate about – and what better career than a career in the fashion industry! This lead me to start blogging and sharing my style with other people in the world such as you all, my amazing followers! Getting this internship was an amazing opportunity for me because it was my first time working with people who were just as passionate about fashion as I was. I was a little nervous but it was such an amazing experience! I can’t wait to be part of the fashion week San Antonio team again next year and continue to get my name out there and network!

Thanks for reading and follow me on instagram at @itsxoxoloriallison 🙂

xoxo, Lori Allison

My Fitness Journey

Back in May my boyfriend I started working out since it was officially summer time and we wanted to have great bodies for all our summer adventures and to be healthy because we had more time to spend at the gym.

We officially have been working out for 4 months consistently and I wanted to share with you all my results from my first blog post about it in June. I put together collages of 4 to show off all the main muscle groups. The top left pictures are from May, the top right pictures are from June, the bottom left pictures is from July, and the bottom right pictures are the most recent ones from earlier this month.

For the past 4 months we run a mile everyday before we go to the gym and then go to the gym straight after. We workout Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Friday and we take off Wednesdays and on weekends to give our bodies a break.

Mondays the first two months used to be cardio days for me and then the last two months I changed them to work a little chest, biceps, and triceps
Tuesdays are back days
Thursdays are leg days
Fridays are shoulder days

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Back & Arms

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Abs & Butt

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Abs and Arms

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Glutes & Legs

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My boyfriend and I

One thing I have loved about working out with my boyfriend is that we are constantly motivating each other to push and finish out our workout. Its really great to have someone pushing you to do your best and not just working out by yourself.

I’m very proud of how much I have grown and gotten stronger throughout these 4 months. Its so amazing to feel yourself getting stronger and so rewarding to be able to move up in weights and really train my body to achieve all these workouts.

I’m very happy with my results and I feel and look better than I ever have before! I’m very nervous with school coming up because I know I’m going to be super busy with school, work, a possible internship, sorority, and a social life on top of it but I know if I just think positive and believe that everything will workout and I will be able to achieve everything!

If you are interested in my workout routine and all the different workouts reps and sets just comment and let me know 🙂

Thank you for reading and I hope I was able to motivate and inspire some of you! Follow me on social media at @itsxoxoloriallison

XOXO, Lori Allison

Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Tag

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I’m so happy I was nominated for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Tag a couple days ago! Thank you @makeupwithmakenna for nominating me for this 🙂

THE RULES
– Thank the blogger who nominated you & share their link.
– Answer the 10 questions you’ve been given.
– Come up with 10 questions of your own.
– Nominate up to 10 bloggers & spread the love!

Makenna’s questions:

1.) Best dessert you’ve ever eaten?

Ooh this is a hard question because I love sweets and trying out new desserts! I would say either cheesecake or the fried banana dessert at PF Changs are the best desserts I’ve ever ate!

2.) Your #1 celebrity crush, and why that person is your #1?

Michael Ealy because he is sooo handsome, hes a great actor and those eyes.. He’s such a handsome man all around

3.) Favorite color to wear on your nails?

I like my nails painted black or a lavender color

4.) Early bird or night owl?

Although I was born in the early morning and should be an early bird, I love to sleep in so I would say a night owl. Being a cancer I am also ruled by the moon and love being out at night.

5.) Would you rather read a book or watch TV?

I would rather read a book! Since I was younger I’ve always loved reading, my favorite thing to do during the summer was to go to the library once a month and check out a bunch of books to read! I feel like many people don’t read these days because they see it as boring, but I think its a good way to continue to learn and gain intellect.

6.) Favorite artist, and how long they have been your favorite.

My all time favorite artist is J.Cole. There are so many reasons why he is my favorite, he speaks the truth about real life situations not just about money, cars, and clothes like every other rapper these days. He has been my favorite since probably 2010  when I heard his mixtape “Friday Night Lights” and then I saw him in concert for the first time in November 2013 and met him in person and had like a 5 minute conversation with him and he was so humble and amazing and I fell in love!

7.) Favorite holiday?

I have a few favorite holidays. Independence Day, Halloween, Christmas, and New Years Eve

I love Independence Day because we get to celebrate our freedom in the U.S. and its a good reason to go to the beach, spend time with family/friends, drink and BBQ!

Halloween because I love dressing up every year and seeing everyone’s costumes

Christmas because we are celebrating Christ’s birthday and of course getting to spend time with family and spoil your loved ones with presents

And lastly, New Years Eve because its always fun to bring in a new year and celebrate the past year that has gone by!

8.) Favorite full body outfit (regardless of the current season)

I’m a summer baby and love so definitely cute shorts and a cute top to go with it. I love that you can always layer your outfits if its hot outside but you know you’ll be a little chilly inside. Shorts are just easy to move around in and you can dress them up with sandals, tennis shoes, or heels.

9.) If you could have any superpower, what would it be?

If I could have any superpower, it would be to time travel. I’ve always wondered what it was like to live in the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s so I would love to travel back in time and see what it was like! I also don’t have any living grandparents so I would want to meet them and get to know them when I time travel as well.

10.) Simple jewelry, or layered, chunky jewelry?

I love all kinds of jewelry it just depends what outfit I’m wearing that day!

My Nominees :

  1. GLITTERFULTHOUGHTS
  2. Claire Elsley
  3. Sprinkleofcouture.com
  4. The Street Canvas
  5. elliesprettylittlelessons
  6. Ordinary Adventures
  7. SINCERELYAIMEE
  8. The Nueva Latina
  9. itsallaboutsonia
  10. Life.Love.Lindsey

My questions:

  1. How long have you been blogging?
  2. What is your favorite past time?
  3. What is your favorite genre of music?
  4. What Disney princess would you most likely want to be and why?
  5. Where is the one place you NEED to visit before you die?
  6. Summer or winter?
  7. What is a quote or saying you live by?
  8. What is your favorite store to shop at?
  9. Tell me something random about yourself
  10. Finish this sentence “In 10 years time I hope…”

I really enjoyed writing this post and sharing more about myself with you all! If there is anything you ever want me to write about or share about me just ask and I will do it!

Thanks for reading, and thank you to the bloggers that I nominated for participating! I can’t wait to read what you write!

Follow me on Instagram at @itsxoxoloriallison

XOXO, Lori Allison