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

Saturday Outfit of the Day

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Hi Loves!

Today I finally was able to wear one of my favorite skirts that I bought from Posh Square. I bought this skirt a few months ago and I just haven’t worn it yet because I hadn’t found a perfect top to wear with it. However, I went to Charlotte Russe for their 40% off sale going on this weekend and found this off the shoulder black and white stripe crop top. I love how off the shoulder tops look with midi skirts so I went ahead and bought it to try it out. I ended up loving how it! Since the outfit was mostly black I decided to add a pop of color and wear my hot pink heels from Go Jane. For my accessories I wore a blingy necklace from Charlotte Russe and then a black hair bow in my hair from Forever 21.

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I got so many compliments today from my boss, coworkers and strangers saying I looked very Sex in the City which was a great compliment!

I hope you all enjoyed this outfit and it will bring you inspiration on how to pair midi skirts!

XOXO, Lori Allison

Follow me on social media at itsxoxoloriallison 🙂

Rainy Day Outfit

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Hey Loves!
I just quickly wanted to share with you my outfit of the day from today. When I woke up to start getting ready for work it was raining pretty hard. I always have trouble finding an outfit to wear on rainy days especially since I don’t own any rain boots at the moment. I’m in the process of trying to find some that are cute and that I actually like, if any of you have rain boots that are cute please let me know where you got them from! Of course on rainy days, nobody wants to get their feet wet because its such a weird, uncomfortable feeling. I am also always cold especially at my work and right now the Texas heat is on another level so all the air conditioners everywhere are on full blast so I’m much colder now lol. I decided to put this outfit together. I got the bodycon black dress from Charlotte Russe. I feel everybody needs a dress like this because you can literally wear it for any occasion, with any shoe and everyone needs a little black dress! I paired it with a black and cardigan that I got from Love Culture, this cardigan was amazing today because it acted as a little blanket of warmth to cover my legs with at work and its super comfy! I also loved that its over-sized because it really did feel like a blanket! Lastly, I completed the outfit with my black combat boots that I got from Target. Target was the only place that had combat boots that I really liked and during the fall season I wear them so much, I love them! For accessories, I wore my Kendra Scott jewelry set from the Mystic Bazaar collection and I styled my hair in a half up/half down bun. Lastly, to add a pop of color I wore my NYX purple lipstick!

Overall, I was able to complete that comfy trendy look for this rainy, chill day. I was so comfortable and I looked trendy at the same time!

Hope you all enjoyed my outfit of the day, follow me on instagram at itsxoxoloriallison to see more of them!

Hope yall had a great Saturday!

XOXO, Lori Allison