Rachel Zoe Brings More Style to 3rd Annual Dallas Startup Week

This season's Box of Style curated by Rachel Zoe and The Zoe Report editors includes style, beauty, and lifestyle goodies from brands such as Tatcha, Butter London, and ethical fashion brand, Symbology. 

This season's Box of Style curated by Rachel Zoe and The Zoe Report editors includes style, beauty, and lifestyle goodies from brands such as Tatcha, Butter London, and ethical fashion brand, Symbology. 

Rachel Zoe brought more style to the 3rd Annual Dallas Startup Week! I've attended the mini, Dallas-based "SXSW" each year and, as a born-and-raised Dallasite, I'm proud to see the event grow in attendee size and with major brand collaborations. The sessions for aspiring and established entrepreneurs alike are impeccable. Anyone interested in tech, marketing, social media, or entrepreneurship should be here during this annual week of knowledge!

The Box of Style party brought to Dallas Startup Week by Rachel Zoe's team and Style Track Captain, Leah Frazier, was quickly stamped FULL on the event schedule and had a pretty lengthy waitlist of stylish hopefuls. If you weren't able to attend, I managed to get the details for you.

After fighting Dallas traffic, I arrived at the Chase Basecamp and was whisked by elevator to the second floor lounge. The panel discussing the rise of ethical fashion led by Leah Frazier with Carly Burson (Founder of Tribe Alive) and Marissa Heyl (Creative-in-Chief of Symbology Clothing) had already begun, so I waited patiently until the party kicked off. Once the panel was over and attendees started to flood the lounge, the festivities were on!

The gift bag included Craft + Foster 'Champagne Blush' tin candle, a pair of super cute YHF Los Angeles sunnies (mine are name 'Stephanie'), and a few Butter London makeup goodies including the 'Plush Rush' Lip Gloss in First Kiss and the new Oh My, How High! Lengthening Mascara.

I can't wait to see what Dallas Startup Week has up their sleeve for 2018! The next day, I had the pleasure of speaking on a panel about content creation powered by Samsung with their new Gear 360 device. The brand sponsorships and partnerships this year were amazing...and the crowd grows with excitement by the year. Piece of advice: make your Dallas Startup Week schedules as early as possible to get the best event access, or you just might find yourself missing out on another fabulous party.

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New Year, New Glasses | David Kind Home Try-On Review *UPDATE*

If you've been following my blog for a few years, then you might remember the compare + review I did while I was on my hunt for new glasses back in 2015. Everyone was raving about Warby Parker, but I wanted to check out some alternatives rather than just settling on the popular option. During my search, I found David Kind and compared everything from the service to quality to Warby Parker's.

Fast forward: I was totally sold on David Kind and ended up earning a pair from them (through my referral link) a few months after writing my review. I picked out the Laurel and love them SO much but now it's time to pick out a new pair (or two) for 2017, so I wanted to update y'all on my journey to clear vision.

Flip through to see what the home try-on set looks like:

I requested a new home try-on set from David Kind to pick out my new pairs of glasses. They do not have physical locations, so you get to try the glasses and ask friends & family for opinions in the comfort of your own home. Each set includes six pairs of glasses: 3 are chosen by you, the other 3 are chosen by your stylist. All I have to do is send photos to my stylist for measurement purposes and my updated prescription. For one price, I get everything I need without having to try on dozens of glasses at a store which can be hella exhausting. *yawn*

Here are the ones that came in my set (left: my picks; right: my stylist's picks):

I tried them on for my mom and we both LOVE the Mia and Trenton, but I want to see what y'all think, too! Join the polls on Instagram to help me decide on a pair. 😝 If you're looking for glasses, definitely try David Kind as an option this year! They're really amazing and the presentation and quality are both lit. You can also read my more in-depth review, here.

Experience David Kind and request a home try-on set to find your perfect frames

OOTD | Winter Tweed & Shearling with Indigo 1745

It's 20-degrees in Dallas today, so I'm pretty sure this tweed shearling coat is totally necessary. The temps have been freezing across the country and we're just a week away from Christmas now! We're in the midst of holiday parties and dinners, so I thought this classic outfit from Indigo 1745 in Bishop Arts District would be perfect for those occasions. Warmth is everything! Matching pieces in tweed always remind me of Chanel. It seems so timeless and sophisticated! I slipped on my black Aldo x Target booties from last fall to give the outfit a more chic look.

After our shoot at Indigo, we decided to eat at Tillman's Roadhouse next door. It was yummy. I usually like to order dishes I've never tried before, but I was really feeling a good ole burger and fries with a fizzy root beer. 

 

Coat: Indigo 1745 // Dress: Indigo 1745 // Shoes: Aldo at Target (similar)

Photography: Photos by the Fro

OOTD | Shades of Burgundy w/ Indigo 1745 & Vans

Just last week, the temperatures seriously dropped to the 20s and 30s in Dallas. We barely even experienced winter last year, but that's Texas for ya! You never know what you're going to get.

For today's outfit, I've teamed up with Indigo 1745 in the Bishop Arts District to style up a 'fit that's reflective of how I dress everyday. I love anything casual with a little bit of edge, but very put together and only semi-coordinating. Layering is the key to any look, so jackets are a must. At one point, I had MORE jackets than anything else in my closet -- it was pretty insane. I also tend to gravitate towards the same colors that typically look best on me. The burgundy/wine/marsala shades are my greatest obsession in style and beauty. I can literally style a piece in this color with anything and I'll wear it at any time of the year regardless of what the fashion mags say. It's MY color. What are some of your favorite winter trends/pieces?

Leather jacket, plaid button-down, and skinny jeans can be found at Indigo 1745 (in-store) // Sole Society 'Thalia' saddlebag // Vans Camden Deluxe Ultra Crush Sneaker c/o Famous Footwear 

Indigo 1745 located at 370 W. 7th Street in Dallas.

Photography: Photos by the Fro

OOTD | Rose Gold Everything w/ Boohoo, Missguided & Sole Society

I've been slacking on clothes shopping for a minute now and I have also grown out of several of my old favorites. After my birthday last month, I decided to do two small Boohoo and Missguided orders. I'd never ordered from either of them before, but always admired the trendy pieces...so I finally gave it a shot. Besides seeming like it took a century for my packages to arrive, I'm quite pleased. 

This is the outfit I wore last week to my appointment at the new Aveda Experience Center at NorthPark Center. T-shirt dresses are so comfortable and perfect paired with sneakers. There are just some days where I don't feel like wearing heels and a full outfit. *shrug* I also wanted a choker, so I bought a versatile gold metal one that I can wear with several outfits. Isn't it cute? I've dropped the details and links for everything below just in case you want to pick any of the pieces up. 😉 Enjoy!

Outfit Details & Links: Lisa Girl Gang T-Shirt Dress from Boohoo ($16) // Metallic Outsole Rose Gold Trainers from Missguided ($36) // Sole Society 'Thalia' Saddlebag ($50) // Annabel Medium Metal Choker ($8)

Hit these links, girl! You can also see how my morning at the Aveda Experience Center went, here.

Photography: Danielle Sabol

OOTD | Chambray + Tribal Print

This week, the temps have finally dropped a little bit in Dallas. I'm pretty ecstatic because that means cuter clothes and no more sweating off makeup at even the coolest hours of the day. When the weather is transitioning to full on Frozen weather, I like to mix some of my spring and summer favorites with fall pieces.

I styled a super versatile chambray button-down with an African print mini skirt I found at Target a few seasons ago. My favorite thing about Target is that I can always find quality pieces and as long as I don't change size, they still look great!

Statement necklaces are a style weakness for me and they always look fabulous with button-down shirts. At one point, I was buying so many of them -- it was nuts. The beaut I'm wearing with this outfit is an old favorite from H&M. My shoes are the VINCE 'Celeste' pumps in Oxblood and they pair well with several outfits especially during fall and winter. During the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale in July, I picked out a new bag from Sole Society and this deep wine color is really more versatile than you'd think! I've barely switched it since I started carrying it.

Want a similar look? Get the details below!

Chambray Button-Down // Statement Necklace // African Print Mini Skirt // Chloé-inspired Crossbody // VINCE 'Celeste' Pumps

Photography: Photos by The Fro

OOTD | Boho Vibes at Fashion X Dallas

Last night, I was invited by Cadillac to attend the Fashion X Dallas finale. I've never been before, so it was a no brainer to RSVP for the experience. See my recap for shots from the evening. It's been a long time since I've done an OOTD and since I'm on a new journey as a full-time blogger, this is the perfect time to start serving some style realness again.

I had THE toughest time finding something to wear for this event. Aside from the few mismatch gems I found at Nordstrom Rack, everything I picked up either didn't look right or had serious price tags. The boho-style dress I found and wore to the Fashion X Dallas finale was actually from TARGET! Do not sleep on them, y'all. They're lifesavers

Every Target dress I purchase gets a ridiculous amount of compliments and (if you take good care of them) can be worn for long time. Plus, I hate spending crazy money for new outfits to wear to events that can't be worn multiple times. It helps when it's affordable, too.

Need the details for this outfit?

Xhilaration Fringe Shift Dress (shown in Mustard) // Sole Society 'Thalia' Crossbody Bag (only available in black + brown) // Steve Madden 'Stecy' Sandal 

This OOTD moment was captured by Flaunt Your Fro

You're Invited | 2016 Macy's Fashion Front Row

This post is sponsored by Everywhere Agency on behalf of Macy's; however, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

It's officially September! This means we get to flip through the thickest fashion magazines of the year, attend fashion shows, and start buying gorgeous fall pieces. Even as a blogger who loves fashion and knows what to pick, it can be a little difficult shopping for a new season. 

Luckily, Macy's is hosting a FREE must-attend shopping party next weekend that will ease your wardrobe building stress! Think of them as your best friend who tells you what's hot (and not) for fall. They have you covered, girl! And honestly, there's nothing better than getting close and personal with the latest trends -- definitely beats flipping through a traditional catalog any day.

Fashion's Front Row is an experience.

You're Invited:
Macy's at Dallas Galleria (Dallas, TX) 
September 17, 2016 at 2PM

Not in the Dallas area? Don't worry. There are Fashion's Front Row events happening all across the nation, so grab a few girlfriends and make an entire day of it! The event is totally free and you'll have access to the latest trends while you get pumped to the hottest tunes. Plus, each Fashion's Front Row event has their very own special guest. Reality TV star, Catherine Lowe, and blogger, Ashley Robertson, from The Teacher Diva will be appearing in Dallas! Take a peek at the details for your city and RSVP info in the bitly below.

Will I see you there? 💋
For more information, visit http://bit.ly/MacysFrontrow16

New Season, New Shoes | Nike Dual Fusion TR Hit Training Shoe

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It's been quite a while since I've posted anything fashion-related on the blog, but I wanted to quickly share the amazing deal my mom and I got at Famous Footwear last week! She gave me a call gushing about the new Nike shoes she spotted in one of Famous Footwear's marketing emails, so I decided to get on my MacBook and browse with her over the phone. She wasn't over-exaggerating -- they really were cute. Plus, I wanted a pair during Nordstrom's Anniversary Sale, but I didn't remember them looking like these! 😍

Since they were having a BOGO 1/2 OFF plus 15% OFF with the code 'GET NOTICED' (which I figured was for back-to-school), we decided to each pick out a pair.

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I picked out the Nike Dual Fusion TR Hit Training Shoe in turquoise and green. They look even more gorgeous in person and I'm obsessed with the comfort! I always wear flats, so I'm currently trying to build a wardrobe of athletic shoes for when I run errands. I'm not that blogger who walks around in heels all day. Unless I'm shooting an outfit, I'm super casual. 😖 After we ordered ours, the rest of the family decided to hop on board, too!

If you're on the hunt for shoes this season, you should absolutely hop on this sale at Famous Footwear!

Margaux Trunk Show at Bistro 31 in Dallas | Classic Ballerina Flats

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It's been quite a while since I've blogged about style! I think I'm really enjoying the YouTube expansion and being able to actually share my thoughts on beauty products. Over the weekend, I was invited to the Bistro 31 lounge in Highland Park Village for the Margaux trunk show. Of course, I RSVP'd and made my way to Dallas on Saturday morning to see what this new brand was all about.

When I spoke to the girls at the event, they explained to me how they wanted to perfect the ballerina flat and I think they've done a fantastic job at building the brand and product so far. There are several color options, but the flat that really caught my attention was the leopard print! While I always recommend a pop of color, I love a good print to style with an outfit or even mix with other prints. My absolute favorite parts of the design were the memory foam and the rubber-tipped leather sole that both really help lengthen the life of the ballerina flat because I wear my flats almost every single day or when I'm not wearing heels!

How much are Margaux flats? Classic standard sizes will cost you $175; made-to-measure (or custom sizes) are $195. If you're looking to get your hands on the limited edition haircalf collection, the standard are $245 and the made-to-measure are $265.

Thank you to Margaux for inviting me to the trunk show to take a peek at the brand! They're finishing up their tour in Austin and Houston next, so Texas is a lucky state. I can't wait to see how Margaux evolves!

How To Look Fresh On Campus (After Pulling An All-Nighter)

This post is sponsored by Target. As always, the content was completely curated by me and all opinions and thoughts are my own. *Some products are only available in Target stores*

It's throwback Thursday! Remember that time I sported that crop top and distressed boyfriend jeans on Instagram? What about that peach burnout maxi I bought right before summer? All of it was from Target! Whether I'm on campus or out and about for blogging, I get countless compliments on anything I've picked up at Target. Not only can I decorate my apartment and stock up on school supplies, but I can make sure I'm perfectly in style on campus, too!

Photo Cred: Stephanie Drenka

Photo Cred: Stephanie Drenka

I was on my usual Target run last week and I spotted this super cute crochet back Xhilaration dress that could not pass up! I swear I can never pick up groceries in that store without looking at clothes and shoes. I also picked up some makeup essentials for a light day on campus because (I'll be honest) I don't always wake up with enough time to do my full face routine!

L'Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation // Revlon Super Lustrous Lip Gloss in Super Natural // Rimmel London Scandaleyes kohl liner (in stores) // Sonia Kashuk nail colour in Spice It Up and Wicked Attraction 

L'Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation // Revlon Super Lustrous Lip Gloss in Super Natural // Rimmel London Scandaleyes kohl liner (in stores) // Sonia Kashuk nail colour in Spice It Up and Wicked Attraction 

These are the campus 'lite' essentials: a super lightweight foundation, a neutral lip gloss that will go with any outfit, the blackest eyeliner I can find to do my famous feline flick (or cat-eye), and if I'm not super-rushing to get to class, I'll apply some eyelashes! Like most girls, I only have two makeup moods -- either light or dark. I'm always wearing one or the other. If you haven't tried the color of the year, Marsala, on your nails yet...it's a must!

I've been obsessed with dresses on campus because they're so easy to slip on when you're short on time! It's far too hot in Texas to layer anything right now and even jeans can be a struggle some days. This crochet back shirt dress is perfect for a day on campus! The crochet back definitely gives some breathability and I can wear them with my Mossimo lace-up wedge sandals I bought before I went to LA or a pair of chunky platforms.

Check out Target’s College Styler at MadeForU.Target.com to find you and your roommate's ultimate college style!

OOTD: Confidence is Key | Bold Leopard Print Skirt

I didn't always have the confidence I have today. It definitely took a few years of style soul-searching to figure myself out. Sometimes I look back and cringe at the outfit risks and blunders I made circa 2010, but I had a young, fearlessness about me that I still admire! I've always been a huge lover of bold statement skirts with classic silhouettes. Perhaps they're my way of expressing my personality to the world? I can easily slip them on with a basic tee + heels and have a perfectly pulled together outfit even when I'm at my worst.

One of the worst feelings is having your confidence trumped by Aunt Flo making a completely unexpected visit. I make sure to carry the U by Kotex traveler pack with me in my purse or tote bag for school! There's nothing worse than being unprepared and possibly ruining your outfit. Trust me -- I've been there, done that! It's not a good feeling at all. Having the traveler pack is like having the best friend with you who never breaks girl code. You can currently purchase a U by Kotex bonus pack in stores that includes the traveler pack, so you can protect your confidence at home and out-and-about! They even come in these super cute quiet wrappers that don't look like the typical tampon, so no one will even know and you don't have to feel bad about slipping one out.

The traveler pack is currently apart of the U by Kotex bonus pack that you can purchase at Walmart.

The traveler pack is currently apart of the U by Kotex bonus pack that you can purchase at Walmart.

Top: Regular black tee // Skirt: H&M wrap skirt // Shoes: Vince 'Celeste' pumps (similar) // Earrings:

Photography x Stephanie Drenka

This outfit of the day is sponsored by U by Kotex.

H&M Opening at Golden Triangle in Denton on August 6th

As you've probably heard a few months ago, Denton's Golden Triangle mall is opening an H&M! After four years of attending school at UNT, I'm actually happy that Golden Triangle has been undergoing a revamp and will have some new stores that will be much more attractive to students and younger people. The company is proud to have added 30 employees to the ever-expanding 15,000 US employees (for available opportunities, visit careers.hm.com) and this will be their 15th Texas location. The new 23,000 sq. ft. H&M location will open tomorrow at noon but, as always, there are perks for waiting in line early! 

  • If you're one of the first 100 shoppers in line, you'll receive an all-access pass valued up to $300
  • Did you know that you can bring in old garments for the chance to win gift cards? Save mo' money!

I'm super excited about this opening since it's in Denton and hope some of my fellow UNT & TWU students will take advantage of the opening day discounts (there are always some really great ones)! The openings are always so high-energy with great shopping and beats, so this is the best time to build your wardrobe before the semester starts. Even though I don't think I'll be attending the opening tomorrow, I'm really excited to bring some new content and fall looks your way soon!

Will you be there?

Denver Trip Haul | Nordstrom, TJ Maxx, Goodwill, and LUSH [Video]

I got back from Denver last week and it was amazing! Seriously, I was beginning to think of ways that I could stay longer because everything was perfect -- the people, the culture, the weather. I appreciated being able to wear makeup and jackets without completely sweating my soul out -- it did get a little warm some days, but nothing like Texas right now. With Anniversary Sale right around the corner, I tried my best to not spend a dime but...

What happened to The Fashion Geek?

I've changed a lot of things in the last 48 hours, so I thought an update would be necessary. If you follow me on social media, you may have seen me talking about this whole "transition" thing. Changing my blog was only a tiny (almost microscopic) thought last week, but something popped into my head on Monday that told me I should consider rebranding. I clearly thought this was a brilliant idea and purchased a new domain within minutes. Soon after, I changed my social media handles, too (@JaleesaCharisse)! FYI: Both my new and old domains will remain live.

Expanding to YouTube has been on my blog to-do list for months now and I finally feel like I'm in a place to do so! I wanted to be able to actually show you, my readers, things as they happen, expressing my thoughts on new brands, and how to do all things style and beauty. While I could have been creating YouTube content, I wanted to create quality videos that matched the increasing quality of my blog posts...and that required waiting.

With that being said, The Fashion Geek definitely still exists and I'll be posting here just as regularly as I plan to on YouTube...but I've chosen to be addressed and labeled as myself rather than my blog name. Hence the name change to Jaleesa Charisse -- a combination of my first and middle names. The Fashion Geek certainly remains a huge part of my personal brand but, in the direction I'm going, the name change makes a lot of sense. No, this is not the end!

If you've been following my blog, thank you and I can't wait to embark on this new journey with you! If you're new and just clicked this link out of curiosity (I'm not judging), I hope you'll continue to follow as I create new content!

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The Story of the Summer Maxi | Peach Burnout

I think each summer, every girl has her favorite maxi. Of the many we purchase in preparation for spring and summer, there is at least one that we just can't get enough of! This one has been mine. I was at Target looking for the perfect pair of summer sandals and as I was just about to leave the store in disappointment, I paused in my tracks to admire this dress on one of the mannequins.

Do That Yoga feat. Sanuk

No, I'm not actually doing yoga -- although, that is on my to-do list of things to try! I posted about my Sanuk Yoga Slings yesterday on Instagram leading up to today's blog post because I really do love them. These are very different than all of the shoes in my collection, so I knew I wanted a pair, but I just didn't know exactly how to style them!

Goodbye, Rain! feat. Victoria Leather Company

For almost the last month in Dallas there has been severe weather nearly every day -- tornados, thunderstorms, and the most flooding I've ever seen in my 22-year life! I thought it would literally rain for forty days and forty nights, but this week has been much more promising with well-deserved sun. I posted this Marsala gem from Victoria Leather Company on Instagram a few weeks ago when it arrived and I couldn't wait to style it! It's the perfect on-the-go bag. I fell in love with the buttery soft leather and the unique 'Droplet' design! Not to mention, I've been obsessed with the Color of the Year, so Marsala was the perfect choice.

OOTD: Rhinestuds feat. Necessary Clothing, Else Denim, Louise et Cie

The same way most fashionistas love to wear head-to-toe black ensembles, I absolutely adore grey. I think my obsession for grey began when I was doing a trend board project for menswear during my sophomore year. Fifty Shades of Grey was my theme centered around an overcast city of Seattle. I drove all around Dallas searching for the perfect grey wool swatches for my board and just fell in love with the way grey pieces could be worn together even if they're not all matchy-matchy.

Check out this week's look and outfit details:

OOTD: Pop of Neon feat. J.Crew, Necessary Clothing, Stitch Fix, Joan & David

A few weeks ago, I received the 'Parker' cross body at my doorstep (courtesy of the J.Crew team) and I fell in love. I decided to stray from my typical versatile, neutral tones and go for something a bit more wild with the 'neon flame' color! I think it's important to have a few statement accessories.

I have a ton of olive/military green in my closet! I love styling it with pastel pink but, this time, I wanted to use it to make my new neon bag "pop". Today, I'm layering an oversized olive jacket over a tribal print shirt dress and wearing a comfy pair of thrifted ankle booties (or boots). This look transitions fall pieces to spring and is a style mixture of bohemian and edgy!

Check out the rest of the photos + outfit details:

Tribal Print Shirt Dress c/o Necessary Clothing (find similar styles) // 'Weekend Warrior' oversized jacket (no longer available; similar) // 'Parker' cross body in neon flame c/o J.Crew // Criss-cross ring from H&M (similar) // Three-finger ring from H&M // Arrow Bangle from Stitch Fix // Eyewear c/o Fetch // Leather ankle boots by Joan & David (thrifted; similar)

Photography x Stephanie Drenka Photography