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American Hu$tle:Part II

Welcome to American Hu$tle: Part II, Let’s dive right in.

I started igniting my passion for fashion again, I decided to apply to all the schools in Texas offering a Major in Fashion Merchandising.

I only visited one university, and although it was beautiful it was not for me. The university I ended up choosing I had never been to, or even visited San Marcos. I just knew it had one of the best programs for that field from what I read online, and applied. I didn’t find out I was accepted until a few weeks from the semester starting. After that, everything happened so fast that I had to break the news to my parents as soon as found out.

Photography by Jesse Soto of Jexse Studios. 03/24/2018. Styled by Jenny Soto of JenStyleHou. Jacket: Forever 21, Romper: Romeo+Juliet Couture, Shoes: A New Day, Handbag: Sergio’s.

Me: Tengo menos de un mes para buscar apartamento.

Parents: Ja! Porque? (thinking I’m joking)

Me: Me aceptaron a la Universidad de Texas State

Parents: 😄😄😯😯🤗🤗

If you don’t know Spanish, I’m going to sum it up for you…I told my parents I had less than a month to look for an apartment, but when they found out why they helped me look for apartments in a place we didn’t know much about.

Two years later, I graduated with my B.S in Family and Consumers Science with a major in Fashion Merchandising. Something a first generation daughter of two people that came here with nothing but big dreams worked her ass for. Semesters of me having to work two jobs, night shifts, having two working parents, and even my brother putting in work so that I could make it happen.

My day job is working in the Oil and Gas business. Nowhere near where I thought I would be at this point in my life. When I found that most fashion companies were only offering me retail management positions, I knew that’s not what I wanted for me. I knew I belonged in a corporate setting. I still wanted to keep a part of my love for fashion alive, and I always loved writing.

That’s how the concept for JenStyleHou came to me. When I was in college I didn’t have money to buy all the clothes I wanted for the good job interviews, so I had to learn my closet. Also, learned how to make cheap look expensive. I hope to keep sharing my knowledge with you.

You’re probably thinking, “Is Part II the end?” Not even close. I’m just like many of you still working to get to do what I love and finding my way.

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American Hu$tle: Part I

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Hi all of you beautiful (smart, talented, creative, innovative) hustlers,

This post is dedicated to my high school freshman year self, and to all of you trying to keep your passions alive aside from our everyday work life. The jacket that I’m wearing in this photoshoot is very meaningful to me. I have had this jacket since my high school freshman year (which is a long time ago). I have parted ways with almost everything from then except this jacket, and for a very important reason.IMG_9784

As an ice breaker in my history class, the teacher asked us to stand up, say our names, and what we wanted to be when we graduated . I was wearing this jacket when I proudly stood up, and said “I want to be a fashion designer”. Only difference is then, I was wearing this jacket with a Billabong shirt, ripped jeans, and converse.

A lot of people throughout my youth persuaded me to take other routes. A more safe route, but fashion was always in my heart and it never left. Everything I would learn I would compare to something that dealt with that industry/business so I could retain the information in a way I understood it.

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Jacket: A’GACI (Circa 2004), Romper: Romeo + Juliet Couture, Shoes: Forever 21. Photo: Jexse Studios 03.24.2018

Fast forward to college, I was pursuing a career that was interesting, but not something that really made me feel passionate. I was getting nowhere close to deciding my major, and decided to go to a smaller community college. I am very blessed to have my supportive family, for not thinking I was crazy for leaving a big university to try to find myself.

Once at the community college I started taking random classes, and if it didn’t sound like it was calling my name, I wasn’t going to take it (except my basics, because you need those lol). That is how I stumbled upon, Theatre-Intro to Costume Design. The class that ignited that passion again. The one that reminded me of that girl standing in class saying she wanted to be a fashion designer. (To be continued…)

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XOXO

Happy Valentines Day!! 💕

I know some of you are going to be very busy tonight. As for me, I will be at church reading, because this year Valentine’s Day is also Ash Wednesday. Whether you are going out, or staying in you deserve to feel like a queen/king (guys, you too deserve to feel loved) today. That is why I’m here for YOU/HOU. This isn’t just a fashion blog it’s a lifestyle blog. If you read my ‘about me’ then you know it all starts with Jen (me/an actual person), and I care about YOU. I care about my clients, and it helps me discover your sense of style.

I’m sure you were expecting another picture of me, but this is Lisa. She knew that she wanted to wear this beautiful top from New York and Company, but she needed help with putting an outfit together. As soon as I saw the top, I thought of Christian Dior one of the masters in delicate, and beautiful feminine designs. I also took Lisa’s personality to consideration, because she is not delicate. In fact, she is fierce.

That spirit of hers triggered the Yves Saint Laurent inspiration in me, and that is why I decided to add some black to add contrast. That is what makes this outfit, Parisian classic meets modern day chic. **Bonus tip: tucking in the top and adding a belt defines the waistline. Raising up the skirt to the waistline also makes legs appear longer. Try it and let me know how it works for you.

Now, I am giving you the same opportunity as Lisa. If you need help putting an outfit together whether it’s from scratch, or using something you already have comment on here/FB/instagram with what you would like to incorporate and I will give you some ideas.

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Thank you Lisa for allowing me to style you for the Galentine’s Party. Also, big shout out to Jexse Studios for the Photography and Alchemy Salon Houston for the hair style for Lisa.

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Romance Is Key

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Hi Everyone,

I hope that you have been staying warm and safe these past few days. I know that not just in Houston/Texas, but other states in the country we have been hit with this cold weather. Can’t go out to the MFAH, because it has been closed due to weather? Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered! Get yourself some hot chocolate, and maybe some pan dulce as I take you on a tour of “The Glamour and Romance of Oscar de la Renta” exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. This exhibit runs from Oct. 8th, 2017- Jan 28th, 2018. Hopefully, you will still be able to see this beautiful exhibition in person. I chose my favorite pieces for this article, and narrating it through my perspective. Enjoy!

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Nothing shows people the art of fashion like, Couture. Couture is art. It is something beautifully crafted for a purpose, and with a vision in mind. When you see this collection, the first place in your mind is supposed to be Spain. I think of a matador waiting to make a move on the bull, and the woman wearing this dress is patiently waiting to take on the world. Calm on the outside, but full of passion on the inside.

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If there’s anything that can make me hand my card over like a business card, it’s a beautiful dress with a dramatic back. If I could get married in this dress, I would do it in a heartbeat. It has that feel of the Givenchy dress that Audrey Hepburn wore in Sabrina in the 1950’s but with a little modern twist. You can just picture yourself wearing this to a Gala.

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There’s only a few words I can speak in Russian, but this collection makes me wish I could speak it fluently. The beauty and elegance shown in these pieces just took my breath away. The dress all the way to the right is actually a wedding gown someone used. On this cold Houston day, I could sure use one of these beautiful coats. This was by far my favorite collection as a whole.

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I love how Oscar de la Renta designed his clothes. He always had the women he designed these dresses for in mind during the whole design process. It’s not only beautiful, but it’s wearable. That is so rare for couture. That is why Oscar de la Renta is up there to me with Yves Saint Laurent.

 

Belle romance! Although the Russian inspired collection was my favorite, there were many of his couture designs that took my breathe away. For instance, this French inspired dress that Kirsten Dunst wore on an editorial photoshoot for Vogue to promote the Marie Antoinette movie. The details on this dress and its delicateness are EVERYTHING.

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Rest In Peace Oscar de la Renta, in fashion heaven (07/22/1932- 10/20/2014). I will end this article by giving the biggest shout out to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston for hosting this exhibit. The pictures for this blog were a collaboration between Jexse Studios and myself. I will be posting more fun pictures, and random facts about Oscar de la Renta on my IG and FB pages throughout the week, so please be sure to follow @jenstylehou.

Love,

Jenny Soto

Let JenStyleHou!

 

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Let The Rain Kiss You

If you are from Houston, then you know our weather is unpredictable. That shouldn’t stop you from letting your style shine. I really enjoyed being in this photoshoot, because I’ve always to have one on a rainy day. That reminds me to thank the incredible team that helped me make it possible. My makeup artist Lisa Moreno founder of Touch of Artistry, and Jesse Soto creator of Jexse Studios (love y’all). Enough talk, let’s get to the outfit of that random rainy day.

To contrast the makeup done in violet, I opted to use it’s complimentary color (yellow/gold) on my top. I am using Victoria Beckham’s Bee button down shirt.

To add some more sophistication to the outfit, and help protect the shirt from the rain I threw on a black coat from Fashion Nova. Also, a black belt with gold accessories (H&M), and black booties to put it all together. There you have it! A super simple casual, “let’s get wings!” on a rainy day outfit.

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Spice Up Your Life 2018

If you have read some of my blogs, or follow me on social media you might know by now that my favorite color is red. All shades and tones of it. I have always been attracted to red. The new year is coming up, and in Hispanic traditions (maybe not all, comment if yours are different) if you want luck finding a boo thang in the coming year…you better start the year by wearing red calzones (undies). I haven’t done this tradition yet. (might be why I haven’t found one, so I’ll let you know if it works this year. Ha!)

“Red. Red is the color of fire and blood, so it is associated with energy, war, danger, strength, power, determination as well as passion, desire, and love. Red is a very emotionally intense color. It enhances human metabolism, increases respiration rate, and raises blood pressure.”

I have this beautiful red coat, and the weather in Houston is finally giving me a chance to wear it. This is a good way to make a fashion statement in a simple way. I wore an all black dress, black tights, and black over-the-knee boots with my red coat. I also threw in a red scarf, because it added a little more sophistication to the outfit (and bronchitis sucks). If red undies are supposed to help bring you love in the New Year…can you imagine what a red COAT will do?!!!

What better way to welcome the new year than with a bold color that has so much meaning. It is romantic yet, powerful.

Spice up your 2018 a little with a little bit of red. I hope you had a great Christmas and wish you the best this upcoming year 😘

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Special thanks to Jexse Studios for the photography on today’s posts. Also, the beautiful houses of River Oaks.

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DIFF eyewear review

Today I opened my package, and at first I was a little nervous. I just became an ambassador for DIFF, and as a blogger (and as your friend) I want to make sure that anything I promote to you is worth your money. That is why I wanted to do a review of the eyewear.

I ordered two different styles. Top: Daisy sunglasses in Antique Gold Tortoise with Green Polarized lenses ($85.00). Bottom: Becky sunglasses in Black with Flash Grey Gradient lenses ($85.00). Yes, $85.00 might still seem a little high, but there are two reasons I believe they are worth it. For one, the quality is great! The most important reason, you are not only being stylish by wearing these, but you are also helping a good cause.

The video above is me is opening my order. Take a look for yourself of what they look like. I can’t wait to order more from them. You can shop with the link below: DIFF eyewear