BeeBop & Wally Women’s Apparel

December 21st, 2016
BeeBop & Wally, New York City

BeeBop & Wally, NYC

I immediately fell in love with this darling green & fuchsia polka dot print jacket at the Austin, Texas Armadillo Christmas Bazaar. My eyes were especially zoned into the asymmetrical style. I’m always receiving compliments from people regarding its uniqueness. It’s cozy and how many cozy outfits are actually shapely & comfortable? Besides, it’s fun and sassy!

BeeBop & Wally is located in New York City. They have no mortar-brick building; they only sell on-line and at shows. Their clothing has the retro flair and is very true to size.   I love different…because I am different.  BeeBop & Wally

 

Holiday Gift for A Special Someone

December 1st, 2016

 

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Happy November!

Find it difficult to find that special gift for a friend, partner, family member?

What better time to start thinking ahead for a Unique Holiday Gift for that “Special Someone.”

Purchase a gift certificate from Bonnie Balistreri Image Consulting for this deserving person to:

  • Go on a shopping trip to find their personal, distinctive look and/or
  • Organize & shop their closet to find valuable clothing combinations

Contact me to purchase this exceptional holiday gift.

 

St. David’s 2nd Annual Fashion Show

April 1st, 2015

Please join us at St. Davids Fashion show for Weight Loss Surgery Bariatric patients who have begun the process of losing 100 pounds or more and improving their health.  I’m providing the Image Consulting for the show and Dillards is providing the clothing and accessories for the fashion show.  Holly Taylor of Fringe Salon is the hair stylist for all participants.  We’d love to have you join us!  Saturday April 25, 2015 at 6:30 pm  St. Davids North Austin Medical Center, 12221 North Mopac Expressway, Austin, TX  78758.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mother-of-the-Bride Dress

January 7th, 2015

My daughter Kira got married in November of 2014 (you may have seen my blog about her vintage dress).   I’ve shopped with mothers’ and for myself for Mother-of-the-bride/groom dresses.   I realize some brides want the mother of the groom and mother of the bride to be dressed to the brides desires.  This can be a rather difficult situation as the bride may have one thought and the mothers’ are uncomfortable dressing as the bride prefers.  I was lucky, my daughter was relaxed about what we mothers’ wore and left it up to us.  However, when choosing a dress I did take into consideration the following:

A. I didn’t want to upstage the bride or “stick out”,  rather be a compliment to the wedding party.

B. I chose to dress with a specific detail from my daughters dress, again not to stand out rather to dress in the style of the wedding yet with the elegance she wanted to express for her theme.

C. I wanted to dress comfortably and express who I am.

D. Last but not least I was NOT going to dress like so-called mothers-of-the brides dressed from years ago, who doesn’t recall the dreaded long dress with a sparkly jacket!

My daughter had lace, therefore I wore a subtle lace dress.  Her dress was off-white so of course no off-white or whites which would’ve made me be equal color-wise to my daughter.  It was her day to shine, not mine.  Black for my dress seemed  dreary and had I worn a navy dress I would’ve matched the bridal party.  Therefore I chose a deep raspberry color since Kira had raspberry colors in her bouquet.  I wore vintage earrings and a vintage bracelet from my mother-in-law to bring in the era of Kira’s vintage wedding dress.

Voila!   I felt I complimented the wedding party with my own personal style rather than stood out as I look back at the pictures taken.  If your son or daughter are getting married my suggestion is to understand the theme of the wedding.  Is it tremendously fancy?  What type of venue will the wedding and reception be held?  What style of dress is the bride wearing?  What colors are the bridal party wearing?   Those are a few of the questions I would ask of you when shopping for a dress for your child’s wedding.

 

 

The Bridal Party

 

Mothers of the Wedding Couple

 

My Daughter’s Vintage Wedding Dress

November 5th, 2014

Exquisitely Kira

My daughter Kira and I shopped for her wedding dress for approximately three days.  After trying on 150 dresses (a bit of an exaggeration), which needless to say, my daughter looked gorgeous in all, we were taken aback at the price tag.  I’m the first to say I love uniqueness and quality but put the word “wedding” in any sentence and the price soars!  Though the prices were exorbitant we always commented the way we could tweak this or that to make it perfect.  News Bulletin:  We are not the “Warren Buffets” of the world and I told my daughter she could build two or three closets for the price these dresses cost to wear for the day and use for a much longer time.   After much discussion I told Kira “none of these dresses expressed who she was.”  Kira’s always been the one to find vintage clothing and re-style it to her body and give it her unique artistic flair.    She agreed and began searching her grandmothers’ closets, thrift stores, Etsy and E-bay.  She purchased roughly 5 dresses from online that were possibilities, which are stored in my closet and soon to be resold.  Finally she came upon “THE DRESS” a 1960’s vintage dress by designer  “George William Cahill”.  She felt beautiful and unique in this dress purchased for $150.00.  Kira had the back altered to a low V and a bustle made for minimal cost.  After seeing Kira on her wedding day all I can say and think as a Mom and an Image Consultant: Exquisitely Beautiful…Exquisitely Kira.

 

 

 

WW II bomber designer to Wedding Dress designer

October 29th, 2014

“The Graduate” Katherine Ross

My daughter chose her Vintage Wedding dress designed by William Cahill.  Being the curious person I am I had to learn more about the man that designed Kira’s exclusive dress.

 Who was William Cahill?

William Cahill was born in 1918 and designed bombers during World War II as a member of the design team at Lockheed Martin.  Following the war Bill and his brother, John T. Cahill envisioned a business opportunity.  Many soldiers were returning from the war and abundance of weddings was anticipated.  His artistic talent shifted from designing airplanes to designing wedding gowns. William Cahill designs were used in motion pictures; most memorable was the 1967 movie, The Graduate.  New York socialites and Dallas Debutantes pursued his gowns.

A world-renowned wedding gown designer for more than four decades was considered the ‘King of Bridal’ during the 1940s to 1960s. His creations express a timeless elegance was designed with much attention to details and defined quality in bridal wear during this period with its use of exquisite fabrics and fine craftsmanship.

Gowns by Cahill dominated covers of Wedding Wear Magazines for three decades. Cahill gowns were considerably more expensive than most gowns back then. To be a Cahill bride really meant something, as it continues to this day.

 

Dress by William Cahill

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kelly Wynne White Designer Handbags

May 7th, 2014

I discovered Kelly’s handbags during the Austin Fashion Week.  Her kiosk was set up with an array of custom leather handbags in various shapes, sizes, and colors.  While visiting with Kelly at her kiosk she told me she’s originally from Austin, Texas and moved to New York to launch her business and oversee production of her handbags, which are made in New York.  Her bags are of high quality and sophistication.  Check out Kelly’s website as her handbags are available in some Austin specialty stores.      Kelly Wynn Handbags

Kelly Wynn-White holding handbags she designed

 

St. David’s Fashion Show a Huge success!

March 26th, 2014

The first annual fashion show for St. David’s Bariatric patients was a huge success.  I was extremely proud of the 20 women who modeled the outfits I’d chosen for their lifestyle and personality.  The beauty was they were REAL women, moms, grandmothers, teacher, office worker,  executive, nurse no models among the bunch.  They used their energy, nerves and family and friend’s reinforcement to go onto the stage and show their new look compared to their before photo.  Amazing!   I had a fantastic team working with me.  Holly Taylor Kottwitz styled and colored the models hair and Natalie Gauci of Arbonne applied the women’s makeup.   Dillard’s provided the outfits and accessories worn by the women.  I promised the women I would not make them wear anything they wouldn’t feel comfortable in.  I asked them to open their minds to new possibilities to show off their true personalities and that’s exactly what most of them did.  I thank all of these ladies for taking a chance to get on stage and flourish.  They’ve had beauty all along and this was their time to show it.

 

 

 

Fashion Show March 22, 2014

March 5th, 2014

Dillard’s, Barton Creek Mall, Austin Texas will be providing clothing and accessories for the St. David’s Medical Center 1st fashion show for their bariatric patients who’ve lost 100 pounds or more and on their way to health.  I will select clothing for all 20 models specific to their body shape and  personality from all the gorgeous clothing and accessory brands available at Dillards.

Others taking part and donating their expertise:

Natalie Gauci, VP of Arbonne will apply the makeup to all models.

Holly Taylor-Kottwitz, Hairstylist, Fringe Salon, Austin, TX  is providing all models styling, color and highlights free. Holly will create updo’s for the models the evening of the fashion show.

We’d LOVE for you to join us!

 

A Beautiful Young Lady

February 26th, 2014

I was asked to judge the Miss Teen Austin 2014 pageant.  While I hesitated for more than a week I opted to participate instead of “judging from the outside” all beauty pageants I wanted to “judge from the inside”.  I along with four other judges interviewed girls ages 16 through 19 years.  We were to  get the girls to talk about themselves rather than ask questions that were answered with rehearsed lines.  One girl walked in with poise, shook our hands and introduced herself.  She sat down waiting for questions.  We clearly saw she had vitiligo, a condition when patches of your skin suddenly lose pigmentation. We asked questions about her life avoiding the issue of her vitiligo.  A question was presented midway through our conversation, “what challenges have you had in your life and what have you done to overcome them”.  She began to tear up, yet remained poised and explained when she was 18 she developed vitiligo.  She explained the embarrassment and loneliness she felt to say the least.  She wouldn’t leave home and became depressed.  However, she had love and support from her family who encouraged her and reminded her she was still beautiful inside and out and she couldn’t let vitiligo defeat her and consume her young life.  They encouraged her to enter the pageant and hold her head high and prove to younger girls beauty is not skin deep.  She won runner-up in her division, but that was unimportant compared to her picking herself up and proving she can do anything.  I wish her much success.

 
 

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