Hanging Poolside. Summer 2010.


This is a requested post by Deanna Mendoza, who is about to travel to Costa Rica this summer, and needed some help with finding the perfect chic swimsuit. I myself recently went swimsuit shopping and tried on a bikini for the first time and to my surprise looked really good in one, but I was sooo uncomfortable in it... so I bought a cute black one-piece. So buy what you'll be comfortable in and what looks good on you (and be honest with yourself), not just because it's cute. If not, you might look one of two things, awkward or funny looking.

Enjoy : )



Dress - ModCloth.com
Necklace - Kenneth Jay Lane
Purse - Louis Vuitton Speedy
Shoes - Calvin Klein sandals
Bracelet - Pamela Love
Earrings - Marc Jacobs

Boutique Spotlight: Serendipity 3


Situated across from my former middle school; Lanier, and in prime retail location on Westheimer, is Serendipity 3.

My first visit to this boutique was after I visited the famed restaurant in NYC by the same name. (Try the frozen hot chocolate if you ever go!)

Owner Ruby Infante wanted this boutique to be reminiscent of the boutiques in big cities like New York City, LA and Miami and she does a great job of mixing different lines and brands that are affordable, yet chic.

Serendipity 3 carries brands like BB Dakota, Lauren Conrad, Blaque Label, Betseyville by Betsey Johnson, Gestuz, Vita accessories and other brands that other boutiques in Houston don't carry.

Check out Serendipity 3 on Facebook for updates about all the new accessories and clothing they get in the store.

1806 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX 77098(713) 528-6112


Overview of the store.


Sister Sharon and owner, Ruby Infante


*All photos by Deanna Mendoza

Chloe Dao Spring 2010 Fashion Show

Urbane Times had the fortune to attend Chloe Dao's Spring 2010 Fashion Show "Lightness" benefiting the Fairy Godmother project last Saturday at Warehouse Live.

The show was one of the premier fashion events in Houston, and the who's who of the fashion community was definitely in the room. The show got started off with some great music from Divisi String quartet. When they played "Upgrade U" by Beyonce with their instruments, it was probably one of the coolest things we'd ever heard! It actually made Jasmine miss playing.

Then the fashions began. The show was filled with bright white and pastel dresses that could easily go from prom to wedding gowns. All the designs were very whimsical; with flowy sleeves, off-the-shoulder dresses, and clear Cinderella-like heels. The models were adorned with flowery side hats.
Vanessa- My personal favorite was the short white ruffled mini.

Jasmine- My personal favorite was the off-the-shoulder white mini dress.

The entire show was streamed live. Here is the video. Chloe starts talking at 17:14.

We had a lot of fun at the show! We love supporting hometown women, and especially Chloe Dao. She posed for pictures and we were fortunate to get one with her. Chloe Dao is continuing to grow as a designer and this spring show was one of her biggest yet.

Chloe Dao "Lightness" 2010 Spring Fashion Show

By: Vanessa and Jasmine

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Urbane Times Exclusive: Johnny Cupcakes Interview

After standing for 3 1/2 hours yesterday at Crave Cupcakes to meet Mr. Johnny Cupcakes, I sat down with him for a couple of minutes and picked his brain about starting a business, and his favorite cupcake flavor.




Of all the fashion blogs out there at the moment StyleLikeU.com stands above the rest, thinks outside the box, and gives you something new and creative, yet it's such a simple idea. Have people talk about what's in their closet. I love this site because it lets you into a world I think every fashion lover wants to see. Maybe it's just me, but I'm always wanting to know what someone is wearing or where they got it from, especially if it's someone whose style I admire. Well, this site does that interviewing hip, cool, unique, even a little freaky New Yorkers. Check out the videos and enjoy : )

Sophie Conti from Stylelikeu.com from Stylelikeu on Vimeo.

Fatima from Stylelikeu.com from Stylelikeu on Vimeo.

Ashley Wick from Stylelikeu.com from Stylelikeu on Vimeo.

Adia from Stylelikeu.com from Stylelikeu on Vimeo.


My younger sister, Enchantee first introduced me to Johnny Cupcakes. As an aspiring chef, and lover of fun t-shirts, she became obsessed.

The shirts are so cute and fun! Who doesn't love cupcakes and tshirts? I got a chance to visit the Johnny Cupcakes store on Melrose in LA last August to get some tees for my sister and now Mr. Cupcakes himself is coming to Houston as part of his Johnny Cupcakes Suitcase Tour: Back to Basics.

He's bringing cupcakes back. (sorry for the bad joke!) No really, he's bringing 6 Limited Edition tees, surprises, freebies and good ole conversation with customers. How sweet it is.

The Deets: (Details!)
Monday, April 12, 2010
Crave Cupcakes - Uptown Park

We're going to try and get a quick interview with Mr. Cupcakes, so check back for updates!

(pictures from the store on Melrose)




Chloe Dao presents Lightness at Warehouse Live

Hometown hero and Project Runway 2 Winner, Chloe Dao, is keeping Houston's fashionistas stylish by debuting her Spring 2010 collection called "Lightness" at Warehouse Live next Saturday, April 17.

The show, with seated tickets for $35 and $20 for general admission, benefits the Fairy Godmother Project. Not only does your $$ go to a worthy cause, but you get to party after the show with DJ Little Martin til midnight!

This is one of the premiere fashion events in Houston, and Urbane Times will be on the scene bringing you fashion and style news directly from the show.

Purchase tickets at Warehouse Live or www.chloedao.com

Simon Fashion NOW

On Thursday, I attended the Simon Fashion Now fashion show with fashions from Saks, Billy Reid, M by Missoni, Barney's Co-Op, Versace, and some other stores.

The ice skating rink had been transformed into a sea of fashion lovers, Houston socialites, and a few people that wanted to be seen.

Delicious meatball skewers and dumplings were provided by Gigi's Asian Bistro and complimentary drinks were sponsored by Grey Goose. They had a couple of signature cocktails just for the event.

Among the great food and fashions were design lounges by Jimmy Choo and other designers.

Of course my camera died, but I did get a couple of videos captured with my Flip camera.
The Intro featuring Saks 5th Ave.

Show finale!

Don't forget that there are fashion events happening this entire weekend, so make your way to the Galleria to attend some of them!


Shala Monroque.

Editor-at-large of "POP"

Love her.... so beautiful, well-traveled, elegant, and unique... basically me in 10 years : )


Get to know Shala, cool interview by Italian Vogue: