Shop. Taste. Empower. Holiday Edition 2015 Recap

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On the sunny autumn of Sunday of November 15, 2015, The Cottage Shop opened its doors for our Holiday Edition of Shop. Taste. Empower. We hosted this second edition of Shop. Taste. Empower after the smashing success of our first one this past May which saw over 200 guests in the three hours the shop was open. Media Sponsor Houstonia Magazine’s contribution helped raise excitement for the event. Members of the University of Houston Marketing Club’s volunteer efforts helped promote the event beforehand.

The Holiday edition of this fabulous Cottage Shop event saw an equally amazing turn out, with over 200 shoppers perusing and purchasing amazing merchandise generously donated by the Houston community. Notable donors included Francesca’s Boutique and mother and daughter owned Tres Chic Boutique. Francesca’s donated boxes of shoes, jewelry, accessories and gifts to the shop, and Tres Chic, owned by mother-and-daughter team Susan and Elizabeth Hancock, generously donated over 100 pieces of stunning high fashion clothing, which were on sale in the boutique.

Guests were able to receive holiday fashion advice from notable experts in attendance. Vintage Expert and Fashion Stylist Dawn Bell guided shoppers on the best styles from another time. She was accompanied by 2015 Miss Houston Vintage Alice Berry, who modeled several outfits from The Cottage Shop’s vintage segment. Fashion Designer Becky P. Hollands provided style advice to shoppers upon request alongside The Houston Chronicle’s Fashion and Beauty Editor, Joy Sewing. Guests received expert hair and make-up advice from Shany Cosmetics and By Terry stylists, as well as Make-Up Artists Justine Hernandez, Kenya Hunt, and Lydia Lutz and Lipstick and Brunch fashion and beauty blogger, Nicole Kestenbaum representing Lush Cosmetics.

WholeFoods, Paulie’s and Jodycakes provided sweet bites while Greenway Coffee and TopoChico provided refreshing beverages to fuel guests. In addition to all the items for sale, guests could bid on the silent auction which included incredible items from Aerial Yoga, Alexis Schadel for the Home, Be There in Five, Boheme, Burd Life, Clark Cooper Concepts, Greenway Coffee Company, Soul Healer Janelle Hoyland, Make-Up by Kenya, Mod Your Body Fitness, MW Cleaners, Seasons 52, Serente Spa, Shany Cosmetics, and Dr. Stephen Wolfson.

Volunteer Victoria Salinas, along with several of her coworkers and students who volunteered for the day, continuously carried in and sorted the donations brought in by generous attendees. Shoppers cleared through merchandise as fast as it was brought out on the floor, with a cornucopia of clothing, shoes, accessories and gift items to shop from. The sales by the end of the three hour event reached $10,000. Thank you to all who came out and made this second edition of Shop. Taste. Empower. a rousing success!

Missed the event? Don’t worry, The Cottage Shop has fantastic deals all season long on amazing items for anyone on your gift list—including you!