Each month, Coast Monthly peeks into the closets of some of the most fashionable people on the Upper Texas Coast.
Occupation: Fitness professional and owner of Island Boot Camp in Galveston
Favorite designer: CAbi, (Carol Ann by invitation), an online clothing company.
Favorite place to shop: Banana Republic, White House Black Market.
Fashion bargain: “These brown Steve Madden shoes I’m wearing. They retail for over $120 but I got them for $20.”
Dream fashion purchase: “The only dream I have is to find a women’s shoe store that caters to women with generously sized feet. My shoes are size 12. All my tennis shoes are from men’s stores.”
Place to get a good “snap” bargain: “I was a Gap girl for most of my life and now I can always find great deals there in the classic styles.”
Fashion crime: “I don’t like it when people wear clothes that are not in that season, and I don’t like it when people wear clothing that leaves nothing to the imagination. Age-appropriate, modest dress is a big thing for me.”
Celebrity closets you’d love to raid: “With my job, I think celebrity fashion is too impractical for me. I prefer to focus on unique, comfortable clothes that are an expression of me, not trendy things.”
Signature outfit: CAbi jeans and a tank top. “Those jeans are made for my body.”
Style icon: “My style icon is Elsy Bless, my grandmother. I love her classic, edgy and carefree style.”
Accessory you can’t live without: “My wedding ring.”
Most important part of my outfit: “My skin and hair. I am such a jock, so going to Lulu’s the Salon & Day Spa in Galveston helps me feel feminine and beautiful. Without my bimonthly visits there, I’m not sure I would have the confidence to wear the beautiful clothes that I have collected in the past three years.”
Personal fashion crime: “When I was in the fifth grade, I wore leg warmers pulled up over my red cowboy boots. My teacher actually pulled me aside and said that I might seem vulgar to some people because they looked like riding chaps.”
Favorite fashion trend this season: “I love the jumper.”
Fashion philosophy: “If it’s tired, retire it.”
Stella & Dot Silver chain: “I began buying myself one piece of substantial jewelry every year after I turned 40. I walked by this necklace and it was the first non-costume piece of jewelry I ever bought for myself in my life.”
Kendra Scott Emerald Cat’s Eye earrings: “I love them because they were a gift from my best friend for my 41st birthday. People know I won’t ever buy jewelry for myself.”
White and burgundy clutch purse: “I don’t like purses with long straps because I think they make you look weighed down, so I am a clutch purse fan. This was a gift from my husband. I love it because I like the handle and a lot of my kids’ stuff fits in it.”
Steve Madden shoes: “I love these shoes because I watched them in the store for months until the price went finally down to where I would buy them. I got a great deal in the end.”
Watch: “I love this Bulova watch because it was a gift from my husband, who always knows how to buy just the right thing for me. This was the first watch he ever purchased and he did a lot of research on watches beforehand.”
Bracelet: “This stretchy bracelet is a gift from a friend who’s a jewelry stylist. She bought it for me at an art festival on Sixth Avenue in New York City. I wear it not only because of its sentimental value to me, but because it’s neutral and it goes with a neutral top and a comfy pair of jeans. I have a lot of comfy, soft neutral pieces that are my weekend day wear.”
Diamond gold band: “This is very sentimental to me because it’s my grandmother’s wedding ring. I don’t wear it every day, but it’s very special to me.”