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Fashion & Politics: The New First Lady’s Fashion Creativity

January 24, 2017


There is much discussion on the New First Lady’s style choices including the latest one where she wore a piece that was very much like the one Jackie Kennedy wore, except in a different color.  First of all, trying to compare herself to the famous and loved Jackie-o who was very graceful and poised in every step she took and in everything that she wore.

Where fashion and politics have played a huge part in the white house during the Obama Administration, Michelle Obama amped up the industry with her one of a kind pieces that she wore.  Nothing that any other celebrity wore, and the one thing about Michelle Obama is she gave up and coming stylists an opportunity to make their mark in the fashion industry.

But in all truthfulness, and this is just my opinion, I do not think she is First Lady quality based on what I’ve seen so far.  And I honestly do not believe she will show the fashion industry the same level of respect that Michelle Obama did.  This is because the Obama’s level of humanity for all people speaks above volumes.  And the fact that nude pictures of Melania keeps surfacing on social media as memes should be one to be questionable.  They gave Michelle Obama hell about wearing sleeveless tops, and have yet to criticize our new first lady about all these nude pictures that keeps surfacing and that people keep asking why.

I do not see class where Michelle Obama has a great deal of.  And I am just curious as to whether or not she collaborates with major designers to create one of a kind pieces or if she is going to wear her own line and off the rack designs.

Only time can tell.



Community Buzz: New Magazine Revisited

May 22, 2016

Rene2016Many of you know that I have been working on the idea of creating my own magazine.  After attending a memorial of my very good friend who passed away on April 21, 2016, I realized that I too can fulfill my dreams, and that I can do anything I put my mind to.  With that said, I am stepping out on faith to create my own magazine, Studio7.  I’m looking to collaborate on photo shoots, articles, entertainment information, and so much more.  Email me to discuss how we can work together. I will be the Editor in Chief on this collaborative effort.

My goal is to take the magazine both online and in print.  I want to capture the lifestyles of both men and women at work and at play.  It’s like I always say, “play hard to reward yourself after a long work week!”  And as working men and women we deserve it.  I will showcase high fashion, accessories, shoes, and the way men love to dress outside of the office, special occasions, and just being flashy for no apparent reason. 🙂

Studio7 will be a monthly effort unless demands decide otherwise.  And, yes, I will have deadline cutoffs for material to be submitted, reviewed, edited, and ready for printing.  First up, I am looking for models to kick off the first edition because I will be contacting fashion moguls who will play a major role in the development of the magazine.

Studio7 will be a part of the fashion forward movement and a part of the way life was meant to be.

Entertainment News: The Iconic Legendary Prince Dies at 57

April 21, 2016

prince-image-1-92582190The world has suffered a great loss last week.  We mourn the tragic loss of  the iconic legendary Artist Formerly Known as Prince, or Prince as he will always be well known to me and those around the world who know him and best and love him just as much.  If you have been following the news, a couple of weeks ago his plane had an emergency landing as he was suffering from flu like symptoms.  He went on to invite many to his Paisley Park compound at Paisley Park to let his fans know he was doing well and was quoted as saying something to the effect of “waiting a few days before wasting prayers on him” – TMZ Live reported.

On Wednesday, 4/21/16, Prince was found by a staff member unresponsive on his elevator.  He was last seen alive the night before at 8:00 pm.  First responders were unable to revive him and pronounced him dead at 10:07 pm.  His autopsy was performed on Friday, 4/22/16, and on Saturday, 4/23/16 it was reported that he was cremated.  His death was felt all across the across the globe.


Prince, born Prince Rogers Nelson, created a sound that no one could compare or even try to match.  He was one of a kind, and a genius in his own right.  He played over 20 instruments, wrote and produced his own music, and single handedly took on the music industry to fight for creative freedom which he did so well…created his own sound in music that continues to revolutionized the music industry.

SiriusXM subscribers can tune in to channel 50 for a Prince tribute to hear their favorite tunes from his oldest to his latest releases.  My last collection was the Lotus Flower.  I got it when he first released it and Target had gotten in stock.  On the day of his passing, I paid my respects to the artist I have loved since I was a little girl by purchasing the Art Official Age from Amazon.  There were others I wanted to purchase but they were completely sold out.


His movie, Under The Cherry Moon, in the end he dies.  If you’re a Prince fan, you would agree that the story he told in that movie was a beautiful one with a tragic end, but left a meaningful message that to me translates living each day as if it were your last.  In retrospect, he carried on his life-long career doing as he saw fit, giving his fans what they wanted which was his music in every way possible of himself.  In addition to Under The Cherry Moon, he gave us Purple Rain, Graffiti Bridge, which are my most favorite and memorable ones.

Yahoo News reported that the conclusion of his autopsy showed evidence of having overdosed on a drug days before he was found.  Apparently he was taking this drug to treat a hip problem tied to corrective surgery in 2010.  This is according to TMZ.  You can read more about the autopsy by visiting Yahoo News.


The closest I ever came to seeing him perform was being in the same building with him standing outside the main auditorium at the Shrine in Los Angeles as a seat filler, but we never got to go inside.  In fact, we were all escorted out by the fire marshal who concluded the building was over the capacity.  I saw him perform on a little monitor outside in the hall.  That is the closest I ever got to see him perform live.

13043413_10208341632755125_6130780062356060889_nI will forever carry a torch in my heart and soul for prince.  His music has inspired a lot of my poetry over the years.  Poems such as Pleasures of an Idol Sin, Part I and II.  Part II is from my book, Sins of a Poet.

His music inspired my very first book that I never published and hope to do so one of these days.  And when I think about where Prince music has taken us, let me tell you, we all have been on an amazing musical journey.  He has taught us that we have one life.  Live it to the fullest.  He lived his life privately as a celebrity.  Was never caught up in any ugly scandal.  He remained true to himself which many of us have a hard time doing in today’s society.  Even being born epileptic, he used his experience growing up to over come it and be what the world has loved for so many years.

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Remember him throughout the end of times.  He was the beautiful one that we all truly adored.  And it’s amazing that the two top hot tabloids even remembered Prince according to he Herald.

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What’s New: Styled By Rene’ Comes to AtStudio5

April 12, 2016

My goal is to showcase fashion, style, a luxury lifestyle of what living the high life of fashion can present, and working to help those who are in need of a fashion makeover, while getting the most out of their fashion experience. 

I am exciting to be bringing Styled by Rene’ to AtStudio5 by creating a new page on the blog to make it just one click away to asking questions about how to improve current fashion styles, choosing the right attire for events, how to shop for bargains, how to get the most out of your money when shopping for the hottest trends, best places to shop, enhancing current wardrobes, shopping designer brands at a fraction of the cost, and looking for a complete fashion makeover.

Styled By Rene’ consults with clients to understand where it is they want to take their style.  The new page will feature articles, fashion tips, and much more, including how to contact me, request an Fashion Assessment Sheet and setup a consulting appointment.

If you haven’t already visited Styled by Rene’, I encourage you to do so.  Browse around the blog and see what I’ve been up to and where it is I intend to go.

Style File News: 4th and Elm Boutique’s and All it’s Glamour

April 11, 2016


Today in Style File News, is about boutique glamour.  Hi, everybody, it’s your fashionista again, René, spotlighting one of Long Beach’s hidden treasures just east of Long Beach Boulevard located on 4th Street.

I have lived in Long Beach, CA going on two years now and I have come to appreciate many of the hidden treasures the city has to offer.  When you least expect it you will come to find some great eating places, fine entertainment, community get togethers, and eloquent shopping outside of the normal mall shopping venues.

12990933_10208252680571376_988788601209372275_nGetting out to get better acquainted with your community can be a rewarding experience as I have discovered. So, while I was out last Saturday, I met Lorie Scott, owner of one of the hottest boutiques I have ever gone into in all my years of boutique shopping.  It’s called 4th and Elm Boutique.  I first saw her when I was just getting out of my car on Elm and she had come storming down the boulevard wearing these bad ass pants that just caught my attention.  I saw her again just as I crossed the street on 4th and saw those same pants in the window of the boutique. I asked her if they were the same pants, she laughed and said, “Yep! I’m the owner!” And that’s when I knew I had to learn more about those hot pants she was wearing even as we had light rain that day.

What I like about 4th and Elm Boutique is that it caters to the woman who wants to get away from the normal hustle and bustle of everyday life.  It lets you let loose and be comfortable, but with a stylish flair.

12938322_10208252680171366_6148999671990406658_nAbout the pants.  So, they  have wrap around features with up the thigh side splits in the legs which is where the wrap features come in with a back elastic.  A style I can say I have not quite seen before.  And I took to them right away.  Really a must have!   They come in small, medium, and large, and are $48.  I have to say they are worth every penny – because of their unique look and style.

These pants are very sassy and sexy at the same time, and wearing them you will be turning heads all around. Perfect for summer fun and are found in only one stylish design.  They are best worn with a cute white top. Even Lorie will tell you that.  Since I lost weight I challenged myself to try on a pair of her snazzy pants to see if they’d fit.  And wouldn’t you know it, I tried them on and they fit.  I was so excited that I treated myself to a pair.

They felt really good, were not too tight.  And because I’m short, they are the perfect length.  They will go great with my low healed strippy summer sandals.  I picked up a white chiffon top from another one of my favorite stores that will go perfectly, and is the perfect ensemble for after I get married in Las Vegas this summer.  So how much did the entire set me back?  Just under $70.  But let me tell you, for those pants, I probably would have become obsessed with them if I had not picked them up when I did.

12932982_10208252680291369_1515790963292992023_nYou can follow Lori’s boutique, 4th and Elm Boutique at any of the following:

Instagram: @4thandelmboutique

I’m always looking for a good boutique and as I ride around this city in which I live I have to say I have found one of the absolute best.  This is why I have always wanted a boutique of my mine.  Lori’s fashions are not what you would typically see in boutiques.  In fact I would say they are one of a kind finds in her store.  And she brings summer a whole new look in being stylish and fashionable.

Beauty: NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream

March 12, 2016

I have not always purchased NYX products since the last lip gloss I purchased felt gritty on my lips.  Then again, that’s what I get from purchasing it from a street vendor while out shopping with my daughter in the garment district downtown Los Angeles.

Nyx Lip CreamThere’s been a lot of hype about the matte colors.  And since Color Pop is heating up the makeup industry with their line of matte lipsticks, I thought I would test the waters once again to see if matte was something I could get into.

Back in the day I loved the  dark purples and cherry colors that after spending a few minutes in the makeup aisle in CVS-Pharmacy I found myself standing in front of the NYX makeup kiosk and had found colors I was looking for that fit my color preference, Copenhagen (they were out of) and Transylvania which I purchased, took it for a test drive to see if whether or not I liked it, and if it was what I was looking for in terms the right shade and of easy application because it goes on like lip gloss.

2016-03-11 18.44.27I was greatly surprised that I actually liked this shade and it is not too harsh or too dark for my skin tone, and it is very much similar to what I enjoyed wearing way back when. The shade I am wearing is called Transylvania.

What I look for in a lip stick and in a lip gloss is long lasting wear.  I am always busy and on the go, so when I put on lipstick or lip gloss I want to be assured that I am going to be getting my money worth with the products I buy and use.

Of course we don’t want to spend a fortune, and buying NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream, I came out of the pocket for $6.99 plus tax.  But after trying it I can say it was well worth the money.

Ordinarily I’ve looked at selections from Wet n Wild, Jordana, Maybeline, Revlon, and went back to NYX because they had a wider selection of the Matte shades, but in soft cream which is gentle on the lips.  Another thing, it doesn’t have that after taste that some lip applications have when you put it on.  So, that was a huge plus for me.


20160312_002741-1Will I continue to buy NYX products?  Only time can tell and that huge depends on what other products they have that are gentle on my skin.  But I can say I will by the Copenhagen shade when I am able to purchase it.  Had the CVS-Pharmacy I went to had I could have purchased one at full price and got the second one at 50% off.

Also, I’m getting married this summer, so I was already looking for a good shade to wear on my wedding day.  Yes, my guy and I are making it official after almost 20 years.  It’s important to look absolutely fabulous with flawless makeup.  That means, I will be keeping my eyes open for color popping shades of makeup that will help me to create a beautiful look even on my wedding day.

Nyx Transylvania SMLC21If I am not able to purchase the Copenhagen shade, I would be happy to experiment with other shades to see what I like and step outside of my comfort zone to try different and lighter shades.

Now I see what all the hype is about with matte lipstick.  It’s not only found in sexy shades, but it offers longer lasting wear than regular lipsticks and lip glosses.  And after seeing my co-worker with her different shades, and hearing other people at work talk about matter lipstick, I thought I’d better get on board and get with the program.  It’s different for me, but it’s well worth the trying because I am liking how it makes me look when my makeup is brought together, especially for the office.

Accessories: Shape Up Your Wardrobe with GUESS Handbags

March 7, 2016

guess-handbags-holidays-2014-campaign-6-618x822GUESS is continuing to turn heads in today’s fashion trends with their stylish handbags that keeps on getting better and better as the years past, and just in time for the Spring/Summer season.  GUESS is showing us how they stay relevant by creating styles to meet and suit individual taste.

Photo from Laurence Ourac 

From the fun and colorful to the light and simple, to keeping it classy, GUESS knows how to please, and staying easy on the wallet.

I like GUESS handbags because of their attitudinal allure.  They tend to fit personalities more over than they do our fashionable choices.  But when you think about it, that’s it in a nutshell.


Choosing a handbag for myself took a little time in itself.  I’ve spent some time pulling together my Spring/Summer styles that I needed a handbag to fit the moment.  I saw this beautiful bag a few weeks ago and decided it was a definite must have.  Different from what I usually get, and it doesn’t have an outside pocket specifically for my cell phone, but I was willing to forego the outside pocket because It had comparable pockets inside that was more than enough of what I prefer in a handbag.

It is one of those handbags that can dress up any ensemble if well coordinated.  And I tend to be the queen of coordination because I don’t like being out of sync.  Even when I’m working out, you will find something designer about me.

12801408_705041276265450_3682371092730091034_nCate Rigid BagWhere does  GUESS measure up in price?  I would say that compare to other handbags on the market, they still tend to be very affordable.  Whether you’re looking for something big or something small, you are likely to not spend a huge fortune.  And shocking enough you can find a wide selection of GUESS handbags at your local Ross Stores while supplies last.  Ranging from $27.99 to as high as almost $50.  A small fraction from the retail prices.

HWVG6216060-LIPIf you want to go bold and daring, the Cate Ridig Bag is something to shake your head at, and will earn you a second look.  The well designed, beautiful bags are a fashion statement within themselves.HWVG6216060-LIP-ALT4

The stunning bag comes in six vivid colors.  It is about $135 but it is money well spent.  You can jazz up your wardrobe with handbags from GUESS and be the one your friends will be talking about this summer.

I’ve always been a huge fan of GUESS wear. Check out this year’s latest styles and build your wardrobe around your favorite selections.

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