Wednesday, April 9, 2014

SHOLA Designs Trunk Show hosted by the Estrella Fashion Report

By: Farrah Estrella
Shola Designs Trunk Show
The Estrella Fashion Report hosted a trunk show last week in Tampa for new up and coming shoe designer Shola Yusuf of SHOLA Designs.

The event was held at Idia Models & Talents Modeling School located in South Tampa.

Shola Yusuf is a Nigerian born entrepreneur and pharmacist by trade whose passion for shoes has driven her to create the SHOLA Designs brand. Her motto is “Fashion is an Art”.

Her shoes are trendy, modern and you can see the African influence in them. They are colorful and super comfortable. Shola was introducing her first collection, her Spring/Summer 2014 at the event and she is also looking to add handbags and clutches to the brand in the near future. She hopes to take the brand globally and make it a household name.

CNN Latino Tampa was at the event covering it for a future fashion segment as well other fashion bloggers and media. 

Estrella Fashion Report’s owner fashion blogger Farrah Estrella said about the event: “I am happy to host an event for such a great woman as Shola, I admire her personally and I love her brand. I also love working with new designers with new perspectives and great ideas”.

She also added: “It was a pleasure to work with her at this event and introduce her to the fashion community in the Tampa Bay area. She is one to watch for sure. You will see her shoes in boutiques and big department stores soon.  That is my wish for her anyways, I wish her much success”.

Shola Yusuf of SHOLA Designs

Shola Yusuf of SHOLA Designs

Farrah Estrella 

Take a look at look at the pictures from the event in the below.

For more information on SHOLA Designs visit her website at

Follow the Estrella Fashion Report on Twitter @EstrellaFReport and @Farrah256.
You can also visit her blog at

Shola Designs

 ***Photo Credit Gerardo Luna***

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o named the new face of Lancôme

By: Farrah Estrella
Lupita Nyong'o for Lancome
Oscar winning actress Lupita Nyong’o has been named the new face of French cosmetics giant Lancôme.
Nyong’o has joined fellow actresses Julia Roberts, Penelope Cruz and Kate Winslet who are also part of the brand.
She said in a statement about joining Lancôme:"I am truly honored to join the Maison Lancôme, a brand with such a prestigious history and that I have always loved”, she also added: "I am particularly proud to represent its unique vision for women and the idea that beauty should not be dictated, but should instead be an expression of a woman's freedom to be herself”.
It was truly a matter of time before the actress was awarded a beauty contract, her flawless skin and incredible style has cemented her as one of the most stylish actresses this year. She was the darling of the red carpet throughout the awards season and designers are dying to dress her in the latest fashions.
Lupita is also making history with this deal; she is Lancôme’s first ever black brand ambassador.
Congratulations Lupita!!

OOTD: White shirt & African print skirt

By: Farrah Estrella

Hola Estrellitas!!

Last week I had the opportunity to attend a fashion show by the United Way Suncoast, it was their 10th annual “Art of Giving” fashion show. The show included the designs of fashion designer Rami Kashou. You may remember him from Project Runway.

Also in attendance was Project Runway’s host Tim Gunn. I wore probably one of my favorite outfits to date. It was a white shirt by Lane Bryant and a skirt custom made for me by a new up and coming plus size fashion designer Monica Hardy.

We work together to create this really cute, high waist pencil skirt in an African print.

I bought the fabric in one of travels to Africa and I just didn’t know what I wanted to make with it. I am super excited about Monica and her new collection and I wish her the best in her career.

What do you guys think of the outfit? leave your comments below.

Live, Love & Inspire

OOTD: Nine West Floral Print Dress

By: Farrah Estrella

Hola Estrellitas!!

Yesterday I had the opportunity to host a Trunk Show for a new up and coming shoe designer named Shola Yusuf of Shola Designs. I wore this super cute Nine West floral print dress to the event, perfect for Spring.

Right away I received a bunch of messages about the dress and many of my followers didn't know that Nine West made clothing. Well, yes they do and it includes plus sizes as well (up to a size 24).

This dress is still available at SteinMart for $59.99 (see picture below) up to a size 12.

I have to tell you I bought mine at ROSS for the bargain price of $39.99, $20 dollars less..not too bad, ha?

I love my dress!!..My shoes were from Shola Designs of course. You can still get those on her website at My jewelry was from Lane Bryant. 

What do you guys think of the dress? Do you like it? Leave your comments.

Love, Love & Inspire


Shola Designs

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Rami Kashou and Tim Gunn at the 'Art of Giving" Fashion Show

By: Farrah Estrella

The United Way Suncoast celebrated its 10th anniversary of the “Art of Giving” event yesterday and it included a fashion show, held at Tampa’s Peter O’knight Airport, one of the most luxurious private jet hangers in the area.

The show was hosted by WFLA News Channel 8 news anchor Rod Carter and it included the designs of fashion designer and former Project Runway contestant Rami Kashou as well as a personal appearance by Project Runway’s host Tim Gunn.
Tim was interviewed by Carter and they discussed some of the latest fashion trends as well as Tim’s new TV show “Under the Gunn”.
The event also included silent and live auctions of very expensive handbags and trips to New York, South Africa and more. All proceeds from the event and the auctions will benefit the United Way Suncoast’s Early Literacy Initiative (ELI), a program that helps children improve their reading skills through parental support, engagement, training and community awareness.
Take a look at pictures from the event below. 
For more information visit the United Way Suncoast’s website at

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Spotlight on: Men's shoes

By: Farrah Estrella

Giuseppe Zanotti Men's Crystal Studded Slipper, Cam Montana
Men's shoes have come a long way from the boring, old , plain looking shoes men used to wear years ago. In the past decade an enormous amount of colors and styles have become available to them. 

Men's shoes are more stylish, colorful and modern looking than ever. Check out some of our favorite picks of the season below.

You can purchase them at your local Neiman Marcus store or online at

GUCCI Floral Embroidered Smoking Slipper

 Saint Laurent New Blake Metallic Derby Shoe, Gold

Magnanni for Neiman Marcus

Just Cavalli Men's Leopard Studded Suede Smoking Slipper, Black

Giuseppe Zanotti Men's Studded Toggle Slipper, Vaky Kaky

Jimmy Choo Sloane Croc-Print Calf Hair Slipper

Alexander McQueen Men's Whipsnake Smoking Slipper, Black/Red

Giuseppe Zanotti Men's Embroidered Dragon Loafer, Nero

Friday, March 28, 2014

OOTD: Little Black Dress by Isabel Toledo for Lane Bryant

By: Farrah Estrella

Hola Estrellitas!!

Last week I had the opportunity to attend the Isabel Toledo for Lane Bryant fashion show in New York city that was held at the prestigious Seagram Building on Park Avenue.

I wanted to wear something from the collection to the show, I think that the best compliment you can give a fashion designer is to wear some of his/her clothes. I loved this little black dress, as soon as I saw it in the store, I fell in love with it. It fit perfectly and I felt comfortable in it. Very elegant and classic. It is made of stretch lace with a lining underneath. I also wore Lane Bryant shoes to compliment the outfit.

Blogger Farrah Estrella dress by Isabel Toledo for Lane Bryant
The entire collection by Isabel Toledo for Lane Bryant is super elegant, with a lot of very tailored pieces including dresses and jackets.

I had the opportunity to meet Isabel and her husband Ruben who were super nice and friendly.

From left to right Ruben Toledo, Blogger Farrah Estrella and Isabel Toledo

Blogger Farrah Estrella and Fashion Designer Isabel Toledo
This was a great experience for me and I am glad I made it to New York all the way from Florida to be a part of it. The Toledos brought an air of high fashion and elegant couture to the plus size industry and I commend Lane Bryant for taking the lead in the plus size fashion industry with this historic collaboration, the first of many more I hope.

It was an honor for me to wear a dress from a great designer such as Isabel Toledo who has even dressed the first lady Michelle Obama, what a privilege !!. As a plus size woman it is a dream come true.

Live , Love & Inspire

Blogger Farrah Estrella and Lane Bryant CEO Linda Heasley

                                             ***Photo Credit Estrella Fashion Report***