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Season Two: Claire Sulmers of Fashion Bomb Daily

Speaker. Author. Influencer.

Claire Sulmers is a Harvard Graduate and founder of the entertainment website, Fashion Bomb Daily, the number one online destination for multicultural fashion. The Fashion Bomb Daily Instagram’s page recently disappeared from our timelines after grossing over one million followers! During this time of bewilderment, Claire sits down with me to discuss the transition in her career.

Claire has helped break Fashionistas like Luvvie, Angel Brinks, Conna Walker of House of CB and author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie with her spotlight of Bombshell of the Day. She has encouraged female entrepreneurship with marketing and promotion through her website as well as supporting new designers clothing as a Brand Ambassador.

In January 2017 I had an opportunity to meet Claire when she appeared in Houston, Texas as the keynote speaker for Super Bold, a Superbowl event hosted by Nicole Coleman. After her multiple events in Houston, we finally were able to connect and discuss her iconic career as an entrepreneur and journalist. She joined me in the studio over the summer during her Convo’s with Claire event. Being a a huge fan of her book, I share the influence that is has made on my own career choices. Our chat includes details about her closet, changes with her hair and how she began her career in fashion. We take a journey to Atlanta, New York, Paris and possibly California to get to know Claire’s witty, funny side as we discuss all things fashion.

 

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Season Two: Irvin Randle “Mr. Steal Your Grandma”

Season Two returns with Houston’s own, “Mr. Steal Your Grandma”, Irvin Randle!

Irvin Randle is a Style Influencer, Educator, Fashion Model and Actor hailing from Houston, Texas.  Irvin earned his Bachelor’s degree at Texas Southern University and his Master’s degree from Prairie View A&M University. The father and grandfather of two became an overnight celebrity after photos posted of him via social media sent the internet into a frenzy. His toned features, well-maintained beard, and flair for fashion earned him the title #MrStealYourGrandma.

Irvin is well known as a distinguished gentleman of style. The dapper silver fox has since been featured on The Wendy Williams Show, The Real, ABC News and many other National platforms and appeared in a host of major Pop Culture magazines and media such as People, Cosmopolitan, Essence, Esquire, TMZ and much more. The suave Texas educator has proven that some people, like fine wine, get better with age!

Irvin joins me in the studio to share his story to success. We discuss how three years later, he turned his fifteen minutes into a full blown runway career. He invites us inside his custom built closet where we discuss men’s accessories and “slim fit” wear. Irvin talks about his own personal fashion history following in the steps of his grandfather and reminds us why “the tighter, the better” is always the best fit. You’ll laugh with us during this podcast as you get to know and love Mr. Irvin and all his endeavors. And I dig into his personal life, too.

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Season One: In Their Closet Featuring The People Enhancement Program Part 2

In this second part of a two part series round table discussion, we talk to The Harvey’s of Houston and get to know a little better. We discuss their closet and how each ensemble comes together. Cheseray tells us about how he and Mattie first met and why their marriage is so successful. Mattie gives tips on shopping for highs and lows in her closet that has made her a savvy shopper, although her husband agrees that no amount is too high for his wife to spend. He shares how Mattie never  has to sneak in her shopping bags but gives him a runway show every time she brings home new clothes. Lastly, Cheseray Harvey gives advice to a newly married husband who is frustrated about his wife’s shopping habits.

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Season One: In Their Closet Featuring The People Enhancement Program Part 1

In this first part of a two part series, we talk to the Founders, Directors, and staff of the People Enhancement Program, P.E.P. Houston. During this round table discussion we meet The Harvey’s of Houston and get to know why they created this organization and the motivation behind the gala. We are introduced to Debbie Carruthers who shares personal insight about her husband, Cliff, and how PEP Houston has changed their lives. Along with Vickie Moreno, Mattie shares more details on what to expect from the gala this December including suggested attire and silent auction details. Cheseray Harvey unfolds a dynamic story of brotherhood lost and how he used his gifts to honor their lives, impacting others for years to come.

 

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Season One: In Their Closet featuring Nicole from “Oh Hell No!”

Nicole is the podcast host of “The Oh Hell No” show. We bridge our shows together to bring you TWO shows this week! (So be sure to subscribe and follow her podcast, too.)  During the podcast we discuss Nicole’s background in Criminal Justice & Communication as well as her life in corporate America. We discuss the moment her podcast went silent… as we have been for the past few weeks, and we share important information about being a podcast host. We provide valuable tools for finding guest, offer different ways for recording interviews and our personal views on monetizing the show. Most importantly, we honor the behavior of Queens and how we value the relationship with friends. Nicole teaches on how to label friendships into “Cordial, Cool and Close” categories and what to do with negative energy. She explains how to distinguish between who is “your person” and who is not. We laugh, share entrepreneur advice and answer an “Oh Hell No” moment sent in by a listener. Grab a cup of coffee, turn up the volume and have a laugh with your girls. And go declutter your closet!

Side Note: The Skype format is not the studio format. This raw conversation is as authentic as they come. Please enjoy.

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Season One: In Their Closet Featuring Melody “Mel” Hall

Melody, or Mel as her friends call her, is a Social Work Major at the University of Houston Downtown and a friend of mine. I invited her on the show to help me respond to the many questions I am often asked for advice on subjects that effect women and relationships. Because Mel’s field of expertise is advocating for people, their social behavior and understanding their physiological perspective, she is the excellent choice for helping others cope with their everyday problems.  Mel and I also discuss her new relationship and how dating is in 2017. Lastly, Miss Hall divulges a huge confession on the podcast that makes her dating life extremely complicated and sensitive. I share my feedback about her new boyfriend… We have a fun conversation about women friendships, love, goals and marriage.  Join the conversation and share your own advice with us!

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Season One: In Their Closet Featuring George “Jay” Bustos

George Bustos is a Houston Realtor who discusses the current market after Hurricane Harvey. He speaks about investing in homeownership and rental properties as well as the changes that are occurring to make Houston a valuable place to invest. We also probe further to discuss George’s personal closet when attending closings, showing homes and just relaxing on the weekend. He gives his preference on how a woman he dates should dress and we have fun discussing the single life. Join the conversation with “Jay” and Elle as we return from the storm stronger and better after the natural disaster that rocked our city.

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Season One: In Their Closet Featuring Jay “DivoJB” McClain

Jay McClain is Houston’s Go To Celebrity Stylist! His concierge service is requested by the likes of Houston’s royalty including Crystal Wall, Queenie, Just Brittany, Troublesum, Zoe Camby and John & Aventer Gray. We talk about the relevance of social media, being famous and why it is so important to be true to yourself.  Whether he is reworking the closet for Reshonda Tate Billingsley or conducting photo shoots, this man is always working behind the scenes! Jay shares a touching moment about his mother, Momma Joyce, and how he earned his work ethic. He tells us the story of how his name came to be and upcoming details about his new business venture. While working with celebrities like Nene Leakes, Tami Roman, Meeka Claxton, Candice Ford, Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins and many others, Jay shares why he isn’t a typical “YES” man to his clients. He is motivational, encouraging and authentic. He offers me an “off the cuff” styling consultation for meeting with dignitaries and also shares advice for whoever is dressing Aretha Franklin… Jay keeps it all the way real on this week’s podcast and we love him for who he truly is! Enjoy this series on #MenInFashion.

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Season One: In Their Closet featuring Carnell Jones of Senoj Models

In this episode of In Their Closet we speak to Founder and CEO of Senoj Models, Carnell Jones. He discusses his concept for “No Pay No Runway” and how he began to manage models. We speak about experienced models vs. others and how women can have a successful career in Houston, Texas. Carnell also explains body type, tattoos and discrimination in the fashion industry. He also explains runway fashion and the differences between catalogue fashion. Lastly, he describes dating in 2017 and his personal preference for her attire and how he likes to dress her. We learn a lot from a man’s perspective and the insight about a Black woman’s worth on the magazine cover in America. We celebrate #MenInFashion with the next series of conversations, listen and enjoy their perspective of the fashion industry.

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Season One: In Their Closet Featuring Nicole Rhocherlyn

On this episode of In Their Closet we speak to Plus Size Model, Nicole Rhocherlyn , her stylist, Kimberly Knecole and Chef Rae of Kouture Kuisine for a panel discussion on Full Size vs. Plus Models. We talk about how each of the women gained their weight in the past, what they have done to try to lose the weight and the extremes they have gone to. In detail, we discuss attire, how to purchase clothes online and stores that carry full size trendy items. Nicole discusses how she became a model for Ashley Stewart and her desire to flaunt her curves.