New Houston Reality Star

Houston fashion designer is a budding reality star: New series reveals Elaine Turner's wacky and real side

Houston fashion designer is a budding reality star: New series debuts

Heather McLeskey, left, and Elaine Turner at Elaine's Big Life premier party at Elaine Turner November 2014.
Heather McLeskey, left, and Elaine Turner. Photo courtesy of © Elaine Turner
David Peck chats with guests at Elaine's Big Life premier party at Elaine Turner November 2014
David Peck chats with guests. Photo courtesy of © Elaine Turner
Prosecco and popcorn at Elaine's Big Life premier party at Elaine Turner November 2014
Prosecco and popcorn. Photo courtesy of © Elaine Turner
Lisa Graham, from left, Loren Hamilton and Alyssa Craig at Elaine's Big Life premier party at Elaine Turner November 2014
Lisa Graham Garza, from left, Loren Hamilton and Alyssa Craig. Photo courtesy of © Elaine Turner
Brittany Boone at Elaine's Big Life premier party at Elaine Turner November 2014
Brittany Boone. Photo courtesy of © Elaine Turner
Jackie Fair, left, and Elaine Turner at Elaine's Big Life premier party at Elaine Turner November 2014
Jackie Fair, left, and Elaine Turner. Photo courtesy of © Elaine Turner
Lauren Sanford, from left, Jess Rogers, Jenna Jackson and Jennifer Lasida at Elaine's Big Life premier party at Elaine Turner November 2014
Lauren Sanford, from left, Jess Rogers, Jenna Jackson and Jennifer Lasida. Photo courtesy of © Elaine Turner
The crowd at Elaine's Big Life premier party at Elaine Turner November 2014
The crowd at the event. Photo courtesy of © Elaine Turner
David Bamford, from left, Luis Perez, Heather McLeskey and Shawn Conerly at Elaine's Big Life premier party at Elaine Turner November 2014
David Bamford, from left, Luis Perez, Heather McLeskey and Shawn Conerly. Photo courtesy of © Elaine Turner
Jenna Jackson, left, and Jennifer Lasida at Elaine's Big Life premier party at Elaine Turner November 2014
Jenna Jackson, left, and Jennifer Lasida. Photo courtesy of © Elaine Turner
Heather McLeskey, left, and Elaine Turner at Elaine's Big Life premier party at Elaine Turner November 2014.
David Peck chats with guests at Elaine's Big Life premier party at Elaine Turner November 2014
Prosecco and popcorn at Elaine's Big Life premier party at Elaine Turner November 2014
Lisa Graham, from left, Loren Hamilton and Alyssa Craig at Elaine's Big Life premier party at Elaine Turner November 2014
Brittany Boone at Elaine's Big Life premier party at Elaine Turner November 2014
Jackie Fair, left, and Elaine Turner at Elaine's Big Life premier party at Elaine Turner November 2014
Lauren Sanford, from left, Jess Rogers, Jenna Jackson and Jennifer Lasida at Elaine's Big Life premier party at Elaine Turner November 2014
The crowd at Elaine's Big Life premier party at Elaine Turner November 2014
David Bamford, from left, Luis Perez, Heather McLeskey and Shawn Conerly at Elaine's Big Life premier party at Elaine Turner November 2014
Jenna Jackson, left, and Jennifer Lasida at Elaine's Big Life premier party at Elaine Turner November 2014

Elaine Turner isn't a household name yet, but she's getting there. The Houston accessories designer has launched a web series called Elaine's Big Life that details a funny, warts-and-all, behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to build a fashion brand in today's fast-paced world.

The first episode, which was previewed at a recent party at Turner's flagship Rice Village store and can be seen on YouTube, had guests laughing as Turner candidly explained what she does and how she does it in humorous ways before turning more serious. 

 "Whatever you're passionate about, figure out a way to make money doing it, and do it in your own way." 

"Whatever you're passionate about, figure out a way to make money doing it, and do it in your own way. And don't feel like you have to conform to the masses or to another person's idea of what success is because all of us define success in a different way," she says in the video, which was produced by Jenna Jackson, founder of P&R Productions.

"Jenna and I are close friends and we decided that maybe there is something worth telling here about this brand and this entrepreneurial story," Turner told the crowd. "Ultimately I'm just wanting to raise the consciousness about women and what we can all do and empower each other while we are wearing all these different hats.

"I feel like we are run around the world thinking we're not enough and we are. We do that through heart and humor and hard work."

For YouTube subscribers, a new episode will be emailed to their email address every Wednesday through April.

"We're hoping Bravo doesn't pick up our star of our show before then," the company's executive vice president Heather McLeskey said to much laughter. "One of the things that I'm most excited about is this really showcases who Elaine is and that's the person I've known for 11-1/2 years and have had so much fun with in building this dream of ours."

The first episode, which introduces Turner's team and shows a glimpse of them at design meetings, runs for more than five minutes, but future episodes will run around two minutes and will cover parties, product meetings and other aspects of Turner's daily life both professional and personal.

Joining in the celebration were Jim Turner, David Peck, Roz Pactor, Heather Staible, Jackie Fair, Jennifer Lasida, Lisa Graham Garza, Loren Hamilton, Alyssa Craig, Brittany Boone, Lauren Sanford, Jess Rogers, David Bamford, Luis Perez and Shawn Conerly.

See the first webisode of Elaine's Big Life here: