More Color Please

Houston fashion entrepreneur comes up with a bright idea to add more color to your life

Houston fashion entrepreneur wants to add more color to your life

Traci Ling, Sukaina Rajani, Elle Hogan, Carrie Colbert at More Color Please Launch
Traci Ling, Sukaina Rajani, Elle Hogan, Carrie Colbert. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Ailee Petrovic, Brittany Williams, Monica Eskridge, Ivana Petrovic, More Color Please launch
Ailee Petrovic, Brittany Williams, Monica Eskridge, Ivana Petrovic, Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Josh Johnson, Sheree Frede at More Color Please launch
Josh Johnson, Sheree Frede. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Lauren Mills, Laura Neiman, Nancy Bihlmaier at More Color Please launch
Lauren Mills, Laura Neiman, Nancy Bihlmaier. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Kathryn Swain at More Color Please launch
Kathryn Swain. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
David Rice, Maritere Rice, Pablo Rice at More Color Please launch
David Rice, Maritere Rice, Pablo Rice. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Marla Murphy, Julie Weinstein, Sage Coralli at More Color Please launch
Marla Murphy, Julie Weinstein, Sage Coralli. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Megan Birkel, Meg Owen at More Colore Please launch
Megan Birkel, Meg Owen. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Hunter Bell at More Color Please launch
Hunter Bell. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Alexandria Haines, Nicole Kestenbaum at More Color Please launch
Alexandra Haines, Nicole Kestenbaum. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
More Color Please launch,  Kara Smith
Kara Smith. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Caroline Knapp, Dede Raad at More Color Please launch
Caroline Knapp, Dede Raad.
Estela Cockrell, Carrie Colbert at More Color Please launch
Estela Cockrell, Carrie Colbert. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Lilly Beltran and son at Color Me Please launch
Lilly Beltran and son. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Michael Mandola, Nick Scurfield at More Color Please launch
Michael Mandola, Nick Scurfield. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Meg Owen, Megan Pastor at launch of More Color Please
Meg Owen, Megan Pastor. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Chloe Dao, Issa Chou, Carrie Colbert at More Color Please launch
Chloe Dao, Issa Chou, Carrie Colbert. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Traci Ling, Sukaina Rajani, Elle Hogan, Carrie Colbert at More Color Please Launch
Ailee Petrovic, Brittany Williams, Monica Eskridge, Ivana Petrovic, More Color Please launch
Josh Johnson, Sheree Frede at More Color Please launch
Lauren Mills, Laura Neiman, Nancy Bihlmaier at More Color Please launch
Kathryn Swain at More Color Please launch
David Rice, Maritere Rice, Pablo Rice at More Color Please launch
Marla Murphy, Julie Weinstein, Sage Coralli at More Color Please launch
Megan Birkel, Meg Owen at More Colore Please launch
Hunter Bell at More Color Please launch
Alexandria Haines, Nicole Kestenbaum at More Color Please launch
More Color Please launch,  Kara Smith
Caroline Knapp, Dede Raad at More Color Please launch
Estela Cockrell, Carrie Colbert at More Color Please launch
Lilly Beltran and son at Color Me Please launch
Michael Mandola, Nick Scurfield at More Color Please launch
Meg Owen, Megan Pastor at launch of More Color Please
Chloe Dao, Issa Chou, Carrie Colbert at More Color Please launch

What: Carrie Colbert "More Color Please" launch party and book release.

Where: FM Kitchen & Bar.

The scoop: More than 200 fashion bloggers, designers, fans, and friends filled the patio of the popular restaurant near Washington Avenue on a sunny, picture-perfect day to celebrate the launch of Carrie Colbert's new coffee table book, More Color, Please: The Walls of Houston, and the launch of CarrieColbert.com, a new website that urges women "to live, think and dress with more color."

"Color is an attitude and a mindset," Colbert told CultureMap. "I've got a great team ready to produce colorful content every day. Whether it's fashion, food, city guide, or travel, inspirational well-being articles, the more colorful the better. That's what our brand is about."

Colbert, a former engineer with a keen interest in fashion who found success with the Wear + Where + Well fashion and lifestyle blog, has been working on the new endeavor for most of this year, while taking time out to give birth to a daughter, now five months old.

"Fashion is actually having a colorful moment," Colbert said, pointing to her rainbow-colored skirt and off-the-shoulder magenta sweater. "Maybe it's a push towards positivity and happiness that the world needs right now. We do believe in the power of colors to influence our mood and attitude. It's fun to see that movement spreading."

Guests, many with young children scampering about, posed for photographs in front of a mural painted by Houston artist Sebastien "Mr. D" Boileau that matched the cover of Colbert's book, which features the colorful walls of Houston alongside inspirational quotes. Boileau also created works of art on the spot, while illustrator Rongrong DeVoe, whose work has been featured in Vogue, InStyle, and BuzzFeed, drew fashion illustrations of guests.

The book, which retails for $80 with 10 percent of proceeds donated to Harvey relief efforts, is available on the new website, along with branded "More Color Please" T-shirts, infant onesies, and exclusive products from Houston designers, including Colores Collective earrings and Willows Crown hair accessories.

Guests noshed on chips, salsa, guacamole, queso, and campechana, along with sparkling rosé provided by FM Kitchen & Bar's chef Ryan Hildebrand, who also created a specialty "More Color Please" milkshake throughout the lunchtime event.

Colorful balloons lined the entrance to the patio, and guests left with flower arrangements as a gift from Colbert and "More Color Please"-branded macarons from Macaron by Patisse.

Who: Seen in the crowd were the new site's COO Julie Weinstein, Donae Chramosta, Tracy and Harry Faulkner, Caroline Harper Knapp, Ashley Rose, Jenny Weber, Lauren Mills, Traci Ling, Sukaina Rajani, David Peck, Hunter Bell, Issa Chou, Valerie Dittner, Chuck Randall, Joe Baden, Katherine Le, Jack Brasington, Mike Chabala, Beth DeLozier, Esther Freedman, Sage Coralli, Chloe Dao, Estela Cockrell, and Madison Payne.