Finding your fabulous has just as much to do with inner beauty as it does outer beauty, and Judy Nyquist and Claire Cormier Thielke exemplify both. The women spent some time at charming charlie accessorizing their look with pieces from the store and soon you can vote on your favorite look. Each woman has chosen their favorite charity and charming charlie will award a donation to the woman whose charming charlie look gets the most votes. So get out, vote and as always, find your fabulous.
Dressed in various shades of gray, with pops of pink and silver, Judy Nyquist is combing the charming charlie counters with her artistic eye. Tasked with styling a look that combines Nyquist’s easy style with edgy touches means a beeline to the silver jewelry and accessories. One of Houston’s most ardent arts supporters, Nyquist is taking her layered look up a notch with pieces from charming charlie, a spot she calls “fabulous place to mix high and low.”
The Gap, Leap Boutique in Rice Village, West Ave.'s Sam & Lilli, Neiman Marcus and Tootsies are among the stores Nyquist shops to build her wardrobe, but she buys what she truly loves regardless of what’s on the label.
“Casual is what I wear most every day, but I would say my style is unusual and artsy. I don’t own a ball gown and labels are not the least bit important to me just because they are labels,” Nyquist says.
Knowing who you are and what you love are also elements of Nyquist's style. She is an avid contemporary art collector and has master's in art history from Northeastern University. She is passionate to her core about supporting various performing and visual arts and can often be found raising awareness and funds in the arts community. The list of organizations she supports is lengthy and includes the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, the University of Houston’s Blaffer Gallery, the Houston Arts Alliance, the Glassell School Core and Executive Committees, the Buffalo Bayou Partnership, Hope Stone Dance Company and Glasstire.
“I am a very considerate philanthropist and am specific about what I like to support. My greatest pleasure in life is to support young emerging artists and people who are passionate about what they do,” Nyquist says.
For that reason, Nyquist chooses the Hope Stone Dance as her charity of choice for the charming charlie "Find Your Fab" event. Hope Stone was founded by Jane Weiner in 1997 and not only produces exemplary dance performances, but also reaches out to at-risk students through the Hope Stone Kids program, meeting the artistic and emotional needs of children through dance.
With her charming charlie finds in a shopping bag and a smile on her face, Nyquist shares one more bit with us.
“I love accessories and coming in here and having fun with it. Besides, when you shop here, all your real money can go to charity,” Nyquist says.
Claire Cormier Thielke
Claire Cormier Thielke bounds into the charming charlie store at The Galleria with endless energy and smiles. She dressed casually in jeans, a button-down shirt and a tweed Chanel-style jacket, but in her hands is a cocktail dress, you know…just in case.
Ready to accessorize a look for her favorite charity, Thielke could go glam or casual, but one look at the dress she brought and there was no doubt. She had to glam it up and just as Judy Nyquist gravitated toward silver, Thielke was drawn to the golden hues.
“My style sense is definitely eclectic, but I like classic stuff. Honestly, I hardly feel fancy enough to even have a style, but I do like gold. It’s timeless, fun and it looks good with my brown skin,” Thielke says.
A few spins around the gold jewelry and Thielke chooses simple and elegant chain necklaces, bangle bracelets and a cocktail rings that punches up her cocktail dress.
Although she’s active in many charity organizations, Theilke chose MD Anderson as her charity of choice because it has special meaning to her.
“I was a patient there and I have such appreciation for the kindness of nurses who don’t have to be kind. I was blown away and took it for granted,” Thielke says. “It’s so big and they have so many patients and you think they need to hurry up and take care of the next person, but they take the time to know what you are interested in. It’s incredible.”
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