Finding your fabulous has just as much to do with inner beauty as it does outer beauty, and Divya Brown and Missy Herndon 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.
Expressing your fabulous in the conservative business world takes a sophisticated eye and emphasis on accessories. Attorney Divya Brown knows how to strike that balance, sticking with tailored pieces that go the distance. For her styling trip at The Galleria, Brown started with gold jewelry, working in a stunner of a green bib necklace and an armful of beautiful bangles.
Dressed in a red peplum top and black pencil skirt, Brown had worked a full day and was headed to an after-hours event, so gold pieces were a must.
“I like gold because it contrasts nicely with my skin, but when I was growing up gold wasn’t as fashionable. If it wasn't James Avery silver, I didn’t really want it,” Brown says.
Times have changed and so has her outlook on the precious metal. Now, she enjoys wearing gold because she loves the pop of “brightness” it gives her. Color is another hallmark of Brown’s style, black being the one color she avoids almost completely.
“I like structure, elegance, solid colors and great shapes,” Brown says. “I like pieces that are versatile so I can go from work to events by adding a necklace or a belt.”
When it comes to events, Brown’s calendar is certainly full. She is a member of multiple organizations including Hermann Park Conservancy, Houston Symphony Young Associates and Asia Society Texas, the latter group being Brown’s charity of choice. The breathtaking building and what it stands for has special meaning to Brown.
“It’s fostering relationships between Asia and the United States and helps us understand how to love symbiotically together,” Brown says. “It makes you proud to be a Houstonian and have that kind building in the city. The Asia Society is open to everybody and they do an amazing job.”
With a megawatt smile and personality to match, Missy Herndon is the type of person who immediately brightens a room. A devoted wife, mother, community supporter and creator of The Will Herndon Fund for Juvenile Batten Research, Herndon is a vehicle for positivity and hope.
For her styling session at charming charlie in The Woodlands, Herndon dressed in platform booties, black skinnies and a trim black Trina Turk blazer, but added her own pop of color with a tank top emblazoned with the word “Hope” in lime green.
The word isn’t just some ethereal catch phrase for Herndon. It’s the battle cry for the organization she created to help treat and cure Juvenile Batten Disease, a fatal neurodegenerative disorder her oldest son Will was diagnosed with when he was six.
“We had never heard of it before. There are only 200 kids in the country with this condition and it’s currently fatal,” Herndon says. Determined, not deterred, Herndon, her husband and the women she calls her “Hope Girls” sprang into action and raised $1.8 million dollars in three years.
Through Herndon’s leadership and money raised through the foundation, Italian researchers have recently discovered a treatment that slows the progression of Batten’s Disease. The treatment is currently waiting FDA approval.
The day Herndon accessorized her look, she drew inspiration from the bright green wording on her top, but says she loves color all the time.
“I love to dress up. Love, love, love it, but you can’t wear a full-length gown to HEB without getting strange looks,” Herndon says laughing. Her closet has pieces from Halston Heritage, Paige Premium Denim and Lululemon and she calls on her friends at Cakewalk Style Shop for a little fashion direction from time to time.
Brightly colored bangles, shimmering chandelier earrings and a sparkler of a clutch were among the accessories that caught her eye at charming charlie and fit into Herndon's style she describes as "effortless and trendy."
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