Wednesday, April 23, 2014

UK-based retailer PRIMARK will open its first U.S store in Boston

By: Farrah Estrella

UK-based retailer PRIMARK will open its first U.S store in Boston at the end of year.

According to, the retailer is also in negotiations to open more East Coast locations including New York.
Primark has 270 stores in nine countries all located in Europe (such as Spain, Germany, Portugal and the Netherlands). It will join other European retailers that have crossed over to the US such as: ZARA, H&M and TOPSHOP.
It is known for its inexpensive but fashion forward clothing.
The first Primark store opened in 1969 in Dublin under the name Penneys and it is still called that in Ireland.
The first Primark store in the U.S will be located at Downtown Crossing in the Burnham Building, the former home of Filene's Basement, which closed its doors in 2011.
Have you shopped at Primark? Tell us about your experience, leave your comments below.
For more information visit their website at

Sunday, April 20, 2014

OOTD: Easter dress from the Lane Collection by Lane Bryant

By: Farrah Estrella

Hola Estrellitas!!

Happy Easter everyone! I hope you had a great Easter Holiday. I spent it with my family like I usually do on Holidays. I wore a super comfortable dress from the Lane Collection by Lane Bryant.

I was attracted to the print and I thought it would be perfect for Easter because of the colors. A touch of rose gold added an extra special touch to the look.

The shoes and the necklace are also from Lane Bryant and the clutch is from Aldo.

What do you guys think of the look? Like or Love? Leave your comments below.

Live, Love & Inspire


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

SHOLA Designs Trunk Show hosted by the Estrella Fashion Report

By: Farrah Estrella
Shola Designs Trunk Show
The Estrella Fashion Report hosted a trunk show last week in Tampa for new up and coming shoe designer Shola Yusuf of SHOLA Designs.

The event was held at Idia Models & Talents Modeling School located in South Tampa.

Shola Yusuf is a Nigerian born entrepreneur and pharmacist by trade whose passion for shoes has driven her to create the SHOLA Designs brand. Her motto is “Fashion is an Art”.

Her shoes are trendy, modern and you can see the African influence in them. They are colorful and super comfortable. Shola was introducing her first collection, her Spring/Summer 2014 at the event and she is also looking to add handbags and clutches to the brand in the near future. She hopes to take the brand globally and make it a household name.

CNN Latino Tampa was at the event covering it for a future fashion segment as well other fashion bloggers and media. 

Estrella Fashion Report’s owner fashion blogger Farrah Estrella said about the event: “I am happy to host an event for such a great woman as Shola, I admire her personally and I love her brand. I also love working with new designers with new perspectives and great ideas”.

She also added: “It was a pleasure to work with her at this event and introduce her to the fashion community in the Tampa Bay area. She is one to watch for sure. You will see her shoes in boutiques and big department stores soon.  That is my wish for her anyways, I wish her much success”.

Shola Yusuf of SHOLA Designs

Shola Yusuf of SHOLA Designs

Farrah Estrella 

Take a look at look at the pictures from the event in the below.

For more information on SHOLA Designs visit her website at

Follow the Estrella Fashion Report on Twitter @EstrellaFReport and @Farrah256.
You can also visit her blog at

Shola Designs

 ***Photo Credit Gerardo Luna***

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o named the new face of Lancôme

By: Farrah Estrella
Lupita Nyong'o for Lancome
Oscar winning actress Lupita Nyong’o has been named the new face of French cosmetics giant Lancôme.
Nyong’o has joined fellow actresses Julia Roberts, Penelope Cruz and Kate Winslet who are also part of the brand.
She said in a statement about joining Lancôme:"I am truly honored to join the Maison Lancôme, a brand with such a prestigious history and that I have always loved”, she also added: "I am particularly proud to represent its unique vision for women and the idea that beauty should not be dictated, but should instead be an expression of a woman's freedom to be herself”.
It was truly a matter of time before the actress was awarded a beauty contract, her flawless skin and incredible style has cemented her as one of the most stylish actresses this year. She was the darling of the red carpet throughout the awards season and designers are dying to dress her in the latest fashions.
Lupita is also making history with this deal; she is Lancôme’s first ever black brand ambassador.
Congratulations Lupita!!

OOTD: White shirt & African print skirt

By: Farrah Estrella

Hola Estrellitas!!

Last week I had the opportunity to attend a fashion show by the United Way Suncoast, it was their 10th annual “Art of Giving” fashion show. The show included the designs of fashion designer Rami Kashou. You may remember him from Project Runway.

Also in attendance was Project Runway’s host Tim Gunn. I wore probably one of my favorite outfits to date. It was a white shirt by Lane Bryant and a skirt custom made for me by a new up and coming plus size fashion designer Monica Hardy.

We work together to create this really cute, high waist pencil skirt in an African print.

I bought the fabric in one of travels to Africa and I just didn’t know what I wanted to make with it. I am super excited about Monica and her new collection and I wish her the best in her career.

What do you guys think of the outfit? leave your comments below.

Live, Love & Inspire

OOTD: Nine West Floral Print Dress

By: Farrah Estrella

Hola Estrellitas!!

Yesterday I had the opportunity to host a Trunk Show for a new up and coming shoe designer named Shola Yusuf of Shola Designs. I wore this super cute Nine West floral print dress to the event, perfect for Spring.

Right away I received a bunch of messages about the dress and many of my followers didn't know that Nine West made clothing. Well, yes they do and it includes plus sizes as well (up to a size 24).

This dress is still available at SteinMart for $59.99 (see picture below) up to a size 12.

I have to tell you I bought mine at ROSS for the bargain price of $39.99, $20 dollars less..not too bad, ha?

I love my dress!!..My shoes were from Shola Designs of course. You can still get those on her website at My jewelry was from Lane Bryant. 

What do you guys think of the dress? Do you like it? Leave your comments.

Love, Love & Inspire


Shola Designs

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Rami Kashou and Tim Gunn at the 'Art of Giving" Fashion Show

By: Farrah Estrella

The United Way Suncoast celebrated its 10th anniversary of the “Art of Giving” event yesterday and it included a fashion show, held at Tampa’s Peter O’knight Airport, one of the most luxurious private jet hangers in the area.

The show was hosted by WFLA News Channel 8 news anchor Rod Carter and it included the designs of fashion designer and former Project Runway contestant Rami Kashou as well as a personal appearance by Project Runway’s host Tim Gunn.
Tim was interviewed by Carter and they discussed some of the latest fashion trends as well as Tim’s new TV show “Under the Gunn”.
The event also included silent and live auctions of very expensive handbags and trips to New York, South Africa and more. All proceeds from the event and the auctions will benefit the United Way Suncoast’s Early Literacy Initiative (ELI), a program that helps children improve their reading skills through parental support, engagement, training and community awareness.
Take a look at pictures from the event below. 
For more information visit the United Way Suncoast’s website at