With only 14 stops on the Style Theory Tour, celebrity stylist and VH1’s Atlanta Exes reality show star, Tameka Raymond, graced Houston with a five-hour fashion, beauty and empowerment workshop, Saturday morning at the Art Institute of Houston.
During each tour stop, Raymond makes an effort to engage the audience with local fashion and hair stylists, make-up artists and motivational speakers from their hometown.
Houston’s heavy hitting line up included LAMIK Beauty owner, Kim Roxie, motivational speaker and wife of NBA legend Tracy McGrady, CleRenda McGrady, makeup artist, Brandi Holmes, hairstylist Kimi J of Kimistry Hair and fun sounds by DJ Supastar.
Make-up artist Brandi Holmes
“I had a lot of people requesting that I come to their city to teach my fashion workshops, so I decided to put together a tour for fashion, hair and makeup as well,” Raymond said.
Raymond is mostly known as the ex-wife and stylist of R&B crooner Usher Raymond. Her persistence and tenacity in the field lead to styling some of the greats like Lauryn Hill, Toni Braxton, Chris Brown and Aretha Franklin, just to name a few. And with over 20 years of expertise, we can see why she is forever being questioned on the latest styling tips and what to do to look better overall.
“The premise of the tour is that you have 30 seconds to make your first impression on people, so you have to make them count,” Raymond said.
Before you make your first impression, you always want to make sure that you are stepping out looking and feeling the part. Roxie empowered the women on how important their inner beauty is versus their outer beauty, while another local make-up artist Holmes, provided skin care techniques and make-up tricks to achieve the perfect look within minutes.
“Love and kindness is your true makeup, don’t leave home without it,” Roxie said vivaciously.
Once the preliminary speakers completed their sessions, the principal speaker, Raymond touched briefly on how she started in the industry and certain trials she had to work against to make it to where she is now.
“If you want to make it in this industry, then you need to have as much knowledge as possible, get an education and truly learn as much as you can about fashion,” Raymond said.
She also spoke on what looks to keep in the closet versus eliminating from your wardrobe, fashion no-no’s and how to excel to the next level in the industry as fashion stylist.
Some fashion advice Raymond freely dished out was to add timeless pieces to your wardrobe, like a basic black blazer and black dress and to let go of trendy looks. Her number one fashion no-no was to destroy any white bra that you may have in your lingerie collection.
Raymond goes further into her obsession on why she hates white bras and other fashion no-no’s in her book White Bras & 101 Other Style Faux Pas, which is only available during the tour. However, by the end of the summer the book will be available for wide release.
Tameka Raymond’s book White Bras & 101 Other Style Faux Pas
Looking for more advice and tips from fashion and beauty industry insiders, then catch the Style Theory Tour during its last two stops in New York City and Chicago. If you are looking to attend one of the workshops, then visit www.tamekajraymond.com for more information on upcoming tour dates.