The Exclusive Fashion Editorial: Sports Fan

It’s just a simple game, not to everyone! Some would call them a sports fan, fanatic, aficionado…no matter the name, it all equates to a true LOVE of SPORTS! Only a die-hard sports enthusiast could be so devoted to a sports team right down to their FASHION; win or lose. A true sports fan means sticking to one team, through thick and thin, in times of victory and in times of heartbreak. How devoted are you to your team? Let the Fan-O-Meter decide!

Photographer:  Vaughn Luciano
Fashion Stylist:  Michelle Washington
Makeup Artist:  Alex DeLeon
Model: Kasha Davey

Vaughn Luciano Photography

Yellow Jacket – Howriis
Green Romper – Flirtitude
Shades – Rue21
Shoes – Freedom

Vaughn Luciano Photography

Silver Leather Jacket – Rue21
Red Beaded Bra – Victoria’s Secret
Black Side – Stripe Skirt – Vibe

Vaughn Luciano Photography

Black Sequins Bomber Jacket – Hao Duo Yi
Raiders Swimsuit – NFL apparel
Shoes – Liliana

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Bulls Swimsuit – NBA apparel
Leggings – Vibe
Shoes – Liliana


White Royalty Jersey – Queen Apparel
Black Sequins Bomber Jacket – Hao Duo Yi
Shoes – Liliana

Vaughn Luciano Photography

Blue “Classy” Jersey – Queen Apparel
Shoes – Wild Diva

Vaughn Luciano Photography

Red Jersey Dress – Queen Apparel

Romero+McPaul Opens First U.S. Boutique on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles

Photography courtesy of Romero+McPaul.

Internationally-renowned luxury lifestyle and shoe brand Romero+McPaul will celebrate the opening of its first boutique in the United States at 8627 Melrose Ave. in West Hollywood, Calif. on Thursday, Aug. 9.

This is the brand’s fifth brick-and-mortar location, following the success of storefronts in Mexico and Colombia and robust global online sales. The intimate 600-square-foot space features décor that illustrates the brand’s core inspirations: royalty, sailing and the Ivy League. Founded in Mexico City in 2012 by Hernán Junco and Raul González, Romero+McPaul has gained worldwide acclaim for its luxurious, couture shoes, particularly its iconic velvet slippers. Since its launch, the brand has been featured in international editions of GQ, Vanity Fair, Forbes and Marie Claire, among others.

Romero+McPaul’s collection includes a full line of shoes, including men’s velvet slippers, Chelsea boots, Italian loafers and sneakers; T-shirts; bow-ties; and swimwear; as well as women’s velvet slippers, sneakers and loafers. Each of the brand’s products is handmade by premium shoemakers in England, Italy, Spain, Portugal and Belgium.

With crests, custom artwork and expressions such as ‘après ski’ and ‘Beverly Hills,’ Romero+McPaul’s velvet slippers have been widely popular and sought after by celebrities, professional athletes and jetsetters alike. The bespoke collection of slippers customized with monograms, personalized letters and embroidery have caught the attention of Luis Miguel, Julio Iglesias and Jean Paul Gaultier, among others, who have worn custom slippers created just for them.

To celebrate the grand opening, Romero+McPaul will host a pair of grand opening events. The first, a ribbon cutting and invitation-only event, will take place on Thursday, Aug. 9 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Romero+McPaul will also host a grand opening shopping day on Saturday, Aug. 11, where shoppers will receive 20 percent off all purchases.

The West Hollywood location is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on Sunday from noon until 6 p.m. More information about Romero+McPaul may be found online at


Founded in Mexico City in 2012 by Hernán Junco, also the founder of The Yachtsetter, and Raul González, Romero+McPaul has gained international acclaim for its high-quality, couture footwear, particularly its iconic velvet slippers, which have found their way into the closets of celebrities, professional athletes and jetsetters including Luis Miguel, Julio Iglesias and Jean Paul Gaultier, among others. A complete lifestyle brand, Romero+McPaul offers a full line of men’s shoes, including Chelsea boots, Italian loafers and sneakers; T-shirts; bow-ties; and swimwear; as well as women’s slippers, sneakers and loafers; and more. To achieve its timeless style with a contemporary twist, Romero+McPaul takes inspiration from three elements: royalty, sailing and the Ivy League. Romero+McPaul’s flagship U.S. boutique is located at 8627 Melrose Ave. in West Hollywood, Calif. More information may be found online at or on FacebookTwitter and Instagram at @RomeroMcPaul.

Inkkas Worldwide, a Global Footwear Brand for Socially Conscious Female – FALL FASHION / BACK TO SCHOOL

For your upcoming Fall must-haves, back to school and women’s fashion, consider Inkkas Worldwide, a global footwear brand for socially conscious jetsetters and the culturally curious.

From styles $150 and under, Inkkas offers everything from culturally inspired camping boots to graphic slip-ons, textile infused high and low tops to the lightest sneaker you can find with convo starting prints. Inkkas outfits her for every adventure, whether she’s hiking, jetsetting, or walking around her own concrete jungle.

When she wears Inkkas, she’s leaving more than a stylish footprint. As part of the OneShoeOneTree project, Inkkas plants one tree for every purchase. In partnership with TreesForTheFuture, Inkkas is helping reforest the world to provide sustenance for local populations in developing countries.

You can find more styles and information here: 

About Inkkas Footwear

Inkkas Worldwide, a global footwear brand for socially conscious jetsetters and the culturally curious. Inkkas are handmade in Mexico using Peruvian artisanal fabrics to create an authentic Latin American product with fair trade values. From must have camping boots to bold, printed slip-ons, tye-dye high tops and the lightest sneaker you can find, Inkkas outfits you for every adventure. Whether you are hiking, working out or exploring a far-flung city, Inkkas has you covered. Wherever you wander, Inkkas fit. When Inkkas was founded, the company set out to be an organization that was about more than simply making a profit. The company established itself on the principles of fair trade, authenticity and social consciousness. Due to the growing danger of deforestation, the Inkkas Company decided to make a difference in the world by creating the OneShoeOneTree ™ project. As part of the OneShoeOneTree project, Inkkas plants one tree for

every purchase. In partnership with TreesForTheFuture Inkkas is helping reforest the world to provide sustenance for local populations in developing countries.

Join InFluential Magazine for Austin Fashion Focus on July 25th

Please join our Chief Business Officer, Mr. William Jackson as he participates in The Art Institute of Austin Presents Fashion Focus on Wednesday, July 25 at The Art Institute of Austin.

Presented is an in-depth session with top fashion industry professionals about the future of Austin fashion.

Fashion Focus

Panel participants include:

*Neiman Marcus Austin
*Amberleaf luxury apparel
*InFluential Magazine
*71 Magazine

*Stitch Texas

*Soto & Co

*Concept 2 Consumption

*Blue Moon Apparel Services
>>Refreshments Served<<
[Convenient free parking]

You’re invited to RSVP HERE!

Hope to see you there!

5 Things Your Shoes Say About You

What you wear on your feet reflects your personality, status

If there is one thing that most women love, it is shoes. Look in the closet of most women and you will see a collection of shoes that they are proud of. Online shopping opportunities for shoes have even further pushed the growth of the industry, with IBIS World reporting that in the last five years shoe sales online have surged, with the revenue now reaching $14 billion. It’s an industry that will continue to thrive, and for good reason. Shoes say a lot about the person wearing them, even if you have to temper what you wear with them, they always give people a way to let their personality shine through.


“I believe that shoes are a work of art and should express something profound about the person wearing them,” explains Cedrick McDonald, owner of Exotics by Cedrick. “That’s why I put my heart and soul as an artist into every pair of shoes I design. I want the person wearing them to feel like I captured the essence of their personality with every shoe.”

McDonald is a bit of a pioneer in the shoe industry, having created a style that is unique enough to earn a U.S. patent. His line of designer footwear features high-fashion pumps with 4-6” heels that have an eye-catching snakeskin outsole that is encrusted with Swarovski crystals on the bottom of every shoe.  They are shoes that help make a statement not only about the designer, but about the person wearing them.

Our shoes give non-verbal cues to those who see us wearing them. Those symbolic messages give clues as to what type of personality you have, as well as how successful you may be. Here are 5 things that your shoes say about you:

  1. Designer shoes. Those wearing designer shoes make a bold statement about status. Designer shoes are a status symbol, and these people are comfortable with being in their own skin and are not afraid to show off their high level of success.
  2. High heels. It takes a confident, driven woman to wear high heels. They are for those who are attractive, have excellent taste, and have endless determination. If anyone is running the show, it’s usually the woman in the designer high heels.
  3. Expensive shoes. The amount someone pays for their shoes says a lot about what they can afford, their level of success, and their taste for the finer things in life. Expensive shoes are synonymous with good taste, success, and earning a lot of money.
  4. Colors and prints. While shoes come in all types of colors and prints, those who opt for the bolder options are not afraid to be bold themselves. They could be extroverts who want to be heard or they could be introverts who are silent, yet very confident and comfortable with who they are. Even the quiet ones desire to be noticed, and bold colors and prints will help them do just that.
  5. Custom designs. Those who seek out custom designs or unique shoe lines are leaders, rather than followers. They want to help set the trends and styles and want to be seen. They love how custom designs ignite conversations, giving them a chance to flex their forward-thinking fashion moves.

“Your shoes should help make you feel beautiful,” added McDonald. “If they are not doing that, then they are not worth your time. As an artist who designs shoes, it is my mission to bring out the beauty in every step my customers may take. I want them to truly live life through their soul!”

Visit Exotics by Cedrick to learn more stylish information.

Stunning Jewelry from the Summerfield Collection is so InFluential!

Introducing stunning jewelry from the Summerfield Collection.   The pieces are stylish, comfortable, and transition well from casual to evening.

Summerfield Collection uses their background in costume jewelry along with upcycled materials to create these glittery, bold jewelry pieces.

Summerfield Collection paints glass cabochons and turns them into unique earrings, pendants and rings.

Request a custom order or choose from one of the 340 styles designed already.

Summerfield Collection is available on Amazon for quick and easy shipping. 

The Surprising Summer Style Staple on Everyone’s Hot List 

West Coast street style meets vintage comfort with sts blue’s latest denim release

Fresh from the fashion world’s hottest So Cal denim label comes a new fan favorite: the distressed Oversized Boyfriend jacket from sts blue ( For denim that embodies the effortless West Coast-inspired street style you love, sts blue is without a doubt the one-stop shop for top-trending denim that flawlessly fits your everyday lifestyle (and your budget). Hot on the heels of go-to spring picks like the cropped skinny and frayed hem styles, this fast fashion brand brings you the latest must-have denim accessory on everyone’s hot list.

Cool summer nights call for a flawlessly understated jacket, and the Oversized Denim Boyfriend does not disappoint. Classic copper hardware, clean cut pockets, and wide stitching give old-school flair to a modern summertime staple, available now in the light bleached out “Jensen” wash and a dark blue distressed “Alaska” wash. For added options to suit any girls night out or date night, grab a denim jacket with feminine flare like the Amanda Ruffle or Alexis Ruffle. For the fashionista try the Andrea Color Block, or the Avery light wash, all in the subtly oversized fit you crave.

Grab yours today starting at just $59, and make it your own with free custom embroidery, available for a limited time at

Dressed up or down, the Oversized Boyfriend Denim Jacket is sure to be your summer essential accessory. This lightweight piece is the perfect topper for your sophisti-casual denim on denim ensembles, paired with an sts blue high-rise short or straight skinny jean. Wear it around your waist with a boxy logo tee for an Instagram worthy pic! Authentically deconstructed fabric with that signature sts blue softness makes this versatile piece a summer essential for your day-to-day wardrobe.

Your favorite Oversized Boyfriend Denim Jacket is waiting for you at select Nordstrom stores, or online at  Use code SUMMERTIME30 for an extra 30% discount on the hottest summer items, and while you’re there, sign up for sts blue email updates to stay ahead of the season’s top trends and earn points toward all of your favorite styles. Follow @sts_blue and #DenimDolls on Instagram for ideas on how to rock your denim every single day.

About STS Blue:
At sts blue, our muse is trendy, sexy and fun. She looks to celeb street style for her fashion influence. She considers her social life when selecting what jeans to wear, and whether it’s brunch with friends or date night, denim is always where her outfit begins. Her style is anything but basic. The latest “it” jean, jean short, or denim jacket are the foundation of her wardrobe. She’s never afraid to rock her favorite styles – from denim on denim to frayed and deconstructed fabrics. As long as it flawlessly fits her figure and her budget, she’s game. Find your inner sts blue muse at Nordstrom, Macy’s, Dillard’s, and Von Maur, or online at Follow the latest trends and our exclusive #DenimDolls on Instagram @sts_blue.

Wedding Ring Shopping Trends: In-home/On-line With a Twist

When it comes to choosing wedding rings, a new trend is poised to start challenging the traditional in-store shopping method.

The information below details a new wedding ring selection service called Hayden Cudworth.

It could be considered the Warby Parker “home try-on” version of wedding jewelry shopping for couples.



It’s a hassle-free, cost-free shopping service where the entire ring choosing process happens in the comfort and convenience of the home with no pushy store salesperson.

How it works:

  1. Hayden Cudworth allows clients to select and try on five engagement rings and/or wedding bands from their home.
  2. Replicas of the chosen rings are delivered to the home letting couples make the selection by themselves or consult family and friends to find the perfect ring outside the high-pressure environment of a jewelry store.
  3. Once the final ring is chosen, it will be custom made in the ideal size and choice of metal finish: yellow gold, rose gold, white gold and platinum. Pricing is also very competitive as Hayden Cudworth is direct to consumer, with no middleman involved, which keeps costs low.
  4. Instead of a traditional engagement ring purchase experience which can seem male-driven, Hayden Cudworth offers a modern, joint shopping experience and promotes involvement by both partners in a collaborative, thoughtful way.

Learn more by visiting

Luxury Eyewear for Every Type of Dad!

Father’s Day is just around the corner and ic! berlin is here to help everyone step up their gift-giving game. For everyone with an out of this world Dad, glasses from their Interstellar Athleisure collection make the perfect gift.

They’ve partnered with the Austrian Space Forum, where astronauts tested the frames in Martian-like conditions in the Omani desert. The feather-light, rubberized frames proved to withstand all of the harsh conditions and the hot sun in the desert.  If their frames can conquer that, they can also handle little hands tugging on them and sweltering afternoons spent watching the kids’ soccer games. Dads everywhere deserve durable, functional and stylish frames they can wear in any situation!

What makes ic! berlin unique is from the beginning they ditched the screws found in traditional glasses and created their own interlocking hinges. Their eyewear is 100% made in everyone’s new favorite creative haven – Berlin, Germany – and has been for more than 20 years. Each and every one of their frames features a one-of-a-kind, patented screwless hinge system that, combined with high quality materials, makes their eyewear virtually indestructible. ic! berlin eyewear is designed with passion, produced with technical precision and handcrafted with love for women, men, kids and everyone in between – and is a favorite brand of such dads as Brad Pitt, Matthew McConaughey and Chis Rock, as well as real-life astronauts.

Check out their Father’s Day 2018 Style Guide that highlights seven of the frames from the collection that Dad would love. The frames featured in their style guide range in price from $509-$549 USD and can be found at more than 600 boutique optical shops throughout North America.

Make Your Accessories Pop with Second Daughter!

Persh Cuffs and  Orbit Collar

Persh Cuffs and Orbit Collar

Are you looking to upgrade your accessories collection this spring? If so, refine your tastes with the edgy, yet sophisticated jewelry from Second Daughter. Handcrafted in the U.S., this high-quality collection features stone-based jewelry crafted with precision and charm for the modern day woman.

Marcia Nelson, Beauty Contributor for InFluential Magazine says, “Accessories from Second Daughter are simply exquisite, fashionable, and easy to wear.  Any woman who wants to wear the perfect accessory, it’s jewelry from Second Daughter”.

Katarina Bracelet

Katarina Bracelet

Stay Stacked in Style this Spring with Second Daughter:

  • Gravity Earrings:A delicate stud that features light oval Mother of Pearl and 14k gold plated brass. Can also be worn without the back for a simple look!
  • Katarina Bracelet: This bestselling piece will be your wear everyday bracelet! Includes a delicate prong that links set with 6 beautiful stones. Available in Mother of Pearl or Carnelian. Make this bracelet pop with tassel fringe!
  • Canyon Studs: The earring that you can wear everyday or dress up! 14k gold plated studs set with the highest quality Malachite.
Leaf Cuff

Leaf Cuff

About Second Daughter

Founded by artist turned designer Jessica Speckhard, Second Daughter is a brand created for the everyday woman with an appreciation for accessories with elegance. Featuring pieces that range from subtle to bold, make a statement with your jewelry this spring and beyond!