Beauty, Houston, Instagram, Life

The Azalea Trails

This past weekend, the River Oaks Garden Club presented the Azalea Trails event that was hosted by two MFAH house museums, Rienzi and Bayou Bend, as well as five other locations.

Though I am a native of Houston, I had never been to the Azalea Trails or even Bayou Bend before this past weekend. I am glad, though, that I finally went and checked this event out over the weekend, otherwise I may had never known how beautiful the grounds at Bayou Bend truly are.

Needless to say, I will definitely be make more trips to Bayou Bend now that Spring has come and enjoy the nice weather while I can.

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Instagram, Life, murals, Trending

Heights Mercantile

Over the weekend I finally decided to check out the Heights Mercantile Area that opened up last year and am so glad that I did!

Heights Mercantile (located at Yale and 7th Ave) is an urban market district that comprises of several shops and eateries, which includes The Gypsy Wagon’s Houston location. This store is ah-ma-zing! Not only do they sell stationary and products by Rifle Paper Co. but they also have the cheekiest home decor and fun clothing styles.

Another popular store that is located in Heights Mercantile is the storefront for eyewear brand Warby Parker. Known for their retro styles and “Buy A Pair, Give A Pair” program, Warby Parker has become a household name now in the world of eyewear, which is easy to see due to the crowd that gathers in their store.

So if you live in the Houston area or are coming to visit here soon, be sure to check out Heights Mercantile and the quirky Heights neighborhood that it sits in.

-Christen

Holidays, Instagram, Life, Trending

Happy Galentines Day! / Flower Vibes TX Flower Arrangement Class

This past weekend I had the pleasure to attend a floral arrangement class taught by the girls behind Flower Vibes TX and hosted by Tidbits Houston and Emerson Rose.

Right when I walked in, I was greeted by not only the amazing sight and smells of the flowers that I knew we’d be working with but also local donuts, sweet treats, and rose. What more could a girl want, right? However, that was just the beginning as the lovely girls behind the whole invite warmly greeted me and were also super helpful throughout the whole event.

I won’t lie, I came in with a reservation or two and was also wondering what the class would be like, as it was what some would classify as pricey. Twenty minutes into the class, though, I quickly realized that the price tag was worth it and also very reasonable considering the quality of flowers that we used.

Making a floral arrangement from the ground up was also way more challenging than I thought it would be. Every time we would add a new type of flower or greenery, I always felt the need to rearrange. There was one point where I wondered if I even had room for anymore flowers because it seemed so full to me! Overall, I learned a lot (we were even taught how to fold our rose petals to create a more artistic look) and gained a huge amount of respect for those who do this on a daily basis.

I hope each and every one of y’all has treated yourself to something this week, in honor of Valentines Day. If there’s one thing that I’ve done, whether I’m dating someone or not, it’s treating myself to something around Valentines Day. Self love is important, y’all.

Oh and to all the girlies out there–Happy Galentines Day!

-C

P.S. I got my red dress off of Amazon and was just over $20. What a deal!

Instagram, Life, murals, Outfits, Trending

The Hummingbird Wall

If there’s one thing that’s for sure on my “2018 To Do List”, it’s checking out more murals!

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Houston has really come to embrace this form of art and therefore has a massive quantity of murals located all over the city.

Since moving back to Houston, I have definitely made it a priority to find as many murals as I can and will soon be posting something that encompasses all those that I’ve come across so far. So be on the lookout for that!

Happy FriYay, y’all!

-C

Fashion, Home Decor, Instagram, Life, Outfits

Looking Back on 2017

From my first ever solo trip to Seattle (a place I’ve never been to, no less!) to trying to expand and play with my personal style to Hurricane Harvey to the Astros winning the World Series–this year has been a crazy one!

Below are some of my favorite moments and photos from this past year. So thanks to everyone who I got to spend this crazy year, and thank you to Joybird and many other retailers for giving me all the design inspiration that I need for my new place.

Cheers to a new year!

-C

(All photos are my own unless otherwise stated)

Instagram, Life, Travel, Trending

Winter Street Studios/ Hello there!

Hello lovelies! 
It’s been a crazy past month or so post Hurricane Harvey for those of us in the Houston area. Sadly, there are buildings in downtown Houston (i.e. the Wortham Center and the Alley Theatre) that won’t be able to reopen until next year. 

Nevertheless, Houston is a city made up of resilient individuals who are proud to call H-town home. I happen to place myself in that group and have made it a personal mission of mine to start scoping out more local commodities, whether it’s food or clothing brands or art. 

One place that is home to some amazing local art is Winter Street Studios. In conjunction with Sawyer Street Studios, this cool little portion of the city not only offers gorgeous artwork but also hosts a variety of events. 

-C 

Instagram, Life, People, Trending, TV

How to Help Those Affected by Hurricane Harvey

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Hello there!

I know it’s been a while since I last posted, but I have changed jobs and have also started on another chapter of my life. Needless to say–a lot has happened within the last month. This past week or so, though, has been especially crazy and not in a good way.

For those of you who may be checking out my blog for this first time, know that I am a native Houstonian who moved back to the city two years ago after having graduated from college in the Northwest. I am also very proud to be a Houstonian and Texan and love the area that I’ve always called home. Unfortunately, though, this past week has been difficult for us. Hurricane Harvey ravaged the Texas coast this past Friday and then went on to dump a record amount of rain over the Houston area resulting in massive flooding. Never have I seen such damage occur in my life to my hometown.

Fortunately for us, Texas is known as the friendly state so since Day One there have been so many people risking their lives to help one another. From the Coast Guard to the National Guard to the Red Cross to the Cajun Navy to even your neighbor out in his boat, everyone has lent a helping hand to those in need.

However, there is still a great need for money and resources to help those who have been severely affected by Hurricane Harvey and the flooding that came with it. Below, I have listed ways that those in state and out of state can help those who have been affected.

Here’s to getting the word out and remaining #HoustonStrong .

 

VOLUNTEERING LINKS

http://swamplot.com/the-best-way-to-find-out-which-hurricane-harvey-shelters-near-you-need-help-and-what-they-need/2017-08-29/

http://volunteerhouston.org/

 

DONATION LINKS

https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/hurricane-harvey-relief-fund/

https://secure.savethechildren.org/site/c.8rKLIXMGIpI4E/b.9534757/k.CB79/Hurricane_Harvey_Relief_Fund/apps/ka/sd/donor.asp

directrelief.org

https://www.redcross.org/donate/donation

http://www.houstonspca.org/

http://www.texasdiaperbank.org/

https://www.centraltexasfoodbank.org/get-involved/donate

https://www.homelesshouston.org/take-action/donate/

http://www.houstonfoodbank.org/

http://www.galvestoncountyfoodbank.org/

http://www.victoriafoodbank.org/

http://www.foodbankcc.com/

http://setxfoodbank.org/

http://www.foodbankrgv.com/

https://safoodbank.org/

https://www.youcaring.com/victimsofhurricaneharvey-915053

https://www.youcaring.com/victimsofhurricaneharvey-918107

 

TEXT TO DONATE

Text LOVE to 20222 to donate $10 to the Houston Humane Society.

Text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10 to the Red Cross.

Text UWFLOOD to 41444 to donate to the United Way of Greater Houston flood relief fund.

 

PURCHASE TO DONATE

Proceeds from the sales of Magnolia Market’s Texas Forever tee through September 30th will be donated to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.

Proceeds from the sales of Live Love Gameday’s Live Love Texas tee will be donated directly to the Red Cross.

Proceeds from James Avery’s Deep in the Heart of Texas charm sales through September 30th will be donated to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.

 

*I will continue to update this list as more information is made available.* 

-C