Tuesday, September 30, 2014

David Peck USA show at JW Marriott Downtown Recap



For those of you who missed the David Peck USA show at JW Marriott Downtown, let me fill you in. David Peck, a local designer, was commissioned by JW Marriott Downtown to create the new uniforms for their staff. First of all, that is huge. Congrats, David Peck, on that alone!

Here's a little bit about that:



The show had 2 parts - the uniform show, followed by his Fall/Winter 2014 line. I was blown away by both.

The evening started off with a 1 hour cocktail/social hour. Guests were waited on hand-and-foot by waitstaff who passed out champagne and appetizers. It was certainly a "Who's Who" of Houston Fashion event - a great place for people watching.

I'm not going to give you a play-by-play. Here are the only decent photos/videos I snapped (moving objects are surprisingly hard to capture with an iPhone that keeps trying to focus every half second...). There are much better photos all over the web. Look at the #DavidPeck4JWM on Instagram or Twitter!

Be sure to get tickets to see David Peck in Fashion Houston here. His show is November 21, 2014. I can't wait to see you there!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Recommendations for a Date Night in Houston




About once a week I get a message from someone asking the same question:
It's my husband's birthday! Where should we go for his birthday dinner?

It's almost getting weird now... how many times I've had this question.
In order to avoid typing everything out over and over, I've put together this small list of places I like.

Enjoy.


"I MOSTLY CARE ABOUT AMBIENCE"

Tiny Boxwood's (River Oaks)  pictured above
Expect to pay at least $10 for a drink, $10-$15 for an appetizer, $20-$30 for your meal and $10 for dessert. Some people complain about the prices/food quality. I've never had a bad meal here - and now that you know how much it will cost, you can't complain if you go. :) This place is more casual in the day, but certainly accepts well-dressed patrons by night. See my Yelp review here.

Just Dinner (Montrose)
In a remodeled Montrose bungalow, this place is cozy and romantic.
Expect similar prices to Tiny's.

They have incredible food. Keep in mind that you have to park on the street or use valet. Their menu is a little bit different, selling every item on the plate separately. So yes, it will cost you more than the typical restaurant. 

Sambuca Jazz Cafe (Downtown)
I haven't been here in a long time, but I really liked it when I went. The only reason I went here was because of the live music, though. The food is good, but the music and dancing makes it worth it. It's also within walking distance of many really cool bars downtown. 

Everyone raves about this place! Brennan's has an elegant atmosphere, fantastic food & a great crowd. Again, street parking or valet. Dress well and expect to pay at least $40-$50/person. 

Downtown in one of the oldest buildings in the city, Hearsay boasts great food, cocktails & a perfect location. Park on the street or valet, then walk to one of the many great bars on Main St. after dinner.


Thursday, September 25, 2014

Embarrassment at Pure Barre



Pure Barre is a workout class I attend in River Oaks Shopping Center. It's - somehow - one of the hardest things you'll ever do. I think this is in part because you have to sit or stand in impossible positions and then lift or "tuck" a certain muscle 1,000 times. In the midst of the battle, I sometimes just burst out laughing because of how stupid I look.

This is my first week at Pure Barre. The first class was glorious! It was on a Monday, the sun was out, the weather was fantastic, everyone at Pure Barre was SO nice. The instructor set me up with weights and a ball, so I just waited for the rest of the class to arrive. The staff all remembered my name and helped me through the workout. The class wasn't packed out, so there was plenty of space & I worked my butt off!

However, my second class was a little bit different. Because of my schedule, I had to go to the 7 PM class that day. I don't like working out at night. Coming out of a workout class in the dark is a little depressing to me, I don't know why! But I had to get my workout in, so I arrived for class as the sun set. I was 5 minutes early, but the room was packed. I saw a few open spots with weights, so I quickly sat down at an open spot in the back.

Once I sat down, a girl (let's call her pink shirt) walked up to the girl sitting next to me (blue shirt) and looked a little bit awkward. I quickly realized they were friends, so I said, "Do you want to sit here?" to pink shirt. She looked at blue shirt and said, "Uh...no!". Blue shirt said, "I set it out for her." I didn't really understand, so I said again to pink shirt, "Oh, so you wanna sit here?" Pink shirt didn't say anything and blue shirt said, "Well, I set it out for her." Not willing do go through this exchange again, I just got up and looked for another open spot. There was one way in the front (I hate to be in the front... who doesn't?).

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Juice Cleanse & Detox


A year ago, I found out through a food intolerance blood test that I should not eat fruit or gluten. This came as a shock, but I dove into my new diet & maintained it without gluten or fruit for 9 months. During the 9 months on my strict diet, I didn't really see much improvement on the outside. In all the years I had been consuming gluten & fruit, I hadn't felt bad or had any allergic reactions.

However, in the last 3 months, I have been deviating from my diet on a regular basis. I would have pizza here and there, beer here and there, cake here and there. Here and there didn't seem to bother me so much - except that I did notice something with gluten consumption. Whenever I had too much of something containing gluten, I would get horrible heartburn for 24 hours! It's the worst!

On top of that, I have been recklessly & unapologetically eating everything for the past 2 weeks. We've gone on a few trips & eating healthy is hard to do at restaurants. Also, I have no will power.
"CHEESY BACON BAGEL?! SURE!" Yikes.

Ya know when you wake up in the morning & you look so thin? Your stomach is flat & you feel like a super model? That used to be the case for me everyday, but this week I have woken up fat as ever. My belly is literally misshapen. It's not even fat. I pinch my belly and there's no more fat than usual. It's actually totally full - solid as a rock! I can hardly button my pants & I look like I've entered my 2nd trimester in all my outfits.

Beside being a small planet, I feel awful! I never knew being fat felt so heavy & disgusting. I also feel groggy, slow and achy. I hate this! It's time to get back to the basics. Back to fruit & gluten-free eating. Back to calorie counting. Possibly exercising... (this is unlikely)

Thursday, August 7, 2014

What You Should Be Watching on Netflix



Netflix has a LOT to watch (though I'm a classics gal & they don't have any I Love Lucy...)
Here's a list of what I loved on Netflix - as well as what I hated. I watched the hated items on bad recommendations. As I've said before, I'm not a movie critic, a restaurant critic or art critic. I'm a normal person & I'll give you my thoughts in normal words.

What You Should Be Watching:


Mad Men - The first season is slow. Actually, it was kinda torture for me. But it gets better! Hang in there!

Charlie Countryman - Oh my. Shia Lebouf, the plot, the editing, the soundtrack. I love this movie so much! It's probably classified an "indie film', by the way. Don't let that stop you. It must be on the high end of indie films budget so far as I'm concerned. Watch watch watch!

Under The Tuscan Sun - Oh. My. Gosh. Ok, it's not "oh-my-gosh good", but it's really good! This movie is in Italy (+), features a middle aged, divorced woman from San Fran (+), contains house remodeling (my FAVE! +!), and is all about pain, redemption & hope to love again. If you like Europe & don't mind watching people walk around Europe eating pasta, this movie is for you!

Scandal - I'm heard "omg Sandal is so good!" - but I have to disagree. It's... alright. I think the thing that throws me off is the acting and the editing. Also, the music. It's done very "hoakey"ly. Cheesey. Like House of Cards, but the low-budget version. The story line is interesting, though, so I keep watching.

SNL - If you've never seen SNL or a variety show/sketch comedy, you might be interested. Keep in mind, their jokes/views are very biased & sometimes infuriating. But I love almost anything they do that isn't political! Watching SNL is the key to knowing who the big comedians & comediennes will be in the future! Their cast is pure gold!

Zodiac - I like this movie because it: #1 Has an excellent cast & #2 Follows closely to the actual story. I hate it when movies "based on true events" give you a happy ending that simply did not occur. This movie pretty much tells it straight & does it well. Google the "zodiac killer" for all the specs.

The Office - If you've never watched The Office, you are a crazy person. Get on that tube RIGHT now & watch it! At first, you will be very annoyed with the main character, Michael Scott. He is everything that is awkward & uncomfortable in this world. Eventually, you will get over it and find everything he does incredibly hilarious! This is my #2 favorite show of ALL TIME!