Monday, December 8, 2014

Services for Christmas

Christmas is so close!
It's my favorite time of the year - and I'm doing a few interesting things for people as they prepare for the holidays. Check out what I'm offering for the next month or so!

You probably know I'm a cut-and-dry kinda gal. I always include my prices on my site. If you job is a little special, ask me for a custom quote!


Door Refinishing - $100/door

Give your guests the best impression with a beautiful new door. I will sand and stain a worn door to it's former glory! If your door has a previous stain, I will need to strip it as well. This is an additional $75. Price does not include supplies.

Gift Wrapping - $50/hour

I'm a great wrapper, ribbon curler, cursive-gift-tag-writer, etc! 
Price does not include supplies.

Gift Research and Shopping - $50/hour

The Galleria is a nightmare this time of year! Luckily, I only live a few minutes away from it and can have your gifts purchased in a jiff!
Price does not include the cost of your purchases.

Christmas Decorating - $40/hour

I will find those boxes packed with decor, dust them off and unpack them! I can style your home in a beautiful way that you've never seen before.

Decoration Removal/Packing - $40/hour

This is the most dreaded part after Christmas! The tear-down is never fun. Let me pack your decorations away for easy access next year.

Christmas Card Design - $150

I can use your favorite family photos to design a cheerful Christmas or New Year's card. This design will be all yours, something you know no one else will be mailing this year.
Price does not include supplies.

Christmas Card Addressing & Mailing - $40/hour

If you have already ordered your Christmas cards, I will assemble them in their envelopes and mail them to your friends and family! I have a pretty nice cursive for those envelopes :)
Price does not include the cost of supplies.

Have something different in mind?
E-mail me and let's talk about it!

Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Wedding Dress Shopping in Houston

First things first, this is my friend Kaleigh who moved to Detroit after her Houston wedding last summer! She came back this week and we started it off right by wedding dress shopping for our friend, Brittany - who just got engaged a few weeks ago! (already has a date, venue and now a dress!)

Let me clarify. By saying "my friends" - which can often be used carelessly - I mean my two bestest friends in the whole world. But if you know me, you already knew that.

When Kaleigh and I got married (separately, at different weddings, not to each other), we both got Watters gowns from different Bridal salons in Houston. Kaleigh got hers from Brickhouse Bridal and told Brittany about it. Therefore, we went to Brickhouse Bridal first!

Brittany wasn't sure how much she wanted to spend on the gown, so she decided we would just check it out (for kicks) and possibly get some ideas.

An hour later, she had the dress.

It's amazing what 5 women can accomplish in an hour.

And secondly, I'm almost livid with excitement about the photos of her in the dress that I can't yet share. It. Is. Un. Real.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

(Some) of The Best Brunch in Houston

One of Tout Suite's great seating areas with coffee and pastries. Photo from @TOUTSUITEHTX on Instagram

Let me start by saying that I have not been to every single place in the city of Houston that serves brunch. I can only tell you what I know!

I pick my restaurants before I go based on:
#1 Reviews on Yelp
#2 The menu
#3 Pictures of the restaurant

That being said - I primarily stick to American or French-American restaurants when it comes to brunch. Have you ever had Curry Pancakes? Me neither.

Indeed, most of the restaurants I like for brunch will be in my recent post Recommendations for Date Night in Houston.

Tout Suite's Vietnamese Steak & Eggs. Photo by @CRIRGCITO on Instagram

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.



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.