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.

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?).