It’s already been a full week into the new year and we’re well on our way into 2019, but I definitely feel like I needed a week recovery before really delving in, so this past Monday was really, like the “official” start, ya feel?
I finally bought a planner, and a wall calendar… I’ve only written like 4 things in it so far, but the one I got for this new year says to utilize this first month to reflect on last year because despite the lows, there were LOTS of highs and it was a heck of a good time!
January – March
I started my year at a new place inside the loop – I’m officially a city girl!
Started Festival Season at In Bloom Fest
Girls Trip to Vegas, went in almost as a complete stranger to this group and came out part of a She-Wolf pack. My heart was full!
April – June
I bought my first big girl car
Miss Houston Latina
Totally Rad 90’s party
July – September
New dates <3
October – December
Princess Maria Day – Twenty-Fine edition
I always feel that before I can really get into the new year, I have to look back at all that I did the year before. It’s something I’ve always done and puts me in a really good place! The latter part of 2017 left me in a dark spot, and I spent most of 2018 learning A LOT. But the ride was fun and I’m ready to keep learning, to keep evolving and for this book to keep going. Cheers to all that happened last year and cheers to all that’s to come.
My obsession with makeup has it’s perks. I’ve gotten quite good at the art, and if I can’t think of or find anything to wear for a special occasion, I can wear all black and make my makeup the center of attention.
Luxe items like sequins, sparkles, fur and velvet have been widely in trend as of late, but with the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, I didn’t even think to find something to wear when the clock strikes 12 on December 31st. So when I finally went on the hunt for the perfect New Year’s Eve outfit this past weekend, I was straight out of luck. Lots of things were picked over and I just couldn’t convince myself to buy something I only had lukewarm feelings about just to have an outfit worthy of one night. (is that called adulting??)
So it was time to get creative with the pieces I already have in my closet and bust out the beauty products to turn me into a disco ball! Glitter is my favorite color, but loose glitter is hard to work with, even for a professional like myself! It takes a lot of time and patience, and I unfortunately have to work on December 31st, so time is of the essence to ensure I make it to my party before the ball drops.
Stila launched a product around 2014, a semi-solid glitter product called Foil Finish eyeshadow, and as it’s name suggests, had more of a foil finish than glitter, but was very glittery. But you had to mix it with a mixing medium or apply with your fingers to get the best results which could get a little complicated and messy. Then they got smart and launched their Glitter and Glow eyeshadows in 2017 (which I first tried & featured in this haul here) which is MUCH MORE USER FRIENDLY! And have since launched a much wider array of colors. They retail for $24.00 at Sephora, Ulta and the Stila website.
NYX recently launched their own line of a similar product called Glitter Goals. The NYX version retails for $8 and can be found at most beauty supply stores, NYX store fronts & website, Ulta, and even Target. Both have a doe foot applicator that make it easy to apply straight from the applicator, by using a flat eyeshadow brush (you’ll get optimum results by using a synthetic brush vs natural hair), or with your finger. If you can tell from the photo above, the Stila Glitter and Glow has more of chunky glitter property to the product while the NYX version is more of a foil with a subtle, shimmery glitter.
Both products are very good, if you have the funds to splurge, I highly recommend Stila. But if you’re on a budget, you’ll be just as happy with the NYX version. I find that both products fare better layered on top of another color or base shadow vs on their own as the swatch above shows.
Some of my favorite Glitter and Glow Goal looks of 2018:
If you’re strapped for time and don’t have any idea of where you’ll find something sparkly to wear in time to ring in the new year, my advice would be to run to your nearest Ulta and grab either of the 2 products from this post. (Ulta always has coupons for “non-prestige” brands like NYX, fyi).
Wishing you all a sparkly, glittery, glamorous and fabulous New Year!
And just like that, Christmas 2018 is over. It came, and it went! I don’t even know where the year’s gone, but it’s been such a great ride.
As I get older, sometimes it’s hard to get in the Christmas spirit… responsibilities, work, bills, social events, adulting…
At Christmas Eve mass last night, I thought to myself, this is my 30th Christmas!
And I looked around at all the people there, all different ages, all different backgrounds, and thought about all the Christmases they’ve celebrated; the number of Christmases my parents have celebrated; and I looked around at all the children and their bright eyes, looking at all the lights & the decorations, dressed in their red and their green, trembling with excitement. And I remembered that same excitement when it was my 8th Christmas too! After about 20, there will be some years when the feeling just isn’t there… until RIGHT at Christmas!
This year though, I was quite in the holiday spirit early on – had my decorations up the weekend after Thanksgiving, and I wanted all the red, glittery, sparkle everything I could find!
Sometimes it’s hard to feel the sparkle & shine of life, but I hope you all have felt it this Christmas!! And if by chance, it didn’t go the way you’d hope (as holidays usually don’t!), just know that there’s always next year, God willing ❤️ love you all, thank you so much for stopping by my blog, wishing you many blessings of health, happiness, success & love for 2019!
Once upon a time, not a long while ago, bachelor and bachelorette parties were simple, yet very festive and celebratory affairs, where a young, soon-to-be married couple would have “one last night” to be wild and free with some of their best friends before the impending incarceration in which we call marriage. (just kidding, I don’t think that way!) It used to be a night before or a couple nights before the actual wedding, and didn’t really consist of too much other than maybe dinner and drinks with your girlfriends, and perhaps a male stripper if you were on the wilder side… Then millennials started getting engaged and married and it turned into a weekend get-away with your closest gal-pals to get really wild. (I blame Vegas for this)
Now don’t get me wrong – AT ALL – I ABSOLUTELY adore a destination bachelorette party! But sometimes, it just doesn’t fit in someone’s schedule or perhaps even a budget! So when my cousin asked me to be one of her koumbares and plan her bachelorette party, she was very carefree & go with the flow, “I don’t mind at all what we do or where we go, here’s who I’d like to attend, knock yourself out…” the only thing was that between moving across the country in July to be with her Sailor, having a new work schedule and coming back and forth for dress fittings and wedding preparations… well time was a precious commodity.
Houston isn’t exactly a city one comes to to vacation. We’re a commercial city, people come here to work! But we know how to have a d*mn good time!
There are only a few things that one must truly need to successfully pull off a bachelorette party and that’s :
(lol, jk… but actually)
Luckily in the Bayou City, the temperature rarely falls below 85 F well into mid October, so a Labor Day staycation was the perfect time to lay by the pool since that’s all anyone wants to do anyway!
Literally the Best Pool in the Nation, y’all!
Right in the center of downtown, is a little modern, urban oasis, with a Texas shaped pool, a pool that looks over Discovery Green, goddess treatment and a stellar spa (I highly recommend the massage!) – this is the place to hang out for the day or overnight. There are multiple hotels in Houston that would offer the same, luxurious experience, such as the Houstonian, but I decided that the Marriott Marquis would be great for a recently relocated Texan!
That evening, we went back to my house, which is close to a very popular nightlife district, to enjoy a rather naughty time learning about fun toys and being served by a handsome BUTTler. Decorating and party favors don’t have to be expensive, and you can find lots of really great and affordable things on Amazon!
Then we went out for a traditional bachelorette bar-hopping experience! (only thing is that we didn’t get out of the house til midnight, so we only stayed at one bar… haha!)
Brunch, which is always a great idea, can only be elevated by an accompanying performance! Houston now is home to a Hamburger Mary’s, the Original drag brunch! And let me tell you something, honey… Houston Queens can SERVE! On top of that, the food is GREAT!! (as are the Bloody Mary’s) As well as being a fun experience, it’s a great place to go with a group of friends.
I suppose Houston isn’t the first stop I’d consider for a destination anything, but there are fun things to do in every corner, which only a true Houstonian can truly appreciate. And besides, who doesn’t like a spa day and some time out by the pool accompanied by a fruity drink?
There are plenty of places to play here, my sweet bachelorettes (and any Maids of Honor or Bridesmaids who are currently stressing over where, what, how and when to plan a bachelorette party your best gal pal would love). Throwing a Bachelorette Party in your own town should be an easy job, let me know other ideas and suggestions! 🙂
The goal was to come home last night and share all of the things that I’ve been grateful for this year here on Glam Greek, but after starting my day at the crack of dawn and spending half my day on side of the city and then the latter part on the other; I was knocked out by 10! Granted, there was lots of turkey involved in my day and isn’t there some sort of scientifically proven fact that turkey has some sort of enzyme that when it breaks down it causes fatigue?! Either way, Thanksgiving 2018 was REALLY nice!!! Sometimes the holidays can feel really overwhelming. What is it about this time of year and having people over that gives everyone like, this intense need to make everything perfect? I felt that this year was a little more chill after I finally allowed myself to just go with the flow! And really took the time to think of the things I was really grateful for this year.
This Thanksgiving, I am thankful for:
The place and location I moved to January 2018
The vacations I was able to take!
The people I’ve met & relationships I’ve made
The experiences that helped me grow
Buying a new car!
Keeping my faith through the tough times
The good times I had with those I love most
Watching this blog and my style grow
The friends who’ve stuck with me through the ups & downs this year
My wonderful family
Denim Jacket : recycled from years in my closet | Body Suit & Pants : Emerson Rose Houston | Shoes : Asos
I am also thankful for these paper bag elastic waist band pants that have been VERY popular this year! I found the most perfect fall colored pants from a boutique here in Houston along with this body suit which I also wore for my Disco Fever Halloween costume. I paired with these platform cork sandals that tied together this 70’s color palette inspired outfit. and it was greatly comfortable even after 2 plates full of Thanksgiving dishes and treats!
Thanksgiving isn’t complete without beautiful rusty orange shadows and lipstick colors. I used the Morphe x Jaclyn Hill The Vault palette in “Ring the Alarm” on my eyes and “Out Loud” Always On liquid lipstick by Smashbox on the lips. Finished off the look by nixing a thick winged liner and and using Selfless false lashes by Glory by K.
I am currently ABSOLUTELY OBSESSED and 90% positive that I will never use another nail polish brand besides OPI’s Infinite Shine. They have an amazing array of colors for all the seasons, and their color “Hold Out For More” is a beautiful deep orange that suits the season and the holiday. Besides the fact that the color is immaculate, it holds up SO well. My contribution to Thanksgiving dinner was a broccoli, cheese & rice casserole, cranberry sauce and a beet/pomegranate/arugula salad. My manicure, which I had gotten on Monday lasted through all the chopping, mixing, peeling, prepping, washing, scubbing, and wiping that happens during the preparation of a Thanksgiving feast. Having a presentable manicure for Thanksgiving day is both a miracle and a blessing, of that, I am very thankful as well!!
Hope you all had a blessed holiday, and cheers to the next month of Christmas cheer!