July 13th only comes around once a year, but for those of us here in the Bayou City, every day is 713 day.

In case you have no earthly idea what July 13th and 713 have to with each other besides coinciding numbers, 713 is the most recognized and oldest area code for the greater Houston area. There are others, like 281 and 832, but February doesn’t have 81 days, nor does August have 32. So the OG gets to represent this local little holiday in all its glory.

It doesn’t hurt that Queen Beyonce herself hails from this modest city of 2.3 million people, only the 4th largest city in the U.S., and reps it every chance she gets, along with the likes of other rappers & artists like Drake (who’s actually from Toronto, but I’ll let my Champagne Papi shout out H-Town anytime he wants!). Now you can imagine if someone who’s “never home but always reppin'” is obsessed with this city, those of us who live here full time, have nothing but MAD LOVE for this muggy, hot, traffic hell-hole, flatter than a “booty-do” metropolis.

So why wait for July when you can celebrate and rep Houston all day, every day!?

Best way to do so –  getting your hands on some locally sourced threads so that you can wear your pride everywhere for everyone to see!

As a fairly avid advocate for shopping local, the Heights, Montrose/Westheimer and Memorial areas are great places to find locally owned boutiques with some pretty awesome pieces for showing off your Space City spirit. The tee shown above – which is EVERYTHING, btw – along with the HOU hats (available in 4 different colors, and can be found online here) are from Emerson Rose, with 2 locations in the city and PLENTY of super adorable Texas and Houston shirts, hats, and even bandanas! Or maybe you’re new to the city and having Houston scrawled across your chest or forehead isn’t something you’re ready to commit to. With the statement earring/jewelry trend in no hurry to leave, finding orange colored accessories is a relatively easy feat. Unless orange is your favorite color, in which case if you’re like me orange is anything but, you’re probably thinking, why in the good Lord’s name would I buy bright AF orange earrings, girl?! Well, in case you live under a rock, the Astros are the 2017 World Series Champs! Also, in which case you’re like me and could give 3 and a half cares about sports, this refers to baseball. And orange is basically like, their team color! OH and Whataburger! It’s Team Whataburger’s colors as well.

Actually… I might go put on these earrings from Bauble Bar (this style is no longer available, but similar ones here) and hit up Whataburger for a late night Honey Butter Chicken Biscuit!!

If nothing else – pop on a vibrant purple lipstick. Why purple? Made popular by the Houston rap community, mixing prescription grade cough syrup with Sprite and a Jolly Rancher yields a [supposedly] yummy, intoxicating, and purplish concoction often referred to as Purple Drank (or Purple Sprite). In addition to sizzurp, Houston is also well known for candy paint

candy paint

Other ways to stay reppin’ :

  • drink Houston brewed beers at one of the many local breweries like Karbach, 8th Wonder, or Saint Arnold
  • do a Houston Mural tour
  • indulge in Houston’s mega-diverse foods
  • get cultured at Houston’s expansive museum and theater districts
  • sit in an hour and a half (at least) of traffic during rush hour
  • take a walk [or a jog for those brave enough to take the heat] along Memorial Park or Buffalo Bayou

It’s an H-Town Thing

xoxo,

GG

I feel like Independence Day is the pinnacle holiday of the summer. You see, Memorial Day kick starts the summer season at the end of May; and Labor Day concludes the festivities at the start of September… and in between it all is the very fun and patriotic themed 4th of July!!

Which.. have you ever gotten sort of tongue tied trying to wish someone a good holiday? “Have a good fourth of Indpenden… er… grool.”

Either way, as a kid, I didn’t particularly like the 4th of July – it was hot, no one got presents, and I didn’t like the color scheme… it’s not very flattering for my skin tone. But now that I’m older, when you are given a reason to celebrate and get a day off – you sure as hell get excited about it & find some trendy, chic ways to wear that red, white and blue, stars and stripes and anything and everything else that will make you look patriotic AF!

Easiest way – simply incorporate the colors, Red, White and Blue into your accessories. Meaning busting out a pretty red nail polish like Ruby Ruby by Sinful Colors (even better – it’s a steal at $1.99!) or Blanc by Essie like pictured above. Or even easier is popping on a bright, ruby red lipstick. I really feel like a red lipstick not only looks classic, but reminds me of Old Hollywood Glamour, which guys – Hollywood is SO Americana! Try this one by Anastasia Beverly Hills – American Doll. With the reflective lens trend still sticking around, a bright blue reflective lens like these by Quay  (similar ones linked) can complete your All American Girl look.

Next, hop on over to Old Navy or Target. GUARANTEED to find some nationalistic threads.

Hat from Old Navy, swimsuit top – reversible, by the way!! – from Target. Bought an oversized men’s cotton button up from a thrift store for $3 as a cover up. God Bless America!

If being over the top patriotic is not your thing, opt for the following things :

  • red stripes
  • blue stripes
  • red accents
  • blue accents
  • white accents
  • denim
  • white sneakers
  • nude, beige or even gold shoes, bags, jewelry, belts, etc

Earrings – Free People | Top – Zara | Skirt – Gap | Bag – Amazon Fashion | Shoes – Target

Dress – Stitch Fix | Bag – Amazon Fashion | Shoes – Steve Madden

I can’t wait to party like it’s 1776! Hope everyone has a safe and happy Independence Day!

 

xoxo

The Glam Greek

I felt compelled to write today.

This week has been a hard, stinging slap in the face of awareness for mental health. The world has lost not only one, but TWO brilliant, creative and influential minds/beings/souls.

Yes, I’m a fashion, makeup, and beauty junkie through my core, but if I lost all my money, I’d do whatever it took, not get a new pair of shoes or a handbag, but I’d do whatever it took to get my next train ticket or plane ticket to my next stop in the world. (def starting on the Eurasian continent, obvi). Sure that denim skirt or that Gucci belt will last you a long time, but that experience you had on the Danube River, or the views from the Acropolis will last you until your last memory escapes from existence.

Anthony Bourdain was a pure inspiration to me. I’ve watched almost all episodes of his shows – No Reservations and Parts Unknown – travelled to all parts of the world, even to parts of the world I never thought I had wanted to go. Everything that he did, okay almost everything that he did, I wanted to do when I visited that place. And I say almost, because sometimes his travels were a tad bit grungey. But that’s what I absolutely adored about him and his style. He travelled to places in a manner where he sought to engrain himself in the people, the food, the culture, as if he himself were a local.

“I think food, culture, people and landscape are all absolutely inseperable”

Which is EXACTLY how I love to travel. I want to feel as though I’m a part of the place I’ve wandered to. I like to immerse myself in it all, leaving my heart in the soil of this strange, new, exciting land; traveling in a way where each time I leave a foreign land, my heart hurts with nostalgia, learning the place through all senses.

 “You learn a lot about someone from sharing a meal together”

The saddest part of all this is that piggybacked another tragic loss this week. Kate Spade made hell of a name for herself, becoming not only wildly successful but an impactful role model for all women. But despite all the money, success, trophies, fame, and physical “rewards” that come with notoriety, sometimes we can’t escape certain terrorizing demons. This sheds a light on some really sad statistics about Americans, and the world we live in.

Just know that someone’s here. Even I’m here.

xoxo,

La Glam Greek

Crisis Text Line
National Suicide Prevention Hotline
International Association for Suicide Prevention 

Anyone who says they have the most perfect relationship with their mother can kiss my… just kidding. But seriously, how many times do we have some choice words to say back, perhaps roll our eyes, or sigh exasperatingly at what our moms have to say about how we live our lives? Just me? Yeah… I guess I can be a pain in the…

But the little lady that housed me in her belly and then spent her life giving me a life of lessons and unforgettable memories/experiences from her raising me into the adult I am today, is THE sweetest angel there is. She’s kind, loving, SO SMART!!! (sometimes too smart, it’s scary), beautiful, warm, compassionate, peaceful, selfless, calming, level-headed and so strong. Not only to us, and those she loves, but even a stranger on the street. She’s taught me what it is to be a decent human being in a world that can be mostly cruel and cold, she lives her life out by one of my favorite Commandments – Love thy neighbor. Not only has my family been able to experience and love the woman that loves God so completely, but so have the people that ever come in contact with her. I’ve never met, and probably never will meet a woman more generous with her love than my momma. Which is why this first post I’ve written in a while, is dedicated to the precious gem I call, Mom.

You know those commercials around the time that the Olympics air, summer or winter, usually from like, Cheerios or some milk commercial, where they show all the behind the scenes of the proud mamas? (the ones that get you right in the feels??) Well I always think about those around Mother’s Day, because oftentimes we get to where we are as adults and THEN look back at all the behind the scenes works our Moms did for us – wake us up early for school, make our lunches, make sure we eat breakfast, make sure we do our homework & work assignments, came to all of our games, dance recitals, concerts, school plays, taking pride in everything that we do, etc, and the list goes on…

I know, Moms are pretty rad right?? So I’ve compiled my TOP TEN REASONS WHY MOMS ROCK!!! (in no particular order)

  1. Let’s start with the first – she carried us in her tummy for months and then, had to endure this thing called labor where she has to push something the size of a small watermelon out of her body. Or hopefully she had a Stork deliver you, either way, they gave us the very life we breath, so thanks for that!
  2. Sweet notes they leave – in lunch boxes, and maybe now that it’s 2018 – in a text message or email – just letting us know how much they love us
  3. Always making sure her babies are fed.
  4. Providing unconditional love – would never understand that concept if it weren’t for mothers. What if I had turned out to be a huge eff-up?? My momma would still love me 🙂 (probs, I hope!!)
  5. Because – WHO RUN THE WORLD? – GIRLS! – Without mamas, how would we as ladies, know how to act and how would fellas learn how to treat a lady?
  6. Superhuman strength – emotionally (& sometimes physically! ever heard of moms lifting vehicles off a baby?)
  7. They always have your back
  8. Talk about a cheerleader!! I can’t imagine not having my mom at every home game and every dance competition
  9. Making holidays fun & bright
  10. THE ULTIMATE SLEEP SACRIFICE – and for this I am ETERNALLY grateful (because, boy, do I LOVE ME SOME SLEEP!!!!)

for this and SO many reasons more, I think it’s safe to say that we children are not worthy of YOU QUEENS!!!!

Thank you Moms of the world!

and to mine in particular, and my sister – who’s now a mother of her own – love you forever.

xoxo,

The Glam Greek

No Matter How Long Winter, Spring is sure to Follow

I’m definitely the girl that’s partial to the Fall & Winter seasons. I love the cool/cold weather, I love the boots & the scarves, and the fashion. I also think because Houston is typically such a mild city year round, that a break from the heat and humidity is usually what I crave… Could also be because my birthday falls in October, then the holidays immediately after.. And who doesn’t like these things? Either way, this year, I am READY for Spring though!

Like, R-E-A-D-Y.

Much like this city – my psyche & my life have been pretty dreary since I returned from Budapest back in November.

A number of “adult-y”-like changes came spearheading my way at once –

  • I ended a relationship
  • I was promoted at work
  • I moved out

I found so many aspects of life as I had once upon a time knew, was all at one time so different. Next, add almost 50 consecutive days of grey, overcast skies and I was all in my feels.

Shoes “Edit” Bootie by Steve Madden

Outfit by https://tbbyalicia.com

Trying to find my footing with everything going on in life, my creativity stared to feel very stifled. I think I’ve had more meltdowns since the start of the year than I’ve had in my adult-life. And I’ve been pretty hard on myself about it all.

– I’m not posting enough

– I can’t think of anything good to write

– I can’t brainstorm

– I have writer’s block

– I don’t have enough picture content for my blog

– I come home from work completely exhausted and have no time to write or work on my side hustle which for me, has produced such a great source of additional income to support the expensive lifestyle I’ve been accustomed to

– Etc

– Etc

– Etc

The list goes on

It’s. Been. ROUGH.

But things could be worse. And I don’t think they have champagne at pity parties. That’s not a party that I’d like to be at.

With this new season of regrowth, renewal & rejuvenation, I’m starting to feel inspired. My soul is starting to feel like she’s waking up. That my old self is coming back. I’m ready to bloom 🌸🌸

xoxo

The Glam Greek