Summer in Houston lasts well past the first “official day of fall”, so with a not-so-hot front coming through this weekend, I felt that sharing my favorite reads from this past summer isn’t so out of date despite tomorrow being OCTOBER already!!

It feels so great out, it makes you want to sit outside on a patio to relax, maybe with a good book and some cafecito??

Free time to sit, relax and read is hard to come by, so I’m typically reading multiple books at once, and finish them 6 months later LOL!

Luckily, the summer is a perfect time for leisurely reading and I picked up a number of good books to read.

These books are GREAT for leisurely reading – they’ve got a good story line, they’re well written and they’re quick and easy to read!

  1. The Neapolitan Novels Elena Ferrante : you will probably see this series mentioned again on my blog because these books are AMAZING!!! 😍😍 Elena Ferrante is truly a gifted writer, sending you to a place that no one knows is real or based off her imagination – but regardless, she takes you to a fascinating place in Italy, and the characters are intriguing, crazy, enticing and keeps you wanting MORE! I recommend this series to EVERYONE!
  2. The Hunger Games Susanne Collins : you’ll find this in the Young Adult section next to other teenage angst novels, but despite the 10th grade reading level of this book, it’s easy and quick to read because of that factor! You’ll follow the female protagonist, in a dystopian society that sends children to a death match as entertainment for the rich and controlling capital, as enthralling and exciting and you will be rooting for her til the very end.
  3. Milk and Honey Rupi Kaur : disclaimer – you MUST get past the first section of this book, if you can’t get past the first section, you’ll stop before getting to sections II-IV and miss out on the talented writing style of Rupi Kaur!! The first section deals with some pretty heavy stuff, but is shared in a way that only Rupi Kaur knows how to do. Being a book of poems, this book took only a few hours to read and it was beautiful and glorious!
  4. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me (and other concerns) Mindy Kaling : we’d probably be best friends in real life, and sharing her FOMO makes me feel better that I’m not alone in the world!!! In the introduction to this book, Mindy says that book is like a very long blog and should only take a couple days to read. She’s not lying! You can imagine her talking when you read this book, and it makes it that much better. It’s hilarious – I actually laughed out loud on a plane while I was reading, warranting strange looks from my neighbors since I had to put the book down and had my head thrown back in laughter – like that kind of funny. Just when I thought Mindy couldn’t be any more endearing, I read this and ask myself why we aren’t really bffs IRL…

Happy reading, loves!!

xoxo

The Glam Greek

It’s a Thursday afternoon, it’s been a long week – you’re looking for a good happy hour. Or maybe you and your guy are looking for a good date night option that doesn’t include the run of the mill dinner & a movie. Houston has so many fun things to do and so many great happy hours, but this one for me, takes the cake.

When I say I ADORE museums, it’s not an understatement – name a museum and I’ll go and have an amazing time. I’m a sponge for knowledge and if being a scholar were a rational and affordable way to make a living, I’d be reading and expanding my horizons right now. Alas, this isn’t Europe during the Renaissance, and I’m not a male… but museums are the way to my heart, especially art museums.

My favorite in ALL of Houston is the Museum of Fine Arts. They constantly have amazing exhibits come through, more often than not, they have multiple exhibits from out of town at once; and even their regular collection has some INCREDIBLE pieces by European artists like Rembrandt, Francisco de Goya and Theodore Rousseau, amongst many others from all over the world, that you can only see here. They have artifacts, sculptures, paintings, drawings, photography and even a film collection – oftentimes foreign, which. I. LOVE!!!

Anytime someone asks what there is to do in Houston, I always recommend MFAH because besides housing fascinating pieces of art, it’s located in the Montrose District – within walking distance to Hermann Park, the Museum of Natural Science plus a large number of other museums, the Miller Outdoor Theater, Rice University, the University of St. Thomas, Hotel Zaza, the Houston Zoo; it’s a short uber ride away from cafes, bars, and restaurants off of Montrose, Westheimer or Midtown, and there’s a Houston Metrorail station RIGHT next to the museum, taking you into downtown if you’re looking to do more exploring.

And if you’re in town on a Thursday? You’re in luck. The Museum of Fine arts is free general admission (does not apply to ticketed exhibits or events) all day, and food trucks for your lunch time enjoyment. But if it’s after work where you’re looking for a good and cultured time, stop by between 5-8 p.m.!!

A bar featuring wines, beers and a handful of craft cocktails just for the occasion

A DJ for your listening pleasure

Outdoor seating to enjoy the evening weather as an escape from the usual Houston heat or when the weather gets better (getting close to this time of year), Houstonians flock to patios like white on rice.

Forgo the usual sit down 2-3 course meal between you and your company, and just grab a quick bite to eat along with your beverage of choice. The proprietor and pizzaiolo of this particular truck, came out and said hi to Bae & I and we chatted for a while. He went on to tell us that he’s originally from Rome, moved to New York but fell in love with Houston’s lifestyle – there’s something for EVERYONE! Smart guy, and AMAZING pizza. MFAH usually features different food trucks, but this one is on the rotation every couple of months.

Once you’re liquored up, belly full and feeling fine, head into the museum from 8-9 p.m. to check out an exhibit or their home collection, then ride-share to a nearby bar (suggestions – La Grange or Rosemont rooftop options!) and talk about what you’ve seen.

It’s a fun and exciting way to start your weekend antics. Happy Friday Jr!

xoxo

The Glam Greek

Y’all, it is TUESDAY and I’m still reeling over Sunday night’s episode of Game of Thrones. Like, WHAT?! My adrenaline pumps every time I think about it, we’ve watched the episode twice, and the battle scene three times because IT’S. JUST. THAT GOOD.

Before I begin bursting at the seams from the excitement of this episode – ever since Game of Thrones came back on, my thoughts are filled with (& my time is spent doing) little else besides GOT theories and discussion on where this show is heading based off prophecies and foreshadowing from previous episodes! So naturally if my thoughts are filled with much else than GOT, some of my makeup looks have been inspired by the show as well. Sooo geeky right? Whatever – je m’en fous!

I brought the Lit Cosmetics glitter in Magic Dragon into my arsenal quite a while ago, and though I’ve have had plenty of ideas on different looks to use it with, I’d just never actually got to it. Here’s the thing – glitter is my favorite color and all, but it’s messy and you have to really have patience to use it. And most days I’m trying my best to keep it quick. Perhaps because this was my last weekend in the States before leaving for Greece, and since I usually do most of my more elaborate painting on Saturday/Sunday but won’t be home for the next 2 – I felt really, REALLY compelled to pull out Magic Dragon for Game of Thrones day.

And BOOYYYYY, it was like I knew what this episode had in store! (and no, I was not aware of the HBO hack)

We are over half way through this abbreviated season (*tear*), and this season’s been all about the family reunions! Meera leaves an ungrateful and awkward Bran to return to her family before the frozen undead come, Arya returns to Winterfell to be with her siblings who’ve all had some EFFED up stuff happen to them over the years, shows off her AMAZING water dancing skills, Theon arrives back at Dragonstone and Jon greets him SO warmly, but my favorite had to have been when Tyrion reunites with his Lannister fam – from afar.

I’m not an action movie kind of girl. Battle scenes/violence gives me way too much more anxiety than I can really handle and I just want to know if my favorite people continue to live – which in the GOT world, is truly an emotional rollercoaster and quite the gamble. But hearing the terrifying war cry of the Dothraki horde over the horizon, the thundering gallop of all their horses, and then seeing a shrieking Drogon appear out of the clouds all while the Lannister army scurries around in feigned military courage – I. WAS. SHOOK.

FINALLY, the Mother of Dragons show off her babies! And them Dothraki jumping on top of their moving beasts… Y’all – can someone get me a fan.

FACE

Foundation/Concealer || 2 pumps Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk (6.5) + 1 pump Becca Ultimate Coverage (Fawn); Maybelline Age Rewind (neutralizer)
Powders || Chanel Transluscent (2o Clair -1) to highlight; Chanel Le Teint Ultra Tenue (60)
Blush || Milani Luminoso
Contour || Bobbi Brown Stick Foundation Stick (Walnut); MAC Blunt
Highlight || Ofra Cosmetics x NikkieTutorials (Everglow)

EYES

Brows || Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow (Chocolate)
Crease || Kat Von D Mi Vida Loca (fran + analogue)
Outer Crease || KVD Mi Vida Loca (xon + black metal)
Inner Corner & Brow Highlight || Ofra Cosmetics x NikkieTutorials (Everglow)
Lid || MAC Smolder eye pencil smudged + Lit Cosmetics (Magic Dragon) pressed on top w/ Fix + Spray
Water line || MAC Chromaline (Landscrape Green)
Under Eye || KVD Mi Vida Loca (vinyl + misfit, black metal + lemmy)
Liner || Kat Von D (trooper)
Lashes || Ardell Faux Mink (#810)
Mascara || MAC In Extreme Dimension

LIPS

Milani Liquid Lipstick (Pretty) + Kylie Metallic Lip (Heir)

Still figuring out how I got through 13 months without Game of Thrones because the 6 days between episodes tears me apart. Who else is a Game of Thrones fan out there??

 

xoxo
The Glam Greek