I’m sure by now you might’ve seen this meme

I haven’t just started seeing it this year, there were different versions for 2016, 2017, 2018… I seriously feel like this most years.

The last 3 months of the year are usually SO full of activities, events, meetings, parties, etc. that when January 1st rolls around, and I’m still in bed from being up WAY past my bedtime the night before, and hungover from thinking that an all night, champagne diet is a good idea, the last thing I want to do is get started on New Year’s “Resolutions” or getting my schedule/calendar going for the coming year.

This year I was particularly bad, I didn’t even get my 2019 planner or calendars until well into the 2nd week of the month!

I don’t have a brand of planners that I like, so I tried a new one I found from Office Depot by Emily Ley. What drew me to this planner first was the design, obvi! And second was the size. I’ve always gotten sort of thick planners, thinking it would give me enough room to keep notes in order to stay really organized, and floral designs were usually my thing!

I was wanting something simpler, smaller, thinner, so that I could take with me easily in a tote bag. Regardless of the design, I always prefer a weekly planner, with ample room to write for daily activities. After being pleased with this planner meeting those requirements, I flipped through the pages and found the rest of the planner amazing as well. A 2019 Holiday list, and a Bucket List (which I love so much more than “Resolutions”!), to-do lists EVERYWHERE, colorful tabs & icons, and even “instructions” on how to use it. I really loved the “Simplicity Tip” it gives for each month as well.

I use a lot of colored pens to keep my planner looking interesting, but I don’t necessarily have it color coded, lol! Yet. That and stickers will be my project for 2020 🙂

I keep a wall calendar for major things like birthdays, events, dinners, appointments, and vacations that I have planned. I will use the wall calendar from last year to transfer important dates to remember to update my new calendar, and then I update as things come along.

This year I’m trying a new thing with a very thin notebook one of my best girlfriends gifted to me for Christmas, where I keep a running to-do list, and other various notes that I jot down as they come to mind.

Don’t get me wrong, because pretty much this paper notebook is the equivalent to my Notes app, but there is something so satisfying about crossing out tasks with a pen.

This is the year I (hopefully) stay really organized in all aspects of my life –

  • I work full time
  • I run a blog
  • I run a skin care business
  • I like to have fun
  • I like to take days to relax

These aren’t a lot, but as time goes on, that list gets so much longer! And I’m trying to create good habits from now. Wish me luck!

How do you like to use planners to stay organized? I’d love suggestions for color-coding as well.

xoxo

La Glam Greek

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
  • LA Trip/Coachella
  • Miss Houston Latina
  • Totally Rad 90’s party
  • Lake Travis

July – September

  • New dates <3
  • Ellada <3
  • Bachelorette Parties

October – December 

  • Greek Festival
  • Princess Maria Day – Twenty-Fine edition
  • Austin, TX
  • The Holidays…

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.

xoxo

La Glam Greek

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!

Love,

María, La Glam Greek

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 :

  • love
  • laughter

(lol, jk… but actually)

  • rest
  • relaxation
  • food
  • alcohol
  • good friends

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.

Really wished I could’ve gotten better pics of the show oh.. & the food!!

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! 🙂

xoxo
The Glam Greek

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:

  1. The place and location I moved to January 2018
  2. The vacations I was able to take!
  3. The people I’ve met & relationships I’ve made
  4. The experiences that helped me grow
  5. Buying a new car!
  6. Keeping my faith through the tough times
  7. The good times I had with those I love most
  8. Watching this blog and my style grow
  9. The friends who’ve stuck with me through the ups & downs this year
  10. 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.

Also –

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!

kisses,

The Glam Greek