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

Perhaps  it’s the typically warm Houston weather that can last well into November, maybe it’s the fact that I’m not quite in Christmas mode until after Thanksgiving, or possibly it’s because I don’t care for large crowds of (sometimes) boozed up women spending oodles of money in a tight, enclosed space, but I never felt the need the attend the Nutcracker Market, despite it’s considerable annual significance in this city.

I take a great pride in living in one of the top US cities that has an extensive fine arts district. The Houston Ballet is the 5th largest in the United States in terms of number of dancers, and the theater that houses their performances, the Wortham Center, is America’s largest professional dance facility! Each year, as the Ballet gears up for their almost 2 month long (exquisite and magical) production of The Nutcracker, they roll into town at the beginning of November with this Texas-sized holiday market to raise funds for the Houston Ballet Foundation, their Academy & scholarship programs.

Every year around this time, the ladies of the city are lacing up their sneakers, prepping their monogrammed shirts, summoning their girl gangs and preparing their bank accounts, but all I can think about is the traffic and the crowds and spending more money than my budget would allow and I usually say to myself, “Not today, Satan!”

Until this year.

For lots, this is an annual tradition. You get together with your besties and/or your mom, sisters, tias & primas and make a big day of it! Ladies often tailgate beforehand (as it’s now held at NRG Center, next door to NRG Stadium where the Houston Texans play, so tailgating is only fitting for this event), getting a pre-game buzz going so that they can shop, shop, shop til they drop. A family friend of ours asked if we’d like to EXPERIENCE the market this year with her crew. Because this isn’t just a holiday market, it’s a holiday EXPERIENCE! I however, had no vacation days left this year and could not finagle even a half day to attend, so we decided to go after work on a Thursday, their opening night to the public.

Tips for making your first time as painless and as enjoyable as possible:

  1. If this is your first time, like mine, I would suggest to do as I did for my first time as well and attend after 3 P.M. on Thursday evening as the crowd is minuscule to what (I’ve heard to be) the normal daytime crowd. Because you guys, OH EM GEE!!! When you walk in, your jaw hits the floor.

    Booths, upon booths, upon booths, upon booths, upon booths, upon BOOTHS of merchandise.

    Anything and everything from the obvious Christmas decor & gifts & wrapping, to clothing to accessories to home décor to knick knacks to snacks and food to furniture to jewelry to shoes to house-ware to ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN!!

    If you are a Nutcracker Market virgin like I was until 2018, you need NOT a crowd of retail hungry females ruining your experience when the experience in and of itself is overwhelming enough.

  2. Do your research : Upon entering the market, you are greeted by a volunteer who hands you a very  large, empty shopping bag with a program. The program contains a list of their sponsors and a FULL list of merchants including a description of what they carry, along with their booth number and a website, if applicable (you can also find this on the Nutcracker Market website if you want to do your research prior to attending).

  3.  If you need some help with the anxiety that can come from not knowing even where to start, there are plenty of bars with menu options from beer to mimosas to cocktails to double cocktails. (there are also non-alcoholic options like water!! Stay hydrated, my friends.)
  4. There are plenty of places to sit, but regardless, be sure to wear comfortable clothing and good walking shoes!
  5. Utilize the people there; lots of vendors have been there for consecutive years and right in the center of the market is an information center where you can ask questions to a handful of expert volunteers who will usher you in the right direction for whatever it is that you are looking for.
  6. Use ride-share to get there! Unless you plan on buying everything you see, the first time is really overwhelming, so I didn’t buy a thing. We took a Lyft, and used a code for $10 off a round trip ride that I found on the Nutcracker Market website. If you do plan on spending big bucks, then you might want to take your own car. Be aware of the $12 parking fee & $20 ticket price just to get in the market, FYI.
  7. Be prepared for buyers remorse/consumer regret. Everything you see there can literally either be made on your own or bought on Amazon/Hobby Lobby/Home Goods. Fight the urge to buy that $63 mermaid stocking… but the “see it, want it, buy it, own it” is REAL, girl!

You will leave feeling the Holiday spirit, financially depleted, and ready for next year’s Market!! If you’re anything like me, you will spend the ride-share car ride home creating a game plan for making sure you have at least one extra day of vacation, the vendors that you’ll plan to visit next year, the monogrammed shirts you’ll all wear, and who’ll be bringing the bubbly to the tailgate!

If you have any tips to help with my second go-around next year, please leave in the comments or email me! I’d love to hear more.

Should you be interested in visiting for the first time this year, check out their website for more information!

Houston Ballet | Nutcracker Market

xoxo

La Glam Greek

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 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

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