Who here really enjoys sports?

Good! I’m glad! That makes one of us.

I’m not really a sportsing kinda gal. I sure as hell never played any myself. I’m not athletic in terms of contact sports, but we can definitely choreograph something and grand jete all day if you’d like? Growing up, my dad never really played or watched anything except for soccer which I guess never quite exposed me into this grand love of sports that most American children seem to have. Plus, he’s always had some really colorful words about American sports and especially about the Houston sports teams. But he’s not even from around here, so I’ve never taken him too seriously.

I think organized sports are great for team building when you’re in your young formative ages, and when the athletes really play for the love of the sport. However, fast forward to the major leagues and after years of studying & keeping up with socioeconomic issues and trends across the globe, I find out how much these players’ contracts are to join the majors – $78 million, $170 MILLION – and I can’t help but think of all the children especially that could be using that money. I find it stingy and selfish. Sure these athletes use it sometimes for charities and events and give back to their communities sometimes… but it’s not like they’re living in small apartments, driving Hondas and staying in on the weekends drinking boxed wine?

But I digress!!

I can’t deny how much fun a night out to go watch a sports game is. And really, it’s one of my FAVORITE date nights! Even if you’re not the biggest sports fan, if you look at a sports game like a choreographed dance, you really have it all right at your finger tips – dinner and a show! Even better – most stadiums tend to be in the heart of the city or the property around it is a land mine of cool happenings so that patrons of the sporting event can continue their fun (and buzz) elsewhere close-by!

You don’t necessarily even have to wear a sports jersey to a sporting event – especially when you only feel lukewarm about those who are playing! I like to wear the team colors and glam it up slightly with a nice pair of sandals or a pair of statement earrings and always remember to wear comfortable shoes. Stadiums are LARGE and in Houston – you’re probably parking a couple blocks away!

Friday nights are the best nights to go, next to dollar hot dog nights on Wednesday, for their firework show immediately following the game – win or lose! Minute Maid Park – the home of the Astros – has an open roof stadium, but since it’s so damn hot here it’s closed most of the time. But it opens wide to expose the sky & ensuing pyro show on Friday nights after the end of the 9th inning. Their firework shows aren’t like, the best synced with their music most of the time, but who doesn’t like pyrotechnics regardless if it’s synced up right to a stellar soundtrack. (This show pictured above was my favorite – Game of Thrones themed!!! *geeks out*)

Post game, head down to Main Street and beyond into the heart of the city for a drink or two at the bars riddled downtown for your taking. The walk there is half the fun, and if you leave during the pyro show, your walk is accompanied by 1. less people and 2. fireworks!! Que romantico!! But also, downtown has so many gems tucked away in places you can’t see unless you truly look for them. And it’s downtown Houston, y’all – be aware of your surroundings. Look up – and you’ll find this hilarious street lamp flag paying homage to Houston rapper, Fat Pat. Look side to side and you’ll find beautiful wall murals.

Turn your date night into an opportunity to date and explore your city. And if you’re ever in Houston – turn it into an opportunity to explore all she has to offer.

xoxo

The Glam Greek

I might be revealing my age a little here, but I remember when I was in middle school EVERYONE had Adidas Superstars. Most people had the classic black tri-stripe, some had red, green, fuschia… I remember half not wanting to give into the trend, and half wanting to beg my mom to buy me a pair as well. But being that we were in intermediate school, I knew it was a fad and the next shoe craze would come along and I’d be begging for a new pair of shoes.

The classic Stan Smiths

Fast forward a decade and a half, and here were are again. This time though, it’s not only Adidas, but all sneakers in general – Converse, New Balance, Steve Madden, Nike, etc! And good golly am I excited.

Sneakers are the answer to everyone’s outfit. Not sure what to wear with that sundress? Already wore those sandals 4 times this week? Wanna be dressed up but not too much? What says “I’m classy but also a little edgy and always ready to party” better than a pair of sneakers?

When I tore my ACL back in Junior year of high school, I needed to wear sneakers because I needed the extra support while my knee healed. Unfortunately for me at the time, track suits with the butt billboard and Ugg boots were more in trend than my beloved “Athleisure”. So I was pretty much confined to a pair of running shoes and an assortment of Soffe shorts to fit over my brace and allow more comfortability when using crutches, especially immediately following my surgery.

This time around (even though it’s just a meniscus tear vs an ACL), I can be chic AND comfortable while having that closed toe shoe support to help with my knee!

hehe! my left knee is still swollen here

As an adult, sometimes we have to get up and do things and go places. A lot of those times, it’s a little inappropriate to show up in sweats (although yoga pants are now becoming more acceptable especially at post barre class brunches)! The best part about sneakers is that they go great with a graphic tee. The best part about graphic tees and sneakers is that paired with the right accessories, you can take something that’s usually very casual into something pretty chic!

Here I tucked my tee up and under into a slight midriff top, paired it with my favorite whatever-season appropriate suede skirt, pulled my hair into a pony after teasing the crown slightly and jazzed it all up with a statement lip with matching statement earrings!

This tee is a special edition Walt’s Wardrobe, and was the wedding favor from Bae’s sister and now brother-in-law’s wedding (also where I aggravated my knee dancing to the point I needed crutches). Love that it’s simple & white, and can be paired with these gorgeous purple Artemis tassle statement earrings from Baublebar.

Lips : Anastasia Beverly Hills Vintage & Madison liquid lipsticks mixed

The possibilities of dressing up or dressing down a pair of sneakers and a tee are endless. What are your faves?

xoxo

The Glam Greek