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 sit here writing looking out my window to beautiful sunshine, thinking back to this time last week we were surrounded by purple-grey skies and the entire city pockets of islands and most areas under water. My heart aches thinking back to what has happened here only a short 5 days ago. You never think something of this capacity could happen in your own backyard – in your own hometown. These past few days of recovery – flooring, carpets and the damaged furniture left on the sides of the road, the stench the filthy waters left behind (a minor yet equally large and disgusting side effect), over 500,000 vehicles damaged, thousands of damaged homes and thousands upon thousands of displaced people and pets – making this one of the costliest disasters in U.S. and certainly the costliest in Texas history.

But the love that this city, and this entire STATE has shown the world, brings me to (the happiest of) tears. People of different colors, sexual orientations, and political affiliations coming together to bring complete strangers into their homes as an escape from the rain and rising waters, if they had a boat – helped evacuate people without discrimination. We, as Texans, have shown the rest of the country and the rest of the world what it means to be truly united and what unification can accomplish.

Not only did Texans show their truest colors in the midst of the most chaotic part of this disaster, but we continue to show our pride and our love for our neighbors through this time by donating our time and our money to help those who continue to be in need.

If you’re reading this from a different city or a different state or even a different country – there are things you can do to help! The easiest being texting Harvey to 90999 to donate $10 to the American Red Cross. This can help all Texans, especially those in Port Aransas, Corpus Christi, Port Arthur and Beaumont who’ve also endured some of the worst aftermath of this awful storm. But if you’re wanting to keep the donations local, here are a few of my suggestions :

  • Donate to the Houston SPCA  or Houston PetSet – the Houston SPCA is a huge help to this city’s displaced and stray animals, and there’s no doubt that plenty of four legged creatures are as in much need as their humans!
  • Starting out with a goal of $200,000, the Texans mega-star and heart throb, JJ Watt has now raised over $18 MILLION. And we know this will go to helping those in our own backyard. If you’re interested in seeing how much this charity can raise – go to the Houston Flood Relief Fund and donate whatever you can!
  • Donate to the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund – an online donation portal through the City of Houston
  • Donate to the Houston Diaper Bank – babies are expensive, and we KNOW that they need diapers on diapers on diapers. Lend a helping hand by donating to this fund or pick up a few packs of diapers on your way to a shelter (dont forget tampons and pads as well!). These little absorbing tools mean more to so many people than we could imagine.
  • Donate clothing, blankets, towels, personal hygiene products, cleaning products, and non-perishable food items to plenty of different places – especially food to the Houston Food Bank. But so many places are over capacity of items that have been donated, check out Swamplot to see the donation centers in your area and what they are accepting and what they are in need of
  • VOLUNTEER – at this point, shelters have also reached capacity to how many volunteers they are accepting, but there are so many more people that could use the help to clear out their flooded homes and businesses. Swamplot is also a great resource to see who could use volunteers to help clear out aforementioned homes and businesses!
  • There are also plenty of small businesses and other companies who are donating all their proceeds to local charities just by hitting “Add to Cart”. Snag some dope AF Houston/Texas swag and give to a good cause by checking out the following tshirts :

With so many ways to help – if I wasn’t proud to be a Texan before, there are so many reasons that Texas is, and always will be the greatest State in the Union.

You may all go to hell, I will go to Texas

  • Davy Crockett

xoxo,

The Glam Greek