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

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