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Houston’s Most Instagrammable Bar- Present Company
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The Golden Years Box – Lux Monthly Subscription Boxes for Women Over 50
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Ceibo Handbags- Vegan Arm Candy Made in Houston

Houston’s Most Instagrammable Bar- Present Company

After seeing hoards of photos that were taken at a very colorful Palm Springs-esque bar in Montrose called- Present Company, I decided that I, too, MUST check it out. The 4,700 square foot place was re-imagined by Shawn Bermudez (Pistoleros and The Burger Joint) My gal pal- Shasie and I ventured over there one day from brunch. We went just as it opened, as I was hoping there wouldn’t be any crowds, because the more crowds = shitty photos, lol. Since Shasie had been there before, she was my tour guide, and showed me all the ‘grammable walls, neon signage, the cabana area on the second floor patio, and really cool multi-color cage chandeliers.  We had a great brunch there. I got the Impossible (meatless) Burger and Fries, which was really good, though filling. I recommend checking out the restrooms, as the women’s room ceiling has graphics of David Bowie (à la Ziggy Stardust), and according to Culture Map, the men’s has Farrah Fawcett graphics. The experience is a lot to take in, but it’s well worth it. I would recommend planning your trip (and outfit(s)) accordingly, and maybe plan on arriving when they first open. 

Present Company is located at:

1318 Westheimer Rd.

Houston, TX 77006

HOURS: M-T: 3pm-12am, W-Th: 3pm-2am, F: 12pm-2am, Sat: 11-2am, Sun: 11-12am

 

Keep scrolling to virtually tour Present Company…

Present Company, Houston, HTX, Montrose, bar

Present Company, Houston, HTX, Montrose, bar

Present Company, Houston, HTX, Montrose, bar

Present Company, Houston, HTX, Montrose, bar

Present Company, Houston, HTX, Montrose, bar

Present Company, Houston, HTX, Montrose, bar

Present Company, Houston, HTX, Montrose, bar

Present Company, Houston, HTX, Montrose, bar

Present Company, Houston, HTX, Montrose, bar

Present Company, Houston, HTX, Montrose, bar

Present Company, Houston, HTX, Montrose, bar

Present Company, Houston, HTX, Montrose, bar

Present Company, Houston, HTX, Montrose, bar

Present Company, Houston, HTX, Montrose, bar

Present Company, Houston, HTX, Montrose, bar

Present Company, Houston, HTX, Montrose, bar

Present Company, Houston, HTX, Montrose, bar

Present Company, Houston, HTX, Montrose, bar

Present Company, Houston, HTX, Montrose, bar

Present Company, Houston, HTX, Montrose, bar

Present Company, Houston, HTX, Montrose, bar

Present Company, Houston, HTX, Montrose, bar

Present Company, Houston, HTX, Montrose, bar

Have you gone to check it out? If so, what were your favorite walls, food? Let me know in the comments!

The Golden Years Box – Lux Monthly Subscription Boxes for Women Over 50

When my dear friend and vintage fashionista- Dawn Bell, announced that she was launching a luxury monthly subscription box for women over 50, I was intrigued. Sure, there are thousands of monthly subscription boxes out there, and they range from a variety of themes and such, but they all seem to be geared more towards a younger crowd. Dawn noticed that, and was casually talking to her sister about it one day. Her sister then replied with, “Let’s start one!”

Her other sisters, Darlene and Angel, thought it was a great idea, and insisted they start one. So they started researching products that were designed and generally catered to women over 50, and found that there were actually a number of things out there. “Each of us are over 50. We range from 54 to 72, so we have an idea of what kind of stuff women our age need,” Dawn said.

For months they researched, planned, and sorted out the beginning details of the company. Angel recommended it to be called The Golden Years Box. “Each monthly box has a different theme. That theme will support the changing needs of women. We have found that women over 50 begin to go through menopause, and your body starts to change. You don’t sleep anymore. So we have a theme that’s the ‘Sleep Box’ , which supports anything you need to get a good night’s sleep. For instance, there’s an eye mask, melatonin, lavender essential oils, an atomizer for beside your bed with lavender, ear plugs, etc. It’s all really pretty stuff. We thought that when you get older, you want a product that works for what you need, but you don’t lose your passion for wanting something fun and pretty. We specifically kept that in mind when shopping {for products},” Dawn explained. “There will be a ‘Bucket List’ travel box because a lot of women in our age range begin to work less and travel more. We have a ‘Garden’ box because over 50% of women our age garden, but it’s some things they can use even if they don’t garden. Then there’s a ‘Strength and Flexibility’ box that will include some exercise things, hand relief kits, a pretty knee or ankle brace, fish oil… So we try to include vitamins in every box, as well as an essential oil, a fun item… ”

Every box will have five to eight items, will be beautifully packaged, and a certain color, so that it’s visually appealing. While the brand is currently under a soft launch (as of August 4th, 2018), people can still go online and place an order. If you want to buy a one-time gift purchase box , it’s $39.95 , which includes the $7 shipping. If you want to buy month-to-month (cancel anytime), it is $38.95. If you want to buy a six-month pre-pay, it’s $37.95. A one-year pre-pay is $36.95. The ‘Welcome’ box has all gold products, as well as a set of reusable, eco-friendly metal straws and cleaners. Free shipping is offered within the U.S.

The sisters have been quite pleased with the traction that the brand has already received. They have also done their fair share of reaching out to the over-50 Instagram influencers. “We want to be apart of the age revolution that’s already happening with all these women that have Instagram accounts that are bloggers who have huge following.”

“Being a woman of 50 has been pretty inspiring. I don’t have to sit down and slow down. That was always a problem for me because I’m getting older, but I don’t really feel like it. I still have a lot of dreams and aspirations… Age shouldn’t stop you. It’s just a number…Why should I just retire and not do anything? I should do what makes me happy. My sisters and I are just all in that boat together.”

I’m so excited for Dawn, and am glad that her sisters and she are helping to defy the stigma that once you reach a certain age, you “must” retire, slow down, and dress down. Aging shouldn’t be scary, nor should you have to be left out of certain pretty or fun products just because you are over 50. It’s your life- LIVE IT!!

Be sure to also follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ceibo Handbags- Vegan Arm Candy Made in Houston

That gleaming gold metal circle handle… The buttery soft vegan leather… The strong and functional geometric structure…

These lovely handbags I’m describing have been seen all over Houston, on the arms of influencers, and at many a local market. Self-taught designer Maria Cadena moved to Houston from Ecuador just four years ago, and has already gained a good amount of traction in the local handbag market.

Maria learned sewing from her mother when she about about twelve. Her family also owned a handbag store, so that’s also where she hoaned her skills. When she was older, her mother and she discussed starting their own handbag line. They started out by doing simple silhouettes, such as an envelope handbag with a crossbody chain. A few months later, they further developed more designs, while also constantly learning the business. The business continued to grow, and they found themselves selling wholesale, and hiring on people to help make the handbags in order to meet the numbers.

Maria felt that the transition to Houston was somewhat tough, as she was starting over from scratch, and by herself. But she quickly learned to adjust, and decided to create her own brand, which she named Ceibo (pronounced say-bo). The inspiration for the name went back to her Ecuadorian roots- the Ceibo Tree. “I grew up seeing the tree, so I wanted to have something that reminded me of home.” (For a peek of a Ceibo tree, go HERE.)

Ceibo launched in November 2016, and consists of just Maria. She loves being able to do everything by herself, as she missed that while running the business in Ecuador. She enjoys the slower pace, and having a more personal and hands-on approach to the craftsmanship of the bags. When designing handbags, she believes that less is more, when it comes to interior pockets. Her bags only consist of one zipped pocket, or a removable pocket that can also be used as a coin purse. She also likes to create bags that aren’t so big, because we women tend to carry a little more than what is usually needed, and it only adds as extra weight on our bodies. “I make myself carry the things that I know I’m going to use,” Maria added.

Along with her signature structured, geometric handbags with the gold ring handles, she also offers small accessories. I’m also a fan of her belt bags. “It’s a small accessory that you can carry all day!” Oh, and she now carries handbags with zig-zag handles- the coolest thing EVER! I love that you can also get her bags in every color. She also appreciates experimenting with color-blocking, and it’s usually spot on.

Ceibo Handbags, made in Houston, handbags

Ceibo Handbags, made in Houston, handbags

Ceibo Handbags, made in Houston, handbags

Ceibo Handbags, made in Houston, handbags

Ceibo Handbags, made in Houston, handbags

Ceibo Handbags, made in Houston, handbags

Ceibo Handbags, made in Houston, handbags

Ceibo Handbags, made in Houston, handbags

Ceibo Handbags, made in Houston, handbags

Ceibo Handbags, made in Houston, handbags

Ceibo Handbags, made in Houston, handbags

Ceibo Handbags, made in Houston, handbags

Ceibo Handbags, made in Houston, handbags

Oh, and REALLY great news… Ceibo is launching a collaboration with my fave Houston skincare brand- Rosehip Essentials this month! Stay tuned! In the meantime, here is a sneak peek…

Ceibo Handbags, made in Houston, handbags

Aside from shopping Ceibo online, you can find her locally at Collectivo, LAUNCH, Thinking Boutique, and Houston Center for Contemporary Craft. You can also find her at many of the local markets that take place throughout the city. Be sure to follow her on Facebook and Instagram for updates!

 

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