Archive - October 2017

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MsIndependent Hosts GNO Houston Strong Event
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Staycation at Mountain Shadows

MsIndependent Hosts GNO Houston Strong Event

MsIndependent founder and Houston influencer- Erin Creeks, recently hosted her fourth installment of a dessert-themed  #GirlsNightOut event at the luxury apartment complex, Marq 31. Erin originally launched the event in hopes of building a collaborative community among women influencers, business owners, creatives, etc., while also providing entertainment for the guests, and supporting local women businesses. Though due to Hurricane Harvey, she turned this event into a fundraiser and donation drive for deserving families that were affected by the flooding. The event ended up raising $2,500, while donated surplus items went to the Houston Food Bank, Houston SPCA, and Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund.

I was happy to have been able to have volunteered that evening. I worked the card signing table, along with a few other Houston influencers. We helped with greeting guests and made sure they were able to sign Thank You cards (sponsored by Postable) for first responders.

Guests were able to shop local women-owned small businesses, such as: Hotel Ylem, Luca Love, Hollywood Hippie Cosmetics, Rodan + Fields, La Verte, Burdlife, Thinking Boutique by Alicia, Shop Stevie Apparel, and eSBe Designs; grab some light bites that were provided by Ultimate Creations and Designs Catering (the pasta was delish), and have dessert at the dessert bar. Now I may be biased, but that dessert bar was so visually appealing to me. Plus, I finally had the chance to taste treats from Sweets by Belen, whom I’ve been following on IG for some time. I also sampled goodies from Cocktails & Cupcakes, LLC, Legally Sweet Treats & Confections, Sugarmomo HTX, Today She Loves, and Brookies N’ More. Kroger also sponsored a DIY ice cream bar, which featured Low Cow Lite ice cream. I also had my eyebrows touched up, thanks to Waxing the City, and a quick chair massage from WWAM Massage.

For more information on the participants of the event, go HERE. For additional images during the event, check out Si Creative Photography.

Scroll down for more of my photos from the event.

#HoustonStrong #GNO Girls Night Out, Houston, Houston event

#HoustonStrong #GNO Girls Night Out, Houston, Houston event

#HoustonStrong #GNO Girls Night Out, Houston, Houston event

#HoustonStrong #GNO Girls Night Out, Houston, Houston event

#HoustonStrong #GNO Girls Night Out, Houston, Houston event

#HoustonStrong #GNO Girls Night Out, Houston, Houston event

#HoustonStrong #GNO Girls Night Out, Houston, Houston event

#HoustonStrong #GNO Girls Night Out, Houston, Houston event

#HoustonStrong #GNO Girls Night Out, Houston, Houston event

#HoustonStrong #GNO Girls Night Out, Houston, Houston event

#HoustonStrong #GNO Girls Night Out, Houston, Houston event

#HoustonStrong #GNO Girls Night Out, Houston, Houston event

#HoustonStrong #GNO Girls Night Out, Houston, Houston event

#HoustonStrong #GNO Girls Night Out, Houston, Houston event

#HoustonStrong #GNO Girls Night Out, Houston, Houston event

#HoustonStrong #GNO Girls Night Out, Houston, Houston event

#HoustonStrong #GNO Girls Night Out, Houston, Houston event

#HoustonStrong #GNO Girls Night Out, Houston, Houston event

#HoustonStrong #GNO Girls Night Out, Houston, Houston event

#HoustonStrong #GNO Girls Night Out, Houston, Houston event

 

Staycation at Mountain Shadows

Doorway at Mountain Shadows resort in Arizona

Nestled against the reigning silhouettes of Camelback and Mummy Mountain, in the heart of Paradise Valley, lies Mountain Shadows. The resort first opened its’ doors in 1959, and gained instant success through the likes of international clientele, Hollywood stars, and traveling families alike. Over the years, the resort changed developers, including Del Webb and Marriott. In 2004, the resort officially closed. In 2014, it was bought out by its’ present day developers- Westroc Hospitality and Woodbine Development Corp., who decided to rebuild it from the ground up. The resort was reintroduced earlier this year.

I took advantage of the low summer rates, and booked my staycation. Upon my arrival, I handed over my car to the valet and made my way through the incredible wooden doors with sleek mountain designs on them. Check-in was a breeze, and before I knew it, I was comfortably taking in the atmosphere in the Immerse room. It was such a bright, contemporary room with hints of mid-century modern features throughout. The walk-in shower was roomy, and featured full-size bath amenities by Red Flower. The king-size bed was cozy, with plenty of outlets within reach. The reason why the room is named Immerse is that there is a luxurious soaking bathtub that overlooks Camelback Mountain. The balcony, which overlooks a good-size portion of the surrounding mountains and desert landscape, was oh-so-lovely in the evening and morning. Take a tour of the room by checking out the slideshow below.

I had dinner and breakfast at the hotel’s restaurant- Hearth ’61. The restaurant was named after the year of the Paradise Valley’s incorporation- 1961, as well as the hearth of the stone oven in the kitchen. Most of the ingredients for their dishes are sourced locally, and the waitstaff is exceptionally courteous and knowledgeable of the menus.

Hearth '61, Mountain Shadows, Arizona, restaurant, food

Beluga Lentil Soup + Noble Bread

Hearth '61, Mountain Shadows, Arizona, restaurant, food

Banana Ricotta Pancakes + Vanilla Latte

Scroll down further to see more photos from my stay.

Mountain Shadows, Arizona, hotel, lobby

Mountain Shadows, Arizona, hotel, pool area

Mountain Shadows, Arizona, hotel, lounge, retro-inspired

Mountain Shadows, Arizona, hotel, lounge, retro-inspired

Mountain Shadows, Arizona, hotel, hospitality

Have you guys stayed there? Tell me about your experience in the comments!

Mountain Shadows is located at:

5445 E. Lincoln Dr.

Paradise Valley, AZ 85253

WEBSITE

** I received a complimentary room upgrade and waived resort fees in exchange for an honest review. **

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