Author - Heather

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LUSH Grand Opening at Memorial City Mall
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For the Love of Los Feliz…..
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Tootsies Kicks Off National Ovarian Cancer Month with Chic Cocktail Party
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Kissue Grand Opening at Memorial City Mall
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“Recycled Runway” Fashion Show – Pearland Town Center
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Four Friends Tea Room – Pearland, TX
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Brunching with Tagspire at Downhouse HTX

LUSH Grand Opening at Memorial City Mall

LUSH Fresh Handmade Cosmetics was founded in 1995 by Mark Constantine, Liz Weir, Mo Constantine, Helen Ambrosen, Rowena Bird and Paul Greaves in Poole, England. The story goes that the group held a contest for naming the company. One customer suggested “lush,” which is defined as being fresh, green, verdant and drunken women. The name stuck and has been the household name for years. The first U.S. store opened in San Francisco in 2003. There are now over 200 stores in the U.S., which are being supplied by two cosmetic kitchens in Canada.

The environmentally green brand recently opened a branch at Memorial City Mall…well…more like re-opened, as they were originally in Macy’s. They opened up a larger space near the ice-skating rink to better serve their ever-growing clientele more efficiently. The Grand Opening event was rather crowded. The space was still small enough to where they could only let a certain amount of people in at a time. The first 100 people in line (and RSVP’d) received a limited edition tote bag. Associates handed out fresh juices from Juicy in the Sky, healthy energy bars and vegan snacks by Good Cravings to the guests anxiously waiting in line. Once in, I browsed the shelves of products in happy and naked packaging. I learned about their fresh face mask bar, which was definitely a new concept since the last time I had been in a LUSH store. The masks are made fresh daily and are preservative free. They also incorporate nutritious fruits, vegetables and the finest essential oils to soothe and rejuvenate the skin. The examples (clay with fruit) that they had for viewing only looked good enough to eat!

While there, I decided to get a skin consultation, where one of the expert associates gives you a one-on-one consultation on your skin and then chooses the best products that she/he thinks would be a great fit. Mary Alice was kind enough to help me and I enjoyed how she explained everything as she demonstrated each product she had chosen for me. The products chosen for my oily and acne-prone skin were: Ocean Salt facial and body cleanser, Coalface facial cleanser, Vanishing Cream moisturizer and Tea Tree Water.

It wasn’t a proper ending to an event without stopping by the shop’s photo booth! Say CHEESEEEEEEE!

Do you guys shop at LUSH? If so, what are your favorite products?

For the Love of Los Feliz…..

(Vintage Dress on loan from Refreshed Couture, Vintage Sunglasses on loan from Refreshed Couture, Vintage Hat- The Grove Vintage, Heels c/o Nine West, Vintage Handbag- thrifted, Vintage Belt- thrifted.)

So I found this ridiculously good wall on the corner of Los Feliz Blvd. and Brunswick Ave. while I was in LA last week for a brief visit. I would have preferred a black and white outfit against a multi-color background, but thought the vintage sundress with butterflies was a nice alternate. Plus, it fit PERFECTLY!

Tootsies Kicks Off National Ovarian Cancer Month with Chic Cocktail Party

On Wednesday September 16th, Houston’s foremost luxurious retailer- Tootsies– is kicking off National Ovarian Cancer Month by hosting a chic cocktail party.

September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month and Tootsies along with Megan Silianoff is hosting a cocktail party to celebrate the launch of the “Susan Scarf”, designed by Manoosh in collaboration with Susan Poorman Blackie Ovarian Cancer Foundation. The beautiful teal scarf (the national ovarian cancer color) features a painting by Houston-based abstract artist, Marilyn Biles, and was created in honor of SPB’s namesake and founder who passed away last year. After Susan lost her hair during chemotherapy, she wore colorful, artfully designed scarves that became a source of beauty and
strength through the rigors of cancer treatment. All proceeds from the sale of the Susan Scarf support ovarian cancer awareness and research and benefit the Susan Poorman Blackie Ovarian Cancer Foundation. Anna Wilson of Manoosh and Kathy Bracewell of Agate Ranch + Marfa will also be in attendance to present their Fall 2015 collections with host Megan Silianoff selling signed copies of her book. Kathy will create a “build your own” agate jewelry station where shoppers can add teal pieces to create one-of-kind necklaces. Guests can mix and mingle as they enjoy light bites and wine while
being live sketched by local fashion illustrator, Rongrong DeVoe. Shop for a cause as a percentage of the evening’s sales will be donated to the cause.

The event will take place from 5:30-7:30pm.

Tootsies is located at 2601 Westheimer (at Kirby)… Houston, TX 77098.

RSVP info is on the flyer.

Kissue Grand Opening at Memorial City Mall

Texas sisters- Kailey Tissue McCollum and Kaygan Tissue recently celebrated the grand opening of their flagship store- Kissue– at Memorial City Mall. I remember attending one of their trunk shows back when they were just selling online or out of their residence back in 2014 (you can read about it HERE). Now, you can shop their affordable hand-curated clothing and accessories that are distinguished in detail, such as: clean cut, modern, sharp and fine lines at their brick-n-mortar. They carry a variety of brands that are for the most part, from either Los Angeles or New York, such as: Ark & Co., English Rose, Nameless and C. Luce (which are their favorite brands as well). Their store’s mainly black and white decor stays true to their minimalistic esthetic, which I think helps to draw more attention to their products, which also now includes costume jewelry and the latest sunglasses styles from Quay Australia. When walking around the shop, I saw a small lounging area, complete with a Kissue lookbook and books on McQueen and general style; several dressing rooms; a crazy cool white room divider (perfect for spontaneous outfit shots) and black and white posters of a model wearing Kissue’s latest looks.

Kissue is located at 303 Memorial Way Houston, Texas 77024- Inside the Dillard’s wing of Memorial City Mall.

Below are photos from the event, including shots of my fave pieces!

“Recycled Runway” Fashion Show – Pearland Town Center

On August 9th, the City of Pearland, TX held it’s inaugural “Recycled Runway” Fashion Show- at Pearland Town Center. Myself, along with nine other contestants designed a garment for the fashion show and contest. The outfits that we designed were made using recycled and reused materials. The fashion show was the culmination of the Recycled Runway Fashion Program, which was a collaboration between Keep Pearland Beautiful and Dawson High School Fashion Club. Starting in May, when we signed up, we were given the rules and advertising. We were invited to attend a few workshops that could help hone our skills. We also had to turn in an environmental factoid that related to the materials used in our outfits. This process, including our mini interviews in front of the judges, lead to our final scores. We were divided into two categories: individual and group. Since it was just me, myself and I- I was in the individual category. The other contestants were: Zuldery Alvarado, Tran Trinh and Samantha Hathaway also in the individual category. Lisa & Kimberly Bass; Caroline, Liana & Kelly Miller; H-E-B Plus Pearland-Tonisha Whyte, Jaeanette Stovall, Sonia Cordona and Alicia Reddick; Ivy Hathaway & Emily Anderson.

The fashion show was emceed by Kevin & D’Arcy Murphy. The judges were introduced as: Regina Beam- StyleMe Resale, Melissa Washington- Consultant for J. Hilburn and Shawnte Thomas- Orange Theory Fitness. Along with the Keep Pearland Beautiful booth, Bianca Springer of Thanks I made them, Sew can you! was also a vendor.

The designers’ outfits’ materials ranged from vintage afghans, 70 Capri Sun and Kool-Aid pouches, wire hangers, soda pop tops, paper, pages of magazines, bubble wrap to latex gloves, coffee sacks, trash bags and Solo cups.

The show was a blast and I enjoyed showing off my creation. Huge thanks to Cintrena Johnson for being my model. Another HUGE and heartfelt thank you to Paulisa Winsong at Pearland Convention and Visitors Bureau for graciously stepping in to do her make-up and hair, when the original MUA unprofessionally fell through.

The winners were:

BEST OVERALL ENVIRONMENTAL MESSAGE-$150

H-E-B Plus Pearland-Tonisha Whyte, Jaeanette Stovall, Sonia Cordona and Alicia Reddick

INDIVIDUAL CATEGORY 1ST PLACE –MOST CREATIVE USE OF MATERIAL- $100

Heather Petrey (ME!!!!)

INDIVIDUAL CATEGORY 2ND PLACE –MOST CREATIVE USE OF MATERIAL- $20 Gift Card to BJ’s Restaurant

Tran Trinh

GROUP CATEGORY 1ST PLACE –MOST CREATIVE USE OF MATERIAL- $100

Caroline, Liana & Kelly Miller

GROUP CATEGORY 2nd PLACE –MOST CREATIVE USE OF MATERIAL- $20 Gift Card to BJ’s Restaurant

Lisa & Kimberly Bass

FAN FAVORITE- $20 Gift Card to BJ’s Restaurant

H-E-B Plus Pearland-Tonisha Whyte, Jaeanette Stovall, Sonia Cordona and Alicia Reddick

Sponsors:

KPB appreciates the Youth Resource Library Grant Program funding they received from Keep Texas Beautiful to support this program. Funding for the grant came from H-E-B and Central Market.

Dawson High School Fashion Club- Mrs. Dunham and Ms. Jourdan and their students

Stadia Sports Grill (located in the Town Center)- Manager David Shetsky

Pearland Town Center

Courtyard by Marriott- Pearland Town Center

Luz de Luna Studios (located at 708 Telephone Rd, Suite A in Houston, Tx)- Adanary Jacques for sponsoring the photography today and donation for the door prize. Check out her gallery of the show HERE.

Stella Roberts Recycle Center

BJ’s Restaurant for donating gift cards

StyleMe Resale– Regina Beam

Generous Donors:

Stadia Sports Grill

Orange Theory Fitness

JCS Credit Union

Any Lab Test Now!

Berkeley Eye Center

Smart Financial Credit Union

Stella Roberts Recycle Center

Keep Pearland Beautiful

Kelly Miller of Kelly Miller Photography for donating her services the week before the Recycled Runway for a photo shoot at the Recycling Center. View the photos from the shoot HERE.

 

Four Friends Tea Room – Pearland, TX

Four Friends Tea Room

3816 E Broadway St.
Pearland, TX 77581
PH: (281) 485-6484
WEBSITE

Once upon a time (about 20 years ago), four friends started a tea room in a charming bungalow in the heart of Pearland’s historic downtown site. Fast forward to 2013, when homemaker Sherrill Kirby and her family went to the tea room to get some pumpkin bread (A.K.A. the “best pumpkin bread in Houston). Learning that the tearoom was up for sale, she realized that running the little tea room would be an outlet for her to help with paying for her children’s college, weddings and cars. This October (2015) will mark her two year anniversary at Four Friends. She kept everything, including the name (as it’s herself, her two sisters and her niece) and the pumpkin bread the same.

Nowadays, the tea room is open Monday thru Saturday from 11-3pm. Their signature dishes include: the spice tea, white chocolate bread pudding (“folks say it’s the best they’ve tasted in 50 years” and it’s featured at least once or twice a week), the tomato basil soup (they’ve had 50-100 people tell them it’s the best they’ve ever tasted. Plus it’s vegetarian and gluten-free) and the cranberry chicken salad. They present each meal on an eclectic mix of china that they’ve collected throughout the years. They scour antique stores, garage sales, thrift shops, estate sales and Craigslist in search of unique pieces. One sister once drove two hours to secure one of their best china sets. Sherrill also has relatives in Michigan that sends tableware in suitcases to her. She credits some of their teapots, which are worth $150-200; along with the ambiance, great service and being in a unique old house as being the top reasons that sets them apart from other tea rooms in the area.

I recently had the chance to visit the cute little tea room, for both a High Tea and a regular lunch. I got there right when they opened at 11am and entered at their main entrance in the back of the house. When you first walk in, you see the gift shop, complete with china sets, miscellaneous gifts and Downton Abbey teas. Then you get whisked away to a seat in one of the three dining rooms. Each room seems to have it’s own distinguishing characteristics; such as wall color, table settings and wall decor. When I was served the High Tea, it was served on their exclusive Royal Albert bone china tableware with the “Old Country Roses” pattern. I was given a choice of soup (broccoli cheese), pasta salad, egg and cucumber finger sandwiches, a scone with clotted cream and homemade jam and a sampling of a few desserts. As for the regular lunch, I had the “tea room sampler”- which included soup (tomato basil), pasta salad, three egg and cucumber finger sandwiches and a piece of pumpkin bread. All that for $10. Every meal includes a complimentary sample of the spice hot tea, which is without a doubt- pretty darn good. I also enjoyed a pot of the Sweet Texas Dreams tea for both meals. Everything is fresh and homemade, so obviously nothing disappointed!

Be sure to check out their Facebook page for featured desserts and soups, as well as other events (such as their Mother-Daughter Tea or Princess Parties). The tea room can also be booked for evening parties, weekday meetings or other events.

Brunching with Tagspire at Downhouse HTX

Tagspire is the latest app to enter the blogosphere- let alone the overall “social media-osphere.” It recently launched in May 2015 in Austin, TX and was inspired by the need for a social media platform to support user-generated content for product recommendations and a direct way to buy from content. “Other social media giants are just now getting “buy now” buttons and only support brand advertisement. Our platform is built with a consumer-first approach that makes an individual’s content directly shoppable and discoverable in a trusted network among friends, family, and other trend makers. Plus, individuals are rewarded for sharing their recommendations and earn cash any time someone makes a purchase from their post,” Amy Chait – VP of Marketing- explained.

The brand recently invited Houston influencers to brunch at Downhouse, where we were able to learn more and try out the app. Below are some key take-aways that were provided by Amy:

* Tagspire is not only an app, but a community where you don’t have to fill out an application. It includes the tools to share outbound to other social channels and blogs as well. The brand built their own technology so that we don’t have to rely on other technology platforms to do our core business (i.e. how Pinterest took away affiliate links for bloggers and they are no longer able to directly monetize their Pinterest posts).

* Tagspire has other tags, including the video and link tag, that are not provided by others.The video tag allows you to include YouTube tutorials or reviews to compliment whatever you are promoting. The link tag is a convenient option if you are not able to find product in the database or want to link back your blog. Also, other bloggers have used the link tag for their ShopSense links since they don’t provide a pay-per-click program (they pay per conversion). The brand doesn’t mind if bloggers use their other affiliate links, but they can’t guarantee payout if they don’t use the Tagspire sell tag.

* Tagspire is transparent. You can see your balance dashboard to see clicks and sells. It will enhance the dashboard overtime. It always passes back 80% of the merchant commission back to the user.

So when it comes to monetizing apps, you may want to check out Tagspire, especially because it’s more accessible than other platforms that either require an application, are for influencers only or that require a minimum amount sold.

Huge thanks to Leah and Amy for inviting us and sharing the world that is Tagspire. Thank you to Downhouse for the wonderfully-good Russian Pancakes!

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