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Flamingo Sunday
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Safe and Sustainable Cleaning with The Hoot
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Tour of Houston’s Emerson Rose Montrose Boutique

Flamingo Sunday

my style, flamingo dress, houston blogger

my style, flamingo dress, houston blogger

my style, flamingo dress, houston blogger

my style, flamingo dress, houston blogger

my style, flamingo dress, houston blogger

Images were taken by @livelifeinstyle

(Vintage Dress with Flamingos- Pavement Clothing, Vintage Bamboo Handbag- Big Bertha’s Paradise ATX, Vintage Turban- found at an estate sale, Sunglasses c/o Darylynn Eyewear, Vintage Shoes- thrifted, Vintage Necklaces- one from an estate sale, the other with elephant from Goodwill AZ, Vintage Rectangle Bracelet- thrifted.)

Safe and Sustainable Cleaning with The Hoot

One of my fondest childhood memories was when I would go to my dad’s house for the weekend. Seeing that he hardly had time to really clean up around the house, I took it upon myself to help out. I really enjoyed showing him a cleaner house after I was done. In those days, the thought of a natural, chemical-free cleaning solution was pretty much unheard of. But fast-forward to the 21st Century, we now live in a society where it’s almost a given to have healthier and more sustainable household cleaning products around.

I had heard about The Hoot All-Natural Cleaning Solution through my Facebook feed, and I wanted to check it out. The Virginia-based small company was launched by Tonya Newsome. Throughout her lifetime, she had always spent most of her time cleaning homes, including her own. Over time, however, she would notice that her hands were aging faster than her face, and that she was having many respiratory issues. That led her to start investigating the ingredients behind common household cleaners, most of which turned out to be harmful. Empowered with the newfound information, she set out to make her own safer cleaning solution, which (since 2014) is now known as The Hoot.

The Hoot wasn’t the original name for her product, but unfortunately, the name she wanted to use was already taken. Tonya goes on to explain, “Because our logo design was completed before we named ourselves, I was 100% set on keeping the logo and finding a name that was befitting of the design and our mission- to introduce an all-natural cleaning product that is safe, effective, and AFFORDABLE. “The Hoot” was actually suggested by my daughter one day while sitting on our porch, and it immediately reminded me of my youth. In the first grade, I was in a play titled, “Give a Hoot.” I could recall a popular song from the seventies called, “Give a Hoot, Don’t Pollute.” I thought to myself, ‘Perfect! This is a sign!’ The name “The Hoot” stuck.”

While you can pretty much clean just about anything with the solution, it does not polish wood…Yet… Did I also mention that they use bottles that are crafted from recycled plastic?!

Tonya sent me a bottle to try, and I must say… I’m impressed! It does everything a “normal” cleaner would do. It also smells fantastic! It comes in lavender, lemon, orange, peppermint, and pine. I received the lavender, and boy do I love the way it gives off a calming scent when I’m cleaning the kitchen, floors, bathroom, etc. I also use it to clean the tiles in the shower, where the soap scum builds up. I spray it, let it set in for a minute, and use a good scrubbing sponge, and it’s pretty good at getting most of it off. What’s also great about this product, is that I don’t have to use gloves. I have the reassurance that it’s safe to use around myself, my spouse, and my three cats. “The Hoot ingredients are easy to read. We are affordable, and our product contains no SLS (sodium lauryl sulfate) or SLES (sodium laureth sulfate) like a lot of natural products on the market today. These are both common additives used mainly to produce foam in cleaning products, but are also known skin irritants and cancer-causing agents. The Hoot All-Natural produces the same (or even better) results without the harmful effects,” Tonya said.

The Hoot All-Natural cleaning solution, natural ingredients

I also love how Newsome is all about helping out and giving back in her community. “At this time, our main focus is introducing and getting the word out about The Hoot All-Natural. In the future, we also hope to expand our mission to include providing information and access to other healthy alternatives, including community gardens to low-income areas.”

You can find/shop The Hoot All-Natural online, in six local health food stores in Virginia (and plan on getting into more), on Facebook, and Instagram.

Tonya leaves us with, “Give The Hoot a try on things outside normal house areas that you need to clean. We have had customers use it on their shoes, car rims, car seats, and even as a glass cleaner!”

The Hoot All-Natural cleaning solution, natural ingredients

It really does work on car rims!

 

Tour of Houston’s Emerson Rose Montrose Boutique

I recently stopped in the newly opened Montrose location of Emerson Rose– a quaint woman’s fashion and lifestyle boutique. They also have a sister location in The Heights. I actually first heard about that shop through one of my Phoenix blogger pals, who had posted a photo of one of the shop’s marquee sandwich boards, which had the cheekiest message- “I know guac is extra, but so am I.” That sparked my curiosity to check it out. It is one of the cutest little shops I’ve seen here in Houston. They offer not only clothing (such as Texas and Houston “local love” tees, ‘Plant Mom,’ and ‘Girls Supporting Girls’ graphic tees, etc.), but also home decor, lifestyle items (such as pretty much anything from Ban.do), accessories, and shoes. The dressing rooms and lounge area are also worth mentioning, as they are warm, cozy, and give off a bohemian vibe. The neon pink “I want it all” sign that’s anchored to the cactus print wall behind the cash wrap is also pretty noteworthy.

If you’re in the Montrose area, definitely stop by! If you are huge IG fan, you’ll love their cheeky marquee. Don’t forget to look down for the “Hey Good Lookin'” that’s painted on the concrete at the entrance. They also have a wall that’s painted on the side of the building that’s a favorite spot to photograph outfits and such.

Be sure to also follow them on Facebook and Instagram!

Location:

1637 Westheimer Rd., Houston

(832)538- 3703

Hours: CLOSED MONDAY, 10-7pm Tues-Sat, 12-6 Sun

~Continue scrolling for a virtual tour of the shop!

Emerson Rose Montrose, small boutique, Houston, Montrose

Emerson Rose Montrose, small boutique, Houston, Montrose

Emerson Rose Montrose, small boutique, Houston, Montrose

Emerson Rose Montrose, small boutique, Houston, Montrose

Emerson Rose Montrose, small boutique, Houston, Montrose

Emerson Rose Montrose, small boutique, Houston, Montrose

Emerson Rose Montrose, small boutique, Houston, Montrose

Emerson Rose Montrose, small boutique, Houston, Montrose

Emerson Rose Montrose, small boutique, Houston, Montrose

Emerson Rose Montrose, small boutique, Houston, Montrose

Emerson Rose Montrose, small boutique, Houston, Montrose

Emerson Rose Montrose, small boutique, Houston, Montrose

Emerson Rose Montrose, small boutique, Houston, Montrose

Emerson Rose Montrose, small boutique, Houston, Montrose

Emerson Rose Montrose, small boutique, Houston, Montrose

Emerson Rose Montrose, small boutique, Houston, Montrose

Emerson Rose Montrose, small boutique, Houston, Montrose

Emerson Rose Montrose, small boutique, Houston, Montrose

Emerson Rose Montrose, small boutique, Houston, Montrose

Emerson Rose Montrose, small boutique, Houston, Montrose

Emerson Rose Montrose, small boutique, Houston, Montrose

Emerson Rose Montrose, small boutique, Houston, Montrose

Emerson Rose Montrose, small boutique, Houston, Montrose

Emerson Rose Montrose, small boutique, Houston, Montrose

 

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