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My Kemah Summer Guide!

My Kemah Summer Guide!

My Kemah summer guide is now up and has some of the hottest locations for you to visit!  Get out and have some fun in the sun while you become a tourist in your own city and enjoy hidden little gems in Kemah and the surrounding area...

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Empty Bowls Houston - Whole Foods Market

Everyone kept asking where I was last night and why I was painting eyes on cute little bowls...well here is a little more info on the fun event I attended on May 10, 2017 at Whole Foods Market on Waugh.

 

 

The Houston Food Bank and Whole Foods Montrose hosted a really fun event in Houston yesterday and my sister and I had the pleasure of attending!  It was an event with light bites provided by Whole Foods and Buffalo Bayou Brewing Company provided samples of some very delicious beers.  Mad Potter was there to provide the ceramic bowls and paints for us to paint hence the hashtag #brewsforbowls that we all used for this event.

This fabulous event was really important to create community and bring us all together to support Empty Bowls Houston "which is a grassroots effort by artists, skilled crafters, students and teachers dedicated to alleviating hunger in the greater Houston area".  

The 13th Annual Empty Bowls Houston will be 

Saturday June 3, 2017 from 11am-3pm

at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft 4848 Main Street Houston, Texas 77002

For a minimum donation of $25, attendees have the pleasure of selecting a bowl from hundreds of one of a kind hand crafted bowls donated by the Houston area ceramists, then receive a simple lunch of soup donated by Whole Foods Market and freshly prepared by Houston Food Bank Community Kitchen.  Pottery and woodturning demonstrations and live music will be featured that day as well.

The empty bowls serve to remind us of of all the empty bowls in our community and around the world.  It is such a neat idea and I'm really excited to have been a part of this.  I gave my bowl a very Leyla Moon twist to it and decorated it with some really eye catching eyes! A very special shoutout to Whole Foods Market for hosting such a fun event with some really amazing people...honestly can't wait for the next one!

Syncing Ink (Feb 3 - March 5)

The Alley Theatre invited me to the opening show of Syncing Ink a few weeks ago.  It was during the weekend of Super Bowl madness, and because I'm such a theatre fan, I decided to sneak away from Super Bowl festivities and enjoy a fun evening of hip-hop theatre.  For those of you that haven't been to the Alley in a while, it is completely renovated and back in business at its regular location.  It is one of my favorite venues for the performing arts, because no matter what seats you choose, you always have an amazing view of the stage.  

 

I managed to arrive on time despite all the Super Bowl traffic and I took a seat in the Neuhaus Theatre which was a smaller room, in a very intimate setting.  The actors were very up, close and personal!  I love venues like this, because this gave me a better appreciation and understanding for their dramatic acting and their passion for rhyme.  

Playwright NSangou Njikam takes us through a lyrical ride between the love of hip hop and education.  Syncing Ink takes you on a journey that follows Gordon the main character, and how he finds his voice and his rhyme but most of all his passion for freestyle.  If you are a hip hop lover, I assure you that you don't want to miss this show.  Come out and support the arts and support hip hop theatre in Houston!  Be sure to visit the Alley Theatre's website for details on times and tickets.

 

TBT to the Houston Super Bowl

Superbowl in Houston was amazing!  Our city transformed from a quiet peaceful place to a very bustling place.  I loved every minute of it, because it gave me a different vibe from the usual and it felt Houston really come alive.

Here are a few pictures of the Rolling Stone Party that was held in the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston.  It was such a spectacular night with performances by Diplo, DJ Cassidy, Nas and Big Sean.  Budweiser and Mercedes Benz sponsored this event, and the museum was completely transformed into a beautiful nightclub with different areas and a beautiful VIP area with lots of couches and bottle service.  I think one of the coolest things was to be completely surrounded by celebrities that came into town for the Super Bowl.  We also got to do our little walk down the red carpet and pose for the cameras, so that was super exciting too.

I went with part of the Displae It Team, so a big shoutout to them for having me.  Here are some fun pictures from that night.  Hope you all enjoy!

xoxo

Leyla

Cozy Sweaters and Messy Hair...

So we have had a pretty warm winter in Houston this year, but some rainy days just make you want to bring out those cozy sweaters.  I am in love with this pink sweater from Forever 21.  I also recently discovered a new favorite nailpolish from Target and it's called Defy & Inspire!  The color I'm wearing is Pinky Promise.  I usually do my own nails so I'm always on the search for beautiful colors that don't easily chip.  I've gotta tell you that it has been 4 days and not a single chip....so I'm pretty much in love :)

I hope everyone stays safe out in this rainy weather and hopefully we get a few more days of winter before summertime arrives in the H.

Spotlight on my favorite MUA!

So a few weeks ago I got a little chance to model for one of California's hottest makeup artists!  Erika and I became friends on social media before actually meeting...and I was truly impressed because she's just as beautiful in person as she is in all of her photographs (and not to mention her amazing personality).  I was pretty excited when she reached out to me and asked me to be one of her makeup models, and I was actually free that evening so it worked out great.  

Erika is a San Francisco based freelance makeup artist. Erika has experience both on set and behind the scenes at fashion & swimwear shows. She not only has experience working in both makeup & hair but also has a background in fine art which is evident in her flawless beauty looks.  She is also a licensed cosmetologist.  She is making the big move from California to Texas, and will be traveling back and forth.  If you need a MUA in the Houston area, I highly recommend her!  Here is a link to her website.  She has all sorts of different packages and if something is not listed you can contact her to see if she can make it happen.  

I'm going to admit that I'm very picky when I get my makeup done because oftentimes I feel that I look very different and I guess it doesn't feel very natural.  Sometimes I think if you are used to a natural face without makeup, you just feel extremely overdone.  Honestly speaking for photography purposes, it is just perfect.  I feel it is always better to get your makeup done professionally if you are taking important pictures or if you have an important event because you will end up looking flawless!  Someone like Erika who is experienced with the art of makeup will highlight and contour your face to accentuate your features and so when the light hits your face it will truly reflect in a beautiful way.  

Anyway with Erika it was just a whole different experience.  She did my makeup so beautiful, and so natural and I really felt that I looked flawless!  She used gold tones to match my accessories and hair and she really made my eyes stand out, which is my favorite part!  I really wish I could do my makeup like that and in fact I really need to sit there with her this summer and learn from her because she has such amazing skills.  If she hosts any workshops or makeup classes, I will definitely let you all know because I will be the first to sign up.  Erika really takes the art of makeup to another level.  Her background in art is evident because she uses a person's face as her canvas and really enhances the bone structure to create a very flawless and elegant look.

I'm extremely excited to have found such an amazing makeup artist and new friend in Houston, so I'm awaiting her big move to Texas!  I will have lots of future collaborations with her, so be sure to go and follow her on social media.

Snapchat: erika415sa

Instagram: erika_sandoval415