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Visit Houston - 2017 Holiday Gift Guide

Visit Houston - 2017 Holiday Gift Guide

2017 Holiday Gift Guide - Visit Houston

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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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Freaky Friday at the Alley Theatre

You only have a few days left to catch Freaky Friday at the Alley Theatre!  This is a show you do not want to miss....we literally laughed the entire night.  I've seen many shows at the Alley....because I'm a huge theatre fan, but this has by far been one of the best I've ever attended!  I love the original Disney movie so much....and having three teen nieces makes it even funnier because I know how dramatic and emotional teen girls can be.  You would only understand this if you have been a teen girl yourself at some point in time LOL.  Isn't it crazy how we feel that our problems are the center of the universe at that age, and we treat others based on how we are feeling.  Now looking back... I realize that it was such a great moment in time because you have zero adult responsibilities (but don't you dare say that to a teenage girl)!

This play is based on the popular novel by Mary Rodgers, and it was then turned into Disney movie with Lindsay Lohan and Jamie Lee Curtis that premiered in 2003.  The story is about an overworked mother who is planning her wedding and her rebellious daughter that is having a really tough time fitting in with her high school peers.  A magical night causes them to switch bodies and they are forced to adapt to each others lives.  It takes you through a rollercoaster of emotions because we see the struggles of each character and the switch makes them better understand each other and their feelings.  I won't give you more details on the actual storyline but the characters in this play are amazing!  From the singing to the dancing, to the jokes and the tears, every single moment has the audience captivated.  This is a musical comedy like no other, because we were literally in tears from laughing so much.  Emma Hunton and Heidi Blickenstaff are extremely talented, and bring these two beautiful characters to life....the energy on stage is contagious and the music and dancing are like no other.  We had such an amazing girls night out at the theatre...thank you again Alley Theatre for this special screening and invitation.  If you haven't checked out the Alley Theatre, please be sure to click on their website link because they have amazing shows all season.  Freaky Friday ends July 2, so hurry up and catch the show!

Social Hour at Le Colonial

Last week my sister Nayeli ( Alphienumeric on Instagram) and I, decided to do social hour at Le Colonial in River Oaks on a beautiful Thursday evening.  If you know how crazy the weather has been in Houston lately, this was one of those days where the sun was actually shining.  It had rained earlier in the day so there was a really nice breeze that evening.  We were excited to try Le Colonial because we both love Vietnamese food, and who doesn't love a great cocktail.  I actually saw pictures of the food and cocktails on HotPinkHouston's Instagram and I couldn't wait to try it.  Be sure you follow her page because she is always trying out new cuisines at the coolest spots in our city.  

 

We arrived at Le Colonial, and it is just breathtakingly beautiful.  I think everyone that saw my Instagram stories that night, kept asking where I was...because it looks so different from our usual bar/lounge scene.  Le Colonial describes itself as a French-Vietnamese restaurant which vividly recaptures the beauty, spirit & romance of French colonial Southeast Asia.  It is a two story building in the heart of the River Oaks District.  There is an upstairs terrace with lots of plants and little tables line the sidewalk downstairs, giving it a very Parisian look.  As soon as you walk in, you are greeted by a beautiful hostess and everyone is wearing traditional Vietnamese wear in a beautiful dark navy blue color.  It feels like you are walking into a different time era to be honest...I love places that make you feel like you aren't in Houston anymore, and this place does exactly that.  We were lead upstairs to the second floor through a beautiful wooden staircase that was adorned with these marvelous black and white photographs of old Vietnam.  The first floor is actually a formal dining area but  as soon as you go up that last stair it turns into this super cool classy club lounge.  It was so mind-blowing to view two totally different environments within one establishment.

The social lounge has a huge wooden bar and lots of tropical greenery.  I love places that are filled with plants and flowers so I knew this was going to be great.  There are small tables surrounded by beautiful couches that you can lounge on as you socialize with your friends or your date.  The vibe is just so dreamy and romantic because the dim lighting and candles give you an ambient feel.  This place is just poppin with energy and fun hip music, they play a mix of everything so we really enjoyed that.  Everyone in there was having such a good time talking and laughing and enjoying their exotic cocktails without a care in the world.  There is a large private room in the very back with a beautiful mural...I didn't get to capture it but you have to go for yourself and see it.  It is a teal color and has green tropical plants.  That is the first thing that catches your eye as you walk upstairs.  I actually want my next party to be there because it is just so beautiful! 

Anyway, back to the the social hour menu, it has some really amazing choices that all cost $8....I learned from Susanna the lounge manager...that the number 8 is a lucky number in the Vietnamese culture.   Being that my sister and I are not picky eaters, we decided to try a variety of things.  The first thing they did was bring us two glasses of Frosé for us to start our wonderful experience at Le Colonial.  What a perfect summer drink to enjoy in this Houston heat.  We loved the lounge but decided to go outside and enjoy the nice weather and the cool music on the terrace.  I love patio's and terraces, being a Houston native has me pretty accustomed to the climate, so the heat and humidity really don't bother me.  I always opt for outdoor seating when available.  Le Colonial has outdoor seating with these super comfortable couches to sit back on and enjoy the view.  It was truly beautiful to watch the sunset from up there.

The waitress brought out our light bites, we ordered (pictured above): Goi Ga, Goi Cuon and Cha Gio.  They were delicious!  Every bite was cooked to perfection with savory and exotic flavors.  The presentation of the food is exquisite.  I love that the dishes are like art because every tiny detail is an adornment to the entire plate.  Our meal from the dining menu was the traditional Banh Uot that the waitress recommended.  It was my first time having it and I loved every bite of it.

Now for the Exotic Cocktails:  We had Frosé which is a twist on Rosé, and like I said, it is perfect for summertime in Houston.  It is served in beautiful wine glasses that make for super cute pictures!  The next drinks they brought out were the ones in Martini glasses pictured above.  My sister had the Passion which had a sweet and tropical flavor.  It is Belvedere Passion Mango, mixed with Passionfruit and Lime.  I had the Red Buffalo, it was a spicy mix of Thai Chili, Thai Basil and Strawberries with Belvedere Vodka.  My absolute favorite drink was their craft cocktail in a lavender color called La Violette.  I didn't get amazing pictures of it because time wasn't on my side, but it is one of those drinks that you have to try for yourself.  The color, the consistency and the taste was out of this world!

The food, the service and everyone who works there is so amazing!  Shoutout to Susanna for providing us with a wealth of information on Vietnamese cusine, and for being such a wonderful host.  We had such a fabulous experience. I hope you take the time to come by this summer and enjoy a few light bites, a cocktail or two and have a wonderful time in the social lounge.

Le Colonial (here is the link to their Instagram, so you can go follow them)

4444 Westheimer Road

Houston Texas 77027

713-629-4444 

*Parking is free in the garage but valet is also available.

*Social Hour is from 5-7 Monday - Saturday

*Live Music on Monday nights at 6:30pm

 

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!

Philosophy

I'm kind of obsessed with Philosophy skin care products these days.  As I've gotten older, I think my skin is changing quite a bit and I definitely have to be more careful about sun exposure.  The biggest thing about good skin care is hydration....water water water.  I drink a lot of water and I think that is the single most important thing that you can do for your skin.  So anyway people always ask me about skin care products or what I use... so now that I have finally developed a good skin care routine, I'll share some of my favorite products with you!

Miracle Worker

  • Anti Aging Moisturizer.  I usually use Hope in a Jar, but I wanted to try something different.  I love that it is loaded with Vitamin C and so I think that was the selling point for me.  I love that it isn't greasy and it isn't a heavy moisturizer.  You can apply it overnight or under your makeup in the day.  I haven't used it long enough to see any big changes, but my skin looks youthful so I will probably continue buying it.

No Reason To Hide

  • Facial Serum.  I love this because it is extremely lightweight and it hides imperfections.  My face can sometimes look red or blotchy after sun exposure, so this product really helps my skin look radiant.  It doesn't take much to cover your skin and it absorbs quickly.  I apply it twice a day.  

Purity

  • Daily Facewash.  I love it and a little pea size drop goes a really long way.  It removes foundation makeup and eye makeup extremely well.  I use it daily but I change it up about 2 times a week & I use it with my Clarisonic to remove dirt and oil and clean out my pores.  I also use it to clean my makeup brushes every 2 weeks.

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