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15 Dog Friendly Restaurant And Bar Patios in Houston

The official start to fall has arrived and we are finally experiencing more pleasant temps in Houston! Ahhh…..Patio weather! Those fleeting couple of months where us Houstonians actually want to sit outside and enjoy the beverage of our choice, some grub, and people watching.

Who better to invite for dinner, or brunch, and drinks than your dog? Don’t you think he (or she) would love to join you on a patio somewhere, drinking something cold, and mingling with other dogs and dogettes! Who can say no to that face!

Thanks to the foundation of Paws on Patios in 2010, Houston restaurants can obtain city permits to allow dogs at outdoor tables. This initiative finally put Houston in line with other Texas cities that already had a similar permit program in place. Woof woof!!

You love your dog, don’t you? Take that puppy out for some fun! Here are some Houston area restaurants and bars that welcome your furry friend. Just check ahead with these establishments to make sure their dog policy hasn’t changed. And, if you have taken your furry friend to a local restaurant or bar in Houston that’s not on the list please let me know in the comments section at the end!

Axelrad: Midtown Area

Photo via Just Vibe Houston

Cottonwood: The Heights Area – bar food, live music, games

Photo via Houston Press

Hugo’s: Montrose Area – inviting with regional Mexican cuisine

Photo via Houston Press

The Black Lab Pub: The Montrose Area

Liberty Kitchen & Oysterette: Galleria area

Tiny Boxwoods: West University Area

Photo via Mr & Mrs H

Backstreet Cafe: River Oaks Area

 

Photo via Good Eats Houston

West Alabama Ice House: Upper Kirby Area

Buffalo Grille: Memorial Area and West University Area

Photo via Eater Houston

Barnaby’s: Memorial, River Oaks, Heights

Photo via Eater Houston

Presidio: The Heights Area

Photo via Houston Business Journal

Balls Out Burger: The Heights Area

Photo via Balls Out Burger

Kirby Ice House: Upper Kirby District

Photo via Yelp

Boheme: Montrose Area

Photo via Houston Chronicle

Kitchen at The Dunlavy: Near Downtown/Allen Parkway

Photo via Yelp

 

 

Sunday Post: 5 Finds From Around The Internet This Week

I am always running across things on the Internet that I think to myself, “my friends may like to see this”. All to often I’ll forget so I’ve decided to start sharing some with you on a weekly basis here on the ANGELA edit! So grab your coffee, relax, and take a moment to see what I’m sharing this week. I hope you enjoy this new feature!

If you haven’t decked out the house for Halloween yet, or you are still in the decorating mode, check out these mantle decorating ideas at Apartment Therapy. I’m loving the Glam Goth look!

Your Halloween Mantle 3 Ways: Modern, Glam Goth, and Classic

Photo via Apartment Therapy

Like to cozy up to a good book? It’s not too late to get your scare on before Halloween! Check out Career Girl Daily for some spooky reads. Stephen King, anyone?

5 Seriously Creepy Books Perfect for Your October Reading List

While it’s not cold outside yet, it’s never to soon to be proactive about staving off the flu or colds this winter. Hello Glow has some tips to help!

5 Ways to Stay Healthy This Winter

Photo via Hello Glow

I love finding good pork recipes, you know “the other white meat”. We can only eat so much chicken… The other night my daughter even proclaimed “chicken again” 😉 I love the recipes over at Skinny Taste and this pork recipe sounds yummy! I havent tried it yet, but it’s on my list of things to try this coming week!

Pork Chops with Dijon Herb Sauce

Photo via Skinny Taste

While the cooler temps are a time to change our wardrobe selection, it’s also the time to rethink our nail polish choices! Want to know what the trending colors for Fall 2017 are? Read on! I’m loving #2!

7 Best Nail Polish Colors You Need to Be Wearing This Fall

Photo via Cosmopolitan

8 Clever Features To Add To Your Kitchen

The kitchen is the heart of the home. Whether your building a new home, doing a complete renovation to an existing home, or just remodeling the kitchen, there are a few things you may want to add to make your kitchen more efficient and give it some flair. And, an upgraded kitchen is not a waste of money! Along with bathrooms, kitchens offer the best return on your investment if you go to sell your home.

There’s so much available, and many of those tempting options may also be expensive. The first order of business is deciding what you can afford and what you cannot. Make a wishlist and do some research.

To get you thinking here are 8 ideas for your upgrade wishlist. Keep in mind that these items are nice to have – not essential…

1. Drawers in the end of the island. So, there is usually “dead space” at the end of most kitchen islands. Why not put it to use with a couple of deep drawers like these. It’s the perfect place to store any number of things, like pots and pans, bowls, kitchen linens, and more. Really the options are endless!

Photo via Service Central

2. A drawer within a drawer. I love this idea! It’s such a great use of space for all your cutlery. And, it’s just really cool!

Photo via Kitchn

3. Built-in cutting board. No more scrambling to find a cutting board when it’s built right in under the countertop! Even better if it is just above a pullout trash can. Cleaning will be a breeze as you just chop and slide the remnants into the trash can below. Then just wipe down the surface. I totally want this one in my new kitchen!

Photo via Houzz

4. Charging station drawer. If your house is anything like mine there are tons of personal electronic devices and phones that need to be charged at all times! And, if you are anything like me, you don’t like seeing the tangled mess of cords strewn throughout your house. Just looks messy to me. This built-in charging station drawer just may be the answer to looking more tidy and keeping those cords all in one place. Yes please!

Photo via Pinterest

5. Microwave Drawer. While most homes microwaves are built-in to an upper cabinet, a trend lately has been to place your microwave lower, below the countertops. I for one, love this idea. I think it lends a cleaner look at eye level when it is tucked away. An added bonus is that the smaller kids in the house can get to it, as long as they know how to use it 😉

6. Toe kick storage. You can never have too much storage space in the kitchen and this one is brilliant! Who thought of this!? This is such a great use of space for platters and other “flat” items. Think table linens, holiday dish towels that you don’t use year round, rolling pins, and even those cute beverage napkins you take out for parties. Really the options are endless.

7. Hidden warming drawer. This is one of those features that I don’t think much about until I am entertaining. But when I am entertaining I wish that I had one! Don’t you just hate when you are preparing food for a larger group and some things are ready before others, but you still need to use your oven to cook? Well, problem solved! Place the items that are ready first in the warming drawer until you finish cooking everything else! Nobody wants cold bacon!!

Photo via Dacor

8. Spice drawer. Keeping your spices near the stove is ingenious. While it may just be a short walk to the pantry to get the spices you need, it sure would be nice to have them handy right by the stove! And if you have a cooktop these babies can probably go directly underneath! If your so inclined, put them in alphabetical order 🙂

Photo via Service Central

So, what do you think? Do you have a favorite? Do you think you’d like to add any of these to your kitchen or do you have any of these currently in your kitchen that you would recommend to others? I’d love to hear about it!

 

Fig-licious: Recipes to Try with Figs

Hi friends! Is it cooling off where you live? Not so much here in Houston yet. Though the day time highs have dropped a little bit. I am looking forward to the first cool front to blow through and bring us some cooler temps. I love when that first hint of Fall is here and the season starts to change! Another thing that I love about this time of year is that big, juicy figs are available in the supermarkets and at the local farmer’s markets!

As a kid growing up in Louisiana my grandmother had a couple of fig trees in her yard. I realized from an early age how much I loved figs. I’d go right outside and pick them from the tree! I’m pretty sure I didn’t even take them inside to be washed off! After all, it was the 1970’s, we were out in the country, and they were washed by Mother Nature! You can trust her, right 🙂

Figs aren’t just delicious, they’re  nutritious too. They are high in fiber and a good source of several essential minerals, including magnesium, manganese, calcium, copper, and potassium, as well as vitamins, mainly K and B6. However, you do want to consume figs in moderation as they contain fructose, which isn’t good in large amounts.

In any case, it’s fig season! While I’m pretty sure that my favorite way to eat them is in their au natural state, I actually find them very decadent this way, I thought I’d try them a couple of different ways to devour them, I mean –  enjoy them 🙂 So here goes…

Fresh Fig & Honey Compote: While I can cook, I am definitely no “recipe wizard”. So, for this one I searched the Internet for something that sounded good. I ran across this recipe at Miss In The Kitchen. It tasted amazing on the sourdough bread I picked up at the Memorial Village’s Farmer’s Market last weekend! This would be totally yummy with some warmed brie cheese and crackers too!

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz fresh figs
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ¼ cup water
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon butter

Preparation:

  1. Trim the stems from figs and cut into quarters. Place figs, honey, water and cinnamon in a small saucepan over low heat. Stir occasionally and cook for 30 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in butter.
  2. Using a stick blender or food processor, pulse until only small pieces of figs remain, forming a spread-like consistency.
  3. Serve immediately or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Prosciutto Wrapped Figs with Goat Cheese: This recipe came from Silver Oak. You know, a great wine producer. So, I figured these would be good. These were good! But, beware of the goat cheese smell while they are baking in the oven. A little funky 🙂

Ingredients:

  • 8 slices of prosciutto, about 6 ounces OR a few slices of bacon cut in half
  • 8 medium-large fresh figs
  • 2 to 4 ounces of goat cheese (I only used about 2 ounces of a 4 ounce block)
  • fine sea salt

Preparation:

  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees
  2. After washing your figs cut a small X in the bottom of each fig. Sprinkle a tiny pinch of sea salt into the fig then stuff a knob of cheese into the middle of the fig. I let my goat cheese soften a bit on the counter before doing this.
  3. Wrap the prosciutto or bacon around the fig, beginning at the bottom to seal the incision and prevent the cheese from oozing out. Secure with a toothpick and arrange in a baking dish. I soaked my toothpicks in a glass of water for about 15 minutes first so that they wouldn’t burn.
  4. Roast the figs in the oven until the prosciutto is crispy, 8 to 10 minutes or a little longer. Remove and cool for 5 minutes before serving.

Here are a few more fig recipes from around the web that sound particularly yummy: 

Sweet & Salty Fig Toast via Bon Appetit

Prosciutto, Mozzarella and Fig Salad via Skinnytaste 

Fig and Caramelized Onion Flatbread via Little Broken 

Fig and Beet Fall Protein Smoothie via The Roasted Root

I hope you enjoy these recipes! If you try them come back to the blog and leave your comment. I’d love to hear from you!

Bon Apetite! Angela

 

Shopping The Round Top Texas Antiques Fair: Tips from a Pro!

Hi friends! It’s that time of year again! Time for the Round Top Antiques Fair Fall show! And this year marks it’s 50th year of fabulous!

In case you haven’t heard, the Round Top Antiques Fair is a bi-annual event with more than 20 venues and 2,000 sellers from all over the country and Europe— it is a mecca for design junkies and collectors attended by thousands of people! Maybe you have seen it on HGTV shows like Fixer Upper and Junk Gypsies. You can find just about anything here!

For those of us that live in Houston and surrounding areas it’s an easy hour and half drive. You can literally leave in the morning and come back that same evening! It’s a great day trip to take with your girlfriends! Or book overnight accommodations and stay a while.

My good friend Kate Pernoud who is the owner of Maison Pernoud has an exhibit of home decor items and antiques from France and Belgium. You can find her at the Marburger Farm show (Round Top Antiques Fair) in tent F from Tuesday, September 26, 2017 through Saturday, September 30, 2016. If you go, make sure you stop by and see Kate. Tell her that Angela from The ANGELA Edit sent you 😉 And, if you’d like to learn more about Kate and Maison Pernoud check out my post about her here on the blog!

I sat down with Kate to get her tips for shopping the fair. Here’s what Kate had to say:

Before you go:

  • Measure your spaces & write down the measurements in your handy dandy notebook
  • Take photos of the spaces you are looking for a particular piece (ex – foyer niche, bedroom wall, console table…)
  • Decide on your budget
  • Write down your priorities for purchases – it can get overwhelming once you are there!

What to bring:

  • WATER!
  • Snacks
  • Camera or cell phone to take pictures
  • Sunglasses
  • Rain poncho
  • Rain boots
  • WATER!
  • Hat
  • Kleenex – doubles as toilet paper 😉
  • Pen
  • Notebook
  • Light jacket – you never know…
  • Tape measure
  • A large tote bag to hold everything
  • Several forms of payment – cash, credit cards, checks
  • WATER!

If you are a “bargain hunter” Kate advises that you hit the smaller, lesser known shows in the fields along the highway, making your way to the large shows like Marbuger Farm, The Compound, Excess, and The Arbors. Keeping in mind that it is literally impossible to cover all of this in one day!

If you are not interested in reproductions, don’t like to dig through piles, and want a well-curated collection make sure and visit Kate at Marbuger Farm. Marbuger has some of the best dealers in the country and the show is focused on one of a kind antiques and vintage pieces. Dealers sign authenticity agreements and pledge to sell only antique and vintage items. You can also find incredible jewelry in the “Artist Tent”. Start at the three front tents (C, D, and F), often referred to as the “Designer Tents”  and work your way back to the buildings and the bak tents. Get a copy of the “Howdy” when you enter the grounds. It has a map and you should use it! Cross off tents and buildings as you see them. And most importantly, if you buy something MARK IT ON THE MAP  so you can remember where it was so you can go back for it later!

What is the best day to shop? It depends what your goal is. If you want the best selection of merchandise, then you need to hit a show the first day. If you want a better shot at a bargain, then visit the show the last day or two. Ask dealers for business cards too, you can always call them and ask them if they still have an item.

If you purchase large items there are several reputable companies that will wrap, pack, and deliver and/or ship your items to you. For a fee of course… Many people go to the show with pick up trucks, trailers, or U-Hauls so that they are able to get their purchases back home themselves. Make sure you have tarps to cover with just in case you run into some rain on the drive home!

Make sure to have several forms of payment available to use. Not all dealers accept credit cards!

You’ll want to bring snacks, but there are plenty of great options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner too!

Royers

Los Patrones

Pizza Wagon

The Stone Cellar

Royers Pie Haven

Royers in Zapp Hall

Texas Rose Show

Shivers Shaved Ice

Bistro 108 in LaGrange

JW’s in Carmine

Legal Tender Saloon

Whether you go to Round Top Antiques Fair on a mission for something specific or your only mission is to have fun, the fair is sure to please. If you have some tips of your own we’d love to hear about them in the comments below.

Bye for now….

Angela

 

Kate Pernoud of Maison Pernoud: Finding Simple Happiness in Antiques, Travel, and Meeting New People

So, do you have that friend that travels the globe in search of gorgeous, one-of-a-kind home decor items? She spends time in French villages and eats great food and drinks French wine! Well, I have one of those friends! And while there is some “glamour” to what she does, there is more to it! Read on to hear her story!

Today I’d like to introduce you to the beautiful and talented Kate Pernoud (just see her beautiful creations below), someone I am happy to call my friend. Most importantly, Kate is a mom to 2 great children, Grace (14) and Jonathan (12), wife to the handsome Chris, age withheld 😉 and fur baby-momma to Toby the Goldendoodle and Oliver the Maine Coon cat.

By all means a happy and fulfilled life, but Kate had a passion all her own (I think we can all relate to that!). A passion for antiques, travel, and meeting new people. Born from that passion was Maison Pernoud, Kate’s own antiques and home decor business. I’d like to mention that Kate also has begun creating her own exquisite home decor items that she is now offering in a few local establishments – Memorial Antiques and Interiors, Bering’s, and Mecox and Taylors on Ten in Dallas. I particularly love the acrylic trays with antique brass handles and the acrylic “architectural” pieces with antique brass adornment. Gorgeous!

Kate’s love for design, antiques, and the journey to find the treasures has apparently rubbed off on her daughter Grace! Grace has accompanied Kate on buying trips and it seems that Grace has quite the eye for antiques! The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree…

I recently sat down with Kate in her lovely home to learn more about her and Maison Pernoud. Including “fun facts” about Kate! Does she prefer beer or wine? Jogging or yoga? Read on to see what Kate had to say.

What is Maison Pernoud?

“What started out as just an antique business is expanding into a lifestyle brand. Maison means “home” in French. When I’m traveling, visiting markets around the world, attending shows, meeting artists, or creating art with our daughter I always ask myself, “Would I put this in our home? Would I use this product? Is this product unique?” It’s the basis of anything that I purchase. Maison Pernoud clients want items in their homes that are unique and beautiful. I want people to be inspired by the antiques and other products we sell. I’m not interested in making everyone’s homes look the same.”

Why did you start Maison Pernoud? What is the inspiration behind it?

“I tell people Maison Pernoud was created from our 6 kitchen tables and a case of wanderlust. What started out as me changing our kitchen table and replacing it (by selling the old one) over and over again was what I now see as the birth of Maison Pernoud. Also, in my 20’s we moved to Houston. It was hard as a newlywed and entering graduate school at Rice University. Looking back, I realize how small my world had been growing up. There are so many amazing places to explore in this world, and so many people to meet and learn from. Maison Pernoud gives me the opportunity to do this!”

What is most rewarding about it? 

“When I find a unique antique or create a custom piece and then a client has an emotional connection to it! Recently I had a client that was looking for the perfect mantle piece for her new home in Florida. The home isn’t even completed yet, but she came to my home and selected the perfect piece for her mantle. She was so happy and her joy brought me joy!”

What is most challenging?

“A lot of people have commented that my job sounds so “sexy”. I think that they have this vision: “Kate leaves her kids and husband and jets off to Europe, she sees tons of fabulous antiques and amazing historical places, all while eating baguettes and drinking wine all day long.” The truth is, if you are going to be successful at antiquing you have to be at markets very early (no hangover from too much wine), and you spend a lot of time just traveling from location to location, not sight seeing. I sometimes leave a market or source with nothing or very little. Remember, if I wouldn’t put it in my home, I don’t buy it. True story – I once drove 2 hours in the middle of the night to catch an early ferry from Calais, France to England. Then drove 2 more hours to the fair grounds. My bed that night was the cab of a van, and I was up at 6am to start shopping. No change of clothes, toothbrush, or makeup bag. Then, it rained almost the entire day while I shopped. I’ve also peed in a field at the side of the road and tried to figure out how to use the toilets with the hole in the floor…unsuccessfully! It’s ok to laugh! Yes, I’ve peed on myself in the middle of France! How’s that for sexy?

What would your advice be to others that wish to start a business similar to yours?

It can be challenging to balance the need to work and make your business successful, but to also give yourself permission to take a day off. I said yes to every opportunity thrown at me in the last 2 years, and I was blessed to have the support of my family while doing this. However, looking back I was afraid that if I said “no” I would be missing an opportunity that could be incredible for the business. By the end of last Spring I was feeling burned out. I was riddled with guilt over the time I had missed with my family and friends. I took the Summer to reflect on what I wanted out of Maison Pernoud, and my life in general. I asked myself, “what makes me happy?” The answer is BALANCE, which sounds simple, yet it takes daily effort to achieve. I’m still 100% committed to Maison Pernoud, but I have many years ahead of me to grow the business. Yet I only have a few years left with our children at home. It’s one of the reasons we did a combined buying trip and family vacation in France this summer!

Which country/region is your favorite so far?

The wine, food, and culture of Southern France can put you in a state of permanent relaxation! Walking down the cobblestone streets of St. Remy, you feel like you’ve climbed inside a Van Gough painting, and every evening is a “starry night”.

Now for some “fun facts” about Kate….

  • Cupcake or macaron –  Cupcake, especially if it is carrot cake with cream cheese frosting!
  • Beer or wine –  Wine
  • Moped ride in Italy or swimming in a waterfall in Maui – Moped in Italy
  • Audrey Hepburn or Sophia Lauren – Sophia Lauren, she loves all things Italian!
  • Home Depot or call the repairman – Call the repairman!
  • The YMCA or The Cottone-Eyed Joe – The Cotton-Eyed Joe
  • Orange or blue – Blue (me too!)
  • The 80’s or the 90’s – The 80’s (A girl after my own heart 😉 I figured the 80’s since she was playing 80’s music while I was interviewing her…)
  • Receive a handwritten letter of sentiment or receive a bouquet of your favorite flowers – Handwritten letter
  • A self-help book or a novel – Novel
  • Dog or cat lover – Both! (and she’s got the cutest of both!)
  • Jog or yoga – Jog
  • All time favorite movie – The Help (she just loves the strong female characters)
  • What song will she dance to no matter the time, day, or place – The Cupid Shuffle
  • What trait does she admire most in women – The willingness to help other women (I like that!)
  • What is one single piece of advice she’d give to her 20 year old self – Take risks and don’t be afraid to try new things
  • One item she’d like to cross off her bucket list – A trip to Italy! Specifically, Northern Italy where her great grand father came from. She’d like to see, feel, and explore her Italian heritage!

In closing I’d like to say that while spending time with Kate in preparation for this post, I could really feel her passion for what she does. She also has a great passion for her family and in creating a personal/work balance. Something we can all relate to…

Also while we were together Kate shared some tips on shopping the Round Top Antiques Fair, like what to bring, the best places to shop for your particular wish list items, what to do in preparation, and more… I’ll have a post about this that you can read in just a couple of days so check back!

If you would like more information about the beautiful antiques and home decor items that Kate has please visit her website at Maison Pernoud.

I hope that you have enjoyed reading about Kate and I hope that you found even just a little inspiration from her. We’d love to hear your thoughts! Please leave a comment in the section below.

xoxo Angela

Hair Loss in Women: Please Tell Me That I Am Not Alone!

Many people—and women especially—take great pride in their hair. It makes sense, as your crowning glory is just as front and center, just as visible to the rest of the world, as your face.

Losing some hair every day is completely normal. It’s a sign your body’s growing new, healthy ones to replace the old. In fact, losing 50 to 100 hairs per day is normal.  You can also kind of get an idea of what’s normal for you by just paying attention to what you typically see on your brush or in the shower drain.

So…. lately my hair has been falling out. Like lots of hair! In the shower, on my brush, or even when just walking around the house. Oh hello there 8 random strands of hair on my shirt. Thanks for letting go! Not!!

Oh, and there is breakage too!! What the!! I’m getting side-swept bangs without even trying! I am wondering if it is because I go to the gym about 4 days out of 7 and put my hair in a ponytail often. And, hello! We live in a hot, humid climate! I want my hair off my neck!

Luckily, I started out with a decent amount of hair!

My strands are dropping like leaves falling from a tree 😦 What gives! Is it my advancing age? I am 45 after all and I’m sure the hormones are a shifting! But being the “googler” that I am I, well, Googled it.

Unfortunately, I am still left wondering what gives! Apparently it can be any number of things. Here are a few of them:

  1. Protein deficiency (probably not, I eat a decent amount of protein)
  2. Stress (I am not stressed, but life is hectic)
  3. Hormonal changes (very likely at my age)
  4. Over styling (besides blow drying, not really…)
  5. Wearing too-tight hairstyles like ponytails (likely, I go to the gym a lot)
  6. Washing too often (well, that goes along with getting sweaty at the gym)
  7. Hypothyroidism (yes, but taking meds for this)
  8. Aging (um…yes)
  9. Summer heat (of course! It’s Houston!)

So how does one figure it out?!

It seems that summer hair loss is a real thing! And, while summer is almost over, could it be that it finally caught up with me! Hmmmm…..

For technicalities sake, but not too much, research does suggest that women experience elevated rates of shedding in hotter months due to hair follicles prematurely entering a resting phase, known as telogen effluvium, or TE. As much as 70 percent of strands can prematurely enter this phase! This may explain why many women lose more hair in July and August, and even into September, when it really starts to heat up outside. It is completely normal!

Is the heat of summer really the problem though? I guess it could be any number of things from the above list and I am not quite sure how to figure it out…

But, I did find an article over at Style Craze that gives you 6 simple ways to control hair loss in the summer, just in case…

Also, my hairdresser Marisol turned me on to a product by Kerastase called Initialiste in an attempt to aid in the recovery of my hair. It’s a hair and scalp serum.

Here is what the Kerastase website has to say about Initialiste:

“Transform your hair in 7 days with Initialiste. Our 1st skincare-inspired super serum that acts on the four attributes of total hair beauty:
1. Strength
2. Shine
3. Softness
4. Substance

9 out of 10 women* saw a visible difference in their hair texture after one week.
With continued usage, your hair stays healthier from root to tip allowing it to grow longer† with 93% less breakage.** The new Must-Have for all hair types.
Maximize the potential length of your hair. Keep it longer and stronger as it grows.†
89% agreed that their hair is SHINIER
87% felt that their hair is thicker with MORE SUBSTANCE
86% felt that their hair is STRONGER and SOFTER to the touch
*Consumer use test over 7 days **In a brushing test compared to a non-conditioning shampoo †Reduces breakage so hair can grow longer.
Lightweight, silky texture. Absorbs instantly without residue. Fresh and delicate fragrance. Targeted pipette application”

My hair does feel nice and I do think I see some baby hairs sticking out now since I started using the Initialiste a couple of weeks ago. Or is that just breakage? Probably so :/

I think the next thing I will do is start taking a supplement specifically for hair. Have you tried any with success?

If you have experienced a wave of hair loss or breakage I’d love to know your thoughts on it and what you may have done to remedy it. Do you think it’s the summer heat? Mid 40’s hormones? Ponytails? Or something else? Please please leave me a comment below! I’m kinda freaking out here!!

I’ll update you at a later date about the state of my hair and what helped, or didn’t…

xoxo Angela

7 Great Girlfriend Dates That Aren’t Brunch!

You and your girlfriends have done brunch together, painting parties, spa days, and hitting the farmer’s market together to buy local wares, to name a few. Your girlfriends are a great source of fun, sanity, and relaxation! Are you at a loss for new ideas of ways to spend time together?

When it comes to bonding with our besties, these are all great ideas! And, who doesn’t love brunch with friends? But sometimes we need a break away from the usual. Sure, we’ll always appreciate a mimosa (or three) with our gal pals, but there’s something to be said for out of the ordinary activities that make us say, “Remember the time that we…?”

Here are 7 ideas for your next gal pals date:

Spend part of a day riding bikes through a park. Here in Houston we have the fabulous Buffalo Bayou Park. Stretching from Shepherd Drive to Sabine Street between Allen Parkway and Memorial Drive, the 160-acre Buffalo Bayou Park is one of the country’s great urban green spaces. You can take your own bikes or rent bikes there at the park’s Bike Barn location. There is plenty to see and do to keep you busy for at least a few hours. And if you’re feeling hungry you can stop by The Dunlavy for a bite and a relaxing view. Might as well have a mimosa while you’re there 🙂 My cousin and I did this in July so it was pretty hot, but it was still lots of fun! Cooler temps are on the way though!

Mind Your Soul. Last month a group of us joined our sweet friend Felicia (aka Fish) to celebrate her birthday by breaking a sweat in a morning class at our local Soul Cycle. Fish, in the purple headband, shares Madonna’s  birthday so our class was full of pulsating Material Girl tunes! Express Yourself!! While there wasn’t much “expressing ourselves” to one another during class while we were gasping for air 😆 I think this is a great girlfriends date and a great way to start the day! After class you can catch up at a nearby cafe or restaurant and comiserate on how you wanted to stop pedaling and punch the instructor when he screamed “faster and add some tension on the bike”!

Take a cooking class. Homemade summer or fall risotto, anyone? Ok, you may have already done this one, but I still feel it deserves a mention. Sur La Table has some great cooking classes and you get to drink wine (that you bring) and eat what you prepared at the end. It’s a win-win! It’s been a year since I last joined some girlfriends for a fun night of cooking at Sur La Table and I’m itching to go again! Anyone?

Learn some chords and start a rock band. Ok, Ive secretly wanted to be in a rock band since a very young age. Specifically I’d love to be rocking it out as a singer or playing the guitar like Slash 🙂 Here locally (also nationwide), we have Bach to Rock. They do host 2 hour adult parties where they “teach you to play an instrument” and then you have your performance. You provide your own beverages 😉 I’m not sure that much could be learned in an hour to sound anything like Prince and The Revolution, but it still sounds like a fun time with lots of laughs! So get some rocker chick clothes and tease that hair (err…not) and have some rockin’ fun!

Go to a comedy show. We could always use more laughter in our lives and a comedy show is a great place to get your laugh on! After all, LAUGHTER IS THE BEST MEDICINE! Laughter is contagious. Laughter reduces stress. Laughter boosts immunity. So check your local comedy club’s schedule and round up your friends for some belly laughs!

Take a wine tasting class together. This is one that should be easy to get participation! Do you know your Merlots from your Malbecs? Your Pinot Grigios from your Chardonnays? How fun would it be to take a wine tasting class in your own hometown? No traveling required! This is one you may want to Uber for though 🙂 Here in Houston we have The Texas Wine School in the River Oaks/Kirby area. There are classes for French wines, Italian wines, wine and food pairings, and more! Saluti!

A pool party. Got a pool in your backyard? Invite your gal pals over to Sip and Float while it’s still warm outside! Thanks Jessica F for that great party title! It’s a great way to cool off in the summer heat and have a few hours of fun! Put out a few nibbles, make a signature drink or grab a few bottles of wine, your flamingo float, and get some Vitamin D with your gal pals! No kids allowed!

Photo via The Hunt

Do you have some fun, out of the norm things you like to do with your gal pals? Please share with us in the comments section below!

 

10 Things That We Learned From Hurricane Harvey

We are about 12 days post Hurricane Harvey here in Houston and we are far from being recovered! That will take weeks, months, and as some even say, years… The flooding rains of harvey were unimaginable. There are still roads and neighborhoods under water to this day! There are curbs covered with debris, furniture, appliances, and personal belongings, among other things. There are still people displaced and in need and will continue to be for months to come.

We are volunteering our time and giving supplies to those that need it. Our communities have come togehter in BIG ways! And many have come from far away to help us. Thank you!

Minimal worries are it’s taking extra long for people to get to work and to get out to help because the roads that ARE open are packed because other roads are closed.

There is no denying that there is still a long, long road ahead of us! But I am pretty confident that WE WILL RECOVER SOONER RATHER THAN LATER!

Here are 10 things that we learned from Hurricane Harvey:

1. People you don’t know will put their own lives on the line to save you!
2. The Cajun Navy and Texan Navy is better equipped than the Federal Government and is much faster.
3. Race does not divide us, the media divides us!
4. CNN stands for Covers Negative News and CN stands for Cajun Navy.
5. HEB and Mattress Mack are the best in TEXAS! And let us not forget honorary Texan JJ Watt!
6. All lives matter including Animals!
7. No water is too deep nor too shallow for passage.
8. A Cajun and a Texan can launch a boat anywhere including roadways!
9. Our strength is ” Togetherness “.
10. Under no circumstances will we be defeated!

Now let’s pray that Hurricane Irma has mercy on our friends to the east! Go away Irma!!

Harvey May Have Destroyed A Lot of Things in Houston But Not Our Humanity!

Harvey, you suck! You brought unimaginable devastation into our lives! You were scary. You were unpredictable. You were relentless. You wreaked havoc for 4+ long days in Houston and our surrounding areas. You destroyed homes, lives, and infrastructure. People were left stranded on rooftops, in their attics, clinging to anything they could waiting for rescue. No food. No water. No end in sight. You took so much from us!

But with all that you brought you also brought out the best in people! You brought out the humanity in people! People in our communities and even people from far and wide have come together to help the thousands in need of rescue. Things that that might normally come between us have been forgotten. Race. Religion. Gender. Political party. Sexual orientation. Socioeconomic status. None of this matters! What matters is human life! Helping your neighbors. Helping complete strangers.

Thank you to all the first responders whose “job it is to help” by putting your own lives on the line to help others. And thank you to our “neighbors” who went out (and are still out) to help even when their own lives had been turned upside down. I know that our first responders could have not tackled this GINORMOUS task alone. The “regular folks” have made a HUGE impact, to say the least!

Harvey, you brought humanity into the spotlight! Thank you! Thank you for bringing out the best in us. Thank you for reminding us that we truly care about each other no matter our differences. Thank you for reminding us that we can depend on others in times of need. We care about our communities! We care about our fellow man!

Let us not forget this. We need not wait for another disaster to show our humanity. It is the way we really should live everyday of our lives. Let us continue to help and lift up one another in the coming days, weeks, months, and years.

The rain has ended and the sun has come out in Houston, but there is still a long road of recovery ahead. There is still devastation and flooding all around us. I am hopeful though that the “humanity” of our people will continue to shine.

Stay strong! We will recover from this!

There are countless images of the Internet of people helping people. These are but a few…