Beauty, fashion and art come together as Houstonians help Houstonians and recover this month. Here are some of our favorite things for the month of September that support local and show how our beautiful city shines!
Pretty Little Things Boutique Pop-up: This boutique is one of our favorite spots in the Houston area! The original store front is located in Kings Harbor and was unfortunately decimated during the hurricane–just after its 5 year anniversary! Nikole, the owner, however has bounced back and opened up a pop-up shop at the former Dragonfly Boutique (right next to Nothing Bundt Cakes in Humble) until the original store is rebuilt. You can follow the journey of the boutique’s recovery and fashion finds on Instagram. Everything at the store is hand-picked and bought in small batches, so you know everything you buy there is unique (aka no awkward encounters with your friends when you show up at the bar wearing the same H&M patterned skirt). We love them for their fantastic accessories like delicate necklaces by Hope by Hannah (Kingwood local) as well as their Houston gear like our infamous “HOU” hats! They’ve also stocked a bunch of “hoUSton” shirts as well as ones that say “Houston is my happy place.”
Houstonian’s Helping Houstonians: The month of September has definitely been one of recovery for our beloved city of Houston. I’ve never been more proud to see the city come together and reach out to give a helping hand to neighbors in need. One of the most impactful things I’ve done recently is helped “muck out” fellow coworkers’ homes. As the flood levels go down, there’s much need in the city for volunteers to help demo and remove contaminated furniture, flooring and walls. To learn more about my experience and get connected with a family who needs help, read on here.
Beautopia Skin Studio at My SALON Suite: This nifty spa is a pretty unique concept that allows for independent stylists and aestheticians to rent space and deliver their services directly to their clients (no corporate overhead!). We visited My SALON Suite a few weeks ago and fell in love. Natalie got her hair styled with House of Benitez and I got a microneedling procedure with Ashley from Beautopia Skin Studio. Ashley is known for her microbladding (aka cosmetic tattoo artist) and used to work for a plastic surgeon before breaking off and doing her own thing. Now she’s her own boss and made herself a little home in one of the My SALON Suite. She was super down to earth and professional when I went, and made me feel comfortable during the whole process. I especially loved visiting her at My SALON Suite because I know that she’ll be getting all of the profits without some larger company taking a cut from her well-deserved profit.
The Color Condition at Discovery Green: If you haven’t seen it, a rainbow explosion of streamers has taken over Discovery Green and Avenida de las Americas. It’s been repaired and touched up after the hurricane and will be on display until mid-November. Next time you’re downtown Houston be sure to swing by and snap a few pics of the new #HoustonStrong addition! You can grab a drink at the Grove and sit outside on the patio and listen as the breeze whistles through the streamers. It’s a pretty cool experience. Read more about the temporary art exhibit here.