Some call it the Bayou City.
Some the Space City.
Others call it the Energy Capital of the World.
Beyoncé calls it H-town.
We call it home.
It’s Not Hou It’s Me is an indispensable resource for Houston residents to learn about the hippest places in town. From trending restaurants and new fitness studios to cultural events and art installations, we provide inside tips for readers to fall in love with their hometown! In our travel series, we recount our stories from a distinctly relatable Houston perspective, and our Newstonian Guide breaks down where to go and what to know about the hottest neighborhoods in town for new Houstonians.
We’re Houston experts. We’ve got a pulse on the city and have built up a huge network of connections and trust within the community. Our readers come to us for recommendations on everything from where to live to where travel. We’ve collaborated with hotels, airlines, car dealers, tourism bureaus, grocery stores, retailers and more to bring the best of Houston to the world and best of the world to Houston.
I’m a passionate Houston native who is excited to show the world how exciting it is to live in my city. Since 2014, I’ve been collaborating with partners around the city and the world to create content for It’s Not Hou It’s Me. I write about fitness trends, cultural events, street art and travel. I’ve bee ambassadors for the Greater Houston Partnership, Visit Houston, Houston Marathon & Half Marathon, SoulCycle, BE Yoga, Hiatus Spa & Retreat and more.
I’m a vegan food junkie, avid athlete, art fanatic, a wanderlust warrior—but most importantly…a crazy enthusiastic Houstonian! I’m also recently engaged and post about all things lifestyle and travel here and on @AnastasiaCHansen.
I’m born, raised, and educated in Houston, and the longest I’ve been away is a couple months last summer when I got my certificate in publishing from NYU. You might be thinking, “Gosh, Natalie. How could you not love and adore New York?!” The thing is, I did. But, Houston is better. You get spoiled when your hometown is Houston, because all else fails in comparison.
As an undergrad, I interned for three major publications in Texas as well as served as an editor of the University of Houston newspaper, which gave me an excellent base of information on the city. I still work in media, and my expertise is in business journalism. When I’m not in the digital world Tweeting or blogging, I can be found at a new bar or restaurant, sweating in a new fitness class, planning my next travel adventure, or reading a new book — reviews and bookish content at @booknerdalie.
Photos by the wonderful Izmail Glosson