Thursday, December 22, 2011

Walkscore

This is one of the coolest sites out there. You can input the address you either live in or are planning to purchase in and it lets you know the "walkscore" of that property. Your walkscore is determined by how close you are to parks, trails, stores, restaurants, entertainment, etc. The higher your walkscore the less likely you are to have to depend on your car.

Here is the link: http://www.walkscore.com/

Here is an example of a pretty good address based on walkscore: http://www.walkscore.com/score/1111-Hermann-77004

Have a great holiday!!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Wreaths Across America - Houston


What a great way to tell our soldiers and their families how much we appreciate the sacrifices they have made for our freedom. Wreaths Across America, originally started at the Arlington National Cemetary, has made its way to Houston. This annual wreath laying ceremony will be performed at the Houston National Cemetary on December 10, 2011. Any donation amount is appreciated, although a full wreath is $15.00. As we get ready to sit down with our families this Thanksgiving, let's all take a moment to reflect on those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.

This organization is a 501-C-3. All questions can be answered on their FAQ's here. Think about donating either your time or a few dollars to this great cause.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Links of the week - focus on fashion

We haven't done "Links Of The Week" in quite awhile now have we? This time around I would like to focus on fashion. I am someone who is addicted to all things fabulous, cut well, stitched properly, made out of luxurious material and lastly, slapped with a tag that says Prada or Proenza on it. Granted, I cannot afford any of these things, but I love them nonetheless. There are fashion blogs and websites out there for everyone, no matter what your story. Whether you're in love with designers, a vintage collector, hipster, overweight, underweight, male/female, housewife, rocker or a model. It doesn't matter, there is something out there for everyone and you can find it with this lovely search engine I found called Google.

I indulge my inner fashionista that is so desperately dying to get out and rob me blind by reading some of my most favorite fashion blogs. Tops on that list is a local woman who has an eye for style and is a genius when it comes to finding lower cost alternatives for today's top trends. Merritt Beck, who runs the fashion blog Manolos and Martinis, has an impeccable sense of style. Her looks are classic, tasteful and she is able to mix color into her everyday looks without looking garish.

Pretty Miss Beck:

This picture is borrowed directly from Merritt's website: Manolos and Martinis

Next is Rumi Neely and her blog, Fashiontoast. Reading this blog can cause depression in women whose constitutions are not as strong as mine. Rumi's life, as reflected in pictures, is amazing. This woman travels the world, rubs elbows with the fabulous, has a fantastic man in her life and does it all while looking effortlessly stunning. She makes fashion look easy and for that reason alone, I am an avid reader.

Rumi Neely:

This picture is borrowed directly from Rumi's website: Fashiontoast

This brings me to my third and final fashion blog must-read, The Man Repeller. Contrary to what the title implies, this is one pretty and witty lady. Leandra Medine is fearless in her style choices, hence the cheeky name of her blog. She is funky, eccentric and pulls off some risky outfits with great panache. 


Leandra Medine:

This picture is borrowed directly from Leandra's website: The Man Repeller

I hope you enjoy these blogs as much as I have!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Fresh Arts Coalition Fall Social

Fresh Arts Coalition launches the Fall arts season and the Fresh Arts Society at Cha Champagne and Wine Bar

Fresh Arts Society Fall Social offers a chance to meet 25 of the most vibrant arts organizations and connects audiences to #houarts with year round special offers, ticket discounts along with exclusive opportunities from Fresh Arts member organization

09.28.2011– Fresh Arts Coalition invites #houarts lovers to join us in celebrating the kick off of the fall #houarts season. Come join the party at Cha Champagne and Wine Bar on Wednesday, October 19th from 6pm to 9pm and discover the fall arts offerings. Events this fall include anniversary seasons, musical masterpieces, theatrical world premieres, dynamic dance performances, fantastic films and more! Join in on the conversation with directors, choreographers, filmmakers, artists and other Houston arts creators involved with Fresh Arts Coalition organizations all while enjoying wine and light bites—included with the purchase of the first month of your Fresh Arts Society membership!

The Fresh Arts Society Fall Social will feature performances by Chris Becker and Thomas Helton of Musiqa with excerpts from their Music for Silent Film series. Also, featured will be The Matt Willhelm Jazz Trio. Cha will feature a pop up art gallery curated by DiverseWorks.

Fresh Arts Coalition Fall highlights include new works by Opera Vista: Powder Her Face, Blaffer Art Gallery: Window Into Houston, Main Street Theater: Cakewalk (World Premiere) and Diverseworks/University of Houston Center for Choreography: Memoirs of Sistahood.

Performances this Fall also include Dominic Walsh Dance Theater: 10th Anniversary Season Opening Performance, Musiqa: Around The World, Mercury Baroque: Love, Power and Politics, ROCO & Inprint: Musical and Literary Ofrenda, Opera in the Heights: Cosi Fan Tutti and many more!

This event is also the official launch of the Fresh Arts Society, Fresh Arts Coalition’s new audience membership that offers special access to shows and events in film, art, theater, dance and more along with discounts to partnering local businesses! For just $5 a month or $50 a year (2 months free!), you can join the Fresh Arts Society, enjoy a complimentary glass of wine, light bites and a raffle ticket for your chance to win fabulous #houarts prizes!

What: Fresh Arts Society Fall Social
When: Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Time: 6-9 P.M.
Where: Cha Champagne and Wine Bar, 3939 Waugh Houston, TX 77019

Cost: $5 which includes 1st month of membership in Fresh Arts Society monthly subscription, a raffle ticket for #houarts prizes, a glass of wine or bubbles and light bites! Sign up for a 1 year $50 membership to the Fresh Arts Society and get two months free!

Ticket Pre-Sale: http://fasfallsocial.eventbrite.com
Musiqa: http://musiqahouston.org
DiverseWorks:

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

John Cleary Art Gallery-Fine Art Photography

The other day I was having lunch with my friend, Catherine Couturier, owner of John Cleary Gallery Fine Art Photograpy, and she made a comment about photography that stuck with me. I asked her what she thought about some of the new applications available for our current app-obsessed society such as Instagram and Hipstamatic, both very popular since the advent of the App Store from Apple. Her response was interesting - she explained that a photograph is something tangible, not what you find on online mediums such as Instagram. A lot of the work that goes into producing a beautiful photograph is put into it's development, printing, and the final end product. A true photographer is one who not only has an eye for taking the image, but who can also process it so that the end result is an amazing piece of art.

This art has become somewhat lost in this digital age, where a novice can feel like a professional because of the mass quantities of people who "like" the novice's online images. These online images are fun to look at, and I have also loved being an Instagram user. Even so, taking a trip to the John Cleary Gallery is quite an eye-opening experience.

The artists who are lucky enough to be part of the John Cleary Gallery's exhibits are some of the most talented in the world. Catherine's eye for thoughtful, amazing photography is evident as you pass through the doors and into the stark white walls and concrete floors of the gallery.

Here are some pictures from previous exhibits and receptions held at the space:








You can find a list of exhibitions on the official website for the John Cleary Gallery. Below is a picture from the most recent exhibit (one of my favorites), Mitch Dobrowner: "Storm Series":

Mitch Dobrowner: "Monsoon"

The next exhibition, currently hanging in the gallery, is Jeri Eisenberg: "Bokah". The opening reception for this exhibition will be Saturday, September 17, 6-8 p.m. Stop by to check out the artist and the gallery, you will love it! This exhibition is a series of defocused, blurred images from "common wooded landscapes" which are then printed on thin Japanese Kozo paper and segmented into diptychs, triptych or quads.

Here are two from the series:

Giant Magnolia:


Silver Pear Willow:


All images in this post are from the Gallery directly, or taken from the Gallery's official website, with permission.

John Cleary Gallery
2635 Colquitt Houston,
TX 77098 - tel: 713-524-5070

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Mary McDonald Interiors

Being a Realtor®, it's no secret that I love houses. Something that goes hand in hand with this is my appreciation for great interior designers. I had seen a lot of Mary McDonald's work in publications such as House Beautiful, Town and Country and Veranda, however my adoration of Mary McDonald, the person, came when I started watching Million Dollar Decorators on Bravo.


Touted as being the inspiration behind the character of "Karen", on Will and Grace, Mary McDonald is both hilarious and insanely talented, all wrapped up in a petite little package of gorgeousness.

Her design work is seen in some of the most affluent homes and businesses, so it is with great excitement that I am writing today about the affordable lamp line that she has launched in collaboration with Robert Abbey, Inc. Sometimes it is just one simple, beautiful piece of furniture or accessory that can completely transform a dull room, and any one of the lamps from her recent collection could add that extra special touch to a home.

Not familiar with Mary's work? Here are a few examples of why I am such a fan of her style:

*all photos are borrowed, with permission, from Mary McDonald's official website*

Classical Glamour:











Isn't that beautiful? With the launch of her latest book, The Allure of Style, you can get some great inspiration for adding some elegance to your own home.

As for her lamps, they vary from the range of "Classic Glamour" to "Whimsical" giving you an option for whatever your taste leans toward.

Here are some pics, once again borrowed, with permission, from her official website:






This lighting collection is available in Houston at Kripsen Collection and High Fashion Home. Here is a full list of US and Canadian retailers:

US RETAILERS:

MSK Illumiations 212-888-6474 New York, NY
Klaffs 203-866-1603 South Norwalk, CT


Westport, CT


Danbury, CT


Scarsdale, NY
Suffolk Designer Lighting 631-283-4800 South Hampton, NY
Allen's Furniture 402-331-8480 Omaha, NE
Garnand's Furniture 620-276-2326 Garden City, KS
Keller Furniture Galleries 785-628-1048 Hays, KS
Jayson Home & Garden 773-248-8180 Chicago, IL
HW Home 303-545-0320 Boulder, CO
Slifer Designs 970-926-8200 Edwards, CO
Topnotch Furniture 208-726-2297 Ketchum, ID
Grace Home Design 307-733-9893 Jackson, WY
Eclectic Home 504-866-6654 New Orleans, LA
High Fashion Home 713-528-3838 Houston, TX
Krispen Collection 713-621-4404 Houston, TX
Gump's 800-284-8677 San Francisco, CA
Grace Home Furnishings 310-476-7176 Los Angeles, CA
Portabello Road Furniture 480-584-3435 Scottsdale, AZ
Farrey's 305-947-5451 Miami, FL
Bungalow Classic 404-351-9120 Atlanta, GA
James Michael Howard 904-389-5100 Jacksonville, FL
Cleveland Lighting 440-461-3450 Lyndhurst, OH
Sedlak's Interiors 440-248-2424 Solon, OH
Ruth Wilson Showroom 614-421-3070 Columnbus, OH



CANADIAN RETAILERS:

Ambienti 514-259-4444 Montreal, QC Canada
Union Lighting 514-340-5000 Montreal, QC Canada
Elte 416-785-7885 Toronto, ON Canada
Prima Lighting 905-851-1188 Vaughan, ON Canada
Universal Lamp 416-787-8900 Toronto, ON Canada
Chintz & Company 250-388-9906 Victoria, B.C. Canada


Vancouver, B.C. Canada


Calgary Canada


Edmonton Canada


Alberta Canada

Lastly, if you are on Twitter, you should be following her....she is a great source of laughs!


Wednesday, August 3, 2011

White Linen Night in The Heights



It's that time of year again folks. Time to pull out your white shirts, dresses, shorts, shoes (it's not Labor Day, yet) and come out to the Heights for White Linen Night! I post about this every year, so if you want the back story on what it is about, click here.

This year the parties have expanded to White Oak. There will be a ton of activities including "Three Parties. Two Hosts. One Night", sponsored by the Fresh Arts Coalition. This event will take place at Fitzgerald's on the corner of White Oak and Studewood, starting at 6pm. Can't make it at 6? Don't worry, the party will go well into the night, with an after party from 10pm-2am.

Also be sure to check out "Pink Street". All vendors involved in this event will be donating proceeds toward breast cancer research and/or the American Cancer Society.

19th St. will be shut down, as it is every year, for the Art Market and the Fashion Show.

Worried about gettin' hungry or thirsty? No fear, the Food Trucks will be there!

All the details can be found on the official website for this event, White Linen Night Heights.

Here is a link to the map of events. The Wave, a jitney shuttle service, will be on duty transporting you to and from all the festivities, so you don't have to walk or try to find parking in order to enjoy all the fun. It's free, but be sure to get your inebriated self back on it in time to get to your car (with your designated driver). The shuttle stops at 10pm.

Looking forward to seeing everyone out and participating!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Vic and Anthony's



I recently was lucky enough to get to dine at Vic and Anthony's with some friends for a lovely dinner. I hadn't been in years and had forgotten just how good the place was.

The last time I dined here, I had not yet been diagnosed with Celiac, so I was able to go hog-wild with the menu. So, I was a bit nervous about whether or not I would have any options. Wow! I must say I was extremely surprised by just how many options I did have. I had already contacted the Concept Executive Chef, Carlos Rodriguez, to let him know about my allergies. He took such wonderful care of me and made sure to let the server, who rocks by the way (Michael Fulmer, ask to sit in his section), know which dishes could be made to work with my allergies and which could not.

The food was outstanding, the service was impeccable and the entire experience gets an A+ from me. We were given a great recommendation for wine by the Sommelier, and Michael Fulmer was incredibly gracious and attentive.

I am a huge lover of redfish, so the fact that they had it available was very exciting to me. The seasoning was so delicious, not overpowering and the sauce complimented it without drowning it. The fish was cooked to perfection, not too flaky, but just flaky enough. It melted in my mouth and made me a happy, happy lady. My dinner companions enjoyed the filet and the prime strip, both of which looked absolutely amazing. Carlos was nice enough to send us some amazing gluten-free appetizers: the tomato and mozzarella, tuna tartare and the seared scallops. That in itself should have been enough for me, but it was so tasty I had to get more. I ended up ordering the lobster bisque (best I've ever had) in addition to my redfish entree, the appetizers and the creme brulee. Needless to say, by the time we left I had gained about 15 pounds, but it was so worth it.

The ambiance of Vic and Anthony's is fantastic. The place is beautiful, the patrons are an eclectic mix of businessmen/women, socialites, baseball fans (it's next to the field), concert goers...anyone and everyone! If you haven't been to Vic and Anthony's, or if it's been awhile, I suggest you high-tail it back there as soon as you can. And, ask to sit in Michael Fulmer's section when you make your reservation. You will be treated like Royalty. Also, be sure to give Carlos Rodriguez a wave as you walk by, he deserves some love for being such an incredible chef.

I can say, without hesitation, this will always be my go-to place to take potential clients, good friends, or anyone that I want to impress with a fabulous dinner.

Houston locations hours:

Sunday through Thursday-
Cocktail Lounge opens at 4pm, Dinner is served from 5pm-10pm

Friday-
Cocktail Lounge opens at 4pm, Lunch and Dinner served from 11am-11pm

Saturday-
Cocktail Lounge opens at 4pm, Dinner is served from 5pm-11pm

Reservations: 713-228-1111
Located at 1510 Texas Avenue, Houston, TX 77002

Houston menu

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Alamo Drafthouse



So, I decided to go and spend some time with my bff who lives in Austin, TX. for the 4th. We did tons of fun things, but one that really stood out for me was going to the Alamo Drafthouse to see a movie. When I realized that we had one in Houston and that my lame-ass had not yet been, I was excited to go and see what it was all about.

Let me first start out by saying that in no way is this a place I am recommending for the best meal of your life. However, I was very pleased by the menu options and the food that I ordered. Also, they have a huge list of alcoholic beverages to choose from including craft beers, wine, cocktails, etc. That alone is reason enough to go.

What a great date place Alamo Drafthouse would be. You can wine and dine your lady all at once. The best part? If it's a blind date, or first date, or someone you've been with for years, you can still make them feel super special by doing dinner and a movie all at once.

I was surprised to see such great offerings on the menu. Of course popcorn, the staple of every movie, is available. In addition were some interesting meal options such as a fried goat cheese salad, spinach and artichoke dip, rep pepper hummus, burgers, wraps, pizza, you name it! Each location has it's own menu, but they all mostly offer the same items. I was at the location in Austin, on Research Blvd. We have two in Houston: one in Katy, on Mason Rd., and one in West Oaks.

What was the most interesting to me was the ability of the servers to deliver the food throughout the movie without once entering into my frame of sight. It wasn't until I received my meal that I looked around to see a bunch of wait staff crouched down delivering food. How someone can crouch and deliver food in a movie theater is beyond me, but somehow they do it.

Now, if you are looking for some Dolby Surround Sound 3-D goodness, I don't know if this particular cinema would be the best for you. Even so, they have some really neat events that you can attend, like the Justin Timberlake "Sexy Back" sing-a-long (hello! I have to be there), a "Johnny Mnemonic" screening where they will display all your texts about the movie on the big screen as it airs (I must go to this simply because Keanu bugs), and of course, the "Rocky Horror Picture Show" (what cinema would be complete without this event?).

If you want to go do something different, have some fun and enjoy a pretty darned decent meal while doing so, I would highly recommend the Alamo Drafthouse. Keep in mind, this is based on my impression of the Austin, Lake Creek, location. If you've had some experience with our Houston locations and would like to share, please feel free to comment.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Orion Auto Service

Wow, what a heck of a few months it has been. I apologize for my absence and lack of blogging, but I've been a very busy Realtor! Now that things look like perhaps they are slowing down, I thought I'd take a second to review a place that has been on my list FOREVER.

Those that know me know that I used to own what quite possibly could be put in some type of historical register as the biggest p.o.s. automobile in the world. I had a 2003 Land Rover with massive body damage, in addition to over 100,000 miles. The doors wouldn't open (with the exception of the driver's seat, thankfully), every single light on the dashboard was on, and it was a craptastic little fiasco I had on my hands. I now have a new car, thank GOD, but during my hellish experience with said piece, my only saving grace was Orion Auto Service.

Specializing in imports, this place should be the primary example for all other auto repair shops with regard to customer service, quality of work and price. I cannot tell you how many times I had to go to this place as my piece fell apart. It was something new, almost everyday.

Marlon, the owner (I think?), and his family are the best. He would always turn off my check engine light for me (at no charge), and get my wretched auto ready for it's yearly inspections with the bare minimum of work to make it pass. Toward the end of my relationship with this heinous car, I was unable to drive it, almost daily. Marlon would always get me back on the road to selling houses, at the lowest possible cost to me. He is the first person I have ever trusted with my car, and will be the last. I never felt that he was taking advantage of my ignorance or the fact that I was a woman, which let's face it, happens often at auto shops. In addition, when I asked him what all needed to be done in order to get it back to a "normal" condition and if it would benefit me to do so, or if it would be better to buy another car, he answered "buy another car". Now, this man could have nickel and dimed me for another two years (which was my goal for keeping it) and I could have spent thousands of dollars at his business trying to do so. Instead, he gave me an honest answer, and in turn, gained me as a customer for life.

No matter what you kind of automobile you have, import or not, I highly recommend visiting Orion Auto Services, located at the corner of 16th and Yale. You will not be disappointed.

Orion Auto Service, Inc.
1542 Yale St.
Houston, TX 77008
Phone: (713) 426-2299


Here are some pics of some sweetness to keep you going until my next post, which hopefully will be sooner, rather than later:

Trevor, aka, "Fattycake, the original" in his "bouncy house" at his 4th birthday party:


Next we have little Brandon, aka, "Fattycake, the sequel" at his very 1st birthday, enjoying some cake:


Here are the two brothers together, it's adorable to see how much Brandon worships Trevor, look at the look on his face...so sweet! (PS, I used instagr.am on this pic, so that's why it's filtered so weird and looks grainy)


Finally, my original sweet baby niece, Taylor. She's all grown up now :( but the makeup freak in me is so proud to see her getting a manicure, even though she's so big it makes my cry.


That's all folks.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Memorial Day Post-In Honor of Charles "Trey" Kitowski III

I'm re-posting this in honor of my friend and personal hero, Charles "Trey" Kitowski, III.

On this day, I always like to thank all of those serving our country, as well as remember with great respect and thanks, those that have fallen for the sake of our Country's safety and our continued freedom.

Memorial Day became even more special to me after my best friend's cousin, Charles "Trey" Kitowski, III passed away in Afghanistan while on duty.

Trey (as I remember him) was always a special guy.  I have such fond memories of growing up with my best friend, Lauren and her brothers and Trey.  Lauren's brothers would make our lives miserable with constant pranks.

Charles Kitowski But, not Trey.  He was so kind and always so respectful.  Much like his Grandfather (his namesake), Trey was an extremely compassionate and kind spirit always ready and willing to help, not once turning his back on someone in need.  Trey dedicated his life to helping others: 'helping with Habitat for Humanity, volunteering for Meals on Wheels, or finding a way to adopt any animal he could find.' So, it was a natural step for Trey to want to protect and serve his country.

And, protect and serve he did.  And, he did it well.  Exceptionally well.  Trey entered the Army Reserves in 2005 and was then assigned to the 345th Psychological Operations Company, 2nd Psychological Operations Group, U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command (Airborne), Fort Bragg, N.C.; soon after he was deployed to Afghanistan.

Trey would write his family and call as often as possible while he was deployed.  He was so excited about the project he had been assigned to work on, the project that would be his ultimate demise.  'On, August 12, 2007, Sergeant Charles "Trey" Kitsowski, III, age 31, was killed by an IED in Eastern Afghanistan. He died doing what he felt duty-bound to do.'

I write this blog-post with fond memories of the sweet, fair haired kid who always had a smile on his face, respected his Country to the utmost degree and loved his family and his friends with a heart bigger than that of the Country he served.

This Trey, today, is for you.  And, all the other wonderful men and women out there who have risked their lives to allow me the freedom to write this post, to voice my opinion on what matters, to walk down my city streets without fear, to love and to laugh and to know that the Country in which I reside, the Country YOU protected, is the best in the world.

Thank you.


**Excerpts in italics and pics taken from "In Memoriam, Charles Kitowski"** 

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Noah's Kitchen Chili Cook-off -Come have fun and help a great cause!

The following information is taken directly from the Noah's Kitchen Chili Cook-off official website:




2nd Annual Noah’s Kitchen Chili Cookoff

April 30th, 2011
Noon – 6PM
The Garden @ Hughes Hangar (formerly Washington Grill)
2811 Washington Avenue
Houston, Texas 77007

1/2 Block East of Studemont,
Across from Shell Gas Station

THIS IS A FAMILY FRIENDLY EVENT

Welcome to the site for the 2nd Annual Noah’s Kitchen Chili Cookoff, a public festival with a chili competition aimed at raising operating funds for Noah’s Kitchen. This year the cook off is being held at Hughes Hangar in the Historic Heights area of Houston. Last year was a blast and we expect this year to be a huge success!!

Those interested in competiting in the cookoff, operating a vendors booth or sponsoring portions of the event, please see the menu below for more details.


We will also have a raffle like last year with ALL kinds of cool items and gift certificates to be won.

Also bring your “change – to make a change’ and vote for your favorite team’s chili. The team with the most ‘change’ will win the ‘People’s Choice’ award.

SPONSORS FOR THIS YEAR:



PROUD TO ANNOUNCE THE FOLLOWING BANDS:


12:00 -12:45 Zavala Band


1:00 – 1:45 Mike Quigley Acoustic


2:00 – 2:45 Wayside Drive


3:00 – 3:45 Benjamin Wesley


4:00 – 4:45 Prairie Cadets


5:00 – 5:45 Harmony Groove




PROUD TO ANNOUNCE THE FOLLOWING JUDGES:


Head Judge John Gray aka The Shameless Chef from Houston Press


Tally Kinghorn of Lone Star Beer


Brandy Graesser of Bran Bakes and Hubbell & Hudson’s Viking Cooking School


Lauren Ramsey of Radio Disney


Kerri Ryan of YMKM Agency


Geri Druckman of Food Renewed


JR Cohen of WeSLGT and YMKM Agency


JJ/ Jonathan Jones of Beavers and El Patio


James Beck of Eat More Heat


Kevin Strickland owner of Ziggy’s Bar and Grill

Monday, April 11, 2011

Twitter - no it's not a waste of time

I have been utilizing Social Media for my Real Estate business for quite awhile now. That includes Facebook, LinkedIN, blogging and yes, Twitter.

I never have understood why there is a stigma attached to Twitter that it's a waste of time or stupid or doesn't really work.  Some of my best referrals have come from Twitter. And, some of my closest friends.

When I initially signed up for my account, I was a little hesitant. I couldn't quite grasp the concept of it. My impression was that is was just a big chat room for people who were bored. I couldn't have been more wrong.

Yes, I'm sure there are plenty of times people tweet because they are bored, need to pass the time until the work day ends, or they just simply have nothing else to do. But, this past week put into perspective just how powerful of a tool Twitter can be.

In the Houston Twitter community, people create bonds. We make friends, we hang out together, we have drama, we have love, we have hate, we have it all! But, most importantly, we unite as a city when one of our "own" is in need.

You see, we had a bit of a tragedy this past week. One of our lovely "tweeter's", Linda, was in an accident on her moped and severely injured. She was taken to Ben Taub and released a week after being admitted. Trying to locate her mother and family was proving to be a bit of a challenge for her close friends that were in the ER with her, at her bedside. If you go back and read the timeline from when it was first posted that she was in an accident, and read all the tweets from these friends reaching out via Twitter to anyone who might have information (phone numbers, emails, etc.) to get in touch with Linda's family, it is quite amazing. The entire Houston community rallied and gathered around Linda using Twitter as a means to get in touch with her mother and family within 5 hours.  Had it not been for the power of Twitter, who knows how long it would have taken?

And, that's just the beginning. Since Linda's accident, most of the Houston Twitter community (especially the foodie community) has used Twitter to rapidly spread the word and raise money to help pay for Linda's medical bills. Thousands of dollars have been raised (more than $10K!) through a silent auction, parking lot "block party", special sit down dinner, bake sale and raffle, with all proceeds going to Linda. People who hadn't even met her before came out for the benefit, just because it's what the awesome Houston Twitter community does; they go out of their way for one of their own. Especially if she is known and loved by many.

I'd like to take this time to personally thank all those that have contributed, volunteered, organized and most of all, taken care of Linda during her time of need. And, if after reading this, you still feel Twitter is useless, then we're probably better off not having you on there anyway.

Big, BIG thanks to Paul Petronella aka "PauliePetro" for donating the space for the benefit as well as all the proceeds form the Revive Italian dinner. (Paulie's Restaurant).

If you want to help, please follow TeamQue_Linda for updates on future benefits and for updates on her health.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Ja-Vi Boutique on Yale St. in the Heights

Ja-Vi Boutique


I would like to thank my friend, Connie, who introduced me to Dragon Bowl Asian Bistro and Les Givral's Kahve, once again for introducing me to one of the greatest finds in the Heights: Ja-Vi Boutique. This place is so chocked full of awesomeness, I went into a state of awesome overload.

Where else can you find awesome jewelry, stationary, candles, gifts, clothes, shoes AND amazingly beautiful antiques/mock antiques? I'm not just talking an old sconce or scratched up chair, I mean SERIOUS finds.

Connie had been singing the praises of this boutique to me for years and years, but I never found time to stop by. Thank GOD I did! I'm in the process of having to get some furniture for my new pad, at 2125 Yale (another awesome overload), and I'm very specific about my tastes. They have some of the most unique pieces, all at very affordable prices.

One stop at this great little place, located at 1535 Yale St., just isn't enough. You'll find yourself needing to go back again and again and again for more. Also, the lady who helped me, Evelyn, was one of the nicest people on the planet. She is incredibly helpful and will move mountains to make sure you are taken care of while going into awesome-shock.

Just an FYI, they are going to be discontinuing the sales of their clothes in the near future. So, if you are in the market for some really cute and unique dresses, tops, jackets, jeans, etc., NOW is the time to go. They have massive price reductions so they can clear their inventory.

Here are some pics to get you revved up for your soon to be shopping trip at Ja-Vi. Because after seeing these, how can you not stop by?

Arnoires, tables, knick knacks
Awesome bed frame, chairs
Jewelry, cards, handbags
Candles, soaps, scented sprays, gifts
Jewelry, handbags, shoes
Picture frames, consoles, antique doors
Planters, tables, outdoor furniture
Part of the furniture showroom
Armoire, frame, table
Main furniture showroom
Table and bench
Clutches and wallets


Ja-Vi Boutique
1535 Yale Street
Houston, TX 77008
(713) 426-5284
Tuesday-Friday
11:00am - 6:00pm
Saturday
9:00am - 6:00pm

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Les Givrals Kahve



Holy Delicious! I'd been wanting to try this place since it opened, but I always seemed to be pre-occupied or just way too lazy. Thank God my friend made me go one day. The menu is amazing and you know I loves me some sushi, so I was a happy little blogger.

We sat at the sushi bar and the "Waterfall" sushi roll was recommended to me. I promise, I almost cried it was so good. I decided that since this was a Vietnamese restaurant that I should try something from that side of the menu, which is not short on choices for picky individuals. Since I'm a gluten-issue gal, I had something called "Banh Cuon Thit Nhân", which is some kind of steamed rice sheet filled with a butt-load of scrumptious. Basically, I had no idea what the hell it was I was eating, but I was very impressed. I think it had some mushrooms in it? Anyway, it was great. The sushi was great. The atmosphere was great and I was just overall feeling great.

If you love Vietnamese fare and sushi (my weakness), then Les Givrals Kahve is a must try for you. If you go to the downtown location, say "hi" to Kevin who owns the sushi bar in this hoppin' joint. He was the previous sushi guru at my other haunt, Dragon Bowl Bistro....

Locations:
Downtown
801 Congress St.,
713-547-0444

Washington
4601 Washington Avenue
832.582.7671

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Image Cleaners - Waugh Dr,

In my 37 years on this earth, as a proud Houstonian, I have always had issues with dry cleaners. Sometimes my clothes come back wrinkled, still stained (I'm messy, ok?), faded, sometimes with a weird "funk" smell on them, and worst - sometimes I don't get them back at all.

However, I have found the dry cleaner for me. Image Cleaners on Waugh is nothing but a whole bunch of wonderful wrapped in a plastic bag and neatly hung on a wire hanger. I have been utilizing their services for about 3 years and only had 1 snafu. It was immediately remedied by the lovely, June, who by the way is part of the reason I will NEVER switch dry cleaners. She was quick to call me and fix the issue; this seems to be lacking in most other cleaners I have visited, who would rather take a "turn the other cheek" approach to anything remotely resembling a minor dispute.

Granted, I'm certain there are those out there who will disagree; if you research "dry cleaners" in Houston, you can rest assured every single place will have a negative review. Even so, I don't care. I love Image Cleaners, I love June at Image Cleaners and I love that my clothes actually look like they have been cleaned.

'Nuff said.

Image Cleaners
542 Waugh Drive 
Houston, TX 77019
(713) 529-1150

Friday, January 7, 2011

Trevor wants the "Stinky Truck"

Well my sweet baby nephew, Trevor, decided that he HAD to have the "Stinky Truck" that was in the display case at Target.  And, of course his Aunt Nellie bought it for him for Christmas.  Here he is, a few weeks before Christmas, getting all upset because "Stinky" won't get out of the display case: