Hot Chocolate at the Houstonian


Tonight, the fam packed up and headed to The Houstonian hotel for some hot chocolate by their giant fireplace.  They have huge gingerbread houses surrounding the top of it with a train that drives around them, so we knew that would be a huge hit with the boys.  (We weren’t mistaken on that one.)   It was so much fun to sit by a roaring fire, sipping on hot chocolate, while the boys ran around and marveled at the train.  The Houstonian’s decorations are absolutely stunning and put us all in the holiday spirit, for sure. (more…)

Houston Zoo Lights


On Friday night, we packed up the fam in warm clothes and a little rain gear and met some dear friends at the Houston Zoo for their holiday Zoo Lights event.  Each evening through January 4th (except December 24th and 25th) from 6pm to 10pm, the Zoo opens up to show off the 1 million holiday lights they’ve put up all over the grounds.  You can grab a cup of hot chocolate and wander through the old oak trees in the zoo, listening to holiday music and checking out the beautiful light displays.  There’s even a cool map to guide you through, with descriptions and photos on the Houston Zoo app, which I downloaded on iTunes for free before we went.  Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door and kids under two are free.  There are food and snacks throughout the zoo as well. (more…)

There’s a Paris, Texas?

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One of my friends I’ll be introducing you to in a few weeks is Paul Hotze, who co-founded the fabulous Paris Texas Apparel Co with his brother, Patrick.  I’ve known Paul pretty much my entire life (like, I literally cannot remember not knowing him) and one thing is consistent about him (other than the fact that he’s a really nice guy) – he can always make you laugh.  He’s got a real talent for it…and apparently, also for designing cool ties.

We’ll chat more with Paul on our blog soon, because he is definitely a friend that you should know, but for now, I didn’t want you to miss this super cute video he made.  Paul is the jogger in the video and no, he doesn’t always dress like that (but it’s also not entirely out of the ordinary, either…) (more…)

Enter to Win Our Earrings from Austin Fashion Week!


Fashion weeks are fabulous and Austin’s is no exception.  We were honored to be a featured designer at Austin Fashion Week 2011 – what a blast!  So, when they called us to feature a pair of our Lucky earrings in green amethyst on their blog’s giveaway, we were thrilled to participate.  The AFW blog is the place to go for all of the latest on the Texas fashion scene (and once in a while they feature a few cool designers from San Francisco who have Texas roots!) (more…)