Fabulous in the City


Links Gallerie
31 December 2007, 8:40 am
Filed under: Links Gallerie

Welcome to another edition of Links Gallerie. As this is the last day of 2007, I have decided to share some links that have been inspirational to me throughout the year. So, here are my top five links for 2007.

The Five Steps to Creating a Personal Mission Statement. It’s really helped me focus my efforts and has given me a personal road map to follow throughout the year.

Barnes and Noble. This website has saved me a lot of time and mileage. You have no idea [or maybe you do] how annoying it is to see something online, just to drive all the way to the store and find out that they don’t have it in stock, or that it’s only sold on the web. Geez…

Entrepreneur.com. This place almost became my home page these past few months, I was there so often. The articles and how-to guides for starting and growing your business are extremely helpful. I think I’m about three credits from a MBA after reading all this website has to offer.

Creative Pro Office. This is a great tool for keeping track of my clients’ time and services, and it even allows my clients to log in and see their accounts as well. It’s the online program that I use when registering new clients and recording the time that I’ve spent working for them.

Hostess with the Mostess. This site is great. So many ideas, so many articles, and so many links to great artists, product lines, and other blogs. I do like reading blogs in my spare time, so this site is really great for me.

I hope that everyone has had a great year. I can honestly say that I’m looking forward to 2008. A new year, a new leaf, if you know what I mean. I feel that now is the time when I can take stock of everything that’s happened to me and around me and really look closely at how I can change things for the better.

But that doesn’t mean that I’m making a New Year’s Resolution. Those things are overrated and sadly depressing at times. Especially when you forget about them within the first two weeks of January. I’d say that this is my Anit-Resolution, but that would just be too cliche. So, I’ll just call it my New Year’s Musings.

So, what are you going to do for New Year’s? Some soul-searching? Partying? Reading? Feel free to share your traditions in the comments section.



The Gulabi Gang
27 December 2007, 9:35 am
Filed under: Musings

As you may know, I hate the color pink.

Okay, maybe I don’t hate it so much now, but it’s not one of my favorite colors. I mean, it is the signature color of Mary Kay and Pure Romance, and I do look good in pink, but I’m not about to paint my nails or anything else pink.

Yet, after finding an article on these women, I might invest in a pink sari.

The women that I refer to are known as The Gulabi Gang. They’re a group of women in India who are apparently tired of abusive husbands and police that do nothing about it. So, these fierce women take matters into their own hands. And when words don’t work, they use violence.

These women are notorious for beating abusive husbands with lathis [traditional Indian fighting sticks]. Talk about R.E.S.P.E.C.T….

I’m no man-hater or anything, and I wouldn’t go around beating people, but I can see their side of it. After getting out of an abusive relationship myself, I’m not really all that sympathetic towards anyone that thinks it’s okay to put their hands on me.

So, if you ever see me around town wearing a pink sari, stay out of the way. It’s going to be my new way of telling the general public that I’m going to beat someone up.



Oh, How I Love To Shop
20 December 2007, 9:31 am
Filed under: Great Finds, Musings

If you ever find me enjoying a day off, you probably wouldn’t be able to tell right off the bat. That’s because 1] I don’t give myself very many days off – between working with and for clients, keeping DJC in order, working on new things for Signature Paperie , and creating material for my book, I really don’t see the need to take a day off when I’m having so much fun. [Yes, I am a workaholic, and yes, I love that about myself.] And 2] If I do give myself a day off, I’m probably doing the same things that I do for my clients – shopping. That’s why I love this job so much.

I love to shop. But, seeing that I’m constantly growing and my body is changing so much these days, shopping for clothes [my favorite kind of shopping] is really a moot point. So instead, I’ve been spending the few days that I’ve taken for myself to shop for things for my home. And you’ll never guess where I went the other day…

Z Gallerie.

I absolutely love this place. Half of the things that I own is either from Z Gallerie, or looks like something from the store’s website. [It is rather annoying when they don’t have something in stock. I’m not very patient when it comes to getting things done.] This place is a godsend for me. I love room planning and interior design [I’m considering taking classes to get me started in that field], and every time I walk into Z Gallerie, I get bombarded with so many ideas for every room in my home. Whether it’s redecorating the living room, moving furniture around in the guest room, or trying different accessories in the kitchen and dining room – I’m never at a loss for things to do when I come out of that store.

Of course now, I’ll have to be more careful in my redecorating endeavors, with the baby and all. But that doesn’t mean that I can’t reposition a picture of seven…

So, where do you love to shop? Tell me all about it. Maybe I’ll check out a few stores and talk about it here.



This Car is Worth It
17 December 2007, 10:09 am
Filed under: Musings

If there is one car that I would absolutely love to have, it would be the Aston Martin Vanquish.

Specifically, the 2001 Aston Martin Vanquish S. Yes, that exact model. In black. Maybe with orange trim on the inside, but I won’t bore you with the details.

This car is magnificent.  And I don’t say that about a lot of cars. In fact, I don’t call anything magnificent. But I will make a huge exception for this car.

I’m writing about this car because I saw one today will driving around Houston. Just the sight alone made me realize just why I love being a personal concierge. Not only do I work with the kinds of people that drive those kinds of cars [and what great taste they have, indeed], but I’m also working towards having one myself. It may not be soon, but someday I will have an Aston Martin of my very own. And that makes fighting Houston traffic and holiday gift lines worth it.

P.S. It seems as if the Etiquette gods have smiled on me. Not one person [that I’ve seen] has gawked at me since Thursday’s post.



A Note on Maternal Manners
13 December 2007, 9:01 am
Filed under: Musings

I’ll never understand how people can be so rude.

I’m about five and a half months pregnant now, and every time I go out in public [which is all day long], I get at least ten people who just feel the need to stare at me. Why is that? You would think that a pregnant lady is nothing new to humans these days, but it seems that every five minutes, someone’s eyes are falling out of their heads because they can’t stop looking at my stomach. And I’m not even that big yet!

It’s almost hilarious. Almost.

Maybe people were taught that once you’re pregnant, you can’t move or leave the house. Maybe they think that I just have a beer gut and I’m abnormally skinny everywhere else. I have no clue. What I do know is that it is extremely annoying and flat out inconsiderate to just stop and stare at someone. One woman almost got hit by a car while crossing the street. I mean, seriously, have you never heard of a working mother? And it’s not just adults. I get crazed looks from children all the time. Of course, they’re young and they don’t know any better, but it would be nice if their mom would at least tell them to close their mouths when they gawk at me. Honestly, I feel like a sideshow attraction every time I set foot into the Woodlands Mall.

This has got to stop.



Urban Retreat and Daily Candy
10 December 2007, 10:00 am
Filed under: Great Finds

I was reading this month’s Gloss when I came across an advertisement for the Urban Retreat, a spa based in Houston.

This is one of my favorite places to send clients who need a break from the madness. Their spa services are great, and their hair stylists can perform small miracles when it comes to getting ready for the latest event.

The Urban Retreat is owned by Francie Willis, and has been around for nineteen years, so they definitely know what they’re doing. I hope that they stick around for just as long – I have a feeling that I’ll be stopping by their sometime soon with the way the holidays are treating me.

In other news, an email came across my inbox from The Daily Candy. The Daily Candy is a favorite of mine. I get little updates every day on style and fashion, travel, and even some quirky stuff that I’d probably do better not knowing about. If you ever get the chance, sign up for their daily news. It’s free, and you can learn a lot about what’s going on in the world just by what some crazy designer is concocting in his studio today.



Five Things I Loved This Year
6 December 2007, 9:41 am
Filed under: Musings

Today’s post is a nod to the past. The past year, that is. As 2007 is drawing to a close, I’ve found myself thinking about where I’ve been and how far I’ve come over this year. And while I won’t delve into detail about the past eleven months of my life [you’d get bored really quickly], I will share with you the five things that have made this year as much of a success as it could be.

1.       Mama Bee Belly Butter. It’s the first on the list because it’s probably the most important right now. I love this stuff, and it makes my skin sooo soft. Don’t be surprised if you catch me randomly rubbing my stomach.

2.       Nars Liquid Eyeliner. I love getting made up without too much makeup, and this stuff goes on liquidy smooth.

3.       The Bally Rito Messenger. This bag is awesome. There’s a place for all my things – my wallet, my portfolio, my client packages, and even my purse on certain days. Plus, the bag itself is ultra-sleek.

4.       The Amsterdam Chair from Z Gallerie. I love this thing. You have no idea how many times I collapse in it after a long day of shopping and errand running.

5.       Whole Foods Market. Yes, this really is more of a place than a thing, but it’s been great nonetheless. The food is great, and I love going there to get new ideas [when I have a little time to spare].