After letting my local posts dwindle down over a year ago and then getting three email requests from readers of places to go in Houston, I’ve decided it’s due time to bring them back. Mostly I’m doing this as a good excuse to go shopping and out to eat, but also as an act of kindness to those who dare to read my two page email replies (super sorry about that!).
First up, Saint Cloud. No worries for those of you who can’t experience their punched metal gold awning and honeycomb lighting that dreams are made of, because they also have an online shop here. For the locals that are familiar, Saint Cloud is in Rice Village, just across from your second must-stop (and soon to be feature), Cloud 10 ice cream…
And by that I mean the new studio. Is it just me, or do other people feel like they’re just winging it most days when it comes to owning your own business? I’m half terrified, half excited at almost any given moment. I shared this photo on the day I put my name on the studio door, and it was such a surreal feeling. I mentioned that if someone would’ve told me three years ago when I was waiting tables at a restaurant that I’d be standing in front of this door three years later, I would’ve never believed them.
A lot of people commented asking what my secret was, but I really don’t have one. It’s crazy how hard work, God’s grace, and a just a dash of faking it until you make it will get you places you thought you could only dream of. That isn’t to say that every day is a dream or that I know just what I’m doing, but I have such a clearer vision now than I ever have…
I’ve been just a teeny tiny bit behind on sharing my recent (half-finished) DIY projects after coming back from Tulum and getting everything prettied up for the first Sugar & Cloth studio workshop with Laura Hooper Calligraphy, so bear with me until our regularly scheduled programming! Don’t be too disappointed though, this recap of our first workshop should inspired you just as much.
I’ve decided several things after yesterday. One being that I LOVE styling events, more than teaching them myself probably, and second, there are going to be plenty of Sugar & Cloth workshops coming up in the near future. It’s just too fun not to!
There are some instances where my workaholic tendencies serve me well (thanks dad!), and then there are other instances where it really just means that spontaneity escapes me. I’ve found a few temporary cures for this in my 25 years of life. Some of those things include ice cream (always a good reason for a work break), good friends, love, pet cuddles, and inexpensive hotel rooms. The inexpensive hotel rooms part is probably the most logical, so we’ll stick with that one for the moment.
There are lots of ways to go about getting inexpensive hotel rooms that don’t require friend-ing up (i.e.- having friends with connections), but my favorite happens to be HotelTonight. You can book a hotel the morning of your stay for a fraction of what it regularly costs. Apparently this works better if it’s not a super busy night, but we ended up getting to stay at the W French Quarter which I would never be able to afford regularly (I run a blog after all..), and it was so fantastic. I’m not really a fancy hotel type of girl, not because I wouldn’t want to be, but that’s just never been my budget.