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    5 Ways to Embrace Southern Charm

    Details: Katie Shirt Dress//Denim Tote//Floral Scarf with Tassels//Cushion Walk Faux-Leather Sandal with Flowers//Modern Elegance Bangle Set//Poppy Chandelier Earrings

     I’ll never forget the morning I left my Florida home to make the 18-hour drive to Houston. When I mapped out my route from Miami to Texas, I had no idea how much that 1,000 miles would change my life. Little did I know that leaving state lines would mean abandoning the vibrant culture of Miami for a completely new experience in the South. To my surprise, the South was filled with warmth and truly authentic charm.

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    Becoming a Modern Southern Belle

    If you’ve been reading my blog since its conception, you know that I didn’t always live in Houston. I grew up in South Florida, which feels like anything but “The South.” Sodden with tanning oil and dotted with palm trees, Miami has always felt like a foreign piece of the United States. When I took the leap to move to Houston, Texas, I didn’t realize I’d be leaving behind the sandy beaches and Cuban coffee for the Southern life – a life SO unfamiliar. When I did finally move here, I realized I was able to embrace Houston’s burgeoning city life and Southern hospitality… it felt a lot like being a Modern Southern Belle.

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    Join Me at Fashionably Pink with CanCare & Elaine Turner

    More Than Pink - Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Awareness MonthOne in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. Looking around my office building, that statistic is powerful enough to knock me off my feet. It’s safe to say that cancer has affected all of us in a negative way at some point in our lives. Whether you’re a survivor, know a survivor, or lost someone to the terrible disease, cancer has disrupted the health of so many in such an unfortunate way. Continue Reading

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    I Wrote My Way Out: Surviving Violence & Finding Light

    Hello, you beautiful person! There’s a very big story on the blog today, but I’m sharing it in honor of the Home Safe Home Gala, AVDA‘s (Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse) annual fundraising event, happening TONIGHT in Houston.  This fundraiser is created to support AVDA’s mission to end family violence by serving the survivor, the abuser, and the community. Unique and fun, it has become renowned as one of Houston’s premier tasting events, featuring the creations of top chefs.
    I am HONORED to be an ambassador of AVDA’s gala this year! It’s an organization I’ve been wanting to be part of since moving to Houston.  The evening will include top Houston chef tastings, wine and more on Thursday, October 5, 2017 at 7 pm, at the Crystal Ballroom at The Rice in Houston. Tickets are on sale now! Visit AVDA’s website for more information here. A portion of the 2017 Home Safe Home Gala proceeds will go to the newly established AVDA Victim Relief Fund, which will provide emergency financial assistance to AVDA clients. Read today’s blog to find out WHY organizations like AVDA are so important. DISCLAIMER: This could be a difficult and triggering read for some, so proceed with caution. 

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    #GirlsNightOut – Houston Strong Fundraiser for Hurricane Harvey

     

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    Have you ever felt helpless in a moment of disaster? There’s a guilt that sinks in when disaster hits and you find yourself scot-free. Phrases and questions like, “That could have been me,”Why them?” and “Why do I feel happy and hurt at the same time?” kick in. That painstaking guilt is totally acceptable, but the way to handle it is by helping others wholeheartedly. When Houston faced Hurricane Harvey, I was dying to find an outlet to throw myself into. In my last post, I described the experience of a Southwest Airlines limbo that left me checking my email every day to find that my flight home to storm-torn Houston was yet again canceled.

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