Last Wednesday, I was treated to a wonderful evening at CITYCENTRE, an outdoor shopping venue here in Houston. Local Houston bloggers were invited to come out for sips, snacks, and of course – some shopping.
I met up with quite a few Houston blogger ladies, several I hadn’t had the opportunity to meet before, so it was great to get to know each another and chit chat about our similar hobbies.
We started the evening off at Straits
, an Asian/Fusion Bistro.
This restaurant is right in the middle of all of the shopping, with plenty of outdoor seating which is great for people watching … or to just a take a break from the serious exhaustion that a shopping trip can induce.
We all mixed and mingled until it felt as if we knew each other for years as opposed to just a few minutes.
Okay, that may be just a bit of an exaggeration. We certainly had a good time, though!
I’m probably always the first one to break into the party food at these sorts of things. Party food is my weakness. (I was also coming straight from work … so … that’s my excuse?)
Straits pulled out all the stops and supplied us hungry fashionistas with an array of Asian-inspired treats.
Chicken Satay Sticks, Spring Rolls, Chicken “Lollipops” and good ol’ American french fries were on display just for us to eat.
After just enough socializing, we headed off to stop at the lovely shops and boutiques that were co-hosting our evening.
Those purple macarons … they were lavender flavored.
And they were out of this world. Didn’t mind for a bit that it may have tasted like I was eating a garden or a nice smelling lotion.
It was simply delicious.
I also pretty much lost it over these swoon worthy clutches
One of these is definitely on my imaginary wishlist at the moment!
Before we got too far into the evening, my friend Anna (in the hat) met up and joined in on the fun.
As well as snapped a semi-awkward photo of me, but I’m including it anyway.
She almost almost
convinced me to take home these Elaine Turner boots
Aren’t they gorgeous?
She’s good at convincing, but I’m also good at not being too impulsive. 😉
Another wishlist addition?
Next stop, a visit over to Kendra Scott.
Then a hop-skip and a jump to Charming Charlie.
Which, did you know, started out in Houston of all places!
I love coming in here because the store’s displays are divided into color categories, which is great when you’re looking for hard to find Tennessee Orange, #GoVols.
I may live in Texas now, but I’ll always have a special place in my heart for Tennessee.
Charming Charlie also treated us blogger ladies with these fun/edgy earrings that I can not wait to wear.
After going in and out of a few more shops, Anna and I headed to the CITYCENTRE Anthropologie for the Hub Dot event they were hosting that evening.
I kind of lucked out that night, the two things that I wanted to do were only within feet of each other.
In a city this big … that never happens.
Hub Dot is an event that takes place all over the country/world where groups of women get together to talk openly about different topics.
When we entered the store we were given a set of stickers and asked to choose which color represented us.
The choices were:
Anna and I both chose the blue and green dots, we were much too indecisive to settle with just one.
Live music played and delicious treats zoomed around on platters while guests got to know one another, sharing stories, networking, and shopping.
Anna and I may have been doing a bit more of the latter though.
More Tennessee orange!
It is football season after all.
A fun and fabulous evening, we had!
I absolutely love living in this big city, where there is always something going on. It seems like the opportunities here are endless and there is always something new to do and a new someone to meet.
Not to mention the Houston blogger community has been extremely welcoming to this Tennessee transplant. 🙂