New Orleans’ Hidden Gem

I was in New Orleans for work this week, and for those that have not been there I thought I would share my opinion on this city. I have to be honest; I don’t love Louisiana. I never visited before Hurricane Katrina so I don’t know how it was before the destruction. However, most of New Orleans to me seems to be dirty and old. There is however, the usual tourist attractions such as the French Quarters filled with music and creole food but truthfully, it’s not all that and a bag of chips. Everything is highly overpriced and crowded. Unless you’re heading there to party and drink or for Mardi Gras, then I would say to save your pennies for another place.

Ok, back to my story. During my visit this week, I was dreading having to kill time before heading back to the airport until I found a little hidden gem. If you drive down Harrison Ave you will find City Park, it is their equivalent to Central Park in New York. It is a 1,300-acre park filled with things to do. As soon as you enter the park, you forget that you are in Louisiana. The park itself is well maintained with many trees and flowers. There are plenty of people walking, biking, taking a sunbath, and even fishing in the ponds. They have a botanical garden (general admission is 8 dollars per adult but are free on Wednesday if you are a Louisiana resident). They also have a sculpture garden that is free to the public. I didn’t have time to explore the whole park but apparently, there is a carousel garden amusement park, tennis courts among other things. If you are ever in the area, stop by and check it out.

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Fenty Foundation Trial

This past weekend I was able to do my friend’s makeup, I had forgotten how much fun it is. It’s like painting on a blank canvas, with so many colors and brushes and seeing the final result on a smiling face. Let’s start off by saying that my friend very light skinned, and her main concern is not looking to pale without overdoing the bronzer.

We used Fenty foundation by Rihanna, this was my first time working with this foundation and I am not sure if I love it yet. The foundation is very lightweight and breathable but it is not the most full-coverage foundation out there. We went for the color 150 Natural and as I applied it, I realized it was very shear and needed a couple of coats of foundation, the good thing with this foundation is that it is very buildable without making your face look cakey. Overall, I loved the outcome she looked gorgeous and happy.

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Also, can I throw in there that I thinks she looks a little like Megan Fox here?

 

Saying goodbye to the Rodeo

Last Sunday was the last day of the rodeo, and if you are like me then you are wishing it had lasted a little longer.   For a true Houstonian this is simply something you do, you must go to the Rodeo every year. Some of you may be thinking… but is it not the same thing every year? You are right; however, there is something about the livestock, the cowboys, and the food that keeps you asking for more.  Rodeo is that time of year where you dust off your boots, sparkly belt buckles, and cowboy hats and flaunt them proudly.

It starts with the trail riders coming into town, if you have not witnessed this in person, then you have a whole year to look forward to it. But first, a little history for those that are not from Texas. In 1952, four men traveled on horseback from Brenham, Texas, to raise awareness of the Houston Rodeo. Today, more than 3,000 trail riders partake in this tradition, heading into Houston from all directions including Louisiana and Mexico.  Los Vaqueros Trail Ride is the longest ride, covering 386 miles, beginning in Reynosa, Mexico. All 13-trail rider groups will gallop into downtown Houston to kick off the rodeo. If you happen to spot them coming into town you see tons of horses and wagons and many smiling faces.

Houston is the fourth largest city in the U.S, we are hustle and bustle kind of city but we all know that when the trail riders are coming in, all the traffic stops to make way for the horses and wagons to remind us of our Texan’s ways.

Now let’s talk about the food, everything is bigger and better in Texas. This is where you will find humongous turkey legs, 16in corn dogs, and fried everything from Oreos, cheesecake, and ice cream. There’s also tons and tons of games and rides, think of a county fair but ten times better. The concerts are amazing, this year we went to Rascal Flats and Luke Bryant (I did let my husband know that he will always be my husband but Luke Bryant is bae lol). The rodeo itself is amazing, you get to see the bull riding, barrel racing, bareback raising, and mutton bustin. If you don’t know what mutton bustin is then just picture a five or six year old hugging a huge sheep racing across the arena, the one that holds on the longest wins a buckle! Yes, a shiny belt buckle. The rodeo is now over and I can’t wait until the trail riders make their way back again. Next year’s goal… Get my Californian husband in full cowboy attire… boots, hat and all!

 

 

 

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I am a wife, sister, daughter and a mother to a little fur baby named Teddy.  I am God made, Jesus saved and Texan raised. Lived my whole life in Houston, graduated from UH, Go COOGS!! and love spending time with friends and family. I created this little space on the web to share some of my ideas, thought, and everything else in between.

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