Shopping for a Cause: Local Fashion Trucks Join Forces to Support Mia’s Closet Houston

Decked out in the parking lot of popular midtown eatery Crave Sushi, local fashion trucks set-up shop for patrons to purchase fabulous fashions and custom finds. I absolutely love shopping but I love it even more when some of my dollars are benefitting a great cause. My friend Chelsea Coffey of the TheCoffeyBreak.com and The Coffey Shop created the non-profit Mia’s Closet to initially serve underprivileged girls with access to free clothing with the help of volunteers acting as personal stylists. Due to the overwhelming community response, Mia’s Closet and it’s subsidiary Niko’s Locker, serves all children K-12th grade with not only access to clothing, but access to recreational activities in the community and vision planning that help to create positive emotional support and confidence for these kids and their families. Mia’s Closet has two permanent locations in Parks Youth Ranch for Homeless Teens and Las Americas Middle School.

 

The Shop and Chew Truck Block Party was a huge success with support from the following fashion trucks: Park Boutique (@ParkBoutique), Height of Vintage (@HeightofVintage), ShoeBar, Urban Izzy, Punch Drunk Fashion Truck (@PunchDrunkTruck), The Coffey Shop and DJ Fanci (@DJFanci) of popular local radio station and community staple 97.9 The Box. I picked up a few items from Park Boutique and it’s wonderful owner Lillie Parks. Make sure you follow all of these wonderful vendors and SUPPORT them either online or if they happen to be in your area. You can also donate to Mia’s Closet via PayPal here or drop-off clothing at any of the donation sites below. Mia’s Closet can also arrange for your items to be picked-up! Check the Mia’s Closet website for future volunteer opportunities as well!

 

Donation Sites:

Las Americas 6501 Bellaire Boulevard Houston, TX 77074-6428 Phone: 713-773-5300

Parks Youth Ranch 11614 FM 361 Rd, Richmond, TX 77469 Phone: 281-392-5794

Transformation Youth Center 113 Coronado St. Houston, TX 770098  Phone: 713-864-7466

**Email miasclosethouston@gmail.com for more information, your tax receipts or to sign up you, your company, your fraternity/sorority, youth group or community organization to volunteer!**

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Weekend Mud Slinging: Love and Beauty Face Masks by Forever 21

My hormones and diet have been so out of whack lately that my skin has been doing whatever it wants. I am victim of cystic acne (yes a victim!!) and every few months or whenever I have been on a fried food/sugar-laden food binge, I get the biggest bumps on or around my chin, nose, or somewhere on my t-zone. By definition, cystic acne is a lesion under the skin caused by overactive oil-glands (sebum). The oil-gland becomes clogged and creates a large hard bump under the skin. I can almost always feel when this type of bump is coming and it usually takes longer to treat than your normal pimple. Before I headed out to SXSW last week, I was shopping for some trinkets at Forever 21 and I discovered these face masks in a bin at the register. I knew that I was going to need these because of all the energy-drinks and the less than healthy food I was going to consume during that week plus I got two huge bumps on my chin and forehead as soon as I returned home. If you know me, you know Sunday’s are for washing my hair and detoxing from the past week. I chose to use the papaya purifying dead sea mud mask. I wanted my skin to get a really good deep cleaning and this mask is supposed to help bring all the toxins and bacteria to the surface and help diminish those pesky bumps. I love a good face mask and these were only $1! I don’t know anywhere you can get a spa-like facial for $1.

Some of the ingredients in the mask include bentonite, sea salt, lemon, kaolin, and sugar cane which helps clear your skin of all impurities. As soon as I put on the mask, I felt a nice cooling, tingling sensation. I also felt the mask tighten as it dried (I’m sure drawing out all the toxins). I left it on for about 15-20 minutes and rinsed with cool water. I try to use a facial mask about 2 times per week. I don’t recommend everyday use because you do not want to dry out your skin. If your skin is oily like mine, if your skin gets too dry, your face will try to overcompensate for that and produce more oil causing more acne!

**You can get about two masks per packet. I wrapped the packet with extra mask in foil and put in the the refrigerator for my next use.**

Because I’m Happyyyy!: International Day of Happiness

It’s time to smile because today has been deemed International Day of Happiness.  Fresh off the heels of the mega-successful, smash-hit song “Happy”, the United Nations Foundation has teamed up with super-producer and music artist Pharrell in support of humanitarian work around the world.  Go to 24HoursOfHappiness.com to submit pictures and videos of you doing things that make you or others happy. The goal of the foundation is to create a happier world for people everywhere and raise money for the UN’s Central Emergency Fund (CERF). What is happiness to you? Use the hashtag #HappyDay and let everyone around the world see your happiness!

You can donate to the United Nation’s Central Emergency Fund (CERF) here!

Use #HappyDay and upload your pics and videos to all your social media platforms!

Use #HappyDay and upload your pics and videos to all your social media platforms!

The Style Files: Meagan Elyce’s SXSW Wardrobe

One thing I learned about going to music festivals is that I want to be cute yet comfortable. I love to be a little trendy and hipster looking but comfort is the most important factor when I know that I am going to be doing an extreme amount of walking and moving from venue to venue. Here are some of the looks that I put together from last week’s SXSW Music Conference and where you can get some of the same or similar items!

Day 1/Night:

Black Owl T-shirt from Zumiez $14.95

Faux Leather Jacket by Jack BB Dakota from Karmaloop.com (old)

Converse Sneakers from Converse Outlet $24.95

Felt Brim Hat from Forever 21 $16.95

Day 2:

Print Romper from Forever 21 (old)

Button-down denim shirt from American Eagle $39.99

Blue Mirrored Aviator frames from Forever 21 $5.95

Day 2 Night:

Peter Pilotto for Target print tank from Target $14.95 (on sale)

Liquid Leggings from Dillard’s (old)

Boeth Sweatshirt from Nerdy Fresh $65

Combat Boots by Mia (old)

Day 3:

Floral Jumpsuit from TJ Maxx $19.99

Kate Spade Ginnie Bow Terrace Crossbody Purse $249 (no longer in stores)

Felt brim hat from Forever 21 $16.95

Black and gold sandals from Target (old)

Day 4:

Button-down denim shirt from American Eagle $39.99

Boy Midi short from American Eagle $39.99

Brown leather Converse low from Converse Outlet $24.95

Brown leather backpack from Claire’s $28.98

On the Scene: SXSW Day Four

I didn’t want to see this day arrive, but our last full night in Austin proved to be just as eventful as the first three. Early in the afternoon, I headed over to the Zaragoza Recreation Center for the private celebrity basketball tournament Hoop x Hang sponsored by Hardknock TV, Monster, and Plugged Inc. Headphones. Dorrough Music, Trinidad James, Dee-1, Chase N. Cashe, DJ Hella Yella and more joined forces to face each other in a friendly yet competitive few games of basketball. This was my second year at this event and it’s one that I look forward to because you never know who might swing by. Last year saw the likes of hip-hop great Warren G and Big K.R.I.T. I also got a chance to see one of my favorite radio and TV personalities, Devi Dev from Houston’s 93.7 The Beat.

After the Hoop x Hang we swung by 6th street for more food and fun. We ventured by the Complex Magazine house and Fader Fort to see Cam’Ron and JoJo respectively. Our last night ended on an epic note at the Illmore with a larger than life crew; Young Money. That’s right, YOUNG MONEY. Lil Wayne, Birdman, Lil Twist, Shanell, all hit the stage with guest performances by DJ Drama, DJ Whoo Kid, Mannie Fresh, and Young Jeezy. Backstage was super crazy with 2 Chainz and Lil Wayne drinking and dapping each other up, D. Woods and Chanel West Coast trying to talk over the loud music, and Young Money executives Cortez Bryant and Mack Maine watching their artists command the stage. The night finally ended for us at 6 a.m. I must say, SXSW 2014 was definitely one for the record books. I met so many new people and made so many connections that I am definitely ready for next year. A huge thank you to Jim Deuce, the Famous New York Team, Sean Phazes, and everyone else that made this experience one to remember. See you in 2015 SXSW!

**Please remember the victims that were hurt and killed in the SXSW tragedy. Donations are currently being accepted for the victims via www.sxswcares.com.**

On the Scene: SXSW Day Three

Day Three was a little low-key for myself as the rest of the crew went to work on their individual projects and I got to sleep in a little later than usual. We all met up later in the evening and went to my favorite showcase of SXSW. Solange Knowles along with Puma put on the Saint Heron showcase featuring artists from the Saint Heron compilation that dropped in the Fall of 2013. Solange is a hometown homegirl (and elementary school pal, go Will Rogers Elem!) and I definitely wanted to support her and her artists. I loved this compilation and what she is currently doing with her label Saint Records so I headed over to Cheer Up Charlie’s off Red River. I really was taken to another time and place with these artists. This was the first showcase I really didn’t speak a word but listened to all of the music presented. Iman Omari, KelelaMoses Sumney (him and that guitar!! *swoons*) and more performed along with special guest Tweet. I spotted Luke James, Chef Roble’ Ali and Ingrid Burley (ibtunes) grooving in the crowd.

We capped off the night again at the Illmore partying until the wee hours of the morning. Bun B, The A$AP Mob, Skrillex (one of my new favorite DJ’s), Ty Dolla $ign, and Wiz Khalifa came through and performed hit after hit. Y’all know I’m partial to Bun B because he is also the hometown homie and I grew up listening to him and Pimp C (UGK) in my early days. Wiz Khalifa was on the stage so long, the venue turned on the lights! Wiz kept performing and the crowd was still hype! Check out all the event pics from day three!