Belle’s of the Ball: Mia’s Closet Houston and Macy’s Helps Girls Get Prom Ready

Prom season has officially arrived. It’s the time of year where high school girls everywhere obsess over every prom detail from the makeup they want to wear, who will be their date, and most importantly; THE DRESS. Even though the dress is technically the most important decision some of these young girls have made in their young lives thus far, the dream dress really is just a wish for several girls due to income restrictions and lack of resources for many families struggling economically. This past weekend, Mia’s Closet Houston has once again teamed up with Macy’s to help make several girls prom dreams come true by providing prom dresses, makeup, and styling services all free of charge. I know from experience how important prom is for many teenagers out there (I had a horrible prom even though I was Prom Queen but thankful I got to have a re-do because of my awesome friends!) and this event helped so many girls make their prom dreams come true!

Girls were first welcomed with sweet eats and treats as they prepared to be pampered. Macy’s Benefit Cosmetics Beauty Specialists consulted with each girl about their makeup looks and then worked their magic to prepare them to be the belle’s of the ball! After makeup, the girls were given hair consultations and stylists showed the girls how to re-create certain styles for easy breezy hair that will still look good after dancing the night away. Lastly, each girl was able to choose the prom dress of their dreams with donations from generous volunteers and Decidete Mujer which is an organization that helps educate and develop leadership values and mentorship in Latino women. All of the girls were so excited to see their new looks and walk away with new dresses. I was so excited and honored to be involved in this year’s prom event and I am eagerly anticipating next year! See pics from the event below!

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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Road Trippin’: Essential SXSW Road Trip Playlist

Nothing is better than taking a road-trip with some of your closest family and friends. We are on our way to work and play harder at SXSW in Austin, TX. Houston is about 2 hours from Austin and a good way to pass the time is to put on some tunes and get to singing. Here is a hodge-podge of some of my favorite tunes that put me in a music festival state of mind.  What are some of your favorite songs you put on when you hit the road? Let us know in the comments box. Enjoy!

#SXSW Road Trip to Austin, TX with @famousnewyork; Creative Director Jim Deuce (@JimDecuceNYC) Photographer Patrick Lada (@PatrickLada), Producer Morgan Lynch (@Morganacarta)

#SXSW Road Trip to Austin, TX with @famousnewyork; Creative Director Jim Deuce (@JimDecuceNYC) Photographer Patrick Lada (@PatrickLada), Producer Morgan Lynch (@Morganacarta)

Frontin’ x Pharrell

Sweet Nothing x Calvin Harris Ft. Florence Welch

Electric Feel x MGMT

Talkin’ Bout Nothing x Big K.R.I.T

Fancy x Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX

International Players Anthem x UGK ft. OutKast

I Can’t Stop x Flux Pavilion

Stillness is the Move x Solange

Trophies x Drake

Kids x Sleigh Bells

Ready x B.o.B. ft. Future

Aladdin the Ballet

Aladdin the Ballet

This past weekend, I went to the Houston Ballet at the Wortham Center for their latest production, Aladdin. When I first saw the promotions for this show, I knew I had to go. Could you imagine the story of Aladdin being told through dance and song? I definitely could so I scooped up the first pair of tickets I could find since this production was on a limited 2-week run. This ballet was everything I imagined and more. It was magical and beautiful with many surprises during its lengthy 2 hour and 30 minute show time. People were literally on the edge of their seats watching the dancers glide across the stage as they were hypnotized by the drums, strings, and tambourines played by the orchestra. This definitely was not the Disney version of Aladdin but a new creation by choreographer David Bintley of the Birmingham Royal Ballet. This was the American premiere of Aladdin as the world premiere took place in November 2008 in Tokyo, Japan by the National Ballet of Japan. Unfortunately, the last show day of Aladdin was March 2nd, but if you would like to experience other beautiful works to be performed by the Houston Ballet, visit Houstonballet.org for future shows and to purchase tickets. Swan Lake is coming to Houston in June!