Looking for a new spot this weekend? Bisou, Clé Groups newest concept, has quickly climbed to the top of Houston’s Hottest New Restaurants. Located in the River Oaks Shopping District, Bisou merges fine dining with a luxe nightclub experience.
With the infamous “It was just a kiss” neon sign at the entrance, lights covering the room, and the DJ playing all your upbeat favorites it’s hard not give in and let loose. Paved with marble tiles and plush velvet seating, Bisou’s interior design is all around jaw dropping. Matte gold cutlery, contemporary lighting fixtures throughout the restaurant, and Instagram worthy mirrors in the restroom entrance that you and your girls will just HAVE to get a photo in front of.
We took a tour of the menu that left us absolutely speechless. I’m a normal southern girl so calling my palate “limited” is a huge understatement, not to mention French Cuisine has always been intimidating to me.
We started with pork belly dumplings glazed with ginger sauce . The chef said it was slow cooked for about 6-8 hours and oh my god you guys,it had to be the best pork I’ve ever tasted. We tried the beet salad, if you’re not a fan of beets try it anyway,something about the citrus of the blood orange paired with their goat cheese moose that was unlike anything I’d ever had before. The Lobster Bisque was probably the best I ever tasted but my absolute favorite dish was the lobster beignets. They’re out of this world.I couldn’t indulge in all the fresh sushi, which was probably the hardest thing I’ve done so far in 2019, but I did enjoy their lobster sushi roll. It was fresh and absolutely delicious so when we go back that’s definitely a re-order.We finished the appetizer section with the Yellowtail Sashimi and Pan Seared Foie Gras.The servers were amazing at explaining what each dish was and being ever so patient with me when I asked (at least four times) if I was pronouncing “foie gras” correctly 😂.
In the midst of tasting all of Bisou’s goodness the lights were gradually dimming and the bottles with sparklers were starting to fill the room. By about 9pm the DJ pumped up the bass and the party was in full swing. Chef Frédéric Perrier was kind enough to stop by and give us a little more insight on the restaurant as well as his favorites on the menu. With 40+ years in the industry and an impressive restaurant lineup that includes Aura and the ever-so- trendy 51Fifteen in Saks. When I asked him for his personal favorites he suggested the Wagyu Tartare Bites and the Escargot. Chef Frédéric described Bisou as an experience who saw their food getting progressively better. Well said,Chef!
Bisou was an experience, indeed and the food was outstanding. I was completely blown away.We can’t wait to go back and experience Bisou’s Brunch. If you haven’t stopped in to Bisou yet, I would highly recommend it. It’s the perfect date night, girls night, or regular Saturday night to unwind and you’ll never know who you’ll see in there. I don’t want to name names but if it’s good enough for “Clyde the Glide” it has to be hall of fame worthy 😉.
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How am I still a tourist in my own city? When you think of the Houston Galleria area you think of the shopping and completely forget about everything else the location has to offer. Fine dining, 5 star hotels, and new experiences right at your fingertips. Royal Sonesta is the perfect place to stay in the Galleria Area. The staff is incredible! We stayed during one of the busiest weekends. The Houston Rodeo was in full swing, a business summit was being held, and a huge wedding was happening in the ballroom. Somehow amidst all the chaos, we were treated like royalty. We arrived at our freshly cleaned room on the 23rd floor with chocolates on the pillows, robes ready to lounge in, and a view overlooking the city lights. The hotel amenities have everything you need so while traffic dies down you can 🍷 “wine down” and grab a cocktail at the Axis Lounge. This modern designed bar is located conveniently on the first floor offering a wide selection of cocktails and chic seating,making it a great pit stop before you start your night out. Need a quick bite but want to keep it light? Launch is a convenient “grab and go” meal area that’s stocked with fresh food, coffee, and toiletries for sale because let’s me honest…90% of the time you left the toothpaste on the cpunter at home. Chips and cookies before your bathing suit isn’t ideal pre-pool lounging so being able to grab a healthy snack before soaking up the sun at the hotel’s pool was super convenient.
Speaking of convenience can we talk about the jaw dropping Club Lounge on the 23rd floor? The area is exclusively available to patrons on the 23rd floor offering complimentary snacks,water,sodas,big screen TVs and continental breakfast. With mid floor to ceiling windows it’s hard to not take your phone out and snap a few photos of a rare view from up top. Talk about living the high life.
We decided to take advantage of room service and pre-order our breakfast in bed. Eggs Benedict, Raisin Brioche French Toast, and a large fruit plate? Yes,please! Probably not the breakfast of champions a physical trainer would approve of, but you’re on vacation! Enjoy yourself! Not only is the food from the Ara Restaurant delicious but the presentation was superb! You’re not going to NOT take a brunch photo for Instagram, am I right? Overall I’d say our stay was amazing and I’d highly recommend it to visitors of the city and fellow Houstonians. You won’t be disappointed. Royal Sonesta goes above and beyond to make your stay worthwhile.
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Houston has been getting all the love lately. From Drake letting us stream all of “So Far Gone” (cues Nov. 18th) , to Travis Scott taking over with Astroworld, to Solange’s latest album paying homage to her hometown. The city’s ego HAS to be as big as our traffic lanes at this point .
The album titled “When I get home” has been released for less than 16hours and is already creating a huge buzz. I personally appreciate artists who create a full body of work versus single, after single and Solange delivered once again. This album is just as good as “A seat at the table”, possibly better. The best part? Solange is sharing listening parties all throughout Third Ward this Sunday March 3rd. I’ll link it below to snag your spot.
It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of staycations. Something about packing a getaway bag and leaving the hustle and bustle of the city behind for a night, is so refreshing. The Houston CityPlace Marriott Springwoods Village location is perfect if you’re looking for a blend of quaintness with an optional choice of livening things up. While the CityPlace retail and shopping center is still in development, the action to The Woodlands Waterway and shopping is just a few miles away. We felt so comfortable at the hotel we didn’t feel the need to leave. Instead we lounged around and got some work done by their heated pool then casually dressed up for dinner at their in house restaurant SwitcHouse.
(P.S the candied pork belly small plate is to die for!) The interior design of SwicHouse is complimentary to the 10 story hotel it resides in. Urban modern, masculine hues, leather chairs, luxury gold accents, warm lighting and wood elements. If it sounds impressive, just wait til you see it in person each space in the hotel is so well designed you can’t help but snap a few photos for your own home inspo. The Marriott hotels know what their doing when it comes to superb interior design and true relaxation. Who wants to leave bed to get breakfast on vacation? Leave a California king in the middle of binge watching a new show?Say no more. At the Houston CityPlace Marriott you can select your breakfast items on a door tag found in the hotels room service menu, place it on your door the night before and even select the time you wish your breakfasts arrival. Talk about a break fast.
If you’re well rested and feel up for breakfast you can stroll down to the M Club Lounge that’s fully stocked with delicious snacks, a snazzy coffee machine, sparkling water or wander to the hotels restaurant to grab breakfast. There’s so many elements of convenience at the Houston CityPlace Marriott it was hard to not love. It’s the perfect place to stay,work, and play. We can’t wait to go back!
We’re back with another stay-cation review! Just because summer is almost over, doesn’t mean we should expect snowfall in Houston anytime soon 😂 so enjoy the heat while it lasts. Hotel Sorella is perfectly located in CITYCENTRE just minutes from downtown. A little less hustle and bustle and more time to walk around the shopping center, catch a movie or catch some sunrays at Hotel Sorella’s rooftop pool! The decor throughout the hotel is immaculate! It’s the perfect blend of classic design with modern touches. Dark accents, marble finishes, hardwood floors and skyline views. The balconies give the most breathtaking views of the city and allow you to glimpse at what’s going on downstairs at CITYCENTRE. Open the balcony doors a bit and you can hear the music playing downstairs, talk about chic living. The rooms give you a downtown-living feel with comfortable touches of home. The bathrooms were fully stocked with plush towels,extra linens, and spa scented shower gels. Did I mention the massive bathtub accompanied by the rainfall shower? It’s a whole other level #bathroom goals! We could’ve stayed in that room the entire trip,but decided to see what else the hotel had to offer. The pool plenty of lounge chairs and covered cabanas to relax and work on nothing but your tan.Feeling parched? The restaurant and bar inside will serve you your favorite glass of rosé to cool down. The service was great and the pool cabanas are hard to walk away from. After a few hours of lounging we got dressed up and headed down for dinner. There’s a cute restaurant located in the hotel for your convenience or if you’re like us you’ll take a stroll around CITYCENTRE and dine at one of the restaurants perfectly tucked in every corner. Need to work up an appetite first? Bowl and Barrel is a new trendy bowling alley downstairs from the hotel. It gets pretty packed so make sure you reserve your lane online to avoid the wait. There’s plenty of restaurants in CITYCENTRE. RA Sushi, Cyclone Anaya’s, Yard House,Season’s 52 and so many others are literally steps away from the hotel. You can even shop a bit after dinner. The shopping at CITYCENTRE has everything you need! After we finished dinner we headed to the Monnalisa. A trendy bar/ lounge located on the same floor as the pool. Brace yourself because Saturday night it gets pretty packed but is so much fun! Try one of their cocktails and step outside by the pool. At night it’s so beautiful and there’s more seating available as the night continues. Overall our stay at Hotel Sorella was great. Just the kind of quick getaway we needed. Between the hospitality and the luxury ambiance, saying “bye” to the good life was hard to do so we’ll definitely be back. I’d highly recommend anyone to stay there. It’s perfect for a date night or a quick stay-cation to restart your week. Let me know how much you guys love it 🤗 !
Huge thanks to Hotel Sorella and their staff for having us. All opinions are my own.
Looking for a good stay-cation spot in Houston? Well look no further because Hotel Alessandra has quickly captured the hearts of endless amounts of Houstonians. This recently opened hotel is located in the heart of downtown right next to the Greenstreet shopping center, a hop and skip away from the Toyota Center, Discovery Green and all of the best Houston attractions. Hotel Alessandra is the perfect blend of modern luxury and southern comfort. The moment you valet it’s goodbye normalcy and hello to the good life. As you head to the second floor to check-in, take a moment to admire the hotels chic aesthetics. The ultra luxe staircase paved with gold detail, is absolutely breathtaking! I’d pay good money to retake my prom picture on that staircase 😂(half kidding). Every furniture piece is detailed with gold accents and pops of emerald green. If Z Gallerie and the Royal Palace did a collab,this is what their furniture would look like 😂.
The rooms are just as dreamy. Panoramic views of the city, a luxurious overhead shower,perfectly placed accent furniture to get your Carrie Bradshaw moment on 💁🏼♀️,plush pillows,and the worlds most comfortable bed. Honestly, what more could you ask for? A rooftop pool perhaps? Well you’re in luck because on the fifth floor your oasis awaits. Take a few hours out of your day and do absolutely nothing. Work on your tan, order some truffle fries and don’t forget their famous Pop-tails! You heard it folks, POP-TAILS! I tried the tequila sunrise. A popsicle infused with top shelf tequila, orange juice and grenadine. What better way to cool off in this Texas heat than frozen alcohol and truffle topped carbohydrates?
When you live in a city this big it’s easy to caught in the hustle and bustle. When’s the last time you explored downtown? Between the misleading parking signs, traffic and it being so ever-changing we forget to get our Dora the Explorer on. Well shine up your dancing shoes kid,because we’re going out for a night on the town. Hotel Alessandra has a complimentary valet service that you can call ahead of time right from your room. We stayed on a Friday night when the hotel was busy, but the valet service was more than accommodating. A short 10minutes later we hopped in our luxury car and were off to Frank’s Pizza for a quick bite. The driver hands your a card with their phone number and when you’re ready to head back to the hotel they’ll pick you up within ten minutes. It’s perfect and oh-so convenient! Once you’re all spiffed up for the night, stop in the hotels bar on the second floor. Bardot has a great selection and it’s open until 2am on Saturday.
Hotel Alessandra has so much to offer!Whether you’re looking for a spa day, a date night for you and bae,or a night on the town with your girls, they can happily accommodate you. The staff was superb! Anything we needed they were happy to assist with. From the moment we walked in it was all smiles and southern hospitality so it’s safe to say that you get the full luxury experience here.I will definitely be coming back. I’m a simple humble girl from Texas, just like you but the second I rested my head on that type of thread count I was hooked😂. I hope you guys enjoy it as much as we did! It definitely made it on my “favorites” list!
Huge thank you to Hotel Alessandra and their PR team for the collaboration and as always,all opinions are my own. I love you guys!Thanks for reading
Loopidity DUPE! Swoopdity Doop.. (or whatever Kanye is saying in that song)
I love the saying “you get what you pay for” but when it comes to cosmetics,that’s not always the case. Majority of the time we pay for the name&cute packaging. I was out of town and forgot my favorite ABH brow necessities. You can imagine my hysteria so I had to grab something quick at CVS! That moment of desperation ended up saving me money in the long run because I haven’t went back to high end brow products since. Milani’s brow fix is the best $7 I’ve ever spent and it’s lasted me so long. The color payoff is great and it’s just as blendable as ABH.
Everyone’s holy grail setting powder is Laura Mercier.I don’t know if every YouTuber in the world made a pact to say that there’s nothing better,but there definitely is! I’ve tried high end and drugstore and the RCMA setting powder is still my favorite. It conceals my pores (which is major for me), I can bake a little bit and it won’t make me look cakey. It keeps my makeup set all day, not to mention it’s only $10!
Moving on to overly priced liquid highlighters. Do you remember when Cover FX came out with their liquid highlighters? OMG for months that’s all people would talk about. I went in,swatched it,but couldn’t commit. I searched high and low before finding Makeup Revolutions liquid highlighter drops. $44 or $9? You do the math 😂
We know the Kardashians rule the internet but they don’t have to rule your bank account too! KKW and Kylie Cosmetic’s nudes can easily be swapped for NYX cosmetics soft matte creams. “Cairo” is my favorite peachy nude and it’s lasts longer than both KKW and the Kylie lipsticks.$49 or $5.99 🤷🏼♀️? It’s an easy decision!
Onto blush, MAC’s “peaches” blush and their mineralize blushes are a summer staple 😩 they’re beautiful but if you don’t feel like splurging Milani’s Baked Blushes are only $7.99 and there’s so many shades that it’s easy to find a dupe for your MAC blushes. Luminoso and their baked blush in Soleil are my favorites.
Just thought I’d share a few of my favorite dupes. I know there’s some things that can’t be compromised and we have to splurge, but any chance I get to save a little, that’s what I’m doing so I hope this helps.Love!Love! Love yall!
I have a new summer love…and it’s called Boscia Cactus Water Moisturizer”
“Skin is in” has been a classic transition when it comes to summer looks. From higher SPF’s, BB creams, intense skin care regimens and ultra hydrating our bodies, summer calls for extra attention to the skin. Boscia’s new Cactus Water moisturizer makes you look like you’ve been prepping for glowing summer skin all year (and I’ve only used it for a few weeks so you can clearly tell how enthused I am). Over the past week my skin looks and feels so hydrated. Dull, parched, textured skin was creeping up on me just like this summers temperature . Going with a lighter moisturizer that’s quick absorbing is a must this summer. I’ve even used it as a cleanser along with my Michael Todd cleansing brush and OMG! I truly haven’t had this even skin tone in such a long time. My fine lines are less visible and after a week of using it my skin was glowing on it’s own. Making my “no makeup” makeup days less terrifying to the general public. The texture is a gel based and comes with a glass applicator for the most luxurious application. This little glass of water for the face has the lightest scent and perfect for all skin types. Even oily skin types,like myself. Every time I work the product into my skin I get all the 5-star spa vibes.I’m addicted! A little goes a very long way with this product so the $38 price tag vs. having dry and patchy skin is well worth it in my opinion. You can grab yours at Sephora now! Let me know what some of your summer skincare favorites are 😊
I received this product complimentary for testing purposes from Boscia. All opinions are a thousand percent my own, as always.
PSA: Mac Cosmetics offers FREE technique classes! This is not a drill. REPEAT! This is NOT a drill.
It’s Saturday night and you’re on your third YouTube video watching the latest makeup trend. You’re watching ever so closely, screen shooting every product mentioned, thinking to yourself “Pfft! I got this!”. You wake up Sunday morning two hours before you’re supposed to meet your girlfriends for brunch.Just enough time to take all the information you learned last night and put it to the test.You pick up your handy MAC 217 blending brush, just like your internet guru said, you take your brand new $54 eyeshadow palette that Instagram told you,you couldn’t live without and get to beating. Forty-five minutes later…it’s not looking too good.Your blending IS NOT for the God’s. You ARE NOT glowing from within, The Tin Man called and he would like his shield back, and let’s not even get started on your contour because frankly things went south after you “baked”. I’ve been there! We’ve all been there. I’ve watched countless videos on YouTube and Instagram and yet I look nothing like those gorgeous babes on the screen. Now before we all give up on life, lets take advantage of information we can actually get our hands on. MAC Cosmetics office Technique classes for free! That’s right! FOR FREE! I went to my first one last week and was completely blown away. It was better than watching a YouTube expert, I could actually raise my hand and ask questions. The cool thing is, it isn’t just the MAC locations in Houston that offer these services. You can go to the MAC website, find your store and see what upcoming events they have in your city. The makeup artist teaching the class has mastered her “beyond perfect” makeup application! No,seriously! She’s actually been recognized for her technique. Her name is Caitlin and let me tell y’all, she shared some serious magic with the entire class. I had it all wrong you guys. Thinking that there wasn’t a solution to my Texas-sized pores or that baking was actually something I had to do because everyone else does it (I can keep going with how much I had wrong) but the tips she gave me completely changed my makeup look.These classes are amazing because they’re so personal. Every makeup struggle I had was addressed that day. I have a lot of texture on my skin so when I try to get that “J.Lo glow” I fail miserably and my highlight actually enhances my imperfections. One should not be limited on the amount of highlighter that can be applied,that’s no way to live.Snap after Snap I hear “That highlight tho!” followed by a pretty girl showing off her glow and I’m over here hiding my bumpy temples.I’ve exfoliated, poured coconut oil on my entire life, used every highlighter from every brand and nothing! Caitlin pointed me in the direction of cream highlighters and let me tell you I’ve worn that highlighter every day since. Finally! Something that worked! Something that every Youtuber recommended me NOT to do because of my oily skin. Oh, and these large pores of mine?Gone!
Okay, well not literally, but if you saw me with my “Skin Refined Zone” from MAC’s Prep+Prime collection you wouldn’t know I had any.It’s valuable tips like these that we should all know and share.MAC’s Technique Classes offer so much information catered to you, not to mention they’re fun!The Rice Village Houston location really went above and beyond. After the class they mingled with everyone and pointed us towards products that would fit our individual needs so if you’re in the Houston area you should definitely check them out! They’ll make you feel like you’re just shopping with one of your girls.I’ll even join you! Let’s all glow up together! If you’re not in the area you can find classes and events on the MAC website.GO! Take a friend! Make a day of it! Even if you’re extremely knowledgeable in your face beating routine there’s always room for improvement, not to mention you can re-stock on your Fix Plus because honestly, you can never have enough of that stuff. We’re all riding this struggle bus together ladies so if I have any valuable information my followers can benefit from I’M SHARING! Let me know if you’ve tried a Technique Class before I want to hear all about your beauty secrets too!Talk to you babes soonXo, Kristin