The Definitive Guide to Houston

Take Note: Winter 2020 Edition

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From luxe leather bags to clean skincare and chic lounge wear, Houston is full of businesses that are breaking the mold and making a name for themselves. Our winter issue featured our second installment of ‘Take Note,’ a collection of noteworthy brands and initiatives that offer unique experiences and products.

Photo Courtesy of Universal Standard

Universal Standard  

After years of being frustrated that size inclusivity and style were mutually exclusive, co-founders Polina Veksler and Alexandra Waldman launched Universal Standard. The brand carries a wide assortment of everyday basics, work wear items and on trend pieces in sizes 00-40. Each style goes through rigorous fit testing, so the worries of “this is made for a size 6 and doesn’t fit me right” are thoughts of the past. Their 1:1 concept opened in Montrose this fall and is unlike any other store you’ve ever seen. Instead of simply looking like a store that took over a house, the well curated home has clothing racks and dressing rooms strategically placed to create a welcoming environment. Book your appointment now to experience this unique shopping experience.

Photo Courtesy of Moreau Paris

Moreau Paris  

Moreau Paris was established in 1882 with the dream of creating luxury leather travel items and leather goods that were unlike anything ever created before. The original team took inspiration from the natural patterns of classic wicker suitcases to create the uniquely minimalistic design seen on many Moreau pieces. Over the decades, they’ve continued to value luxury and create modern styles that stay true to their roots. Each piece is carefully crafted in France with the company’s signature stitching. Many of their iconic totes are also reversible and customizable. If you want to put your own unique spin on your timeless bag, know that the Houston location offers stamping and hand painting.   

Photo Courtesy of Drunk Elephant

Drunk Elephant  

Did you know that an in-flight skincare routine is just as important as your morning and evening regimen? No matter how long your flight is, the planes extremely dry air will leave your skin feeling as if you’ve just spent time in the desert. Luckily, cultfavorite and locally founded skincare brand Drunk Elephant has you covered. Their mini sets are not only TSAapproved, but they’ll also leave your skin hydrated and refreshed. Before you catch your next flight, pick up one of the sets at local favorite Kuhl-Linscomb or one of the many Sephora’s around town.   

Photo Courtesy of HMNS/ Mike Rathke


One of Houston’s bestkept secrets is that the McFerrin Collection at the Houston Museum of Natural Science boasts the largest collection of Fabergé in North America. The historic jeweler dates back to 1842 and has always been a favorite among Royals around the world. Today, you can not only visit the museum to see over 500 Fabergé objects (including picture frames, clocks, fine jewelry and eggs), but you can also shop their current collection at the company’s only Texas retail space. If you’re looking to explore everything Fabergé has to offer, ask about their personalized, private shopping events. Your day will include reserved time at the store and a private tour of the McFerrin Collection. Whether you’re new to the brand or longtime fan, we promise youll have a magical experience.  

Photo Courtesy of Bailey Hart Creative

Edith Hour 

Lifestyle brand, Edith Hour, was founded locally by Emily Lunstroth, native Houstonian and HHM‘s very own. The company launched last year with what people are calling a “desert island essential” – The Ready Robe. Made in Texas from 100% cotton oxford shirting with a classic design and feminine cut, the robe is lightweight enough for every season. Each robe can be customized with up to a whopping eighteen characters because the brand encourages customers to expand beyond classic initials with a nickname or a special phrase. Whether you’re getting ready at home or in your hotel room, this robe is the ultimate in luxury and will elevate your time spent figuring out what to wear, how to fix your hair or which show you’re binging next.  

Feature Photo Courtesy of Moreau Paris 

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  1. What’s up?

    I found this article very interesting…please read!

    Do you remember the blockbuster hit film The Matrix that was released in 1999? You may not know this, but it has deep spiritual implications concerning the times we are living in and Bible prophecy.

    It tells a story of how these “agents” are trying to turn us into machines. We are closer then ever before for this to become a reality when they cause us to receive an implantable microchip in our body during a time when physical money will be no more.

    You may have seen on NBC news concerning the implantable RFID microchip that some people are getting put in their hand to make purchases, but did you know this microchip matches perfectly with prophecy in the Bible?

    “He (the false prophet who deceives many by his miracles) causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name…

    You also may have heard of the legendary number “666” that people have been speculating for possibly thousands of years on what it actually means. This article shares something I haven’t seen before, and I don’t think there could be any better explanation for what it means to calculate 666. This is no hoax. Very fascinating stuff!

    …Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666″ (Revelation 13:16-18 NKJV).

    To see all the details showing why the Bible foretold of all these things, check out this article!


    GOD is sending out His end time warning:

    “Then a third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives his mark on his forehead or on his hand, he himself shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out full strength into the cup of His indignation. He shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. And the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever; and they have no rest day or night, who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name” (Revelation 14:9-11).

    In the Islamic religion they have man called the Mahdi who is known as their messiah of whom they are waiting to take the stage. There are many testimonies from people online who believe this man will be Barack Obama who is to be the biblical Antichrist based off dreams they have received. I myself have had strange dreams about him like no other person. So much so that I decided to share this information.

    He came on stage claiming to be a Christian with no affiliation to the Muslim faith…

    “In our lives, Michelle and I have been strengthened by our Christian faith. But there have been times where my faith has been questioned — by people who don’t know me — or they’ve said that I adhere to a different religion, as if that were somehow a bad thing,” – Barack Obama

    …but was later revealed by his own family members that he indeed is a devout Muslim.

    So what’s in the name? The meaning of someones name can say a lot about a person. God throughout history has given names to people that have a specific meaning tied to their lives. How about the name Barack Obama? Let us take a look at what may be hiding beneath the surface…

    “And He (Jesus) said to them (His disciples), ‘I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven'” (Luke 10:18).

    In the Hebrew language we can uncover the meaning behind the name Barack Obama.

    Barack, also transliterated as Baraq, in Hebrew is: lightning

    baraq – Biblical definition:

    From Strongs H1299; lightning; by analogy a gleam; concretely a flashing sword: – bright, glitter (-ing, sword), lightning. (Strongs Hebrew word H1300 baraq baw-rawk’)

    Barak ‘O’bamah, The use of bamah is used to refer to the “heights” of Heaven.

    bamah – Biblical definition:

    From an unused root (meaning to be high); an elevation: – height, high place, wave. (Strongs Hebrew word H1116 bamah baw-maw’)

    The day following the election of Barack Obama (11/04/08), the winning pick 3 lotto numbers in Illinois (Obama’s home state) for 11/5/08 were 666.

    Obama was a U.S. senator for Illinois, and his zip code was 60606.

    Seek Jesus while He may be found…repent, confess and forsake your sins and trust in the savior! Jesus says we must be born again by His Holy Spirit to enter the kingdom of God…God bless!

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