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Outside of analytics, Nicole finds pleasure in photography, fashion, art, puppies, and all the greatness Houston has to offer. Her personal, eclectic style is always changing but came together after years of following fashion shows, vintage shopping, and working with stylists.

Fall Fashion in the Time of COVID

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It is my favorite time of year: fall. I am always eager to write pieces on fall fashion (see my transitional fall piece of the past here), but found myself stumped this year. This fall is remarkably different from the ones we have seen before. Time has seemed to stop. What is fall? Are we really already halfway through it? How can we bring fashion into this brave new world that seems to know nothing of time? How do you stay chic while limiting your interactions? The places we go are different and the things we engage in are certainly not the same. However, our ever-changing world keeps spinning, despite a pandemic. So naturally, us fashionistas (and fashion-forward gents) must evolve as well. Here at Houston Hotel Magazine for our seasonal fashion piece, we consider at-home fashion options, a few outfits to have on deck for events we might attend, and end our fashion analysis by asking readers to consider treating yourself for sticking it out during this exhausting year.

Diamond and Ruby solitare ring in 18k gold – DeBoulle Jewelers

Around the House

First, let’s talk about loungewear. It does not take a rocket scientist to calculate that we have been using all of our “around the house,” genre of clothes ad nauseum for the past several months. So why shouldn’t we treat ourselves to the coziest of options? This author recently had a birthday and I was gifted the most magnificent set of cozies I have owned to this date. Behold, Barefoot Dreams Cozychic Ultra Lite set.

(image courtesy of Magpie’s Gifts).

What makes this set special is the adorable pullover, that, believe it or not, can be worked post quarantine. The pullover has a drawstring waist and is made of a fabric so soft, you’ll feel like you are being kissed by angels. I myself have discovered that it looks fantastic with your favorite pair of skinny jeans. Good news for our male readers if this set doesn’t come in your size-you too can feel the fuzzy joy in the form of a blanket that is also available here. Happy lounging ladies and gents!

Gameday or Watch Parties

Many of us have a circle of friends or family members we have had the opportunity to keep in our “inner circle,” mid-pandemic. If your friends are from the South, like ours, you know football or sports, in general, have stopped for no man (or woman). This season is no exception! College football will be around until the championship on January 1st, so there will be plenty of time to support your favorite team. I have had the honor of watching more than one football game with trusted friends and found myself asking-what should I wear? Luckily the lovely ladies of Hemline River Oaks stepped up to help us with some styling. Their location has a collection of cute shirts for every team you can imagine.

Longhorn or Aggie? They have you covered. Check out their curated feed of looks here on their Instagram to get an idea of the quality of clothing and styling you can expect when stopping into their store!

We loved working with this group to put together this look below-you can snag everything from boots to purse from Hemline River Oaks. For football watch parties, comfort is key, so the team paired a cozy spirit t-shirt with an adorable leather-textured skirt. Because it is fall, no matter what the thermometer says, the team paired a pair of cowhide booties with a felt hat for a look that reads “gameday fall chic.” We are taking notes.

Outdoor Weddings

For engaged couples, this year has been troubling, to say the least. While they would love to be supportive “in sickness and in health,” that does not mean that couples want to take a risk with their wedding guests’ health. Based on CDC standards, many venues previously used, might not be safe now.

As a byproduct, 2020 has seen a wave of outdoor weddings. From ranches to beaches to backyards, betrothals have been given a breath of fresh air-literally. Since the staff of Hemline River Oaks was so helpful in our outfit planning, we decided to see what the crew had in mind for attending an outdoor wedding.

The Hemline team styled our lovely model in a universally flattering silk piece that could be used to attend an outdoor wedding, or for another formal, outdoor event. This maxi length dress elevates a timeless fabric via beautiful draping. This perennial piece is available in a variety of colors and would look lovely under a classic coat if the weather cools off.

The Hemline team styled our lovely model in a universally flattering silk piece that could be used to attend an outdoor wedding, or for another formal, outdoor event. This maxi length dress elevates a timeless fabric via beautiful draping. This perennial piece is available in a variety of colors and would look lovely under a classic coat if the weather cools off.

Treat Yourself

It’s no secret that this year has been hard on all of us. We think it’s time for a little TLC. Our favorite kind of self-care sparkles. Cue a visit to our friends at deBoulle. We have written about how they are the coolest jeweler in the area, and we mean it. This jeweler is known to provide exceptional quality service to its clientele. Some say diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but I believe that rubies are a girl’s best friend (sorry Marilyn…) and you can find your new best friend at deBoulle. They have a gorgeous ring, featured at the top of this article, that will light up any room. Rubies have a rich coloring that harkens to fall or winter and warm our hearts. Local Houstonians will know deBoulle has a collection of drool-worthy timepieces to suit any watch lover. Consider grabbing one if you don’t want to be late to any more Zoom conference calls. Another pick we loved from deBoulle provides more of the glitter you might need to light up your world right now-a set of beautiful bangles. Nothing can help you beat the quarantine blues like a wrist full of chic glamour. This versatile set, pictured below, can be dressed up or down, and will surely become a staple in your day to day wardrobe. 

In Closing

This time next year we hope to share fabulous fashion from around the Houston area again. We hope to be sharing outfits to wear to travel in or outfits to attend the ballet in. We hope to be sharing a great gown for a gallery opening or gala, but while the world is slowly starting to open up again, we hope you stay safe, sound, and stylish in interim! 

Your Luxury Staycation Weekend Plans

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Scorching heat, a global pandemic, and uncertain times across the country all are an almost apocalyptic reality we have been living in 2020. Luckily for us, there is a reprieve within reach summarized in one word: staycation. Staycations offer an opportunity to get away without going far. Staycations offer the ability to clear minds without having to board a plane or jet. Staycations offer a holiday close to home. And fall promising a cool, crispness in the air, is upon us!

We searched Houston to find hotels and restaurants featuring safety measures to ensure you are comfortable during your stay away from home. The hotels we are featuring today require guests to wear masks in their common areas and fully sterilize their rooms prior to guests starting their stay. You can enjoy your time without worrying about personal safety.

Now, let’s talk about location. In Houston, there are two luxurious hotels that we suggest for a weekend stay. You might even want to stay more than a few days once you give these gorgeous spots a shot. There are two fabulous and chic parts of town you can explore while on your fall staycation, so we wrote about some nearby places to visit as well .

The Hotel ZaZa and The Museum District

Hotel Zaza Houston Lobby

If you are looking for a chic, modern spot to sit and enjoy gorgeous poolside views, consider booking a weekend at The Hotel ZaZa. This boutique hotel chain now has several locations, but the location in Houston’s Museum District is nothing short of a piece of art. Speaking of art, this hotel features several gorgeous pieces of art throughout the hotel lobby and located within rooms. For an opulent weekend, be sure to upgrade your stay to a suite. Suites with the ZaZa feature a variety of amenities available contingent upon which suite guests select. Suites feature full-sized living rooms, additional sleeping spaces, and even full-sized kitchens. My personal favorite suite feature: a hot tub on the patio overlooking Hermann Park in a popular room called the Tycoon. 

If you are tense from months of being at home, fear not! The Hotel ZaZa features a top-notch spa. Massages, facials, and special baths are available to help you unwind. The ZaZa also features an array of amenities, not to be overshadowed by one of it’s best-the secluded, unique pool area. Individual cabanas are available to rent overlook with beautiful views of the neighborhood. Located onsite there is also dining, a bar, and gym facilities so you can stay onsite for your whole visit if you so choose or venture out to the rest of the Museum District.

Hotel Zaza Houston Museum District Pool

Things to Do:

The Museum District is one of the gems of the greater Houston area for a reason. As its name indicates, this area has some of the best attractions in town. Have a visit appreciating some of the finest art collections in the country and even enjoying the natural beauty on the campuses of these collections.

The Museum of Fine Arts Houston (1001 Bissonnet St, Houston, TX 77005)- with one of the largest collections of art in the country, this sprawling mecca of art hosts over 64,000 works in its various buildings. This is always a must-stop in any staycation itinerary.

McGovern Centennial Gardens (1500 Hermann Dr, Houston, TX 77004)- If you are looking for a classically gorgeous garden, McGovern is your spot. Just a hop, skip, and a step away from museums also features sculptures for the avid art consumer that also loves the outdoors. 

The Menil Collection (1533 Sul Ross St, Houston, TX 77006)- This museum hosts a collection of modern art, features the Rothko Chapel, The Byzantine Fresco Chapel, and a full campus of engaging activities available to guests. 

Locations to Dine: 

In the past, this area had a bit of shortage when it came to places to dine. Thankfully, Houston is now one of the hippest food hotspots in the whole country and the Houston Museum District hosts two fantastic options we are happy to recommend. 

The Pit Room (1201 Richmond Ave, Houston, TX 77006)- this BBQ restaurant features dishes full of flavor for a down-home treat. The Pit Room is a great stop for a lunch mid museum day. 

MF Sushi (1401 Binz St Ste 100, Houston, TX 77004)- if you love sushi, this is the place featuring a traditional Japanese style menu with an option to call ahead for Omasake-a specialty chef-prepared meal. Be sure to pop by for a lovely dinner that will not disappoint. 

The Post Oak Hotel and Uptown Houston

If you are looking for a truly luxe experience, look no further than the area’s’ only five-diamond rated gem, The Post Oak Hotel. Located in the elegant Uptown area, this hotel’s property features not only truly exceptional lodging, but also features office spaces, restaurants, and shopping. Upon entering this stunning new lobby, guests are struck by high ceilings, unique art, an unusual chandelier, and a poolside view.

Suites at The Post Hotel  features a bar, living room quarters, and an unparalleled peek at Houston from up high.

The Post Oak Hotel is not limited to suites or rooms, however. The hotel features two fantastic spots to dine within the building and within the same parking lot, two Houston restaurant classics. This site also features a full-service spa, with every service you can imagine. Sprawling a massive 20,000 square feet, this spa is truly a retreat you can easily get lost in for a full day if you so choose. 

Another avenue to complete relaxation is to spend the day poolside. Servers can offer drinks or food poolside, which boasts of an almost art deco design with in-pool lounge chairs. This area also features five cabanas available for rent with an old Hollywood feel.

The Post Oak Hotel at Uptown Houston Pool and Cabanas

What makes The Post Oak Hotel unique is an array of experiences exclusive to this hotel. Perhaps one of the most distinctive features on this hotel’s property is a Rolls Royce/Bentley dealership. But the most outstanding experiences this hotel offered aren’t necessarily the visible ones. This hotel takes hospitality to the next level by having optional Experiences on Demand featuring the opportunities to visit tigers, sharks, take helicopter rides across the city, taste fine wines or whiskeys, and many other exciting adventures that are a booking away. 

The Post Oak Hotel at Uptown Houston Bentley and Rolls Royce Showroom

Things to Do:

The Uptown area of Houston features some of the best shopping in Houston. With more than just stores, this part of town has a little something for everyone.

The Rooftop Cinema Club (1700 Post Oak Blvd Fl 5, Houston, TX 77056)- if you are looking for an outdoor, socially distant night of fun or miss your movie going days, this is your spot. 

Elizabeth Anthony (1180 Uptown Park Blvd #8, Houston, TX 77056)- an elegant storefront with a rotating cycle of renowned designers makes this shop one of the best places to go for eveningwear or handbags in Houston. 

The Rustic (1121 Uptown Park Blvd Ste 4, Houston, TX 77056)- this outdoor venue is one of the few places in Houston you can catch live music safely (following health regulations) every Thursday-Sunday while dining on some tasty treats. 

Locations to Dine:

The Post Oak Hotel features several restaurants on its grounds including the well-known Maestros, which is a great option for a steak dinner. However, if you care to venture off The Post Oak’s extensive property, there are several options nearby. 

Craft Pita (1920 Fountain View Dr, Houston, TX 77057)- a delightful spot for lunch run by a team of professionals will ensure you have the best lunch you can get in the area from a local business owner. 

North Italia (1700 Post Oak Blvd Ste 190, Houston, TX 77056)- fresh-made pasta and an amazing bolognese you won’t quickly forget makes this restaurant a necessary stop on your itinerary for your staycation. 

Peli Peli South African Kitchen (5085 Westheimer Rd Ste B2515, Houston, TX 77056)- despite being located in the traffic-heavy Galleria, this spot will transport you to a different part of the world featuring a diverse menu full of delight.

Coveted Christian Siriano Line Arrives at Elizabeth Anthony

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Christian Siriano, winner of the fourth season of popular TV design competition Project Runway, made a visit to Houston to debut his latest fashion adventure—a book!

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The Glamour and Romance of Oscar de la Renta

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Some nights and collections are difficult to quantify in words because they are so magical. This October 7th, The Museum of Fine Arts Houston hosted an event for its members to debut the exhibit “The Glamour and Romance of Oscar de la Renta.” With floor-to-ceiling florals and a runway show projected onto museum walls, one could not help but be swept away to a different place upon entering. A delightful string trio added to the luster of the evening, as did cocktails and beautiful floral light fixtures. To ensure photos were fabulous, MFAH provided several floors perfect for any posed shot or “selfie.”

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Four Top Trends from New York Fashion Week

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The titans of America’s fashion industry met this month to exhibit their latest and greatest in New York. What does this mean for us? An exciting new set of trends and ready-to-wear collections to anticipate for 2018. Below are four top trends seen across the runway—read on to preview what will be hitting the fashion scene this spring.

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Three Must-Haves for Fall

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Despite thermometers indicating otherwise, it is officially fall! Because of the Houston heat, you will need transitional pieces that can be draped on or taken off when temperatures are sliding between 85 and 60 degrees. These pieces probably already have a place in your closet, so in that spirit, I’ve featured some wardrobe items from my own closet with suggestions on where you can shop around Houston to grab similar looks of your own! Here are three staples to keep close at hand as the seasons (slowly) turn.

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