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The Houston Chronicles: Retail Therapy

Hey Friends! Recently I shared a post called The Houston Chronicles: A Day At The Parfumerie when I visited the Le Labo Store in Houston and watched my beautiful fragrance be mixed in their lab, bottled and then labeled with my name…. So many of you loved that post and seeing some of my favorite places in Houston! So recently when I visited a new store in Houston called Cacao in Houston in one of my favorite areas Westheimer Oaks, I wanted to share it with you since I picked up so many cute things! Especially with Christmas coming up, I know I’ll be back for some more pretty ‘tings. If you’re in the Houston area you should definitely check out Cacao and a few of my other favorite places… https://shopcacao.com/

I got the cutest to do list! The one on the left that says “LET’S DO THIS!” I am so obsessed! 

Matching necklaces for me and my BFF, Agnes!

I love all of these French lotion products. That olive oil body cream is insane! I bought the lavender hand lotion and the almond lip balm!

I know I have too many planners but I low-key NEED this one too!

These mini perfume bottles are the cutest concept especially for $2.50!

Also! My adorable top is from one of my favorite online stores www.shopshellsea.com! Click here to shop!  Also! Use code ‘MARIAHXO’ to get 15% off your whole order!

If you live in Houston or are visited you MUST visit Cacao to grab some gifts for friends or even just for you! I know where I’ll be doing a ton of my Christmas shopping! Check out their website https://shopcacao.com/ 

Love you!

Mariah

5 Wardrobe Staples Under $25!

5 Wardrobe Staples Under $25 (And How To Wear Them!)

Hey Buttercups! I’ve been working really hard on this post for you guys! I always get asked about my style, where I buy things and how I wear them. I think there’s a huge misconception that all of my clothes are designer, LOL. Nah fam. 90% of my wardrobe is Forever 21! But recently with the business of life (and my budget!) I find myself not being able to shop in the mall as much, so I get a lot of shopping online.

I’ve found a couple new favorite stores that are perfect for purchasing basics and trendy wear! I put together some looks for you with five things that cost under $25 each. An embroidered denim jacket, a basic wrap denim skirt, boyfriend shorts, a slouchy sweater and retro sunnies are my must haves as we transition from hot summer to cool fall. I know school is about to start too! So if you’re in school consider this a “Back To School Outfits” post also! Just swap the heels for some all white sneakers and you’ll be fly in the hallways. I hope you guys love these looks!

       I love this rose embroidered denim jacket from www.shein.com! It’s sweet with denim on denim, midi skirts or over a dress! Embroidery is definitely one of my favorite trends of 2017 and it’s in my closet to stay! And the best part is that it’s only $23! CLICK HERE to buy this denim jacket! 

 I’m obsessed with these shorts, you guys. They’re only $14.99 from www.romwe.com CLICK HERE to buy these shorts!

Romwe Fashion T-shirts

I think that even in the summer, everyone needs a comfy sweater to lounge around in… My current favorite is this gray one with a cute pocket from www.romwe.com! It’s so soft and drapes like a dream. CLICK HERE to buy this sweater for $16.99!

Next is this PERFECT wrap denim skirt! It’s one piece that you wrap around and buckle manually, so it really is flattering because you can create the size perfect for you. I love it in the summer with a lacy tank top and I can’t wait to wear it in the fall with thigh high boots! CLICK HERE to buy this skirt for $16.00 from www.shein.com!

SheIn

Lastly, I absolutely love these square, super 90’s sunglasses! I scored them for only $5.90 from www.zaful.com! CLICK HERE to buy these sunnies!

I hope you guys absolutely love these looks as much as I do!

Love, Mariah

The Houston Chronicles: A Day at the Parfumerie

Hey, Friends! Just a quick hello here. The last few weeks Byron and I have been at our High School Camp and our Middle School Camp with our students one after another so it’s been non-stop! We got home Friday, caught up on some home stuff on Saturday and then went to church all day Sunday! So when Byron decided to have a day-date on Monday I was so excited!  I get asked all of the time, “what do I do in Houston?”! I am working on posting Mariah’s Guide to HTX but for now, I wanted to tell you a little bit of what we did yesterday. It was such a fun, simple day all in the same area!

Breakfast! We started the day off with breakfast at Cafeza. Cafeza is one of our favorite places in Houston! It’s nestled in the First Ward of Houston Heights are. They have the best breakfast tacos, coffee and vibe. If you go, I would order the Veggie Breakfast Tacos, the Cafe Miel to drink with almond milk and of course finish off your meal with Churros. It’s so chill in there, we go every Monday morning!

Next we went off to take some photos around Montrose. Montrose is so dreamy, I would move there if we could! So many ask me where I take my Instagram photos, and the answer is really anywhere. But Montrose has really cool neighborhoods and streets to snap some pictures.

Shopping! After that we love to walk around and window shop. The streets are crowned with antique shops, vintage clothing stores, tattoo parlours and cafes. A few of our favorite places to shop are…

Merchant and Market , A great shop filled with eye catching gems. I love just seeing their creativity in their inventory. You have to check it out!

Montrose Shop, THIS PLACE IS MY FAVORITE. You guys, I wish I could live in here. Montrose Shop is a beautiful shop in the heart of Montrose. They have everything from clothing to candles, from cookbooks to stationary. And plus it’s a great backdrop for photos and also a place to get inspiration for your home and life in general. I love you, Montrose Shop!

713 Tattoo Parlour , Between Byron and I we have 6 tattoos, three each. One of our favorite places to get inked is 713 Tattoo Parlour right on Wertheimer in Montrose. Byron spontaneously decided to get a tattoo he’s been wanting, and Mike took us in and did a great job! S’cute!

Le Labo, O. M. G. you guys. So I grew up going back and forth being Houston and LA. There is a Le Labo shop in Venice, CA that my dad and I love to pop into when we’re in the area! Le Labo is not only made from organic ingredients, it’s made freshly in the shoppe. There are scents to choose from, you pick your favorite, and then instead of them pulling you a dusty box off of the shelf – the craftsman or craftswomen there go into a little glass lab and start blending your fragrance right in front of you. It’s not just a perfume or cologne, it’s a fragrance experience and it’s so luxurious and special. And then they print you the label with your name on it. I picked up the scent SANTAL 33, which is more on the spicy side. Byron and I are both obsessed with the scent and will probably both be wearing it! We also really love their candles, my favorite on is PALO SANTO 14. If you’re looking for a fragrance, I would suggest Thé Noir, Bergamot 0r Fleur D’Oranger. It’s a sweet gift for someone you love or just even for yourself.

Lastly, we hit up Common Bond Bakery for more coffee and snacks! If you go to Common Bond to study, hangout, or just take some time to find inspiration – I would order the Pistachio Croissant, Red Velvet Macaron and the Cookie Dough Macaron, a Vanilla Almond Milk Flat White and I also usually take a loaf of freshly baked bread to bring home for breakfast, grilled cheeses and just in general bread cravings. Hehe!

Above are a few photos from our day-date and our visit to Le Labo Houston! Thank you Giselle, Carly and the Le Labo Team for being so awesome!

I have a lot of posts coming your way as summer comes to a close.

Love you! Mariah

Raindrops on Roses and Whiskers on Kittens, MARCH Favorites

Hey Beautiful Friends! I always share my favorite beauty products and new buys on my Instagram story, but I get a lot of questions about my favorite new things that I’m using. I’m one of those people that puts things into heavy rotation. Even if I find a foundation I LOVE, I still want to try new things! I just picked up a new foundation that I’ll link below and a few other products that I’ve bought and used just this month!

In the photo above you see that little pink bottle that says Joy! That’s my favorite Essential Oil from www.youngliving.com I sometimes wear it as perfume, or apply it to my pressure points when I need emotional balance or an uplifting! It’s a perfect mix of Ylang Ylang, Bergamot, Geranium, Lemon, Tangerine, Coriander, Jasmine and Rose and it is divine! For more information about EO’s email me in Ask Mariah!

I’ve been super into using gel nail polish because I don’t have time to paint my nails every few days. But Chanel Nail Colors have totally saved me in between manis! It lasts really long, doesn’t chip easily and is so shiny! I love classic colors black and light baby pink.

 

 

 

I’m super excited about the two things in this photo above! I use Nars Foundation and LOVED it but I’ve heard incredible things about Smashbox also! This Studio Skin Hydrating Foundation is so yummy. It doesn’t feel heavy, it gives good coverage and leaves my skin glowing after I take it off! I use shade 2.3.  http://www.smashbox.com                                                                                           I also shared that I picked up these brushes from Urban Outfitters! BH cosmetics 10 Piece Sculpt + Blend 2 Brush Set. Incredible for contouring and blending, they’re super soft and I love them! The best part? $20! http://www.urbanoutfitters.com 

If you’re not on that Kylie Cosmetics budget, I’ve got you! I remember my mommy wearing milani lipgloss since I was little, and I found this in the drugstore the other day! It’s their Amour Matte collection! Sold in drugstores I find this formula to be very pigmented and it dries in place without completely drying out my lips! This is shade Covet which is very similar to kylie’s Candy K!

Next I’m loving this Charlotte Tilbury mascara, Legendary Lashes! I have it in Black Vinyl. The only thing I don’t like about this mascara is that it’s very wet. I would definitely suggest getting the waterproof formula! http://www.charlottetilbury.com/us/legendary-lashes-volumizing-mascara.html

Okay! So my last products aren’t beauty products – but they are making my house beautiful! I love cleaning my house but I refuse to use any classic cleaning products filled with chemicals (sorry mom), so of course Mrs. Meyers is my favorite. For Spring they came out with a seasonal scent, Peony and it’s the very best thing I’ve ever smelled! It feels like I’m cleaning with the most beautiful perfume and I’m going to Target today to buy 10 more bottles so I can have it all year! I bought the Dish Soup, Multi-Surface Cleaner AND I have the Hand Soup and Hand Lotion on our bathroom sink. I can’t urge you enough to go buy this right now! So good! 

I’ll be sharing each month my favorite products I’ve been using and finding that month! For any suggestions, ideas or questions comment below! All of these products are shared because I’ve used them and loved them! (no sponsorships). If you buy and use any of these let me know what you think! XO Mariah!

Good Morning, Sunshine!

My Morning Routine

Hey you guys! So I couple days I ago I was going through my DM’s and realized that the most requested post is of my morning routine! I love this because the morning is my most favorite time of the day. The day is full of possibilities, you’re (hopefully) well rested and you can collect yourself and get organized for the day ahead and days to come.

Now, disclaimer is that my mornings vary daily.  Previously I worked at a local coffee shop owned by some sweet friends of mine a couple days a week, I’d take the opening shift which means I left my house by about 5:15 AM. Yea… I know.

But now my husband and I get to work together at a church here in houston! (We get to carpool and kiss at the red lights! hehe.) I have a lot more time in the morning now to collect my thoughts and get through my routine! I hope you guys are inspired to hit the snooze button a few times less than normal, and use some of my steps in the morning to propel you into an incredible day!

I try to wake up everyday between 7:00 – 8:00 AM. This will really depend on the kind of night you had before… you guys: SLEEP IS SO GOOD! Even if it means missing out on something cool, you have to put your body first sometimes no matter what age you are.

Once I’m up the first thing I do is open the blinds on the window in our bedroom. Light is the principal control of our day-night cycle, influencing everything from body temperature to metabolism to sleep.

Next thing I do is stretch and meditate and pray! Stretching everyday could be the key to some of your energy problems throughout the whole day! And meditation for me is just 5-10 minutes of sitting quietly, reflecting on God’s goodness and opening a space of quiet for Him to whisper and just speak.

The next thing I do is make my bed. This is an incredible habit to have, because it’s a reminder that it’s time to get to work and not lounge time! On the weekend the bed stays unmade all weekend. But during the week I have to be sure to remember to get going.(because I’m a lazy koala bear that would happily stay in bed all day watching hulu)

Once the bed is made I patter to the kitchen to warm up water for my morning warm water with fresh lemon juice. This habit totally changed my life years ago! Hot water with lemon has insanely good benefits! It helps you detox everyday, it wakes up your digestive track, it soothes an upset tummy and supports weight management and energy levels. I drink it every morning before anything else!

While I have my lemon water I’ll have my quiet time with a devotional, a book I’m reading that week or if I have a lot of time I’ll youtube a message from alex seeley or steven furtick to watch while I do my makeup.

After my quiet time I moisturize, try to curl my hair (I never end up having time!) and throw on some makeup. After I’m out of my pjs it really helps me focus on the work I have for that day.

I’ll sit down, look at my schedule, write a to-do list and get strategic about what I can realistically get done that day. If I have extra time I’ll flip through a cookbook and figure out what to make for supper and write my market list. (This is my most favorite time of the morning!)

Another incredible thing you can do in the morning is speak affirmations over yourself, your life and your day. It sounds SO cheesy but I promise it’s good! It can be as simple as “I am happy and content in my heart today…” or “I am filled with gratitude and kindness for another day on this earth…” when I would feel sick and have low energy I would declare “I am feeling healthy and strong today!” Whatever you need, declare it!

Honestly you guys, taking time for yourself and working hard at creating habits that help you and sustain you will carry you through your whole life. Sleeping in until the last minute before you leave may get you an hour or two extra of sleep, but when you give yourself time to unwind into the morning, start your with fresh eyes and perspective, and bask in the quiet light of love and rest it can change everything.

I hope those of you who asked for this post enjoyed it!

All my love x

MH

 

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Raindrops On Roses and Whiskers On Kittens

Hi!! First I want to say thank you to everyone who commented, DM’d and emailed me about my last post. I was overwhelmed with gratitude (and relief) that so many of you received something from it- I couldn’t believe how many of you expressed that “uninvited” applied to so many of your lives. Thank you, merci, always and forever.

 

Okay so – I don’t know about you guys, but there are SO many products out there that make promises to us in commercials and ads and then when we actually go get them we’re disappointed. So I decided to share some of my most favorite, loved, and trusted beauty products! My beauty routine changes constantly, but especially during different seasons. As soon as Fall comes my skin tends to get super dry… So I am constantly doing anything I can to keep it glowing and clear, even as the cold months approach us. I have to warn you though, I don’t believe in using products that have ingredients I can’t pronounce or aren’t safe. Natural is the way to go, my friends. Please believe me! Every night I take off  my make up and wash my face with Coconut Oil (like literally from the grocery store! Hello $7.99! Hello #BudgetLifeVictories!)… After that I spray a natural facial toner. Sometimes I’ll make my own (Let me know if you’d be interested in the recipe!). And then comes a face oil and a moisturizer. About 2-3 nights a week I’ll do a clay or homemade mask. I promise, when you take care of your skin – consistently and naturally – it will change your life. You’re loving your body, taking time for yourself and investing into you. Below are a few of my favorite things right now. But I cannot lie… One of them is my most favorite.

I’ve always adored essential oils. When I was younger, my best friend in the neighborhood had fourteen brothers and sisters. Incredible, I know. Their mama, Jackie was my favorite person to see, though. It could be ANY thing: a cold, the terrible approach of acne, a scrape or cut… even a bad mood. Mama Jackie would have a cure for it. And it was always an essential oil. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve learned to love those little bottles of liquid healing more and more. But today, I’ll share with you: Frankincense. THE MOST INCREDIBLE THING, EVER.

A little bit about Frankincense…

Health Benefits: helps relieve chronic stress and anxiety, reduces pain and inflammation, boosts immunity and even fights cancer.

Where it’s from: Frankincense is sourced from the resin of the Boswellia carterii or Boswellia sacara tree that’s commonly grown in Somalia. This tree is different from many others in that it can grow with very little soil in dry and desolate conditions.

How to use it: I love to sprinkle a few drops in my bath with epsom salt after a long day, rub a few drops on a scar, stretch mark, or acne as a remedy. Once I was out of toothpaste and mixed Frankincense oil with baking soda as homemade toothpaste (the bomb!) and also I diffuse it in my house as a stress reliever. My favorite use though is as a skin brightener and natural beauty enhancer in my moisturizer! I swear it makes my skin GLOW! Which is what inspired me to write this post, I couldn’t keep the goodness all to myself! Here is my routine of the moment:

 IXMUCANE Skincare, Facial Toner

IXMUCANE Skincare, Facial Toner (www.ixmucaneskincare.com)

 Josie Maran, Argan Oil in Fleur O'range. (www.josiemarancosmetics,com)

Josie Maran, Argan Oil in Fleur D’oranger. (www.josiemarancosmetics.com)

 IXMUCANE Skincare, Face Serum (www.ixmucaneskincare.com)

IXMUCANE Skincare, Face Serum (www.ixmucaneskincare.com)

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Young Living, Essential Oil Frankincense (www.youngliving.com)

(mix, a drop of the Frankincense into a dime size of moisturizer…)

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Kiehl’s, Ultra Facial Cream (www.kiehls.com)

If you’d like to know more about natural oils + ingredients and their uses just let me know! And if you want to get involved in the lifestyle of Young Living, Essential Oils – email me in “ask mariah”. We all gotta look out for each other, it’s a crazy world of chemicals out there! And as always, remember… Beauty is on the inside. When you can love yourself, because Jesus adores you and that’s enough, it shines outward. Beauty starts in your heart and ends in the way you live. All my love! xx Mariah!!

 

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