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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…

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! 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 

Love you!


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

Blue Jean Baby, Nashville Lady, Seamstress for the Band



“As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” proverbs 27

Some of my favorite photos of Audrey Hepburn are the ones with a scarf in her hair, high wasted denim and a tank top. I love gowns, chandelier earrings, high heels and glamour… But there’s something to be said for denim on denim, hot summer days, popsicles in hand and adventure on your mind.  I loved running around my favorite city in this jacket I found at the melrose trading post in LA – some of my best pieces are from flea markets. My tank top is from Forever 21, I wear it pretty much everyday. If there’s one basic item I can’t live without it’s a lacy tank top that goes with everything from mom jeans to tea skirts. My shorts are so comfy and from american apparel, and the shoes are the greatest find on earth at asos.

This weekend I got to travel to nashville to speak to some amazing young women, and also spend time with some of my closest friends in the world. I know that a lot of you saw my photos from the trip on instagram! A lot of them taken by the fantastic Stephi Valez of – my most favorite website on the whole internet. Stephi is the most compassionate, talented, wildly creative mind that inspires me daily, and soul that encourages constantly. I implore you to check out her site… She’s one of the best.

I loved spending time, serving God, eating too much ice cream and laughing every moment. But even between the donuts and the laughs- there were tears. There were tough conversations and real moments that were shared. Sometimes, we get into this routine of work, home, work, home. We get so tired that at the end of the day, I usually just want to be alone. In my loft with hot tea and the bachelorette (which i actually can’t watch alone anymore because Byron is SUPER into it – he’ll deny if you ask, but it’s the truth). And as necessary as it is to spend time alone, with yourself and with God, I think it’s equally as important to surround yourself with a – as the kids say- squad. Who will fight for you in your life? Who will text you right when you need it because they ask God to keep their ears open for you? Who is going to worship with you when you don’t even have the strength to raise your hands… who’s door can you knock on in the middle of the night? For me- I had to pray for these kinds of people. I was a little island, and still have the habit of isolating myself at times. But this weekend I was reminded that, in the midst of it all, God gives us people that are an extension of His love. The biggest trick of the enemy is lying to you that you’re alone, no one cares and your not worthy of people’s love and time. If that’s how you feel – please know that’s a really big lie. Iron sharpens iron, and scheduling time to let your hair down and put some records on with the people you love is a major key.

I’m feeling full and thankful, reminded that even in the stress of life and the chaos of the character of reality – His strength is so tangible. Even in just the reminder that He loves us enough to not want us to be alone. Hold your friends close, and if you find yourself feeling like you don’t really have those people you can count us, trust, and love unconditionally – pray for them. I’ve been there and I understand. But honestly, until then, know that you’ve got a friend in me. xx Mariah




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