Fitness

Find Your Balance with Kesley-Seybold and MsIndependent

The first MsIndependent event of the year featured yoga, self care, and a panel of experts on living your best life.
March 15, 2019
Lifestyle

Why I Wheelie Love Midtown

Riding around Midtown with BCycle exploring must see tastes, sites, and experiences.
February 18, 2019
Food

Kuu Brings the Brunch

A few weeks ago I was invited to attend an event to introduce the new brunch menu at Kuu, a Japanese Restaurant located in the Memorial City Gateway Plaza.
October 14, 2018
Lifestyle

QS World MBA Tour Comes to Houston

The old saying knowledge is power is a classic saying for a reason because its universally and eternally true!
October 5, 2018
Food

Dishing on Dish Society

In my two years of food blogging I've had the privilege of being invited to eat at some pretty amazing places. I've enjoyed fine dining, fair food, exclusive openings and menu relaunch events...
September 6, 2018
Fitness

Essential Body Bar

This past weekend I was treated to spa services courtesy of Essential Body Bar. I am a firm believer that some of the self care practices that we view as luxuries like massages and facials, are actually important to our overall health. You'd never know it if you looked at my monthly routine, but will all the stresses that life and our environment bring, giving ourselves some TLC can be a lifesaver. In some cases literally!??
August 15, 2018
Fitness

Essential Body Bar

I am a firm believer that some of the self care practices that we view as luxuries like massages and facials, are actually important to our overall health.
August 15, 2018
Lifestyle

#GirlsNightOut Avant-Garde

This Thursday MsIndependent celebrates 8 years of bringing the women of Houston creative meetups and events!
July 27, 2018
Lifestyle

What to Expect at #GirlsNightOut Avant-Garde

If you've been wondering what all this #GirlsNightOut business is all about, then this article should get you pretty caught up on all things #GNO.
July 10, 2018
Lifestyle

Urban Swank

Many years ago when I first venturing out into public events around the city trying to spread the gospel of MsIndependent and make some connections, I was painfully and uncomfortably shy.
June 29, 2018
Lifestyle

Black Girls Who Brunch

Meet one of our collaborating influencers for the upcoming #GirlsNightOut Avant Garde event on July 12th, the one and only Erika Harrison, the blogger behind Black Girls Who Brunch.
June 25, 2018
Lifestyle

Lipstick and Brunch

Like many of you I follow influencers on social platforms and blogs, admiring their work and feeling like we're virtual friends.
June 10, 2018
Lifestyle

S and T???s Party Bus Houston

The MsIndependent signature event #GirlsNightOut is happening on July 12th, and we've got some pretty amazing raffle prize donations for event guests to win.
June 3, 2018
Lifestyle

Source Vital & Sanctuary Spa Event

A few weeks ago I was invited to the Source Vitl Apothecary and Sanctuary Spa Mother's Day event. I've covered Source Vital before in my review of the Source Vital After Workout Kit and...
June 1, 2018
Lifestyle

Beauty and the Brunch

Last weekend Black Girls Who Brunch ( a.k.a Erika Harrison) presented Beauty and the Brunch with Mo Knows Hair powered by Sally Beauty.
March 30, 2018
Food

Her Chef Series Featuring Starla Garcia

As a food blogger I've had the privilege of eating my way through Houston in some of the most elaborate and unique of ways. I adore dining when it goes beyond the food to create an experience...
March 8, 2018
Food

That's Amore: A Galentine's Day Event

If you're new to Galentine's Day,??the holiday born from a comedic sitcom ( Parks and Rec), don't worry you're not alone. The concept is simple.
March 1, 2018
Food

Happy Healthy Hour

For our first event of the year I decided to host Healthy Happy Hour at HS Green. Typically when we think of happy hour it's a given that a copious amount of empty calories will be consumed...
February 13, 2018
Lifestyle

It's My Party...I'll Cancel If I Want To

By tomorrow I will be one year older. When I hit 30 I wanted to have a grandiose, over the top celebration, but that was quickly downgraded to a cabin in the woods with 3 close friends.
February 1, 2018
Lifestyle

2017 Confessions

At the end of the year I look forward to all the year end reviews, lists of top happenings, and the look back at current events.
December 27, 2017
Lifestyle

Ugly Sweater, Good Vibes

For the last event of the year we decided to give back to the community, spread some holiday cheer, and of course find a way to work in an ugly sweater theme.
December 24, 2017
Food

Where's the Bacon?

I attended the International Bacon Festival on Saturday, Oct 7th in downtown Houston. I skipped eating so that I could be sure to gorge myself on bacon...
November 6, 2017
Lifestyle

Oh What Fun: Basic Invite Invitations & Cards

Some time ago I started to make my own holiday cards or have them customized online. I can never seem to find what I'm looking for at the store, and with my unique sense of humor and love for irony...
October 30, 2017
Lifestyle

The Wicked Lash Co Review

2017 has definitely been a year of firsts. I got my makeup done a few months back where I experienced false lashes for the first time.
October 12, 2017
Fitness

After Workout Kit Review

As part of my 7 in seven weight loss challenge, my goal to loss my last 7 pounds in 7 weeks, it's an understatement to say that I sweat pretty much everyday. Something no one talks about on any fitness program is that the more you sweat, the more easily you seem to sweat. When I was in training for a bodybuilding competition years ago, if I so much as stood up too fast it seemed like I broke a sweat. With all these workouts and running a business I wasn't always able to shower and go, so I needed a way to freshen up in between workouts so I didn't smell like feet and armpits all day. This is where the After Workout Kit by Source Vital Apothecary comes in.??
October 10, 2017
Fitness

After Workout Kit Review

As part of my 7 in seven weight loss challenge, my goal to loss my last 7 pounds in 7 weeks, it's an understatement to say that I sweat pretty much everyday.
October 10, 2017
Lifestyle

Save Face with Source Vital Apothecary

Fun fact about Erin - I don't like wearing makeup and seldom do. I'll apply mascara, eye shadow, and lipstick when attending events or photos shoots, but the rest of the time I prefer a naked face.
October 9, 2017
Food

Made by Mel Review

It's been some weeks since you've heard about my 7 in Seven weight loss challenge, my goal to lose my last 7lbs in 7 weeks.
October 5, 2017
Lifestyle

10 Reasons to Love #GirlsNightOut - Houston Strong

While pacing through the house watching the events unfold during hurricane Harvey, my mind bounced from one daunting question to another. Will we have to evacuate?
September 20, 2017
Lifestyle

The "Us" in #GirlsNightOut HoUSton Strong

You've read 10 Reasons To Love #GirlsNightOut- Houston Strong, now see the community of women that made this event possible.
September 19, 2017
Lifestyle

8 Ways to Stay Sane During a Hurricane

Hurricane Harvey is set to make landfall in a few hours, and with all the panic and unpredictability of the storm only one thing is certain...you won't be going anywhere.
August 25, 2017
Food

Main Kitchen 806

I had the supreme honor of attended a tasting at Main Kitchen 806 located downtown at JW Marriott off Main Street.
August 24, 2017
Food

Pei Wei New Lunch Menu

Pei Wei recently invited a group of food bloggers to a communial-style lunch to try out their new $5 lunch menu items.
August 14, 2017
Lifestyle

Houston's Girl Trip

It's hard to get the girls together when you consider all of the conflicting work schedules! It's a lot easier to get everybody on the same page when you have a set plan that all of the ladies can adhere to.
August 11, 2017
Food

Tyson Tastemakers: Citrus Rum Glazed Chicken Review

As a part of my 7 in Seven weight loss challenge, losing my last 7 pounds in 7 weeks, I explored THE most important factor in any weight loss/management program, which is what you eat.
August 3, 2017
Fitness

7 in Seven: Revolution Studio

In my second week of the 7 in Seven weight loss challenge where I try to lose my last 7lbs in 7 weeks, I completed 5 workouts, and even did my first workout double in a while.??I'll be reviewing a few of the other studios and activities in a later post but for now the spotlight goes to one of my favorite studios, Revolution Studio.
July 20, 2017
Fitness

7 in Seven: Revolution Studio

In my second week of the 7 in Seven weight loss challenge where I try to lose my last 7lbs in 7 weeks, I completed 5 workouts, and even did my first workout double in a while.
July 20, 2017
Lifestyle

The Entrepreneur Epidemic

Girl boss. Boss Babe. Head Bitch in Charge. It seems that being an entrepreneur has become the new shiny object of our generation. It all sounds so sexy doesn't it?
July 13, 2017
Fitness

7 in Seven: RacePace Review

IMAGE:??COURTESY OF RACEPACE
June 29, 2017
Lifestyle

Cook with Cuc: Spring Roll Making Class

On June 9th MsIndependent hosted our first ever Spring Roll Making workshop with Chef Cuc Lam.
June 23, 2017
Fitness

7 in Seven: The Bar Method Review

Last week I announced my 7 in Seven weight loss challenge where I work to lose my last 7 stubborn pounds over the course of a 7 week period. I'm in week 2 of the challenge, but wanted to give you a peak into what I've been up to thus far. Here are the workouts that I completed last week.
June 22, 2017
Fitness

7 in Seven: The Last 7 Pounds

So let me tell you what I've been going through. I seldom weigh myself due to my former obsession with the scale taking me down some dark alleys, but the other day I got on the scale and was pleasantly surprised. I decided to weigh myself again a week later and saw that I had lost another pound. The same thing happened week after week, and now I am 7 pounds down without changing my diet or increased exercise. This experience has inspired me to embark on an experiment that I'll be calling 7 in Seven. Before I get into the juicy details here is a brief back story as to why this is such a big deal for me.
June 15, 2017
Lifestyle

#GirlsNightOut: Unicorn Edition Event Review

Well what can I say???If you missed #GirlsNightOut, then you missed an amazing event. This is the 3rd #GNO that MsIndependent has hosted, starting with our first event that launched in April 2016.
May 26, 2017
Lifestyle

Cirque du Soliel- Cabinet of Curiosities Review

I had the amazing experience of being among the first in Houston to see Cirque Du Soliel's latest adventure, Kurios -Cabinet of Curiosities.
May 11, 2017
Lifestyle

The Unicorns are Coming!

MsIndependent's signature event #GirlsNightOut is back and this time, we're bringing unicorns! Anyone who has swiped through a feed on a visual platform like Instagram, Pinterest, and...
April 26, 2017
Fitness

Staying Healthy During Hustle Season

I have an all too common habit of allowing my workouts to fall by the wayside the second my schedule changes. With the upcoming #GirlsNightOut event, the largest and most popular event hosted by MsIndependent, I am in full hustle mode. Unfortunately the side effects of hustle mode include: long periods without eating, sitting, copious servings of coffee, lack of sleep, and chronic "I'll workout tomorrow" promises. Last week was the first time in 6 months that I did not workout!??That's not to say that some weeks are less productive than others, but I know myself, and 1 week can easily turn into 2 weeks, then a month, and the next thing you know I'm back at square one.
April 20, 2017
Food

Potente Restaurant Review

Members of the Houston Food Blogger Collective were invited to be among the first to experience Potente, the latest addition to the Downtown food scene.
March 29, 2017
Lifestyle

Beary Good Wine - Glamm Girl Wine Gummy Bears Review

Every adult and their inner child can now rejoice, boozy gummy bears are on the scene! Let me be clear these are not wine flavored bears, or wine inspired gummy bears...
March 20, 2017
Fitness

I've Got Curve Envy - Curve Envy Fitness Review

If you follow MsIndependent on Instagram??then you know that I am a fan of fitness. After teaching Pilates for 9 years, being a personal trainer, and group fitness instructor, I will forever be an advocate for a healthy lifestyle. I have tried dozens of fitness brands, and spent hundred of dollars of fitness apparel, so when I had the opportunity to try out leggings from Curve Envy Fitness, I was beyond excited.
March 20, 2017
Food

Aces of Taste Presents Flights: Peru with Chef Toya Terry

As I mentioned in the previous blog post Lunar New Year Dinner??hosted by Aces of Taste, I won the raffle prize of free admission to their next pop up dinner.
February 22, 2017
Fitness

Bulu Box Review

Around this time of year most of the faint of heart "new year, new me" converts have gone back to "new year, same old me." I however am still going strong after a few hiccups along the way, because that's how life works, but I am focused on staying healthy and better managing my stress in 2017. The good people at Bulu Box sent me a sample box to try out, and the results are pretty much a match made in heaven.??
February 22, 2017
Food

Lunar New Year Dinner Featuring Chef Cuc Lam

I can't even remember the number of Aces of Taste pop up dinners that I have attended, but this one was very special.
February 8, 2017
Food

51fifteen Review

Last week members of the Houston Food Blogger Collective were invited to explore 51fifteen Cuisine and Cocktail.
January 25, 2017
Lifestyle

How I Ruined My Life and Why You Should Too

New Year's Resolutions are so last year. Now we call them intentions, plans, or goals. It's the idea that whatever you've been doing for the past few decades is suddenly going to change...
January 9, 2017
Food

Bloggers, Bone Marrow, and Bourbon, Oh My: Lucille's New Menu

This week I joined the Houston Food Blogger Collective for a tasting of the new menu at Lucille's; a restaurant located in the Museum District that specializes in Southern cuisine.
December 18, 2016
Food

Aces of Taste Present: Garden Dinner Featuring Chef Pat Greer

I had the pleasure of sitting down to a pop dinner hosted by Aces of Taste, featuring the one and only Pat Greer of Pat Greer's Kitchen.
December 8, 2016
Lifestyle

Glisten Dine Around Recap

I have long been in love with CITYCENTRE, so when they asked MsIndependent to host a holiday themed culinary crawl as part of a day of holiday activities in the area...
December 1, 2016
Lifestyle

#GirlsNightOut September Edition Review

When you get out as much as I do you're no stranger to a good party, and a few not so good ones.
October 13, 2016
Food

MsIndependent Fall Pop Up Brunch

MsIndependent got such rave reviews when I hosted our first ever Pop Up Summer Brunch in July, so I decided to do it again for the fall.
October 6, 2016
Lifestyle

Everybody Can't Go With You

From time to time I get an email from someone that has attended one of our events, asking me for advice on what to do regarding a relationship with someone they met at a previous event.
September 29, 2016
Lifestyle

Whole Foods Tour, Tasting, and Brunch

Last month MsIndependent took a trip to the newly reopened Whole Foods on Westchase (11041 Westheimer Rd) for the second installment of our Tour, Tasting, and Brunch series.
September 21, 2016
Lifestyle

Phoenicia Tour, Tasting, and Brunch Review

MsIndependent had the pleasure of hosting our first ever Tour, Tasting, and Brunch at the downtown world market, Phoenicia and MKT Bar, it's adjoining restaurant and bar.
August 8, 2016
Food

MsIndependent Summer Pop Up Brunch

I have attended my fair share of pop up dinners, tasting, pairings, and foodie events, but I have been very fearful of taking the plunge and hosting my own food related event.
July 14, 2016
Food

Phoodie Blogger Tour, Tasting & Yum

I recently got the chance to attend a store tasting and tour with other local bloggers at Phoenicia Specialty Foods, in Downtown Houston.
July 6, 2016
Food

10 Hours of Food

So it's no secret that I love food. ??And when I say that I like food I don't mean it in that "I like to eat and thus I must love food" kinda way, because that's everyone.
June 27, 2016
Food

Cockoo for Kuu

If you have never been to Kuu, in my personal opinion the best sushi restaurant in all of Houston, you haven't truly lived.
June 20, 2016
Fitness

Whine over Whiskey

My last entry chronicling my journey to weight loss was in March, and that's about where my progress seemed to stop.
June 20, 2016
Lifestyle

Friends Like These

A few weeks ago a friend had a birthday party at TopGolf. I didn't send out the invites so I didn't know who was coming, but when I got there I was greeted by familiar faces.
June 16, 2016
Lifestyle

CITYCENTRE Cuisine Crawl Review

Some years ago MsIndependent participated in a Cuisine Crawl hosted by a small company,??and it was by far one of my favorite events that we've ever done.
May 26, 2016
Lifestyle

In Search of Why

I often reminisce about the good ol' days in college when I could sleep for 3 hours and make it to class, study, go to the gym, attend a board meeting, go to work, and do it all over again with no problem.
May 18, 2016
Lifestyle

Behind the Scenes - #GirlsNightOut

So I've been a bad little blogger and haven't written anything since March. I have a great excuse though, and it's called #GirlsNightOut.
April 26, 2016
Fitness

Off Track and On Point

We are now 69 days into the year and it's time to reflect back on my weight loss progress. Well like most people I started off strong, and then life happens and it becomes a fight to finish strong.
March 9, 2016
Food

Amalfi Ristorante Italiano Review

Every month MsMembership subscribers take part in a supper club dinner where we explore some of the best restaurants and unique dinning experiences in Houston.
March 2, 2016
Lifestyle

Books, Bites + Bubbles

I had the tremendous pleasure of attending an event called Books, Bites, and Bubbles, at the lovely Cakewalk boutique in the Upper Kirby area. First let me just say how freakin' cute this boutique is.
February 24, 2016
Lifestyle

How to Be Single

So you're a single woman. You've gotten relationship advice from matchmakers, relationship specialists, TV, blogs, memes, Periscope, Youtube, TedTalks, and probably a fortune cookie or two.
February 8, 2016
Lifestyle

Playing Dress Up

I was never a girly girl growing up and never bothered to explore the wonderful world of accessorizing.??I gravitated towards jeans, baggy t-shirts and ponytails.
February 8, 2016
Lifestyle

Soul Survivor

About two weeks ago SoulCycle and Target teamed to bring the NY based cycling workout to 10 cities across the country.
February 8, 2016
Food

Aces of Taste

This past Friday I had the pleasure of attending a dinner hosted by Aces of Taste called Encore: Women Rising Volume 1, featuring Maria Gonzalez, Benjy's Chef de Cuisine.
February 7, 2016
Fitness

Fitty Sense

It's the end of the first month in 2016, and with that, it's time to look back on the progress I've made toward creating a healthier, more fit body.
February 1, 2016
Lifestyle

32 Years

February 2nd is my birthday!!! ??I would love to say that I am doing something significant but these days I just want to stay home, watch cartoons, and go to bed early.
January 31, 2016
Fitness

Seventeen More Pounds To Go

I started the year at 158lbs, and as of today I weight......(drum roll please).....?? 155lbs!
January 19, 2016
Lifestyle

Bikram for Beginners

Two weeks ago MsIndependent members attended Bikram Yoga Meyerland Plaza for their open house yoga class, just for beginners.
January 18, 2016
Fitness

On Your Mark, Get Set, Finish

Ah the new year. A time of promise for us all where we attempt to redefine and reevaluate our ??
January 6, 2016
Lifestyle

Should Old Acquaintance Be Forgot: 2015 Year Review

So long Big Red.
December 30, 2015
Lifestyle

Entrepreneur Talk 101

I do love a good girls night out, and this evening with the girls was a special kind of affair.
December 17, 2015
Lifestyle

He's the One...Oh Wait, Never Mind

I feel like at the stroke of midnight Feb 2nd 2014, I went from a happily single 29 year old to a marriage seeking 30 year old.
December 2, 2015
Lifestyle

Thanks for Giving

On Nov. 21st MsIndependent assembled and distributed Thanksgiving meals to less fortunate families in the Houston area as part of Servolution, the volunteer ministry at Lakewood church.
November 26, 2015
Lifestyle

Food, Glitter, and CITYCENTRE

Last week myself and other local bloggers were treated to a holiday kickoff event in CITYCENTRE. MsIndependent has probably had no less than 100 meetups here over the years, but just in case you aren't familiar with CITYCENTRE, or it's been awhile, are a few reason to stop by for all things festive and fun for the holidays.
November 11, 2015
Lifestyle

Young, Fabulous, & Female

From left to right: Dr. Camille Cash, Denise Hamilton, Tera Roberson, Devi Dev, Joy Sewing, and Suzette Turner-Caldwell
October 28, 2015
Lifestyle

Make More Moves and Less Announcements

I saw the comment "make more moves and less announcements", and a light bulb went off.
September 8, 2015
Lifestyle

Support & Volunteering

MsIndependent is all about supporting local businesses and volunteering in the community. It creates a sense of accomplishment and pride when we are able to help, benefit, and uplift others.
August 20, 2015
Lifestyle

Texas Style

The Home. T $28.
March 4, 2015
Lifestyle

Busy, Busy Girl

After 8 years of being a Pilates instructor I have finally decided to trade my yoga pants for a fitted jacket and slacks.
February 4, 2015
Lifestyle

Vision Board

Vision Board Party
January 11, 2015
Lifestyle

New Year's Revolution

Here we go again. It's time to start looking back at one year, and looking forward to another. So what resolutions should we adopt this year?
December 29, 2014
Lifestyle

That's all Folks: MsIndependent in 2014

Seems like only yesterday we were ringing in 2014, and yet in a few days we will be welcoming 2015.
December 28, 2014
Lifestyle

Paris at Last

As many of you know I took my vacation and checked off a long awaited bucket list goal, by visiting Paris for a week. There is so much to tell and so much to show.
November 30, 2014
Lifestyle

An Evening with Elaine Turner

On November 5th Elaine Turner of Elaine Turner, gave the members of Women of Wardrobe a sneak peak into her new YouTube reality show Elaine's Big Life, and talked about her business...
November 12, 2014
Lifestyle

Oprah: The Life You Want Tour Review

Ever since January I've been excitedly waiting to have one of my heros come to my hometown.
October 20, 2014
Lifestyle

Culture Map Five Year Bash Recap

Last Friday night, much like the Katy Perry song, is something I want to do all over again.
October 14, 2014
Fitness

Find Your Balance with Kesley-Seybold and MsIndependent

The first MsIndependent event of the year featured yoga, self care, and a panel of experts on living your best life.
March 15, 2019
Fitness

Essential Body Bar

This past weekend I was treated to spa services courtesy of Essential Body Bar. I am a firm believer that some of the self care practices that we view as luxuries like massages and facials, are actually important to our overall health. You'd never know it if you looked at my monthly routine, but will all the stresses that life and our environment bring, giving ourselves some TLC can be a lifesaver. In some cases literally!??
August 15, 2018
Fitness

Essential Body Bar

I am a firm believer that some of the self care practices that we view as luxuries like massages and facials, are actually important to our overall health.
August 15, 2018
Fitness

After Workout Kit Review

As part of my 7 in seven weight loss challenge, my goal to loss my last 7 pounds in 7 weeks, it's an understatement to say that I sweat pretty much everyday. Something no one talks about on any fitness program is that the more you sweat, the more easily you seem to sweat. When I was in training for a bodybuilding competition years ago, if I so much as stood up too fast it seemed like I broke a sweat. With all these workouts and running a business I wasn't always able to shower and go, so I needed a way to freshen up in between workouts so I didn't smell like feet and armpits all day. This is where the After Workout Kit by Source Vital Apothecary comes in.??
October 10, 2017
Fitness

After Workout Kit Review

As part of my 7 in seven weight loss challenge, my goal to loss my last 7 pounds in 7 weeks, it's an understatement to say that I sweat pretty much everyday.
October 10, 2017
Fitness

7 in Seven: Revolution Studio

In my second week of the 7 in Seven weight loss challenge where I try to lose my last 7lbs in 7 weeks, I completed 5 workouts, and even did my first workout double in a while.??I'll be reviewing a few of the other studios and activities in a later post but for now the spotlight goes to one of my favorite studios, Revolution Studio.
July 20, 2017
Fitness

7 in Seven: Revolution Studio

In my second week of the 7 in Seven weight loss challenge where I try to lose my last 7lbs in 7 weeks, I completed 5 workouts, and even did my first workout double in a while.
July 20, 2017
Fitness

7 in Seven: RacePace Review

IMAGE:??COURTESY OF RACEPACE
June 29, 2017
Fitness

7 in Seven: The Bar Method Review

Last week I announced my 7 in Seven weight loss challenge where I work to lose my last 7 stubborn pounds over the course of a 7 week period. I'm in week 2 of the challenge, but wanted to give you a peak into what I've been up to thus far. Here are the workouts that I completed last week.
June 22, 2017
Fitness

7 in Seven: The Last 7 Pounds

So let me tell you what I've been going through. I seldom weigh myself due to my former obsession with the scale taking me down some dark alleys, but the other day I got on the scale and was pleasantly surprised. I decided to weigh myself again a week later and saw that I had lost another pound. The same thing happened week after week, and now I am 7 pounds down without changing my diet or increased exercise. This experience has inspired me to embark on an experiment that I'll be calling 7 in Seven. Before I get into the juicy details here is a brief back story as to why this is such a big deal for me.
June 15, 2017
Fitness

Staying Healthy During Hustle Season

I have an all too common habit of allowing my workouts to fall by the wayside the second my schedule changes. With the upcoming #GirlsNightOut event, the largest and most popular event hosted by MsIndependent, I am in full hustle mode. Unfortunately the side effects of hustle mode include: long periods without eating, sitting, copious servings of coffee, lack of sleep, and chronic "I'll workout tomorrow" promises. Last week was the first time in 6 months that I did not workout!??That's not to say that some weeks are less productive than others, but I know myself, and 1 week can easily turn into 2 weeks, then a month, and the next thing you know I'm back at square one.
April 20, 2017
Fitness

I've Got Curve Envy - Curve Envy Fitness Review

If you follow MsIndependent on Instagram??then you know that I am a fan of fitness. After teaching Pilates for 9 years, being a personal trainer, and group fitness instructor, I will forever be an advocate for a healthy lifestyle. I have tried dozens of fitness brands, and spent hundred of dollars of fitness apparel, so when I had the opportunity to try out leggings from Curve Envy Fitness, I was beyond excited.
March 20, 2017
Fitness

Bulu Box Review

Around this time of year most of the faint of heart "new year, new me" converts have gone back to "new year, same old me." I however am still going strong after a few hiccups along the way, because that's how life works, but I am focused on staying healthy and better managing my stress in 2017. The good people at Bulu Box sent me a sample box to try out, and the results are pretty much a match made in heaven.??
February 22, 2017
Fitness

Whine over Whiskey

My last entry chronicling my journey to weight loss was in March, and that's about where my progress seemed to stop.
June 20, 2016
Fitness

Off Track and On Point

We are now 69 days into the year and it's time to reflect back on my weight loss progress. Well like most people I started off strong, and then life happens and it becomes a fight to finish strong.
March 9, 2016
Fitness

Fitty Sense

It's the end of the first month in 2016, and with that, it's time to look back on the progress I've made toward creating a healthier, more fit body.
February 1, 2016
Fitness

Seventeen More Pounds To Go

I started the year at 158lbs, and as of today I weight......(drum roll please).....?? 155lbs!
January 19, 2016
Fitness

On Your Mark, Get Set, Finish

Ah the new year. A time of promise for us all where we attempt to redefine and reevaluate our ??
January 6, 2016
Food

Kuu Brings the Brunch

A few weeks ago I was invited to attend an event to introduce the new brunch menu at Kuu, a Japanese Restaurant located in the Memorial City Gateway Plaza.
October 14, 2018
Food

Dishing on Dish Society

In my two years of food blogging I've had the privilege of being invited to eat at some pretty amazing places. I've enjoyed fine dining, fair food, exclusive openings and menu relaunch events...
September 6, 2018
Food

Her Chef Series Featuring Starla Garcia

As a food blogger I've had the privilege of eating my way through Houston in some of the most elaborate and unique of ways. I adore dining when it goes beyond the food to create an experience...
March 8, 2018
Food

That's Amore: A Galentine's Day Event

If you're new to Galentine's Day,??the holiday born from a comedic sitcom ( Parks and Rec), don't worry you're not alone. The concept is simple.
March 1, 2018
Food

Happy Healthy Hour

For our first event of the year I decided to host Healthy Happy Hour at HS Green. Typically when we think of happy hour it's a given that a copious amount of empty calories will be consumed...
February 13, 2018
Food

Where's the Bacon?

I attended the International Bacon Festival on Saturday, Oct 7th in downtown Houston. I skipped eating so that I could be sure to gorge myself on bacon...
November 6, 2017
Food

Made by Mel Review

It's been some weeks since you've heard about my 7 in Seven weight loss challenge, my goal to lose my last 7lbs in 7 weeks.
October 5, 2017
Food

Main Kitchen 806

I had the supreme honor of attended a tasting at Main Kitchen 806 located downtown at JW Marriott off Main Street.
August 24, 2017
Food

Pei Wei New Lunch Menu

Pei Wei recently invited a group of food bloggers to a communial-style lunch to try out their new $5 lunch menu items.
August 14, 2017
Food

Tyson Tastemakers: Citrus Rum Glazed Chicken Review

As a part of my 7 in Seven weight loss challenge, losing my last 7 pounds in 7 weeks, I explored THE most important factor in any weight loss/management program, which is what you eat.
August 3, 2017
Food

Potente Restaurant Review

Members of the Houston Food Blogger Collective were invited to be among the first to experience Potente, the latest addition to the Downtown food scene.
March 29, 2017
Food

Aces of Taste Presents Flights: Peru with Chef Toya Terry

As I mentioned in the previous blog post Lunar New Year Dinner??hosted by Aces of Taste, I won the raffle prize of free admission to their next pop up dinner.
February 22, 2017
Food

Lunar New Year Dinner Featuring Chef Cuc Lam

I can't even remember the number of Aces of Taste pop up dinners that I have attended, but this one was very special.
February 8, 2017
Food

51fifteen Review

Last week members of the Houston Food Blogger Collective were invited to explore 51fifteen Cuisine and Cocktail.
January 25, 2017
Food

Bloggers, Bone Marrow, and Bourbon, Oh My: Lucille's New Menu

This week I joined the Houston Food Blogger Collective for a tasting of the new menu at Lucille's; a restaurant located in the Museum District that specializes in Southern cuisine.
December 18, 2016
Food

Aces of Taste Present: Garden Dinner Featuring Chef Pat Greer

I had the pleasure of sitting down to a pop dinner hosted by Aces of Taste, featuring the one and only Pat Greer of Pat Greer's Kitchen.
December 8, 2016
Food

MsIndependent Fall Pop Up Brunch

MsIndependent got such rave reviews when I hosted our first ever Pop Up Summer Brunch in July, so I decided to do it again for the fall.
October 6, 2016
Food

MsIndependent Summer Pop Up Brunch

I have attended my fair share of pop up dinners, tasting, pairings, and foodie events, but I have been very fearful of taking the plunge and hosting my own food related event.
July 14, 2016
Food

Phoodie Blogger Tour, Tasting & Yum

I recently got the chance to attend a store tasting and tour with other local bloggers at Phoenicia Specialty Foods, in Downtown Houston.
July 6, 2016
Food

10 Hours of Food

So it's no secret that I love food. ??And when I say that I like food I don't mean it in that "I like to eat and thus I must love food" kinda way, because that's everyone.
June 27, 2016
Food

Cockoo for Kuu

If you have never been to Kuu, in my personal opinion the best sushi restaurant in all of Houston, you haven't truly lived.
June 20, 2016
Food

Amalfi Ristorante Italiano Review

Every month MsMembership subscribers take part in a supper club dinner where we explore some of the best restaurants and unique dinning experiences in Houston.
March 2, 2016
Food

Aces of Taste

This past Friday I had the pleasure of attending a dinner hosted by Aces of Taste called Encore: Women Rising Volume 1, featuring Maria Gonzalez, Benjy's Chef de Cuisine.
February 7, 2016
Lifestyle

Why I Wheelie Love Midtown

Riding around Midtown with BCycle exploring must see tastes, sites, and experiences.
February 18, 2019
Lifestyle

QS World MBA Tour Comes to Houston

The old saying knowledge is power is a classic saying for a reason because its universally and eternally true!
October 5, 2018
Lifestyle

#GirlsNightOut Avant-Garde

This Thursday MsIndependent celebrates 8 years of bringing the women of Houston creative meetups and events!
July 27, 2018
Lifestyle

What to Expect at #GirlsNightOut Avant-Garde

If you've been wondering what all this #GirlsNightOut business is all about, then this article should get you pretty caught up on all things #GNO.
July 10, 2018
Lifestyle

Urban Swank

Many years ago when I first venturing out into public events around the city trying to spread the gospel of MsIndependent and make some connections, I was painfully and uncomfortably shy.
June 29, 2018
Lifestyle

Black Girls Who Brunch

Meet one of our collaborating influencers for the upcoming #GirlsNightOut Avant Garde event on July 12th, the one and only Erika Harrison, the blogger behind Black Girls Who Brunch.
June 25, 2018
Lifestyle

Lipstick and Brunch

Like many of you I follow influencers on social platforms and blogs, admiring their work and feeling like we're virtual friends.
June 10, 2018
Lifestyle

S and T???s Party Bus Houston

The MsIndependent signature event #GirlsNightOut is happening on July 12th, and we've got some pretty amazing raffle prize donations for event guests to win.
June 3, 2018
Lifestyle

Source Vital & Sanctuary Spa Event

A few weeks ago I was invited to the Source Vitl Apothecary and Sanctuary Spa Mother's Day event. I've covered Source Vital before in my review of the Source Vital After Workout Kit and...
June 1, 2018
Lifestyle

Beauty and the Brunch

Last weekend Black Girls Who Brunch ( a.k.a Erika Harrison) presented Beauty and the Brunch with Mo Knows Hair powered by Sally Beauty.
March 30, 2018
Lifestyle

It's My Party...I'll Cancel If I Want To

By tomorrow I will be one year older. When I hit 30 I wanted to have a grandiose, over the top celebration, but that was quickly downgraded to a cabin in the woods with 3 close friends.
February 1, 2018
Lifestyle

2017 Confessions

At the end of the year I look forward to all the year end reviews, lists of top happenings, and the look back at current events.
December 27, 2017
Lifestyle

Ugly Sweater, Good Vibes

For the last event of the year we decided to give back to the community, spread some holiday cheer, and of course find a way to work in an ugly sweater theme.
December 24, 2017
Lifestyle

Oh What Fun: Basic Invite Invitations & Cards

Some time ago I started to make my own holiday cards or have them customized online. I can never seem to find what I'm looking for at the store, and with my unique sense of humor and love for irony...
October 30, 2017
Lifestyle

The Wicked Lash Co Review

2017 has definitely been a year of firsts. I got my makeup done a few months back where I experienced false lashes for the first time.
October 12, 2017
Lifestyle

Save Face with Source Vital Apothecary

Fun fact about Erin - I don't like wearing makeup and seldom do. I'll apply mascara, eye shadow, and lipstick when attending events or photos shoots, but the rest of the time I prefer a naked face.
October 9, 2017
Lifestyle

10 Reasons to Love #GirlsNightOut - Houston Strong

While pacing through the house watching the events unfold during hurricane Harvey, my mind bounced from one daunting question to another. Will we have to evacuate?
September 20, 2017
Lifestyle

The "Us" in #GirlsNightOut HoUSton Strong

You've read 10 Reasons To Love #GirlsNightOut- Houston Strong, now see the community of women that made this event possible.
September 19, 2017
Lifestyle

8 Ways to Stay Sane During a Hurricane

Hurricane Harvey is set to make landfall in a few hours, and with all the panic and unpredictability of the storm only one thing is certain...you won't be going anywhere.
August 25, 2017
Lifestyle

Houston's Girl Trip

It's hard to get the girls together when you consider all of the conflicting work schedules! It's a lot easier to get everybody on the same page when you have a set plan that all of the ladies can adhere to.
August 11, 2017
Lifestyle

The Entrepreneur Epidemic

Girl boss. Boss Babe. Head Bitch in Charge. It seems that being an entrepreneur has become the new shiny object of our generation. It all sounds so sexy doesn't it?
July 13, 2017
Lifestyle

Cook with Cuc: Spring Roll Making Class

On June 9th MsIndependent hosted our first ever Spring Roll Making workshop with Chef Cuc Lam.
June 23, 2017
Lifestyle

#GirlsNightOut: Unicorn Edition Event Review

Well what can I say???If you missed #GirlsNightOut, then you missed an amazing event. This is the 3rd #GNO that MsIndependent has hosted, starting with our first event that launched in April 2016.
May 26, 2017
Lifestyle

Cirque du Soliel- Cabinet of Curiosities Review

I had the amazing experience of being among the first in Houston to see Cirque Du Soliel's latest adventure, Kurios -Cabinet of Curiosities.
May 11, 2017
Lifestyle

The Unicorns are Coming!

MsIndependent's signature event #GirlsNightOut is back and this time, we're bringing unicorns! Anyone who has swiped through a feed on a visual platform like Instagram, Pinterest, and...
April 26, 2017
Lifestyle

Beary Good Wine - Glamm Girl Wine Gummy Bears Review

Every adult and their inner child can now rejoice, boozy gummy bears are on the scene! Let me be clear these are not wine flavored bears, or wine inspired gummy bears...
March 20, 2017
Lifestyle

How I Ruined My Life and Why You Should Too

New Year's Resolutions are so last year. Now we call them intentions, plans, or goals. It's the idea that whatever you've been doing for the past few decades is suddenly going to change...
January 9, 2017
Lifestyle

Glisten Dine Around Recap

I have long been in love with CITYCENTRE, so when they asked MsIndependent to host a holiday themed culinary crawl as part of a day of holiday activities in the area...
December 1, 2016
Lifestyle

#GirlsNightOut September Edition Review

When you get out as much as I do you're no stranger to a good party, and a few not so good ones.
October 13, 2016
Lifestyle

Everybody Can't Go With You

From time to time I get an email from someone that has attended one of our events, asking me for advice on what to do regarding a relationship with someone they met at a previous event.
September 29, 2016
Lifestyle

Whole Foods Tour, Tasting, and Brunch

Last month MsIndependent took a trip to the newly reopened Whole Foods on Westchase (11041 Westheimer Rd) for the second installment of our Tour, Tasting, and Brunch series.
September 21, 2016
Lifestyle

Phoenicia Tour, Tasting, and Brunch Review

MsIndependent had the pleasure of hosting our first ever Tour, Tasting, and Brunch at the downtown world market, Phoenicia and MKT Bar, it's adjoining restaurant and bar.
August 8, 2016
Lifestyle

Friends Like These

A few weeks ago a friend had a birthday party at TopGolf. I didn't send out the invites so I didn't know who was coming, but when I got there I was greeted by familiar faces.
June 16, 2016
Lifestyle

CITYCENTRE Cuisine Crawl Review

Some years ago MsIndependent participated in a Cuisine Crawl hosted by a small company,??and it was by far one of my favorite events that we've ever done.
May 26, 2016
Lifestyle

In Search of Why

I often reminisce about the good ol' days in college when I could sleep for 3 hours and make it to class, study, go to the gym, attend a board meeting, go to work, and do it all over again with no problem.
May 18, 2016
Lifestyle

Behind the Scenes - #GirlsNightOut

So I've been a bad little blogger and haven't written anything since March. I have a great excuse though, and it's called #GirlsNightOut.
April 26, 2016
Lifestyle

Books, Bites + Bubbles

I had the tremendous pleasure of attending an event called Books, Bites, and Bubbles, at the lovely Cakewalk boutique in the Upper Kirby area. First let me just say how freakin' cute this boutique is.
February 24, 2016
Lifestyle

How to Be Single

So you're a single woman. You've gotten relationship advice from matchmakers, relationship specialists, TV, blogs, memes, Periscope, Youtube, TedTalks, and probably a fortune cookie or two.
February 8, 2016
Lifestyle

Playing Dress Up

I was never a girly girl growing up and never bothered to explore the wonderful world of accessorizing.??I gravitated towards jeans, baggy t-shirts and ponytails.
February 8, 2016
Lifestyle

Soul Survivor

About two weeks ago SoulCycle and Target teamed to bring the NY based cycling workout to 10 cities across the country.
February 8, 2016
Lifestyle

32 Years

February 2nd is my birthday!!! ??I would love to say that I am doing something significant but these days I just want to stay home, watch cartoons, and go to bed early.
January 31, 2016
Lifestyle

Bikram for Beginners

Two weeks ago MsIndependent members attended Bikram Yoga Meyerland Plaza for their open house yoga class, just for beginners.
January 18, 2016
Lifestyle

Should Old Acquaintance Be Forgot: 2015 Year Review

So long Big Red.
December 30, 2015
Lifestyle

Entrepreneur Talk 101

I do love a good girls night out, and this evening with the girls was a special kind of affair.
December 17, 2015
Lifestyle

He's the One...Oh Wait, Never Mind

I feel like at the stroke of midnight Feb 2nd 2014, I went from a happily single 29 year old to a marriage seeking 30 year old.
December 2, 2015
Lifestyle

Thanks for Giving

On Nov. 21st MsIndependent assembled and distributed Thanksgiving meals to less fortunate families in the Houston area as part of Servolution, the volunteer ministry at Lakewood church.
November 26, 2015
Lifestyle

Food, Glitter, and CITYCENTRE

Last week myself and other local bloggers were treated to a holiday kickoff event in CITYCENTRE. MsIndependent has probably had no less than 100 meetups here over the years, but just in case you aren't familiar with CITYCENTRE, or it's been awhile, are a few reason to stop by for all things festive and fun for the holidays.
November 11, 2015
Lifestyle

Young, Fabulous, & Female

From left to right: Dr. Camille Cash, Denise Hamilton, Tera Roberson, Devi Dev, Joy Sewing, and Suzette Turner-Caldwell
October 28, 2015
Lifestyle

Make More Moves and Less Announcements

I saw the comment "make more moves and less announcements", and a light bulb went off.
September 8, 2015
Lifestyle

Support & Volunteering

MsIndependent is all about supporting local businesses and volunteering in the community. It creates a sense of accomplishment and pride when we are able to help, benefit, and uplift others.
August 20, 2015
Lifestyle

Texas Style

The Home. T $28.
March 4, 2015
Lifestyle

Busy, Busy Girl

After 8 years of being a Pilates instructor I have finally decided to trade my yoga pants for a fitted jacket and slacks.
February 4, 2015
Lifestyle

Vision Board

Vision Board Party
January 11, 2015
Lifestyle

New Year's Revolution

Here we go again. It's time to start looking back at one year, and looking forward to another. So what resolutions should we adopt this year?
December 29, 2014
Lifestyle

That's all Folks: MsIndependent in 2014

Seems like only yesterday we were ringing in 2014, and yet in a few days we will be welcoming 2015.
December 28, 2014
Lifestyle

Paris at Last

As many of you know I took my vacation and checked off a long awaited bucket list goal, by visiting Paris for a week. There is so much to tell and so much to show.
November 30, 2014
Lifestyle

An Evening with Elaine Turner

On November 5th Elaine Turner of Elaine Turner, gave the members of Women of Wardrobe a sneak peak into her new YouTube reality show Elaine's Big Life, and talked about her business...
November 12, 2014
Lifestyle

Oprah: The Life You Want Tour Review

Ever since January I've been excitedly waiting to have one of my heros come to my hometown.
October 20, 2014
Lifestyle

Culture Map Five Year Bash Recap

Last Friday night, much like the Katy Perry song, is something I want to do all over again.
October 14, 2014
Lifestyle

WOW Kendra Scott Event

October 2, 2014
October 12, 2014
Lifestyle

No Call, No Text, No Date

After 2 years and 8 months of not dating, not even talking to men, I have finally come out of retirement. I went on a date with a guy I met at an event a few weeks ago and had a fabulous time.
October 8, 2014
Lifestyle

Habitat for Humanity Happy Hour Fundraiser and Love Your Life

On September 19th MsIndependent hosted a Habitat for Humanity Happy Hour benefiting the Women Build Project.
September 23, 2014
Lifestyle

All About Style Part Deux

On Sept. 18th I was treated by Houston Tidbits' Front Row to the Cusp Fashion Show at Neiman Marcus.
September 22, 2014
Lifestyle

All About Style Part One

This week has been a week all about style and fashion. Wednesday was a Fashion blogger event put on by Communication Studios that involved some pretty trendy stores and boutiques in City Centre.
September 19, 2014
Lifestyle

Culture Map Social at Boheme Cafe

September 9, 2014
September 18, 2014
Lifestyle

No Man's Land

I have finally gone and done it! I have created a dating profile and am now one of millions of people looking for love online.
September 9, 2014
Lifestyle

Offline Dating Follow Up

As a follow up to my last post Offline Dating, I have much news to report, both good and bad. First the bad news, I'm still single without any prospects, but the good news is, it's not just me.
August 10, 2014
Lifestyle

Offline Dating

Imagine walking into a lively bar, sitting down to have a cocktail, looking up and seeing someone like this guy looking back at you. Oh if only it could be more like the movies.
August 8, 2014
Lifestyle

White Linen Night

This past Saturday, August 2nd, I experienced the White Linen Night block party in the Heights.
August 4, 2014
Lifestyle

MsIndependent 4 Year Anniversary Party Recap

If you weren't at the 4 Year Anniversary Party this past Saturday, you missed a great meetup. We spent the evening at Water2Wine enjoying wine, the process of bottling our own bottles...
July 30, 2014
Lifestyle

Every End is a Beginning: The Story of MsIndepedent

As we approach the 4 year anniversary of our group MsIndependent I thought it appropriate to give you the story of how we came to be.
July 22, 2014
Lifestyle

Cheap and Chic

So with all the meetups and events that I attend I have a growing awareness of how huge fashion is to young independent women in the prime of their lives.
July 14, 2014
Lifestyle

Quit Your Bitchin'

As I sit here listening to the thunder and rain I can't help but think about the meteorologist and various others that have complained about the constant rain that we have been getting.
July 6, 2014
Lifestyle

Before and After...Again

This past weekend I had a garage sale of all the things sitting in my storage unit over the past 3 years, and lo and behold I found long lost pictures from college!
June 26, 2014
Lifestyle

Curry Crawl Review

Curry Crawl Sunday, June 18th
May 23, 2014
Lifestyle

Bringing Sexy Back

May is going to be all about bringing the sexy back for the fabulous ladies of MsIndependent.?? That means if it makes you feel good, look good, do good, we're doing it.
May 6, 2014
Lifestyle

Gimme a Reason

April 18th, Friday was our meetup at Howl at the Moon. We had maybe about 30-35 people ( of the 100+ that RSVP'd) show. I am still trying to figure out how to get that percentage up...
April 23, 2014
Lifestyle

Single...So What?

I havent had a date in 2 years and 2 months and to be totally honest, Im the happiest Ive ever been. I keep waiting for that moment when I feel alone or I want kids...
April 15, 2014
Lifestyle

Never Thought I

Driving home today I had this epiphany, an ???ah-ha??? that was so profound and exciting that I just had to share it with all of you. I am going to give you advanced warning...
April 7, 2014
Lifestyle

Dirty 30

There is something about birthdays as we get older than seem to prompt these deep introspective audits of what we have achieved in life..or maybe thats just me.
March 28, 2014

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