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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

DISCOVER: G.R.U.B. Burger

Wednesday, July 22, 2015 - by Shalanda Turner · - 0 Comments

Mama loves to eat (I'm not a mom, but I like the expression!). Anyhoo, another place that I visited during the 4th of July #GoHouston Blogger weekend was Grub Burger. I love Grub Burger! It's one of the first places I go when I stop by City Centre.  The burgers are yummy, and to top it off, they have amazing shakes. I always go for the caramel shake. Rico and I stopped by Grub Burger before heading to Freedom Over Texas. I ordered a salad and a turkey burger. The manager brought us a sample of their yummy luau fries and I think I'll definitely order those from now on! Fries with peppers, brisket, and cheese? Um...who doesn't want to go to luau, epsecially if it's topped with brisket, pepper and cheese? The manager explained to us the concept behind grub burger, and it was on that day that I realized the word GRUB was an acronym for GOOD PEOPLE, REAL FOOD, UNIQUE VIBE, and BIG FLAVOR, aka Grub! Here I thought grub was just the regular use of the word grub when used to mean food! I like that the grub stood for something. It made Grub Burger even better.
 
Grub Burger is also a fast casual restaurant, where you order at the register and receive a number for your food. However, instead of having to pick up your food when you're done like Hubbell and Hudson, the employees bring the food to you! They actually have a GPS system on the numbers to know exactly where you're seated in the restaurant! Pretty cool, eh? The cool thing about Grub Burger, is that you aren't locked into anything on the menu. If the toppings on the Lockhart Legend sound great, but you want to try it with a turkey patty, feel free to swap out. Or add another sauce to your burger, or an egg! You can mix and match as much as you want.  And if you want to go to Grub for a happy hour, they also have a full bar, and a nice outside seating area.  I really enjoyed my meal, but between the fries, burger, and salad it was too much to eat, so I had to take the burger home to finish later. I definitely recommend Grub Burger when you swing through City Centre!



 





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Disclosure: Meal was hosted by Grub Burger via New Creative Media, thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Monday, July 20, 2015

PRODUCT REVIEW: Jojoba Hydrating Day Cream

Monday, July 20, 2015 - by Shalanda Turner · - 0 Comments


 
When it comes to skin care regimes, I get an F in that department. It's not that I don't care about my skin, I just don't have time to go through the whole daily routine of toner, exfoliatants, creams, blemish removers, etc, and I think my skin has faired pretty well over the years without doing this except for one thing....moisture. For some reason I suffer from chronic dryness of my skin. It could be the most humid day in the world, and somehow my face and scalp will find some way to be dry and peely. I have experimented with hydrating creams in the past, but the same thing always happens...after a few days, I get tired of applying it, but I was willing to try again with Australia's Jojoba Hydrating Cream. I tested out their product for a week and I liked it! The trick to making sure I put it on every day? Leaving it on my desk at work. Seriously, I spend more time at my desk than in my bathroom at home, and putting the product away with all the other lost beauty items would be useless to testing it out. So for a week (and it's still there, as I'm still using it) I would come into work and put on the hydrating cream every day.  I need a moisturizer that I don't have to constantly reapply throughout the day, and Jojoba was that product! I would put a little bit of it on in the morning and for most of the day my skin would stay hydrated! I'll be eager to try it again in winter months, when the outdoor elements are harsher. I also liked the consistency of the cream. It wasn't too oily, and heavy. It was very light, and had an interesting smell, that I can only assume is the sent of jojoba. I sometimes hate creams and lotions where the scent is too strong, because I still want to be able to wear my perfumes while wearing lotion, and don't want to scents to mix.
 
 
In addition to the cream itself, I thought the packaging and the bottle were both pretty cool. The top of the box looks like jojoba seeds for the design and the lotion has a pump dispenser. I have to say that I've NEVER seen a lotion or cream container with a pump dispenser. They almost always have a dispenser style like that of toothpaste, or a jar with a lid. It was a pretty cool change! Everytime I used the day cream, I thought of hand soap! It was a nice, and efficient way to discharge the lotion, because you could control the amount! All and all, I really liked this product, and I plan on checking out some of their other products. Other products you say? Yes! If you visit Jojoba's website, they offer products based on your skin type; sensitive, oily, combination, uneven, dry, blemish prone, and age-defying. And when you click on each skin type, there's a suggested skin routine listed for each one!
Screenshot from www.thejojobacompany.com.au for my skin type; Dry!

So maybe hyrdating isn't what you need, especially if you have oily skin, but there's bound to be a product for you to try out, so why don't you! If you try out anything from Jojoba, be sure to let me know!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Disclosure: I received this product courtesy of Jojoba. Thoughts and opionos are my own. 

Sunday, July 19, 2015

WHAT I WORE: Golf Day At Work

Sunday, July 19, 2015 - by Shalanda Turner · - 0 Comments


My boss at work is really cool. She comes up with these fun ways to do team bonding activities. Her latest idea is doing a game hour over lunch once a month. Each month a different team comes up with a game, and July just so happened to be her month. For her and her partner's game they picked a putting competition in which we needed to bring in our putters -----halt. Ok...so yea...I've never actually golfed in my life. Sure I've played on the occasional putt-putt golf. I've even made my way to a driving range (see Top Golf post), but actually golf...as in on a legit course...nope. So I definitely do not own a set of golf clubs, no less a putter, but luckily enough people in our group golf that there were tons of putters for everyone. In addition to the putting part of the game, there was also a best-dressed contest. We were encouraged to come in our best golf attire...again...since I don't golf, I winged it by googling golf outfits and seeing how I could make something work for me based off of the clothes I already had. 

Photo Inspirations

I really liked this look with the baggy pants and socks, but I don't own a pair of pants that baggy to tuck them into my socks, so I opted for bright pants that I rolled up to expose my socks, and I used to have an argyle pull over, but it no longer fits, so I went with the next best thing for a pull over vest, and added a white button down and beret. How did I do?

 
White Shirt: The Ultimate Dressing Room
Vest: Had so long, I have no clue where it's from
Pants: H&M
Socks: Burlington
Shoes: MICHAEL Michael Kors
Necklace: Kendra Scott
Hat: no clue






With my coworker Zack!
With my coworker Chris!


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Monday, July 13, 2015

WHAT I WORE: Stars & Stripes

Monday, July 13, 2015 - by Shalanda Turner · - 0 Comments


I apologize that my 4th of July coverage seems to be running long, but well...I did a lot that weekend! Anyway, I woke up Saturday morning at Hyatt, and then headed to the Westin. I changed into my fun patriotic outfit for the day and then headed to Grub Burger for a complimentary meal. Grub Burger at City Centre was hosting the Go Houston Travel Bloggers and invited us all to come in and enjoy a burger, drink, and fries! I invited my friend Rico to come to that with me, and I invited him to Freedom Over Texas. He's never been to either. I'm still in love with this vest that I picked up from Langford Market last year, and I'll probably wear it EVERY 4th of July until I can no longer where it anymore! I added the shooting stars headband, and red-white-blue necklace (both picked up earlier that day from Charlotte Russe) to the ensemble. 




Flag in hair: Random Places
Tank: Forever 21
Shorts: Rainbow
Purse: Christian Siriano for Payless
Necklace: Charlotte Russe
Headband: Charlotte Russe
Sunglasses: Claire's

Saturday, July 11, 2015

WHAT I WORE: What's Red, White & Blue with Stripes

Saturday, July 11, 2015 - by Shalanda Turner · - 0 Comments


So I might have went a little overboard with the number of days I sported Red, White, & Blue, but turns out, I have a lot of these colors in my closet and it was 4th of July weekend, so why not? On Friday, I sported this striped tee and skirt ensemble! It apparently was a big hit! I received compliments everywhere I went that day! The skirt turned out to be a little risky when the wind was around. One day, I'm going to learn to wear boy shorts or something under short skirts. You just never know when the wind was to whip up the skirt like a Marilyn Monroe moment! The look was super comfy, and one of my favorites from the weekend. I of course had fun taking photos of the outfit in my hotel room at Hyatt Market Street. 

Shirt: C/O Striped Tee
Skirt: Target
Headband: Payless
Watch: New York & Company
Flats: Forever 21
Necklace: Charming Charlie
Sunglasses: Charming Charlie



I definitely did that last minute run and jump on the bed into a pose move for this last photo! haha

Thursday, July 9, 2015

LLIS TRAVELS: 4th of July Staycation Part 2

Thursday, July 9, 2015 - by Shalanda Turner · - 0 Comments


After checking out of the Hyatt Market Street Hotel, I shopped around Market Street for a little bit and then headed to the second hotel on the list; Westin Memorial City. This is not my first time staying at this particular Westin. I stayed here, last year, during my company's 30th Anniversary party. However, this was my first time staying here for a blogger trip! I was super excited to explore the hotel again. Upon entering my room there was a goodie bag full of items from Memorial City Mall and a freshly baked Three Brothers Bakery Deep Dish Pecan Pie. Um....Heck yea! Ha! I of course opened the goodie bag and pie right away. The room was a double bed room, and very spacious. I plopped down on the bed closest to the bathroom. I have a thing about always choosing the bed closest to the bathroom...and I have no idea why. I was only at the Westin for a few hours before I had to leave for dinner Grub Burger, but there were some cool things I discovered in that short amount of time. 






First of all the Westin is ALL about health and fitness. They have a running program that's advertised on the back of the elevator doors, and their room service menu is full of super foods to keep you energized. But what if you forgot your workout clothes or running shoes? No problem! You can rent them starting at $5.00 from the hotel! So, if you are a fitness guru and nervous that a stay at a hotel will pause your workout activities, you don't have to worry about that at the Westin! They also have a restaurant called 024 Grille, and the bar 024 Lounge for the night cappers! I had every intention of hanging out at the Lounge when I returned from Freedom Over Texas, but unfortunately, I started to get sick while out at the fireworks. My throat started acting funny, and the last thing I wanted to do was head to the bar...:-(. But! I did hang out at the lounge the last time I stayed there, and it's a pretty awesome vibe! The water wall is super pretty, and everything is luxe inside. 


The next morning I headed down to enjoy a complimentary brunch! I invited my friend Rico to come back and meet me so I didn't have to eat by myself. Apparently my room was set up to host 4 people for brunch, but it was so early that I didn't call other people, and also because I was still sick and looked crazy. That's why it's great to have friends who don't care what you look like! Ha! Anyway, Rico arrived and we headed to the brunch! We took lots of photos and had a great meal. I tried out the buffet and ordered a dish from the menu. There's definitely no shortage of food at the Westin!

Overall my stay at the Westin was fabulous minus one incident. When I returned to the Westin, late Saturday night after attending Freedom Over Texas, I wasn't very impressed with the valet guy. I think he was on his phone,and I had to ask him if he was going to valet my car. In addition to that, he parked my car without a valet sticker and the mall cops ended up putting a "very hard to remove" sticker on my driver's side window. I was less than pleased when I picked up my car from valet the next morning. Luckily, the morning valet crew was a lot better, and they worked for 15 minutes to get the sticker off of my window, which made me feel better! Before checking out, I headed upstairs to the pool area to take some shots. I love the pool at the Westin. It's on the 18th floor and offers amazing views of all the skylines of Houston. 






 

















The wine room. No, nothing is wrong with my camera or the picture. That's the actual texture of the glass.





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Disclosure: Hotel stay & meals were sponsored by Westin Memorial City Hotel through New Creative Media. Thoughts and opinions are my own.

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