Houston International Festival 2011

Wednesday, May 04, 2011


My company has internal networking groups to help support the groups that aren't in the majority within our company. I'm a member of our EDEN group, which stands for Ethnically Diverse Employee Network. Every year in Houston we volunteer at the Houston International Festival. Not only is it great to give back to the community through volunteering, but then we get to enjoy the event for free! Here is a picture of our team volunteering at the drink station.

We definitely had the best location at the festival because we were directly across from the Asia Society of Texas Center Stage and were able to see really great performances while working.

Here are some pictures of the great acts we saw!

Now on to some great food....yea I love chicken on a stick. The whole time I was working the drink station, I kept seeing people walk by with amazing smelling food, and I was salivating. I couldn't wait to get off and buy some festival food!!

So after Amy and I stuffed our faces we decided to explore the festival. Here are pictures from our explorations!

This lady was wearing a traditional dress of Nigeria. Amy and I tried on their head gear too, but I looked retarded and Amy looked chic!

Some guys playing on typical African drums in the African area of the festival
Me having fun with this fallen decoration in the Louisiana Section! haha
Some fun Zydeco music was goin' on at the Louisiana Stage!
We discovered these purses made out of cork! So neat!

I thought these were the coolest drink holders ever. I need one for right near my bed
Amy bought this awesome wine rack for her condo. So neat!
Lots of African inspired art in the carribean/african section
Amy loved these coasters and the artwork at this vendors booth because it featured "vintage" cars

I loved this silk fan
Then I fell in love with these glass charms...and guess what?! They were on sale for $1.00. Didn't matter the size or what it was. I must have left with at least 100 of them...hahaha
We were very excited for this Texas representation at the Festival. Neither one of us are from Texas, but we love it here so much!
And last I leave you with pictures of some of the final acts we saw before leaving the festival and some video clips! Enjoy!

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  1. Lovely photos :)


  2. looks so much fun!!thankx for sharing

  3. That looks like it was a lot of fun and the food looks yummy! :)


  4. Hey! Just finding clothing on online stores and then photoshopping them to all be together with a white background. Pretty simple :-)

  5. @ Thank you! I hope I didn't put up too much! Haha

  6. @RosaliaI had such a hard time deciding on what to eat because they had every type of food there imaginable

  7. @fashioneggpplantIt really was! I can't wait to go back again next year!

  8. @Strawberry Freckleface Thanks for the tip! I'll have to learn how to do more in photoshop than just clone stamping! haha

  9. great pics and I love those videos!

  10. Fab cup holders :) & the event sounds like a wonderful idea :D

    Day By Diva
    Day By Diva

  11. Great pictures!I bet it was an awesome event!xoxo

  12. Looks like so much fun! I need to visit Texas again when I have the chance, such a lovely state. xo

  13. WOW,amazing photos and videos!!!Thanks for sharing!

  14. @Sassi - I'm so glad I was able to take the vids! Now I'll be able to remember this year for awhile!

    @Sanam - aren't they though?? I love them. I should have bought one, but didn't want to walk around with it. haha

    @Alina - So fab, I may go back this weekend

    @Gypsy Avenue - It's ironic because I never thought I would end up in Texas, but I have loved my time here!

    @Federica - Your welcome! Glad you enjoyed!

  15. Looks like a fun time!! Nice pictures! :)

    I'm following you on Blog Lovin'. My dashboard still isn't working right. :(

  16. Thanks for stoping by my blog,
    It looks like you had so much fun there, and the food looks amazing, I would be all over that chicken :) This makes me proud of my black, indian, and chinese heritage. Keep up the good work.

    Best wishes,
    amara nichole.

  17. @GretchTMThanks Gretch! I'm having so many issues with blogger right now. All of my pictures have seemed to disappear on my older posts...so upsetting

  18. @amara nichole.No problem! haha chicken was amazing! Thanks for the well wishes!

  19. 1. I wouldnt exactly call me rocking the head scarf as chic, but you're the fashion expert.

    2. I MADE THE BLOG...AGAIN!!! :)

  20. Cool shots; looks like a serious get together :)


  21. Thank you so much for your comment!
    Appreciate it!


  22. Wow - this like a fantastic event!! Food, entertainment, shoping...most of my favorite things rolled into one! :)

    P.S. Thanks for visiting my blog. I actually create my collages using Photoshop. I think Polyvore is great though! I'm just used to photoshop.

  23. @}i{Chic, cute, same difference! And yay you are going to be famous girl!

  24. @AshleighIt was great!!! No problem. I love visiting other blogs. Thanks for the tip on photoshop!

  25. @Stylished Forever - Thanks! It was fun taking pictures

    @Senorita - Thanks for stopping by my blog! I love finding new ones

    @District 5 - no problem! :-)

  26. WOW...amazing pics and photos doll!! Truly touching! Thx for sharing.


    ps...so jealous..how do you find the time to answer to each comment...WOW..super woman I can't keep up..LOL

  27. @(Fashion.MakeUp.LifeStyle)Hey Marina! Awe, I'm so glad you enjoyed the feature. I have such a great time at this festival and I wanted to share my enjoyment with everyone else. Trust me girl responding to all the comments takes time, I guess because I have some time at work to do it, and in the evenings I don't really do much but read blogs and chill, so I have time to respond :-)

  28. What fun! I really enjoy international fests!!

  29. @Economy of StyleI love them too! It's so nice to know that in a world of turmoil people can still get together and celebrate other cultures


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