It’s impressive to see how social networks have gone from being just a hobby for young people … well, and the not so young, into real-world working tools.
Since joining the blogosphere, which is a lot of fun by the way, it was inevitable that I explore the fundamentals of social networks. I sound like I’m joking, but I’ve had to study, read about, and understand their different uses and turn them into, not only a way to make my posts public, but also into a tool that helps me meet a network of people who help me grow.
It was through Instagram that I suddenly stumbled across Ashley Rose, owner and founder of the successful blog Sugar & Cloth right here in Houston, TX.
Sugar & Cloth focuses on DIY decoration and cooking projects. They’re very fun and engaging and their pictures are really captivating because they all have this look that’s really particular to their brand – a white background and bright colors.
When I found out that she was in Houston, I contacted her immediately and she invited me to participate in a course titled "Houston Branding and Social Media," it was impossible for me to say no!
I arrived at her studio without knowing what to expect. On the outside, it looked like an old warehouse in downtown Houston. But after climbing up and down several flights of stairs, and thinking I was in the wrong place, I suddenly opened the door to this immaculate place where Ashley and her photographer husband, Jared Smith, come up with all the ideas for Sugar & Cloth: an inspiring place with great design and a particular touch as you can see from pictures I took.
In addition to Ashley, the course was also taught by another successful blogger Christian Watson – who is owner and founder of 1924us. A blog dedicated to design, style and photography inspired from the 1920s.
Ashley and Christian shared two hours worth of experiences. They told us how they got started, the mistakes they made in addition to giving us tons of tips on how to establish a brand, how to adapt to new ways of communicating, and how to use different social networks.
I, along with 20 other students couldn’t stop taking notes all while thinking how lucky we were to be receiving this valuable information and their lessons.
In addition to these workshops, Ashley has offered decoration, calligraphy and holiday cocktail courses, too.
If you are looking for a different and entertaining DIY workshop, Yo Mariana highly recommend you attend one of Ashley’s courses. You’ll have a great time and you’ll find a lot of inspiration in this interesting blogger and her marvelous studio. Just visit her website to find out more.
Thanks, Ashley and Christian, for sharing your knowledge and time with us. I hope to take some other courses soon.
You see, another success story from Houston. I’ll keep discovering and sharing more of them with you. I love you Houston!
Click here to visit Ashley's and Christian's websites:
Do you know of any other fun workshop in Houston? Let me know firstname.lastname@example.org
My Amazing Houston:
Van Gogh’s paintings are some of the most recognizable works of art in the world, and now thanks to a partnership with the Vincent Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, more than 50 masterpieces of the acclaimed artist arrive at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston. I had the opportunity to attend the media preview of this exhibit, and I’m thrilled to share my experience with all of you.
Today I share with all of you some of my favorite stores in Houston so you can spoil those shopaholic friends you love so much. In this guide, of course, you will also find suggestions of where to eat, because although your friends will probably prefer to skip lunch to continue shopping, eventually they will get hungry and you'll know exactly where to go to complete your shopping day with delicious meal.
Every year I’m surprised by the immense variety of activities Houston has to offer during the holiday seasons, and by the many that I have yet to discover. Despite being a faithful follower of each and every one of the Houston Museum of Fine Arts' exhibits, I had never visited the Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens, a River Oaks mansion that was transformed into a museum in the 1960s.
I am happy to share with all of you that Terminal E of the IAH will now see my children totally fascinated the next time we travel thanks to four new restaurants where we will be able to enjoy a delicious meal before boarding the plane.
The Buffalo Bayou Partnership or BBP is a non-profit organization that for more than 20 years has been dedicated to the conservation and growth of the more than ten miles that occupy the Buffalo Bayou from the corner of Shepherd Drive to the port of Houston.
The new building's splendid and modern architecture, combined with the unique design of the plaza and the spectacular view from the roof garden, will allow visitors to enjoy this harmonious new outdoor space in the city while surrounded by art.
Last Friday I had the amazing opportunity to attend a cocktail party at the residence of Lester Marks, listed by ARTnews magazine as one of the “Top 200 Collectors in the World,” by Art & Antiques magazine as one of the “Top 100 Collectors,” and as “One of the Top 100 Collectors Changing the Art World.”
Photography is one of my favorite activities, and there’s no better way to experience it than through the wonderful photo contest #HouOnTheBayou, organized by the Houston Parks Board.
I've been living in Houston for more than 14 years and I've never felt such a cold winter as this one. For these very cold days, there's nothing better for me than a hot and delicious cup of Joe.That's the reason behind my restless search throughout the city this past month to find the best cup of coffee
Can you imagine having 40 Houston Restaurants under the same roof for you to sample and enjoy alongside your favorite cocktails? Well, if that sounds like a plan, keep reading because you're going to like this.
After a wonderful 2-week Christmas break, I come back to Houston motivated and ready to get back to my workout routine and definitely Define Studio is the perfect place to achieve my goals.
Define Body & Mind just opened the doors of its new studio at Heights Mercantile. The high ceilings with immense windows provide such a beautiful natural light to the new space that it immediately inspired me to try one of their classes.
A new shopping area just opened its doors in the heart of the Heights in Houston called Heights Mercantile. I just strolled around it a week ago and it has quickly become one of my favorite places to go shopping in Houston because of the originality of its stores and the products you can find but also because of the innovative architectural space it offers.
Mona Hatoum’s first exhibit in the U.S. called Terra Infirma arrives in Houston at The Menil Collection. Terra Infirma transported me from pleasure to terror, from peace to war, from freedom to imprisonment and from calm to anxiety in just a matter of seconds.
Houston fills our soul with colors and joy thanks to the new art installation called Arcade in Avenida Houston, in the heart of the City. I was extremely happy when I heard that this outdoor exhibit was still standing after Harvey ready for us to enjoy.
I'll start this story with total and absolute honesty. It had been a while since I last received a surprise but let me tell you that the email I got from Lee Brochstein and Faith Whittier's will definitely be kept in my books as one of the biggest ones I've ever received.
One of the things I enjoy the most about writing these posts is when the city of Houston surprises me, and on this occasion, it surpassed my expectations. As you know there are tons of parks and green areas around the city, but just a few weeks ago, the newly remodeled Levy Park was officially inaugurated.
Jim Crane, the owner of the Houston Astros delights us with the opening of two new restaurants in Downtown, Osso & Kristalla and Potente. Both are located just a block away from Minute Maid Park and you must go try them both.
Have you ever thought how your life or your parent's life would have been if you had a mental or physical disability? Or how your role as a mother or father would have changed if one of your children were born with a disability? I think in our busy lives, we give a lot of things for granted and we don’t realize how lucky we are for being healthy.
This week Houston will receive almost one million visitors thanks to the Big football game that is taking place on Sunday. Today I share with all of you some of my favorite places and restaurants in the city.
If redecorating your house is one of your new year’s resolutions, the furniture store I recommend to you today is the place for you. It’s called TB3 Home and you’re going to love the place.
I hope you all had a wonderful Holiday season and a super fun New Year’s Eve. I'm excited to start 2017 with this month's culinary recommendation, a new brunch spot in town that I’m sure it’ll become one of the city’s favorite.
Thanks to the huge culinary diversity that is happening in Houston, I’ve been able to acquire a new taste for different ingredients and gastronomic fusions that I never thought I would enjoy. Well that’s the case of the place I recommend to all of you today, it’s called Le Colonial and it’s located in the River Oaks District.
Today I bring you the October culinary recommendation. On this occasion, it involves a style of cooking I never thought I would recommend and I will explain why.
As you guys know, I love discovering new restaurants and now more than ever since Houston has a new place worth writing about almost every week. I could easily give you list of restaurants to try, but the purpose of this blog is to offer you a reliable review of the places I think are worth visiting.
Intensity, satisfaction, motivation and fun are a few words that come to mind when I describe my first Soul Cycle experience. Well, now, I’m thrilled to share this incredible experience with all of you.
To all the coffee and art lovers, today I want to tell you about a place that has united good coffee and a great space in a harmonious way to enjoy some artistic expression. It’s called Inversion Coffee.
Summer is here and it's one of the best times to visit museums in our city. The Houston Museum District has 19 museums that offer locals and tourists from around the world a chance to see amazing work. Here are my must-see favorites this summer.
The city of Houston continues to amaze me. Just when I think I’ve seen it all, something new comes along. Today, let me tell you about the newly opened “Cistern” at the Buffalo Bayou Park.
You have no idea what a pleasant surprise I found behind a simple gray door. Two weeks ago, I enrolled in photography classes at the Houston Center for Photography in the colorful Montrose area and one of my favorite activities after I finish my class is to drive around the area looking for original places.