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!
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My Amazing Houston:
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.
Desperation, exhaustion, uncertainty, questions without answers, worriedness and fear are just a few words that my children used to describe this last seven days of our lives. Yesterday was the first day we were able to walk back home to find out that miraculously our house was not flooded as it was the case with thousands and thousands of homes in Houston.
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.
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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.
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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.
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A few weeks ago I found out that The FotoFest Biennial 2016 was hosting Changing Circumstances: Looking at the Future of the Planet, an exhibition addressing the challenges presented by global change.
As you know, I’m always looking for interesting and different places here in Houston, well Class 502 Creamery is without a doubt, one of them.
Last week I had the opportunity to visit the Rice University Art Gallery. Upon entering the school grounds, I was so impressed by the big, beautiful oak trees that perfectly frame Main Street that I decided to walk around campus before heading to the exhibit.
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More than sixty works of art of the famed Russian artist come to Houston to the MFAH overflowing with its classic abstract expressionism. This selection is special because it belonged to the personal collection of the artist before he died.
In Houston you can find many Farmer's Markets around the city that offer great products, however, now I found a new one that’s closer to my house that opens every Saturday.