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May 1, 2016

HELLO MAY/51FIFTEEN.

OMG, it's almost summer. May. Its almost summer but I swear I still have my winter body.
Out with the old, in with the new? Speaking of, remember my Saks preview? 51fifteen, the restaurant inside also has had a facelift. The first HFB Christmas party was there and the space was very dark and cramp. The design firm from Houston, Contour Interior Design made this space amazing. Can they do my home interior? Our style is in sync.

The interior design firm conceptualized and completed both the interior architecture and interior design and for the new restaurant, and 1st floor bar. The project was the brainchild of Principal and Creative Director of Contour Interior Design, Nina Magon and the design was executed by both Nina and Lead Designer, Mia Yamada. The project spanned a year and a half from concept through completion and was built by Construction Concepts. The new restaurant design comes with many new upgrades including a private lounge area and two separate private dining areas available for event space reservation, vastly larger bar area for customers to sit and enjoy, and expanded dining room with a variety of seating options.


The new 8,500 square-foot restaurant also includes a variety of custom pieces all designed by Contour Interior Design, including custom coffee tables, ottomans, and banquette seating with brass edging in the private lounge, upholstered barstools, square banquettes with Dekton edging, serpentine seating, shark-nose edged tables with a Silestone surface, and two statement chairs from Magon’s very own furniture collection launching this fall. Lighting in the restaurant includes Coltrane Sconces by DelightFull, Blossom Lighting by LightArt, restroom chandeliers from Etsy, table lamps by Neoz, Flos lighting in the private dining, and iconic Serge Mouille sconces in main dining space. For the main bar, a multifaceted jewel-inspired cut stone serves as the base. The bar’s bottle display has brass shelves and details that are backlit 3form panels to create a glow. The private lounge features sleek lighting embedded into the wall and ceiling giving it a contemporary look and feel. Metal drapes dividers and brass details in the entrance of the private bar frame a picturesque look and feel upon entry.

The interior design firm is set to host its very own celebration for the new design, Carnaval De 51fifteen, on Thursday, May 19th from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.  I'll be there! Lets chat :) 
Sponsors include Houston Magazine, 51fifteen Cuisine and Cocktails, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bella Flori, Deep Eddy Vodka, Cosentino, Mango Punch and Construction Concepts. 
The event will be a Brazilian-themed Carnaval night benefiting Dec My Room. 
Tickets can be found at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/carnaval-de- 51fifteen-tickets- 22711157684. 

The new 51fifteen Cuisine and Cocktails is located on the 2nd floor of Saks Fifth Avenue - Galleria, 5175 Westheimer Road.

LOVE, MARA
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Apr 30, 2016

Inside K Beauty


Korean Beauty is becoming a desired product trend in America but the roots of K Beauty are very interesting to me. In Korea there is a fascination with the idea of perfection. The desire for perfect features is more extreme than the American idea of beauty. It is very common to begin surgeries or procedures at 18. The lady featured talks about getting botox every 6 months since she was 18. She looks thin to me, but speaks of getting fat taken out of her body and placed in her cheeks. The video below chronicles some hotspots in Korea and an interesting look inside K beauty. I keep seeing people focus on just how cute the imported products are. While being super cute, the deeper story is something also worth sharing. I wish I would travel the world and talk about stuff like this. I never knew how big this industry is. 

   

In the video they mention the record label YG has their own beauty line and store. You already know I love YG, that is the home of CL one of my favorite Korean pop stars!  Below I list a couple products that you can purchase if you want to try some K Beauty! There are even some affordable Korean Beauty products that you can order on Amazon.
Korean Beauty Products


Tony Moly face care
lordandtaylor.com


Etude House lip treatment
koreadepart.com


Tony Moly eye care
lordandtaylor.com






Would you try anything?
LOVE, MARA
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Apr 28, 2016

SAKS HOUSTON, REOPENING.

Saks Fifth Avenue's newly renovated 200,000 sq foot space will be available to shop today! Today's reception benefits MD Anderson. I was able to go to the private soft open last night and it was great. The new space is very modern and has lots of clean black, white, and gold fixtures. All mannequins are white and it seems to be a timeless space. Even the outside of Saks looks sleek.
Dress is Blaque Label from Carrie Ann boutique.

Inside there are a lot of new vendors like Dries Van Noten, Prada and Lanvin. The dedicated shopping spaces are my favorite. Separating out the 200,000 Sq feet by vendor shops is genius.
Also, the beauty department is the largest shopping space outside of the location in New York. The Houston Saks beauty department feautures a Gucci beauty boutique, the first and only one in Texas.
 Did you know the Houston Location ranks in the top three stores in the country?
5th Avenue has arrived in Houston, you should definitely spend some time in this space.

LOVE, MARA

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Apr 27, 2016

Hump Day Motivation.

In a quest to be better, I really need to update my desk snacks. I mean, I guess gummy worms aren't helping me get a summer body at all. I get pretty hungry throughout the day and I found this list of perfect pre and post workout snack from youbeauty.com. Some of these I know I won't like, but its a good outline for what to look for. This plus a ton of water should be perfect!
Do you have any go to healthy snacks to get your through the day?
LOVE, MARA
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Apr 25, 2016

Manicure Monday: Matte Love.

I've been experimenting with matte colors lately. I picked up a few of Kylie's sinful colors collection and I'm pretty impressed with how the matte formula is now. Back in college I tried matte polishes out and was not very happy with the staying (or lack there of) power of them. They would flake off pretty easily. The Kylie colors stayed on for about 10 days before starting to come off. These are my natural nails and I got them done here in Houston at Dripped Nails.
This is a fun Presto topcoat on top of OPI Will Manicure for Beads, a fun summer perfect purple. If you are in Houston DRIPPED NAILS is my go to and the nail tech that can Matte anything with this super awesome imported polish is CARLA. Its from Japan y'all. Kawaii vibes. 
If you're not in Houston you can achieve an at  home version of matte with some of the colors in Kylie Jenner's Sinful Colors Nailpolish line. They retail $2.99 USD and the matte collection is available at Target. Pictured the baby pink and blue (pantone vibes) are matte. The white is a high shine color available at Walmart. They stay on pretty well and are affordable to try on your own!

I think I might be obsessed. Its so pretty!

LOVE, MARA
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