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  • Since Sunday was so stormy out, I spent the majority of the day on the couch taking in the SVU marathon! While I was lounging, I also decided it was time to do a little Pinterest re-organization. When I first started my Pinterest account several years ago, I created pretty generic boards, but I’m now finding that it’s really difficult for me to find old pins (read: recipes) because there are so many on one board. Anyone else have the problem? It’s for that reason that I am replacing my Foodie Favorites board with three different boards entitled SWEET, SAVORY and SIPS. While I’ve only made a small dent in moving all the pins onto their appropriate new boards (there were 4,000 when I started!), you can now find new recipes easier than ever! I also recently created a board dedicated to furry friends – my hope is that pinning adorable puppies and other baby animals will keep me entertained enough so that I don’t actually go out and buy a dog. Click here to check out the new boards and follow my Pinterest!
  • Labor Day weekend I’ll be catching a flight to Utah (my first trip!) to visit my blogger buds, Rachel and Emily! I’m so excited to explore SLC for the first time, hike the beautiful mountains and catch up with my favorite ladies. Since we’ll likely do a long walk + hike each day I’m there, I think I need to finally trade in my sneakers for a new pair of running shoes. You’re supposed to replace them every 3-6 months, but it’s been over a year – it’s time!! A few styles I like include these orange + blue New Balance sneaks, this pair by Brooks (in coral + blue) and this pair by Nike. Since my current pair is by Brooks, I’ll probably just do that again (also love this bright turquoise pair!). I also want to pick up a couple of new workout tops and jackets – this lightweight marble-print jacket is on my list as well as this aquamarine windbreaker. I wouldn’t mind having this matching marble tank or this versatile tank. What are your plans for Labor Day weekend?
  • Have you checked out the new Piperlime? The site re-launched with a whole new look and I love it! Some pretty new arrivals you need to see: the stitching on this BCBG jacket reminds me of my favorite Proenza Schouler blazer in the best way. Wouldn’t it look great with these coated skinnies? If you’re into the chic look of pearl rings right now like I am, you’ll love this one by Rebecca Minkoff. This Cynthia Vincent layered blouse is just the easy piece I need as a weekday go-to this fall. Some other jewelry items I’m eyeing include this sleek rose gold watch and these gorgeous drop earrings!

the houstonian hotel, club & trellis spa

The Houstonian Hotel, The Houstonian Club, Trellis Spa | The Style Scribe

If you remember, this past weekend I drove down to Houston for my friend Alice’s wedding! Since I’m all about exploring new places and going on new adventures, I decided to stay at The Houstonian Hotel. While I lived in Houston a few years back, I ate at The Houstonian’s amazing restaurant (Olivette) for dinner, but that was the extent of my experience with the hotel. Upon checking in on Friday, I met with the PR Director and Social Media manager to tour the 18-acre grounds right off of Woodway and 610 near the Galleria. The first thing you need to know about The Houstonian is that is really is a garden oasis within the center of the city. You don’t have to drive far to access this grand destination, but you still enjoy the privacy and exclusive experience you would traveling to the middle of nowhere. For the avid runner (or walker, should you prefer that), there is a beautiful jogging trail snaking throughout the grounds for guests to use. There are also three different pools for guests of the hotel to enjoy: the garden pool (the most secluded and quiet of the three), resort pool (perfect for kids – there’s a slide!) and club pool (exclusively for swimming laps). Each pool has dozens of lounge chairs for you to lay out and bask in the sun, and the hotel’s outdoor Arbor Grill serves a full menu right to your seat. Needless to say, I spent both Saturday and Sunday lunchtimes by the pool, working on my tan! Be sure to visit Houstonian.com to learn more about the hotel’s amenities.

For dinner Friday night and breakfast each morning, I revisited the hotel’s delicious restaurant, Olivette. Friday night I ordered a beef carpaccio appetizer that came served on a huge block of pink himalayan sea salt (see a photo of it below)! Every meal at Olivette was beautifully presented like that. Other things on the menu that I enjoyed during my stay include the bouillabaisse and the banana-stuffed french toast (both pictured below). I will also somewhat shamefully admit that one late night after going out I ordered the four-cheese pizza from the in-room dining menu and it was mind blowing. So delicious! To make myself feel a little bit better about myself after indulging in such decadent meals, I hopped on over to The Houstonian’s famous sports club. With over 6,000 members, The Houstonian Club is certainly the city’s most popular and finest. They have dozens of unique workout classes every day from 5am-8pm, ranging from cycling, kick-boxing, yoga, water classes, weight training, aerial silk Pilates, interval training and more! My favorite class from the weekend was the CuttingEDGE class which was a great mix of fast-paced cardio and weight training, but I also enjoyed a class called Just Weights. I’m usually very good about fitting cardio into my workout routine, but when it comes to free weights I just kind of give up - so that class was ideal following my 45 minute run. The Club was kind enough to offer a free session with a Pilates instructor to learn Aerial Silks. It was fun to do something I’d never tried before – definitely harder than it looks, and such a good workout! Maybe next time I’ll be a little more graceful in my aerial silks maneuvers now that I’ve done it once. Click here to discover all of The Houstonian Club’s fantastic group fitness classes and membership info!

Last but not least, on Sunday I was able to spend the afternoon relaxing at the world-famous Trellis Spa. It is actually the only spa in the Houston area to be listed on the Forbes Travel Guide Four Star List, and now I know why. Everything from the service to the waiting rooms to the treatments was beyond any expectations I could have had! The treatment I chose was the Citrus Drench, which is a signature treatment using Natura Bisse product exclusively. It first started with a light exfoliation, followed by application of the Natura Bisse C + C Vitamin Body Lift Gel and Body Cream (which I purchased following the treatment). Once those two products soaked in, I was covered from head to toe in a creamy, citrus masque. After letting it soak in and showering off the masque, I was treated to a 50-min massage. Let’s just say it didn’t take long for me to fall asleep that night – I was so relaxed! The spa also has a full hair salon and nail spa, along with a fashionable boutique that carries everything they use in the treatments upstairs as well as other chic items like these Yosi Samra sandals and aromatic candles. Click here to learn more about the Trellis Spa, book your treatments and more.

Needless to say I had an amazing experience at The Houstonian – it’s a family-friendly spot that doesn’t lack luxury, and that packs a punch with fitness, food and a fabulous spa. I highly recommend you stay at The Houstonian on your next trip to Houston – for my Houston readers: if you haven’t eaten at Olivette or spent a day in the Trellis Spa, it’s a must. Scroll through the rest of the post to check out all of the photos from my stay!

The Houstonian Hotel, The Houstonian Club, Trellis Spa | The Style Scribe

The Houstonian Hotel, The Houstonian Club, Trellis Spa | The Style Scribe

The Houstonian Hotel, The Houstonian Club, Trellis Spa | The Style Scribe

The Houstonian Hotel, The Houstonian Club, Trellis Spa | The Style Scribe

The Houstonian Hotel, The Houstonian Club, Trellis Spa | The Style Scribe

The Houstonian Hotel, The Houstonian Club, Trellis Spa | The Style Scribe

The Houstonian Hotel, The Houstonian Club, Trellis Spa | The Style Scribe

The Houstonian Hotel, The Houstonian Club, Trellis Spa | The Style Scribe

The Houstonian Hotel, The Houstonian Club, Trellis Spa | The Style Scribe

The Houstonian Hotel, The Houstonian Club, Trellis Spa | The Style Scribe

The Houstonian Hotel, The Houstonian Club, Trellis Spa | The Style Scribe

The Houstonian Hotel, The Houstonian Club, Trellis Spa | The Style Scribe

The Houstonian Hotel, The Houstonian Club, Trellis Spa | The Style Scribe

The Houstonian Hotel, The Houstonian Club, Trellis Spa | The Style Scribe

The Houstonian Hotel, The Houstonian Club, Trellis Spa | The Style Scribe

The Houstonian Hotel, The Houstonian Club, Trellis Spa | The Style Scribe

The Houstonian Hotel, The Houstonian Club, Trellis Spa | The Style Scribe

The Houstonian Hotel, The Houstonian Club, Trellis Spa | The Style Scribe

The Houstonian Hotel, The Houstonian Club, Trellis Spa | The Style Scribe

The Houstonian Hotel, The Houstonian Club, Trellis Spa | The Style Scribe

The Houstonian Hotel, The Houstonian Club, Trellis Spa | The Style Scribe

The Houstonian Hotel, The Houstonian Club, Trellis Spa | The Style Scribe

The Houstonian Hotel, The Houstonian Club, Trellis Spa | The Style Scribe

The Houstonian Hotel, The Houstonian Club, Trellis Spa | The Style Scribe

The Houstonian Hotel, The Houstonian Club, Trellis Spa | The Style Scribe

 

{ all photography by The Style Scribe – a big thank you to The Houstonian Hotel for sponsoring this post! }