the best patio eats in houston

A little over 2 years ago, my girlfriend Dede invited me to lunch with several other local bloggers at her favorite restaurant (and now mine, too), Brasserie 19 in River Oaks Shopping Center. Never having really tasted such authentic French food, I wasn't sure what to expect or if I'd find anything on the menu to my liking. I've never been more pleasantly surprised from the moment we walked in the door- the entire atmosphere of the restaurant gave off such sophistication yet warmth, like visiting an old friend to catch up over tea. It was a blogger's dream: marble table tops, a palm tree lined street out the windows, and a crisp white interior with wooden herringbone floors. Perfection.

Then we got to the menu and I was even more in awe when I realized I wanted to order one of everything: tasty deviled eggs, crispy gulf oysters, tuna tartare, and croque monsieur to name a few. We all ordered different mouthwatering entrees and I knew in that moment I needed to get myself to Paris, rapidement. It only took two years to make it happen, but it did! Thank you, Brasserie 19, for sparking my love of French food. You may have created a monster. ;)

When my Mom was in town last week and we did some shopping in River Oaks Shopping Center, I knew I had to take her to lunch at Brasserie 19. It was also Boone's first restaurant outing and he did amazing, sleeping through the whole thing since the patio was a perfect 70 degrees, music was playing softly in the background, and our waitress was kind enough to talk quietly at our table. It was the perfect lunch and I'm already itching to go back while the weather is so beautiful this spring.


photos by Ban Avenue Photography

Y'all know I love River Oaks Shopping Center and frequent the area for kids clothes, gifts, nails, and of course food. All of that shopping works up an appetite and mama has to recharge with some tasty fuel! Some of my other favorite spots to visit with great patios are:
1. La Griglia- Delicious Italian food with favorites such as Stracci, Wild Boar Chop, and Wild Mushroom Lasagna. The patio is really spacious and accommodating for strollers.
2. Epicure Cafe- A bistro style cafe that features fresh food that's made from scratch daily. I always get the Pistachio Cake for dessert- it's delicious! 
3. Perry's Steakhouse- This is a "coming soon" for River Oaks Shopping Center that I'm so excited about! Thinking a date night on the patio is in order once it opens.
4. la Madeleine- I have loved this restaurant for as long as I can remember because it's one of my grandma's favorites. My go-to order is the Quiche Florentine, a house-made egg spinach and Swiss custard baked in a buttery, flaky pie crust.

For other restaurants in ROSC, you can visit the website directory HERE. Bear always requests a pit stop at Marble Slab Creamery, which I never object. We are some serious ice cream addicts with no shame. With all the Marble Slab I consumed the last 9 months, I have no doubt Boone will be an ice cream lover soon, too.

Thank you for stopping by! If you're a fellow Houstonian, have you tried any of these spots in
River Oaks Shopping Center? I'd love to hear your favorite dining patio spots.
And happy first official day of Spring!

xo, Britt

*This post is sponsored by River Oaks Shopping Center however all thoughts and opinions are my own.

how to use the app

I recently did a poll on Instagram asking readers how many of them use and was surprised to find that only about half use the service. Wondering what is? It's a tool that allows you to shop all of your favorite influencers looks on Instagram and it's recently been made easier than ever through the app. 

Why should you download the app? For starters, will save you tons of time because it's so simple to use and you will no longer have to scour the internet looking for the perfect pair of over-the-knee boots you saw someone wearing on Instagram. You can shop their look in seconds! And also, the app is free which is a rare thing these days. You can download the app HERE and I'll explain how it works below!

1. Download the app onto your phone (now available for Android users as well!) HERE


2. ‘LIKE’ or Screenshot your favorite influencer images on social media and the web to shop the products featured in the looks you like


3. Follow your favorite influencers in the app to never miss a shoppable post. 


I'm doing a giveaway right now that you can find on my Instagram page (@brittfullwood) under the first highlight story titled "GIVEAWAY" where 3 winners will each win a really fun prize! Kendra Scott earrings, a Lilly Pulitzer bangle, Baublebar necklaces....lots of pieces that are perfect for spring and summer. To enter, all you have to do is follow me in the app and send me a screenshot that you're following- the directions are all there on Instagram. Everyone who's downloaded the app so far and entered has been surprised at how easy it is and how addicted they are to the app already. I'm telling you guys, it's a shopping game-changer. :)

I hope you're all having the best week! We are a little sleep deprived over here but nothing out of the ordinary for life with a newborn. Zach took Bear to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo yesterday and they had the best time- it was definitely the highlight of Bear's week. Boone and I stayed home and ate Popeye's Chicken that my friend Betsy brought we were pretty happy, too.
I hope some of you found this post helpful; feel free to ask any quetsions you might have in the comments!
xo, Britt

Spring Shopping at River Oaks Shopping Center

It's no secret that I love to shop and I've mentioned before that I much prefer shopping in stores to shopping online. There's something about getting to try on an item before you actually purchase it, having the help of an associate, and the satisfaction of walking out with a bag in hand right after buying (instead of waiting 2 weeks on shipping) that makes shopping locally so much more appealing to me. And my favorite place to do just that? River Oaks Shopping Center here in the heart of Houston.

I took my Mom to the Center last week- mostly because she had to chauffeur Boone and me around and I wanted to treat her to lunch on the patio at Brasserie 19. But what I didn't expect was just how much my Mom would fall in love with River Oaks Shopping Center. I've become spoiled to having all my favorite stores in one beautiful, convenient spot, but my Mom couldn't get over the iconic palm tree-lined W. Gray Street, affordable yet trendy shopping, and the incredible history behind the historic district. River Oaks Shopping Center is one of the oldest shopping centers in the United States, with it's first commercial structures having been built in the 1930s. With a nod to it's original splendor, River Oaks Shopping Center is now a modern and sophisticated area that's inviting for anyone wanting to enjoy a tasty bite, day of pampering, wedding dress shopping, and lots in between.

photos by Ban Avenue Photography

Spring is my favorite season to shop because I'm excited to put away the sweaters and pull out all the shorts, sun dresses, and sandals. I'm even more eager this year because I've been in maternity clothes for months and couldn't wait to hit some of my favorite stores in ROSC last week: Atrium Ready to Wear, francesca's, Ann Taylor, GAP, & Sunglass Hut. GAP was having a huge sale and I picked up some of the cutest sundresses that will be perfect for all the spring festivities we have coming up. And yes, I was only 10 days postpartum and out shopping...that should tell y'all how ready I was!

We then headed to GAP Kids where we found Easter outfits for the boys (they're so precious- can't wait to show y'all!) and a few cozy sleepers for Boone. I've always been a huge GAP fan for baby and kids clothes- the quality is amazing for the price. Mom and I walked down to Barnes & Noble from there and grabbed some books for the boys Easter baskets since they have such a huge selection of books for all ages. Bear also loves their toys so we were able to grab him a surprise before heading across the street and getting a Starbucks pick-me-up for ourselves. Life with a newborn means not a lot of sleep but it's worth it for all the sweet snuggles that come along with it. 

A few more stores later (Mom LOVED Hemline and it's one of my favorites, too), and we finished with the most delicious lunch at Brasserie 19 before heading home. Of the whole 11 days my Mom was here, this had to be my favorite. I loved showing her my favorite shopping spot and the weather was so perfect, we could've walked around the Center all day just enjoying the sunshine and sipping our Iced Caramel Macchiatos. Mom has already informed me that when she visits again we are going back to River Oaks Shopping Center and I will happily oblige! Next time we're bringing Bear because the Cheeseburger Quesadillas from Fuzzy's Taco Shop are his favorite and he wants to pick out another toy from Barnes & Noble, which his "Duke" (my Mom) will definitely make happen. 

I never dreamed that this soon after having a new baby I'd be able to venture out and grab so many of our spring necessities like Easter outfits and basket fillers, but River Oaks Shopping Center made it easy and fun. Now we're ready for all the egg hunts, Easter bunny visits, and warm weather to come!
xo, Britt

*This post is sponsored by River Oaks Shopping Center, however all thoughts and opinions are my own.