our favorite holiday shopping in houston

It hit me hard this morning that Christmas is just two weeks from today and there’s still so much left to do! Maybe it’s having a baby but for some reason, I’m off my game this year. We normally are about done with Christmas shopping by this point but it’s looking pretty sad underneath our tree in the present department. Thankfully Boone and I hit up our favorite spot last week, River Oaks Shopping Center, to mark a lot of names off our list! Now if I can just find a few minutes to wrap, we’ll be in business.

What I love most about buying gifts in River Oaks Shopping Centeris that I can find things unlike anywhere else. It’s not like the typical mall shopping where everything is cookie-cutter and you pick up a scarf that everyone has seen on 84 different people. No, River Oaks Shopping Center is where you go when you want gifts that feel personal, special, and meaningful. Where the shop owners take pride in their crafts and take the time to gift wrap your presents in unique, beautiful holiday paper. Where you’ll find something for everyone on your list, from fine chocolates for the sweet tooth to trendy dog collars for the pet parent. River Oaks Shopping Center truly has it all, while still giving you an enjoyable and laid-back shopping experience you won’t find anywhere else.

Boone and I pulled up to the Center last Thursday around 11am and parked without a problem- no meters, no parking garages, just easy peasy (free) pull-up-and-park. I whipped out his new umbrella stroller and we spotted Cacao & Cardamom Premium Chocolates, which we’ve never been in, so naturally we had to see what the hype is all about. Located right next to the historic theatre, I’ve never seen a more beautiful selection of chocolates that looked almost too pretty to eat. Note: almost. The chocolate fountain alone lured me into the shop and once I was inside, found the perfect treats for several ladies on our list.

After sitting outside to enjoy the cool weather (and some Starbucks), we walked down to the newest pop-up in River Oaks Shopping Center, Burd & Burdies. I actually know the owner from her well-known local earring line, Burd Life, and was so excited to hear that she has a pop-up in ROSC. SO MANY GORGEOUS THINGS! I wanted to buy the entire store, not just as gifts but also for myself. Every item is unique and one-of-a-kind; Natasha’s Mom even makes beautiful pashmina scarves that hang along one wall. Be sure and stop by soon because Burd & Burdies’ last day in River Oaks Shopping Center is December 31st. If you have any hard-to-shop-for ladies on your Christmas list, you can definitely find something they’ll love here!

I hadn’t been in Talbots in months and have been on the hunt for some comfortable winter flats, so we popped over to see their shoe selection. They have so many gorgeous shoes and handbags right now, I knew I was supposed to be buying gifts but had to treat myself, too. They had the cutest plaid puffer vests that I picked up for my Mom, and are still running a 30% OFF storewide sale that is hard to beat!  The stores in River Oaks Shopping Center are all so stroller & baby friendly- it’s a nice change of pace from other shopping areas where it’s hard to navigate a stroller. Talbots has these big comfy houndstooth chairs that make a nice rest stop for weary shoppers, young and old.

On the way out of Talbots, I couldn’t get over how festive their window display is for the holidays and had to snap a few pictures. I love the details of the letters to Santa that I’m covering in these photos- I wish Bear had been with us because he would’ve LOVED it. The shops and restaurants in River Oaks Shopping Center always go out of their way to make things special, especially around the holidays, not just for adults but also for children. While Boone looks serious in these pictures, he didn’t cry once and enjoyed the outing, too!

I plan to make one last run to River Oaks Shopping Center next week for last minute gifts- I didn’t have time to run in a few of my favorite stores like Chico’s or Vikari. I also want to get my nails and hair done before holiday parties we have coming up and y’all know I love me some Full Blown Dry Bar and Nailtique!

Are you almost done with your holiday shopping? Just getting started? There’s still plenty of time to get it done but shipping gets risky at this point so I prefer hitting the stores myself over online shopping. Plus, nothing gets you in the holiday spirit quite like beautifully festive windows, holiday music playing in the background, and the chilly temps we’re finally having in Houston. It’s truly the most wonderful time of the year and I love it!
xo, Britt

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

the secret to better hair, skin, & nails

Going to have some real talk with y’all today! Becoming a Mom has definitely changed my life for the better and in so many ways, but it hasn’t always been the best for my skin or hair. After having Bear, my hair fell out for over a year. When I was pregnant with Boone, the skin on my face was flaking off, it was was so dry. I knew months ago that I wanted to take better care of myself after having a baby but didn’t really know how to help these things, until I attended an event this summer that opened my eyes to something I hadn’t ever tried: NeoCell Collagen.

Since I’m breastfeeding, I’m always weary of what I put in my body. I was excited to learn that NeoCell Collagen is completely safe while breastfeeding, and the benefits for skin, hair, and nails are amazing. I’ve been using Neocell daily for 4 months now and can’t believe the results- my hair feels fuller than ever, my skin is hydrated and clear (despite a major lack of sleep!), and my nails are stronger than they’ve been in years. Talking more about how I take NeoCell and it’s benefits below!

You may be wondering what exactly this product is, so let me explain that first.
What is NeoCell Collagen?
NeoCell Super Collagen Powder is the most awarded line of collagen supplements, packed with essential nutrients to maintain strength and flexibility. Taking collagen has been clinically shown to help the body in the formation of healthy collagen leading to healthier, more flexible bones, hydrated skin, and minimized lines and wrinkles. NeoCell has a new flavor, Berry Lemon flavored Super Collagen Powder, that is a quick dissolving powder and can be mixed in teas, smoothies, cocktails and juices. NeoCell Super Collagen powder is non-GMO, gluten free, soy free, and paleo friendly, as well.

How do you take it?
Several ways! Prior to the new Berry Lemon flavor coming out, I would mix Super Collagen Powder into just about anything (and still do). My morning coffee or a batch of blueberry muffins are my favorite ways to get my collagen- probably because those are my two favorite things to put in my mouth :). Now I’ll put the Berry Lemon flavor into smoothies or my favorite this time of year, hot tea. I think it would also be a yummy addition to my blueberry muffins! For me, taking NeoCell is all about self-care and taking care of my body. It makes me feel good to be doing something that has so many positive effects on my body, especially because I don’t really have the time to work-out or get facials weekly. Taking NeoCell allows me to do something good for myself and it’s so easy- I can’t believe I didn’t start taking it sooner.

During the holidays, it’s easy to get caught up in taking care of others. That is, after all, what the season is all about: giving. But it’s also important to remember that taking care of yourself helps you take better care of others. If doing something as simple as adding NeoCell Collagen to my nightly tea helps my skin, hair, and nails immensely, I’m going to do it. I’m not one to take products unless I absolutely have to, but I feel good about making the choice to better myself and my hair especially is thanking me. Now if only NeoCell could actually tame this mane for me…we’d really be in business.
What are you doing to take care of yourself this holiday season? I encourage you to take a little time for yourself this week whether it’s getting a mani or having your morning coffee in peace- you deserve it!
xo, Britt

*This post is sponsored by NeoCell, however all thoughts and opinions are my own.