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.

black friday sales

Happy Thanksgiving!!!!
I am so excited for the next few days full of food, family, and lots of fun. Also, SHOPPING. Black Friday has hit early this year as so many stores have already opened up their sales. I’m rounding them all up here and will be updating this post as sales change/start, so be sure and check back throughout the weekend! I’ll also be categorizing by sections below:
1. Retailers in alphabetical order with sale info/codes
2. My favorite picks organized by category/best deals

Also keep an eye out on Instagram stories where I’ll be sharing updates on sales, pieces from my own closet that are on sale, and deals that will sell out quickly. I would recommend buying something right away if it’s on major sale, as items sell out fast every year and most are limited stock. Especially if shipping is free! Sharing all the details below; you might want to grab some pumpkin pie and a big glass of milk….you could be here awhile. :)


7 For All Mankind- 40% off using code “BLACK40”

AHAlife- Take 20% off (they will donate $5 to the California Fire Foundation) using the code 'KARMA'

Abercrombie & Fitch- 50% off the entire store + free shipping on all orders

American Eagle- 40% off the + Free Shipping /All Flannels are $25

Ann Taylor- 40% off everything using the code 'THANKFUL'

Anthropologie- 30% off everything

ASOS- Up to 60% off pre-black Friday Sale

Bandier- Up to 70% off when you take an extra 20% off sale finds

Barneys- Designer Sale, up to 40% off

Bergdorf Goodman- Designer Sale: Save up to 40% off

Bloomingdale's- Take $25 off every $200 you spend on select items and save up to 50% off on select items online and in store, ends 11/21

BOOHOO- 60% off everything!

Charlotte Tilbury- 33% off exclusive lip trios

Express- 50% off everything + Free Shipping 

Farfetch- Up to 50% off designer sale 

Forever 21- 50% off outerwear and more/ All sweaters 30% off

GAP- 50% off+10% off with code TREAT

Goodnight Macaroon:

  • 50% off orders $450+ using the code "THANKS50"

  • 40% off orders $250+ using the code "THANKS40"

  • 30% off orders $150+ using the code "THANKS30"

  • Buy 1 sweater get 1 sweater 50% off using the code "SWEATER50"

  • Buy 2 sweaters get 1 free using the code "FREESWEATER"

  • Buy 1 leopard item get 1 leopard item 50% off using the code "SWEATER50"

  • Buy 2 leopard items get 1 leopard item free using the code "GO WILD"

H&M- Extra 25% off sale using the code "3236"

J.Crew- 40% off your purchase using the code "TOGETHER"

J.Crew Factory- 40%-50%  off sitewide with code "ADD2CART"

Lastcall- Extra 45% off jewelry /50% off cold-weather must haves

Loft- 50% off your purchase with code "THANKS"

Lord & Taylor- $25 of your $200+ order using the code "BONUS"

  • 20% off regular priced & sale items using the code "FRIDAY"

LUISAVIAROMA- Extra 20% off luxury and designer sale using the code "BF20"

Madewell- 25% off your purchase using the code "DEALWITHIT" through Sunday 

Nasty Gal- 60% off everything

Neiman Marcus- Designer Sale up to 50% off/ $50 off $200 using the code 'THANKFUL'

Net-A-Porter- Up to 50% off designer collections and luxury and styles

Nordstrom- Black Friday/Cyber Monday sale event up to 60% off

Old Navy- 50% off entire purchase

Pottery Barn- 25% off everything+free shipping with code “THANKFUL”

Rag & Bone- 25% off everything using the code "TAKE25" ends 11/26

Revolve- Up to 50% off sale

Saks Fifth Avenue- Up to 60% off designer selections

  • Up to $150 off women's denim using the code "DENIM2018"

Sam Edelman- 30% off almost everything using the code "SAMSGIVING2018"

Serena & Lily- 20% off everything you love using the code "GATHER"

Shopbop- Up to 25% off full-price items

  • 15% off orders of $200+

  • 20% off orders of $500+

  • 25% off orders of $800+

  • Using the code "MORE18"

  • Up to 75% off sale items

Show Me Your Mumu- 40% off Black Friday Sale using the code "SHOPBLKFRI"

SSENSE- Up to 50% off designer buys 

Supergoop- 25% off with the code "HOLIDAY" ends 11/26

T3- 25% off sitewide using the code "FRIDAY18"

Target- Save $10 when you spend $40 on clothing, shoes & more, ends 11/21

Tory Bruch- 30% off $250+ with the code "THANKS"

Tuckernuck- 20% off everything sitewide

  • 25% off orders over $500

  • 30% off orders over $1000

  • Using the code "GOWILD"

Urban Outfitters- Buy one get one 50% off (mix and match items)

Walmart- Pre Black Friday Deals on Electronics

Wayfair- Black Friday Presale: Up to 80% off/ Holiday Sale: Up to 70% off

Wildfox- 40% off all sale items using the code "SALEONSALE"

Williams Sonoma- Up to 50% off fall tabletop event/ 40% off Breville Countertop Ovens








Check back soon for a list of my favorites! Hope you have the most special Thanksgiving day with loved ones.
xo, Britt

Back to School at River Oaks Shopping Center

Cue the waterworks for this mama because Bear starts kindergarten on Wednesday! I can't even believe it- my firstborn is officially headed off to school and while he's totally ready, his mama is definitely not. We've been soaking up the end of summer as much as we possibly can before it's all about early morning carpool lines and field trips to the zoo. Last week I wanted to have a special Mommy & Me day for Bear and also tackle a few things on our back-to-school To Do list, and knew quickly there was really only one good place in Houston to make that happen. We headed to River Oaks Shopping Center for a day full of pottery painting fun, shopping, good eats, and lots in between! Bear had the best time and I'm so thankful we were able to make these memories that he will hopefully always remember and cherish, because I know I will. 


Our first stop at River Oaks Shopping Center was Kroger for several reasons- Mommy wanted (*needed) Starbucks and Bear needed school supplies. We hadn't been in this location much before and were pleasantly surprised at how well organized everything was- we were in and out in under 20 minutes which has to be some kind of school supply record! I also love that Kroger is doing a Backpack Buddies program where you can buy a school supply kit for $7 that goes directly into the hands of underprivileged kids in Houston. It's such an amazing way to give back and a great way to teach our kids to do so, as well.

From Kroger, we headed across the street to The Mad Potter for some fun pottery painting. Bear had been requesting this for awhile and I was so happy with how much he enjoyed it- he had the best time! He painted a shark and was so proud of it by the end; he especially loved when the manager took us to the back and showed him how the kilns work and get over a thousand degrees. Basically the temperature outside in Houston right now ;). All the more reason to find fun indoor activities like The Mad Potter! Several friends have also told me it's a great place to host birthday parties- kids of all ages love it and their creation doubles as a party favor. 

All that pottery painting worked up quite an appetite so we walked over to Epicure Cafe for a yummy lunch- they have a huge menu with everything from chicken salad sandwiches to smoked salmon. Their desserts are also to die for and I always have to get one of their homemade blueberry muffins! 

I can't go to River Oaks Shopping Center and not shop, naturally, so we ran in GAP Kids to get Bear a few new shirts to spruce up his fall wardrobe (they were having BOGO 1/2 off!) and into LensCrafters to check out some specs. Bear doesn't need them but I'm in need of some new glasses and they're running some great sales right now for back-to-school. 

Some of you may remember that Bear got a new puppy, Dasher, for Christmas and both Bear and Dash are in for quite a change once Bear starts kindergarten. They are going to miss each other so much during the day! Bear has been concerned about this and when we saw Natural Pawz, he wanted to get his pup a toy to cheer him up this week. Natural Pawz in River Oaks Shopping Center has a huge selection of everything from pet food to toys, and even doggie ice cream! We wished we'd had Dasher with us because he would've been living his best life for sure.

We finished off our day out with Sweet Cream ice cream at Marble Slab (Bear's favorite) and a walk along the beautiful flower lined W. Gray Street. Bear loves hanging out under the palm trees- we feel like we're in Southern California!

If we make it back to River Oaks Shopping Center before school starts, I'd love to take Bear to C2 Education Center to brush up on his sight words and help him with his reading- C2 is known for having amazing teachers and being one of the best tutoring centers in Houston. Both of my parents are retired teachers so I put a lot of importance on tutoring and one-on-one help with education. 
I also hope to make it to RYDE for regular classes now that I will have more time on my hands! Bear starting kindergarten is bittersweet- I don't want my baby boy to grow up but I also will enjoy having one on one time with Boone and some more time for things like working out, getting the house in order, and of course shopping.

Have you been to River Oaks Shopping Center yet? If not, now is the perfect time to go. So much fun, food, shopping, and lots more await!
xo, Britt

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