Happy Friday and last day of March ladies, what a beautiful beginning of Spring we've had! I'm writing this month's Locals We Love post from my beautiful suite at The Magnolia Hotel in downtown Houston! I'm leaving for Italy in a few hours but wanted to get this post published so you all can check out the wonderful vendors we had at our event this past Tuesday at Flores Mexican Restaurant in Four Points! If you missed our event, I'm sorry, lol. We had an awesome DJ Frank Guzman, free cocktails samples from our cocktail sponsor Whiskey Girl, our spotlight charity was Dance Another World, we had a beautiful flower arrangement giveaway donated by La Fleur Fresh Flower Market, free mini massages, free makeovers and so many fabulous vendors! We of course had our amazing Swag bags and vendor giveaways, we had so much fun with the DJ announcing the winners of some of the prizes! We wish you could've been there but hope to see you at our April event on the 26th at Blackfinn Ameripub in the Domain! Check out these local businesses and feel free to reach out to them & let's all support each other! Special thanks to our photographers Nidia Nicet Photography and Adrianna Monrreal!
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I was so thrilled to have the pleasure of interviewing the lovely Stephanie Hollman from The Real Housewives of Dallas last week. Although she was in Aspen with her family for spring break, she gave me some time to get to know her and to ask some questions about her life, the show, her family and how she balances it all. Stephanie and her family go to Aspen every spring break for skiing and family time. Her husband Travis has been skiing since he was 3 so she wanted to her boys to get started young too and now the whole family enjoys this yearly tradition! She was so sweet to take some time out of her vacay to chat with me and give some insight into how she maintains her successful blog and adorable family. Check out her interview below!
Tell us about your blog and how you became the successful woman you are today. (how did you get the courage to start your own blog, what motivated you, how many hours you put in, how you keep a positive outlook, etc)
I started the blog and then right away once you go on the show you get a million questions about what you’re wearing, so I decided to start snapchatting everything I wore and post it on the blog. I got so many questions about my outfits, accessories, etc. and I really wanted to answer all of the them for fun and for the fans. The blog took off after that and then I was approached by Reward Style. They helped me a lot with getting followers and gave me links to share with my fans! I also used to own a day spa with my husband Travis and a big passion of mine has always been skin care as well as fashion. I love all things girly and I really enjoy sharing secrets and tips with my friends and fans and I think they like it too!
Describe yourself in three words:
I would say loyal, a goofball and kind.
What do you consider your greatest professional achievement?
Believe it or not, it’s not the housewives. Honestly it’s from before I met my husband when I worked in the social sector. I worked with homeless pregnant women and homeless children or children whose parents were right at the poverty line. That was the most rewarding thing I’ve ever done so far. I’m very grateful that I had that opportunity and experience, it helped shape who I am today and was very fulfilling to be able to help women and children in need.
What are your professional goals for the next six months?
Ya know, I really want to focus on fashion blogging and I also want to start a mommy forum. I’d like it to focus on boy moms and I want it to be an outlet where I can give advice on parenting and people can give me advice too. I can get into the highs and lows of parenting in the forum and answer questions on more of a mom level!
How do you maintain a work/life balance with both the Real Housewives of Dallas and your blog?
I have to say I do all of my blogging when the kids are at school which is nice. I work about 20-25 hours a week on it and it’s something I can do when I have time, the research and the blogging. When I was filming Real housewives, it was something that I tried to do when the boys were in school that way I could still have the evenings with my family. Family definitely comes first for me, you have to prioritize and not let the show become your life. On a typical day I try to set aside an hour when the boys are at school for social media and then when my family is around I put the phone down and focus on making them feel special. It’s import for me to make sure they know I am there and present with them.
What made you decide to go on the “The Real Housewives of Dallas?”
Funnily enough, it wasn’t something that I was looking for, it kind of found Brandi and I both. We went in to it thinking it was a funny joke and we were laughing and not taking it too serious. I really think that’s what they liked about the two of us so much. I was scared to do the show because I knew there would be a lot of judgement but I feel like when God gives you opportunities you should take them. I had to take this opportunity or else I’d regret it. I felt like it was something I didn’t want to pass up because it was such a strange opportunity that doesn’t come around very often.
What is your favorite memory so far that you’ve had on the show?
Oh my goodness, I would say that any time I filmed with Brandi was my favorite experience. It was so much fun filming with her. Also, looking back it’s pretty cool to have a home diary of my family and children. I look at my kids now and they are so much older and bigger so it’s really special to have that footage forever. To see my boys so young is a nice thing for me.
What do you think is the reason for the special friendship between you and Brandi?
We kind of grew up together, we’ve been friends for 10 years. We had our babies together, our families were raised together, we’ve experienced every moment that was meaningful and I think that kind of gives us a sisterhood.
What are your top three favorite people/places/things to do in your wonderful city of Dallas?
Cowboys games, if you’ve not been it’s a must, the stadium is so cool and insane! We love going to the games! We also have a lot of amazing museums in Dallas. The Perot museum is awesome, for me it’s all about the kids so I love stuff like that. It’s over the top amazing! My favorite person because I live on a golf course is Jordan Steith, my kids can look up to him and I love how humble and giving he is at such a young age. I love that my kids have a role model like him to look up to and mirror someone like that. And of course, Brandi Redmond is my other favorite famous person in Dallas!
Do you have any advice for women who'd like to start their own company/run their own blog?
I would say, don’t let fear get in the way of your dream. Even if you fail you learn a lot about yourself in the process and you won’t have any regrets of not trying. Find out what your passion is and go for it, the worst that can happen is that you’re not successful but at least you know and you put your best effort forward.
Any final comments or tips/tricks you’d like to share?
The only thing I would say is that I think it’s important for women to take good care of their skin. Always take your makeup off at night and wear sunscreen all the time! There are tons of cost effective ways to take care of your skin, check out my blog for tips on that. It will help your skin majorly with the aging process if you just take good care of it just like you do anything else!
A wonderful way that Austin Housewives in the City supports our local community is by spotlighting a charity at each of our monthly girls night out events. At our February event we spotlighted the local organization Hand to Hold. Hand to Hold's mission is: to provide comprehensive navigation resources and support programs to parents of preemies, babies born with special health care needs, and those who have experienced a loss due to these of other complications.
I really enjoyed spending time with and getting to know Hand to Hold's development manager, Jennifer Hayhurst. Her passion for this organization is so special and it made me so happy that Austin Housewives would love to partner up with them again and feature Hand to Hold at future events! This organization is special because as stated on their website: while several other organizations serve the preemie parent population, non provide community-based, direct emotional or peer support to the parents after the NICU in Austin and many other cities across the nation. Hand to Hold was created to fill the service gap that exists among these organizations and to bring them together to better meet the needs of families.
Hand to Hold’s vision is to enable a network of families to offer support, comfort and understanding to one another, and to provide them with knowledge, information and resources to reduce the impact of a NICU stay and ensure the best outcome for their children and family by:
*Empowering parents to advocate for their children
*Facilitating peer support and encouraging individual, couple and family counseling when needed
*Educating parents about the challenges their babies might face and preparing them to meet those needs
*Sharing support and resources to help comfort families following a terminal diagnosis or loss of a baby
*Working with healthcare professionals, hospital systems and specialists to ensure families thrive during and after a NICU stay
We asked our lovely attendees to bring donations of things like journals, lotions, chapstick, planners, etc. Hand to Hold is going to use these items to make mini care packages for the mothers of NICU babies who will be in the hospital on Mother's Day. I thought this was just the sweetest idea and I was so grateful to help and be a part of something so wonderful that will hopefully make these very tired and stressed mothers smile for even a minute. I was also very happy with all of the donations our event was able to collect for Hand to Hold! Thank you to all of you who brought donations and talked with Jennifer about volunteering your time to help them with what they need!
I thoroughly enjoyed working with Hand to Hold and am excited to partner with them in the future! Reach out to them if you want to volunteer, donate or just learn more about their organization! Everyone there is so friendly and knowledgeable, they will be happy to help you!
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Hi all! My name is Kacey and I am a realtor, a wife and a dog mom of 3 dachshunds in the wonderful city of Austin! I'm also a yoga & food lover, pretty good cook, wanna be crafter, hot tea drinker, movie watcher and most importantly I am the gal behind Austin Housewives in the City! I hope to see you at one of our Girl's Night Out events soon!!