Local Lifestyle Blogger Series: Spring Edition

We’re revamping our beloved Fashion Blogger Series to bring you more than just fashion.. we’re exploring all aspects of Uptown Park - finds, designs, home decor and more. Introducing Erica Smith of Tell it to Your Neighbor! our first local lifestyle blogger. When Erica comes across fantastic finds she just has to tell her neighbors. We shopped Uptown Park with Erica to bring you everything you could possibly need for your spring fetes. Check it out below!


When Uptown Park asked me to select favorites as part of their Fashion Blogger Series I was thrilled!  Shopping is fun for me and selecting the best and sharing it is exactly the purpose of my blog.  On Tell it to Your Neighbor! I share about things I feel are worthy of a big shout out.  I’m passionate about interior design, art and DIY, travel, new products and also, ideas that make a parent’s life easier.  My husband and I have a daughter and son and we love Houston in the spring, it’s so inspiring!

Red Hot: “I’ve always wanted an Audrey Hepburn style dress so when I found this one at Carrie Ann Boutique I was excited.  The cut is ultra-feminine and the combination of colors in this dress are fabulous!  The lace is red, the slip is coral and, in the sunshine, I could see a purple thread throughout.  Adding the artisan gold jewelry from High Gloss enhanced it all.  And the nude peep-toe heels from LUCHO Boutique are cute, versatile and they’re comfortable – tell it to your neighbor!



Plenty Dress by Tracy Reese, $324 at Carrie Ann Boutique | Marcela McLean VML drop earrings, $165 at High Gloss | LUCHO Design nude peep-toe (cork) heels, $355 at LUCHO Boutique 


A Classic Look: “My favorite piece was the white peplum top. It is tailored perfectly and so feminine, and the neoprene fabric on the bottom gives it the edge I like.  The photo-ready jeans make everything smooth and give a nice boost to the self-esteem.  My sister stopped by and added the Tahari blazer and gold safety pin necklace, she knows how take an outfit up several notches!”


Elie Tahair black blazer, $398 at Elizabeth Anthony Esther Wolf | J Brand Indigo jeans, $211 at Elizabeth Anthony Esther Wolf | J Brand white peplum top, $295 at Elizabeth Anthony Esther Wolf | LUCHO Design black pumps, $355 at LUCHO Boutique 




Rokka Rokka loopy earrings, $95 at High Gloss | Wouters & Hendrix VML & fresh water pearl necklace, $415 at High Gloss


Beach Bum: “I like this cover-up for 3 reasons.  #1 – The coral color boosts my skin tone and it also happens to be a color trend this spring.  #2 – The cut, it’s the perfect length and I love the deep v neck.  #3 – The hoodie: on the beach or on a boat a hoodie helps keep me warm even if I am in a swimsuit”


Coral tunic, $62 at Caruggi’s | Depetra aquamarine chain earrings, $195 at High Gloss| DePetra aqua layering necklace, $235 at High Gloss | DePetra long tasseled necklace, $345 at High Gloss


“When we added the DePetra jewelry from High Gloss to this outfit I felt like I was ready to board a yacht, gorgeous jewelry! I’m also obsessed with Crave Cupcakes custom printed (fondant) toppers, which were introduced this spring. They’re great  for the party enthusiast like myself who has been back and forth to a cake supply store and a bakery for a printed edible image.  Just submit a .jpg to Crave Cupcakes and they’ll print the image on fondant toppers!  How about a caricature sketch of the birthday boy turning 40?”



Depetra neon wrap bracelet, $275 at High Gloss | Depetra blue eye bracelet, $190 at High Gloss | Depetra (3) beaded bracelets, $60 each at High Gloss | Crave Cupcakes custom print toppers price varies depending on design _________________________________________________________________________

“My neighbor has this ‘Big O Key Ring’, so I’ve seen it in action and I want it for myself.  I’d like to run places without carrying a bag for my keys, I’d also like to find my keys easily when I am carrying a bag.  Both can be done with this key ring because the circle is 4 inches and can be worn on the arm or found easily in the bag!


The Big O’ Key Ring, $55 at Caruggi’s


“These Darzzi pillows are a find!  An easy way to update a bedroom or living room is to change the pillows or add a throw.  This line is 100%  cotton knit so it can be washed, the colors and patterns are fresh for spring, they’re super soft and the price is fantastic for designer pillows!”


Darzzi pillows, $95 each at Peluche Decor


“My daughter just lost her first tooth and I quickly realized I needed something quiet for the Tooth Fairy transaction.  Ha!  At 6 years old, if she spotted me, all holidays would be in jeopardy so this pillow is a beautiful solution because it’s quite unlike a paper envelope!  The heart shape is sweet and the chenille is so soft, it’s just what we need to celebrate this big milestone”


Chenille tooth fairy pillow, $35 at Mint Baby and Kids


“This Alexandra Von Furstenberg’s leopard print candy bowl is at the top of my wish list!  I love the classic leopard print paired with the modern edge of acrylic and I’m drawn to the illusion it creates. It would be beautiful as a finishing touch to an entry table, coffee table or vanity.”


Alexandra Von Furstenberg candy bowl, $485 at Longoria Collection 


“I like this necklace because it is awesome and bold.  It’s on a long and wide ribbon and can be worn short or long.  So I see it dressed up on a simple black dress or dressed casual on a black tee with blue jeans.  In this case, the necklace IS the outfit.”


Meche Correa buffalo horn, $240 at High Gloss


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Book Your Easter Brunch at Uptown Park!

Easter and Special Occasion Dining

The restaurants at Uptown Park are coming together to bring you tasty options for your Easter brunching.


Etoile Cuisine et Bar: head to this fancy French haven Sunday, April 20th from 10 am – 4 pm for a prize fixe that will have your mouth watering.

  • April 20 10 AM – 4 PM
  • Kids Menu Available
  • Regular Menu Available for Dinner
  • $48/person

1st Course:
Salade de Chèvre Chaud - warm goat cheese with encrusted
sliced almond, red and yellow organic beets, pickled shallots
Philippe’s Caesar Salad - parsley-garlic croutons, aged parmesan
Foie Gras au Torchon - cold duck foie gras terrine, dried prune
mousseline, toasted brioche (add $10)
Smoked Salmon - smoked salmon, asparagus, 60 degrees poached
egg, citrus hollandaise sauce
Crab & Avocado Salad - crab, avocado, tomato vinaigrette, micro
Vichyssoise Soup - potato and leek, smoked salmon flakes
Lobster Bisque - Maine lobster bisque with lobster royale
finished with brandy and fine chives

2nd Course:
Sole Meunière - lemon sole, roasted cauliflower, fingerling
potatoes, sugar snow peas, fried capers and lemon brown butter
Salmon Rôti - pan roasted salmon, spring vegetables, lemon
beurre blanc sauce
Burgundy “Coq au Vin” – chicken braised in red wine, creamy potatoes
Seafood Risotto – scallop, shrimp and mussel in a calamari stew
with paella rice
Smoked Salmon Scramble Eggs served with fingerling
potatoes, spring greens, crème fraîche, chives
Bacon Eggs Benedict served with fingerling potatoes, spring greens,
citrus hollandaise sauce
Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict served with fingerling potatoes,
spring greens, citrus hollandaise sauce
Crab Eggs Benedict served with fingerling potatoes, spring greens,
citrus hollandaise sauce
New York Steak & Eggs - eggs any style, breakfast potatoes,
bordelaise sauce
Braised Beef Short Ribs Hash - poached egg, mashed potatoes, greens

Warm Chocolate Tart, caramel sauce, vanilla ice cream
Lime & Vanilla Cheese Cake, strawberry marmalade,
blueberry sorbet
Passion Fruit & Milk Chocolate Mousse, toasted rice ice cream
3 Imported Cheese, dried fruit, house made bread


The Tasting Room: Join The Tasting Room for an unforgettable Easter Sunday brunch buffet featuring a tasty selection of dishes as well as specials on bubbly!

Easter Sunday Brunch Buffet Sunday, April 20th, 10AM – 3PM

  • 34.95/adult
  • $14.95/children 17 & under
  • Children 5 & under eat for free
  • Reservations Highly Recommend: 713.993.9800


Hot Food Station

Breakfast Sausage

Applewood-Smoked Bacon

Spicy Fried Chicken Fingerlings

Buttermilk Biscuits

Peppered Cream Gravy

Texas Home Fries

Assorted Baby Vegetables

Andouille Sausage Cheese Grits

Bacon Collard Greens

Scrambled Eggs

Cajun Sausage Cornbread

Crawfish Jambalaya

Jalapeno-Hash Brown Casserole

Cold Food Station

Smoked Salmon Display
with dill crème fraiche, eggs, red onions and capers

Assorted Fresh Salads

Fresh Fruit & Cheese Display

Selection of Cured Meats

Chef’s Breakfast Station

Farm Fresh Egg Omelets Made To Order

Belgium Waffles
with assorted fresh berries, whipped cream and syrup

Chef’s Carving Station

Roasted Steamship Round
with béarnaise sauce and creamy horseradish

Cajun Baked Ham
with sugar cane bourbon glaze


Creole Bread Pudding

Chef’s Selection of Pies and Cakes

Fresh Baked Cookies

Assorted Mini Dessert Shots

Arturo’s Uptown Italiano: New to the brunch scene, Arturo’s is kicking off Easter with with scrumptious brunch options and their regular menu

  • Sunday, April 20th (and all Sunday’s moving forward): 11 am – 3 pm
  • Reservations Recommended: 713-621-1180

Special Brunch Selections:

Spa Vegetable Omelet

Fruit & Berry Plate

Frittata di Arturo’s

Eggs Benedict

Salmon & Poached Eggs

Crab meat & Shrimp Omelet

Sausage Omelet

Italian Woodcutter’s Breakfast

Pancake Stack Lasagna

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Big Hair, Don’t Care – WIN Drybar Goodies!

Attention Barflys: we’re giving you the chance to WIN the new Texas Tea Volumizing line from Drybar, just in time for the summer heat.
All you have to do is visit our Instagram page (@uptownpark) , repost the picture (previewed above) with the hashtag #uptowngiveaway AND tag @uptownpark to automatically enter yourself to win the new line.

What’s Included:

  • Texas Tea Volumizing Shampoo
  • Texas Tea Volumizing Conditioner
  • Texas Tea Volumizing Spray

The winners will be chosen on May 1st, so get to posting before time runs out!

Remember, all you have to do is repost the photo with the hashtag #uptowngiveaway and tag @uptownpark to enter your beautiful locks in this exclusive giveaway.

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Spring/Summer Accessories – UNDER $100!

facade-lip-gloss Pucker UP with Jouer Lip Gloss, $18.40 at Façade. This lip gloss has a light built inside the lid and a mirror on the side, making it perfect for any venture

  carrie-ann-clipped Yosi Samara Flip Flops, $25 at Carrie Ann.Pair these hip flip flops with your favorite cover up for an easy breezy beach day

img_0054 Wear Texas pride right on your sleeve  with these Texas Flag Cufflinks, $88 at Bill Walker Clothier.

flamingos-clipped Since the sun will be out, we figured you yard could use a little flare. Lawn Flamingos, $20 University Co-Op.

tst_7277 The Big Ole Key Ring is perfect for anyone who has their hands full! Never worry about losing your keys again – $55 at Caruggi’s

loft-clipped Gladiator sandals have been a spring/summer top trend since the early 2000′s. These Vella Gladiator Sandals are the perfect nude color to go with any outfit, $49.50 at LOFT

fran-clipped Grab some shade with the help of Fellini Classic Sunglasses, $14.00  at Francesca’s

bb1-bracelet This fantastic orange flare is a must have color for spring/summer 2014. Dress it up with an LBD or keep it cas with your go-to jorts and tank top. Konplott beaded bracelet  $39 at BB1 Classic

dyrbar-clipped This Heat Protector and Frizz Fighter will keep your locks in tip top shape throughout the dry summer heat wave. Hot Toddy, $33 at Drybar

ap-lane-clutch-clipped Miztique  Mint Green Clutch, $48 at Apricot Lane

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