Hi everyone! So I have seen other bloggers do these fun, “Coffee Talks” where they ask their readers to submit questions and then they answer them. Since caffeine makes me anxious, coffee isn’t really my friend. So I’m starting my first, (of many, if it’s popular) Q&A with Rosé chats.
I submitted a request for anything on your minds, from mental health to fashion to date night options. You responded with your burning questions and now I’m going to share my answers. So grab yourself a glass and let’s chat! 🙂
What inspired you to start blogging?
I started Rosé & Ruffles after I completed my M.S. in Marketing at the University of Houston. I went from working full time and going to school at night to having all this free time after work that I didn’t know what to do with. Writing has always been a passion of mine. Becoming a blogger just felt logical.
Over time, everything evolves. And the blog was no exception. I went from only talking about fashion to an aim to be transparent with my real-life issues as well. Don’t get me wrong, fashion is amazing. But everyone has real-life struggles, including me. I’m not a human mannequin.
I want everyone to know that what you see on social media is just a highlight reel and by putting myself out there about the various mental health issues I struggle with daily, I wanted to help people feel unashamed to truly be themselves. Whether that means being open about Anxiety and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder or just showing someone how to look like a total rock star. I want women to see me and read my blog and feel empowered.
What inspired you to start a fashion account?
I started a fashion account because I’ve always loved clothes! Also, being just 5 ft 1, I also face a unique challenge every day when I’m shopping to find clothes that fit my petite frame. So that’s pretty much where this all started. Help petite women feel confident in their bodies. I created this blog to help petite females be stylish. If you want to learn about the humble beginnings that started Rosé & Ruffles, you can read that here.
What is your career?
Blogging is not my full-time career, but shout out to all the hot mamas that can make it a career because it can’t be easy. I’m a Marketing Manager by day and a fashion blogger by night and weekend. I love every minute of my full-time job and it pays the bills, (so that helps). I also enjoy blogging and engaging with
Where are your favorite places to shop for petite clothing items?
My favorite stores to shop currently are: Loft, Express, and Francesca’s. I love Loft because it always has a fully stocked petite section in the corner of the store. I shop there because their jeans are always the right length and I never have to hem them, because let’s be honest, ain’t nobody got time for dat! Express has a lot of great in-store items but unfortunately, their petite items can usually only be found online. And Francesca’s although it doesn’t have a petite section, I find the XS always fits just right!
Some honorable mentions for local Houston boutiques: Pomp and Circumstance, Hemline, The Impeccable Pig, and Emerson Rose.
What are your Spring staples?
Haha. Still living in these comfy sweaters and velvet leggings to even really think about this question. My general must-have spring items are definitely: floral rompers, wedges,
What are your favorite Houston restaurants for date night?
This is probably the hardest question because Houston is such a huge city and there are endless options! Honestly, I could probably dedicate an entire blog post to this, so if you want that let me know. For this question, I’m going to keep my response to, “inside the loop” because that is my sphere of reference at this point. I’m going to break it down into three categories: High budget, average budget, and low budget date night ideas.
These are my favorite spots for a nice anniversary or special occasion date night.
- Uchi– if you love sushi, this place is literally the best ever! I tell people I’m spoiled because now I can’t eat the yellowtail anywhere else. It is located in Montrose. Pro tip: get there around 4:45 pm and stand in the line until they open. Ask to sit at the sushi bar and you have your own personal chef who you can bounce questions off right there. Also, order off the Sake social hour menu. Make sure to get the Machi Cure and thank me later!
- B&B Butchers– If you or your significant other love a well-cooked steak, then B&B Butchers has the goods. This is located in the Heights. Every steak cut is made with prime beef and it is one of the only locations in the U.S. that can serve A5 Waygu beef. Pro tip: Don’t buy wine by the bottle. The cheapest bottle of wine was over $60.
For your run-of-the-mill date nights. Want to go somewhere with your significant other and have a unique dining experience but don’t want to run up the tab too high.
- Gyu Kaku– this is a dining experience like you probably haven’t experienced before. It’s located in Midtown. They bring you uncooked meat and vegetables and you cook it on a stove that’s inside your table. Part of the fun of this experience is getting to do it yourself. Plus if you overcook the food, you have no one to blame but yourself. Pro tip: go on the weekends during the day. You can get three types of meats and a bowl of miso soup and salad for under $11.
- Antica Osteria– this Italian restaurant is located in a small cottage outside of Rice Village. It is so quaint and family owned. To date, I haven’t had a chicken alfredo that has tasted better! Pro tip: make reservations, it’s small and can get busy on the weekends.
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- Big Azz Beers, Taco and Trivia Tuesday at Woodrow’s in Rice Village– this is a fun option if you like drinking and trivia. Big select beers are $3-5 and the tacos are around $3 each. These tacos are easily the best I’ve ever tasted and for under $20 dollars you and a date can have a fun outing playing trivia, drinking beer and eating tacos!
- Wine and Bruschetta (Monday and Tuesday after 8pm) at Postino- Postino is located in the Heights. After 8 pm on Monday’s and Tuesday’s, you can spend $20 on a bottle of wine and 4 bruschetta pieces. That might not sound l
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What do you do for self-care?
You can’t pour from an empty cup so knowing how to engage in self-care is so important. For self-care, I like to: do yoga, meditate and get pampered! For a particularly relaxing type of Yoga, check out Yin restorative yoga. I meditate by using the Headspace app on iPhone. I do the 5-minute meditation because honestly, I can’t sit still for longer than that! But even those 5 minutes can make a world of difference. Sometimes a pedicure or a Swedish massage is a well-deserved treat. Don’t forget to take care of yourself, no matter what that means for you.
That’s all folks!
Well, I hope y’all enjoyed this first Q&A with Rosé. If y’all wanna know more, submit some more of your burning questions and I’ll do another one of these chats soon!
Rosé & Ruffles