Beth DeLozier-Hayes

Correspondent

  • Houston, TX, USA

Beth DeLozier-Hayes is a Houston correspondent for Forbes Travel Guide. DeLozier-Hayes also writes for various national publications, including Life+Dog magazine, Bespoke Magazine and her award-winning local style blog, Houston’s Weekly Chic. When she isn’t writing, DeLozier-Hayes serves as a lifestyle expert and owner of Très Chic Designs, a Houston-based company known for creating smashing interiors, wardrobes and lifestyles for clients.

  • On July 2
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    What are the best souvenirs to buy in Houston?

    Artisan Chocolates
    Go home with some of the most unique and adventurous flavor combinations with locally made decadent chocolate treats.  Cacao & Cardamom was launched last year by artisan chocolatier Annie Rupani, who combines some seriously wild flavor combinations.  Some of my favorite surprise flavors are Cardamom Rose, white chocolate ganache infused with cardamom with a touch of rose water, and their Lychee Basil made with tropical fruit and sweet basil in a white chocolate ganache.  The most fun by far is the Strawberry Bubblegum, and my favorite is the irresistible Nutella Banana.  Oh and I need I even mention how gorgeous they look? 
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  • On April 3, 2013
    Beth DeLozier-Hayes answered the question: Beth DeLozier-Hayes

    What are the best places to buy shoes in Houston?

    Just like most other cities, Houston has plenty of department stores with excellent shoe shopping, but while you’re here, why shop in the same places you could go anywhere else? 

    Joseph
    You’ll find the pickiest of Houston’s shoe addicted fashionistas visiting Joseph in Highland Village off Westheimer.  The upscale retailer carries fine footwear from the likes of Manolo Blahnik, Louboutin,  Prada, Jimmy Choo, Tory Burch, Gucci, Chole, Brian Atwood and more.  Known for their amazing customer service, you’re sure to enjoy every visit.  Be sure to pick up a matching outfit and handbag while you are there. 

    Elaine Turner
    Move over New York, London, and Milan, Houston has their very own luxury shoe designer.  Known for her use of bold colors, fun textures, and unique materials, local celeb Elaine Turner has a beautiful selection of footwear.  Choose from a wide variety of resort-inspired flats, wedges, heels, and more. You won’t see your same pair of kicks all over town, and your friends will be dying to know who you’re wearing.
  • On April 2, 2013
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    What should be packed for a trip to Houston?

    Light layers of clothing.  We have the hottest heat and the coldest air conditioners, so don’t be surprised if you find yourself longing for a light jacket inside of a frigid restaurant.  Also be sure to throw in a bathing suit.  Many of our hotel (and especially residential) pools never close, and you’ll be glad to have your trunks or polka dot bikinis if temperatures spike into the upper 80’s in the middle of the winter (as they often do). In that same vein, your feet will want to let loose in a comfy pair of flip flops, and super dark sunglasses to protect your peepers from the often brutal sunshine.  Last but not least, be sure to pack a map, or download an excellent directional app to help guide you around town.  Though Houston is quite easy to navigate, it’s a very large place. You’ll need it.
  • On April 2, 2013
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    What are the best adventure outings in Houston?

    Interested in viewing Houston from a slightly different perspective? Kayaking down Buffalo Bayou might be just the adventure for you!  There are several different companies that offer guided tours for varying experience levels.  The Buffalo Bayou Shuttle Service, offers tours that highlight the skyline, history tours for those interested in a little educational action, and tours for the seasoned kayakers with rapids and other tests of endurance.  If you consider yourself a bit of a kayaking expert, you might be interested in the marathon tour that covers the entire 26 mile stretch of Buffalo Bayou.  Be sure to slip your camera into a ziploc and bring it along for the ride.  You’ll be able to snap some amazing shots of the Houston skyline that you won't find anywhere else in the city.
  • On April 2, 2013
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    What are quirky local customs in Houston?

    Every February for the past 60 years, cowboys and cowgirls in Houston and beyond have saddled up to join the annual trail ride into downtown kicking off the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.  Back in 1952, when the quirky custom began, it was created in order to stir up a little bit of buzz about the “Rodeo Show”  Now, over half a century later, more than 3,000 riders join the trail ride to Memorial Park where they camp Friday night in preparation of Saturday’s parade..  If you are visiting Houston during the trail ride, you won’t believe your eyes as the roads are full of horses, buggies, and carriages of all different kinds.  Policemen line the streets to keep the trail riders safe, and also to maintain some type of traffic flow for those choosing to drive cars instead of horses.
  • On April 2, 2013
    Beth DeLozier-Hayes answered the question: Beth DeLozier-Hayes

    What are the best souvenirs to buy in Houston?

    Artisan Chocolates
    Go home with some of the most unique and adventurous flavor combinations with locally made decadent chocolate treats.  Cacao & Cardamom was launched last year by artisan chocolatier Annie Rupani, who combines some seriously wild flavor combinations.  Some of my favorite surprise flavors are Cardamom Rose, white chocolate ganache infused with cardamom with a touch of rose water, and their Lychee Basil made with tropical fruit and sweet basil in a white chocolate ganache.  The most fun by far is the Strawberry Bubblegum, and my favorite is the irresistible Nutella Banana.  Oh and I need I even mention how gorgeous they look? 
  • On April 2, 2013
    Beth DeLozier-Hayes answered the question: Beth DeLozier-Hayes

    What are the best stores for designer clothes in Houston?

    If you are looking for the best high end designers under one roof, the Galleria is the place for you.  Many of the world's most coveted designers have brick and mortars in our 8th largest mall in the country.  Favorites include Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, Kate Spade and Henri Bendel.  If you like a wide variety, you can also find your fair share of fine clothing at anchor stores Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Nordstrom.  Outside of the Galleria, you can visit Atrium Ready to Wear, where you'll find some gorgeous ready-to-wear items from Prabal Gurung, Jason Wu, Vera Wang,  Reem Acra, and Oscar de la Renta.  For those who like a designer steal, More Than You Can Imagine is one of Houston’s finest designer consignment shops.
  • On April 2, 2013
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    What are the best events this weekend in Houston?

    One of the best things to do this weekend is to grab your family and go Texas Bluebonnet hunting.  There are a few places in the city you can spot some sparse patches like off of Memorial Drive, as well as the Woodlands.  Or even better visit the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center where they can control the climate and guarantee beautiful buds.  If you’d like some photos of your family swimming in the vibrant blooms, most locals head northwest toward Brenham where you are sure to see them along roadsides.  However, before you make a road trip, be sure to check the Bluebonnet Forecast so you know where they’ll be the most prosperous.
  • On April 2, 2013
    Beth DeLozier-Hayes answered the question: Beth DeLozier-Hayes

    What are the best kid-friendly restaurants in Houston?

    Haymerchant
    A spacious patio of picnic benches for the kiddies to chill out, and a wide variety of craft beers and gourmet treats for Mom and Dad.  Both kids and parents will enjoy noshing on their warm pretzel with Chihuahua cheese dip, and spicy Wagyu Chili Pie.      

    Cottonwood
    Dozens of craft beers for Mom and Dad, a 2,000 sq ft patio for the kids.  Though Cottonwood is equal parts bar and restaurant, the outdoor area is so incredibly spacious, that you will often find families relaxing with their little ones during the lunch hour.  Older children will enjoy playing foosball and cornhole, while younger kids will have plenty of space to stretch their legs.    

    Downtown Aquarium
    As long as your family doesn’t get skittish eating amongst the ferocious sharks and stingrays, there are few restaurants in Houston as magical for the kiddies as the downtown Aquarium. The Skipper’s Shrimp and Fisherman’s Sticks will get them into the “fishy” spirit while they dine.

    Barnaby’s
    Themed after the owner’s childhood pup, a sheepdog named Barnaby, this local chain is as colorful as restaurants come.  With five locations, and a menu chock-full of comfort food, parents and little-one’s alike will find something to love.  I’m a sucker for their Danish Baby Back RIbs, and for breakfast your kids will adore their Buttermilk Pancakes.
  • On April 1, 2013
    Beth DeLozier-Hayes answered the question: Beth DeLozier-Hayes

    What are the best places to get a hair blowout in Houston?

    Due to Houston's reputation for crazy humidity, it's not surprising the idea of an affordable exclusively "blow out" salon has caught on with local ladies like wild fire.  The two most popular blow out “bars,” both of which opened in the last few years are The Blow Dry Bar and The Do Bar.  Both equally lovely, you can literally pick your hairstyle off of a menu, and then just sit back and let the stylists work their magic.  The Blow Dry Bar has a sleek, clean feel with a crisp aqua color scheme.  When you walk in you are handed an aqua menu, and something to sip on in fun aqua stemware.  The also screen some girly-centric films while you're being pampered to keep you entertained.  The Do Bar also gives you menu of gorgeous on-trend styles, and they even recommend complimentary makeup styles from their lash and makeup bar to complete your look.  Both are über  affordable, and start at $35.  A few other salons around town that also provide blowout services are Thairapy, Azur Salon, Upper Hand and Solution for Hair.
  • On April 1, 2013
    Beth DeLozier-Hayes answered the question: Beth DeLozier-Hayes

    What is the weather like right now in Houston?

    April is one of the most delightful times of year to visit Houston.  Winter is likely gone until next season, but the steamy summer heat is still a ways away.  The temps may still flip flop a bit, so it is important to check the forecast when traveling.  However, it is unlikely this late in the season that the temperature will dip much below the 60's.  Pack thin layers of clothing as you may find one day is a comfortable 70 degrees, the next could be as hot as the mid-80's, and you could have brisk evenings in the 50's.  This is the perfect time of year to take advantage of Houston's numerous restaurants and bars with outdoor seating.  Favorites include Backstreet Cafe, Baba Yega, and Cafe Benedicte.