4 Ways to Celebrate Galentine’s Day in Houston

Take a Chill Pill, Wellness
DID AMY POEHLER KNOW WHAT SHE WAS PUTTING OUT INTO THE WORLD when her character Leslie Knope invented Galentine’s Day on Parks and Recreation? Heartbreak and single syndrome can be combatted by sobbing over a tub of Chunky Monkey during a Sex & the City marathon, sure, but who needs men anyway? But whether or not you have someone to celebrate with on the 14th, Galentine’s Day has already moved from rom-com cliché to real-world holiday. Here’s four ways to celebrate it in Houston.

 

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Retail Therapy

It’s time to melt that block of ice inside with your credit card. Grab your flush friends and sign up for a Galentine’s Day Shopping Soiree ($65-$140) on Saturday through Houston Shopping Tours. The afternoon event includes signature cocktails, entertainment, chauffeured cruisers, party favors and exclusive discounts at Houston’s hottest boutiques.

Looking Good Is The Best Revenge

They say never to make big hair changes post-break-up, but we think this counts as an exception. Why stick to the conventional Valentine’s Day Hallmark card when you can wear your heart on your hairline? Birds Barbershop in the Heights is offering lovebirds a discounted price of $14 (get it? for Valentine’s?) for a buzz cut with a heart or arrow etched into their hairdo. The offer is good now through Tuesday, but you might as well show up on Monday (yes, they’re open) for the Galentine’s Night party featuring complementary bubbly, a Verb hydrating mask hair treatment and blowout and a wild dance party to beats by DJ Girlfriend.

Girly Getaway

There’s nothing like a suite escape away from the city life. Pamper yourself with a girlfriend getaway at the luxurious Hotel Sorella inside Houston’s CityCentre development. Sip on cosmos poolside, shop at all the stores without having to find a parking spot, sample Italian light bites from Radio Milano, indulge in a hot stone massage at the spa, or attend the matinee premiere of Fifty Shades Darker on Feb. 14.

Bust The Windows

Not every girl’s night out has to be full of cute and kumbaya. Hold onto your sledgehammers and baseball helmets, because this Galentine’s Day is going to get violent. The only place that encourages destruction and vandalism of property, Houston’s Rage Room is a hub for people who want to let loose. No, breaking a bunch of stuff won’t heal your broken heart but it helps a little bit. Whether you are stressed out, a recent divorcee, lost your job, or just want to have fun, simply pay the entry fee, get geared up and start smashing!

Convention OOTD

Fashion & Beauty

Happy holidays everyone! This past Friday and Saturday, I spent my days purifying my soul and enhancing my spirituality through lectures and workshops at a religious convention called Texas Dawah Convention. I was bewildered by the number of community members that showed up to unite and learn together, with even some who travelled across America just to attend. The lectures consisted of topics about dealing with Islamophobia, how Trump’s presidency impacts us, respecting our elders, giving charity, the influence of social media and creative art on our generation, gender identity in Islam, and a tour of paradise. There was even a workshop where we could ask questions to two FBI agents, and we ended the convention with a comedy show by Jeremy McLellan. It was interesting how varied these topics were because I came home with different perspectives to ponder upon.

Here is my OOTD for the second convention day.

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Shop my look

High Neck Top: Forever 21

M-Slit Cardigan: Forever 21

Palazzo Pants: Charlotte Russe

Strappy Ankle Heels: Forever 21

Watch: Fossil

Scarf: Get it on AliExpress here

Water Permeable Nail Polish: Tuesday in Love – YOLO, $12

Concealer: Kat Von D Lock-It Concealer – Medium 29, $24

Eyebrow Liner: Walmart; Salon Perfect Brow Pomade – Dark Brown, $5

Lipstick: Maybelline Super Stay 14hr Lipstick – Enduring Ruby, $7

Watch this tutorial to get my hijab look & check out ColourPop Ultra Matte swatches here!

Make sure to request on my Instagram/Twitter/Snapchat/Facebook @rafafarihah any other OOTD ideas you want me to try!

Shane Dawson Tries the Easy Bake Oven

Take a Chill Pill, Wellness

Hope you all have an amazing week! Make sure to vote early and get those Halloween costumes ready! Last Friday, I went to see Hasan Minhaj’s one-man comedy show Homecoming King. It was absolutely brilliant and I highly suggest everyone see it. Hasan manages to inspire the audience through an emotional roller coaster about his life’s struggles and ultimate achievements. It showed me that if I want something bad, I will get it so long as I work for it. You can too.

“Joking” Bad with Jimmy Fallon

Take a Chill Pill, Wellness

I hope everyone is having a wonderful Monday! I think we all need the luxury of taking a break and having a laugh when we get stressed. Here is something to keep you going when it gets tough! Of course, Jimmy Fallon is my go-to when I need to take my mind off of things. Or you could go to my YouTube channel and watch a comedy sketch 🙂

How to Look American

Culture

Hold up. Before you do anything else…

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Here is a video on some tips to look as American as ever. Anyone can do it! Whether you are an undocumented Mexican, a Jew or Muslim who covers their head, a nun, or any other religion/race, there is still hope for you to assimilate 👍🏽

It is absolutely pathetic that videos like these even have to be made to ridicule society’s backward thinking. Unless you came from the uterus of someone who founded this country, you are an immigrant as well, even if your skin color is white. That basically puts all of us on the same boat then, doesn’t it? Now sifting through society to pick out who belongs and who doesn’t makes no sense. Are we some kind of insects that you just throw out?

Religious practices don’t define your ethnicity either. Just because most Christians live in America or Europe, that doesn’t mean you won’t find Christians in India or Saudi Arabia. You can find white people in America who converted to Islam and cover up as well. If you tell them to go back where they came from, where would they go? If they took off their hijab, you couldn’t even tell they are Muslim.

Bottom line is, if you are either born in a country or raised there, that makes you one of the members of its society regardless of what you practice or how you look.