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I peeked around the corner of the street and there they were. Hundreds of odd looking anime characters. Some presumably schoolgirls, and others, disturbingly ugly creatures that you’d think would haunt you in your nightmares during the depths of the night.
600 staff members and a year of planning goes into the annual Anime Matsuri convention, the 8th largest anime convention in North America. Promoting the Japanese culture, this 3-day event from April 7- April 9 at the George R. Brown Convention Center covers everything from cosplay, music, fashion, anime, to art and collectibles.
Founder Deneice Leigh started Anime Matsuri 11 years ago in the Woodlands, and as it grew exponentially, the convention was rezoned to downtown Houston to accommodate a larger, more diverse audience. Anime Matsuri is one of the few conventions that utilizes every single floor of the George R. Brown Convention Center.
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.
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!
As a child, I was raised by parents who decided to move around every one or two years, whether it was because of a job far away, or shifting from an apartment to a suburban town home of our very own. Some people say “Oh I am sorry. That must have sucked,” but in retrospect, you think it was pretty awesome to get cultured in so many ways. Sure, it was stressful at first but I learned to adjust.
If you were one of those kids, you definitely relate to the following list:
1. Everyone assumes your dad was in the army.
And when you tell them he wasn’t, you have to sit through an entire conversation explaining why you moved so much, and how it really wasn’t as bad as they presume it to be.
2. Everywhere you travel, you will have a group of friends close by.
Going to Austin City Limits music festival and you need a place to crash? No problem! You know your bestie from high school goes to UT and she can totally hook you up with a place to stay.
3. You know how to determine which friends are keepers.
With the number of people you have met, you already know which guy is the jerk just by looking at him. You also know which friends are worth hanging on to for life. #squadgoals for real.
4. College was an easier transition for you than it was for most people.
New place and new friends? You got this! Talking to people and starting fresh is your forte. You probably even have the emotional strength of a Scorpio and emanate confidence to all your peers.
5. When people ask you where you’re originally from, you tell them the place you lived longest or the place you lived last.
Be honest, your answer to this question changes a lot but who is there to check? I think it’s pretty awesome saying you are from New Jersey, Texas, and India.
6. Your personality is a combination of fragments from all the different places you lived in.
You wouldn’t have been the person you are today, even if you hadn’t lived in one of those areas. You got your accent from Kentucky, a huge appetite from Texas, your love for rap music from New York, and met your soul mate on a mission trip to China. Say what?
The empty canvas stares, mocking her
fears meant to be poured out as vibrant splatters.
Beastly secrets seething in the artist’s soul gather,
pounding on the doors of Hell, summoning to be released.
Into a dream of fairy tales and lovers’ sacred decree.
The artist must choose, a life of murder or letting go.
Release the demons within, and row
the boat in a river of untouched goals.
She escapes to become one with God, her savior truly.
Takes off like a bird, and revels in the world’s trivial beauties.
Travel this game of life one place at a time,
Roll the dice and see where you go,
like a drop of rain before the rainbow.
Expand the bounds of your horizons, illuminate them with pastel.
Go conquer your fears, and complete yourself.
Happy New Year everyone! I hope you all had a safe New Year’s Eve celebration. I know I had to get home before midnight, when drunk driving peaks to an all time high in the year.
For New Year’s Eve I spent the night at a family friend dinner party as I stuffed my mouth with food. We ended up reaching my house at 11 pm, when my best friend came over and we walked around the neighborhood in our PJ’s to watch the fireworks. It’s become a tradition of sorts and I always wear my TMNT fleece onesie. Not only were we on a hunt for the radiant explosions of colors in the murky sky, but we were desperately trying to capture the fireworks on Snapchat and Instagram.
My neighbors were having a New Year’s bash in their backyard with the radio blaring and a parade of fireworks. My friend and I stood in their lawn, phones ready to Snapchat, as we danced and screamed along to the songs like the children we are in our hearts. I am pretty sure the party people heard us but as soon as someone began walking towards the front of the house, we bolted. Crazy, adventurous moments like these make up my highlights of the year. This exhilaration is what I look forward to in 2017.
Here are my New Year resolutions:
- Be more compassionate, generous, and hopeful
- Spend more time with friends and family
- Be more consistent with YouTube, IG, and blog posts
- Hustle Hustle Hustle
- Work out everyday even if it’s just for 10 minutes
- Smile and laugh more
- Go on crazy spontaneous adventures
- Eat healthier and sleep on time
- Submit a short film to SXSW
Highlights of 2016:
- Made amazing friends and memories
- First road trip and weekend getaway
- Smooth transition after transferring colleges
- Started YouTube channel; first 200 subscribers on Jan 1
- My own radio show
- Contributor for Elite Daily, MissMuslim, Society19 and Her Campus
- Support from you all
- Landed an internship for Spring 2017
- Cooked my first 4 course meal with friends
- Arlington and Austin trip with friends
- Toured a news station
- Went to Canada
- Atif Aslam and Sonu Nigam concert
- Crashed into a hotel room with friends
- All A’s in business
- Awards for singing and writing
Downfalls of 2016:
- Car accident
- Rough times in my personal life
- Crazy elections
- Trump is president
- Deaths of famous personalities and community members
- Paris attacks
- Terror in Aleppo and other countries
There might have been several terrible events that happened last year but don’t give up hope! Alhamdulillah (Praise God) for everything. Here is a video that will start off your new year with a laugh.
How was your New Year’s Eve and what were your highlights? Let me know in the comments below. Follow me on Instagram @rafafarihah
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.
Shop my look
High Neck Top: Forever 21
M-Slit Cardigan: Forever 21
Palazzo Pants: Charlotte Russe
Strappy Ankle Heels: Forever 21
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
Make sure to request on my Instagram/Twitter/Snapchat/Facebook @rafafarihah any other OOTD ideas you want me to try!
Gone are the days when youngsters go outside in the beautiful weather and come up with creative games to play, ideas to earn some money, or even converse with each other on a face-to-face basis. Since the rise of technology this century, children are glued to their electronic devices like a baby to its pacifier. That is basically what students are doing to themselves. Pacifying themselves, and I don’t mean that in a good way.
The youth is meant to be energetic, adventurous, and involved in the community. As a child, I would knock on my neighbor’s door to ask if their kids wanted to come out and play after school. We would play hopscotch, four square, hide and seek, ride bikes, and anything else we could come up with. In the early 2000s, children would ask around in their neighborhood if anyone needed a babysitter, someone to mow their lawns, or wash their cars for some extra cash. I haven’t so much as seen a child in my neighborhood since I moved there 3 years ago, other than as they drag their groggy selves to the school bus every morning. Yet, the road sign stating “Drive slow. Children at play,” remains posted on my street since who knows what century. In this situation, electronic devices are not validating our existence, but are providing us a shield to hide behind, every moment we are too afraid to speak up or associate with another mortal being.
I recently read a book called The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains by Nicholas Carr. That is what inspired me to write this post. I highly recommend you all to give it a read! It poses some very reflective questions we have to ask ourselves once in a while.
And…I am back with the last day *weeps* of my quote challenge. I hope I have inspired at least one of you folks reading my blog.
Here are the rules:
- 3 quotes each day
- Nominate 3 nominees each day
- Thank the person who nominated you
- Inform the nominees
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Today’s quotes are:
“Look for something positive in each day, even if some days you have to look a little harder.” – Anonymous
“Be bold and shameless. If you don’t make an effort to be known, no one will care enough to get to know you either.” -Rafa Farihah
“F.E.A.R has two meanings: Forget Everything And Run or Face Everything And Rise. The choice is yours.” -Zig Ziglar
The 3 nominees for today are….. *drumroll*
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