Sarah may be a native of Dallas/Fort Worth, but today she’s loyal to Houston. (She still loves the Cowboys.) She joined the Houstonia team in October 2014, heading up fashion, style and design coverage and covering other beats including the local drag queen scene and all things Matthew McConaughey.

A Rice alum, she previously worked for CultureMap and the Houston Chronicle.

Life Lessons

MISS Academy Is the Finishing School for the Instagram Generation

Former Miss USA Crystle Stewart is teaching aspiring moguls and mavens everything from laundry to how to get likes.

06/06/2017 By Sarah Rufca Nielsen

Trend Piece

5 Stylish Umbrellas to Brighten a Rainy Day

You know, just in case it never stops raining.

06/05/2017 By Sarah Rufca Nielsen

Sign of the Times

The Emerson Rose Marquee Is Giving Us Life

An ode to the cheekiest shop sign in town.

06/05/2017 By Sarah Rufca Nielsen

Fitness Friday

Volleyball Is Houston's Newest Drinking Game

If you thought petanque and cornhole were vigorous drinking activities, you ain't seen nothing yet.

06/02/2017 By Sarah Rufca Nielsen

Retail

Lisa Powers Is River Oaks District's New Shopping Pro

A personal shopping service means never missing out on one-of-a-kind shoe finds.

06/01/2017 By Sarah Rufca Nielsen

Beauty

Give Your Blow Dryer the Summer Off

It's too hot for heat styling, so try these 9 hair products for easy style—no frizz included.

05/30/2017 By Sarah Rufca Nielsen

Pom-Tastic

Make Your Summer Style Pom Wonderful

Kitschy yet cute, let pom-poms add a double dose of fun to your accessories this season.

05/26/2017 By Sarah Rufca Nielsen

Cheap Thrills

Why Do We Have Memorial Day Sales?

Plus, what to buy—other than mattresses—and what to wait on until the real deals arrive.

05/25/2017 By Sarah Rufca Nielsen

So long, Dereon

Goodbye to the Hadley Street Dreams

Mathew Knowles has sold the Midtown music and event complex where Beyoncé and Solange recorded.

05/25/2017 By Sarah Rufca Nielsen

Alternative Medicine Guide

The Essential Facts About Essential Oils

The practice of using plant-based essential oils to promote healing offers—yes!—real health benefits.

05/25/2017 By Sarah Rufca Nielsen

Clutch City

We Are Literally Dyeing Over These Shibori Prints

Chic shibori is bringing tie-dye back.

05/25/2017 By Sarah Rufca Nielsen

Elements of Style

Elements of Style: Ashley Cid, Entrepreneur

The owner of the online shop Milk & Honey Vintage is young, but her style is classic.

05/25/2017 By Sarah Rufca Nielsen

Cheap Thrills

Where to Shop for Sandals on a Budget

Five places to buy a summer's worth of shoes without breaking the bank.

05/24/2017 By Sarah Rufca Nielsen

What About Gen-X Orange?

What Color Will Be the Next Millennial Pink?

Six educated guesses, from Greenery to Fran Drescher pink.

05/24/2017 By Sarah Rufca Nielsen

Queen B

Beyoncé's Baby Shower Was As Epic as You Imagined

The Beyoncé-themed details include a flower chair and veil to recreate her pregnancy announcement pose and—natch—a lemonade stand for the kids.

05/23/2017 By Sarah Rufca Nielsen

Pop-Up Shop

Dallas's Coolest Jewelry Store Is Popping Up in Houston

Ylang 23 puts sparkle in motion for a one-day event at Atrium Ready-to-Wear.

05/22/2017 By Sarah Rufca Nielsen

Fitness Friday

REI Wants to Get Indoor Climbers Outside

The REI Co-op Climb heading to Houston's Momentum gyms will help athletes train, learn and shop for climbing adventures in a single destination.

05/19/2017 By Sarah Rufca Nielsen

H-Town Life

The 10 Best Things Overheard at Brasserie 19

"Do you think it's okay to order the oysters even though Saturn is in retrograde?"

05/18/2017 By Sarah Rufca Nielsen

On the Scene

Socialite-Turned-Author Plum Sykes Parties in Houston

Houston's bold names headed to Burberry to celebrate the debut of Party Girls Die in Pearls.

05/17/2017 By Sarah Rufca Nielsen