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.

Best Bars 2014

Houston’s Top 6 Cocktail Bars

In the midst of a booming cocktail renaissance, and these bars—some newcomers, some old stalwarts—stand out from the pack.

11/30/2014 Edited by Katharine Shilcutt By Dan Derozier, Catherine Matusow, Chris Abshire, and Sarah Rufca Nielsen

Best Bars 2014

Where to Drink Wine in Houston

You've heard of heavy hitters? How about heavy pourers—four to be exact?

11/30/2014 Edited by Katharine Shilcutt By Dan Derozier, Catherine Matusow, Chris Abshire, and Sarah Rufca Nielsen

Best Bars 2014

Houston’s 6 Best Sprits Bars

Expand your palate at these establishments, where you’ll find the city’s largest selections of whiskey, rum, tequila and more—plus the knowledgeable staff to guide you on your journey.

11/30/2014 Edited by Katharine Shilcutt By Dan Derozier, Catherine Matusow, Chris Abshire, and Sarah Rufca Nielsen

Space City

Holiday Entertaining in the Subtropics

Houston’s yuletide doesn’t resemble a Thomas Kinkade painting—and that’s okay.

11/30/2014 Photography by Shannon O'Hara By Sarah Rufca Nielsen

Best of Houstonia

The Best Bars in Houston

Behold: the 10 best bars in all of Houstonia, plus 27 more definitive drinkeries in eight categories.

11/30/2014 Edited by Katharine Shilcutt By Dan Derozier, Catherine Matusow, Chris Abshire, and Sarah Rufca Nielsen

retail

Charming Charlie Plans Global Accessories Empire

Charlie Chanaratsopon is taking the concept to New York, Canada, the Middle East and beyond.

11/26/2014 By Sarah Rufca Nielsen

want/need/love

Ikea Hits the Archives, Releases Awesome Collection

The cheap furniture destination debuts a slew of mid-century marvels.

11/24/2014 By Sarah Rufca Nielsen

Want/need/love

Pop Rocks: Gienia Launches in Houston

The California-based brand debuts in Houston with gemstone jewelry, stingray purses, and interesting objects.

11/21/2014 By Sarah Rufca Nielsen

Runway-

Who's Who at Fashion Houston

In its fifth year, Houston's biggest fashion event boasts big names, local successes and global reach.

11/18/2014 By Sarah Rufca Nielsen

Weddings

Solange's Wedding Was Cooler Than Yours

Bridal pantsuit, anyone?

11/17/2014 By Sarah Rufca Nielsen

Body glitter not included

'90s Beauty Products That Are Still Very Necessary

You still need this stuff in your Caboodles.

11/14/2014 By Sarah Rufca Nielsen

Designer

Fashion Star Hunter Bell Hits Houston

Designer Hunter Bell shows off her happiness-inducing new collection at Cakewalk.

11/10/2014 By Sarah Rufca Nielsen

Style About Town

Design Secrets of Downtown's New JW Marriott

Tapping local artists, makers, and the building's historical pedigree, the JW Marriott aims to stylishly represent Houston.

11/07/2014 By Sarah Rufca Nielsen

Made in Houston

Oprah's Favorite Journals Come from Houston

Mica May's customizable journals and notebooks are one of Oprah's Favorite Things

11/06/2014 By Sarah Rufca Nielsen

Made in Houston

Manoosh Brings Art to Your Closet

With soft, gauzy, colorful scarves, wearable art has never been so chic.

11/03/2014 By Sarah Rufca Nielsen

Tours

West U's New Southern Living Showcase

Where to go "Home for the Holidays"

10/31/2014 By Sarah Rufca Nielsen

retail therapy

A Youthful Makeover for Elizabeth Anthony

A new name, more space, and fresh mix of designers among the updates at Uptown Park boutique Elizabeth Anthony

10/29/2014 By Sarah Rufca Nielsen

want/need/love

Boo-tiful Skulls and Crosses for Diva de los Muertos

La Grange jewelry designer Richard Schmidt debuts his Texas- and Mexican-inspired wares.

10/29/2014 By Sarah Rufca Nielsen

designing woman

Beyoncé Is Designing a Line for Topshop

Get ready for ***flawless workouts in 2015.

10/28/2014 By Sarah Rufca Nielsen

Design

No More Shabby Chic: the New Texas Hill Country Style

A new book shows the beauty and variety of residential architecture in the Hill Country.

10/23/2014 By Sarah Rufca Nielsen