5.23.2015

AN AMAZING EXCUSE TO TAKE A SELFIE - THIS WEDNESDAY

A few weeks ago, Esther Freedman, (founder of Cuteheads) gathered 18 Houstonians to educate us on domestic violence. While we all knew what it was, obvi, we didn't know that it happens to 1 in 6 woman. And that 119 Texas women died from it last year. Died. And we didn't know about ADVA, an organization that helps DV victims in a multitude of ways.

From the monster that is Chris Brown, to the prolific NFL "issues", to the 21-year-old girl who bravely spoke to our group about her DV and AVDA experience - we need to do something about this epidemic.

Allie, Beth, and I brainstorming on what we can do to help.

Thankfully Esther isn't the type to round us all up and not have a solution. Photographer Ashely Cardoza was on stand-by to snap pics of us with signs that said #endabuse that we'll be posting on our social media accounts THIS COMING WEDNESDAY in order to raise awareness about both DV and AVDA in general.

And guess what? We want you to do the same.

THIS WEDNESDAY take a selfie (or have someone snap it for you) with a sign that says #endabuse.  Post it on all or one of your social media accounts with a link to the AVDA website and the #endabuse hashtag.


I'm so proud to be part of this campaign. We're an eclectic group; fashion designers, meteorologists, shop owners, NFL players, sports writers, etc. but all Houstonians who want to use our voices and platforms to make some headway on this issue. 



THE END! 
Have a good holiday weekend everyone!


P.S. - I'm sending out a Mad Meg newsletter this weekend. Sign up to receive it on the Mad Meg homepage.  


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5.19.2015

HELLO GIGGLES VIDEO

Last week Paige and I were honored to welcome Sophia Rossi of Hello Giggles on the Houston stop of her National book tour. 


Here's a quick 2 minute recap of the event.



Good stuff!




Important note: You have until noon today to enter my Revolution Studio giveaway. I have three passes to give away. Based on the # of current entries, YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING ARE HIGH TO REAL HIGH.

Also: Enter to win Sahar Paz's book (my Mad Meg client), Find Your Voice, while you're at it too.


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5.15.2015

MAD MEG UPDATE: SAHAR PAZ

Mad Meg is still very much a thing. In the past few weeks, I've hired some people, looked at some potential office space, and I'm planning on purchasing a commercial spot during next year's Superbowl.

Sahar Paz is an author (and yoga teacher, life coach, and speaker!!) that I've been working with on a campaign to promote her brand new book, Find Your Voice, The Life You Crave is Just a Conversation Away.  

Here a few pics from a book signing/yoga event that we did in Cypress, TX earlier this month. 


The jist of Sahar's story is that she’s a survivor of the Iran/Iraq war and moved to the states from Tehran when she was nine. She eventually overcame the trauma and baggage that was inherent with the move; her self identity, “losing” parents but not in the literal sense, drugs, suicide attempts, her relationship to men, etc.

Her book has been best described here; "More than a memoir, this book provides a tool for reflection and a guide, based in Cognitive Behavior Therapy, for tuning in to your authentic, powerful inner voice to create the life you crave.

Juicy, no? Not in a 50 Shades of Grey kind of way but who doesn't want to create the life they crave? Who doesn't want to become more in touch with their intuition, inner self, + soul? I know I do!


Here comes the call to action...


Tomorrow night Sahar is having a book signing event complete with a reading, photography exhibit, drinks, and Persian delicacy treats!


Can't do tomorrow but loving the sound of this? 
Sahar is giving away a signed copy of her book to one lucky Greetings from Texas reader! 

Just make sure you're following Sahar on instagram and leave your email address in the comments below!


*Have a good weekend everyone! My cousin and I are going to see David Spade tonight and will obvi be at Sahar's event tomorrow! Come join us!



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5.14.2015

REVOLUTION STUDIO REVIEW + GIVEAWAY (TO 3 SEPARATE READERS!)


Last week I was driving to spin class and it was the last thing in the world I wanted to do. (How's that for an opening sentence to a sponsored post?) But I'm sure that's not a foreign concept to anyone - "working out" being something you have to do, not want to do.  

The minute I arrived at Revolution though I perked up. Energy is infectious and I was feeding off  Sydney and Kara's. They were so proud and passionate about their brand and philosophy. They told me how Revolution, as opposed to other studios, incorporates a spiritual component, which I definitely felt, especially during the part of class when they busted out candles. (You ride in the dark - it's great.) This bang-for-your-buck approach (mind + body workout) makes you feel like a hundred bucks upon your departure and you don't even care when you get lost on the way home.  #backroads


Sydney, pictured above and who taught my class, was incredible. She was born to teach these classes. From constantly jumping off her bike to dance, to saying the exact thing you needed to hear, exactly when you needed to hear it, ("This is the time for you, to take of yourself, to not be needed by anyone else or anything!") you trusted and relied on this girl to get you through the 45 minute workout. This Jay Z/Linkin Park track they played also helped.

This is what I looked like during class. Just less smiley and considerably more nauseous. 
Like my pants? Buy them here.


-GIVEAWAY DETES-
I have three separate "1 week unlimited passes" that I get to give to three separate readers! And not a single catch! No need to follow me and Revolution on every social media platform known to man! No promising us your 1st born! (Don't want it. Already have one kid who is not impressed by my authority.)

Just leave your email address in the comments below and say what location you'd likely visit upon winning; Sugar Land, Memorial City (like me!), or the BRAND NEW River Oaks space that has its Grand Opening this Saturday! 

Giveaway closes Tuesday, May 19th at noon. Good luck!


OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS
Come out, won't you?

*I'm fancy and am starting a Greetings from Texas newsletter! Enter your email address on my sidebar where it says "Sign up for my Newsletter". #straightforward


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5.12.2015

THIS THURSDAY!

What's everyone doing Thursday? Allow me to make a suggestion. Come meet Sophia Rossi, CEO of Hello Gigglesauthor of A Tale of Two Besties, and according to this Entertainment Weekly article, former employee of The Hills, The City, and Glee! (Holy Shit - Sophia - you've been "leaning in" girl!)



Like me, Sophia was a huge fan of YA novels as a kid. Think The Babysitters Club, Sweet Valley High, and I'll give a hundred dollars to anyone (not really) who read The Gymnasts series. It was my fave, being a young male gymnast and all!

Sophia's book is based on her IRL friendship with Zoey Deschanel who not only wrote the forward for this book but is Sophia's Hello Giggles business partner. (The website gets 16 million unique visitors per month! For those of you not in the blog/website/internet world, that's good. Like, really fucking good.)

Because the book and theme of this Hello Giggles tour is centered around friendship, Paige and I will be doing a little Q+A with Sophia about our own bestie status. The highs, the lows, the Halloween she called me fat, and other stories we'll censor to make appropriate for the YA's in the crowd. 

The event begins at 7pm and is hosted by Blue Willow BookShop but will be held at the Outreach Center of W. Houston (725 Bateswood) to accommodate the anticipated full house. My girl Rongrong Devoe will be there live sketching attendees which is worth the trip alone!

Does this sound like fun but you don't live in H Tizzle? No worries - HG is likely coming to a city near you! Check out who the guests are in NYC + LA. It's possible you got jipped, Houston, very very jipped! =)



See you Thursday!!!!! 


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5.11.2015

The Best of The World Wide Web - May Edition


I've curated the internet for you as I do from time to time. Please enjoy.


I had an article published on GirlTalk HQ yesterday!

I am so freaking excited about this. Save the date - September 29th!

Northa Italia is apparently the new hot restaurant in Houston. I need to go!

Speaking of books, mine (99 Problems but a Baby Ain't One - A memoir about Cancer, Adoption, and my Love for Jay Z) is being given away in two different places right now.
On the Delightfully Tacky blog and The GirlTalk HQ Facebook page. Go ahead and win yourself (or a friend) a copy.

Don't worry Be yonce! Here + here! (Thanks Stef for bringing to my attention!)

My friend Julie started an Etsy shop for her greeting card line.

Hello Giggles founder, Sophia Rossi, wrote a book,  A Tale of Two Besties, based on her IRL friendship with Zoey Deschanel. Her tour stop in Houston is THIS THURSDAY and Paige and I will be speaking and interviewed about our bestie friendship. More on this tomorrow but to get the jist and city tour schedule is here.  

Bought this Target romper online for Mace as it wasn't in her size at the store. The pic doesn't do it justice but it could almost pass for vintage IRL. 

HBO Go is making my life though my free trial is gonna expire and I'll have to cough it up soon. The Scientology documentary, a new Heidi Fleiss documentary, The Fault in Our Stars, and Silicon Valley Season 2 are all things I've watched and loved. Any other recs?

I wrote a piece called "Why I'm excited to turn 34" for Delightfully Tacky's "Brave Series". Read it here.


That's all for now guys. I'll be adding more links throughout the day though so feel free to check back. The new keeps telling me I'm gonna die in a tornado today so wish me luck.
XOXO, Megan




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5.08.2015

THIS IS 30: WHY I'M EXCITED TO TURN 34


Hiii! I'm over on Delightfully Tacky today kicking off a new series called "The Brave Ones." Warning It's a series designed for people to get really real;  Life, love, failure, dreams, disappointment, fear. 

Hop over there, should you be so inclined! 

P.S. It's World Ovarian Cancer Day! To celebrate (doesn't seem like the right word but we're gonna go with it) Liz is also giving away a copy of my book so get in on that too! 


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