Five Houston Fashion Instagram Accounts That Made Us Say "WOW"

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IG: Boomkackmua
We saw this once in a fever dream.
Be honest as soon as you wake up you check it. You want to know how many followers you have and who liked your photos. Instagram has become more than just the place where you see pictures of your friends partying or your favorite celebrity bragging about their $1500 shoes.

If you are looking for a glam squad you don't have to look further than this app. It's a reason Facebook paid $1 billion to acquire Instagram, everybody uses it. At any moment you can see someone promoting their business now too.

If you want to step out and have a look all your own then check out these accounts we found that can help you get there.

@nailsby_cherrypie screen grab
5. Nails
Nails can make or break your look. It's just as important as wearing the right heels. I try not to walk around anywhere in Houston with chipped polish or broken nails. It wasn't until I logged into Instagram and found a new nail tech that was able to give my nails a makeover. It doesn't matter if you want stiletto nails, glitter or your love for the Rockets. Those boys in red need love too.

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Seven Crazy Ways Houstonians May Be Trying to Lose Weight

Photo by Elena Ringo
Might be more fun than taking a laxative.
I know I am not the only woman who has her favorite jeans from years ago hiding in the back of the closet. No, I'm not a hoarder but that's my motivation. One day I am determined to fit into those jeans again.

"There are no shortcuts," said trainer and owner, Bella Barak, of Bella Body Fitness in Houston. "The only way to lose weight is through eating clean and exercise, everything else is just a gimmick."

Is Houston becoming the new Hollywood? There are so many ways to fight that extra belly fat. Some women have tried body wraps and corset training to get quick results. Here are a few more dubious ways women are trying to get their sexy on and stay slim.

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Where the Streets Have New Names: 20 Houston Streets That Change Names

If only it were that easy, but this is Houston.
It's tough enough to get around in Houston with traffic, accidents and the messy spider web of freeways. If you just moved here, you're probably having a difficult enough time figuring out the difference between the Southwest Freeway and U.S. 59 (hint: there is none, but more on that later) and then one day you are driving along minding your own business when the street you are on suddenly has a different name. You can't figure out what you did. You didn't turn. Don't feel bad. You're not crazy. The streets are.

That's because there are numerous major roads in our fair city that change names with no warning. Weird, right? Even those of us who have lived here for years are still surprised to find out we are lost thanks to a street that went from one name to another for seemingly no reason.

Now, before we get to this list, a couple notes:
This list does not include directional streets. So, while it may be weird that there is a North Shepherd and a South Shepherd or, worse yet, a variety of Main Streets around town, that's not what we're talking about. Also, this is not about divided roads. The fact that, for a stretch, North Shepherd splits into Shepherd (moving northbound) and Durham (going south) is unsettling, but not technically a name change.

Finally, there are nearly as many streets that end through a merge with another thoroughfare as there are ones that change names, but as confusing as it may be that 20th crosses North Main onto Cavalcade or Washington Avenue divides into three streets as it passes under I 45 into downtown, it just ends, it doesn't change.

Now, with that out of the way, let's do this.

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Forgotten Houston for Kids: Malibu Grand Prix

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Photo by outletpro
Tokens! Remember tokens!
Putting anyone behind the wheel of a speeding car seems almost asinine if you examine it from a completely clinical standpoint. Not only are you hurtling along the road in a tin can surrounded by unpredictable strangers in their own speeding tin cans, but you aren't just going in a straight line, you're weaving and turning and tempting fate at every moment. So, putting children behind the wheel, making the car much smaller and, therefore, much less sturdy, and letting them speed around a poorly maintained track with other kids can't possibly be legal, right?

In fact, it was legal and encouraged. Welcome to Malibu Grand Prix!

The corporate high-end go-kart raceways were located throughout the Southwest including Houston and gave kids the rides of their lives.

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Oh No! Houstoric Project has been cloned! And an Edit Must Be Made

Photo by Abrahán Garza

After receiving a few messages from friends over the weekend congratulating me on "my print piece," I had to remind them that I worked for the Houston Press and that we don't have a weekend print edition. Confused, I had to find out what they were messaging me about.

(I also mentioned my latest blog wouldn't be up until Monday morning.)

It was an honest mistake. After all, I've been doing it in Houston for a few years now.

Although the effort is appreciated, it needs to be noted that the above image (taken this morning) was actually originally taken at 812 Main Street, not on Travis Street near Rusk. I felt it was my duty to mention it since the Houstoric Project is so dear to me.

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Houstoric Project, Volume 7: The East End

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All photos by Abrahán Garza
Wayside at Clinton Drive. One of many entrances into the East End. 

For our seventh installment of the HoustoricProject, we bring you the East End. The East End covers a vast area that starts at the eastern edge of downtown and runs to the Port of Houston and south to Hobby Airport. The Eastwood Subdivision, one of Houston's first master-planned communities, turned 100 this year in September. To celebrate, independent curator Diane Barber organized the East End Then & Now photo exhibit that coincided with the Eastwood Civic Association Home Tour. It featured photos of the area from historic city archives mashed with the current locations.

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Forgotten Houston for Kids: Castle Golf and Games

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Photo by George Balke
Me on the left about to boat bump a sucka.
Miniature golf has seemed to hold a fascination with kids since it was invented, which is remarkable considering how freaking boring the grown-up version of the game is for those same children. From the early 1970s through the early part of this millennium, the place to get your putt-putt on was Castle Golf and Games. Tucked into the armpit of the I-10 exit off the southbound side of the North Loop was a glorious replica castle surrounded by golf, bumper boats and batting cages, filled with video games and skee ball.

It could be argued that it was second only to Astroworld for many years in terms of entertaining kids in the Houston area.

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The Houston Press Moves to New Digs, From Downtown to Midtown

Photos by Abrahán Garza
Our home for the past 15 years and how it looked even before that

The Houston Press is moving offices this weekend. We've been located at 1621 Milam Suite #100 for the past 15 years and a lot has certainly changed. Moving from the Galleria area off of the West Loop to Downtown was a pretty big deal in 1998. Downtown Houston was just beginning its rebirth, long before the light rail, before Midtown was considered Midtown and when Metro buses still operated up and down Main Street.

Built in 1927, the Houston Press building was originally the home of Shelor Motor Company and later Gillman Pontiac in the 1960s. The historic building itself hasn't changed much. Its signature 50 x 240 foot mural that wraps around two sides of the building was painted by artist Suzanne Sellers in 1994. The trompe l'oeil mural can be seen from Milam, Leeland and Travis Streets.

Built with distinction

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Forgotten Houston for Kids: Watercoaster

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Far less refined, but the Watercoaster was the Schlitterbahn of its time.
When I was in middle school, I was not the cool, studly vision of awesome I am today. I was a nerdy kid, who struggled to be popular even if I was hilariously funny and devastatingly handsome even then. Ahem.

But, what helped raise my status among my fellow middle schoolers were my annual birthday parties held at the Watercoaster water slide. It was the freaking event of the year, particularly because my birthday was in May. It was like an early start to summer.

We would climb that manmade hill over and over, acting like the maniac kids we were and no doubt driving both our parents and the Coaster employees crazy. Years later, when I was 19, I would take my last water slide trip on one in Crystal Beach. Not paying attention, I slammed my face into one of the concrete embankments and nearly lost both my front teeth. Live and learn.

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Forgotten Houston for Kids: Peppermint Park

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Old skool!
When you are VERY little, way too short to reach the hand of the wooden cutout that says you must be "this high" to ride a roller coaster, there aren't a lot of options for you. But, in the '60s and '70s, there was a place that could accommodate you called Peppermint Park.

A micro-sized amusement park that catered to birthday parties and holiday celebrations for little tikes, it was a place you could go and not have to worry about being small. I guess they were right when they sung in Free to Be You and Me, "we don't have to change at all."

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