COTE DE TEXAS: Houston Bloggers Have the Most Fun!!

Houston Bloggers Have the Most Fun!!


Courtney, Ronda, Moi, Paloma, and Carolina

Dinner at the new Armando's on Westheimer at Kirby

It's becoming something of a tradition that the girls from Houston who write design blogs get together to share a meal and some laughs.  It was my fourth time being with different Houston bloggers, and the first time we've all been together as a group.  This Thursday night, we hosted Ronda of All the Best blog.  Ronda, originally from Houston, now lives with her husband and son in Scotland, but she still makes a few trips a year home to visit family.  We're a pretty motley crew - aged from 25 to 53 (guess who?) But, oddly enough, age doesn't define us.  Our commonality is, of course, our blogs, and all the trials and tribulations that come from blogging. 

Ronda, is the go getter of the bunch, anxious to take blogging to the next level - she's succeeding at making her dreams a reality.  The rest of us are in awe of Ronda.   

Carolina, of the Carolina Eclectic blog, is an interior designer with a mid-century-modern bent.  She is calm by nature and very interesting to talk to.  She belongs to Houston Mod and as such is very knowledgeable about mid-century design in Houston. 

Paloma, well, Paloma what can I say? - So pretty, absolutely beautiful,  she's certainly the jewelry at any dinner table.  Writer of the La Dolce Vita blog, she teaches pre AP Spanish at a public high school but excitedly announced she is leaving teaching for real estate.  Good luck Paloma! 

And then there's Courtney of Inside the Loop. Courtney is  the Energizer Bunny of the lot.  Full of joie de vie, she recently hosted an outdoor movie party in her back yard for her neighbors. For her trek to Round Top, she borrowed an RV and took another blogger from Florida, along with their husbands, for a weekend of fun.  Fun?  Sleeping in an RV with perfect strangers?  OH YES!!!! Courtney assured me it was a blast.

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Ronda and Courtney

Meeting up with other bloggers isn't something I had planned on doing when I started my blog last year, but it's been one of the more fun rewards that's come with my blog.   Paloma has named us The Mutual Admiration Society - and what a great name it is!  We do have a certain respect for each other, perfect strangers with truly only one thing in common - our blogs.  But that's enough for us!    See y'all this summer!!

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Paloma, Ronda and Carolina


  1. Okay, Joni....I think you should have a get together for all of us Houstonians that follow your blog. :) What a hoot that could could teach us the finer points of "stalking." Tee hee

  2. omg that is so funny!!! that would be fun: stalking by Joni. lesson #1 HAR
    lesson #2 Harris Country Tax Rolls
    lesson #3 drive by Starbucks runs

    ok I'm cracking myself up now.

  3. You have all the fun, girl. Wish I lived in Houston and was creative.

  4. Karen at Junking in GeorgiaApril 27, 2008 at 7:18 AM

    Looks like lots of fun... good for you for going even though they are younger ... doesn't seem to bother those kids a bit.

  5. *Brand new note book for note taking......2.50
    *Brand new pencil for taking down every word you say.....1.00
    *Super sized Starbucks.....5.00
    *Front row seat in your very own Stalking 101 class.....PRICELESS!!!

  6. Joni I had such a great time! You really are just the BEST! Can't wait to see you again this summer!!

  7. Hi Joni
    Sign me up for the "Stalking Class". Sounds intense :)
    I had so much fun with all of you. On the way home I was thinking about how vastly different we all are, and yet we get along so well. Great lesson about judging others by their exterior only.

  8. It must have been fun being able to talk to blogger friends of same interest in person. I can only wish...

    Oh and those are real great bloggers you have in your group. Its the first time I saw their pics but have been regularly reading their blogs. Some I think I have added to my blogroll and that includes you Joni.

    No fear...I'm no stalker.

  9. Alright Joni, it's time to get serious and consider a book!!!!! You have taught me more than all the design books I had in college,(B.A. in Fine Art)!!! I find myself checking your blog every morning and just hoping for a new post. I'm an addict! You are the best!

  10. Carolina, that is so true. We are all so different and I love that.

    I had such a wonderful time. It's always fun to get together with you girls.

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  12. Great post, Joni! You magnify your love of life, design and friendship and then share with all of us! What a breath of fresh air to get a notice of a new post! The rest of my emails can wait and wait and wait!

  13. Thanks everyone!

    ON The Border and Dianne: you are too sweet to say that!! comments like yours make it all worthwhile, seriously.

    Karen: Thanks for pointing out my old age!

    Ann: yes, the caliber of the Houston blogs is pretty up there. Cream of the crop - and they are all so different too!

    Lisa: we DO have the most fun, that is NO lie!!

  14. It looks like all you lovely ladies enjoyed the evening, Joni.


  15. Never a dull moment with you Joni! :-)

  16. You ladies look like you had a great time getting your "Blog on!" It was Ronda who inspired me to jump in the blog world, and it is true, one never can anticipate the bright light, warm souls and connectivity!
    You will have to come to NY next, lots to stalk round here and we even have a Starbucks!

  17. Every blogger that I have had the good fortune to meet has been wonderful!

    As for stalking, my sister's house was featured in our local paper the other week, so I was driving a friend by who wanted to see it in person... I just bought a new car, so as we were sitting there pointing at things, my sister came out to investigate... Oops, busted!

  18. Maybe y'all can meet in June when I'm in town...I'm a misplaced Houston blogger too! Y'all look like you had a great time. :)

  19. What a gorgeous group of gals! Stylish, fun and great smiles! Thanks for sharing your get-together! And here's another vote for you to start a decor book -- that would be an automatic "buy" for my Amazon Wish List!

    Jan at Rosemary Cottage

  20. What fun...I wish I lived back in Corpus Christi (as we did in the 80s)
    so I could run up and see you all!


  21. wah! i want to come to one of these parties. coco+kelly is trying to get a little somethin' somethin' going here in L.A.

  22. I love that idea that blogging brings poeple together !
    May be during spring I'm going to meet some blogging american friends , here in Provence! I'm so excited

  23. I love that idea that blogging brings poeple together !
    May be during spring I'm going to meet some blogging american friends , here in Provence! I'm so excited

  24. "We're a pretty motley crew - aged from 25 to 53 (guess who?) "

    Your blogger profile says you were born in 1953, which makes you 54 or 55.

  25. I think it's wonderful that you have all connected and become friends. I am only two weeks into the blogging world and have yet to meet someone nearby but all of you have inspired me. All the best - Marie Louise

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