I’ve been drooling lately over Paloma Nails, a non-toxic Houston nail salon off Post Oak. It’s kiiiiiiind of beautiful. Located right around the corner from Whole Foods and right next door to North Italia (so yum), this place ushers you in with lots of natural light and even has tile on the doorstep that says Escape to beautiful. So you know it’s going to be good.
Paloma’s mission is to match beauty with wellness. They should be able to coexist. Paloma has successfully been able to exclude harmful chemicals like dibutyl phthalate (DBP), toluene, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, or camphor, which are used in traditional nail salons. This is good for our sakes, but also their technicians. Their nail colors come in a large range and are long-lasting. Their brand is gorgeous from the decor to the nail menu.
Did I mention they’re superstars at nail art? But like cool nail art, not your pre-teen self’s nail art. You know what I’m sayin’? Generally I shy away from these things but since it was my birthday weekend, I decided to get some evil eyes painted on two nails. Cause when else can you go all out? I did a blue eye to match blue toenails (i know i’m soooo crazy) with a gorgeous neutral under layer.
Also need to throw out there that they have a foolproof 18 step method. Which sounds long, but it was very enjoyable. Having hands and feet massaged is always a good thing. 😉
Can we talk about those navy plush chairs? Drool-worthy and so comfortable. I want one for my home! The technicians were so kind and accommodating that I know I’ll be back when I’m wanting to get my nails done outside my own home. DID I MENTION they’re opening another location in the heights?! Y’all know I’m sold.
Are you convinced yet that this is the coolest Houston nail salon? Where’s your favorite? Let me know in the comments!
Saturday morning I did something I’ve never done before. I ran a relay race. Okay, maybe I’ve done this before in like elementary school but definitely never voluntarily. I’m not going to lie it took some motivation to get us going (all the way to RacePace Houston).
Saturday was RacePace‘s Grand Opening & to celebrate there were a lot of food & drink options, a live DJ, and most of all LOTS of runners. I’ve taken two classes so far at RacePace & I have to say although I was initially terrified of the concept of being stuck on a treadmill for at least 45 minutes and a teacher telling me to run faster during intervals (for reference I have NEVER done intervals whatsoever), I ended up LOVING it. So much that I took a 2nd class & my friend Alex talked me into running a 4×1 relay race. Also for reference – Alex was beyond against going to RacePace in the first place (that treadmill fear is real), but ended up going & obvs liked it because we all went back. So moral of the story is don’t be afraid. Running can be for everyone.
Lets talk about RacePace for a second. They currently offer three different types of classes: Starting Line, Endurance & Speed. Starting Line is for beginners and is about 45 minutes (although only 35 minutes of actual run-time). I ran the whole time, but some people walk during & it’s totally acceptable. The teachers (& founders) are awesome & not pushy, while still being encouraging. I also took the Endurance class which ended up being an hour long (& I internally freaked out), but was also doable! I walked quickly a few times to catch my breath, but overall was happy with how I pushed myself. I have yet to take the Speed class but obviously this is aimed at helping you train to run at a faster pace. If you want to train for a half marathon or a full marathon, they have training programs you can sign up for too! If I were running a half this year I’d probably train at RacePace on their stellar machines.
Oh yea, their treadmills are Woodways, which are the most low impact treadmills around. I can attest that they’re awesome because generally my knee starts hurting when I run (thx training & shoes & weak joints), but when I run on the Woodway I can’t even feel my knee! And I run faster! They’re also going to be integrating your running stats into their website so you can login & keep track of how you’re doing.
Did I mention the music they play is so bomb? I’m the type of person who needs the right kind of music playing to get me motivated & these guys know what they’re doing! Anyways back to the 4×1 relay that happened on Saturday. Our team time was 28 minutes & I ran about 7:35 which is prob the fastest mile I’ve ever run. We had a great time & even though it was painful, I’m looking forward to the next year’s relay! Apparently it’s going to be an inaugural thing so stay tuned with them on instagram. Gotta say RacePace is pretty unique & I’m excited for what’s to come. They also do a weekly social run on Thursdays at Holler Brewing Co. if you’re intrigued by the concept.
I’m currently abroad, but that must mean I just love you guys and Houston SO much. Mainly I’m getting into these weekend guides because it makes me want to get out more. Y’all too? OKAY – WHAT TO DO IN HOUSTON THIS WEEKEND!?
Where to Eat:
- Greek Fest is this weekend at St. Basil Greek Orthodox Church! Stop by for some amazing greek food, lots of wine, and LOTS of dancing and live performances!
- Barks and Brews is taking over Axelrad on Saturday from 12 — 2PM! So take your pup and enjoy the fresh air and hammocks. Tickets are available and with those there will be pet photography (so glam) and a bunch of free stuff for your best furry pal!
- Bayou Jamboree and Crawfish is going down at Historic Market Square Houston on Saturday from 3 — 7PM. No need to drive to NOLA if you’re craving some cajun, just head to downtown htx for your fix! Steel City Pops and Treebeards will be making appearances soooo sounds like a yum afternoon!
- Tacodeli just opened this past month and if you’re into breakfast tacos, maybe this is where you’ll be spending your Saturday morning! This Austin-based restaurant just opened on Washington and apparently more are on the way! Get to it first!
- If you’re hungry on Thursday for some Greek food, Niko Nikos is having a throwback thursday celebration in the way of throwing back pricing! Get a gyro for $2.50!