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Darla Guillen

Darla Yvette Guillen earned a degree in English at the University of Saint Thomas before a stint in law school, where she learned that business and human interaction suited her better than doc review. She likes art, Scotch, dogs and people. It is likely that she has a MoCo Loco window up or a glass of something neat in hand when writing. She is always relieved when her work time doesn't devolve into hours of Pinning or looking at puppies on PetFinder. You can see her travel photography here

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Designer Chat

Nicole Miller's secrets of fashion success — and most embarrassing moment

By Darla Guillen

While it’s easy to attribute Nicole Miller’s longstanding success in the fashion industry to her talent, impeccable eye and instinct for what will look good on the female ...

First Taste

New low-calorie, high-end chain restaurant tries to measure up to Houston's foodie powers

By Darla Guillen

It’s easy to snub your nose at chain restaurants if you’re living in a city with an ever-expanding presence of critically acclaimed restaurants and mom-and-pop shops that we ...

Foodie News

Small restaurants to get big beer and wine power: How Justin Vann will change Houston's food scene

By Darla Guillen

It’s not often that a group of women will welcome an overalls-clad man holding a machete-looking saber into a small, private gathering at night. But that’s just what ...

For Mom

Designer Toni Whitaker makes a dramatic comeback after a forced hiatus from fashion

By Darla Guillen

“It’s good to know you’ve been missed,” designer Toni Whitaker says of the show marking her triumphant return to the fashion scene. Whitaker took an almost four-year, forced ...

Sartorial Charity

Chloe Dao reveals new spring summer/collection — and her Spanx — at benefit runway show

By Darla Guillen

Between the flurry of voluminous brocade gowns, classic summer staples and bold graphic prints, it was easy to forget that designer Chloe Dao’s latest runway show was actually a ...

Sudsy Sounds

Houston beer gets its own radio show: And yes, drinking on air is encouraged

By Darla Guillen

If there’s anything Houstonians like as much as eating and drinking, it’s talking about eating and drinking. Now there’s a show focused on just that. “We sit ...

Tacos & Tequila

Lower Westheimer entrepreneur takes aim at Mexican fare with new taco and tequila spot

By Darla Guillen

The man who is taking aim at a lower Westheimer occupation that could compete with the Anvil (Clumsy Butcher) group’s enclave of bars and restaurants has now opened a ...

CInco Drinko

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at home with cocktail recipes from Houston's top bartenders — and food, too!

By Darla Guillen

The only way to improve on a holiday that encourages a rainbow of primary colors, strong cocktails and Mexican food is to forgo the driving home part of the celebration ...

Cinco de Mayo Fun

The Procrastinator's Guide to Cinco de Mayo: Where to go for serious Fiesta-ing

By Darla Guillen

The Mexican victory over French forces in the Battle of Puebla still gives us reason to shamelessly indulge in mass amounts of discounted margaritas and tacos instead of foie gras ...

Changing the Beer Scene

The Beer Experimenter: New risky growler to-go spot started by former TV executive

By Darla Guillen

What does a craft beer scene newbie do when he wants to open a beer pour station in Houston but doesn’t know a sour from a stout? If you ...

Easter Brunch Ideas

Have your eggs & eat them too: The procrastinator's guide to Easter brunch

By Darla Guillen

Easter is upon us, and it's hard to resist a holiday that encourages smashing confetti eggs on unsuspecting heads and eating mass amounts of chocolate. With friends who applaud ...

Great Date Spots

The best restaurants to take a first date: Don't skimp on the romance — or good food

By Darla Guillen

First dates are stressful. Deciding what to wear, remembering to avoid over-sharing and snorting while laughing, deciding whether to have a contingency plan with friends should the date go awry ...

Foodie News

Cult gourmet pizza shop with cheap drinks expands into Houston, bringing Big Easy flavor

By Darla Guillen

If I ever have to permanently leave Houston for unfamiliar territory, it would only take a Star Pizza in my new town to make me feel at home. That’s ...


World championship barbecue takes over the Rodeo: Inside the tent party flavor madness

By Darla Guillen

Reliant Park is not a safe place for cattle right now. With more than 300 rodeo barbecue groups cooking hundreds of pounds of brisket, sausage and anything that can be ...

Check the bitter

A single girl's wedding survival guide: 5 secrets to enjoying someone else's magic moment

By Darla Guillen

As a woman who grew up reading Batman comics, discovered makeup late in high school and who still walks out the door with deodorant stains on my cocktail dress, I ...

Anniversary Party!

Hay Merchant, a year later: Game changing craft beer bar dips into its special beer cellar to celebrate

By Darla Guillen

Although it might seem like Hay Merchant has been a Houston institution for decades, the widely acclaimed craft beer bar is actually celebrating its first anniversary this week. The well-regarded ...

Say no to the giant teddy bear

A perfectly unique Valentine's Day gift guide: Don't be the fool who gives horrible love presents

By Darla Guillen

It’s not just that women and men can be clueless when it comes to Valentine’s Day gifts, the problem with shopping for this occasion is that any well-funded ...

A Sunday night benefit

Local rocker injured in bike-train tracks accident sees the music community rally around him

By Darla Guillen

Whether you’ve enjoyed a set of Grandfather Child at Cactus or rocked out to them at Fitzgerald’s, you understand. Anyone who’s listened to this local band play ...

No chaser needed

The Holy Grail of Mexican tequilas finally hits the Houston market: This is no spring break shot

By Darla Guillen

If tequila conjures images of shot glasses and spring break: You’re doing it wrong. Houston is about to receive agave nectar to sip, not shoot, and it’s thanks ...

Boozy News

New EaDo brewery to finally be revealed: Eatsie Boys release 3 new beers with bigger plans ahead

By Darla Guillen

The food-truck-famous Eatsie Boys who serve banh mi to the sound of “Sabotage” and provide “frozen awesome” around town aren’t slowing down just because they went brick and mortar ...

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