july's must-have list
Reagan's favorite things: Best beauty on the go, chilling out for wellness, and much more for July
Editor’s note: We originally met entrepreneur Reagan Bregman in 2021 when we were the first to report the launch of her athleisure line, Exiza. Her brand quickly drew rave reviews for its ethical, sustainable practices, great fits for every body type, and effortlessly cool vibe.
Fast forward to 2023, and Reagan is a new mom to adorable baby Knox, still overseeing Exiza and its new line, a sought-after influencer and guest host, and a social media tastemaker. (Oh yeah, she’s also married to a nice gentleman named Alexwho is really, really good at baseball, business, and paying it forward.)
With so many of her fans constantly asking and commenting on her fab finds, we’ve recruited this Houston star to spotlight some of her favorite things — and where to find them — each month. Take it away, Reagan!
Can you believe it's already July? Between being a mom to Knox, traveling to away games, running a company, helping family, charity dodgeball games, and more, the summer is flying by. That means taking time for recovery, wellness, and fun escapes — and finding products and apps to make busy life a little easier.
We can all relate to having to get pretty in the car, at the gym, or on a plane, so I've picked some makeup that has been a lifesaver for me for summer away games. After having Knox while also staying in shape, recovery is more important than ever, so I'm sharing some of my favorite places to help me get back in the game.
And yeah, summer is busy, but it's also fun! I hope you have as much fun as we did with some of my July faves.
Best beauty for ladies on the go
Our travel schedule this summer is go-go-go, meaning I'm constantly in the sun (sweating, ugh), hopping from cars to flights, and with very little face time. That's why I look for simple, easy makeup.
Lately, two products from Merit Beauty have been my go-to — especially when traveling.
Merit Perfecting Complexion Stick is great for travel.Photo via Merit Beauty
If you only have minutes to get ready or you're putting yourself together on a plane, try the Minimalist Perfecting Complexion Stick. The stick is easy to use as foundation or concealer and works anywhere. The Flush Blush Balm glides on and lets your skin show through without feeling cakey,.
The Merit Beauty Blush Balm lets your skin shine through without feeling heavy.Photo via Merit Beauty
Recover, relax, repeat
For so many of us, these scorching months are nonstop with activities — especially if you have a family or work obligations. My word this month is recovery — as a new mom and also as someone who's serious about exercise.
A little recovery with pampering never hurts, which is why I love The Covery at The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa. It's the hotel's new recovery and wellness center. The Covery offers advanced red light therapy, cryotherapy, an infrared salt sauna, hyperbaric oxygen treatments, therabody compression, IV therapy, and so much more. For sports recovery, look for Pulsed PEMF therapy and even BrainTap treatments to get your mental game on. Consider this your one-stop shop for recovery and wellness.
Chill out with cryotherapy in The Covery at the Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa.Photo via the Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa
Recovery for new moms is important, which is why I head to SculptUfor their great pelvic floor therapy. The team not only helps moms, but anyone dealing with sports injuries, needing rehab, massage, chiropractic work and more. They have locations all over the city which helps me when I'm on the move.
SculptU treats recovering moms, sports injuries, and more.Photo courtesy of SculptU
Partying like Barbie
The whole city is celebrating the release of the new Barbie movie (check out the ultimate Houston Barbie celebration guide here). I had so much fun shooting some Barbie-inspired looks withTootsies in honor of the new movie release. All of the looks were stunning! We did Western Barbie, Disco Barbie, Malibu Barbie, 9-5 Barbie, and more!
BTS Barbie: Reagan at the Tootsies Barbie shoot.Photo courtesy of Reagan Bregman/Tootsies
Make a splash with family fun
We love heading to Color Factory because it's cool and indoors (obvi), but also because it's immersive fun for the whole family — especially little Knox! We love all the different rooms, IG-worthy scenes, and places to literally dive in and have a ball in the bubble room. This is a great spot for families, out-of-town-visitors, date nights, and more.
We have a ball at the Color Factory.Photo via Color Factory
We all love the boating life in the Gulf Coast, but if you don't want the hassle and pain of buying, storing, and maintaining a boat, rent one on Boatsetter. We used this app during spring training and had the best time. Our driver was so kind and it was such a seamless experience.
Here in Houston, Boatsetter is perfect for trips to Lake Conroe or Galveston, or if you’re visiting Austin, Lake Austin and of course, Lake Travis.
I'm on a boat! Live the boating life without the hassle of ownership with Boatsetter.Photo courtesy of Boatsetter
My best bites for July
My fave? Pastore's seafood dishes and more. Photo by Duc Hoang
I love this Underbelly Hospitality restaurant for raw summer bites like cured Gulf snapper and scallop crudo. Being an Italian restaurant, Pastore has great pasta and pizzas from a wood-burning oven topped with everything from clams, figs, and lemon ricotta.
Lounge at Georgia James' rooftop. Photo by Michael Anthony
Astros reporter Julia Morales and I recently held our summer shopping event here, and I keep coming back. The rooftop lounge has fire pits (for chilly weather, obv) and great views of Buffalo Bayou and the downtown skyline. Stop here for cocktails and wine, shareable bites, oysters, and of course, beefy steaks.
I love the OG Trill Burger — and the box! Photo by Marco Torres/@MarcoFromHouston
Count us as fans of Bun B’s smash burgers — just like Drake! Whether you get the OG or the Vegan OG, these burgers — and that sauce — are 100-percent worth the wait. And his burger boxes are so cool!