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Mel and Farrah in Houston
Life, Texas

How to Help Houston

It’s been a heartbreaking past few days watching the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Houston is very close to my heart. I love the city—and the people and animals who live in it—very much. Most of the tears I have shed have been out of heartbreak, but some recent ones have come from hope. It has helped my heart watching people helping people. This is why I love Houston. This is why I love Texas. I’ve also come across some really nice love letters to Houston.

It’s frustrating not being there to help, but I’m hoping this small blog post does something. Below is a list of organizations where you can donate your time, money and household items. Keep scrolling for links to other helpful lists. To my Houston friend fam, you know I love you. Hang in there. #HoustonStrong

The Houston Food Bank’s goal is to make food accessible to hungry people in their greatest times of need. You can help them most by donating money (every $1 provides 3 meals), but they’re also asking for canned ready-to-eat vegetables and fruit with pull tops, protein in pouches or pull-up top cans, peanut butter, toiletries and more to be dropped off at their main location on Portwall. If you’re local, you can sign up for volunteer shifts.

Save the Children is passionate about giving children a healthy start, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm—every day, in times of crisis and the future. Their CEO and president, Carolyn Miles, has been spending time with displaced kids in the child-friendly spaces the organization has set up. Donate here to help them provide infant and toddler supplies (and so much more) to three Houston mega shelters.

Houston Humane Society is a charity dedicated to ending cruelty, abuse and the overpopulation of animals while providing the highest quality of life to those in their care. Over the past few days, their team has participated in rescue missions to save people and pets. Miranda Lambert and her MuttNation Foundationteam recently helped them transfer animals that were at the shelter before Harvey hit, in order to free up space for strays and displaced animals that will need shelter in the next few days and weeks. Give directly to their Hurricane Harvey fund, or buy them something from their Amazon Wish List. Follow their Facebook page for updates.

Austin Pets Alive!, the leader of the no-kill movement in Central Texas, has already saved over 600 (and counting) animals who have been displaced by Harvey. They have run out of room to hold the many donations they’ve received in the past few days, so they are asking for financial donations instead. They are, as always, in need of fosters, adopters and volunteers. Keep up with their efforts on Twitter and Instagram with #APAHarvey.

The South Texas Blood and Tissue Center has extended the hours of many donor locations in response to the high demand of blood. They have already made their first large shipment to the Texas coast, and will continue to make shipments in the next few weeks. Sign up to donate blood here. If you’re not local, you can donate blood through the Red Cross.

Texas Diaper Bank is an organization based in San Antonio who helps provide diapers to babies and seniors. Help them continue to ship diapers to shelters in Corpus Christi, Rockport and Houston by donating here. They are also asking for volunteers to help them count, sort and send out donations.

The United Way of Houston has launched the United Way Relief Fund to provide safety, shelter and basic needs, like food, to those in need. 100% of donations go to helping the community recover. Visit their website to donate or text UWFLOOD to 41444.

Direct Relief’s mission is to improve the health and lives of people affected by poverty or emergencies without regard to politics, religion or ability to pay. They are providing emergency funding, medical supplies and medicine to local health care centers. Donate here.

More Lists on How to Help Houston

Houston Chronicle – Hurricane Harvey: How to help victims of the Texas storm
Houston Press – Want to Help Harvey Victims? Here’s How.
Greater Houston Community Foundation – Hurricane Harvey Relief Resources
Texas Monthly – Here Are Ways You Can Help People During Hurricane Harvey
Cupcakes and Cashmere – 5 Ways to Help Victims of Hurricane Harvey
SPCA of Texas – Hurricane Harvey: Who’s Helping and How to Help Them
NPR – Here’s How You Can Help People Affected By Harvey
New York Times – Where to Donate to Harvey Victims (and How to Avoid Scams)
Texas Tribune – How to Get (and Offer) Help After Harvey
Click2Houston – How you can help Hurricane Harvey victims
Fox 26 Houston – How you can help victims of Harvey
Today – Here’s how you can help animals affected by Hurricane Harvey
Farmhouse Delivery – How to Help: Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts
People Pets – Hurricane Harvey’s Amazing Animal Survival Stories: Rescues, Reunions and Furry Refugees

Outdoor Movies in Austin with the Alamo Drafthouse | MustacheMelrose.com
Austin, Texas

Outdoor Movies in Austin with Alamo Drafthouse

Last night, Scott and I went to one of the coolest events we’ve been to since moving to Austin. Outdoor movies in Austin with Alamo Drafthouse! The Alamo Drafthouse Rolling Roadshow is hosting pop-up outdoor movies at various locations in Austin. Last week, they screened “Goonies” at Live Oak Brewing and last night, it was another one of my favorites—“Moonrise Kingdom”.

Outdoor Movies in Austin with Alamo Drafthouse | MustacheMelrose.comThe event took place at the French Legation Museum, which is located in a cute little neighborhood, a street off the beaten path in east Austin. It’s surrounded by adorable historic homes—some remodeled, some still standing strong in their need-some-lovin’ glory.

Outdoor Movies in Austin with Alamo Drafthouse | MustacheMelrose.comThe scene reminded me of events I attended in Austin back when I was a little girl. It wasn’t too crowded, and everyone there was super friendly and more than willing to offer up a piece of beef jerky or share a bottle opener if you forgot yours at home. Before the movie, we all sat on blankets enjoying the warm, yet somewhat breezy air, while watching lightning bugs light up the sky. It was a perfect night.

Outdoor Movies in Austin with Alamo Drafthouse | MustacheMelrose.comIf you missed the magic of last night, don’t worry. There are plenty of Rolling Roadshow events to catch in the future. Next week, they’re screening “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” with a very special guest in attendance—Judge Reinhold! And the next few weeks after that, they’ll have more movie surprises up their sleeves. You can bet Scott and I will be at most of them.

Outdoor Movies in Austin with Alamo Drafthouse | MustacheMelrose.comTickets are only $10 per person. Bring a blanket, some treats, drinks and comfortable chairs. There are clean bathrooms a few steps away on the property and plenty of room to spread out. Free street parking is available, though you may have to walk a tiny bit since some of the streets are designated only for resident parking. (So read the signs before ya put it in park.)

Outdoor Movies in Austin with Alamo Drafthouse | MustacheMelrose.comCheck out the Rolling Roadshow Facebook page for more pics from the event and future event details. See y’all at the next one!

Outdoor Movies in Austin with Alamo Drafthouse | MustacheMelrose.com

Austin City Limits Music Festival | MustacheMelrose.com
Austin, Music, Texas

Austin City Limits Music Festival

I have a fun hangover. This past weekend was one for the books. Or, um for the blogs… GET IT?! Scott and I attended the Austin City Limits Music Festival with a few friends in town from from LA. (HI GUYS!) I’ve been dying to attend ACL, and was even more excited to share the experience with a few other newbies.

Austin City Limits Music Festival | MustacheMelrose.comWe didn’t attend all 3 days—just Saturday. Milo Greene, El Tule, Alabama Shakes, San Fermin, Walk the Moon and so many other great bands were in the lineup. The artist Scott and I were most excited to see was Shakey Graves. We first saw him live at Ed Helms’ Bluegrass Situation at the Ace Hotel Theatre in downtown LA. We’ve listened to his tunes ever since and have been looking forward to seeing him play on his hometown turf and our new home—Austin! It was well worth the heat and clouds of smoke. He is so incredibly talented (that Samsonite kick drum, come on!), super funny and just so fun to watch perform. Shakey was definitely the highlight of both me and Scott’s day.

Austin City Limits Music Festival | MustacheMelrose.comAustin City Limits Music Festival | MustacheMelrose.comThe rest of the fest included chimichangas and fried stuffed avocados from Trudy’s and tunes from Jose Gonzales, TV on the Radio, Twenty One Pilots, Deadmau5 and a little bit of Drake.

Austin City Limits Music Festival | MustacheMelrose.comAustin City Limits Music Festival | MustacheMelrose.comAustin City Limits Music Festival | MustacheMelrose.comAustin City Limits Music Festival | MustacheMelrose.comAustin City Limits Music Festival | MustacheMelrose.comMy favorite part of ACL didn’t happen while we were at the fest though. It happened the next day when we took the crew to Barton Springs. It was Scott’s first visit and I hadn’t been there since I was a little girl. Jumping into that freezing water reconnected me with Austin more than any other experience has so far. Lord Huron was playing across the way at ACL, which made the moment even more perfect.

Austin City Limits Music Festival | MustacheMelrose.comAustin City Limits Music Festival | MustacheMelrose.comHope you liked my spotty iPhone coverage of the festival! Check out the official recap of ACL weekend 1. Talk soon! xo

 

Gone To Texas | MustacheMelrose.com
Austin, Life, Texas

Gone To Texas!

This past month has been completely insane. Back in April, Scott and I made the decision to move to my hometown of Austin, Texas. We had a few months to wrap our heads around the idea, but it wasn’t until I sold my car, crammed all of our belongings into a Budget moving truck, hitched Scott’s car to the truck, moved out of our apartments and hit the road that IT GOT REAL. We spent four days on the road and I really enjoyed having that time to laugh, scream and think about how OMG it’s happening. We’re really going for it!

Why are we going for it? I’ve always kind of kept moving back to Austin someday in the back of my brain, though I never thought it’d be this soon! The move was actually Scott’s idea. When he first brought it up, my response was… DUH! He fell in love with Austin on one of our trips and decided it’s the perfect place to start his production company and a new chapter of his life. He’s been in LA for the past ten years and he’s looking forward to getting to know a city that may be a bit more like his Oregon upbringing. (Green, outdoorsy and friendly… but with a lot more queso, breakfast tacos and visits to Jester King Brewery.)

It’s been 20 years since I lived in Austin. I spent my younger days making candles at Eeyore’s Birthday Party, riding on my step dad’s shoulders in the Capitol 10,000, winning 1st place (holler!) in the costume pet parade with my sis and our German Shepherd/wolf named Rasta (dressed in homemade Batman costumes), spinning under the Zilker Park Christmas tree, trekking through the Greenbelt from my backyard to Barton Springs and shopping the sh*t out of Barton Creek Square Mall. I attended almost every school in South Austin. I went to kindergarten on the drag at St. Austin’s, where I was always super jelly of the young punk-bums with bright blue hair. I went to Travis Heights Elementary, before transferring to Zilker Elementary, then to Fulmore Middle School on South Congress, then Barton Hills Elementary. I was a cheerleader at Martin Junior High who knew more about how to do the Tootsee Roll than a Toe-Touch. Then a life curveball moved me to San Antonio just before high school. I experienced quite a culture shock transitioning from going to school on the East side of Austin back in the day to going to high school in a fancy-pants area of San Antonio. It was um… different.

Though I’ve moved all over Texas, lived in New York and of course the lovely Culver City, Austin has always felt right to me. The energy, the people, the food, the music, the sense of community, the food, the food, the food… it’s home to me. I’m incredibly excited to get to know Austin again. It’s a bit emotional for me. It’s fun for me. It’s thrilling for me. It’s just wild. Austin has definitely changed since I was a kid and I can’t wait to explore it all with Scott! And fill y’all in on our shenanigans, duh!

As far as the blog goes, you can definitely expect it to evolve. Since I’m stoked to immerse myself in all things Austin, Austin and the surrounding areas (GUH, so many great places!) will play a big role here at Mustache Melrose. But you’ll also see a gang-load of photos from all of our travels outside of Texas. I still want to show you guys pics from our trips to Hawaii, Disneyland, Santa Barbara and a few fun outings in LA. Once we get settled, I’ll get to work on updating the hell out of y’all. In the meantime, follow along on Instagram and enjoy the pics from our road trip below. Spoiler alert: TEEPEES.

Talk soon!

XO,
Mel