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12 Questions/12 Answers with Venessa Arizaga

We want to be Venessa Arizaga. With a jet setting life between New York and Puerto Rico, a pedigreed design sensibility from Parsons, and stints at Carolina Herrera and Zac Posen, she certainly knows her stuff. Venessa creates witty mixed media pieces that make you take a second look. Her bracelets and bags are all about being playful and capture the laid back island aesthetic that she grew up with. Friendship bracelets that say "pizza party" and perfectly encapsulate late night meals with your friend? Just Yes. We recently caught up with Venessa and asked her 12 questions. Here are her answers:


1. What bracelet from your collection do you most identify with right now ?

Don't Worry Bee Happy :)

2. What inspires you?

Time at the library, searching through periodicals. During my free time, I like to research vintage clothes and references from the past hundred years.

3. Favorite place in the world?

Paradise in Puerto Rico. Who can resist the ocean, sunny days, and 80-degree weather?

4. One thing you can't live without?

A notebook - I need one at all times. I'm old school.

5. Most used phone app?

Instagram. It connects me to friends, and friends that I don't know.

6. Guilty Pleasure?

Spa Castle (look it up), Bad TV, Cooking Shows, Jeopardy

7. Style Icon?

Soul Train and Jackson 5. I love a good 70s reference.

8. Best Advice?

Always ask for advice.

9. Biggest Pet Peeve?

Rushing out the door before a task is done.

10. What phrases do you overuse?

"Write it on your notebook."

11. What is the most overrated virtue?

Good things come to those who wait, but I like to think that better things come to those who go get it.

12. What do you wish you had invented?

Eyeliner. I can't live without it.


You can shop Venessa's collection here.

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Things of Note: Saint Cloud Staff

Things we are reading, watching, doing and then sharing with each other. We wanted to share with you as well. 

James Turrell "Twilight Epiphany" Skyspace

Now that the long humid days of summer are almost over, we found ourselves walking over to the James Turrell skyspace to revisit the light sequence and stare into the abyss.  For lack of a better word, the experience was "magical" and over far too fast.

Hugs and Donuts

Donuts that taste like hugs. Plus, there's one called "The Homer". Enough said.



Finally got around to using this app after reading about it everywhere. A guided meditation that is user friendly and easy on the eyes. It may just be a placebo affect, but we feel like we are well on our to way to being actualized human beings. 

Sydney Hale Co. "Tobacco + Sandalwood"

We light a different candle everyday of the week and this one always gets rave reviews from our customers. We're not sure if it's because of the woodsy cozy scent or the double wick action - but something's right. 

Wolf Hall Trilogy by Hilary Mantel

Historical fiction detailing the rise of Thomas Cromwell. The heart of the series deals with social mobility at a time when such a thing was impossible. Sped through the first two in the trilogy and can't wait for the third. 

The Wolfpack Documentary

The story of six brothers who grow up isolated in a Manhattan apartment and are only allowed to leave once a year. Their only solace is watching movies and recreating them in makeshift costumes. We watched transfixed as they come of age and understand the complexities of the outside world.


Pulpoetry by Barbara Hill

Beautiful, steamy and hilarious, lean back against these poetic pillows before going to bed. Also, they make excellent conversation pieces. 

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Makers and Shakers: Lessons Learned

We love celebrating women who do awesome things throughout our city and beyond, and this is our chance to show you some of the best and brightest. In honor of the Makers and Shakers "Women In Business" event we are co-hosting with Houston's The White Buffalo Project on Thursday June 4 at Saint Cloud, we asked some inspirational female entrepreneurs for career advice, what they've learned over the years and what motivates them. 

“Southern hospitality does exist within the Houston retail community. All the small shops support one another and help each other out. We’re all learning from one another everyday." - Trang Nguyen of Myth and Symbol, a women's lifestyle boutique in Rice Village

“GO. Start yesterday. The sacrifices are painful but the experience is worth it, even if you fail at first. You're young and have so much time for your naivete to be forgiven!” -Robin Berwick of Double Trouble Caffeine and Cocktails

“Nothing ever goes as planned. Now, I know what you’re thinking, and sure this is common knowledge and shouldn’t be surprising, but let me explain… Nothing. Ever. Goes. As. Planned. After being continually caught off-guard when problems arise, I’ve learned to go about my day as if I’m a Stark and George R. R. Martin is in control of the script.” -Anna Wilson of Manoosh, an accessories brand that partners with local artists to create wearable art

“I find that I surround myself with women that have similar qualities in that they are very focused and passionate, well rounded and down to earth. There's nothing more inspiring than knowing a successful woman who is willing to lend real advice and experience to new entrepreneurs.” -Moon of Events by Momo, a full service events and catering company

I have always been drawn to women that are mentally and emotionally strong, and to those who are mindful and understand that they can and do make an impact on the people around them. I find inspiration in their drive and passion.” -Claire of Events by Momo

“Happiness is inspiring, I am inspired by any and all women who are pursuing their true happiness…it’s harder than it sounds!” -Jessica Rodriguez of Saint Cloud, an accessories and home goods store in Houston

“Trust your gut. If something feels 'off' to you about a situation or opportunity, then it probably is. Be fearless, but listen to your inner voice because it will never steer you wrong. I think back on all the times when I pursued something even when it felt 'not quite right' vs. the times an opportunity fell perfectly into place and I am grateful that I learned early on to trust my instincts.” -Cecilia Marquez of Saint Cloud

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