The #BoxwoodBreakfastClub

In the ever-changing world of digital marketing, expanding our marketing mix as a company has become increasingly important. Times have certainly changed over the past 75 years, but continuing on for that long can only be achieved by being progressive. As a modern day general store with a (lot) little something more, we love serving our customers with the utmost attention to detail and care – all while providing them with an incredibly unique shopping experience that cannot be found anywhere else.


From our Big Green Egg grills to our fine stationery, crystal, fine china, children’s apparel and more – we look forward to continuing to grow with the great city we were founded in. Houston has enabled the Bering family to thrive and grow from the original Bering Lumber Company to the present-day two store locations, as well as It is with much enthusiasm that we share a bit about a group of fine young women we were graciously invited to be a part of, #boxwoodbreakfastclub.


The group founder, Lauren Mills of Sunday Beach Blog (as well as a Bering’s Bride), was so kind to loop us in and we’ve been nothing but impressed by the innovative ideas and comradery shared amongst the esteemed group of Houston based fashion and lifestyle bloggers. Being involved with the group is part of our marketing mix and while we don’t personally work with all of them, we do in so-much as learning from their insight and views based on their take on digital marketing as well as events. These young women have proven that as one you can do great things, but by working together there is truly no limit.

In no certain order, we hope you enjoy us sharing a little bit about our fellow #boxwoodbreakfastclub bloggers!

Lauren Mills – Sunday Beach Blog:

lauren1Sunday Beach is the personal style blog of Lauren Mills. As both an oil & gas accountant and fashion blogger, it is important that Lauren’s style easily transitions from work to weekend. The mix of high and low makes Lauren’s style obtainable and Sunday Beach approachable.

Lauren lives with her handy husband Scott and their rescue #kirbythecat in Houston. Sunday Beach is named for the beach in Port O’Connor, Texas where Lauren and Scott got engaged.

Caroline Knapp – House of Harper:

harperCaroline Harper Knapp is the founder and curator behind HOUSE of HARPER™, the one stop destination for all things lifestyle, home decorating, beauty, travel and fashion.  Recently relocated from New York City back to her home state of Texas, Caroline now resides in Houston with her husband, FMK, and their one year old son, Knox.  Follow along as Caroline welcomes you to share her journey as she stylishly navigates her way through life as a new mom, home maker, beauty junkie and travel aficionado.

Caroline has collaborated with major industry leaders including Nordstrom, L’Oreal Paris and Fisher-Price, to name a few.  She has been featured in various publications such as The Huffington Post, New York Mag‘s The Cut, Glamour Magazine, Fit Parents Magazine and Refinery29.  Additionally, HOUSE of HARPER was recognized as a ‘top blogger’ by Better Homes & Gardens, Redbook Magazine and Southern Living.  The south has already embraced Caroline with welcome arms naming her one of Southern Living’s “50 Best-Dressed Southerners 2015″ and Houston’s ‘It Girl of Instagram’!

Sara Cooper – @simply_Ollie:

saraollieWhy I am a blogger (In Sara’s own words)…

I love any excuse for fresh paint, fresh flowers, and a new outfit. I’m a wife, mom, educator, and lover of all things interior design and fashion. Join me and my little family as we navigate the trends (both fashion and home) and turn our house into the home of our dreams.

Simply Ollie is a Texas-based blog and source for inspiration for all things interior design, fashion, motherhood, and lifestyle. As a wife, mom to two little nuggets, and a full-time teacher, Simply Ollie aspires to be a creative outlet and muse to all other busy gals on the go.

Sara is available for collaboration in styling your home or look, or would love to just connect and hear your story! Please contact Sara (Simply Ollie) at

Erica Smith – Tell it to Your Neighbor:

ttynWhen I come across something fantastic I want to share it. In fact, I would like to stand up and shout it and TELL IT TO MY NEIGHBOR! I’ll be sharing everything I love from design, to great places I’ve been, to art, to kid stuff and so on.

Carly Lee – @cstyleblog:

carly leeAccording to Carly: My husband, my boys and my faith are my first loves.  My second loves are style, fashion and clothes.  I live in Houston, TX, born and raised, and I love it here. I started C. Style as a much needed outlet for myself. I want C. Style to be a place that is fun and void of any posts that leave readers feeling inadequate. I want it to be a happy place. There are too many times in my life when I felt that style was unachievable, intimidating and stuffy. I feel that everyone deserves to have fun with clothes and feel good in their skin.

(p.s., Erica and Carly are sisters!)


Bethany Buchanan – @BethanyMarieB:

In Bethany’s own words…

I am originally from Louisiana and have been in Texas for 10 years now. Married for 10 years and have a furry child (chihuahua named Emma Grace) with a human child coming in November (our first, a little girl). My full time job is Pharmaceutical Sales (my college degree is in marketing), but I started Southern Chic Style in late 2011 as a creative outlet. Always loved fashion and style even as a kid. My mom will tell stories of the fights she had with me about what I was going to wear because I apparently was quite opinionated! I’m involved in the Junior League of Houston and other organizations throughout the city.

bethanyKathleen Jennings – @beautynowapp:


Kathleen created the BeautyNow app after wondering aloud to her husband, “Why don’t we have OpenTable for salon & spa appointments?” After many frustrating attempts to book last minute appointments she knew there had to be a better way…

Welcome to BeautyNow, a free app for iPhone and Android that launched in Spring 2014!  BeautyNow helps you find appointments at 5,500+ salons and spas across the U.S.!

A self-confessed beauty product junkie, Kathleen started the BeautyNow Blog to raise awareness for BeautyNow and to share honest, unpaid-for opinions about the products and services BeautyNow reviews.

Lindsey Zorich of L. Avenue – @lindseyzorich:

lavenueFounder/President at Youth Hope Association, L. Avenue Blog, and most importantly a wife and mother of two adorable little girls.

Samantha Penner – @peakoftreschic:

peakoftreschicSamantha Penner is the founder and editor of the style blog, The Peak of Très Chic, where she explores her love of good design, fashion, entertaining, travel, and pieces of her own life.

The Peak of Très Chic was founded in the summer of 2011, when Sam was overwhelmed by a newfound passion for interior design.  Having gone to school to pursue a Bachelors degree in Energy Management, and working in the oil and gas industry full-time, Sam needed a place to express her creativity.  As a means to develop her aesthetic and explore her budding passion, The Peak of Très Chic was launched.  Not too long after, Sam made the decision to leave her current career path in order to begin another one- this time, in interior design.

Carrie Colbert – @carriec:

carriecolbertOriginally from small town America in the Texas Panhandle, Carrie Colbert has now called Houston, Texas home for over 15 years. Carrie is an accomplished professional in the energy industry. She graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in 1999 at the top of her class with a Bachelor of Science in petroleum engineering with highest honors. In 2009, she earned her Master of Business Administration from UT Austin while continuing to work full time. Carrie has worked on both the technical side and the financial side of business. In 2013, she was named the Outstanding Young Engineering Graduate by the UT Cockrell School of Engineering.

In addition to her professional endeavors, Carrie is involved in multiple philanthropic causes. She actively serves on the Board of Directors for Recipe for Success and the UT Cockrell School of Engineering executive advisory board.

Candace – @luxewithkids:

LUXE WITH KIDSAccording to Candace: I am a lucky mama of two boys and trend spotter of all things fashion, food, beauty, fitness, home and travel. I try it all and if I love it, I’ll let you know. Our family philosophy is that you can live the good life with your kids in tow; you just have to find the right places, brands, and products to help you do so.

Alex Carreno – @alexcarreno_:

ALEX ADOREDMeet Alex: Houston based personal style and lifestyle blogger, Alexandra Carreno of Adored by Alex who strives to offer the everyday gal the tools to feel confident and empowered through style. With candid tips and glimpses into her personal life, Alex shares her passion for style, living well and discovering adventure in the realms of eating, traveling and learning about herself and others along the way.

At ABA, Alex hopes to share with readers guides to the city she lives in and places she travels to, ways to style, mix and match high and low-end closet items and offering shopping advice that readers can be confident in. Ultimately, Alex wants to help each and every gal find style in all elements of life.

Beth Delozier-Hayes – @bethdelozier:

treschicdesignIn 2007, Très Chic Designs was founded in Houston by Beth DeLozier-Hayes with an exciting mission: Simplify people’s lives while making them super stylish, terrifically trendy, and marvelously modish in the process. Tres Chic started primarily as a professional organizing company, but has since expanded into a lifestyling superpower. Our organizing adventures opened doors to beautifying lives in ways we never imagined. We now help Houstonians dress to the nines with personal style and wardrobe consultations, sell their homes super fast with our expert home staging services, and give homes a breath of fresh air (using the stuff you already own) with our quickie interior redesign. So welcome to Tres Chic, we can’t wait to help you take control of your life”style”!

Annsley Popov – @presmer:

annsleyPresmer’s line of python pillows, purses, and accessories was born from Annsley Popov’s obsession with her first pair of snakeskin stiletto heels.

Annsley, Presmer’s founder and creative designer, soon began exploring other possibilities for this luxurious and versatile skin.

Presmer’s home furnishing line has since expanded, transforming ordinary housewares like jewelry cases, serving platters, and tissue boxes into chic and edgy focal points for any room.

Claudia Saenz – @claudiastylist:

claudia stylistOwner Claudia Lederer Saenz provides her expertise in fashion, makeup and hair care to people looking to update or discover their unique look. Each client that works with Elegant Ensembles learns how to identify and coordinate the shapes, colors, and sizes that will best enhance his or her “Signature Style.”

Issa – @wewearthings:

issaiconNEWJust your regular old BFF bloggers from houston. We wear things and sometimes we blog about it.

30s. THE EDITOR.  pronounced is-sa.   Wife. Texan. Longhorn. IT. Creative. Craft. Cook. Traveler. Kdrama watcher. Sekrit Party Gorl. Entrepreneur. Media Communications, Film, Philanthropist.

Jennifer Welker – @goldenthread:

jennifer welkerGolden Thread is a luxe line of customizable jewelry hand-made in the USA, with the perfect juxtaposition of personalization and style, new trends and timeless classics. Houston native Jennifer Welker founded Golden Thread in 2010 to redefine classic monogrammed jewelry, with a focus on quality, innovation, sophistication and affordable style. As a mother and former neonatal nurse, Jennifer personally designs and customizes each handmade piece in her Houston studio with the everyday woman in mind.

Jenny Murphy – @gotidbits:

jenny_murphyTidbits contributor: Jenny says, “I’m a born and raised Austinite who loves her town and wants to share the fun with Austin’s locals and newcomers. Part of my job at Tidbits is to help our staff across the country launch.”

Julie Weinstein – @julielauren14:

julie weinsteinAccording to Julie: After moving around many times over the last 29 years, I came back (for a third time) to my southern roots. Three years ago I made the trek from the big apple down to Houston, Texas, where I now live with my husband (we got married in June of 2014 and you can read all about our wedding in my wedding series here).

from prosecco to plaid was born in December, 2011 on a cold, winter day in New York City. I started it because of my passion for writing, and my love of fashion, style, interior design, and everything in between. It started on a whim and now I cannot imagine my life without it.

A few facts about me: I could eat meatballs everyday, although I am obsessed with my iPhone, I still secretly miss my Blackberry, I will never read a book on any sort of device, I make ‘to do’ lists constantly, Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, I think laughing solves everything, I will never ride a horse again, I went to three different high schools and three different colleges, and I think happiness is a choice you are crazy not to make.

Kate Blue – @kateireneblue:

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According to Kate: I have a love for fashion and hope this serves as inspiration to live your life in style.I honestly believe that fashion is specific to every person. The way a skirt fits, a fun pattern, or a sassy pair of heels, can take you from zero to fantastic in a matter of seconds. Fashion is one of the few things in life that is ever-changing and has no rules. Always dress in what makes you happy, because that is everything that’s important.

“Do well, live well, and dress really well.”

Katy Atlas – @sugarlaws:

katy atlasKaty Atlas graduated from Princeton University, where she majored in English and took courses in contemporary fiction, creative writing and playwriting. At Princeton, she wrote for the Daily Princetonian and published short fiction pieces in the Nassau Weekly.

A recent transplant from Manhattan, Katy now lives in Houston, Texas with her husband, son and two dogs.

Leigh Evans – @girlaroundtown:

leighevansGirl Around Town co-founders, Leigh Evans and Mary Cunningham have created an online community for women to gather and gab about the latest in fashion, food, fun and all that’s happening. With writers in Los Angeles, Houston and New York, and luggage constantly in their hands, these girls are always up to date on the hottest things to do and see all over the globe.

Leigh Evans: A true to form Gemini who must to try everything life has to offer. Lover of fashion, fun, high heels and her dog, Lola.

Kate Stukenberg – @katestukenberg: Philanthropist, Mother & Former Executive Editor of Paper City Magazine

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From a recent Elizabeth Street feature on Kate:

Kate Stukenberg knows all the latest trends and coolest locales in Houston. She describes her style as colorful, and is discerning in the way she shops. “I don’t have a huge closet—I keep it very well edited and focus on quality pieces. I love to mix up things in my closet and really get a kick out of finding a way to wear something I haven’t worn in long time,” she tells us.

She loves raising her 2 daughters. “I love it that I am centrally located—minutes from the best shopping, parks, restaurants and museums that the city has to offer—and still have a nice size backyard with a pool for my daughter to have space to play,” she says.

Stukenberg is also a big supporter of Alzheimer’s research, a cause that hits close to home. “I co-founded the Houston Blondes vs. Brunettes Powder Puff Football Game. The event is now hosted in over 28 cities nationwide and has raised over 3 million dollars for the Alzheimer’s Association,” she tells us.

Magen Pastor – @magenpastor:

magenpastorMagen Pastor was born and raised in a small town outside of Houston Tx. Small town heart big city aspirations she moved to Austin then to L.A to pursue fashion. She realized she loved TX and moved back in 2007. While working for Chloe Dao as a floor manager she did everything involved in running a boutique. She left there when she had her twin girls in 2008. During being a stay at home mom she started a fashion blog to occupy her fashion and creativity. It wasn’t until 2012 did she really start to take the blog to that next level and since then has gotten a lot of positive feedback.

She loves to paint with her kids, but also likes to check out the newest places in town to go with friends, take clients, and her little ones. She loves Houston or Texas based companies and thrives off connecting people. She lives with a positive mental attitude at all times and teaches this to her kids as well as living a clean healthy lifestyle.

Monica Abney – @classndfab:

monicaClassy & Fabulous started as Monica’s outlet to share her love of high fashion, fabulous style and latest beauty trends with fellow fashionistas. The goal of C&F is not only to keep it’s readers up to date with the latest trends straight from the runways, but also to share personal finds and obsessions with the world.

Monica is a fashion blogger and illustrator base out of Houston TX. Monica created C&F as an outlet to share her love for fashion, beauty and anything beautiful with the world. A fashion aficionado, art fanatic and a huge animal lover; Monica love to update her readers on the latest on fashion, beauty, and lifestyle. She lives with her husband and 2 Schnauzers (one mini and one giant). Believe it or not, she has a degree in Biology but in 2010 decided to follow her true passion.

Rachel – @frenchcuffco:

Rachel French Cuff

French Cuff, Communications Manager

With a degree in Fashion Design from Baylor University, Rachel brings true fashion smarts and style to the French Cuff team. Her charming personality, adoration for our brands and commitment to providing remarkable customer service have made her a rising star at the company.

Tamar Mendelssohn – @shoediet:

TAMARAccording to Tamar: Let me introduce myself. I’m Tamar Mendelssohn, and while there’s only one of me, there are a lot of people out there that like to buy shoes. That’s what this is about, buying shoes until all you can eat is cereal ’til the next paycheck. Please raise your hand (or your heel) if you can relate. My friend just exclaimed the other night “My boyfriend wanted tacos and I was like ‘That’s fancy! You know I just bought those new Isabel Marant shoes!'”
That’s us.

Valerie Dittner – @valerie_dittner, @cheekyvintage:

valAccording to Valerie: I’m a creative partner at Cheeky Vintage , and I also work as a wardrobe consultant and stylist. Fashion isn’t just my job, but my hobby and passion…I’m a little obsessed!

This blog is dedicated to letting women know that perfecting your personal style is easier than it looks and more fun than you can imagine.

I believe every day is a chance to look and feel your very best.

Megan Silianoff – Mad Meg Creative

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Brittany – @bnbstyling:

bnb stylingI’m a 20-something Texas girl who enjoys all things “styling”. I enjoy fashion, social events and planning in general. I got a Bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Administration where I worked for a while with weddings and events. I then moved to the corporate side in my current position as an Information Technology Business Resilience Planner. I like many different hobbies, but have always enjoyed being creative with fashion and planning. God puts different opportunities in your life, and I am excited to share these styling captures of mine.

………I believe style is not something you study up on or try to mimic, it should be effortless and unique to you.

And last but not least, us/Bering’s! @beringshardware:

Julie, Bering’s Marketing Manager

The marketing manager for the coolest store around.

familyfirst1Berings logo New Traditional*Thanks to Tiny Boxwoods for allowing us to have our first breakfast at your gorgeous restaurant, hence naming our group after you. #boxwoodbreakfastclub

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