texas forever

September 2nd, 2011

For the last two weeks, every time I see someone in person, I’ve been sharing some big news. 

I tried to get to everyone, because, honestly, I don’t want my friends and family to read about this for the first time on the internet.  But because I’m running out of time and apparently I see my friends far too infrequently, I have some news to share…

Chad and I are moving to Texas!

Ok, now.  Before you start telling me about big hair, country music and cowboy boots, I’ll step back a little.

First, I know this seems like it’s out of the blue (and, honestly, it kind of is).  But we’ve lived in New York since right after college, and it’s been a lot of great years in my favorite city on earth.  It’s an incredible place to live, and part of me always saw myself living here forever. 

But life is long and winding and unpredictable, and after a lot of thought and decisions that weren’t simple or easy, Chad and I decided that we’re ready to give somewhere else a try. 

New York is an amazing city, but it’s also tough — it’s gritty and exciting, but it’s expensive and exhausting and never just easy to live here.  There are nights when I walk home after dinner or ice cream down our beautiful West Village street and think that I’ll never want to live anywhere else.  And there are nights where I get caught in a downpour because the only mode of travel is on foot, or I ride home on a subway car next to someone screaming and cursing into thin air and I think… maybe it wouldn’t be so bad somewhere else?

Does it sound like I’m trying to convince myself?  I guess I partly am.  In my whole life, I’ve never lived more than 90 minutes from Manhattan, and when I think about moving halfway across the country, I’m terrified.  I’m scared and sad to leave behind my family, so many friends, and the incredibly warm and vibrant fashion community in NYC that I’ve been lucky enough to be part of for the last two years. 

But I’m also excited for so many things about this move — I’m excited to buy our first house (not right away, but hopefully in the next year)!  I can’t wait to see Calvin and Coco run around a backyard for the first time in their lives.  I’m excited to live somewhere new and totally different from anywhere I’ve lived before.  And, yeah, I’m excited for the rodeo, the cowboy boots, the lack of state income tax, the great Mexican food, the 70 degree weather in February, and a hundred other little things that make me feel like this is the right choice.

And the world has changed a lot — moving halfway across the country is a totally different story today that it would have been a decade ago.  If I miss my friends and family on the East Coast, I can hop on a plane (or just hop on Skype).  I’ll be back to the city all the time for blog-related projects, so this isn’t good-bye for good.  And I’m sure Houston will have an amazing group of family (Chad’s), friends, and fashionistas that I can’t wait to meet.

And (I’m such a cheeseball), but one of the nice things about the internet is that no matter where I live, I can bring you guys with me. 🙂

We’re staying for Fashion Week (duh!), so this is an early announcement.  I still have thirty fashion shows to get through, not to mention some amazing parties and events over the next few weeks, so moving is on the bottom of the list that I’m juggling for now! 


PS: I think this is the longest Sugarlaws post I’ve ever written! 🙂

PPS: This photo is actually by Kristen, and it’s not even Texas.  I think it’s Wisconsin.  But you get the idea!

PPPS: If anyone has any tips on managing a cross-country move with two dogs and a very extensive handbag collection, let me know!

PPPPS: If any of you guys are in or around Houston, I’d love to do a meet-up once we get settled in down there! 

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38 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Pili // Sep 2, 2011 at 6:13 am

    Wow, that’s such a big step for you guys, but I’m sure it’ll be great for you guys! And with the internet and planes, nowhere is too far away, as long as it has an airport!

    I have no tips for you, but I’ll sure appreciate you sharing any for when the time for my own move to a different country should arrive…

  • 2 Kristyn // Sep 2, 2011 at 6:36 am

    Moving can be scary, but also exciting.  Since I got married in 2008, I left LA and lived in two different countries and now I’m in SC.  It’s definitely different, but it is so nice to have a big beautiful house and life really is easier.  I miss my LA days, but we’re happy here (for now!)

    As for your dogs, they will probably be freaked out during the actual move, but for ours, lots of treats helped and having her favorite toys.  Once you get to your new place and they realize it’s home, they’ll adapt quickly.

    Best of luck to you!  xoxo

  • 3 Nicole // Sep 2, 2011 at 7:38 am

    Congratulations and best of luck!  I know exactly what you mean about NY; it is so wearing, hard and tiring sometimes (oh..and competitive, too!). I can’t wait to hear about all of your new adventures in Texas 🙂

  • 4 Kristen // Sep 2, 2011 at 7:40 am

    I’m glad we’re going through this move thing together — although to very different places. Cannot wait to visit you in Texas and to host you and Chad in Portland. Also Skype date?

  • 5 Meghan // Sep 2, 2011 at 7:56 am

    another congrats my dear – so excited for your new chapter but will miss you dearly!! xo

  • 6 Patty // Sep 2, 2011 at 7:56 am

    Welcome to Texas!  I’ve been a long time reader/lurker of your blog for some time.  While I’m with you that the City is exciting and I totally feel at home.  There are amenities and space that you don’t get in NYC.  Here’s a few tips: we don’t all wear wranglers and cowboy boots, though, all true Texans has them handy in a jiff.  Rodeo is in March, and while the fashion is predictable, the food is awesome.  Right now, we’re in 100 degrees heat but you run from building to your car to another building, so you won’t melt.  And our ‘Fashion’ week is in October.  They just had one in Austin, which is about 2.5 hrs away by car.  And Dallas got the good shopping which is about 4 hrs by car.  New Orleans is just 5 hrs away in the next state over.  Stop at Buc-ees if you can, it’s the best potty stop you’ll get to experience.  Looking forward to your new adventure, and if you ever do a meet up in Houston, I’ll be sure to make it.  🙂 Safe journey!

  • 7 Katy // Sep 2, 2011 at 8:04 am

    Welcome to H-town! I think y’all (gotta get used to saying that now) will enjoy living here, there really is a lot to see and do 🙂 Good luck with your move!!

    p.s. If you want to keep to the NY feel I would suggest looking at places in Mid-town or the Heights!

  • 8 Michelle // Sep 2, 2011 at 8:20 am

    OMG, what exciting news! Can’t wait to hear about all your new adventures in TX 🙂


  • 9 closet fashionista // Sep 2, 2011 at 8:26 am

    Oh wow that is going to be so exciting!!! I don’t know if I would ever be able to do it, I wouldn’t be able to be away from my family. I was a bit sad moving only 15 minutes away…haha (Yes, I’m a wimp) and almost all of my family is in CT, except for my aunt who moved to Ohio when I was 6
    This is going to be such a good change for you, I’m so excited to see how everything goes!!!

  • 10 Lauren // Sep 2, 2011 at 8:59 am

    Congrats Katy, I’m so excited for you!! & happy you’ll be back to hang out in NY every once in awhile!

  • 11 Laura // Sep 2, 2011 at 9:15 am

    Congratulations, Katy — and welcome to Houston! Having just moved back to Houston from the northeast 18 months ago, I know it’s a big change, but I think you’ll like it.

    I’ve been a lurker here for a few years and would love to meet up when you get to town. In the meantime, good luck with your move!

  • 12 Rachel // Sep 2, 2011 at 9:24 am

    Having lived in Texas and New York, I can tell you it’ll be an adjustment, but hopefully it’ll be great! So excited for your next adventure!

  • 13 Sarah H // Sep 2, 2011 at 10:11 am

    Wow! Big decision! Sounds like an exciting opportunity! Congratulations, Katy! Excited to see some souther fashion roll off on ya in your upcoming posts 🙂

  • 14 Katherine // Sep 2, 2011 at 10:17 am

    I can’t believe it, but I’ve talked about it with my parents and my dad thinks that you will ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT THERE (he has family, friends, etc in Houston.)

  • 15 Rosemaryandthegoat // Sep 2, 2011 at 11:40 am

    Welcome to Texas. I live just about 30 minutes north of Houston. Lots of heat in the summer but with a pool it is manageable and the winters are great. My husband plays golf year round.  Welcome again.

  • 16 grace - stripes & sequins // Sep 2, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    Wow – how exciting!  Best of luck to you… that’s great.  As a fellow NY’er, I agree with you… some days I love it here, others, not so much.  Walking through the west village, or finding an amazing new store = amazing.  Getting caught in the rain and coming home with blackened feet because I wore flip flops?  Not so much. 

    Congratulations on your next adventure!

  • 17 Dee // Sep 2, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    Good luck in your move! Change brings about growth and excitement. Can’t wait to hear about your adventures in your new home.

  • 18 Rachel from Love a la Mode // Sep 2, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    Congratulations! I spent the first 18 years of my life and Austin and could never imagine raising a family anywhere else besides Texas. You are going to love everything about Houston and the surrounding area! My best advice is when you’re ready for a break from the city, take a weekend trip to Port Aransas and visit Corpus Christi. Port A is a wonderful, small, beautiful eclectic beach city. And take surf lessons 🙂

  • 19 Kasey // Sep 2, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    That’s a BIG move! But I’m sure you’ll make the most of it. Best of luck!

  • 20 Rosa Rassi // Sep 2, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    Katy, good luck on you move.  I know that you will do great anywhere you are.  I can wait for you to tell us how everything is at your new city.
    Wishing you the best.

  • 21 katy // Sep 2, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    Thanks guys!  I’m really nervous (and probably more so every day until we move) but I’m trying to remember all the reasons this makes sense. 🙂 And yay for all you Texans!  Can’t wait to meet up!

  • 22 Gina // Sep 2, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    How exciting.  I love change, so something like this sounds amazing to me.

  • 23 jillian // Sep 2, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    Congrats! I also always lived within a small radius of Manhattan and just moved across the country to CA. Advice: Hire good movers and ask your vet for a natural sedative for the dogs 🙂 (I was still talking myself into the idea on the plane!)

  • 24 Ana // Sep 2, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    What an adventure!!!! Best of luck to you!

  • 25 Regina // Sep 2, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    Welcome to Houston!  I’m a new lurker of your blog and loving it.  We are definitely a lot more casual and relaxed in wardrobe, partly because of the heat, but there are always Galleria and Tootsie for a dose of glamour.  Weather is sometimes unpredictable, one year I would be in parka in December and one year in shorts.  Get ready to drive anywhere you go.  Food here is amazing and the people are friendly.  It’ll be an adjustment like any life changes but I’m sure you’ll love it here.  Have a safe journey and we’ll see you when you arrive!

  • 26 Lindsey // Sep 3, 2011 at 12:31 am

    Good luck with the move! I just did a pretty big move as well. Orange County to Denver, not as far as NY to Houston though! We had kitties in the car so it was a long car ride! Probably will be similar to what your ride will be like!

    I bet you will love the change. Sometimes it is just what you need!

    Are you still going to be practicing law when you move?

    Well I wanted to wish you good luck and I am excited to keep following your blog !

  • 27 katie // Sep 3, 2011 at 7:13 am

    wow, good luck! sounds really fun, & it’s good to change things up for a while!

    hope the move goes smoothly, & looking forward to see the backdrop for your new outfit shots!

    & the food, i l0ooove mexican & southern food, we don’t get enough of the good stuff over in the uk!

    Katie x

  • 28 Kathy - Panini Happy // Sep 3, 2011 at 10:18 am

    Wow, what a big change! Best of luck to you with the move, it’ll be exciting. 🙂

  • 29 Sincerely Jill // Sep 3, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    I just happened to run across your blog while I googling recipes for carnival squash, but stopped to look around.  Moving is challenging and fun.  My husband and I just moved from KS to NC (23 hr drive) with our two pups. We had movers for our trek which was ridiculously expensive so if you don’t have to, don’t! As a COMPLETE addicted of handbags, I didn’t trust them in the moving van.  They stayed with me where they are safe 🙂 Congrats and good luck!

  • 30 Stacy // Sep 3, 2011 at 8:55 pm

    Welcome to Texas! My husband practiced law in Houston for 12 years; I am from Galveston but grew up in Katy (West Houston). We are now in College Station! Right away, you need to get new hair products and make-up that are heat and humidity proof! Also, we tend to wear lots more lightweight and casual colorful clothes! Think bright pink! For shopping you want to check out Tootsies and the Galleria for sure, but also the cool shops down Westheimer, and a great resale shop Baubles and Beads. Head to House of Pies for a late-night treat! Good luck with the move! You may not be from Texas but we’re mighty glad you are getting here as fast as you can!

  • 31 Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen // Sep 4, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    So exciting! I also live in a city (DC) and sometimes dream of leaving for the same reasons as you. I’ve only been to Houston once, but I think you’re getting the best of both worlds there. It’s still pretty urban, but you won’t have to walk everywhere or ride the subway with crazies! Good luck!

  • 32 Tatiana // Sep 4, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    As a student who’s from Vermont, lived in Baltimore for 4 years and now lives in Houston I can tell you (just as the people above have said) it IS an adjustment. I find myself missing fall a lot, but the other perks of living here are so awesome that you get over it in just one year. Plus, you can always visit NYC and then LEAVE. Best of both worlds. Every move in your life is an adjustment but you’ll find that going somewhere else will be much more liberating than you could ever think!
    And as far as blogger meetups, I can’t wait. I haven’t gotten to meet any of my blog crushes, so you’ll be my first!! Yay!
    p.s. Houston is very easy to find your way around, unlike New York. : )
    p.p.s your puppies will love you forever with this move.

  • 33 Jessica R. // Sep 6, 2011 at 10:39 am

    Congrats Katy and Chad!  I really think you are going to love owning your own home and having more space!  Good luck with everything and hope to see you soon!  🙂

  • 34 Hailey // Sep 12, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    Katy, I just moved from California to Pennsylvania on a long road trip, but I would say that if you have AAA insurance, then tell them a few weeks in advance and they will plan the trip for you 🙂

  • 35 Katie Anderson // Sep 12, 2011 at 11:26 pm

    Welcome to the Lone Star State! I am originally from DC, but have been living in Dallas since college. Houston is a great city, and I hope that you’ll learn to love the southern hospitality and heat. If you visit Dallas let me know! I love meeting other bloggers.

  • 36 Nicole Craigen // Sep 16, 2011 at 5:37 am

    Welcome to Texas! I live in Europe now but I am originally from Houston and I hope you will like there. I would echo much of what has been said above–it will be an adjustment from NYC, but try not to get too caught up in the stereotype because there is a lot more to Texas than cowboy boots and the state fair. Midtown and the Heights are both great neighborhoods. This website is a bit old now but I have found a lot of Houston gems through it: http://hottowncoolcity.com/. Be sure to get some of the wonderful, cheap Vietnamese food! (And I am a big fan of the blog, keep it up!)

  • 37 Pauline @thelipstickcafe // Oct 30, 2011 at 11:10 am

    How exciting for you to begin this new chapter, Katy! I love the idea of opportunities and I think you’ll see many new ones coming your way by taking a leap of faith.

  • 38 Michelle // Jan 4, 2012 at 11:48 pm

    I’m a long time reader of your blog…not sure if I have ever left a comment…oops.
    Welcome to Texas I currently live in Tx and I think a lot of people get the wrong idea about the people here.  Houston is a great city and I’m sure you will enjoy the fashion and the food!  There is another Houston fashion blogger that I follow you guys might be able to meet up! http://prettyshinysparkly.com/ Again welcome!  I hope you love the city!  It’s a big change from NYC but I’m sure you will be surprised at what Houston has to offer.

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