Hello there and welcome to Chic in the Heart of Texas.
I’m Marisa and this is just a little peek into my life. Let me just start off by saying that I am not a model (lol, obviously). I am not hair stylist, makeup artist, fashion expert, personal trainer, professional chef, photographer, journalist, magazine editor, or even best friends with a reality star. So who am I? I’m a born and raised Texas girl. Beauty enthusiast, fashion obsessed, shopaholic, and lover of all things pretty and chic. I’ve always loved following fashion and lifestyle bloggers, (and before blogs/instagram, magazines, remember those?) lusting over their wardrobes and learning every new ‘effortless’ tip and trick in the book, picking up a few of my own along the way.
While I had always wanted to start a blog of my own I never thought I could actually swing it. Between going to school full time and working it was hard to find the time to do much of anything else. But over the past couple of years, along with keeping up with my busy school and work schedule, I also did the hardest thing I ever had to do, which was take care of my mom, who had been diagnosed with cancer in 2014. This was the most devastating thing to ever happen to my family. With my parents being divorced and my brother living out of town, I was the one who spent the most time caring for my mom. If anyone has ever had to care for a parent or family member, or has first hand seen someone go through cancer treatment, you know that it is extremely difficult to see someone you love go through that.
After several rounds of treatment, the doctors gave us the bad news that my mom was too weak to go through anymore and didn’t have much time left. My brother came into town and my whole family united to spend time with and care for my mom over the last several months of her life. During that time I had a lot of long talks with her. She told me how much she believed in me and that I had the ability to do anything because I had been through and was able to overcome so much in my life. After a long battle she passed away peacefully in August of 2015. This experience was, without a doubt, the most difficult thing I’ve ever had to go through. The adjustment hasn’t been easy but little by little I’m getting through it.
If I learned anything over the past couple of years, it’s that life is short and you have to make the most of it because time won’t stop for anyone. So over the past few months I began thinking about all the things that I wanted to do in my life and decided to just go for it. When the new year rolled around I made it my mission to work hard and bring this longtime dream of having my own blog to life.
So follow along as I begin my journey of bringing you your daily dose of all things pretty and chic from deep in the heart of Texas.