We had the good fortune of connecting with Arely Fonseca and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Arely, is there a quote or affirmation that’s meaningful to you?
One of my favorite quotes is from a favorite book, The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, “The simple things are also the most extraordinary things, and only the wise can see them.”  The pandemic has certainly made me focus on the small things we can’t do anymore, such as hugging a friend and gathering for a special milestone. I love this quote because it affirms that sometimes we need to be shaken to our core to loosen and release the baggage that we accumulate over time only to realize that it has always been about the things that cannot be bought.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I have always been creative and being a stylist felt so natural. The spark was inevitable I was meant to do this all my life! I was barely a teenager, but I felt that there was nothing else in this world that I could ever imagine doing. It was as if the career had been chosen for me. I have merged the training with my natural instinct, and I love bringing out the natural beauty in all my clients. I had worked at other salons where I gained valuable experience which is necessary in any industry. Once I felt like I was in the place both emotionally and spiritually that I could go out and venture on my own I took the leap of faith. I had to trust that the years of experience would serve me well and that I was truly prepared for the business aspect of it. The creative force has always been my foundation, I have never doubted my skills and it takes that type of confidence to work with affluent clients. My clients have helped me grow my business there is no greater compliment than when a client refers their friends to me. It truly is rewarding to hear that a new client is so willing to trust my skills and I am humbled by their trust and confidence in what I do.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
First of all, let’s visit Houston’s top notch coffee shops. One of my favorites is Siphon Coffee. Not only the ambiance is phenomenal but I can just can’t rave enough about their Banana Bread, delicious. Growing up in Montrose, I’m thrilled that the Iconic Rothko Chapel has reopened. The landmark is celebrating 50 years soon, Walking around the grounds & sitting in a bench in the reflecting pool brings me so much joy, The visit is not complete if we don’t walk down to the Menil, If we need to grab a bite, we can stop at Hugo’s, the restaurant is not your typical Mexican restaurant. Nationally acclaimed chef Hugo Ortega serves traditional Mexican fare in a modern setting. Delicious food & excellent service. If you are down to emerge in the Ortega culinary experience don’t forget to stop by at Xochi in downtown Houston.. the Oaxacan inspired menu is an experience itself. The showstopper are the cocktails crafted by Carlos Serrano “El Chino” , hands down one of the best bartenders in HTX.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I’m thankful for the love of my family, friends & clients. Anything feels possible with their love & support. I am also grateful for all of my struggles that have given me the strength to appreciate my many successes.

Website: www.arelyfonseca.com
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Rachel Strum

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