I’ve got all sorts of good things to tell you about today! An event (with an offer for a free ticket!) + a favorite Houston retailer + a discount + a giveaway! Read on for all the details…

Event : CultureMap Pop Up Shop

I’m so glad to be partnering with Houston’s CultureMap as an ambassador for their Holiday Pop Up Shop presented by Lexus this upcoming Sunday, December 7th. The event will feature 25 of Houston’s best local retailers.

Are you interested in attending? Good news! You are invited to be our guest. Visit here and enter the code wearwhere to receive your complimentary ticket. (Limited availability.)

Retailer : Baanou
The Houston retailer with whom I am partnering is one of my personal favorites: Baanou. Not only is the store one of my favorite stores, but the owner Maryam Afshari is one of my favorite persons. I recently had the chance to chat with my friend about her store. Read the Q&A here, but be sure to keep reading to the end for a discount code and a giveaway, both graciously offered by Baanou!
Q&A with Maryam Afshari

CC: When did you open Baanou, and what led you to do so?

MA: I opened in June of this year. Mostly I wanted to run my own business. After realizing the need for a boutique in Houston, I decided that it was the perfect match for me. I made the decision one night to go for it, quit my accounting job the very next day, and I never looked back!

CC: Tell us more about what you did prior to Baanou.

MA: After graduating from SMU with a Masters in Accounting, I worked for KPMG for a long time before deciding I needed a change. I specialized in Exempt Organization Taxation.

CC: How did you come up with the name Baanou?

MA: Growing up, I was called Maryam Baanou, meaning Lady Maryam in Farsi. I had been thinking of names for months and after visiting with a cousin of mine who calls me Baanou, it just hit me all of a sudden!

CC: Tell us about the designers you carry.

MA: I focus more on the art of fashion than designer labels, and I pride myself on finding new designers to the Houston market with a focus on style and quality. Lines like SUNO, Cut25 by Yigal Azrouel, Cameo, Keepsake, Finder’s Keepers, 12st St. Cynthia Vincent are all perfect for cocktail attire. I’m also a bit of a hippie in style, so you will find a lot of West Coast inspired pieces from designers like Stone Cold Fox, Flynn Skye, Myne LA, and Zimmermann from Australia. The list is extensive. And then of course we have more formal attire from Honor, Lover the Label, Amir Taghi Atelier, and others for formal galas and parties.

CC: What distinguishes you from other shops in town?

MA: I think it’s not just the clothes, but the experience that keeps people coming back. I have worked hard to create the right balance between luxury and comfort so that all my customers feel right at home when they walk in. We offer the highest level of customer service and pride ourselves on the relationships that we build with our customers.

CC: What will you be featuring at the CultureMap Pop Up Shop on Sunday?

MA: I’ll be bringing lots of jewelry and accessories, plus statement cocktail dresses from designers such as Honor and Suno.

(Discount offer and giveaway below these photos…)

Discount : 20% off at Baanou (in-store + online!)

Do you still need to do some holiday shopping? Or maybe you still need to find the perfect holiday dress? Well, you’re in luck! Maryam has graciously offered 20% off to all Wear + Where + Well readers. This offer is good in-store and online. Just mention this site, or enter the code wearwherewell at check out.

Giveaway : $100 gift card to Baanou

And last but certainly not least, we also have a giveaway – $100 gift card to Baanou! This too is open to all readers. To enter, here’s what you need to do:

1. Follow Baanou on Instagram (@baanou)

2. Leave a comment here.

And that’s it! You’ll be entered for a chance to win a $100 gift card. Drawing to be held Sunday.

Be sure to attend the Holiday Pop Up Shop on Sunday if you are in Houston! And big thanks to Culture Map and Baanou for the special offer, discount, and giveaway!


Update: Congrats to Brooke for winning the $100 gift card to Baanou! (Check your email, Brooke!)


  1. Lisa Powers says:

    Lovely post Carrie!!! I am all about supporting 2 of my favorite ladies of Houston fashion and style! XO

    1. Carrie says:

      Ah, that is so nice, Lisa! Thanks so much. 🙂

  2. Kelli says:

    What a fun giveaway for such a beautiful stylish store! Beautiful Maryam!

    1. Carrie says:

      Isn’t it great? So warm + inviting + stylish all at the same time.

  3. Karly Johnston says:

    I would absolutely enjoy this!

    1. Carrie says:

      Totally, Karly. Lots of cute stuff. 🙂

  4. Kendra says:

    I have been wanting to check this place out!! So so cute and I want to winnnn!! 🙂

    1. Carrie says:

      It’s wonderful! So warm + cozy + inviting. You would love, Kendra. 🙂

  5. Monica says:

    The store is so beautiful! See you Sunday =)

    1. Carrie says:

      So good to see you! Xo

  6. Katy Coffey says:

    What a beautiful shop. Just lovely

    1. Carrie says:

      It totally is! Thanks, Katy.

  7. Alison says:

    So fun!

    1. Carrie says:

      Indeed! Thanks, Alison.

  8. Lili says:

    OMG her dress is darling! — need to visit her boutique soon! thanks for the giveaway!

    1. Carrie says:

      Isn’t it? I saw that on the runway, but it is even more darling on her. 🙂

  9. Jane says:

    Looks like a lovely shop! It would be great to visit if I lived in the area. It’s nice supporting boutiques such as this as well. Hope I win the giveaway so that I can do so online!

    1. Carrie says:

      Thanks so much, Jane! Good luck.

  10. Gabriela Sanchez says:

    This is perfect.Thank you for hosting this giveaway. I follow both on IG chynna_gaby best prize for the holidays.

    1. Carrie says:

      Thanks, Gaby!

  11. Thu Bui says:

    Can’t wait to shop at Bannou when I get into town!! Thanks for hosting this giveaway Carrie!

    1. Carrie says:

      Ah, wonderful! Thanks, Thu. You’ll love it.

  12. Sawsan says:

    Love this! Baanou is like no other boutique in Houston, and Maryam is so hospitable. I went there once after she closed and she invited me in, gave me a tour and made me feel like an old friend!

    1. Carrie says:

      Isn’t she? That’s exactly right. So warm and inviting.

      Great to see you yesterday!

  13. I am a disabled 58 year old woman from a very small community in central Ohio. I seldom get out of my home but your website immediately attracted my attention reminding me of the things I used to strive for.
    The store looks beautiful one in which I know I would not be able to avoid going into. Good luck on your holiday season.

    1. Carrie says:

      Thanks, Cynthia! Best of luck to you, and happy holidays.

  14. Brooke says:

    I love having shops like this in Houston! I swear it makes it a more fun and elegant shopping experience when it’s in such a lovely space.

    1. Carrie says:

      Totally agree! Thanks, Brooke.

  15. Ting says:

    Love store, store owner, blog and blogger 🙂


    1. Carrie says:

      Yes, totally agree, Ting! Thanks. 🙂

  16. Wish I would have been able to shop the store in person! What a great giveaway xx

    1. Carrie says:

      Ah, I know! Next time. 😉 Thanks, friend.

  17. Monica says:

    What a beautiful store!!! I need to stop in next time I’m in Houston!! (LOVING YOUR BLOG, CARRIE!!) xoxo

    1. Carrie says:

      Definitely need to stop by when in town! And get together with me. 🙂

      Thanks for your sweet words, MM.

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