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Tripadvisor's Holiday Lettings "Top Urban Travel Blog" for 2014
2013 Black Weblog Awards Winner for "Best Travel Blog"
2013 My Table Magazine Houston Culinary Awards Finalist for "Best Food Blog"
2013 Black Weblog Awards Finalist for "Best Fashion Blog"
2012 Houston Press Web Award Winner for "Best Food Blog" 


Urban Swank® is a Houston, Texas based lifestyle blog dedicated to bringing a wealth of information and a different perspective on all things related to food, fashion, and travel! We will write about it, travel for it, attend events around it, and talk to the experts regarding it. Urban Swank was founded by Shanna Jones and Felice Sloan in September 2011.

Shanna "Urban Girl" Jones and Felice "Swanky Girl" Sloan are the Urban Swank girls! Shanna's passions are centered around her love for exploring new destinations, restaurants, and being ahead of the "know". Although she is not professionally versed in the in's and out's of the kitchen, she surely knows her way around it! In summary, she is a true foodie at heart and a travel expert by trade. If you look up the word "swanky", Felice's picture would be right next to it! She loves all things stylish, posh, and that are completely SWANK! Many consider her a maven in many areas and her love of food, and passion for all things fashion, tops the list. Join the Urban Swank Girls as we bring the fun to your experiences!

Shanna and Felice have been featured in various online and print publications including My Table Magazine, Upscale Magazine, and PBS.org. In addition, the Urban Swank girls have appeared on several television shows and news broadcasts including FOX 26, KHOU 11, and Cooking Channel's Eat Street Season 4 and Season 5. In the new Bravo TV competition series, Best New Restaurant, which airs January 21, 2015, the ladies will appear as secret diners on four episodes. Make sure you watch!

"We created our blog because we have a pure and true passion for life's experiences. We want everyone to experience something new; something they may not have been exposed to before."

Free Food = Good Review ~ NOT!
Good Food + Good Experience = SWANKED!


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Urban Swank is a lifestyle blog focusing on food, fashion, beauty, travel and entertainment.