About Us

definition: Uniquely different; embodying one's own personal flair and style. 


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!


2014 Tripadvisor's Holiday Lettings Award for "Top Urban Travel Blog"
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" 


My Table Magazine
Upscale Magazine
Houstonia Magazine
FOX 26
KHOU (Channel 11)
Cooking Channel's Eat Street (Season 4 & 5)
Bravo TV's Best New Restaurant (Season 1)
The Cleverley Show (CBS Radio 650)
KTRK (Channel 13)


Tastemade (Houston Tastemakers)
FoodieHub (Houston Experts)
Gogobot (Houston City Editors)

"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.