I'm Getting Married!

8.11.2017

The proposal felt perfectly full circle when William got down on one knee where we began in Austin.

before: 

during: 


after: 


Keeping it short and sweet as we wait for a batch of professional film photos. We're beyond excited, and I can't wait to be WD's wife!

My Hot Weather Wardrobe

8.03.2017

Admittedly, after my Lenten shopping fast, I've made up for lost time since the spring and summer sales rolled out. The hottest time of year is still upon us as August hits Houston, so I'm sharing some of my favorite purchases.



formal dress: The only floor-length dresses I owned when I graduated college were from high school homecoming or Cotillion, so when black tie weddings were frequenting my calendar, I went searching.


Houston designer Hunterbell won my heart (and wallet) when she released this dress. I wore it to a ranch wedding in June and will re-wear it well into fall as the color scheme isn't too strong in either season's direction. 

everyday bag: The white bag has been, by far, my most used buy of the season. Rebecca Minkoff had her annual online sample sale, so I scored her for half the price, but she's worth every penny even at full.

midi skirt: I added the accordion pleat stripe skirt to my cart to score free shipping on the gingham dress I posted here. My sister convinced me to keep it, and I'm so glad I did. The length is perfect, and the pattern is timeless.

sandal: When slides started showing up everywhere, I was happy to find these from Topshop with a great price tag and an ever greater olive green color.

heelThe mules! I was pleased to find positive reviews on this Perpetua style by Jeffrey Campbell, so when I saw the pink stripe version was on sale, I sprung for them. For fall, I'm a huge fan of this olive version.

everyday shirt: I went to Madewell for this white oxford with mini cacti. I tried on the plain white for size, but it was a blessing in disguise when I found out the pattern was backordered. The plain white is far more practical and is now my go-to at least once a week for work and always for the airport.

Happy shopping and weekend!

Happy to be Home

7.21.2017

Hi and a very happy Friday! I'm thrilled to be staying put in Houston this weekend. I plan to find a proper place for everything in my new house, get a car wash and celebrate a good friend's birthday here in town. What's up with you? Enjoy these five finds from about the web this week!

iced lattés and a morning glory muffin from Aspen's Paradise Bakery were the perfect post morning hike pick-me-up. 

For all my fellow coffee lovers out there, care to make your own batch of cold brew?

photo c/o becauseimaddicted - Perhaps I'll do a post once I've established my own personal commandments. 
Lots of people advocate for living by a personal mantra, but I prefer this idea of making several personal commandments to live by.


This red raincoat (with such a cute striped lining) is on sale and sort of necessary for the perpetual afternoon showers hitting Houston.

'Instagreen' was too perfect for my new hunter green room with pops of pink

My sis does abstract art! Shop her site or work with her on a custom commission.

photo c/o e! online
For all those still mourning the end of Sex and the City, The Bold Type may cure your blues.

Have a wonderful weekend!




This post was originally published on L. Avenue as a contribution for the Friday Five series. 

Colo to Cali & Back

7.20.2017


Since posting about LA, I've been back to California and made two round-trips to Colorado. What I expected to be a fairly low-key summer without a family vacation turned out to be one of my busiest in the best way. Here are some of the food, drink and scenery highlights from my recent whereabouts!

L.A.

 pink and green everything at The Polo Lounge. pass the truffle fries, please.

 my favorite flautas filled with sweet potatoes from WeHo vegan restaurant Gracias Madre



breakfast by the pool with my resident LA bestie Mimi on my last day. can't wait to get back for her BIG day!

San Antonio

the cooler than cool Hotel Havana complete with Smegs stocked with Topo Chico and rainbow serape robes

 the most stunning reception tent as an escape to the most scorching day outside of San Antonio


cacti literally dripped onto the floor 

while cake climbed to the ceiling 

Aspen

a dimly lit dinner with WD's family for Fourth of July eve at Jimmy's

the wildflowers in Aspen were abundant and beautiful
a fireside Fourth with friends--s'mores and hot tub soaking included.








my very first fish catch. this rainbow trout was my first of seven on our hatch trip in the Roaring Fork River.

Dallas




 Erin's snob sandwich order at Grange Hall in Dallas for the first annual ladies' weekend


 a shadowy showing of six out of seven of the McConn ladies. Missing Lin and Coco in Boston.

a morning walk in the mountains by myself

Estes Park

but only a week later I was joined by Merly in Estes Park

 the heavenly (and haunted!) Stanley Hotel that set the most stunning stage for my college friend Caroline's wedding



 a cleansing brunch in Boulder at Zeal Café. taking center stage is that carrot-zucchini bread with coconut whip cream.





Denver's Union Station was an ideal place to spend my Sunday while waiting for my evening flight home. I bought this book, admired these flowers and celebrated #NationalIceCreamDay.

in awe of the beauty in Aspen and all of Colorado during the summer months
I'll be home for awhile, so I hope that means more content on the site. I've got a new room to show off, some more food finds up my sleeve and other things to share, so stay tuned!


La La Land Highlights

5.15.2017

Bar Chloe in Santa Monica (Order The 1449.)

I'm holding off from a full-fledged guide to my favorites in LA until I return for a work trip in June. 'Til then, here are five highlights from my long weekend in La La Land with my resident tour guide, Mimi. 

Santa Monica beach
waterfront walks


shopping along Abbott Kinney


Gracias Madre sno-cone margs with Meems

Malibu Country Mart

temperatures that make 10-mile walks tolerable 

Rose Café in Venice
girly brunches + beverages

happy week!

Sense Appeal XXXV: Abstract Art, Gingham & Al's

5.02.2017

for the eyes:
how cool / Christopher Spitzmiller-esque is top right? 

Abstract art by Erin, my super-talented sister. See her clever Christmas card circa 2011 and stunning chalk art circa 2014. Support by following her Instagram.

for the mind: I feel strongly that there will forever be a time and a place for handwritten notes, and this experiment proves that, sometimes, that time is when we'd usually reply with a text message.

Abbey and I at Club Nomadic

for the ears: I hadn't been to a concert in what felt like years when I saw The Chainsmokers Super Bowl weekend. After a series of hit singles, they just released their first album. My favorites are Don't Say & Wake Up Alone.

skirt // dress

fashion for feel: I got on the gingham bandwagon real fast when my sister wore this J. Crew guy on Easter Sunday. I had given up shopping for Lent, so this was my first purchase after my fast. To score free shipping, I added this accordion stripe skirt to my cart too, and with the advice from my sister Amy, will keep it afterall.

for taste:
the veggie sampler #3
I'd drive by Al's Quick Stop a number of times and heard that hidden inside the unassuming convenient shop was a haven of Mediterranean food. I finally tried it and was most impressed with my vegetable plate, especially the taboulli.

Best Healthy Eats in Houston

4.23.2017

Both BYOB and noticeably less greasy than your standard Chinese fare, Cooking Girl (now Pepper Twins) is a winner. 
On my mission to find the best food in Houston, I'm strict in making my selections so that only the very best make the final cut. I'm accumulating a list, and from there, finding common themes to form these posts.

me and Merl satisfying our smoothie fix
Here we have Houston's healthy-ish eats. Though our healthy food scene isn't as robust as that of an Austin or San Francisco, it's making a solid effort to keep the growing healthy appetites happy.


brussels sprouts :: Crispy Brussels Sprouts -Benjy's 
notes: The sauce and perfectly tender consistency set these apart.

image c/o Houstonia

cauliflower :: The Famous Fried Cauliflower -Roost
notes: It actually moves (with bonito flakes), which at first sight is frightening, but at first bite, you'll be sold.



green beans :: Dry Fried Green Beans -Pepper Twins
notes: The portion is plentiful, but you'll find it hard not to polish off your plate. 

image c/o A Lady Goes West

sweet potatoes :: Ancient Grain Bowl -True Food Kitchen 
notes: They're miso glazed and the star of this ancient grain bowl show.  

image c/o Favor

smoothie :: The Wundershowzen -Juiceland
notes: WD loves him a Veggie Kingdom, and my bestie Merl always orders the Originator.


salad bar :: The Moroccan -Central Market
notes: My favorite's got mixed greens, chickpeas, cucumber, falafel, lentils, peas & apricots in a curry dressing.  


falafel :: Beet Falafel Plate -Ripe Cuisine
notes: This food truck takes the cake for all things vegan, but their beet falafel hummus plate is insane.


veggie sandwich :: The Garden Sammie -Local Foods
notes: Wash it down with the heavenly honey iced coffee. 

Here's to a happy and healthy week ahead!