While I've Been Out


image via CamilleStyles.com by Kate Zimmerman
Though it appears I have put my writing muscles to rest, I have evidence which proves otherwise. My thesis is just shy of its 60-page minimum. Meanwhile, I have been contributing creative content for Camille Styles...when I'm not hand modeling, tasting brie and testing out my new Tieks :)

I curated the 10 best bucket bags of the season.
  • Thanks to my sis, Amy, for pointing me toward this collection made from soft Italian leather with a clean, classic shape and custom color lining options.
image via CamilleStyles.com

I showed off the most glamorous get-together with Roséline from This Is Glamorous--the first blog I ever bookmarked! 

I learned how to throw a whimsical boho picnic from a triple bestie creative threat.

image via CamilleStyles.com
Dying to do this before Texas temps hit triple digits!

I acted as a wardrobe consultant for wedding goers with ten of the best dresses for guests of the spring and summer soirées. The first is my favorite.

image via CamilleStyles.com

I got in touch with my Southern roots with Juley Le's (of Upperlyne) shrimp & grits recipe...while simultaneously plotting my second trip to NOLA sooner rather than later.

image via Upperlyne
side note: Juley is one of the creative geniuses behind Houston's new Montrose Shop. It ranks high on my to-do list to pay this place a visit upon permanently returning to my hometown in one month.

image via @shaiderdivina
She and the owner have plans to bring a Parisian soul to this shop with a Texas heart. Sold.

Last but not least, I rounded up ten reasons to give to your deserving mom. My mom is double deserving with her birthday falling on the 1st of May, just a week before all mothers are celebrated on Sunday the 10th.

I'll head to Houston to see her this Friday (surprise to her until she reads this!) to give the best gift of all--quality time. 'Til tomorrow (with the 30th edition of Sense Appeal!),

Use Your Time Wisely


my road trips to and from Houston usually feature a sunset or rise
I'm big on time. And I'm even bigger on using it wisely. A task at work today had me ruminating on how to spend one's morning. As I've developed my fairly regimented schedule this semester, I have also carved out a morning routine: it's calm and occupied only by things I love. That way, when it comes time for things I maybe don't love so much, my day is already a success with items of the utmost significance squared away.

Yesterday, however, I cherished twilight's hour most. This weekend, I thumbed through interior designer and entertainer extraordinaire Timothy Corrigan's book showcasing his chateau in France (which he insists is merely a country home exuding casual elegance). Whatever you say, Tim...

photo by Eric Piasecki
At the start, he praises his piece of property for the way it rests within nature's beauty. He writes,
"Château du Grand-Lucé is a true product of the Age of Enlightenment; as such, it expresses the belief that life is most fully experienced when the abundant pleasures of nature are integrated into one's daily existence.
I found that fullness in a trail I stumbled upon walking along Scenic Drive. The lake water below me gently brushed against the cliffs in the same way the sun set behind them.

Sitting there, experiencing these "abundant pleasures" I watched nature's clock tick instead of my phone's. Knowing my clock will soon be dictated by my career and someday, kids, it was nice to soak up the slowness of the sun.