Sense Appeal XXXIII


for the eyes: If you're going to subject yourself to staring at screens all day, may as well make 'em as pretty as possible. My desktop at work is adorned with deers for fall's hunting season:

And my iPhone has Halloween hues of orange, emerald green and periwinkle c/o Penelope Dullaghan for Design*Sponge:

for the mind:
After a homily on humility a few Sundays ago, someone told me they saw that quality in me. I was both flattered and struck as I sometimes find myself being self-absorbed in this stage of life when I feel like I'm only looking out for me, myself and I. But, when my sister sent this article, defining the descriptor as "thinking of yourself less" rather than "thinking less of yourself," I understood it in a new light. Read it to see how social media often isn't helping us on that front.

for the ears: I discovered Phoebe Ryan from my favorite Define instructor, Iva, who played her song "We Won't" for the finale of our barre workout.  Now, she's teamed up with the Chainsmoker's for what I think will be their next hit: "All We Know." The acoustic version might be even better.

fashion for feel:
image c/o sequinsandthings

I love both of my flat booties: my brown pair are perfectly worn in and the black bring me back to Paris, where I bought them on a whim while studying in the summer in their winter-like temperatures.

imago c/o somewherelately

In Texas, I much prefer a bootie to a tall boot or a flat, so I'm constantly switching back and forth between the black an brown. So, this season, I'm going for grey, and with the rave reviews on these guys, I think I'll have to go for it.

for taste:

My brother and his fiancée are having their couples shower tonight. WD is giving them a whiskey to add to my brother's collection; I'll bring along this book to get their creative cocktail juices (and drinks) flowing.

the green guy is the Missionary's Downfall: white rum, peach brandy, honey, pineapple and mint
I'm studying it before handing it over as I'm eager to learn about spirits and mixology methods. Watching the experts at work helps, which I did at Lei Low, a tiki bar hiding in the Heights. One tip: blending pineapple into any drink makes for a frothy consistency. See back for evidence caught on camera.

Off to Austin on Saturday the game, and I've already scheduled a pit stop at the new Fresa's on First on our way out Sunday.

Have a spooky Halloween!