Happy to be Home


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


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!


 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 


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.


 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!