Friday Five | Hello Fall!


enjoying the last tastes of summer

The weekend! So glad you're here. My plan consists of Thai take-out tonight (trying a new spot), a cocktail tasting tomorrow and a massage Sunday morning. I've been holding onto a couple gift certificates to Milk + Honey, and I'm very ready to cash in on some relaxation. Enjoy these reads!

This helped me figure out what to wear to my first fall wedding of the season next weekend in Wyoming.

What do your alarm habits say about you?

I'm on a Friends binge, so I was intrigued to read the one haircut 'Rachel' would never repeat.

As you guys know, Gossip Girl was a huge part of my high school self, so I enjoyed reminiscing as the show celebrates 10 years.

A salty twist on the classic crudité.

Take-Out Dates


my sister and I enjoying champagne and lobster rolls at Boston's famed Neptune Oyster
I'll make any excuse to try a restaurant for the experience it offers.

read more about my favorite restaurant experience to date at Rose's Luxury in Washington D.C.
I enjoy the dressing up, dining amongst the crowd, seeing how the menu is designed and each dish is plated.

take-out for two!

That being said, William and I have no shame in our take-out game, so I'm sharing three favorites some fellow Houstonians may have yet to find.

  • Songkran - To me, Thai food is the quintessential take-out cuisine, and this spot never disappoints. We both start with the Tom Kha Gai soup, and William follows with traditional Pad Thai while I get either the yellow or green chicken curry. 
  • Solario - My brother and his wife introduced us to this highly underrated pizza joint inside the loop. We've yet to not like one of their pies, but The Calabrian, Fennel Sausage, and Spinaci are near perfect. The house and rocket salads are also great starters. 
  • Peli Peli Kitchen - This casual kitchen off the Katy freeway is such a good find with its unusual South African fare. The curried chicken is unbelievable, and all the sides are worth trying (especially the collard greens). The shrimp and oxtail also come highly recommended.

our Austin favorite, Fresa's, we'd warmly welcome in Houston

Pizza and Asian cuisines always top the take-out charts, but these three are a notch above their restaurant rivals.


A Perfect Proposal


I knew I would marry William when we celebrated our one-year anniversary in Lakeway. It was wild to have my childhood wedding fantasy turn into something I could actually picture with him as my groom.

Still, the moment he got down on one knee was surreal. I call it perfect in the same sense I find him to be perfect: perfect for me. The entire evening struck such a beautiful balance between simple and special as we found ourselves back where it all began.

He asked me to be his girlfriend in this exact spot not long before he left for a summer in London. Needless to say, the lake already held a special place in our hearts, and now, we will always cherish this home and its stunning setting as the sentimental spot where we decided to be husband and wife.

Knowing my affection for a good photo, William hired a local film photographer to capture the moment, for which I am forever grateful. The images turned out stunning, so much so that a wedding blog, The White Wren, picked them up for a feature of our proposal and story.

We popped champagne while William's nerves settled; I had so many thoughts, but I mostly just couldn't stop smiling.

The surprises continued once the sun set. We snuck back into Austin to celebrate at our first date spot, Vespaio, on South Congress and FaceTimed close friends and family on the way.

We made an Instagram announcement the next day and enjoyed the road trip home as texts and calls flooded our phones. Some were more surprised than others, but everyone was equally as excited about our news.

Details for the big day have been made, and I can't wait for everyone to follow along, but for now, I'm still basking in how beautiful and memorable this moment was thanks to you, William. I love and can't wait to marry you!

soon-to-be MD!