Thursday, June 30, 2011

Need a little Fourth of July inspiration? Check out the other blog I am writing for the Houston based store a bientot! Lots of cute outfits and fun jewelry, and if you're in Houston come by and visit and check out our sale that ends Saturday! 

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Forever 21, Shopbop, J. Crew, Anthropologie, Tibi, Elizabeth Lanier Designs
(Email me with questions, I forgot links, sorry!)

I have been a non-believer when it comes to Maxi dresses for a while now. Continually admiring others in them, but always claiming that they weren't for me. Then, something happened and I purchased my first one a few weeks ago. I can proudly say that I am now a convert and a full believer! I now see what the fuss has been all about. They are comfortable, breezy and great for both night and day. I'm a little tall so I've been sticking with cute flats, but if your dresses are longer then I would definitely go for some fun wedges. You want the dress to hit right near your ankle bone, so you'll be able to spot whatever shoes you're wearing but you don't look like you're wearing high-waters! Pair them with bangles and a long necklace or dangling earrings like the ones shown above. A maxi dress would be great for the Fourth of July by the lake or beach!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Sunday, June 26, 2011

At only $79.90, these versatile black trousers from Zara are a great purchase. Wear them this summer with tall wedges and carry them into fall with more conservative heels. Perfect for work or play.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Another inspiration photo for my grown up house... 

I really think this one would enjoy it...

and maybe this guy too...

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

New addition

Since I moved in to my apartment, my porch has been seriously neglected; the only one who spends any time at all out there is Gloria. But now with my new porch makeover I think we'll be spending a bit more time enjoying these balmy summer nights... or maybe just a few minutes here and there in between the mosquitoes and the broiling sun :)
Pillows and chairs from World Market

New table from Lauren Bade in Victoria

Monday, June 20, 2011

Even in this dry Texas heat you can still have fabulous flowers - faux has never looked this good.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Love this look. If only it wasn't hotter than Hades in Houston.
I saw this image on another blog the other day and have been thinking about it since. I have long, curly hair and am always looking for a new way to do it since I can never get fun haircuts. Last summer I conquered the fishtail braid and this summer I may have to try out this one. I think it's a gonna be a little more difficult considering I don't know how to French braid, so let me know if you can do it!

Monday, June 13, 2011

On a recent antique adventure I wandered into the Antique Pavillion at Westheimer and Revere st. I pass this place about ten times a day and have been curious as to what's inside. I was in awe of all the wonderful treasures they had in there. Everything from china, oriental rugs and magnificent lamps to silver, antique jewelry and pieces like the one shown on here. The people were friendly and it was fun to explore even though there was nothing to be found in my budget! I definitely recommend stopping by if you ever have some time to kill.

Thursday, June 9, 2011


Come to the treasure chest that is a bientot this Saturday for a blowout sidewalk sale! EVERYTHING in the store is 20% and outside there will be fabulous bargains ranging from 50% off to free items. Cashmere (TRY to think about the fall :)), colorful tunics, sparkly baubles and more will be available for a steal! The sale starts at 10 am, but be warned, people will start lining up long before that so get there early!


Tuesday, June 7, 2011

A sartorial confidence boost

 I made a trip to Kuhl-Linscomb today (post with more pics to come soon) and headed home with these awesome African bracelets. I was already excited about them because they were cheap and will be a bright and fun accessory for the summer and THEN later in the day, while reading my daily blogs, I spotted the photo below on the Sartorialist:

Yep, she's wearing my bracelets. I have to say, it was kind of a ego boost.

Monday, June 6, 2011

One Kings Lane and Lotus Bleu

You may recall that last summer I fell in love with a small San Francisco, known as Lotus Bleu, shop while on vacation there. Well, I am happy to announce that they will be the featured store on One Kings Lane tomorrow! At Lotus Bleu you will find an array of fabulous textiles, unique rugs, lamps and furniture, along with other knickknacks. I can't wait to see what they have chosen for OKL and let me know if you purchase anything!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

I have to tell you, I made the best soup I have ever had in my life for dinner last night. The bad news is that I'm not sure I can replicate it, but I will do my best to give you a good recipe. Seriously, I didn't know I was able to concoct such a spicy, savory, sinfully delicious dish. 

This time of year yields one of my favorite delicacies: squash blossoms. So on a recent trip to Central Market I picked up a package not knowing what I would make with them. After a little research I found that most people stuff and fry them (which is how I have had them). There were also recipes for frittatas and quesadillas but I thought they would be putting my blossoms to waste. I then found a great recipe for squash blossom rice (will be trying this soon), but decided to go with a lighter dish and landed on this soup.

Here is my adapted recipe:
1/4 stick butter
1/3 cup chopped shallots
1 or 2 cloves garlic, minced
4 cups chicken broth
8 squash blossoms, trimmed and roughly chopped
1 cup of milk (I used 2%)
1/4 tsp chili powder (add more or less to your taste)
Salt and pepper 
Cooked chopped shrimp - optional (but recommended!)

Melt the butter in a large saucepan. Saute the shallots, seasoning with salt and pepper. Cook about 3 minutes and add garlic, then cook about 2 more minutes. Pour in the stock and bring to a boil, lower heat and simmer 10 to 12 minutes, add the chopped blossoms and cook 5 minutes longer. 

Transfer soup to a food processor and puree until smooth (I actually just pureed 2 cups of the broth and the squash blossoms). Pour back into sauce pan. Add milk and chili powder and bring to a boil (I added the shrimp here). Season generously with pepper and add salt to taste. 

Hope this turns out as great for you as it did for me. Can't wait to have it again for dinner tonight!