Archive for July, 2011

travel: san francisco.

at the airport with a bit of time to kill this morning, headed off to one of my favorite cities, SAN FRANCISCO! just a few of the things i can’t wait for…

the beautiful city, wearing my scarves again (it’s WAY too hot in houston!), toms & of course happy hour with my sister! also, can’t forget brunch at blue jay’s cafe tomorrow morning – their eggs benedict is to die for!

next stop… sonoma county wine country!


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i can’t help it, i’m a complete girly girl and swoon over all things pink, blush, rose & peach! as much as i love it though, just a pop of this hue makes a big statement. here are a few of my favorites below!

however, if i lived in a home without my husband – it would be fun to go a little crazy…

photos: blush: nars – orgasm, dress: topshop – chiffon ballerina dress, clutch: aldo – dhruva, candle: voluspa maison blanc – “saijo persimmon”, earrings: kate spade – new york square cut drop earrings

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classic? check.

came across this little number this morning and i had to share. i have been trying to transition my closet into “big girl” clothes, out with the cheap – in with the quality. it is a must-have for any classic wardrobe!

thank you matchbook mag. how does your checklist look?

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as we are out house hunting for our new texas home, i am also scouring the magazines & stores for new decor (how could i not?). i feel the bedroom should always be a tranquil calming space – this clip really caught my eye.

photos: mirror: ethan allen – small sunburst mirror, pillow: pier1 imports – pom pom pillow, sheets: serena & lily – seaglass French ring sheet, throw blanket: serena & lily – herringbone throw in mist

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when it comes to decorating a room, it can be just that – decorating. don’t become overwhelmed with the thought of “starting over” or “redoing” everything that is existing. it can be as easy as finding a photo of something you love and accessorizing with it!

this weeks interior inspiration comes from summer brights & chevron stripes!

photos: pillow: etsy – chevron stripe, fabric: annette tatum – linen mustard fabric, accessories: z gallerie – small deer head, tray: crate and barrel – orange serving tray

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hue of the week.

if you know me at all, you know my love of neutrals, black being one of them. nothing is more classically chic – and satisfying – as this nude & ink color palette. this one will never go out of style…

photos: jacket: topshop – single button blazer, earrings: tarina tarintino – classic “nude” lucite post heart, shoes: jessica simpson – ely pumps, chair: high fashion home – cadden chair, nail polish – OPI: at first sight, paint colors – behr: sandpoint, stealth jet

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this past weekend i stumbled upon a new favorite place of mine – max’s wine dive in houston. to my awe, on the menu were red velvet pancakes! lets just say i had to indulge.

after every last bite was consumed i was determined to find a recipe on here to DIY at home. how fabulous would these be for a ladies brunch? or post “morning after” meal?



1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons white sugar
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1 large egg, lightly beaten
3/4 buttermilk
1/4 cup creme fraiche or sour cream
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1 tablespoon red food coloring
1 teaspoon vanilla extract


In a large bowl whisk together the dry ingredients. In a separate bowl whisk together the egg, buttermilk, and creme fraiche/sour cream,melted butter, red food coloring, and vanilla extract. Add them together and whisk just until combined. A little lumpy is fine. Heat a frying pan or griddle over medium high heat. When hot add butter or oil to grease, followed by a small scoop of the batter. Wait for the pancakes to bubble (2-3 minutes), flip and cook for a minute or two more. Enjoy!
max’s were topped with a dollop of lemon cream cheese frosting – decadent!!
let me know how they turn out! xo.

original recipe: http://thekitchykitchen.blogspot.com/2010/01/red-velvet-pancakes.html

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