This past weekend I ventured up to Dallas to attend the << Flea Style Summit >> with my good friend << Katie >>. She recently started a business selling vintage finds in her Etsy shop << Rus In Urbe Home >> and let me tell you, this girl has an eye for design. Especially if you are into the bohemian, eclectic, and thrifted look like me. After getting some inspiration at the Summit, we went fleaing in the Design District and adopted an awesome painting, named him Rupert, and agreed to share custody of him. I cherished being able to spend some quality time with her girls and help style and photograph her gorgeous home. Here's a little glimpse into Katie's abode >>
My talented friend Cecile of << Cecile Fusco Photography >> came all the way from Austin to take pictures of my casa and our little family. I love seeing our place through her eyes, as she focused a lot on the details that I take for granted. Cecile just recently got into photography but has already made a name for herself in the Austin music scene. I think her work is just stunning! So here's a little tour of our place, starring some of my favorite boys >>
Ever since my << wedding florist >> made me an amazing flower crown for my big day, I've been a little obsessed. I was blessed with the arrival of my second niece, Olive Josephine, a few weeks back and wanted to make something special to help my sister announce her to the world. After seeing << this picture >> on Pinterest, I set out to make a flower crown for little miss Olive. Here's a really simple tutorial so you can do it yourself too >>
STEP ONE >> Gather your flowers and materials. If you pick the right flowers, all you will need is some << floral tape >>, scissors, and a little creativity. I recommend using myrtle greenery as the base because the stem is really flexible and sturdy. Also, wax flowers are really dainty and do not die very quickly. To make a statement, I decided on adding some dahlias in the mix. Whatever flowers you decide on, try to pick ones that will not wilt very quickly without water.
STEP TWO >> Take one piece of myrtle and gently bend the stem to create a circle in the desired circumference. Cut off a piece of floral tape and securely wrap it around where the two pieces of the stem meet. If you accidentally crack the stem while bending it, easily mend it by wrapping some floral tape around it as well.
STEP THREE >> Cut the extra piece of stem off and trim the long branches to the desired length. I decided to cut the branches to be uniform, but you could also leave some longer than others to create a more whimsical crown.
STEP FOUR >> Cut off sprigs of the flowers and use the floral tape to tape them into the myrtle. I also cut off extra sprigs of myrtle to make the crown more uniform and lush with greenery. As for the dahlias, or any other flower that will wilt quickly, add those in at the last minute to keep them looking fresh.
STEP FIVE >> Find a model for your masterpiece! The one I made is being model by our crazy but lovable pit bull mix, Blue boy. To see some more rad pictures of pit bulls in flower crowns, check << this >> out.
I'll share the pictures of sweet Olive in the upcoming weeks. Happy flower crowning!
It's no secret that I am obsessed with cacti. Like really obsessed. So naturally, one of my favorite places in Houston is << Cactus King >>, The varieties and sizes of cacti and succulents will blow your mind! It's a little trek from Houston proper, but oh so worth it.
Here are a few tips before making the trip to this cacti mecca >>
1. Go in any season besides summer, as the tents are steamy.
2. Have in mind the size and type of cacti or succulents you are looking for because the variety is overwhelming.
3. If you plan on buying a large cactus, make sure you have a way to transport it.
4. Tread carefully or your tour could be very painful.
For those of you not in H-town, here's a little tour of the place >>
And just a little tip on keeping these guys alive << DO NOT OVER WATER THEM >>. I usually water succulents ONCE A MONTH and cacti ONCE EVERY OTHER MONTH with just enough water to soak the soil.
To say that sister and I are a little obsessed with pineapples would be an understatement. So when it came time to plan my niece Penelope's second birthday party, we quickly decided on a pineapple theme. Or as Penelope calls them, "eeee-apples." After a quick search on << Pinterest >> we decided to make pineapple party hats and pineapple toppers for the cake and donuts. To make the pineapple hats, we taped a few << green fuzzy pipe cleaners >> on the inside of << yellow party hats >>. For the toppers, we cut the pineapple leaves out of thick green card stock and taped them onto toothpicks. Add in some << pineapple sunglasses >> and << pineapple honeycombs >> and you got yourself a pineapple party!
I couldn't get over the little face on the strawberry tres leches cake from << El Bolillo Bakery >> that we made from brown M&Ms and a pull and peel Twizzler. I think the party was a success because Penelope still screams "eeee-apple party" every time she sees a pineapple!
We made the trek to Marfa, Texas a few weeks back and it ended up being the perfect little getaway. Two days in this little Texas town was just the right amount of time to see << and eat >> everything. Marfa has a personality all its own! Here is the scoop on what we were able to squeeze into the short time we spent in this little art mecca >>
<< WHERE WE STAYED >>
Although we nearly froze at night, << El Cosmico >> was so worth it. We were supposed to shack up in the Little Pinky trailer, but ended up staying one night in the Imperial Mansion and the other in the Kozy Coach. The little heaters in the trailers are definitely necessary in the winter, but I can't wait to come back and glamp in one of those teepees! El Cosmico's lobby and gift shop are just gorgeous, and you may meet a little pup named Lincoln if you hang out there long enough.
<< WHERE WE ATE >>
We were really impressed with the food scene in Marfa, especially given it is a one-light town. Our absolute favorite was the quiche at << Do Your Thing Coffee >> we woke up early on our way out just to get another taste of it. The Mediterranean eats at << Food Shark >> were pretty tasty, and the food truck set up was adorable. << The Get Go >> is a great place to pick up a snack or two. We also enjoyed a gluten free pizza for lunch at the << Pizza Foundation >> and a fancy pants dinner at << Cochineal >>.
<< WHAT WE DID >>
If you love art and shopping like me, then Marfa is the place to be. The art installations are mind blowing, including the infamous Prada Marfa backed by the folks at << Ballroom Marfa >> and the work of Donald Judd and Dan Flavin at << The Chianti Foundation >>. There are a handful of unique curated shops. We were smitten with << Mirth >> for house wares, << Freda >> for woman's accessories, and << Wrong Marfa >> for random finds. My husband Mead took a ride with Burt at << Marfa Gliders >> after I bored him with all the art tours and shopping.
My love for original art began a few years ago when I went to visit Sally King Benedict's studio on my first visit to Charleston, South Carolina. I quickly noticed that Charleston is a mecca for young, extremely talented artists like Teil Henley << formerly Teil Duncan >>.
Teil's style is so unique << somewhere between impressionism and fauvism >> and her use of color is so inviting and vibrant. She rotates between subjects, like beaches << above >> and cows, but her nudes << below >> are my absolute fave.
What has impressed me the most is how Teil has used social media to sell her amazing work. She focuses on one subject for a month or so, paints up a storm, lets all her Instagram followers know when the paintings will be posted for sale on her website, and then sells out in minutes. Talk about a brilliant business plan that makes beautiful art available to the masses at an affordable price!
She even periodically releases limited edition prints, like the beautiful palm tree print << below >> that is currently available.
Teil also gave me a little insight into her colorful world >>
<< what is inspiring you these days >>
Not only was I fortunate enough to visit Teil's sweet little studio at Redux last summer, but she came to paint live at our wedding in Houston last fall! I cannot express how special this piece of art is to me >> it captured the spirit of our wedding day perfectly. Check out some pictures from the wedding and where my cherished piece hangs in our casa << below >>.
If a plant were my soul mate >> it would be the fiddle leaf fig. I seriously cannot express my love for these plants in words. Unfortunately, my previous black thumb killed countless "fickle" leaf figs over the years << RIP >>.
After consulting with my landscaping neighbor, both my big fig in the living room << below >> and my little fig in our bedroom << above >> started to thrive! So I thought I'd share some tips that have worked for me >>
1. Do not disturb the fig >> keep the fig in its original container and drop it in a slightly bigger pot or basket that allows for drainage. Use one of << these >> if you are dropping the container into a basket to catch the extra water.
2. Find the fig a window >> figs love indirect sunlight, so prop it up right next to a window. The fig in my living room and the fig in my bedroom face opposite directions and are both thriving, so any window that gets sunlight will do.
3. Get the fig on a schedule >> this is KEY. I water both the big and small fig once a week with just enough water to wet the soil << about one cup of water for the small fig and two cups of water for the big fig >>.
4. Slo-mo with the water >> water the fig as slowly as possibly, allowing the water to seep into the soil before it reaches the edges. This will allow for water to absorb evenly.
5. Keep your eyes on the leaves >> when the water has absorbed into the soil, you should notice the leaves perk up and point upward << usually noticeable the day after watering >>. Throughout the week, the leaves will slowly fall and begin to point downward but should never be facing directly down. If the leaves are facing directly down by the end of the week >> increase the amount of water.
Happy Fiddle Leaf Figging!
When my sister told me that she was having another baby, I wanted to do something special to reveal the gender to her growing family >> including my sweet niece, Penelope June, who is just eighteen months old. I immediately thought of heading to my favorite Houston party store, Emerson Sloan, to see what I could put together. The woman behind this great little curated shop, Kim, helped me create a sweet box that was the perfect little gender reveal.
I bought just three main supplies at Emerson Sloan for the project >>
Rifle Paper Company Gift Wrap
Tissue Paper Garland
36 Inch Round Balloon >> have it blown up and tied to the Tissue Paper Garland
Other items I used >>
Empty Packing Box
Small Piece of Ribbon
Heavy Duty Mounting Tape
I wrapped the box in the Rifle Paper Company Gift Wrap. Unlike a traditional gift, I wrapped each flap separately so that the box can be opened without tearing the gift wrap.
I used the Hole Puncher to punch a hole in the middle of both inner edges of the two longer flaps.
I tied a loop in the string on the Tissue Paper Garland and attached it to the bottom of the box with Heavy Duty Mounting Tape.
I then carefully placed the Tissue Paper Garland into the box, closing the two smaller flaps first, then the two larger flaps.
I pulled the ribbon through the holes in the larger flaps.
I tied a bow with the ribbon as tightly as possible, making sure that none of the tissue was visible from the outside.
Once you untie the bow, pull out the ribbon, and open the two large flaps, the tissue paper garland is lifted up by the weight of the ballon.
My sister, brother-in-law, and niece were thrilled to find out they are having another girl! This was such a fun << and sugarless >> way to do a gender reveal! For the full effect, see the sweet video below.
If you have a party coming up or need to find a unique gift, head on over to Emerson Sloan in Rice Village. Their fun selection could spark some creativity! When I first visited, I spotted these little party hats and had a party in the park for my two pups >> all their pup friends wore the hats to celebrate!
This dish is currently my favorite to make at home for dinner. The cabbage makes a great side dish, but I often eat by itself as a main course. I usually cook by just improvising, but I actually stopped to quantify all the ingredients so I could share it with you >>
4-6 bacon slices, cut into pieces
2 shallots, sliced << you can sub a small onion and a couple garlic cloves >>
1-2 jalapeños, deseeded and julienned
1 tablespoon of butter << our fave is ghee >>
1 tablespoon of olive oil
1 medium-sized green cabbage, thinly sliced
1 teaspoon of garlic salt << we live on the Trader Joe's brand >>
1/2 teaspoon of pepper
1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon of cumin
1 small package of goat cheese
1. In a dutch oven, saute bacon on medium heat until brown, scraping the browned bits off the bottom with a wooden spoon as you stir.
2. Place the bacon pieces on a paper towel to drain, and drain the bacon grease from the dutch oven.
3. Add the butter, oil, jalapeños, and shallots to the dutch oven, stirring until the jalapeños are softened, the shallots appear clear, and some of the browned bits have lifted off the bottom, usually about five minutes.
4. Add half of the cabbage to the dutch oven, stirring until the cabbage is just moistened; repeat with the other half of the cabbage.
5. Add the garlic salt, pepper, garlic powder, and cumin.
6. Continue to stir periodically until the cabbage is just tender, usually about fifteen minutes.
7. Turn the stove to medium low and continue to stir for another five minutes, until the cabbage is al dente.
8. Plate the cabbage, adding the bacon pieces and sprinkling goat cheese over the top.
I recommend using a dutch oven to really develop the flavors, but you can totally use a large frying pan or pot as well. This recipe is really versatile >> you can use all types of greens and cheeses to make it your own!