I recently ended up in San Antonio for a day for work, and usually, I would not be jazzed about it. There is something about San Antonio that does not typically get me excited. BUT then I stayed at < Hotel Havana >. I have been to several Bunkhouse properties in the last few years but this one was so unexpected. The colors, the richness, the RUGS. I think I was probably that girl that was constantly taking pictures of her feet. If you ever end up in San Antone, you need to book at least one night here. And don't forget to visit the bar in the basement!
Although I love sourcing and styling, I also really love people and trying to figure out why we do the things we do.
I have recently taken on the challenge of opening up a side business << the BOHO stow >> that has brought up a lot of internal and external conflict for me. Believe it or not, my life as just a lawyer is really not that busy. I have made it a priority to not let my work run my life and that is how I operate the best. I love having free time to visit with family and friends, to discover new things and places to obsess about, and to RELAX. I have quickly found out that you don't get those luxuries as often when you start your own business on top of a full time job.
Being really busy has made me think a lot about selflessness. True, pure selflessness >> not the half ass selfishness disguised as selflessness. I think selflessness is really devalued in today's society, when it should be common place. For example, have you ever noticed how many Facebook likes and shares a video about saving a homeless dog gets? Why are people so impressed by such a simple selfless act? I think it is because we don't practice selflessness as much as we should.
Some of the most selfless people in my life have been both of my mothers: my biological mom and my dad's mom, who we lovingly called Nanny. Nanny raised my sister and I in Georgia from a young age until high school, when we went to live with our mother in Texas. Nanny raised all of my dad's family, always putting everyone else's needs before hers. And my mother, Myong or "Mia," would help anyone out just out of the goodness of her heart without expecting anything in return. I admire these women so much, and I hope that just a little bit of their selfless character has been instilled in me.
Here's a challenge: think about the last time that you have been truly selfless >> When have you put the feelings of others before your own? When have you forgiven the careless act of another because of what they are going through? When have you helped a stranger just out of the goodness of your heart without expecting anything in return? If you can't remember a recent time, then it's been too long. We could all benefit from a little more selflessness.
When I went to visit a dear friend in Arlington, Virginia, number one on my list was making it out to << Salt & Sundry >>. After about thirty-five dollars in Uber fares, I made it to the creativity epicenter that is << Union Market >>. Not only can you lay eyes on the most beautifully curated goods at S & S, you can also eat about anything your heart desires. That's a win-win in my book.
I could spend HOURS in this gorgeous place. So many ethnic treasures and special pieces >> it is the perfect spot to pick up a unique gift. I reached out to the creatives behind this sweet little shop, and here's what they had to say >>
How did Salt & Sundry get its start >>
So there's good news and good news. Salt & Sundry has a lot of their goods available online << here >> ( and you can also get loads of inspiration from their << Instagram >>). AND they have offered 10% all online orders through October 15th, limit one per customer, by using code POSTEDBYCHERYL. Shop on, friends!
We jumped on the opportunity to hang out in Portland a few months back and there were no regrets. This place was like Austin on crack, in a good way. There was so much to take in >> beautiful landscape, perfectly curated shops, and tasty eats. Here's a little recap on what we did and what we loved >>
<< WHERE WE STAYED >>
The << Ace Hotel Portland >> was seriously ideal and affordable. It's smack dab in the middle of downtown, so you can walk or bike pretty much wherever you want to go. The only twist is that the bathrooms are dorm style, but we never had a problem with availability or cleanliness. The lobby was just gorgeous and is connected to << Stumptown Coffee >>. Perfect combination in my book!
<< WHAT WE ATE >>
Portland has become a food destination, but we were a little underwhelmed. Don't get me wrong, the food was good, just not phenomenal. Well except for << Meesen Thai Eatery >> . . . the Khai Soi Gai was SO GOOD! And we were super impressed with our last quick stop at << Tasty N Sons >> for breakfast. D E L I S H.
Honorable mention goes to a classic slice of pepperoni at << Sizzle Pie >>, the burger at << 23 Hoyt >>, and the noodles at << Boxer Ramen >>. Our least favorite meal, which was still pretty good, was at << LeChon >>.
<< WHERE WE DID >>
I would definitely suggest shacking up downtown and just walking around and exploring. That's all we did all weekend and this is what we stumbled upon:
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.