Oscar de la Renta Exhibit Comes to Houston

It’s that magical, yet stressful time of year when everyone is scrambling to pick out the perfect holiday gifts for family and friends, etc. This year, my boss asked me if I’d like to go see the Oscar de la Renta exhibit for my present. Um, YESSSS!!! ‘The Glamour and Romance of Oscar de la Renta‘ is currently on display at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston through January 28, 2018. You can tell he was very influenced by his travels as themes of Spain, Russia, China, and Japan are evident in his designs. The exhibition also features gowns worn by fashion icons and celebrities, including Beyoncé, Taylor Swift, Amal Clooney, Penelope Cruz, and Kirsten Dunst. It was pure eye candy, and we couldn’t quite imagine what it would be like to have pieces like these just hanging out in your closet. We both particularly enjoyed seeing Amal Clooney’s wedding dress. The layers of delicate fabric and the detailed embroidery were stunning up close. My personal favorite of the exhibition was the dress that Kirsten Dunst wore in the September 2006 issue of Vogue. I can remember reading that issue of Vogue and obsessing over those stunning Marie Antoinette inspired photographs. I had an absolute blast, and I’m so glad that the MFAH was able to bring an exhibit like this to Houston. I highly recommend checking it out before it’s gone!

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Día de los Muertos Market

This weekend my husband and I took Louis to check out the Día de los Muertos market on the Navigation Esplanade. This event was put on by East End Studio Gallery and The Greater East End Management District. Vendors lined both sides of the Esplanade selling their various arts and crafts and there were food trucks on site. I loved seeing all of the paintings, jewelry, clothing, housewares, etc. It was a beautiful day outside and the weather was perfect! I especially appreciated how family AND pet friendly the event was. I’m always looking for things I can take Louis to. He enjoyed trotting around and meeting new people. It was really great to see so many people out and about in the community. We bought the most adorable “Day of the Dead” placemats from Three Sisters Jewelry & Accessories. I also had my first churro, and I’m hooked now. It was hot and crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside with just the right amount of cinnamon and sugar dusted on it. Yum! We went earlier in the day, so unfortunately, we didn’t get to see the procession in the evening, but I bet it was really cool. We were told that we could even participate and bring pictures of loved ones that had passed, and I just loved the comforting thought of that. We were still able to see the beautiful altar at the entrance, and I said a quick prayer in my head for my loved ones. It was a great event that I’m sure will continue to grow. I’m all for arts in the community, so I really enjoyed and appreciated it. Louis was out in a matter of minutes on the way home.

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Oh, Christmas Tree!

As most of you probably know, I’m usually the ‘Queen of Halloween.’ This year was no exception. I had my Halloween fun and loved every minute of it, but then something happened. I became……..’one of them.’ You know the type I’m talking about. I became one of those annoying people who jump the gun on Christmas. I used to hate those people. Hearing Christmas music before Thanksgiving used to make me lose my mind. I think it’s because it’s been a particularly rough year, and I’ve been down a lot. My husband and I decided we both needed some Christmas cheer to lift our spirits! This will also be our first Christmas together since we got married, so we were excited to use the ornaments we brought back from Disney World. We also made the rounds and hit up World Market, At Home, Target, Michaels, and Pier One scavenging for cool ornaments. Those made for some fun days out together, and it was shopping he actually enjoyed. We decided on multicolored lights and all kinds of random ornaments, the way our trees were when we were kids. The ornaments had to represent us in some way though, and I think we did a killer job of finding things that were our style. While you’re busy judging me, I’m sitting here under the beautiful glow of my sparkly Christmas tree happy, and I’m not one bit sorry I put it up so early. There’s just something magical and calming about a Christmas tree. I finally get it now, and I wish you all a happy holiday season!

 

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Natural Vibes

Lately life has had me STRESSED out!!! I have been trying to de-stress by getting outside more. There’s just something healing about sunshine, fresh air, and trees. I think that’s why I’ve been super drawn to more natural, earthy decor in recent months. I’m loving anything to do with crystals, geodes, or minerals. I’ve been craving more greenery and wooden elements to accent natural colored fabrics. I’ve slowly started adding more of these elements around my home. Let’s hope the good vibes can get me back on the right track.
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Cool Gallery Wall

I’ve been living for these caramel colored leather couches lately. I can see myself totally cozied up on one with a soft blankie while reading a good book. I wanted the artwork in the space to add to the cool factor without losing the relaxing vibe I was going for. Soft colors, subtle textures, and simple black and white frames really help pull the space together. 
Cool gallery wall.
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Boho Cozy

I’ve been working on updating my bedroom. I wanted a cozy Bohemian inspired look. I recovered my headboard in navy velvet fabric similar to this beauty from domino, which was not in my budget at the moment. Luckily, Target has been killing it with the home decor accessories lately. Many of the pieces look like things you would find at Anthropologie or West Elm, but with much more wallet friendly price tags. Changing a few accessories can have a huge impact on a room. What’s your favorite way to decorate on a budget?
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Chic Easter Basket

I miss the simpler days when Easter was a big holiday for my family. My brother and I would wake up to awesome baskets full of goodies from the Easter Bunny (thanks Mom!). The family would gather at my grandma’s house for a big barbecue, and the adults would put on a huge Easter egg hunt for me and all my cousins. We’d have the best time running around outside in our colorful outfits. Now that we’re all grown and live in different cities and states, the holiday doesn’t have the quite the same magic that it used to. This got me thinking about how I might put together a chic Easter basket for an adult. I’d get a cool basket that could actually be used as decor and fill it with a few special items and some classic candies. I hope you all have an amazing fun-filled weekend! Do what you can to keep the magic alive! 🐰🐣🦄🌷💛
Chic Easter Basket
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