Spooky Spiritual Vibes

It is finally September and as far as I’m concerned……it’s HALLOWEEN!!! I am one of those Halloween obsessed people who can finally do her year round decor shopping when fall hits. It’s been a crazy stressful couple of months with a lot of ups and downs, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that I am completely connecting with these spiritual Halloween decor items this year. I can’t wait to snatch up some of these beauties and really set a mood. What’s your Halloween style this year?

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  1. Purple Edison Bulb Lights
  2. Black Rose Garland
  3. Psychic Wall Sign
  4. Meditating Skeleton
  5. Fortune Teller Stamps
  6. Black Taper Candles
  7. Resin Eyeball
  8. Palmistry Hand
  9. Obsidian Crystal Wand
  10. Quartz Crystal Tower

 

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Living Room Refresh: Part I

I’ve been looking for some inexpensive ways to revamp my living room. I have one wall in particular that I’m never really satisfied with. I live in an apartment, so I don’t want to invest a lot of money buying furniture just to fit that specific space that I may not use later. I added a little console table that I already had. I styled it with a lamp, some crystals, a record player, a vase and some books that I already had in other areas of the apartment. I did buy the large round mirror from IKEA. I had been wanting it for quite some time, and I know I will use it again even if I move. I also have a little bench that I absolutely love that fits perfectly under the console table. The only problem with the bench is that it is navy blue velvet. It matches nothing else in the room. Since I love the size and acrylic legs on the bench, I thought an easy solution would be to bust out the old staple gun and add some new fabric to it. I ordered a graphic black and white vintage mudcloth on Etsy. It was a little tricky to work with because it was pretty fragile and easy to rip through the woven sections if you pulled too hard. I did my best to keep it pretty straight. I have OCD, so I’ve been obsessing over every little crooked line, but I just need to live with it for a little while and adjust to the change. I’m hard on myself that way. When my husband saw it, he just thought it looked awesome! I kept trying to point out flaws, and I need to stop doing that. I know some of you all can relate. All in all, I think it turned out pretty cool for an inexpensive DIY project. The living room is still a work in progress, but for now, it gave the wall the little facelift it needed.

1A

This is the basic layout on the wall.

2B

I added the IKEA mirror and some accessories.

3C

I reupholstered the velvet navy bench with this black and white mudcloth fabric.

4D

The black and white pattern really pops against the acrylic legs now.

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Viva Frida!

This weekend my husband and I went to check out the Frida festival in the Greater East End District. Viva Frida! is the annual Frida festival put on by the East End Studio Gallery to celebrate the life and legacy of one of Latin America’s most important artists, Frida Kahlo. This family and pet friendly event featured may different artists, vendors and foods. There was even a Guinness World Records attempt for the largest gathering of people dressed as Frida Kahlo. I loved seeing all the people rocking their flower crowns and unibrows. I regret that I didn’t have time to pull a costume together myself. I was, however, wearing my Frida necklace, bag and socks! We made sure to stop by and visit one of our favorite vendors, Three Sisters Jewelry & Accessories. I had to carry Louis quite a bit even though he wanted to walk, but I was afraid distracted people were going to step on him. When he did walk though, he was weaving through the crowds like a pro. He was super good, and didn’t bark at any kids or dogs. I was so proud! We snagged some churros from the always delicious Planet Churro and decided to call it a day. We all had a great time, and we couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful day outside. I can’t wait to see what they have in store for next year!

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Death by Natural Causes

I have always loved skulls and other morbid things, so if there was ever an exhibit I was meant to see, it was this one! Death by Natural Causes is currently on display at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. This exhibit is meant to introduce patrons to the range of “animal, vegetable and mineral” dangers that lurk in their everyday lives. I enjoyed learning about paints, dyes, foods, plants, animals and other random objects that can cause demise. I’ll be honest though, there was one specific piece that made me pay the price of admission and that was The Laocoön & His Sons skeletal recreation by The Wilde Collection. It is absolutely breathtaking! There is fantastic history behind this sculpture, and I highly encourage you to read more about it and look at the side-by-side picture comparisons on The Wilde Collection’s Facebook page. I was so excited to see this in person, and it did not disappoint! It was such a fun day, and I’m so glad the HMNS took a chance and curated something like this.

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ATX Weekend Getaway

Kevin planned us a little weekend getaway to Austin for my birthday. Louis loves to travel, so we packed our bags and took the baby with us! Our first stop in Austin was Nature’s Treasures. I had been wanting to check it out for awhile, so I was excited to finally be able to do that. They had an amazing selection of crystals and fossils. It was pure eye candy. If you haven’t been, I highly recommend it! Next we hit up Browning Hangar to get some lunch at one of the food trucks. Louis had a blast barking at the birds that got too close to our table. We checked into Aloft, a pet friendly hotel in the Domain. After we got settled in, we went back out to do some shopping. Austin is super pet friendly, so Louis was even allowed in most of the stores. We stumbled upon this massive David Bowie mural (while I was wearing my David Bowie shirt) so I had to take a photo! The weather turned on us and it started pouring. We took shelter under the covered patio at Velvet Taco. We each ordered two tacos to try, and I’ll be honest, I wasn’t a fan. We grabbed cupcakes from the Sprinkles ATM and decided to call it a night. The next day, the weather still wasn’t cooperating, but we headed toward South Congress anyway. By the time we got there, the sun was shining and it was a beautiful day. We walked the whole strip and Louis encountered a few other dogs along the way. We made it to Blackmail Boutique to see their current window display. They are currently showcasing Death, one of the four Rocking Horses of the Apocalypse. You can see more of the artist’s stunning work at 4rhota on Instagram. It was a fantastic and relaxing weekend. Louis was so worn out that he slept the whole way back to Houston. I’d call that a success!

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Good Vibes Only

Let’s talk about STRESS! The world is crazy. I can barely stand to watch the news anymore. Reading the comments on almost any social media post triggers my anxiety. People are fighting over everything from politics to DIY kids crafts. All that extra hate has been really weighing down my soul. I’m trying to get my stress and anxiety down by making time for myself to meditate and be grateful for what I have, and not fixate so much on what I don’t. I want to clear away the negativity and stay in a ‘good vibes only’ state of mind. I’ve been working on de-cluttering my home and surrounding myself with things that are meaningful and special to me. The last few years though, I’ve started to get more into collecting crystals and gemstones and learning about the various properties they are supposed to possess. Whether you believe in the power of crystals or not, filling your home with beautiful eye candy and making it a ‘safe space’ where you can truly relax can’t be a bad thing. Some things I will try to keep in mind this week: 1. It costs nothing to be kind. 2. Comparison is the thief of joy 3. I choose happiness. Even as I type this, there are several things stressing me out, but I am still going to try, and for now, that has to be enough.

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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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