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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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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