A Berry Happy Halloween!

October 31, 2014

Happiest Halloween to you! Isla is dressing up as a strawberry to go trick-or-treating tonight in the neighborhood with her cousins. I must admit, she is not as big a fan of the costume as I am! That stalk hat really rounds it out so nicely, but she is apparently not a hat person.

I wish everyone the best Halloween! I am looking forward to this weekend. We’re getting our family photos taken on Sunday by Paige of Awake Photography, and I’m so excited. I have a handful (or two) of props ready, and cannot wait to get them back.

Are you going trick or treating tonight? If so, what are you or your little one going to be dressed up as?

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Dream Master Bathroom

October 30, 2014

Alas, the final post in the Dream Home series (for now, at least!). You’ve seen inspiration for our future (as in… way future) master bedroom and closethome office, laundry room, living room, kitchen and playroom. One of the rooms that I love spending time in the most is our master bathroom – which is attached to our closet. We designed it exactly like the inspiration I posted years ago here.

I get more and more anxious to build our dream home as the weeks go by, which is not helped by our nightly walks around our neighborhood, where there are at least ten tear-down and rebuild projects within a 1-mile radius. We even got a home tour by an owner by being extra creepy on Sunday – snooping sometimes pays off!

In the meantime, I’ll just keep searching for inspiration for our dream master bathroom. Some of my requirements (or perhaps just nice-to-haves) include:

  • Large custom mirrors
  • Natural lighting (so important when putting on makeup)
  • Farmhouse sinks
  • Wainscoting on the cabinets (we have this and I love the detail!)
  • Like most of the other ‘dream’ rooms, a lovely chandelier
  • Lots of cabinets – with built-in storage for cosmetics (like this)
  • Calcutta gold marble or white quartz countertops
  • Stand-alone bathtub (would love a claw foot or sleek modern one!)
  • Little coffee station – I love this idea so much!
  • Flowers or greenery
  • Open shelves for towels and frames/candles

What does your dream master bathroom look like?

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Chicago City Guide

October 28, 2014

I have only been to Chicago a handful of times, yet I love it so much. Given my lack of experience with traveling around the Windy City, I’m handing over the city guide ownership to my good friend, Mara, who writes one of my favorite blogs – Hook, Thread & Tinker. Mara lives in Chicago with her husband, James, and their newborn son, Simon, who is two days younger than Isla (and the cutest boy ever!). Her style is très similar to mine, so naturally I think she’s super cool (ha). She has written a detailed city guide, which I’m sharing with you today! First, I’ll give you my abbreviated, yet sound, list of Chicago must-do’s.

My Chicago Recommendations

  • Eat brunch at 2 Sparrows (where I tasted my first St-Germain cocktail)
  • Get coffee at La Colombe (I’m not an iced coffee person, but I am here)
  • Eat lunch at Tavern on Rush (sit outside and people watch)
  • Drink Bloody Mary’s at Mike Ditka’s Restaurant (nice and spicy)
  • Devour dinner at Purple Pig (I literally dream about their shaved Brussels sprouts!)
  • Get drinks at Pops for Champagne (I believe Heaven will have a champagne bar too)
  • Take a ‘selfie’ using The Bean in Millenium Park (major tourist attraction, but I love it)
  • Ride the ferris wheel at Navy Pier (okay, also very touristy)
  • Shop on The Magnificent Mile (there is no H&M near us in Houston!)
  • Laugh until you cry at Second City (book well ahead of time)

For the full Chicago City Guide on Hook, Thread & Tinker, click here. It’s literally the best city guide ever made – it includes separate posts for breakfast and brunch, lunch and dinner, pizza, snacks and dessert, daytime activities, drinks and nightlife – as well as a detailed 48 hour itinerary. Happy reading (and hopefully, planning!).



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Week in Review

October 27, 2014

It’s truly unbelievable that this past weekend was the last in October! Halloween is coming quickly, and Isla is totally ready to bust out her fruity costume (I am too!). The weather in Houston was low 80’s all weekend, so we were outside almost all day long on Saturday and Sunday.

Sasha and I went to my dad’s new office on Tuesday and had lunch (Ruggles Green, of course) with him and his secretary, Dottie. It was so nice to see them both, and Dad got to show Isla off to his co-workers.

Other highlights from the week include:

  • Discovering Isla’s new favorite giggle-inducer (beats peek-a-boo) – the sock monster!
  • After many failed recipes this week, making an ‘Everything Bar’ that is amazing (recipe to come soon!)
  • Isla learning to sleep on her stomach – we had three long weeks of her rolling over and crying until we flipped her back!
  • Singing one of my very favorite worship songs at church on Sunday
  • Many long walks in the beautiful weather, our favorite being a house-hunt around the neighborhood and to Memorial Park
  • Taking Isla to Catalina Coffee (best in Houston) for the first time!
  • Lunching with sweet Kevin for the second time – at Ruggles Green (photo below – isn’t adorable)
  • Running with Isla for the first time in her Baby Jogger Summit X3 Stroller (I was so nervous and fully padded the area near her head – total new mom move)
  • Tying Isla’s hair in a tiny little pony tail for the first time (photographic evidence below)
  • Trying out a new local restaurant – Fajita Pete’s, as they actually have veggie fajitas, which is surprisingly so rare for a Mexican restaurant

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