fall is here and I couldn't be happier

Friday, October 17

It just so happens that as I write this my windows are wide open which means a) the humidity has reached more reasonable levels and b) October is in full swing. 

The fall is super weird here in Houston, I've said it here before. I'll say it again too: one day it's 95 degrees and the next day it barely reaches 70 which has you breaking out the wool sweaters and boots. But I still get excited about it because it's my favorite time of year which means....

Pumpkin bread, pumpkin candles, pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin beer...you get the picture. Speaking of beer, there's also football. Re-runs of You've Got Mail (which also happens to be my favorite movie of all time, it's official). Soup weather. The return of all our favorite TV shows - like Homeland (have y'all been watching?! omg, omg). Charlotte's halloween costumes. The stuffing at Thanksgiving. Happy hours on patios. And most importantly, candy corn.

I'm starting to get in a groove with this whole weekly blogging thing too. So yeah, things are looking up. And it's friday. Life is good.

Enjoy your weekend!

images via: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 

Sedona...and the end of summer

Friday, October 10

Hi, hello, it's me again. It's been a while since we last chatted. Is there anyone still out there? I hope y'all are enjoying the fall so far -- how can it be October already? I wanted to check in with these amazing pictures from Sedona to show you. I visited back in September with my mom, my aunt and my cousin and it was one of the most beautiful places I have ever been. I hope you don't mind looking through a few of our photos today...
so so gorgeous, right?! 
The Red Rocks glow at sunset. It's magical.
all the lovely ladies in my life
jeep tours are fun
and also...this girl makes me laugh constantly
I swear we didn't plan the matching outfits
but we embraced it and took posed photos like this one all over the place ;)
i swear they made me do it
the world is a beautiful place, you just need look for it in everything!
love my mama so much!
This trail was absolutely incredible, winding in and out of all the cactus plants and takes you up to Devils Bridge where you can see out for miles. It reminded me just how much I miss hiking the Virginia mountains. 
a girls trip is not complete without a little wine tasting

Don't get me wrong, I love Texas & Virginia forever amen. But sometimes it's amazing to see a new part of the country. Like Arizona -- what a gorgeous spot, not to be missed. The Red Rocks here are unlike anything I have ever seen. We kept saying it all weekend but the US really is a remarkable and gorgeous country. 

PS: If you are interested, we stayed at the Amara Resort & Spa. It was fabulous! And don't miss Elote  Cafe - it's rated the #3 Mexican restaurant in the US!

happy friday, friends! 

renovate Houston

Friday, September 5

I recently had the privilege of taking an early morning peak around the adorable store, renovate. Filled to the brim with awesome goodies including but not limited to cards, picture frames, art, home accessories and gorgeous painted furniture - I instantly fell in love. But my favorite about it is the mother-daughter team that runs it. So so special! You can find more information about Cathy & Courtney by clicking here. And David actually went to high school with Courtney back in the day and we love supporting our fellow Memorial Mustangs. :)
{the flowers would make a perfect hostess gift!}
{the gorgeous paintings are by local artist, Kellie Morley}
{I loved the whole look and feel of the store, including this gorgeous table arrangment}
{how cute would these be in a bathroom?}
{I wanted to take this gorgeous painted piece home with me}

If you are a Houstonian then swing by this adorable store.
Located in Spring Branch, right off I-10!
7413 Westview

PS: happy friday, friends! hope you have a fun and relaxing weekend. 

5 years

Wednesday, August 20

So this is the post where my sappiness may get insulting. You've been warned. See, I have been living in Houston for five years. FIVE. I know! I still can't get over it myself.  Just yesterday, as I was swerving around another pothole, blasting the AC and listening to a country radio station (yes, COUNTRY. MUSIC.) it suddenly became apparent how much I have changed since moving here. Not in a weird cultish way...but in a genuine, real life way.

This humid, football crazed, tex mex loving, busy city has shaped me. For the better? I'd venture a yes...but you can ask my husband for the real answer ;)

People always ask me questions like: why I ended up here? how I like it here? if I plan on being here long? Which come to think of it, is soooo Texas of them. Side note: But gosh darn it when are they going to stop asking it in a way that makes me feel like a visitor or a tourist. Do I have to wait 10 years for that privilege?  Or just be able to keep up conversation about UT football? Or maybe I need to start carrying a gun? I'll let you know when I figure out the secret.

But back to the matter at hand, Houston! Let me count the things I love about you: I love that I can walk into a bar and always find someone in a cowboy hat. And on that note, I love that chivalry still exists here. I love the weather from October through May. But especially in February when its cold and dreary everywhere else and you are sunny & balmy. I love that we don't have state tax (you know, the important things). And I love that it is perfectly acceptable (even encouraged) to get Tex Mex and margaritas twice a week. I love that you are a big city that seems so small. And that everyone knows everyone or is related to everyone in some way (that's taught me a thing or two about gossiping). I love that football is life. And that Austin is only a 2 hour drive away. I love that "y'all" is a thing here. I also love the restaurants...because, duh! I love rodeo season and pretending that all of us city folks are really country folks at heart. And I love those fried oreos...but mostly just the adorable cows. I love the amazing, good, kind friends that I have met here.  Come to think of it, the people here are what I love most about this city.

You know, the weirdest thing about looking back over the last five years is the way things go by in a blink of an eye and you don't even notice yourself changing until one day it hits you like a ton of bricks. I guess that's the crazy thing about life. Or maybe just your twenties. But either way, I have to say that I'm really enjoying the ride. And I'm so thankful that I ended up in the great state of Texas.

So here's to Houston. My little love note.


Tuesday, July 22

Nordstrom's Anniversary sale is here! It's my favorite opportunity of the summer to scoop up those fall must-haves at a great price. Although it's kinda hard to picture myself wearing cashmere in the middle of this TX heat....it also makes me excited for the cooler months ahead. I picked up a few of these items last night and wanted to share since there is still time for you.  The sales ends August 4th so go get your shopping on.  :)

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color crush

Thursday, July 17

Color Crush
Neon yellow always reminds me of sweet summer time....

artists we love: michelle arms

Tuesday, July 15

Meet one of my favorite artists, Michelle Aramas. Aren't these paintings stunning?! I was first introduced to Michelle's work when I joined the Biscuit Home team back in April. We sell a few of her gorgeous prints in our store and they literally fly off the walls - they are so popular that we can't keep them in stock! Now I just need to find a spot for one in our house. :) I pulled my favorite prints from her website but you can take a look here to see the rest. Which one is your favorite?

inspiring interiors

Monday, July 14

This month I am working on a few finishing touches for our family room. We rearranged the furniture this weekend (pics coming soon) and now I need some pieces that will pull the room together. A few new pillows, books and decorative pieces, an ottoman & a big comfy chair for watching TV to be exact. The images above inspire the overall look & fell I want to end up with - calm, cool and casual. I'll be sure to keep you posted on our progress. Which room is your favorite?

PS: Hope you all enjoyed your weekend. Happy Monday! xoxo

{images via 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9


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