Mixed Space

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                                                                                          Jacket // Madewell
                                                                                          Top // Zara
                                                                                          Black Denim // JOE's Jeans
                                                                                          Boots // Woman by Common Projects
                                                                                          Bag // Dimoni


Cute / Modern / Nom

A new roundup for your midweek pick-me-up!
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CUTE // For those moments when you wondered what it'd be like to have a bunch of tiny parrots on your head.

MODERN // These sleek loafers are on my Wishlist.  Looks like they're on everybody else's too.  : /

NOM // This is the result of Bryan accidentally defrosting all of our catfish- a delicious and easy etoufee-like dish!  To save some bucks, I bought frozen salad shrimp and just defrosted the bag.  Bon appetit!



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                                                                                  Tee // Madewell Universal tee
                                                                                  Shorts // Serfontaine
                                                                                  Bag // Leah Goren Girls tote
                                                                                  Boots //Won Hundred Stone boots
                                                                                  Cuff // Young Frankk Match cuff
                                                                                  Rings // [L to R] vintage and Pamela Love
It's still hot here in Houston despite the random cold front teasing its way through once every two weeks.  So most of my outfits have been soft tees and shorts.  I know boots aren't really summer wear but for me, they're a year-round staple. Lesson learned with white boots: they're fab but scuff up almost immediately.  


Douglas and Bec

Trying to move on from Ikea furniture is no easy task especially when you love Scandinavian simplicity.  As a compromise, I like to venture out and find furniture in the same vein but with a little more of that "je ne sais quoi." Douglas and Bec, a family-run New Zealand company, embodies everything I find appealing about the style- light woods, sleek silhouettes, and a subtle hint of metal.  All furniture is handmade by Douglas, the designer's father. 

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I can sit here all day envisioning these items in a bright lofty space.


Out & About: It's a Bánh Mì World

For those who have a preconceived notion that Houston has no soul, I've decided to add an Out & About feature that will not only motivate me to break out my camera again (yay!) but also show why I love this city more and more each day.

Last night I got to experience what could only be called the city's largest bánh mì fest. The Great Bánh Mì Cook-Off packed 11 chef booths in the original Kim Son in Downtown.  

The lineup was as follows: 

(1) Chef King & Co. - Darius King
(2) Copper Chefs - Conor M. & JP
(3) Culinary Creations Catering - Cristian Gonzalez
(4) Fat Bao - Pak Tsui
(5) Flying Saucer - Ben Rabbani
(6) Fung's Kitchen - Hoi Fung
(7) GiAu Bar n Bites - Nick Nguyen
(8) Hearsay Gastro Lounge - Edwin Chanas
(9) Kim Son Restaurant - Kim Son Chef
(10) R&D Barbeque - Dale Ellington
(11) Taco Nuts - L.J. Wiley  

Here's how it went down:

The ingredients...

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Who doesn't love some Jack and butter?

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Mmm... fried pork belly...

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Chef King & Co.

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Hearsay Gastro Lounge
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The winner!  R&D's BBQ Bánh Mì was both the Judge's and People's Choice! It's true- we Texans can't have enough of our barbeque.  

The food scene has really exploded here, and this was a creative way to bring some notable chefs together to raise money for charity.  This fundraiser helped to support BPSOS, which has done great things for minority communities including spearheading efforts to cut down human trafficking.  BPSOS hosts a large fundraising event every year, and I'm excited to see if they can top this fun and scrumptious event! By the way, I did have a taste of every single entry, and my two favorites were the pork belly and quail egg bánh mì by Giau Bar N Bites and the sardines and watermelon bánh mì by Fat Bao.  Creative concoctions for the win (at least in my book)!  
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