Fall Inspirations

Leather on cotton
Soft and Chunky Knits
Smiling Faces and Vintage Disney
Wide-brimmed Fedoras
Menswear Styling
Black and Denim
A Touch of Humor

//Photos: A Fashion Tale, Alessia Laudoni, Vanessa Jackman, Jak and Jil, AltamiraNYC, Maria Maliki, Sartorialist//

Hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday! I know I am! Nom nom nom nom...


It's Amore

Quattro Formaggi Pizza
Como Pizza

After a few trips to the gym, I started noticing something magical staring back at me from the across the street with its pretty twinkling lights in colors of the rainbow. The sign read "Famosi Per La Pizza." Famous for the pizza? Hmm... this required some more detective work. Bryan and I finally decided to check out the adorable cafe with a wonderful sidewalk patio. We were greeted by one of the owners, who explained that he and his brother, who moved from Italy 2 years ago, saw the concept in Miami and decided to bring it here. With colorful lamps hanging from the ceiling, the funky vibe of Piola ran right up my alley. One of the best pizzas I ever had was in Florence, so finding this Italian gem was pretty exciting.

I started out with their Green Fruit Caipirinha (Brazilian 101 proof rum, kiwi, grapes, and mint). The drink was absolutely delicious although I had to unclog my straw from the whole grapes and kiwi chunks that were keeping me away from my alcohol every time I took a sip. The waiter later brought me a spoon. Their pizzas are 12-inch individual sized thin crust pizzas. I ordered the Quattro Formaggi, which is the one I ate in Italy and brought fond memories back from that trip. Piola's version had mozzarella, gorgonzola, brie (!!), and grana padano cheese. Bryan chose the Como Pizza with Porcini mushrooms and proscuitto crudo. I enjoyed every bit of my pizza with half of it to spare. Love pizza leftovers! Bryan was less excited about his. I guess he was expecting a hearty Chicago-style pizza and this was far from that.

I'm looking forward to coming back with my lady friends who can appreciate dainty gourmet pizzas and frou frou drinks. Plus, they have all-u-can-eat gnocchi every 29th of the month, which I'll be marking on my calendar right now...


The Art That Surrounds Us

This weekend was wholly art-filled from the Winter Street Studios Holiday Art Market to the Via Colori street painting festival. I was hoping to pick up some Christmas gifts for friends and family at the art market but I ended up just finding an item for myself. Doh.

It was the first time I checked out the Via Colori festival. Apparently, it's been around for years, and I have just been living in a hermit hole. What a fantastic way to bring out the community to raise money and awareness for a local charity. I love discovering new things about this city.

P.S.- Found out my friend, Noreen (who I got to hang out with this weekend), also has a fashion blog! Check hers out at Four Eyed Fun.


When Velveeta Just Doesn't Cut It

The Popeye- spinach, mushrooms, onions, parmesan, garlic
Quattro- 4-cheese blend
The Italiano- meatballs n' more

// Harajuku Loft top / Rick Owens F/W 02 skirt / Colonial Madness boots //

The other night some friends and I decided to try out the new mac n' cheese restaurant in town. I was pleasantly surprised and must say that I thoroughly enjoyed my cheesy pasta dish aptly named "the Popeye." The food came in a little skillet along with a very unnecessary slice of bread. I wouldn't call this my new go-to eatery but after scoping out the nearby tables, I'm curious to try the BBQ and Tex-Mex mac dish next time I drop in.

I have a feeling this place was based off NY's S'Mac (Sarita's Mac N' Cheese). Looks like I have another food stop to make the next time I'm in New York.


Spraypainted Pink Bike, Anyone?

//Raffaello Bettini wool fedora / vintage sweater / Target stretch pants / Minnetonka fringe boots / foxtail from Ren Fest / quartz necklace from Fascination Drop giveaway / Zara bucket purse //

These photos were taken in front my favorite museum in Houston, The Menil. A beautiful, modern and simple building with recycled glass windows surrounded by an abundance of grass. But of course, my favorite part, is what's inside. The Menil houses one of the best Surrealist and Dadaist art collections. Magritte, Miro, de Chirico, Dali... it's all there. The surrounding space around the museum is also one of my favorite picnic/laying around the grass spots. Seriously calming and a great place to just absorb the world around you.

For those who were wondering, the winner of the CSN giveaway is...

Kimia Kline!

Kimia, you will be receiving an email from me shortly. For international readers, I will be holding a giveaway with a holiday package put together by me and open to all readers very, very soon.
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