Pride Fest 2011

// dress c/o Langford Market / Mardison Harding boots / vintage purse / black tights c/o Kushyfoot / Eduard Onecic ring //

In true celebratory form, I was out and about for Houston's annual Pride Festival this Saturday. You can usually find me at the DUO party, which is thrown by the store's owner every year. It's got to be by far the best seat in town- open bar, shop til you drop til 11, and the parade passes right in front. What to wear on a night such as this? I decided to go with a versatile color palette of red, black, and white. Easy to accessorize and dress up or down depending on the mood. To complete the outfit, I incorporated one of my favorite pairs of sky high booties but stuck to a walkable chunky heel of course. After seeing a poor girl in wobbly stilettos fall flat on her face that night, it made me glad I thought twice about my shoe choice.


Tame Mane Pt II

// Helmut Lang top / Habitual coral pants / vintage clutch / Melissa wedges //

I've started getting a hang of prepping my hair every morning. For the first time in my life, I actually have a religious hair routine. As with every new routine, a good set of tools is key. As you probably figured, I never really had much in tools, so whatever I did have desperately needed a facelift.

A while back, Missiko graciously let me try out their Hana flat iron (in pink no less), which I have become pretty attached to. I have since become a flat iron convert and loving every minute of it. It works wonders on my frizzies if the Houston heat doesn't get to them first. Since I have a limited amount of time in the morning to get ready and go, I have to rely on a good hair dryer as well. Mine had seen better days (see below). Yes, that is indeed melted plastic.

Missiko has come to the rescue once again. I know I told you that a hairdryer was next on my list. See, I wasn't kiddin'! My new hairdryer is sleeker, quieter, has a multi-setting cold and hot switch, and comes with a detachable nozzle. Pretty sweet, huh? It's nice to know that now I don't have to look like I just rolled out of bed.

I've only reviewed the Hana products, but Missiko is a good place to start if you're looking for your hair care needs. They have all kinds of Hair Straighteners like the Babyliss and the CHI Flat Iron. For those who are wondering, I don't just take on any review. I love that Missiko is an independent, family-owned business, and it offers quality products in a variety of brands. If you're not sure about purchasing, you can read the reviews for each item which is always a favorite feature of mine on any online site. So yes, I really do use my Hana flat iron every day, and the hairdryer is quickly following suit.


Modern Color

// hoodie top c/o Langford Market / Serfontaine shorts / vintage clutch / Levity sandals //

I've got that Eurythmics song stuck in my head because we just started receiving some much needed rain here. I've never been a big of it until recently. Just looking at our front lawn, I was afraid that it would catch fire any minute. Plus, I don't mind getting a little break from the heat either. These photos were obviously taken before the dry spell let up.

So this is my version of color blocking. A little bright turquoise here. A pop of bright yellow there. What can I say? I dig bright colors and hey, the hoodie never goes out of style. I bought the sandals for my trip to Thailand but didn't even pull them out of my suitcase. Go figure. They have a small wedge for easy walking, and I love the tiny stud details. Now that summer is officially here, I'm sure I can get some great use out of them in this weather.


Sweet Simplicity: Stone & Honey

Finding it hard to keep my eyes off of these dainty yet sculptural pieces by Stone & Honey. Their Spring '11 collection captures the season perfectly with native inspiration and jolts of color. Doesn't the organic turquoise blue blend so well with the industrial metal accents?
I can already see these with a sleek maxi dress and barely there leather sandals.


Blue Safari

// Waterproof button down top / Express khaki shorts / vintage weave belt / Steven Madden wedges / Zara purse / no name big face watch / vintage bracelet / Charlotte Russe cateye sunnies //

Blue has been my latest obsession especially with chambray and 70s sky blue denim becoming so popular. The calming color goes with just about anything. This top was a recent Buffalo Exchange score for $13. Not bad for such a versatile and classic piece. The khaki shorts are an even better find IMHO since they were recycled from the depths of my black hole of a closet. Got one of those too? Seriously, I just never know what I might find. I don't even own a walk-in, yet it seems like every time I dig a little deeper, I find something new.
Amen to that!


Exile in Austin

Some exciting news!

My friend's band, The Happen-Ins, who have been featured on Sea of Shoes and now, the July catalog of Free People, will be playing the catalog release party this Friday at my fave Austin venue, The Mohawk. For all you Austinites out there who love fashion and music, don't miss out on this free show!

So wish I could be there but this woman's got to work. I'm not just excited for them, I'm ecstatic! Congrats to the guys on all their hard work and amazing rock n' roll!
I'll be there in spirit!


Lakeshore Drive

// striped maxi c/o Langford Market / Deena & Ozzy sandals / Forever 21 bangles and sunglasses / vintage belt / Skagen rose gold watch //

Enjoyed a relaxing weekend with the in-laws at their house on the lake. Yes... it was preeety hard to pry myself away from this when it was time to go home. Although my mother-in-law can make some mean Southern food, we switched it up this time around and had Japanese-style shish kabobs and veggie tempura inspired by recipes from one of their favorite restaurants back in Arlington.

Before leaving, I made sure to grab some fresh tomatoes (and random bell pepper) out of their garden. It's always a treat to return to the city with homegrown produce. Nothing like right off the stem!

If you haven't noticed, I have a new sponsor which I am super excited about! Langford Market is hands down my favorite affordable boutique in town. Besides the cute clothes and personal shopping experience, the place is decorated with art and reupholstered vintage furniture (yep, enuff said) that are also for sale. You don't live in Houston, you say? Never fear, they have a store in Austin, San Antonio, and New Orleans. I wouldn't be surprised if there was one popping up near you.

They always seem to have something right up my alley like this maxi dress that reminds me of a summery version of Acne's striped Extreme dress which I have been coveting since last year. This lighter version definitely fills that void.



// Mint by Goorin hat // Nasty Gal leopard top / Earnest Sewn jeans / Steve Madden wedges / Desmo bag / Alex and Chloe necklace / Forever 21 ring / Casio watch //

I absolutely freakin' love this top! Double-sided with a sheer yet bold leopard print graphic on the back. I don't know what it is about leopard print, but the fact that it can be tacky, sexy, and whimsical all at the same time makes me oh-so-happy.

Lately, I've been indulging in some Nip/Tuck. Because of the awesomeness that is Instant Netflix, I get to watch shows that I've always heard about but never got a chance to watch either because I didn't have HBO/FX/enough time. Every time they show a gory surgery scene, I just pretend I'm the doctor. It doesn't hurt either that a-hole Dr. Troy is kinda cute. I've also been trying to get through Twin Peaks (22 episodes to go!), and I have the first season of Mad Men sitting on my coffee table. I'm feeling a little ambitious, but I think it's worth a shot.
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