New In: Geo Necklace from A Merry Mishap

//necklace hand crafted by A Merry Mishap //

Etsy can be a serious danger sometimes, but this time, I'm happy to say that I'm also supporting a fellow blogger who I have been following for her design sense and delicious food posts. After seeing this necklace on Jennifer's blog, I knew it needed to be added to my jewelry collection asap. I've been dying to incorporate some neon accents to a simple outfit and thought that this piece would be perfect for my first attempt. This necklace and other wonderful pieces can be found here.


Spring Colors

// vintage top from Etsy / Citizens of Humanity jeans / vintage purse / sliced stone pendant from Etsy / Gap wedge boots //

Hello Spring, can you hear me? I'm practically bathing in your colors right now.

I found this top from Etsy and thought it would go quite well with all the open-knit trends these days. Plus, it's in my favorite pastel of the season- mint! Paired with sky blue flares that I've been saving up and this crazy beaded bag, I think I've got a pretty spring-worthy look. Dontcha think?

Some other minty fresh items on the radar!
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Down House

chicken and waffles: all-natural buttermilk-thyme fried chicken w/ cherry-pepper honey served with a whole-grain waffle and real maple syrup
pork hash: spicy braised pork on a bed of breakfast potatoes w/ two fried local eggs and crumbled feta

I know I'm long overdue for a food post, so I'm glad to get back in the appetizing swing of things with Down House. The atmosphere feels like a larger version of your favorite, local coffee house with big leather sofas and eclectic decor. I have more than once attempted to stop in, but somehow circumstances were never in my favor. I have to say this last time turned out to be a success because not only did I get a chance to catch up with a friend who just went through a truly amazing recovery from a serious injury, but I also enjoyed my very first chicken and waffles. I never would have thought fried chicken went with the doughy breakfast staple but might I say they were an absolutely delicious combo! The chicken was cooked just right with the exact crunch I was hoping for and glazed in a cherry-pepper honey. I know, right? I didn't try my friend's pork hash, but it looked equally delectable and topped with two bright sunny-side up eggs. The restaurant was pretty packed when we arrived, but we both enjoyed a coffee drink while we waited at the bar for a table. They have a nice selection of beer on tap and also serve wine and old-fashioned cocktails. Doesn't a drink named the Hot Buttered Bay just begs to be drunk?

Now that I'm on a chicken & waffles kick, I'll have to finally get my foot in the door at Breakfast Klub, which is known for the dish. The line usually goes around the block, but I've heard it's entirely worth the wait!


Checks & Balances

// Forever 21 flannel top / Zara pink pants / Common Projects ankle boots / Dimoni bag //

These light pink pants have been more versatile than I originally thought. I've been searching for a good pair of white ones for awhile now with no luck and finally settled on baby pink ones that come to find out- work just as well. The pink is subtle enough to complement most colors and the hint of pastel-ly color works great with my spring wardrobe.

I'm also bringing flannel plaid back. Not that people haven't been trying to bring it back for years, but it's a relatively new undertaking for me. I never got into the grunge movement, but I think living with a college roommate who was obsessed with Nirvana and Courtney Love must count for something.

Has anyone else noticed that Santigold's new single sounds very similar to "Making Plans for Nigel?"


Rebecca Taylor F/W 2012

I've been keeping my eye on Rebecca Taylor because she seems to have all the workings I love about French style but with the accessibility of the States. Her layering and perfectly oversized coats have made my heart skip a couple of beats since checking out her newest collection. While her Spring collection was bright, light, and flowy, her latest season is dark and moody yet maintains a chic coolness. I would wear every look (and possibly add a neon scarf to the mix).

She even has a boot strikingly similar to IM's Dickers but with a neon pink lining!

The Haley Boot



// Rag & Bone jacket / vintage cardigan / Helmut Lang white shirt / 1921 jeans / Whyred boots / Desmo bag //

I've never been much into lace and frills, so I think these cuffed jeans and varsity-style jacket capture my tomboyish side pretty nicely. Some rockabilly touches here and a little bit of sportiness there help to break up the predictable girliness of an outfit. The fun pattern and colors of this vintage cardi also add some much needed bits of color.

Currently, my hair is in a state of flux. In other words, it's in that awkward stage of growing out, so if you see my hair in a constant ponytail, you'll know why.


All Good Things

I have an on-again off-again relationship with retro. In high school, my style reflected my mom's hand-me-downs from the '70s. Since then, I have flirted with the vintage parts of my wardrobe but have not had a full on love affair. All Good Things starring one of my fashion faves, Kirsten Dunst, has peaked my interest against in all things "retro."
{Screen shots c/o Magnolia Pictures}

Based on the true story of Robert Durst, the movie shows us that Ryan Gosling can indeed play a weird dude. I don't know how much the story spread nationally, but if you're from Texas, it will probably ring a bell. The nostalgic styling rather than the creepy side of Gosling (yes, real life is stranger than fiction!) is what really called out to me in this film.

Get the look!

// vintage plaid top at Kerrilendo / Lucky Brand macrame crossbody bag / Lover wide leg jeans / No.6 Huarache clogs / Isabel Marant Handy sandals //

P.S.- Thanks to The Trend Boutique for featuring me as a blog they love! Check out the "Invasionista" banner on the right side of their blog!


If Floating Pyramids Could Talk

{graffiti wall c/o Ack! and weah}

// Vince leather jacket / vintage top and clutch / Adriano Goldschmied cord flares / Gap wedge boots //

I'm such a sucker for quirky prints so when I came across this psychedelic vintage top (a sci-fi version of Peter Max perhaps?), it was a no brainer that it needed to be added to my wardrobe. No better way to complement this surreal masterpiece than with the artwork of my two favorite Houston graffiti artists.

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