Closet Peep: Tamar of The Shoe Diet

Ralph Lauren denim top / H&M shorts and shoes / Vincent the Malaysian kitty
Because one installment is simply not enough for this fashionista, Tamar Mendelssohn of The Shoe Diet gives us a glimpse into her home and wardrobe with open (Michael Jackson) arms. Anyone who knows Tamar knows she's a diehard MJ fan. So much so, she's even got the tat to prove it.

In addition to her love for MJ, Tamar has been in the Houston fashion scene for quite a number of years.  The first time we ever met was when she helped me pick out accessories at Soho aeons ago. These days, she's become one of the go-to sales associates at Tootsies, gives style advice on her blog, The Shoe Diet, and is a strong supporting member of Flock and its Advisory Committee.

Tamar's eclectic style can be seen throughout her home which features a fun mix of art deco, bohemian, and Hollywood Regency furniture and decor. And yes, her shoe collection may be worth more than your car, but this girl knows how to mix her high-low fashion like the best of them!  
BCBG ruffle back top / Skaist Taylor side zip pants
CÉLINE shades
IAN by Rozae Nichols dress / Guiseppe Zanotti heavy metal heels
Da-Nang cargo shorts
Topshop shades
Rupert Sanderson Malory heels {available here}
Bracelets from top to bottom: gifted Bat Mitzvah bangle, M.C.L. thin chain, Bean & Me beaded bracelet, Minor Obsessions Texas charm bracelet {available here}, Kelly Wearstler square bangle {available here}, YSL wrap bracelet


Brooklyn Athletic Club

No, we're not in Brooklyn, but we sure like to pretend.  Met up with a friend for good eats at another restaurant by the talented Shepard Ross, from oh, you know... Glass Wall, BRC...

Brooklyn Athletic Club, or as Katharine Shilcutt of the Houston Press describes it, is "like someone created a tiny, unpretentious country club and smacked it down in the middle of Houston. And there's a nice restaurant attached."  Pretty much.  I almost wished I was donning my favorite pair of khakis and sun hat.  If the weather wasn't so hot and muggy that day, I would have even been up for a game of bocce ball in their outdoor gaming area.

I went with some of my favorite classics, mussels that tasted like bacon and gnocchi made from paleo-friendly potato.  Yes, this meal is pre-Paleo, which I should probably discuss in a later post.

Pei Mussels: Nueske's Bacon, Mint • Jalapeños • Bombshell Blonde • Sweet Cream Butter  
Sweet Potato Gnocchi: Caramelized Mushrooms/Apples • Crispy Leeks • Sage/Parsley Cream
Frites with Jalapeño Aioli


Burning Bones Press

      This past weekend, Houston's only print co-op, Burning Bones Press, held an Open House featuring the dark and psychedelic works by French publishing house, Le Denier Cri, and select works from its own artist members. I've been curious to see where my friend, Carlos Pozo, has been churning out his modern, architectural screen prints and was surprised to find such a cool, hidden space catering to printmakers of all types. While serving as a workspace for its owners, Carlos Hernandez and Patrick Masterson, Burning Bones is also home to artist members who have all the printmaking equipment and supplies at their fingertips. 
  Carlos Hernandez's newest claim to fame, the Santo label! Carlos Pozo working his magic

Burning Bones Press is located at:
1518 Yale, #1
Houston, TX 77008
and is open by Appointment Only.
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