After letting my local posts dwindle down over a year ago and then getting three email requests from readers of places to go in Houston, I’ve decided it’s due time to bring them back. Mostly I’m doing this as a good excuse to go shopping and out to eat, but also as an act of kindness to those who dare to read my two page email replies (super sorry about that!).
First up, Saint Cloud. No worries for those of you who can’t experience their punched metal gold awning and honeycomb lighting that dreams are made of, because they also have an online shop here. For the locals that are familiar, Saint Cloud is in Rice Village, just across from your second must-stop (and soon to be feature), Cloud 10 ice cream…
Well it’s getting to be that time of year in Texas again, folks. Much like preparing extra water and cookies in advance for storms, it is due time to bust out the battery operated spritzing fan and Ban cooling cloths to keep the face glimmering to a minimum (and I don’t mean the glamorous kind). Cooling cloths might not sound (or look) cute, but it’s not my fault I don’t wear extreme heat well… I blame my mom.
All of this to say that in my almost four years of surviving Texas summers, I’ve come to learn a trick or about prepping summer essentials and these are a few of my favorites.–
a super lightweight beach towel, there’s no reason to have thick cotton when you’re practically dry on spot // a water bottle for every occasion. it might as well be cute if you have to have one // a token floppy hat. not just for the sun, but for disguising my crazy humidity ridden hair // mario badescu oil free moisturizer to calm down my already dewy skin without heat // tanning isn’t something my skin naturally likes to do, so a little sunless encouragement helps and this seems to be the current rave // cooling cloths for a quick freshen up that won’t make you feel like you’re stealing wipes from a baby // a bag worthy of toting around all of the summer staples // token leather sandals that leave a little room for fresh air // retro eye gear // tunic dresses for mixing comfort with as little clothing as possible while still staying classy // go all natural with air dried hair and a little sea spray for just off the beach hair with zero effort
Compensation was provided by Ban via MomTrends. The opinions expressed are my own (only I would admit to extreme glistening, after all) and are not indicative of the opinions of Ban or Momtrends.
I got the chance to escape for a little bit this past weekend in West Texas. It’s funny how quickly you freak out about losing cell phone service and then fast forward three days later and you secretly hope your phone doesn’t work again (or was that just me)? Don’t get me wrong, I’m not apologizing for my love of Instagram, I’m just saying it’s nice to not constantly be on a schedule or checking emails religiously.
I think that’s why people love Marfa so much, and I’m no different. It’s got bright, clear blue skies, art galleries for days, and no one stirs before 10am. It may also require special planning in order to have breakfast in the morning, because the people of Marfa pretty much do whatever they want. If they want their shop to be closed one day, they close it. If it’s too busy with tourists, they take naps (in my mind, anyways). I think everyone that visits is secretly a little jealous of their lifestyle, so we keep going back. I think I’m already planning my next trip. As for now, these are a few photos from this visit, you can view a few more from my Instagram, here.
We got a quick tour of the Marfa Public radio station and I snapped this photo from the break room.
In case you’re looking to fulfill you’re inner desire to stay in a trailer, tee-pee, or safari tent, you’ll find all of your hopes and dreams at El Cosmico. I so wanted the chance to say I’d stayed the night in a tee-pee, but we stayed at Hotel Paisano because El Cosmico was all booked.
I found my dream studio space at Wrong, one of the many fabulous art galleries. He actually makes gigantic stereos that are dresser drawers, bars, and more. It’s insane!
Walking down on of the endless, winding roads in West Texas.
As promised, here is the tutorial for the DIY floral headpieces I taught at Texas Antiques week in Round Top! I’m no green thumb or flower genius, so I’m sure there are plenty of tips to make this tutorial a bit better, but it’s simple enough to where anyone can make them.
The most commonly asked question is how long do the flowers last, which depends a lot on the flowers you choose and the weather conditions. If it’s hot and humid out and you choose delicate flowers, it won’t hold up well. The carnations, billy buttons, berries, and baby’s breath that we used held up the entire day in hot Texas weather, which is quite a feat!
- Flowers of your choice
- Floral wire
- Wire cutters
- Needle nose pliers
- Wire twig (optional for aesthetics)
First, make a loop using floral wire that is a tiny bit bigger than where you’d like the headpiece to lay on your head. I think diagonal looks best, but making it a tiny bit bigger will keep it the right size after you start adding flowers which bulk it up.
Next, use things like wildflowers to start filling in the base, by taking a 1.5inch piece of floral wire and wrapping part of it around the middle of the stem and the remaining strands of wire around the base loop. To attached larger blooms, string floral wire through the back of the bloom’s base and then twist each side of the wire onto the base loop, again. Make sure you use the needle nose pliers to push any ends of the wire that may be poking out. They do not feel good!
Continue filling up the headpiece with as many blooms as you’d like. If you have lighter hair that the floral wire shows up on, you can use wire twig to wrap around the entire base to add a more rustic look to it.