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    Sunday Funday at the MFAH

    Back in November, when we first moved to Houston, I saw a few very pretty ads for an upcoming summer art exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston.   The ads were showing a lovely picture of a gorgeous stately home that looked very similar to my idea of Pride and Prejudice’s Pemberley.   The anglophile in me naturally was intrigued.

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    A mere 8 months later, The Houghton Hall: Portrait of an English Country House exhibit is here!  I had been itching to make my way to the MFAH since the exhibit’s opening and finally found some time to do so over the weekend.

    My friend Jenna and I ditched the husbands for the day and gladly escaped the 100 degree weather to explore Houghton Hall’s finery as well as the rest of galleries in this huge museum.

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    Along with all of the splendor that you would expect to be on display in a fine English home, there were also walls upon walls of stunning and priceless paintings that the estate’s residents, the Cholmondeley family, had collected.

    The painting below is of this old family, the owners Houghton Hall.  I love how casual they seem, while at the same time they are all dressed in their stuffy formal finery.

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    We oohed and ahhed over all of the lovely furniture and finery. 
    Most of the paintings on display were what you would imagine, stuffy portraits of aristocratic Brits and paintings of their hunting dogs in the countryside.  All perfectly beautiful, but expected. 
    I loved stumbling upon this one portrait below.  Her wild curly hair is amazing!  It’s fun to imagine who this woman may have been and what her life must have been like all those years ago.
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    Jenna and I really enjoyed the exhibit, and compared quite a bit of what we saw to our friends at Downton Abbey, as if we actually knew them.  “Oh, that woman in the painting looks just like Edith!”    
    We then set off to explore the rest of the museum, getting lost upstairs in the rooms and rooms of beautiful art.
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    Is it just me or…is this little boy holding some sort of old fashioned lacrosse stick? 
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    I’m pretty sure that it just may be a fancy tennis racket of the renaissance era. 
    After immersing ourselves into the past, we ventured through a neon tunnel under the museum to another building, which housed the popular Soto Exhibit.
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    This contemporary art exhibit houses 24,000 PVC tubes that are hand painted and tied to hang two stories from the ceiling.
    Everyone was interacting with the installation, just running around and playing in it.   I definitely felt almost like a little kid again, pretending to swim in and out of the gooey strings.  Such a fun experience!
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    And now the end of the post, where we are on my favorite subject: style.  Let me tell you about this pretty ditty of a necklace that I’m wearing….
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    It was part of GroopDealz daily deals a few weeks ago and it was only FIVE dollars.  FIVE! You can’t even get a sandwich for $5 dollars these days.  GroopDealz posts new items everyday at deeply discounted prices.  If you like something you see, grab it before its gone the next day! 
    This necklace just arrived in the mail and I was not sure what to expect, with the low price tag and all.  But the quality is really great and the orange stones are actually pretty heavy.  I feel like it will go with just about anything in my closet. 
    Here are a few of my favorite pieces that the site is listing at the moment, all under $10. 


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    Hope you enjoyed taking a little tour of MFAH with me today!  If you’re in the Houston area at all this summer, be sure to check out the Houghton Hall exhibit! Its nice to take a little trip to Europe for the afternoon, without the bothersome jet lag.  πŸ™‚

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    *this is a sponsored post by GroopDealz.  All opinions are my own.* 




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    Designer Love: Zimmermann

    Ever since I saw the beautiful white Zimmermann dress worn by Kate Middleton, I have been incredibly intrigued by this Australian designer.  It is rare when I find that I love almost every single piece from one specific designer, but Zimmermann is the exception.   It must be the lace detail that exists in the majority of the pieces, for I am truly a sucker for lace.

    Nancy Zimmermann got her start selling the clothing she made out of her garage.   Her brand is now a staple for fashionable Australian beachwear.  Don’t you love to hear stories like that?

    Here’s a bit of Zimmermann eye candy for you on this beautiful Thursday.

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    But alas… you don’t have to go all the way to Australia for one of Zimmermann’s lovely pieces.  Anthropologie also carries quite a few designs.

     
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    Now if I could just snap my fingers and be at the beach, soaking up the sun in one of these pretties.

    Hope you all have a great weekend and that you’re enjoying every little bit that summertime has to offer!

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    A Little Bit of 4th of July Weekend

    I was a bad little blogger this weekend.  Fully intending to take a whole bunch of pictures during our trip to Indiana, I failed miserably and only managed to come home with a handful.

    Two of our good friends were married this past weekend in a beautiful ceremony in downtown Indianapolis.  We celebrated the happy couple all weekend long with fancy dinners and dancing until the wee hours of the morning.

    Here are a few snapshots of our weekend:

    The groom was born in Canada, and it being Fourth of July weekend and all, we waved the bride and groom from the church and into their car with American and Canadian flags.  Such a cute and personal touch! 
    My new floral Anthro dress is getting a lot a lot of love lately.   πŸ™‚

    Highlights of the weekend were drinking champagne and munching on shrimp cocktails at St. Elmo’s Steakhouse, seeing the fireworks surrounded by other revelers deep in the heart of downtown Indy, and singing Rocky Top at the top of our lungs (several times) while dancing at the reception. 

    It was so fun to spend the weekend with old friends.  Our summer has been consumed by weddings, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.   This week we’re going to lay low and check out whats going on close by in our city.  It’s kind of been awhile, Houston.

    A Fashion Brunch & A Floral Dress

    It’s shaping up to be a big week for me! I started an exciting new job on Monday and I’m only working a few more days until we jet out for the holiday weekend to see some good friends of ours get married.   This summer is just flying right on by.  
    But to pause it for a moment, here’s a bit of this and that from Sunday’s brunch.  
    This past weekend, my friend Anna and I went to a fashion show and brunch hosted by Tidbits Houston.

    We were treated with a delicious brunch menu and an informal fashion show featuring the latest styles from Cakewalk Style, a boutique here in Houston.

    Our scrumptious brunch was at Trenza, which is a new restaurant that just opened in the Upper Kirby area.   The restaurant describes its flavors as “Latin dishes with an Indian flair.”

    If you couldn’t tell already, one of my absolute favorite things about living in Houston is all of the FOOD here!  Hands down, the best restaurants that I have ever been to are in this city.   Each time we go out to eat is an adventure in itself.  Having such high expectations of the restaurants in town, Trenza’s brunch did not disappoint. 
    Anna and I started our foray into brunch with the obvious choice of go-to brunch cocktails: Mimosas.   

    Trenza took a little spin on the traditional OJ mimosa, and we tried interesting flavors such as peach, cucumber melon, and pomegranate.   
    I’m still not sure which my favorite was! 
    But they were definitely a welcome change from your regular OJ ones.

    Okay.. I think I’ll actually have to settle with my favorite being the cucumber melon. πŸ™‚   

    After scouring our menu and going back and forth between all of the delightful sounding options, we finally both decided on the the Egg & Chorizo Breakfast Tacos.

    We shared sides of Cheddar Cheese Grits and JalapeΓ±o Scalloped Potatoes.   The sides are not pictured because they may have been too tasty for me to even think about pausing for a photo.  πŸ˜‰
    While sipping on our drinks and enjoying the delicious menu, we watched as several models waltzed in between all of the tables, stopping to chat every once in a while to discuss the pieces that they were wearing.   
    Here is a bit of what they wore:
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    Crop Top and Skirt // Tibi 


    Presmar Clutch here & here


    We weren’t treated to just beautiful clothes, these Presmar clutches were also on display.   I can not tell you how soft the leather felt on these beauties.  If anything was going to come home with me from the style show, it would have been one of these.  Especially that pink one!



    And now on to a bit of what I wore.


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    Annona Midi Dress  //  Envelope Clutch (similar and on sale!) // Seychelles Thyme Wedges 

    I snapped these photos before I walked out the door, and before the Houston humidity could catch up with me.

    I absolutely love this lightweight summer sundress, and it is such a great length.  You don’t see tea length dresses too often, and they are a nice alternative to maxi dress.  I’d say this is a perfect dress to wear to a garden wedding or you know .. to Sunday brunch! 

    After brunch, Anna and I hopped across the street to browse Tootsies.  Tootsies is kind of like the Houston equivalent to Barneys or Bloomingdales.  
    We oohed and ahhed over every single thing in the store, imagining what it would be like to take home one of their stunning designer dresses! But for now, we are happy to settle with good old fashioned window shopping.

    How to Chalk Paint & A Hand Me Down Dresser

    I had meant to post this months and months ago … but it has taken me forever to get around to shooting the after photo.  πŸ˜‰  
    Better late than never! 
    Quite a few years ago, well more than that, in college actually, Patrick lived in a run down (to put it nicely) house with five other guys.  They called it the Lacrosse House.  He and all of his friends who lived there were on the team and the house was the location of many great college parties.  Patrick and I first met there actually.
    The house was always passed down from the older guys to the younger players.  When it was Patrick’s turn to move in, somebody had left this huge dresser behind in his new bedroom.   Its a beast of thing, so I can understand why nobody wanted to fool with moving it out.  
    Flash forward to now, and this hand me down dresser currently resides in our master bedroom.   
    It is a great piece, very sturdy, and has lots of drawers, which is a plus, but it just doesn’t look very… what should I say… contemporary?   

    Well, we finally found the time to repaint this beast.  

    I chose Behr’s Creek Bend, from Home Depot.   I didn’t want to bother with sanding the entire piece down so I decided it was best to chalk paint it.  

    Chalk paint is the EASIEST and most effortless way to paint a piece of furniture.  It requires absolutely no sanding and usually only needs one or maybe two coats of paint at the most.   Plus, it dries very quickly.

    I’m sure you’ve heard of Annie Sloan chalk paint?  Well…her paint is about $30 for a quart.  You can easily make your own quart of chalk paint for around $5-$7 or so. 

    Now on to the How To:  
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    You will need: 

    1/3 cup of Plaster of Paris
    1/3 cup of Water
    1 cup of Paint 
    Stir Stick
    Mixing Bucket

    Plaster of Paris is the stuff that people use to make sculptures or castes of things.  Its chalky and thick like flour, which is what will give your paint that chalk paint look. 
    Once you buy the plaster of paris, you can continue to make your own chalk paint later on for around $2-$3, since you’ll have everything else on hand.   I always buy just a sample of paint (which is usually around 1 cup) from Lowe’s or Home Depot.  Seriously.  So cheap and easy! 

    For this dresser, I doubled the recipe.  It is a pretty big dresser after all. 

    After leaving the dresser out all day to dry, it was time to apply the poly to seal the paint to finish it off. 
    Then … we brought it inside! 
    Ta Da! 

    I decided to leave the drawer pulls’ original bronzy/gold color.  I thought the gold tones would match the antique mirror that I have sitting on top of the dresser.

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    I can’t believe it took us a year of having this dresser in our house to finally get around to painting it.   I am so glad that we did! I am absolutely in love with the way that it looks now.  
    Like I was saying earlier…we did this project MONTHS ago.  Finally getting around to posting it has given me the itch to tackle even more DIY projects.   
    With that, I’m headed to Lowe’s to pick up some more paint and get started on some random projects around the house. 
    That is what Saturdays are for, after all. 
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    Wanderlust in Full Effect

    Sorry for my lack of posts lately.  My mind has been elsewhere.  In three and a half short weeks, Patrick and I will be in Florida with family for a long (and much needed) relaxing week of beach sitting & sunshine.

    And all I can think about is our upcoming trip!

    Patrick and I even went to the bookstore the other day to pick up some beach reads.  And being the book nerd that I am, I have already finished my book, much too far in advance of our planned vacation.    (BTW The American Heiress: A Novelis an amazing read!)

    With my mind fully preoccupied on our upcoming trip, I’m sharing some beachy outfit inspiration from pinterest with you today, and how you can get these looks for yourself.

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    hat / anthropologie $48 // cover up / asos $42
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    topshop $68 // nordstrom $68 // free people $110
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    cover up / anthropologie $120 // stripe bikini / nordstrom $60
    Hope you all have warm weather and relaxing holiday plans on your horizon!  And if you have any good book recommendations to share (now that I’ve finished my beach read) I’d love to hear them! 

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