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    Sipping and Shopping in Seaside

    I am significantly much tanner than I was one week ago.

    I have sat motionless (while reading an entire novel lazily in the sand) and eaten far far far too much unhealthy (BUT delicious) food.

    Vacation, you are too good to me!

    While sitting and wasting the days away on the beach, listening to the waves and being surrounded by great people, was definitely the highlight of the trip, one of my favorite parts happened to be the little excursions that we would make into town during the afternoons and evenings.

    We stayed on Seagrove Beach which is right in between the picturesque vacation towns of Seaside and Rosemary Beach.

    One of the first couple of days into our trip, we ventured into Seaside for an afternoon of cocktails and open air shopping.

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    Patrick and I, along with my mother-in-law, sister-in-law and her college buddy, stopped for drinks and fresh Oysters at the Great Southern Cafe right smack dab in the middle of town.

    I’ve stopped in this cute little restaurant for a drink or two before.  We pop in almost every time we’ve come down here.  There is just something about sitting on that big white porch and people watching the happy vacationers that I get a kick out of.

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    We shared a couple dozen oysters and snacked on calamari all the while sipping on our happy hour cocktails.  
    I’ve always stuck to the mojitos whenever we visit this cafe.  I can’t stand an overly sweet one, just the right amount sugar, ya know? The Great Southern always makes them just riiiight.  Plus, you can add strawberries, or almost any other type of fruit that you’re in the mood for. 
    If you find yourself in Seaside, these guys have a great happy hour!  $8 Oysters and a couple bucks off of your speciality drinks, which is always nice when you’re in a super touristy area. 

    Cheers to vacation! 

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    After we had our fill, we strolled through Seaside and waltzed in and out of the boutiques and past the art galleries. 

    I was enthralled by these paintings!! I could have just stood there all day and stared at the way that the chunky paint is piled on.   
    Could you imagine hanging one these in the living room of your beach house?  
    I think my absolute favorite part of our visits to Seaside is shopping the beachy wares of Perspicaty’s open air market.  
    It almost feels idyllic in a way.   Well, Seaside in itself does.  Everything is so stinking cute and perfect! Perhaps that is why they chose to film the movie The Truman Show here.   Great film if you haven’t seen it! 
    We walked in and out of the little cabanas, admiring the straw hats, linen cover ups, woven baskets, and numerous displays of exotic jewelry.
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    Of course I couldn’t leave without a small souvenir for myself!  This straw basket was only $28! 
    Before we left for the beach, I picked up a few comfy casual clothes to bring on the trip.  I wore my Cloth & Stone Chambray Maxi dress almost a little too much!  This dress easily went from beach cover up, to casual wear, to dressed up for a night out many a time throughout our vacation.   
    Cloth & Stone makes the most lightweight dresses and tops that are effortless to throw on and pair with whatever else you may have in your closet.    Plus, the material is perfect for the beach and especially great for super hot Houston summers.  




    We stayed right on the water, so most of our trip we barely left the house and would come in from a long days in the sun to relaxing dinners.  The rest of the evenings were usually spent on the couch watching movies or playing one of the many board games that were provided to the condo’s guests. 





    I can’t believe our trip is already over!  But I’ve got a couple more posts for ya from it that I’ll be sharing soon!  






    It’s definitely great to be home and back in the swing of things but I sure do wish I was talking a walk down this sandy path for just one more day in the sand.
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    Must Haves for your Oceanside Getaway

    A little less than a week until I’ll have my toes dipped into the sand without a care in the world, well maybe my only care will be what the fictional characters are up to in my beach read, but that’s a different story.  

    In the meantime, I thought I’d throw together this list of necessary accessories for your beach getaway.
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    1. Knit Stitch Tote $138 from Anthropologie.  Because why wouldn’t you carry your gear down to the beach in style?
    2.  Tunes by the Dunes Radio from Modcloth & on sale for $26.99!!  Waterproof music. Enough said.
    3.  Coola Sunscreen & Moisturizer
    $32.  Scented sunscreen and moisturizer that feels like your favorite
    lotion but also acts as some serious water resistant sunscreen. Double
    win.
    4. Stripe Plastic Beach Mat $85 from One Kings Lane.  This plastic and stylish mat will keep the sand off your stuff, and most importantly you. 
    5. Warby Parker Sunglasses – Piper in Tortoise  $95.  If you aren’t sure about a specific pair, you can always do the Warby Parker Free Home Try-On’s where they’ll send you 5 pairs for free to try on and help you choose which pair best fits you! 
    6. Ribboned Espadrilles from Anthropologie & on sale for $59.95!  These comfy summer shoes are on my feet as I type this.  Forget flip-flops, these are the perfect everyday slip on shoe for summer.   



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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.  ๐Ÿ™‚

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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.   ๐Ÿ™‚

    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. ๐Ÿ™‚   

    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 Jalapeรฑo Scalloped Potatoes.   The sides are not pictured because they may have been too tasty for me to even think about pausing for a photo.  ๐Ÿ˜‰
    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 


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    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.