Beans Barton Mural

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This mural, done by local artist Beans Barton in 2008, features surreal-like colorful animal characters such as Guitarasaurus Tex and Rock Cod.

Located on W 19th St, there are many murals and smaller bits of wall art that can be found along the street and in the Houston Heights area overall. This piece though, which sits on the side of print company J. Harding’s building that faces the road, is one of the first you’ll see when driving along W 19th.

-C

Favorite Nail Polishes for Spring

 

DSCN0442Last week it got up in the 90s here in Texas, which prompted me to head straight to my favorite nail salon to get my pedi on. Spring, though, is an interesting season, as it can go from being in the 90s to the 60s easily (as we’ve seen here this last week).

I definitely am one to coordinate the color of not only my lipstick but my nail polish as well, to my outfits. With that in mind, I love having a range of colors on hand from lilac to green to hot pink to a berry when the weather can change so drastically from day to day.

-C

 

(From left: Bikini So Teeny by Essie, Strike A Pose by SpaRitual, British Racing Green by Butter London, My Address is Hollywood by OPI, and Plumberry by Essie)

Happy Spring Equinox!

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I’m so excited that it’s finally spring!

This morning I had to do start Spring off on the right foot, so I went to Trader Joe’s and picking up a small bouquet. Fresh flowers are just about a must have for me when it’s spring, and I love the prices that Trader Joe’s has, plus the fact that I can grab a bouquet along with a few needed grocery items.

How are y’all celebrating the new season?

-C

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Lovin’ Right Now: Neck Scarves

By tying a scarf or a bandana around your neck, your outfit can go from “eh” to “ooh” in an instant. I particularly like how a printed scarf can add a little flair to a more neutral toned outfit and do so on a smaller scale. Plus, a neck scarf doesn’t have to be something fussy as a bandana can easily add a little extra as well.

Whether or not this can be seen as one of the latest trends by some, I know that neck scarves have been seen as fashionable for ages. And though this is not something I would’ve tried due to my short neck, maybe soon I may tie one of my silk scarves ’round my neck a la Audrey Hepburn style and see how it turns out.

-C

Ariana Grande’s SNL Vocal Impressions

I’ve seen Ariana Grande do vocal impressions of artists like Celine Dion whenever she’s on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon but this skit blew all of that out of the water. Her vocal range is incredible and she honestly nails each and every impression so well.

Definitely a skit worth watching!

-C

Currently Reading

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I’ve always been an avid reader. When I was in the second grade, I read all of the books from the Nancy Drew and Boxcar Children series. From there, I went on to read the Harry Potter series, A Series of Unfortunate Events, and The Lord of the Rings/The Hobbit series.

Reading was always my favorite escape, as TV can only entertain me for so long and I wasn’t interested in video games like some of my peers. So when I wasn’t swimming or hanging out with family/friends, I was just about always reading. Even as I got older and started delving into a wider range of books, such as Lolita and East of Eden and Fight Club, reading was always one of my favorite things to do.

While going to college, I wasn’t able to leisurely read as much as I wanted unless it was summertime (aka a time when I didn’t have to read for class). Since Field Camp, I’ve been wanting to get back into reading more and have been able to do so these past couple of months. I’ve read The Martian, The Secret Lives of Dresses, Angels & Demons, and Me Before You and am just now starting Station Eleven–a book that was recommended to me by many people. After Station Eleven, I’ll be reading The Picture of Dorian Gray, Nightingale, and The Goldfinch, which I just ordered yesterday off of Amazon (shout out to Amazon Prime for their amazing prices!).

What books have you read lately? Have any all time favorites that I should get to reading ASAP?

-C

P.S To check out the books themselves, go to my IG account: shortsweetandloverly

Ophelia

I can listen to this song over and over again. Scratch that–I actually have listened to this song on repeat for a few weeks now.

Similar to that of Mumford & Sons, I believe that the music The Lumineers produce is good for the heart and soul. I also appreciate that they incorporate literary references in their songs as well, whether it’s titling a song after Shakespearean character or quoting Elie Wiesel (“the opposite of love is indifference”).

This song in particular references Ophelia, a woman who believed herself to be in love with the oh so destructible Hamlet, with the line “Heaven help the fool who falls in love.”

I cannot wait to see what other songs The Lumineers have on their new album. And of course, there will be a few tears shed as I give it a listen.

-C

 

Home Envy: HGTV Magazine’s Cover Look

Home Envy--HGTV Magazine Cover-2016

Honestly, when it comes to “me time” I’m such a glutton for a drink, some Wheat Thins, and my favorite HGTV shows. I love love love Fixer Upper and Property Brothers. The home transformations that they do honestly inspire me to have better decor than what I typically buy. Plus, I love to fantasize that one day they can renovate a home for me as well.

My love for HGTV shows transcends towards the HGTV Magazine, too. I usually just buy magazines every now and then at the store but with this one, it’s sent straight to me.

Lately, I’ve been looking into a non-neutral colored couch to invest in, so I’m glad that for the February issue brightly colored decor was featured. It’s really been inspiring me for when I get back to decorating my space again. Below are some of my favorites decor pieces I’ve been looking at, inspired by the HGTV magazine cover look.

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Home Envy--HGTV Magazine February 2016 Issue

  1. Mercury Row Caldera Sofa: $474.99 at Wayfair
  2. Lanham Marble Top Side Table: $129.99 at Target
  3. Phoenix Wool Dhurrie Rug: $59-$879 at West Elm
  4. Roar + Rabbit Circle Pillow Cover: $49 at West Elm
  5. Crewel Deco Shells Pillow Cover: On Sale for $19.99 at West Elm
  6. Moon & Lola I’d Rather Be Sleeping Mug: $28 at laylagrace.com
  7. Metallic Leather Embroidered Pouf: $149.99 at World Market