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Montrose Mini-Walking Guide

Montrose Neighborhood Mini-Walking Guide_ShortSweetandLovely

  1. Daniel Anguilu is a local artist who has created multiple murals all around Houston, including this one located across the street from Agora Cafe. I love the colors of it, as well as the quote that he uses: “Love is the light that sparked when only darkness existed.” Be sure to come early to get a photo of the mural without any cars in front of it.
  2. Space Montrose is by far one of my favorite small shops in the Houston area. Not only do they a great card selection, but they sell a huge variety of locally made goods, from tees to art prints and jewelry. I also love this store for finding cute and quirky gifts for people.
  3. If you are a fan of baked goods and yummy lattes, you’ll be sure to love Common Bond. Some of my personal favorites are their croissants (the pistachio and almond are especially delicious), their strawberry champagne cake, their lavender latte, and their jalapeƱo cornbread. They also have a lunch and dinner menu, but I have just about always gone in with a hankering for something sweet. Also, know that the best time to come is early morning ( 7:30 a.m. or so) or in between lunch and dinner time.
  4. Cafe Brasil is right across the street from Common Bond and is a great spot for breakfast or brunch. I always enjoy their egg white scramble and have heard good things about their avocado toast.
  5. The Emerson Rose Wall is a mural on the side of Emerson Rose Montrose, a super cute boutique. While you’re having your photo op in front of the gorgeous shade of pink that this wall provides you with, be sure to also check out the store!
  6. Right next door to Emerson Rose Montrose, is the vintage store LoFi, which has more than one mural on its exterior walls. On the side nearest to Emerson Ross, is what I call the Bob Ross Wall, as Bob Ross is largely featured.
  7. On the other side of LoFi Vintage, is their ’90’s Wall. This is by far one of my favorite murals in all of Houston, as it features just about every cartoon from the ’90’s that you can imagine.
  8. Probably one of the more famous walls in Houston, is the Biscuit Paint Wall. Many bloggers, such as Carrie Colbert and Jennifer Lake, feature this wall in many of their posts as it adds such a nice and colorful backdrop to pictures. Like the Daniel Anguilu wall, be sure to get here really early in order to take photos in front of it without cars being in the way.

I hope that this acts as a good guide to everyone who lives in the Houston area or will be visiting here soon. Click here if you want the prinble version of this mini-walking guide. Also, this is the first of its kind, so do please comment with any suggestions that you think could help posts like this.

Have a great day!



P.S. I’d like to give a quick shout out to Red Shoes. Red Wine. for creating my vision of a signature and logo for me.


Beauty, Houston, Instagram, Life

The Azalea Trails

This past weekend, the River Oaks Garden Club presented the Azalea Trails event that was hosted by two MFAH house museums, Rienzi and Bayou Bend, as well as five other locations.

Though I am a native of Houston, I had never been to the Azalea Trails or even Bayou Bend before this past weekend. I am glad, though, that I finally went and checked this event out over the weekend, otherwise I may had never known how beautiful the grounds at Bayou Bend truly are.

Needless to say, I will definitely be make more trips to Bayou Bend now that Spring has come and enjoy the nice weather while I can.

Fashion, Instagram, Life, murals, Trending



Looking back on February, I can honestly say that it was a month that was well spent. It also went by way quicker than January did due to the lack of crazy snow/ice storms!

I can’t wait to see what March has to bring, especially with the first day of Spring being March 20th. Spring is one of my favorite seasons (the other is Fall), so I am quite excited to see all the new blooms and to be able to enjoy being outside without it being too cold or too hot.



Psst… I tend to post more things on Instagram, so if you want to see all of what I’m up to be sure to check out my account @shortsweetandlovely !

Instagram, Life, murals, Trending

Heights Mercantile

Over the weekend I finally decided to check out the Heights Mercantile Area that opened up last year and am so glad that I did!

Heights Mercantile (located at Yale and 7th Ave) is an urban market district that comprises of several shops and eateries, which includes The Gypsy Wagon’s Houston location. This store is ah-ma-zing! Not only do they sell stationary and products by Rifle Paper Co. but they also have the cheekiest home decor and fun clothing styles.

Another popular store that is located in Heights Mercantile is the storefront for eyewear brand Warby Parker. Known for their retro styles and “Buy A Pair, Give A Pair” program, Warby Parker has become a household name now in the world of eyewear, which is easy to see due to the crowd that gathers in their store.

So if you live in the Houston area or are coming to visit here soon, be sure to check out Heights Mercantile and the quirky Heights neighborhood that it sits in.


Holidays, Instagram, Life, Trending

Happy Galentines Day! / Flower Vibes TX Flower Arrangement Class

This past weekend I had the pleasure to attend a floral arrangement class taught by the girls behind Flower Vibes TX and hosted by Tidbits Houston and Emerson Rose.

Right when I walked in, I was greeted by not only the amazing sight and smells of the flowers that I knew we’d be working with but also local donuts, sweet treats, and rose. What more could a girl want, right? However, that was just the beginning as the lovely girls behind the whole invite warmly greeted me and were also super helpful throughout the whole event.

I won’t lie, I came in with a reservation or two and was also wondering what the class would be like, as it was what some would classify as pricey. Twenty minutes into the class, though, I quickly realized that the price tag was worth it and also very reasonable considering the quality of flowers that we used.

Making a floral arrangement from the ground up was also way more challenging than I thought it would be. Every time we would add a new type of flower or greenery, I always felt the need to rearrange. There was one point where I wondered if I even had room for anymore flowers because it seemed so full to me! Overall, I learned a lot (we were even taught how to fold our rose petals to create a more artistic look) and gained a huge amount of respect for those who do this on a daily basis.

I hope each and every one of y’all has treated yourself to something this week, in honor of Valentines Day. If there’s one thing that I’ve done, whether I’m dating someone or not, it’s treating myself to something around Valentines Day. Self love is important, y’all.

Oh and to all the girlies out there–Happy Galentines Day!


P.S. I got my red dress off of Amazon and was just over $20. What a deal!

Home Decor, Instagram, Life, Trending

Living Room Gallery Wall Inspiration

In a month or so, my living room couch will finally be here! Y’all I am beyond excited to get started on putting my living room together and truly have my apartment be complete.

One thing that I have been wanting to do is to create a gallery wall behind my couch. Having all these blank white walls in my apartment is definitely making it feel a little less homey than I like and I feel that a gallery wall will help with that.

Of course, in the beginning, I got a little too analytical about it and tried thinking up of a “theme”. After browsing Pinterest, though, I decided that I rather have a quirky gallery wall than one that feels a little too put together.

Here’s to livening my place up a bit!


(All original images can be found here)

Books, Instagram, Life, Trending

What’s on My Reading List This Winter

Winter 2018 Reading List

Ever since I was young, I have always been a big reader. Whether it was a book from the Harry Potter series or a historical fiction novel, books and the magic that they hold have always entranced me.

Picking up reading again for the pure pleasure of it is one of the items on my “2018 Goals” list and I fully intend to meet it. Already, I have joined a book club and scooped up some books that I have been wanting to read for a while, I.e. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro.

Some of the books on my list, such as I Am Watching You by Teresa Driscoll and Dark Matter by Blake Crouch, are being read for my book club but also are ones that I have been wanting to check out. Since reading Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train, I have been wanting to read more and more thriller, suspense stories. The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn is a recently published thriller that I have heard many great things about, so of course that also needed to be on my list as well.

With Beneath a Scarlet Sky, I go back to my love of historical fiction. The book is based on an incredible true story of a young man who used his position as a personal driver for Hitler’s left hand in Italy, General Hans Leyers, to spy for the Allies. For those who are also into historical fiction, I urge you to also read The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah and All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. The writing in both is spectacular and you won’t want to put them down, unless it is to think about the beautiful stories that Hannah and Doerr can weave.

Being a fan of Kristin Hannah’s work, I also have decided to give her new book, The Great Alone, a read. It doesn’t come out until February 6th, but the reviews of it so far have been wonderful. No surprise there, though, as she is an incredible storyteller.

What are y’all excited to read this winter?


**All books can be found on Amazon.