Life, Pin-spiration, Recipes

5 Recipes That You Must Try ASAP

Bariatric Eating's No Sugar Pumpkin Spice Bread

No Sugar Pumpkin Spice Bread (via Bariatric Eating)

Foodie Crush's Cranberry White Chocolate Chip Macadamia Nut Cookies

Cranberry White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies (via Foodie Crush)

Natasha's Kitchen Mushroom Rice Pilaf

Mushroom Rice Pilaf (via Natasha’s Kitchen)

The Novice Chef Gingerdoodle Recipe

Gingerdoodle Cookies (via The Novice Chef)

Well Plated's Slow Cooker Turkey Sweet Potato Quinoa Chili

Slow Cooker Turkey Quinoa Chili (via Well Plated)

Cooking and baking have always been hobbies of mine, and I love finding new recipes and trying them out. Trying out a new recipe is sort of like a science experiment to me, which is always so much fun with never knowing what the outcome will be (but hoping that it’s a good one! ha).

Also, I must say that I have tried just about all of the recipes listed above and know that you’ll love how they turn out as much as I did!

-C

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Fashion, Instagram, Life, Trending

“The Glamour and Romance of Oscar de la Renta” Exhibit

If there’s one thing that was on the top of my 2018 To Do List, it was to go see the Oscar de la Renta exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston.

Having grown up watching movies that were costumes by the likes of Edith Head and Givenchy, I came to love fashion and view it all as a work of art. Oscar de la Renta, in my opinion, is among the likes of Head and Givenchy. Not just because he dressed women in gorgeous pieces but because he knew it wasn’t the clothes that made the woman, but the woman that made the clothes. In his own words, “it’s not about what you wear, but about how you live your life.”

So, here’s to taking de la Renta’s advice and having a life worth living and also to the wonderful art that he created.

-C

Instagram, Life, murals, Outfits, Trending

The Hummingbird Wall

If there’s one thing that’s for sure on my “2018 To Do List”, it’s checking out more murals!

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Houston has really come to embrace this form of art and therefore has a massive quantity of murals located all over the city.

Since moving back to Houston, I have definitely made it a priority to find as many murals as I can and will soon be posting something that encompasses all those that I’ve come across so far. So be on the lookout for that!

Happy FriYay, y’all!

-C

Fashion, Home Decor, Instagram, Life, Outfits

Looking Back on 2017

From my first ever solo trip to Seattle (a place I’ve never been to, no less!) to trying to expand and play with my personal style to Hurricane Harvey to the Astros winning the World Series–this year has been a crazy one!

Below are some of my favorite moments and photos from this past year. So thanks to everyone who I got to spend this crazy year, and thank you to Joybird and many other retailers for giving me all the design inspiration that I need for my new place.

Cheers to a new year!

-C

(All photos are my own unless otherwise stated)

Instagram, Life, Travel, Trending

Winter Street Studios/ Hello there!

Hello lovelies! 
It’s been a crazy past month or so post Hurricane Harvey for those of us in the Houston area. Sadly, there are buildings in downtown Houston (i.e. the Wortham Center and the Alley Theatre) that won’t be able to reopen until next year. 

Nevertheless, Houston is a city made up of resilient individuals who are proud to call H-town home. I happen to place myself in that group and have made it a personal mission of mine to start scoping out more local commodities, whether it’s food or clothing brands or art. 

One place that is home to some amazing local art is Winter Street Studios. In conjunction with Sawyer Street Studios, this cool little portion of the city not only offers gorgeous artwork but also hosts a variety of events. 

-C 

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How to Help Those Affected by Hurricane Harvey

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Hello there!

I know it’s been a while since I last posted, but I have changed jobs and have also started on another chapter of my life. Needless to say–a lot has happened within the last month. This past week or so, though, has been especially crazy and not in a good way.

For those of you who may be checking out my blog for this first time, know that I am a native Houstonian who moved back to the city two years ago after having graduated from college in the Northwest. I am also very proud to be a Houstonian and Texan and love the area that I’ve always called home. Unfortunately, though, this past week has been difficult for us. Hurricane Harvey ravaged the Texas coast this past Friday and then went on to dump a record amount of rain over the Houston area resulting in massive flooding. Never have I seen such damage occur in my life to my hometown.

Fortunately for us, Texas is known as the friendly state so since Day One there have been so many people risking their lives to help one another. From the Coast Guard to the National Guard to the Red Cross to the Cajun Navy to even your neighbor out in his boat, everyone has lent a helping hand to those in need.

However, there is still a great need for money and resources to help those who have been severely affected by Hurricane Harvey and the flooding that came with it. Below, I have listed ways that those in state and out of state can help those who have been affected.

Here’s to getting the word out and remaining #HoustonStrong .

 

VOLUNTEERING LINKS

http://swamplot.com/the-best-way-to-find-out-which-hurricane-harvey-shelters-near-you-need-help-and-what-they-need/2017-08-29/

http://volunteerhouston.org/

 

DONATION LINKS

https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/hurricane-harvey-relief-fund/

https://secure.savethechildren.org/site/c.8rKLIXMGIpI4E/b.9534757/k.CB79/Hurricane_Harvey_Relief_Fund/apps/ka/sd/donor.asp

directrelief.org

https://www.redcross.org/donate/donation

http://www.houstonspca.org/

http://www.texasdiaperbank.org/

https://www.centraltexasfoodbank.org/get-involved/donate

https://www.homelesshouston.org/take-action/donate/

http://www.houstonfoodbank.org/

http://www.galvestoncountyfoodbank.org/

http://www.victoriafoodbank.org/

http://www.foodbankcc.com/

http://setxfoodbank.org/

http://www.foodbankrgv.com/

https://safoodbank.org/

https://www.youcaring.com/victimsofhurricaneharvey-915053

https://www.youcaring.com/victimsofhurricaneharvey-918107

 

TEXT TO DONATE

Text LOVE to 20222 to donate $10 to the Houston Humane Society.

Text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10 to the Red Cross.

Text UWFLOOD to 41444 to donate to the United Way of Greater Houston flood relief fund.

 

PURCHASE TO DONATE

Proceeds from the sales of Magnolia Market’s Texas Forever tee through September 30th will be donated to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.

Proceeds from the sales of Live Love Gameday’s Live Love Texas tee will be donated directly to the Red Cross.

Proceeds from James Avery’s Deep in the Heart of Texas charm sales through September 30th will be donated to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.

 

*I will continue to update this list as more information is made available.* 

-C