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This will be a recurring collection of current favorites and moments.

I’ve become absolutely obsessed with AnnStreetStudio on instagram – she is literally spending a year in Provence, and my heart aches for all of those blessed summers i had with my own family in France. Patience, I must tell myself! The above post caught my eye, in particular, as it is quite the dead ringer for where we were married – just transplanted to the Texas Hill Country.


Per complete chance, I stumbled upon the most perfect Happy Hour combo (masquerading as a “late lunch”) post allergy shot. Margherita Pizza, that paired beyond perfectly with the “Happy Hour Red” – Tiamo 2016 Chianti.


Mail Call from Australia! Three from indie nail polish brand Femme Fatale’s latest release “Green Gables.” Left to Right: A Kindred Spirit, Woodsy Wild and Lonesome, & Trees Talking in Their Sleep. These (minus Woodsy, unfortunately) will be available again from Femme Fatale Cosmetics in June!


Sunshine and blue skies through dreamy walls of windows. Had to be up especially early one morning this week to chauffeur S around. Treated myself to a Lavender latte and Spiced Pear & Earl Grey scone.


After tuning into TLC’s Trading Spaces reboot, I found myself sucked in to Nate and Jeremiah by Design and have since become low-key obsessed (their style is amazing, but they’re also super cute). Their renovation was beautiful, and I’m dying over that glass door and that FLOOR! May not happen in this house, but I have tracked down the cement tile to the Starbright pattern from Clé! It can be ordered in a bunch of colors, and I’m mulling over some ideas now!


Plate: Anthropologie (old) | Glass: Schott Zweisel, Williams Sonoma | Fork: Almoco Flatware in Copper, Design Within Reach
A few months ago, S took me out to dinner at one of our favorite local places, Theodore Rex, for my birthday dinner. They’d just undergone a reinvention of sorts – new name, decor, menu and pricing structure. But they kept the same staff, and the type of the food remained the same. We always enjoy chatting up their resident sommelier, who delivers her pairings with a lot of knowledge, humor, and wit.

During this particular dinner, we decided to pick her brain about Madeiras. We weren’t necessarily unfamiliar with dessert wines (S’s dad is a Port fan), but neither one of us had ever tried a Madeira. After a brief lesson, we sampled 2 of their 3 offerings with our last two courses, and our interest was piqued.

Things kind of got busy – we got married, had family in town, followed by the holidays… but we found ourselves back at T-Rex a few weeks ago, this time for S’s birthday. Remembering our mini Madeira tasting from the previous visit, we opted to split 2 pours of two different Madeiras again. 1 we had tried on the previous visit, but we were told was leaving the menu (we may have even been tapping the last bottle), and 1 that had been recommended to pair perfectly with our Paris-Brest – D’Oliveira 5 Years Medium Sweet Madeira.

The recommendation was perfectly on point, and we are slightly hooked now. Their version of the Paris-Brest is filled with a “sweet” Swiss cheese cream, unlike the traditional hazelnut cream filling (one of my favorites), and the D’Oliveira Medium Sweet complimented the tartness nicely. The Madeira has a beautiful nuttiness to it, as well as notes of toffee and dried fruits. Honestly, to my tastebuds – the combination tasted like an otherworldly tiramisu.

We’ve since been able to purchase a bottle locally to enjoy at home. This Madeira pairs super well with not too sweet desserts – cobblers and cheesecake for sure, but it is also nice to just sip alone or as an aperitif with some savory nibbles.

 

The D’Oliveira 5 Years Medium Sweet Madeira can be purchased online here or here, if you live in one of the states they can ship to. Otherwise, it should be pretty each to procure through your local wine merchant!

 

 

Happy Sunday!


I thought that this might be a good way to start things off – my favorite things lately (most of which I will be delving further into with individual posts)!

1) Fragrances – Tom Ford sucked me down a rabbit hole for sure, but wait – there’s more! Armani, Serge Lutens, Nasomatto, Diane Pernet. Fragrances are definitely something I would like to get into more in depth, as my Fragrance “wardrobe” is seeing a very serious overhaul at the moment.

2) Duochrome eyeshadows – Really, I’m a fan of anything that is iridescent or duo chrome. As I’ve started playing more with makeup, I find one look i’m really enjoying that works for almost any occasion / time of day is Buxom’s No Faux with NARS Pasiphae layered on top. No Faux is described as an “iridescent snakeskin,” which I find to be fairly accurate. There is definitely a texture with this shadow, while Pasiphae has more of a shimmer to it. I love the appearance of scarabs, and these 2 shadows really capture that effect!

3) …Which leads me too my other current makeup obsession – Purpley lipsticks. Give me plum, give me Lilac, give me everything in between! I’ve especially been loving Tom Ford’s Velvet Violet, So Vain, Violet Fatale; Bite Barberry, Violet; even Kat Von D’s Ayesha! Above, a preview of a full look I did with the new Tom Ford Illuminating Duo, I’m wearing Tom Ford’s Stavros (an LE Plummy gray, that will be re-released later this fall) with my beloved NARS Pasiphae eyeshadow dabbed on top. I’m ready for Fall :x.

4) Being French – I love my wine! St Supery Sauvignon Blanc was a new discovery this past Spring. While I’m thankful that Fall is starting to roll in (for us, that literally means temperatures have dropped from 105 to the low 90’s), there are certain things from Summer that I’m not ready to let go of. Namely, berries & stone fruit – this wine has some really subtle peach and apricot notes. Its perfect for Spring & Summer and pairs fantastically with nearly everything.

5) Restaurant Weeks – It is almost over, and I’m sad to see it go! It is so much fun to indulge and try fancy restaurants at a fraction of the price. And it’s all for a great cause – part of the proceeds go to our local Food Bank. This year, we tried the menu at Benjy’s (one of our favorite places anyways) for the first time with good friends in addition to our usual favorite, Brennan’s of Houston (yes, the very same as the New Orleans restaurant). I also got to try the “Hot & New” (according to yelp, anyways) B&B Butchers. Overall, the food was good and portions were generous for the HRW menu. However, the service was pretty disappointing (especially for the prices). Still – it’s a beautiful space, and they have a rooftop deck I’m itching to try!