Friday, October 29, 2010

Friday Wrap Up – 10.29.2010

Ahh…the air is crisp. It’s finally turned cool in Houston! Thank goodness. What are you doing this weekend? I’m looking forward to a girly weekend, and dressing up as a Cook (me) and Lobster (Lee) thanks to our sweet friends who are letting us borrow their Halloween costumes from last year. I wanted to put Kitty in a crawfish outfit to complete the theme, but he (and Lee) would never forgive me. Are you dressing up this year?


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There were so many great posts this week. These are my fave.

Have a safe and fun Halloween!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010


I’m already looking forward to a girly Saturday of Define-ing, haircut and then lunching/antiquing with Meagan before we hit up what’s sure to be a crazy Halloween scene.  Last night, I was doing some research on the design /antique stores around our area, and this beauty, Found, popped up.  What a gorgeous looking store! The prices are a little out of my range, but the inspiration is invaluable.

Love the green, browns and pop of pink  and green in their showroom display. Plus the chandys are gorgeous!


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Monday, October 25, 2010

I Heart Austin, TX

There are lots of reasons Austin is a great city, but today my heart filled with joy to see this amazing house is based in the beautiful ATX .  Austin is full of creative, talented people which makes it so special.  Here are a few shots of the remodeled duplex. I love the thick black and white striped chair in the living room, and the orange vanity in the bathroom.  Little touches make this place very chic.

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The owner and designer’s two boys share this room in which vintage maps are used as wallpaper.  This makes me want to re-do Lee’s man wall in all maps! PS: Love the orange tabby cat tail in the bottom left corner!

austin_home tour_2And my favorite part of the house is the light installation in the entry which is surrounded by postmarked postcards they had received.  What a creative and cool way to be reminded of your loved ones.

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Pics via via Full House.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Friday Wrap Up

Hello Friday! Wow you came fast this week.

What are you doing this weekend? We may be adding another Chenault to the household. No, I’m not prego, but we’re thinking that Kitty might like to have a companion, specifically a girlfriend. As an alpha male who has been spoiled rotten since we took him home from the SPCA, I don’t think he’d react well to another male in the house (besides Lee – who he worships.)

This is how I imagine them getting along in my fantasy world.


Here are some of my fave links from the week:

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Halloween Help!

Help!  Halloween is just around the corner, and I’m drawing a major blank on costumes this year.  Unfortunately,  I’m also being picky in that the ideal costume(s) meets the following standards:

  • Inexpensive
  • Easy to put together
  • PG rated (The “sexiest” I get is Sarah Palin (see below)
  • Clever  Note: this becomes less important as Halloween approaches

In the past, Lee and I have had complimenting costumes as shown in the pics below. 

Brittany and K-Fed (Halloween 2006)


Sarah Palin and A Mortgage Backed Security - Don’t Ask (2008)


Do you have any ideas for a costume this year?!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

If you want to Sing Out, Sing Out

Sometimes I forget how much power a good song can have on you. It can transform you to the time when you first heard the song or stimulate a memory out of nowhere. I love that, and I love how music can waken your spirit – especially when you are not doing the most exciting tasks.

Here are a list of songs (most really embarrassing) that have had some impact in my life

  • He’s a Cold Hearted Snake by Paula Abdul (1990) - wearing neon leggings, crimped hair and Zinc I remember thinking I danced just like Paula and in all seriousness taught my Aunt Vicki how to rock her moves.
  • Don’t Take The Girl by Tim McGraw (1994) – I discovered I liked country music. My parents couldn’t have been less excited.
  • Head Over Feet by Alanis Morissette (1995) – Played on my first “stereo system” on repeat for a year.
  • If You want to Sing Out, Sing Out by Cat Stevens (2001)– I heard Cat Stevens for the first time at leadership camp in NY. It changed my life…My parents were pleased. My friends wondered what the heck I was listening to.
  • Ignition by R. Kelly (2003) – Lee and my first dance ever - at a dirty frat house no less.
  • Crazy Love by Van Morrison (2007) – First dance at our wedding after my request for Ignition by R. Kelly was denied.

Rocking out at Austin City Limits music festival this year

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What songs have made an impact on you?

PS: Check out my Sister-In-Law’s stylish blog, Tailored, that has just been revived after a hiatus.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Friday Wrap Up

Wow – this week has flown by! What are you doing this weekend? We’re doing date night (somewhere fun I hope –HINT! HINT) and celebrating Meagan’s birthday at Dolce Vita with some pizza and wine.


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Hope you enjoy some of my fave posts and images from the week!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

How cool is she?


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Just Sayin’…. Seriously PB?

Ever since I’ve been reading the hilarious Catalog Living, I look at decor websites and catalogs in a new way.  Today the holiday Pottery Barn catalog came, and I had to questions some of their choices.

Exhibit #1

As you know, I have a thing for birds, but I can’t imagine waking up to a huge red bird staring at me from my pillow.   How terrifying.


Exhibit # 2

This “wall art” is $400. 


Exhibit #3

Another terrifying animal to greet your tiny trick or treaters..


On another note, one of my favorite bloggers found my recent post.  I love how small the blogosphere is!!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010


Austin City Limits is a three day music festival in guess… Austin, TX! It’s been years since I’ve been, and I’m worried about what the cool kids are wearing. I’ve been in work mode for the past 5 years and most of my wardrobe is probably considered preppy – not the bohemian chic look that appears to be popular at musical festivals.

Seeking inspiration, I literally googled ‘Fashion at Music Festivals' only to be inundated with style guides and celeb images. Here are some of my faves and what seems to be must-haves to attend:

  1. Aviators.
  2. Headpiece – this can be a bandana, hat or headband. Your choice.
  3. Jorts.
  4. Flowy top or dress.
  5. Long, wavy hair.
  6. Accessories.

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Thanks B, Gwyn, Kate and Girl from Gossip Girl for the inspiration.

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Monday, October 4, 2010

Evolution of a Man Wall.

So, as I mentioned previously I sort of made Lee’s anny gift this year. I wanted to convert our extra bedroom into a man cave, but seeing as the floral Pottery Barn duvet, white wicker furn and outdated tv weren’t going anywhere, I settled on a part of the room, specifically the wall. Lee is a lover of maps, so I thought I’d make him “man wall” with vintage maps and some sentimental (yet manly) items like the Chenault family crest and a picture of General Chennault’s flying tigers from WWII.

It’s funny, the blogosphere has opened a brand new creative world to me, and I love design, but the execution part is still quite the challenge, so I enlisted the help of my talented and creative friend, Kristin.

Here are a couple of pictures from the night. Overall I’m very pleased with the turn out and looking for a few more “man things” e.g., Vintage globe, more maps, etc. to fill out the room.

First two maps up. We are impressed with ourselves.

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Kristin working away while I was probably sipping my wine :)

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Work in progress. Sorry about aggressive flash.

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Hammer time.

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Whew. That was hard.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Blog Love:: Aspiring Kennedy.

My morning has been made by finding this great blog.  The author is talented and quite funny!  My favorite recent posts are here and here.


More about the author in her own words:

Aspiring Kennedy started as an outlet for my passions to be articulated and made prettier by photoshop. It has grown into a site that allows me to connect with so many talented bloggers & designers.

{Who knew that so many other people love things like: YSL lip gloss, lemon tarts, luxe interiors, Shakespeare, & gorgeous letterpress?}

After several years in luxury markets, I've hung up my hat to head East with the love my life. Our story continues in England this fall as we settle into life in Oxford and spend our time soaking up Europe.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Happy October and Weekend!

It’s starting to feel more like fall. For me that means eating and drinking anything with pumpkin or pumpkin flavor, pulling out my boots and getting excited for the craziness of Thanksgiving and Christmas. Is it too early to start decorating??


Some favorite posts and sites from the week.

  • Love the funkiness of this wedding. Espesh the bride’s trendy, hardware necklace and eclectic bridesmaids’ dresses.
  • Style crush – Blogger Kyle Knight has a gorgeous home.
  • This website is hilarious. It will make you realize how silly design shoots can be.
  • Adorable fall dresses – all under $100
  • Gratuitous cuteness – sorry, I can’t help it.

Have a wonderful weekend!

PS: Hook em’ Horns!