Art by Ariel


A friend of mine sent me a link this morning to an AMAZING artist based out of Ohio.  Art by Ariel's etsy store features giclee paintings of young, natural hair girls, in every shade of brown.  I'm not an art critic by a long shot, so I won't try to explain analyze her work in "art speak", all I can say is her work is just absolutely jaw dropping.

As if I needed another reason, the images of these little girls surely tugged at my womb.  She also has another series featuring the Obama family that is equally impressive.  Enough talking from me...Enjoy her work below and head over to her etsy store and make a purchase.  I know I am.

P.S. She also does custom orders.

Obama Series

Restoration Hardware


My best friend was in town for the weekend and wanted to experience some Houston shopping.  We walked into Restoration Hardware and "accidentally" walked in through their child and baby section. OH MY GOD!!  My inner princess and maternal instincts both jumped out of me.  I wanted just as many things for myself, as for my unborn babies (lucky kiddos).  The bedding, the chandeliers, the make up tables, oh my...I had to wipe the drool off a few times.  If you are lucky enough to have a store in your city, I suggest you go in and take a look.  If not, here are a few of my favorite rooms from their online catalog.

My Weekend


My bestie visited me this weekend to celebrate her birthday.  Lots of laughter, horseplay, lazy mornings and sweet treats.  

We also put on our favorite lipstick and dancing shoes and hit the town.

I love that girl.

Thanksgiving Table Settings


In just a couple of days, most of us will gather with family and friends around the dinner table to give thanks. While I do love Thanksgiving, what I do not LOVE are the turkey themed decor I frequently come across.  I want turkey on my plate not necessarily printed on it.  This Thanksgiving, I wanted to share with you some stylish table settings sans the turkey print.

 Sources: one | two | three | four

Game Day Style Board | Kansas St. Vs Baylor


This week's style board features the newly minted #1 team in the BCS, Kansas State and Baylor in a Big 12 match up.  Last week saw a major shake up in the standings with Alabama's loss to the Aggies, so it will be interesting to see of K State remains  #1 after this weekend.

Hope you like this week's edition of Game Day Style Board.


Fashion Files | The Trench Coat

The  mercury has definitely dipped here in Houston.  For some of you, that happened months ago, but this is one of the perks of living in Texas for me.  One of the few things I like about these cooler temperatures, is that I get to break out my trench coat.  There's something so classy and sexy about a woman in a trench coat and pumps. 

Last fall, I unintentionally caused a bit of a stir in the lobby of my office building.  I walked out of my building to go to lunch wearing my trench coat over a dress with some black pumps.  I noticed a group of suits talking in the lobby, I'm guessing they were senior management.  They literally stopped their conversation and stared at me as I walked pass.  Confused by what just happened, I stopped by a male co-workers desk on my way back to get his insight.  He took a look at me and said "It's the trench coat".  He went on to explain that men are visual and since they couldn't really see what was underneath (my coat was longer than my dress), their imaginations were most likely running a muck.  Hmmm...Interesting
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Did you know this iconic piece was actually invented for soldiers?  Or that there is a debate on who actually invented the trench coat?   Burberry and Aquascutum both claim to have “invented” the trench coat, Burberry’s first trench was in 1901, whereas Aquascutum’s design dates back to 1850.  I'm not going to pick sides on this debate, but what we do know is that  Thomas Burberry invented gabardine in 1880, the fabric used to construct most trench coats. Soldiers wore trench coats, made by both by Burberry and Acquascutum, over their uniforms in World War I.  It is said that the shoulder straps were for insignia and that the D rings were used to attach hand grenades.   It wasn’t until after the war that the trench coat began being worn by civilians.

The trench coat has come a long way.  Here a few images of some amazing coats with a modern twist.  My favorite is the "cape like" rendition worn by Victoria Beckham.  Which one do you LOVE?

Image Sources: one | two | three | four | five

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